Kumi Naidoo writes, “The ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe stands as a stark warning to those who live in the shadow of other nuclear reactors around the world. It stands also as a reminder of the inherent risk of nuclear power: a technology so complex and so dangerous that it will always be prone to the impact of natural disaster, technical failure and human error.”
Speaking of thinking ahead, After Gutenberg recognizes the Democrat from Massachusetts. Ed Markey released a report on NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) shortcomings. AG readers may recall that when we first learned to say Fukushima, Markey also had called for a moratorium of siting new nuclear reactors on seismically active areas and called for reactors in seismically active zones retrofitted with stronger containment systems.
1 in 3 U.S. citizens live 50 miles or less from a nuclear reactor. U.S. Representative Markey’s report concluded a Japan-like disaster “could also occur in the United States, and would not even be violations of current regulations.”
HuffPo deserves credit for putting Fukushima Dai-ichi back in the public eye. Along with social media activism by Greenpeace, such reports remind us that along with those free Mister Peabody inhalers we should apply for a pre-owned dosimeter. Kudos to Southern Power and TVA for such civic-mindedness, eh?
But. seriously, it is a good thing that the news media has reawakened to the knowledge that the radiation has not magically gone away at Fukushima. As we now learn that water levels in Fukushima’s reactor 1 were low enough to allow fuel rods to melt, Chairman Carl warns, “the big issue is not whether the next U.S. nuclear disaster will look just like Japan’s. Japan’s did not look like Chernobyl, nor did Chernobyl look like Three Mile Island.”
Brown’s Ferry almost melted down because of an accident with a candle! They all had one thing in common — something went wrong, and the cooling systems in the reactors failed. Every nuclear power plant in the world, and every plant currently under construction, shares that vulnerability. Exactly what goes wrong — what takes down the cooling system — is unpredictable. It won’t happen the same way twice. That’s not reassuring — it’s terrifying.
My, but this seaweed soup is hot! Too much white pepper, eh?
- Disaster-Readiness Flaws Found at Nuclear Plants (online.wsj.com)
- Despite problems, NRC says US nuke plants safe (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Tokyo Electric admits fuel could be melting at Fukushima nuke plant (peakenergy.blogspot.com)
- Radiation Readings in Fukushima Reactor Rise to Highest Since Crisis Began (peakenergy.blogspot.com)
- Japan fears meltdown as systems fail at second nuclear reactor (peakenergy.blogspot.com)
- Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Continues (dlr2008.wordpress.com)