posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 12:06 PM
This is, by far, the greatest challenge to the planet in regard to radiation exposure to all life forms. Before we get into what’s going on right
now with the contaminated water, it’s important to know what we started this disaster off with.
On March 11th, 2011, there were six nuclear reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. This list shows you what was on-site at the time of the
Reactor Number 1: 50 tons (including an active core at just under 100 tons)
Reactor Number 2: 81 tons (including an active core)
Reactor Number 3: 88 tons (including an active core)
Reactor Number 4: 135 tons (In “cold shutdown” with the rods from the core in the SPF)
Reactor Number 5: 142 tons (In “cold shutdown” with the rods from the core in the SPF)
Reactor Number 6: 151 tons (In “cold shutdown” with the rods from the core in the SPF)
Common SPF: 1097 tons
Dry Storage: 70 tons
It’s important to remember that reactors 1, 2, and 3, all had active cores at the time of the incident. It was reported as early as May 25, 2011
that the cores of reactors 1, 2, and 3, had already melted down and were eating through the bottom of the cores into the primary containment
buildings. According to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) of Japan, Reactor 1 nuclear fuel breached the pressure vessel five hours
after the earthquake (8 p.m. on March 11, 2011). Reactor 2 nuclear fuel breached the pressure vessel 80 hours after the earthquake (10:50 p.m. on
March 14, 2011). Reactor 3 nuclear fuel breached the pressure vessel 79 hours after the earthquake (10:10 p.m. on March 14, 2011).
It is highly suspected that the molten cores breached their respective toruses, but this can not be confirmed as it is impossible for humans, and even
robots, to enter these areas without near-immediate death. To make matters worse, the Pacific Ocean has currents which move water around. As NOAA
points out, the North Pacific current moves water from Japan almost directly to the entrance of the Straight of Juan de Fuca here in Washington State.
We are directly in the path of this radioactive water. The water isn’t our only concern. The radioactive steam from reactors 1,2,3, and SPF 4,
has been vented to the atmosphere. The jet stream also moves the contaminated air from Japan to our area.
Reports in the media typically focus on two elements discharged into the atmosphere, Cesium and Iodine. This list isn’t remotely complete and the
public needs to be aware that fission creates many “daughter products” to include: Selenium, Krypton, Rubidium, Strontium, Yttrium, Zirconium,
Molybdenum, Ruthenium, Cadmium, Tellurium, and several others. These elements aren’t being discussed by the media because they likely don’t know
about them. Some of the principle concerns are:
Strontium-90 - Mimics calcium, and is absorbed into bones and teeth. It’s a strong beta emitter with a half-life of 28.8 years. It’s a cause of
Ruthenium-103 - Can form ruthenium tetroxide, which is a stronger oxidant and may be active in breaking down the tanks in Fukushima and working
against structural integrity of buildings, and containment facilities.
Iodine-131 - This doesn’t stick around for very long, it’s half-life is roughly eight days. Those who are exposed to it have it absorb into the
thyroid and it’s both a beta and gamma emitter.
Cesium-137 - Has a half-life of 30 years and is the primary source of penetrating gamma radiation from spent fuel until 300 years or more after
discharge. It acts like Potassium in bodies, and it actively absorbed into muscle tissue, primarily the heart.
It’s important to remember that the cores in 1, 2, and 3 are being pumped full of water everyday and the water is constantly pouring in. This
indicates that the secondary containments are not sound and that the water is exposed to extremely high radiation areas before being discharged into
the ground. This is significant because these reactors are less than fifty meters from the Pacific. It’s also important to remember that Reactor 3
was fueled with MOX, not normal uranium, and presents significant health issues due to Plutonium being extremely toxic.
There exists a report by the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division titled, “Radiological Emergency Information for Farmers,
Food Processors, and Distributors”, dated June 2007. On page 19, it states that the average annual background radiation in Washington state is 360
Millirem/Year. On page 18, it goes on to state that according to the EPA and FDA, exposure to 1000 millirem requires evacuation in place or shelter
in place. For 2000 millirem exposure, it requires relocating residents over the next 12 months. As radioactive particles fall upon our farmlands,
they will bioaccumulate into produce, and livestock, consumed by our citizens. We need to put into place food safety measures to ensure that our
foods do not contain radioactive elements.