The Global Threat of Fukushima

Haven’t we seen the last of the Fukushima nuclear disaster? They are cleaning the place up now and the world is, of course, saved and safe, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple.

Kevin Zeese, JD and Margaret Flowers, MD both agree that

“The story of Fukushima should be on the front pages of every newspaper. Instead, it is rarely mentioned. The problems at Fukushima are unprecedented in human experience and involve a high risk of radiation events larger than any that the global community has ever experienced. It is going to take the best engineering minds in the world to solve these problems and to diminish their global impact….”

Cleaning up,  without endangering the whole planet,  proves  easier said than done, as this  October 2013 counterpunch.org article explains,

There are three major problems at Fukushima:

  1. Three reactor cores are missing
  2. Radiated water has been leaking from the plant in mass quantities for 2.5 years and
  3. Eleven thousand spent nuclear fuel rods, perhaps the most dangerous things ever created by humans, are stored at the plant and need to be removed.  1,533 of those are in a very precarious and dangerous position.

Each of these three could result in dramatic radiation events, unlike any radiation exposure humans have ever experienced

TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, is in charge of the clean-up. Their handling of the clean-up has steadily become less trusted. New and often dangerous problems crop up at every turn. Japan’s government is urged to let an international panel of experts assist – not just for the sake of Japan, but for the sake of the whole world!
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