Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission admits to being liars – or at least parsimonious with the truth

In the British Parliament it is not allowed to call someone a “liar.” It is for this reason that Members of that august body have come up with such grand circumlocutions as: “My esteemed Colleague is being parsimonious with the truth!” Now just so we get our language right when dealing with nitty-gritty problems of truth telling in foreign cultures let me start . . . → Read More: Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission admits to being liars – or at least parsimonious with the truth

Fukushima: fuel rods exposed, fuel melted, reactor vessel has holes…

This is probably the worst news about Fukushima yet, but it seems to be getting little media play. The short version, Reactor 1 has totally exposed fuel rods, melted fuel pooling at the bottom and holes in the reactor containment vessel. It is exactly similar to Chernobyl, with reactor fuel directly exposed to the environment outside the containment vessel. High radiation in the . . . → Read More: Fukushima: fuel rods exposed, fuel melted, reactor vessel has holes…

The cost of nuclear – incalculable

The Guardian has an good opinion piece which cites the surprising support from environmentalists like George Monbiot and Stewart Brand for nuclear power even after Fukushima.They contend that nuclear is better than coal, and that makes it imperative to the future. But the Guardian points out, nuclear will not go anywhere without large government support because of the uncertainties . . . → Read More: The cost of nuclear – incalculable

Hunt for plutonium source

Little Mr. Pluto – the cute and friendly plutonium avatar of the Japan Atomic Energy Bureau

The Wall Street Journal had a good article today with a sidebar on the Hunt for Plutonium I am quoting this in its entirety here because it disappears beyond the paywall after 24hours usually.

Hunt for Plutonium

Workers are still probing for the source of the . . . → Read More: Hunt for plutonium source

Fukushima: Thinking back from the end scenario

The end scenario for Fukushima is murky at this point in time. I tend to work intuitively: that is seeing the end state and working back to the present and then working out the steps to get from here to there. So let me try to do that in this somewhat long post. It has been suggested that I make longer posts and . . . → Read More: Fukushima: Thinking back from the end scenario

Radiation in powers of 10 and a meditation on risk

XKCD had this neat Power of Ten Radiation chart which explains how much radiation is absorbed by humans in everyday sort of way and gives an idea of the scale of the radiation at Fukushima. Click on the chart for a link to the original article.

Edge had an interesting discussion on What We Cannot Predict (which used this chart) and had some . . . → Read More: Radiation in powers of 10 and a meditation on risk

On Plutonium toxicity

On the toxicity of Plutonium there is likely to be some over reaction and hysteria. I would refer you to the Plutonium information page of the World Nuclear Association.Since they are a pro-nuclear industry group, one should take their information in that light, however, I don’t think they are mis-stating the science.

Despite being toxic both chemically and because of its ionising radiation, . . . → Read More: On Plutonium toxicity

Plutonium detected outside Fukushima

Just yesterday I posted on Firedoglake that this was bound to happen. Now Fox News has confirmed it. This is horrible news. My heart goes out to those workers. They need better equipment and international support asap.

Power company officials say plutonium has been detected in the soil outside of the stricken Japanese nuclear complex. Tokyo Electric Power Co. says in a statement . . . → Read More: Plutonium detected outside Fukushima

Comparing Fukushima to Chernobyl

I found that New Scientist article that I had seen last week on a comparison of the output of radioactivity into the environment from Fukushima and Chernobyl. It states:

Japan’s damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima has been emitting radioactive iodine and caesium at levels approaching those seen in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in 1986. Austrian researchers have used a worldwide network . . . → Read More: Comparing Fukushima to Chernobyl

Radioactive water outside of Fukushima plant

A disturbing news story this morning: radioactive water is found outside the plants. There is no way to stop this water from entering the environment. Water retrieval is hampered by the fact that all holding tanks for radioactive water waste are full.

The water seeping into a trench outside the Number two reactor at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in northeast Japan had a . . . → Read More: Radioactive water outside of Fukushima plant