Fukushima is now leaking between 150-250 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean daily and if hypocrisy was uranium they could power the whole planet
For the last two years, the Japanese authorities have been covering up the depth of the catastrophe caused by the incident in Fukushima nuclear plant two years ago. Recently, Yushi Yoneyama, an official with the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, which regulates Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said that "We think that the volume of water is about 300 tons a day", an increase from a previous declaration of 150 tons.
According to an Industry Ministry Official, the rate of contaminated water leakage pouring into Pacific Ocean from Fukushima nuclear plant is at the state of emergency at the moment.
The nuclear plant’s operator, TEPCO has promised to take the necessary steps to clean up the pollution, but it turns out that it will take more than 40 years at a cost of 11 billion US dollars to clean up the contamination. However, some experts believe that the harmful and dangerous radioactive materials cannot be cleaned up and the radioactivity in the water can stay for hundreds of thousands of years.
The incident goes back to two years ago when the nuclear plant was damaged during an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 and since then due to a possibility of a full-scale nuclear meltdown, at least 90,000 people were forced to leave homes.
Although TEPCO has previously underestimated the depth of the catastrophe, they only recently admitted that the radioactive groundwater has been leaking into the ocean in an alarming rate.
Would the leakage of an estimated 300 tons of contaminated water a day into the ocean pose a serious threat to the environment?
Although some experts believe that the quantity of the radiation going into Pacific is very serious and this tragedy can pose a serious impact on the entire environment and the human race, others including Prof. Christopher Busby, believe that the Pacific Ocean is big enough for this level of release not to represent the global catastrophe that some are predicting.
According to RT, Prof. Christopher Busby says that “the volume of the North Pacific is 300 million cubic kilometers. The total inventory of the four Fukushima Daiichi reactors is 732 tons of Uranium and Plutonium fuel which is largely insoluble in sea water. The inventory in terms of the medium half-life nuclides of radiological significance Cs-137, Cs-134 and Strontium-90, is 3 x 1018 becquerels (Bq) each. Adding these up gives about 1019 Bq. If we dissolve that entire amount into the Pacific, we get a mean concentration of 33 Bq per cubic meter - not great, but not lethal. Of course this is ridiculous since the catastrophe released less than 1017 Bq of these combined nuclides and even if all of this ends up in the sea (which it may do), the overall dilution will result in a concentration of 1 Bq per cubic meter. So the people in California can relax. In fact, the contamination of California and indeed the rest of the planet from the global weapons test fallout of 1959-1962 was far worse, and resulted in the cancer epidemic which began in 1980.”
However, Harvey Wasserman, journalist and advocate for renewable energy believes that TEPCO is lying and the spilling of an estimated 300 tons of contaminated water daily into the ocean is very serious and can put millions of lives at risk. On the other hand, TEPCO and the Japanese authorities that have been covering up the depth of disaster want to open up 50 other nuclear plants that have been shut in Japan since the accident.
In fact, Harvey Wasserman tells RT that the reason behind the Japanese government and TEPCO’s denial about the depth of disaster is that “if they admit how bad things are in Fukushima, the public is not going to stand for them re opening other nuclear plants”.
But the truth is that may be not immediately, but in matter of few years, Fukushima can start affecting the environment and human’s health in a way that no government can deny.
If hypocrisy was uranium they could power the whole planet and General electric has designed and built reactors in fukushima
General Electric is the US top weapon manufacture and was the same company who was able to hire 975 full-time tax attorneys to pay NO TAXES in 2010. When you next have to pay taxes on your paycheck, think of the corporate elites who make billions of dollars on pure profit and have the power to hire full-time attorneys to get way with paying no taxes.
Although, Americans have been brainwashed to hate the word “socialism” or “communism”, the truth is that the current policies of US is real socialism for the rich including the biggest bailout of the US history in favor of banksters and Wall Street gangs.
While the top corporate elites and oligarchies in this country have the REAL power to bribe Congress and force legislators to write laws in their favor, more and more benefits are cut from your social security, Medicare, Medicate, students loan, unemployment, corporate welfare, and single parenthood plans.
The hypocrisy of the whole system is that a neo-conservative like Michele Bachmann despises “socialism” and government aid, but her own farm gets government subsidy. As the standup comedian and the host of the Real Time, Bill Maher says, “Bachmann’s tireless advocates of cutting people off of the government tit. Well it turns out they live on the tit. Their farm takes farm subsidies. Their counseling clinic takes Medicaid, and their mortgage was underwritten by Freddie Mac. Michele knows civil servants are evil because she was an IRS agent, and Marcus hates government employees because sailors are so rough, but come on, if hypocrisy was uranium they could power the planet.”
Back to the main topic about General Electric, it appears that Fukushima Daiichi power plant was built and designed by GE at the first place. No wonder why the US government also plays along with Fukushima cover up.
Both governments of Japan and US are playing along by seeking technological invincibility and nuclear arm race at the expense of poisoning the whole planet and the environment. They don’t care about the citizens of this planet; the majority of people who want just want to have a healthy and happy life with their families. They don’t give a damn about the lethal and deadly wave of radiation effecting tens and thousands of families in both countries. Keep in mind that the United States was the first country in the world that used nuclear weapons against Hiroshima and Nagasaki when Japan had already surrendered and lost the war.
This race to bottom HAS NO WINNERS
The nuclear arms race was central to the Cold War and many countries including Iran’s ONLY true democracy suffered as a result (Find out who was Dr Mossadegh, the man whom Time magazine had called The Iranian George Washington).
As Oliver Stone in his great documentary “the untold history of US “says “If Henry Wallace would have become president in 1945, there might have been no atomic bombings, no nuclear arms race, and no Cold War.”
In fact, one would wonder how different the world would be today; if bunch of corporate bureaucrats hadn’t stolen Henry Wallace’s Presidency or shot John F Kennedy and his brother or hadn’t overthrown Dr Mossadegh’s government in Iran back in 1953.
As Oliver Stone mentions in his great documentary “Henry Wallace worried that if the US treated the Soviets so badly when US was riding high economically and militarily, how would the Soviets treat the US when and if the situation was reversed. It never happened but this race to the bottom he understood will have no winner…..”.