Nuclear Expert: Fukushima spent fuel has 85 times more cesium than released at Chernobyl — “It would destroy the world environment and our civilization… an issue of human survival” -Former UN adviser

Published: April 6th, 2012 at 4:34 pm ET
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Title: Fukushima Daiichi Site: Cesium-137 is 85 times greater than at Chernobyl Accident
Source: Akio Matsumura
Date: updated on 4/5/12

[...] I asked top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, for an explanation of the potential impact of the 11,421 rods. 

I received an astounding response from Mr. Alvarez [updated 4/5/12]:

In recent times, more information about the spent fuel situation at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site has become known. It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.

The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors. Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.. As this has never been done before, the removal of the spent fuel from the pools at the damaged Fukushima-Dai-Ichi reactors will require a major and time-consuming re-construction effort and will be charting in unknown waters. Despite the enormous destruction cased at the Da–Ichi site, dry casks holding a smaller amount of spent fuel appear to be unscathed.

Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel).

It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.

Many of our readers might find it difficult to appreciate the actual meaning of the figure, yet we can grasp what 85 times more Cesium-137 than the Chernobyl would mean. It would destroy the world environment and our civilization. This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival. [...]

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    • Take a moment to pat yourself on the back for understanding truth, history, diversity and decency. Feels good right? Feels good because however the price falls, whatever the criminals throw down at us, however many gauntlets are wafted in our faces. WE ARE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE TRADE!

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      I started stacking gold.

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      I have been stacking knowledge for a lifetime but I am now in overdrive.

      The time is here, the debate over TSHTF is over, it hit. Picture a bunch…


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      • The time is here, the debate over TSHTF is over, it hit. Picture a bunch of folks in slow motion grimacing as it arcs in a fine spray towards them, waiting for the splatter on their brows. This is where we are.

        I believe there will come a time soon that I will stitch some gold into my clothing, that I will hide from tyranny, that I will cower in fear and will be afraid for my ability to protect my children from the onslaught of anger and violence. Look around, what exactly is stable? Tell me one positive about the present day?

        We are walking into the valley, preps will help, fitness will help, food will help but luck will be the decider. None of us can foresee what this way comes. Just know this, it will hurt, it will cost, it is here.

        Let's not forget why we are here, let's not get wrapped up in daily moping over some chart that says your insurance is not as good as yesterday. Trust in yourself, it got you this far.

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        ' The end of the Keynesian experiment is upon us, PREPARE ACCORDINGLY'


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        • Stock I've never seen you so pessimistic— hang in there!!!


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        • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

          in a word…brilliant! Nice rant dude.

          But I must submit that there's one positive that's coming out of this era: the truth.

          Humans have been deceiving themselves (collectively) that they are somehow preeminent in the greater scheme of things. Regardless of ones place in the hierarchy of contemporary society, we're about to get a rude awakening to the dream that we were endowed with a right to exploit nature…


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        • richard richard

          +!

          i mostly agree with all of that stock, thanks for voicing it.

          this blog, and the likes, have certainly created a forum that brings together concerned people from around the globe .. our preceeding/existing lifestyles will all be different, with deep concern and curiousity as one common denominator.

          you mention some are anonymous here. the account i've created is the most directly connected to my real name I've ever had on a forum.

          I've nothing to hide about my feelings toward this disaster and the nuke industry. it's one step to being a bit more visible to the world with my protest.

          as for fitness. yes indeed, everyone get fit, you'll need it if the SHTF (or even not, for that matter).

          don't go crazy if you haven't done much before, but try to walk at least 30 minutes a day, and do some yoga and floor exercises. Get a Wii Fit while the power's still on :)

          get a rad meter of some sort if you can afford it. if you can't afford it, let me know. i may see what can be done to help.

          i've stored some water from pre-3/11 (and face filters, although I've since read that eyes may need protection as well).

          anyway, you guys, all you steady people here, and the not so steady.. well done on the efforts. you know who you are, i'd like to list them, but then, i'm bound to forget someone :)

          one last lingering concern … if/when the lights go out.. all of these databases may be lost. i kind of wish it could all be carved in stone.


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          • I wonder if admin could burn a DVD of this blog, we can contribute $10 each and have it delivered by US mail. Get 5000 copies out there, for historical review.


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          • richard richard

            oh, and maybe do a donation to an an animal activist group.

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            i just did :)


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          • StillJill StillJill

            That is beautiful 'richard'! You too 'Stock'. See,…I saw your 'truth fest', as 'the truth',…which can be neither negative, nor positive. It just is. But,…even here,….the truth will be labeled as 'being negative'. We must caution ourselves from this gentle form of denial.

            Roomie will look over my shoulder while I read some of the new stories,…and he'll say,..Oh,…that article was from a while ago,……". To which I say,…"And, what,….it 'went away'? No my friend,….it has ACCUMULATED,….'IT' is EVEN BIGGER than 'IT' was when this article was written!

            I for one thank you all for the 'no-holds-bared' TRUTH!!!
            I was STARVED for 'IT', in fact!
            I prayed very specifically to be brought into the fold of my true Brother and Sisters,….or to please come home. I found enenews,…or YOU found me,…the very next day.

            Indeed,….we were BORN for this day! :-)

            "Be of good cheer,….I have overcome the WORLD" -The Holy writ- The long-haired radical from Galilee speaking.


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            • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

              Thank you each of you for simply being Truthful. Truth is what I come here for too & why I scour the comments after each article & always learn something new. I love the challenge of trying to look at things form totally different points of view.

              And I most definitely agree that the time will come when you must truly fight for what is dear & most precious to you. All of our governments continue to prepare for battle, by creating laws that will spy on & control us. Therefore so must we.

              ~Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around…It's My Secret~

              “I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

              —Stephen Grellet, 1773-1855


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              • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

                The Masque of Anarchy

                "Stand ye calm and resolute,
                Like a forest close and mute,
                With folded arms and looks which are
                Weapons of unvanquished war.

                And if then the tyrants dare,
                Let them ride among you there,
                Slash, and stab, and maim and hew,
                What they like, that let them do.

                With folded arms and steady eyes,
                And little fear, and less surprise
                Look upon them as they slay
                Till their rage has died away

                Then they will return with shame
                To the place from which they came,
                And the blood thus shed will speak
                In hot blushes on their cheek.

                Rise like Lions after slumber
                In unvanquishable number,
                Shake your chains to earth like dew
                Which in sleep had fallen on you-
                Ye are many — they are few"

                The Mask of Anarchy is a political poem written in 1819 (see 1819 in poetry) by Percy Bysshe Shelley following the Peterloo Massacre of that year. In his call for freedom, it is perhaps the first modern statement of the principle of nonviolent resistance.


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        • The Blue Light.

          What a wonderful, thought out, considered and insightful essay. Truly thought provoking, you author you.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Even the children know, what adults have forgotten…

      Fukishima 15 Year Old Speech-Song
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/and-earth-cried.html


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  • Facing a disaster that will "destroy the world environment and our civilization" our governments produce in their crisis communications denials, vital omissions, and lies.

    What is going on here?

    Are there major and concerted ongoing efforts that we do not know about, not visible on the webcams?

    Or has the worst already happened and those who have privileged knowledge are subtly warning those few of us who are paying attention?

    I want to know what is going on here!

    The NRC transcripts suggested spent fuel pool 4 was destroyed. Is it?

    What is the great glowing orb seen in unit 4 for months?

    I would greatly appreciate it if we could assemble all the data we have to try and make some sense of this…


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    • JOHN MONAGER: Unit 1 and 2 is boiling
      8 down, and Unit 3 and 4 is having zirc/water reaction.
      9 They believe there is essentially no walls on Unit 3.
      10 The explosion — I'm sorry — Unit 4. The explosion
      11 leveled the walls, leveled the structure for the Unit
      12 4 spent-fuel pool all the way down to the approximate
      13 level of the bottom of the fuels. So, there's no
      14 water in there whatsoever.
      15 MALE PARTICIPANT: And no ability to
      16 retain water.
      17

      http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A108.pdf


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      • NRC March Email: “The walls of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool have collapsed, and there is no water in there”http://enenews.com/nrc-march-email-the-walls-of-the-unit-4-spent-fuel-pool-have-collapsed-and-there-is-no-water-in-there


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        • March 16th, 2011 – Unit 4 SFP walls have collapsed – Fuel may no longer be intact, Enformable, Jan. 11, 2012:
          From: Boska, John
          Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 11:31 AM
          To: Guzman, Richard
          Cc: Pickett, Douglas
          Subject: Developments in Japan
          Importance: High
          Rich, please review and comment, for distribution to our branch.
          In a briefing with Joe Giitter that just ended, we were informed that the situation is now much worse in Japan. The walls of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool have collapsed, and there is no water in there. There were a large number of fuel assemblies in the pool, and the fuel may no longer be intact. The radiation levels are increasing so much that it may prove difficult to work on the other 5 reactors at the site, which could lead to more fuel…


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          • On the morning of Tue March 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a statement warning that the Japanese authorities had reported a fire in spent fuel pool #4.

            Japanese authorities also today informed the IAEA at 03:50 UTC that the spent fuel storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was on fire and radioactivity was being released directly into the atmosphere.

            At the time of these reports, dose rates of up to 400 millisievert per hour were reported at the site. Japanese authorities stated that the the fire in the pool was caused by a hydrogen explosion. (http://www.iaea.org/press/?p=1248)

            The fuel pool fire was reportedly extinguished later on March 15 (IAEA http://www.iaea.org/press/p=1252).


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            • Jim Riccio, a nuclear expert for Greenpeace, reported on March 16 to The Guardian that the spent fuel pool at unit 4 was still boiling: "The spent fuel pool in unit 4 is boiling, and once that starts you can't stop it… The threat is that if you boil off the water, the metal cladding on the fuel rods that is exposed to the air, and is volatile, will catch fire. That will propel the radiation even further"

              (cited in Goldenberg, 2011 3/16). Goldenberg, Suzanne. “Japan Nuclear Crisis: Fire in fuel pools 'would raise radiation exposure'. The guardian (2011, March 16): .http://www.guardian.co.


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              • Some people who post here, including Joy and Sickputer, have suggested that there has been an ongoing 'FEED AND BLEED' operation at spf pool 4 to prevent it from burning again.

                They think that it is still relatively intact, despite cracks and its incredibly precarious position

                What information have we gathered from the WEBCAMS that would support either position:

                a. it is already collaposed

                b. it is precarious, but intact with feed and bleed oeprations


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                  • Kevin Kevin

                    Yes Heart,

                    But, in perfectly predictable NRC form this is how they how talk it back in an official forum.

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

                    We have all been over this repeatedly. It is 101 in issues management.

                    There is never going to be any clarity.

                    We have seen the NRC release information that prooves they knew a whole slew of things, they did not disclose. Moreover, we have proven on these pages that they in fact communicated the complete opposite of what they knew to be true or forcasted/modelled/simulated.

                    Its bit like groundhog day going over and over the same glaring points in this corner of cyber space without the facts we have unearthed here ever seeing the light of day.

                    There was a time that it was crucial for the information to be disseminated, so people could make proper decisions. When does that "best before" date come to be?

                    It is a twilight zone experience, of that there is no doubt.


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                • Kevin Kevin

                  Yes Majia,

                  You properly ask what is the status.

                  Bizarrely we have seen contradicting evidence for so long, those committed to understanding, simply cannot. Its a shell game of massive proportions.

                  Without a doubt, this is evidence of the coverup we have all identified in one way, shape or form.

                  Did the explosions, at three in particular, release the deadly payload? Was it four as initially anticipated and discussed by the NRC? Is 4 still a threat?

                  These are all questions that should be answered conclusively by now.

                  I think ENENEWS folks have for so long accepted the coverup that the tendency is to take it upon ourselves to fill in the pieces.

                  That is improper, and futile as the evidence is just impossible to gather to prove with any definitive clarity.

                  All of which suggests to me, the plan is to communicate a slow understanding taking decades mirroring that of much of the disease resulting from the catastrophe. It will be a very slow awakening to the reality and extent of the Fukushima "incident." Most of which will be result of the impacts surfacing, rather than a proper disclosure of the facts and their impacts.


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                • NoNukes NoNukes

                  I am wondering why there has been a story about the SFP 4 almost everyday for…8 days? 12 days? Why now?

                  If the NRC did have it right, and they sounded convinced, then why are they trotting out the R4 sfp now? What is this "future threat" distracting us from in the present?


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                • What-About-The-Kids

                  Majia, on March 17, (2012), I attended the Seattle event "Lessons for the PNW from Fukushima" sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

                  There were apparently several Enenewsers there that day. (No one gave their name, but it was good to know they were there.) Speakers included Dr. Helen Caldicott (live), and via video and teleconference, Arne Gunderson and Robert Alvarez.

                  After thanking Arne and Helen on behalf of Enenewsers (and giving several plugs for enenews, BTW) ;-) , I asked Arne about the mystery surrounding SFP 4, specifically mentioning the recent release of the NRC transcripts which stated SPF 4 had collapsed.

                  I mentioned the fact that that no video of the explosion in SPF 4 has ever been released, only a video after the explosion showing the smoke/gases/whatever pouring out of the reactor 4 building.

                  I asked him specifically if he had heard confirmation otherwise, that showed the NRC's original statement that the walls of the pool had collapsed was in fact incorrect…

                  Arne's response: With that slight coy smile of his, he said he had "seen pictures" of TEPCO employees working on reinforcing SFP 4. He did NOT specifically answer my question about statements from the NRC reversing their original observation.

                  So, unfortunately, the answer did not really settle the question, at least in my mind.

                  Hope this helps…?


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                  • Kevin Kevin

                    Sounds like another classic Gunderson moment.

                    Thanks for your effort on this and for at least posing the question.

                    Anything on SFP3?

                    Ahh forget it!

                    lol

                    Cheers


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                    • NoNukes NoNukes

                      What-About-The-Kids,

                      That sounds like an answer, doesn't it? That he is not going to lie to you directly. If it was there wouldn't he make that clear?

                      Kevin,

                      No fair bringing up sfp3 when James2's hands are tied, lol!


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                    • What-About-The-Kids

                      :-) I didn't have time to ask any additional questions, as I felt some tension from some of the handlers (oops, I mean organizers) to move on…

                      It probably was because prior to my question about SPF4, I asked if Arne had read the recent USGS report stating Washingtonians had been breathing in 40,000 times "background" of radioactive Xenon gas (and thereby letting my fellow Seattleites in attendance know, point blank, that neither our Office of Radiological Protection nor our local, state or fed govts. cautioned us parents who have children who play Spring sports to keep our kids indoors and out of the rain. I didn't have time to mention the NRC transcripts describing the modeling done of the lethal 1-year thyroid dosing estimates of California children's thyroids…)

                      Needless to say, my anger was not well hidden, and perhaps my bold statement made some uneasy? Too bad more people don't do the same and speak up and speak out when an injustice has been done–especially to our children…

                      The event attendees were mostly in the dark about Fuku and all things nuclear …boy, you should have seen their faces during Helen's presentation…! Reminded me of myself, about 12 months ago…


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                  • thanks for sharing this experience What About the Kids…


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                    • NoNukes NoNukes

                      +2, thanks What-About-The-Kids. It is so important that you got the question out. There is so much I'm afraid that we don't know.


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                    • What-About-The-Kids

                      You are both welcome! I'm sorry I didn't see your comments until just now, so my reply is a bit delayed. :-)

                      Robert Alvarez, another incredibly brave, intelligent and experienced expert with integrity, also gave an excellent presentation. His slides demonstrating that the number of fuel assemblies sitting in a good number of U.S. spent fuel pools DWARF by huge numbers those sitting in the Fukushima Diachi spent fuel pools….including SPF #4!!! His presentation sent shivers down my spine and the other attendees were pretty speechless as well. The numbers are so huge, and as a result, the increased risks so mind-numbing, it is really hard to wrap one's head around. I felt like crawling in a hole when I heard the figures he was describing. That we would allow ourselves to get buried so DEEP in this sh*t is pure INSANITY. Can't emphasize this enough…


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    • Anthony Anthony

      Its time for the whole Nuke industry to align their best and best efforts to the cause. Its become the only thing that will really matter.


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  • mikael

    I dont know if I am going to be furious or laugh at the News this days. So we have for weeks druled around the SFP4 whilst the rest of the cause(react 2.3.4) rests in the dark.
    I just wounder, all the calculus done about the level of radiation, where we are talking about the hole mass, is it based on the ONE cauge that as far I undrstands it, the only one.
    The one situated in the "favorable" direction.
    huh
    Correct me if I am wrong, and the numbers dont ad up at all.
    It way to fu.. low.

    Its becomed a weird world, where the MSM pimps the USA/NATO cup in Syria, a.s.o. Stupid TV shows, even more stupid reality shows(hehehe what ever that means) and behind everything is Fukushima.
    Its like banging our heads in to a wall.

    And whats even more hartbreaking, is the knowledge of a catlytmic catasrofe, and we are talking in Biblical terms.
    I cant even imagine what we will face, in 2-4 years with this rate og increasingly higher radiation. In terms of background and onsite.

    Why is Nothing happening, no real deall, just talk.
    I dont give a fu.. about the drivel so far, we all know that this is beyound drivel, but stil we talk.
    That is our doom.

    That is my biggest fear, above everything else.
    The talk and blame game.
    While the clock is tikking.
    Tikk/takk

    Fu..

    peace


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  • vital1 vital1

    We have a responsibility to our families and future generations not just to ourselves. How we act now is important. Take this information in and then focus on what needs to be done to keep your family, and community safe and well. Be flexible but positive. Keep in mind SP4 has not fallen yet.

    It is through collective action that powerful change can come. The future is not here yet, but our actions now will determine it.

    Ultimately whether this disaster happened or not, it is all about living everyday to the full. Respecting your follow man, and every living creature on the planet.

    Focus on maintaining you and your families health and well being. Numerous enenews users have provided a great deal of very positive information here that can help you and your family stay safe and well. Make use of it!

    Here are a couple of free books that have information on how to maximize your personal physical, mental, and spiritual resources. These techniques when used with the other information provided in the enenews forums can help a great deal.

    http://technologypals.com.au/free-books

    Geiger Counter Use Guide

    http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Using-a-Geiger-Counter-to-test-food-for-Radioactive-Contamination.pdf


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    • What-About-The-Kids

      Vital1, thank you for being such a positive, energetic force on this forum. You always have something positive and helpful to add. You are appreciated! And I wholeheartedly agree, we need to live our lives to their fullest, no matter what anyway. Fuku is only an added reminder, (on steroids!)

      I, for one, refuse to give up the good fight. It's what keeps me going, even on the darkest of days (which I experienced recently after the passing of my dear mother, a true angel among us). What is the alternative? Give up? Drag everyone else down with one's own despair?

      Having lived quite a number of years now, I have noticed a tendency of some who, with age, understandably feel burdened by the hardships which life can load upon us all, and as a result, grow increasingly pessimistic. They seem to take some (small) comfort in spreading their doom and gloom pronouncements, as if, in telling everyone that they too will die someday, their own imminent demise will seem less painful and more acceptible, somehow. (What's the saying? "Misery loves company.")

      This is not meant to be a judgment, rather an observation. I believe people will do whatever they feel they need to do to cope. My heart goes out to ALL people who are suffering from the aftermath of Fuku, whether emotionally or physically or both as is the case of several members of my family and friends in the PNW and on the West Coast).

      After all, we are all members of this planet and I truly believe we…


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    • vital1 vital1

      The food supplement whey, mentioned in the Stress Management book is a dairy product. It could possibly be a contaminated item now depending on where it is produced. You could substituted it with Chlorella, or Spirulina instead. Chlorella, and Spirulina appear to be excellent for helping to eliminate radioactive toxins from the body. If you have them in powder form mix to taste in fruit juice.

      Also check out what country the Chlorella or Spirulina brand you intend to purchase comes from before purchasing. A lot of Chlorella, and Spirulina is being produced in Japan. Maybe safe coming from Southern Japan but who knows?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I'm into visuals..I wish Ene had a data drop area.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX0Vjar2J_E
    Check it 3:40
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSAnDtwcCX4&feature=related
    Four is burning..


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P6xArnXBwc
    Not understanding the condition…being spell bound in twilight..
    can't continue.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Man ..give Heart a break..oh what?..my heart is already broken.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuVrMlBS50s


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  • InfoPest InfoPest

    I have read so much self absorbed whining in my life.

    Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata has given us an opportunity to do something here. He has CREDIBILITY !! Let's use that to help spread his message. Send the link to his webpage to every newspaper and news website and TV news outlet you can find. Help give his message "legs", rather than whining about armageddon, get up and rage against the dying of the light.

    Here's the link, get working.

    http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html


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    • blackbeer blackbeer

      You are way out of line here InfoPest, way out of line. What do you think we are all doing here, what the hell do you think we are all doing here. What do you think we do with the information we are able to glean from this site, from each other. What, we just snidly hide it amoungst the thrushes. No one here deserves the tone of your comment, no one. There are times when the bruses on our foreheads from beating them against brick walls start to bother us and we may ask each other for a bit of help now and then but please remember, there are very few of us that actually know what is going on and that in itself is a painful reality. So actually what I'd really like to say to you is Buzz Off……..

      Tom


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        "…there are very few of us that actually know what is going on…"? Given the paucity of action, I'd argue that the enenews crowd (which has long been graced by the presence of InfoPest) has offered more solutions and produced far-more incisive observations than those who were 'officially' tasked with addressing this ongoing catastrophe…


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        • blackbeer blackbeer

          I agree completely with that Aftershock, which is why I couldn't understand the sentements expressed in InfoPests' post.

          Tom


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          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            If he'll allow me, I'd say InfoPest is admonishing any of us who may be doing more "whining" than anything else. I agree with him. I even find myself (lately) becoming overwhelmed by these latest revelations. I have to go along with his suggestion that we shove this story under the noses of every media venue on the internet. The time is now!

            Speaking of time. I'm overdoing it on my end. Take care blackbear…


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      • InfoPest InfoPest

        Check out the h/t. I found this story and submited it to admin. I have been busy all day subitting it to hundreds of news outlets. But all I've read here are comments that are preaching to the choir instead of trying to inform the world.

        Sometimes this site seems more like group therapy for whiners than a source of information about the most important issue of all time.


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        • blackbeer blackbeer

          You, of course, have the right to your own opinion even if it is a bit asque. I would submit that the most important issue of all time is mankind finally having to face the reality of the consequences of our own actions, Fukushima being only one of those consequences. We are now facing the failure of infastructures that we assumed had our best interests at heart. We are facing governments that are dedicated to their own survival, not ours but theirs. We are facing the reality that we risk violence to our person if we declare our beliefs in public, we are facing hatered one against another in a world that should be far and above that. For many, it is the first time. So again I must say that your judgement is a bit harsh. Maybe you have spent your life as an activist, many of us have, but many have not so who should they turn to other then those of us that have been here for the duration and might be able to offer a perspective that may help them cope with the shock of truth.
          Just the way I think, I'm old and maybe a little more patient and understanding of peoples feelings. Or maybe I'm just full of bs…………………….

          Tom


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          • Anthony Anthony

            You both are right and appreciated here.


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            • blackbeer blackbeer

              As are you my friend and thank you…….

              Tom


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            • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

              I agree with the need to share this info. I also know we need a place where we can rest our weary heads, sometimes or Scream at the top of our lungs or simply cry.

              I will ask for help in getting this & more out to the Occupy groups around the world, via Facebook or their own pages. I have had little luck with news media..they are after all controlled by the same who profit from Nukes.

              On Facebook you are only allowed to post at a max of 4 sites a day & they somewhat limit your comments too. I have even been banned form posting for 2 weeks because of their rules. So I need more people who will spread information on their pages. Below is one of the posts that I share & you may use it if you like to spread the EneNews link.

              Stay informed on current Energy & Nuclear news with special attention to the Ongoing crisis in Japan. After clicking on an article be sure to read the comments below each as they offer more information. Be sure to take a look at the Forums including the one with help to reduce Radiation risks. Join for free to comment or add news articles.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes,,,,What-About-The-Kids,…I agree. It is our 'duty' to warn of real, potential danger,….wherever and whenever 'we' happen upon it-IMO,…and the Good Book's too! :-)

    Love has always been the answer. Hate has always been the problem.
    I CHOOSE to live in 'the solution'! (Besides,….it's infinitely juicier!) :-)


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    • What-About-The-Kids

      Thank you for your reply, StillJill. I agree! Love is the only way! As parents, we understand that our innocent children need us to protect, love and nurture them. So when we see wrongs being done, such incideous crimes against the most innocent among us, our children, we must speak up!

      It is the love for all children (and all living things on this planet) that makes me speak up and do my small part to help educate others about the Nuclear Lies our grandfathers and fathers told us. Having been "awakened" at a relatively late stage of my life, I believe we who are among this tiny (comparatively speaking), but GROWING group who are now fully awake have been given this "gift" so that we will use our newfound knowledge to help educate and awaken others. (Not trying to sound like a religious fanatic, just trying to express what it feels like to finally learn the truth after being lied to my whole life.) :-(


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  • dave14139

    Aside from governments wanting Pu for military – what was so great about nukes?


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    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

      It was always about the military application of nuclear technology. Nuclear power plants were brought online to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons. From day one, it's been a symbiotic relationship…


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      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @Aftershock

        Good heavens Aftershock, you have mentioned the "P" word. Even Mr. Alvarez did not bring it up. Remember, nuclear specialists only speak of cesium. Got it? And cesium has such a short half-life we've nothing to fear from it. "P" on the other hand lingers for quite awhile and is far, far more dangerous.

        I wish peace and safety for all of you and yours. We had the rainwater tested here and it did contain strontium (not cesium). Know what you are drinking.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    "Too cheap to meter",…they say. (Sounds like an old whore-sorry, just sayin'!)


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  • bleep_hits_blades

    From the get-go, the nuclear industry was all about making money (what else?). Nuclear power and weapons were yet another schtick – another 'plausible pretext' (if you read their own pr blab and don't think about it too carefully) for funneling taxpayer money to private industry, said nuclear industry bribing/paying off the 'right' people in govt. to bring about/facilitate this transfer of funds.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    99.9 percent citizens of the earth don't like that our planet has been ruined by (a single power plant). We're asking (just asking, for now) that you so-called scientists (yes, all of you), please quit your job, because you are destroying the earth. And your kids will read this and question things. Think about it.


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    • Sickputer

      90% of the world's population doesn't even know the name Fukushima. 75% never got the news there was a nuclear meltdown in Japan. 50% don't even know the word radioactivity. There is a reason we label the illiterate as sheep. I may be off some on my percentages, but probably not by much. Starving prople in Afica have little time for world news and very few outlets for media.


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      • richard richard

        i'd never really considered nuke plants in japan, till one morning over 15 years ago.

        i woke abrubtly from a dream and it was still vivid in my mind.

        in the dream i was clearly reading a newspaper article (you remember them) and the headline was about a nuke accident in a japanese planet.

        it was quite clear to me, and so i mentioned it to a good friend over coffee that morning, then it was generally forgotten.

        then, a couple of months later, there we were over coffee, and i opened the local morning paper – to the page with the nuke accident report, with the same day-name in the dateline (Tuesday).

        over the years, japanese nuke plants faded from my thoughts, as they do.

        but i believe the event was 11 March 1997 – Tokaimura nuclear accident

        (14 years to the day from fukushima).

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokaimura_nuclear_accident

        which later had a more fatal accident – 30 September 1999, where two died, apparently.

        no, i'm not that far 'out there' – this really did happen.


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      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        I would radically increase all of the above numbers.

        Anyone living without a TV does not even know what nuclear power is, much less radioactivity.

        Aborigines and those not hooked up to the Internet just suffer.. They know not from what.

        Most of the world population has NO clue about anything around dangers from radiation, period….

        As at 6 August 2009, the Earth's population is estimated (by the United States Census Bureau) to be 6.776 billion.

        The number of televsions sets in all countries total over 1.4 billion.

        So 15-16% of all people on Earth watch TV, which means they MIGHT have some awareness of nuclear power. But out of those people, only a small percentage are ever exposed to the TRUTH via the Internet, because it is not on TV for the most part.

        Let's say 500 million have some knowledge of nuclear dangers, as provided by the nuclear industry. Now cut that down to 1-5% because very few people go beyond what the 'experts' say.

        Now we are down to 5 million that may have some awareness worldwide spread out and diluted among all countries. Divide this number by the number of countries and the numbers quickly dwindle.

        Now get down to those willing to take action; about 10% of those who KNOW. We are down to hundreds of thousands at best.

        http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/med_te…
        Source(s):
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_popul…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Very few news outlets..many people can not read to this day..have no proper access to education etc.
    Society labels them as sheep.
    Maybe there should be sheep categories.
    There's the sheep that have had access to enough education to discern the myriad of ideas yet choose to follow the madness of the masses.
    And those that must follow along..because due to their life's station..it's their lot.
    So ..there is bit of innocence involved..and they will suffer for it.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yep…sheep and sheep..


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  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    i will not read some experts
    WHO SAYS THAT THE SFP FROM REACTOR 4 IS 100 METERS ABOVE THE GROUND.
    THAT MEANS THAT THE SPF WILL BE FLYING 30-40 METERS ABOVE THE REACTOR.

    and what is that for a nonsens with "assemblies are fresh and unirradiated" ?

    or i didn't understand here something wrong at all?


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  • nuckelchen nuckelchen

    okay,
    error founded:
    da shit quoggle translate had created me meters from feets.
    "yeah, modern times didn't like metric systems"

    sorry,
    mein fehler…


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