Fukushima Mon Amour

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“…Nuclear power is is not just energy form, it is a specific from of capital accumulation and social control, enabling capital to centralize the extraction of surplus labor, police movements of millions of people, and achieve regional or global hegemony through the threat of annihilation…”

“Nuclear power, then, can only be destroyed when social movements come into existence that treat it politically, not only as a destructive form of energy but as a strategy of accumulation and terror – a means of devaluation of our lives – and place it on a continuum with the struggle against the use of  ”financial crises,” or against the cuts to health care and education…”

These two paragraphs are taken from the letter written by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis by the title Must We Rebuild Their Anthill? Letter to Japanese Comrades. 

It is published in the book, Fukushima Mon Amour. The book consists of four literary and political essays on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011, following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern coast of Honshu, Japan.

The book is a great read for anyone who would be interested in exploring and justifying a political stance responding to catastrophe in Fukushima.

ISBN: 978-1-57027-239-4
Format: Paperback
Subject: Politics
Pub Date: 10/15/2011
Publisher: Autonomedia

 

Jellyfish Invasion Paralyzes Swedish Reactor

Article from NYTimes by Dan Bilefsky
Published: October 1, 2013

In an episode that evokes B-grade sci-fi movie plots from the 1950s, but actually reflects a continuing global problem, nuclear engineers in southeastern Sweden have been wrestling with a giant swarm of jellyfish that forced the shutdown of the world’s largest boiling-water reactor.

The plant’s operator said that over the weekend, a huge cluster of moon jellyfish clogged the cooling water intake pipes at the Oskarshamn nuclear power plant on the Baltic Sea coast, forcing the complex’s 1,400-megawatt Unit 3 to shut down.

But Anders Osterberg, a spokesman for the operator, Oskarshamns Kraftgrupp AB, said Tuesday that the jellyfish had been cleared and that engineers were preparing to restart the reactor. The outlook was uncertain, he said.

“We hope we have solved the problem regarding the jellyfish, but we are not sure because they can come back,” Mr. Osterberg said by phone. The species is known as the common moon jellyfish, a resilient type that can sting, but it is generally not dangerous to humans.

Mr. Osterberg said that the jellyfish had entered the pipes at about 60 feet below the surface of the sea, where the plant collects cold water to cool its reactor and turbine systems. They had not gotten past the plant’s filters or come anywhere near the reactor, he said, and there was no risk of a nuclear accident.

There was a likely risk that the creatures would be killed by the pressure from the filtration system, he said, not from contact with any boiling water. “There will be no dinner of boiled jellyfish,” he said.

Nuclear power plants are often placed next to large bodies of water, and jellyfish blooms are common even in waters that are not environmentally damaged, so jellyfish clogs are a recurring problem. Mr. Osterberg noted that the plant had a similar episode in 2005.

The Oskarshamn nuclear power plant uses the same technology employed at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, where a powerful earthquake and tsunami in 2011 caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Three Mile Island: A Nuclear Crisis in Historical Perspective

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This book is a comprehensive account of the causes, context, and consequences of the Three Mile Island crisis. It is by almost an insider, J. Samuel Walker, a history instructor at the University of Maryland in the mid-seventies but was hired by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in June, 1979. Maybe he is too insider that he bases his main assumption Jimmy Carter would not have been permitted to visit the TMI power plant if the things were that bad.

This reminded me my childhood memories of Chernobyl accident and communication of its effects to Turkish public opinion. Black sea region of Turkey was under severe radiation thread, especially the tea crops for which the area is famous for and supply almost all the tea leaves needed in the country. Minister of Industry and Commerce (who knows why not minister of health?) Cahit Aral drank tea live on TV to convince people that the area is not effected.

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amazon.com review of the book starts with reference to the movie The China Syndrome however the tone of the book is far from hosting a any sort of whistle blowing activity.

China Syndrome

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Most recent review about the film can be found on NYTimes critics’ pick section. It is described as a gripping drama about the dangers of nuclear power carried an extra jolt when a real-life accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant in Pennsylvania occurred just weeks after the film opened. Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda) is a TV reporter trying to advance from fluff pieces to harder news. Wells and cameraman Richard Adams (Michael Douglas, who also produced) are doing a story on energy when they happen to witness a near-meltdown at a local nuclear plant, averted only by quick-thinking engineer Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon).

Apart from its appealing cast and plot great success of the film is its timing. The film was released on March 16, 1979, just 12 days before the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Coincidentally, in one scene, physicist Dr. Elliott Lowell says that the China Syndrome would render “an area the size of Pennsylvania” permanently uninhabitable. The basis for the film came from a number of nuclear plant incidents and in particular the Brown’s Ferry Alabama Nuclear Power Plant Fire which occurred four years earlier in 1975.

Another remarkable feature of the film is its name, it tells a lot not only about the colossus effects of the potential catastrophe but also implies the image of such an incident in American public opinion, more in a xenophobic sense.

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