[ RadSafe ] Fukushima Madness
PHILIP.KARAM at nypd.org
Wed Nov 20 14:25:13 CST 2013
OK - a quick question. Does anyone know how much spent fuel is present, how old it is, what the fission product inventory is, etc.? I agree that these claims are ridiculous - but it would be great to have some solid data and calculations to go with that assertion. I've got to admit I don't know where to look for this information - can anyone help out?
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Ed Hiserodt
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:36 AM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Fukushima Madness
Rebecca Terrell, a friend and colleague of mine, is researching an article
for The New American magazine "to put into realistic perspective the current
dangers posed by Japan's damaged nuclear reactors at Fukushima and to dispel
myths of pending global catastrophe." Below is some of the lamestream
media's garbage that is in serious need of refuting, and she would
appreciate any help in doing so.
1. Nuclear power expert Arnie Gundersen says the fuel pool housing at
reactor #4 must be stabilized because another earthquake (of 7.0 or larger)
could collapse the structure, causing a chain reaction that would
necessitate evacuation of Japan and considerable danger to residents of the
West Coast of North America. http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/?p=5620
2. Anti-nuclear physician Helen Caldicott says she will move from
Boston, Massachusetts, to somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere if fuel pool
#4 collapses. (Let's hope wherever she goes, there's no Internet access.)
She and Gundersen have both recommended a Northern Hemisphere evacuation in
the event of a Fukushima fuel pool collapse.
3. Quoting Japan's former ambassador to Switzerland, Mitsuhei Murata,
international diplomat Akio Matsumura
http://akiomatsumura.com/2012/04/682.html said a collapse of unit #4 would
"certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced"
and would "affect us all for centuries." Murata wrote in a letter to U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "It is no exaggeration to say that the fate
of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor."
4. Matsumura also quoted Robert Alvarez, former senior policy advisor
to the secretary and deputy assistant secretary for National Security and
the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, who wrote, "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." Alvarez then said that all of
the spent fuel assemblies stored at Fukushima amount to ". roughly 85 times
the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident," which Matsumura
goes on to claim would "destroy the world environment and our civilization"
if exposed. He calls it "an issue of human survival."
5. Chris Busby, scientific secretary of the European Committee on
Radiation Risk, predicts
because of the original damage to the Fukushima reactors in 2011, "some
200,000 extra cancers in roughly 10 million population in the 200 km radius
of the site in the next 10 years, and 400,000 over 50 years." He claims
there is already an "accelerating thyroid cancer epidemic, worse than and
earlier than the Chernobyl thyroid cancer epidemic."
6. Concerning fuel pool #4, Busby says a collapse would mean, "Not
quite Armageddon, but as far as Japan is concerned, almost. I bet they have
contingency plans to evacuate the northern island to Korean, China,
anywhere. A lot of this radiation will end up in the USA, a long way
downwind, admittedly, but then there is an awful lot of radioactivity
I'll forward any RadSafe comments to her or you can email her at
rterrellmba at gmail.com.
Controls & Power, Inc.
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