Yesterday we took a look at the dangers presented by #nuclear power stations in #fukushima. We established that radiation leads to cancers, dysfunction of the heart, and birth defects. Many already know that deadly strontium 90 invades the bones by mimicking calcium in the body much like the equally deadly cesium 134 and 137 mimic potassium. The #radioactive elements lodge often forever in the body not just during the entire lives of those exposed, but were their bodies ever to be dug up even generations from now would still be just as radioactive.
This is why in Goiania when some misguided scrappers accidentally poisoned many in the town including a small girl that died, her body was laid to rest in a lead-lined coffin. Those in the town still protested, a testament to how toxic such substances are known to be.
Brazil, Japan, and then America?
While Brazil and Japan are far removed from the United States, there have been studies showing that radiation from Fukushima has already lead to health problems and cancers in America. However, what is often not known is how many American nuclear power plants have known issues that are either being worked on too slowly or overlooked completely. As a matter of fact, the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station just outside of New York City is known to be leaking at some points almost uncontrollably. There have been rises of 80% radioactivity in some soil samples near the plant. This not only puts around 23 million people living in the Big Apple at risk should the plant run red, but just the leaking of radioactivity already into the water and environment will lead to many health issues in the future to those exposed..
Radioactive leaks at Davie Besse Nuclear Power Plant in Perry, Ohio had a shutdown in 2002 after acid had nearly eaten though a 6-inch steel cap. Again in 2015, steam was leaking from areas that were not radioactive but did have a significant job within the power station system. Somehow this plant is still active today despite what Century Wire calls a crumbling infrastructure. This plant puts in jeopardy the Great Lakes, Canada, and even families who visit Cedar Point Amusement park by the thousands every year.
Newsweek reported in March of 2016 that the Turkey Point Power Plant in Florida was leaking tritium, which has among other horrors, the tendency to adhere to ground water. Pinecrest, Florida, mayor Cindy Lerner even said that “I think the Fukushima scenario is very reasonable, and it terrifies me”. This is in part because the evacuation plan in that part of Florida only allows for a 10-mile evacuation radius, which would be far, far too little for a major nuclear radioactive event.
There are many other examples of danger to be found with even a cursory net search, but there is another reason that so much of this is ignored by the average person, and that is because there is no ocean near many of the nuclear plants in the USA.
There are two flaws with this view, however. First, it was the quake and not the tsunami that caused the initial meltdown at one reactor at Fukushima. This means that only a quake can cause a deadly meltdown, not just a wave. Secondly, it was reported by many sources that should a quake or terror attack rupture the dams near these plants, then the same radioactive hell seen in Japan could be in America.
At the end of the day, what may matter the most in regards to nuclear power stations is a mass awakening to the fact that these systems (as warned of by Einstein) are fragile, unstable, and prone to error. Not only from quakes but also from malicious acts of terror. The extensions given to these plants to run past their allotted time is also a fact that lends to the hideous danger found with nuclear power. Lastly, we have as a species found no way to dispose of the waste generated which sits on nuke sites all over the nation in various states of decay. To continue on this road is to welcome problems far worse than the theory of global warming.