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Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool 4 Risks U.S. Health and Safety

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This is what Fukushima Reactor 4 Building looks like (see pictures in articles below), with exposed Spent Fuel Pool 4. It is predicted that an M7 earthquake or higher could crack the spent fuel pool and drain the water that cools the fuel rods. If this happens and the pool sets on fire, the radiation would be so great that workers would most likely have to leave the plant--no protective gear or machinery could withstand the high levels of radiation. If the workers abandon the entire plant, the other 3 (out of 6 reactors), which have not melted down, yet, could meltdown, and the other 6 spent fuel pools could also catch fire. This amount of radiation has never been released into the atmosphere give you an idea of how serious this is...Chernobyl had only 1 reactor explode and it was buried in 30 days--but still caused about 1 million deaths, over the course of 5-10 years, in surrounding areas and neighboring countries. The U.S. is right on the jet stream from Japan. If multiple reactors and spent fuel pools go, we are right downwind of this. Please take this seriously. The U.S. must send help. We must expedite the decommissioning of Fukushima's spent fuel pools--send workers, send machinery and money--anything to expedite the spent fuel pools being placed into dry cask storage. Japan has only about 2,000 workers, right now--when Chernobyl happened, Russia sent in 500,000 workers in 30 days. Japan needs help. They have had a year and little has been done to secure the situation. The U.S. and international community must step in to avoid a worldwide catastrophe. This is not an exaggeration. Right now, pools may be stable, but recently M 6.7 earthquakes have happened right off the coast of Fukushima, with many after shocks. Time is of the essence and our government must take this seriously. Please call other representatives and/or senators and President Obama and demand they do everything in their power to get spent fuel pools into safe storage. Thank you.

Politicians/Experts Concerned about Spent Fuel Pool 4. --v

Senator Ron Wyden (OR):

"The senator is not typically alarmist. But his field notes, followed by letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Energy Secretary Steven Chu, signal alarm. They paint a picture of extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4 [...]

Wyden completed his tour by asking Japan, with written urgings for help from Clinton and Chu, to sharply speed up a cleanup expected to take 10 more years. His fear is that another big seismic event will trigger another disaster before the cleanup is completed — exposing Oregon and the West Coast to potentially lethal risk.

'What we learned the first time is that radioactivity leaks out quickly,' he told The Oregonian Friday. 'If (No. 4) ruptures now, it gets into the air, and that’s very troubling to us in Oregon. This must not happen.'” [...]

Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Engineer, whistleblower, formerly of the nuclear industry:

"At 25:45 in

There’s enough fuel in that pool, that it’s almost as much cesium as in all of the atom bombs that were ever dropped into the atmosphere, 800 bombs were dropped into the atmosphere, well there’s as much cesium in that one pool as in those bombs."

Helen Caldicott, MD, Nobel Prize winner and formerly of "Physicians for Social Responsibility" :

Caldicott:  If Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 Goes, I am Evacuating My Family From Boston

Mitsuhei Murata, former Japan Ambassador Warns Gov't Committee:

Former Japan Ambassador Warns Gov't Committee: "A global catastrophe like we have never before experienced" if No. 4 collapses -- Common Spent Fuel Pool with 6,375 fuel rods in jeopardy -- "Would affect us all for centuries"

Yukitero Naka, Nuclear Engineer:

Akio Matsumura, former UN Advisor

"The crisis at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plants has not ended. While the first three reactors contained fuel and presented a serious threat since March 11, 2011, they have largely been contained. Reactor 4 contained no fuel when the earthquake hit. Instead, the spent fuel rods had been moved to a cooling pool on the second floor of the containment unit. [...] If another high level earthquake hits the area, the building will certainly collapse. Japanese and American meteorologists have predicted that such a strong earthquake is indeed likely to hit this year.

The meltdown and unprecedented release of radiation that would ensue is the worst case scenario that then-Prime Minister Kan and other former officials have discussed in the past months. He warned during his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos that such an accident would force the evacuation of the 35 million people in Tokyo, close half of Japan and compromise the nation’s sovereignty. Such a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe is unimaginable. [...]"

Ex-Prime Minister Kan, who was in power in Japan, when the Fukushima Crisis first began:

[He describes what would have happened if workers had to abandon the Fukushima plant.  He is referring to last year, but if Spent Fuel Pool 4 sets on fire, now, workers would most likely have to abandon the Fukushima plant.]

"In the days immediately after the crisis began at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government received a report saying 30 million residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would have to be evacuated in a worst-case scenario, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan revealed in a recent interview. [...]"

"Abandoning the plant would create a catastrophe [...] It was no longer a question of only Japan. The disaster would hit the world. [...]"

Summary of Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool Radiation Levels:

"The pools at each reactor are thought to have contained the following amounts of spent fuel, according to The Mainichi Daily News:

• Reactor No. 1: 50 tons of nuclear fuel
• Reactor No. 2: 81 tons
• Reactor No. 3: 88 tons
• Reactor No. 4: 135 tons
• Reactor No. 5: 142 tons
• Reactor No. 6: 151 tons
• Also, a separate ground-level fuel pool contains 1,097 tons of fuel; and some 70 tons of nuclear materials are kept on the grounds in dry storage." --v

Recent earthquake concerns, in the Fukushima Region:

Tepco/Japan government's plan to "cover" and "reinforce" Spent Fuel Pool 4 will NOT ENSURE SAFETY:

[This will take too long.  A "cover" and a few reinforcement beams will not protect us from an earthquake cracking spent fuel pool 4 and starting a fire, which cannot be contained.  We must expedite this process.]

More information:

"Mounting troubles at Japan’s hobbled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant now pose a real threat to human survival. If the area in which Unit 4 is struck by another 7.0 magnitude earthquake, there’s a 70 percent chance that 'the entire fuel pool structure will collapse' and massive doses of lethal nuclear radiation will be released into the atmosphere.  The disaster would release approximately '134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at Chernobyl as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).' Experts believe that the amounts are sufficient to 'destroy the world environment and our civilization,' which makes containment 'an issue of human survival.'

('The Greatest Single Threat to Humanity: Fuel Pool Number 4')"

"[...] In the event of further severe damage to the spent fuel pool in Unit 4 what are TEPCO’s options?

Water spraying and the use of materials such as boron and sand would appear the most relevant. The risk is that, with water spraying on Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 following a loss of the cooling water and even collapse of the building, this could make the situation worse – if the spent fuel rods have gone beyond 900 degrees then the water will provide further oxidation helping to release more radionuclides into the atmosphere. The zircalloy fuel cladding around the thousands of fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi ignites at 900 degrees and above – fuel melting as seen in the cores of units 1, 2 and 3 occurs at 2800 degrees.

Other important factors include the possibility that the pool collapses and the spent fuel rods are scattered on the ground with the result that the complexity of dealing with the problem is magnified. Emergency worker access to these rods may be impossible as they will be emitting lethal levels of gamma radiation. Remote access through the use of robots may not be feasible given the radiation levels. The rods will continue to release radiation until they are secured under water – but without access to the rods and the use of a crane this would not be possible – so a prolonged nuclear release over days and weeks would be potentially catastrophic for Japan. [...]"

We should know where our food is from, since any products from Japan or the Pacific Ocean may have radiation:

To learn current condition of Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool 4, please visit:  (type "spent fuel pool 4" into website search)  (see "Fukushima Updates" )


Please start by contacting the senators within these 2 committees: "U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources" and "U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works."

Please contact everyone on this list:

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Senator Jeff Bingaman (Chairman of Committee, NM), (202) 224-5521
Senator Lisa Murkowsky (Ranking Member, AK), (202) 224-6665

Democrat Committee Members:

Senator Ron Wyden (OR), (202) 224-5244
Senator TIm Johnson (SD), (202) 224-5842
Senator Mary L. Landrieu, (LA), (202) 224-5824
Senator Maria Cantwell (WA), (202) 224-3441
Senator Bernard Sanders (VT), (202) 224-5141
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI), (202) 224-4822
Senator Mark Udall (CO), (202) 224-5941
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH), (202) 224-2841
Senator Al Franken (MN), (202) 224-5641
Senator Joe Manchin (WV), (202) 224-3954
Senator Christopher A. Coons (DE), (202) 224-5042

Republican Committee members:

Senator John Barrasso (WY), (202) 224-6441
Senator James E. Risch (ID), (202) 224-2752
Senator Mike Lee (UT), (202) 224-5444
Senator Rand Paul (KY), (202) 224-4343
Senator Daniel Coats (IN), (202) 224-5623
Senator Rob Portman (OH), (202) 224-3353
Senator John Hoeven (ND), (202) 224-2551
Senator Dean Heller (NV), (202) 224-6244
Senator Bob Corker (TN), (202) 224-3344

Energy and Natural Resources Committee Office: (202) 224-4971

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

Senate Majority Committee Members (Democrats):

Senator Barbara Boxer (Chairman, CA ), (202) 224-3553

Senator Max Baucus (MT), (202) 224-2651
Senator Thomas R. Carper (DE), (202) 224-2441
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (NJ), (202) 224-3224
Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), (202) 224-4524
Senator Bernard Sanders (VT), (202) 224-5141 (He is on both committees!)
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), (202) 224-2921
Senator Tom Udall (CO), (202) 224-5941 (He is on both committees!)
Senator Jeff Merkley (OR), (202) 224-3753
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), (202) 224-4451

Majority Office: (202) 224-8832

Senate Minority Committee Members (Republicans):

Senator James M. Inhofe (OK), (202) 224-4721
Senator David Vitter (LA), (202) 224-4623
Senator John Barrasso (WY), (202) 224-6441 (He is on both committees!)
Senator Jeff Sessions (AL), (202) 224-4124
Senator Mike Crapo (ID), (202) 224-6142
Senator Lamar Alexander (TN), (202) 224-4944
Senator Mike Johanns (NE), (202) 224-4224
Senator John Boozman (AR), (202) 224-4843

Minority Office: (202) 224-6176

Complete List of Email Addresses and Fax Number for the U.S. Congress and Governors:

Please call and explain:

1.)  The U.S. must get involved with the decommissioning of Fukushima Spent Fuel Pool 4 and expedite this process.  We cannot wait for another earthquake to potentially rupture Spent Fuel Pool 4 and cause a lethal emergency in our country.

2.)  The U.S. must send workers.

3.)  The U.S. must send machinery.

4.)  The U.S. must send financial aid.

5.)  The U.S. must decommission Spent Fuel Pool 4, ASAP, because our health and safety depend upon it. 

Time is of the essence.


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Thank you, everyone.

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