Tokyo Electric Power Company – CEO Burns-san
The operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Company, said the elevated radiation levels in the water, which had flooded the turbine buildings adjacent to the reactors, were at least four time the permissible exposure level for workers at the plant and 100,000 times greater than water ordinarily found at a nuclear facility.
Alarm over the radiation levels grew last Thursday when two workers were burned after they stepped into highly radioactive water inside Reactor No. 3. Over the weekend, a worker trying to measure radiation levels of the water at Reactor No. 2 saw the reading on his dosimeter jump beyond 1,000 millisieverts per hour, the highest reading on the device. The worker left the scene immediately, said Takeo Iwamoto, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power.
The average amount of radiation workers at the Fukushima plant are exposed to in a year is at most 50 millisieverts. In emergency situations, the limit is usually raised to 100 millisieverts but it has been raised to 250 millisieverts during the crisis.
I KNOW very well how tough it is to manage this crisis; but it appears to me these guys could, “F’up a wet dream!”
Fukushima Daiichi power plant
‘Japan Encourages a Wider Evacuation From Reactor Area’
TOKYO — new signs emerged Friday that parts of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant were so damaged and contaminated that it would be even harder to bring the plant under control soon.
At the same time, Japanese officials began encouraging people to evacuate a larger band of territory around the complex.
“The situation still requires caution,” Mr. Kan, grave and tired-looking, told the nation. “Our measures are aimed at preventing the circumstances from getting worse.” The authorities said that they would now assist people who wanted to leave the area from 12 to 19 miles outside the plant, and that they were now encouraging “voluntary evacuation” from the area.
Those people had been advised March 15 to remain indoors, while those within a 12-mile radius of the plant had been ordered to evacuate. The United States has recommended that its citizens stay at least 50 miles away.
Indian Point Energy Center (IPEC) is a THREE-unit nuclear power plant station located in Buchanan, New York just south of Peekskill. It sits on the east bank of the Hudson River, 38 miles north of New York City. The power plant provides up to 30% of the electricity used by New York City and Westchester County.
Unit 1 – It was a small 275-megawatt PWR reactor which was issued an operating license on March 26 1962; and was shut down on Halloween, October 31, 1974.
Unit 2 & 3 – The two additional reactors, Indian Point 2 and 3, were built in 1974 and 1976. Together they generate up to 30% of the electricity used in New York City, depending on a variety of conditions.
On May 2, 2007, the NRC announced that the “License Renewal Application for Indian Point Nuclear Plant is available for Public Inspection”. This initiated Entergy’s effort to extend the operating licenses of each unit by 20 years.
2007 + 20 = 53 years / 51 years
FACT: At 38-miles from New York City, ‘Indian Point 1, 2, and 3’ are well within the 50-mile range recommended by the U.S. government for Fukushima Daiichi.
Gawd forbid, IPEC will not have a MAJOR problem/disaster, but I would like to know two things:
1. Will the NRC issue a ‘voluntary evacuation’ for Metropolitan New York (estimated 2008 +18million population)?
2. MANY, perhaps millions, will choose to ignore the ‘voluntarily evacuation’; so might the NRC then issue a ‘mandatory evacuation’ for +18 million?
Ann Coulter: Radiation Is ‘Good For You’
Ann Coulter appeared on Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor” to advance an argument that she made in a column this week: that radiation is “good for you.”
There has been a high degree of concern about the levels of radiation being released into the environment due to the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. But, in a column called “A Glowing Report On Radiation,”
Coulter said that many scientists have been studying the effects of radiation and have found that, as she put it,” at some level–much higher than the minimums set by the U.S. government–radiation is good for you,” and actually reduced the risk of cancer.
Officials said they still hoped to fix a power cable to at least two reactors to restart water pumps needed to cool overheating nuclear fuel rods. Workers also sprayed water on the No.3 reactor, one of the most critical of the plant’s six.
Even if engineers restore power at the plant, it was not clear the pumps would work as they may have been damaged in the earthquake or subsequent explosions and there are fears of the electricity shorting and causing another blast.
Japanese engineers conceded on Friday that burying a crippled nuclear plant in sand and concrete may be the only way to prevent a catastrophic radiation release, the method used to seal huge leakages from Chernobyl in 1986.
A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s …
LAST CHANCE of PREVENTING a BROADER NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE.
And if that isn’t bad enough, ‘Japan Radiation Plume Could Reach Tokyo, Scientists Warn’
The radiation plume from a nuclear power plant damaged by Japan’s devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami could reach Tokyo, a U.S. scientists’ organization said on Tuesday.
The Union of Concerned Scientists also said a “jerry-rigged” cooling system at the Japanese plant would be hard to maintain if all workers there were evacuated.
Nuclear power and safety experts at the group said they were “very concerned” that ongoing activities at the plant would become more challenging for on-site workers. A larger radiation plume could travel hundreds of miles (km), the scientists said in a telephone briefing.
population of greater Tokyo: +36,000,000
50 workers for FOUR units?
As Japan struggles to contain a growing nuclear crisis — with more than 200,000 people evacuated, an explosion at one power plant, and possible meltdowns in several reactors — the American nuclear industry faces a different challenge: how to position itself in the intense public-relations battle that has already started.
This morning I interviewed a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry trade group, to get a sense of the message being pushed by an industry that, with support from President Obama as well as the Republican Party, has been in the early stages of a renaissance.
The most striking claim made by NEI spokesman Mitchell Singer: Americans should be “reassured” by the crisis unfolding in Japan.
“There hasn’t been any significant release of radiation. So obviously they must be doing something right at this point,” said Singer. While acknowledging that the crisis is still in early stages, Singer argued in our interview, and earlier to the Wall Street Journal, that Americans should be reassured because the industry will learn from the accidents in Japan, where fail-safe systems have themselves failed.
opinion: I honestly don’t have a feel for how serious the risks are with the meltdown(s); are they contained or not?
My main source of TV news is’ ‘CNN International’, and their ‘experts’ seem to have a decidedly, ‘Hey, NO PROBLEMO’.
I believe CNN should OWE it to the viewers to say whether the guest is a salesman for the industry trade group – Nuclear Energy Institute, or not.
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