The gang running Japan is getting ready to poison the plant with the release of cooling water laced with toxic tritium, from the storage tanks at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.
The water in these tanks was used to cool the molten fuel at the plant and has been stored in large tanks at the facility since the plant was severely damaged during the March 2011 earthquake.
EuroNews.com reported that these tanks have reached their maximum capacity—more than 1 million tons of water—and have become a danger if there is another major earthquake. The release is expected to occur next year.
The report noted that the decision to release the water has been met by fury from fishermen in the area who are still trying to recover from reputational damage from the last meltdown.
Gustavo Caruso, director of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, gave the green light to Japan last month to make its own decision on the matter.
He told reporters that he does not have the authority to tell Japan what it should do vis-à-vis the release or if it does not fully follow international safety standards, The Associated Press reported.
Europe Turns to Nuclear
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on how European countries have turned to nuclear energy as a green alternative to coal and an opportunity to break free from dependence on Russian energy. (See “A NEW GENERATION OF NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS IS HERE,”“NUCLEAR ENERGY, ‘GREEN’ ENERGY? EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT MOCKED FOR GOING NUKE,” and “FRANCE EARMARKS BILLIONS FOR NUCLEAR AND ‘GREEN’ ENERGY; INVESTORS BULLISH ON URANIUM.”
FRANCE: Temperatures across the country reached the coldest of the year on Monday and its nuclear plants, which have been under strain due to striking workers and supply issues, were credited for helping the country meet the demand.
Nuclear power provides France with 70 percent of its energy and, at the start of the Ukraine War, the country announced plans to create six new reactors and is considering eight more.
The World Nuclear Association said Paris turned to nuclear energy in 1974, when there was an oil shock.
GERMANY: Europe’s largest economy has just three nuclear reactors in the country that provide about 6 percent of its electricity. The World Nuclear Association said Germany derives most of its energy from lignite. Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, announced in October that these three facilities would stay in operation until mid-April next year due to the energy crunch.
U.K.: The United Kingdom hopes to increase its nuclear output from about 15 percent of its electricity supply to 25 percent by 2050. There are 15 reactors in the country.
The U.K. studied the Fukushima disaster and concluded that the “direct causes of the nuclear accident in Japan were far beyond the most extreme events the U.K. could expect to experience,” according to the Energy Department. Researchers “found that there was no reason to stop the operation of nuclear power plants or other nuclear facilities in the U.K.. However, learning from such events would be vital in making sure that the U.K.’s nuclear safety arrangements were robust.”
TRENDPOST: It’s interesting to see these European countries still interested in building nuclear power plants after they’ve accused Russian forces of targeting Zaporizhzhia’s plant.
German Galushchenko, the Ukrainian energy minister, told the AFP on Tuesday that Russia’s war in Ukraine “completely changes our understanding of nuclear security.”
“It’s not only a Ukrainian issue of nuclear safety. It means that any missiles which could fly, let’s say, up to 2,000 kilometers, could reach any nuclear reactor,” he said.