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Houston We Have a Problem, No Known Technology to Deal with Fukushima

Toxic Sake, © Gulsah Bademci 2011

It was reported today that a U.S. firm named EnergySolutions, which has been involved in the decommissioning of 10 nuclear power plants now aims to garnering multiple contracts for aiding other companies in dismantling Fukushima. This is supposed to also include the spent fuel rods housed there. However we have a slight problem with this you will see as reported today in The Denki Shimbun (The Electric Daily News), from Japan.

“In connection with the decommissioning of Fukushima I units 1 – 4, EnergySolutions aims to handle the planning of the entire decommissioning process, including cost calculation, and win orders for multiple projects, including the treatment and volume reduction of radioactive waste and the extraction and storage of spent fuel and fuel debris (damaged fuel).

Concerning the extraction of fuel debris, which is considered the most challenging process, “There is no technology which may be directly applied,” said Morant. He added, however, that knowledge concerning the extraction of damaged fuel, which was obtained through the use of research reactors, and remote underwater cutting technology, as used for the Zion nuclear power station in the United States, may be applied to some extent.”

For almost 14 months now those of us who follow the Fukushima disaster closely via the alternative media  have waited for someone to make a definitive statement as to how the authorities plan to deal with the ongoing meltdown of three reactors and the spent fuel rods housed there. While the main stream media all but ignores the biggest disaster of all time, alternative media sources have been weeks to as much as ten months ahead of corporate news in accurate reporting of events there. This should be the top story in the news every single day because it is the most important thing happening in the world not only right now but in all of recorded history. This is bigger than the global financial crisis, this is bigger than any election, riot, protest and every single war since the dawn of man. It is the definitive event of all human history. If we screw this up we’re all toast. Every single one of us.

One thing that has been suspiciously missing in statements about Fukushima from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the Japanse government, the U.S. government or even the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  is any mention of a planned response. All that is reported scant as it is, are occasional responses to one downplayed crisis after another and without any forward looking guidance or direction. No one has been willing to tell us what the plan is!

Today it has finally been admitted, a fact that many of us have known since the beginning of this nightmare, that there is no strategy and there is no real plan to deal with Fukushima. Here we sit over a year into this thing, radiation washing and raining across the globe and just now it’s being revealed to the greater public that there is no technology developed to handle the situation. They are flying by the seat of their pants and hope to basically figure it out as they go along. What may be horrifying to the majority of the public left unawares is the fact that in the past year there really has been no progress made at Fukushima. Most people probably assume that since it’s not in the news that everything has somehow turned out ok or that it’s been taken care of. Nothing has improved and things have only gotten worse as time has gone along. The place looks like the bombed out war zone it did just following the tsunami, the melt down of three reactors and the resultant massive hydrogen explosion which basically ripped the nuclear power plant apart. That event sent tremendous amounts of radioactive substances into the air and still does with each and every passing second. It rains down on Japan, the U.S., Canada, Europe, all the way back to Asia and now there are even reports of radioactive hot spots in the Southern Hemisphere. The mix includes cesium, iodine, strontium, plutonium and now this unforeseen event has probably produced something which never existed before, endofullerene buckey balls making it possible for uranium to be carried through the air as easily as pollen.

Open wide for some toxic sake, a stiff drink of nuclear hubris because not only is there plenty to go around but everyone on the planet is getting a big drink! You see it’s like this, some very arrogant members of our obscure little species have managed to create a disaster so big, so complex and so deadly that they may not be able to ever get it under control. Things are really so bad that this information is just now slowly being allowed to disseminate into the main stream media. They couldn’t have the sheep panic and start running amok a year ago. If they’d told the truth at the time of the event to the general public there would have been mass panic. Now though, since the radiation is being spread everywhere, those folks that run the world through their controlled media probably figure at this point there’s no where really left to run so the people even close to the source will stay put. When this event happened if things were right with the world there would have been an attempt to evacuate about 40 million people from Northern Japan. That is truly what should have been done but no one seemed to want to attempt something like that. Those closest to Fukushima have been forced to take whatever the Fates decide. It’s been long enough since the initial event now that radioactive substances have been distributed to just about every surface on the planet and the concentrations grow daily. Even as early as a month after the explosion every soil sample taken in the U.S. showed fallout from Fukushima and it was measured in the air as far away as Sweden. The NORSK institute quickly took measure to hide their data from the public by changing website names. The United States Geological Service is just now releasing some information from 12 months ago. That’s how forthcoming we can expect the U.S. government to be.

They’re finally hinting that this could possibly wipe us all off the planet if things don’t get figured out quickly or if something else goes wrong. Yes it really is that dire. There’s enough plutonium in the reactor #4 fuel cooling pool that if allowed to go dry or fall from it’s perch 30 meters above the ground will wipe out all life on this planet. Even if that doesn’t occur there will still be hundreds of millions die from all the radiation already released and with no foreseeable end to it in sight. This event dwarfs Chernobyl and makes Three Mile Island look like a birthday candle in comparison.

Let’s take a look at the reactor #4 building as it stands today and the position of the cooling pool there.

Get the picture? That is where the fate of humanity and all life on this plant lay, in the remnants of what was a building, one which could crumble with the next decent tremor in the world’s most unstable earthquake zone. That pool is cracked and it’s leaking. What do you think the chances are? We’ve honestly been living on borrowed time since March 11, 2011.

The day before the tsunami hit, TEPCO was getting ready to load up reactor #4 with about 1,500 fresh (not spent) fuel rods which were and still are being held in that now leaky pool. Since Fukushima had recently started using MOX fuel we can assume that’s what is being held there now and is just chock full of plutonium.  According to Christina Consolo, the host of  Nuked Radio,

“If they are MOX fuel, containing 6% plutonium, one fuel rod has the potential to kill 2.89 billion people. If this pool collapses, as Senator Wyden is now saying too, we would face a mass extinction event from the release of radiation in those rods.”

That from the article, Fukushima is Falling Apart: are You Ready?

Speaking of Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, he like many people or rather most people apparently was clueless as to what was going on in Japan. It’s not like it’s an issue in the news every day so he must have gotten one hell of a jolt on his trip to Japan when he got to see Fukushima for himself a couple of weeks ago. If you’ve heard anything recently in the news it might have been just a blurb about  the senator  issuing a press release shortly after his trip there and witnessing the awful truth about how bad the situation really is. Apparently the senator like the vast majority of the world population didn’t get the memo that the biggest catastrophe in the known history of mankind did not just happen last year but is an ongoing situation that is deteriorating. He freaked out so badly that 10 days ago he started writing to everyone and their brother trying to get someone to move on the situation as if these people aren’t already aware. I’m sorry but I have difficulty believing that the head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Hilary Clinton don’t have a grasp of what has been going on over there or here for that matter. It’s like saying Alan Greenspan didn’t know that there was a housing bubble. These people at the top KNOW the score. How can they not when there is a very small slice of the world population which has known for the last year what is going on with a greater degree of depth and accuracy than the corporate news media. People outside the main stream have been way ahead of the curve regardless of the near blackout regular television until the last few weeks. Even with what coverage they do give it, the majority of people unfortunately either don’t listen or forget about it because most of humanity has been reduced to the attention span of gold fish.

Below are links to the letters which Senator Wyden sent to various departments and people last week regarding Fukushima.

I find it to be insulting to the intelligence of the world population that according to what’s being reported in the main stream that just now pleas are being made by government representatives to do something about Fukushima. Take for example this news even more bizarre than Senator Wyden’s epiphany that things are horribly, horribly wrong. In March at an international Nuclear Security Summit Conference held in Seoul, South Korea the issue of Fukushima took a back seat to North Korean nukes. They spent their entire time basically worrying over North Korea, a country that can’t even successfully launch a model rocket with a satellite payload. That was considered to be a more pressing issue than the destruction of the entire planet. Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata attempted to have the issue of Fukushima and the fuel rods, especially those in reactor #4 heard but was unable to get anyone at the conference to introduce the topic. What kind of crazy screwed up world do we live in when the Nuclear Security Summit Conference is so wrapped up in diplomatic protocol, pomp and circumstance that it can just ignore the biggest issue on the planet? What kind of lunacy is going on here? I have difficulty believing the story line that’s going on to be honest. All these government officials suddenly crawling out of the woodwork, begging for help and being ignored. No one yet as far as I can determine has addressed the concerns of Murata or Wyden either. Not a whole lot of the story line makes sense or rings true. It’s almost as though no one of importance is in charge, knows anything or is doing anything. The whole thing is just strange. So as the offical story goes, in  lieu of being able to address the commission former ambassador Murata instead penned a letter to Ban Ki-moon, current Secretary General of the United Nations begging for help with the matter. Here is an excerpt from the letter,

“It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

Please allow me to inform you of an initiative being taken by a former UN official who is endeavoring to have the Nuclear Security Summit take up the crucial problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima. He is pursuing the establishment of an independent assessment team. I think his efforts are very significant, because it is indispensable to draw the attention of world leaders to this vital issue.

I am cooperating with him, writing to some of my Korean acquaintances that this issue deserves the personal attention of President Lee Myung-bak. I have written today to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. I asked him to consider taking the initiative of mobilizing human wisdom on the widest scope to cope with the Fukushima reactor No.4 problem, fully taking into account the above-mentioned “independent assessment team”.

Can this seriously be real that we’ve had the world sitting on it’s hands for over a year so that now the Japanese must go begging for help? Is every nuclear regulatory body in the world just ignoring what has been going on and leaving it all up to TEPCO to take care of? This whole thing is like a theater of the absurd. Whatever is going on behind the scenes remains to be seen but we know regardless that things are decidedly very, very bad.

Keep up to date on information about Fukushima and related issues at these websites;

Fukushima Facts

Nuked Radio with Christina Consolo

Fukushima Diary by Iori Mochizuki

Alexander Higgins Blog (frequent articles related to Fukushima but not a dedicated Fukushima blog)

Addendum  May 15, 2012

best of the latest interviews:

Christina Consolo, Fukushima Update w/ the “RadChick” May 12, 2012

Flashpoints Daily Newsmag, May 9, 2012 interviews Dr. Micio Kaku


36 thoughts on “Houston We Have a Problem, No Known Technology to Deal with Fukushima

  1. Reblogged this on Play My Tune and commented:
    Exactly what I was saying!

    Posted by Christopher | May 3, 2012, 7:03
  2. “The day before the tsunami hit, TEPCO was getting ready to load up reactor #4 with about 1,500 fresh (not spent) fuel rods which were and still are being held in that now leaky pool. ”

    No. If that were the case there would be nothing to worry about. Fresh fuel is orders of magnitude less radioactive than spent. There are about 1300 spent, and 200 fresh fuel assemblies in the Unit 4 pool.

    “Since Fukushima had recently started using MOX fuel we can assume that’s what is being held there now and is just chock full of plutonium”

    That kind of reactor can’t take more than about a 10% load of MOX. It’s used to equalise fuel burnup, you don’t run a whole MK2 BWR on it.

    “That pool is cracked and it’s leaking. ”

    Do you have any evidence of this?

    Posted by nukalicious | May 3, 2012, 7:03
  3. aba dee, aba dee, that’s all folks!

    Posted by rockthereactors | May 3, 2012, 7:03
  4. These folks are simply not that stupid. The only logical conclusion is that this is a planned mass extinction event.

    Posted by Lance Leonard | May 4, 2012, 7:03
    • yes… we have overpopulated the planet and this would be a way to trim the fat off the “human ham” and make it nice and lean again!

      Posted by WW | May 4, 2012, 7:03
      • What you describe is a scalpel. This is a pair of chained cannon balls. Why imagine super villains when the ordinary variety of corrupt fools will suffice? Incompetence of significant magnitude is indistinguishable from malice.

        Posted by Strelok Mechenyi | May 4, 2012, 7:03
      • WW, what type of degerate fuckwit are you?

        Posted by matt | October 11, 2012, 7:03
    • No. These people are that shortsighted. Never overestimate those in charge. You give someone way too much credit.

      Posted by Pat Samuelson Cross | May 4, 2012, 7:03
  5. aba dee, aba dee

    Posted by Paul | May 4, 2012, 7:03
  6. dont know what to say other than what Vera Lyn had to say in her song after WWII !! …V…

    Posted by clifford hatton | May 4, 2012, 7:03
  7. Nuclear Expert on No. 4 Fuel Pool: “They’re pumping water in and it’s draining out into basement, they suck it out of basement and put it back in at top” — “There is no containment”

    Posted by fred | May 4, 2012, 7:03
    • The fuel pool cooling is recirculating. All the fuel pools are on a closed system, as they need to cool the water and treat it before it is returned. As far as I can tell, there are no indications that any of the pools are cracked or leaking. There have been some leaks from the isotope removal and desalination plants outside the reactors, but overall they’ve done a great job of resuming closed circuit cooling under difficult conditions.

      The reactor cooling water is leaking however. Not only to the basements and torus rooms of the reactors, but out into the turbine buildings beyond. This does not bode well for the condition of the pressure containment vessels.

      Posted by nukalicious | May 6, 2012, 7:03
      • “Though the connection with this earthquake is not clear, Tepco announced water is leaking from the cooling system of spent fuel pool in reactor 4.The water level of the tank to pool overflowed water from spent fuel pool decreased by 8cm from 2PM to 5PM on 1/1/2012.This tank is to give back the water to the spent fuel pool after purifying the water. Tepco”
        assumes the leakage is at a joint of pipe but it’s not detected yet.”


        Posted by Kristina Bruce | May 6, 2012, 7:03
      • “The pond at reactor No. 4 covering uranium fuel rods at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant heated to 84 degrees Celsius (183 Fahrenheit) the last time data was available on March 13, the IAEA said today on its website. Temperatures normally should be kept below 25 degrees Celsius, according to the agency.Authorities have said the cooling pool at the No. 4 reactor, hit by fire and explosion, is perhaps the most critical element of the atomic disaster.“Unit-4 remains a major safety concern,” the Vienna-based agency said late yesterday in a statement. There was no information available on the level of water in the spent fuel pond, the agency said. ”


        Posted by Kristina Bruce | May 6, 2012, 7:03
      • Spent fuel pool cooling system suspended at

        “Fukushima Daiichi plantTOKYO, April 12, KyodoA spent fuel pool cooling system was suspended Thursday at the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after an alarm went off, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.The utility said it is looking into the cause of the trouble, suspecting a possible water leak in the system, which was halted after the alarm was triggered at 2:44 p.m. The pool is storing 1,331 spent fuel rods.The utility said the water temperature at that time was 28 C and is expected to rise by about 0.5 degree per hour while the cooling system is under suspension.”


        Posted by Kristina Bruce | May 6, 2012, 7:03
      • “Though the connection with this earthquake is not clear, Tepco announced water is leaking from the cooling system of spent fuel pool in reactor 4…”

        This leak is not from the pool itself, but from the cooling and treatment system which is a distance from the pools themselves. I covered this in my earlier post. The casium removal and desalination plant is rather large, and, like I said, they have had a few leaky pipes. It does not indicate any leakage from the pools themselves.

        “The pond at reactor No. 4 covering uranium fuel rods at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant heated to 84 degrees Celsius (183 Fahrenheit) the last time data was available on March 13, the IAEA said today on its website. ”

        This is from just a few days after the accident, before the recirculating cooling was in place. There was no significant water being added at this time, so the loss was due to boiling/evaporation. It does not indicate any leakage from the pools themselves.

        “Fukushima Daiichi plantTOKYO, April 12, KyodoA spent fuel pool cooling system was suspended Thursday at the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after an alarm went off, the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.The utility said it is looking into the cause of the trouble, suspecting a possible water leak in the system, which was halted after the alarm was triggered at 2:44 p.m.”

        Again, the leak was in the decontamination/desalination plant. It’s quite safe to halt cooling for a few hours, due the the large thermal mass of the water in the pools. Again, it does not indicate any leakage from the pool itself.

        As far as I’m aware, contamination from on-site pipeline leaks has not resulted in significant radioactive materials reaching the sea. Really, the reactor water leaks are far larger and more dangerous.

        There is a partial diagram of the recirculating system here:

        (Japanese, sorry. It only shows a small amount of the entire rig, omitting the ion exchange and desalination plant, but you should get the idea.)

        Posted by nukalicious | May 6, 2012, 7:03
  8. ……..well……leaves you speechless doesn’t it?………..might finally settle something though…….Dr Bill Wattenburg was wrong and the Mayan calendar was right…………see you all on the’other side’ — Dec 21………what else can one say?

    Prayer is our only hope………but only if God doesn’t think we’re such dumb asses that he even can’t deal with saving us from extinction. When he said back then that he made us in his ‘image and likeness’…….I wonder if now he is saying to himself…….WTF was I thinking! 🙂


    Posted by Gene of Scotts Valley | May 4, 2012, 7:03
    • Gene there never was a God. Pure BS to let people do what they please in this life while walking on streets of gold with Jesus in the so called after life If Jesus was around he’d shit in your mouth. And Obama’s too… you already got cancer from this world wide radiation daily fall out. Go back to sleep America and planet the infinite dirt sleep

      Posted by wendy | May 5, 2012, 7:03
  9. When the SFP at #4 reactor is breached and the resulting radioactive firestorm ensues, half of the Island of Honshu will have to be evacuated. Thousands in Japan will die within days, weeks and months from radiation poisoning. It will be a global catastrophe of epic proportions, contaminating the northern hemisphere, resulting in tens of millions of deaths. No country will be spared. Following the jet stream blowing west, the US and Canadian coasts will be the most hard hit/contaminated. The entire US and Canada will not be spared.

    There are reports that the Japanese government has been in talks with China and Russia discussing the potential of evacuating 40 million people, and the associated logistics. Some predict this event will collapse the economy of Japan, and destroy the fortunes of many of its trading partners.

    Your chance of being irradiated from Fukushima (past, present, future) is extremely high/likely. And, as each day ticks bye, we get closer to a radiological firestorm that will make Chernobyl look pale as to what is unfolding. Those of us, who will not be exposed to radionuclides, will be the exceptions.

    You will inhale it, eat it, or have skin exposure. And, it will metastasize into a cancer sometime in your life. Your DNA will be corrupted; and, if you procreate, you will pass your damaged genes on to the next generation, and each generation thereafter.

    Radiation levels in the western US and Canada will be extreme as to cause some radiation poisoning in small segments of the population resulting in premature biological extinctions. Food stuffs grown and produced in California and other western states will be too contaminated to pick, and/or consume. All products from Japan should be suspect as to their potential, to be radioactive.

    Adding more radiation to the atmosphere and the ocean, Japan is incinerating millions of tons of radioactive debris, and then dumping the ash in Tokyo Bay. Incineration doesn’t remove radiation; this process off gases radionuclides into the air, and the other radionuclides are concentrated in the ash. Incineration of radioactive debris only serves as a volume reducer. There is no method to remediate radioactive isotopes except to remove them from humankind.

    TEPCO has admitted to dumping 1000 tons a day of radioactive water…(240,000/GPD or close to 1,000,000 million gallons every 4 days) Historically, TEPCO has fudged and misrepresented its actual discharge rates. Many experts believe these numbers have been significantly understated. The radioactive sea plume has reached Hawaii and should reach the US in less than 6 months. Sea water evaporates, clouds form that produce rain, adding another level of contamination to the atmosphere and land. Additionally, some approximately 20,000,000 tons of construction debris is headed our way, expected to hit the US and Canadian coasts in the next 6 months. Much of it will be dangerously radioactive.

    This will be the beginning of the end for millions of people, and a mass corruption of the *gene pool for man and all other living creatures and plants. This will be the end of nuclear power, too; but, it will be the end of many of us, consequently.

    It’s not a question of if; it’s just a matter of when.

    If you think those who created this nuclear power electricity scheme will be able to contain Fukushima; think again. The same folks who got us into this mess, are the ones charged with fixing it…WTF? Remember the Deepwater Horizon and how the offender BP was left to be the fixer…insanity.

    As Rachel Maddow characterized the possibility of a meltdown at SPF #4, we’d have to invent a way to control/fix it. There is no known solution… http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/vp/46981461#46981461

    *Gene pool corruption…See this Chernobyl preview of our future, I dare you. http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/essay/chernobyl

    Posted by Cisco | May 9, 2012, 7:03
  10. Addressing the root cause of such endemic stupidity and denial will be necessary before any meaningful progress can be made with the catastrophic self-inflicted nightmares we have and continue to create.


    Posted by Tony Wright | June 14, 2012, 7:03
  11. Idiots they will do anything to make money even if it destroy’s the world I’d like to see them spend there money when there is no world left. The Idiots who own this and organized to build it should be lined up and tortured to death.(Very slowly)

    Posted by Mark | June 23, 2012, 7:03
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  13. Activism is the antidote to despair, and the only chance for solutions.
    2 year anniversary events: health effects conference @ NY Academy of Medicine organized by Dr. Helen Caldicott.
    Nuclear Whistleblowers conference in San Francisco organized by No Nukes Action Committee Sat 3/9/13, 1125 Valencia St. Rm 201. Rally/march on the 11th of every month at 3pm in front of the Japanese Consulate in SF,50 Fremont St. http://www.FukushimaResponse.org

    Posted by Phoebe Sorgen | March 6, 2013, 7:03
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