Nuclear Official: Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” — Runoff from molten atomic cores now in groundwater, ocean — ‘Air cooling’ should be used

Published: August 27th, 2013 at 12:48 am ET
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Title: Outside help offered to deal with Tepco debacle
Source: Bloomberg
Author: Yuriy Humber & Jacob Adelman
Date: Aug 26, 2013
h/t RadChick

As Tepco pumps thousands of tons of water through the wrecked Fukushima station to cool the melted cores of three reactors, the tainted runoff was found to be leaking into groundwater and the ocean. The approach to cooling and scrapping the plant will need to change and include technologies developed outside Japan if the cleanup is to succeed, said Vladimir Asmolov, first deputy director general of Rosenergoatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear utility. [...]

After 29 months of trying to contain the radiation from Fukushima’s molten atomic cores, Tepco said last week it will reach out for international expertise [...]

“It was clear for a long time that Tepco was not adequately coping with the situation,” Asmolov said. [...]

The idea of pumping water for cooling was never going to be anything but a “machine for generating radioactive water,” Asmolov said. Other more complex methods, such as the use of special absorbents like thermoxide to clean contaminated water and the introduction of air cooling, should be used, he said. [...]

See also: "Ultimate, worst-case scenario" underway at Fukushima? New York Times: Experts suspect intense contamination is seeping out from under melted-down reactors and into Pacific -- Will surpass even the leaks from disaster’s early days

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70 comments to Nuclear Official: Tepco made Fukushima plant into a “machine for generating radioactive water” — Runoff from molten atomic cores now in groundwater, ocean — ‘Air cooling’ should be used

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Cooling with blasts of air cooled with liquid nitrogen occurred to me, but I'm a simple layperson.

    It was clear from the beginning that TEPCO was out of it's depth of expertise…

    … their male dominated hierarchical groupthink system comes up so short they're finally seeking outside help.

    Screw Syria… address Fukushima Japan!


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    What about the rods being stored in the cooling tanks(#4 & common storage)?


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    The rods aren't supposed to be removed until they're cool.

    If they're corroded from sea water, are otherwise damaged and/banged around, they catch fire, and the area will be evacuated.

    I'd save removal of rods as last par.t of 'cleanup'.


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    • We Not They Finally

      That makes sense EXCEPT THAT they've announced that they are planning to start doing that in November. Which seems like a cross between a Hail Mary and an outright death wish. But is imminent collapse (which might well be the case) better?

      And all the while they've been flailing because they are too arrogant to solicit international help, they've been sealing the murder of millions. But then again, any international INSTITUTION or AGENCY seems to have COMPLICITY written all over it.

      Globalism, ain't it grand?


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      • DeSwiss

        ''Which seems like a cross between a Hail Mary and an outright death wish.''

        That could not have been better put. Seriously. :-|


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      • Yukio_Tanukio

        They are not too arrogant to solicit or accept international help; they are doing what their American military-corporate masters are telling them to do, and if they don't do it they'll be further attacked just like Vietnam, Cuba, Cambodia, Laos, Guatamala, Bolivia, Columbia, Haiti, Syria, Iraq, Mexico, Jordan, Lebanon, Argentina, Venezuela, Panama, Iran, North Korea, Philippines, Hawaii, Chile, etc.

        The intended program was to destroy Japan's will and ability to oppose the new world order. That required allowing the "accident" to proceed for two years without any assistance. Now that that has been accomplished, the NWO is propagandizing in "our" media (now that they've just discovered we have a problem) to make Japan the fall-guy for the whole thing.

        "No matter how cynical you get, you just can't keep up"


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        • VanneV anne

          If you actually believe the irrational drivel and propaganda you write, why aren't you calling for an end to nuclear energy in Japan? Why aren't you arguing against the Japanese spread of nuclear energy in the Middle East and Africa? Hate mongering will only lead to more nuclear power plant catastrophes and melt throughs. The nuclear industry has no answer to Fukushima. As the ice melts and the oceans rise all the nuclear power plants built on the shores of oceans and rivers or buried in the ground will be flooded with corrosive sea water and we will have even more catastrophes.

          The nuclear industry needs to accept responsibility for its own failures and to stop blaming its failures on conspiracy theories. The nuclear technology is a 20th century experiment which cannot be corrected and needs to be discarded as a failed, extremely dangerous, lethal technology antithetical to all life forms

          Please call for the end of the use of all nuclear technology and stop diverting attention from the colossal failures of the nuclear industry. Using Goebbels like arguments shows the extreme paucity an intellectual arguments of the nuclear industry. Your arguments are living proof that radiation lowers the IQ of humans and corroborates all the scientific studies that prove that radiation lowers IQ.


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        • AntonButler

          Yukio,
          1.You can be aware that nobody forced Japan to build nuclear power plants at Fukushima etc.
          Second if you have such evidence to the contrary,
          it is time to present it to the forum.
          2.Japanese soil is sovereign (RIGHTLY SO), since 1945.
          Therefore the Japanese are actually 100% responsible for the tragedy of Fukushima. It was their responsibility to check GE designs, first and then to locate any reactor in a safe place, if it exists in Japan. If there is no safe place, then your government should never have licensed the NPPs. You seem to be always blaming USA politicians and power , for this Fukushima event ? But the Japanese wanted cheap electricity, to undercut other countries in manufacturing costs, thus promoting Japanese exports. BUILDING FUKUSHIMA WAS A JAPANESE DECISION.


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          • nedlifromvermont

            Let's stay civil folks … and admit all three of you are correct … we've had testimony on this site that money which should have gone into improving designs and robustness of GE BWR plants was diverted (by GE management types) and used to bribe local politicians and nuclear officials, not only in Japan, but worldwide … GE was warned (by in-house executives) about poor design and inability of containment to withstand dynamic loads from a LOCA (loss of coolant accident) but they fired the good guys and bribed the corruptible … still, Japan is clearly not blameless. Even the atomic hero-du-jour, Yoshida, who countermanded Tepco management on the use of salt water, personally rejected improving tsunami defenses, only weeks before the Tohoku Quake …

            The horizontally integrated energy big boys, from Gulf Oil to Exxon to GE all had heavy investments in uranium mines, mills and enrichment facilities, and they operated in a country (USA) where the government is for sale, and politicians don't know how to say, "NO!" to big money, corporate finance types, who own the media and each others' stock and board rooms. We kind of need a hero.

            Let's go bomb Bashar Assad's Syria, so people stop noticing what's going on in Japan.

            peace to the 'newsers!!! …


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            • Cerviche

              You are all correct, we should not dismiss the observations of others else we become the same thing we are fighting against, if there was to be a blame game to be played it would go back to the people that first utilized atomic energy for what ever purpose, i believe there is truth in Yukio_Tanukio contribution, i also believe in light of the situation in Japan nothing will change as a result of the catastrophe, nuclear energy will prevail and we will have nothing more to do than idly sit by and watch reactors go up. Even though its too late i applaud the Japanese PEOPLE for taking a firm stand against the further use of nuclear power. The other countries knew of the problem and did not force an intervention which is why we have what we have today. It would be fool hardy to believe that Japan is being manipulated by the lack of intervention, while it is within their territory the problem exceeds it, for all the good the NSA and other governments are do you honestly believe that this incident wasnt being nurtured? Reports of chemical bombings in Syria and there is a want to intervene but non stop fallout and contamination and no one gives a F? Please….. thank you for your contribution Yukio_Tanukio


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              • Cerviche

                it would be foolhardy to believe that Japan ISNT being manipulated… stupid unresponsive work pc lol


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                • Remember that Japan after the war was a US governed territory, and US made all of the decisions. THEY put people in power. THEY set the wheels in motion.

                  How much control did the US give up after that?

                  How much can Japan control it's own destiny?

                  We have seen stories here on ENE of the US pressuring Japan in various ways, such as Hillary Clinton accepting all food and etc as imports from japan with no testing, but what did Japan have to do in 'return'?

                  This is just ONE small example of MANY.. and most are hidden from us, secret and out of sight.


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            • AntonButler

              NEDLI, Thank you.
              This is how to deal with bribery.
              My Grandfather In India(years ago), in senior managerial position, received a guest, who brought a big tray of fruit, in the middle of which was a pile of money. Saying, "please give my son a job".
              My grandfather said, "take your money and go away, your son will certainly not have a job through me ever."
              If any person ACCEPTS a bribe, then he is 100% responsible for the consequences, IMO. The Japanese accepted bribes, as you say. Everyone has to resist the temptation. J.C. did………


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        • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

          There's no reason why Yukio's comment should be blatantly disregarded. Nuclear technology as it is employed today (and the last 60ish years) is horrible, obviously, so why did it develop so much? Because of people. There are people behind the technology, everywhere, promoting it. We all know that nuclear was crammed down the throats of every citizen and politian; democracy was subverted to allow these plants to be built. Even some citizen groups that stand defiantly against the building of a plant can be completely ignored.

          It is ignorant to say that building Fukushima Daiichi (or any other plant on Japanese soil) was a Japanese decision. That wasn't a Japanese decision, it was a subversion by bad men and women from not only Japan, but at LEAST one other country (U.S.). Don't think that the U.S. has/had a vested interest in pushing their multi-billion dollar technology all over the world from day one? Especially when considering that Japan was a devastated nation at the end of WW2 AS A RESULT of this technology. The entire country was raped after WW2, and the worst part of it was the pushing through of nuclear facilities (better your land than ours, mentality).

          Yukio is at least warrented in his/her comment. Any informed citizen, anywhere, who is not paid to think/speak, will oppose Nuclear. It is forced on the people. It is a horrible crime against all life on Earth.


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        • The US does have a LONG history of intervening in foreign countries, installing dictators and preventing democracy movements.

          How Corporations Control Governments, Media, Politicians; Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man; via @AGreenRoad
          http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-corporations-control-governments.html

          JFK's Speech About The Danger Of Secret Societies And Huge Monopolies; via @AGreenRoad
          http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/08/jfks-speech-about-danger-of-secret.html


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          • The force behind this are the huge monopolistic corporations.

            Did the nuclear Matrix have any effect in Japan after WWII?

            Or was it entirely the Japanese people who made that decision to build 50 plus nuclear plants on a tiny island ravaged by frequent earthquakes, all by themselves?

            Maybe there is a middle ground here.. Just like in the US, where many oppose nuclear power, DU, nuclear bombs, but the corporate powers install and use these things, no matter what.

            How can we move forward from here? We all agree that nuclear power is threatening the WHOLE WORLD, Japan, US, all other countries, right?

            How can we work together to ban all nuclear weapons, all nuclear reactors and dismantle DU weapons, DU gas storage facilities?


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    • We Not They Finally

      Oh, Michael, about "the last part of the clean-up": Even TEPCO says it will take 40 years to de-commission the plant. But that's not even an estimate. They haven't a clue, and we may not have a prayer.


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    • PragmaticBeliever

      MichaelV,
      By "cool" you mean the 14.1 years that PU_241 takes to decay into Am_241 (still letal) or the 350.000 years of PU_242?

      I really don´t think we all have that time to spend….


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    With the U.S. and Russia being consulted, lets hope something can be done to save Japan and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Haven't a clue how anyone can save Japan by now, but it would be welcome to save the rest of us. At least to mitigate the certain march towards mass death.

      But the strategies are beginning to emerge in the U.S. and it's pretty pernicious. Like the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, which advertises a lot of t.v., just unrolled a new ad campaign saying that the future of cancer treatment lies with "genomic testing." NO MENTION OF RADIATION CAUSING THE GENE DAMAGE, of course.

      We're being prepared to ACCEPT THE UNACCEPTABLE. Which will also make "unacceptable" so much as telling the public the truth. Just accept what happens — you're going to die, but you don't have the right to know why.

      I'm sitting here shuddering and it has barely even begun.


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    • VanneV anne

      The US and Russia and France the IAEA have undoubtedly been consulted all along. The corium has been traveling rapidly down the porous sedimentary rock and landfill and into the ocean since April, 2011. There has never been any containment possible and cosmetic, cost cutting measures have been the only way to try to save the international nuclear industry.

      If there were any sanity left in the world all use of nuclear technology would be outlawed immediately. Nuclear energy brings only bankruptcy and destruction of the earth for millions of years. Each new nuclear accident will be even worse. Until the world acknowledges that nuclear energy is the greatest cause of climate warming and destruction of the ozone layer, the same mistakes will be made over and over again.


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      • VanneV anne

        Regional Nuclear Conflict Would Create Near-Global Ozone Hole, Says Study
        “…’ "We would see a dramatic drop in ozone levels that would persist for many years," said Mills of CU-Boulder's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. "At mid- latitudes the ozone decrease would be up to 40 percent, which could have huge effects on human health and on terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems.’…"
        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080407172710.htm

        How Fukushima Releases Expanded the New Arctic Ozone Hole

        By Yoichi Shimatsu
        October 13, 2011
        http://www.japan-communication.net/ozonehole.html


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        • HanfordOnHeart HanfordOnHeart

          Thank you, Anne, for those links.

          Maybe, as unlikely as it sounds, the scientist proposing the arctic seal, walrus & polar bear illnesses are caused by sunburn was partly correct. (Link posted by Jebus in Aug. 25 story: "Alaska Newspaper: Concern Fukushima nuclear waste is tainting our salmon.")

          When reading the article, I found it interesting that "Between March and April 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) documented 'unprecedented chemical ozone losses' in the Arctic." I immediately suspected Fukushima, and intended to follow up with some research on whether radioisotopes can destroy ozone.

          Anne has given me a good starting point. Thanks again!

          And how ironic, if her contention that "nuclear energy is the greatest cause of climate warming and destruction of the ozone layer" is correct, that it's being promoted as just the opposite.


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  • Air cooling zirconium…

    Genius…

    Like putting fire out with gas…


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  • MCBEKRL

    Gunderson made this assessment well over a year ago – that TEPCO's cooling system is an 'open' system and is the least ideal situation possible. He did a video about it, and soberly explained to the world what everyone is 'realizing' now. The age of 'information' has turned out to be a cruel joke.


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    • J.

      Gunderson has been, in my view, one of the most reliable and sober analysts of this disaster. To the best of my knowledge, he still holds to the view that the coriums are within the secondary containment, contrary to opinions here that they are deep in the earth.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    For some of us..thats for sure! :)


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  • Wooster

    How exactly are you going to air-cool coriums that could be still burrowing away hundreds of feet under the reactor buildings? That opportunity was lost when Tepco was put in charge after the disaster.


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  • markww markww

    Fukushima in freefall: radioactive water filters taken offline, Tepco in desperation as leaks just won't stop

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041800_Fukushima_radiation_leaks_desperation.html#ixzz2d9aGW299


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  • VanneV anne

    Ft Saint Vrain NPP, decommissioned because a failure, still has all the live fuel. It is being air cooled, and we have radiation readings spiking to 33,000 cpm.


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  • Its a poison factory/money pit. Also a world demonstration of how a nuclear accident can bankrupt your company. A lot of money at stake as more and more, nuclear energy is proven to be a very bad investment. Watch as Tepco has been transformed from successful business to government owned money pit.

    And to Yukio_Tanukio. Sorry your theory is a cop out. USA did not force Japan to build shoddy reactors by the sea on fault lines. Nuclear Investors bribed local politicians to allow the plants to be built with money, hookers and booze. Yakusa gangsters traditionally are involved in big business. Its the Japanese way. Politicians get bought and threatened in the corrupt Japanese system. Tepco has a long history of cutting corners in maintaining its reactors. And successive governments have let it happen. The nuclear inspections and follow up to known problems has been a joke. Its not rocket science. Tepco ran its reactors in a cheap cost cutting fashion that works in other industries. But totally backfired on them as nuclear power is so much more deadly then anything else man has made. Japan is the worlds third largest economy. USA won't invade Japan and disturb the economy. I think the reason Fuku is downplayed in the media is simply to avoid panic and keep us all participating in the economy. Also to protect their nuclear industry. But Japan just voted in a pro nuclear politician after the worlds worse nuclear disaster Don't blame USA for that.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Where is the damned corium, TEPCO?
    Gundersen advocates a closed-loop heat sink, which would cool the water, filter it, and recirculate it back into the containment vessels.
    This isn't viable, since most of the water simply runs out of the big hole in the bottom of the containment.
    Arnie still imagines that the fuel remains inside containment, warmed by decay heat alone.
    I'm with those who think the cores are long-gone, and that continuous fission keeps the fuel molten.
    All that remains in and under Units1-3 is residue, splatter on surfaces, and debris left in corium lava tubes washed by groundwater.
    The key will be to stop groundwater from traveling underneath the reactor buildings and becoming contaminated.
    Groundwater should be intercepted by a concrete diversion wall and channels.
    (Should have been built when the plant was built.)
    Groundwater Diversion must still be done ASAP.
    TEPCO won't invest in this until the Impermeable Half-Wall and Groundwater Extraction Well Project fails.
    The Impermeable Wall would work, if it was extended all the way around the reactor buildings.
    If the 12 Wells were enclosed by the Wall, they would become Groundwater Injection Wells, needed by the Closed Loop Heat Sink, which would use cooling towers to cool groundwater pumped from 12 new Groundwater Extraction Wells located inside the Impermeable Wall along the harbor front.
    (I will keep reposting these ideas until TEPCO comes around.). ;)

    WHERE is the CORIUM,…


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I think the problem is that the ground water is permeating the ground from directly below..
    How would a wall be effective?


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Only an Underground Wall can stop the flow of contaminated groundwater into the ocean, Rose.
      We need an underground wall that blocks the surface aquifer from top to bottom.

      Here is where the Closed Loop Heat Sink comes into play:
      When an Impermeable Wall is built all the way around Reactors1-4, the flow of groundwater stops.
      (But the level of groundwater inside the wall can be maintained by adding water as necessary.)
      If the stilled groundwater heats up and steams, build a Closed Loop Heat Sink.
      12 Groundwater Extraction Wells, located along the harbor inside the Impermeable Wall, remove heated water.
      Cooling Towers remove heat from the water.
      12 Groundwater Injection Wells, located inland from Units1-4, put the water back into the ground.
      Cooled water can also be sprayed inside Containments1-3, and will drain into the ground through the big holes in the bottom.

      Groundwater must become part of a Closed Loop Heat Sink, or the contaminated groundwater will continue to flow into the Pacific Ocean.
      Understand now?


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        I can say I do..
        The first attempt at the wall has failed…water built up and flowed over.
        The groundwater continues to rise…inside the containment..a separate situation than surface water.
        The cooled water will be sprayed..become recontaminated and return to the groundwater also contaminated?

        Then there is the maintaining of pressure within and without..adding water etc..in the meantime the whole thing is subsiding…water will match itself within and without..no problems there.

        I think groundwater and corium is meeting the sea..well below the depth of the wall.
        Slightly obtuse?..ya..just got through checking out the news about the Assumption Parish.
        The thing sucks in whole mangrove trees…but it's all good.


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  • jec jec

    NOTE: Its TEPCO asking for International help, not Japanese Government..save face save face ABE. And we don't see a lot of international help exactly lining up (public) yet, Russia is the most press friendly nation. Chernobyl is the Russian expertise, TMI or Hanford Nuclear Plant are the USA's. Good warm and fuzzy feeling everyone has a handle on solutions(sarcasm X2)!


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    • We do not see the difference. TEPCO is now the Japanese government, because TEPCO essentially went bankrupt, so the government bailed them out, much like GM and auto manufacturers here in the US.

      The choice is whether to nationalize TEPCO, and direct the operations, or keep letting TEPCO make a bigger mess.


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  • Cerviche

    I read last night that the Russians extended the offer of help once more to the Japanese Govt, at the end of the day its the government that has to accept the offer not just TEPCO, in doing so the Japanese probably wont have anything if/after the situation is under control, they will be in considerable debt to who ever intervenes and i believe thats what they are trying to avoid, tourism accounts for a considerable amount of revenue….. the Japanese as a nation will be destroyed in all ways


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  • nedlifromvermont

    HEY FOLKS!!!! THIS JUST IN!!!! VERMONT YANKEE TO CLOSE AFTER CURRENT FUEL CYCLE IN FOURTH QUARTER OF 2014. YIPPEE!!!

    Sorry for shouting … but sometimes you just gotta ….

    Now five down in 2013 and counting (US reactors) …. (closure announced …)

    Now we will snowball this into a mighty avalanche … we will call on all supporters of anti-nuke efforts in reactor communities which have been handed their lives back, from a totally corrupt and unnecessary government sponsored science experiment, so that we can be successful in our campaign to shut down this entire, odious, corrupt, child-molesting and woman-killing industry, worldwide.

    We at the New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution, necnp.org, have advocated and longed for this day for forty-two plus years.

    Don't stop posting and never stop dreaming, 'newsers, for the future is ours, and the free German people are showing the way out of nuclear fascism. Go Deutschland. Japan will follow. The French will get the message. The Brits are in love with Kate, so they really don't want to have her deliver a jellyfish baby.

    ONWARDS AND UPWARDS ENENEWSERS. Death to nuclear power(!) and to the lies it rode in on … BY ANY MEANS POSSIBLE OR NECESSARY!!!

    What part of STUPID do the nuke-pukes not understand???

    The uranium should have been left in the ground, for Christ's sake!! And for humanity's sake as well!!!

    peace folks!!


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  • pkjn

    Fukushima in freefall: radioactive water filters taken offline, Tokyo Electric Power Company in desperation as leaks just won't stop
    August 27, 2013 NaturalNews
    After a 29-month cover-up, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is now calling for international help and has all but admitted Fukushima's radiation leaks are spiraling out of control. In addition to the leaking water storage units that are unleashing hundreds of tons of radioactive water each day, Tepco now says 50% of its contaminated water filtration capability has been taken offline due to corrosion.
    The result is that radiation leaks are escalating out of control and attempted remediation efforts are faltering. This is in addition to the fact the Japanese government's attempted brainwashing propaganda campaign has also been exposed. It attempted to convince people that if they drank beer or smiled, they would be immune to radiation poisoning. (Yes, this is how desperate they've become…)
    http://www.naturalnews.com/041800_Fukushima_radiation_leaks_desperation.html#ixzz2d9aGW299
    https://plus.google.com/108002809946749848449/about


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  • pkjn

    Natural News exclusive: Fukushima victim exposes Japanese government's attempted bizarre brainwashing of radiation victims
    August 21, 2013 NaturalNews
    The following is a first-person account of the attempt by the Tokyo Electric Power Company and Japanese government to brainwash victims of Fukushima radiation poisoning into believing radiation would not harm them if they simply "smile." Natural News is the first U.S. news source to publish this account in English. The name of the original author is Uwamae Masako, who now lives in Taiwan after escaping Fukushima and leaving behind many friends and family members.
    As you'll see below, the Japanese government's Fukushima Radiation Health Risk Advisor uses a hypnotic, droning speech pattern to try to convince his audience of absolutely bizarre quack science beliefs like "people who drink aren't affected by radiation" or that "laughter will remove your radiation phobia."
    http://www.naturalnews.com/041720_Fukushima_radiation_Japanese_government_propaganda_brainwashing.html
    https://plus.google.com/108002809946749848449/about


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  • pkjn

    Watch the Tokyo Electric Power Company and Japanese government`s propaganda video that promises radiation won't harm you if you just "laugh"
    August 21, 2013 NaturalNews
    【日本語】http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuwFrNEgDTg
    【English】http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOgaBUDFeb4
    【Français】http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mpsnKhvWMw
    【Español】http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pZQbEIGkxA
    【Deutsch】http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPrHbZ6SHOY
    【L'italiano】http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R-juJhoVRY
    http://www.naturalnews.com/041720_Fukushima_radiation_Japanese_government_propaganda_brainwashing.html
    https://plus.google.com/108002809946749848449/about


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  • weeman

    If tepco believed the corium was ex vessel, why would they continue to pour water on corium as it would be below ground water level and if so why did we not see steam explosion of magnatude, there believe is their is a breech in containment and water is seeping through but not ex vessel.
    What would happen if they slowly reduced the amount of water being injected into reactors and closely monitor and see what the results are, would that answer the question of containment or not, probably playing with fire.

    At the beginning of accident when it could have gone anyway, if you were USA, Russia or France, and you provided expertise and it when wrong, you could have been found to be responsible or blame laid at your feet,

    Let's hope they are right, as containment will be possible in the future.


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