Tagged: Fukushima

How bad is Fukushima?

We can mention Chernobyl in the same breath now.

Green Action, Japan reports that a new analysis prepared for Greenpeace Germany by nuclear safety expert Dr Helmut Hirsch shows that by 23 March 2011, Japan’s nuclear crisis “has already released enough radioactivity to be ranked at Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES)”. (more…)

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Bakun emergency response plan?

The mistakes, cover-ups and profit-maximisation/cost-cutting of the past in Japan have come back to haunt us.

A General Electric Co engineer said he resigned 35 years ago over concern about the safety of a nuclear reactor design used in the now crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Dale Bridenbaugh said the “Mark 1″ design had “not yet been designed to withstand the loads” that could be experienced in a large-scale accident. Read the full Reuters report here. (more…)

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