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Are you a worrier? I am. Truth be told, the less data I have, the more I worry. And by data I mean factual information, not spin, not PR and certainly not speculation.
So with little or no believable data on the Japan radiation problem, I am worried. Why? Plain and simple: the news from Japan gets worse and worse.
- Radioactive iodine has been found in the rainwater in Boston.
- The EPA has published an FAQ on the national response to Iodine-131 from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
- And now traces of radioactive iodine have been found in Washington state milk.
Now I am not a scientist or a nuclear clean-up expert, but what the heck is Tokyo Electric Power Co. doing at the moment other that trying to put a Band-Aid on a hemorrhaging artery? The reactors are toast. It is time to quick dinking around and entomb them in concrete. And mostly, it is time to stop the expansion and leakage of radioactive water in to the sea and particles in to the atmosphere – no matter how miniscule they might be.
It is also time to minimize the risk to the Japanese workers who have so bravely offered up their lives to bring the reactors under control. Germany is the third country after the US and France to offer Japan robot assistance to help in the fight to regain control at the Fukushima power plant,. Tokyo is thinking about it.
Thinking about it?
What is to think about? Berlin has indicated that the Kerntechnische Hilfsdienst, an independent German organization specializing in damage limitation at the country’s own nuclear power plants, could dispatch the required technology in a relatively short space of time.
So while Japan is thinking about, let’s you and I think this. Robots do not need protective clothing. They can withstand the harsh, radioactive environment at Fukushima. They can be equipped with cameras, sensors and manipulators. They do not suffer from radiation sickness and they will not die an ultimate death from cancer or other woes as a result of their work.
Perhaps I have watched too much television, but if robots can perform delicate operations on humans, they should be able to perform not-so-delicate operations on plant equipment.
So, pardon my language, but Tepco and the Japanese government need to swallow their considerable pride and accept some help from the global community. The last time I checked, we only had one planet in our galaxy with the ability to sustain human life. There is no backup. The moment is now.
And speaking of moments, I am going to order a huge backup supply of dry powdered milk. . I may be old (well, let’s say gracefully mature) but I am taking no chance of getting radiation poisoning from my morning latte.
Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!
Backdoor Survival Tip of the Day: The drawer runners in my bathroom are always getting gunked up, the result being that they lock up or don’t slide in and out easily. I used to purchase specialty products for everything, including silicone spray for the drawer runners. I now try to limit all of these extra products. I simply do not have the room and I don’t want to spend the money. Instead, I use a light coat of Vaseline (actually, generic petroleum jelly) to keep the draws lubricated and working like they are supposed to.
From the Bargain Bin: Be prepared with a book and emergency supplies from Emergency Essentials®. You do have plenty of water, correct?