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Message Subject *** Fukushima *** and other nuclear-----updates and links
Poster Handle Waterbug
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But.. but..

Fukushima meltdown appears to have sickened American infants
[link to grist.org]


Children born in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington between one week and 16 weeks after the meltdowns began in March 2011 were 28 percent more likely to suffer from congenital hypothyroidism than were kids born in those states during the same period one year earlier, a new study shows. In the rest of the U.S. during that period in 2011, where radioactive fallout was less severe, the risks actually decreased slightly compared with the year before.

Substantial quantities of the radioisotope iodine-131 were produced by the meltdowns, then wafted over the Pacific Ocean and fell over Hawaii, the American West Coast, and other Pacific countries in rain and snow, reaching levels hundreds of times greater than those considered safe.

Elevated airborne beta levels in Pacific/West Coast US States and trends in hypothyroidism among newborns after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown
[link to www.scirp.org]
 Quoting: Waterbug

Good find WB.

Do any of you have an opinion on the seriousness of the problem at the AK plant? The comments on enews sounds serious, but it's hard to tell if it's just an overaction.
 Quoting: Fishy

Pretty serious anytime there is a loss of off-site power.
The reactor scrammed at full power..
Unit one on backup generators only.
Unit two on both off-site and generators...
which tells me the damage to the electrical systems is substantial.

[link to www.platts.com]
Young said Entergy's onsite personnel, and other employees brought to the site, have been conducting walk downs "trying to understand the scope of the damage." He said "one of the areas under investigation" is why Unit 1's turbine lift device failed during the movement of its main turbine generator stator, which the company said weighs about 500 tons.

"A crane was erected to move this generator stator out of the turbine building ... to an open area" in order to remove the existing stator at Unit 1 and replace it with a new stator, he said.

The stator is the stationary part of the electrical generator. The rotor is the portion that moves.

The falling stator damaged water lines and electrical equipment, which caused 1,065-MW Unit 2 at the site, which had been operating at full power, to shut automatically, Dricks said.

Unit-2 suffered damage to its switchgear, Entergy told the NRC. "At this time, the full extent of structural damage on Unit 1 is not known," Entergy said.

Damage to a breaker caused a loss of all offsite power for Unit 1, Entergy said in the NRC report. Emergency diesel generators at the site are supplying power to Unit 1. Power to Unit 2 is being supplied by diesel generators and offsite power, Entergy said in the statement.
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