Posts tagged radiation
Posts tagged radiation
80,000 gallons per day of radioactive water, for 942 straight days, dumped into the Pacific — and counting.
The General Electric Corporation designed all these failed Mark-1 reactor ‘containment’ systems. The GE Mark-1 has been openly identified as a nuclear hazard for decades. These defective GE Mark-1 and GE Mark-2 so called ‘containment’ systems should have all been removed from service years ago. But GE has massive political and media clout within the USA. “The world is your oyster”, describes the General Electric Corporation. GE has held clear title to the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court for over a century. GE cannot pay their part of the damages. The damages are too immense. GE cannot even afford to pay back their share of the profits from their knowingly, willfully defective Mark-1 designs.
So they won’t. GE has killed the story. It is of no consequence to GE or the national government if you and your family die early and painful deaths from cancer. Nothing will be done to reduce the hazard. Nothing will be broadcast to guide you toward safe choices. There are no public service announcements for this hazard. Drink deep the Purple Kool-Aid. Both political parties, both houses of congress, all fifty states, conservatives, liberals and libertarians, the national press corps and the entire speaker’s bureau are on board. They are all cooing that there is no danger. But of course there is great danger from Japan and USA Mark-1 reactors.
These aging, corroded, always defective GE Mark-1 designs are being strained 20% beyond their nameplate power ratings with weapons grade plutonium fuel. They are all being licensed for a 50% extension beyond their nominal design life of 40 years. The Vermont Yankee reactor was issued a 20 year life extension with MOX fuel power up-rating, on March 12, 2011. This NRC relicensing occurred the day after the tsunami, as the Fukushima reactors were literally melting down. The world, you see, is GE’s oyster.
The General Electric-designed nuclear reactors involved in the Japanese emergency are very similar to 23 reactors in use in the United States, according to Nuclear Regulatory Commission records.
The NRC database of nuclear power plants shows that 23 of the 104 nuclear plants in the U.S. are GE boiling-water reactors with GE’s Mark I systems for containing radioactivity, the same containment system used by the reactors in trouble at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. The U.S. reactors are in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
In addition, 12 reactors in the U.S. have the later Mark II or Mark III containment system from GE. These 12 are in Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington state. See the full list below.
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GE didn’t make the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, but GE did make the nuclear plants in Fukushima.
Sometimes, it takes a disaster to open people’s eyes. For Japan, it took and earthquake, tsunami and continuous nuclear fallout. The Japanese government announced Friday that it intends to stop using nuclear power by the 2030s. Many say this dramatic shift is the result of public concerns about safety following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which experts have called the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
A Japanese parliamentary inquiry has concluded last year’s nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was “a profoundly man-made disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.” We speak to former nuclear industry executive Arnie Gundersen about the report and what it means for U.S. nuclear facilities, in particular the 23 with a similar design to the Fukushima plant. “There’s actually some curious information on Fukushima Unit One. That was the first one to fail,” Gundersen says. “That was built by an American company, General Electric, and an American architect/engineer. So it’s hard for the Japanese to blame themselves, when this was an all-American design. … I am concerned that the industry, the nuclear industry in the United States, will say it’s a Japanese problem. And it’s not.”
Fukushima, Built by GE. Yes, GE All-American.
1. Nuclear waste — The waste from nuclear power plants will be toxic for humans for more than 100,000 years.
2. Nuclear proliferation
3. National Security
6. Not enough sites
7. Not enough uranium
9. Private sector unwilling to finance
10. No time
The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago this month, even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Indeed, the Chernobyl catastrophe was an historic turning point: there was the era before the disaster, and there is the very different era that has followed.
A Nuclear Plant disaster can destroy a Nation. All the money Japan has saved avoiding the cost of depending on oil has been lost many times over from the Fukushima disaster. Add in the human cost of lives lost, communities lost and the millions of cancer cases of future Japanese, where is the advantage in Nuclear Energy?
The United States, the NRC and the Nuclear Energy Industry has lied repeatedly to Americans after killing Americans with Nuclear Plant leaks and Nuclear Plant disasters.
Transparency in Government is crucial to the survival of America and democracy. No SOPA, PIPA, ACTA or CISPA to rape the Internet. Nuclear energy is so expensive that the only way the plants are built are at the risk of the taxpayers with profits given to the corporations. We the people take the risk in every way imaginable and for the people, there follows simply no “profit” in any way imaginable. Nuclear energy needs to go and green energy needs to be welcomed.
"To create more of these clean energy jobs, we need more production, more efficiency, more incentives. That means building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country." - Obama, SOTU 2010
This rhetoric by Obama is a classic example of associating something harmful (death from radiation) with a positive (clean energy) or repeating the lie until the lie is no longer see as such. Nuclear power plants leak, killing children and adults in communities and even the newly proposed and yet untested plant designs will leak and cannot guarantee you otherwise. Nuclear fuel once spent remains highly radioactive for thousands of years and must be stored in a state that is too poor to refuse its acceptance and again it can leak into aquifers killing people in nearby communities. Also these nuclear waste storage areas must be guarded to prevent terrorists from accessing the radioactive waste. Lest we forget, Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukashima and many others disasters do happen and thousands if not millions of people can be killed or later generations suffer from birth defects. The area surrounding Chernobyl and Fukashima will be uninhabitable, basically forever. Nuclear energy, therefore is not just toxic, after a disaster it can never be cleaned up.
So there is a problem with depicting this radioactive lethal energy source as clean. Nuclear energy is by far one of the most toxic energy sources ever used. Anyone who could call nuclear energy “clean” has a problem with honesty and like Newt Gingrich has no business being president.
“Key elements of what the NRC chief told Congress were ‘a baldfaced lie.’”…The NRC, America’s nuclear watchdog, is essentially captive to the profit-driven industry it’s charged to regulate.
A nuclear meltdown occurred at the world’s first commercial reactor only 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles, and only 7 miles from the community of Canoga Park and the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
Specifically, in 1959, there was a meltdown of one-third of the nuclear reactors at the Santa Susana field laboratory operated by Rocketdyne, releasing – according to some scientists’ estimates – 240 times as much radiation as Three Mile Island.
But the Atomic Energy Commission lied and said only there was only one partially damaged rod, and no real problems. In fact, the AEC kept the meltdown a state secret for 20 years.
Arnie Gundersen describes the latest tech specs on Fuckashima Nuclear plant. Three are in meltdown and all are leaking into the sea and air. Hot Particles discovered in Japan and the US.