Plume-Gate: the world’s largest, provable cover-up and conspiracy
“For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
JFK from his “President and the Press” speech to the U.S. press core on April 27th, 1961
Historically speaking, Plume-Gate is the world’s largest, provable, cover-up and conspiracy. If the Guinness Book of World Records considered ‘cover-up and conspiracy’ as a legitimate category, then certainly Plume-Gate would be at the very top of the list…above 9/11, above Watergate, above Fast and Furious, above even the JFK assassination, and not just for the sheer size and scope of the conspiracy, not because of the many alphabet agencies involved, not because President Obama is implicated, not because it reveals the truth about nuclear power and everything that goes with it, but because Plume-Gate is PROVABLE. And that proof is available to the public in the form of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Freedom of Information documents. The simple fact is: all one needs is the desire to know and the ability to read to familiarize oneself with this grandiose cover-up.
(below) From the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents: Coincidence theorists are abuzz about this email that proves the NRC and Japanese “Utility Execs” were conducting a ”Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Drill” as the March 11th, 2011 disaster unfolded.
Now I ask you, my fellow Americans: what does it mean that 2-1/2 years after the Fukushima catastrophe that I seem to be the only English writing journalist reporting on the world’s largest, provable cover-up and conspiracy?
I tell you it is a testament to our government’s ability to suppress information.
Furthermore, I cannot stress enough that Plume-Gate is the ‘silver bullet’ we have waited so long for. It reveals the truth about nuclear power. It reveals the truth about the conspiracy of which John F. Kennedy spoke of. It is an opportunity we dare not waste and it rides on the lives of all who have died and all who will die from Fukushima.
I ask the parents of America, how much do you love your children? Do you love them enough to protect them from an immediate danger, a biting dog or perhaps a kidnapper? Of course you do. But then I must ask: why more do not join the fight to shut down nuclear power? Is it because the danger is an unseen one? Is it because the danger is too great? Is it because the fight is too time consuming? Do they not understand the grave threat of nuclear power? Do they not know about the fallout from Plume-Gate and its consequences?
I say again it is clear to me that information is being suppressed on a scale never before known in the United States of America. The general public simply does not know the facts.
I put it to you now, that when life-saving information is withheld from the public, in an orchestrated fashion, by agencies of our government, corporate entities and the media, that this is disloyalty to our country and our citizens: IT IS TREASON!
“It took National Geographic, so-called scientists, it took them 880 days to report what an old plasterer reported on in 12 hours.” ~Kevin Blanch (YouTube vlogger, anti-nuclear activist and leukemia survivor)
Allow me too summarize what I have learned thus far from reading the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima:
1) The damage to the Fukushima Daiichi facility was much greater and the ability to respond was much more difficult than we have been led to believe. There is a reference to a 46 foot tsunami, the height of which was measured by TEPCO on the walls of Unit’s 1 and 2. There is evidence Spent Fuel Pool (SFP) #4 and #3 went dry and had a ‘zirc fire’. At times, dose rates at the facility were lethal or near lethal and as such workers were, at times, unable and unwilling to make repairs. There is talk of 450-600 REM/hr between Unit’s 2 and 3 and MOX sludge causing access problems. Bulldozers were used to push rubble into piles to reduce the dose rates. Engineers and workers were unable to follow protocol as there was/is no known procedure that will rectify a prolonged station blackout due to saltwater inundation of switch boards, circuitry, electrical components, diesel generators etc. from a tsunami. The force of the wave dislodged and damaged the diesel fuel tanks that held the fuel that would have powered back-up generators and when the diesel generators themselves were not damaged from being submerged, the control panels that operated them were. The water-cannons and helicopter water drops were marginally effective and did little to cut dose rates. In the end, it all came down to shipping the Bechtel pumps from Perth, Australia…hooking them up and pumping (in most cases) saltwater into the reactors (At least one pumping unit was delivered to Japan on March 22nd, 2011 but I’m still hunting evidence that shows the pumps were even used.) DOD foot the bill on the Bechtel pumps which means John Q. Taxpayer actually covered the cost…approximately 9.6 billion dollars. It was at least two weeks before power began to be restored to any significant level in what can only be described as a slow, painstaking effort. There is proof of multiple radioactive plumes being emitted from the Fukushima facility…some well into the month of April, 2011. There is discussion that NOAA tracked a 19 mile radioactive cloud along the Japanese coast. There are TEPCO maps of measured (not modeled) plumes, some of which are over 60 kilometers long.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 13th, 2011…an excerpt from the Eliot Brenner memo to NRC OPA staffers:
2) The world’s largest, provable cover-up is indicated in the NRC FOIA documents. Some of the agencies/figureheads implicated are: NRC, DOE, EPA, CDC, HHS, DHS, FEMA, NOAA, USAID, DOD (Navy, Naval reactors), White House, President Obama, Bechtel, GE, IAEA, INPO, NEI, and others in an orchestrated attempt to downplay and conceal the radioactive plume and fallout from Americans. Documents, plume models and SitReps (situation report) were denied to China, US states and global ‘stakeholders’. NEI and the ‘Federal Family’ had a password protected database for US Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) ‘rooftop grabs’. Information was suppressed by use of prefabricated ‘talking points’, Questions and Answers and Press Releases. NRC spends millions to search for negative press and to actively and aggressively perform countermeasures in the form of disinformation and careful gatekeeping by their agents (bloggers) online, on TV or in print (i.e.; we know them as trolls and shills). In one memo Eliot Brenner states (in regards to the NRC press release): ‘while we know more than what these say, we’re sticking to this story for now’. There is evidence of subversion of the Freedom of Information Act by the NRC. There is evidence that plume and fallout models were based on 96 hours or 4-5 days of emissions and there is proof that emissions continued up to the end of March and beyond. Officials did NOT issue rainwater warnings or ANY warnings based on these models. There is talk of modeling fallout in Alaska, California, Hawaii, and Midway. Conservative estimates ranged around 4.5 REM to children in a transpacific model. There was plenty of discussion of a ‘President’s worst case’ scenario…it was also based on 4-5 days of emissions. There is discussion about having the benefit of knowing all about Chernobyl even modeling based on Chernobyl depositions. FEMA was told to ‘stand down’. There is concern about a ‘diverging perspective’ and discussions about staying ‘aligned’.
3) It is obvious by the level of importance that the NRC, Japanese authorities and others placed on Potassium Iodine (KI) throughout the FOIA documents that it is a very important part of protecting oneself from fallout following a meltdown. This contradicts what US authorities have led us to believe over the years…that KI is not that big of a deal. I am not aware of any requirement that US Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) must stock KI in case of an accident.
4) There is evidence that ships from the US Navy were not relocated but that officials knew there were plumes and high levels of radiation all around the coast of Japan. NOAA tracked a 19 mile long radioactive cloud along the coast of Japan and on at least two occasions TEPCO measured (not modeled) radioactive plumes over 60 kilometers long. NRC officials state that most of the emissions blew offshore.
5) The NRC’s response to nuclear catastrophe is inhibited, in particular the ability to speak freely and communicate openly, because participants know they are being recorded and email saved for the Freedom of Information Act. In many cases participants were not at liberty to discuss the extent of the meltdowns as they really were. There is evidence of a ‘non-recorded’ line.
6) President Obama called for a review of our domestic fleet of reactors but to my knowledge no action is taken to rectify any of several critical issues. There are emails that indicate we have many non-seismically qualified spent fuel pools here in the US and that our nuclear plants may not be able to withstand a co-event 8.9 earthquake with a 46 foot tall tsunami (or tsunami of that height alone). NRC official admits that GI-99 manual proves they do not know everything about the seismicity of the CEUS (Central and Eastern United States), thus East Coast NPPs are vulnerable to a significant earthquake.
7) TEPCO intentionally discharged radioactive water into the Pacific beginning in March of 2011 and there is abundant proof of this in the NRC FOIA documents. Interestingly enough, I reported this fact before mainstream media did.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
“The conspiracy, the infiltration, the corruption of our government, is the highest national security priority of all.” ~Hatrick Penry
Throughout the NRC Freedom of Information documents pertaining to Fukushima there is evidence that officials are very much aware of the effects of the fallout from Chernobyl. There is discussion of using data recovered following the Chernobyl event in modeling of the fallout from Fukushima. There is even discussion of the number of fatalities that resulted from Chernobyl fallout. Officials cannot claim ignorance when you consider they admit they know all about Chernobyl, even using the data from the 1986 incident to aid in modeling. And consider also this: we are in the direct line of fire from the Pacific Jetstream…the same Jetstream that pilots ‘piggyback’, when returning from the orient, to save fuel. Can officials claim ignorance of the Pacific Jetstream?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “We’ve got the benefit of knowing everything there is to know about Chernobyl.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: A discussion of fatalities from Chernobyl fallout. Note the (inaudible) at the most convenient times. Note that the number 49 is low enough for us to see…no (inaudible) there. Also note that a common tactic of the nuclear shills and propagandists is to downplay the number of Russians who died from Chernobyl by using the number of those killed in the initial event (49?). This screencapture proves that officials know the difference between the deaths related to the initial event (i.e.: from explosions and fire) and those from the fallout from Chernobyl. It also proves they know there is a vast difference between the two figures.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: using deposition rates from Chernobyl.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: more evidence that officials used data from Chernobyl fallout for modeling Fukushima fallout. Note the discussion of doses for children based on conservative assumptions.
(below) Not from the NRC FOIA documents. This is an independent study of the effects of Chernobyl fallout on file at the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
(below) From the study mentioned above: Chernobyl fallout produced an estimated 985,000 additional deaths from April 1986 to the end of 2004.
(below) From Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment: Note that Officials in Oregon issued rainwater warnings in 1986.
(below) From the study above: Fallout from Chernobyl detected in the Southern Hemisphere.
How bad it really was
While it is true TEPCO withheld information from NRC officials they still had an excellent idea of what was unfolding and that Fukushima Daiichi facility was experiencing a ‘worse-case-scenario’…i.e.: a prolonged station blackout (PSBO). Ultimately this meant the nuclear reactors would be without power and proper cooling for weeks. When the nuclear fuel gets hot enough it begins to melt and will eventually take the form of a ‘corium’ blob, sublimating through concrete, rebar, steel and eventually down into the earth…forever irretrievable.
(below) NOT FROM THE NRC FOIA DOCUMENTS. Units 4 and 3 from left to right.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence that access was restricted due to high dose rates.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a discussion of how to drop the lethal dose rates so workers can make repairs.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: workers bulldoze rubble into piles to cut dose rates but dose rates still are ‘incredible’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Japan slow to assemble Bechtel pumps due to high dose rates. Note that time and time again NRC officials state that the water cannons and helicopter drops are ineffective.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: talk of 450-600 REM/hr between units 2 and 3.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: no real plan, just making it up as they go along. Discussion of strapping lead to Humvees to be able to drive in to make repairs.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: water drops were not effective according to NRC officials.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: pumper trucks also ‘marginally effective’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: TEPCO considering entombment.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence of the ‘President’s source term’ and more proof that Obama’s administration knew the seriousness of the situation.
(below and continued from above) From the NRC FOIA documents: Discussion of the ‘President’s case’ and multiple ‘worst case’ scenarios. Models were not only downplayed by basing them on source terms of limited duration but by running multiple ‘worse case’ scenarios and choosing the ‘least-worst-case’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence of a ‘President’s run’ in Hawaii and California.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 29th and lighting is just being returned to Unit 4 control room where there is still no access due to high dose rates.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 16th email suggests SFP of Unit 4 has lost all water. High dose rates make entry impossible.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 14th email suggests Fukushima is a ‘worst case’ scenario i.e.: a prolonged station blackout.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 15th email suggesting that “U2 ex-vessel, U4 zirc fire SFP, catastrophe”. Note that redactions are likely further description of grave conditions at Fukushima, not military or trade secrets. We only get to see what they want us to see and yet we are expected to believe the levels of radiation and the damage were minimal.
(below) From EPA.gov: the worst probable nuclear incident at an industrial facility is a fire…(especially with MOX fuel)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence that the March 14th Unit 3 ‘lube oil fire’ was not a lube oil fire but something much more serious.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC officials dubious of TEPCO’s Long term plan to restore plant equipment.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence of a prolonged station blackout from a March 14th email.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Officials know all about plumes and fallout from a Mark I as they have already done a study of the possibility. Also note Chuck Casto’s contention: ‘…in a station blackout you’re going to lose containment.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Ignorance is no excuse. Simulations were done more than 30 years ago that reasonably matched conditions at Fukushima.
The result of the prolonged station blackout and subsequent meltdowns would produce an incredible amount of radioactive emissions from the Fukushima facility: many, many times more than Chernobyl. The radioactive plumes and clouds would be carried aloft, out to sea, and in the direction of the USA. The initial plume was a lethal cocktail of plutonium, strontium, cesium, iodine and other radionuclides and made impact with the West Coast just six days after the catastrophe. Officially, Americans were told not to expect harmful levels of radioactivity and no warnings were given. Meanwhile, as far away as France, rainwater and green leafy vegetable warnings were issued. It is interesting to note that in 1986 Oregon issued rainwater warnings over Chernobyl fallout.
(below) While President Obama told Americans to expect ‘harmless’ levels of radioactivity and to take no precautions beyond staying informed, countries much further from the Fukushima catastrophe did give rainwater warnings (just as Oregon did in 1986 over Chernobyl fallout) and green leafy vegetable warnings as well.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chuck is looking for an ‘ingestion pathway’ and a ’plume’ person.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: prevailing winds carry the bulk of radioactive releases out to sea.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “…the plume is going up to sea.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence of a massive plume.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NOAA’s big blunder (admission of tracking a 19 mile long radioactive cloud down the coast of Japan) draws the ire of NRC officials.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “Now we’re getting calls from ordinary citizens from CA and OR wanting to know if they need to evacuate.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Talking points deflect the American public’s pesky questions.
(below) from the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence that EPA had lead role on plume effects in the US.
(below) NOT FROM THE NRC FOIA DOCUMENTS: EPA busted for ‘rigging’ the RADNET monitoring equipment to report lower levels of radiation. Meanwhile, US Nuclear Power Plants that detected fallout from Fukushima forwarded the data up the chain of command into a password protected database accessible only by the ‘Federal Family’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Admiral Willard admits the plumes are a ‘repeated event’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence of venting from Unit 3 blowing offshore.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “The plume is an extensive plume.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Moving Navy ships en masse would have been indicative that the situation was worse than Officials were willing to admit. Many of our sailors are already suffering from the effects of radiation sickness.
I will remind you that the modeling done by NARAC, DITTRA, SANDIA and the NRC appears to have been based on 96 hours or 4-5 days of emissions and thus evidence of dose rates will be greatly underestimated. These downplayed models and ones like ‘the President’s run’ were what ‘harmless’ levels of fallout were based upon. In the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima I found hard evidence that plumes as long as 60 kilometers were being emitted as late as the 30th of March and beyond. I would also remind you that in July, 2013 Unit #3 had several days of what TEPCO labeled ‘mystery steam’. The simple fact is, radioactive emissions from Fukushima have been and will continue to be ongoing: to conduct modeling based on 4-5 days of emissions is madness! Again I remind you that the numbers expressed in the following screencaptures will be extremely conservative:
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: discussion of dose estimates in California.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: over conservative transpacific model shows 4.5 REM iodine to children…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Transamerica model shows 4.5 REM to thyroid of infants in California.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: modeling suggests up to 35 REM thyroid dose to children in Alaska and 4.9 thyroid dose to children in Midway. Remember, modeling was based on short durations of 4-5 days of emissions. In the NRC FOIA documents, there is proof that emanations were ongoing well into the month of April, 2011. Recently, TEPCO announced a ‘mystery steam’ coming from Unit 3.
(below) From the NRC website: .5 REM allowed to the fetus of a pregnant Nuclear Power Plant employee.
Ultimately, the US will pay a heavy toll from the effects of the radioactive plume and fallout. Conservative estimates range around 1.3 million American fatalities by the year 2030. Evidence from Chernobyl fallout indicates latent cancers did not manifest in significant numbers until 5-10 years after the event. It is important to note that all three of the fatality studies I refer to are congruent with one another i.e.: they have similar methodology and results. In the case of the bird study, the scientist in question discovered an increased mortality rate in young birds from Chernobyl fallout in 1986.
(below) From the initial Sherman/Mangano study. The estimate of 13,983 deaths was later revised to 22,000.
(below) From the Bobby1 fatality index study. Conservative estimate shows over 1.3 million American fatalities from Fukushima fallout.
(below) Also from the Bobby1 study. Left axis is partially obscure but reads in intervals of 2 (0,2,4,6,8,10,12) per 100,000. Note the delayed effect. If this chart is accurate, the worst is yet to come.
(below) Another study from the Sherman/Mangano team…this one reveals elevated trends in hypothyroidism among newborns in Pacific/west Coast States.
Please watch this video of my analysis of the fatality index studies:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXAQKLcyJI4
Please watch this video on effects of Chernobyl fallout on bird population in the US: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJAjnCCVGbo&feature=youtu.be
“I have to challenge everybody because you must, at some point in your life, learn to think or you are doomed.” ~William ‘Bill’ Cooper
Shut up, we’re being recorded: Freedom of Information subversion by the NRC
One of my most popular broadcasts on BlogTalkRadio was one where I voiced my concern that the ability for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to respond to Fukushima, or any meltdown for that matter, was hampered by the fact that many of their employees know they are being recorded and are thus unwilling to speak freely and openly. They are keenly aware that their conversations and emails, through the Freedom of Information Act, may be subject to scrutiny at a later date and that this recorded correspondence might reflect poorly on the nuclear industry (or even serve to incriminate someone). In short, the resulting response to a nuclear disaster will be neither economical, not efficient. Imagine your local fireman being unable to speak openly with his partner as they try to extinguish the blaze consuming your home.
There are other ways to subvert the Freedom of Information Act to be sure. ‘Blizzarding’ leaves researchers to comb through an untold number of pages that are dumped online all at once. To make it even more difficult, most NRC FOIA documents sport duplicate information; phone conversations, emails, reports, graphs and charts…are found doubled and even sometimes tripled in the same file. These tactics are designed to slow the flow of information from the NRC FOIA documents to the American public.
Redaction is another means to subvert the Freedom of Information Act. You might say that the NRC is ‘going to town’ with the redaction these days. It can’t be due to design secrets of the infamous Mark I containment model. That would be like redacting the ‘secrets’ of the old Chevy Corvair, which Ralph Nadar crusaded against because it was so dangerous of a car to drive. Interestingly enough, lots of redaction can be found when they are discussing the worst-case-scenario and Navy ships.
Do solar power companies redact and subvert their documentation?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Politically sensitive information? Take it offline!
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: when Dave Weller and Mike Weber begin to describe the sublimation process Marty V. is there to keep them in check.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a warning about the Freedom of Information Act.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the truth hurts….because of FOIA “we cannot function.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence of a ‘non-recorded line’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chairman Jaczko “…I’m not on a classified line.”
Talking points, Q and As, and press releases: how the NRC keeps the American public in the dark
Cover-ups are all about control of information. In the case of Plume-Gate, the reality of nuclear power, the radioactive plume (both by air and sea) and fallout and the evidence of the conspiracy itself must be kept hidden from the American public at all costs. Of course, a small percentage of informed critical thinkers will never be fooled, but the simple fact is you don’t have to fool everyone all the time. You only have to fool most of the people, most of the time.
“You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.” ~G.W. Bush
Generally speaking, when it comes time for authorities to speak with the public, there are three main tactics used to control the flow of information:
Talking Points: we’re all way too familiar with talking points by now. Talking points are meant to control the subject of a conversation, perhaps steering us towards a lesser, superficial issue and avoiding the main cause of a problem altogether. Talking points are a guide. Following them will lead you away from incriminating information about the establishment.
Questions and Answers: Q and As are all about control of the question AND control of the answer. When an investigator or reporter is unable to ask a question of his or her own design then free press is truly dead. Also, the answer to the question has been carefully prepared and has been formulated to be the least damaging or revealing answer possible. Think back to any Presidential election in America. Remember the ‘town hall’ sessions where the public was allowed to ask the candidate a question? Those questions are selected from a list of possible questions that have been pre-screened by the candidate himself/herself. You are NOT allowed to ask President Obama about aerosol engineering and drought. You are NOT allowed to ask President Obama about Plume-Gate and the radioactive fallout and consequential sickness.
Press Releases: Think of a press release as a one-way street of information. Just like watching the mainstream news on TV at night. You can’t talk back, you can’t point out something is inaccurate and you can’t ask a question. True or not, the information in a press release flows one way.
Examples: I have provided below some examples of how effective talking points, questions and answers and press releases can be at controlling information. It is my opinion that this country is in dire need of a frank, open discussion about the subversion of the 1st amendment and what can be done to restore it. I said an open discussion…NOT a talking points or questions and answers session.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: world’s apart….public and non-public information. If nuclear power is safe, why can’t there be full disclosure?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Talking points….share public portions only with US States.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Q and A’s for Senator Boxer in regards to MOX fuel risk.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Q&A Database…”Lot’s of good questions, lot’s of poor answers” says it all. Also note the “foia” response to let them know to tone it down, you are being recorded.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Fiction…”Nuclear power plants are built to withstand environmental hazards, including earthquakes.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reality: “…we likely will need to re-visit the issue of non-seismically qualified SFPs [spent fuel pools]…of which I recall there are many”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reality: “..did the Japanese also consider an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami “way too low a probability for consideration”?” AND “Look at GI-199 [a manual]. It shows we didn’t know everything about the seismicity of CEUS [central eastern united states)”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Fiction: “Hawaii, Alaska, and the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reality: “In Alaska, up to a 35 FAR rem for a one-year-old child projected thyroid dose.” AND “…up to 6.4 in Alaska for the thyroid dose for the one-year-old for an eastern wind.” (These were conservative estimates based on 4-5 days of emissions. I have hard proof of measured (not modeled) plumes over 60 kilometers long as late as March 30th, 2011 and beyond.)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reality: “…four and a half REMs is a thyroid for infants in California.” (Again I remind you these projections were very conservative estimates based on 4-5 days of emissions.)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Fiction: “…EPA is increasing monitoring.”(the truthful part in the email below is that they are NOT supplying the location of the radioactive cloud)
(below) NOT FROM THE NRC FOIA DOCUMENTS: Reality: following the Fukushima disaster the EPA rigs the RADNET system. Also, much of the RADNET system is found to be inoperable at the time. Later, Obama would allow the permissible radiation threshold to be increased dramatically. (This screencapture is not from the NRC FOIA documents. Credit and special thanks goes to Alexander Higgins.)
Examples of Questions and Answer’s:
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The reality about KI is that the same ones who say it’s not that important are the same ones who don’t want to go to Japan without it. I cover this issue in greater detail in Part 4.
(below) Another Q and A from the NRC FOIA documents.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Gregory Jaczko: ‘Let’s delete the non public piece related to new reactors.’
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The American public is not being informed of the facts.
1) Below is an example of how a particular Question and answer is modified to be as innocuous as possible:
2) The answer is too revealing and technically inaccurate. Note how the word ‘yes’ is slated to be removed and later the word ‘considered’ as well.
3) The new Q and A is now ready. As generic as possible with the least amount of incriminating information.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Here is a discussion about talking points for states in case they have questions.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: American states were denied crucial information about the plume and fallout.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Roger Witherspoon and the Case of the Puzzling Press Release…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Roger Witherspoon and the Case of the Puzzling Press Release Part 2: Only Eliot “While we know more than what these say, we’re sticking to this story for now” Brenner can deflect the hard-nosed inquiries of Roger Witherspoon!
Liar, Liar: How NRC and other agencies present a united front of deception
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” ~Joseph Goebbels (German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945)
When police detain multiple suspects simultaneously, they are careful to separate each one and interrogate them alone. In this manner, the suspected criminals don’t have an opportunity to ‘get their story straight’ or to ‘prepare the lie’ that they will later employ in an effort to avoid prosecution and punishment for their crimes. In the case of Plume-Gate, the world’s largest provable cover-up, the criminals involved had the opportunity to not only ‘get the story straight’ but to discuss the fact that they needed to ‘get the story straight’.
In a disaster the size and scope of Fukushima it is logical that responders want to ‘be on the same page’ as far as sharing accurate, up to date information: this alone does not indicate a cover-up, conspiracy or criminal wrongdoing. However, when you consider ALL the evidence that Freedom of Information researchers have provided from the NRC documents pertaining to Fukushima, the issue of ‘getting the story straight’ is just one more piece of a puzzle that fits perfectly into the obvious picture of a massive, multi-agency cover-up.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Note that Ambassador Roos is getting info from DOE and AMS. In an upcoming screencapture you can see where the Ambassador was calling for a ‘pessimistic scenario’. Were DOE and AMS pushing the ‘least-worst-case-model’? Also note the term ‘consolidated viewpoint’…they don’t want a bunch of different stories…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Note the Ambassador is requesting a ‘pessimistic scenario’ and this request is forwarded up the chain of command to the White House for ‘alignment’ before being allowed. They don’t want anyone speaking out of turn. In certain cases plume models and situation reports (SITREP) were denied to U.S. states, stakeholders outside the U.S.A (NPP owner/operators) and China. It is critical you understand ‘gaining alignment’ means prior approval of the task being requested (often modeling of the plume/fallout) or approval of information to be released and thus a unified voice as a result.
(below part 1) From the NRC FOIA documents: The next screencapture is a 3 part series. In this first segment there is a discussion taking place about some information that has leaked and made it’s way to the Wall Street Journal. When Larry Camper says ‘It’s amazing how people know this staff and we can’t seem to get it’, he is referring to whoever leaked the information and the fact they should have known better. Sounds like the ‘staff’ does not have out best interest at heart…
(below part 2) Note the term ‘consolidated viewpoint’.
(below part 3 ) From the NRC FOIA documents: Note the term ‘consolidated input’. They want to be sure they are all giving the Ambassador the same story. Whatever the story was it was a much less alarming picture of reality, so much less alarming the Ambassador felt he needed to request a ‘pessimistic scenario’ (see above).
(below) This email is fairly self explanatory. There is one official plume model provided by the IAEA and everyone is to refer to that. Please note that in my article (included in this complete work) Seek and Destroy, I show where the NRC Cyber Security Team had several leaked plume models pulled from online.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The NRC and other agencies withheld information (plume models etc.) from the U.S. states even though they made the claim that the plume and fallout were harmless. Samples from U.S. nuclear power plant ‘rooftop grabs’ were logged into the NEI’s password protected database that only the ‘Federal Family’ has access to. If the plume, fallout and subsequent measurements were harmless, why is this information being hidden from us?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: This screencapture from the NRC FOIA documents show U.S. states (and other stakeholders) were denied the situation report for Fukushima (SITREP). If the disaster was insignificant, why is this information being withheld?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: If it’s going to make waves, they want to approve it first. ‘Share with others the need to respect OUO’ (official use only)…ie: spread the word to keep your information to yourself unless it has been approved for the public.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: You can’t get much more obvious than this one…note the phrase ‘stay aligned’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Actually got more obvious: DOD and NRC are worried about a ‘diverging perspective’ regarding the ‘current severity’…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The ‘one voice’.
Flawed, downplayed or bungled modeling: How the NRC taught me to love the Plume
Throughout the NRC Freedom of Information documents pertaining to Fukushima there is quite a bit of discussion concerning modeling of the plume and fallout. In order to issue radiation warnings, knowledge of the plume’s speed, direction and intensity must be known. This is done by way of computer analysis: the two fundamental variables being thesource term(s) data (sources of radiation being emitted) and the length of duration that the emanations will last for. Other possible factors to consider are the type of fuel itself, such as the Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel in Unit #3 (which is more dangerous than the standard fuel that was being utilized in Units 1-2), and certain atmospheric conditions such as wind speed and direction.
The reality of the Fukushima disaster is that it WAS a worst-case-scenario for reactors 1-4. Consider the loss of electrical power for weeks on end and the initial ‘Plan B’ type of ‘water-cannon-concrete-truck’ cooling system response that NRC officials said was all but useless. How does it get worse than no cooling and no power for weeks?
If one considers the source terms and length of emissions that a true ‘worst-case-scenario’ would represent, it is easy to understand why the NRC and DOE had to downplay, delay and purposefully bungle the modeling of the radioactive plume and fallout. As a result President Obama was able make the statement that experts did not expect harmful levels of radioactivity to reach the U.S. and thus there were no warnings or alerts issued for American citizens. Meanwhile, other countries as far away as France, did issue rainwater warnings and green leafy vegetable warnings as well.
At the end of the day the simple fact remains: the truth about Fukushima (especially as revealed in the NRC FOIA documents) and nuclear power cannot coexist. Until the day of the fateful earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the establishment had been effective at suppressing the truth about the nuclear industry, even after Chernobyl. But now the size and scope of the effects of Fukushima make it impossible to ignore that truth any longer. And now that truth is beginning to chip away at the foundation of lies upon which this toxic industry has been built. How much longer before that one crucial keystone is removed that will topple the entire structure?
Tactics used to downplay modeling/sampling:
1) To reduce the size and intensity of plume and fallout models, simply reduce the length of duration of the source term(s), ie: reduce the length of time that radiation will be emitted from the damaged reactor(s). Throughout the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima a 4-5 day emission period was considered for most of the modeling of the radioactive plume and fallout. What’s wrong with that? Over 2 years after the catastrophe there are still emissions by air and sea and no end in sight. If, as many experts suspect, we are facing a quadruple ‘China syndrome’ the radioactive effluents will continue to be released for many years.
2) To reduce the size and intensity of plume and fallout models, reduce the number of source terms. Of course with Fukushima, they knew right away that all power had been lost to Units 1-4 and that those units, without power or proper cooling for weeks on end, would all be source terms of a very high magnitude. The evidence shows that there were plenty of models circulating that downplayed the number of source terms, just like they did with the duration of emissions.
3) To reduce the intensity of plume and fallout models, simply delay taking measurements and samples until 24 hours after the initial criticality. A 24 hour delay will allow time for the plume (and higher concentrations found in the initial release) to blow away. Subsequent measurements in the same location will not be as high.
4) When a measurement or sample from the field is alarmingly high, simply question the veracity (methodology or type of test) and insist that another sample be taken to double-check the first. By the time that person can take another test, the concentrated plume that he or she sampled from originally has now shifted with the wind direction and the subsequent sample will naturally read much lower as the plume is no longer in the same place. The 2nd, much lower test result, will be the one utilized.
5) When it comes to sampling, choose only short lived radioactive isotopes such as Cesium and Iodide. Never test for long lived radioactive isotopes such as plutonium. The less number of radionuclides you sample for, the less alarming the result will be.
6) When sampling H2O, especially seawater from the ocean near Fukushima, take samples from the surface of the body of water and not from the sea floor. Heavy particulates which may be more radioactive, such as plutonium, will naturally sink to the bottom and can be avoided in this way.
7) When it comes to a ‘worst-case-model’, create a wide range of possible ‘worst-cases’ with one of them being the ‘least-worst-case’. This is the one to promote. Although logic dictates there can only be one ‘worst-case-model’ the NRC and DOE are not the kind of agencies to let logic get in the way of their work protecting citizens and the environment (or our men and women in the armed forces for that matter).
Now let’s have a look at evidence obtained from the NRC Freedom of Information documents pertaining to Fukushima:
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Note the date of April 12th, 2011 and the estimate of the radioactive discharge from Fukushima as being 10% of Chernobyl. At best this estimate is based on a month of releases and at worst (and most probably) 4-5 days.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: An IAEA briefing, also from April 12th: “Russia also (correctly) pointed out that the accident at Fukushima is still ongoing and it is premature to speculate how much radioactivity will be released…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Again, please note the short duration of 96 hours for this modeling. Plumes were ongoing and TEPCO measured (not modeled) plumes over 60 kilometers long as late as March 30th, 2011.
(below) This screencapture is NOT from the NRC FOIA documents but is a headline from Enenews.com. Note that on July 18th, 2013 steam was seen emanating from Unit #3…over 2 years after the catastrophe emissions continue.
(below) This screencap is taken from a study by Sandia National Labratories and is NOT from the NRC FOIA documents. Sandia does work with the NRC and DOE however. Note that they ‘do not take into account the reactor building explosion at 68 hours’…why?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: There seems to be no hurry to run a worst case analysis and first they must define how they would do that analysis. Can they really be this discombobulated?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: When the ‘worst-case’ isn’t the worst-case.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Waiting ‘quite a while’ on NARAC (does plume modeling) with no priority.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: No priority from NARAC on dose projection as far as the East Coast.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “We’ll get to them when we get to them.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: plume modeling “on hold” by NOAA.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: High doses or measurements are always questioned.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: More evidence of NARAC foot-dragging and ‘five worst cases’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The President’s worst case scenario was based on 4-5 day period of emissions.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: ‘Angst’ by ‘folks’ about ‘the source term’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Even more NARAC foot-dragging.
(below) Bottom of screencap: here’s what’s riding on these plume and fallout models.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: More ‘angst’…about moving naval ships.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Delay on a worst-case run (model). Note the comment about undue influence.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence that some runs (models) are not realistic.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: ‘Melt-core’ worst case get’s big numbers on the West Coast. No problem, call in specialist Kathy Gibson. She’s a magician with a plume model. And has almost as many of them as there are cards in a deck.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: No one can agree on a worst case. Seriously?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Here is a reference to the March 14th ‘lube oil fire’ which NRC employees claimed could not have been a lube oil fire at all…but something else. The discussion centers around running a model for this event and running it from the 14th forward. If you model from a later date the ‘volatiles’ may have decayed and may no longer be present thus the model will be inaccurate. See tactic #3 above.
(below) Radiation samples alarmingly high? Kathy Gibson to the rescue!
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: An email from Chris Miller (USNRC) to Ron from the DOE which incredibly enough is a list of reasons why the NRC needs the DOE to deploy their fixed wing aerial measuring system and almost comes across as a plea for help. Was the DOE actually questioning the NRC’s need for their fixed wing aircraft?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Looks like it got so bad with the ‘least-worst-case-scenarios’ that the U.S. Ambassador in Japan actually had to request a ‘pessimistic’ model.
The Emperor Wears no Clothes: NPP “Rooftop Grabs” reveal picture of widespread fallout over US
Another critical aspect to the Plume-Gate cover-up centers on the ‘rooftop grabs’ (radiation measurements) taken from nuclear power plants here in the United States. This data, reported by at least 18 Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), paints a picture of widespread Fukushima fallout across the United States. It also proves authorities we’re well aware of the danger here at home but were unwilling to issue warnings or advisories (rainwater, milk, green leafy vegetables) so that the American public could take precautionary measures (remember that FEMA was ordered to ‘stand-down’). Because of the nature of this ‘smoking gun’ evidence, the samples were carefully secreted into a password protected data base overseen by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), labeled as OUO (Official Use Only) and made available exclusively to the ‘Federal Family’.
(below) modeling of Plutonium 239 (P-239) mirrors the map shown above of US Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) that reported detecting fallout from Fukushima.
(Authors note: to be clear, there is a difference between the modeling of fallout and the actual sampling and detecting of fallout in the field. Modeling is an assumption, an estimate of the plume and fallout, generated by computers. Sampling and detecting yields actual real time results of radiation levels (with varying degrees of accuracy) at a specific location or locations.)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: US nuclear power plants report fallout from Fukushima on a voluntary basis.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC prepares talking point covering the ‘rooftop grabs’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC ‘giving the runaround’ on the data from the rooftop grabs: “…we don’t have anything, and EPA is who you need to talk to.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: U.S. nuclear plants are instructed to alert the NRC if they detect ‘radiological changes’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Add Palo Verde, SONGS, Diablo Canyon, Columbia and Millstone to the list of U.S. nuclear plants that detected fallout from Fukushima. Note that ‘Industry has agreed to collect the data and provide to NRC for distribution with Federal Government.’
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 23rd, 2011 add Kewaunee nuclear plant to the list of U.S. plants that detected Fukushima fallout. Notable quote: ‘Notice on industry data collection similar to what was following the Chernobyl accident in 1986.’
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) is the focal point for data from U.S. nuclear plants and is developing an online database.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence of a briefing sheet that is approved for circulation inside a nuclear plant.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Checking for clearance before forwarding the briefing sheet along to the DOE, EPA and the states. I’ve never seen the DOE or EPA denied modeling or sampling results but I’ve found evidence that U.S. states were.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Checking for clearance before sharing sampling data with the DOE, EPA and California (CA).
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: ‘…we recommend that at this time we don’t share with the state.’
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: ‘…environmental data that exceeds the reporting levels first come into the Document Control desk…’
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Evidence of a password protected database for air and standing water samples from U.S. nuclear plants. The public at large does NOT have access to this data.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NEI email shows widespread circulation…subject: ‘US nuclear power plant environmental data resulting from Fukushima’
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: sampling data from US nuclear power plants reveals Fukushima fallout. It is important to note that there is a big difference between the amount of radiation sampled in a continuous sample, drawn over a 24 hour period, and a short duration sample of minutes or hours. It is analogous to testing the air filter of an automobile that has run all day compared to one that has run an hour.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from March 23rd, 2011 with attachment titled: ‘US Nuclear Plant Reported Measurements.xlsx’ (data shown in 2nd screencapture below)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Particulate grab samples from San Onofre and Palo Verde. Please note that myself and other FOIA researchers combed through hundreds of thousands of pages of documents to find these few pieces of evidence, well hidden from the casual observer in what I call the ‘needle-in-a-haystack’ effect.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a measured plume map from April 4th, 2011. It is important to note that a) most particulate grabs were of a short duration b) measured plumes from Fukushima were emitted on a constant basis well into April of 2011 c) aerosolized plutonium, from Fukushima, has been detected as far away as Lithuania and d) US rooftop grabs only reveal radioactive Iodine and Cesium.
(below) Results from my own rainwater sample of 3/15/12, a year after the Fukushima disaster, reveal radioactive Strontium in Gainesville, Florida.
(below) Countries as far away as France issued rainwater and green leafy vegetable warnings.
(below) From the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity: Aerosolized plutonium detected in Lithuania in late March and early April of 2011.
(below) From the Sternglass study: doses to children may be as much as a hundred to a thousand times more than an adult.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 1) A March 31st, 2011 email from the Arizona Division of Emergency Management indicating something is amiss with the sampling: “…the Palo Verde data sample is different than what was collected from the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency.” and “I just want to be prepared if I need to answer the question about why the findings are different.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 2) An email response to the Arizona Division of Emergency Management: “NRC is not publicly reporting the results that Palo Verde reports to us.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 3) Evidence that data, including measurements of I-131 in air and milk samples, was forwarded to a website and shared amongst the ‘Federal Family’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: How the rooftop grab information flows: NPPs to NRC, NRC to EPA. And when there is a chance that information may become public, Eliot Brenner sweeps in and takes control of the situation…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 1) A March 23rd email indicating interest by the Protective Measures Team (PMT) in ‘elevated environmental samples’ at Nine Mile and Ginna NPPs.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 2) An email from Pamela Henderson expressing concern for who is collecting radiation data in the US.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 3) confirmation that the Protective Measures Team (PMT) received the information on the sampling at Nine Mile and Ginna NPPs.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 4) more concern for who is collecting radiation data is the US…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 5) “…environmental data that exceeds the reporting levels first come into the Document Control desk…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 6) the brutal truth: “…licensees do not have to report on elevated levels if it is not due to their licensed activities.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 7) The Protective Measures Team always get’s the data…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 8) serous concern that “Licensee developing a press release” over Ginna Nuclear Power Plant rainwater sample.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 9) “Ginna licensing manager anticipates that CENG corporate will be developing a press release…” (CENG stands for Constellation Energy Group…owners of Ginna NPP…also see more on NRC 50.72 below)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 10) Cancel that press release…”NEI will be representing the industry.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 11) “NEI may be issuing a press release.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC and EPA work together to present a united front of deception. The statement that there will be ‘no health impact on the United States’ was based on intentionally flawed modeling of short duration (96 hours or 4-5 days of emissions) and of radioactive Iodine and Cesium only.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: about the NRC 50.72 rule…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Ginna NPP owners may have been caused angst by 50.72 (b)(3)(ii) which stipulates any condition that ‘degrades plant safety’ must be reported.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: or was the angst over the possibility of reporting elevated levels of Fukushima fallout at Ginna NPP caused by 50.72(b)(2)(xi)?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: if a news release is planned NRC wants to know so it can “…respond to heightened public concern.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “Examples of events likely to be reportable…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: more on the process and criteria for reporting radiation at US NPPs…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an example of an ‘unscheduled radiation release’. Since Fukushima fallout was not a result of activities at US nuclear plants, reporting was done on a voluntary basis.
Seek and Destroy: NRC Spends Millions to Search for Negative Press
The strategy is simple. The NRC wants to know who is writing or speaking out against nuclear power and they want to know the moment an article or video is published. In a flash, the ‘Cyber Situational Awareness Team’ springs into action to ‘handle’ the situation. This is Big Brother at his best, clamping down on free speech and spreading disinformation through blogs and social networking sites such as FaceBook. Once the negative media is located, and this appears to be nearly instantaneous, the NRC begins an all-out information war to counter the effects of that particular piece. In many cases, a simple phone call will do to have an article removed or edited. Remember, these folks have corporate connections everywhere; writers have bosses and bosses work for owners. When the corporate owner of your newspaper calls and demands that you remove and anti-nuclear article, you better believe that article get’s pulled (or edited) 99.9% of the time.
Now I ask my fellow Americans, why is it that the nuclear power industry must act in this way? If nuclear power is clean and wholesome, as they insist it is, then why must the NRC spend millions in an effort to find and attack information that portrays them in a negative light? Shouldn’t the NRC ask themselves, why is there so much media speaking out against nuclear power?
And where are the countless activists speaking/writing out against solar power? Do solar power companies spend millions searching the press for articles that speak poorly of solar power? Something to think about.
(below) from the NRC FOIA documents: Follow the money.
(below) NOT FROM THE NRC FOIA DOCUMENTS: screencapture is from the InfoReliance website.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Follow the money.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Follow the money, MAR Inc. part 2
(Below) From the NRC FOIA documents: More from the money trail…
(below) From the MAR Inc. website…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: searching all sectors of media for negative press…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: results of a search…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a complaint about ‘news stories left out’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: More on news being left out from a search…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: plume map take-down part 1
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: plume map take-down part 2
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: plume map take-down part 3
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: plume map take down part 4
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: plume map take down part 5
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: updated MAR contract
Fear and Loathing on Fukushima Unit 4
By Hatrick Penry
(above: Author Hunter Thompson (1937-2005) was never afraid to report the truth no matter how ugly it was.)
The trick is to convince the American public, and indeed the world, that the worst-of-the-worst has not already happened at Fukushima. Even if that means a media campaign of fear-mongering based around a fantasy doomsday scenario involving the collapse of Unit 4 and its spent fuel pool. Interestingly enough, all the alternative and mainstream media outlets that are promoting this bogus Unit 4 doomsday scenario are the same ones who have chosen not to report on the Nuclear Regulatory Agency’s Freedom of Information Act documents pertaining to Fukushima. These documents tell the true story of Fukushima: the multi-agency cover-up that downplayed and concealed the radioactive plume and fallout, the reality of a prolonged station blackout that produced three ‘China Syndrome’ meltdowns, and the Unit 4 spent fuel pool zirconium fire and subsequent ‘melt on the floor’ of the fuel rods.
The sad reality is that the effects of a nuclear plant meltdown or spent fuel pool fire can be so sudden and so severe that the possibility exists that no safety precautions can be taken quickly enough to avoid the consequences completely. In the case of the Fukushima catastrophe, it took about a week to produce a measurable plume that traveled south down the coast and then swept inland across Tokyo. These plumes were laden with aerosolized plutonium. I ask you: how do you evacuate Tokyo in less than a week? How will we evacuate New York if Indian Point has an accident and produces a plume? Where do you relocate a city of millions of people?
So you see, the reality of the potential of a meltdown or meltdowns is so horrific, it must be hidden from the public at all costs. And when a meltdown does occur, the truth of its severity and its effects must also be hidden from the public at all costs. Can you imagine what it would have been like if TEPCO, the Government of Japan, the NRC and the White House had been up front and 100% honest about the disaster from the start? What would have happened if officials announced that 1) a plutonium laden plume was drifting towards Tokyo and 2) multiple plumes and fallout were heading across the Pacific towards the West Coast of the US? What would have happened if officials were up front and honest about the triple ‘China Syndrome’ and Unit 4 ‘melt on the floor’ and its effects? No matter how you slice it, it would be ugly, very ugly.
It seems to me that when a country desires both national security and nuclear power at the same time, it desires the impossible. Furthermore, how can one have a rational discussion about national security if one does not include a frank, open discussion about the decommissioning of all nuclear plants? Which is a greater threat to the American public, Iran’s nuclear program or our own nuclear program? Why would Iran build a nuclear bomb to use against the US when we have hundreds of stationary bombs, in the form of reactors and fuel pools, already positioned throughout the country, with incredible payloads far beyond the capacity of any bomb or missile? Think of the possibilities: terrorist attack, sabotage, earthquake, tsunami, earthquake AND tsunami, flooding from a broken dam upriver, or even the old-fashioned accident that aging reactors are bound to have from time to time…why do we leave ourselves so vulnerable?
About the Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool:
The evidence, from the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima, has led me to believe that:
1) The March 11th, 2011 earthquake caused immediate structural damage to the Unit 4 building. Spent fuel pool coolant began to drain out through a crack or cracks that were a result of the earthquake.
2) There was an H2 explosion and a wall or walls of the SFP #4 were ‘blown out’.
3) On March 15th 2011, the hot offload of fuel experienced a zirconium cladding fire and subsequent meltdown to the floor of the spent fuel pool. According to the IAEA, SFP #4 was on fire and emitting radiation directly to the atmosphere for at least 9 hours and 10 minutes before TEPCO claimed it was extinguished.
4) 75% or more of the radiation contained in SFP #4 may have been released into the atmosphere. Modeling was done on a 100% release.
5) Any fuel rods recovered (official numbers vary on what the inventory was) will be ones that were unused and ‘cool’…probably less than 25% of inventory. It is possible that all fuel rods were affected and none will be salvageable.
To be clear: I cannot prove that the spent fuel pool of Unit 4 has been destroyed or damaged. Nor can the nuclear apologists prove that the pool is full of water and the fuel rods are intact. It should be noted that those who claim that the damage to SFP 4 was minimal and that the rods will be recovered have only their rhetoric to back them up. They offer no proof. YouTube videos alleging to be of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool could be any spent fuel pool in the world. Is it not evidence in and of itself that they have not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that their claims are true? How hard would it be to hold a current newspaper in front of a video camera and then make an inspection of Units 1-4 for the world to see? Do you believe TEPCO? Do you believe the NRC? Do you believe the Government of Japan or our own government? All of these entities have extensive track records of deception and dishonesty and they all have reason to hide the truth, especially in the case of the Fukushima disaster.
(below) The effects of a prolonged station blackout (SBO) caused by a 9.0 earthquake and 46 foot tall tsunami are catastrophic.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: normal operating temperature of the coolant in a spent fuel pool is 30 degrees Celsius.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 14th, 2011 the temperature of SFP #4 is now at 84 degrees Celsius.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 15th FAX from the IAEA to the NRC “Release Radioactivity Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi NPP”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 15th, 2011-Japanese authorities inform the IAEA that the spent fuel pond at Unit 4 is on fire and that “…radioactivity is being released directly into the atmosphere.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Japanese authorities claim the fire at the spent fuel pool of Unit 4 is extinguished 9 hours and 10 minutes after it begins. Evidence found in the NRC FOIA documents contradicts this claim. As of March 16th, TEPCO had yet to remove the rubble blocking the path of fire trucks and other heavy equipment to the Fukushima facility. Helicopter water drops, the only other method of delivering water to the spent fuel pools, are said to be ineffective by NRC officials.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Situation Report Update shows Unit 4 spent fuel pool in grave danger. Radiation levels are too high to initiate countermeasures at 30 REM/hr. Note that NRC officials were adamant that the ‘lube oil fire’ of Unit 4 was NOT a lube oil fire and instead referred to it as a ‘seminal event’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: As the spent fuel pools heat up, access problems (of which radioactive MOX sludge was a factor) and high radiation levels impede any response to the disaster.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 1 of a 5 part series) Plume modeling (direction of plume by elevation) from the 15th to the 18th of March, 2011 by the Japan Meteorological Agency. While this modeling may or may not be based on the releases of SFP #4, it is indicative of where the winds of that time period might have carried radiation.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 2 of a 5 part series) Plume modeling of Cs-137 by the Japan Meteorological Agency. If modeling of plutonium was done by any agency or country, it has yet to be found in the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 3 of a 5 part series) Plume modeling of Cs-137.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 4 of a 5 part series) Plume modeling of Cs-137.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: (part 5 of a 5 part series) Plume modeling of Cs-137.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: confirmation of damage to wall of Fukushima Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: email from March 15th, 2011 “U4 zirc fire, catastrophe”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (M.E.T.I.) News Release: at 10:30 UTC on March 15th-orders are given to extinguish the fire at Unit 4 and prevent “re-criticality”.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: email from March 16th, 2011-“U4 situation deteriorating. SFP water inventory is lost…dose rates around U4 make entry impossible…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: email from March 16th, 2011 “The walls of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool have collapsed, and there is no water in there.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: cover-page for a March 16th transcript wherein the damage to Unit 4 is discussed extensively. Speakers include then NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko, Regional Administrator for Region 3 Chuck Casto and Director of the Office of Public Affairs Eliot Brenner.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chuck Casto: “…we absolutely know that pool no. 4, though, the walls have collapsed…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chuck Casto: “You cannot get inventory [coolant] above the bottom of the fuel.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: further discussion of damage to the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chuck Casto stakes his career on Unit 4 having major damage.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Mike Weber “The pool structure is no longer in existence. The walls have collapsed. So, you have spent fuel sitting there in a pile.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a discussion of “quenching” the pool (filling it with water…saltwater at first)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: this next series of screencaptures centers around a discussion about a video that TEPCO alleges shows water in the Unit 4 spent fuel pool. The TEPCO video surfaced after then NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko stood before members of Congress on the 15th of March, 2011 and announced that the spent fuel pool at Unit 4 was dry. Throughout the NRC FOIA documents there is evidence that TEPCO pressured officials at the NRC to ‘reconsider’ their position. A final back-and-forth between Gregory Jaczko, Chuck Casto and Eliot Brenner settles the matter when they decide Jaczko will not ’roll back’ any of his statements on Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the TEPCO video discussion continues…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: more on the TEPCO video…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the saga of the TEPCO video continues…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a discussion about the source of information about the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Jaczko will not be “rolling back” any of his statements on Unit 4
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: confirmation from a secondary source that the SFP of Unit 4 is dry.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 16th, 2011 inputs for a RASCAL (plume modeling) projection. Considering the assumption that “all of the fuel melted” on Unit 4 it’s no wonder this information was not to be shared outside of the NRC.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 17th, 2011 “…freezing out information from the other Commissioner offices” and ” the ET stuck to the story that U4 SFP is likely dry.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 17th, 2011 email-note that the NRC is sticking with the pool as being empty and offer reasons why.
(below) From the NRC documents: a March 17th “NRC INFORMATION NOTICE” that states “Unit 4 suffered a total loss of water along with an inability to retain water.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reactor and Water Pool Release Considerations as of March 18th, 2011. Note the peak of an incredible 400 REM/hr at the Fukushima facility and the statement that “periodic additional releases of radioactivity are occurring as the plants vent to atmosphere”.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reactor and Water Pool Release Considerations as of March 18th, 2011 continued…”NRC believes that water from the unit 4 storage pool completely drained and a violent zirconium and water reaction occurred…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reactor and Water Pool Release Considerations as of March 18th, 2011 continued…Bettis Laboratory estimates doses at 50 miles from a spent fuel pool meltdown. Evidence throughout the NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Fukushima indicates that estimates, assumptions and modeling was based on a worst-case-scenario at Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Reactor and Water Pool Release Considerations as of March 18th, 2011 continued. Here is why they don’t want you to know what really happened at Fukushima Unit 4…”In the more extreme scenarios involving significant additional core or pool damage, there would not be sufficient time to evacuate Navy civilians, military personnel, and their dependents to avoid the higher exposure levels discussed above.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from March 18th, 2011…”Proposal to handle dried spent fuel pool.docx”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: emails from March 18th, 2011 show concern for the duration that fuel rods have been left to cool in the spent fuel pool. Fuel rods that are a fresh offload are much hotter than fuel rods that have cooled for 2 or more years. Hotter fuel is naturally more dangerous if coolant levels drop or if a spent fuel pool drains out entirely.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence of a fresh offload of hot fuel into the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.
(below) Cover-page for NRC’s “Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement” NUREG-2157 for the next screencapture.
(below) From NRC’s ”Waste Confidence Generic Environmental Impact Statement” NUREG-2157…’time-to-release’ could be less than 10 hours if fuel has had less than 2 years to cool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 18th brief: Unit 4 “pool may be dry; damage to fuel rods suspected”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 18th, 2011…the source term provided to NARAC (does plume modeling) includes the assumption that ”100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from Unit 4.” Note the flawed modeling based on a limited 96 hour release. Measured plume maps found in the NRC FOIA documents prove that emissions were ongoing beyond the month of March, 2011.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a March 18th, 2011 email with a reference to then NRC Chairman Jaczko’s testimony that SFP 4 was dry. Jaczko’s information was derived from NRC officials that were ‘embedded’ with TEPCO, Conti and the Government of Japan.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a March 18th, 2011 email showing concern for the spacing of hotter fuel rods in the Unit 4 spent fuel pool. If freshly offloaded rods are clumped together, it makes a low or no coolant situation exponentially worse. “Checker-boarding” stores hot fuel rods next to cool fuel rods to even out the heat.
(below) From the NRC’s NUREG-2157: hot fuel rods stored in close proximity could allow the “runaway oxidation reaction to spread”. This is known as a “propagating zirconium cladding fire” or a “zirc fire”.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a March 29th, 2011 email showing the ‘perfect storm’ for the Unit 4 spent fuel pool: full core offload about 120 days ago, no checker-boarding of hotter fuel, structural damage, dry pool and “cladding/water” reaction.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: cover-page for a summary of the Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano’s press briefing of the 19th of March, 2011. Note the colored chart found below indicates that the Unit 4 spent fuel pool is “now in preparation for filling the water”.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a March 19th email from former American Nuclear Society President William Burchill asking relevant questions…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: saltwater injection to the Unit 4 spent fuel pool did not begin until March 20th, 2011 due to access problems at the Fukushima facility. Prior to the 20th of March, helicopter water drops and water cannons, both labeled ineffective by NRC officials, were the only means by which TEPCO could attempt to cool the reactors and spent fuel pools.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: cover-page for the next series of screencaptures taken from March 20th, 2011 teleconference calls.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: mention of ‘signal events’ from Unit 3 and Unit 4. TEPCO’s cover-story was that the March 15th event was a ‘lube oil fire’. NRC officials disputed TEPCO’s contention/evidence about the ‘lube oil fire’ just as they did with TEPCO’s video ‘evidence’ of water in the spent fuel pool of Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The concern with Unit 4
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “…the Japanese, they just grilled us non-stop…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: On the Unit 4 spent fuel pool “…they’re at a loss what to do.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: John Monninger on Unit 4 “…spent fuel pool…going through the floor…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Brian McDermott on the Unit 4 spent fuel pool “…people are worrying that that stuff has maybe melted through that concrete floor.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Marty Virgilio on Unit 4 spent fuel pool “…I don’t see how there could be possibly water left in there.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Dave Skeen on Unit 4 spent fuel pool “…we’ve never seen any, any kind of steam or vapor coming out of Unit 4.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from March 20th, 2011 from Yama-Yamaguchi and a stunning admission ”We will be closed 1F-1 to 1F-4 permanently” and “we should have more strong emergency redundant cooling system required for fule pool…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from Brian Sheron, NRC’s Director of the Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, in regards to some questions from Congressional staff. It appears as if someone was showing interest as to why the NRC decided the melted fuel rods would not ablate (burn through) through the concrete floor of the spent fuel pool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from March 21st, 2011 about the Unit 4 spent fuel pool “the one that they’ve had trouble keeping covered”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: cover-page for March 23rd, 2011 teleconference calls…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 23rd, 2011 and TEPCO is trying another scheme in an attempt to get closer to the pool with a 50-meter boom truck…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC officials have problems with TEPCO’s thermal signature…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 23rd, 2011 water drops on spent fuel pool #4 continue with no change to external dose.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC Officials discuss the ‘bounding analysis’ that includes 100% of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 23rd, 2011…Robert Lewis, Director of NRC’s Office of Preparedness and Response, on a NARAC plume/dose model “It also includes I think a large fraction 100 percent of Unit 4 which we know has already had some release.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 23rd, 2011…NRC officials unable to take the Unit 4 spent fuel pool “off the table” as a source term (radioactive emission)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: seawater injection to the Unit 4 spent fuel pool from the 24th to 25th of March, 2011 causes “white smoke”.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from March 28th, 2011 calculations show that TEPCO is losing water in a 1 to 22 ratio in the spent fuel pool of Unit 4. Without leak a 44.60 inch increase in water height should have occurred after adding 125 tons of water. TEPCO numbers show a mere 2 inch rise in coolant height after adding 125 tons of water.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a March 28th, 2011 email evidence that some were questioning an NRC technical opinion that criticality in the Unit 4 spent fuel pool (probably re-criticality at this point if you consider the evidence already put forth in this article) is unlikely based on the presence of “low density racks of borated stainless steel”. Note that the Unit 4 racks were not borated. Also note the reference to 204 fresh fuel assemblies and “fuel damage due to uncovery’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the effects of pumping seawater in a reactor or spent fuel pool after a meltdown…hot aqueous chloride would cause stress corrosion cracking of the stainless steel cladding and piping etc.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 29th, 2011 from an NRC brief…”…no access [to U-4] due to dose rates.” High dose rates=no repairs/countermeasures.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: GE had “first hand observations” based on “eye-witness accounts” from the refueling floor of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool when the earthquake struck.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 31st email indicating that a note about the Unit 4 SFP that was in an earlier report is now missing from an updated report…but was the “differing information about water levels” ever resolved?
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: March 31st, 2011…an email that disputes then Chairman Gregory Jaczko’s statement to the ‘Deputies meeting’ that the Unit 4 spent fuel pool was full of water. Jaczko’s statement from the 30th of March, 2011, as indicated in this email, contradicts his own from March 15th, 2011.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an April 4th, 2011 email discussing the “junk-shot” that will patch “the Leak at Fukushima”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an email from April 6th, 2011 in regards to a presentation for the “European Melcore User Group”…one of the key points “…there was a leak from the pool which depleted the water.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an April 6th, 2011 email…”Over the last few days, the makeup to the Unit 4 SFP has not been sufficient to offset TEPCO’s calculated losses from steaming.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: April 6th, 2011…Unit 4 spent fuel pool cooling is “challenged” and integrity has “failed”.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: April 7th, 2011 ”ongoing activity” is “not intended to be shared with other stakeholders without Executive Team approval.” Note that as of April 7th, 2011 officials are still considering the sand and lead ‘slurry’ additive to the Unit 4 spent fuel pool as a possibility.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: April 8th status update of Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an April 12th email from Per Peterson from Berkeley.edu that disputes TEPCO’s temperature reading of the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: another email from Per Peterson from Berkeley.edu disputing TEPCO’s temperature levels of the unit 4 spent fuel pool and stating that “The evidence is beginning to accumulate that the water level on March 12 was already low…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: excellent questions that dispute more of TEPCO’s claims about the Unit 4 spent fuel pool.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: an April 15th email in regards to the TEPCO claim that the spent fuel is undamaged and that “This is a more positive view than yesterday’s statement that damage occurred to some fuel rods.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: April 16th status update of Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: a Monday April 18th, 2011 email in regards to TEPCO’s “Roadmap towards Restoration”…note comment number 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: April 22nd status on Unit 4.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: April 28th…TEPCO, possibly the world’s worst flip-floppers, now admit publicly that a potential leak in the spent fuel pool of Unit 4 may exist.
(below) An excerpt from the Robert Alvarez Study titled ”Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Risks of Storage”. What you need to know about spent fuel pool fires…
“In the summer of 2002, the Institute for Policy Studies helped organize a working group including experts from academia, the nuclear industry, former government officials, and non-profit research groups to perform in in-depth study of the vulnerabilities of spent power reactor fuel pools to terrorist attacks. By January 2003, our study was completed and accepted for publication in the peer-review journal Science and Global Security We warned that U.S. spent fuel pools were vulnerable to acts of terror. The drainage of a pool might cause a catastrophic radiation fire, which could render an area uninhabitable much greater than that created by the Chernobyl accident.
In addition to terrorist acts, there are several events could cause a loss of pool water, including leakage, evaporation, siphoning, pumping, aircraft impact, earthquake, the accidental or deliberate drop of a fuel transport cask, reactor failure, or an explosion inside or Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools in the U.S.: Reducing the Deadly Effects of Storage outside the pool building. Industry officials maintain that personnel would have sufficient time to provide an alternative cooling system before the spent fuel caught fire. But if the water level dropped to just a few feet above the spent fuel, the radiation doses in the pool building would be lethal — as was demonstrated by the loss of water in at least two spent fuel pools at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power station.
The NRC and nuclear industry consultants disputed the paper, which prompted Congress to ask the National Academy of Sciences to sort out this controversy. In 2004, the Academy reported that U.S. pools were vulnerable to terrorist attack and to catastrophic fires. According the Academy:
“A loss-of-pool-coolant event resulting from damage or collapse of the pool could have severe consequences…It is not prudent to dismiss nuclear plants, including spent fuel storage facilities as undesirable targets for terrorists…under some conditions, a terrorist attack that partially or completely drained a spent fuel pool could lead to a propagating zirconium cladding fire and release large quantities of radioactive materials to the environment…Such fires would create thermal plumes that could potentially transport radioactive aerosols hundreds of miles downwind under appropriate atmospheric conditions.”
The NRC’s response to this was to attempt to block the release of the Academy’s report.”
(below) From the NRC ‘s NUREG-2157…”the NRC confirmed that the overall risks oassociated with these types of accidents remain low because the spent fuel pool loss-of-coolant event probability is low (NRC 2001)” and “…no new information has emerged that would cause the NRC to question the results of this study.”
(below) From the NRC’s NUREG-2157: causes of a spent fuel pool fire…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Gary Holahan, Deputy Director for the Office of New Reactors , makes a stunning admission in response to President Obama’s directive of the NRC to conduct a comprehensive review the domestic fleet of NPPs : “…we likely will need to re-visit the issue of non-seismically qualified SFPs [in the US]…of which I recall there are many.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: from a March 21st email on Fukushima Unit 4 “…the melt would be retained in the spent fuel pool.”
(below) From the NRC’s NUREG-2157: decay times of less than 2 years (fuel rods that have cooled less than 2 years and are still hot) ”time-of-release” (time to release radiation) could be less than 10 hours. If the fuel rods have cooled longer than 2 years it could take longer than 10 hours…
Appendix of other important findings from the NRC FOIA documents
Let’s talk about Potassium Iodine (KI). Our nuclear plants don’t stock it and we are told by NRC officials it’s not that big of a deal to have in the event of a nuclear accident. Nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s see how important KI is to have in an accident like Fukushima:
(below) From the NRC website: the revised rule requires that States consider including KI as a protective measure. Considering to NOT stock KI is not a violation. Confused yet?
(below) Former NRC Chairman Jaczko on KI: it is the responsibility of the state and local governments. Representative Markey’s response: “I just don’t think they [the states] have the expertise…”
(below) FROM THE NRC FOIA documents: this is a measured (not modeled) plume map showing a cloud over 60 kilometers long from the 30th of March, 2011. Is the NRC being rational with it’s 10 mile recommendation for stocking KI? (to my knowledge, maps such as this have not been shared with US States.)
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: US States are denied the SitRep (situation report). How can US States make an informed decision about the use of KI when critical information is withheld from them by the NRC and other agencies?
(below) From EPA.gov.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: please note the section underlined in red.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: again, please note the underlined and boxed sections in red.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the other side of the story…KI is a ‘must have’ during a meltdown.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: discussion of a world-wide ‘…run on potassium iodide…”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the Japanese provide a list of needful things…one million doses of KI is on that list.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: 1 million KI pills from ANBEX confirmed.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence of KI being shipped to Japan.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chuck Casto: “There’s plenty of KI ..”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: mass distribution of KI in Japan.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: “Do you have any spare KI…?”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Chuck Casto forgets his KI stash…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: pick up your KI at the health center before heading for Japan…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: KI and a dose meter…don’t leave for Japan without it.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: NRC team members were given KI before they left.
There is evidence within the NRC FOIA documents that the US has many non-seismically qualified spent fuel pools and NPPs. Please watch the following video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS-289XalzM
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence of many non-seismically qualified Spent Fuel Pools in the US…
There is evidence within the NRC FOIA documents that show that NPPs on the East Coast and West Coast are not prepared Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Please watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRiqJDWx5N8
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: tsunami coincident with a seismic event not considered as possibility for US NPPs…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence US Nuclear Power Plants are not prepared for a coincident earthquake/tsunami and evidence that the NRC doesn’t know everything about the seismicity of the Continental Eastern United States (CEUS).
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents (part 1 of a 2 part series): An email where NRC employees discuss former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu’s botched interview on CNN. Mr. Chu was asked if Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant could withstand a 9.0 earthquake. His response indicated it would not. This is a perfect example of why the NRC places such a high level of importance on talking points, questions and answers and the ever popular press release.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents (part 2 of a 2 part series): On Steven Chu’s bungled interview…Public Affairs Officer David McIntyre emails Eliot Brenner, the Director of the NRC’s Office of Public Affairs (OPA), and suggests that the Secretary of Energy should have lied during the CNN interview.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: the tsunami was about 46 feet in height.
There is evidence that TEPCO has been intentionally discharging radioactive water into the Pacific since March and April of 2011 and this evidence comes from the NRC FOIA documents. NRC has known this all along. Please watch this video on this important subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9SilFcYVg4
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: evidence that TEPCO intentionally discharged about 13,390 tons of ‘low-level’ radioactive water into the Pacific on April 10th, 2011.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: further evidence of intentional discharge of contaminated water…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: multiple discharges to the sea…one is ‘concentrated RW’.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: TEPCO report from April 8th, 2011…more evidence of intentional discharge into the Pacific.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents (part 1 of a 2 part series): An email to Former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu about the need for sampling levels of radioactivity in the Pacific Ocean near Fukushima. Concern over ‘political sensitivities’ is mentioned (remember that Plume-Gate occurred during Obama’s run for a 2nd term and that 99% of all sectors of media remained silent on the cover-up revealed in the NRC FOIA documents).
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents (part 2 of a 2 part series): On the heels of the Bechtel pump deal (see below), where the American taxpayer was bilked for 9.8 billion dollars, former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu shows concern over ‘who will pay’ for sampling of the Pacific Ocean for levels of radioactivity.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: The folly of man. At the end of the day it all came down to the Bechtel pumps that had to be shipped from Perth, Australia. DOD paid the bill of 9.8 billion dollars. Discharge radioactive water into the pacific was unavoidable.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Cost of the Bechtel pumps starts down low…then starts to grow!
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: payment on the Bechtel pumps confirmed.
Plumes and Navy ships
I suggest to you that if Navy ships were moved in an effort to avoid radioactive plumes, they were not moved on the scale and to the degree they should have been. At the end of the day one simple fact remains: just as a warning of the radioactive plume and fallout to those living on the West Coast of the USA would have been a wake up call about the reality of nuclear power, moving Navy ships en masse would also have been an indication that the situation at Fukushima (and the situation with nuclear power in general) was much more grave than authorities had been leading the American public to believe.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: don’t run the worst-case scenario if you’re getting angst about moving Naval ships…
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Admiral Donald and Admiral Willard discuss radiation measurements taken aboard the USS George Washington.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Admiral Willard: “…35 samples of airborne radioactivity…” and “…we had three other plumes go over us Tuesday and Wednesday.”
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: ‘Forward trajectories’ starting March 12th, 2011. Please note that while this modeling was available to the NRC, it was not done by the NRC.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: Jaczko covering his ass.
(below) From the NRC FOIA documents: TEPCO measured plumes from late March, 2011.
Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment:http://www.strahlentelex.de/Yablokov%20Chernobyl%20book.pdf
Bobby1 Fatality Index Study: http://freepdfhosting.com/37cc0eae6b.pdf
Sherman/Mangano Fatality Index Study:http://www.radiation.org/reading/pubs/HS42_1F.pdf
Sherman/Mangano elevated hypothyroidism on West Coast study:http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=28599
NRC FOIA documents pertaining to Japan: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/japan-foia-info.html
Link to NRC FOIA document on Unit 4 and the TEPCO video:http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A108.pdf
About the author:
Tony Muga aka: Hatrick Penry is a 45 year old broadcaster, musician and published alternative media author hailing from Gainesville, Florida. He is best known for his work on Plume-Gate, the orchestrated cover-up by U.S. authorities of the radioactive plume and fallout from the Fukushima meltdowns. Find out more about Hatrick Penry and Plume-Gate at his website hatrickpenryunbound.com, his YouTube Channel, word press blog: ‘Uncovering Plume-Gate’ and BlogTalkRadio broadcast HatrickPenryUnbound.
Hatrick Penry also wishes to acknowledge Shazzamm and MB for their inspiration and dedication to exposing Plume-Gate. I love you guys!
(Special thanks to Shazzamm1971 for his role as an expert consultant)
Thanks to Aliasooze for the link.