It Gets Even Worse

TEPCO is hiding the truth

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) announced in November 2011 that there was the possibility that criticality, a sustained nuclear chain reaction, had occurred "temporarily" and "locally" in the No. 2 reactor. It detected radioactive xenon-133 and xenon-135, products of uranium or plutonium fission, in gases collected from the reactor. Because the half-life of xenon-133 is 5.25 days and that of xeon-135 is 9.14 hours, criticality is very likely to have occurred just before the gases were analyzed. [*].

Meanwhile, Reactor 3 is metered at 1600 millisievert per hour [*] -- the highest reading to date for Reactor No. 3.

The bad news changes almost daily, but one thing is constant: the lethal danger of global contamination has not been diminished and, in fact, is building up to an explosion with each passing day. TEPCO has not been transparent with the Japanese people and many suspect this is for two reasons:

First, it is very probable that the nuclear contamination already experienced was, in part, the result of storing plutonium rods and uranium "pit" warheads at the facility, in the fuel storage pools. This is in violation of International regulations. But even more significant, nuclear weapons are strictly against the Japanese Constitution (Article 9) [below].


Secondly, TEPCO is part of a larger group of nuclear energy corporations that feel deeply threatened by any disclosure about the safety -- or lack of it -- with existing and future nuclear power plants. The energy sector is powerful and has tentacles that reach many other industries, both military and civilian. Although Fukushima will undoubtedly end any appeal that nuclear energy may have had to some people, the industry will not go down without a fight. So far, they have used their economic weight to censor news stories and create distractions from the disaster to come.

Suffer the little children...

While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere waits for the China Syndrome, the citizens of Japan are made to endure this tragedy with little sympathy from anyone. Many are homeless, living in shelters, unable to return to their radioactive homes and personal belongings. Many lost family or friends in the tsunami, ever more are committing suicide as the reality of what's left of their lives slips away.

While the radiation has made many adults sick, the worst hit are the children.


Japanese local newspapers are finally reporting that children, over 32 miles from ground zero, are suffering fatigue, diarrhea, and nosebleeds -- the three most common radiation sickness signs.

"Japan is dangerously contaminated by radioactivity over a far larger area than previously reported by TEPCO and the central government according to new reports from multiple sources... The prefectural government of Iwate released new data that shows radioactive contamination of grass exceeds safety standards at a distance of 90 to 125 miles from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plants." -- Japanese Daily Kos

Dr. Tatsuhiko Kodama is head of the University of Tokyo's Radioisotope Center Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in Meguro-ku. He warns:

"Radiation has a high risk to embryos in pregnant women, juveniles, and highly proliferative cells of people of growing ages. Even for adults, highly proliferative cells, such as hairs, blood, and intestinal epithelium cells, are sensitive to radiation."

Already, a study conducted by the RPHP (Radiation and Public Health Project) shows rising infant deaths in areas hardest hit by Japanese fallout. And we're not just talking about Japan. Using CDC data, the researchers found a 35% rise in the Pacific Northwest and a 48% rise in Philadelphia!

Even in the best of times, children and nuclear energy don't mix well. A study published in the International Journal of Health Services found that childhood cancer is linked with normal nuclear reactor operations. Cancer cases in children living near the Oyster Creek nuclear reactor in New Jersey, for example, rose after increased levels of radiation entered their bodies. Study results were obtained by comparing trends in Ocean and Monmouth County (NJ) cancer incidence rates of children under age 10 with radioactive Strontium-90 found in baby teeth of children.


"These findings document a link between reactor emissions entering the human body and increased cancer incidence. It also reaffirms the well-established principle that there can be a short period between radiation exposure to the fetus and infant and the appearance of cancer." [*]
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May 8, 2012