[align=center][font=times new roman][color=fuchsia]“I have become Death,
Robert Oppenheimer, quoting the Bhagavad Gita,
on witnessing the first atomic bomb test, 1945
March 16, 2011 Statement by Dr. Helen Caldicott
My heart goes out to the people of Japan who are of course suffering under the double blow of the effects of the earthquake and
tsunami, as well as the threat from the Fukushima reactors. They are dealing stoically and with great dignity with conditions that are severely
The world is now paying – and will pay however severe Fukushima turns out to be – a grave price for
the nuclear industry’s hubris and the arrogance and greed that fueled their drive to build more and more reactors.
What’s more, having bamboozled gullible politicians, the media, and much of the public into believing that it is a “clean and
green” solution to the problem of global warming, the nuclear industry has operated facilities improperly, with little or no regard for safety
regulations, and they have often done this with the connivance of government authorities.
Nuclear power is not the answer to global warming; it is not clean, it is not green; it is not safe; and it is not renewable.
[align=center][font=times new roman][color=fuchsia]It is instead “a destroyer of worlds.”
It is time the global community repudiated it – however economically painful in the short term that taking such a step would be.
There is no other choice for the sake of future generations.
Dear Reader, as you well know, we have been sounding the alarm for over a year now.
But people refuse to acknowledge the tell-tale signs that something is seriously wrong.
This interesting story from April, 2011.
EPA to raise limits for radiation exposure while Canada turns off fallout
(NaturalNews) The mass radioactive contamination of our planet is now under way thanks to the astonishing actions taking place at the Fukushima
nuclear facility in Japan.
As of last night, TEPCO announced it is releasing 10,000 tons of radioactive water directly into the Pacific Ocean.
That 2.4 million gallons of planetary poison being dumped directly into the ocean.
Quick, fudge the numbers
before anybody notices!
Fukushima, you see, is doing to the Pacific Ocean what BP and the Deepwater Horizon did to the Gulf of Mexico last summer.
Except that in the case of Fukushima, that radiation doesn't just disappear with the help of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals.
Nope, that radiation sticks around for decades.
So what to do? If you're the United States Environment Protection Agency
(EPA, for those in Rio Linda), there's only one option:
to be safe!
Yes indeed, friends, we have reached a moment of comedic insanity at the EPA, where those in charge of protecting the environment are
hastily rewriting the definition of "radioactive contamination" in order to make sure that whatever fallout reaches the United States falls
under the new limits of "safe" radiation.
The EPA maintains a set of so-called "Protective Action Guides" (PAGs).
These PAGs are being quickly revised to radically increase the allowable levels of iodine-131 (a radioactive isotope) to anywhere from 3,000 to
100,000 times the currently allowable levels.
It's just too bad
that the lives of all
citizens on Planet Earth
are at stake.
And all the while the fingers are pointed at Japan, take a look a what's in the Heartland.
US stores spent nuclear fuel rods at 4 times
pool capacity | COTO Report
In a recent interview with The Real News Network, Robert Alvarez, a nuclear policy specialist since 1975, reports that spent
nuclear fuel in the United States comprises the largest concentration of radioactivity on the planet: 71,000 metric tons.
Worse, since the Yucca Mountain waste repository has been scrapped due to its proximity to active faults (see
last image), the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has allowed
reactor operators to store four times more waste in the spent fuel pools than they’re designed to handle.
[color=chartreuse]Each Fukushima spent fuel pool holds about 100 metric tons, he says, while
each US pool holds from 500-700 metric tons.
A single pool fire would release catastrophic amounts of radioactivity, rendering 17-22,000 square miles of area uninhabitable.
That’s about the size of New Hampshire and Vermont – from one pool fire.
In a March 25th interview, physician and nuclear activist Dr Helen Caldicott explains that “there’s far more radiation in each of the cooling
pools than there is in each reactor itself…. Now the very short-lived isotopes have decayed away to nothing.
But the long-lived ones, the very dangerous ones, Cesium, Strontium, Uranium, Plutonium, Americium, Curium, Neptunium, I mean really
dangerous ones, the long-lived ones – that’s what the fuel pools hold.”
Nuclear waste, in the form of tiny pellets, are loaded into metal rods, that are then bundled into a “fuel assembly.” The assemblies are stored
inside casements that are then submerged in cooling pools that are located at the top of a nuclear reactor, as the following images reveal:
The image at the top of the article shows an entire pool filled with these assemblies. There are millions of these rods around the planet, reports
At the end of 2009 there were 218,853 spent fuel rod assemblies in storage in the United States,
according to the Congressional Research Service. The number grows every year.
Assemblies like those used at the Fukushima plant typically contain between 80 to 100 fuel rods, which means that there are now millions of rods being
stored around plants.
Of the total, only 49,121 assemblies were in dry casks or otherwise stored remotely, leaving the vast majority to lie in cooling pools like at the
Rods can stand about 20 feet high and even a decade after use can emit enough radiation to kill a person standing
...But the casks, which hold about 10 tons of waste each, sell for about $1 million -- a cost that can be difficult to swallow for
As a Senior Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies, Alvarez was part of a multidisciplinary international team that looked at possible terror
attacks on nuclear facilities, focusing on the spent fuel storage pools.
In 2003, they released a report, Reducing the Hazards from Stored Spent Power-Reactor Fuel in the United States, which calls for transferring the
spent fuel from the pools into dry-cask storage. (Summary
The report recommends that 75% of the spent rods be removed from each of the pools and stored in ultra-thick concrete bunkers capable of withstanding
The project would take about ten years and would “reduce the average inventory of 137Cs (radioactive cesium) in U.S. spent-fuel pools by about a
factor of four.”
The NRC attempted to suppress the IPC report, Alvarez says.
“The response by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and nuclear industry was hostile.” But the National Academy of Sciences agreed that a fire in
an overloaded fuel pool would be catastrophic. The NRC attempted to block the Academy’s report, as well.
The NRC serves industry, not the public, and by controlling the purse strings, Congress has forced the NRC to “greatly curtail its regulatory
programs,” says Alvarez.
Engineer Keith Harmon Snow couldn’t agree more. He recently lambasted the NRC and mainstream media for downplaying the ongoing catastrophe in Japan.
He notes that,
“The atomic bomb that exploded at Hiroshima created about 2000 curies of radioactivity. The spent fuel pools at Vermont Yankee Nuclear
Plant (U.S.) are said to hold about 75 million curies.”
And that’s just one US nuclear plant, out of 104, not to ignore the undisclosed number of research sites. Then consider that several nuclear plants
sit on geologic faults, as this image by Public Integrity reveals:
Also see this global map
of earthquake activity and nuclear power plant
Nuclear waste is a serious, deadly and growing problem that the industry refuses to address, preferring to externalize disposal costs onto the public
(even suing the US government to clean up its mess for them, under a 1998 law it no doubt favored).
Unless the radioactive waste is laser-launched toward the sun, we’re stuck with waste that will contaminate the biosphere for thousands of years,
for the measly prize of 25-30 years of electricity, as nuclear activist and mathematician Gordon Edwards so eloquently explained.
The risk far outweighs the benefit;
this energy choice
exemplifies the insanity
of the nuclear industry
and its government protectors.
US Spent Nuclear Fuel Largest Concentration Of Radioactivity On Planet
BOB ALVAREZ: Well, we have the largest inventory of spent fuel in the world. It's about--it's been recently reported to be at this time about
71,000 metric tons. And it really represents the largest concentration of radioactivity on the planet...
Well, I mean, it's not a pretty picture in this country right now, because of the Congress dominated by politicians who want to take a meat ax to
programs that protect our public safety, feed our children, reduce the hardship of the poor, and all these things.
I mean, for example, the House passed funding legislation recently that cut off all funding for the federal program to issue tsunami warnings.
It's a very difficult environment right now. So--but I think that the public should do everything they can, if they have these nuclear power plants
anywhere near their backyards, is to call their members of Congress to task about fixing this problem.
[color=chartreuse]“A nuclear reactor is not really producing electricity so much as it is producing two things:
long-lived nuclear waste which lasts for millions of years and plutonium which lasts for many thousands of years.
The electricity is just a little drop in the bucket.
It’s a little flash in the pan.
You get electricity
for maybe 20 or 30 years
if you’re lucky,
then you have plutonium forever.”
Peace Love Light
[color=magenta]Liberty & Equality or Revolution
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telling the truth is considered a revolutionary act."
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