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Nuclear Engineer: I agree Fukushima can be ‘extinction event’; It’s a myth that disaster is being contained — Nuclear Expert: Radioactive material has “contaminated much of Pacific Coast of North America… Negative impacts of the accident have spread throughout world” (VIDEO)

Published: April 28th, 2015 at 4:52 pm ET
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Interview with Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer, Apr 23, 2015, starting at 15:15 in (emphasis added):

  • Question: “Do you agree that this is, essentially — if it runs the next 20 years without anything happening — basically an extinction event for a good part of the human race and higher life forms?”
  • Chris Harris, former licensed Senior Reactor Operator & engineer: “I just jotted down some thoughts really quickly, these are myths of Fukushima: Containment – there isn’t any, even though today they started off probably another failed attempt at the ice walls; Cold shutdown is a myth at Fukushima — they declared it, but there is no cold shut down there; Cooling is a myth there, because you can’t tell that there is actual cooling going to where ever the fuel is; Waste processing… mountains of plastic bags, a mountain of them — that’s waste processing?; Decommissioning is a myth; Cleanup is a myth, it’s a waste generation facility; … There is no containment; Emergency planning there is also a myth, as we have seen because of the faulty electrical systems and everything else from the makeshift system they do have running. So, I am in agreement with your statement.

Press Conference with Prof. Hiroaki Koide, Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (retired), Apr 24, 2015, starting at 49:00 in: “The Tohoku region, and the Kanto great plain — where Tokyo rests — this area was very much contaminated. But you also have to take into account a world view… Japan is in an area where there are very strong winds blowing from the west, we call them the prevailing westerlies. So as you can see, the prevailing westerlies blew from the west very strong winds, and they blew the Cs-137 across the Pacific Ocean and contaminated much of the Pacific Coast of North America. And I believe also this is an example of why nuclear power plant accidents are different than any other kinds of events. It is not only the site itself that is severely contaminated… the negative impacts of the accident spread throughout the world.”

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    A simple slogan that will catch on. :)

    No Nuclear!


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  • bowling

    Thanks Obe. Learning from you.


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  • rogerthat

    http://alibi.com/feature/49033/Remembering-the-Downwinders.html

    Remembering the Downwinders
    A Q&A with journalist Dennis J.Carroll, director of Forgotten: Trinity’s Downwinders
    By Ty Bannerman

    VIA CHILDRENOFTHEBOMB.BLOGSPOT.COM

    Most histories of the Manhattan Project depict the 1945 Trinity Test as having taken place in the center of a vast, uninhabited plain, but there were ranchers and homesteaders who lived only miles away.

    Many of them reported having heard the explosion and, the next morning, saw ashen fallout settle over their land like a dusting of snow and even singeing their livestock.

    Although no official governmental survey of long-term health effects has been conducted on these so-called “downwinders” and their descendants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated documents relating to the test and concluded that nearby residents were almost certainly exposed to harmful levels of radiation and may have experienced negative health effects, such as cancer, as a result.

    Santa Fe-based journalist Dennis J. Carroll, a former editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and a contributor to the New York Times and the Santa Fe New Mexican, is currently developing a documentary film about the Trinity downwinders and their struggle for both recognition and compensation.

    The Alibi spoke to him about their story. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.inquisitr.com/2054210/myth-offshore-wind-expensive-debunked-wind-power-cheaper-than-gas-fired-nuclear-power/

    April 30, 2015
    Myth Of Offshore Wind Being Expensive Debunked – Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Gas-Fired And Nuclear Power


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  • irhologram

    Boone Dam update. 4/28/15 http://www.turnto10.com/story/28924115/tva-president-on-boone-dam-we-can-fix-itwe-will-fix-it
    After months of investigative work by engineers, Johnson said TVA has more information than ever about the water seepage problem. "We know a lot more about what's happening under the dam," Johnson told reporters. He said water was moving through the base of the earth filled portion of the dam carrying sediment with it. "We have reduced the pressure on the dam and are not seeing the sediment come through, but we can see we do have water coming through the dam because the sinkhole has sunk further," Johnson said pointing to a section of caved-in parking lot at the base of Boone Dam.

    Johnson says no caves have opened up under the dam, and the ground remains stable. (Except for the wash out at the base of the dam and the sinking parking lot?)

    Johnson says it is essential for TVA to figure out how to stop the flow of water through the earthen section because the continued flow of sediment-laden lake water could destabilize the dam.

    Translation: Lowering the water level had stopped downstream sediment from BUT it's still flowing through the base because the sinkhole is growing (hopefully not into a cave), because the parking lot sank, and so sediment IS still flowing and its a matter of time until the dam bursts.

    Cont.


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  • rogerthat

    http://safeenergy.org/2015/04/29/the-evidence/

    The evidence that radiation from nuclear reactors causes childhood leukemia

    … A key point Dr. Fairlie made to us is that this work was only possible because of release of data previously withheld by the nuclear industry and its regulators worldwide. And, in fact, for every reactor in the world save one, that data continues to be withheld.

    The exception, which is captured by the chart at the top of the page, is the Gundremmingen reactors in Bavaria, Germany. That chart shows an actual radiation spike during refueling of one of those reactors.

    That data was obtained only because a few years back, the German Green Party and Social Democrats together won an election and governed Bavaria. As Fairlie tells it, an official from that government–the head of the department that regulates nuclear power in the region–brought in an official from the nuclear power plant and demanded the operator provide information on daily radiation releases from the site.

    The reactor official refused. The government official demanded it. The reactor official refused, saying it wouldn’t be understood. The government official demanded it. The reactor official said it would take months to compile. The government official told the reactor guy to submit his undated letter of resignation, which he did. …


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    • rogerthat

      The official then told the reactor guy that if the information wasn’t provided within three days, the letter would be dated and made public.

      The information arrived in three days–but could only be read by a proprietary computer program held by the utility. But some young Green Party computer geeks succeeded in moving the data through three separate programs and eventually were able to put it into Excel format. And the truth came out.

      That’s the kind of data that is certainly worth demanding everywhere. It takes political pressure to get it–the nuclear industry will never release it of its own volition. Because, like the radioactive materials released by nuclear reactors, especially during refueling, it is toxic. Toxic to the lie that radiation emissions from nuclear reactors are harmless, and toxic to the lie that tritium is a low-energy isotope that is not particularly hazardous. …

      - great work, read in full


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    • @rogerthat….

      Great work Bro! I always read your stuff although I rarely comment….it speaks for itself.

      Joust on fellow jedi warrior in the walk on part in the war against the war against the human genome.


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  • irhologram

    TVA said it plans to reveal its long-term solution plans as soon as July. "I think speculation today about the future with the knowledge we have would be worthwhile. A couple of months from now I will have a better answer." Translation: Since the sinkhole appeared last October, we still don't know what to do.

    Johnson says the TVA is weeks away from testing the injection of grout into the base of the dam. Translation: After discovering the dam was breaking, we still have not begun reinforcing its ever worsening weakness.

    "My belief is not only can we fix it but we will fix it," he said. "We're going to do this, we're going to do it right, and whatever it takes that what we're going to do." Translation: They don't know what to do, but they're going to do it. Without a fix, a torrential flow of millions of gallons of the heavy, unmitigated sediment-laden lake water will certainly burst the dam and crash downstream like a tsunami over multiple nuclear and chemical plants.


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  • rogerthat

    weasel words:

    http://energy.gov/articles/new-mexico-governor-susana-martinez-and-us-energy-secretary-ernest-moniz-announce

    New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and U.S Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announce Settlement on Nuclear Waste Incidents

    April 30, 2015

    … Under this agreement, instead of paying fines DOE will provide support for a variety of mutually beneficial and critical projects …

    - ha ha ha. $100 million? Poof, it's gone!


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.beyondnuclear.org

    NRC rubber-stamps proposed new Fermi 3 reactor license, Beyond Nuclear vows legal appeals

    As documented in a Memorandum and Order, the four U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioners (there has been a vacancy for many months) today approved the Fermi 3 combined Construction and Operating License Application (COLA) submitted by DTE (formerly Detroit Edison) in Sept. 2008. NRC issued a press release.

    An environmental coalition (Beyond Nuclear, Citizens for Alternatives to Chemical Contamination, Citizen Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, Don't Waste Michigan, and Sierra Club Michigan Chapter) officially intervened against the COLA on March 9, 2009 and have vowed to continue to resist the proposed new atomic reactor. The intervention's three dozen filed contentions has likely delayed Fermi 3's groundbreaking by several years.

    Fermi 3 is targeted at the Lake Erie shore near Monroe, MI, immediately adjacent to the Fukushima Daiichi twin design Fermi 2 reactor, and on the very spot where the Fermi 1 experimental plutonium breeder reactor had a partial core meltdown on Oct. 5, 1966.

    As conveyed in Beyond Nuclear's press release, federal court appeals are being prepared on multiple fronts: Nuclear Waste Confidence; the transmission corridor; and Quality Assurance (QA). The coalition will work with allies to block DTE from obtaining any public subisidies with which to build Fermi 3, as well. …


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  • Drop a comment here folks
    joust far and wide

    looks at this propaganda

    The storage facility would be a natural complement to the WIPP site and the next phase of building the nuclear corridor in Southeast New Mexico,” said Jack Volpato, former Eddy County commissioner and now president of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a way to diversify our economy as the oil and gas industry goes south.”

    http://www.abqjournal.com/577094/abqnewsseeker/nuclear-power-plant-waste-headed-to-nm.html


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  • aunavoz

    Hello again Jebus ..

    "You deceived and you sucked it up, ta'i.

    I was referring to your old man, too…"

    You are one of the smartest logical folks here. Have said it before.

    You really cannot stretch this to believe Alex and I are the same or connected. Well dunno actually .. maybe you had a stroke or something.

    You can rant on about the screen name. But what you did to me was a gross violation .. and potentially dangerous to me.

    By the way .. my old man died in January.

    You are just a big fucking jerk.


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    • Hilarious!

      just as the troll ejection hits its final phase…..


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      • aunavoz

        Yes it must be to you too Slock.

        What a surprise ..

        Coming.


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        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          do I detect a hint of criminal maliciousness t'ai?

          Whats up with you poison hurlers anyway? Not content to live and let live, you have to poison everything and then harass them too.

          You know what the three common features of children who grow up psychopaths is?

          bed-wetting
          cruelty to animals
          arson


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          • aunavoz

            Aww .. code .. you're off on one of your tangents again.

            I guess you missed your testosterone shot this week? Not enough hair to shave?

            I was never a bedwetter cruel to animals or an arsonist .. nor have I poisoned anything.

            What a useless idiotic reply. Next time spare Admin the bandwidth.

            As will I.


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        • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

          Wow…and here I sit wallowing in self pity watching my own spouse laying in bed for 3 days straight, but today was especially rough as we should be celebrating our 24th Anniversary doing something special together since I've accepted that it will likely be our last. Instead I guess I'll be wondering what "else" is "coming" (again) since I can't imagine things being much worse(??!!) I don't want to scare any one away from doing the "right" thing,="anti-nuclear" action, but being in/from IL,I've learned not to take Nuke Cartel threats idly(??!!) I'm not celebrating the death of anyone's spouse though, "unless", the departed party had something to do with the release of particles that IMO led directly to my wife's cancer & impending death,for what it's worth….


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          • aunavoz

            I am sorry about your wife. Suggested to you before and repeating .. find some caretaker and grief support .. most hospices offer for free..

            As to the rest of your note .. first why on earth would you think the nuclear cartel would give a shit about Enenews?

            This site isn't even a gnat to them.

            And because it encompasses so much of the far fringe ideas of the conspiracy cult .. most of the rest of the world isn't paying attention either.

            And no .. my dead partner had nothing to do with whatever caused your wife's cancer.

            He was actually a mountain man survivalist living as much off the grid as he could.

            He was a very kind simple man .. one of the smartest guys I ever knew. Next to my Dad of course. :)

            Get some help with all the painful and overwhelming issues you must deal with now.

            Family first.


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    • SadieDog

      "Seventy microsieverts per hour of beta-ray-emitting radioactivity, far exceeding the recommended maximum exposure of 0.11 microsieverts per hour, were detected on the surface where the water had leaked.

      Workers placed sandbags around the tank to prevent the radioactive water from spreading to other areas, the newspaper said.

      The leak was detected on the same day that tests were launched in preparation for the eventual construction of a 1.5-kilometer-long (0.9-mile) frozen soil wall around the No. 1 to No. 4 reactor buildings, a project aimed at preventing further leaks of radioactive water into the sea."


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  • SadieDog

    Tepco tests freezing soil in preparation for Fukushima ice wall…
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201505010039


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  • ecoguy57

    I have been posting for years that both children and adults in Japan and the west coast of the United States and Canada should be detoxing with the powdered mineral called Zeolite to safely remove the radioactive isotopes from their bodies! This is important and powdered zeolite really works! For more information see the website at http://www.removeradiation.com


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