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Photo of the 4 Fukushima Daiichi Reactors on Idaho National (Nuclear) Lab, INL, web site.

US NOAA model of dispersion, showing that it blew offshore and was mostly impacting North America: http://sos.noaa.gov/Datasets/dataset.php?id=332 Fukushima has continued to discharge radioactive materials into the air, and water, as even admitted by TEPCO last year. They probably wait until the wind is blowing offshore to vent.

According to the Japan Times, as of March 14, 2011, TEPCO “estimated that 55 percent of the fuel rod assemblies of the reactor No. 1 and 25 percent of those at reactor No. 3 were “damaged,” based on the levels of radiation detected, …” See article here: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/24/national/tepco-admits-initial-assessments-fukushima-meltdowns-wrong/ Unit 2 meltdown was confirmed by 2014, by Muon scans: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/3/23/1372742/-Second-Total-Meltdown-Confirmed-by-Muon-Scans-at-Fukushima However, it was apparently known almost immediately, according to US NRC documents.

The new news, as of Feb. 24, appears to be that TEPCO admitted to hiding the meltdowns for two months. Presumably because by then everyone would have forgotten about Fukushima and think that Fukushima was no big deal, which has largely remained the case. Or, perhaps it had to do with TEPCO stock value? How many bows did they make? How deep were they? Is this going to help anyone who got doused with radioactive materials? No!

Since, as shown in the US government (NOAA) model, above, the radiation was blowing offshore toward the US, it is rather shocking that US experts appear to have thought that this was ok and only worried when winds were shifting toward Tokyo, and then the worry appears to be primarily food contamination. Of course, since Japanese are only made to eat 100 Bq per kg of radiation in their food, and Americans over 1500 Bq per kg, that is a serious worry, too. It is clear where contaminated Japanese food will go, along with the radioactive plume. And, how much fell on the west coast of America, where so much US food comes from?

The Jack Grob, below, who states on March 14, 2011, that three nuclear reactors melted down, seems to be Jack J. Grob, Jr., retired (1991) Sr. VP and Chief Technical Officer for Con Ed and an “authority on atomic energy”, according to his Nov. 6, 2015 obituary. [1] He certainly had the background to know what he was talking about, and there is no reason to doubt him.

From US NRC Official Telephone Transcripts, Monday March 14, 2011:
JACK GROB: “… we could be Japanese right now, and have three melting reactors.
CHAIRMAN JACZKO: Oh, gosh. So what do we know…
” (p. 221)
US NRC telephone transcript March 14, 2016
JACK GROB: … The decision was made this past weekend that we didn’t need a strong Protective Measures Team here in the response center.
JACK GROB: Since then, we’ve had two more units that have damaged fuel, and now appears that we’re going to have some weather shifts, so we’re going to become more robust and our capabilities to do protective measures work
“, p 231, Monday, March 14, 2011 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A105.pdf (See originals at bottom of this post.)

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011:
MALE PARTICIPANT: Well, I’m just trying — we watched TEPCO executives say that they have evacuated the site.
MALE PARTICIPANT: And yesterday we watched TEPCO executives say that the Unit 2 wet well was no longer intact, and by the afternoon they said that it was. So, you know, we have been dealing with conflicting information from those folks for a while.
You know, I don’t doubt you. And, I mean, if I was a gambling man, I know where I would put my chips. So, I agree with you.
” (p. 10)(See original at bottom of this post)

The John Monager, below, is apparently John Monninger of the US NRC. Currently, Deputy Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing; Deputy Chief of Staff in 2010: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1010/ML101040587.pdf

As seen below, John Monninger was told that an explosion at Unit 4 leveled the spent fuel pool down to the bottom level of the fuel and that there was no water.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, p. 64
JOHN MONAGER: Unit 1 and 2 is boiling down, and Unit 3 and 4 is having zirc/water reaction. They believe there is essentially no walls on Unit 3. The explosion — I’m sorry — Unit 4. The explosion leveled the walls, leveled the structure for the Unit 4 spent-fuel pool all the way down to the approximate level of the bottom of the fuels. So, there’s no water in there whatsoever.

MALE PARTICIPANT: And no ability to retain water.

JOHN MONAGER: And no ability to retain water. Someone has talked about dropping sand in there, et cetera. To us, I mean the simple, obvious answer, of course, is water, water, water. You know, there is, I guess, Units 1, 3, and 4, the reactor building, all three of those had the explosion. So, then, you’ve got the question, at least for Units 1 and 3, you know, would the water actually reach through all the massive debris?” (p. 64) (See original at bottom of this blog post.)

Later, on p. 248, one reads that TEPCO and METI apparently claimed that this was false. But, recall the statement above that “we have been dealing with conflicting information from those folks for a while“:
MALE PARTICIPANT: Well, the most recent development is what we’re discussing with Chuck and John Monager. That’s that they just had a meeting with Toshiba and METI officials, and they finally identified potential equipment needs that would help them contend with their degraded spent-fuel pool conditions.

And so, we’re going to get rolling on that to see what could be arranged back through the military in terms of delivering some of this equipment that they would be needing to cool the fuel. They don’t think the spent-fuel pool for Unit 4 is as degraded as we thought.http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A108.pdf

Already on SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011:
MR. DORMAN: Chairman?
MR. DORMAN: Dan Dorman, Scott Morris and Mike Weber.
MR. DORMAN: Sir, a quick synopsis of the message that was sent from Mr. Condo to Mr. Poneman. The issue is that Unit 1 at Daiichi, this is the unit that’s similar to Oyster Creek, the isolation condenser plant.
MR. DORMAN: Based on the information in the email, it’s evident that there is core damage at that facility, and that they are very recently in the process of venting the containment, and the — it makes mention of the wind direction, blowing to sea, that they are — do not have any at the plant, injection and cooling systems available, because of the loss of power. But they are using anything that they can find, in terms of fire trucks and perhaps, batteries from vehicles, to power pumps, to get water into the core
“. Page 2: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1205/ML12052A101.pdf

Mining Awareness believes that Dana Durnford has the Right to Explain Fukushima, as he sees fit, and not be gagged by those with apparent conflicts of interest, such as Jay Cullen of U. Vic. and Ken Buessler of Woods Hole (WHOI). Dana’s explanations fit in line with the evidence found in these US NRC telephone transcripts, obtained under the US FOIA. Furthermore, Dana is seriously disabled since a diving incident and for two able-bodied “men” such as Cullen and Buessler to pretend that they are frightened of him is ridiculous. Cullen and Buessler should be sent to clean up Fukushima, or other nuclear waste sites! Then may Cullen and Buessler rot in hell, or at least Buessler. Cullen may not know better.

FC says: “It really helps expose the nuclear catastrophe from Fukushima if we support Dana Durnford now.  It helps him in court against very powerful uranium cartel funded foes. ONLY bloggers and independent websites can tell the truth now. Everyone else seems cowed or bought“: https://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com/support-dana/ See: https://flyingcuttlefish.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/support/

Links for Some of the Official NRC Telephone transcripts links are found below. There are probably more. Remember that the ML numbers are document identification codes. Some numbers appear missing. They aren’t in order, either. Play with the ID codes to find more. Some read like a high speed novel.
Monday, March 14, 2011
SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011,

Fukushima Unit-1 Muon Scan Results: No Fuel In Reactor Vessel, By Joieau, 2015/03/19, 21:14 http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/19/1372008/-Fukushima-Unit-1-Muon-Scan-Results-No-Fuel-In-Reactor-Vessel

Second Total Meltdown Confirmed by Muon Scans at Fukushima” By Joieau, 2015/03/23 http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2015/3/23/1372742/-Second-Total-Meltdown-Confirmed-by-Muon-Scans-at-Fukushima

Jack Grob obituary: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/starledger/obituary.aspx?pid=176380494

Jack Grob-Jaczko: Monday, March 14, 2011 ML12052A105 p. 221
Jack Grob-Jaczko: Monday, March 14, 2011 ML12052A105 p. 221
Jack Grob-Jaczko: Monday, March 14, 2011 ML12052A105 p. 231
Jack Grob: Monday, March 14, 2011 ML12052A105 p. 231
Unknown Wednesday, March 16, 2011, p. 10, ML12052A108
Unknown Wednesday, March 16, 2011, p. 10, ML12052A108
ML12052A108 Wednesday, March 16, 2011, p. 62, JOHN MONAGER-Monninger and Unknown
Wednesday, March 16, 2011, p. 62, JOHN MONAGER-Monninger and Unknown

Copyright: IAEA Imagebank Photo Credit: Greg Webb / IAEA pointing to pic of melted reactor
Copyright: IAEA Imagebank Photo Credit: Greg Webb / IAEA pointing to pic of melted reactor
Mike Weightman (02810459) IAEA fact-finding team leader Mike Weightman examines Reactor Unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on 27 May 2011” Notice he is apparently pointing to a picture or video cam! He doesn’t seem to be near the thing! Nope.