Ch. 4 UK: Now there are concerns that Fukushima is worse than authorities believe — New fission “shows there are still considerable problems” says top nuke expert

Published: November 3rd, 2011 at 7:26 pm ET
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Nov. 3 — Regarding the detection of xenon, TEPCO has “played down the find, saying there was no evidence of a ‘criticality’ in the reactor,” reports the UK’s Channel 4 News, “Now there are concerns that the situation is worse than the authorities believed.”

According to the report, “Nuclear expert John Large* told Channel 4 News that any evidence of fission was a ‘concern’.”

“It shows there are still considerable problems. It’s concerning because it shows they are not in total control of the nuclear processes in the plant – and even a small amount of fission is a concern because it can become a large amount of fission,” said Large.

*Large was invited by the UK gov’t to join the Technical Advisory Panel working on assessing the implications of Fukushima for the country’s nuclear industry.

Published: November 3rd, 2011 at 7:26 pm ET
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24 comments to Ch. 4 UK: Now there are concerns that Fukushima is worse than authorities believe — New fission “shows there are still considerable problems” says top nuke expert

  • thelili

    Well lookahere. London has finally started paying attention. Welcome to the party citizens of the UK.


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  • jackassrig

    From Hill Billy country, LookEhere.


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  • dosdos dosdos

    “…in the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.” SQUAWK!

    Here we are again, the press has absolutely no idea about the number of exabequerels released into the environment and no concept of journalistic research.


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  • thelili

    Lol sorry Jackassrig :) LookEhere. Dosdos I emailed them and told them to read enenews and catch up.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    REMINDER KEYSTONE
    NO mods!
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/03/keystone-xl-haste-and-ine_n_1074010.html?page=2
    I’ve gotten a couple in! JOIN IN SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT FUKUSHIMA! (no kidding) How else can we get the word out!)
    COMMENTS A HUNDRED MILES AN HOUR


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  • notactive

    “there are still considerable problems”

    Yes, and there will be for the next few decade’s!


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  • watcher watcher

    Well, a sense of vindication. On with business…..whatever that is.


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  • arclight arclight

    heres the report john large worked on 315 pages…a long weekend a coming i think!! must read (if your bonkers like me)

    http://www.hse.gov.uk/nuclear/fukushima/final-report.pdf


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  • thelili

    Thanks Arclight. Go to page 125 and start reading for a couple of pages. (Yep my adhd makes me hop around lol)


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  • arclight arclight

    “Tepco said it was still assessing the data, but said it believes any fission was temporary and finished. The company has made progress in its battle with the problems at Fukushima, saying in October that the amount of radiation being emitted from the complex had halved from a month earlier.

    It has also brought down temperatures at the three damaged reactors”

    am i getting paranoid or are the stories coming out seem like theve gone through a redacting process? more noticable in the daily mail article maybe but very noticable here too!

    for instance here any negative comment like this

    “Now there are concerns that the situation is worse than the authorities believed.” gets a whole paragraph of how this is wrong!! i mean fair and balanced but this decieves people that are ill informed about this disaster after 7 months censorship!! lots of links have gone but more appear!

    remember mindshare(WPP ADK )… its in full operation now…not censorship (which is failing) but disinformation THATS WORSE!!..hope im wrong :(


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  • thelili

    Arclight they are going to keep trying to protect themselves as best they can until the very last minute. Just think about it-say you are a mother or father somewhere and you find out that you and your entire family is sick. There is nowhere to go and nothing to do except watch your family die.

    What would you do if you found out that they knew far in advance and chose to protect themselves at the expense of your family? That you may have been able to evacuate or move or get better healthcare coverage or pay for hospice?

    For me, whole cities would be on fire. Every member of Tepco, the government, the press, and their families would have to commit seppuku right in front of me and I probably still wouldn’t be happy.

    Bper folk rule :) (For those from other countries Bper is American slang for bipolar)


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    • arclight arclight

      i hear your angst! but the reality is that unless the japanese themselves break free of the nuclear/finacial backed “media circus” or in enenews parlance “look down the rabbit hole”…
      this calls for a certain kind of ascertiveness, one i fear will emerge as the financial/war/censorship hold is broken! citizen groups such as emerged in the south american countries are the way forward and post crash argentina is where we are headed,,,i dont think that this will be all bad…it could be really good…but the all powerful media HAVE to get on board!! otherwise we will have more desruption…

      on japan, i am pessimistic about remedial measures that could be taken, i believe as a society the japanese have more than enough strentgth and wisdom to work their way around this situation…they need real scientists with experience and an understanding of the bigger picture arnie and busby (as a small example of what i believe is a very large group)

      we need a real overview of this situation, people need to be mobilised for testing and resettlement, industry needs to be involved in any useful clean up and restructuring of the infrastructure… theres loads to do but little being done…they are playing a psychological card that may seriuosly backfire, if history is anything to go by….

      its very painfull to have this knowledge and know that the situation is not being dealt with.. it baffles the mind to think anyone or any group could be so crass!! as we look deeper into this “hole” things get even more unreal and fiction becomes reality ie george orwell 1984 … not too far different than the present..never thought i would see such blatant examples in my lifetime…thought we has got past that bit!/diatribe!
      gotta crash now!
      love all here!!


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  • Jebus

    The people of Japan love COUNTRY!

    Here’s one for you Japan, from yesteryear….

    Great Atomic Power

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXTdvPZ9hSY

    Enjoy!


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  • StillJill StillJill

    That was very grounding Jebus–I thank you


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  • IF this keeps up, the ends of time on this planet may be playing out.
    Again, if the chips (or fuel rods) fall the wrong way, there just may be a real end in sight. These nuclear releases seem to fit the scenario for the end of times on this planet. Who knows, this catastrophe may be the seed that does end all life on this planet some time next year in “2 0 1 2″.


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