We are at risk of becoming Fukushima USA. San Onofre has much in common with the American made Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.*
No safe emergency plan.
* Source: CA Energy Commission (www.energy.ca.gov/nuclear/california.html), Nuclear Information & Resource Service (www.nirs.org), US Geological Survey (www.usgs.gov), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (www.nrc.gov), CA Public Utilities Commission (www.cpuc.ca.gov)
News: Japan’s on-going nuclear disaster
- Fukushima Updates from Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds Associates (video and text)
- The Highest Risk: Problems of Radiation at Reactor Unit 4, Fukushima Daiichi, Shaun Burnie, Matsumura Akio and Murata Mitsuhei, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 17, No. 4, April 2012
Top spent-fuel pools expert Mr. Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy, explains the potential impact of the 11,421 fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Unit 4 (4/5/12):
It is my understanding that of the 1,532 spent fuel assemblies in reactor No. 4, 304 assemblies are fresh and unirradiated. This then leaves 1,231 irradiated spent fuel rods in pool No. 4, which contain roughly 37 million curies (~1.4E+18 Becquerel) of long-lived radioactivity. The No. 4 pool is about 100 feet above ground, is structurally damaged and is exposed to the open elements. If an earthquake or other event were to cause this pool to drain this could result in a catastrophic radiological fire involving nearly 10 times the amount of [Cesium 137] Cs-137 released by the Chernobyl accident.
- False hope: radiation monitoring in the Fukushima area 10/23/2012
- Social Fallout: Marginalization After the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown, Robert Jacobs, The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 28 No 4, July 11, 2011
- Public health fallout from Japanese quake (CMAJ 12/21/2011)
- The Mainichi Daily News – current stories
- Mothers of Fukushima
Hear from mothers of Fukushima as they share their compelling stories of living in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
On June 7, 2012, about 70 women including ten women from Fukushima protested in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence against the restart of the Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. Before the protest, ten Fukushima women visited the Cabinet Office and met with officials to share their experiences and plea to stop the planned restart of Ooi. They submitted a letter of request addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, pleading for him not to authorize the restart the Ooi nuclear power plant. The Prime Minister was “not available” to meet with them. On the very next day, June 8, 2012, Prime Minister Noda held a press conference and declared he would restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. The plant was restarted July 2012.
60 Minutes exposes realities of the Japanese catastrophe