[ RadSafe ] Fukushima Madness
zack.clayton at epa.state.oh.us
Thu Nov 21 09:03:23 CST 2013
Concerning #2, 5, and 6 - consider the source. As far as #1 - is Arnie suggesting that pool collapse will result in a critical configuration with a sustained moderator? For #3 and 4 - What is the time from shutdown and what is the source of a fire that would release the Cs? There is no graphite used here to drive that kind of heat mechanism. Is it the assumption that no cooling material would be used to prevent this release?
The title of the original post seems to capture the lunacy espoused here.
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
http://rt.com/op-edge/chernobyl-fukushima-crisis-catastrophe-715/ that 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 involved."
I'll forward any RadSafe comments to her or you can email her at rterrellmba at gmail.com.
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