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Nuclear power plants, the ticking bomb

Updated on April 10, 2014

Entering the climatic and pollution conferences in Durban and Tokyo, vigilant people would be in their right to call into question the purpose of such gathering. The ice is still melting (the only preoccupying ice is the continental one), natural methane is still bubbling up at the surface of the permafrost (Russia), the warming up of the temperatures is still following its tranquil exponential curb (the inundations in Australia, in Thailand are a faithful photography of the earth current state). To add among the harmful man made catastrophes, after the disastrous Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima experiences, as if it was not enough, a radioactive incident shattered the European platform.

Few weeks ago, European air sensors detected an unwanted amount of iodine 131 (same isotope as in Fukushima) in the atmosphere. Here we go again. The incident related in few newspapers did not make the headline? Why? Probably, because of a growing segment of the population considering to step out from the dangerous energy that wiped out Chernobyl and Fukushima for at least 30 years.

Germany at the top of the list of the green energy movement in Europe decided to be a precursor in eradicating any potential danger attached to nuclear power plants by 2020. Who would have bet on this possibility? Could their move reflect, forecast a gloomy future for the nuclear? Or is it a thoughtful reaction to secret insights?

The rumors were reinforced when Hungarian authorities accepted the blame. A laboratory producing medical, research and industrial isotopes was designated as the culprit. The amount of radioactivity diffused from the laboratory should have been minimal and safe but not to the point of contaminating a part of Europe (from Hungary, to Sweden until France) was the director of the institute's reply. On the other side, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that dispatched a local investigation, passed under silence the few data that leaked from their analysis. Whatever the results, the authorities still remain uncertain as for the reasons and the motivations of the presence of uncontained radioactive compounds in the area.

Most of the nuclear plants date from the sixties in the U.S. and did not adapt to the evolution of technology, of the demand. With today's awareness the public demands electricity but not at the cost of their health or life. New energies are available to exploit. What happened in Japan could have happened everywhere else in the world. The tsunami only triggered its weakness i.e. its extreme vulnerability to external and extraordinary events or forces. Nobody is protected in an eventual leak or explosion of the reactor. From that point on, there's no turning back in the self-destructive process of the plant. The internal mechanism is so interdependent that should one element be perturbed and the rest will fall. Fukushima also revealed the inefficiency of the so-called experts facing challenges.

Nuclear has the advantage of being, when submitted to catastrophes, volatile, odorless, invisible. In sum, a real nightmare to spot without modern detectors. What does it imply? How often did a nuclear incident go unnoticed? Who would take responsibility to jeopardize one's economy by announcing a nuclear leak? To see one's export revenues go up in flames? To have to pay for costly damages? Tepco's bill reached already $15 billion! Recently, the Nebraska nuclear power plant got flooded and given that the spent fuel cooling pool lays in the inferior floor (> to 40 feet deep), what does guarantee us that contaminated water did not mix with the water from the Missouri river? Companies always alleviate the seriousness of a disaster.

It is when the authorities summon people not to worry that we should start. Do you remember that they insisted upon the improbability that the emission of the isotopes 131 and 137 could travel until the U.S. coast! How couldn't they since aerial and maritime currents end up on the U.S. west coast?

Is it worthy to be part of the cumulation of figures on thyroid cancers, leukaemia, diseases impacting respiratory, digestive, blood vascular, musculo-skeletal and cutaneous, urogenital and reproductive systems... The total Chernobyl death toll could reach another 140,000. The last 15 years, 60,000 people died in Russia. Statistics predict 270,000 cancers with 100,000 fatal. It is the legacy of that "clean" energy.

We now know that a million people died from Tchernobyl, that Japan is covering up a greater danger and, only for what, to enrich uranium in order to manufacture nuclear bombs? Is it worth it?


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      Deforest 20 months ago from USA

      According to a selected article on sgtreport.com a plume of radioactivity is a 1500 miles away from Californian coast... And what do we do? Nothing... How many of us will die from cancer thanks to Japanese irresponsibility and the US criminals?

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      Deforest 3 years ago from USA

      http://youtu.be/en_CiEnJ4Wo

      An educated opinion on the silent killer.

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      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      As a direct consequence of the Fukushima nuclear reactor explosion 300 000 tons of contaminated water are rejected daily in the Pacific ocean. Given that Japan has the biggest international fish market, given that the Kuroshio current ends up in the California and Alaska currents what is the probability for the western US not to be affected by the radioactivity?

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      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      Thorium will be the new nuclear energy since it is stable and it doesn't produce plutonium what is fatal to us. China is a leader in the field. I am pretty sure that the western leading competition will oppose it, won't they?

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      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      It seems logic to me that they keep being silent since it destroys our metabolism as underlined it yusuf gabriel precedently. Who would consider living near a nuclear power plant given the danger and the possible silence of our authorities in the eventuality of an accident? It took 30 years for people to go back there. It says it all. What about the damage done to the ecosystem? We saw the damage on people, what are we waiting for eradicating it? I am just amazed by the apathy of people.

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      Some families in my neighborhood used to bring kids over from Tchernobyl once per year. The poor children had a horribly low life expectancy and lived in a hell hole. Visiting a healthy land extended their lives. I am living in WI at the moment and I am yet to meet someone who has heard of Tchernobyl.

      Technically it's ignored and most people who know about it choose to not think about it. So sad.

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      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      It belongs to us to look for answers, it belongs to us to be inquisitive and critical. Nuclear energy as a source of electricity is dangerous, Tchernobyl is the proof. If the victims from Fukushima were hidden, Tchernobyl speaks for itself.

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      cfin 4 years ago from The World we live in

      The sad truth will never be told. And if/when this "clean" energy is put to bed, history will surely sugar coat the truth. If it is not put to bed, nuclear power is just another one of the experiments that will be added to the list of "what will destroy the human race". The obvious answer is a culmination of everything on the list, with one common denominator. The human race.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      A Dutch nuclear reactor manufacturer has been questioned as for its reactor quality relevency. 2 Belgium reactors were found with fissures questioning 22 other reactors dispatched in 8 countries, among them ours!

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      A rational explanation of what nuclear power is will help eliminating any doubt in recalcitrant minds as for its dangerosity.

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      yousuf gabriel 5 years ago

      ATTESTATION OF SCIENTISTS ABOUT THE TRUTH OF THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE ATOMIC ENERGY

      By Allama Muhammad Yousuf Gabriel

      Sir,

      In your capacity as a nuclear scientist you are requested to kindly attest the truth of the characterization of atomic energy given in the following pages. It will be on your part an act highly obligating and one deserving of hearty gratitude.

      The distinguishing characteristics and the distinctive characteristics of atomic energy:-

      In the following we will give the characteristics of the atomic energy which distinguish it from other kinds of energy, chemical, electrical or gravitational. And we will give the characteristics of atomic energy which though found in some degree in others kinds of energy too, yet the atomic energy maintains a position quite supreme among them.

      The distinguishing characteristics are :-

      (i) Atomic energy is a crusher.

      (ii) Atomic energy leaps up onto the hearts. The distinctive features are :-

      (1) Atomic energy shows the characteristics of encompassing.

      (2) Atomic energy raises outstretched columns.

      (3) Nuclear science is extremely complex.

      We will now discuss every point one by one.

      How the atomic energy is a crusher, a breaker? The answer is :-

      Atomic energy is generated by breaking the binding of the atom, and hence it is that it is called the binding energy. No other kind of energy is generated in this manner. The nucleus of the atom in the act of the generation of the atomic energy disintegrates. The atomists have recognized this trait of atomic energy that is the trait of crushing. The standard text books of atomic physics are replete with terms like: crashing, smashing, breaking hitting etc. while describing the actions of atomic particles; and the term “bremsstrahlung” which literally means the breaking radiation, when coined by the Germans for the continuous spectrum of rays. It was regarded by the atomistic as highly descriptive.

      In the reactions of every kind of energy the atomic nucleus remains untouched and intact except in the atomic energy which properly is to be called the nuclear energy. The atomic energy thus breaks and crushes the atom which actually is the basic building block of the universe. The rearrangement of the particles of atomic nucleus has hitherto at least been considered as impossible by any means of synthesis to mean that the crushing has been absolute. Similarly the radiations attack the cell nucleus and crush it by breaking the chromosomes. The cell it has to be remembered is the basic unit of life. No arrangement of the repair of the broken chromosome has hitherto been possible by any means of synthesis. The atomic energy thus may be termed as the absolute crusher.

      How the atomic energy leaps up onto the hearts?

      (a) To discuss this point we have to establish first the identity between the word nucleus and heart. It is the common practice among the topmost atomists to call the nucleus as heart. Edward Teller spoke in 1939 of obtaining the energy from the heart of atom in a lecture delivered by him. (Vide : the Hydrogen Bomb by James. R. Sheply and Clay Blair Jr. Pages 48-49). And the standard text books of atomic physics may be found replete with statements as follows:-

      “Each fast particle comes from the break up of the very heart of a single atom…. The Nucleus… of the radioactive material”.

      (Vide: physics, physical sciences study committee… 2nd edition .D.C.Heath and Company Lexington, Massachusetts, July 1965 pages 130)

      And:-

      “How many nuclear heart-beats are in the life-time of a radioactive nucleus which lasts only billionth of a second”? (Ibid page 21. short problems)

      Arab lexicographers have translated the modern word nucleus as heart. And now after the identity between the nucleus and heart is established, let us show how the atomic energy leaps up onto the hearts:-

      This point attains clearance the very moment we call the atomic energy as nuclear energy. And we call the atomic energy as the nuclear energy because it generated in the nuclei of atoms. The atomic energy is generated in the nuclei of the atoms. The atomic particles, say neutrons, leap up onto the nuclei that is the hearts of atoms as is the case in the fission process of the atomic energy generation. In the fusion process of the atomic energy generation, we see the atomic heat generated by the inner fission device directed onto the fusile material, where it fuses the nuclei of several, say : four atoms together in groups and the energy is liberated. This later is the case in which the leaping up of the atomic fire onto the hearts can be seen in a clearer manner. Further, this leaping up onto the hearts that is the nuclei of atoms may be observed in the reactions and actions of atomic radiations which are inherent in the very nature of atomic energy. In the inanimate matter the radiations cause transmutations of atoms by crushing their nuclear order and producing changes therein. In living body they eject nucleons from the atomic nuclei and they attack the cell nucleus and break the chromosomes. Against the brain, the nerves and the muscles they show a particular preference in the body to all that is related to heart, e.g. the bone-marrow, the blood-forming organs .etc. Again, in the absence of oxygen the action of radiations is retarded.. Also all the multicultural organisms are without exception more sensitive to effect of radiations than all the unicellular organisms. This fact may be attributed to the fact that of the comparative elaborateness and perfect ness of the circulatory and respiratory systems of the multi-cellular organism. After all these examples it may be inferred that the radiations have particular, preferential attraction toward all these blood relations of the heart.

      (b) Now after we have seen the two traits of atomic energy, namely, first that of crushing, and secondly that of leaping up onto the nuclei that is hearts, we can justly say that the atomic energy is a nuclear crusher, as well as a thermo nuclear crusher. The term thermonuclear can be seen to be the scientific representation of the layman’s statement that the atomic energy is a fire which leaps up onto the hearts. It may here be marked that this characteristics that of leaping up to the nuclei is the distinguishing characteristics of atomic energy, distinct from any other type of energy, just as the crushing trait of atomic energy has been found to be a distinguishing characteristics of its own not to be found in any other kind of energy.

      (2) How the atomic energy is the encompassing fire. It appears as encompassing fire as follows :-

      (a) Atomic bomb explosion itself takes the form of an inverted cauldron, and further its radioactive fallout forms yet another enclosure around the first one. The fallout of the megaton thermonuclear bomb forms the global enclosure that is enclosure around the entire earth.

      (b) Radiation keeps guard over its victim. Cancers have been observed to appear between six and thirty six years after the actual exposure to radiation.

      (c) Cell is attacked by radiation in its resting stage, while the effects of radiation appear in its anaphase.

      (d) In case only one organ is irradiated, the whole body is encompassed by the radiation.

      (e) Lethally irradiated frogs if kept in a temperature just above freezing point in a dormant state; they would survive for months instead of dying within usual time interval of three to six weeks. Radiation keeps guard over such frogs and they soon after they are warmed up begin to show the symptoms of radiation sickness and die in the usual time interval that of three to six weeks. Radiation all this time remained on guard.

      (f) Radioactive substances could not be expelled from the body once they have entered therein.

      (g) Alexander Haddow suggested the cancer-producing action of the cancer-producing substances to be the result of prolonged interference with the normal growth. Though a mere suggestion and unacceptable as an established fact of science, yet it shows that the peculiar trait of radiation that of encompassing has been sensed by the radiobiologist.

      (h)

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      Everybody is entitled to his/her opinion. Those few weaknesses will impact your life forever, unfortunately! So far, nothing was said about the human consequence of the Fukushima accident, is it on purpose?

      Tesla found a way to distribute electricity freely and unharmfully, this would be an alternative to nuclear plants dangerous existence!

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      bigeato 5 years ago from des moines, iowa

      I disagree, respectfully. I believe that nuclear is the way to go, since it is the only power source that uses its room efficiently. Although many people are afraid of nuclear because of its few weaknesses, would not people be afraid of coal and oil, if they knew of it future affects. Are you not one of the lambs? I voted it up because it is a good article, and i mean no insult.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      Oooops, we did it again in California San Onofre! When will we take radical measures?

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      I definitely will do that since I'm not banned anymore.

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hey max, if you have a minute could you read my keystone pipeline hub and give me some feedback? Sorry for the solicitation! But I care what you think.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      Morgan stopped financing Tesla's researches at that time because there was no money to make in bringing to people free electrical energy. You are right it only comes down to money! Corporations don't want us to be independent, they pray on us to be continuously enslaved, and pay for every service rendered!

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      LAURENS WRIGHT 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your article. It seems that there are coverups and mis-information everywhere. The bird kills, the fish kills, radiation leaks and pollution everywhere. I try to follow the RSOE that tells of events of the world, that our media will not put in the news: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

      I have studied Tesla for some time now and he found a way to take the electrons right out of the air. It seems that the mid-west also did the same thing during the WWII to charge the batteries of the short wave radios. http://www.zetatalk.com/energy/tengx084.htm so it seems possible to use plastic and line up the north and south poles within the plastic to collect the electrons. Remember when plastic would create an inch shock from the plastic wrap?

      It comes back to money- follow the money trail! How could the companies make money if the supply was free? The wars are faught for money and power. There was no way that Iraq was doing the things that the government said without the troups finding some remains of such. It seems that the whole war was staged and the outcome was greed and money.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      While researching and reading about Tesla in a forum, one of its participants wrote that he built his own electrical source by following Tesla's studies. But what would it mean if everybody did so? The death of nuclear power plants, of the hydraulic plants, of dams... But above all of the electrical monopoly. Why would you pay for a source that you possess?

      It is time for society to adapt.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is all very distressing. It would seem that we should turn our attention to developing more natural sources for electricity like wind, water and solar and developing methods to use less electricity and still maintain a decent lifestyle.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      I know how much you like them...

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Max, more distressing news. Thanks for keeping us informed.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      Update: a new radioactive leak flowing out into the ocean was detected in Fukushima, yesterday. What are the experts doing? Given that Japan has the biggest fish market in the world, what was the impact on the maritime animal of the catastrophe?

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      I do to. But it's one thing to see it on the news, and to see the human damage. The poisoning of nature through the nuclear is invisible therefore it doesn't concern people. Nothing got burnt, or disfigured. But, once you see its impact on human, it tells you utterly how pernicious and dangerous it is.

      Yes, there are plenty other planets, scientists discovered a similar planet than ours... But at millions light years meaning not at our reach.

      Yes, my, your, our planet is beautiful and I want to keep it.

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I remember Chernobyl and it's aftermath. We do not yet know the complete aftermath of the Fukushima radiation leaks. It is good Germany is going to greener energy sources. The world is becoming more and more fragile and watchdogs are needed to voice concerns. Our planet deserves our care! It is the only planet we have.

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      It is not my purpose to be smooth especially when it comes to dangerous energies. But when people speak of Hiroshima they don't have the graphic reality behind the nuclear atomic energy. Thank you for your rating, it is exactly its intention, there's no beauty.

      I'm revealing nothing that is not on newspapers or on the internet.

      There was no leak in Nebraska, but it's a thin line between reality and fiction. Would they divulge the info if it was the case or bury it? I tend to believe that they would hide it for cost reason.It took months before the Japanese government attested of the danger of the situation. How can we discern truth from lies. I always wondered what the contaminated water serving the cooling process was becoming. Since all the power plants are at the proximity of a water source, do they simply dump the waste? Who would check, anyway?

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      Barbara 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      What a difficult hub to read, due to its dire warnings and its revelation of information kept quiet. There is no accolade appropriate for such a hub. Useful is the best I could do, though I voted it up as well.

      What you reveal is most distressing. I look forward to reading your follow up hubs, and suggest you might include any links you have discovered that give me more information on the Hungarian leak and the Nebraska leak that is close to home. Thanks for keeping track of all this on our behalf.