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Issue #1540      21 March 2012

Fukushima disaster anniversary

The disaster that waited 40 years to happen

March 11 marked the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a disaster that in spite of claims that the reactors have achieved “cold shutdown”, seems to be still happening, with reports the day after cold shutdown was supposed to have taken place, of “re-criticality” taking place.

This disaster was at least 40 years in the making: It not only revealed no new or unknown safety phenomena whatsoever, but the possibility of an accident like this had been known ever since three General Electric engineers resigned from GE in 1975, saying that the GE Mark1 Boiling Water Reactor – the reactor type at Fukushima – had inherent safety flaws.

In addition, both in Japan and elsewhere, there had been repeated concerns expressed by geologists and engineers over earthquake safety and over the effects of large tsunamis, such as one that took place in eastern Japan in the ninth century.

What is shocking is that, faced with well-known safety concerns, the Tokyo Electric Power Company did nothing.

What should be even more shocking is that faced with yet another disaster that is as or more serious than Chernobyl, some governments even now talk of building further nuclear power plants.

Fukushima shows there is no mystery to the dangers of nuclear power whatsoever. With all of Japans nuclear power plants shut down at least for now, it couldn’t be clearer that nuclear power is far from being the solution to global warming.  

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