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

Mattias Lantz Mattias.Lantz at physics.uu.se
Sat May 21 05:27:07 CDT 2016

"Everything I’m finding here is millions and billions of very, very 
small particles that are spread pretty much everywhere."

Could it be...atoms? :-)

The Wikipedia page on radiation effects from Fukushima puts these 
numbers into perspective, see the section "Plutonium isotopes"

Does any of the experts here have any comments on what is written on the 
Wikipedia page, any errors or things worth adding?

/Mattias Lantz

On 05/21/2016 10:04 AM, Roger Helbig wrote:
> 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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> From: nuclear-news <comment-reply at wordpress.com>
> Date: Sat, May 21, 2016 at 12:56 AM
> Subject: [New post] The spread of particles with plutonium and cesium,
> from Fukushima nuclear fuel
> To: rwhelbig at gmail.com
> 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)
> http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-billions-plutonium-particles-fukushima-nuke-plant-spread-pretty-everywhere-frightening-cesium-going-be-plutonium-atom-bomb-1-pound-uranium-fukushima-reactors-hundreds-tons-tv?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ENENews+%28Energy+News%29Fairewinds
> 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
> years…
> Maggie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education Podcast founder: That
> plutonium was part of the core that came out then in the explosion,
> correct?
> 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
> unanticipated?
> 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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