I want to write a browser plugin

One that will detect pages like this letter to Japan Times, and on detecting a mention of EneNews (or Arnie Gundersen prefixed with distinguished scientist, etc), pop up a health warning before allowing me to read…

According to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (as reported in ENENews.com), the No. 3 reactor is empty of all its MOX fuel.

It would have been nice to have had a proper reference to the original story as Google is quite polluted with anti-nuke sentiment. My understanding is that number 3 had some MOX in use; does this report say that there was none in use at the time of the meltdown? Or what?

Winds blew radioactive materials south toward Tokyo and Shizuoka Prefecture for 10 hours on March 14, 2011.

Now, the writer is implying (or deliberately trying to mislead) that all the reactor MOX fuel was dispersed by these winds.

That means the entire region needs to be thoroughly tested for contamination.

Err, what do you think the government and NGOs like SafeCast has been doing for the last year and three-quarters?

The area of contamination is probably not just 10,000 sq. km

"Probably"? Is that shorthand for "pulled out of my arse"?

Otherwise, the health of the population and subsequent generations will suffer.

Yes, by a statistically undetectable amount.

Redistribution of contaminated food carries the same risks.

I agree, if "same" means "another statistically undetectable amount". However, I guess you mean "OMG WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE".

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  1. My understanding is that number 3 had some MOX in use; does this report say that there was none in use at the time of the meltdown? Or what?

    I don’t know which exact “documents” the author is referring too, but from various memos, e-mails, meeting minutes, etc., some in the FUD crowd have concluded that all of the MOX fuel inside of reactor 3 was “vaporized”, and is now terrorizing the planet.

    Meaning that that there is none left inside now.

  2. This is an old scare story. That the JT publishes this is testament to the extent to which so many journalists – while getting all campaigny and righteous about nuclear power – never quite got round to reading up on the matter, in particular who and what to trust – and what sources you could not trust (like ENE news, Gundersen, Busby, Caldicott etc.).

    Ironically, using MOX fuel is part of nuclear non-proliferation.

    As for Marushka France: if I believed what she claims to believe, I wouldn’t be in Tokyo. I’d have evacuated pretty damned quick. Which leads me to question her general connection with reality.

  3. Off-topic but we’ve lost ampontan. Surely this deserves a post, right Ken?
    Regardless of his politics he was a japologist til he died, and I’m really upset that I won’t be able to look to him for wisdom. RIP

  4. Very sad indeed. A lesson learned here is that if your cracking 40 or older; like many are I believe on this site, go get a physical and continue to get one every year.

  5. What happened to ampontan?

  6. Damn, man. That’s the third online acquaintance in Japan to die in the past three months.

    This kind of shit is starting to make me feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with a relatively minor form of cancer at 30. Now I’m in the habit of getting all the major organs checked regularly, and stopping in whenever I find a bump or spot that looks out of the ordinary.

  7. What a sad sad thing. I never met Ampontan but really enjoyed his blog. Just good and interesting stuff about Japan. As a long term resident I looked forward to catching up on his posts and got some good ideas for in country road trips. Such a shame.

  8. And Japan Times does it again:

    According to nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, Japan has 0.5 percent of the world’s land area while experiencing 10 percent of the earthquakes.

    I don’t think that he is also a cartographer and seismologist, and these two numbers are publically available, so dropping his name only serves to flag how useless the letter is, thus further demonstrating the need for this plugin. :roll:

  9. @Ken Y-N:

    Oh, the first part of that letter really grinds my gears.

    “Regarding the Dec. 22 article “Abe hints at scrapping reactor ban”: In the United States, such a statement would lead to the conclusion that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is paid by the nuclear industry.”

    What is it about the Gundersen disciples that they must accuse anyone who disagrees with them of being paid by the nuclear industry?

    I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation in the past 1.75 years, but it’s been alot:

    Random comment dude: “Fukushima has made Japan largely uninhabitable and the radiation is already making people sick in the US!”

    Me: “Actually, current science shows the net effect on public health should be largely negligible in the long term.”



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