Spent Fuel Pool Debunking Issue.
End of World is Predicted
People such as Arnie Gundersen were disappointed that the world has not ended due to the melt-downs of Fukushima Daiichi. Their predictions were wrong, but they will never admit that. Instead, they have made a set of new predictions: the world will end because of Spent Fuel Pool number 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. As a matter of fact, Gundersen predicts that the spent fuel pool could "certainly destroy Japan as a functioning country" and he recommended that we all "move south of the equator if that ever happened."
When your doomsday predictions don't come true, make more! Make them worse!
The Bloggers Strike Back
Because of these predictions, I urge everyone to read the blogs in the 105th Carnival. Groups of bloggers with nuclear expertise answer these doomsday assertions, with facts, videos, pictures, calculations. We worked together and in tandem, and Dan put it all together beautifully at the Carnival.
The most comprehensive post was by William Davis. He usually blogs at Atomic Power Review, but he wrote Spent Fuel at Fukushima Daiichi safer than asserted for ANS Nuclear Cafe. That was actually a collaborative effort between Davis and a group of bloggers. It was followed by more blogs on the subject: NEI Nuclear Notes on Setting the Record Straight, Rod Adams at Atomic Insights on Debunking the Fukushima Spent Fuel Fable, Steve Skutnik at Neutron Economy on TEPCO's Triage at Unit 4. This set of posts is honest and informative about the spent fuel pools: experts, expert opinions, reasoned arguments.
Spent Fuel Support structures from TEPCO).
More than Fukushima
In the book and movie On The Beach, everyone moves to the Southern Hemisphere. They die anyway of radiation poisoning. In the first part of the Carnival, the bloggers debunk statements of people who spend too much time watching that movie.
However, the Fukushima fuel pool is not the only item of interest in the nuclear world. The Carnival includes posts by Brian Wang at Next Big Future on reactor starts and restarts for 2012, and on uranium production worldwide. The Carnival includes Howard Shaffer's guest post on attending an NRC meeting for Vermont Yankee, and Robert Hayes at the S and T blog about using radiation for food safety.
Come to the Carnival! Bloggers disprove and debunk the fuel pool scare stories. We don't have to move to Australia! This blogger work is important. Read it!