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Five Years After Fukushima, US 'Woefully' Unprepared for Nuclear Disaster


Five Years After Fukushima, US 'Woefully' Unprepared for Nuclear Disaster

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

On the five-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, the U.S. has failed to learn from that accident and put in place the necessary prevention and evacuation guidelines, nuclear experts warn.


Most stories including this one blame the tsunami so that we all will be given a false sense of security.
The initial meltdown was caused by the earthquake itself, something that could happen at any existing plant, especially Diablo Canyon.
The tsunami just made matters worse as it complicated an already compromised situation.
But this does not stop the nuclear apologists from claiming that “It can’t happen here”


“Preparation for a nuclear disaster” in the US is steeped in the industry’s bizarro combination of rationalization and probabilistic forecasting, which combined generate risk estimates that are ridiculously low–so low that “preparation” was not needed. The nuclear engineering industry has developed its own culture–a religion, to be truthful–that allows for the cognitive dissonance between what is possible and why the religion forbids it to dominate the decision-making processes. Add greed and bomb production, of course. The actions of the nuclear industry are hard to understand from a human perspective–Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Bikini Atoll, etc. all showed us that. Should have stopped at Trinity. Ain’t no bottle (or mountain) able to hold all the potential horror forever, except to those who abide by the nuclear religion. I am so glad I didn’t sucked into it, but do understand the need to understand it.


Investigators with the group found that emergency planning at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in southern California, for example, are “dangerously inadequate,”

What ever kw comes out of this plant it isn’t worth it !!!


Two Questions for the PG&E Towering Intellects.

How many spent fuel rods are stored at Diablo Canyon?

Is the storage that same superior Fukushima storage method, namely, second story pool storage?
Such that when the pool will no longer hold water, the containment fails and explodes.

While I appreciate the nod to my relative’s home in San Luis Obispo, a primary concern beyond the small farm towns are the Eco Systems in the area.

The Big Sir Reserve is just to the north with every migrating specimen coming through the area.
San Luis is the low area where all the storms sweep into the inner valley providing water and nourishment to the bread basket of California, and snow coverage into the High Sierra.
Given the nature of the Japanese Current, LA will be be the recipient of full dose down range radiation.

This one is going to shit all over the best parts of California and why, for a couple thousand Mw,

Morons…, stick a couple of solar furnaces in Death Valley, and really crank out some FREE WATTAGE.


I remember when Sen. John McCain was pushing so hard to have more nuclear reactors…maybe not such a good idea after all.


US nuke plants are threats to millions but none more-so than the Indian Point nuke facility in NY called “the most dangerous plant in the US”! Our own Fukushima on the Hudson!

IP has been leaking into the ground water and Hudson River for years and venting “normal” releases the public are assured are “harmless” even though cancer rates are higher in counties surrounding IP! Venting releases are measured annually but often spike in short periods! http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/routineradioactivereleases.htm


To add to IP’s overt nuclear threats is the AIM 42" high-pressure gas pipeline carrying fracked gas for export running THRU the IP plant only 100 feet from electric switching! A pipeline rupture and explosion could prevent shutdown and threaten the millions living within a 50 mile radius - IP is only 30 miles or so from downtown Manhattan! Construction on thet pipeline is going on now, approved by FERC ad the NRC based on false, incomplete and manipulated safety data - some supplied by the pipeline owner!
http://sape2016.org/ - Get involved now!



It’s roughly 600 assemblies in each of their two pools. And they have some older fuel in dry casks.


I have always thought that the true meltdown triggering event was the earthquake. Even though the emergency diesel generators failed, there are methods in a boiling water reactor to prevent, or at least delay, fuel melt even without AC powered emergency core cooling pumps, provided the pipes are still in place. While some fuel melting would probably have occurred, a complete core meltdown and containment failure could likely have been avoided had there been water injection piping intact.


Thanks…I think


Yes, most of the initial reports were that the tsunami caused the meltdown and that is what the media faithfully still repeats. Once more thorough investigations were performed, they found that the earthquake itself had disconnected many of the cooling pipes which led to the meltdown. Most stories still incorrectly refer to the tsunami as the root cause. The tsunami of course did make everything worse.


It’s Big Sur… Big Sir might be a euphemism for the President.


Yeah, infrastructure - so unsexy and so not a profit center.
If it was, we’d see it happen, and quickly too.
Our history reveals that during the Depression, FDR oversaw
huge infrastructure improvements, which also created a lot of jobs in the U.S. (what a concept).


Good catch, auto spellers


Flint. Newark. Turkey Point. Davis-Besse. Hanford. Fukushima-Daiichi. 3-Mile. San Ofore. Canyon Diablo.Tar Sands. Criminal behaviors, one and all! I feel like that frog in the big pot of water set on slow boil. Anyone else?


Whoops, again! CORRECTION: San Onofre


The source of this hugely biased article is - of course - an outfit that apparently does not know that for every Gigawatt of power generated, nuclear is far safer than all other methods - including even hydro.
For factual, unbiased material on Fukushima, always go to hiroshimasyndrome.com . Be sure to read the left-hand column from the top down, beginning with about the author. You will learn a lot. On every anniversary of Fukushima, all of the so-called green organizations and their cousins take advantage of the topic to dredge up every misunderstanding and semi-truth that has been printed in the previous year.

Fukushima facts:

  1. In 1967, Tepco cut 25 meters off of the site’s 35-meter natural seawall to make it easier to ferry equipment ashore, a move that placed the reactors 5 meters below the crest of the 2011 tsunami.
  2. Tepco replaced the natural 35 meter seawall with a 6 meter seawall.
  3. The Japanese government told Tepco to raise it.
  4. Tepco ignored them.
  5. The government did nothing. (Tepco also falsified safety reports and lied about inspections.)
  6. Old Sendai “stones” in the area warn “Do not build below the 150 foot elevation.”
  7. Tepco placed the emergency generators placed in the basements, where they were easily flooded
  8. Fukushima’s six reactors ran without issue for 40 years – generating huge amounts of power that added NO CO2 to our atmosphere.
  9. All 6 reactors survived the earthquake and shut down properly, but the quake cut off their power from the grid.
  10. The tsunami then destroyed the emergency generators in the basements.
  11. Emergency batteries supplied instrumentation power for about 8 hours. With no coolant to the reactors, units 1-3 experienced meltdown.
  12. Reactors 1-4 are useless. Reactors 5 and 6 are capable of producing power, but are not due to the radiation levels in auxiliary buildings and anti-nuclear hysteria.
  13. Japan’s Onagawa nuclear plant, which was closer to the epicenter of the quake, survived the quake (as did Fukushima), and its 45-foot seawall easily blocked the tsunami. The tsunami took 20,000 lives, but the Fukushima failure took the lives of just two workers - who DROWNED.

Nuclear power has been tarred by the Fukushima disaster, but the failure was NOT the fault of nuclear power. It was the caused by corporate lying, record falsifying and penny-pinching, by the lack of government enforcement of seawall height, by building too close to the ocean, and by installing backup generators in easily flooded basements.

Blaming nuclear power for Fukushima is like blaming a train that derails when its engineer takes a curve at 70 mph that is posted for 30.

No one has died from commercial nuclear power production in Western Europe, or the W & S Hemispheres, but MILLIONS have died from the burning of coal and oil.

We should replace carbon-fueled power plants with modern, safe, efficient, nuclear reactors that create NO CO2.

George Erickson - tundracub.com - Member, Thorium Energy Alliance


The stored used fuel rods compound the clean-up at any plant. The complete failure of Yucca Mountain necessitates a real disposal method. My suggestion has always been to launch all nuclear waste into the sun. NASA announces costs of tens of thousands of dollars per pound but that is based on what I call soft launch costs. A different system like an electromotive rail like that used on aircraft carriers or the newest roller coasters only much higher acceleration of a hundred gees or more which would make the ramp shorter and cheaper. All the inanimate materials could be put in orbit for space exploration and for a response to a “Deep Impact” emergency as well as getting rid of nuclear waste. With a realistic amount of fuel we could get away from the Hoeman transfer orbits depicted in “Martian” and “Interstellar” and accelerate and decelerate like a Heinlein novel and do the round trip in weeks to much farther and more interesting destinations than Mars. There was an attempt at Fukushima to use the USS Reagan to supply electrical power but Japan would be smart to build a ship to supply power to any of its coastal plants that might need it. There were six US ships that were used to power bases and villages during WWII and the Korean war. Need money? 2% tax on LaSalle and Wall Streets is about $20 trillion.