Video Footage Here
From ROSALIND PETERSON
[See also And Goodnight, American Nuclear Power by Keith Olbermann below. -DS]
[Update: Core may be partially melting…]
Notes on Nuclear Power Plants & Emissions
Why would the west coast USA be in danger from Meltdown of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan?
The prevailing jet stream winds are blowing from Japan directly across the Pacific ocean to the west coast of the United States (and then would move east on the Jet Stream). Any airborne radiation would make its way across with the jet stream, reaching the U.S. in approximately 36 hours, depending on the actual speed of the jet stream.
It is possible that early radioactive releases are already airborne and heading toward the United States.
Japan has 55 Nuclear Power Plants with 11 More planned for operation in the near future. A fast-breeder reactor is to be re-opened in the near future (this plant was closed in 1990, due to serious problems).
U.S. EPA Glossary of Radiation Terms & Other Information – March 12, 2011
U.S. EPA Radiation Protection Website – March 12, 2011
Centers for Disease Control – Radiation Emergency Brochure – Note Section on Potassium Iodide
Cesium – U.S. EPA Information Website – March 12, 2011 (Japanese Officials Have Declared State of Emergency)
Leaks at Nuclear Power Plants in Japan – Explosion at one nuclear power plant – Note Increased Cancer+Other Risks)
Strontium – U.S. EPA Information Website – March 12, 2011
Vermont Yankee-Connecticut Tritium Problems March 11, 2011 NYTimes
Nuclear Plants – Tritium Problems – U.S. EPA General Information–March 12, 2011
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Radionuclides in Air and Water: Overview (Radiation)
14U 2011 U.S. EPA Iodine Information Website March 12, 2011 – Treatment Prior to Exposure
Please Read Information About Potassium Iodide which was used After Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster
to Protect Public Health:
Website: March 12, 2011 Information:
“…Potassium iodide’s (KI) value as a radiation protective (thyroid blocking) agent was demonstrated at the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident when Soviet authorities distributed it in a 30 km zone around the plant. The purpose was to protect residents from radioactive iodine, a highly carcinogenic material found in nuclear reactors which had been released by the damaged reactor…” (Note: Only protects
from radioactive iodine.)
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Americium
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Cobalt
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Plutonium
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Radium
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Radon
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Technetium-99
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Thorium
U.S. EPA March 12, 2011 – Information on Uranium
And Good Night, American Nuclear Power
Keith Olbermann, FOK News Channel
This is not to minimize the horror or the suffering of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, but for our purposes here the headline is a stark and inarguable one: Japanese Power Company Says It Has Lost Control Of Three Nuclear Plants.
There is really very little else to say. The perfected, flawless, clean-operating, state-of-the-art, ideal future of energy has in 32 years given us Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and now the nightmare scenario of one company saying there is rising pressure at three of its nuclear facilities and it really doesn’t have a damn thing it can do right now except tell everybody to run.
Time to shut down this nation’s nuclear energy program. For good. Already, nuclear energy apologists are formulating their “yeahbuts” – yeah but… it’s not like we’ll ever have an 8.9 earthquake in the U.S. (check your U.S. Geological Survey and CalTech data for earthquake probabilities in Southern California, The Bay Area, and elsewhere, and you’ll realize the proverbial “Big One” in each area is overdue, in some cases by decades). Yeah but… the real damage here was from the tsunami and we don’t have tsunamis in this country (that’s why Hawaii and Northern California were on alert this morning – after an earthquake halfway around the world). Yeah but… our American safety technology is so much superior and there’s American Exceptionalism and let’s wave the flag and it’s for the economy and and and…
The virtual freeze on nuclear development in this country since the near-hit of Three Mile Island has been a useful stall, but it is only a first step. And instead of enabling the resumption of building such Doomsday Devices here – as he pledged to do a year ago last month – President Obama should officially reinstate the unofficial moratorium, and pledge to begin the process by which we dismantle these sleeping monsters. Nobody with a brain wants to increase our reliance on fossil fuels but if I’m required to choose two of the following options: a) rapid development of truly safe alternatives, b) continuing fossil fuel utilization at current or slightly increased levels and then scrubbing the planet a little harder a little sooner, or c) living in a world where we can hear “Southern California Edison says it has lost control of San Onofre, so if you’re near San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, areas of New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Mexico, please flee” – guess which two I’m taking?