Physicist: There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster

The terrible toll from Japan's tsunami came from the wave, not radiation

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I have watched a TV programme called ‘Fear Factor.’ In the series there are contestants who have to confront their worst fears to see who bails out and who can fight the fear and get through.

People who are afraid of heights are made to Bungee-jump off a high bridge, and people who are scared of spiders or insects are made to get in a bath full of spiders.

In virtually all cases the contestants later say that the fearful experience was not actually as bad as they feared. So the fear of the fear was greater than the fear itself ‘when the chips were down.’

This is often the case in life, that the fear of some factor turns out to be worse than the experience itself. The human mind builds a very scary image in the imagination. The imagination then feeds the fear.

If the picture in the imagination is not very specific or clear it is worse, because the fear factor feeds on the unknown.

This is what has happened in the public mind concerning nuclear power over the last half century. Concepts concerning nuclear reactions and nuclear radiation are in themselves complicated and mysterious.

Over the last couple of decades physics advances in fields such as quantum mechanics, which is linked to nuclear processes has compounded matters for the public. The image of strong and mysterious forces and effects is now well entrenched. There are Hollywood movies and TV programmes about space travellers or alien invaders who use time travel and quantum forces, and then battle to evade the dangerous intergalactic nuclear zones.

A consequence of all this is that internationally the public is now really ‘spooked’ when it comes to the topic of nuclear power. A real ‘fear factor’ looms over the mere word ‘nuclear.’ Newspapers love this, and really push imagery like; ‘nuclear leak’ or ‘radiation exposure.’

Dr. Kelvin KemmTo a nuclear physicist like me, I look upon such public reaction half with amusement and half with dismay. The amusement comes from the fact that so many people can be scared so easily by so little. It is like shouting: “Ghost in the bedroom,” and everyone runs and hides in the hills.

The dismay reaction is that there is a body of anti-nuclear activists who do not want the public to know the truth, and the anti-nukes enjoy stoking the fear factor and maintaining public ignorance.

Let us now ponder the Fukushima nuclear incident which has been in the news again lately.

Firstly let us get something clear. There was no Fukushima nuclear disaster. Total number of people killed by nuclear radiation at Fukushima was zero. Total injured by radiation was zero. Total private property damaged by radiation….zero. There was no nuclear disaster. What there was, was a major media feeding frenzy fuelled by the rather remote possibility that there may have been a major radiation leak.

At the time, there was media frenzy that “reactors at Fukushima may suffer a core meltdown.” Dire warnings were issued. Well the reactors did suffer a core meltdown. What happened? Nothing.

Certainly from the ‘disaster’ perspective there was a financial disaster for the owners of the Fukushima planJapan Tsunami pushes carst. The plant overheated, suffered a core meltdown, and is now out of commission for ever. A financial disaster, but no nuclear disaster.

Amazingly the thousands of people killed by the tsunami in the neighbouring areas who were in shops, offices, schools, at the airport, in the harbour and elsewhere are essentially ignored while there is this strange continuing phobia about warning people of ‘the dangers of Fukushima.’ We need to ask the more general question: did anybody die because of Fukushima? Yes they did. Why? The Japanese governJapan tsunami boatment introduced a forced evacuation of thousands of people living up to a couple of dozen kilometres from the power station. The stress of moving to collection areas induced heart attacks and other medical problems in many people. So people died because of Fukushima hysteria not because of Fukushima radiation.

Recently some water leaked out of the Fukushima plant. It contained a very small amount of radioactive dust. The news media quoted the radiation activity in the physics measure of miliSieverts. The public don’t know what a Sievert or a milliSievert is. As it happens a milliSievert is a very small measure.

Doubling a very small amount is still inconsequential. It is like saying: “Yesterday there was a matchstick on the football field; today there are two matchsticks on the football field. Matchstick pollution has increased by a massive 100% in only 24 hours.”

The statement is mathematically correct but silly and misleading.

At Fukushima a couple of weeks ago, some mildly radioactive water leaked into the sea. The volume of water was about equal to a dozen home swimming pools. In the ocean this really is a ‘drop in the ocean.’

The radiation content was so little that people could swim in the ocean without the slightest cause for concern. Any ocean naturally contains some radioactivity all of the time anyway. There is natural radiation around us all of the time and has always been there since the birth of the earth.

Understandably the general public do not understand nuclear radiation so the strangest comments occur. On an internet blog some person stated that people on the north coast of Australia must be warned about the radiation in the sea coming from Fukushima. Good grief!

Meantime the Fukushima site now looks like an oil refinery. A lot of storage tanks have been built there to hold water that has been flushed through the damaged reactors to aid in cooling. Quite frankly, scientifically speaking, the best thing to do with the mildly radioactive waste water would be to intentionally pour it into the sea. The water which is currently in the new Fukushima storage tanks has already been filtered to remove radioactive Caesium.

All that is left is a bit of radioactive Tritium. Tritium is actually part of the water molecule anyway…so what we really have is…well, water in water. The Tritium atom is a hydrogen atom, Hydrogen Tritiumwhich has two neutrons in its nucleus which is a normal but rare variation in the hydrogen atom. Most hydrogen atoms have only a single proton in the nucleus and no neutrons. A rare hydrogen variation is called Deuterium and such atoms have one proton plus one neutron. Even rarer than Deuterium is the Tritium form of hydrogen which has one proton plus two neutrons. These variants are known as isotopes. Water is H2O and water molecules in which the Tritium isotope of the hydrogen atom is found are molecules referred to as ‘Heavy Water.’ It really is just water, so you can’t filter it out of the normal ‘light water.’

The Tritium heavy water is very mildly radioactive and is found normally in the sea all over the world all of the time. This Tritium concentration in the one thousand storage tanks at Fukushima is higher than that found naturally in the sea, but is still so low as to pose no real danger at all.

No doubt the Japanese government is too scared to release this water into the sea because of the howl of criticism which would no doubt follow.

A further complication is that in the last couple of weeks the press has reported further spillage of water. These reports are such that it looks like a continuous failure of the Fukushima engineers to contain the situation.

The latest spillage was about 400 litres of water, which is about as much liquid as would fill four motor car fuel tanks. Reportedly, one of the one thousand storage tanks was not totally horizontal when it was built so when it was filled to the top some water overflowed on one side.

As soon as the spillage occurred they fixed the problem. But the rules require the incident to be reported, even though the spillage was not of any biological consequence to anyone, or to any fauna or flora.

The Fukushima incident will continue to attract media attention for some time to come, I imagine. It has become such a good story to roll with that it will not just go away. However, in sober reflection and retrospection one has to come to the conclusion that far from being a nuclear disaster the Fukushima incident was actually a wonderful illustration of the safety of nuclear power.

The largest earthquake and consequent tsunami on record struck an ageing nuclear power plant which was built to a now obsolete boiling water reactor technology, and no nuclear damage resulted to people and property in the neighbourhood.

Poor management systems compounded matters and were implicated in the failure of the cooling circuit. The reactor cores suffered a meltdown. Due to the magnitude of the tsunami disaster there were no emergency services able to help, they were deployed elsewhere or paralysed because there were no roads or infrastructure available.

Fukushima plant hydrogen gas explosionHydrogen gas leaked out of a reactor, collected under the building’s roof and then exploded, blowing the roof off in front of the world’s TV cameras. Fukushima had devices called ‘recombiners’ designed to prevent the hydrogen build-up but they were not working because they needed an external electricity supply.

Financially speaking and operationally speaking the reactors were wrecked, but nobody was killed or injured by any nuclear radiation.

Fukushima showed that a nuclear power plant can take the maximum punch of nature’s brutality, and yet the surrounding population does not fry and die as so often dramatically predicted by the fear factor enthusiasts.

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About the Author: Kelvin Kemm

Kelvin Kemm

Dr Kelvin Kemm is the CEO of Nuclear Africa, a nuclear project management company based in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of the International Board of Advisors of CFACT. Dr. Kemm received the prestigious Lifetime Achievers Award of the National Science and Technology Forum of South Africa.

  • wrx7m

    Very interesting article. As much as I know that media bias exists, I did not realize that this was so exaggerated. Thank you for explaining it so that people without nuclear physics degrees can understand the truth.

    • WakeUpSleepyheads

      Physicists aren’t taught the physiology of how dangerous nuclear radiation is to human health.

      To learn how dangerous nuclear raidation is to humans, Google and read:

      “Nuclear Radiation: There is No Safe Dose” by Dr. Romeo F. Quijano

      • Chu Wyton

        Aren’t the effects of high-intensity radiation not normally felt or seen until about 10 – 20 years after the incident?

        • Nexusfast123

          Yes…there are now a number of long run studies of Chernobyl emerging that are starting to capture the impact of the radiation.

        • plutonium_24000yearhalflife

          Generally correct, and that’s what they are banking on, makes the illnesses impossible to PROVE!! ie. they are off the hook!!!!

      • Nexusfast123

        Best comment here. Sure, it is perfectly correct to say that physical damage and deaths from Fukushima were non-existent when compared to the earthquake impact. However, the impact of raised levels of background radiation will be insidious and multi-generational and it is disingenuous to suggest that raised radiation levels are not of relevance. This person has been a lobbyist for the nuclear industry and he has no background, as far as I can see, regarding the effects of radiation on biological systems.

      • Newsbot9

        More propaganda. There’s plenty of natural radiation sources, and if you were right then smoke detectors…

        • Nexusfast123

          Of course there are. This has the potential to be more than normal background radiation though.

          Even background radiation can be a problem – studies have shown that naturally occurring Radon in unventilated spaces will raise the incidence of lung cancer. But you live in your deluded world. It’s your choice.

          • Mike Bromley

            Nexusfast123, you have an insult for everyone, don’t you.

            • peter

              newsbot9 ….foolish words , get educated then write… what you are saying is that we are already being poisoned so dont worry about more? dumb logic!

            • JANK

              You’re an easy mark, Mike….

          • fiddie

            Potential?? I choose to live with facts, not maybe’s of a slim possibility. If you choose to worry about F-D, how do you explain the vibrancy of life in the Pacific region after the nuclear bomb tests in the South Pacific (1947-62)? Cousteau found lots of sea animals. Or the wildlife preserve around Chernobyl?
            There is a safe dosage for radiation – higher than IAEA guidelines.

        • Treaty88

          You are obviously ignorant of the difference between “natural” radiation and man-made nuclear radiation.
          Please learn the difference.

      • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

        “Physicists aren’t taught the physiology of how dangerous nuclear radiation is to human health.”

        Sorry, but this is simply incorrect. Anyone that ever deals with radioactive materials MUST take a course in the physiology of radiation.

      • Mike Bromley

        Explain Hiroshima, then. Why isn’t there a cancer epidemic?

        • wildtwo

          There was and is!

      • Pythagore

        You don’t know what you are talking about. Effects of radiation on human body is part of the curriculum of nuclear physicists, radioprotection physicists, nuclear medicine physicists and most physicists in a field related and/or using radioactive material.

        Nice try to discredite nuclear physicists. They are among the ones with most knowledge in the field.

      • WhatTheFlux

        If you really, seriously, actually believe that there is no safe dose of radiation, then it is your moral duty to insist long and loudly that the city of Denver be immediately evacuated.

        Because the citizens there receive 7 milliSieverts just from living next to that ginormous pile of granite called the Rocky Mountains. And they get a few more if they have a granite countertop, and radon in the basement. And fly off to see the grand folks once a year.

        Hmmm… that’s odd. I don’t hear you shouting in panic and rage from your flung-open window.

        The statement “there is no safe dose” is just simply flat-out factually incorrect. Period. It’s fear-mongering propaganda and nothing more.

        A yearly dose at or below 100 milliSieverts results in no uptick in cancer rates. Google the 2012 report from United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

        Long story short – the Linear No-Threshold Theory (LNT ) harped on by the anti-nuke crowd is not a theory at all. It’s a hypothesis, and an unproven one at that. It’s just a wild-ass guess that Dr, Mueller, a nobel prize winner, came up with in 1947, that the anti-nuke folks glommed onto and haven’t let go.

        Period. End of discussion.

      • JRT256

        There is now a major conflict about the health effects of Chernobyl. The professional health scientists have reached the conclusion after much research and collection of data, that the impact on the civilian population was fairly small. But, the anti-nuclear activists continue to insist that it was much greater. Actually, current scientific thinking is that low doses of radiation do no harm. We are exposed to low doses every day and our bodies have learned to deal with them.

    • peter

      dont beleive this crap! it is propaganda . look into it further please.

  • Shadeburst

    Very clearly stated, Dr. Kemm. Other prominent debunkers of the nuclear scare story include Dr. Richard A Muller of BEST, George Monbiot the green activist, and definitely not least Dr. James Lovelock, proposer of the Gaia Hypothesis.

  • geo brecke

    Who will start the next wars? It’s likely those who attempt to rely on moon beams for the energy to power their economies.

  • Bryan William Leyland

    Excellent review.

    Anyone interested in the real dangers of radiation should visit radiationandreason.com where Prof Wade Alison shows that levels 200 times higher than the regulated amount are safe.

    • roberta4343

      dont know if I fully believe the slide show, I do remember watching a nature show about the crittors around chenobyle, my question was why is it safe enough for animals but not for people? unless the fear of radiation is being used to push people out of targetted areas (such as agenda 21 stuff I remember seeing a show about an island that was used in the past for nuclear testing and the animals were there, the plants were growing like normal and fish in the sea, if it is safe enough for animals why not for people? unless the fear of radiation is ued to keep people off the island? plants do absorb radiation, seen an article about using sunflowers to absorb it then burying the plants, so who to believe?

      • chasrmartin

        Uh, because the critters don’t read newspapers?

      • ras

        It is safe for critters because their life span is shorter. No time for the stochastic effects of exposure to show.

        • Leigh

          You might want to do some reading on this subject. For example, read about the long term effects of extreme exposure such as Hiroshima etc and it’ll become clear that the hysterical reactions to Fukushima and even Chernobyl were and are unjustified.

          http://k1project.org/weapons/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-the-long-term-health-effects/

          • Bill Taylor

            exactly we were told of death clouds circling the globe if nukes were used, well we used them and no death clouds happened, in fact MOST of the people in both nagasaki and hiroshima suvived!

            • Crunkomatic

              Even a guy who was bombed with BOTH weapons lived to 93.

              • D Thomas

                I read about that I have also read a few articles about skydivers who survived the fall after their chutes failed. A single data point does not a study make.

            • Marushka France

              I don’t know who ‘we’ is or from where ‘death clouds’ comes.
              Radiation Effects Research Foundation. Retrieved Sept. 18, 2007. “total number of deaths is not known precisely … acute (within two to four months) deaths … Hiroshima … 90,000-166,000 … Nagasaki … 60,000-80,000″
              Many more suffered long term disability, illness and death later.

              • Bill Taylor

                clearly you dont “know” much of anything on this entire topic, other than LIES media have told you……LEARN the physics involved so you dont have to depend on others.

                • Marushka France

                  I’m depending on others b/c I provide citations? ha!

      • Marushka France

        not safe for animals either – they died, got ill, had DNA damage, and many studies have been done…. many thousands more than compiled in this study.

        free download of the book

        “Chernobyl:
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        Environment”
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        Nesterenko
        NY Academy of Sciences, Volume 1181, 2009.
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        • dan

          That study is a well known fraud, typical Greenpeace. When physics doesn’t agree with you, make it up.
          http://atomicinsights.com/challenging-nyas-decision-to-keep-yablokovs-chernobyl-fiction-online/

        • Bill Taylor

          WRONG, the animals did NOT die they are thriving………that study was 100% BS…actually some older folks STAYED there and lived their normal lifespan, some are still there and alive today!

          • Marushka France

            and a lot died, a lot have dramatic genetic malformations… nuclear does not have a 100% kill rate, however, where the population once had 80 to 90% healthy children, post-Chernobyl it dropped to 20% and then to ZERO.

          • Marushka France

            Animals die, cannot reproduce or when they do, their offspring are not viable. A vacuum exists and other animals drift into and fill up the area, but then they also get sick and become diseased, ill and/or die. THAT is what occurred… you’d have to actually read the book cited… or at least the section on fauna to get that.

      • BartiDdu

        Because few people care if animals die of cancer.

    • Marushka France

      These kinds of ridiculous statements costs people their health and lives! It was proved in 1927 by Mueller (who won a Nobel prize) that even the smallest exposure, like one xray, damages DNA! The government has always known that nuclear promotion has been solely for military purposes under the guise of nuclear security… thus the IAEA agreement that overrides all WHO work for public health – but not regarding the nuclear issue.

      It’s long past time that the nuclear industry is recognized for what it is – a military program that was legitimized to keep the health consequences under wraps without informing the public.

      • TheManOfScience

        DNA damage happens all the time. Even your DNA contains natural radioactive isotopes which cause several mutations every day due to splitting of atoms in the strand itself. However, your body has defenses against that: mutations are mostly happening in inactive segments of DNA so they don’t really matter, DNA repair mechanisms fix the errors, and cells are killing themselves when the mutations are too severe.

        There are theories that DNA repair mechanisms becomes more active when there’s more damage occurring. That assumption seems logical because people living on areas with higher natural background radiation do not seem to suffer more of radiation linked diseases and neither is their life expectancy shorter than of those living on areas with lower radiation.

        So, doubling a dose does not necessarily double your risks of developing e.g. cancer, at least if doses are low enough. Making radiation 200 times stronger may elevate the probability of some disease a little bit but it does not mean that the area would be uninhabitable or food produced on that area should not be consumed at all.

        Making other healthy choices in the life are probably many times more effective than avoiding slightly elevated radiation levels at all cost. For example, the x-ray you mentioned, might reveal a tumor in your body – in which case a controlled dose of radiation has certainly done only good for you.

        • plusaf

          True, that! Marushka might want to research “the J-curve”, which kind of addresses that issue. If damage is VERY low, the body’s defenses can’t detect it and can’t repair the damage. If the damage is very HIGH, it overwhelms the body’s defenses and it loses the battle.
          But there IS a middle ground where the body’s defenses CAN detect AND overcome damage and/or invasions and repair itself quite successfully.
          And radiation damage is one of those kinds of things, too.

          • chasrmartin

            Um, actually the real curve goes the other direct: low doses not only have no deleterious effect, they appear to be somewhat beneficial. That may account why we in nicely radioactive Colorado have a low cancer rate.

            • Brynn

              How about the effects in Fallujah from all the depleted uranium from the wars there? 80% of the babies born with horrific birth defects. Thats your low dose radiation effect

              • Luca Bertagnolio

                If this is true, then you should look into the chemical effects of any metal poisoning rather than talk about radiation, something that you clearly are not too familiar with.

                Uranium-238 has very little radiation, due to its extremely long half-life. And uranium, like most metals, is poisonous to living things.

                It’s quite fun to see all the kneejerk reactions to anything that has the word “radiation” in it. Have you ever done an MRI scan? Do you know what that “R” stands for?

                • Brynn

                  MRI has nothing to do with anything yes i know the R is not radiation in MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging It is not a kneejerk reaction I have serious concerns about what has gone on at Fukushima like thousands of others, and calling everyone with the same concerns fearmongerers makes you look less credible, there are many people worried and rightfully so because you know damn well the effects of what can happen when something goes wrong with nuclear. There is a mass media cover up on this event and i think you know that. I am tired of the whitewashing from PR firms in this industry trying to keep the public in the dark so they can keep collecting their billions and continue polluting the earth. Bioaccumulation is real

                  • Luca Bertagnolio

                    Well yes, the R stands for resonance, but another name for MRI is NMRI or nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. So you would favour MRI vs CAT scans because one uses radiation, while the other not? Can you not see that radiation is used to save lives, not to harm them?

                    Yes, I do know damn well the effects of what can happen when something goes wrong with nuclear, such as in Fukushima, where *ZERO* people died of radiation, and most likely *ZERO* people will die in the future, given the very low level of radiation escaped from the damaged plant. These figures have been not given by TEPCO, but by the WHO.

                    No, there is no mass media cover up on Fukushima. There just are no interesting news for the non-nuclear geeks, because it’s all very boring these days.

              • chasrmartin

                (1) cite it. (2) Uranium is a heavy metal poison. Depleted uranium is not very radioactive at all.

                The one study (http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/7/2828/pdf) makes it clear they can’t blame uranium.

        • Marushka France

          the kinds of radiation we evolved with, died down enough for 1.) our bodies to repair what we evolved with 2.) died down enough for our own and other species to exist long enough to pro-create.

          But this vast amount of lethal, man-made radionuclides are all new to our biology and those of many other species, we have very little ability to recover from exposure. Acute exposure kills us or it doesn’t. Likely will vaporize or burn… and we’ve learned that low dose exposure is profoundly hazardous genetically and hazardous as it promotes the Dysfunction systemically – entire biological systems collapse.

          Linear Non Threshold There is always risk, there is no threshold without risk. There is an absence of linear relationship, so to speak. An Acute dose may kill you within hours or weeks. A chronic, low-dose exposure would kill millions over time — maybe half in 10 years and the remainder over an additional 40 years. In Japan, just cancers alone are being estimated to reach 1 million – easily. Doesn’t include all the myriad ways damage and death can also occur – miscarriages, stillbirths, spontaneous heart attacks (one the increase, especially under age 19), cardiovascular disease (incloudes nose bleeds to aneurysms, brain and nervous system disorders, diabetes,… too long a list for me to easily remember off the top of my head.

      • YouSuck

        Better stay inside and away from that big yellow ball in the sky if you’re so afraid of the tiniest bit of radiation, champ.

        • Leigh

          Unfortunately for the paranoid, staying inside could expose them to even more radiation from radon gas etc. The good thing is our species, and all species for that matter, evolved in a bath of radiation and thus are very tolerant of it. Perhaps there is a good reason that while we respond to excess heat or cold etc, we have no sensory responise to radiation?

      • David McFarland

        No, the military promoted it – specifically, Admiral Rickover – to try to get it to reform power generation as a whole, as it is the safest and cleanest option. You want to talk about radiation damage? Don’t ever fly in a plane.
        You want to talk about spreading radioactive contamination? Don’t live near a Coal Plant.

        You want to talk about Nuclear Power? Educate yourself with reasonable sources written by reasonable people.
        Not assumptions or lack of context, which is precisely what you’re doing.
        You’ve got Google. Use it properly.

        • plusaf

          Don’t worry… they won’t.

        • Dryden Fassa

          Nuclear power is the cleanest and safest form of energy? Sorry to disappoint, but free point energy from the quantum flux field has far more energy than nuclear and doesn’t leave any footprint. Seems like you like to make blanket statements. That’s cool tho…a lot of that is going around these days.

          • Luca Bertagnolio

            Great! Care to tell us all how many commercial installations of such “free point energy from the quantum flux field” powerplants exist today? Inquiring minds want to know…

            • Syndicate821

              So tell me something Mr. Pro-science, pro-nuclear power, libertarian Bertagnolio. What are your doing with waste from these plants.. Your taking a shit with no proper way to dispose of it. But i guess you can bury it right? Out of sight, Out of mind let the future generations deal with our problems.

              • Brynn

                They are fine with tossing it in the ocean and water supply. No big deal right!! Hypocrites!

          • David McFarland

            No, it doesn’t, because right now harnessing it requires vast amounts of energy much of which come from Coal. Even then, the best we can get out of Zero Point Energy devises is enough to power… well, nothing, really.
            So, actually, to correct your statement, Fusion is, as one company has managed to get Fusion to produce more energy than it consumes. Now, it’s not economically feasible.

            When it’s viable and produces more energy than it consumes to get the process going, yes, zero-point energy will probably be the best energy source we can get.

            However, I didn’t think I needed to make the statement “currently viable,” in my comment. I figured everyone would realize that I’m not going to waste everyone’s time with half-thought-out semantics, but that’s cool, though, I guess that’s going around these days.

        • Marushka France

          http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611.html
          Stanford Report, January 26, 2011

          The world can be powered by alternative energy, using today’s technology, in 20-40 years, says Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson

          A new study – co-authored by Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson and UC-Davis researcher Mark A. Delucchi – analyzing what is needed to convert the world’s energy supplies to clean and sustainable sources says that it can be done with today’s technology at costs roughly comparable to conventional energy.
          WWS = Wind, Water, Solar (NO Nuclear, No Oil) Change the infrastructure, long-term changes = much lower costs, truly clean atmosphere and far better for life… we will still have to deal with the legacy of contamination from nuclear, petrochemicals… but at least we can stop the damage.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XCYlCF3QuQ

          • David McFarland

            Nuclear is still safer. Fewer deaths per kw/h.

            Part of that is because of how much training is involved and how careful nuclear operators have to be.

            The other great part about nuclear is how much industry and intellectualism it drives in just simply manning them. It’s a great white-collar and blue-collar work force, and it’s incredibly cost-effective and only getting better. (They’re expensive to build, but after that incredibly cheap and pay themselves off quickly)

            Wind is actually one of the least economical methods and is only good on small-scales. Large scales actually do a number to the environment.

            Water, agreed, but that requires far more development – and that requires money.
            Solar? Yeah, solar is great.
            But so is nuclear power.

            Particularly newer ones. I agree, a lot of the old ones need to be shut down. Not all of those are safe… but there is no reason to not include Fission Power from Clean Energy of the Future ideas. Especially if you use Thorium. I’d LOVE to see you come up with an argument against Thorium reactors. That’d be interesting… considering I don’t think there really is one.

          • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

            Mark Z. Jacobsen is not exactly honest. He considers the carbon cost of a burning city to be built into the carbon cost of nuclear energy – this fallacy being the only way he could even justify his work.

      • Hodja

        How could he prove damage in 1927 to something whose structure wasn’t known until 1953?

        • ManoaHi

          Dr. H.J. Muller did not know about DNA 1927. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1946. It was for “the discovery of the production of mutations by means of X-ray irradiation” (Nobel Prize). “one X-ray” is pretty hard to find, Dr. Muller never stated (nor proved) that “one X-ray” causes mutation.

          “The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1946″. Nobelprize.org. Nobel Media AB 2013. Web. 16 Oct 2013.

          • Marushka France

            than you for verifying “the mutations by xray” paper… and
            Nobel Prize, for his work presented in 1927.

            • chasrmartin

              You mean the one you didn’t understand and misquoted?

              • Marushka France

                Discovery of X-ray mutagenesis[edit]
                1926 marked the beginning of a series of major breakthroughs. Beginning in November, Muller carried out two experiments with varied doses of X-rays, the second of which used the crossing over suppressor stock (“ClB”) he had found in 1919. A clear, quantitative connection between radiation and lethal mutations quickly emerged. Muller’s discovery created a media sensation after he delivered a paper entitled “The Problem of Genetic Modification” at the Fifth International Congress of Genetics in Berlin; it would make him one of the better known public intellectuals of the early 20th century. By 1928, others had replicated his dramatic results, expanding them to other model organisms such as wasps and maize. In the following years, he began publicizing the likely dangers of radiation exposure in humans

              • Marushka France

                BTW for all your deletorioeus comments, you provide no proof, no citations.

          • Marushka France

            Artifical Transmutation of the Gene
            [as in man-made, the Xray]
            ‘regarding the types… the lethals greatly outnumbered the non-lethals (recessive for the lethal effect…) … producing a visible morphological abnormality. There were some ‘semi-lethals’… these were not nearly so numerous as the lethals.
            … obtain evidence in these experiments for the first time, of the occurrence of dominant of dominant, lethal genetic changes, both in the X and other chromonsones.
            effects on the sex ratio
            ‘partial’ sterility in males
            subsequent generation, sterility
            changes produced by Xray, rearrangement of the order of genes, (without which would occur at much greater rarity). which we believe furnish the building blocks of evolution.”
            http://www.esp.org/foundations/genetics/classical/holdings/m/hjm-1927a.pdf

            “A gene mutation is a permanent change in the DNA sequence that makes up a gene. Mutations range in size from a single DNA building block (DNA base) to a large segment of a chromosome.”

      • plusaf

        OK, Marushka, you’ve made it abundantly clear that you believe pretty much every fear-inducing report you read and in addition, NO amount of data, information OR knowledge, supplied by ANYONE, will change your mind.
        So this alleged “conversation” will go nowhere at all, no matter how many posts you make or how many people reply to your posts.
        I’ve found that to be pretty common in several blogsites. I first noticed it at current.com in the early days, when if you were anything but a devout liberal Gore-lover, your comments were derided and you were attacked ad hominum in post after post.
        Lately, I’ve also bailed on one of the Linked In White House groups for the same reason. There could be tens of thousands of posts in one thread over a year or two, and pretty much “to a man” (and including many women, too), nobody’s mind has been changed, nor has anyone’s posts changed anyone else’s mind.
        So, have fun, carry on, blog away, but I, for one, will not play your game. There is nothing I can write, nor is there ANY link or quote or data that I could possibly produce which would move you off your position.
        Enjoy! Cheers! Ciao!

        • Marushka France

          current.com? ‘early days” ‘Linked In”
          I don’t know who you’re talking about, but not me.

          I think the closed-minded person you’re describing is more like yourself.

      • chasrmartin

        Luckily, wrapping your head in aluminum foil will help protect your brain from all that radiation.

        • Marushka France

          you’ve tried that have you? again, lobbing ridiculous childish ‘attacks’ that have no substance.

    • Toggle Switch

      ….sure it’s safe…..have some for lunch.

  • WalterHorsting

    In 1962 the AEC told president Kennedy the Thorium Molten Salt ReCtor was the technology for civilian energy, as it couldn’t melt down, blow up and was walk away safe. It was useable of weapons and was shelved. China is on a crash program developing the Th-MSR developed in the 1960s at ORNL. NRC and DOE need to allow MSR development. energyfromthorium.com

    • Bill Taylor

      we now have the technology to make these reactors BURN what we used to call nuclear waste, some of them can be used to desalinate water as a by product….and indeed the thorium reactors CANT melt down.

  • roberta4343

    so many opinions I do not know what to believe, these people have a incentive to under state the threats of nuclear energy because they do not get any revenue from oil and gas and have the rights to the technology but no way to make any money. oil and gas people have an incentive to lie, the gov has incentive to lie about global warming, terrorism, wars, obamacare blowing the threats and risks and costs over board to get what they want. all these people have strong incentives to lie for or against something, so who to believe?

    • GRLCowan

      It’s informative when people’s behaviour does not match the beliefs that they, or their patrons, claim. Can you spot an example at http://www.projectthinice.org/blog/view/3444/ ?

      Hint: look at the sponsor’s name on the masthead, top right. Look at the boat the man is pretending to tow. Guess wildly.

    • Michael Spencer

      I have spent the last 5 years assembling a massive interactive PowerPoint slide show on that most contentious of subjects – climate change. Although it’s addressing an Australian audience, nevertheless it’s fundamentally international. There’s quite lot of information on power generation, including nuclear, as well as some interesting information about a new product which would seem to be a ‘magic bullet’ to deal with many types of pollution, including radionuclides.

      Perhaps you might like to take a look? You may download it at http://galileomovement.com.au/media/ReconsideringClimateChange.ppsx. It’s a big show, about 74Mb, and will run with up-to-date computers with PowerPoint loaded, both Microsoft and Apple. If you have an older operating system, such as Windows XP you will need to download and install the latest Microsoft PowerPoint viewer. Here’s a good link: http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-powerpoint/archive/2012/05/09/powerpoint-viewer-available-for-download.aspx

      Please give me feed-back about the show.

      Thanks!

  • GRLCowan

    An aspect of the situation that Kemm doesn’t go into is the economics, from a government’s point of view, of a choice between nuclear fuel and fossil. The world ocean contains 300,000 fukushimas’ worth of uranium, and Japan has demonstrated its extraction at a cost that, at scale, is projected to be $0.60/MMBTU.

    This means it cannot compete with uranium mines on land, which are still profitable with uranium prices now at something like $0.18/MMBTU.

    But it is *very* competitive — very competitive indeed — with the import of natural *gas*, for which Japan has been paying $16/MMBTU (and natural gas prices are commonly discussed in terms of the otherwise obsolete MMBTU energy unit, which is the energy taken up by a million pounds of water when its temperature rises by 1°F).

    But what if the Japanese government takes an eighth of the natural gas price as an import duty, or an excise tax, or a royalty, or a throngor? (A tax is a tax. There are various names. “Throngor” I made up, but maybe it’s real.) The US government takes, if I recall, three-sixteenths (used to take just an eighth).

    If it takes that typical rate, then the shutdown of its citizens’ nuclear power industry has given it a $500-million-per-month windfall.

    Now, Japan has some sad experience with natural gas. In the 70s there was whole Tokyo department store that was lifted by a gas explosion and then collapsed into its basement, killing dozens of people, and during the great Tohoku earthquake several huge, deadly natural gas or LPG blasts and fires occurred.

    But $2/MMBTU, $500 million a month …

    “No doubt the Japanese government is too scared to release this water into
    the sea because of the howl of criticism which would no doubt follow” — no doubt it would follow, and no doubt many of the howlers would be on government payrolls, and would howl without the slightest fear for their careers. Indeed, it might be worse for them if they kept silent.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      How’d you come up with throngor?

      • GRLCowan

        I generally know whether a word exists or not, and can make up one that doesn’t — or anyway, that to my knowledge doesn’t.

  • leon

    First look who this author works for! Second check out http://enenews.com unless all these artlcles are lying, which i seriously doubt.

    • GRLCowan

      You do not seriously doubt it.

      • leon

        I don’t do
        ubt that there is a masses amount of radioactive waste polluting the ocean and the norther hemisphere.

        • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

          Define massive. Define trace amounts.

    • Peter

      ENENews is iffy and apparently biased. A honest news website should tell you who and where the publisher is. No, they refuse to provide such information. Remember: anyone can create a website these days with some money and time, and no one can stop you from posting anything on your website.

      As this Berkeley forum pointed out, ENENews exaggerated the seriousness of its news and avoided critical information.
      http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/forum/218/who-behind-enenews.2011-06-14

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      Yes, Dr. Kelvin Kemm works for the nuclear industry. Would you rather than an article related to nuclear would come from a milkman maybe?

      Why is it that when people have studied nuclear physics or engineering, then all of a sudden they must only shut up and silently repent?

      Clearly @d723c0c46ee030627c63d2b1cce846e9:disqus is one of those who prefer that articles about nuclear come from anybody as long as they do not know the science and technology about nuclear.

      How reasonable.

      • stephen

        Its not so much that he is educated/experienced, but when scientists in any field are backed by an organization that has an agenda, you have to take it with a grain of salt. People love to quote only the small amounts of science that backs their ideas and such being skeptical is the best thing you can be in science.

        • K9Steve

          Yes, working in an industry can bias a person on matters involving said industry; but the author is stating well-known information about radiation. If you don’t believe him, look up the facts about ionizing radiation. Learning about radiation and nuclear power is not as easy as simply dismissing Kemm’s article because he works in the nuclear industry, but it is much more gratifying.

    • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

      EneNews is a pretty strongly biased source.

  • MichaelDSmith

    Total private property damaged by radiation….zero

    How would you define zero damage. I would say that zero damage would mean that the following statement is true:

    “There is ZERO contamination of surrounding countryside, farms, property by radioactive substances from the plant. ZERO additional radiation above the background radiation is present. ZERO non-natural nucleotides from the fukushima plant are present in the area.”

    If this is true, then there is no problem with moving everyone back home, planting and harvesting the farms, and returning to normal life, correct?

    So, is the above statement true? Or would you need to qualify it? What qualifications would you use?

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      As the article points out, tiny amounts are not zero. They are also not harmful and do not constitute damage.

    • chasrmartin

      Then you’d be claiming that everything everywhere is damaged. There is no place where there’s no radiation.

      • MichaelDSmith

        What part of my statement didn’t you read, all of it?

    • Marushka France

      I guess Japan has a permanent evacuation zone and displaced hundreds of thousands people for no reason then?

      • Luca Bertagnolio

        Yes! Finally you got one statement right out of all the rubbish you have been writing in the last hour or so! :-D

      • David McFarland

        Yup.
        Because Japan (understandably so) freaks out more than even you do over such things.
        It was a faux paux BEFORE Fukushima to even say “Reactor” or “Nuclear” in Japan. We were specifically instructed not to talk about it at Indoc due to fears about it by the Japanese people. Us nuclear operators were suggested to lie about what our jobs were or just say “I work on the engines (often true, as some of us do work on the engines),” simply to avoid awkward scenarios or hatred.
        No, we were not lying about the presence of two nuclear reactors along Tokyo Bay.

    • David McFarland

      By that definition, I don’t know if I’d say zero, but still minimal. Still enough that I find it astounding that Anti-Nuclear Freak-outs caused more deaths through negligence.

    • Bill Taylor

      there can NEVER be zero radiation at ground level there…….your expectation is FALSE and ignores what is being told here, radiation is all around YOU every day………the POINT made was NO dangerous levels of radiations exist on the land around fukashima…..but again there and everywhere else radiation is found.

    • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

      “If this is true, then there is no problem with moving everyone back home, planting and harvesting the farms, and returning to normal life, correct?”

      Technically, yes. Politically, no. There’s a lot of dumb fear to overcome.

      That said, some people _have_ returned to their homes. Others have not.

  • Leigh

    Just like Three Mile Island, no one died, no one was hurt (other than financially) and all it proved was the inherent safety of nuclear power. Consider all the casualties of all other sources of energy.

    • C.W.

      Yeah.. just look at all those horrible deaths caused by wind and solar energy.

      Just look at them….

      …. and when you find them, let me know so I can also look at them.

      • Craig

        No need to be a smart ass. Of course wind and solar are safe. They cannot produce on a large scale. Pretty sure Leigh was talking about coal, oil, and natural gas. Those cause large casualties.

        • MarkB

          I think you should see how much energy actually is produced by wind and solar before making such an erroneous statement.

          • Marushka France

            you have that correct – enough for the world without coal, nuclear or oil – http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611.html

            • David McFarland

              http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/
              Nuclear is still safer, contaminates the least, and is our best bet at reducing the carbon footprint. They’re even planning on installing CO2 scrubbers on the Cooling Towers of Nuclear Power Plants (so Nuclear Power will have a NEGATIVE carbon footprint) … you know, those things that provide Nuclear Power’s only emission – Water Vapor?

              Recent studies show Tuna spawned near Fukushima is also only a danger because of mercury. It would take 100kg of Fukushima tuna to equal the same levels of radiation as one banana.
              Of the water that is due to reach the California Coast in the next few years, you’d have to drink your yearly amount of water just to get the same amount of contamination from Fukushima as you would a single banana.

              • Toggle Switch

                Hey….why waste your time building a carbon footprint when you can have a nuclear footprint instead? You ought to try listening to yourself sometime.

                • David McFarland

                  You ought to try educating yourself sometime.
                  Coal is irradiating the world TEN THOUSAND times more than Fukushima, but you don’t hear anyone complaining about that. You get more radiation from coal than you do from nuclear power. Three times as much when living within 50 miles of one, and I’m pretty sure that doesn’t factor in the curvature of the earth – which makes a difference for nuclear power, cutting it to nill (it’s already virtually nothing at all, less than if you ate a single banana, versus living next to one for a year), whereas it doesn’t hurt Coal’s irradiation factor at all.
                  Note how each of the reactors that has melted down was old; designed in the ’50s. Comparing them to new ones would be like comparing the old room-sized computers of the ’50s to the massive server-farms we have now and expecting the same computing power.
                  New ones, particularly Thorium, are remarkably safe.

                  So, yeah, I do listen to myself. You might try listening to me, too.
                  You want a lower nuclear footprint? Then go nuclear and cut coal. You’ll irradiate everyone less. Go figure. One spews carbon dioxide, mercury, and uranium during regular operation, the other emits water vapor.
                  Education. Get some. It’ll help you keep from using ridiculous assumptions.

                  • Toggle Switch

                    What is this fascination you seem to have for bananas?
                    I don’t feel the need to “educate myself”. I might end up like you. There are enough people like you around; educated beyond their intelligence and lecturing to mankind from their “divine source” of information. You or any boffin like you cannot convince me that utilizing high tech science to boil water is at the apex of power generation science. You’re so full of yourself that you can’t see how ludicrous that idea is. I also know that coal isn’t a good idea either. I don’t use it. I don’t advocate it. Energy generation is about money and politics; not necessarily about need and certainly not about intelligence.
                    Get over yourself Einstein.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Right, you don’t use coal. Nor any other kind of fossil fuel nor, God forbid!, nuclear. Right.

                      Tell me again, do you wash your clothes by hand?

                      Maybe looking at this video and listening to the presentation might make you think a little more before saying silly things:
                      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZoKfap4g4w

                      Oh, education is not such a bad thing, you know.

                    • Toggle Switch

                      button it Lucy

                    • David McFarland

                      What is this world coming to when people actually value stupidity?
                      If you can’t be convinced by logic and fact, very well. Good luck having success. Or advancing the human race.
                      You’ll be happy to know, if you’ve read any of my other comments, that my “Divine Source,” is myself. I’m a qualified Reactor Operator. I’ve seen the math at play, I know the science. I was in Japan during The Great Earthquake of ’11 – and still remain in Japan today – and was ever so very fortunate to take surveys in the Tokyo Area. Needless to say, I know what I’m talking about, not from a “Divine Source.” We calibrated our own equipment. I saw my results of internal dose, saw the results of what was actually present, and what is present today.

                      Also, the notion that there is one singular “Divine Source,” is humorous, especially since I’ve been a part of truthful fact generation and dispersion of information.

                      Why bananas? Because you don’t freak out over them. Many recommend eating them pretty much daily. Yet, they do more to you than even a nuclear meltdown will, unless you’re in the exclusion area. They also have wonderful comparisons that make the Anti-Nuclear argument look very silly.
                      For instance, if you’re worried about dose, you could eat 20kg(44 pounds) of Tuna that spawned near Fukushima, or you could get a similar dose from one banana.
                      Likewise, you’d get 1 BED (Banana Equivalent Dose, not a common measurement, because it’s so small and has so little applications except to give people perspective on nuclear power) if you were to have your entire water-consumption come from unfiltered Pacific Water – for an entire year and a half. 1 Cubic Meter. 260-something gallons.
                      Brazil nuts are actually one of the “worst,” foods for you when it comes to radiation dose received. Far worse than bananas.
                      So why bananas? Because they’re so very fun to disprove you with. They point out that your argument is, well, bananas.

                      So, what’s your Divine Source?

                    • Toggle Switch

                      ….I’m impressed by your credentials. Actually I’m not. I wanted to tease your ego a bit. :P

                      You will most likely go through your life thinking that education equals intelligence. Have fun with that.

                      I’m not going to get you to see my viewpoint, and you won’t get me to see yours. That’s really not important anyway.

                      If nothing else comes from this affair I sincerely pray that the world community learns not to build nuclear power plants on major earthquake faults in future.

                      I don’t want to continue with the back and forth gamesmanship. I’ve had enough through the years. I want to enjoy what is left of my life without getting into a contest of wills with anybody. It takes too much of my energy.

                      I have come to a few conclusions in the last day or so about what is most important to me.

                      Whatever your reality is, make the most of it.

                      Good luck to you and anybody else who might be reading this thread in your future(s).

                      I mean that sincerely.

                    • David McFarland

                      Considering I don’t even have a degree myself, merely qualifications (that, admittedly going back against my own argument, some colleges will accept as a degree should I go about taking some GenEds), I find your claim that I assume “education = intelligence,” laughable. The two often go hand in hand, as education is one of the easiest ways to exercise the brain.

                      I do love it when people who know nothing about an issue try to argue with those who do.
                      I might as well go advise some surgeons on how to remove cancer, or go tell my airline pilot how to fly a plane the next time I travel.

                    • plutonium_24000yearhalflife

                      Have you seen the dispersal model from NOAA??? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnP5t_PaxOQ

                    • Toggle Switch

                      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131221_02.html

                      This sort of thing happen a lot when there isn’t any radiation leaking?

                    • Toggle Switch
                    • Toggle Switch

                      ….good thing there wasn’t a nuclear disaster at Fukushima….or we might need to worry.

                      http://rt.com/news/fukushima-record-radiation-leak-616/

                    • Toggle Switch

                      I’m a qualified Reactor Operator. Big deal….so is Homer Simpson. :P

                    • Syndicate821

                      http://www.globalresearch.ca/fake-science-alert-fukushima-radiation-cant-be-compared-to-bananas-or-x-rays/5329369

                      and I believe that article as much as I believe some douchebag who says “I’m in the navy, I’m a nuclear operator.” Who also seems to be trolling every article about fukushima.

                    • ARS

                      Excellent… I am a media analyst, and I couldn’t help but notice this banana science republic. Good article you have there…this piece of work has been exposed. Industry paid propagandists.

            • plusaf

              Thorium nuclear reactors and fusion reactors being worked on now are much more likely to solve that problem than solar and/or wind.
              The Stanford guy left out one item… economic and social feasibility. NIMBY is already keeping a LOT of wind farms from being built, even if the financial risks are largely borne by willing investors. Let alone conservationists concerned with desert creatures being disturbed by the construction and shade provided by solar panels en masse.
              And I’ve often wondered about wind and tidal and hydrothermal generators positioned off the US’ east coast… sucking all that energy out of the wind and water and moving it as electricity to the hungry denizens of the US… with less kinetic and thermal energy left, would that seriously affect the Gulf Stream’s ability to bring warm waters and temperate climatic conditions to… say… the UK?
              If the effects are negative, can the UK sue the US for warmer weather?
              Nobody thinks about unintended consequences of their “dream solutions” any more… so sad.

            • plusaf

              Thank you, Marushka… I just had fun clicking that link and delving a bit deeper under the covers…

              Try their “about” link and see what the description of “their work” amounts to… publishing stuff for people to read… and LOTS of page views per month to show how great they are.

              THEN, go to http://whois.domaintools.com/enenews.com and read ABOUT their habit of changing servers multiple times, registering as “PRIVATE REGISTRANT” (wonder if that’s what their birth certificate says…) and some more data about which metropolis in UTAH they currently reside in.
              Or are YOU the “private registrant,” just trying to build stats for page views from innocents like us? LOL… sorry, but LOL.

          • Leigh

            It’s up to about 2% now after huge costs and all it does is produce very very expensive power that it completely unreliable, thus requiring 100% backup of a dependable source such as coal or gas. Only the elites can afford such foolishness as the poor really are sufferring from the high power rates to the extent that some are freezing to death in winter in both Germany and UK. Industry that requires significant amounts of power are leaving such jurisdictions in droves. Withness this in Germany, Spain, Ontario, etc. Now those same elites want to use the influence of the UN to force the poor of Africa to suffer from lack of reliable power. If their objective is truly evil and they want to keep them perpetually poor, there is no better way to do it.
            The whole thing reminds me of the infamous statement, “let them eat cake”.

        • Leigh

          It kind of went right over C.W.’s head so calling him a “smart” ass probably is wrong. I was thinking of the viable alternative sources that you refer to as wind and solar are not viable. Wind farms are sure decimating birds though. I first saw this near Bakersfield CA long ago and have seen the ravages of them at all the ones i have toured. We now find that the damage isn’t limited to birds with bats being killed by the billions too. In regard to nuclear power generation, I can’t think of a single industry with the stellar safety record it has.

          • plusaf

            BY THE BILLIONS?!?!?? By wind farms?!?!?!?
            Link to your source, please?!

      • Kasper Feld

        There is plenty. Thousands of workers are killed installing solar and wind farms (which is more complicated than and requires more climbing than building nuclear power plants). Solar cell production also uses a lot of poisonous chemicals. Hydro killed six people at the same earthquake where Fukushima killed none.

        • Marushka France

          You are clueless. Five TEPCO employees died on 311 from lethal rad exposure.
          It’s in the NRC documents. That was Day 1.

          • Luca Bertagnolio

            Looks like most of us here who know about nuclear are clueless, then. The official death toll related to nuclear radiation is *ZERO*. Zilch. Zippo.

            Day 1 of what, if I can? Day 1 of the tsunami, maybe, when there had been no explosions yet? Or day 1 when a modest release of some radionucleids happened?

            It would help if you could provide a link to such NRC document, you know. Your claims have *ZERO* validity if you cannot provide a document for us to read. Not 10 documents, not 100 documents. Only one. It should not be hard for you to provide us with such document, right?

            • Marushka France

              day one 311. earthquake, tsunami, kapow, explosions within hours of loss of power
              70 GE employees happened to be there and 40 gave aid they received enough radiation to be whisked away ASAP thru state dept channels
              pg 162 begins with McDermott… one little nugget…
              pg 163… “We understand that out of the 40 people,

              4 four were contaminated, but the State Department and
              5 GE are working to pull them back to Tokyo and to get
              6 them whatever assistance they need to get back to the
              7 States.” http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A100.pdf

              another source “pg231 there were about 70 GE staff there and they were exiting the sitewhen the tsunami hit… accounted for all staff but their housing
              collapsed. using microwave phones to communicate.

              Corporations used simulators but real time data was not possible because of evacuation
              it appears that because the plants in Japan
              were not below ground
              they sustained damage that caused them to
              leak and that’s why they ended up – and loss of power – that’s why they blew” http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A099.pdf

              UNIT 1 “CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Okay.
              20 MR. DORMAN: We have not gotten any direct
              21 reporting. We’re just — we’re still working off of
              22 what we got on the media, but it is a very disturbing
              23 image.
              24 CHAIRMAN JACZKO: What would you — how
              25 would you characterize that? What does it mean?
              PAGE 331 MR. DORMAN: Well, what we’re inferring
              2 from that image is that it’s
              a catastrophic failure of
              3 the primary containment.” full nuclear meltdown

              page 131
              5 When the explosion took place, we
              6 understand that the dose rate at the site boundary
              7 increased to 100 MR per hour, and then shortly after
              8 that, it dropped to 7 MR per hour.

              http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/japan-foia-info.html

              ML12052A100
              - FOIA/PA-2011-0118, FOIA/PA-2011-0119, FOIA/PA-2011-0120 – Resp 43
              - Partial – Group Letter ZZ. Part 2 of 10. (310 page(s), 3/11/2011)
              “14 note that NISA reported to IAEA an explosion in the
              15 reactor building.”

              Part 3 of 10 http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/japan-foia-info.html
              dose on Japanese ship transferred to feet of helicopter staff

              23 MR. WEBER: We heard that helos making
              24ferry runs back and forth from the Ronald Reagan
              25came back and were discovered to be contaminated.
              page 82
              1They were in the vicinity of the Fukushima reactors
              2and personnel on those helos also were contaminated,
              8are addressing that piece of it, but also the — one
              9of the helicopters had landed on the Japanese
              10command ship and people — the people who stepped on
              11the decks of that command ship came back with some
              12elevated counts on their feet and clothing.
              [Redacted
              Page 83
              24MR. GUNN: Admiral Donald?
              25ADMIRAL DONALD: Yes, Admiral Donald.
              PAGE 84
              MR.GUNN: Hi, yes sir. I have Mr.Ponemanon the phone.
              ADMIRAL DONALD: Okay.
              MR.GUNN: All right gentlemen. You all are now connected.

              Earlierthis evening, as the USS RonaldReagan
              was operating off the coast of Japan, we --
              theship just arrived. We had given the ship some
              guidanceas far as positioning was concerned to stay
              clear of the area of the potential plume, basically
              told her to stay 50 miles outside of the radius of
              the - 100 miles -- excuse me -- 50 miles radius
              outside of the plant -- damaged plant -- potentially
              damaged plant, and then 100 miles along the plume
              with a vector of 45 degrees.
              The ship was adhering to that
              [redacted]
              Page 85
              1requirement and detected some activity about two and
              2a half times above normal airborne activity using
              3 on-board sensors on the aircraft carriers.
              4So that indicated that they had found
              5the plume and it was probably more significant than
              what we had originally thought.
              7The second thing — the second thing
              8that has happened is we have had some helicopters
              conducting operations from the aircraft carrier and
              10one of the helicopters came back from having stopped
              11on board the Japanese command ship in the area, and
              12people who had been on — were on the helicopter who
              13had walked on the deck of the ship, were monitored
              14and had elevated counts on their feet, 2500 counts
              15per minute.
              MR. PONEMAN: Yes, 5,000 dpm.
              [redacted]

              as for the day GE employees were evacuated for concern over exposure. that was the same day that 5 Japanese Tepco employees…
              As for FIVE reported to received lethal dose
              http://enformable.com/2012/01/march-16th-2011-japan-reports-5-persons-have-received-lethal-radiation-doses/

              • Luca Bertagnolio

                So the source of your statement is a piece of news from a website that defines itself like this:

                “Enformable is focused on providing critical information about energy related topics for readers around the world.”

                Right, an antinuclear website tells you that, and there are no traces of the source of the information. As I suspected, a heap of BS.

                And just so you know, the explosions did not happen on 3-11.

                • Marushka France

                  You asked for the citations… provided.
                  NRC docs in a form you can easily READ
                  and direct citations that can be verified.

                  • Luca Bertagnolio

                    I cannot find any single reference to lethal doses in the two PDF files that you have linked in your message. The only time I see “lethal” in your message is when you refer to the article on enformable, not to any FOIA NRC document. So you have copied something, but not from any FOIA NRC document, as far as I can see. And quite frankly, I don’t really need to care about NRC documents, as they were directed by a political puppet, and not by a person who should be versed in technology. No wonder Jazcko was removed from the NRC top role a while ago, thankfully.

                    There have been *ZERO* deaths from Fukushima Dai-ichi due to radiation, exactly *ZERO* deaths. No more, no less than *ZERO* deaths. This is a fact that is well understood and clear for everyone who has enough knowledge of what exactly happened at Fukushima Dai-ichi.

            • plutonium_24000yearhalflife

              It’s always ZERO on the books because they know how to manipulate the data. True figures of damages from Chernobyl estimated at a million plus. There are books written on the subject by well respected people …. Birth defects miscarriages and unprovable cancers have, can, and are continuing to occur from Chernobyl which was a fraction of the severity of FUKUSHIMA.

              You and the glorious nuke industry KNOW THAT THE CANCERS ARE UNTRACEABLE BACK TO THEIR SOURCE…. cancers occurring 10 – 50 years later go undisclosed as to their cause!!!!! It’s your ace in the hole isn’t it, you are destroying lives!

          • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

            ~s/lethal rad exposure/electrocution/

            FTFY.

        • Dignified

          Less complicated. How retarded

        • Toggle Switch

          …..hahahahahahahahaha….good laugh. I can always count on the ijits for a chuckle or two.

      • David McFarland

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/
        Nuclear is the safest. Just like nuclear experts have been saying all along.

        • Bo

          The cancers are coming.

          • David McFarland

            To who? The only five or six individuals who actually received a large enough internal dose to have an increased risk of cancer? Considering we actually know what everyone got?

      • Dean

        @C.W. per your request for “horrible deaths caused by wind and solar
        energy”: see below for the data. Note, still, there have been zero
        death’s attributable Fukushima radiation.

        Here is a discussion of fatalities in the solar power industry: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/ohb-face/Pages/Solar.aspx

        Here is comparison of fatalities per trillion kilowatt hour by energy source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2012/06/10/energys-deathprint-a-price-always-paid/

        Note from the link above:

        Solar (rooftop) 440 deaths/trillion kWhr

        Wind 150

        Nuclear – global average 90

      • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

        Or perhaps the 25k deaths annually attributable to lung disease caused by coal pollution. Or the projected deaths from climate change.

        Compare nuclear to what it’d replace, not to what it’d synergize with.

      • Krigl

        Look: http://www.caithnesswindfarms.co.uk/accidents.pdf

        And in the future, try to make a habit of checking whether your intentionally stupid statements aren’t actually right, this is one Google search not diploma thesis.

    • Le Fox

      Same with Chernobyl. Blame mismanagement, not radiation.

      • Leigh

        Even hydroelectric has killed many more than nuclear ever will judging by its safety record so far. Chernobyl is somewhat of a unique case as it was Soviet Era construction and design with no concern for the safety of the operators, residents etc. I was way out in the wilds of China when that accident happened and there wasn’t a peep in the news about it. Wonder why?

        • Marushka France

          because it was the U.S.S.R.!!!
          if you are old enough to know what that era was like, you wouldn’t ask such a question.

          • Leigh

            I was being facetious but I guess it went over your head. Not only am I old enough but I travelled in both the USSR and Comunist China so saw first hand what life was like for the residents of both. To those governments, lives of the average citizen were worthless.

            • Toggle Switch

              “To those governments, lives of the average citizen were worthless”

              Sounds just like the good ole excited states o’ ‘merica doesn’t it?

              • Leigh

                There’s lots of problems in the USA but in that regard, there is no comparison. An example of “cheap life” that comes to mind occured in China during one of my business trips there where we visited an oil well drilling rig. I’d been shocked by the total lack of safety gear and procedures that I’d seen but wasn’t really prepared for what I was told about a fellow working on the rig floor who’d slipped and fallen into the rotary table drive where his body just stayed till the hole was done (it was late fall so he didn’t rot too fast) at which time he was thrown into the slop pit. End of story and no effort was made to even contact family about this. That’s what I mean by life being cheap in some places.

          • Finn

            USSR did not admit the accident right away. Swedish sensors were first ones which detected rising radiation levels two days after the accident.
            Same reactor type what was in use at Chernobyl is still used at Leningrad Nuclear Power plant. There is Four of them. Reactor nr. 1 has partially melted once, but there is no valid information even now days.

            • David McFarland

              A “partially melted” reactor doesn’t work without a complete core overhaul. If it’s operating, it’s fine.

              Source: I’m a Reactor Operator. Not that guy that operates the water systems. Not that guy that operates the turbine generators. I shim the control rods. I watch reactor power. My watchstation is actually called “Reactor Operator.”

              What was wrong with Chernobyl? The operators. They were trained for generating electricity far more than they were nuclear operation, as operators are now. Russia didn’t care so much, not like America did (we have Admiral Rickover to thank for extensive blankets of overprotection in our system. Before you sight TMI – nothing is perfect, and that wasn’t a harmful issue for anyone, apart from jobs). They were operating wrong on so many levels. They had stuff broken they shouldn’t have been operating with that no plant would get away with these days. They were operating outside of procedure, they knew it, they were doing things they knew were wrong… the list goes on and on. The design of the reactor was poor, but that’s not what did them in. They were all ridiculously stupid.

              • jmdesp

                I don’t know about RMBK, it may be possible to repair them with an overhaul that is a lot smaller than the one that would be needed for a BWR/PWR. The French UNGG reactors of Saint-Laurent which were also graphite moderated, natural uranium based, but gas cooled, had 2 partial meltdowns, INES level 4 events, but could be repaired and restarted in a few years. Yes, those 2 meltdowns are much more significant than TMI but almost no one knows about them.

      • Kasper Feld

        Chernobyl is the one nuclear disaster that has ever happened. And it was more than thirty years ago.

        Pollution from coal kills as many people in a week.

        • doug

          Coal sucks too but that doesnt make this all OK. See what happened at WIPP? Plutonium – 24,000 year half life has just been released in New Mexico

    • Ned Childs

      Leigh! You can’t be serious, can you? All that was proved at TMI is that Big Nuke will lie to you to your grave, at all costs, to protect their phony market … can you spell Price-Anderson … which absolves the reactor manufacturers of any meaningful liability damages …. which ensures the reactors will be built shoddy and cheap … because when they do melt down and explode, the big boys have no skin in the game. This is called fascism, and it should be illegal. Or maybe these comments are above your level of intellect?

      Memo to Leigh: Containment was breached at TMI. NRC lied about it. Same guy who sold that lie, Lake Barratt, an NRC staffer, is now selling lies for TepCo, wholesale. Go buy yourself some. They are red hot sellers. No one wants to hear a death sentence for everything they love. Go get yourself some nice, reassuring pro-nuclear lies.

      Myself? I find the lying scumbags distasteful. Peace to you, girl.

      • Leigh

        Ned, I don’t know whether you are deliberately lying or just misinformed but you really need to educate yourself regarding nuclear energy, radiation etc. I’m a mechanical engineer with 40 years experience, quite a bit in power generation though I consult my older brother who worked in the nuclear power industry in Europe both building and commisioniing stations in France and elsewhere, for the details of radiation etc. I do know enough about radiation and its effects on us to know when to be concerned and when not to, something it seems you are rather lacking in judging by your hysterical rant. The world is awash in radiation, our species has evolved in this background radiation, thus within limits it really isn’t dangerous and some studies show it’s actually beneficial.
        I repeat, “no one died from Three Mile Island’s failure”, just like no one died or will die from radiation from Fukushima.
        Ned, you need to figure out what life’s risks are and quit being hysterical about the non-risks. You sound like one of those who are afraid to flyi in an airline but feel safe driving the same distance. You’re just not being realistic, whether deliberately or not is hard to tell.

        • mnmore

          Background radiation is not the same as weaponized isotopes and you know it. Quit equating nuclear isotopes to natural bg radiation from bananas, all the shills are saying that and it is NOT THE SAME!!!!!! Talk about the half life of Plutonium and Strontium and what it does in the human body! You obviously know?

          • Leigh

            Slept through your science classes, did you?
            BTW, no one is suggesting eating or breathing in plutonium. You really are being hysterical rather than rational.

    • TrueandTruer

      One MILLION deaths attributed to Chernobyl.

      Huge amounts of birth defects from Chernobyl also.

      Watch the Legacy of Chernobyl:

      http://www.thenation.com/blog/167593/legacy-chernobyl

      • Leigh

        Don’t be so absurd. Even the most hysterical predictions weren’t remotely as many as that and they’ve all been statistically shown to be greatly overstated. Some of them predicted tens or hundreds of thousands of additional cases of thyroid cancer but the stats show 15. The increase in lukemia cases didn’t materialize at all, and if there were going to be an increase it would have been obvious within a decade. The Wiki article provides a reasonable summary of the event…

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_the_Chernobyl_disaster

        • doug

          that’s because the facts have been covered up for the last 30 years!

  • WTFisIgnorance

    Safe yes…other than the tons of nuclear waste being buried in underground vaults, locked away to create a pandora’s box for future generations. This article is misleading in it’s own right. Sure…the field may only have a couple matchsticks on it…but by this authors logic, and if it where to be taken to heart, it would lead to a field COVERED in nothing BUT matchsticks over the long run. I mean, what the hell is three matchsticks? So no why not 4? Bah, lets bury them so no one sees them, and then say that there are NONE. Silly.

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      It appears to me that you do not have much knowledge about how the nuclear fuel cycle works. Used fuel can be recycled, and the really nasty stuff coming from the fission of nuclear fuel, the so called “fission products”, take very little space one they are processed and captured in a glassy substance which isolates the radioactive material.

      Then the resulting glassy substance is put into secure containers that are placed in a storage facility the size of a basketball court, and are kept there temporarily, until a solution to the POLITICAL problem of what to do with radioactive waste is solved.

      Meanwhile, in a room the size of a basketball court in France lie the radioactive waste coming from the safe operation of hundreds of nuclear power plans worldwide…

      And for the height of your ignorance you call this… silly.

      Time to go back to studying some, @1cdc44bd6a735ca17cb4485c4f560057:disqus. Ah, what’s in a (nick)name…

      Want to learn more about how nuclear fuel reprocessing is done? In France, you can pay a visit to the factory where they have been doing this for 30 years. This is a short blog post on such a visit:
      http://nuclearliteracy.org/day-72-the-grand-finale-arevas-la-hague-nuclear-reprocessing-facility/

      A nice explanation about nuclear fuel reprocessing is visible in this YouTube video:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeCmPKYceAM

      • Darlene Buckingham

        Then Luca why is OPG spending over a billion dollars to build a DGR that will hold 2000 cubic metres that is 2200 feet deep to bury low and intermediate radiative waste? This is not even touching the fuel rods. Look up Kincardine DGR.

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          Why? One word: politics.

          In my view there is no danger to humans or other animals in storing such low and intermediate waste in a much less complicated way than digging holes underground.

  • Rolf Maurer

    This is offensive nonsense. I suppose the mass deaths of animals off Alaska and the huge rise in infant mortality rates on the West coast following Japan’s non-event are products of hysteria, right? If there is a lot of alarmist coverage in the American media about Fukushima, I wish the author would kindly direct me to it, because I have yet to see anything–including, most recently, the outcome of Typhoon Danas’ impact on Unit 4′s fuel rod pool as of 10/10/13–on US TV or print media since this episode began over two years ago. The last time I saw TV coverage about Fukushima was a glamorous woman on MSNBC (which is owned by GE, makers of the Japanese reactors) describing the interior of one of the damaged reactors as containing “nuclear stuff”–no joke, these are exactly the words she used. So much for the intimidating complexities of nuclear power (first described by Einstein as a dangerous and impractical way to boil water). In truth, nuclear plant design has not substantially improved since the 1960s. If it were so safe, then why does the Price-Anderson Act exist to limit plant owner liability in the event of a disaster to one dollar for every one hundred dollars of damage suffered by the public? The only reasons Westinghouse and GE agreed to build the first plants in the 50s was because of such a proviso, which guarantees ratepayers have to pay the bulk of the damage to life and property incurred by power providers’ actions. if homeowners’s insurance refuses to provide protection in the event of a metldown, then why should any of us tolerate it?

  • Chris

    This misses the bottom line cause, and the MSM never really paid attention to it either:
    My understanding it that this was a DIESEL FUEL DISASTER: apparently all the emergency cooling systems were working, at the top of the hill, EXCEPT that some designer sited the Emergency Diesel fuel tanks near the shore line…. Was it for convenience of refueling from barges?? While the Diesel Generators were safely up the slope, with all the rest of it…

    The tsunami never damaged a thing -except for the Diesel fuel tanks….

  • Sigh Westberry

    In 1994 the author, K Kemm, was appointed to a Washington Dc conservative lobby group…its name: committee for a constructive tomorrow (Cfact)….this right wing group has waged a long war against environmental activism. The committee interestingly has stated that it believes that additional carbon dioxide being emitted by China, India and other
    developing countries could bring a major additional benefit: helping to
    protect wildlife habitats, enhance oceanic biota and preserve crop
    yields under sub-optimal climatic conditions

    The authors twist in the present article is that Unless people die nothing has happened!

  • jazz350

    The author is part of the global nuclear village as he is a consultant and therefore a mouthpiece of the industry. He says there is no damage to property in Fukushima, try telling that to the 80,000 people who have been evacuated from the exclusion zone and have been living in Government shelters for the past three years. Thousands have lost their livelihood as they cannot farm or fish anymore. The ground soil is contaminated. He also advocates letting the contaminated water into the ocean, what arrogance. Fukushima is still raging and will continue to do so for a very long time. Mother Nature will teach humans about the enormous costs of abusing our blue planet.

    • Amalenaf

      Radiation is naturally occuring. Many things found in nature are naturally radioactive. The sun emits radiation for one. Fear is definitely a powerful thing as the author suggests. If people realized much they were exposed to daily mildest power would be no big deal. But the average person knows next to nothing about it do they glean all their information from the media.

    • GRLCowan

      Gas shills are still raging and will continue to do so for decades, ever more feebly … but some of them may have a crisis of conscience, and become nuclear promoters. It happens.

  • Darby

    You should be ashamed and you certainly shouldn’t be allowed to speak on the subject of radiation safety. You have taken a serious disaster and have attempted to convince people it is harmless and nothing but a big hoax. Go crawl back in whatever slime hole you crawled out of and count the pile of money you made for making a fool out of yourself by deceiving others.

    • Howard Priory

      So a highly qualified academic nuclear physicist should not be allowed to discuss thel basics of nuclear physics and rationally explain the fundamentals of ionizing radiation?? Do you realise how fundamentally stupid that makes you?

    • Matt Cash

      If the author’s has made errors in his facts, please correct him. All you’re doing is resorting to petty attacks.

  • jamie

    Dear Kelvin,
    Are you getting afraid that nuclear power will be banned or so? What else can be the reason that you lie ? You want to let us believe that there is no nuclear disaster because no one died ? That is the yard stick for you? Total private property damaged by radiation….zero? Really ? Everybody went back to their home and lived happenly ever after in the evacuation zone.
    When IEAE comes to the conclusion that there were 3 of the highest level on the INES scale accidents, plus one 3 level ( is almost half way of the highest level, which is 7 ) and you dare to write down that “far from being a nuclear disaster the Fukushima incident was actually a wonderful illustration of the safety of nuclear power.”, than i know that there is something serious wrong here.
    As you know Kelvin, radiation is a well known cause for cancers among many other nasty things, and we all know that you do not fall dead when you have a cancer. It will take a few years, how convient… And how are you going to prove that it came from radiation anyway ? you know that is not possible, how convinient!
    You also know about the contaminated groundwater that flows to sea for the last 2 and half years to the sea ( that is a bit more than a swimming pool…), the spent fuel pool number 4 in a very precair state with devasting effects if it goes wrong, the high number of Fukushima kids who suddenly got thyrod cancer ( and suspected thyrods ) and so on, and so on ( the list is very long, but you know that too as a ), but you ‘forgot’ to mention that… Why is that Kelvin? It doesn’t suit your ‘ sientific theory’? I guess you rather have your take at the bad press that keeps ruining your business, how dare they !
    Why do you not move to Fukushima with your family? And live over there for about 10 years and help a bit out in the evacuation zone, wearing nothing but your swimmingpants… no problemo over there, right? If no one died of your family or has develloped any cancer in those 10 years, I might start to think you are right. but for the time being, I rather stick with the specialists who have a very different sientific take at this nuclear disaster. I hope you do not mind that Kelvin and you can sleep well at night, after you exposed yourself in this article so badly. Nuclear powerplant that blow up, are actually safe, no one died !

    • Tex2112

      Interesting reply, lots of conjecture and blather and your only facts become more speculation – “When IEAE comes to the conclusion that there were 3 of the highest level on the INES scale accidents, plus one 3 level ( is almost half way of the highest level, which is 7 ) and you dare to write down that “far from being a nuclear disaster the Fukushima incident was actually a wonderful illustration of the safety of nuclear power.”, than i know that there is something serious wrong here.” You know “something serious wrong here”, how? (You need to make an argument why 3 is so bad on a scale of 7, instead you bloviate). “The list is very long” – what list? who made ‘the list’? How do I know it wasn’t the ‘nuclear haters’ making the list? No argument to move me, but a weak attempt a logic – “Why do you not move to Fukushima with your family?” Is this an attempt to prove that since he won’t move there, you must be correct in your view? I understand the feeble attempts to make a point, but they have no value for the reader? If you are going to make an argument please stick to verifiable facts, make your points, and drop the op ed or you will continue to look like an uniformed child spewing and whining about what you don’t like. The emotion that runs thru your response tells me that this article challenges your position and agenda and you must strike back even without an argument…

    • RedWyvern

      So what about all he people that have worked in the nuclear industry, getting exposed to radiation daily for 30 some odd years that have not had cancer nor their offspring? I guess they are just rare people.

      • Marushka France

        read NRC docs and then tell me

        5 died on 311 (Japanese) and 4 were injured (American GE employees. Admiral in Japan wanted to evacuate the base, far south of Tokyo due to very high radiation readings.
        That was just day 1

        http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/japan-foia-info.html

        • David McFarland

          Read the lips (text) of someone who IS STATIONED THERE AS A NUCLEAR OPERATOR.
          Nope.

        • David McFarland

          They were not “High.” I saw them. They weren’t even for standards pertaining to nuclear operation, which are extraordinarily low. As in, you usually see less radiation as a nuclear operator than you would see as a construction worker outside in the Sun all day, so when you see levels that amount to ANYTHING it’s “high” by the NRC’s standards, even if the Sun is still of greater concern.

          The Admiral is not a nuclear trained individual and was merely inquiring the NRC as to whether or not he should have.
          That man you are talking about was my boss (many levels above me), and also consulted another one of my bosses (a few levels below him), the USS George Washington’s Reactor Officer. The answer was “No.”
          The answer from those of us below him, actually taking the readings, many of which were used by the NRC, was “Why are we talking about evacuation?” and summary laughs about the notion of it – until we realized that people who were uneducated on nuclear power and it’s effects were serious, to which we responded with a facepalm and “Whyyyyy?” Because we knew we didn’t need to.
          I’m educated on it. I took the surveys. I still was fighting our Admin to get my wife over here to where we live now on the Tokyo Bay. (They weren’t filling out the paperwork for other reasons and had been delaying it for months prior, not because of 3/11. The only related delay because of 3/11 was because of all of the OTHER people freaking out over nothing. She was finally admitted to come a little over a month later once everyone in the Navy stopped freaking out because we realized it was nothing.)

          There was no evacuation!
          Oh, but wait, the USS George Washington evacuated! Yes! That counts, right?
          No, it doesn’t. Why not? Because of politics. The GW “evacuated” for a month because we have a 3-part agreement with the Japanese to operate our carrier out of Yokosuka:
          1) No Japanese citizens will receive detectable radiation from a US Naval Reactor.
          2) No RAM (Radioactive Material) will ever be present of Japanese Soil from a US Naval Reactor.
          3) No detectable contamination will be discharged from our reactor.
          Considering we can detect individual counts – as in, individual gammas or neutrons – “undetectable” levels are so low they pale in comparison to many household items you encounter every day – like your ceramic-ware.
          As we could not prove the contamination we were getting on our ship was not from our own reactors (logically we knew that which was present wasn’t, but nuclear plants freak out about things the public would consider ridiculous and overzealous), or that future contamination wasn’t, we pulled out until the levels around Tokyo died down to a level that was so low it was no longer a concern even with our sensitive equipment… which took less than a month, I might add.

      • Iris

        I guess we are just rare people. My husband works in nuclear power, and has done so for over 15 years. Commercial pilots receive more radiation exposure than he does. I think the term “nuclear” just puts fear in the hearts of those who are not educated on the topic.

      • ppp

        Do they work on melted reactor cores?

    • David McFarland

      He’s saying that there it’s not a “disaster” as most people would define a disaster, which is true.
      More harm was done to Japan (FYI, I live here and was here for the Earthquake/Fukushima) over freaking out over the Reactors by neglecting the people than was done by the reactors themselves.

      As I’ve commented before: Yes, there is contamination and radiation. It isn’t much.
      An apt comparison I’ve used before is that there is water in the air, but you aren’t drowning. The levels are so low, those who evacuated Japan received more than those who stayed.

      It didn’t blow up, FYI. (It had buildups due to radiolitic decomposition of water causing a buildup of hydrogen which caused “explosions” as pressure was vented – which was not done in the vicinity of the core.)
      The fact that you suggest it did brings into question the validity of your statements.
      Please, stop making assumptions. I find it funny how you’re asking him if it doesn’t fit into his “scientific” viewpoint and provide nothing of value yourself. Just crackpot conspiracy theories.

      • K9Steve

        David, it is so great to see your comments. I frequently try to debunk radiation phobia on various sites, but I don’t have your credentials. We need nuclear power for so many reasons (air pollution, declining gas and oil supplies, global warming, ocean acidification, etc.). It’s crazy not to be investing heavily in generation IV reactor technology.

        It would be great to see you comment on the Pandora’s Promise Facebook page and the many “scary” articles on the web about nuclear power and Fukushima. Keep up the good work.

      • plusaf

        David, thanks from me, too, for your patient, reasoned responses. Much more patient than mine…
        I just recalled another factoid… after the Fukushima incident, Japan essentially shut down their nuclear generation infrastructure, right?
        After that, they had to switch to fossil-fuel-burning generators to meet the basic electrical needs of the country!
        Maybe Marushka has some data on the economic AND environmental damage THAT did to Japan… at a time when they really didn’t need the extra damage…

    • Hodja

      Radiation is also a diagnostic and treatment of cancer among other things.
      Try googling ‘radiation therapy’ and ‘nuclear medicine’.

    • BartiDdu

      Dr Kelvin Kemm is the CEO of Nuclear Africa, a nuclear project management company based in Pretoria
      Hmmmm…

    • snelson

      did you not see the little red squiggly line under your word “convinient”? because I see them as I type. Use spell check, there is a less likely possibility of you coming off like an idiot.

      • blabblab

        who cares… don’t be a grammar troll, have you nothing better to say?

    • plutonium_24000yearhalflife

      Yup. Its just like Lance Armstrong and all the other past great frauds of this world… “I didn’t do it I didn’t do it I didn’t do it I didn’t do it I didn’t do it I didn’t do it ……………… ok well maybe I did it”

  • http://traveloguefortheuniverse.blogspot.com/ Mary Gerdt

    The fallout in Vermont is a now closing nuclear facility that will be mothballed. This allows the new electricity monoplies to invite fracking gas proponents to turn our private property into transmission fields and high premium wind energy that blows up mountains.

  • Pat Donley

    Untill the author goes to live beside Fukushima and swims daily in the sea beside the reactors, as far as I am concerned hes full of BS

    • Matt Cash

      So if he doesn’t meet your demands, that automatically makes every other point he makes moot?

      What a weak attempt at logic

    • Rusty

      Why are they all wearing protective suits.. Why are residents not allowed home.. someone should tell em it’s all ok…

  • Snowy Smith South Africa

    Fukushima was done by the JEWS and HAARP.

    The JEWS also used a Computer Virus designed by the JEWS.

    More than 50% of the Nuclear Power stations are LEAKING Radio Active POLLUTION.

    JEW
    COMMUNIST New World Order promoted extremely dangerous Nuclear Power Stations
    polluting the World.Coal is much safer.
    Snowy

    • Matt Cash

      Cool story, bro.

    • Joshua Clausen

      You realize that you will receive far more radiation living near a coal fired power plant that you would if you lived near a nuclear power plant… right? The funny thing about radiation is that everything has its own natural radiation. This includes coal, and man does the stuff have its share of radioactive properties. When you burn the coal for power, you have to vent the exhaust into the atmosphere. Guess what- a large chunk of that radiation ends up in the air with the coal ash that escapes. Don’t believe me? Maybe you will believe the EPA- here, let me leave this link here… http://www.epa.gov/radiation/tenorm/coalandcoalash.html. Don’t believe the government? Here is a link to an article from the scientific american… http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      Bigotry has no place here.

  • Lewis LaCook

    How is an energy source that requires its waste to be stored indefinitely safe?

    • GRLCowan

      The requirement for indefinite storage might not be safety-related.

      • Lewis LaCook

        Does storage commonly require either electricity or diesel generators? What happens if neither of these are available?

        • chasrmartin

          (1) No.
          (2) therefore nothing.

        • chasrmartin

          (1) No.
          (2) therefore nothing.

        • GRLCowan

          I know of no instance where they are required for more than five years.

    • Ronny

      I’ve asked myself the same question, and found the answer: It is not “indefinitely”, the goal is set at 100 000 years, which includes an extra safety limit from the calculated 10 000 years. 10 000 years is the time it takes for nuclear waste do detoxify itself to the same toxicity level as the original uranium, if eaten. Personally I find that reasoning silly, how many people die from eating too much Uranium today (LD50 0,1g/kg), zero? Then why must something be safer than zero? And how is anyone supposed to eat something buried 500m deep? 600years would be good enough limit, where toxicity is reduced by 99%. Gamma radiation is reduced by 10^9 in just 1m of soil. http://www.phyast.pitt.edu/~blc/book/chapter11.html
      Compare this to any other energy source we use, where there is not only risk but several deaths each year. http://nextbigfuture.com/2011/03/deaths-per-twh-by-energy-source.html
      I read somewhere that a coal plant releases more uranium into our atmosphere than a nuclear plant stores in barrels. How is it not safer to replace coal with nuclear then? Or what about industrial waste, mercury for example, that does not even have a half-life and will be indefinitely toxic?

      • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

        It’s a good question. I mean, we can dig holes kilometers deep (we do it for fracking). So why not a single hole? I mean, there’s only about a Best Buy’s volume of waste, and 2km is deeper than any aquifer. Drill a hole, drop the waste. IMO, no need to even keep it in containment; just pour out the fuel pellets and if it reacts, so be it. We’ve set off bombs underground a mere 300 meters without releasing radiation. 2km and a pile not designed to be or enriched enough to be bomb-like wouldn’t harm anyone. Most energetic case: it’d melt itself and the surrounding earth until it fell into the mantle.

    • K9Steve

      The same way that we are safe from all the uranium and thorium under the ground naturally. (You’ve got to dig it up to be exposed.) But nuclear “waste” is a bit of a myth. Some generation IV nuclear reactor technology can use that waste as fuel. Generation IV reactors are also inherently safe (no human intervention nor engineered safety system needed). But we may never build generation IV reactors due to radiation superstition. (Odd that superstition seems to rule the day in the 21st century, just when we need a really clean and super-abundant energy source).

    • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

      The requirement to indefinitely store spent fuel is a political one. The technically correct answer is to reprocess the waste into new fuel, store the tailings from that for 300 years, then reclaim the mineral resources to which it all decays.

      • doug

        They’ve dumped it into unlined pits and also into the ocean, that is the ‘accepted’ and legal way of disposing of leaking barrels of nuclear waste.

        • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

          “They’ve dumped it into unlined pits”

          In 1943, in the early days of nuclear research at Los Alamos, before we knew what we were doing.

          “and also into the ocean”

          Since 1993, ocean disposal of nucelar waste has been banned by international treaties. It is not legal if it’s happening.

          Either way, this doesn’t really contradict what I’ve said: there is a technically correct way to deal with nuclear waste that the US doesn’t do, and we don’t to it for largely poitical reasons.

        • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

          Who is “they”? I’ve only heard of this type of dumping being done by the Italians.

          In short, would you mind a citation?

  • Howard Priory

    It is interesting that in all the bizarrely negative comments on this article, not a single one has been based on validated science. Not a single one has put forward a single valid scientific critique of a single fact of nuclear science elaborated by Dr Kremm. To a man, they are all either emotional, or ad hominem, or based on other logical fallacies, or massively ill-informed or based on complex conspiracies or, in a worrying number of instances, certifiable paranoia. Even to blaming those evil old well-poisoning Jews. They are a very sad commentary on the lack of knowledge and the ability to apply logical analysis.

    • dignified

      I noticed he glossed over the cesium and iodine. And everything else. I’m loath to believe such claims by someone with a vested interest in the outcome they espouse. The term shill comes to mind.

      • http://codemonkeybryan.com Bryan Elliott

        The total estimated release of Cs-137 is estimated to be 11 PBq – or about 3.5 kg. Over something like 400 tonnes of water. Meanwhile, the iodine has already decayed away, and no one was exposed to a significant amount of it.

        Gloss he did, and glossing was justified.

    • Ned Childs

      So a Mr. Howard Priory has his dander up, in defense of nuclear power, claiming all arguments against said power source are un-scientific and ad hominem. Well Mr. Prior, you are wrong by orders of magnitude. Mr. Kremm’s statements are silly and misleading, that the radiation leaks were minor … that no one has or will be injured by the released radionuclides. Your pro-science mantra and its easy sell is what has landed us in this pickle. The nuclear boys need shills and trolls like you to quiet the rage and the panic, which are very much in order. For those who have a hard time understanding how the Nazis under Hitler found popular support for their lies, a useful analogy is this population of pro-nuclear power techies and wannabe scientists spouting nuclear lies on this site and everywhere.

      I usually do not share on sites where the pro-nukers spout their venom … but I was invited here by Dr. Goodheart, and so there you go. At least all that contaminated seafood will have a ready market with the shills and trolls, form a little while.

      And the pro-nukers will bottom fish the evacuating coastal real estate markets, for a little while, providing some necessary liquidity to this market full of forced sellers.

      You dudes do serve a purpose … rather like maggots.

      peace to the pro-nukers. May they see the light. Oh damn, that;s radiation, too!

      • Leigh

        Yes Ned, the light from the sun is radiation too. You will be more comfortable staying in the dark as you won’t be troubled by the risk of learning anything. In your case, that would be a first.

      • DragomirSA .

        You pretty much enforced Howard’s point with your response.

  • chasrmartin
  • Matt Cash

    No one is immune from the hysteria.

    I was stationed in Japan onboard the USS George Washington (in the reactor department) when the tsunami hit Fukushima. Our sensors are extremely sensitive, and the dust was able to set them off. Naturally, almost everyone not-nuclear trained started to panic about the potential contamination, which lead to the option of a mass evac from base. Of course, all of the nuclear trained workers just rolled their eyes and expected a massive influx of work to quell fears and start cleanup.

    It was NOT fun.

    • Marushka France

      ‘Hysteria’? The exposure and health problems are very real and have been recorded on film as well.
      Admiral in Japan called in to NRC about exposure and concerns because exposure was profoundly high – on deck and at the base in Tokyo.
      Try reading the NRC FOIA docs yourself

      http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/japan-foia-info.html

      • Brian

        I was on the ground at Tokyo for the entire “disaster.” I received less exposure in the 50 days I was there than I did on the flight to Japan

        • RB

          Tokyo is 180 miles from Fukushima! What was your exposure for your 50 day stay, and who issued you dosimetry?

          • David McFarland

            The base is not at Tokyo.
            It’s at Yokosuka, Japan, south of Tokyo. It is on the Tokyo bay, but there is more than a full city (Yokohama and it’s surrounding suburbs and towns) between the two. I should know. I’m a Nuclear Operator (trained specifically in Reactor Safety) stationed at Yokosuka. I’m on the base, at my home, as we speak.

            I received my dosimeter from the Navy. I was a co-worker of Matt Cash, also aboard the USS George Washington (I am still attached to it to this day and live in Japan). I had the pleasure of being one of the lucky few who got to stand in a big giant metal box and look at the readouts of how much I’d received – which amounted to “if you’d eaten a banana and it was still in your digestive tract, it’d light up like a spotlight.” (Bananas contain ~15 bequerels of K-40, or 15 disintegrations a second – virtually nothing) Essentially, being “in the plume,” meant “DON’T LICK THE GROUND,” and you’d be fine. Even if you did, you’d pretty much have to eat the dust on a regular basis to have an effect – that effect being you might set off a radiac. To get blood or blood effects, the first signs of radiation sickness, you’d have to have gone to extreme measures and it’d have to be quite intentional. It was actually to the point that it couldn’t be guaranteed it wasn’t coming from the Chinese Coal Plants, who regularly spew out trace amounts of uranium and other harmful elements and contaminate far more than Fukushima ever has.
            I then had the pleasure of doing dose measurements on hundreds of my coworkers, likely Matt Cash, the above commenter, as well. I don’t remember who all I surveyed. It was a large number. Most people’s bodies, even the areas of concern of Cesium concentration acted as a shield to background radiation.

            I also had the pleasure of using much of my training in radiation work. I was able to go up with our Engineering Laboratory Technicians and survey our flight-deck, which is coated in non-skid – as in, very porous and probably the best thing to trap contamination around, and hold it in to keep it from getting washed away by rain. Our sensors are so sensitive and use measurements so miniscule (more miniscule than a millisievert, as denoted in the article) that it LOOKED like we were reading a lot. Naturally, when we saw large numbers, some of us new guys, knowing a lot about radiation and not a lot about it’s application at the time (still far more than the general public), freaked out a LITTLE bit (we still knew it wasn’t enough to harm us).
            Naturally, we decided to put our educations to good use – those “high” levels of radiation amounted to virtually nothing at all. Enough that laying down on that flight-deck would net you about twice as much as sun did above you. And that’s on something that trapped that stuff in – and getting direct exposure to it – and again, for a very limited time.

            I’ll say this again: I’ve been educated on nuclear power by the Navy (it is frankly not probably as good as the Author’s education, but is years worth of education most commentors on this article do not have). I was there. I held the radiacs. I punched the numbers on a calculator. I work with people who have their living made off of this matter and consulted with them. The math added up to a grand whopping “don’t worry about it.” Yes, there was radiation. There was contamination. There still is contaminated water at Fukushima. There is even a bit of contaminated water in the ocean.
            There’s water in the air. Are you worried about drowning? No? Why not? Oh, it’s because there is so little?
            Tokyo’s background levels are so low right now, you’d actually be getting a break if you traveled there by boat (as opposed to getting a whopping 7mrem by flying – again, nothing, but more than any of us got by staying in Japan instead of flying out) from, say, a place with high background levels, like California.

            Navy Nuclear-power Admirals and Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory historically “freak out” more than anyone else. Nuclear Power Plants have a lot of public hysteria to deal with. You say you detected radiation outside of a nuclear power plant, it doesn’t matter if it was from the sun, people will freak out. The military has a lot of the same problems. Combine the two, and you have people who have to walk on eggshells for a living – and in doing so, the worst they can do is expose anyone to anything considerable, whether or not it is their fault.
            The Admiral you are talking about is not nuclear trained, and so has no idea what to do. He (my former boss, before he rotated to another location) was concerned on the matter because he did not wish us, or our families, harmed, and needed to know what to do.

            • Luca Bertagnolio

              Thank you for your great first-hand contribution, Sir.

              This is the kind of information that should be circulated by those who understand science and technology.

              We need to have more people who are well aware of the fact that we can measure radioactivity down to the individual atom decay, but that does not mean that it’s dangerous.

              We need to have more people spread the good news about how clean and reliable power generation using nuclear is, plain and simple. And you’ve just done it, right there, by telling us about your first-hand experience. Thank you.

              • Toggle Switch

                ….”how clean and reliable power generation using nuclear is” Pony pucks. You sound like the south african twit. If you really believe that hogwash you need to be medicated.

                • Luca Bertagnolio

                  Thanks for your precious contribution, I have learned a lot from it. Now I will go back to my medications.

                  • Toggle Switch

                    Your sarcasm is not lost on me. You may need to adjust the dosages on those medications. Sarcasm is the cheapest form of humor known to mankind; including science. Your meds seem to be confusing you into thinking that you are clever.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Thank you for your precious advice. This time, though, I will consult with my doctor before changing dosage on my medications. You see, I rather trust people who are educated on the topic on which they discuss.

                    • Santa Claus

                      Do you trust doctors? You are naive. Do you trust scientists? You are naive. Do you trust lawyers? You are naive. The World is full of “clean and reliable” people.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Funny that a comment like this should come from someone who uses the name “Santa Claus”…

                      I do trust whomever I like to trust, based on my knowledge on the topic, and what I am being told about the same topic.

                      It’s called healthy criticism, and it’s a resource which is become scarcer and scarcer. And a lot of the messages which can be read in these comments are a testament to this. Unfortunately.

                    • PJ

                      I think its important to rely on facts before coming to any pessimistic conclusion. Having basic knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics are necessary to have any conceptual substance to bring to an argument such as this. Rather than relying on word of mouth by uneducated activism, you should take some of the basics. A tree branch could not simply grow without the root. Your response as well as toggles (not trying to undermine; although your responses are simply to project your anguish via ignorance) are about as equivalent to someone who believes standing too close to a microwave will deal radiation exposure which is false and I didn’t learn it from a tv show like myth busters; I actually took Chemistry lol…

                    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000045090977 Tom Nicholson

                      Amen to that, brother. Especially the part about the lawyers. But the pill-pushers are a problem, too.

              • Chernobyl Realtors

                Mr. Clean and reliable, please contact me (see post above).

            • Luca Bertagnolio

              David McFarland, Rod Adams of Atomic Insights has picked up your comment in his blog, and added his note to your message:

              “David McFarland – thank you for your Navy service and for your service to humanity by providing this first hand report. If you read this, please contact me through the contact link available in the footer of each page on Atomic Insights. We have a lot to talk about.”

              You can read the whole message on Rod’s blog at:
              http://atomicinsights.com/first-hand-report-trained-navy-radiation-worker/

              Rod is by far the most trusted source of information on nuclear, and has been in service for many years as reactor engineer onboard submarines. He’s an icon in the nuclear communication world. Get in touch with him, I am sure this could bring good things to the cause of nuclear.

              Best regards,

              Luca Bertagnolio

            • Get Real

              That’s for your great post. Quick question for you–it’s not background radiation I’m worried about; it’s the ingestion of the isotopes over time (considering biomagnification and biomagnification especially). Is this also a non-issue?

              • David McFarland

                Directly around the time of a nuclear disaster, particularly if you’re close to it, I’d be cautious; I don’t think evacuating the area around Fukushima was a bad call for that reason. Odds are no one will see any effects, but chances for cancer to rise in some cases. We aren’t talking a massive sweeping newsbreaking story, we’re talking a handful.

                As far south as I am, just south of Tokyo, there wasn’t a lot to be concerned about. I stayed indoors, sure, but if I hadn’t it wouldn’t have made a difference. It’s just a matter of “being outside right now increases my odds of getting cancer by 1:1,000,000 (That’s not a real statistic, by any means), I don’t want to be that guy.”

                Right now, the only area of any concern for isotopes are the areas at the plants themselves. A good way to think of contamination is that it is dust – and often is just that – it can be washed away. Sometimes it might take a while, or take soap, water, tape, et cetera, but it’s not likely to last. A good rainstorm cleans up a good amount. If you eat Tuna that spawned from Fukushima, you’re getting less than a banana – at least from what I hear.

                If you aren’t in Japan, be more worried about everything around you. Odds of you having detectable contamination around you are slim, unless you’ve got a really good radiac and get lucky finding some. Much of the world – realistically – saw very little fallout. What they did see wasn’t anything to worry about.

                If you are in Japan… still, be more worried about everyday things.

                I like to compare it to the fact that the air has water in it, but it’s nothing your body isn’t used to by any means. A little more humidity isn’t an issue. Being in the plume might be considered like being in a nice mist. Still, not hurting you. You might be able to actually notice some condensation.

            • Len

              I appreciate your insights and am glad that no one was signifcantly hurt, but let me point out that the Fukushima “wreck” could have been much worse. I don’t know all of the facts but I recall that operators trying to keep the cores cooled and the cooling pools controlled had immense difficulties and things easily could have gotten much, much hotter.

              • David McFarland

                Let me also point out that we don’t have many models for what could have happened. These aren’t everyday occurrences.
                What would have happened if it had gotten hotter?

                Do we even know how much more would have spread?

                Really, the worst case scenarios put out by anyone came out with:

                1) Limits COULD have been violated.
                2) Still no lasting harmful effects and no real civilian populace damage.

                The US Military, if I recall from a few articles I read, placed their worst case scenario as Mother Nature doing the impossible and pretty much keeping the plume aimed directly at Tokyo for a long duration of time.

                Even that wouldn’t have called for an evacuation, IIRC. Perhaps Iodine be issues, yes, but more as a precautionary.

                • nikkkom

                  Well, the fuel pools weren’t controlled for a few weeks. If even one of them developed a medium-sized leak and gradually gone dry and fuel melts there, while wind blows to Tokyo… evacuate a 40-million megapolis? We were not that far from such a harrowing scenario.

                  • chasrmartin

                    “f even one of them developed a medium-sized leak and gradually gone dry and fuel melts there….”

                    … and the entire world went home and didn’t pay any attention so no one so much as ran a garden hose in to replace the water….

                    • nikkkom

                      > no one so much as ran a garden hose in to replace the water….

                      No one can run a garden hose to a spent fuel pool emptied of water.

                      You simply haven’t a vaguest idea just how much radiation a hundred tons of spent fuel emit.

                      According to NRC estimates, in such a situation gamma radiation at the edge of a pool would be upwards of one million rem/hour.

                    • chasrmartin

                      Oh, don’t be an idiot. Of course it wouldn’t be some guy with a straw hat. Might take a bigger hose than a garden hose.

                    • nikkkom

                      How exactly the hose would be put there if lethal gamma dose (~3000 rem) at the pool’s railing would be absorbed in mere 10 seconds?

                      Whoever is going there would be dead.

                      Worse than that, even though arguably a volunteer may decide to go anyway and save 40 millions from radiation exposure and evacuation, under such immense fields the person may be quickly incapacitated (lose consciousness) and still be unable to perform necessary operations.

                    • chasrmartin

                      Uh, I’m guessing that it hasn’t occurred to you that you don’t have to have a guy standing there to put a hose there? Hmm, let’s see:
                      * get a long hose and pull it over with a helicopter
                      * get a water cannon and pour water on from a distance
                      * get a big bucket on a helicopter

                      it might also be worth mentioning that since they *were* controlled and didn’t actually spew millions of Curies of material, the whole discussion of why they couldn’t be controlled is actually pretty stupid.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Fully agree @chasrmartin:disqus, the whole discussion is absurd.

                      There is no damage to the reactor #4 spent fuel pool, and the building is in good shape, thank you very much.

                      So unless @nikkkom:disqus really believed the ridicolous statements that the water in the SFP had evaporated (?) or leaked out (??) made by “expert” Gundersen, the same guy that said that there had been “nuclear explosions” at Fukushima Dai-ichi, I think we should halt the discussion.

                      Oh by the way, there are also a lot of robots being used today onsite at Fukushima Dai-ichi, to inspect the area where the radiation doses to humans would be too high…

                    • Ned Childs

                      This Italian-named idiot is another of my favorites. No problems at SFP4??? Let’s hope. SFP1,2,3 are the real bitches, other than the missing corii. Who is paying you guys to outright lie? Or were you too stupid to sell these asinine comments? I’m sure you could get a Troll contract from GE, maker of these ridiculous poison spewing reactors, whose initials conveniently stand for their true corporate mission, as in Global Exterminators.

                      peace to all the pro-nuclear fools … how does the old saw go??? …. forgive them, for they know not what they do …

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Thanks, though it’s not a big accolade to be kept as a favorite by a jerk like yourself, in all fairness. And I am Italian-named as I happen to be Italian, much to your disliking. Guess what, we do speak English too!

                      Yes, no problem at SFP4, despite all of what ignorant people like yourself keep saying. The process can be monitored online at:

                      http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/removal4u/index-e.html

                      As of today 2013-12-29 132 fuel bundles have been moved from SFP4 to the common pool. Big deal. It’s so critical, it’s not making news any longer…

                      Missing corii? You might want to look better, as I am pretty darn sure they are very much where they belong, inside the reactor vessel.

                    • Randy

                      It sure sounds like you have some kind of skin in this game Luca Bertagnolio, trying your best to downplay everything about what is clearly a disaster. Maybe Ned Childs who posted above was right and that you work for GE or some other entity that’s in desperate need of some serious positive spin right now. Nothing would surprise me.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Damn it, GE must have a wrong address for me, as I keep missing all those checks in the mail… :-D

                      Yes, I have some skin in the game. My skin, which is currently suffering from all the pollution that comes from the alternatives to nuclear, such as coal and gas.

                      Watch “Pandora’s Promise”, learning something about nuclear will not hurt you.

                    • doug

                      Tepco has lied all along and admitted some of their past lies. Everyone is lying and covering up including yourself

                    • Operation Crossroads

                      My Father was in the Navy In 1946. His ship was the USS Sphinx. He was at Bikini Atoll for “Operation Crossroads” Was on the deck with his shipmates to watch “Able also Baker” the big brass called off “Charlie because Baker was so dirty they did not want to be sued. He was there for two shots. The Navy said yes you can swim in the water, yes the water is ok to drink, yes go scrub the target ships. My Father died when he was 39 from those 2 shots. The government covered it up. 42,000 men were a part of all the atomic bomb testing in the Pacific at that time. My Father died a young man from the fall out. So don’t you dare tell me things are just fine in Japan. Also I lived 150 miles from Hanford Wa. I know what radiation does to humans.

                    • plutonium_24000yearhalflife

                      Tepco’s own website showed pics of everything including reactor #4 and it was destroyed. Fuel rods have been strewn everywhere. The claims that the building is immaculate, that rods are meticulously being removed and pics of it that are circulating are faked!! Tepco’s own website has 2000 original photos of the damage and building 4 is quite clearly destroyed. The media is going along with this blatant lie.

                      This industry is working their asses off to keep the reality covered up!!

                    • nikkkom

                      > * get a long hose and pull it over with a helicopter

                      It’s WAY harder than you think.

                      In Chernobyl, later investigations showed that helo drops mostly missed the target, while pilots were working in fields of ~1000 rem/h. In the “fuel pool fire” scenario, fields would be much worse.
                      In Fukushima, same happened to water dumps to the pools, before it was determined that pools aren’t leaking.

                      Helo drops are _easier_ than pulling a hose through rubble and destroyed concrete with rebar sticking out in all directions.

                      > * get a big bucket on a helicopter

                      All of the above applies, plus helo can take at best a few tons of water. A pittance.

                      > * get a water cannon and pour water on from a distance

                      Was tried at Fuku too. Most of the water was missing the pool.

                      > it might also be worth mentioning that since they *were* controlled and didn’t actually spew millions of Curies of material, the whole discussion of why they couldn’t be controlled is actually pretty stupid.

                      It is not. The risk of spent fuel pools drying is small but real (not only my opinion but NRC’s too), and consequences can be incredibly devastating – can easily be worse than Chernobyl.

                    • Ned Childs

                      yeah … chasmartin … those explosions at Units one and three looked really “controlled” … who is the idiot here? “Get a bucket on a helicopter” … oh they did that and voila, they solved the problem … By the way: millions of Curies have spewed from these evil, uninsurable, crappily designed and under-designed, boiling water reactors … perhaps you’ve suffered some radiation sickness yourself to be so under-informed.

                      Memo to chasmartin: the corium/groundwater reactions are still out of control.

                      You pro-nuclear types are silly and misinformed. Have a little more polonium with your tobacco.

                      Peace to all the idiots on this thread!

                    • Lore

                      I would love to see you walk around without a moon suit at Fukushima and eat the fish in the sea if there are some left from there, please don’t harm the world with your propaganda just to protect your paycheck, ideology and cronies. It is shameful. The levels of thyroid issues are off the chart for the children of Fukushima, they already have cancers appearing, the levels of diabetes due to damage from radiation is also suddenly off the chart. Though there has been a hush and disinformation job done, there are too many people who are sick now for you to hold your head high. Shame. I too would love to believe nothing happened. Denial like ignorance can be bliss. Again, shame on you.

                    • Vincent Maldia

                      fish you say?

                      “And by November of this year, only
                      2.2 percent of samples tested unsafe. (Away from hard-hit Fukushima, the ratio
                      is less than one percent.)”

                      http://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-prove-fish-is-safe-after-fukushima-nuclear-disaster/

                      and radiation causes diabetes?

                    • chasrmartin

                      If only science education in the US was up to the job.

                    • Randy

                      You are an interesting type chasrmartin because you are a ‘Republican Scientist’. Republicans have a very odd denial stance on science which is they love it when it helps them and they hate it when it hinders them. It’s like the global warming issue — Republicans HATE anything to do with it. They denied it for as long as they could until the data become too impossible to ignore, and then they changed their stance to ‘okay, it’s happening but humans aren’t the cause’ LOL! Humans aren’t the cause! It’s just all happening by itself! Oh my God that is funny. And speaking of God, a ‘Republican’ claiming to be a scientist is as ludicrous as the Vatican having an astronomy department; The only reason either parties use science and data isn’t for clarity, it’s so that you can fudge it and mold it until you come out with what you personally want for yourself.

                    • chasrmartin

                      And you’re an interesting type I call the “ideological bigot.” I quote numbers. You don’t. Who’s being scientific.

                    • Furious Crapjacket

                      you’re projecting. why not attack the information instead of the person? is it that you lack the ammunition?

                    • Furious Crapjacket

                      ain’t that the truth!

                    • chasrmartin

                      Basically, I’ve got the data and you’ve got the panic. Go read what really happened.

                    • Toggle Switch

                      ….no no no….read that article again….radiation is safe…you could use it to get a tan. :P

                    • Marushka France

                      spent fuel pools did run dry, helicopter runs with water barely hit the area, finally got targetted water… but not soon enough… what they cal three meltdowns… that IS significant.. and not at all under control.

            • plusaf

              Reminds me of the time back around 1982 when I was working at a division of my company that sold computer monitors.

              Some rabid reporters got wind of the “radiation” coming from the monitors (this was back when they were “cathode-ray TUBES,” you understand?) so the engineers set up the most sensitive radiation detectors they could find (made by us, by the way) and searched for X-rays, microwaves and the like.

              They did get some readings! After some analysis, some clever person blocked off the window in the testing area and the readings fell to nearly zero, from the previously low levels…

              The “radiation” that was being detected was from the sun coming through the window and was still many times higher than anything the monitors were emitting.

              Did that help people relax? Just a little bit? You’ve got to be kidding me…

            • arborshane

              Very believable, thank you.

            • ResearchMore

              Do a search on “ENENEWS USS Ronald Reagan” and you’ll find many accounts from sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan who believe they’ve suffered radiation effects from Fukushima.

              • David McFarland

                You’ll also find that none of those are the Nuclear Operators on that boat. Many of those nuclear operators I went to US Navy A-school, Power School, and Prototype with. I was almost stationed on the Reagan myself.
                Were hazing allowed in the Navy, the Nukes would probably haze them for their sheer stupidity.

                Those sailors are not nuclear trained and do not have the slightest clue what they are talking about. They are the sorts who have so little idea what we’re talking about when we explain how our Thermoluminescent Dosimeters (our personal dosimetry) works (and it’s not that complicated) that we just give up and tell them that they are personal force-fields that protect us from radiation. I’ve had to do that before.
                Worse, they believe it.

                Let me put it this way: I’ve read those reports. We were briefed on them. My entire reactor department laughed at them until we realized people would believe their idiocy. I’m stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, on the George Washington. I know my stuff. I did surveys.
                Yes, the Reagan did actually receive a more concentrated dose. Some of the helicopter crews moreso, but they did not receive enough to have an increased risk of cancer, and certainly not enough of an acute dose to cause any visible effects.
                These sailors were not those crews. These are just fools who realized they could get money by exploiting sensationalist media. Were this an actual case (and the US Navy has the equipment to determine if it is – I’ve used it) the entirety of the Reagan’s Air Department and Deployed Squadrons would be coming out about this, and the US Navy would be making much more vehement public statements.

                • Randy

                  David, you sound more like a government cover-up PR person, either that or you have become complacent to the REAL dangers of nuclear fallout. I also find it very disingenuous that if you truly WERE a member of the navy that you’d be calling fellow sailors ‘fools’ who are just out to make money. In any case, here are the FACTS as of Jan 1st, 2014 concerning the crew of the U.S.S Reagan: After U.S. Navy sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan for four days, many returned to the U.S. with thyroid cancer, Leukemia, brain tumors and more. At least 71 sailors—many in their 20s—reported radiation sickness and
                  will file a lawsuit against TEPCO. The men and women accuse TEPCO of downplaying the danger of nuclear
                  radiation on the site. The water contaminated the ship’s supply, which led to crew members drinking, washing their bodies and brushing their teeth with contaminated water. Paul Garner, an attorney representing 51 sailors, said at least half of the 70-plus sailors have some form of
                  cancer. “We’re seeing leukemia, testicular cancer and unremitting gynecological bleeding requiring transfusions and other intervention,” Garner told The New York Post. Senior Chief Michael Sebourn, a radiation-decontamination officer assigned to test the aircraft carrier, said that radiation levels measured 300 times higher than what was considered safe at one point. Meanwhile sailors like Lindsay Cooper have contrasted their initial and subsequent feelings upon seeing and tasting metallic “radioactive snow” caused by freezing Pacific air that mixed with radioactive debris.
                  “We joked about it: ‘Hey, it’s radioactive snow!” Cooper said. “My thyroid is so out of whack that I can lose 60 to 70 pounds in one month and then gain it back the next. My menstrual cycle lasts for six months at a time, and I cannot get pregnant. “It’s ruined me.”

                  • David McFarland

                    And I know enough sailors, nuclear trained, on the Reagan, and know roughly what their internal doses are to know it’s a load of BS.

                    I’m very misanthropic about the Navy. It comes with the job. Every day for an entire underway I’d leave my reactor plant, sometimes having been up for 50 hours, sometimes having done 20 hours of work straight (with exception of going to the bathroom and catching a quick snack) just to find myself face to face with a giant line of people trying to get Light-Limited-Duty or Sick-In-Quarters chits to get out of work, and I’d trade knowing glances with our Rad-Health Technician – A Corpsman specializing in doing the radiation-side of the medical field – who was at the time working through the line of people, trying to weed out the malingerers from those telling the truth about their cold, foot pain, or whatever it was. And there were plenty of malingerers – it got to the point that when corpsmen saw we [nukes] were wearing TLDs, they’d usher us to the front of the line relieved because they knew if we showed up we actually needed the medical attention and they got to do their job for once (and because it likely didn’t deal with a suspected STD and all issues involved). Now, they weren’t all malingerers trying to get out of work. Many of them were, and I quote several corpsmen, “just plain stupid,” essentially hypochondriacs who didn’t have a clue what they were talking about.
                    So it would follow that someone gets nausea two years later and would automatically assume it was because they were in the Fukushima plumes, nevermind the fact that nausea is a short-term side-effect caused by radiation sickness due to exposures of 100+REM, rather than a long-term side effect caused by lower doses. Nevermind the fact that they didn’t get nearly enough to cause any measure of radiation sickness.

                    Seriously, some of these types of people are so stupid we were ordered to stop joking with them and telling them our dosimeters were “forcefields” that protected us from the radiation when we went down into the plants (that joke actually started out of frustration when some topsiders would ask what they were, and persist to question what the TLDs were, but didn’t have the slightest understanding atomic theory, so Nukes just started saying “it’s a forcefield”) because these guys were actually STEALING our TLDs during Fukushima.

                    “Government Cover-Up PR Person.” Yay for conspiracy-theory generalized “The Government,” vague-arguments!
                    The government couldn’t pay me enough to lie for them. The military nearly took my sanity (as with many of us), and my department took our retribution out on our old CO as frequently as we could (for legitimate concerns, mind you; he was doing illegal things – we later found out far more illegal things than we initially knew).

                    So, yeah, I actually knew guys that went to the Reagan to help out with that.
                    What they got for internal dose amounted to this:
                    “Oh, hey, look, you got a bit of iodine, a bit of cesium, a bit of strontium… but it’s not enough to even pull your TLD for, not even enough to break your EPA recommended limits.”
                    They were also dealing with the ventilation filters, which actually had enough contamination to be a concern, hence why Engineering Laboratory Technicians were required to handle THEM ALL, ergo, they got more than anyone else.
                    What ours (on the George Washington, stationed in Japan) amounted to:
                    “You ain’t got nothing.”

                    The people in this situation I’d believe (or at lease believe enough to look further into the situation) if they told me they had cancer:
                    Reagan Air Crew members who flew near the reactors.
                    Engineering Laboratory Technicians (who I’d probably trust implicitly, as their specialty is radiation, whereas mine is reactor safety.)

                    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000045090977 Tom Nicholson

                      why do I find the idea of nuke specialists working for 50 hours disquieting???

                    • David Whitson

                      Those sailors don’t have leukemia. They’re just lazy. (Funny how “scientific facts” are only being used by this “expert” to poo-poo the serious, potentially lethal, and long-lasting effects of the criminal actions of TEPCO coupled with the lies of the Japanese government, while diagnoses of cancers are ignored.) What a complete tool.

                    • David McFarland

                      Turns out when you only get 30mrem additional to your regular dose (about what you get in 30 days in much of America) over the course of a week, it ends up not being too big a deal. For instance, if you work outside, you’ll end up getting more over a much longer period. I’ve racked up 50 mrem in the same amount of time these Reagan sailors racked up 30.

                      I’m not at all defending TEPCO. If they’d upgraded their plants like GE told them to decades ago, most people wouldn’t know that Fukushima was a place.
                      Likewise, this incident probably saved a life or two of the sailors on the Reagan – what’s come out of this is that the expected, normal number of people out of 5000 sailors on the boat had cancer, they just found it much sooner than it would have been caught normally. Most sailors – like the idiots who claimed they had “back pain” were shoo’d away because claiming radiation-sickness two to three years after the fact is blatant malingering. Turns out when the radioisotope is out of your body within 70 days, it’s not going to give you the effects of active-radiation-exposure two years later.
                      Others legitimately had actual diseases. Some may have hid it from medical when they enlisted, others may have developed them later. Turns out that’s a thing, getting sick for reasons other than radiation. It just so happens there was a radiological incident, and Navy Medical being as absolutely “stellar” (as in not – turns out you can’t get sued for malpractice in the military, therefore the rise of the joke “What do you call the guy who gets the lowest college medical exam score? A lieutenant”) finally have something that they can’t find on WebMD, so they call it “radiation sickness.” And, the sailors, not being nuclear operators, don’t know any better and believe them. I’ve met fellow sailors who thought nuclear reactors worked like a combustion engine, or that radiation was like a gas. We aren’t dealing with people “in the know” here.

                      As for the lazy ones: If you want to call BS on that, I dare you to walk on a carrier at 0930 and look at the line, then ask everyone why they’re there. When I’ve got Corpsmen telling me how many are just slacking off of work, I’d say that’s a pretty good source for how many people are malingering in the Navy.

                    • David Whitson

                      Japan Paper: Now 104 children diagnosed with cancer of thyroid in Fukushima — New results show 5-fold increase in rate of suspected/confirmed cancers

                      Kids are so lazy !

                    • David McFarland

                      Care to provide a source, or are you going to quote something contrary to modern science (i.e. the average cancer development rate) and expect us to believe it’s true?

                      You act as if “lazy” is the only reasoning I gave.

                    • David Whitson

                      Copy that headline and paste it for the news source. Then you will be aware of some facts.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      What facts? The fact that those 104 children already had a latent thyroid cancer, most likely benign, which would have not been caught if not because of the scans made due to the Fukushima incident?

                    • David Whitson

                      “Okayama University Professor Tsuda pointed out that there is no end of the number of researchers who say, “No cancer occurrence is expected from radiation exposure dose under 100 mSv,” after the Fukushima accident. Tsuda candidly said researchers should refrain from making such statements. [...] As of the end of March 2014 [Nakadori, the central region of Fukushima that is 40-80 km from the Daiichi plant] had the highest detection rate [of thyroid cancer,] as much as 11 times higher than Aizu [western region of Fukushima, over 80 km from the plant]. [...] thyroid cancers from municipalities other than Aizu region showed rates which were 15 to 40 times higher [than data from the National Cancer Center]. He sounded an alarm [...] “It’s only been 3.1 to 3.2 years but there are so many cases observed in Fukushima. We need to take immediate countermeasures.” [...] “They are still exposed to radiation. We can’t wait until the results come out. [...] All of us as well as Fukushima residents are being exposed to radiation.”

                      Luca, you are a useful idiot. Does your denial serve you well ? Would that it could save the dying children of Fukushima and Chernobly. As you are no longer ignorant; you must simply be stupid.

                    • Luca Bertagnolio

                      Thanks for your kind words David, much appreciated.

                      I should point out that since there never is screening for thyroid cancer done in normal situations, whenever you start to do it you are bound to find people who have latent tumors which, in most cases, will be invisible for the whole life of the individual because they do not turn into a cancer.

                      And luckily thyroid cancers can be cured in 99.5% of the cases. And the irony of it is that radiations are used to heal from thyroid cancer…

                      But I am sure you were already very familiar with these facts.

                      Best regards,

                      Luca Bertagnolio

                    • David Whitson

                      http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2211716/fukushimas_cancer_epidemic_the_reality_revealed.html

                      You are aware that TEPCO and the Japanese government have been lying about the dangers associated with the radiation leaks from this disasterous nuclear accident all along ? Just as the headline of this article is a lie, and the article is spun cant. If you would care to refer to the link provided, you will find a researched examination of cancer rates reported so far as a result of this catastrophe.

                      No matter how many liars downplay the risks of the radiation released from Fukushima, the results remain. Check the reports of cancers and birth defects in the sea creatures if you’d like to be aware of the damage caused beyond the human sphere.

                      And thanks for personally examining all of those children from Fukushima, so that you know what you are talking about.

              • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000045090977 Tom Nicholson

                Ever hear of the placebo effect? It works both ways.

            • KnowWhatIKnow

              Your training in radiation is seriously lacking if you don’t understand the difference between radiation from a banana versus radiation exposure from man-made nuclear radiation such as Cesium 137, Iodine 131, Strontium 90, etc.
              Please update your learning to understand the detrimental health effects from man-made nuclear radiation so that you can learn to protect your health.

              • David McFarland

                Tell me, oh wise one, what the difference is between the radiation from the K-40 from a banana and “man made” cesium!

                You want to know what it is? 10%. The gammas coming off of cesium are only 10% more energetic than those coming off of a banana’s K-40. That is not to say they are necessarily 10% more deadly; that very much relies on what they are passing through.

                Radiation is radiation. There are four types. Natural or “man-made,” they have the same health-effects. Cesium and Potassium are both Beta-Gamma emitters with similar decay energies.

                I’m quite well aware of the health effects. We are, in fact, trained on them.

            • Nancy

              Funny you feel the need to add the disclaimer. You also feel the need to comment on most every article in regards to this topic. The way you speak about your fellow sailors is maddening. It’s also funny how many of the words you use to describe your fellow sailors are the same as those used by their doctors.

              • David McFarland

                I feel the need to comment on this subject because it is one I am very adamant about.

                Since my last post seven months ago, I’ve recently heard more accounts from sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan. I’ll paraphrase them down:
                “These people complaining of medical issues from the radiation are either idiots, malingerers, or both. For them, it’s all about the money.”
                I talk about my fellow sailors because, unlike many of the general populace who are all about Nationalism, I realize my fellow sailors are, like me, regular people. Like regular people, they are very capable of being completely and totally ignorant and very much are capable of underhandedly taking advantage of the ignorance of the media.
                I talk about them poorly because they are acting poorly. They do discredit to the US Navy and make us look like uneducated fools to those in the Scientific Community and technical industries, hurting us from getting high-paying jobs after our service time us up, just so they can make a buck.
                I also wouldn’t consider their “doctors” to be very high in regard, either. I’ve seen many of them, who haven’t even done a residency, try to refute claims of civilian doctors who’d been practicing for longer than the Navy doctors had been alive. Some of them are absolutely fantastic. Some of them… I honestly feel better self medicating and using WebMD much of the time.

                • Nancy

                  Here is the thing I personally know several people who have all the same “mystery” symptoms that doctors can not explain. Not all of them are involved in the lawsuit. What do they have to gain? Are there some people involved in the lawsuit who are jumping on the bandwagon? Maybe. I am sure that there are many who are really looking for help when they are getting none from the DOD. Is radiation the cause of their symptoms? I don’t know for sure but I also know it can’t be absolutely ruled out. Could they have been exposed to some other toxin that we don’t even know about? Maybe. What I do know is that there are certain things that can not be faked. Blood tests and MRIs can’t be faked. People with 17 years service losing their careers and doctors can’t explain what is happening. That can’t be faked.
                  In addition, in many comments you have made on this subject, you attempt to present yourself as having firsthand knowledge. You were not there. Your ship was ordered out of port and down to Sasebo Japan because they did not want you becoming dirty.
                  Again your treatment of your fellow sailors is disgusting.

                  • David McFarland

                    I’ve seen several interviews that involved flat out lies.

                    “Mystery” symptoms is a terrible argument. Don’t blame things on a buzzword, and don’t trust a doctor who likely has never done a residency to be the end-all-source when WebMD is likely a better argument.
                    Many of the complaints include ridiculous claims like “back pain.” In such situations, you CAN rule it out.
                    If it’s past two months, you CAN rule out radiation sickness. Other than that, you’re limited to cancer and heart problems, pretty much. Blood issues disappear after the blood gets replaced by the body, and those take a whopping 100Rem to occur. The sailors on the Reagan got three thousand times less than that.
                    Fact of the matter is that, per the dose investigations, no one got more than ~30 mrem. I’ve gotten that much in one maintenance item. It’s not much. Newer studies have shown that up to 1Rem can actually be beneficial to the human body.

                    My ship was already dirty. We were ordered out of port because of politics and promises made to the Japanese.

                  • David Whitson

                    Get real, commie ! Real scientists don’t get cancer !

                • Guy Ogan

                  Hi David, It is Memorial Day and as such Thank you for your service! Last year I read that there is potentially a very serious risk when the “leaning reactor building” collapses. Are you in anyway aware of what they were talking about a “leaning building?” If I remember the article said there were “fuel rods” stored in the building and would be thrown together if the building were to collapse (the article made it sound both ominous and imminent but we know how the media can hype up a story). Can you, or anyone else, shed light on what they might be talking about? Thanks from an old, retired, USAF type.

                  • Luca Bertagnolio

                    Happy Memorial Day to you @guyogan:disqus!

                    Let me answer your question regarding the false statements made by the usual anti-nuclear liars regarding the “leaning reactor building” that isn’t really leaning much at all.

                    Reactor 4 was struck by some hydrogen explosions during the meltdown of the nearby reactor 3 unit, which was active at the time of the 3-11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Ironically, reactor 4 was under maintenance, and all the reactor core fuel bundles were stored in the spent fuel pool. And though the reactor was not active, and thus did not melt down, the damage inflicted by the hydrogen that blew back from reactor 3 caused quite some damage.

                    The claims that the reactor 4 building was leaning were highly exaggerated, and while the powerful earthquake did shake the building quite a bit, the building did not move much.

                    How can we be sure of this last statement? Because there is a pool of water inside of the building, and it’s very simple to measure the tilt of a building when a large pool full of water is inside the building. You just use a yardstick from the pool edge and measure the water level on two opposite sides, and there is your answer!

                    In short, yes, there is a minimum tilt, but not severe. At any rate, TEPCO has decided to build an additional structure that did not sustain its weight on the ever-so-slightly tilted building, but it’s rather self-supporting. Supported by this structure there are a number of large cranes used to move the spent fuel in the pool, out to a central storage pool.

                    This movement of fuel bundles has been ongoing for a few months now, and everything has been just perfect, and at this time about 60% of the fuel has been moved out of the “tilted” building into the central storage pool.

                    This is a link to the latest status of the movement operations:
                    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html

                    In a nutshell, once again the anti-nuclear people exaggerated news, and the media loves fear, uncertainty and doubt, particularly around nuclear, a theme which is understood by very few. Unfortunately.

                    Hope this help!

                    • Guy Ogan

                      Thanks Luca, I’m glad to know the truth (vs. the false scare) of the leaning reactor building because I had used the scenario at the end of my second fictional book, “Immortal Relations, Love and War” http://amzn.com/B00A4IEHL6 as a danger my characters could overcome.

                    • Marushka

                      THERE HAS BEEN A FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER
                      at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster involves (that is ONGOING damage to the environment 3.5 years and counting, from THREE nuclear reactors 1, 2 and 3 AND
                      TWO Spent Fuel Pools 3 and 4 (at minimum)

                      Radiation Dose Assessments for Fleet-Based
                      Individuals in Operation Tomodachi
                      http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA591789

                      [Read the report from U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency]

                      Please keep in mind that ICRP underestimates health risk. Take what they consider the risk than mltiplby by 150-600 times for the proven risk assessment. ECRR euradcom.org and Tondel (Sweden) methods are far more accurate.

                      US Dept of Energy slide show “Radiological Assessment April 4, 2011″
                      http://www.slideshare.net/energy/ams-data-april-4v1

                    • Marushka

                      ALSO
                      IRSN (France) multiple assessments Fukushima Nuclear disaster
                      http://www.eurosafe-forum.org/userfiles/2_3_%20paper_Mapping%20Emergency_Isnard.pdf

            • Furious Crapjacket

              thank you, sir. you are the warm, sunny island of wisdom and reason in an otherwise cold, sloppy, and ever churning sea of raw sewage called “news”. you are appreciated. and thank you for your service to our country.

            • tom sims
            • Marushk a

              pg 245: to
              Chairman Jaczko, Jim Trapp in Tokyo: “have Admiral from Navy base @
              Yokosuka [south of Tokyo] believes he has measured with
              instrumentation TEDE, he’s estimating a TEDE of 1.5 mR/r…. “he
              believes he has thyroid doses of of 10millirem/hr” “And I believe
              a contaminant, microcuries, levels of 7e-9

              pg 246-7:
              ‘this location is 188 miles from site” “direct measurements …
              confirmed on multiple instruments, he believes it’s due to a wind
              shift. … we did have a wind shift to the S-SW recently and he
              believes that the plume coming out of the plant, then, would be
              causing this. … the wind will shift back out to sea in about 10
              hours, which would give you a total dose of, he believes, about 10
              millirem before the wind shift (back)… 10 X 1.5/hr is what he’s
              doing.”
              [Admiral on USS Reagan and @ Yokosuka both wanted to get people out of the plume they were in- NRC FOIA docs]

              http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A105.pdf

        • Marushka

          http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A108.pdf

          137-43 Jaczko sums up… everyone agrees that the situation won’t improve. ’3 reactors out of control and possibly up to SIX spent-fuel pools’ …
          Jaczko wants to inform the Ambassador [Tokyo]
          and White House to evacuate U.S. Citizens

          - back to Chuck Casto to make that recommendation. He has to first talk to the White House. Admiral Donald agrees.

          Bill Borchardt: if this happened in
          U.S. Our recommendation would be 50 miles.

          Then we would be handing out KI as well. We don’t have enough.

          they are bulldozing under… high
          rad fields will get it down 70 %….

          “and given that rad field, what
          is causing that? … lead me to believe that what you have ut there
          is fuel in the environment” ‘and there you had the spent-fuel
          pool that boiled down. You had a zirc/water reaction. You built up
          this steam… a certain percentage of the top bare… had an
          explosion… who knows what got blown out into the yard? ….
          ‘they reported the rad field was 20 – 30 rems”

          As for spent fuel pools, 50 miles is a starting point. If spent fuel goes, would have to widen the recommendation. “start
          moving toward a larger evacuation”
          [spent fuel pool 3 determined to be gone, spent fuel pool 4 assessed to have burned at least 9 hours]

      • TJ

        There are hundreds of documents in that FOIA link. Could you narrow it down to which document or admiral, or (better yet) if the dose ratings were actually potentially harmful? An admiral calling with concerns means that he did not know what to do, it does not mean that there was any real danger.
        The admiral and radiation discussions I could find included this transcript of a call (http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1300/ML13008A108.pdf) where the technical expert repeatedly discusses the data in terms of the “limits of detectability” of the instruments (meaning it is so small an amount of radiation that they can hardly measure it) and how the levels are ’10 times lower than would require initial EPA actions’. Not very concerning to me or the admirals.
        (side note: the transcription company incorrectly writes “detectability” as “deductibility”, so if you want to text search, look for the second word)

        • K9Steve

          I’ve tried to get Marukushka France to provide details before, but I’m still waiting. Come on France, pony up! On another article you claimed the FOIA documents say that 5 people where killed by the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown. Please point to the document that claims to this (and not a simple link to a huge set of documents).

          • ManoaHi

            I remember that 3 people died at the plant. It was not due to the meltdown. They were in the generator area, they drowned when the tsunami poured water into their area.

            • Marushka France

              you have a bad memory and i’ve provided the links to the memos that recounted the five Japanese/Tepco employees. Their deaths were in the first 24 hours – documented in 16 March 11 memo. Add four GE employees out of 40 that helped out, that had exposure and were spirited away for State Dept to get them back ASAP… whether they had to be hospitalized or not, no further mention… but the citations are here among the many comments.

              • K9Steve

                Please SHARE THE LINK Marushka France. I dug through your numerous posts and I can’t find it. Is it really that hard to post in here?

      • Donald Kosloff

        There are hundreds of documents in the NRC FOIA document folders. What exposure was “profoundly high”?

      • RDFO IL 40 DEL ATO

        You are misinformed greatly if you still believe anything that ends in .gov (corporation owned which is no secret)

      • tom sims
    • ThinkMcFly777

      Check the articles on ENENEWS about sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan who have horrible health effects which they believe came from Fukushima radiation.

      Here are some of the headlines:

      ” TV: Many U.S. sailors are suffering serious symptoms of radiation sickness after being contaminated during Fukushima nuclear disaster — USS Ronald Reagan was as close as a mile away as reactors melted down ”

      ” U.S. Navy Sailor: They had to remove three layers of skin off my hands and arms after Fukushima exposure — Treated almost as if I had the plague ”

      ” Press Conference: People were trying to commit suicide aboard USS Reagan during Fukushima mission — Some tried to get off ship — It was living in fear every day, it was horrible “

      • RDFO IL 40 DEL ATO

        Check the whois of that site and tell me who runs it from behind the scenes. Question everything.

      • plutonium_24000yearhalflife

        This has indeed gotten worse in the time since this comment was posted, 1 has since died and one who was aboard that ship has given birth to a child with birth defects

      • Cain Abel

        Please, tell us the dose they received. (Assuming you know anything about that.)

        • Cathie Reid

          Did you know that there is a legal remedy of charter revocation that Attorneys General can invoke against corporations that continue to act against the public welfare? I wonder how endangering the public welfare with continued operations that radiate the water, food chain and public would be considered…?

          • Cain Abel

            Radiate water?
            lol

    • David Whitson

      People are suffering from radiation poisoning and cancer more than from “hysteria”. Do you read any news ?

      • Matt Cash

        Define ‘news.’ Are they fear mongering articles that use a lot of big, scary words to frighten people? Then no.

        • David Whitson

          No. I’m talking about reports of the medical diagnoses of the people around the Fukushima plants at the time of the tsunami, and the birth defects seen in their offspring.

        • David Whitson

          Japan Paper: Now 104 children diagnosed with cancer of thyroid in Fukushima — New results show 5-fold increase in rate of suspected/confirmed cancers

          News.

        • David Whitson

          Don’t be afraid of big words, Matt. Fear ignorance, stupidity and being a tool.

  • cjleete

    CW and Jamie, let me know when you are ready to abandon modern living in your safe comfortable homes, I’ll be happy to show you how to survive off the grid. Because that’s what we all will be doing within a few generations if we don’t build more nuclear facilites and modernize current plants.

    • Finn

      I do understand why nuclear power is needed and it is cheap (that is the only real reason why it is so popular), but I can not understand why it is so hard peoples to think, some day we could collect all our energy from zero-pollution ways. Great efficiency increments has been successfully invented i.e in car industry, electronics and why that should not apply to solar, wind power and other renewals too ? Why we should not use even slice of the money of new nuke plant to hire professionals like original writer to find us the way out of nuclear power ?

      If Fukushima accident were happened in USA close to some big city, many of you would write here other story…

      • Crunkomatic

        efficiency like coal-burning electric cars? I take it you have no idea about physics, either, because solar and wind are much more inefficient than just about other energy production method, including rubbing two sticks together.

      • Krigl

        I can not understand why it is so hard peoples to think, some day we could collect all our energy from zero-pollution ways. Great efficiency increments has been successfully invented i.e in car industry, electronics and why that should not apply to solar, wind power and other renewals too

        I can’t really speak for all those people, but I might venture a guess – they have working knowledge of physics.

        If Fukushima accident were happened in USA close to some big city, many of you would write here other story…

        Well, there are some practices in choosing places for nuclear build-up and lo and behold: One of them is not to place nukes in the immediate vicinity of big cities.

    • asdfjkl;

      More nuclear facilities? How do you like living among the thousands of bags of nuclear waste? Nice and clean hey? Have a look at Japan’s current problem, go view some pics of the atrocity of a wasteland they created

  • Nancy Shelton

    Then why are fish being caught that are radioactive. I believe this is a disaster but we are not going to realize the disaster fully for a while. The ocean will tell the story and I believe that birth defects will rise.

    • caffeinette

      I believe that falls under the “match stick in a football field” scenario. Did you know that you, too, are radioactive? Bananas even more so (it’s all that delicious potassium.)

      This is part of the problem with media reporting – they rely only on the shock value and forget to put it in perspective.

    • Seventhunder

      I agree. And birth defects have been rising already. The info is out there but media is covering the whole thing up. Very sad what is happening. The industry is lying to protect their industry and profits. Government will not educate people either. Read through enenews.com, these are all legit headlines that date back to when this all started. Inform people.

  • Emma

    This is hype. The Fukushima accident – not ‘incident’ – has yet to unfurl its entire impact. Just wait and see. This guy is a CEO and has blatant vested interests; our intrinsic energy problem is that we’re STILL trying to work on an epic centralised basis, we lose so much energy just in transporting it, but the idea of smaller, localised generation of power requirements wouldn’t make fatcats like THIS guy, any money. Small is beautiful. Small scale, local, generating what you need when you need it, is the way to avoid more of the same. Fukushima was a disaster, I suspect there is a clue in the name.

    • Crunkomatic

      Here comes a poor hippie. Tell me, poor hippie, what you studied at university? Was it nuclear physics?

    • Rob

      Triple core meltdown is not an ‘accident’ or ‘incident’
      100% meltdown of 3 reactors double the size of the one reactor from Chernobyl… the fuel pools are missing and rods are missing and destroyed. The isotopes were liberated into the air and it continues to leak into the ocean daily. The plume was released in 2011 and has not stopped.

  • patb2009

    Dr Kemm, if you believe this to be true, I will arrange for you, and your children
    to live at the reactor site, eating the food the workers eat, drinking the water,
    for 6 months.
    If you have small grandchildren we can include them in this. If the radiation is that small, then you should have no concern for your grandkids.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      How plush an arrangement?

  • patb2009

    A man with a PhD in science should be ashamed to produce an article without one citation, one number, one graph, one formula. This is shameful work.

    • GRLCowan

      If it had citations, numbers, graphs, and formulae, you’d be denouncing it as an ivory-tower elitist work by a paid savant far from the real world.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      This is an article geared to clarify for the layman. Appropriate.

  • Gaya Rottlaender

    so..and what about the tunafish caught around california that has much higher radiation levels? and what about those pictures of mutated vegetables from japan? and what about the latest message that the fukushima workers are suffering stronger radiation than thought? i am looking forward to your explanations kelvin kemm.

    • GRLCowan

      No tuna were caught with much higher radiation levels (compared to tuna before the nuclear age). Madigan, Baumann, and Fisher caught tuna that were a small fraction higher.

      If you read their papers — http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/05/22/1204859109.full.pdf , http://blogs-images.forbes.com/monteburke/files/2013/02/EST_2013_DJM.pdf — you will see in each one’s Table 1 a 40K column with much larger numbers than the adjacent 134Cs and 137Cs columns.

      K stands for potassium. Potassium-40 is a natural radioisotope, half-life 1.28 billion years, long enough for that an atom the Earth incorporated when it formed decayed just now in your left hand. 134Cs and 137Cs stand for the two cesium radioisotopes that got out of Fukushima.

      These are handy radioactive atoms to look for because when they decay they emit gamma rays, which can slip through a few feet of water or flesh, i.e., out of a dried fish sample and into the detector surrounding it, where they deposit characteristic amounts of energy that allow identification of what kind of atom it was that decayed.

      Other atoms — MB&F mention polonium, which you may recall as Litvinenko’s bane — emit very short-range rays that could not be thus detected, but deposit their energy within the fish, exposing it much more.

      • Gaya Rottlaender

        ok thank you, thats pretty complete about the tuna. how about the mutated vegetables?

    • Joshua Clausen

      The mutated vegetables was the product of bad reporting. Here is a link to where the rumor originated from… http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2013/07/23/fukushima-mutant-vegetables-debunked.htm

      • Gaya Rottlaender

        thank you joshua, thats really great news to me!

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      On the “mutated vegetables” see this other article:
      http://urbanlegends.about.com/b/2013/07/23/fukushima-mutant-vegetables-debunked.htm

      Nothing to deal with Fukushima, and nothing to deal with radiation either. Those are mutations that happen for different reasons, but not for radiation.

      • Gaya Rottlaender

        thanks luca, someone else posted this one too. glad to hear it

        • Rob

          he is part of the industry, he is biased.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brent-Scott/100000551775643 Brent Scott

    Before you assume that this gentleman has shared “the truth” it’s probably not a bad idea to check with physicists who are not hired guns for a nuclear management company. There are also scientists, a few anyway, who believe global warming/climate change isn’t happening. To even make the statement “no one was killed by the radiation” is profoundly ignorant. Rarely does anyone ever immediately die from radiation poisoning. There are others things, but this alone is enough to throw doubt upon either the sincerity of the man, or at a minimum his intellectual prowess.

    • Joshua Clausen

      Seeing as he is a recognized expert in his field of nuclear physics your claim that he has a minimum intellectual prowess is childish. His statement that nobody has been killed by the radiation is, in fact, true. I will concede that the years may tell a different story, but my guess would be that the numbers will be on par with those of people living down wind from coal fired power plants. Before you try to ridicule my statement about radiation and coal fired power plants, read this- http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=coal-ash-is-more-radioactive-than-nuclear-waste and research it as you see fit.

  • Sigh Westberry

    They studied the forces of nature deeply and configured those forces so they could build some of the most destructive mass human killing machines ever imagined.
    To display their newly perfected killing abilities and instill fear in all national groups they used the new weapon against two unprotected cities, roasting hundreds of thousands of the people of Nippon.
    Then to show their supposed gentler side, they adapted that destructive technology to generate electricity. Whenever any life threatening accident takes place at one of these plants they or their hired spokes people scream in utter amazement. “Why are you people so afraid, this stuff is perfectly safe. Why do you imagine that we would create anything that would hurt you! Don’t you people trust us!”
    They so quickly forget their own history.

    • GRLCowan

      It’s rather like the history of round sliders propelled through tubes by internal combustion. The first such arrangements were guns; car engines came later.

    • Crunkomatic

      I’m so very sorry, but you’re stupidly ignorant.

  • Madmissileer

    I work in the nuclear industry and have seen the dose rates at the site, so Dr. Kemm is wrong. There was a massive accident, fuel rods are strewn all over the site and TEPCO has no idea how to even begin to contain the leaks.

    • GRLCowan

      Liar.

    • William Rodgers

      Your story is a fabrication. The mere fact that you stated the fuel rods are lying around in the open air indicates your lack of understanding regarding actual rad doses of used fuel rods that are not covered by water.

      Additionally the fuel rods are right where they should be despite the proclamations of many anti-nuclear fear mongers who are scaring the Japanese public literally to death.

      The fuel pools are stable and are not going to cause the death of anyone as long as the workers follow proper industrial safety protocols that have already been established in previous spent fuel moves which are now fairly common in the US.

      • Tom

        You can see some of the rods in the pictures right off the Tepco website

      • Shillbegone

        a triple core meltdown is not what i consider ‘stable’.
        It was not an accident, it was a 100% meltdown and the fuel pools are MISSING! This is fact!

    • nikkkom

      > fuel rods are strewn all over the site

      Sigh, what a doofus.
      Spent fuel rods would emit many tens thousands of rems per hour.

  • dub

    Quite opinionated, bias and no sources? “Dr Kelvin Kemm is the CEO of Nuclear Africa” OK that makes sense now.

    • Crunkomatic

      So you would believe a hippie with no concept of science because he’s “unbiased”?

      • Bill Taylor

        hippies were very biased…..i recall in 1969 at jr college a gathering with many liberals at the time my head had been shaved because i was a scholarship athlete and that was the initiation also i wore regular clothing of the time…..several liberals pointed me out and started in on me about being with the man because of my scholarship……i asked what is the problem with the man they responded they try to tell me how to dress and how to wear my hair i am an individual….i laughingly pointed out you are DOING the very thing to me that you are whining about, YOU have a problem with me because of my hair and clothing……at age 17 i then understood the liberal mindset total BS based on emotion without a single actual thought involved.

      • dub

        hippie when?

  • Steve
    • Luca Bertagnolio

      It is quite accurate, if what you’re looking for is a map that shows the height of the tsunami waves across the Pacific basic after the March 11th 2011 earthquake.

      Some more background information can be found here:
      http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/fukushima.asp

      And NO, there is NO planetary emergency for the little radiation that came out of Fukushima.

  • kv

    I want to believe you, but you are a
    CEO of a company pushing for nuclear energy…so you have an agenda. How
    can we know you aren’t skewing this information and misleading us? Humans
    are imperfect and make many mistakes, we are never going to be able to
    perfectly control nuclear technology, there will always be accidents. And
    I don’t think it’s responsible to take even the slightest risk with something
    like ionizing radiation. The consequences of Chernobyl are sickening.
    Watch “Chernobyl Heart” and you will see what ionizing
    radiation can do to the body. Any radiation, even the slightest is not good for
    anyone. I understand you believe the Fukushima coverage was over the top
    and unrealistic, but this article seems to be completely dismissing the risk at
    all. Maybe it was only a small amount of radiation leaked into the water,
    but what about the hundreds of nuclear power plants that all give off small
    amounts of radiation routinely. It is impossible to get all of the
    radiation out of the steam and water that is released in the standard
    processing. I know it’s small, tiny even, but these particles take tens
    of thousands of thousands of years to break down even half of it. Nuclear
    technology is irresponsible and dangerous, and even as the technology improves
    or if better management occurs, we are never going to get to a point where
    there isn’t radiation building up in the environment, increasing exposure for
    everyone with no real way of getting rid of it, except burying it in the ground
    and hoping it doesn’t leak, hoping people aren’t too stupid or careless to do
    their jobs correctly and actually follow safety protocol. We should be
    putting our energy into finding a safer way to create energy, truly green
    energy with no dangerous by-products, rather than try to find a way to better
    manage something that will always carry a high risk

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      If your source of information about nuclear and radiation is “Chernobyl Hearth”, then I can understand your message.

      Truth is, science is very different than what is depicted in most of the pseudo-documentaries that have a tendency to scare off people.

      There is good information and bad information out there. You seem to be inclined to believe the catastrophists, and I feel sorry for you.

      Luckily, the truth of the nuclear and physical sciences related to radiation is very, very different.

      • Brynn

        lies

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      Dr. Kemm’s honor is well known and unquestioned. Don’t project the ethics.of the eco-radicals onto a true man of science.

  • Marushka France

    Fukushima Nuclear Disaster began 311 (11 March 2011) and In the first 24 hours five (5) Japanese men, Tepco (Tokyo Electric Power Company) employees were killed by lethal exposure to radiation. Four (4) GE employees were exposed to radiation high enough to have then swiftly taken back to the U.S. – with the aid of the State Department. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) documents confirm that. nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima. Radiatioactive fallout was recorded from the north, Hokkaida, and as far south as Okinawa.

    That you begin your article disavowing these two clear facts makes it equally clear you disavow the obvious truth – also reported by NBC, ABC, CBS, confirmed by NRC docs, and nothing further that you say can be believed.

  • Marushka France

    if I could also leave photos of the DOE supporting the Japanese MEXT in producing maps of the fallout and how bad it is… amazing level of lies that can only be about keeping nuclear power for the sake of military use. Shameful.

    As for Chernobyl… here’s some great information – a lot of folks here apparently do not know about all the research done. and remember that Fukushima is far worse than Chernobyl

    * ECRR = European Committee on Radiation Risk
    Dr. Chris Busby, Scientific Secretary wrote Introduction.
    book, 2006, was co-edited with Dr. Alexey Yablokov
    “ECRR Chernobyl: 20 Years On”
    the book!! http://life-upgrade.com/DATA/chernobylebook.pdf
    Spanish http://ciaramc.org/ciar/boletines/cr_bol226.htm
    http://www.euradcom.org/2010/uraniumreport.htm
    ECRR: 2010 Recommendations of the European Commission on Radiation Risk
    The Health Effects of Exposure to Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation
    http://www.euradcom.org/2011/ecrr2010.pdf

    “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment”
    Alexey Yablokov, Vasily Nesterenko and Alexey Nesterenko
    NY Academy of Sciences, Volume 1181, 2009.
    5,000 Slavic language studies reviews, over 1,400 cited.
    http://www.strahlentelex.de/Yablokov_Chernobyl_book.pdf
    hard copy now available at Greko Printing P:734.453.0341; F: 734.453.5902; email: orders@grekoprinting.com

  • Get Real

    Ok scientists, here is an article from the IAEA that documents at the very least thousands of cases of thyroid cancer in Chernobyl: http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Booklets/Chernobyl/chernobyl.pdf
    Also, there is a fundamental flaw in a lot of these arguments. Just because he’s a nuclear physicist doesn’t mean he is automatically qualified to discuss the health risks of exposure to radiation. Is he a health professional as well? I live in Japan and have read articles by Japanese doctors who lived and worked near Chernobyl, and many of them believe there is a significant risk of cancer for the people who live near Fukushima. I’ve also seen documentaries that follow the cancer problems and childhood deformities present in populations around Chernobyl. They are easy to find on YouTube. Also, this author makes the mistake of lumping ionizing radiation from man-made isotopes with natural background radiation, which is inaccurate and deceiving. The issue for most of us is what happens when you ingest these isotopes? Though hard to measure exactly, what evidence we do have points to at least some risk, especially for the young. In any case it is not the same as flying in a jet. It’s also a bit early for his grand proclamation that all is well, especially, when it is still unfolding/ongoing. Because of the above, I proclaim this article just as worthless as the sky-is-falling ones.
    Everyone’s got an agenda….

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      If the situation changes, the analysis changes. Right now the effects are harmless and likely to remain so. The effects of radiation are quantifiable and well understood. Dr. Kemm knows of what he writes.

      • Get Real

        You don’t know what you’re talking about. From the IAEA’s own mouth: “It is impossible to assess reliably, with any precision, numbers of fatal cancers caused by radiation exposure due to the Chernobyl accident.”
        But good try!

        • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

          This is Japan of which we write. Not a product of the Soviet Union.

          • Get Real

            You missed the point. Just substitute “Chernobyl” with “Fukushima” and the meaning is the same. The effects are not quantifiable and well understood.

            • Crunkomatic

              Then how about we substitute “car” with “fish”?

              • Get Real

                If they’re both melting down, go ahead.

                • mnmore

                  The numbers have been well covered up. It is very easy to not connect the dots between the cause of ‘cancer’ and the industry knows this.
                  Somebody please tell me again why its ok that the US gov’t just increased allowable cesium in food by 10 times what it used to be?

    • Crunkomatic

      So Fukushima was a disaster because Chernobyl.

      That’s pretty stupid right there.

      • Get Real

        Sigh…my point was two-fold: 1) uncontained melt-downs of nuclear reactors are not totally harmless, and even the IAEA admits as much. What happened at Chernobyl shows this and refutes what many commenters are saying. People did die, children did get cancer. This is called evidence. Fukushima was and is an uncontained melt-down so it is very unlikely to be totally harmless, and in any case it’s too early to say. 2) The long-term effects from Fukushima will not be easily quantifiable, just as they aren’t with Chernobyl. Again, this is the opinion of the obviously pro-nuke IAEA.

        • William Rodgers

          First, Chernobyl and Fukushima are different designs, and the initiating events were different so those facts alone mean the long term recovery paths and effects on the surrounding area will proceed down different paths. Chernobyl did not have a containment building which allowed core material to be spread when the core begin to melt and burn. Fukushima reactors have containment buildings so the melted core material does not automatically have a pathway to the outside environment and the cores did not burn, they are partially melted.

          Also not sure why you are stating the core melt down is uncontrolled. The cores are in a cold status since water is being circulated to keep them cool. And that cooling process is being controlled/monitored by the workers. So what is uncontrolled about it? Yes at the time of the tsunami the situation was not fully under control but that was due to poor design decisions that put their emergency diesel generators below the waterline in the same buildings as the reactor equipment instead of a separate facility as we do in the US.

          Now if you are talking about the water accumulating in the tanks, that is a different issue. TEPCO has been provided solutions which they have chosen not to listen to at this time. Eventually TEPCO will have to listen to non-Japanese engineers who have solutions if they do not stop these minor issues that keep happening to them. Otherwise the international community will ultimately force to Japanese government to tell TEPCO to give up control of the situation ( my opinion).

          Finally the fact that there is radiation does not automatically lead to cancer. Now if you are a believer of LNT (linear no-threshold) as gospel then there is no convincing you of anything different. Many of us who have worked in and on nuclear power plants consider LNT a regulatory safety mandate not a medically proven theory otherwise many of us nuclear workers would already be dead.

          • Get Real

            Uncontained was probably a poor choice of words, but what I meant was that melt-downs occurred and released significant amounts of radioactive material into the surrounding environment, thus they were not contained (in Fukushima due to the explosions, partial building collapses, and ongoing water-containment issues). That said, I do not believe that radiation automatically leads to cancer; but neither do I think it is reasonable to conclude that Fukushima is 100% harmless, esp. at this early stage. What is logical is to conclude as the WHO did that there will likely be at least a small rise in incidence in Fukushima. I am not a fear-mongerer nor am I an apologist; I’m just striving for accuracy.
            What I’m still trying to determine more specifically is what effects ingesting food products from Fukushima may have on my children (and in Japan you often won’t know where your food/drink is actually coming from. Is there absolutely no cause for concern as this author states? Does bioaccumulation and biomagnification of radioactive material pose absolutely no threat down the road?

            • Luca Bertagnolio

              WHO clearly stated that only certain types of cancer *COULD* see a long term increase from 0.75% up to 1.25% of incidence, and only in certain specific age ranges in females.

              Of course the press picked up the news as “a 50% increase in cancer rates” which, while technically correct, means nothing since the figure is so small.

              But, the lay people do not know these tiny details, and bad news helps to sell newspapers and ads on the TV shows, so the press doesn’t mind lying, which is where the crux of the problem lies.

              There is absolutely no concerns whatsoever on any food bought in Japan. None. In fact, the limits for radiation in Japan are 10 to 20 times lower then they are in the rest of the world, so you may end up eating food that has way more radiation when you are travelling abroad, if you live in Japan.

              In any case, such minuscule amounts of radiation in food do not have any impact, neither in Japan nor anywhere else in the world.

              • mnmore

                FDA just increased allowed levels of cesium by 10x. AFTER fukushima.

              • Shillbegone

                This is lies, all lies.

            • William Rodgers

              Yes Sr-90 accumulation is a concern in fish. However if you remember several years, at least here in the US, there was a major concern of mercury accumulation in those same fishing areas.

              The point is that I am more concerned about mercury accumulation in the fish since that is fallout from world wide burning of coal then I am of Sr-90. That is because the concentration levels of mercury from the world wide burning of coal are far higher then the current levels of Sr-90 and other radioactive elements that might be reaching the ocean from Fukushima

              The other point to consider is that the media moves from one “crisis” to another “crisis” to sell advertising. Why aren’t we hearing daily, weekly, monthly numbers of mercury concentrations in the fish in the Pacific? Because it isn’t a “crisis” anymore.

              And, yes, that is a cynical viewpoint but my cynicism of the media comes from years of seeing false, inaccurate information published by reporters whose only science class was in high school or to meet the minimal requirements to earn their college degree. For example in the US, reporters were known for using hyperbolic towers as backdrops when talking about the badness of nuclear power. One problem with that is several of the hyperbolic towers used on the East Coast for TV reporting were actually used for cooling coal power plants not nuclear power.

              So as others have stated, being concerned about the food is a rationale approach but being fearful of the rad levels, without putting those levels into context compered to other areas of the world, is letting the fearmongers rule the day.

              Always question the motive of the fearmongers. They don’t always have your best interests at heart. They have their own agenda and usually there is money involved. Caldicott and others receive tens of thousands of dollars in money into their foundations to finance their travels, speaking engagements, books, etc. Some anti-nuclear people make in excess of $100K per year to spread fear, some of which comes from fossil fuel interests. Not exactly an altruistic position. In fact I call that a hypocritical position.

              • Get Real

                Thank you very much for taking the time to share your thoughts in such detail. I live in Tokyo with my wife and two youngish children and this discussion has eased my mind quite a bit.

            • Brynn

              Or how about this, no mention of how the USA FDA just increased allowable levels
              of cesium 10 times to what it was before!!!!!!!! Government is allowing
              contaminated food as acceptable in the food supply in the US as well as Canada. This fact alone is enough to cause concern. Humans did not have a physiological change overnight to justify this action.

          • nikkkom

            > at the time of the tsunami the situation was not fully under control but that was due to poor design decisions that put their emergency diesel generators below the waterline in the same buildings

            …and not having any training and any planning for total station blackout, as if it can’t happen ever (surprise! it can!). Do US stations have that? IIRC no!

            …and not having automatic passive filtering on emergency vent lines, which easily could have captured ~99% of the Cs-137 which is now in the soil. Do US stations have that? IIRC no.

            • William Rodgers

              Actually yes US already had blackout plans for the first 48-72 hours. What is going now with FLEX plans is to increase that timeframe up to 7 days and beyond.

              There are many ways to vent. US plants had vents. What is going on, again as part of the FLEX mods, is to harden them further. There is debate if this the best solution since the vents will present challenges when filtering for radioactive particles during a potentially large venting event. However since many anti-nuclear intervenors were allowed to have input into the design aspect, the vents are now a required option.

              http://public-blog.nrc-gateway.gov/2012/04/24/whats-so-hardened-about-vents/

              • nikkkom

                The link you provide does not state that NRC requires vents to include filters.
                I take it US stations’ vents are still unfiltered.

                • William Rodgers

                  A simple google search and I was quickly able to find this public information.

                  http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ops-experience/japan-dashboard/hardened-vents.html

                  As it indicates, the filtration is a work in progress since there are different approaches including a defense in depth approach which somewhat already exists in US reactors

                  • nikkkom

                    “””
                    The NRC is also considering revising its regulations through the rulemaking process
                    to include strategies for filtering or otherwise confining radioactive
                    material that gets released as a reactor core is damaged.
                    “””
                    Wow. NRC is “considering” it more than 2 years after Fukushima? How many centuries do you guys need to decide that dusting citizens with Cs-137 is a BAD IDEA?

                    • William Rodgers

                      There are already plans in place to deal with your concern. The FLEX plans are added scope and added safety measures.

                      Additionally the Japanese designs were slightly different, their regulatory approach was vastly different and their defense in depth approach was lacking unlike the US reactors.

                      While I am not always a fan of the NRC, it is good to have a strong oversight organization. Something the Japanese did not have.

                      Final comment, various US nuclear reactors have survived tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes. All of those events lead to temporary blackouts without damaging the cores. In fact the plants were back on line as soon as reliable T&D was established. So the odds of having a hydrogen build up at the same magnitude as Fukushima here in the US is next to impossible, if not impossible.

  • stefan

    I would say to Kelvin and his friends, take your backpack, travel to Japan, pitch your tent very very close to the reactor and lets see what happens.

    (oh by the way, take a stove and some dried adventure food with you, because there are no restaurants and shops open in the region there. A fishing rod might by handy too, if you run out your food. And the dried adventure food need some water, but there is enough in the tanks on the plant overthere)

    Be brave and do it Kelvin to show us nothing is wrong overthere.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      Donate the funds and let’s go.

  • Dustin

    Not really sure where Dr. Kemm received his information from, but the (by definition) accident that occurred at Fukushima was very real. 2 months of my life were devoted to providing radiation monitoring off the east coast of Japan in support of Operation Tomodachi and the exposure that we received during that time was also very real. It doesn’t hurt that being a reactor operator gives me a pretty good understanding of what was going on. If you want to buy into this then you’re already convinced and there is no chance of changing your mind, but understand that you’re being naive.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      Radiation monitoring and other responses are entirely appropriate reactions to a bad situation. The tsunami required a massive world-wide response. The victims of the wave required hospitalization and sadly in many cases body bags. Happily, not the case for the people near the reactor. Time for some perspective. Had their not been radioactivity monitoring, nuclear scientists would not know that the situation with the plant was manageable and not the worst tragedy which occurred.

  • Deborah

    What about the alarms going off at nuclear plants in the US after the tsunami? What about the radioactive tuna in the Pacific? What about the Japanese farmers that couldn’t sell their radioactive crops?

    • nikkkom

      > What about the radioactive tuna in the Pacific?

      All tuna and all other fish is radioactive. Mostly because seawater contains Potassium-40, a beta-radioactive natural isotope. Its activity in seawater is about 15 Bq/l.

    • mnmore

      What about the way the FDA increased the allowed levels of cesium in food by 10 times since Fukushima happened?

  • fourtwentymuleteam

    I challenge the author to relocate his family home to fukushima for one year if he’s so sure.

    • Crunkomatic

      I challenge you to earn a degree in nuclear physics.

  • fourtwentymuleteam

    Can’t be any worse than South Africa and definitely Zimbabwe. So take your family to Fukushima, Klemm.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      You don’t know Dr. Kemm if you do not know his love, pride and hope for his native Africa. He is a constructive builder.

      • lilbear68

        just another apologist
        how do you know the good dr so well

  • fuckradiation

    its cool we’ll see in 20 years or so how much damage this radiation has actually caused………

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      The effects of radiation are well known. We don’t have to wait 20 years to know that 20 years times not harmful will still not be harmful.

  • Dezri Dean

    I wonder if the author, Kelvin Kemm, is willing to go live near the plant??

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      I imagine he would be if his work bringing power to Africa could wait.

  • Gaya Rottlaender
    • William Rodgers

      It has Arnie Gundersen all over it. He has already been proven spectacularly wrong several times on Fukushima issues. This time he needs to provide verifiable proof not just statements of some “doctors” have called Fairewinds. Which doctors? Where are they? Where are all these thousands of people living right now if they have this level of radiation poisoning? Why hasn’t Gundersen reported this to the IAEA if he has the proof? So many questions yet Gundersen has no answers.

      The last time Gundersen was asked for verifiable proof of spreading contamination due to Fukushima issues, he was unable to do so. He couldn’t or wouldn’t provide a sample to an independent lab for testing which calls into question his involvement and his motive in this issue. So until Gundersen provides his evidence, which he is ethically obligated to do now that thousands are supposedly at risk of radiation poisoning, he is just spreading more fear and fearmongering.

  • GnomeAlice

    If everyone’s opinion, no matter how uninformed, is allowed to be part of
    the conversation and heard then there is always the opportunity to
    educate the less well informed. Here is a great example of why we need
    to hear this silly stuff. So we can practice and inform.
    .
    There are millions who don’t want to know, there are industry trolls or are the not knowledgeable and some who actually haven’t heard. It is too frightening to think about. Frustration can run high but it is our responsibility to spread the message regardless. The only way we can protect ourselves is to understand the issues in real ways. Healthy debate helps develop your voice.

  • Raymond Formica
  • BartiDdu

    Dr Kelvin Kemm is the CEO of Nuclear Africa, a nuclear project management company based in Pretoria

    So, a completely disinterested, unbiased commentator!

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      An entirely unbiased commentator. A true expert.

    • Crunkomatic

      So they should get a person unfamiliar with nuclear physics? Like a candy maker?

  • lilbear68

    the misspelling and incorrect sentence useage tells me that this guy is not what he wants you to think he is

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      British usage.

      • lilbear68

        not the way it was used in this article

    • Crunkomatic

      A person who speaks English as a second language?

      • lilbear68

        no a shill who spews false crap for the nuclear energy group
        and by the way if there is no harm please explain why PM Abe has most recently asked for international help in resolving this problem after 2 years of ignoring the real results

        • Crunkomatic

          tell me your education. high school? Perhaps a “studies” degree at a local college or university? Is it in science at all?

          • lilbear68

            tell me yours first

  • fireofenergy

    We should re-develop the molten salt reactor… none of this would have happened!
    Search it… (and LFTR).

  • Ian

    “Dr Kelvin Kemm is the CEO of Nuclear Africa, a nuclear project management company based in Pretoria, South Africa” nah – he doesn’t have a vested interest in calming everybody down. and fyi: someone in my family was stationed there, and his wife got cancer… at 25 years old.

    • Crunkomatic

      I got cancer at 12. Your argument is invalid.

      • http://www.cfact.org CFACT Ed

        We certainly wish everyone the best of health. We also wish them to understand what it means to lack causation.

    • William Rodgers

      While it is sad that you have a family member that has cancer, that does not mean the cancer was automatically caused by being located at some unknown proximity to Fukushima.

      • gkam

        Yeah, and you can’t prove cigarettes cause cancer!

  • Bill Taylor

    sunlight IS radiation…….like poor richard said long ago moderation in ALL things, too much of anything can be bad for a human.

    • Seventhunder

      Sun is background radiation, not the same as the rads produced by weaponized isotopes/mox fuel…. reactors don’t run on background radiation and yes there was mox fuel in Fukushima

  • GRLCowan

    Gaya Rottlaender writes, “how about this article? http://www.naturalnews.com/042… sounds very different”

    She writes this after asking two other similar questions. Sometimes it’s good to knock incoming arrows aside, but if they keep coming, it’s better to locate and neutralize the archer. Why are so many people so energetic in providing lies for Gaya to link to?

    My explanation is that when nuclear power producers use a dollar’s worth of uranium, they prevent the use of roughly $10 in coal, $20 in gas, or $100 in petroleum. Governments share the pain of loss, and this pain expresses itself with a great lack of forthrightness.

  • nikkkom

    Well yes, the general public is sadly ignorant, but this article pushes way too hard in the opposite direction, and in fact contains incorrect statements.

    Example:

    “The water which is currently in the new Fukushima storage tanks has already been filtered to remove radioactive Caesium. All that is left is a bit of radioactive Tritium.”

    Wrong. This water contains quite significant amount of Sr-90, way about permissible concentration for ground water of release to the sea. I bet there are lower concentrations of a few other isotopes too.

  • claus

    This article is more than ridiculous, if it wasn’t that sad what it really means to millions if not billions of people, children, animals.. this is a photo of 1 (!) of this victims, a child born in the Chernobyl area after the much smaller “incident” there, who is paying you for this lies ?
    http://www.lebenshaus-alb.de/magazin/003543.html

    • Seventhunder

      There is big money driving this to be sure.

  • GRLCowan

    nikkkom says,

    This water contains quite significant amount of Sr-90, way about
    permissible concentration for ground water of release to the sea

    Good point. Kemm also says “some mildly radioactive water leaked into the sea”, which has not actually been demonstrated. It is known to have leaked into the ground, but the government monitoring stations on the coast immediately north and south of the site have not shown any recent increase in fission-related radioactivity.

    That government is benefiting from an increase in natural gas tax revenue, and it is interesting, therefore, that a natural gas-fired electricity plant of Fukushima Dai-ichi’s capacity would routinely, every day, discharge more radioactivity, in radon-222, than the recent water leaks contain in fission products.

  • Bret

    Every
    industry is full of “experts” who spew half-truths, misinformation and outright
    lies. Dr. Kremm is extremely dishonest in his assertions. He is patronizing and
    writes as if to instruct grade school kids. I am not drinking his poisonous
    cool-aid. The accident at Fukushima was a level 7 nuclear disaster and the
    worst industrial accident in the history of civilization, (worse than Chernobyl).
    To this day the damaged reactors at Fukushima remain in a very precarious condition
    and the entire northern hemisphere is still in grave danger. If the wind was
    blowing inland in March, April and May of 2011 the entire island of Japan would
    have been rendered uninhabitable for 10,000 years and as it stands today thousands
    of people, (mostly unborn babies, children and women of child bearing age) will
    get cancers and there will be birth defects for generations. But this is no big
    deal to Dr. Kremm! Nuclear power is only cost effective when you factor out the
    huge government subsidies and the cost of storing spent fuel rods for millions
    of years. The super elites who own the central banks, the mainstream media and
    our elected officials are heavily invested in nuclear power. Contrary to Dr.
    Kremm’s contention, the media and our governments continue to down play the
    gravity of the situation and the very real danger inherent in this most
    inefficient form of power generation.

    • nikkkom

      > The accident at Fukushima was a level 7 nuclear disaster and the worst industrial accident in the history of civilization, (worse than Chernobyl).

      No, it wasn’t worse than Chernobyl.
      Fukushima land contamination area is less than 1/10 of Chernobyl; Fukushima did not expose molten reactor cores to outside air and water.
      There was no Red Forest thing anywhere around Fukushima – I looked at photos as these years passed, waiting whether pine trees (which can’t go away from even a not-so-high doses, unlike people), will start dying – they did not.

      You just forgot (or did not know) how awful Chernobyl was.

      • gkam

        Fukushima has already outdone Chernobyl, but you can’t see into the Pacific Ocean.

        • nikkkom

          Unlike contamination on land, Pacific ocean contamination gets spread out. The models of sea currents predict than Cs-137 activity in Pacific is well below 2% of activity of natural K-40.

  • Daddeldu

    Quote from the article:

    “Fukushima had devices called ‘recombiners’ designed to prevent the hydrogen
    build-up but they were not working because they needed an external
    electricity supply.”

    I always thought that the recombiners in nuclear power plants were passive catalytic converters, working without electricity. And that the problem was, that the japanese nuclear power plants did not have them, despite being internationaly a part of the nuclear security standard.

    Do you have different information?

  • gkam

    Having tested Safety Systems of GE BWR’s and having been a Senior Engineer with a utility, I can assure you Fukushima is a worldwide disaster, still yet to happen.
    Most of you have NO IDEA that the writer is ignorant of the situation or intentionally misleading you. The “slightly radioactive” water about which he opines will give you a lethal dose of radiation if you stand near it for only four hours.
    The three reactor remnants (the Corium), are out of control, and we do not have any idea of their condition. The radiation is so intense even robots get fried by it, and we have no vision systems to withstand it.
    The fuel rod assemblies in Unit 4 spent fuel pool have to be removed because the entire building is tilting in the subsiding soil. We are not sure if it can be done without them touching and fission, which could take out much of the Northern Hemisphere.
    Keep on making your decisions based on political prejudice. It really worked in Iraq, didn’t it?

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      You clearly have no idea of what you are talking about. You might be a senior engineer with an utility, which I very much doubt, but you obviously have not a clue about what radiation is.

      The water that Dr. Kemm is talking about is very much slightly radioactive, as it only emits beta radiation; granted, a fairly large amount of beta radiation, but beta radiation travels very short distances, and is blocked by normal clothing worn by each and every individual. Normal clothing, not special clothing.

      There is absolutely no danger on site at Fukushima Dai-ichi due to that water, that is, unless nudists are allowed on site, spending a few hours in the tanks where the water with strontium-90 is stored. How likely is that?

      The SPF pool on top of the reactor 4 building is doing fine, and so is the whole building, thank you very much.

      You are clearly full of the baloney that comes from “experts” like Caldicott, Gundersen and Wasserman. Good for you. Just please avoid telling lies to other people who might be more interested in knowing the truth.

      • gkam

        Hey, Luca, they need help! Where are you?

        I am no longer a Senior Engineer for Pacific Gas & Electric, which at the time was the largest non-governmental power company on Earth, and had two operating nukes. And yes, I really did test Safety Systems for GE Mark I & II BWR’s in the late 1970′s immediately before I left to get a Master of Science in a field that might save us, not kill us. Your casual assurances about the Spent Fuel Pool are not those of other genuine nuclear experts.

        You can get the reports from TEPCO yourself at
        http://fukushima-diary.com/ and check it out.

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          How nice, a field that might save lives and not kill them, so charming of you. Just so I know, how many people were killed by the radiation of the “nuclear disaster” of Fukushima Dai-ichi?

          Can you please point me and the other readers to the other “genuine nuclear experts” data about the reactor #4 building and SFP status? I am really curious to see what is your definition of “genuine nuclear expert” but I do have a hunch…

          And lastly, if I want to get the reports from TEPCO, I go to the TEPCO website, where they publish them regularly, without any specific interpretation. I can read and interpret the facts by myself.

          • Shillbegone

            Nuclear Industry loves to Lie!!! NRC included!
            You are lying!
            I love how the shills NEVER bring up the half life of these isotopes which were released. JUST SAY IT!!!! Always with the potassium 40. Bananas. ROCKS! NOT THE SAME ! ! ! HOW ABOUT A REALITY CHECK!
            Why dont you talk about what happened at WIPP now and the half life of the plutonium which escaped in the USA! Like Fuku was not enough! SAY IT ! PUT IT IN WRITING WHAT THE HALF LIFE OF PLUTONIUM 239 IS!!!!

            A NUCLEAR SHILL WILL NEVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE HEALTH RISKS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONIZED ISOTOPES AND MOX FUEL! ITS ALL FINE !!! The lack of information is equal to genocide, YOUR INDUSTRY HAS NOT WARNED THE PUBLIC OF THE INHERENT DANGERS THAT HAVE NOW LEAKED OUT AND ARE CONSUMING THE ENTIRE ECOSYSTEM! CESIUM AND IODINE WERE FOUND IN CA IN 2011! The plume from Japan has NOT STOPPED COMING OVER!
            Tepco lied, Govt lied, and Nuke Industry continues to LIE!!!!
            When does it END!!!!

  • Gaya Rottlaender

    and what about this one? this page keeps on coming up with different views

    #Fukushima-update…that
    you seriously “with the worst, which is conceivable, be reckoned” the
    #WorldNuclearReport 2013 confirmed that the operation had the potential,
    “by far the most serious #Atom disaster so far” cause to be able, if it
    goes wrong. It features possibility of apocalyptic scenarios, including
    the evacuation of the 10 million people in the area, including #Tokyo.
    http://netzfrauen.org/?p=4284 (Translated by Bing)

    • GRLCowan

      and what about this one? this page keeps on coming up with different views

      Of course it does.

      • Gaya Rottlaender

        interesting but not very informative answer…

        • GRLCowan

          I have already explained the economic imperative behind antinuclear mendacity.

  • IWasThere

    It is from my understanding that you’re allowed only 20 mSv per year if you work in such conditions and 10mSv if you are the general public. With measurements I’ve seen myself in some areas of north west Fukushima (outside of evacuation zone) are measured at 151uSv/h which is 3624uSv a day, 3.624mSv every 24 hours and 25.368mSv in a single week & 1319.136mSv total a year… Irrelevant of what Kelvin has said, this would most definitely shorten your life, you would most likely be dead within 3 years. And there are people dying out there from it, I can assure you. But if Mr Kelvin is so confident its not a nuclear disaster maybe he should camp there for 2 years and see how long his knowledge holds up. We wont even mention the amount of reputable nuclear physicist who completely counter what he has said here.

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      No, these radiation doses will *NOT* shorten your life, they simply won’t, I can assure you.

      Thanks for not mentioning the amount of reputable nuclear physicist who completely counter what Dr Kemm has said here; zero is a painfully empty figure.

      • IWasThere

        So please explain to me what is a safe dose? within what duration? Dr Kemm has motive to convince people otherwise a few basic searches on him will give people an idea as to why. This is a guy that believes fracking will benefit us, despite more energy goes into the process than we get out but that’s another story.

        So with your assurances that it is safe I would challenge you to dose yourself with the exact same amount of radiation per hour in a laboratory condition and record it. Show me evidence that it does not harm you, since I gather you are educated in this field? My request is basically saying… Put your money where your mouth is.

        And there’s no point in mentioning said scientists when we both know our interpretations of what is reputable are going to be completely different. Anyone with a keyboard will be able to find them, it is my job to encourage people to do simple Google searches. To put it bluntly, Kemm has motive to lie and put people at ease in regards to the safety of nuclear energy.

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          I can tell you what Prof. Wade Allison, a researcher in the field of radiation for cancer treatment (so not involved with nuclear energy) thinks in terms of safe doses:

          100mSv single acute dose,
          100mSv per month chronic/protracted dose rate,
          5000mSv whole-of-life (for now)

          Your request is the typical ad-hominem attack which comes as a direct consequence of challenging your beliefs.

          You would be surprised if you would read an interesting book such as “Radiation and Reason” from Prof. Wade Allison, or “Radiation & Health” from Prof. Thormod Henriksen. You will learn a lot, from scientists that are not involved in nuclear power, but rather in understanding how radiation is helping to make our lives better, in ways which are now considered normal such as using CAT and PET scans, or radiotherapy to cure cancers.

          “Radiation & Health” is a free download in PDF here:
          http://www.mn.uio.no/fysikk/tjenester/kunnskap/straling/radiation-and-health-2013.pdf

          Happy reading!

          • IWasThere

            I have read the book, and as interesting as it is.

            Prof. Wade Allison if you had done your research has been involved in the Nuclear industry and his prime area of education was Experiment Particle Physics And strangely enough a friend of mine was a former student of Prof. Wade Allison and completely disagrees with his opinion which is in fact not as widely accepted as you might believe.

            I have also done a small bit of research as to who you might be, and judging from what I’ve seen you’re pro nuclear energy making you somewhat biased in opinion as well.

            So my question is why is a man not even educated in the field backing it so much? You have invested a great deal into the discussion on here, which to me suggest some sort of investment?

            I’m not against nuclear energy as such, but the current model of nuclear energy I’m completely against.

            Denial of Fukushima is complete ignorance at its highest degree, like my name suggests I’ve been there I’ve seen the suffering I’ve spoken with reporters and independent scientists who have found dangerous levels of radiation. Why is there two sides of the fence in the scientific community? Why is it that every scientist I witness suggesting Fukushima isn’t a disaster have investments in Nuclear energy? They have all so far had motive to blind people of the truth we are clearly not capable of handling a disaster like this on more than one occasion.

            Now for my apparent attack and fallacy… My suggestion was quite realistic, if people like yourself and Kemm believe these levels of radiation to be safe. Then prove it, I’m not even asking you to ingest contaminated foods which people in Japan currently are, I’m sure that will do wonders for your current ailment..

            So I’ll apologise for this next assumption of you, but it seems to me you’re possibly paid to polish shit, and no matter how much you polish it… It’s still shit.

            • Shillbegone

              Well said, I agree with you fully

            • Luca Bertagnolio

              Funny how people always have the famous friend who says something to support their point of view… :-D

  • truthteller
  • truthteller

    Disinfo is being spread here.just use google and face reality folks.many reputable news agencies are reporting the truth now as this issue has become way to big to sweep under the rug.

    • http://WWW.MISES.ORG/ Mark Rodriguez

      Said by a moron who can’t even enumerate those disinformation…

  • prometheus
  • truthteller

    This article is bleedjng disinfo, kevin klemm wants africa to be destroyed by nuclear energy next

    • http://WWW.MISES.ORG/ Mark Rodriguez

      Where are the disinfo, you MORON?

  • Dmitrii Kouznetsov

    Your point of view is interesting.
    Millions people lived in the areas, where the level of radiation become an order of magnitude higher, than it was before the explosions of the reactors. Do you think, that it is safe to live there?
    To grow there the plants, to keep the cattle, and to eat the food with concentration of unstable isotopes well above the maximal norms established?
    Do you buy for Pretoria the radioactive food, rejected by the Japanese supermarkets?

    • GRLCowan

      Millions people lived in the areas, where the level of radiation become
      an order of magnitude higher, than it was before the explosions of the
      reactors. Do you think, that it is safe to live there?

      If the areas you have in mind had millions of people living in them, obviously they still do; only tens of thousands of people were forced to evacuate.

      I’ve been saying the Japanese government’s fossil fuel revenue windfall, as a result of forbidding the country’s nuclear power industry to restart, is about $500 million a month, but from what I’ve been able to find out, it’s really only about $100 million a month. Neither sum would compensate it for the trouble of relocating millions of people, but tens of thousands of rural people, who I think were significantly older than Japan’s general population, aren’t so hard to move.

      A tenfold increase in radiation level, from Japan’s rather low natural base level, remains well within the range of natural levels in populated territories elsewhere.

  • Philip

    Since basicly the same thing happened that happened at Chernobyl. So by your logic Chernobyl didn’t happen

    • GRLCowan

      Fission reactor meltdowns and the Chernobyl reactor explosion are basically very different things. The plume from Chernobyl was aloft, irradiating trees, within an hour, producing a visible ground track of tree death.

      Even though three reactors melted, and they had been going at a much greater power than the single Chernobyl reactor, the long delay before any leakage began, and the rapidity with which fission-produced radioactivity diminishes in those early days, meant there was less radioactivity for the disaster, so to speak, to work with, so to speak. And no reactor-disrupting explosion.

      So radioactivity seems not to have caused any leaf or needle to fall from any Fukushima-neighbouring plant or tree, not in 2011, and of course not later.

  • Gaya Rottlaender

    and here another very different view on the subject, stating very different numbers of radiation, comments are welcome http://www.theherald.com.au/story/1848433/the-ocean-is-broken/?cs=12

  • vlady47

    Yea, nothing to see here. I mean really…Hanford is coming along great and all of our nuclear waste piling up, will find a home someday? It’s the gift that keeps on giving ~ for thousands of years.
    http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?Id=ad6d1de1-c2e9-41a5-aef8-2238bee5162c&Statement_id=f35d3851-7c15-4fde-a148-7964711ab653
    Nay, no worry that our spent fuel pools are over loaded. http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=89dbc888-171c-4f77-8ecf-83a0055fcfb9

  • Marushka France

    Hey guys. I provided you historical documents that backed up what I said. and NRC FOIC docs that also confirm that 5 men died on 311, within hours of loss of power.

    We do not need hazardous nuclear, or coal… Sustainable resources based on wind, water and solar, are enough to sustain our energy needs, it is just a matter of building a truly clean and far less expensive energy infrastructure. The link to the presentation on youtube gives you the cost/kw/hr.

    You lob nonsensical accusations about my sources: libraries, NRC, Stanford University.

    We do not need nuclear power – among the most hazardous, dangerous, man-made poison to be produced, and proven to increase genetic mutations that lead to sterility of species. The increase of chronic diseases globally is directly related to man-made pollution by nuclear (worst) and other toxins like petro-chemicals. The sooner we clean up the environment, the world that sustains our very existence, the better our chances of long-term survival. It’s just that simple.

    It’s been fun, but I’m signing off for now,

    NRC FOIA docs Japan transcripts 1-10
    http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/japan-foia-info.html

    Mark Z. Jacobson
    http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/january/jacobson-world-energy-012611.html

    • Guest

      So we don’t need power generation. Right. Just a matter of expensive energy and power only at very limited times for most.

      Which will create massive amounts of pollution. Poverty does that.

  • Debra

    This sounds grossly underestimated.

    Check out: http://www.activistpost.com/2013/10/28-signs-that-west-coast-is-being.html.

    The PTB want nuclear power and they will say anything to get it,including getting some scientists in their pocket to sing its praises. No more nukes! They are too dangerous.

    • Asteroid Miner

      Coal kills more than a million people every year. Nuclear kills nobody.

  • Brian_R_Allen

    Phew. A breath of sanity.

    Thank you.

    Man! I love Truth.

    And objectivity.

    Brian Richard Allen

  • http://www.cfact.org/ Craig Rucker

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/22/opinion/fear-vs-radiation-the-mismatch.html?_r=0

    From the NYT: “Leading health scientists say the radiation from Fukushima has been relatively harmless, which is similar to results found after studying
    the health effects of Chernobyl. With all that evidence, why does our
    fear of all things nuclear persist? And what peril does that fear itself
    pose for society?”

    • Asteroid Miner

      The coal industry fears nuclear. ONLY nuclear power can put the coal industry out of business.

    • Seventhunder

      Because actual numbers from Chernobyl were never reported. If you dig around you will find the true numbers are extremely high. Many illnesses were attributed to some other unknown cause as cancers often are. Many genetic deformities. You should very much fear an isotope that when released the size of your baby finger that has a half life of 4.5 billion years set loose in the atmosphere never to be contained. Mankind has no right to play around with this technology with such devastating consequences and there is NO good reason for it… was all born out of the desire of countries to improve military prowess… this is why nuclear reactors exist in the first place.

  • David

    Good to hear the other side. It is often missed. Anyone have any background or more info on this:http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/10/fukushima-plant-boss-hero-dies?

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      Solid cancers like the one that unfortunately took Yoshida-San’s life take from 5 to 10 years to develop. This is a well known fact.

      The article clearly says at the very beginning that:

      “Tepco and Yoshida, a heavy smoker, said the cancer was not related to the nuclear accident caused by the March 2011 tsunami that hit Japan.”

      In any case, given the very low amounts of radiation that were released after the explosions that damaged the reactor buildings, it is very much debatable that such low doses would cause any problem at all.

      There are scientists who work in the radiation field on the medical side who claim that modest amounts of radiation are in fact healthy, as they “train” the body to react to higher levels of radiation, and there are a number of studies that show that cohorts of humans who have been exposed to moderate amounts of radiation have in fact developed fewer cancers than those who did not.

      A revealing article to read on the topic is this:
      http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/nuclear.html

      • BeShillMyBeatingHeart

        “Solid cancers like the one that unfortunately took Yoshida-San’s life
        take from 5 to 10 years to develop. This is a well known fact.”
        – So based on this statement you just made, how do you know nobody died from Fukushima? They take 5 to 10 years! They are the future victims, that’s why!! Not dead yet but murdered nonetheless!

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          How do I know, you say? Because the accident at the plant happened barely three years ago, that’s how I know! And Yoshida-San died more than a year ago. It’s not that difficult to figure out…

          Also, I read official reports like the one from WHO that *clearly* says:

          “for the general population inside and outside of Japan, the predicted risks are low and no observable increases in cancer rates above baseline rates are anticipated.”

          Read it yourself at:
          http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/fukushima_report_20130228/en/

          though I doubt that you can understand what the figures mentioned mean when in the section that begins with “In terms of specific cancers, for people in the most contaminated location, the estimated increased risks over what would normally be expected are:”

  • Gaya Rottlaender
  • dusty

    But doesn’t this author work for/within the nuclear power industry?

    • janama

      what? – you’d prefer he was a chicken farmer?

  • isaac

    jesus… disinfo at its finest. makes me sick

    • Guest

      Stop pumping it out then.

  • isaac

    The japanese government ADMITTED how fucked up everything is…. How in denial are you really? Where is YOUR proof. Readings from radiation measurement sites around japan and in california etc.. These facilities have websites folks. Search them up and read the data for yourself. go to the february 2011 readings of a facility of your choice in japan, or the US, then look at the ones from march. You tell me who’s hysterical, and uninformed. This is all hearsay.

  • Bowman T Bowman

    The author is a nuclear lobbyist. I’m sure he’ll say anything to line his pockets further.

    • Guest

      You are? Noted.

  • stinkyboy

    no.

  • PhilMB

    Thank you, Dr. Kemm, for a GREAT Fukushima Nuclear Explanation.

  • mr FUKUSHIMA

    what is not clear and be brought up is what caused the tsunami in the first place and why on that date!!??????

  • Charles Shaw

    Embarrassing shill piece. How do you sleep at night man?

  • John Doe

    Three reactors in meltdown is not a disaster? TEPCO doesn’t even know exactly where the cores are because they can’t get to them. Contaminated water flowing into the ocean is not a disaster? The reactors failed because they were GE Mach I reactors that had a design flaw that caused them to fail. Do some research. GE had engineers resign because GE wanted those reactors approved by the NRC. They used their bought politicians to get them approved even though they knew they could fail. Check out http://www.fukushimaupdate.com

  • ThisIsIt

    This article is so ignorant that it’s pure trash.
    If you want to know the truth about Japan’s nuclear meltdowns, read the headlines on ENENEWS.
    And Listen to the interviews on NUCLEARHOTSEAT.

    • GlassHalfEmpty

      Aren’t physicists trained to know how dangerous nuclear radiation is to humans?
      TRITIUM:

      “Tritium combines within the DNA molecule inducing mutations. In numerous animal experiments tritium causes birth defects, cancers of various organs including brain and ovaries, and it induces testicular atrophy and mental retardation at surprisingly low doses. Tritium is organically taken up in food and is concentrated in fish, vegetables, and other food groups, and it remains radioactive for over 120 years. Ingestion of contaminated food causes 10 percent to combine in the human body where it can remain for many years continuously irradiating cells.”

      Source: “Endless Fukushima catastrophe: Many generations’ health at stake”

      • Tom

        Yes, because he is a PR shill here to whitewash the facts and keep people ignorant of what is going on

      • Seventhunder

        And aren’t PR firms and lobbyists trained to know how to sway what people think when it comes to building and protecting their industry and $$$? Very much so….

  • ThisIsIt

    The horrible consequences of the world’s worst nuclear disaster is being quashed by the nuclear cult and the mainstreammedia.

    Here’s what’s actual Japanese are reporting that’s happening in Japan:

    ” Tokyo Mother: “Total media blackout” in Japan of lots and lots of people
    developing symptoms related to Fukushima disaster (VIDEO) — “Many cases of
    sickness and death among young generations” not reported ”

    ” Fukushima Worker: I was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, now
    stomach and intestinal cancers found recently — Each developed independently,
    not from one spreading — Worked at plant for just 4 months in 2011 ”

    ” Former Leader of Japan: Fukushima disaster is “most severe accident
    in the history of mankind” — Top Regulator: Drastic steps needed due to growing
    problems at precarious plant ”
    Many, many more articles on the highly recommended and exceptional site called ENENEWS.

  • papaearth

    What a load of crap just ask the fukushima 50 oh my bad you cant they are all dead.

    I don’t know how people can lie like Kelvin Kemm and sleep at night he makes me sick.

    • Newsbot9

      One is dead. From a form of cancer which takes years and more often a decade to develop, so it was a pre-existing condition. The others are alive and well.

      • Seventhunder

        Reports coming out of japan are not trustworthy. This is a country who is using the homeless and mentally ill of their society to go in and do the deadly work in the wreckage. They have gangs called the Yakuza who round them up. Do you really think we know how many homeless workers were killed as a result? This is Japan where you get 10 years of jail for discussing anything about the disaster to any journalist. There is an ongoing media blackout from Japan.

        • Newsbot9

          Ah right, you’re using THAT conspiracy theory, and saying there are invisible dead people.

  • rainbow-warrior

    This is to David Mcfarland; I think it’s great that people like you and Kelvin Kemm have posted articles and comments about the Fukushima incident. I have two sisters who are terrified to the point of wanting to move out of the US for fear of radiation and fear the rods will blow when they remove the rods on November 8th. I did my research on radiation and what’s happening over there and have tried to console my sisters without success. My one sister is going to take her pets to a shelter before she leaves, pets she’s had for several years. She is leaving family, her children and grandkids. I wish she could read all this but she just thinks our government is trying to hide the ‘truth’ from us (that we are being exposed to very dangerous levels of radiation in the jetstream and water). But people just need to educate themselves.

  • dignified

    It’s OK everybody. Philip Morris says smoking is safe.

  • BuelahMan

    Believe this idiotic diatribe of lies and misdirection at your own peril.

  • Dejongepetra

    erm…. if there is no threat at all… how come that japan prepares itself to compensate people that will never be able to return to their homes?
    All leftist media?

    • Micheal McDurmot

      http://japandailypress.com/mental-compensation-for-fukushima-village-residents-approved-0429961/

      “TEPCO will start paying 500,000 yen (approx. 5,000 US dollars) each to
      ordinary residents, and 1 million yen (10,000 dollars) each to pregnant
      women and children 18 and younger for mental damage suffered from
      radiation exposure. Originally, residents were asking for 5 million yen
      (50,300 dollars) each for damages but they will be accepting this
      decision, according to Katsunobu Kobayashi, one of their lawyers. He
      stressed that it is “socially important” that the center acknowledges
      that the state and TEPCO are responsible for the mental anguish suffered due to the radiation exposure.If approved, this will be on top of another proposed payment of 100,000
      yen (1,000 dollars) to Fukushima residents from mental damages caused by
      evacuating to another place. ”

      “Areas of Fukushima
      Prefecture that remain evacuated in the wake of the ongoing crisis at
      the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are separated
      into three different zones depending on the level of radioactive
      contamination: zones where the yearly dosage tops 50 millisieverts and
      return is difficult (applying to about 25,000 residents);
      zones where living restrictions are in place (applying to 23,000
      residents); and zones preparing for the lifting of evacuation orders
      (applying to 33,000 residents).”

      So residents of certain zones will be receiving compensation for “Mental anguish” not for actual stochastic effects. Also the “no go” areas measure a maximum of 50 millisieverts per year, this is the equivalent of 2 full body CT scans on a yearly basis.

      To compare and contrast, we first need to have a unit that measures
      absorption by our body tissues. For radiation is it the sievert. We all
      are exposed to radiation, some 0.002-0.003 sieverts (2-3 millisieverts)
      per year. We quite happily expose ourselves to elevated radiation
      levels. In a CT scan, for example, the target area receives a dose of
      15-30 millisieverts. X-rays are very much lower than that. Overexposure
      is dangerous as it has been shown to increase the risk of cancer. It is
      still difficult to give accurate risk numbers, but exposure to 0.1
      sieverts a year (50 times the base radiation levels we all experience)
      is already considered a cancer risk. Indeed there is some evidence
      (particularly for children) that an accumulated dose of 0.09 sieverts
      from two or three CT scans leads to an increased risk of cancer. My
      colleagues in the school of medicine tell me that if 100 people were
      exposed to a total of 1 sievert, five of them would develop a fatal
      cancer over a number of years. If two people were exposed to a dose of 5
      sieverts, one of them would probably succumb within a month. It still
      all sounds a bit vague, but that’s about the level of our understanding
      right now. Apart from cancer, there is a risk of compromising the immune
      system as radiation can damage red and white blood cells.

      So, how much exposure was there in Chernobyl, and how much is there
      now in Fukushima? Estimated numbers for Chernobyl range from 300
      sieverts per hour in the vicinity of the reaction core, to 0.03-0.05
      sievert per hour in the control room and 0.1 sievert per hour in a
      nearby unit. Clearly, anyone near the reactor at that time was in grave
      danger. The reactor crew chief, Alixander Akimov, died from radiation
      exposure within weeks. In the aftermath, nearly 240 people suffered from
      acute radiation sickness and 31 died within three months. During
      Chernobyl, a total exposure of 0.35 sieverts (350 millisieverts) was
      used as the relocation threshold. More than 100,000 people were indeed
      evacuated.

      In the first few months after the accident in Chernobyl there was
      anxiety about contamination of river and reservoir waters. Levels were
      too high, but after a few months they decreased to acceptable levels.
      Another concern was the contamination of fish. Groundwater was not badly
      affected. The reaction to the outfall in Europe was strange, to say the
      least. Some foods were banned. I remember being advised not to eat any
      Scottish beef. In France, however, officials decreed that all was
      safe.
      The total amount of radioactive material released by Chernobyl was a
      few hundred times more, as estimated, than Hiroshima. Fallout was
      detected over most of Europe. It is believed that half of the particles
      landed outside the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and that over one million
      people were affected by radiation. It is however very difficult to get
      any numbers of radiation exposure, and it is still unclear how many
      people died as a result of radiation exposure in the 25 years since
      Chernobyl. It takes some 10 years or more for cancer to be exposed and
      the World Health Organization report written about it was within that
      latency period. UNSCEAR, the United States Scientific Committee of the
      Effects of Atomic Radiation, conducted over 20 years of research on the
      effects of Chernobyl. Initially, UNSCEAR feared someo 4000 additional
      cancer cases would be due to the accident, but later that number was
      shown to be too high. Thyroid cancer cases did go up, says UNSCEAR,
      particularly in children and adolescents explosed at the time of the
      accident. Thankfully, thyroid cancer is generally treatable. UNSCEAR
      further stated that it could find no further evidence of increases in
      overall cancer incidence or mortality rates.

      All in all the Fukushima incident has been blown out of proportion and all measures taken are on the extremely cautious side.

  • gh0st

    Since you don’t think it’s that bad, I will gladly send you to the Fukushima site so you can stand firm on your assertions.

    Three complete core meltdowns. One possible melt through.Fuel pool was exposed and radiated during the initial days. There is still an exclusion zone. Most machinery is remotely operated. Removing the broken fuel rods from the remaining pools has to be done with utmost care. Reactor 3 was not designed to be a MOX reactor, meaning uranium and plutonium.

    Many have died due to exposure of the radiation. And even by their estimates (now 400 up from 300) tonnes of radioactive water a day has been seeping into the ocean since this disaster started. 400 x 365 x 3. .. 430,000 tonnes. That does not even take into account the contaminated grounds around the plant.

    Constant leaks on the storage tanks. Space is a premium now too, they are running out of space to build storage tanks. They build the tanks UPHILL from the site. Water flowing downhill will pick up more radiation as it sweeps under the plant where other leaks are penetrating the ground and ground water.

    All of these reactors have pools for spent fuel rods, located on the TOP of the reactors. When #1 and #3 blew, where do you think all that stuff went? Parts of fuel rods were found up to two miles away from the Fukushima site.

    Should be ashamed to consider yourself knowledgeable in anything nuclear.

    • Asteroid Miner

      ZERO PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM FUKUSHIMA RADIATION.

      http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/08/fear-of-radiation-has-killed-761-and.html

      “Fear of Radiation (unnecessarily hasty evacuation and other measures) has killed 761 and radiation has killed none from Fukushima” as of August 07, 2012

      573 certified deaths were due to evacuation-related stress at Fukushima. Zero due to radiation. As of February 4, 2012

      http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2012/2/4/japanese-authorities-recognize-573-deaths-related-to-fukushi.html

      ZERO PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM 3 Mile Island RADIATION.

      Fewer than 100 died from Chernobyl radiation. The Chernobyl reactor was a primitive Generation One machine without a containment building. American reactors have containment buildings that can contain any accident.

      A nuclear power plant can not explode like a nuclear bomb. A reactor is nothing like a bomb. I would have to tell you how to make a bomb and how to make a reactor to explain why. The reactor at Chernobyl did not explode like a nuclear bomb because that is not possible.

      In the 1960s we recycled spent nuclear fuel. See “Plentiful Energy, The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor” by Charles E. Till and Yoon Il Chang, 2011. Also see:

      http://bravenewclimate.com/2013/08/01/nuclear-waste-series-p4/

      We get 99.9% of our radiation from natural sources, called Natural Background Radiation. The total radiation in Fukushima is less than our Natural Background here in Illinois, USA.

  • Rich

    I think you have a vested interest and therefore your opinion is not to be trusted. Why is the Pacific ocean devoid of sea and bird life if the radioactivity leaked is so minute? Why are they trying to build and ice barrier around the leaking reactor? Is it not true that the leak is constant. If you would have us believe your story I wonder if you would be happy to go and camp @Fukushima with your family for a fishing holiday and eat all the fish you can catch?

    Sorry Doc, the odds of info are against your learned opinion. Had a look at the surrounds of Chernobyl lately ?…………….

    https://www.google.co.za/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&cad=rja&ved=0CDsQFjAC&url=http%3A%2F%2Fenenews.com%2Fsailor-after-we-left-japan-it-felt-as-if-the-ocean-itself-was-dead-nothing-alive-for-over-3000-miles-no-longer-saw-turtles-dolphins-sharks-birds-saw-one-whale-it-appeared-to-be-hel&ei=TEx3Uq_oMIyS7AbytIGoDw&usg=AFQjCNFvmXhXcEKxps2rfPQp35EkOIpt1A&sig2=yh6aiYSC-xTC-XBfWuUZEg&bvm=bv.55819444,d.d2k

    http://news.yahoo.com/the-ocean-is-broken-133327474.html

    • Asteroid Miner

      Evacuate Denver! [not]

      If you live in Chernobyl the total radiation dose you get each year is 390 millirem. That’s natural plus residual from the accident and fire. In Denver, Colorado, the natural dose is over 1000 millirem/year. Denver gets more than 2.56 times as much radiation as Chernobyl! But Denver has a low cancer rate.

      Calculate your annual radiation dose:

      http://www.ans.org/pi/resources/dosechart/

      The Average American gets 361 millirems/year. Smokers add 280 millirems/year from lead210. Radon accounts for 200 mrem/year.

      Some natural background readings:

      Guarapari, Brazil: 3700 millirem/year

      Tamil Nadu, India: 5300 millirem/year

      Ramsar, Iran: 8900 to 13200 millirem/year

      “milli” means .001 1 millirem = .001 rem

  • http://khanneasunztu.wordpress.com/ KhanneaSuntzu

    Incompetent, even as a nuclear industry shill. Criminally so.

  • Francis

    Just because people “weren’t killed” does not mean it wasn’t a disaster. That’s the kind of 1+1=3 math I would not expect form a physicist. The same logic would infer that the Exxon Valdez oil spill was not a disaster either.

    The economic and social implications of that event extended for decades.

    Where is your data in reference to current radiation levels in the pacific, and how they compare to the norm? What about the possible long term effects? Is anyone measuring this? If so, what is the data? If not, where are you drawing conclusion from?

    Media bias most commonly stems from corporate lobbyists (who actually have money and therefore influence) or from state-owned media furthering domestic politics.

    Do you really believe that the “anti-nuclear” lobby is powerful enough to sway global media institutions? How do you justify these claims?

    • Asteroid Miner

      WHERE DID NATURAL BACKGROUND RADIATION COME FROM?

      The visible universe [ignoring dark matter and dark energy] started out with only 3 elements: hydrogen, helium and lithium. All other elements were made in stars or by supernova explosions. Our star is a seventh generation star. The previous 6 generations were necessary for the elements heavier than lithium to be built up. Since heavier elements were built by radiation processes, they were very radioactive when first made.

      Our planet was made of the debris of a supernova explosion that happened about 5 billion years ago. The Earth has been decreasing in radioactivity ever since. All elements heavier than iron were necessarily made by accretion of mostly neutrons but sometimes protons onto lighter nuclei. Radioactive decays were necessary to bring these new nuclei into the realm of nuclear stability. That is why all rocks are still radioactive. The supernova made all radioactive elements including plutonium, cesium 137, etcetera.

      Radiation also comes from outer space in the form of cosmic rays. Cosmic rays come from supernovas that are very far away. There will always be cosmic rays.

      Again: 4 Billion years ago, the Earth was a lot more radioactive than it is today. There is no place in or on Earth or in space where there is no radiation. There never was.

  • http://synerdata.net/ Gordon Stark

    Meanwhile, back in reality, the starfish are melting just off Vancouver Island.

    • greenthinker2012

      My socks smell bad.
      They didn’t smell bad 3 years ago.
      That damned Fukushima!

  • AssHat900

    Just another lizard person trying to pull one over on everybody, nice try lizard overlords.

  • peter brush

    This argument about how nobody has been hurt by radiation has been used for more than a generation by the nuclear industry. Chernobyl put an end to it , i thought! but here you are wheeling out the same crap. you are full of shit in this article! you are being dishonest and disingenuous. a disaster is a disaster… it doesnt matter if it is actually ONLY a financial disaster at this point. it will be an continuing environmental disaster for oh, say several thousand years to come…
    shame on you for putting your personal /professional interests ahead of the well being of huge numbers of people by spreading this drivel around and claiming to be an authority by virtue of your vested interests.
    Ground water contaminated water passing into the ocean is a big enough problem that the current plan is to surround the plant with an ice wall in the ground to contain the contaminated ground water. do you really think that kind of effort and cost would be suffered if it was not a genuine concern?

    • Asteroid Miner

      Coal contains: URANIUM and all of the decay products of uranium, ARSENIC, LEAD, MERCURY, Antimony, Cobalt, Nickel, Copper, Selenium, Barium, Fluorine, Silver, Beryllium, Iron, Sulfur, Boron, Titanium, Cadmium, Magnesium, THORIUM, Calcium, Manganese, Vanadium, Chlorine, Aluminum, Chromium, Molybdenum and Zinc. There is so much of these elements in coal that cinders and coal smoke are actually valuable ores. We should be able to get ALL THE URANIUM AND THORIUM WE NEED TO FUEL NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS FOR CENTURIES BY USING COAL CINDERS AND SMOKE AS ORE. Unburned Coal and crude oil also contain BENZENE, THE CANCER CAUSER. We could get all of our uranium and thorium from coal ashes and cinders. The carbon content of coal ranges from 96% down to 25%, the remainder being rock of various kinds.

      The uranium decay chain includes the radioactive gas RADON, which you are breathing. Radon decays in about a day into polonium, the super-poison.

      If you have cancer, check for benzene in your past.

      See:
      http://www.ornl.gov/info/ornlreview/rev26-34/text/colmain.html
      or
      http://clearnuclear.blogspot.com
      in case the ORNL site does not work.

      Make coal fired power plants meet the same requirements for radiation release that nuclear power plants have to meet.
      Chernobyl released as much radiation as a coal fired power plant releases EVERY 7 years and 5 months. You get 100 to 400 times as much radiation from coal as from nuclear. Natural gas can contain radon.

  • unhappyguy7993

    I don’t know a lot on the subject, but I know when I am being sold a party line, and this guy is a fucking liar…

  • Jonny Connor

    Sure, Nuclear energy is efficient and safe and nuclear power has been a clean alternative to fossil fuels in Europe and Asia for many years. You are also correct in that the tsunami and resulting flooding killed and displaced a lot of people. Your career and livelihood also depends on it’s continuance and proliferation. I’m not a nuclear physicist, a rocket scientist or a paid consultant or spokesperson for the Greens or the nuclear lobby. I’m a surfer and I know that in mid September TEPCO announced that 70,000 gallons of water, used to cool the melted reactor, are seeping into the ground, which by the way is right next to the Sea, everyday! They have since doubled their estimate and admitted that the only way to stop it is to build an under ground ice wall. Yeah right. So, while you craft a semi intelligent but easily defeatable argument which is somewhat believable because we don’t know anything about radiation, I know that the water spilling into the ocean has something not good in it that wasn’t there before and there is even a slight probability that it is going to make me sick and possibly die early. There wasn’t this much man made and man caused radiation in the ocean before, now there is and the Japanese government is broke and the rest of the world is too focused on whether Brazil spied on the US or Angela Merkel’s phone was bugged. Your article is insulting and self serving. Let’s get together and force our governments to do something before more of this poison spills into the Ocean.

  • Searley

    Dear Dr Kemm. Let’s just turn a blind eye to the fact that you have a vested interest in promoting nuclear power as CEO of a nuclear project management company in South Africa. And I’m also assuming that you would have no problem immediately joining the clean-up crew on the ground then? Get real mate.

  • Marcus Pennell

    Dr Kemm makes no secret of him being an apologist for the nuclear industry so it is quite incorrect, and unfair, to call him a shill.
    But his analysis of the situation is so at variance with that of many respected scientists like David Suzuki that you have to question what is motivating him – has he buried the truth in his need to support the nuclear industry?
    How can he be telling us there is so little danger it’s not even a real emergency, while Dr Suzuki is warning that Japan and the west coast of North America will become uninhabitable if another earthquake sends the holding pool on top of reactor four crashing to the ground.
    There is apparently a 95 percent probability of a magnitude 7 earthquake in the Fukushima region in the next three years. If Dr Suzuki is correct, and the holding pool collapses, then it could spell the end of mankind.

    • GRLCowan

      Suzuki is not respected, and the fossil fuel industry, plus governments that levy special taxes on fossil fuels, have a great deal more money than the nuclear industry.

  • Jesse

    This is a good article, however it is also misleading. It is always better to err on the side of caution. The radio activity in the pacific increased by such a small amount as to be insignificant to humans. However, the the effect of the raised levels of tritium in the ocean are already being seen. While harmless to humans, it is devastating to a rather large number if micro-organisms on the sea floor, where the heavier atoms tend to accumulate, those are ingested into larger creatures and so on. You have creatures that nearly no one on earth has ever seen washing up on pacific shores daily, encrustations dying because their food source is contaminated. No humans died as a result of Fukashima, but the pacific ecosystem is absolutely in danger of serious harm.

    Also, the six thousand gallon tanks being used are emptied daily into the ocean. Six thousand gallons in the ocean is nearly nothing, however in the year and 8 months since the incident nearly three million gallons has been released. The radiation doubled, and like the author says, double of a very small amount is still a very small amount unless your talking about the ocean. The amount of radiation needed to double that small amount in the pacific ocean would be enough to kill everyone in a city the size of new york.

    • Jesse

      *two yeas and 8 months

  • Sugarlarry

    No damage to private property? So… the fact that the town of Namie is still deserted doesn’t qualify as damage to private property? You should move there.

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Namie+town,+Fukushima+Prefecture,+Japan&hl=en&sll=37.492171,140.990038&sspn=0.082539,0.116386&hnear=Namie,+Futaba+District,+Fukushima+Prefecture,+Japan&t=m&layer=c&cbll=37.492043,140.994483&panoid=s3VpNUfMNTXfgA3ilALwsg&cbp=12,225.93,,0,1.59&ie=UTF8&hq=&ll=37.492141,140.994469&spn=0.005891,0.011501&z=14&source=embed

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      The damage is from first precaution and then hysteria, but not from radiation.

  • Brandon

    I’m glad to hear everything at FD is A-Okay! As someone who’s concern was not the minimal amount of radiation released during the initial disaster, but the risks associated with the storage pools of the spent nuclear rods, in addition to the possibility of one of the cores making it into an aquifer, this is a huge relief to me to find out that everything is perfectly fine.

  • booyashaka

    CFACTis funded by at least $542,000 from ExxonMobil, $60,500 from Chevron, and $1,280,000 from Scaife family foundations, which are rooted in wealth from Gulf Oil and steel interests.

  • saywhat

    People are so stupid. This article is exactly what everyone with any semblance of an idea has said, but the uneducated still bow to the media

  • rainbow-warrior

    So what would happen if Fukushima was hit by another earthquake of say 7 or so or a sunami? Some places are saying that the US would have to be evacuated because of radiation. What is your thoughts on this Mr. Kemm or Mr. McFarland? What kind of danger will the world be in if any if something bad happens to the fuel rods?

    • http://www.cfact.org CFACT Ed

      Fukushima has taken nature’s worst punch. The usefulness of the plant is at an end. We doubt it would make much difference beyond that.

    • greenthinker2012

      The original earthquake was a level 9+ which is hundreds of times more powerful than a level 7 earthquake. The buildings survived the earthquake and were subsequently examined by an international team of structural engineers who found them safe. The buildings were further reinforced for extra safety.
      The spent fuel rods have had almost 3 years to cool down. They are in no danger of overheating even if somehow all the water in the pool disappeared.
      There is no danger to the world.

    • SocialistCafe

      Not only the fuel rods and buildings. The next earthquake could have an effect on the hundreds of tanks holding radioactive water – which were built quickly and cheaply and are already leaking.

      • Seventhunder

        Absolutely. There are tons of videos of Japans own newscasts easily found on youtube discussing the shoddy construction of the nuclear waste holding tanks. Everything is leaking, and it is all on a hill that leads straight down to the ocean.

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          That radioactive water only contains strontium-90, which is a light beta-emitter. There is no cesium nor other more dangerous isotopes, only strontium-90. And beta radiation is blocked by the clothes that people wear normally, and blocked even better by the clothing worn specifically for this by those who work inside of the plant.

          Noone was hurt by the radioactive water, and noone will be.

          Radiation readings at sea are done frequently, and there are no traces of any radiation in most cases, often times the reading are below the minimum scale of the very expensive instruments used by the Ministry technical staff for their surveys. This is the latest report I could find, happy reading:

          http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2013/japan-basic-policy13.html

          • Shillbegone

            Strontium 90 — Strontium-90 is a “bone seeker” that exhibits biochemical behavior similar to calcium, the next lighter group 2 element.
            After entering the organism, most often by ingestion with contaminated
            food or water … all
            remaining strontium-90 is deposited in bones and bone marrow, with the remaining 1% remaining in blood and soft tissues. Its presence in bones can cause bone cancer, cancer of nearby tissues, and leukemia. Exposure to 90Sr can be tested by a bioassay, most commonly by urinalysis. Strontium-90 is probably the most dangerous component of the radioactive fallout from a nuclear weapon

            • Shillbegone

              “While radioactive strontium itself can be linked to several diseases,
              including leukemia and bone cancers, Sr-90, as mentioned above, is but
              one of the most measurable of many dangerous isotopes released into the
              environment by the normal, everyday operation of nuclear reactors, even
              without the catastrophic discharges that come with accidents and
              meltdowns. Tritium, along with radioactive variants of iodine, cesium
              and xenon (to name just a few) can often be detected in elevated levels
              in areas around nuclear facilities.”

              • Shillbegone

                In Japan, TEPCO – still the official operator of Fukushima Daiichi – revealed it had found Sr-90 in groundwater surrounding the crippled nuclear plant at “very high” levels. Between December 2012 and May 2013, levels of strontium-90 increased over 100-fold, to 1,000 becquerels per liter – 33 times the Japanese limit for the radioactive isotope.

                The samples were taken less than 100 feet from the coast. From that point, reports say, the water usually flows out to the Pacific Ocean.

                Beyond the concerns raised by the effects of the strontium-90 (and the dangerously high amounts of tritium detected along with it) when the radioactive contamination enters the food chain, the rising levels of Sr-90 likely indicate other serious problems at Fukushima. Most obviously, there is now little doubt that TEPCO has failed to contain contaminated water leaking from the damaged reactor buildings – contrary to the narrative preferred by company officials.
                But skyrocketing levels of strontium-90 could also suggest that the isotope is still being produced – that nuclear fission is still occurring in one or more of the damaged reactor cores. Or even, perhaps,outside the reactors, as the corium (the term for the molten, lava-like nuclear fuel after a meltdown) in as many as three units is believed to have melted through the steel reactor containment and possibly eroded
                the concrete floor, as well.

                An ocean away, in Washington state, radiological waste, some of which dates back to the manufacture of those first atom bombs, sits in aging storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – and some of those tanks are leaking.

          • Shillbegone

            “Strontium-90 – like cesium-137 and a catalog of other hazardous
            byproducts of nuclear fission – takes a long time to decay. The detritus
            of past detonations and other nuclear disasters will be quite literally
            with us – in our water and soil, in our tissue and bone – for
            generations. These radioactive isotopes have already been linked to
            significant suffering, disease and death. Their danger was acknowledged
            by the United States when JFK signed the 1963 Test Ban Treaty. Now would
            be a good time to acknowledge the perspicacity of that president, phase
            out today’s largest contributors of atmospheric Sr-90 – nuclear
            reactors – and let the sun set on this toxic metal’s life.”
            http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/17351-the-brief-wondrous-life-and-long-dangerous-half-life-of-strontium-90

  • John Darrell

    This is absolute 100% BULLSHIT! If anything, the media has been underplaying FUKUSHIMA. 4 World experts on Nuclear energy were on Coast to Coast last night and the situation is dire. It is incumbent
    on all to gather information, not only for ourselves, but for
    generations to come…or not. The chickens are coming home to roost and
    this will be hitting North America and the rest of the world shortly in
    the
    form of radiation, both from the air and in the food chain. No
    more Tuna or Salmon folks…this is end game stuff…a turning point for
    Mother Earth.
    One of the waste products from nuclear plants is
    Caesium-137. Caesium-137 is contained in the spent rods from nuclear
    plants and 1 gram can make 1 square mile of space uninhabitable for 2
    centuries. This is airborne and already found in some BlueFin Tuna. Go to Coast to Coast AM if you don’t believe me and listen to the experts!
    “Nuclear energy…a hell of a way to boil water.” -Albert Einstein

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      End game? And yet, here we are with no one harmed.

  • AZ Outback Rescue

    “The public don’t know..” huh. Come on, you were doing so well and then your inner hillbilly came out.

    • noname_noslogan

      Public is an adjective and is neither plural nor singular, so the public do not or don’t know is ok. If the subject was singular then does not or doesn’t know would be used.

      What he should really be talking about is using Thorium and Molten Salt Reactors instead of deadly Uranium and Light Water Reactors.
      I suspect the reason he and certain other “nuclear physicists” don’t talk about let alone insist on it, is because Thorium reactors, unlike Uranium based reactors, do not produce weapons grade plutonium.

      If we did, and countries like Norway, China, India et al are, it would free us from the yoke of fossil fuels and elevate civilization to the next level where energy is no longer an issue or huge cost to our economy and us personally. It would be like going from the time when energy and energy production was scarce and people burned wood and coal for heat and had no electricity and the subsequent standard of living it resulted in, to a time when energy was abundant and the subsequent rise in standard of living that came from the widespread use of electricity. With each new energy source comes a resultant raising of the standard of living, like nothing else can provide. Now, imagine going from spending trillions of dollars just for our power and energy infrastructure to spending a fraction of a percent of that on it.

      That is what is at stake. Thorium can literally save the world.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ9Ll5EX1jc

      • Asteroid Miner

        The plutonium produced by power plants is the wrong isotope to make bombs. It is Plutonium240. It has 1 too many neutrons and the extra neutron cannot be removed. Bombs require Plutonium239. Making Pu239 requires a short-cycle reactor. A short-cycle reactor is no good as a power plant. Those fears of proliferation are completely unjustified.

        Please read this Book: “Plentiful Energy, The Story of the Integral Fast Reactor” by Charles E. Till and Yoon Il Chang, 2011

  • Tessa

    Yeah. There was no disaster. Nobody died because of Fukushima… Except for four hospital patients in the shadow of the power station who died during the evacuation. Except for some 80 people who lost their homes, communities and livelihoods and whose subsequent suicides have been officially recognized as related to the accident (What are you saying – they should just have kept their chins up and gone on living less that 20 Kms from the still leaking ruins?) no-one suffered… Except for the 18 children in Fukushima Prefecture who have already had thyroid cancer operations, and the 25 more who are having them as we speak. You tell their parents that they should just ignore the cancer screening results and keep on smiling. No disaster – go to Fukushima and tell that to the 160,000 nuclear refugees.

  • dhm60

    No mention of the ongoing spent fuel rods problem. Why?
    No mention of the detailed JAIF/NISA plant report of what really happened. Why?
    No mention of the two US NRC’s site reports. Why?
    No mention of the French IRSN site report. Why?
    No mention about the Japanese government’s decision to stop screening infants in the Fukushima area for early signs of thyroid cancer. Why?
    No mention of TEPCO’s refusal to release medical history of the early responders to the triple reactor cores meltdowns. Why?

    To get a balanced picture, readers can access actual data here: docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AonYZs4MzlZbdHY4aUJhUlY3Mnd0NVFJRXVidFYtR2c&hl=en#gid=63
    and here: http://www.datapoke.org/wiki/Project_Fukushima_References
    and here: www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/newsline/201311062009.html
    and here: http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2011/mar/18/japan-nuclear-power-plant-updates
    and here: http://www.jaif.or.jp/english/news_images/pdf/ENGNEWS01_1307417924P.pdf

    Fukushima is an ongoing nuclear disaster and will be for at least 40 years or until the tonnes of spent fuel rods can be safely removed and encased. And then the three cracked reactor vessels can be isolated. Talking as if it is all finished is inaccurate and self-serving.

    as for nonsense: “Recently some water leaked out of the Fukushima plant..” Some? 71,895 gallons (272,152 liters) are pouring into the sea each day. Have been for two years. That is some alright.

    • greenthinker2012

      oooooohhhhhh…..water…..scary.

      • 1985

        It is when it’s tritium water, laced with strontium 90, cesium 137, americium, daughter products of uranium…I dare you, go get a glass of water out of fukushima bay…no…100 miles off of fukushima bay…and drink it down. I’ll bet a hundred bucks in five years you’ll have leukemia.

        • greenthinker2012

          I don’t drink seawater generally. Is anyone drinking this seawater? I also don’t drink water from the drainage ditches of my local oil refinery, or from the outflow pipes of the nearby plastics factory or the run off from my local gas station. What is your point exactly? Is it that there is water close to human activities that we should to drink? Well, I won’t disagree. If your point is that anyone is going to suffer illness or death from Fukushima, I and the scientists around the world will disagree.

  • JANK

    Yeah, all of that MOX that makes up the spent fuel rods teetering on the brink are just going to go away if we ignore them. ‘Ol Kelvin should invest in land that is in close proximity to the destroyed reactor site. Grow a garden while you at it, ‘Kel’.
    After all, it’s totally safe. Right????????

  • Will Sync

    Oh Jesus…This is Chernobyl by the sea. TEPCO is going to start removing the fuel rods from #4. No danger here folks…never be done on a blown up reactor before but hey…What could possibly go wrong?

    • Rob

      Actually building 4 is also destroyed and you can see this in TEPCO’S OWN PHOTOS ON THEIR WEBSITE ! ! ! The whole building 4 thing is a farce
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFIyUP65rxQ

      • Luca Bertagnolio

        Amazing what mankind can do lately, huh? Yes, they have cleaned up all the mess created by the hydrogen explosion, and since the reactor was in maintenance and empty at the time of the tsnunami, what they are doing is to remove the fuel bundles from the spent fuel pool.

        This is the TEPCO website with periodic updates on the fuel bundle moving activities:
        http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/removal4u/index-e.html

        Check that webpage, you will find some useful videos that will help you understand what happens at reactor 4. This is reality, not the false accusations that you have linked.

        • Rob

          You are kidding me right? You think pic #2 is the now fixed up building, after pic #1 occurred? Because that’s what would have had to happen. Seriously? You can’t even go near those buildings, there is no way they cleaned that up and suddenly things are pristine, shiny and clean and they can just go remove rods now. Totally illogical. There is a cover up going on with building 4 and the media.

  • Pablo Hein

    I hope you are right, i’ll see the rain falling and telling me things.

  • Toggle Switch

    ….putting a positive spin on nuclear accidents is one more example of corporate think. Two and a half years after the fact this twat decides to hype the safety of nukes. He probably recommends building nuclear plants on earthquake fault lines because they’re so safe. He tries to make nuclear waste sound like it’s mild and likely harmless like you could make a soft drink out of it or something. He has a nuclear consulting business. Business is slow so he tries to put a positive spin on the accident. Why didn’t he mention the 1400 or so spent fuel rods that need to be contained? He hasn’t provided any data on the effects of any of the radiation from Fukushima. We don’t know how many, if any, people were harmed by the accident. The company and the Japanese gov’t are both shy when it comes to releasing information.

    The use of nuclear power to generate electric power was one of the worst tech ideas ever. What does all that nuclear fuel and equipment do? It boils water.
    There are probably 10 ways we could generate power without using materials that produce nuclear waste that has to be carefully stored and monitored. It will be mild and harmless in about 30,000 years.

    Nuclear generated electricity is the king of bad ideas and this *expert* makes his living from it. His bias is nearly blinding, it’s so obvious. He doesn’t reassure me. Not a bit.

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      Would you consider evaluating his point rather than going back to anti-nuclear dogma? The math and science shows there was no harm from radiation.

      • Toggle Switch

        I suppose I could evaluate his point if I felt inclined to give his point any credibility. If you consider what I said to be dogma, then you have negated any sense of neutrality that I might react favorably to. I stand on what I said about using nuclear physics and expensive high tech equipment to boil water to use in generating electricity is a poor excuse for intelligent use of science. If that’s dogma, in your world, then I don’t know what to say.

  • na8

    it’s like your smoke detector goes off in the middle of the night and the person next to you says it’s nothing go back to sleep

    • http://www.cfact.org/ CFACT Ed

      It’s like the smoke detector goes off, turns out to be no danger, and the person next to you runs into the night hysterically screaming and then demands we stop living in houses.

  • Phillip Noir

    Docktor Kemm discusses a nuclear accident, but ignores the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES), used by the International Atomic Energy Agency (iaea.org). The INES rates the severity of nuclear accidents on a scale from 1 (Anomaly) to 7 (Major Accident) .

    For instance, In 1999, nuclear workers at the fast breeder reactor in Tokaimura, Japan lost control of a mixture operation, causing radiation exposure to over 100 and subjected 3 workers to high dose radiation.The Tokaimura incident scores 4 (Accident with Local Consequences) on the INES.

    In 1979, a partial meltdown occurred in reactor 2 at the Three Mile Island power station near Harrisburg, PA. This incident scores 5 (Accident with Wider Consequences) on the INES.

    Fukishima scores the 7 on the INES, along with Chernobyl.This is the highest rating assessed on the scale, and is known as a Major Accident on the INES.

    Through all Dr. Kemm’s rationalization, hand-waving lectures on isotopes, and industry shilling, the fact remains that Fukishima was the second worse nuclear accident in history, and its radiation problem has not yet been contained.

    The overwhelming majority of scientists who are not paid by the nuclear power industry realize that these plants are ticking time bombs, waiting for an accident that can render an area of the world inhabitable.

    (Visit http://pripyat.com/en for information about of the abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine, near Chernobyl.)

  • Scottar

    I think Mr. Kemm has understated the issue:

    http://enenews.com/study-finds-giant-strontium-90-release-into-body-of-water-begins-around-1000-days-after-meltdown-dec-5-2013-is-a-thousand-days-after-311-graphic-shows-very-high-levels-being-discharged-for-u

    But radiation ingestion can be effectively treated. zeolites are extremely effective at absorbing radioactive material. Natural Clinoptilolite is the safest and most commonly used form of zeolite for health and healing, as it has the unique ability to absorb and remove large amounts of heavy metals, volatile organics and radioactive particles with no side effects. It does this without removing the needed metals and minerals like iron or calcium, which is just astounding.

    Foods containing chlorophyll have long been known to protect against radiation. Generally speaking, any green foods have chlorophyll.

    Still the Fukushima situation is critical as to the condition of some fuel rods underwent partial meltdown. This is TEPCOs lack of adequate fore-site and skipping safety measures. If it hadn’t been so arrogrant about accepting outside help the disaster could have been averted.

  • FedUp

    Who is this idiot anyway!!! What a crock!!! Do you not pay attention to your own babble? Who are you to contradict mountains of data from the best minds in the world. People like you are the reason children are dying as we speak. Hell has a special hot spot for you. Perhaps GOD will simply throw you into that pit of japan hell for being a liar prostitute.

  • FedUp

    So called “education” can be a dangerous thing…
    …it’s who you believe and who’s accurately and honestly telling the truth. Not where they teach or train.

    I have the deepest respect for our brothers in arms, our teachers, trainers, doctors, scientists and government officials.

    But…

    …as the adage goes, don’t believe everything you see and hear. The agenda of some people is money, power, wealth and survival without regard for humanities health, safety or prosperity.

    The “educated” and “experienced” told us that DDT was safe and years later it took a huge effort by the brightest minds to show, contradicting a many so called experts, that it was a poison killing blindly up the food chain via small dose and accumulation over time.

    “They also told us artificial sweeteners were safe, there were WMD’s in Iraq and Anna Nicole married for love” (Shooter 2007 – Jonathan Lemkin – Stephen Hunter).

    So when you take charge of life saving gear this important (that tells you something as critical as has been stated here), you had better make sure you “packed your own parachute” as the outcome will be the same, you will live, get injured or die based on your equipment. May take longer with “rads” but the result is the same.

    I am privy to 100′s of sources that are qualified and honest and are saying the same things, I have seen the reactor damage via robot, plane, satellite and chopper and I am currently monitoring rads from over 50 sources. All information conveys the same results consistently.

    Take precautions, use mitigation practices, insist on real measures, and don’t blindly follow sheeple over a cliff.

    No offense intended and I hope to read your responses soon.

    I would love to be wrong on this one…

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      What “same results” are you talking about, me wonders…

      Because the IAEA has just released new information about the readings for radiation at sea in front of the damaged nuclear power plant, and in most cases the level of radiation are so low that they cannot be detected by the counters.

      http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2013/japan-basic-policy13.html

      I am *NOT* privy to 100′s of sources that keep repeating lies. Repeating lies 100′s of times does not turn them into truth.

  • Chalan

    If there is no real threat then why did tepco cover up and lie about how extensive the problem was? and also now after a couple years we are seeing some of the effects of the radioactive pollution? fish and other ocean life declining and mass numbers of these animals dying? To me this article seems like a bit of a cover up for what is really going on. Maybe there is some media hysteria surrounding this disaster but you can’t tell me that there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about and to turn a blind eye to this problem.

    • Seventhunder

      This sums it up

  • Mateo

    US Sailors Vs. TEPCO Attorney Charles Bonner:

    At 27:00 in

    Charles Bonner, attorney representing sailors from the USS Ronald Reagan: They’re not only going to the rescue by jumping into the water and rescuing people out of the water, but they were drinking desalinated sea water, bathing in it, until finally the captain of the USS Ronald Reagan alarmed people that they were encountering high levels of radiation. As a result of this exposure, the 51 sailors that we represent right now have come down with a host of medical problems, including cancers and leukemias, all kinds of gynecological problems [...] people who are going blind, pilots who had perfect eyesight but now have tumors on the brain. These service men and women are young people 21, 22, 23 years old and no one in their family had ever (inaudible) any of these kinds of illnesses before.

    At 33:00

    Bonner: These sailors had none of these kind of medical problems, now they have back pains, memory loss, severe anxiety. They have testicular cancer, they have thyroid cancers, they have leukemias, they have a host of problems, rectal and gynecological bleeding, a host of problems that they did not have before [...] And it’s only been 3 years since they went in. [...] The Japanese government is in a major conspiracy with Tepco to hide and conceal the true facts.

    At 34:30 in

    Bonner: We’ll be adding approximately 20 sailors, bringing the total number in the lawsuit to 70 to 75.

    At 47:30 in

    Bonner: 21 and 22 year-olds who are just beginning to start their lives, start their families, and many have little children and now they’re sick. They are going constantly to the doctors, their children are sick — we even have small children as some of our plaintiffs, because they too have developed problems.

  • ronwagn
  • sheri herman

    How many times have I heard this from senior executives inside the IAEA. A pox on you. Familiar with Existential Risk? Fukushima just elevated to BANG or extinction risk.

  • Christine Dillon Strickland

    I am unsure what planet the author has landed on earth from, but they lack ANY education on the truth of radiation there. This entire article is a falsehood, a farce, a nuclear propaganda bit meant to sway public opinion with their favorite way TO do that… LIES. Don’t believe it for a second. Over 50 children already have thyroid cancer in Japan and the Navy soldiers who were on the USS Ronald Reagan are getting sicker by the moment.

    However, if this “physicist” truly believes any of this? Then he should be first in line to go and work the trenches at Fukushima… since it’s so safe and all, he should have been one of the first volunteers.

    • Brad

      This is the work of a PR firm to alleviate public knowledge and fear.
      If people knew and things progressed from there, there would probably be a huge economical collapse and they do not want that.

  • Christine Dillon Strickland

    The media are owned by the beast…

    • Seventhunder

      Well said. That is why the mainstream media is quite silent on this issue.
      Japan also had a media blackout. You go to jail for 10 years for talking to any journalist about Fukushima. This is Fact.

  • SocialistCafe

    There are many absolutely incorrect statements in this article. I am not sure if the author is intentionally lying or if he has simply not educated himself on this issue. I figure if I point out one, and prove it, then that puts the entire article into question and merits a response and update.

    Kelvin Kemm wrote:
    “Recently
    some water leaked out of the Fukushima plant.”

    This is wrong. According to TEPCO, owners of the plant, 300 tons of radioactive water are being spilled into the Pacific Ocean every day and that has been happening since nearly the original accident occurred. Since this info is coming from the plant owners/operators, if anything, it is on the low end. This is neither ‘some water’ nor is it ‘recent’.

    See here:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=210253942

  • Day Dawning

    please go straight to > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site (on the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington) perhaps that is nonexistent too? , your a discredit to humanity.

  • Day Dawning

    Please go straight to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site , you are a discredit to humanity.

  • RAndrewOhge

    Just another Pro-Nuclear apologist spouting the usual crap. NO injuries-NO DEATHS? Does Pollyanna here think we’re really THAT Fuku-ing STUPID!?

  • BeTrueToOnesSelf

    Since CFACT is pro global warming deniers its hard to take any of this being more than complete waffle, no matter how much you polish a dog turd its still a dog turd…

    http://nypost.com/2013/12/22/70-navy-sailors-left-sickened-by-radiation-after-japan-rescue/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DSz1wGc1PcU

    Kelvin Kemm has great reason/motive to back nuclear energy to any extent or cost, since plans to build multiple nuclear facilities off the South African coast are part of his agenda.

  • Rebecca

    People who compare cosmic radiation to radiation released from a nuclear reactor have no idea what they’re talking about. Cesium-137 has and is being released by Fukushima into atmosphere & ocean. Cesium-137 is man-made. Just 2 grams of of it can make Central Park a radioactive exclusion zone. Google “Scientist Steven Starr Cesium” and learn because the Nuke Industry is just another corporation lying to us.

  • A Green Road

    AGreenRoad – TEPCO/Fukushima Lies Exposed Around Building #4, SFP, Core. Equipment Pool, Melt Out; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/12/agreenroad-tepcofukushima-lies-exposed.html

  • Joseph

    I’m sorry…greatly exaggerated? Compare this to Chernobyl for example…which was one reactor core that melted DOWN but not THROUGH and was quickly “contained”.

    Think about everything that happened with that whole event.

    Here at Fukushima we had THREE cores melt DOWN, THROUGH, and INTO THE GROUND/GROUNDWATER with no containment or plan to stop it. And not only that, Unit 3 exploded which contained **TONS** MOX FUEL (plutonium/uranium) that has been found all over the northern hemisphere including as far away as Lithuania.

    Think about that for a second, this has been bleeding every day since 3/11/11 with NO CONTAINMENT.

    Exaggerated?! I don’t f****** think so. Quite the opposite actually.

    • Asteroid Miner

      Why a Nuclear Powerplant CAN NOT Explode like a Nuclear Bomb:

      Bombs are completely different from reactors. There is nothing similar about them except that they both need fissile materials. But they need DIFFERENT fissile materials and they use them very differently.

      A nuclear bomb “compresses” pure or nearly pure fissile material into a small space. The fissile material is either the uranium isotope 235 or plutonium. They are the reduced bright shiny metals, not metal oxide. If it is uranium, it is at least 90% uranium 235 and 10% or less uranium 238. These fissile materials are metals and very difficult to compress. Because they are difficult to compress, a high explosive [high speed explosive] is required to compress them. Pieces of the fissile material have to slam into each other hard for the nuclear reactions to take place.

      A civilian nuclear power plant reactor, the ones used for power generation, does not have any pure fissile material. The fuel may be 0.7% to 8% uranium oxide 235 mixed with uranium 238 oxide [uranium rust]. A mixture of 0.7% to 8% uranium 235 rust mixed with uranium 238 rust cannot be made to explode no matter how hard you try.

      [Only the navy goes beyond 20% enriched fuel in a reactor. Nuclear submarine power plants have highly enriched uranium so that they can run for 30 years without refueling. But those reactors are still not bombs.

      It is difficult to make a nuclear bomb, and even if you do, it isn't going to explode by accident. The US makes only plutonium bombs. Plutonium bombs require high precision in the timing of the chemical explosions that initiate them. Anything else will prevent an explosion.]

      A small amount of plutonium oxide mixed in with the uranium oxide can not change a reactor into a bomb. Reactor fuel still cannot be made to explode like a nuclear bomb no matter how hard you try. There has never been a nuclear explosion inside a reactor and there never will be. [Pure reduced metallic uranium and plutonium are flammable, but a fire isn't an explosion.] The fuel in a reactor is further diluted by being divided and sealed into many small metal capsules. The capsules are usually contained in steel tubes. The fuel is further diluted by the need for coolant to flow around the capsules and through the core so that heat can be transported to a place where heat energy can be converted to electrical energy. A reactor does not contain any high speed [or any other speed] chemical explosive as a bomb must have. A reactor does not have any explosive materials at all.

      As is obvious from the above descriptions, there is no possible way that a reactor could ever explode like a nuclear bomb. Reactors and bombs are very different. Reactors and bombs are really not even related to each other.

      The idea that a reactor can be a bomb is pure fantasy.

      Recommendation: Nuclear power is the safest kind. Convert all coal-fired power plants to nuclear NOW.

  • gadsdengurl

    This is a lie. Our servicemen who went there on ships to help with the disaster stricken people of Japan are already becoming ill.

  • Mars Sentinel

    sorry, but this dude is simply wrong. there was immediate and sever injury to many people. you can Google “USS Reagan crew radiation fukushima” and see that the USG actually admitted that the carrier was contaminated. Approximately 70 sailors from the deployment that saw Reagan doing humanitarian ops in Japan are suing TEPCO for adverse health effects from the NUCLEAR DISASTER that is eclipsing Chernobyl as a global problem. These sailors can be seen on YouTube giving first hand testimony about the levels of contamination the ship saw and some health effects (immediate effects) to crew members involved in cleaning up the ship after it got rained on by contaminated “snow” from the fire fighting efforts. Several California jurisdictions have implemented emergency monitoring programs due to wildly increased radiation levels being delivered to the US west coast by the Kurushio current and the jet stream. No disaster? No injuries or health effects? Yeah – whatever.

  • Eliza

    Well, there is so much wrong with this piece that I cannot take the time to debunk it properly except to say that this well educated man, who should be more neutral and communicating to you with more sincerity, is communicating from another “hat” entirely. This position of his does not include you in the equation except to lie to you in order to overcome the public relations debacle occurring with the promotion of nuclear energy as a safe, viable and scalable source of energy now and into the future.

    What does it tell you when a head honcho, the CEO of Nuclear Africa, has to make a statement? Go ahead and listen to this man, but do realize that his information is not unbiased at all.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79d0ieHbZdk

  • Randy

    The whole idea of this blog is ridiculous. It’s being written by a Dr. Kelvin Kemm who makes his LIVING from nuclear energy. Of COURSE the guy is going to be all for it! I find it absolutely preposterous that he’s saying there WAS no nuclear disaster at Fukushima after all we know now but that’s the way it is for some people when something happens that threatens their entire livelihood. But there is nothing ‘good’ about what happened at Fukushima — it WAS a disaster and STILL is. You can’t ‘downplay’ that. What you ‘can’ do is try and take every precaution to ensure that it never happens again.

    Kelvin Kemm

  • Teresa Bradley

    This author is a dis-info agent working for Rockefeller who owns TEPCO/GE & the nuclear power plants in Japan, the U.S. & now obviously Africa. Siemens created the backup system for all the nuclear power plants & for Fukushima. They had already infected the software with the stuxnet virus which shut down the Fukushima cooling system after it was flooded out by the tsunami. As a result the 6 reactors went into meltdown. The original director of the reactor salvaging project died of cancer a couple of months ago. Currently they are employing homeless people to move the spent fuel rods paying them $4.00 an hour & taking half of that money for pay for their room & board. This is disgusting. These inexperienced needy folks are being used by Rockefeller & the Japanese government officials as throwaways. The moving of the spent fuel rods is a very delicate & dangerous undertaking which should be handled by experts. Should they touch each other even slightly, it will cause an explosion the magnitude of which will totally wipe out all humanity on planet earth. Currently the Pacific Ocean’s fish & sea life are dying from radioactive poisoning just as the ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico & the Atlantic from the continuing BP oil gusher. Both of these incidents were purposely caused to destroy planet earth & depopulate the planet by 90% as is indicated by the Georgia Guidestones. Hawaii & the west coast of the U.S. should have been evacuated no later than March 17th, 2011, when the first radioactive plume hit the west coast. Don’t be lulled into complacency & the belief that there has been no radioactivity leaked. This is 300 times Chernobyl & we are now almost 3 years into this disaster & it is still leaking. Radioactive poisoning of cesium 137 & 139, strontium, plutonium etc. is cumulative. Since the Fukushima disaster the infant mortality rate is up 35% on the west coast & people are dropping like flies from cancer & heart failure. Do not believe anything on blind faith. Do your own research & don’t believe anything the main stream media reports. Notice in this case, nothing is being reported at all. Like this author, the msm also are being controlled by the Rockefeller founded CFR & New World Order cabal who want to keep the public dumbed down so they can carry out their agenda of mass genocide without resistance. Wake up people! Corrupt, evil entities are controlling planet earth & you are what they call “Useless Eaters”. These oligarchs are excited about the “Culling” that is underway. This is a matter of life & death to you & your families. Be awake & aware . . . We are all dying.

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      One thing only is correct in all the BS you wrote, Teresa. Yes, we are all dying, give it some 100 years and yes, we will all be dead.

      Where is the pathetic info on 6 reactors in meltdown coming from? Or for your 3 and 6 make no diffence, maybe?

      And trust me, if there is a group of people who is afraid of nuclear, these are the Rockefellers, the Kochs and all those whose immense fortune lies in the fact that this planet is completely dependant on oil and gas, which they provide in large quantities.

      But if there would be a nuclear alternative, they would see their profits decrease, and they surely would like to avoid it.

      So oil and gas is *NOT* a friend of nuclear, if you reflect a little.

      • Scotster

        Japan’s Fukushima operator acknowledges contaminated water flowing into sea
        http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/22/japan-nuclear-fukushima-idUSL4N0FS2DC20130722

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          So you go back 6 months, and give us one single link of very outdated information. And that’s it. Is this all the great contribution you have to this discussion?

          You might want to check out the periodic reports coming from the IAEA, last one is dated December 11th 2013, which confirm that there is barely a trace of radioactivity in the water around the damaged nuclear power plant. Enjoy the reading:

          http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2013/japan-basic-policy14.html

          • toxic3111 .

            who the hell think IAEA is credible when it comes to Nuke accidents, not me, theywithhold information & fix numbers, they are not doing what they are supposed to be doing, that was obviouse from beggining of FUkushima Disaster.

            • WilliamT

              Agree. Much numbers manipulation going on here to protect big industry and hide their evils

          • Seventhunder

            Fukushima is STILL OUT OF CONTROL !!! THE DISASTER HAS NOT STOPPED! LEAKING RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES INTO THE OCEAN BY THE TON EVERY SINGLE DAY! HOW DARE YOU SAY THERE ‘WAS NO DISASTER’ !!!!

            • Luca Bertagnolio

              Because I know things you don’t know, simple as that.

              I know physics, and I know radiation. You obviously don’t.

              • Shillbegone

                Bull. Nuclear Industry loves to Lie!!!
                You are part of the Lying Industry! That’s what you know and I know it too!
                NRC included! SHILLS!

  • Teresa Bradley

    THIS AUTHOR, Kelvin Kemm, IS A DIS-INFO AGENT ~ working for
    Rockefeller who owns TEPCO/GE & the nuclear power plants in Japan,
    the U.S. & now obviously Africa. Siemens created the backup system
    for all the nuclear power plants & for Fukushima. They had already
    infected the software with the stuxnet virus which shut down the
    Fukushima cooling system after it was flooded out by the tsunami. As a
    result the 6 reactors went into meltdown. The original director of the
    reactor salvaging project died of cancer a couple of months ago.
    Currently they are employing homeless people to move the spent fuel rods
    paying them $4.00 an hour & taking half of that money to pay for
    their room & board. This is disgusting. These inexperienced needy
    folks are being used by Rockefeller & the Japanese government
    officials as throwaways. The moving of the spent fuel rods is a very
    delicate & dangerous undertaking which should be handled by experts.
    Should they touch each other even slightly, it will cause an explosion
    the magnitude of which will totally wipe out all humanity on planet
    earth. Currently the Pacific Ocean’s fish & sea life are dying from
    radioactive poisoning just as the ocean life in the Gulf of Mexico &
    the Atlantic from the continuing BP oil gusher. Both of these incidents
    were purposely caused to destroy planet earth & depopulate the
    planet by 90% as is indicated by the Georgia Guidestones. Hawaii &
    the west coast of the U.S. should have been evacuated no later than
    March 17th, 2011, when the first radioactive plume hit the west coast.
    Don’t be lulled into complacency & the belief that there has been no
    radioactivity leaked. This is 300 times Chernobyl & we are now
    almost 3 years into this disaster & it is still leaking. Radioactive
    poisoning of cesium 137 & 139, strontium, plutonium etc. is
    cumulative. Since the Fukushima disaster the infant mortality rate is up
    35% on the west coast & people are dropping like flies from cancer
    & heart failure. Do not believe anything on blind faith. Do your own
    research & don’t believe anything the main stream media reports.
    Notice in this case, nothing is being reported at all. Like this author,
    the msm also are being controlled by the Rockefeller founded CFR &
    New World Order cabal who want to keep the public dumbed down so they
    can carry out their agenda of mass genocide without resistance. Wake up
    people! Corrupt, evil entities are controlling planet earth & you
    are what they call “Useless Eaters”. These oligarchs are excited about
    the “Culling” that is underway. This is a matter of life & death to
    you & your families. Be awake & aware . . . We are all dying.

  • Joss

    Go and swim in the water off the coast of Fukushima Dr Kelvin Kemm and feed fish caught there to your children if you are so sure

    • Gnowark

      I’d do that if YOU paid for my boat (I won’t fly anymore, because you get so close to the sun the wings of the plane might melt in the intense radiation – ask Icarus).

  • GOM

    This sounds amazingly similar to an ‘EPA’ website concerning radiation. Something like this:” Tritium enters the body and leaves very quickly”, therefore, being “low dose radiation” it is nothing to be concerned about. Well, I am” half-way amused” too…

  • Scotster

    Japan’s Fukushima operator acknowledges contaminated water flowing into sea
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/22/japan-nuclear-fukushima-idUSL4N0FS2DC20130722

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      So you go back 6 months, and give us one single link of very outdated information. And that’s it. Is this all the great contribution you have to this discussion?

      The water situation has been addressed and resolved during the summer, for your information.

      You might want to check out the periodic reports coming from the IAEA, last one is dated December 11th 2013, which confirm that there is barely a trace of radioactivity in the water around the damaged nuclear power plant. Enjoy the reading:

      http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/2013/japan-basic-policy14.html

      • toxic3111 .

        have you heard of media black out when there are things that Nuke Industries and governments mess up? how dumb can you be…or how dumb do you wish the public to be…you have no conscience.

      • Shillbegone

        Media blackout. Speak to a journalist in Japan about Fukushima and land yourself in jail for 10 years. That is what is going on here.

  • Elizabeth

    I don’t believe in any of your word….because I have scientific mind and can put facts together. and i am survivor of Chernobyl Catastrophe. I was exposed for a couple of hours. It was enough to lost voice immediately and say goodbye to my thyroid because of cancer 2 years later.

    I think that after writing article like above IF YOU ARE MAN OH HONOUR YOU SHOULD VOLUNTEER TO BECOME FUKUSHIMA PLANT WORKER. I am sure they will hire you, with your great education., You could walk around and pick up melted radiative rods with bare hands, and MUTATE a few times over in run for life forever. Remember, you can extend your life to infinity with all hight radiation out there.. Radiation is good for you !

    So are you man of honour and you will start work on site in Unit 3, inside of building. None can walk there, but I am sure with your attitude you can, you will survive and life forever. I wish you that !

    If radiation is good for humans, why Chernobyl workers on top of roof were allowed to stay there only for 20 seconds. If it was healthy why they don’t stay there for hours ? Why don’t build exclusive luxury 5 star hotel for Elite ? After reading your article I don’t get why they stooped radiation of spreading and build expensive sarcophagus.

    Why Tepco itself say that they cant access some parts of buildings because it is deadly ? Why they evacuated 550 workers in March 2011, and leave only 50 of they. I know, you will say they were scary of them become extremely healthy with all radioactivity around.

    Why stuff from Regan US Marines Ship are suing Japan for health illnesses. I know , you think that cant appreciate that radioactivity is good for you. Stupid Americans…they don’t know what is good…

    You see the boiling water on photos from Fucushima plant . Water in sea outside of plant is boiling. OH great, now we can enjoy the ATOMIC PLANT THE SIZE OF ALL PACIFIC. WHY NOT, IF IT IS SO GREAT FOR HUMANS LETS START PROJECT TO START MELTING ALL NUCLEAR PLANTS all over world, all 430 . Remember, what Kevin said, radiation is good for you. We need more radiation.

  • Roger Christos

    Right. Tell that to all the dead and dying polar bears, seals, whales, starfish, birds, etc.etc. along the west coast.

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      Right. Stop weeping for polar bears, seals, whales, starfish, birds, etc.etc. along the west coast, and go read some proper information, where you will discover that Fukushima had no impact whatsoever on the ecosystem of the West coast.

      http://deepseanews.com/2014/01/all-the-best-scientifically-verified-information-on-fukushima-impacts/

      • Roger Christos

        Stop weeping for all the dead wildlife? Really? That’s it? And put in a link to support it. That’s the best you got? That’s all you ever got! Who are you anyway? Why do you think you need to comment on everything anyway? Is this your site or are you just some mean little boy trying to sound important? Sucks being you! What else? Flu shots, fluoride in the water , chem-trails. Bet your all for that too. One day you’ll be standing before your maker. Try giving him that crap. See where it get’s you.

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          Really, just read the post written by someone who has done a little more research, and is a lot more knowledgeable on these topics than most people are.

          Who am I? Some normal person who hates to see ignorance spreading like wildfire, exactly like you’re doing right now, mentioning chemtrails. You clearly have never seen an airplane from close up, and definitely are not a pilot nor someone who knows a bit about the basic physics behind weather. Chemtrails are pure junk, as much as all the junk that we keep reading about the oh-so-deadly radiation in Fukushima.

          Yes, there is radiation in Fukushima, but it is not oh-so-deadly; it has killed *ZERO* people so far, and will end killing *ZERO* people in the longer run.

          Wish you could have a little more knowledge in science, and a little more curiosity and willingness to properly research topics you clearly have no idea about. Instead you fall for the first jerk who spreads fear, uncertainty and doubt.

          And then you’re upset with those who know more than you. Go figure.

          • toxic3111 .

            Dead TEPCO workers number arise to 5,000. Sick of these cover-ups… will kill ZERO in the longer run? You have no knowledge…

            • Seventhunder

              Nuclear Industry loves to Lie!!! NRC included!

          • Seventhunder

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9dA0N7Dlx0 Yes there are people who are RESEARCHING THIS!!!! That is FACT! However, you will NEVER see accurate data coming from Government agencies or PEOPLE WHO ARE VESTED IN THE NUCLEAR INDUSTRY!!!!!

      • toxic3111 .

        wow, another shill. Is that your real picture of yourself? If so, you must have a bag on your head to walk on the street.

      • Seventhunder

        That is wrong! Misinformation !!!!!!!!!!!

  • X-45

    I think mister Kelvin Kemm is suffering some sort of neurological disorder.

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      Yes, definitely, that disease is called “knowledge” and I am quite certain that you do not “suffer” from it.

      • Seventhunder

        Not knowledge. Propaganda – big time. The ocean is dying, Mr. Bertagnolio. Don’t you care?????

        • Luca Bertagnolio

          I would care, if it were true. But it isn’t.

          You all seem to be upset of the fact that there is no nuclear disaster. Clearly you like to see dead people. I don’t.

          • Seventhunder

            Just because you didn’t die today doesn’t mean you weren’t already murdered!!

          • Shillbegone

            Lies!!!!

    • toxic3111 .

      or a mental disorder, but to say these things in public is criminal, it’s a murder.

  • Anthony

    Clearly the author is a denier for the industry.
    Perhaps the author could disclose here his investments in the nuclear energy industry? Who pays his salary, etc? Dividends, bonuses, speakers fees too, related to the nuclear industry.

    Just Google “thyroid cancer” “Fukushima” and “Children” and tell us no one was injured from radiation exposure.
    First Japan decided not to evacuate heavily contaminated area as it would be too expensive and disruptive to deal with the 500k plus citizens, THEN they raised the allowable exposure levels for CHILDREN. Talk about criminal behaviour.

    One pre-schools playground equipment measured 40k CPM, the day before kids were scheduled to return to their school. Cesium isotopes bind to surfaces and often requires sanding or sandblasting to remove them. Thus your claims of “no property damage” are farcical.

    Sadly, in some cases, the Japanese Gov’t relocated people to areas which were more severely contaminated from Daiichi.

    What of the crew of the USS Ronald Reagan who were irradiated offshore from the plant. The commander on the bridge had the gear to be well aware of radiation levels and protect themselves somewhat with iodine tablets, but the crew was not informed or offered the same. There are now about 250 Ronald Reagan crew members who have joined the lawsuit against Tepco. I’m sure they’re unable to sue the Navy or US Gov’t, since enlisted folk are “Gov’t Property”. US media is strangely silent on this story.

    Following the Daiichi meltdowns and explosions, the US Military flew over and scanned ALL of Japan for radiation levels, then handed the maps and data to the Japanese Gov’t, which has, for the most part, sat on it. Our military also did the same measurements for the U.S., but they continue to refuse the release of the maps and data to the public or the press via foia requests.

    This points-out a major problem with the nuclear industry; secrecy. The industry has proven time and again that they may not be trusted to tell the truth about spills, accidents, releases, fires, design flaws, safety inspections; the list is long indeed.

  • CO of David

    MCFarland, come clean. You and your buddies ratted me out. Not Cash. You know who I am. Not nice to rat out your CO, you snitch !

  • SickoftheLies

    Kelvin Kemm, you are a Lyer! It’s lies like this that are literally KILLING people, because they believe your disgusting lies, and do nothing to protect themselves or their families. My God! You have no conscience! I am not the only one that is SICK OF THE LIES YOU, AND OTHERS LIKE YOU SPREAD! You are PITIFUL! You aren’t even worthy of being called a human being. You are an alien from humanity!

    What of the Fukushima 50; actually more like 70, that died with no honor or recognition, to take the photos and do the assesments for TEPCO in the days folowing the meltdowns? What of the Japanese children that are now suffering thyroid cancers? What of the children, now on the west coast of the USA and Canada that are suffering from thyroid cancers? What of the Pacific ocean life that is suddenly dissapearing completely? Will you tell the fishermen that went out to catch their yearly herring, and didn’t catch even ONE, that they are lying? Will you tell the terribly sick sailors that were aboard the USS Regan that their illness is all in their heads?

    You know the truth! You KNOW what this is doing to the world! You know that many have died and are dying from this disaster! You know that the releases have been ONGOING, in HUGE amounts since the meltdowns on March 11th 2011. You know that nuclear waste has been dumped into the oceans for decades; all covered up with lies! I’m sick of the lies, and sick of seeing innocent people falling for your lies, and all the mainstream news lies and coverups. Are your lies from being a pathological lyer, or are they because you value financial gain more than human life?

    What makes me sick and even more angry, is that if you actually read this, you will most likely be chuckling a demented chuckle, and won’t even feel one tiny bit remorseful for spreading this heinous, murderous lie. You are sick to write this article, and anyone else that backs you is either completely uninformed, or one of your cohorts, to be able to support your demented article claiming that the Fukushima meltdown and ongoing release never happened!

    More and more people are waking up to these lies Kelvin, and I pity you and all the others that have taken part in these lies. I believe that your days of making financial gains at the sacrifice of innocent lives are numbered here! You and all your demented cohorts will find yourselves facing a judge that you will no longer be able to buy off, and I do pity your outcome…

    • Seventhunder

      Yes!!! Remember folks, just because you didn’t die today doesn’t mean you weren’t already murdered!!

  • toxic3111 .

    Kelvin Kemm, if you really are a physicist and able to say these things, why don’t you relocate from SOUTH AFRICA to Japan right now! It is horrifying to see this kind of statements meant for public to down play the situation, or plain LIES, it’s like a twilight zone. you are a murderer.

  • SteveMoyer

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdkW0BCpKfo
    Have a look at this summary of events and draw your own conclusions

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  • Brynn

    Tepco didn’t announce that they measured 5,000,000,000 Bq/m3 of strontium-90 from groundwater because it was out of concern – Tepco’s spokesman states in press conference of 2/17/2014

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/02/tepco-5000000000-bqm3-of-sr-90-detection-was-out-of-concern-so-we-didnt-announce-it/

  • Brynn
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    Fukushima: Hawaii And Arizona Dairy Milk Test Up To 800% Higher Than Safe Limits; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/fukushima-hawaii-arizona-dairy-milk.html

  • Seventhunder
  • Seventhunder

    And plutonium now released from this other nuclear reactor in the USA !!!!! http://optimalprediction.com/wp/plutonium-release-from-the-wipp-radioactive-waste-facility/

    • Seventhunder

      From nuclear waste storage facility in New Mexico. This could be much worse than Fukushima to N.America.. Half life of plutonium :24,000 years…

  • Seventhunder
  • Seventhunder

    Tokyo Press Conference: “Deliberate cover-up” of public’s exposure
    to Fukushima radiation and the health problems they are suffering from…
    This is now Japan’s biggest problem — “Continual, purposeful concealment
    of facts” — “Media will not properly report” what’s going on

    http://enenews.com/tokyo-press-conference-deliberate-cover-up-of-publics-radiation-exposure-and-health-problems-they-have-after-fukushima-this-is-now-japans-biggest-problem-continual-purposeful-conceal

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  • Tony white

    Kemm should be executed, what a *unt he is

  • Thomas Edwards

    God, your are the kind of arrogant ass that gives us scientists a bad name. “Total number of people killed by nuclear radiation at Fukushima was zero. Total injured by radiation was zero.”
    But it is common knowledge that exposure to some of the radioactive elements do not immediately result in death or obvious injuries. They manifest months, or years later as increases in multiple forms of cancer. One only has to look at the cancer rates of those “not injured” at Hiroshima, Nagasaki or Chernobyl” to see this.

    So to start spouting that having large areas of land and sea contaminated by nuclear fallout is “not a nuclear disaster” just highlights your own lack of understanding of the ecological, economical and health concerns of those affected, you pompous ass.

  • http://CoSy.com/ Bob Armstrong

    Wow did this article bring out the innumerate luddites . Probably the same ones who think the element which defines “organic” is a pollutant .

    The title doesn’t help . Fukushima was a disaster . But not one that killed anybody . Rather , it shows even half century old designs hit with a catastrophe of historic magnitude which killed tens of thousands and destroyed entire cities , and which revealed terrible flaws in both design and operation caused no measurable loss of life . And those weaknesses are now addressed in any modern design and retrofitted to any older ones continuing to supply their affordable 24*7 , life sustaining power .

    The determined non-quantitative ignorance of the anti-sustainable energy babblers is far more of a danger to the welfare of humanity and the planet than new nukes . And by “sustainable” I mean John Christy’s definition : If it’s not economically sustainable, it’s not sustainable.

  • Kevin

    Utter and complete BS. People are suffering from radiation sickeness in Fukushima, children are suffering fromThyroid Cancer. Workers have died. I myself am suffering the effects of working as a volunteer in the tsunami area. Who is this guy, and who is paying him to spout this BS?

    • Robert Vidervol

      The bio says he’s bought and paid for by the industry to put out co-intel.

  • ArtofARC

    Fake Science Alert: Fukushima Radiation Can’t Be Compared to Bananas or X-Rays
    Nuclear Energy Apologists Are Going Bananas

    Nuclear apologists pretend that people are exposed to more radiation from bananas than from Fukushima.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/fake-science-alert-fukushima-radiation-cant-be-compared-to-bananas-or-x-rays/5329369

  • EASSS

    i cannot agree with this article.

  • fled79

    I cannot believe the ignorance in this forum. Fukushima is still to this day releasing nuclear waste into the ocean+TEPCO is dumping contaminated irradiated water into the ocean as well-STILL. How can all you morons agree with facts that are so evidently false? Fukushima is destroying the eastern side of Japan and the western side of north America. Everyday more and more babies are born with no brains, thyroid tumors and skulls half-missing. 3 Complete nuclear meltdowns, each 300% worse than Chernobyl, not to mention the fourth that will eventually go. The radiation is STILL happening and only getting worse!! Hundreds of people have died, thousands more have cancer from the radiation and millions of animals and sea life have died or were exposed to mutating amounts of radiation-DON”T believe me? Just do a google, bling or whatever search provider you like the best and look at the pictures-read the blogs and the actual (factual) accounts. Don’t fall into the “everything is ok” sheep mode, do some research….grow some of your own food and don’t eat west coast sea food!

  • Radiation Protection

    While many claims are exaggerated, there is scientific evidence that Fukushima radiation has reached North America:

    http://radiationprevention.com/proof-fukushima-radiation-in-canada-usa/

    • Luca Bertagnolio

      Yes, many claims are exaggerated, also in the article you cite:

      “When you do the math, it can get a bit scary. That’s 60,000
      disintegrations per minute, or 86,400,000 disintegrations per day, per
      square meter.”

      What is scary? The fact that there are many zeroes? How can that be scary when people do not have a clue about what a disintegration is, and what it means for our body?

      We are constantly receiving radiation from nature, and that should not scare anyone. What should scare all of us are people who are spreading out lies in the form of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) for a living.

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    A medical look at plutonium

    http://www.nvmp.org/pluto4.htm

  • micdundeedundee

    DEAR MR kelvin klumm you suckk.. and lie.. tell the truth for once in your miserable life.. there is a nuclear disaster at Fukushima dieachi plant.. 3 cores have melted down and are not where you last thought you put them.. this is a huge disaster just because it will take years for the effects to show up in many types of cancer does not make it a minor problem .. I hope you and all of your loved ones gets sick and die a horrible death from cancer related crap that you lie lie lie about.. piss off.. thks.. :)

  • Mollie Norris

    The Fukushima tsunami was caused by the explosion of a gun type nuclear weapon, not an earthquake that damaged Fukushima Diiachi. It was represented as a security camera and was set up by Israeli security firm Magna BSP four months after Japan offered to enrich uranium for Iran. Former NSA analyst Jim Stone’s photos and earthquake data are indisputable. His site includes a photo of the device in place at Fukuhima Diiachi, schematics of the weapon, and photos of Fukushima showing no damage to structures prior to the tsunami; undeniable proof that damage to the reactors was not caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake preceding the tsunami.
    Extremely detailedreporting and documentation.
    http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/fukushima1.html

  • David Whitson

    The headline is an obvious lie; and the article is the most head-up-the-a$$ denial I have seen in quite some time. The Titanic was not a maritime disaster – it was a faulty weather report. That settles it !

  • Steven

    Shame on you Mr Kemm. Nuclear reactors cannot function without bludging off the environment. Nuclear reactors discharge their LLR waste to sewage systems, rivers, lakes, major rivers and oceans. Fukushima remains a diabolical catastrophe – a crime against the Japanese people. A once through cooling reactor maims and/or slaughters up to 7 billion marine life each year as published by the Californian government alluding its Sanofre reactor. There are more than 400 ageing and rusting nuclear reactors worldwide – ticking time bombs. Decommissioning may take up to hundred years to shut one down. Yeah that’s the style for the nukers – leave the mess for the next generation and the next………..

  • Jennifer Ann Brooks

    I understand what this intelligent kind seeming man is saying. I realize this could have been a lot worse (I need not mention a certain Russian city…its’ ghost has been haunting us from the moment this news story occurred) I have a better than rudimentary idea of what goes down in this sort of situation. Yes, we have a better control of this power source then before. Yes, it is a lot safer then what we had when it started. But think of the death that we had to go through just to barely contain this energy. Ask madam Curie. Ask all of those unknowing scientists and unknown subjects. Ask japan. Both hirojima and nagasaka. Those technologically sound (at the time) cities both russian and american who discovered the all to costly price of such power. Yes. We are doing better. But we play with a power that could undo us at a sneeze. That is not merely an energy source but a possible weapon of mass destruction. Well. In today’s technology and our advanced civilization I am sure we are getting a better hold of alternative forms of energy. Most sources ( including coal for criminies sake) do not have the potential to contaminate a piece of land for hundreds if not thousands of years (on a very very polite scale). We have wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy. It doesn’t risk…even for a moment…the long lasting and possibly permanent destruction that nuclear energy poses just by existing. Was Oppenheimer happy? I would bet…even with today’s precautions, no. We have such a large choice of alternative possibilities that I just can’t see the justification of keeping this pretense of “clean” “efficient” energy. Roll your eyes all you like but when you can convince me that even one meltdown (like the big C town) is worth the price of life and contamination when there are plenty of alternatives that don’t even lick the shoe of destruction this energy posses…well then I might take your proclamations of “close call in japan but no cigar” a little more seriously. The fact that it could have happened…with its ultimate horrible decisiveness should be common sense to begin with.

  • Barry

    The Lies Never Stop! It’s Amazing! TEPCO has lied to the people of Japan and to the world about the true levels of radiation released into the atmosphere, ground and into the Pacific Ocean! TEPCO also continues to dump millions of gallons of radioactive waste into the Pacific Ocean nonstop every single day to contaminate the fish, ocean life and animals. There is now verified proof of DNA damage and mutations throughout the food chain and we humans are next to suffer! Stay Healthy! Experts now recommend to commence detoxing with the natural mineral called zeolite that is proven to safely remove both radiation and heavy metals from the human body.This MUST Be Done to help prevent DNA damage that will cause disease and future ongoing mutations! For more quality information do an online search for the single word Zeolite.

  • SIR MICHAEL DAVID

    !!!!!!! what is going on here ;.!!!!!!. THERE HAS BEEN NO LEVEL 7 RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES RELEASED AT FUKUSHIMA..: WHAT THE FUCKUSHIME FUKUSHIME is going to FUNKILLUS ASAP SOME already , 5million by 2015 and 5 BILLION DEAD by 2025 ….the powers to be will get there wish as the radioactive environment and it all bio accumulates …..BIO ACUMALATES……… the earth will be uninhabitable…………………. we will all start growing extra tails – lumps , bumps, and some peoples internals will spew blood 5 times a day. GUSHER>>>>>>>>>>>> ohhhhh…. get out the depends this will get ugly…… its world war 3…..!!!!! Israel. to be wiped off the face of the map as it will be blamed on the wrong guys just for this war…..***** just so this war can happen and will happen…..****** WILL HAPPEN…. we think it,s bad now. *****we AINT SEEN NOTHING,,, head line the main man has been caught smoking plutonium and says no no disaster at fucoshumo or is it fuckabuckatckmysuckya..no its FUKUUUUUUUUUSHIMAAAA ohhhhhhhhhh your killing me……………. and get plutonium head to eat tuna for three months straight to show us the was no disaster at fubakubastubapoba or something like that…

  • Marushka

    THERE HAS BEEN A FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER
    at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster involves (that is ONGOING damage to the environment 3.5 years and counting, from THREE nuclear reactors 1, 2 and 3 AND
    TWO Spent Fuel Pools 3 and 4 (possibly sfp 1 and 2 as well)

    Radiation Dose Assessments for Fleet-Based
    Individuals in Operation Tomodachi
    http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA591789

    [Read the report from U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency]

    Please keep in mind that ICRP underestimates health risk. Take what they consider the risk than mltiplby by 150-600 times for the proven risk assessment. ECRR euradcom.org and Tondel (Sweden) methods are far more accurate.

    US Dept of Energy slide show “Radiological Assessment April 4, 2011″
    http://www.slideshare.net/energy/ams-data-april-4v1

  • Marushka

    IRSN (France) multiple assessments Fukushima Nuclear disaster
    http://www.eurosafe-forum.org/userfiles/2_3_%20paper_Mapping%20Emergency_Isnard.pdf

  • The Shambolic Skeptic

    Ok smarty… how you gonna clean up reactors 1, 2, 3 ?

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  • Disgusted

    I was stationed out there in 2011 to assist with relief efforts. Countless people were exposed to unhealthy amounts of radiation, and left destitute. To refute the situation is galling.

  • cybergirllori

    I say…enough of these crap lies…put your theories to the test….ALL here that have said or believe that there is no nuclear danger, that the crew on the SS Ronald Reagan are idiots, liars, and are just lazy, that all the reports coming out of Fukushima that report that the radiation level is high are wrong, that Tepco doesn’t lie, that governments don’t lie, that the kids with cancer are faking it, that no one has died from the radiation released from Fukushima or that believe that the radiation from bananas, potatoes or the sun is the same as cesium, strontium90 or any MAN MADE RADIOACTIVE ELEMENT (hint: look up homeostasis) MUST: 1. Go to Fukushima and sign up for the clean up an the Tepco Nuclear Plant. 2. Move your families into the lush surroundings of the plant for the duration of clean up 3. All food grown in the surrounding area or fresh caught local fish and seafood, as well as nutrient enriched water from the underground acquifer will be supplied 4 All equipment for cleanup will be supplied – no need for masks or protective clothing as Tepco, the Japanese Gov and the local US military report that the radiation level is so low that you should only receive the equivalent of one chest xray during your (6 month or longer) stay 5, After a long day of work, relax in the local Jacuzzi with fresh relaxing bubbles piped in. Do not worry about entertaining the kids….there are many local activities for them. They can: swim in the local cove, no worries about shark or other menaces (the sharks and other fish do not like swimming in the area due to the 400 tons (or more) of enriched water being released on a daily basis), go fishing – the first one to find a 3 eyed fish wins a prize, take nature walks – the first one to catch an insect that looks like the insects from the pre-earthquake days wins a prize or just catch all the new varieties of insects that Fukushima radiation so lovingly provided, jump from tank to tank on all of the storage tanks of water, count all of the leaks – a prize to the one that finds the most or fly kites in the steam being released from all of the reactors. There will be school provided on a daily basis that teaches: NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS are good – Solar Energy is bad, Radiation is my friend – Radiation does NOT kill, HYGENE – how to apply makeup post deformity HEALTH – Thyroid cancer does not kill – How to get rid of the BUMPY nuisance; How to stay healthy while cleaning up a Nuclear Meltdown – Hire the Homeless SEWING – Clothing that hide bumps, COOKING – Radioactive Meals, How to decorate plates with UDDER SHAPED vegetables. METAL SHOP – Making Depleted Uranium Bombs; Duck Tape – the Answer to all Leaks HISTORY – the Nuclear Revolution; How to cover-up nuclear accidents and mistakes; Lies from the darkside – the Alternative Media; How to LIE effectively, the MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS OUR FRIEND. MATH – 2+2=7; Swapping measurements – how 400 tons = 400 litres; 9-3=9 – How to cover-up dead homeless LANGUAGES – HOW TO LIE THOUGH MISINTERPRETING WHAT PEOPLE ARE REALLY SAYING – misinterpreting Japanese to English – People of the West do NOT need to know the truth. SCIENCE – Half life – How to confuse the public; Radiation and Water Dilution How to change dilution to delusion. Evolution – How the Japanese sped up Evolution – It is not Mutation, it is Evolution. RADIATION LEVELS – How to fool the public….RAISE RADIATION LEVELS; RADIOACTIVE ELEMENTS – How bananas, potatoes and the sun are the same as manmade radioactive elements like cesium 134, cesium 137 and strontium 90; MIDWAY THROUGH THE YEAR – We will have a special speaker from the US Military on How to Brainwash Soldiers – Order them to Believe Everything that is told to them by their Leaders and How to have an Effective Military – Recruit Stupid, Poor, Young, Adults that can be Moulded to Believe they are Helping Mankind and give them Idiot Proof Weapons!!! After your short stay of from 1 to 40 years, if you survive, a doctor will be provided to give you a clean bill of health, after all, you and your families exposure to radiation will be low (remember Tepco, the Japanese Government as well as the US Military said there was no dangerous level of radiation at the Fukushima plant or even during the initial accident and as you know THEY ARE ALWAYS RIGHT), FEEL FREE TO DISAGREE WITH THE DOCTOR – A PSYCHIATRIST WILL BE PROVIDED.