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Paul Gunter, of Beyond Nuclear, joins Thom Hartmann, published on Jul 3, 2012 by TheBigPictureRT:
- For the first time since before last year’s March earthquake and tsunami – a nuclear reactor in Japan is up and running again. Despite 200,000 protesters gathering last week in Central Tokyo to demonstrate against turning any nuclear reactors back on – reactor number three at the Ooi nuclear plant in the Fukui Prefecture in Western Japan was officially flipped on Sunday night. Many of the other 49 reactors that have been shut down since last year – are scheduled to be turned on again later this month as well.
- Scientists are warning that the plants still haven’t been properly upgraded to withstand a strong earthquake and tsunami – like the one that ruined the Fukushima plant, which is still in the midst of a very serious nuclear crisis.
- Last week – record levels of radiation were discovered inside reactor #1 at the Fukushima-Daiichi NPP. A lethal dose of more than 10 Sievert/ hour was registered in the reactor – much more than in reactors two and three. According to the operators of the plant – TEPCO – workers are unable to enter the site due to the high levels of radiation. The potentially even worse than the present catastrophe that would occur if Spent Fuel Pool #4 would drain dry (due to new quakes or building failures), has not been resolved yet.
Also: Independent studies are expected to shed more light on the actual nuclear contamination along the US West Coast, due to academic studies of the radioactive contamination of mushrooms, which tend to be biological accumulators of radioactive fallout.
When I hear of any of those reports being released, I will likely make it a blogpost, and possibly add it to my overview of what I did find before: Radiation Fallout Maps for the United States, Posted on May 1, 2012.