Arnie Gunderson for August 22: Radiation Spread from Fukushima

August 23, 2011

Video Description from Fairewinds:

Newly released neutron data from three University of California San Diego scientists confirms Fairewinds’ April analysis that the nuclear core at Fukushima Daiichi turned on and off after TEPCO claimed its reactors had been shutdown. This periodic nuclear chain reaction (inadvertent criticality) continued to contaminate the surrounding environment and upper atmosphere with large doses of radioactivity.

In a second area of concern, Fairewinds disagrees the NRC’s latest report claiming that all Fukushima spent fuel pools had no problems following the earthquake. In a new revelation, the NRC claims that the plutonium found more than 1 mile offsite actually came from inside the nuclear reactors. If such a statement were true, it indicates that the nuclear power plant containments failed and were breached with debris landing far from the power plants themselves. Such a failure of the containment system certainly necessitates a complete review of all US reactor containment design and industry assurances that containments will hold in radioactivity in the event of a nuclear accident. The evidence Fairewinds reviewed to date continues to support its April analysis that the detonation in the Unit 3 Spent Fuel pool was the cause of plutonium found off site.

Third, the burning of radioactive materials (building materials, trees, lawn grass, rice straw) by the Japanese government will cause radioactive Cesium to spread even further into areas within Japan that have been previously clean, and across the Pacific Ocean to North America.

And finally, the Japanese government has yet to grasp the severity of the contamination within Japan, and therefore has not developed a coherent plan mitigate the accident and remediate the environment. Without a cohesive plan to deal with this ongoing problem of large scale radioactive contamination, the radioactivity will continue to spread throughout Japan and around the globe further exacerbating the problem and raising costs astronomically.



One Response to “Arnie Gunderson for August 22: Radiation Spread from Fukushima”

  1. Gorbin Wafflemunch Says:

    I’d like to be able to “Like” this post – but the whole Fukushima disaster coupled with Arnie’s calm dissection of the information makes the concept of “Like”…inappropriate, I guess? It just feels weird.

    I was a child when Chernobyl happened so, while I lived through it – I never really grasped it – I just knew Chernobyl == bad. Never really understood, until recently, where on the spectrum of good/bad it ranked and how terrifying those prospects are.

    I really appreciate the thoughtful coverage the Gundersons have provided and how you keep passing it on Peter…even if it often leaves me with a horrible sinking feeling in my gut.

    When it comes down to it; I’d rather hear a brutal truth than a palatable lie.

    Keep up the good work.

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