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FUKUSHIMA...the 'Japanese Chernobyl'...politics still trumps safety

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TEPCO defends denying full access to scientific records on the grounds that such information constitutes "proprietary trade secrets.'


Obama administration pushing new nukes...

While Japan "burns' from radioactive fires--the Obama administration has been actively pushing new nuclear plants, with the first 2 plants to be built at Plant Vogtle (south of Augusta, Georgia).   The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved these plants with one sole dissenter--Gregory Jaczko, the Chairman of the NRC.   Jaczko is concerned that TEPCO (the chosen building partner of this dubious enterprise); will follow the same reckless path it followed regarding Fukushima.   Specifically Jaczko cited...

"Significant safety enhancements have already been recommended as a result of learning the lessons from Fukushima."..."and there is still more work ahead of us.   Knowing this I cannot support these licenses as if Fukushima never happened."   (Source : )  

Jaczko's position has been supported by Senator Ron Wyden's recent visit to Japan.   Sen. Wyden sent out an alarm to the US government via Reuters concerning the spent fuel at Reactor #4.   In the event of another tsunami, all that separated the spent fuel pools from damage was ..."a small makeshift sea wall erected out of bags of rock."   (Source : )     

Wyden sent a letter of concern to Secretary of State Clinton, Energy Secretary Steven Chu and--Chairman Gregory Jaczko of the NRC.    His letter to Chairman Jaczko of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was particularly telling.   Wyden sums up the greater danger of the spent or irradiated fuel ...

..."Loss of containment in any of these pools especially the pool at Unit 4 which has the highest inventory of the hottest fuel could result in an even greater release of radiation than the initial accident.   TEPCO's December 21, 2011 remediation roadmap proposes to take up to ten years to complete spent fuel removal from all of the pools on the site.   Given the compromised nature of these structures due to the events of March 11th, this schedule carries extraordinary and continuing risk if further seismic events were to occur.   The true earthquake risk for this site was SERIOUSLY UNDERESTIMATED and remains unresolved. "   (Source: )  

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TEPCO--placing profits above safety".backup generators?

Primary responsibility for the Fukushima-Daiichi disaster falls on TEPCO, as they failed to safeguard something as basic as "backup power generators.'   It is increasingly clear that for TEPCO--profits trump safety.  

Blame can also be assessed on the Japanese "nuclear village, ie. METI, NISA and the NSC (Nuclear Safety Commission)--who stands accused of favoring corporate profits by compromising public safety.  

Japanese Government Investigation Committee"

The Japanese Government Investigation Committee cited TEPCO on the following planning and safety concerns :

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-- inadequate preparation against Station Blackout (SBO), including lack of DC power supplies;

--omitted operational manuals essential for recovering instrumentation equipment and power supplies;

--omitted plan for emergency water injection and seawater injection in the event of a coolant failure;

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Working as an urban educator for over 25 years--I 'moonlight' as a writer. I write part-time for The Huffington Post and enjoy the task of curmudgeon,(at least where career politicians are concerned). I consider myself a political independent who (more...)

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