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Submission + - Japanese Mayor: Radioactive Lunch Serves Educational Purpose ( 2

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: In Japan's Miyagi prefecture, harmful levels of cesium-137 were detected in compulsory school lunches served to Elementary and Middle School students, as recently as August.

In response to the public disclosure of the radioactive school lunches, Takao Abe, The Mayor of Kawasaki City, said having to eat radioactive food serves an educational purpose. "Students need to know they live in (a world with) danger by consuming radioactive school lunches. It’s wrong to educate children to be conscious about this level of radiation. There is a risk of being hit by car, there is also a risk of being stabbed by a passerby."

Kawasaki City is some 130km from Tepco's failed Fukushima nuclear plant. On August 30, 12 Bq/kg of cesium were detected in the lunches served to Nakaniida junior high school. Similar levels have been recorded in frozen tangerines and canned apples served in prefecture school lunches, since at least April.


Submission + - Fukushima: It's much worse than you think (

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: On AlJazeera, Arnold Gundersen states: "Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Gundersen is a licensed reactor operator with 39 years experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US.
"We have 20 nuclear cores exposed, the fuel pools have several cores each, that is 20 times the potential to be released than Chernobyl," said Gundersen. “The problem is how to keep it cool. They are pouring in water — what are they going to do with the waste that comes out of that system, because it is going to contain plutonium and uranium. Even though the plant is now shut down, fission products such as uranium continue to generate heat, and therefore require cooling. The fuels are now a molten blob at the bottom of the reactor. TEPCO announced they had a melt through. A melt down is when the fuel collapses to the bottom of the reactor, and a melt through means it has melted through some layers. That blob is incredibly radioactive, and now you have water on top of it. The water picks up enormous amounts of radiation, so you add more water and you are generating hundreds of thousands of tons of highly radioactive water.”

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