Editorial: Japan's nuke meltdown shouldn't close U.S. plants
Another serious accident could take the U.S. nuclear industry down with it. The Fukushima disaster serves as a reminder that, in nuclear power.
Reassuringly, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has been focusing on the electricity problem. Plants now typically have just four hours of
backup power (although some have ways to keep electricity going for 14 to 16 hours). The Fukushima plant was without power for several days.
Germany, not known for the types of natural disasters that triggered Japan's crisis, responded to the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster by shutting down
eight of its 17 reactors and moving to phase out the rest by 2022. Should the United States follow suit?
More bruise on eastern Japanese
Helen Caldicott Interview, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Dec. 11, 2011:
NYT: Helen Caldicott, a pediatrician, is founding president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. A native of Australia, she left her Harvard
Medical School post in 1980 to work full-time on anti-nuclear education.
At 2:39 in
May I say that North America has received quite a large fallout itself.
At 3:15 in
We’re going to see an incredible increase in cancer, leukemia, and — down the time track — genetic disease. Not just in Japan but in the
Northern Hemisphere, particularly North America.
At 5:00 in
There have been three actual melt-throughs [...]
There could be massive hydrogen explosions still or steam explosions [...]
Building 4 is very unstable and its got a very hot cooling pool on top of it. If there’s another earthquake that building could collapse and who
knows how much radiation could escape
h/t Anonymous tip, ettienneable1
After Fukushima – Enough Is Enough, New York Times By HELEN CALDICOTT, December 2, 2011:
[...] Many thousands of people continue to inhabit areas that are highly contaminated, particularly northwest of Fukushima. Radioactive elements
have been deposited throughout northern Japan, found in tap water in Tokyo and concentrated in tea, beef, rice and other food. In one of the few
studies on human contamination in the months following the accident, over half of the more than 1,000 children whose thyroids were monitored in
Fukushima City were found to be contaminated with iodine 131 — condemning many to thyroid cancer years from now.
Children are innately sensitive to the carcinogenic effects of radiation, fetuses even more so. Like Chernobyl, the accident at Fukushima is of
global proportions. Unusual levels of radiation have been discovered in British Columbia, along the West Coast and East Coast of the United States and
in Europe, and heavy contamination has been found in oceanic waters. [...]