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With blatant disrespect for human health Tokyo Electric Power Company has failed to provide accurate information regarding the amount of radiation that has been released to date, and the full spectrum of isotopes that were emitted. Reactor 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi plant was operating on MOX fuel which exploded, sending highly radioactive Plutonium into the atmosphere.
This is the story that TEPCO will do anything to keep you from talking about. They have admitted through tight lips that yes, Plutonium was discharged, and yes, it has been found outside of the power plant. They would have you believe that by spraying a green chemical agent on the grounds they are able to contain all of the MOX fuel elements.
The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster set many firsts for the nuclear industry
- Never before has a nuclear meltdown occurred in which MOX fuel elements have been discharged from the site
- Never before has a nuclear meltdown occurred in multiple reactors simultaneously
- Never before has a nuclear meltdown occurred containing these amounts of melted corium
- Never before has a nuclear meltdown occurred in this densely populated of an area
- Never before has a nuclear meltdown occurred this close to one of the largest populated cities in the world (Tokyo)
- Never before has a nuclear meltdown occurred has spent fuel pool damage been so extensive
The nuclear industry is facing challenges in the upcoming years at Fukushima Daiichi that most physicists felt were impossible. The regulating agencies since conception have moved forward on the belief that “Reactors don’t make mistakes, people do”. In the Soviet Union, risks in nuclear power plant designs were a classified secret, a fact that led to the disaster at Chernobyl.
Corporate science continues to be deceptive, and to ignore the casualties of nuclear accidents whether they are small level radioactive leaks or nuclear disasters. The only way to fight a nuclear disaster is to prevent it.
We are as prepared to control nuclear power as we are to fly to mars, the only problem is we can build nuclear power plants. Repeated nuclear disasters have proven time and again that we do not possess the necessary technology to control nuclear disasters and prevent harm to the workers on-site, or the global community.
Potassium Iodide which is given to victims of radioactive fallout is only effective when taken up to 16 hours before exposure. When taken within 24 hours of exposure, it is only 50% as effective, and when taken 48 hours after exposure only 2% as effective.
TEPCO’s stocks have been falling at a never-before seen rate. On March 11th when the earthquake hit, the stock was trading at 2121 yen per share, or around $26 USD. As of today the stock has hit a record low 175 yen per share, or roughly $2.18 USD per share.
With no end in sight, the financial market reports should tell you all you need to know about the future of TEPCO, and the Fukushima Prefecture.