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Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called "SQ" or "Seismic Qualification." That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding -->


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Carole S (338)
Monday March 14, 2011, 1:44 pm

Glad you posted this, Miss Kitty!


Kit B (276)
Monday March 14, 2011, 1:48 pm
Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants: The No BS Info on Japan's Disastrous Nuclear Operators

I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations.

I don't know the law in Japan, so I can't tell you if Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) can plead insanity to the homicides about to happen.

But what will Obama plead? The administration, just months ago, asked Congress to provide a $4 billion loan guarantee for two new nuclear reactors to be built and operated on the Gulf Coast of Texas - by TEPCO and local partners. As if the Gulf hasn't suffered enough. Here are the facts about TEPCO and the industry you haven't heard on CNN:

The failure of emergency systems at Japan's nuclear plants comes as no surprise to those of us who have worked in the field.

Nuclear plants the world over must be certified for what is called "SQ" or "Seismic Qualification." That is, the owners swear that all components are designed for the maximum conceivable shaking event, be it from an earthquake or an exploding Christmas card from al-Qaeda.

The most inexpensive way to meet your SQ is to lie. The industry does it all the time. The government team I worked with caught them once, in 1988, at the Shoreham plant in New York. Correcting the SQ problem at Shoreham would have cost a cool billion, so engineers were told to change the tests from "failed" to "passed."
The company that put in the false safety report? Stone & Webster, now the nuclear unit of Shaw Construction, which will work with TEPCO to build the Texas plant. Lord help us.

There's more.

Last night, I heard CNN reporters repeat the official line that the tsunami disabled the pumps needed to cool the reactors, implying that water unexpectedly got into the diesel generators that run the pumps.

These safety backup systems are the "EDGs" in nuke-speak: Emergency Diesel Generators. That they didn't work in an emergency is like a fire department telling us they couldn't save a building because "it was on fire."
What dim bulbs designed this system? One of the reactors dancing with death at Fukushima Station 1 was built by Toshiba. Toshiba was also an architect of the emergency diesel system.

Now be afraid. Obama's $4 billion bailout in the making is called the South Texas Project. It's been sold as a red-white-and-blue way to make power domestically with a reactor from Westinghouse, a great American brand. However, the reactor will be made substantially in Japan by the company that bought the US brand name, Westinghouse - Toshiba.

I once had a Toshiba computer. I only had to send it in once for warranty work. However, it's kind of hard to mail back a reactor with the warranty slip inside the box if the fuel rods are melted and sinking halfway to the earth's core.

TEPCO and Toshiba don't know what my son learned in eighth grade science class: tsunamis follow Pacific Rim earthquakes. So, these companies are real stupid, eh? Maybe. More likely is that the diesels and related systems wouldn't have worked on a fine, dry afternoon.

Back in the day, when we checked the emergency backup diesels in America, a mind-blowing number flunked. At the New York nuclear plant, for example, the builders swore under oath that their three diesel engines were ready for an emergency. They'd been tested. The tests were faked; the diesels run for just a short time at low speed. When the diesels were put through a real test under emergency-like conditions, the crankshaft on the first one snapped in about an hour, then the second and third. We nicknamed the diesels, "Snap, Crackle and Pop."

(Note: Moments after I wrote that sentence, word came that two of three diesels failed at the Tokai Station as well.)

In the US, we supposedly fixed our diesels after much complaining by the industry. But in Japan, no one tells TEPCO to do anything the Emperor of Electricity doesn't want to do.

I get lots of confidential notes from nuclear industry insiders. One engineer, a big name in the field, is especially concerned that Obama waved the come-hither check to Toshiba and TEPCO to lure them to America. The US has a long history of whistleblowers willing to put themselves on the line to save the public. In our racketeering case in New York, the government only found out about the seismic test fraud because two courageous engineers, Gordon Dick and John Daly, gave our team the documentary evidence.

In Japan, it's simply not done. The culture does not allow the salary men, who work all their lives for one company, to drop the dime.

Not that US law is a wondrous shield: both engineers in the New York case were fired and blacklisted by the industry. Nevertheless, the government (local, state, federal) brought civil racketeering charges against the builders. The jury didn't buy the corporation's excuses and, in the end, the plant was, thankfully, dismantled.

Am I on some kind of xenophobic anti-Nippon crusade? No. In fact, I'm far more frightened by the American operators in the South Texas nuclear project, especially Shaw. Stone & Webster, now the Shaw nuclear division, was also the firm that conspired to fake the EDG tests in New York . (The company's other exploits have been exposed by their former consultant, John Perkins, in his book, "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.") If the planet wants to shiver, consider this: Toshiba and Shaw have recently signed a deal to become worldwide partners in the construction of nuclear stations.

The other characters involved at the South Texas Plant that Obama is backing should also give you the willies. But as I'm in the middle of investigating the American partners, I'll save that for another day.

So, if we turned to America's own nuclear contractors, would we be safe? Well, two of the melting Japanese reactors, including the one whose building blew sky high, were built by General Electric of the
Good Old US of A.

After Texas, you're next. The Obama administration is planning a total of $56 billion in loans for nuclear reactors all over America.

And now, the homicides:

CNN is only interested in body counts, how many workers burnt by radiation, swept away or lost in the explosion. These plants are now releasing radioactive steam into the atmosphere. Be skeptical about the statements that the "levels are not dangerous." These are the same people who said these meltdowns could never happen. Over years, not days, there may be a thousand people, two thousand, ten thousand who will suffer from cancers induced by this radiation.

In my New York investigation, I had the unhappy job of totaling up post-meltdown "morbidity" rates for the county government. It would be irresponsible for me to estimate the number of cancer deaths that will occur from these releases without further information; but it is just plain criminal for the TEPCO shoguns to say that these releases are not dangerous.

Indeed, the fact that residents near the Japanese nuclear plants were not issued iodine pills to keep at the ready shows TEPCO doesn't care who lives and who dies, whether in Japan or the USA. The carcinogenic isotopes that are released at Fukushima are already floating to Seattle with effects we simply cannot measure.

Heaven help us.

Because Obama won't.

byn Greg Palast for Truthout - News analysis

Kit B (276)
Monday March 14, 2011, 1:49 pm

You may not be after you read it, Carole - this is not good news.

Carole S (338)
Monday March 14, 2011, 1:51 pm

Good or not, it's news that SHOULD be posted and read.


Ben O (130)
Monday March 14, 2011, 2:18 pm
"Safe nuclear plants"...??? -Tell me about it!

Ben O (130)
Monday March 14, 2011, 2:26 pm
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Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday March 14, 2011, 7:41 pm
Posted to myspace, FB & twitters
Thank you Kit

John C (75)
Monday March 14, 2011, 7:44 pm

Maybe it is by design that one at a time the things that we use to maintain our economy have been shown to be more lethal than beneficial.

Coal: A years worth of mining accidents and safety violations, (to maintain increased production.) The poisoning of the Tennessee River by the collapse of a coal ash retention pond. (A by product of coal fired power plants.)

OIL: The Bp oil spill is one that gets out attention because it happened in the gulf instead of a developing nation that few really care about. The are numerous oil spills all over the world with incresing frequency. Fish and wildlife are heavily impacted along with the ocean as a food source.

Natural Gas: Poisoning the aquifers that supply the drinking water for millions is at risk for energy and someone's profit. A 4.7 earthquake occured near Little Rock, Arkansas last week. A fault line that no one was aware of seems to be the culprit. Geologists indicate that it was not there earlier. It has been alleged that fracking may have contributed to its development.

Nuclear Energy: The results are on going and we all are pretty much aware of what they are now.

Every recent disaster including the unrest in the middle east has its root in the things we use to power our technology. When a natuaral disaster unfolds as they have since the world began the effects are compounded many times over

Do we really need these things more than water, food and the peace to produce them?

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Monday March 14, 2011, 7:48 pm
If they insist on build nuclear plants in the US, I would rather have the Japanese build them than anyone else. We may not like the idea of nuclear power, but the Japanese are the best in the world at building these radioactive time bombs. There are certain areas that these plants should not be built and those are on the coast and near earthquake prone areas.

Steve H (45)
Monday March 14, 2011, 8:37 pm

Thanks for posting, I came here to put this on here and saw you already had.


Ya know, every day it becomes more and more evident that Corporations and the government (which are one and the same) are so hell bent on profit and control they don't care at all how much damage and suffering they create. They obviously are like crazed drug addicts that not only don't care about their families, but they don't even care about themselves. They are blind to the FACT that if the planet is pushed beyond being able to sustain us that they won't survive even though they have piles upon piles of money.

I am ashamed of the human race, this and all the other things we (or at least a huge percent of us) are doing is beyond belief. It's like the world is run by 2 year olds.

Things must change NOW.

Contact media:

Stay vocal.

Stay positive.

Pray or meditate.

Reduce. Reuse, Recycle.


John C (75)
Monday March 14, 2011, 8:48 pm
Nuclear is not acceptable as a necessary evil.

Spent fuel rod storage is not safe and never has been. The half-life of plutonium is 248,000 years. Even then exposure for short periods are lethal. There is no technology that can safely contain that waste for that period of time. Then what?
Kicking the can down the road to future generations are the short sighted motives of the self-interested, and profit driven. Not the people who must pay to be poisoned.

With all of the efforts of consumers to conserve or reduce energy consuption it has not resulted in a reduction. It only makes that much more energy available for big business.
As long as consumers are kept busy with thoughts of providing more energy to big business dressed up as conservation nothing will change.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday March 14, 2011, 10:19 pm
How is it that the SAME crooks & liars continue to get government contracts, no matter How incompetent & criminal they are???? Does the government really NOT notice that they changed their names - nobody vets these things??? Is Bin Laden driving a taxi in D.C. with a shoddy, fake I.D.???? Maybe if I changed my name to Enron they'd give me access to the Congre$$' savings accounts???;)

Yvonne White (229)
Monday March 14, 2011, 10:23 pm
The ONLY reason to have nuclear plants is to get refined plutonium for nuclear Weapons - it is NOT economical, because they can't Store the energy safely, they can't store the Waste safely, they can't even store the final product safely... it costs EVERYONE BILLIONS of dollars - we all pay for the buildings & we STILL get electric rate hikes every few months!!

Carol C (97)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 12:46 am
Noted. Thanks.

Bon L (0)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 6:22 am
Thanks for the info.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 7:24 am
thanks for the story

Janin S (25)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 7:35 am
Oh, great. For such well educated people, the Japanese don't seem to have a lot of common sense. Noted, thanks

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 1:46 pm
thanks for sharing

Roger G (148)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 2:00 pm

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 3:32 pm

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 3:38 pm
Thanks. Let's just hope they get them under control.

Barbara Erdman (63)
Tuesday March 15, 2011, 9:13 pm
thanx for post Kit

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 16, 2011, 6:38 am

Then the obvious question must be: Why build there?
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