Monday, April 09, 2012

Fukushima Update!

It still is bad and is getting worse. 
Radiation traced to the disaster has been found in California kelp. In fact there is 250 times the amount of radioactive iodine in the kelp than there was before the accident.
Japanese power companies are chomping at the bit to re-start their idle reactors.
USA Today reports that Japan's nuclear safety standards will now have "new guidelines" that probably are designed more to placate an angry anti-nuke populace than to actually ensure safety. There is only one nuke online at this time in Japan and it is scheduled to be shut down soon. Economy and Trade Minister Yukio Edano called the guidelines "easy to understand."
I am sure all will rest easy that the new manual is called "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Nuclear Safety."
Nuclear energy previously provided about a third of Japan's power. Japan's managers are warning that there could be blackouts this summer if nuclear plants are kept offline.
Last week four tons of radioactive water leaked into the Pacific from the Fukushima Daiichi  complex.
Oh, and in case you missed it, TEPCO sought a 12 BILLION dollar bailout from the Japanese people.
I thought (in this beautiful world capitalist system we all enjoy) bad, criminal,  unsuccessful, dangerous, and unreliable companies were supposed to go belly up, not get saved by the very same people they have harmed.
Well, it was discovered a little over a week ago that the water level was way too low and the radiation was way too high at the Fukushima plant complex.  Watch the video posted by AP on March 28.

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