Originally posted on Apr 22nd 2015
In a report posted today on Sputnik International, a court in Japan has approved the restart of two nuclear reactors at Sendai Nuclear Power Plants. That’s nice, isn’t it?
Japan Court Approves Restart of Two Reactors at Sendai Nuclear Power Plant
‘The court’s ruling stipulated that both reactors at Japan’s Sendai Nuclear Power Plant will be launched in June 2015 after their operation was suspended for security checks in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.’
Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.
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There is a lot of concern regarding this restarting and, quite rightly, people are concerned that the Fukushima disaster has not been resolved to the extent that civilians would feel safer around these two reactors but you know, the courts also rejected a proposal to restart two other reactors at the Takahama plant, so who knows? Maybe the two at Sendai are in better condition.
What I would like to discuss with you today, is this little gem in the same article:
‘The disaster is believed to be the world’s worst since Chernobyl in 1986. According to Japanese authorities, cleanup efforts could take up to 40 years.’
40 years? Really? Is that 40 years from the time of posting, or from the beginning because if it is from the beginning then it has already been 4 years. How are they getting on so far?
‘A major bombshell has dropped concerning the failed cleanup efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The shuttered plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), has apparently been hiding for an entire year the fact that radioactive waste has been quietly pouring into the ocean from an onsite drainage ditch.’
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I am guessing this is the ‘clean up’ they are talking about? Just let all the radioactive waste pour into the ocean, until the reactors are empty? Well that is one way of solving the problem I guess. I suppose it was naive of me to think there might actually have been a more structured proposal.
‘Since samples of ocean water collected from near the drainage pipe allegedly didn’t show any “substantial” radioactive spikes, TEPCO claims that it didn’t feel the need to report the leak, at least until now. This, as the company struggles to continue building radioactive waste storage tanks on site at the plant to address the never-ending stream of waste pouring from the failed reactor buildings.’
Question: If the site is still too dangerous for humans to enter, how exactly are those storage tanks being built ‘on site’? TEPCO didn’t feel the need to report a leak of radioactive waste ‘pouring’ into the ocean, perhaps because they didn’t actually know about it because it is too dangerous still to enter? Tell me, do you think they genuinely felt this ‘leak’ was insignificant, or do you think they had an ulterior motive for keeping it quiet?
‘As you may recall from back in September 2013, when Tokyo was announced to be the site of the 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised the International Olympic Committee and the world that all radiation leaks at Fukushima were “under control.” TEPCO was also named to be the primary sponsor for the Olympic Games.’
Okay, ulterior motive it is. Perhaps it is just a simple leak though? but if the clean up is expected to take 40 years, how can the Olympics go ahead in 5? The below image was posted in 2012 by the Nuclear Proctologist website and it is very telling, so I don’t think it is unreasonable to ask how safe will those Olympians and supporters will be:
Fukushima Radioactive Water Spills into Ocean After Outage Hits Pumps
‘A power outage Tuesday shut down all eight water transfer pumps at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, causing radioactive water to again leak into the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported.’
‘Last week, a TEPCO survey found that the radiation levels at the Fukushima No. 1 station are enough to kill a human being within an hour.’
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It’s getting harder to remain neutral on this but let’s have a quick look at just what sort of ‘clean up’ process have TEPCO undertaken so far. Perhaps confidence will be restored:
‘Liquid waste management and the cleanup and management of the water that was injected into the reactors and SFPs had been a major concern. For many weeks following the accident, rainwater mixed with the water that had been injected into the reactors and SFPs was accumulating in NPS buildings and tanks. As the buildings and tanks filled up, additional temporary storage tanks were brought in to hold the water. In June, the first of two temporary wastewater cleanup systems was started.’
Let me be clear. They are injecting water INTO the same reactors that are leaking. Water goes in, waste comes out.
‘In addition, Units 5 and 6 are experiencing groundwater intrusion of 200 m3/day that is slightly contaminated but below release limits. However, TEPCO is unable to release this water because of current environmental policy issues. Therefore, TEPCO is spraying this water on the NPS site to alleviate storage concerns. Similarly, the NPS has a large volume of tritiated water at a tritium concentration of 103 Bq/m3. The total amount of the accumulated water is increasing at ~200 to 720 tons/day. This volume will eventually challenge the storage capacity. Multiple tank farms containing several hundred tanks for a total volume of >111,000 m3 and a megafloat barge to store 10,000 m3 of water have been added to the NPP site.’
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The above report was written in 2011. Now, I freely admit that I don’t know what a ‘NPS site’ is, but I suspect spraying contaminated water on it, is probably not a great move. I imagine it is predominantly the earth, which absorbs liquid.
On April 17, 2015, this report was released by TEPCO:
SHAPE-SHIFTING ROBOTS OBTAIN CRUCIAL INTELLIGENCE ON CONDITIONS INSIDE FUKUSHIMA REACTOR
‘Robots are being used because the space remains too hazardous for workers to enter safely. Because it contains tight spaces and unknown obstacles caused by damage during the accident, the robots had to be specially designed to be able to change shape as they moved around inside. They were sent onto the deck above the bottom of the steel pressure vessel, which is encased by the PCV, a thick concrete shell.
Both robots successfully obtained and sent back data from the Unit 1 PCV. Although the first robot eventually became blocked after collecting data from 14 out of 18 points, a second robot was sent into the reactor and is also returning valuable information. It is expected to continue its exploration this week, with sensors that can record temperature and radiation dose, and cameras that can send back images.’
To be fair, ‘shape shifting robots’ does sound awesome and at least they are doing something, but I can’t help but think this is not all it seems either:
‘The robots began their exploration on April 10, and after the data was captured from the first robot, its tethering cables were deliberately severed on April 13 in accordance with contingency plans, to prevent the second robot from becoming entangled. The second robot entered the reactor on April 15, collecting data at all 11 points it was assigned to cover on a clockwise circuit of the reactor.’
Blocked or deliberately severed?
Or just plain broke? I suspect it broke due to the high levels of radiation. After all, those levels could ‘kill a human within an hour’. Good job they have two, isn’t it?
Tepco to Abandon Second Robot Inside Fukushima Reactor
Goddammit! What happened this time?
‘The second robot was sent in from a different route Wednesday, and recorded radiation levels and temperatures inside, which Sunday reached 5.9 sieverts an hour and 20.4 degrees Celsius, respectively. The World Nuclear Association says short-term exposure to 10 sieverts can kill a person within a few weeks.
Tepco said one of the cameras used to monitor the second robot was damaged by the radiation. They decided to leave it inside to avoid the risk of it becoming stuck in a passageway and blocking the way of other future missions.’
Right. Of course. The good news is that the radioactivity that was reported as being able to ‘kill a human being within an hour’ has now been reduced so much that it will kill a human being ‘within a few weeks’ Great. The industrial ‘enema’ is clearly working. After 4 years. Thing is, if this is happening inside the plant, what is happening outside of it?
Four Years After Fukushima Nuclear Accident, Farmers Struggle for Viability
‘Mr. Kanno won’t be selling any of his rice, however, because commercial farming in most of Iitate is still prohibited. He took an unusual step and decontaminated part of his land on his own and started producing rice that he now donates for consumption. Elsewhere in Fukushima prefecture, farther from the reactors, the reputation taint forces farmers to sell their crops below market rates.’
That stands to reason. Good on this man for doing something proactive. What about further afield (no pun)?:
Federal Fisheries Regulators Halt West Coast Sardine Season
‘Strange diseases have also been proliferating in the sea. Large numbers of sea lions have recently been found convulsing with seizures caused by a neurotoxin found in algae blooms or red tides. The blooms suddenly proliferate for unknown reasons, cover large areas and infuse shellfish, mussels, anchovies, sardines and other filter feeders with toxins that are then consumed by sea lions.’
Has and is this disaster affecting us in other ways?
Radioactive Fukushima food could be hitting UK shops through safety loophole
‘Contaminated products such as tea, noodles and chocolate bars have already been exported from Japan by fraudsters using false labels.
An investigation by the Independent newspaper discovered there is a risk such food may have already arrived in the UK due to loopholes in safety regulations.’
In a previous article, I wrote about this very thing.
“Who Will Make Me A Liar, And Make My Speech Nothing Worth?”
‘How much damage will this do to America and it’s citizens? Should we be concerned? Could we offer some sort of help, being that we have so many nuclear reactors that we absolutely know what needs to be done to try to contain this? Could we not cut off our noses to spite our own faces and just GIVE aid to the Japanese, just this once, maybe? Could we spin it so that it sounds like ‘helping you, is helping us’?
Is there anybody out there that firmly believes the weather and the water are solely confined to the Japanese coastline? That the winds and the tides couldn’t possibly move beyond the invisible barriers that are set up in the minds of these people who just don’t really care whether you live or die? Or maybe I just answered my own question there.’
The above article was written on February 15, 2014. Clearly I hadn’t taken into consideration fraudsters, but what about those ‘loopholes’?
Codex Alimentarius is a series of international standards for food and agricultural products. They help ensure fair trade and consumer protection internationally.
I won’t publish the details, though I will say this site is not very specific. It does provide links that lead to some ideas on what those loopholes are, but surely it would just be easier to say ‘we are not accepting any foodstuffs from Asia/Pac until we can be certain it is safe for human consumption’?
Why are Governments more concerned with cure and not prevention? Why spend unlimited amounts of tax-payers cash on fixing people affected by the damage created by these foodstuffs after the fact, and not save money overall, by simply not accepting these stocks into the food chain thus reducing the risk? And before anybody utters the ‘C’ word, no I don’t think it’s a conspiracy. I think it is laziness pure and simple. The big question is:
If contaminated food from Japan is hitting our stores in both the US and the UK under false labeling, how are the consumers supposed to know the labels are fake? Because clearly, the implication here is that we are responsible for what we eat, so it is our responsibility to know what is safe. But even then, it is not a perfect science is it? We tend to rely too much on the Government protecting us:
New USDA rule allows hidden feces, pus, bacteria and bleach in conventional poultry
‘According to documented reports, after the animals are slaughtered, conventional poultry is essentially hung on long conveyor lines and sprayed, bathed and injected with all sorts of chemical solutions, including chlorine bleach, before ultimately being hauled off to the supermarket. These chemical solutions are, of course, carefully designed to kill any bacteria and render the meat “safe” for human consumption, the ultimate “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the factory food industry, if you will.’
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Something to be said for vegetarianism here, isn’t there?
Even if you bought locally, you still have no idea if any of the foodstuffs have been contaminated by the radioactive waste flooding the ocean. However, you can be sure it is contains less poisons, than stocks bought from Japan and surrounding areas, can’t you? Oh right I forgot – Monsanto.
Approval of GMO Imports Moves EU ‘Closer to Monsanto’
Can we really condemn Japan when in fact, all other countries (except Germany) have a disaster waiting to happen at home? We contaminate our own foods, so what moral high ground are we standing on, that allows us to judge others?
And for those who do think it is all a conspiracy, you might have a point, because you can only survive 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water (except in unusual situations, but even then it is no more than 10).
So really it amounts to nothing more than being the lesser of two evils, doesn’t it?
Perhaps those elites who have been stockpiling grains, were always one step ahead of the majority after all?
Are we fighting a losing battle?
Please comment in the box below and tell us what you think and/or whether you have an alternative plan/option/opinion.