RAD REPORT: Radiation Flowing into Pacific, Still

Edited by Tony Rutherford from Multiple Reports

This demonstration of radiation readings near the Japanese nuclear reactor demonstrate "pegging of the counter." With contamination leaking from an unknown water source, the plutonium leakage flows into the Pacific. Could these areas of Japan be uninhabitable for 24,000 years? The narrators advocate that the evacuation area be enlarged.

Ultimately, the same type of GE MOX reactors are throughout the United States, too. Are we prepared to intervene to  prevent the same type of tragedy?

Video courtesy of Greenpeace/UTube

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Dosimeter shortage reported for Fukushima workers... sound familiar?

It's long been assumed that workers at the Daiichi plant are being exposed to high amounts of radiation. The latest news is that a shortage of personal dosimeters at the destroyed nuclear plant could mean that an accurate picture of how much radiation some workers are absorbing doesn’t exist. From the Japan Times:

The deadly earthquake and tsunami that shattered the northeastern coastline also destroyed thousands of the nuclear power plant's supply of dosimeters, which each employee should carry to warn of excessive radiation.

This means workers were forced to share dosimeters while working, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Thursday. Since dosimeter readings vary greatly by position, it is difficult for a single dosimeter to protect everyone in a group if one of them happens to wander away. How many workers were forced to share dosimeters was not immediately known.

Ironically, the controversy concerning dosimeter readings is not unique to this Japanese tragedy. Many of the complaints by Cold War veterans who worked at uranium and plutonium processing and recycling plants said that the meters they wore had exposure readings purposefully fudged to prevent workers at such locations as the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant or even possibly the Huntington Pilot Plant from learning the extinct of radioactivity in which they daily worked.

 


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