What have we learned in the three years since the onset of the continuing nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi? Many things — most of which are not good.
We learned that safe-energy and anti-nuclear activists were correct in their initial analyses of what was happening in the early days of the disaster; and unlike TEPCO, the Japanese government, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), we were telling the public straight out.
FUKUSHIMA: “…a profoundly man-made disaster – that could and should have been foreseen and prevented,” says Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.
A scathing report released today in Japan labels the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster as “man-made” in its root causes, laying out a pattern of “errors and willful negligence” as well as collusion that exists among the government, the regulatory bodies and the nuclear industry to ignore safety concerns. If this sounds a little too familiar, it should (Are you listening, NRC?) .
It further states that the earthquake — not just the tsunami — must be considered to have done some of the damage leading to the subsequent meltdowns and explosions at the reactors. This is a MAJOR change of narrative for the causes of the Fukushima disaster.
More information and commentary to follow. Download the report here.
On January 30, 2012 the Byron nuclear power plant released steam contaminated with tritium. Below are comment and information requests from NEIS:
NEIS FOIA’S STATE FOR INFO ABOUT THE BYRON TRITIUM RELEASE
Jan. 31, 2012 5:00 p.m.
In the wake of revelations that the Byron nuclear power plant released steam contaminated with tritium on Monday, January 30th, NEIS filed a freedom of information request (FOIA) with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and its Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety (IDNS) today:
We request answers to the following questions relating to the Byron Nuclear Powerplant release(s) of tritium on January 30, 2012, and any afterward (if they occur) up to Feb. 2, 2012:
Were all IDNS radiation monitors in operation around the Byron station working on Jan. 30, 2012?
Did any of the monitors (onsite or offsite) detect radiation release from Byron on Jan. 30-31, 2012? Please provide the radiation levels measured.
Nuclear Power Plants Pose Risks to Drinking Water for Illinois
Chicago, IL – The drinking water for 652,000 people in Illinois could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant, says a new study released today by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (Illinois PIRG).
NEIS submitted the following Comment to Frontline concerning the show they aired on Tuesday, January 17th – “Nuclear Aftershocks.” This show examined the aftermath of
the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 in Japan, and also its effects on the
nuclear industry worldwide.
We would like to complement Myles O’Brien and Frontline for taking on this extremely complex and urgent issue of both the ramifications of the Fukushima disaster, and also the future of nuclear power. While we are sympathetic to the limitations that a 54 minute program must endure, there were 3 major topics that could have fit into the show that would challenge a good deal of what was presented:
1.) At 18:22 O’Brien asks the crucial question point blank, “What did TEPCO know, and when did they know it?” One answer not covered in this segment were reports that, according to onsite workers, and even one TEPCO report itself, radiation alarms were going off BEFORE the tsunami hit.
The significance of this bit of data is that is suggests that the earthquake itself did some as yet unknown damage to the plant, resulting in radiation releases. If true, this has two major implications: 1.) this severely damages the current popular explanation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster – loss of offsite power – as the only reason for the Fukushima reactor failures, and 2.) means that all the efforts worldwide to beef up back-up power supplies to GE Mark-I type containment BWRs are necessary but not sufficient to insure the integrity of these reactors. While this will not be ascertained for some time due to the intense radiation still persistent at Fukushima, it suggests that nuclear safety planners may be going down a self-deluding false path. Of the 104 US reactors in operation, 24 are GE Mark-Is and IIs. This was not mentioned in the program. Continue reading NEIS Comments on PBS Frontline’s “Nuclear Aftershocks” program→
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