US Analysis: Fukushima released 200% as much radioactive iodine as Chernobyl — Only includes Reactors 1 and 3

Published: October 17th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET


Title: March 13th, 2011 โ€“ NRC analysis shows Fukushima Daiichi worse than TMI and Chernobyl Accidents
Source: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Author: Enformable
Document Date: Mar. 13, 2011
Date Published: Oct. 17, 2012

Published: October 17th, 2012 at 3:28 pm ET


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31 comments to US Analysis: Fukushima released 200% as much radioactive iodine as Chernobyl — Only includes Reactors 1 and 3

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Anyone surprised?

    By the way: decay of radioactive noble gases produces less noble elements, some of them are also radioactive and now in a chemical way active.

    Some people say in the past: earth is between heaven and hell.
    I think today,… today we have to draw new maps.


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Shows how screwball the concept is ..using reactors to turn on a lamp. And our children are in danger now, because of it.

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Author: Enofrmable…………Enformable?(i.e. Higgins in title)

    • ENENews

      Thanks, updated that. Though it's Lucas Hixson that runs Enformable. Lots of great info there.

      • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

        Yes, Hixson it is.
        It was a late night sifting through all of this Fuku info.
        It sounded right as I typed it.
        I am familiar with his site.
        Feel free to delete this spelling error post if you like.
        It has little relevance to our topic here.
        Appreciate all of the effort on your behalf.
        ENENews is my most valued and most read news sight over anything else.

  • Sickputer

    Think you will see this on the evening news? Not likely.

    Romney had his chance last night to bring up the nuclear mess. Since he didn't, we know both candidates are corporate stooges. It won't matter which one wins as far as the next four years of nuclear policy in America.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Romney still talks about nuclear and I've noticed Obama no longer touts nuclear power when talking about energy resources.

      • richard richard

        they may not talk it, but they are doing it.

        obama is an asset of Exelon.

        i'm not being political here. i am not from the country. i am simply highlighting what can be found as public infomation.

        do not think that not talking nukes is not doing nukes.

        if they actually thought their was mileage in stopping, they would let you know loud an clear.

        and romney, well, to me he just looks like a pre-cursor to hitler. only time will tell. neither party looks inviting, and they've arrested the greens rep.


  • arclight arclight

    you little RASCAL (with limitations)

    27 may 2011

    Q: How did the NRC develop its computer-based projections that supported the evacuation decision?

    "…..A: The NRC uses the RASCAL computer code to perform offsite radiation dose projections. The RASCAL computer program contains information about U.S. nuclear reactor design types, radiation release pathways from the nuclear power plant to the environment, radionuclide source terms and meteorology. However, RASCAL is not capable of evaluating concurrent and multiple nuclear plant failures. So, to approximate the events unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi facility, the NRC developed a model that aggregated information from the three operating reactors and the spent fuel pool. This aggregate model was then evaluated using the RASCAL computer code. The radiation doses calculated by the RASCAL code were predicted to exceed the protective action guidelines (PAGs) established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) well beyond the 10-mile exposure pathway EPZ and beyond the 30 kilometer sheltering zone recommended by the Japanese authorities. Subsequent aerial monitoring by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) fixedwing aircraft monitoring showed elevated radiation dose rates that were in excess of the EPA relocation PAGs to a distance beyond 25 miles from the facility…."

    only 25 miles huh?

    • arclight arclight

      "…..Since that time, actions to mitigate the events at facility and to stabilize the reactors and spent fuel at the plant have continued. Therefore, the assumptions used in for the dose assessment may continue to overestimate the actual radiation releases. The NRC continues to support the protective action recommendations provided in the March 16, 2011, press release because conditions at the plant continue to change. The NRC continues to monitor the situation at the Fukushima facility and may reassess its protective action recommendations as additional detailed and verifiable information about actual conditions becomes available."

      lots of disinfo … ๐Ÿ™ unaccurate RASCAL

      THEY HAVE TO COVER THEMSELVES FOR THE CHILDRENS THYROIDS.. hence this bit of "honesty". but only a bit mind…

      what iodines are they talking about?
      how far and fast did the initial releases of contamination actually travel? dont use the facts like health effects.. use a computer simulation based on staistical data.. the press will love it..

      what about strontium and the other isotopes? strontium will fly as far and fast as cesium and iodine! in proportion.. and its really nasty..

      and there is likely to be a world crisis in nuclear medicine treatment, a shortage of isotoopes (nice planning IAEA/sarc)


      • arclight arclight

        looks like the Australian plan to provide isotopes for chemotherapy and imaging has hit a brick wall too
        just in

        so, there are huge problems getting isotopes and we need alternatives now! before the people of fukushima etc start developing cancers..

        and we need honest health evaluations and evacuation.. chemo is not possible if there is going to be increase in cancers.. the time for truth is NOW!!

        isotopes for the 1 percent only? and we get cancer from the isotope factories like the children in Budapest?? (there was a serious set of incidents at the budapest isotope institute over the last few years -still ongoing) so old white rich men can live another ten years??

        NRC = No Rights for Citizens

        save the children of fukushima!!

        • harengus_acidophilus

          I'm not sure…
          To cure radioactive induced cancer with radioactive medicine
          sounds for me like banning one devil with another.

          By the way: japanese research found evidence of anti-cancer substances (beta-glucon) in the mushrom, which can you see in my avatar (sparassis crispa). There are significant (50%) less spreading of metastases found in case of lung cancer.

          This mushrow grows worldwide on the root of pines,
          if you found one, remeber the tree for next year.

          (It's delicious too)


      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        Lethal Dangers of CT Scans And X-Rays; via A Green Road

        Cancer – The Forbidden Cures; via A Green Road

  • dosdos dosdos

    They knew before units 2 and 3 blew, and unit 2 was the greatest xenon release by a magnitude. NRC knew how bad it was and said nothing.

    And it's still not over.

  • arclight arclight

    this is what should have been done – page 5-6

    "…(b) Bioassay Program,
    j. Bioassays methods estimate the amount of radioactive material deposited in the body. The methods use either direct measurement, sensitive x-ray detectors placed over the chest (lung counting) and/ or other organs, or detection of radioactivity y in the excreta (nasal mucous, feces or urine).

    ~, A bioassay program for all individuals is recommended to determine if any internal dose was received, and to assure those who did not receive a dose that their health was not impaired. Implementation of a bioassay program and the documented results will be important in the equitable settlement of any legal actions that may occur in the years following a nuclear weapon accident. Personnel monitoring and bioassay programs are discussed in this paragraph and bioassay techniquesin Chapter 8…."

    "…Implementation of a bioassay program and the documented results will be important in the equitable settlement of any legal actions that may occur in the years following a nuclear weapon accident…."

    and this is why it wasnt done.. remember they know the cost of chemo is going to go through the roof in the next 2 years and there are already shortages (for some years actually)

  • arclight arclight

    heres the truth about the Australian Nuclear Agency

    Australia Nuclear agency boss accused of being โ€œโ€ฆa lying piece of shit.โ€

    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation chief executive Adrian Paterson was comforted by Senators and staff, and refused to leave the room until the man had left the building.

    plain speaking australians.. ๐Ÿ™‚ tell it like it is

    and the American regulatory mob are better?


    • or-well

      Attempting to emulate what he thought would be normal human reaction, the psychopath Paterson over-played the dramatics.

      The toadies and sycophants in attendance and those simply interested in furthering their own agendas played sympathetic roles, turning the performance into farce.

      The media audience in attendance greeted the performance enthusiastically, if uncritically.

      • arclight arclight

        well said orwell!

      • or-well

        and what the hell are Senators at a Hearing doing, stepping in to comfort a witness whose feelings were hurt? How cosy is that club? How competent is Paterson to be head if he cant take being called a liar? How would he react in a REAL CRISIS – shitting his pants and collapsing in a sobbing heap crying "Mommy!"???

    • richard richard

      the good ole cootamundra herald hey.. well spotted arc.

      i've done some work in ansto, and drive past the site from time to time. i find it strange that there is a 'waste processing' facility just a few kilometres up the road from ansto.

      but i think it's fair and easy to say that any pro-nuker with their mouth open could be called a liar.

    • Sol Man

      Those that are involved in inflicting death to the masses must rightfully be called on their shit, as it is know to the therapists' circles We are expected to accept lies as truth as the situation around the world gets consistently worse.
      It did not have to be this way, but we needed some visionaries at the helm years ago.

  • arclight arclight

    Helen Caldicott & David Freeman Nuclear Power: Life & Death p.2 of 4

  • Sickputer

    Assuming Wikipedia is unbiased (unlikely) then reports like Hixon's NRC research should debunk this nucleocrat lie:

    "The Chernobyl disaster is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011)."

    SP: Tell the truth Wikipedia…millions are watching you.

    Quote for the day:

    "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal."

    —Albert Einstein

  • arclight arclight

    well if you got this far on this thread how could you not sich this?

    THE FUKUSHIMA CHILDRENโ€™S LIVES ARE IN DANGER! ( Urgent Petition request)

    and documenting ians latest blog

    On 2012/01/12, at 11:50, Noam Chomsky wrote:

    It is a privilege to be able to lend personal support to the Fukushima Evacuate Children Lawsuit.
    There is no better measure of the moral health of a society than how it treats the most vulnerable people within it, and none or more vulnerable, or more precious, than children who are the victims of unconscionable actions.
    For Japan, and for all of us, this is a test that we must not fail.

  • Can anyone tell me if this NRC estimate includes the emissions from the fires in the spent fuel pools?

    I think not, but I would like confirmation….