The Fukushima disaster occured on March 11, 2011. Now seven years later, it has only worsened. And it's not the only one.
Fukushima Nightmare: Could Be Coming to a Town Near You
We’ve got 23 plants (here in the USA) that are identical to Fukushima and the demonstrative failure of this technology is 100% failure for the containment at units one, two, and three. Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear
After a year long investigation into this, the following conclusions were reported by the Associated Press:
“Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of United States commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. And the number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licences of more reactors across the US. Tritium, which is a radioactive form of hydrogen, has leaked from at least 48 of 65 sites, according to US Nuclear Regulatory Commission records reviewed as part of AP's year-long examination of safety issues at ageing nuclear power plants.
Leaks from at least 37 of those facilities contained concentrations exceeding the federal drinking water standard - sometimes at hundreds of times the limit. While most leaks have been found within plant boundaries, some have migrated offsite, but none is known to have reached public water supplies. At three sites - two in Illinois and one in Minnesota - leaks have contaminated drinking wells of nearby homes but not at levels violating the drinking water standard. At a fourth site, in New Jersey, tritium has leaked into an aquifer and a discharge canal feeding a bay on the Atlantic Ocean.
The US Environmental Protection Agency says tritium should measure no more than 20,000 picocuries per litre in drinking water. It also estimates seven of 200,000 people who drink such water for decades will develop cancer.
The tritium leaks have also spurred doubts among independent engineers about the reliability of emergency safety systems at the 104 nuclear reactors situated on the 65 sites. However, federal and industry officials say the tritium leaks pose no health or safety threat. Tony Pietrangelo, chief nuclear officer of the industry's Nuclear Energy Institute, said impacts were "next to zero".
Corrosion has occurred for decades along the hard-to-reach, wet underbellies of the reactors - generally built in a burst of construction during the 1960s and 1970s. An industry document said 38 leaks from underground piping had been found between 2000 and 2009 with nearly two-thirds of those being reported during the past five years.
Subsurface water not only rusts underground pipes but attacks other buried components, including electrical cables that carry signals to control operations. A 2008 NRC staff memo reported industry data showing 83 failed cables between 21 and 30 years of service - but only 40 within their first 10 years of service. AP found the leaks sometimes go undiscovered for years. Many of the pipes or tanks have been patched, and contaminated soil and water have been removed in some places.
Mistakes and defective material have contributed to some leaks but corrosion is the main cause. And, safety engineers say, the rash of leaks suggest nuclear operators are hard put to maintain the decades-old systems. The Union of Concerned Scientists reported in September that more than 400 known radioactive leaks of all kinds of substances had occurred over the history of the US industry. Nuclear engineer Bill Corcoran said that since much of the piping was inaccessible and carried cooling water, the worry was if the pipes leaked there could be a meltdown.
Mario Bonaca, a former member of the NRC's advisory committee on Reactor Safeguards, said:
Any leak is a problem because you have the leak itself - but it also says something about the piping. Evidently something has to be done." An NRC taskforce on tritium leaks last year dismissed the danger to public health. Instead, its report called the leaks "a challenging issue from the perspective of communications around environmental protection" but admitted they had "impacted public confidence".
The industry has also been trying to stop the leaks by drilling more monitoring wells and replacing old piping. So far, 66 reactors have been approved for 20-year extensions to their original 40-year licenses, with 16 more extensions pending. Regulators and industry have also worked in concert to loosen safety standards to keep the plants operating.” (source) Watch video #1 below to learn more.
Fukushima Today and the Residents Who Returned
A majority of the Japanese residents who reside in areas around Fukushima never could have believed how much their lives could change in a moment. But as the below video shows, their lives have significantly changed, and in the worst ways:
“As the authorities work out how to deal with the nuclear nightmare at Fukushima, the clean-up drags on. Fearing radioactive contamination, the consequences of the disaster continue to define residents' lives.
After the accident the situation in the plant got worse and worse, the radiation levels rose higher. To be honest, we didn't know if we could control it, admits one of the Fukushima plant workers. Outside the plant walls, the town remains deserted.
Children from the surrounding areas are not allowed to play outside and cattle have developed a new disease. The traffic lights are still working, but just about nothing else is in the ghost town. The continued fears over health risks mix with a sense of a betrayal by the government.
Everyone is worried about the radiation, says the mother of seven-year-old Chie.
Japanese government policy is very strange. We have been deceived by the government and the electric company.,says an elderly lady with a scarf wrapped protectively around her face.
Despite voluntary efforts to revitalize the area, it seems there is little hope of reversing the fate of this radioactive wasteland. And residents are reporting,
There has been no progress. Things have not changed.
And unfortunately, we too face this very real possibility in our near future. All these reactors are built on very shaky foundations and despite so called “expert” opinion, there is no way to fully contain this waste to its perpetuity.
What Kind of World do YOU Want?
This is a major reality check. We need to become conscious of what nuclear power is and it's real impact on this planet - most people still have no idea. Many of the Japanese people had to learn the hard way and may our hearts go out to all whose lives were adversely impacted by this horrendous happening but the blessing is that they see clearly now that nuclear power is not the answer.
We can often avert danger by taking steps to prevent it but we have to be aware that the danger exists first. We can look upon the Fukushima nuclear disaster, as the greatest advertiser against nuclear fuel use and a hard truth teller about the great danger each and every one these plants is to humanity and all life on this planet.
Taking direct action is also another way to assist this situation. Do you live near a nuclear power plant or waste facility? Talk to the people in your community about it. Take your own measurements and readings. Become true caretakers of one another and this incredible planet.
We have to break free from all the lies that many still cling to. We have to start wanting the things that will endure and that will create the peace and harmony on this planet necessary for natural communities to flourish. The knowledge needed to heal this planet exists but it cannot come to the fore without our conscious participation. So it’s worthwhile to take some time to reflect on this, and then beam those thoughts out with loving intentions.
This planet needs to evolve. It’s time for a Free Energy Revolution. Stay tuned.
We are whirling through endless space with inconceivable speed, all around us everything is spinning, everything is moving, everything is energy. There must be some way of availing ourselves of this energy more directly. With the light obtained from the medium, with the power derived from it, with every form of energy obtained without effort from the store forever inexhaustible, humanity will advance with great strides.Nikola Tesla
VIDEO #2: Just How Bad Has Fukushima Become