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    Default Japanís TEPCO admits further nuclear reactor meltdowns

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/05/2...tor-meltdowns/

    Japanís TEPCO admits further nuclear reactor meltdowns

    By Agence France-Presse
    Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 -- 8:13 am

    TOKYO (AFP) Ė The operator of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant on Tuesday said it believed fuel had partially melted inside three reactors, as long suspected by experts.

    Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said new readings on water gauges indicated that the fuel had dropped to the bottom of the containment vessels of units two and three, matching its earlier assessment of unit one.

    In all three reactors, relatively low temperatures indicated that the fuel was now mostly covered by water that has been pumped into the vessels, meaning there was no immediate threat of an uncontrolled full meltdown.

    "It is highly possible that (partial) meltdowns have occurred at reactors two and three," a TEPCO spokesman said as the firm released its latest analysis of data from the plant after the March 11 quake and tsunami.

    "Most of the fuel is believed to have fallen to the bottom (of pressure vessels that contain fuel rods) as has happened in reactor one," he said. "They are now being cooled and are in stable conditions."

    Japan's March 11 disaster, which left nearly 25,000 people dead or missing, knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima plant. This led reactors to overheat, triggering the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago.

    Reactors four, five and six were under maintenance when the quake hit.

    TEPCO estimates it will bring all six reactors to safe "cold shutdown", with low pressure and low temperatures, by some time between October and January, although it will take far longer to dismantle the plant.

    Emergency crew have sprayed water into the facility since the quake to cool down the reactors and keep fuel rods in containment pools submerged under water, creating tonnes of toxic runoff that has leaked into the Pacific.

    This week TEPCO warned that containment vessels for the radioactive water were almost full.

    The company is building a new water treatment facility and has also docked a storage tank called the "megafloat" off the site to hold more low-level contaminated water.

    An international panel of nuclear experts arrived in Japan this week to assess the accident and is due to report back to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna in late June.

    The IAEA announced last week the mission, headed by Mike Weightman, chief inspector of nuclear installations in Britain, would comprise 20 experts from 12 different countries.

    Japan has also decided to set up a panel independent of the nuclear industry and bureaucracy, and mostly made up of academics, to look into the causes of the crisis. It is expected to compile a mid-term report in December and a final report by mid-2012.

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    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/photospecials...ant/index.html

    Photos show tsunami slamming into nuke plant

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    Fukushima reactor had meltdown 3.5 hours after cooling system collapsed: U.S. researcher


    According to the simulation, the reactor core started melting about 50 minutes after the emergency core cooling system of the No. 1 reactor stopped functioning and the injection of water into the reactor pressure vessel came to a halt. About an hour and 20 minutes later, the control rod and pipes used to gauge neutrons started melting and falling onto the bottom of the pressure vessel. After about three hours and 20 minutes, most of the melted fuel had piled up on the bottom of the pressure vessel. At the four hour and 20 minute mark, the temperature of the bottom of the pressure vessel had risen to 1,642 degrees Celsius, close to the melting point for the stainless steel lining, probably damaging the pressure vessel.

    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/...na019000c.html


    How do you feel now that you know everyone was lying the entire time?

    How can you trust what they say now about the amount of radiation coming across the ocean?

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    http://beta.news.yahoo.com/ap-impact...071655132.html

    AP IMPACT: US nuke regulators weaken safety rules

    LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) ó Federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards, or simply failing to enforce them, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

    Now it all makes sense...Have a phony disaster to cover up the flaws......Bilk the insurance companies...and they go broke and we bail them out.....

    We need to stop nuclear power now before these idiots kill us all...


    Remember it's all about the money ...

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    all righty then, preppy. let's shut the nucs down, what do you suggest we use for power then???? remember, about 1/2 of coal-fired plants will be coming off line in 2014. grandpaw made out o.k. with a coal oil lamp, i reckon we can too.
    ''the heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left'' Ecclesiastes 10:2 [ NIV ]

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    Is that the Cap & Trade deal??? 2014...

    Screw them...let's get that changed.....Do you want your family to die from radiation (fast) or smog (slow to never)....???

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    http://www.examiner.com/human-rights...alley-of-death


    "Finally, three months later, we are getting some numbers on what the real dangers are. And finally we can begin to understand the enormous cover-up of the nuclear doom that is reaching lungs all over the west coast of America, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii and at least half of Japan!" stated Dr. Mark Sircus.

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    nuclear energy only accounts for 20% of america's power... We haven't even built new plants since the late 70's. We just keep increasing the amount of energy the existing ones produce.
    Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead - james 2:17

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110621/...BpbXBhY3R0cml0

    BRACEVILLE, Ill. Ė Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows.


    The number and severity of the leaks has been escalating, even as federal regulators extend the licenses of more and more reactors across the nation.



    Ask your self why this could be allowed? It's not like it's sugar water...

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    http://enenews.com/report-city-of-29...ation-detected

    Report: City of 290,000 people 60 kilometers from Fukushima meltdown is in danger ó Extremely high radiation detected, along with Cobalt-60
    June 21st, 2011 at 05:46 AM

    More than 10 times the radiation limit. Even cobalt-60 was detected. Children should be evacuated immediately, but the government says nothing, pretending not to know anything 

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