[ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] The spread of particles with plutonium and cesium, from Fukushima nuclear fuel

Roger Helbig rwhelbig at gmail.com
Sat May 21 03:04:29 CDT 2016

I am quite sure that particles containing Plutonium have not been
spread anywhere beyond the immediate reactor - is that in fact true
and if so, then this more lies from the Gundersens who may in fact be
advisors to Bernie Sanders and his anti-nuclear losing Presidential
campaign -

Roger Helbig

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Date: Sat, May 21, 2016 at 12:56 AM
Subject: [New post] The spread of particles with plutonium and cesium,
from Fukushima nuclear fuel
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New post on nuclear-news

The spread of particles with plutonium and cesium, from Fukushima nuclear fuel

by Christina MacPherson

Expert: Billions of pieces Fukushima nuclear fuel have spread pretty
much everywhere — “It’s truly frightening… wherever there’s cesium,
there’s plutonium” — Atomic bomb had one pound of uranium… Fukushima
had hundreds of tons — TV: “Abundant quantities” of plutonium are
being found (VIDEO)
Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 3, Feb 24, 2016 (emphasis added):

Maggie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education Podcast host: One of the
things that you’ve talked about and [environmental scientist Marco
Kaltofen, PhD, PE] have talked about is internal radiation exposures
and hot particles. What’s the difference between a bomb exploding and
a nuclear plant exploding in the hot particles?
Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer and former nuclear
engineer (emphasis added): Most of the bomb exposure was from a direct
flash that was over in seconds. There wasn’t a significant amount of
contamination on the ground because the bomb went off 1,000 feet in
the air. So there was not a lot of radiation residual left on the
ground for hot particles to get into people’s lungs… That’s not what
we’re seeing at Fukushima Daiichi. Everything I’m finding here is
millions and billions of very, very small particles that are spread
pretty much everywhere. We’ll know a little bit more about that in the
future… There’s no comparison between a bomb and what happened at
Fukushima. A bomb obliterated maybe a pound of uranium and it was a
thousand feet in the air, so most of it went up almost immediately;
whereas each of the nuclear reactors at Fukushima had 100 tons of
uranium in them so that the quantity of radiation that’s spread out
throughout the countryside is orders of magnitude higher at Fukushima
than it was at Nagasaki.

Fairewinds Japan Speaking Tour Series No. 2, Feb 17, 2016:

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds’ Chief Engineer and former nuclear
engineer (at 2:30 in): We found a parking lot at a supermarket [in
Fukushima] that had a large radioactive source right in the middle…
that people were walking over and driving over. It was loaded with
black radioctive dust just wherever you go – it’s everywhere…
AG: One of the samples that one of my fellow scientists collected
showed plutonium –and significant amounts of plutonium. It was in a
square meter… he was getting 19 disintegration per second [becquerels]
of plutonium. That stuff is going to be around for a quarter million
Maggie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education Podcast founder: That
plutonium was part of the core that came out then in the explosion,
AG: Yeah, the only source it could ever have come from is inside that
nuclear reactor.
MG: And the plutonium is being redeposited at locations that where
AG: Yeah, it’s everywhere.… It is everywhere, and we’re very careful,
we’re wearing gloves all the time, respirators all the times…
AG: Wherever the ground is exposed, there is a high level of radiation
in the mountains around here… it’s all going to run right off and into
the Pacific Ocean…
MG: You talked about the plutonium — where was that found?…
AG: The plutonium was found in a farmer’s field about 10 miles from
the power plant, it was found because that’s where they looked. If
it’s sitting out in that farmer’s field, it’s everywhere. Wherever
there’s radiation — cesium — there’s going to be plutonium, and that’s
truly frightening… It’s pretty clear that significant amounts of
plutonium are scattered throughout the hillsides… plutonium has got a
25,000 year half-life, so it’s a quarter of a million years before
it’s gone.

Discovery, Dec 27, 2015: “Although only limited areas of Fukushima are
allowing residents to come back, that doesn’t mean these areas are
safe. You can still find dangerous radioactive elements such as
cesium, strontium, and plutonium in abundant quantities here.”

Fairewinds’ podcasts here: No. 2 | No. 3 — Watch Discovery broadcast here

Christina MacPherson | May 21, 2016 at 7:56 am | Categories: Fukushima
2016 | URL: http://wp.me/phgse-nDS

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