About Akio Matsumura http://www.worldbusiness.org/about/the-akio-matsumura-chair/
On March 25, 2012, Mitsuhei Murata, who is the Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal and the Executive Director, the Japan Society for Global System and Ethics, wrote a letter to the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon.
We are still not talking about all of the other spent fuel pools or the other reactors at Fukushima Daichi, much less other nuclear power plants near this one, such as Fukushima Daini.
If and when the site becomes too toxic for human life, it will mean that the common spent fuel pool and all other reactors at the site will eventually melt down, explode or worse, because it takes constant human attention, repairs and maintenance to keep them all going and keep things from getting much, much worse.
The company is saying that the whole plant is in 'cold shutdown'. But is it really?
There is debate about the condition of this spent fuel pool, due to limited or no information coming from TEPCO.
Everyone except for the utility company knows about the severe damage to SFP4. Here is a conversation about this spent fuel pool between NRC Chairman Jaczko and an engineer:
Another discussion is present on page 63: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A108.pdf
Nuclear expert Arnie Gunderson weighed in on this subject and said that the following picture showed that the #4 SFP was completely exposed to the air, which means that a melt down of the rods contained in this pool definitely happened. http://www.fairewinds.com/content/fukushima-unit-4-fuel-racks
In the following video, he talks specifically about the fuel rods being exposed to air, in SFP #4.
In this video, Arnie explains how and why both reactor and spent fuel rods melt down and create hydrogen, with a simple demonstration that anyone can understand.
Nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen demonstrates how Fukushima's fuel rods melted and shattered from Fairewinds Energy Education onVimeo.
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The utility company is disputing the above version of events and claims that the fuel pool in question is in relatively good condition. They have also provided severely conflicting statements around just about anything to do with Fukushima, so if one relies on their press reports, it is hard to determine if anything at all actually happened.
Here is a short video that shows the spent fuel pool in question, from the outside. The actual (REAL) video may be VERY different, (as shown above) because the video below was generated by the utility company. We may want to consider that the following video is either a 'doctored' version, or an extreme best case estimate/scenario, because it differs so radically from the video and explanation provided by Arnie Gunderson, as well as other neutral nuclear experts, showing where the walls of the pool seem to be missing and nuclear fuel rods are exposed to the air, where they can heat up, burn and/or melt down.
Another view of the inside of the spent fuel pool as of Feb. 2012, as provided by TEPCO...This video clearly shows damaged, melted fuel rod bundles, with empty holes where the tiny uranium rods are supposed to be. Again, this could be a 'best case' scenario that may very well not accurately reflect the actual situation of whatever remains of Spent Fuel Pool #4. This video could be from any of the spent fuel pools at Fukushima Daichi.
There has been no neutral third party confirming or denying anything that TEPCO has released as far as videos; (the IAEA does not count, because they are a marketing arm of the nuclear industry.
The following links and timelines summarize what may turn out to be the actual progression of events at Spent Fuel Pool #4, organized by date. Scan the titles and dates associated with each event, or dive in to get more details by following the live links:
Nuclear engineer: Enormous amount of plutonium at No. 4 spent fuel pool in danger of catching fire; Pool is cracked and leaking (VIDEO)April 13, 2011
Japan TV: Temperature in spent fuel pool at No. 4 “much higher than the normal level” — “May be boiling” (VIDEO) April 13, 2011
http://enenews.com/nrc-leave-it-to-nuclear-engineers-to-catch-a-pond-on-fire-referring-to-fukushima-spent-fuel-pool-no-4 Mar. 15 2011
NRC Email; Leave it to nuclear engineers to catch a pond on fire — Referring to Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool 4
AP: Integrity of Reactor No. 4 building a major concern among experts — Collapse of spent fuel pool could be even worse than 3 reactor meltdowns February 3, 2012
Ambassador Murata writes to UN Secretary General: “It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on No. 4 reactor” — Appeals for independent assessment team April 6th, 2012
Expert: M7.0 quake can cause Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 to collapse — New study warns fault nearby Daiichi plant ripped open on 3/11; 70% chance of big quake this year February 14, 2012
Expert Warns: “If Unit 4 Collapses, That Would Be the End” Mar 8, 2012 Source: “Morning Bird” by TV Asahi
It is not just SFP4 that has had problems. In Newly Released TEPCO Data Proves Fairewinds Assertions of Significant Fuel Pool Failures at Fukushima Daiichi, in SFP1-3.
Many experts are trying to warn the world about the volatile situation at Fukushima, in order to bring to bear the world's resources on this pressing issue.
So far, the US mass media has not talked about this situation, which means most people are largely in the dark about this situation. But a few people have been speaking out:
Former UN Adviser: Many scientists are emphasizing precarious situation of Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 — If rods spill onto ground, it will force Tokyo and Yokohama to close October 27, 2011
German TV: Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control — Interview with nuclear engineer (VIDEO) March 26, 2012
This is also not the only life extinction threat faced by humanity. There is another disaster that is coming, and it has nothing to do with the nuclear industry.
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