Kurt Nimmo wrote a provocative article/blog at Infowars.com reminding us that the
Remember, we have two potential Fukushimas in South Jersey:
This changed a bit when the San Onofre nuclear plant in
The article references Japanese diplomat Akio Matsumura, who was warning that
Matsumura posted this on his blog after a statement made by
On March 22, 2012 Murata warned, “If the crippled building of reactor unit 4 – with 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground – collapses, not only will it cause a shutdown of all six reactors but will also affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4.”
In both cases the radioactive rods are in containment. They are open to the air. The number of fuel rods that could be unprotected if the fuel ponds leak, and the chances of a fire among the spent fuel rods could, in the worst case, release more radiation and radionuclides than any previous action. Such a catastrophe would affect us all for centuries.
Ambassador Murata said there were 11,421 fuel rods that could be exposed. Dave Lochbaum of the Union of Concerned Scientists expressed concerns about spent fuel fires years ago.
Matsumura then asked Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser to the secretary and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, his opinion on the dangers that still lurked at
“Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks,” Alvarez told Matsumura.
The 11,138 spent fuel assemblies stored at the
"This is an issue of human survival,” Matsumura added.
Can anyone say “Oyster Creek”?
Akio Matsumura sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
“It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of
No word yet if this situation even registers on the United Nations radar screen. But it should be on ours.
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