As nuclear industry and allies in government play down risk, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation

- Sarah Lazare, staff writer

Big Sur Coast in Central California (Photo: Joseph Plotz / Wikimedia Creative Commons)Radioactive water contaminated by Japan’s ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant will soon reach the west coast of the United States, according to Chairwoman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Allison Macfarlane, Bloomberg reports.

As the nuclear industry and its allies in government attempt to play down the danger of the contaminated ocean waters, scientists warn there is no such thing as safe radiation.

“The highest amount of radiation that will reach the U.S. is two orders of magnitude — 100 times — less than the drinking water standard,” Macfarlane told Bloomberg. “So, if you could drink the salt water, which you won’t be able to do, it’s still fairly low.”

Her claims of safety come on the heels of repeated efforts by TEPCO, the nuclear industry and the Japanese government to cover up and play down the spiraling Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Yet, scientists warn that claims that radiation is not harmful are deceptive.

Over 800 people across the world will get cancer from consuming fish that were contaminated with Fukushima radiation in Japanese waters by mid-July, 2013, according to newspaper Georgia Straight calculations based on a cancer risk formula developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and radiation levels in fish tested by the Japanese Fisheries Agency.

“This is not a one time wave that washes the shore and goes away. Fukushima is continuing to pollute the ocean.”—Arnie GundersenThis is likely only the tip of the iceberg, explained Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear-policy lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, in an interview with Georgia Straight. The number 800 does not account for future fish consumption, unmonitored damaged isotopes released by the Fukushima disaster and a host of other factors that could drastically increase cancer rates, he explained.

Scientists note it is difficult to predict the cancer rates for those on North America’s west coast, and that these cancer statistics do not include a host of other potential ill health effects, including heart disease and genetic damage.

“All radiation is unsafe,” said Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry executive turned whistleblower, in an interview with Common Dreams. “There is no non-harmful level.”

Meanwhile, west coast cities are growing nervous. The San Francisco Bay area city of Fairfax, California passed a resolution earlier this week calling for increased testing of coastal seafood and a reduction of radiation emissions from Fukushima.

Gundersen warned that the danger will only increase from here. “The faucet is still on. The Pacific is still becoming more contaminated,” he said. “This is not a one time wave that washes the shore and goes away. Fukushima is continuing to pollute the ocean.”

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Fukushima “Apocalypse in Progress” Gundersen & Wasserman

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Published on Nov 19, 2013

at 28:15 into the video, Wasserman states Fukushima is an apocalypse in progress.
Gundersen: Unit 4 pool can turn into a nuclear reactor as they pull rods up — Bloomberg: Like a “self-sustained chain reaction similar to meltdowns” — NHK: Fuel is 1% plutonium (VIDEO)
Green Power And Wellness — 11/18/13 They wrote:
FUKUSHIMA and the fall of nuclear power with ARNIE GUNDERSEN and MICHAEL MARIOTTE fill this riveting hour as we get to the bottom of the Unit Four fuel pool. A long-time nuclear engineer, Arnie explains at http://www.Fairewinds.org much of the only reliable technical information about what’s happening at Fukushima. Executive Director of the Nuclear Information & Resource Service since shortly after Chernobyl, Michael sorts through the realities of reactor operations and waste management at http://www.nirs.org. If you are at all concerned about our global future, don’t miss this show
http://prn.fm/2013/11/green-power-wel…

Fairewinds chief engineer Arnie Gundersen interviewed by Prof. Harvey Wasserman, Nov. 18, 2013 (at 22:00 in): The boron between the nuclear fuel has disintegrated. It was never designed for the temperatures it’s seen and it was never designed for saltwater. So there’s no assurance that you’ve got boron neutron absorbers between the nuclear fuel rods. So you’ve got what we call an inadvertent criticality — you’ve got the chance of the nuclear fuel pool becoming a nuclear reactor when it didn’t want to be, as they pull these rods out. So they have to be extraordinarily careful that they dont snap a rod and extraordinarily careful that as they’re pulling these rods, that the dont get an inadvertent criticality.

Bloomberg, Nov. 18, 2013: Were the rods [in the Unit 4 pool] to break or overheat, it could prompt a self-sustained nuclear chain reaction similar to the meltdowns at three Fukushima reactors.

NHK WORLD, Nov. 18, 2013: Spent fuel contains about one percent plutonium by weight. The spent fuel units at the No.4 reactor building have been in the storage pool for at least 3 years. Each is said to have up to 7,500 trillion becquerels of radioactivity. Because of this, the units are stored in water that can block radiation.

Let’s talk about Spent Fuel Pool at reactor number 4

FUKUSHIMA bent pool fool trick
http://youtu.be/t9aC2OElPEc
do you believe THIS
Fukushima nuclear plant – Two Flyovers shot in high definition http://youtu.be/C_CdCRux9bc
TRANSFORMED into ‘SAFE’ THIS?
Transfer of Fuel Assemblies to the Cask inside Reactor 4 SFP at Fukushima I NPP (11/18/2013)
http://youtu.be/xqhcfXQHAi8
Published on Nov 18, 2013
TEPCO started removing fuel assemblies stored in Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool on November 18, 2013. 4 unused (new) assemblies containing about 60 fuel rods each were removed to the cask by 6:45PM.
The work continues on November 19, 2013, and TEPCO hopes to load the cask with 22 unused (new) fuel assemblies before the cask is lowered by the gantry crane to the ground.
Removal of fuel assemblies in SFP4 is to continue for a year.
For more coverage of the Fukushima nuclear accident, visit my blogs:

Fukushima Unit 4 hoax underway http://youtu.be/gtZ-QOK5RJ0
Published on Nov 18, 2013 by Hatrick Penry

BBC article: Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant begins fuel rod removal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-…

TEPCO report from 11/18/13: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-…

TEPCO handout with pictures: http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushim…

The ultimate collection of NRC FOIA information on Unit 4….Fear and Loathing on Fukushima Unit 4: http://hatrickpenryunbound.com/?p=3928

See for yourself….the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/ja…

Something Wicked This Way Comes: The story of Plume-Gate, the world’s largest, provable cover-up: http://hatrickpenryunbound.com/?p=3683

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Physicist Dr. Busby Warns of Chernobyl Like Future for America
http://youtu.be/eRBHxhRTqTY

Fukushima Reactor 4 Fuel Removal Death Watch
a great argument by BeautifulGirlByDana who has been doing nightly broadcasts since October 25, 2013 and the last BIG earthquake off the coast of Fukushima Japan.
Please join in the chat room for his live broadcasts every night and ask questions.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc7z9G…
Streamed live on Nov 18, 2013

 

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