Nuclear Disaster in Japan?

Rich Trzupek is a veteran environmental consultant and senior advisor to the Heartland Institute. He is the author of the new book Regulators Gone Wild: How the EPA is Ruining American Industry (Encounter Books).


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Unfortunately, when it comes to environmental issues or any other technical topics, most of the mainstream media takes their cues from “experts” whose most important qualifications involve ideology, not science. And so the situation at Fukushima generated the kind of hysteria in the media that we’ve come to expect. For example, Utah ABC 4 reporter Emily Clark wondered: ”If the reactors melt down, could the reactive material make it to Utah?” The answers are: 1) the reactors aren’t going to “melt down,” 2) “reactive material” isn’t a term that makes any sense in the context of this story, and 3) not only is nobody in Utah going to be in danger from the Fukushima reactors, but the most recent evidence suggests that nobody in Japan is in danger.

A headline in the Vancouver Sun screamed: “Quake ravaged Japan battles against nuclear meltdown.” While he said that he has been a big supporter of nuclear energy in the past, Senator Joe Liebermann said that we should hit the brakes. “I think we’ve got to kind of quietly, quickly put the brakes on until we can absorb what has happened in Japan as a result of the earthquake and the tsunami and then see what more, if anything, we can demand of the new power plants that are coming online,” Liebermann said. The lead of an AFP story on Sunday declared: “Explosion and meltdown fears at Japan’s quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant renewed debate today about the safety of atomic energy and cast doubt over its future as a clean energy source.”

Hyperbole seems to rule the day when it comes to nuclear energy, at least in the way that the media and politicians react. It’s ironic, because few industries can boast the kind of safety record that the nuclear power industry can offer. There has been exactly one real disaster involving nuclear power plants and that only happened because operators took foolish action at a poorly designed plant. In contrast, and like Three Mile Island before it, Fukushima is proof that engineers know how to design nuclear plants to withstand virtually any problem. Far from putting the brakes on renewed development of nuclear power in America as Liebermann suggests, Fukushima should serve as the ultimate reassurance that this technology is mature and as safe as any energy source we have.

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  • BS77

    Beg to differ. Many conservatives are opposed to nuclear power. Nuclear power has been touted as safe, practical and reliable. It is none of these. It is incredibly hazardous to health, dangerous, astronomically expensive…..nuke power is a deal made with the Devil.
    The fuel rods and waste remain highly radioactive for literally millions of years. As of today Mon March 14, three reactors in Japan are in danger of meltdown…and releasing lethal radioactive dust and gases. Containing this catastrophe will not be easy. We must focus on energy conservation, geo thermal, solar, wind and fuel powers….not nuclear energy….

    • Pareto

      "The fuel rods and waste remain highly radioactive for literally millions of years."

      If there's a toxic chemical spill, how long will the toxins last? Forever. Not so with radioactive materials, they eventually decay into products no more radioative than background radition.

      The longer the half life of a radioactive element the less radition it outputs. So something that would be radio active for millions, or like uranium billions, isn't terriably radioactive. But many biproducts of nuclear reactors are at the start very radioactive, but thus have short halflifes. After about 100 years, the radiation is a fraction what it was. Thus I think it could be better pictured that radioactive waste is self cleaning.

    • G Dub

      Sorry BS77 my PhD70 trumps you. While you are correct in that fuel rods and waste retain dangers for years to come, the danger is manageable. Even with an older design, the Japanese reactors should be safely brought down without the third catastrophe occurring.
      The shame of it is that the Rham principle is now in effect. The Anti-Nuker whackos will use this "crisis" to shove the benefits of the nuclear power generating industry back decades. Which will lead to even greater economic disasters. The shameless "Billy Mays" hucksters of Wind, Ethanol, Electric, Hydrogen and other exotic and un-economic energy sources will eat our lunch.
      Notice I did not say solar – after all solar is simply a nuclear reaction without a containment vessel.

      • umustbkidding

        Burn your PhD dude. The nukes are now blowing out radiation that can kill. There is nothing logical about using nukes and if it were free it wouldn't be cheap enough.

        In some ways people are so arrogant. You think that you can control things because your so smart. Control is always an illusion.

        People freaked out over the BP spill and this is ho hum to way too many people. Yet it has the potential to kill every living thing it touches. Common sense seems to be a thing of the past.

        • William_Z

          Ever hear of radon?  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of Uranium—right out of the ground.  When people have radon in their basements, they install fans and blew the radioactive gas out of the house.   It’s easy and safe to be around, if treated with respect.

        • William_Z

          Ever hear of radon?  Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of Uranium—right out of the ground.  When people have radon in their basements, they install fans and blow the radioactive gas out of the house.   It’s easy and safe to be around, if treated with respect.

          • umustbkidding

            Um – yeah, you get it out of your house because IT'S NOT SAFE. And comparing a nuclear power plant to basement radon is not comparing apples to apples. Forget about it.

          • William_Z

            The Federal government knows you don't know what you're talking about:

            Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon
            http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html

    • William_Z

      People are in contact with radioactive material every day. Ever hear of radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the decay of Uranium—right out of the ground. When people have radon in their basements, they install fans and blow the radioactive gas out of the house. It’s easy and safe to be around, if treated with respect.

      • umustbkidding

        People drink water every day William, but you can drown in.

  • http://www.currentlocaltimes.com/ localtimezone

    This is why NGT and the community are such good people. With Machinima, they dont care, they are not posting up videos asking for help, they just want their own money cause theyre selfish, but from the goodness of his heart, GUNNs and his wife have donated alot and us as a community have contributed. We're good people, and thats what makes us a good community.

  • Gamaliel Isaac

    There's nothing wrong with Lieberman's suggestion that we make the reactors safer. The obvious thing to do is to make sure that the cooling backup systems can survive these kinds of disasters. The British Petroleum disaster also involved backup systems that failed. In fact multiple backup systems failed. These problems need to be addressed. The solution is not to stop nuclear power or oil drilling but to make it safer. A previous poster wrote that "nuke power is a deal made with the devil". Not having nuclear energy gives all our money to devils in the Middle East out to create a "world without America". Everything in life has its risks. That doesn't mean being crazy and stopping nuclear power is the way to go.

  • Chezwick_Mac

    I'm not typically a praying man…but I find myself praying that on behalf of the entire human race, the Japanese somehow get this unfolding tragedy under control and minimize the damage.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    JAPAN REBOUNDED FROM WORSE CATASTROPHES

    Don't worry too much about Japan and the devastation it has suffered, terrible and heartbreaking as it is. The Japanese are an amazingly resilient people. They have recovered brilliantly from far, far worse disasters to become one of history's economic and political wonders. Remember World War II and the US strategic bombing of Japan? Between 1942 and 1945 we bombed 69 Japanese cities-including the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki-killing over 500,000 civilians and causing 5,000,000 homeless-and the cost in treasure by today's reckoning was probably in the trillions. Indeed, as Japan's Prime Minister recently said: this earthquake/tsunami catastrophe is "Japan's toughest challenge since World War II." But it's not nearly as tough especially for the remarkable, gifted, resilient Japanese.

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  • L P

    There does seem to be some radioactive leakage, and if we trust my local radio station, its been detected as far away as Vladivostock.
    Moreover, one of the reactors uses Plutonium which really is lethal.
    However, those who say lets power the country on wind, solar, and ethanol are completely unrealistic. These aren't even good for the environment – wind farms kill birds such as bald eagles, solar takes large amount of land (and water), and thats the start of a big list of problems. And they don't produce much power either.

    • umustbkidding

      Yeah but if a wind mill flies off the wheel it might crush a few homes and/or cars, with people, dogs, cats and birds getting killed. But it doesn't ever have the potential to kill every living thing in its path like in the worst case scenario you have with nukes. It is an undeniable fact. Hopefully one we will not see in Japan.

      If you want to talk about green energy that's fine. I don't have a problem with that. Tesla was able to pull electricity out of the ground and direct it to where he wanted it to go with out cables. His work has been confiscated and kept from us but, just knowing that it could be done should be looked into. Or there is hydrogen. The earth is covered with water and extracting hydrogen from it for energy would be very "green" as well. Both of those types of energy could actually enable individuals to collect and use energy on an independent basis. Which is more than probably the problem.

  • lessiboy

    What if a terrorist group gets hold of a plant and blows up the cooling systems?

    • umustbkidding

      Or crashes a plane into it

      • William_Z

        Nothing is perfect, but there are preparations.

        Congressional Research Services: Nuclear Power Plant Security and
        Vulnerabilities–attacking plane

        They suggest that a sustained fire, such as that which melted the steel support structures in the
        World Trade Center buildings, would be impossible unless an attacking plane penetrated the
        containment completely, including its fuel-bearing wings. According to former NRC Chairman
        Nils Diaz, NRC studies, which have not been released, “confirm that the likelihood of both damaging the reactor core and releasing radioactivity that could affect public health and safety is
        low.”1
        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34331.pdf

      • William_Z

        Nothing is perfect, but there are preparations.

        Congressional Research Services: Nuclear Power Plant Security and
        Vulnerabilities–attacking plane

        They suggest that a sustained fire, such as that which melted the steel support structures in the
        World Trade Center buildings, would be impossible unless an attacking plane penetrated the
        containment completely, including its fuel-bearing wings. According to former NRC Chairman
        Nils Diaz, NRC studies, which have not been released, “confirm that the likelihood of both damaging the reactor core and releasing radioactivity that could affect public health and safety is
        low.”1
        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34331.pdf

      • William_Z

        Nothing is perfect, but there are preparations.

        Congressional Research Services: Nuclear Power Plant Security and
        Vulnerabilities–attacking plane

        They suggest that a sustained fire, such as that which melted the steel support structures in the
        World Trade Center buildings, would be impossible unless an attacking plane penetrated the
        containment completely, including its fuel-bearing wings. According to former NRC Chairman
        Nils Diaz, NRC studies, which have not been released, “confirm that the likelihood of both damaging the reactor core and releasing radioactivity that could affect public health and safety is
        low.”1
        http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34331.pdf

    • William_Z

      Congressional Research Services: Nuclear Power Plant Security and
      Vulnerabilities– mock adversary force

      “To strengthen nuclear plant security inspections, EPACT05 required NRC to conduct “force-onforce”
      security exercises at nuclear power plants at least once every three years. In these
      exercises, a mock adversary force from outside a nuclear plant attempts to penetrate the plant’s
      vital area and simulate damage to a “target set” of key safety components.”
      http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL34331.pdf

  • truthin

    Seems to me Rich is the one 'pushing an agenda' and exploiting a catastrophe. Exactly what's wrong with saying that putting nuclear reactors in high-earthquake zones is, perhaps, not the brightest idea in world? On the contrary, it's conservatives who promise safe nuclear, and fail to deliver. What a company like Haliburton does deliver, however, is intentionally shoddy handiwork leading to a disaster in the gulf? Why didn't Rich complain about that? Because he supports profits of the few over the environment and the lives of millions?

    • GKC

      "Why didn't Rich complain about that? Because he supports profits of the few over the environment and the lives of millions? "

      It's because he has a more mature and thoughtful perspective on the world in general. Hell yes there are risks as well as benefits in almost everything, weighed together with the alternatives, if any. It is not too bright then, according to your reasoning, to build structures in San Fran bec. of the risk of seismic activity, right? Even better every Japanese needs to emigrate, Then you'll have your 100% money-back guarantee of no risk just like Life is, no? OOOh, Haliburton and profits….

  • Daver607

    What scares me the most in the irrational anti-nuclear sentiment that exists. I've worked at nuclear reactors since the 1970's. What if a terrorist breaks in a blows up the cooling system? Not going to happen. They have way more security than they need, just for this reason. What if a plane crashes into one? Seriously? You don't think the people that designed the reactors and the containment buildings didn't think of this? It's called a safety analysis and is required before building any plant. The fact that no one outside the site was killed or exposed to any signficant radiation from this is a testament to the safety of these facilities, not an indictment!

  • USMCSniper

    Can anyone tell me why the Japanese all help and assist each other with food and water, don't loot and assault women and children and steal their food and water like those other type of people in Haiti do with machetes, or in New Orleans after Katrina, or like those type people Watts during the earthquakes in L. A., or like those type people in Oakland during the San Francisco earthquake. None dare say the obvious why….. do they now?

    • BS77

      The Japanese have a very polite and reverential culture. They are very patient and determined people. The elderly are deeply respected. Purse snatching of an elderly woman would be considered as a terrible display of barbaric behavior. The flip side of this formal behavior is an obsession with conformity and obedience : this enabled these very restrained and polite people to slaughter hundreds of thousands in Manchuria and Southeast Asia before and during WW II.

  • Alex Kovnat

    As the holder of a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, you might expect me to have an emotional interest in nuclear energy. I do. But If anybody wants to shut down all nuclear reactors in the wake of what IS a nuclear disaster in Japan, I can understand their feelings.

    What I would like to see, is a thorough study of the pros and cons of using windmills and photovoltaic (solar cell) arrays to meet our electric power needs. We need a thorough study of environmental effects (i.e. bird kills) not only of the windmills we now have, but also the effects of building enough windmills to replace all our nation's nuclear power plants. Not to mention, all our coal-fired power plants as well.

    Where I live (Michigan), we could have an earthquake. The midwest USA had a big earthquake in 1815, and we've had earth tremors. So we have to assume we may someday get an earthquake well up on the Richter scale. But have we ever, and could we ever have a tsunami? I doubt it. Therefore, I'll end this message by saying I would still feel more comfortable living near a nuclear power plant than one that burns coal.

  • BS77

    Nuclear Reactors are like the Titanic….big, fancy luxury ships that "God himself couldn't sink"……..but they hit an iceberg….and that's the end. All forms of high technology have hidden flaws and unexpected events…but nuclear power's flaws are not mere inconveniences or problems….they have potentially fatal outcomes. This is a horrible form of power…..and never should have been introduced to the surface of our planet. Earthquakes, tsunamis, human error, design errors, mechanical flaws and breakdowns cannot be "minimized" as unlikely……Murphy's law applies here.

    • GKC

      Murphy's law applies here.

      "don't bite off more than you can chew"

  • Amused

    Rich ….YOU ARE THE ONE EXPLOITING THIS DISASTER, what ,do you think everyone's stupid . Oh brother , what a hypocrite you are . Hey man why dont you just blame the whole damn eartquake on the left ?

  • Zivkov3000

    I think you should at least wait a couple weeks to see how this turns out. Then when we're sure that no serious damage is going to occur, then you can rub it in the faces of these anti-nuclear hippies. I have no idea how this thing is going to turn out, but I think you'll probably be better off hedging your bets at least for now.

    • truthin

      Why complain about 'anti-nuclear hippies'? You won, you have your nukes, what's the problem exactly? Anyone is free to build them. See my post below on how Obama's budget will provide enormous loan guarantees to the nuclear indistry.

  • Amused

    It's all part of the lockstep rhetoric Trzupek engages in 24/7/365 . When something like this occurs , people like Rich , cherry pick a statement , and develop another leftist bogeyman to attack . Nuclear power plants have been around for quite awhile , and it's opponents have been on both sides of Rich's bipolar world of righties and lefties . Strontium 90 and Cesium 137 have already been released in detectable and in some areas within 20 miles , harmful amounts . No one knows the extent of this disaster yet , as all instruments of measurement in the plants have been damaged or are not dependable . The amount and types of nuclear products will increase , IF meltdown of the core [s] continues to worsen . But Rich's concern is bashing the " treehuggers "…..how small minded ,in view of such a disaster , with possible worldwide consequences . And if anyone thinks this is not a catastrophic situation , the US ships off the coast , have already pulled North and East of the reactors , as their crews have already been exposed to potentially harmful fallout .

    • truthin

      Not only that, but Japan has labeled it a Level 4 disaster. If Rich is right, and the disaster fails to grow, that would be wonderful. But hardly anything to blame the Left about. More importantly, because Rich loves to bash so-called government handouts, why hasn't he critiqued Obama's budget which provides for 36 BILLION DOLLARS TO THE NUCLEAR POWER INDUSTRY? Where's Rich's Teabag now? Blowing in the wind, as usual.

  • Nick Shaw

    I don’t know who is more idiotic, the LSM for ginning up this crisis or regular folk that actually believe it.
    Doesn’t anyone remember we have had literally hundreds of nuclear tests. Air burst, water burst and ground bursts by the US, the Soviets and heaven knows who else that pumped millions of tons of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere with NO ILL EFFECTS registered in the US? Not even from tests that could be seen from Las Vegas!
    What is with these people? No harm will come to anyone outside the actual heros working inside that damaged Japanese plant even if it melts down. It just won’t happen! Chicken little dolts always need a crisis!

  • Amused

    I suggest you catch up on the subject , nuclear reactors are not bombs , check out Chernobyl , and it's consequences 2million illnesses , 50,000 deaths and 56,000 square miles of contaminated land . You're ignorant .

    • Nick Shaw

      And Chernobyl is not Japan or Three Mile Island, jerkoff. Please point me to any truth of 50K deaths from the former. You cannot. The point is only contaminated steam and water are the consequence of Japan's reactor problem. It will have limited effect in Japan and none in America. This is purely ginned up hysteria by a pliant, no nukes LSM and administration. They are using this just as they did the Gulf spill.

  • USMCSniper

    Why don't you go and play on the beach in Westpoint, Liberia, heh heh heh

    • Amused

      why dont you try running your mouth like that in New Orleans …heh ,heh , heh . ….or even better try it out at your Alma Mater – Camp Legune N.C.

  • joel

    Even fox news starts their programs with this bogus nuclear disaster instead of the most important and true story of people still searching for their loved ones in the rubble!
    Chernobyl did not have any of the back-up systems these Japanese(and those in the US)have. There were no deaths from three mile island!

  • Robert Novak

    uhm this article is so out of place it isn't even funny.. tell me do you feel good about posting this article? downplaying the diaster in Japan….nice…….

    to all of you like Joel up there stating that this is bogus……..get a clue……..this is turning out to be far more problematic than what is being reported…….. and in the end it may turn out to be much worse than chernobyl if multiple containment vessels fail.

    • Nick Shaw

      Oh stop Robert. No one is down playing the disaster in Japan. We are simply pointing out there is a world of difference between Chernobyl and what's going on in Japan. The Japanese only have to get systems in place to keep cooling water circulating over the cores. They will do so very quickly and they will be brought under control. The Russians tried to hide their problem with a core that was graphite cooled and no containment building, hence the problem was bigger and exacerbated by politics. Nevertheless, the Japanese problems will have no effect on America or even most of Japan. Moving people out of the area is no indication of imminent danger it is simply smart, unlike the actions of the Russians. Like I said before, innumerable open air nuclear tests were carried out over the years and no one ran to get iodine pills. This is ginned up hysteria and , yes, politics is behind it.

  • Robert Novak

    The backip systems have failed and the reactors are in serious trouble……..evidenced by Japan pulling more than 750 workers from the plant and telling people to leave the area or to stay inside…….the 50 remaining workers are proabably going to die an early death as they are exposed to cumlatively lethal doses while they try to advert a disaster that will make any previous nuclear accident look like child's play….

  • Robert Novak

    1. The GE Mark I reactor design curently being used in the plant did exactly what it was designed to do in an earthquake. shutdown automatically.
    2. Nuclear power plants (all of them) are designed to pull electricity from the grid to power the pumps. This is so that they have power even when the reactors are not in service so that they can keep the coolant pumps running (It takes about a week to cool down the reactor sufficently after it is taken offline)
    3. Since the grid power was disrupted, the emergency gensets kicked in and powered the plant as designed until they were overwhelemed by the water from the tsunami. This suggests that perhaps the gensets and coolant pumps should have been placed higher up off of grade level.
    4. The reactors did not fail because of a design flaw inherent to the design, they failed becuase the cooling system and power source was not designed to withstand a tsunami that came as a result of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that the plants did withstand.
    5. with #4 containment building cracked and the spent fuel pool on fire, radiation is being vented directly to atmosphere….this is undeniable fact……

    We should all be praying for the people of Japan at the very least…..

    • Nick Shaw

      We do pray for them, despite what you may think. And those men working at the plant are heros!

  • Amused

    Hey Novak ,don't you see what's going on here ? This is not a nuclear disaster that these "authors " are talking about . Guys like Trzupek cant lay down their anti-left -anti-science – anti-reality politics for not five minutes . The issue here for them and this website IS , delineated already to right [proponents of nuclear power ] against Left [treehuggers ,communists socialist etc ] .I doubt there is little if any concern about the 200,000 evacuated, or the fact that prevailing winds on this planet are from west to east , and that if a meltdown continues , the radio-active isotopes released have a half-life of atleast 30 years . Just look at the posts by nick Shaw and Joel ! Not only does any criticismof nuclear power get you branded a Leftist , but to even show cognizance of the seriousness of this situation , gets you the same tag . What a pathetic turn politics in this country has taken .

  • Amused

    Nuclear disaster ? It's time for left/right politics !

    • Nick Shaw

      Oh shut up! This has nothing to do with politics unless you are talking about lefties always looking for a crisis to exploit. It's simply science. There is no credible evidence of any harm coming to the US from this disaster yet, this administration sits on it's hands, plays golf, picks basketball games or goes to Rio instead of telling people the truth. Like I said, they are just letting a crisis build and feed you no nothings with…nothing, hoping you will panic and look to the Annointed One for salvation. Idiots!

      • truthin

        No Nick, it's Rich who's exploiting it for political purposes on THIS VERY SITE!! DID YOU NOT READ HIS ARTICLE? And if there's no disaster looming here, and no one expects it, THEN WHY WOULD OBAMA NOT 'SIT ON HIS HANDS AND PLAY GOLF' and all that nonsense? By normal logic, it would be wrong to do those things if THERE WERE an imminent cause for alarm, but not if there was no concern. Get your logic straight, dude. You've been listening to too much Rush…

        • Nick Shaw

          There is no exploitation going on here whether by Rich or myself. The plain fact is that there is no danger to the US from the disaster in Japan yet, The Zero says nothing to dispell this growing hysteria, pushed by the LSM. In fact, just today an administration official suggested it may be a good thing to have iodine pills around, just in case. That's called milking a crisis for political points. Keep the rubes scared so they can be corralled more easily.

        • Nick Shaw

          Now we have Lieberman saying we should put the brakes on nukes. Come on! Nuclear power is the most logical source of reliable power at this point in time. Does it have some problems? Sure. Like when Reid closed down the waste site in Nevada. But, generally? No. have some been built in stupid places? Yes. I worked on the El Diablo reactor site back in the 70's and I said it was stupid then. It's practically on a fault for God's sake. Here's a thought, if you are so worried, how about all the plants in California shut down. Hell, the environazis (read liberal progressives) cut off water to the central valley with no concern for the people, let's cut off their power and see how they like windmill and pixie dust power for a while, you know, 'cause of the danger!!! I contend that there are probably more people killed working on windmills in America than by nukes. Which is safer? I also contend that, the Japanese disaster, though horrible, will turn out to be a very local problem with few after effects. However, it will be milked by progressives and liberals to the detriment of the American way of life.

  • Amused

    Showing any cognizance of the reality and seriousness of the situation ? You're a leftist ! A treehugger ! A hippie ! God help the Japanese .

  • Amused

    What a pathetic turn the politics in this country has taken . Novak …. People like the previous two posters , cant put aside their politics for 5 minutes , to brand even those who show concern , as leftists . How sick is that .

  • BS77

    One more thing….the photo at the top of this article is from the past…..those four buildings are now blown apart and filled with radioactive wreckage. The cores are ruined by sea water and heat….the reactors are finished. Recent photos show massive destruction .

  • truthin

    No one should have concern about the Gulf or Japan. If we all ignore it, everything will just be alright. That's the FPM way…

  • Nick Shaw

    First, you are completely ignoring the LSM west coast hysteria. You gotta' get iodine pills now, before the toxic cloud gets here!!!! You even have dorks in the midwest worried their nuke plants are safe from tsunamis!!! Second, Chernobyl figures are not that murky. About 4000 people may have died from direct radiation contamination and aftereffects much later from infections and luekemia. I'm defending the USSR? Did you not read my other comments? The Russians actually caused the deaths of their people through totally idiotic plant design and, because the Soviet Union could do no wrong, pure politics in not telling anyone the dangers of the Chernobyl meltdown. This amounted to plain old murder! The reaction to the Gulf spill by this administration and the LSM was nothing but hysteria, Funny you should have to drag Cheney into it but, it was an oil spill. That's all. Oil leaks out of the seabed in the Gulf all the time. The earth looks after itself and, by this time next year you won't find a trace. Odd you should have truthin as a handle 'cause it appears the only truthin you want is your version. "Intentionally botched the kill", LOL, you slay me with your dorkyness.

  • http://endnukes.com Diane

    Are you crazy?

  • http://endnukes.com Diane

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  • http://www.benkoproducts.com/ Andrew Wilson

    That has got to be one of the scariest – if not the most frightening – industrial leak possible. Few chemicals or contaminants can compare to what a full blown nuclear meltdown can do.