October 1, 2013
We are within weeks of what may be humankind’s most dangerous moment and it is coming just as the greatest credit bubble in history is about to pop.
The most dangerous situation humanity has ever faced is upon us and no one is watching. Only a few have reported on what is about to happen starting in November.
The operation, to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel beneath the plant’s damaged Reactor No. 4, could set off a catastrophe greater than any we have ever seen, independent experts warn.
An operation of this scale, says plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company, has never been attempted before, and is wrought with danger.
The New York Times reports,
The Japan Times writes,
The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building.
Containing more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together they need to be removed from a the third floor of a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.
TEPCO expects to take about a year removing the assemblies. Each fuel rod assembly weighs about 300 kilograms (660 pounds) and is 4.5 meters (15 feet) long. Spent fuel rods also contain plutonium, one of the most toxic substances in the universe.
Former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura calls removing the radioactive materials from the Fukushima fuel pools "an issue of human survival".
Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013,
The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s Reactor No. 4, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle.
Removing the rods from the pool is a delicate task normally assisted by computers, according to Toshio Kimura, a former TEPCO technician, who worked at Fukushima Daiichi for 11 years.
Japan’s former Ambassador to Switzerland, Mr. Mitsuhei Murata stated that if the 1,535 fuel rods in the spent fuel pool 100 feet (30 meters) above the ground - collapses it will affect the common spent fuel pool containing 6,375 fuel rods, located some 50 meters from reactor 4.
In both cases the radioactive rods are not protected by a containment vessel; dangerously, they are open to the air. This would certainly cause a global catastrophe like we have never before experienced.
Such a catastrophe would affect us for centuries.
Hiroshi Tasaka, who has a doctorate in nuclear engineering and is now a professor at Tama University said,
A spent fuel pool. Highly radioactive "spent fuel rods" must be kept submerged under at least 20 feet of constantly circulating cold water for at least five years after being removed from the reactor core.
The infrastructure to safely remove this material was destroyed as it was at the other three reactors.
Spent reactor fuel cannot be simply lifted into the air by a crane as if it were routine cargo. In order to prevent severe radiation exposures, fires and possible explosions, it must be transferred at all times in water and heavily shielded structures into dry casks.
Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies, has a lot to say about what we all have to live through during the next year.
All the resources of humanity need to be mustered and focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.
There is doubt that even such a concerted effort would have the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. It is a national security matter for the United States, being directly downwind as it is, but the American president would rather go to war with Syria and much of the rest of the world and the congress would rather stop his Obamacare even at the risk of shutting down much of the American government.
This crisis comes just as the Obama Administration is trying to provide a $8.3 billion loan to build the first new nuclear plants in the U.S. in almost 30 years.
What kind of ironic insanity is that? The absence of media attention and focus reveals how much in the matrix the masses of humanity are, led by arrogant people whose stupidity knows no end.
We are in the worst hands imaginable, ones who have the most difficult time imaginable admitting fault or mistake.
Now that we have really blown it on the nuclear front, why don’t we call on the alien races that now officially are declared to live among us to help us in our need?
If they are supposed to be so superior let them go over to Fukushima and clean up the mess.
What trip they are into playing hide and seek with us is beyond me but the game is over and all intelligent life on this planet needs to come together to not let the worst-case scenario in Fukushima happen.
Perhaps these alien races have been trying hard to save us from ourselves (I don’t see much evidence of any success with that.)
At the minimum we (through prayer), our governments, militaries, engineers and scientists, need to come together in a Manhattan Project (but this time definitely not led by the United States government) to do everything possible to protect future generations from a nuclear nightmare that only plutonium can bring.