Fukushima Update

A few weeks ago the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in favor of the sailors who were exposed to dangerous levels of radiation, sailors who provided humanitarian aid after an earthquake destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan in March 2011. The court ruled that members of the US Navy can now pursue their lawsuit in a US court, instead of a Japanese court. They are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which owns and runs the Fukushima nuclear plant. The more than 250 sailors continue to suffer from blindness, thyroid cancer, leukemia, brain tumors and a whole host of other radiation related illnesses. Many of the sailors have already died. To have fought their case in a Japanese court would have involved large traveling expenses, this for people who are very ill, and so the court ruling that the sailors can fight their case on US soil is an important one. For more information about the USS Reagan sailors see my previous post.

There’s also Fukushima related litigation going on in Japan at the moment, with three former TEPCO executives being put on trial. They are charged with professional negligence leading to injury or death at the plant, and have all pleaded not guilty; and still on nuclear matters:

The UK Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is investigating whether the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, can be taken to court for conspiring to commit war crimes with Trident nuclear weapons.

Nearly 400 people from five campaign groups are bidding to prosecute the Westminster government for breaching criminal law by being prepared to unleash a devastating nuclear strike on Moscow or other foreign cities from submarines based on the Clyde.


This is related, because nuclear power stations exist primarily to supply fuel for nuclear weapons (nuclear power is a complete financial white elephant, when you consider that governments pick-up the liability for disasters and disposal of spent fuel, much of which remains lethal for geological time spans). Getting back to Fukushima, now more than six years after the disaster began there are still three full-size commercial reactors in complete and ongoing meltdown (and each Fukushima reactor is three times bigger than the reactor that blew-up at Chernobyl in 1986). No one can get anywhere near these melted-down reactors because of insanely high radiation readings. Even robots get fried within minutes, and thus no one knows exactly where the melted cores are. The ever higher radiation readings suggest that fission is still taking place within the cores, and could continue for a long time to come, making a mockery of TEPCO’s 30 year decommissioning plan for the Fukushima plant. It might be a hundred years, or even a thousand, before the cores can be safely removed. The truth is that no one really knows, because this is a first: the human race have never been in this situation before. The latest “highest ever radiation readings” were found in ground water beneath the plant. Fukushima is located on a river bed. They diverted the river when the plant was built. Nevertheless, one thousand tons of ground water still flows beneath the plant everyday, and this ground water goes out into the Pacific Ocean.

You can find my previous post about the death of the Pacific Ocean here. The following video highlights Fukushima, but it also ascribes the death of the Pacific to a number of other causes. Make up your own mind, dear reader, as to what is the root cause of what could well be the end of human civilisation…

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