MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
When it comes to getting the truth from corporations and governments on nuclear power, forget about it. There is too much money and too many political careers tied up in a radiocative future to believe any statement -- such as the ones about the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant: "Don't worry, the crisis is over" or "We've got it all under control."
Mainstream media across the world today have blaring headlines, such as the New York Times: "300 Tons of Contaminated Water Leak From Japanese Nuclear Plant:"
Workers raced to place sandbags around the leak at the site to stem the spread of the water, a task made more urgent by a forecast of heavy rain for the Fukushima region later in the day. A spokesman at Tokyo Electric Power, the plant’s operator, acknowledged that much of the contaminated water had seeped into the soil and could eventually reach the ocean, adding to the tons of radioactive fluids that have already leaked into the sea from the troubled plant.
The leaked water contains levels of radioactive cesium and strontium many hundreds of times higher than legal safety limits, Tokyo Electric said. Exposure to either element is known to increase the risk of cancer....
The latest leak comes from one of the site’s 1,000 tanks, about 500 yards inland, Tepco said. Workers discovered puddles of radioactive water near the tank on Monday. Further checks revealed that the 1,000-ton capacity vessel, thought to be nearly full, only contained 700 tons, with the remainder having almost certainly leaked out.
As the fossil fuel industry races to destroy the planet in order to swill champagne bottles of profit as the earth's nurturing eco systems erode into toxic destructive forces, the nuclear industry rushes to justify even more nuclear power as the deadly impact of its current plants is still literally leaking into our environment: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat from the oceans.
A Reuters article broaches upon a key debate that has been at the center of the Fukishima horror since the initial meltdown: should a private corporation be responsible for the clean-up? It's kind of like putting the banks too big to fail in charge of restoring the economy that they crashed, except that nuclear radiation can literally kill us:
Tepco has been criticized for its failure to prepare for the disaster and been accused of covering up the extent of the problems at the plant.
In recent months, the plant has been beset with power outages and other problems that have led outside experts to question whether Tepco is qualified to handle the clean up, which is unprecedented due to the amount of radioactive material on the site and its coastal location.
The government said this month it will step up its involvement in the cleanup, following Tepco's admission, after months of denial, that leaked contaminated water had previously reached the ocean.
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato told an emergency meeting of prefectural officials on Tuesday it was a "national emergency", and that the local government would monitor the situation more strictly and seek additional steps as needed.
Massive amounts of radioactive fluids are accumulating at the plant as Tepco floods reactor cores via an improvised system to keep melted uranium fuel rods cool and stable.
The water in the cooling system then flows into basements and trenches that have been leaking since the disaster.
This is not just a national emergency; this is an international crisis that like Chernobyl is a stop sign for the further development of nuclear power.
It's a bit disconcerting that we spend untold billions of dollars and lose lives in wars and violate our Constitution to allegedly chase down terrorists who might do us harm, but have our governments and corporations promote a form of energy that is clearly a longterm threat to our well-being. Furthermore, we have now seen that neither private industry nor governments are prepared to deal with the inevitable nuclear disasters that result from the annihilating genie in the bottle that they have and continue to create.
Meanwhile, the NSA and hundreds and hundreds of other US government agencies and private contractors monitor us and "potential terrorists" while a nuclear threat is being promoted by governments around the world, including President Obama who supports nuclear plant energy.