Editorial: West coast of N. America under threat from Fukushima spent fuel — A global crisis; Seriousness of it cannot be overstated — Gov’t thinks Canadians can’t handle the truth

Saturday, August 17, 2013
By Paul Martin

August 17th, 2013

Title: Editorial: Nuclear crisis reaching critical stage
Source: Coast Reporter (British Columbia, Canada)
Author: John Gleeson
Date: Aug 16, 2013

[…] On Aug. 14, Reuters reported that Tepco was preparing to remove 400 tonnes of “highly irradiated” spent fuel from the severely damaged Reactor Four building.

The operation, set to start in November and expected to take one year, has never been attempted on this scale […]

Coast Reporter Aug. 16, 2013 Digital Edition
[Reuters: Ex-Fukushima Worker: High risk they’ll break fuel rods in Unit 4 pool — Gundersen: Moving fuel risks nuclear chain reaction; You can’t stop it, no control rods to control it]

The operation is necessary, however, because the chance of Fukushima being hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake was estimated last year at 98 per cent within three years. And that, according to the experts, could cause the fuel pool structure to collapse […]

The seriousness of the situation cannot be overstated. It is truly a global crisis. […]

For the Japanese it’s a living nightmare, and for the west coast of North America, it is a legitimate threat.

If we had a responsible government, we would be told about the risks […]

But as far as our government is concerned, Canadians just can’t handle the truth.

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