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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Eat your nukes, they're good for you

While we're on the subject of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima, some significant stories have come to our attention. According to reports:

-- Greenpeace has been doing radiation monitoring around Japan, and it has gathered up vegetables from gardens and supermarkets that were so radioactive that in Europe, one sample would be classified as nuclear waste.

-- The Japanese government now admits that like the fuel in reactor 1, the fuel in reactors 2 and 3 may have completely melted down, because it was without water for at least six hours after the March 11 earthquake.

-- Tokyo Electric is admitting that shortly after the earthquake hit, the Fukushima plant crew deliberately shut off the emergency cooling system because they thought, based on a manual they were reading, that that would help prevent damage to the equipment.

-- New data released by the company shows that reactor 3 has entered a crisis mode since early in May, with temperatures inside the reactor pressure vessel shooting way up. Something's happening in there that's not good.

This thing is worse than Chernobyl, in so many ways, and far from over.

Comments (3)

It's difficult to comment on this unfolding nightmare--that will impact all of us for who knows how long. No simple story here.

But Jack...the Arnold has admitted to infidelity with a housekeeper and being a baby daddy....now you gotta know that this news is way more important than some melted down nuke plant in far away Japan?

On CNBC Wednesday:

"Nuclear Meltdown" will air Wednesday, May 18th at 10pm and 1am (pre-empts "American Greed"). It will repeat on Sunday, May 22nd at 10pm (pre-empts "Porn: Business of Pleasure").

"Nuclear Meltdown":

In 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan’s northeast coast followed by a mega tsunami. The country suffered widespread devastation. And in the aftermath of the disaster, nuclear reactors in Fukushima began to disintegrate, one exploded and the Japanese Government announced a “nuclear emergency.”

With 20% of all nuclear reactors built in earthquake zones, can nuclear power ever be truly safe? Nuclear Meltdown details the unfolding disaster at Fukushima. We find out exactly how it happened and why.


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