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Greenpeace Surveys Fukushima

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The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster occurred after a March 11, 2011, tsunami, and in the lead up to the five-year anniversary, environmental group Greenpeace Japan has commenced an underwater investigation into radiation contamination in the nearby waters.

More than 160,000 people were evacuated from the area after the disaster which is considered to be the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Greenpeace’s survey is being conducted from a Japanese research vessel using a ROV fitted with a gamma radiation spectrometer and sediment sampler. All samples will be transported to independent laboratories in Japan and France for analysis.

On the opening day of the investigation, Naoto Kan, the former Prime Minister of Japan and leader at the time of the nuclear accident, joined the crew of the Greenpeace flagship, the Rainbow Warrior, at the site of the survey.

As the country nears the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, Kan called for a complete phase out of nuclear power.

“I once believed Japan’s advanced technology would prevent a nuclear accident like Chernobyl from happening in Japan. But it did not, and I was faced with the very real crisis of having to evacuate about 50 million people at risk from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. I have since changed my mind,” said Kan on board the Rainbow Warrior. “We do not need to take such a big risk. Instead we should shift to safer and cheaper renewable energy with potential business opportunities for our future generations.”

Fukushima plant

Operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has produced over 1.4 million tons of radioactive contaminated water in an effort to cool the hundreds of tons of molten reactor fuel in Fukushima Daiichi reactor units 1, 2 and 3, says Greenpeace. In addition to the initial releases of liquid nuclear waste during the first weeks of the accident and the daily releases from the plant ever since, contamination also flows from land, particularly the forests and mountains of Fukushima, and will continue to contaminate the Pacific Ocean for at least 300 years.

“The Fukushima disaster is the single largest release of radioactivity into the marine environment in history. There is an urgent need to understand the impacts this contamination is having on the ocean, how radioactivity is both dispersing and concentrating and its implications,” said Shaun Burnie, Senior Nuclear Specialist with Greenpeace Germany.

In a statement released last week, TEPCO said that a public declaration of the meltdown should have been done within days of the disaster. It did not reveal that a meltdown was taking place for almost two months.

“TEPCO failed to prevent a multiple reactor meltdown, and five years later it’s still an ongoing disaster. It has no credible solution to the water crisis they created and is failing to prevent the further contamination of the Pacific Ocean.”

The investigations will continue into March and will take place along the coast of Fukushima prefecture, including within a 20 kilometer radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The team is working with scientists from the independent laboratory Chikurin-Shya in Tokyo and ACRO in France. The radiation survey is the 25th the organization has conducted into the impact of the Fukushima nuclear accident since March 2011.

“There is still no end in sight for communities in Fukushima, many of whom can’t return home due to radiation contamination. Rather than pushing for the restart of nuclear power, the Japanese government should put these people first and focus on managing the Fukushima Daiichi site,” said Mamoru Sekiguchi, Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Japan. “Many people in Japan have rejected nuclear power and are demanding the only safe and clean technology that can meet Japan’s needs – renewable energy.”

Only three of the 54 commercial nuclear reactors that existed in Japan in March 2011 are currently operating. The Japanese government has set a target of 35 reactors to be operating by 2030, despite multiple technical issues and citizen led legal challenges threatening the revival of a nuclear “renaissance” in Japan.

Contamination in the U.S.

Indian Point nuclear power plant

The Fukushima anniversary has highlighted concerns in the U.S. Local media reports that the Indian Point nuclear power plant in New York State is leaking radioactive contaminant into nearby groundwater. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a full investigation by state environment and health officials. Leaks have been found at around three quarters of U.S. nuclear plants.

Cuomo said: “Yesterday I learned that radioactive tritium-contaminated water leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point Nuclear facility.  The company reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well’s radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000 percent. The facility reports that the contamination has not migrated off site and as such does not pose an immediate threat to public health.

“Our first concern is for the health and safety of the residents close to the facility and ensuring the groundwater leak ‎does not pose a threat.

“This latest failure at Indian Point is unacceptable and I have directed Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos and Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker to fully investigate this incident and employ all available measures, including working with Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to determine the extent of the release, its likely duration, cause and potential impacts to the environment and public health.”

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16 Comments on "Greenpeace Surveys Fukushima"

  1. Pennsyguy on Sun, 28th Feb 2016 7:42 pm 

    There are over 100 nuclear plants in the U.S. that will need decommissioning in the next few decades, barring collapse. There are also perhaps more than 1 million oil and gas wells, some drilled with fracking fluids. We, or our children will be supping at the banquet of consequences.

  2. Bob Steaves on Sun, 28th Feb 2016 9:11 pm 

    unless we return to part-time electricity for the masses and industry, we need nuclear.

    However, we don’t need water for cooling as it spills easily and contaminates everything. it also produces hydrogen and oxygen which are explosive.

    Other processes exist which do NOT use water and/or U235.

  3. Kenz300 on Sun, 28th Feb 2016 9:21 pm 

    Profits for the Nuclear Industry and their well connected politicians………………..come first………….

    Profits before people and the environment………very sad state of affairs……

    I find it hard to believe that Japan has learned nothing from the Fukishima disaster………….the corruption of money and politics……

    There are too many selfish and self centered people in the world and too few people that care about the common good of society and the planet. Make a mess and leave it for future generations……….what ever happened to the idea of making the people that make the mess clean it up……….

    The disaster at Fukishima continues to poison the air, land and water…….. and no one in 5 years has been able to stop it.

    The disaster at Chernobyl continues…… with another billion dollars and a new cover installed that will last for how long before it too goes bad…………….

    Nuclear energy is a bad experiment being played on the environment and people……..

  4. theedrich on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 3:13 am 

    Leaks have been found at around three quarters of U.S. nuclear plants.

    The [New York State Indian Point] facility reports that the contamination has not migrated off site and as such does not pose an immediate threat to public health.

    Yes.  Don’t worry, folks, nothing to see here.  Keep moving on.  Watch the Oscar conferrals.

    Despite manifest evidence of spreading radioactive poison, we are assured that nothing is wrong.  As with the ballooning Mexican narcotics importation accompanying the influx of undocumented Democrats, the authorities assure the public that all is “under control.”  “We” (i.e., you, middle-class Whitey) need to keep our economy (= the bribe-ocracy) strong through externalities-oblivious BAU so that “we” can fight wars in Allahland, etc., and pay for all of the swarthy “refugees” submerging the country.  This is the soporific word from the Black Death in charge in the White House.  Never mind the intentional, slow biological destruction of our traditional demography, or even of the country’s physical infrastructure.  Pay no attention to the rising death rates of the young due to drug overdoses on Spic heroin and Chink fentanyl.  After all, maintaining the American Hallucination is more important than anything else.  It’s all under control.

  5. GregT on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 3:48 am 

    Maybe things would be better if whitey wasn’t in control theedrich. Everything that you refer to above is a result of whitey’s influence, not the third world’s. We took a wrong turn at modern agriculture. The industrial revolution sealed our fate. Spic heroin and Chink fentanyl are nothing more than profit generators, just like everything else that whitey does to destroy the planet Earth. All in the name of greed.

    The worst sub-species of animal to ever inhabit this planet. Should completely eradicate itself within the next generation, or less. Stupid fucking hairless apes.

  6. theedrich on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 4:08 am 

    Too bad you can’t understand reality, Greggie boy.  It isn’t the White race that is exploding in population.  It is shrinking drastically, so you and the other haters of Whites should be happy.  The problem is the non-Whites who are eagerly misusing and abusing White technology in an attempt to dominate (and suffocate) the earth.  In addition, their cute cultural practices and demands for White “aid” (much of it military) from our megalomaniac elites accelerate the catastrophe.  Whitey’s problem is his insane Judeo-Christian mindset of White Guilt, which urges him to assist the lower races in their expansion and his own demise.  He is told that Jesus or some other otherworldly entity will repay him richly after he has committed suicide through such actions.  And as the importation of ThirdWorlders forces down an already-declining national IQ, everything is bound to become even more malleable by the culture of lies in which we are now drowning.  As I said:  you should be happy.

  7. GregT on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 4:28 am 

    It is the white race that caused the population explosion theedrich, pretending that we were above life itself. Technology is leading us all down the path to extinction. Whitey’s problem is that he is pointing fingers at everyone else, while not accepting responsibility for his own actions. The culture of lies exists mainly in your own country, it is not as prevalent in third world nations.

    I am not happy at all about what I see occurring, but I’m not going to pretend. Our race is the most ruthless, evil, and greedy race that has ever existed on the face of this planet. We completely deserve what is coming to us.

  8. theedrich on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 5:10 am 

    Ah yes, Greggie boy.  The non-Whites have no responsibility for their actions whatsoever.  It’s all Whitey’s fault.  Spoken like a true Christian.  You learned your Sunday-School lessons well.

    Technology, like everything else in evolution, is a two-edged sword.  Of itself, it is the use or abuse of it that makes the difference.  When you say that “The culture of lies exists mainly in your own country, it is not as prevalent in third world nations,” I assume you are excepting, say, any of the Mohammedan countries, the black dictatorships of Africa, the incredibly corrupt nations of South America, etc.

    Political regimes depend for their existence on what the people want to hear, which in turn depends on the formation of the mass unconscious.  This can be manipulated by religion and by modern media and, of course, by the regimes themselves.  We note that ALL of the media in America (and in your country as well) are tightly controlled by the Jews — specifically, by materialist, globalizing Jews who hate Whites other than their own tribe.  When you speak of Whites being “most ruthless, evil, and greedy race,” you are deliberately ignoring the rest of humanity where human sacrifice, ongoing slavery, over-exploitation of the environment (see Tainter) and other niceties are practiced.

    But you certainly did learn how to swallow propaganda.

  9. forbin on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 5:11 am 

    and for a little balance

    http://thebulletin.org/onagawa-japanese-nuclear-power-plant-didn%E2%80%99t-melt-down-311

    Forbin

  10. arkieguide on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 7:58 am 

    It appears to me, a lot of people in this world pay no heed to the massive problems caused by nuke power… My only question is ? what will we do to replace it ? A lot of ideas are pushed around but will not produce what we need, Water no, wind no,solar no, coal too dirty, nat. gas not enough distribution, what does that leave / Nuke ? The world had better learn how to handle nuke waste and make the plants safe. They can be safe but not by pinching dollars.

  11. Kenz300 on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 8:44 am 

    Nuclear energy is too costly and too dangerous.

    A combination of wind, solar, geothermal and hydro can supply all the power the world needs and do it safely without poisoning the air, land and water we all need to survive.

    Battery storage technology will speed up the adoption of wind and solar.

  12. penury on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 12:12 pm 

    Yes, hands will be wrung, studies will be funded, nuclear power will continue as before. The PTB will continue to issue platitudes and maintain secrecy about the facts, sheeple will continue grazing as always. In other words nothing changes.

  13. Dredd on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 2:42 pm 

    The Duke Nukem realm rides again (Doomers and Doomer Watchers).

  14. makati1 on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 6:04 pm 

    Homo Sapiens: Species suicide by greed. The “intelligent” ape is not so intelligent after all. In a million years, there will be no trace that we ever existed. So much for arrogance.

  15. ChrisB on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 6:30 pm 

    So a staunchly anti-nuclear ex-PM sails with the anti-technology group GreenPeace on a journey of discovery.

    Why do I get the impression that the results they will return with are already written up – complete with press releases?

  16. voices for safe energy on Mon, 29th Feb 2016 8:37 pm 

    Indian Point has been fraught with problems from the beginning. Unit 1 was designed by Babcock and Wilcox, the same firm that designed the ill-fated Three Mile Island reactors. Pipes would not fit and while lowering the reactor vessel into its final resting place, its cables snapped, sending the 80 ton reactor vessel crashing to the floor. When assembled, 50 tons of pressure was required to force pipes to fit into place. Completed in 1962, Unit 1 was shut down in 1974 because it could not meet federal safety requirements. During its short lifetime, it produced power less than half the time it was licensed to operate, yet the waste it generated will be toxic for centuries to come. It, along with the waste generated by its two sister reactors, consists of thousands of highly radioactive fuel rods submerged in fragile pools of water at the site — which sits on an active earthquake fault. These 12-14 foot rods contain spent fuel, the nuclear material removed from reactors periodically when they become too worn to sustain an adequate chain reaction. Despite the word “spent” to describe them, these rods are highly radioactive and must be stored in 40 feet of water for long after the reactors are considered ancient artifacts. Units 2 and 3 are pressurized water reactors designed by Westinghouse and are subject to serious age-related degradation of components. According to the Nuclear Information and Resource Services (NIRS), these reactors are subjected to chronic exposure to extreme radiation, heat, pressure, fatigue, and corrosive chemistry that combines — causing embrittlement of metal, cracking, and erosion of components that are integral to the protection of public health and safety. Not only New Yorkers must be concerned about Indian Point, but the entire tri-state area. Well over 300,000 people live within a 10 mile radius of Indian Point and over 50 million within a 50 mile radius. A major concern, since before the reactors went online, has been the issue of evacuating the area in the event of an accident. Plans for evacuation assume that roads, now barely handling rush hour traffic, will be able to facilitate a total evacuation. In 1988, responsibility for emergency evacuation was placed in the hands of FEMA and many claim they conform only to regulatory requirements but are not sound or even feasible. All parents within the area need to ask questions about emergency evacuation plans relating to their children attending school. These plans assume there will be an 8 hour warning and they cover the evacuation of only a 10 mile radius around the reactors. At TMI, radiation was released within 5 minutes. At Chernobyl, initially a 50 mile radius was evacuated, which was later expanded to 200 miles, and the consequences from Fukushima have not even been realized or quantified as they are ongoing. Studies conducted by the Sandia National Laboratories (nearly 35 years ago) estimated that scaled peak early fatalities (deaths within one year) within a 17.5 mile radius could reach 50,000 in the event of a serious accident at Indian Point Unit 3, and 46,000 at Unit 2. These studies also set estimates for early injuries (which could later result in death) within a 50 mile radius at 167,000 for Unit 3 and 141,000 for Unit 2. Estimates for damage costs in 1982 were then $314 billion for Unit 3 and $274 billion for Unit 2. These costs would be far higher today. The art and financial capitals of the world along with the United Nations are based in New York City, only 25 miles south of Indian Point. Shortly after the accident at TMI , Charles Luce, the chairman of Con Edison admitted that Indian Point had been built too close to NYC. At around the same time Alfred DeBello, then Westchester County Executive, told 500 public officials charged with emergency tasks from the 4 Hudson River Counties nearest to Indian Point that any disaster program must not only address a catastrophic incident for the neighborhood of Indian Point but for radiation releases two states away. Con Edison was not the only utility company during the 50’s who bought into the heavily promoted idea of building commercial reactors to supply electricity that would be “safe, clean, and too cheap to meter”. They would not get into the business however, until the government passed the Price Anderson Act financially indemnifying them in the event of a nuclear accident. (Check your homeowners insurance policies) .Time has proven that nuclear power is not safe (TMI, Chernobyl, Fukushima, etc.), it is far from clean, and if you factor in the cost of safely babysitting the waste for the next 250,000 years or so, it is not cheap. And now there is growing evidence that the dangers posed by normal releases from nuclear furnaces are far more serious than ever anticipated (see Petkau Effect). Conservation, Solar and wind power, geothermal, hydro power and co-generation, agro bio-diesel fuels such as from hemp or jatropha as well as hydrogen produced on demand would all create more jobs than nuclear power. Given what we now know about nuclear power, it is ludicrous to pursue it further. Indian Point should never have been approved and must be shut down now.

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