Press TV interviewed Online Columnist Allen Roland regarding the nuclear disaster in Japan, and discussed how the US and the international community might be more alert to the problems that nuclear power stations may pose for the rest of humanity.
Press TV: How is this issue of the Japanese disaster being viewed in America?
Roland: It's always a pleasure to talk with you. Let's put it this way. This reminds us so much of the British Petroleum situation, which was less than transparent in this incredible major leak that some people still feel is happening in the Gulf, and it has poisoned the Gulf. So here is the latest: the Wall Street Journal reports today that the EPA has now admitted that radiation is being found in American milk supplies. They say it's safe to drink of course. In other words, radiated milk is safe but raw milk is not. So we are going through the same thing here. Remember we have a huge indefinite nuclear energy and particularly since one of the top advisors to Obama is the Former Presidents for GE who paid no taxes last year after 14 billion dollars of profit.
So another point, the battle to save Fukushima is now over as many Japanese officials have admitted. The daily mail said that the officials say it would mean switching off all power and abandonment efforts to keep the nuclear rods cool. The problem with that of course is there is already three raging meltdowns underway and if you continue to cool the fuel rods then an accelerated meltdown is inevitable. That is what we are hearing. Now listen to this. They are also talking about decommissioning the Fukushima nuclear reactors. Do you know how long it takes to do that? Japanese nuclear reactor experts say it would take twenty years to decommission the Fukushima nuclear reactors. Cesium 137 has now been found 25 miles from Fukushima with dangerously high concentrations.
Remember one million people died after the aftermath of the Chernobyl catastrophe. This is raising questions whether the evacuations around Fukushima should not be expanded. Obviously two transparencies are not happening: the American public is not being diverted by our actions in Libya. They are really concentrating on this. The Japanese nuclear disaster plans were written by obviously complete imbeciles. The entire Fukushima power plant complex for example called for only one emergency stretcher to be on site and only twenty protective suits. Hundreds of people work there. So what is going on here? Then in a shocking interview, we were told if it goes to a full-scale evacuation of all personnel, and if firefighters are no longer putting water in the cores, it is the only thing preventing a major meltdown and three reactor sites. Once they evacuate they have passed the point of no return. I think they are. Meltdowns are inevitable at three reactor sites. This could be a tragedy far beyond that of Chernobyl. They are even admitting now they are closer to seven, which was a Chernobyl level.
This is big and it's getting bigger as I talked about last night on Press TV. The radiation levels keep going up. It's up to ten thousand now and guess what? The Fukushima denials are in full swing. Everyone talking about Fukushima meltdown is fear of mongering. No, we are not feared of mongering. When we start getting radiation levels picked up in the United States from California to Massachusetts, the pressure is on. That's what's happening. A reporter brought in from New York Times today said the level of radioactive iodine was 101 and is continuing to increase. So this is not good. We are not even talking about seafood contamination etc, etc, etc ... So we are concerned. In the United States, we are concerned. We want the Japanese to come clean and explain what's happening because it's going to affect us. It's going to affect the whole planet if this really goes into a major meltdown.
Press TV: Regarding Chernobyl, many others believe the level of contamination is far worse than what happened in Chernobyl. Do you think the response the Japanese government has given the disaster corresponds to the reality on the ground?
Roland: No, I think the reality is much worse than what they are letting on. It was nearly one million people that died around the world from exposure to radiation in the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. The fact they are saying it's close to that right now. That's not good…
Press TV: Many experts say the troubled power plant in Fukushima actually led to the disaster because it was too old. But, Japan is not the only place on the planet with old nuclear power plants. In your country, there are nuclear power plants as well. What if the same thing happened in America?
Roland: It would be a disaster. We have something like 354 nuclear plants around the world and we have 104 of them here. We also have a huge nuclear industry and the mainstream press is still trying to dampen this because there is money right now trying to be put into nuclear plants. Remember the mainstream press is totally in bed with the corpocracy. Part of that corpocracy is the nuclear industry. It would be a total disaster if something like that happened here. It could be right here in California in the San Francisco Bay area. We have a radiation lab right on a major fault. By the way, many of these plants have the same GE containers, which is now split and now leaking radiation into the ground.
Press TV: Well that is even worse Allen. That is a trouble in the making as they call it. Do you think America is doing anything after seeing these events in Japan? Are they doing anything for prevention even in an imaginary situation?
Roland: I'm already seeing Senator Feinstein and another Senator who will be talking today about how we should really take another look at what's happening here. It's not going to be a sure deal. Believe me, the deal has already been made by Obama. It's part of his payoff to his financial banking backers, but I don't think it's going to happen. Particularly because the demand for the truth of what is happening at Fukushima is legitimate. We are afraid ourselves of the same thing happening all over the world, but particularly here in the United States since we have a 1/3 of all nuclear reactors. So this is a building story and until we get the truth, it will continue to build. It's not getting any better as far as I can see.
Press TV: The Japanese government I'm sure you know have imposed this media blackout so to say on the extent of what's happening in Japan today. What do you think is going to be the national as well as the international result of that?
Roland: Well, I think that is a sure sign that something is really bad; hence, the media blackout. You are seeing some of the same thing here, but it's not going to work. This is too dangerous and it has tremendous consequences for children, and pregnant women etc. It has huge consequences. So that blackout won't work. Why would they be having a blackout unless this is far worse than they thought it was? Or they know but it's almost as if they don't want to let it out because it would panic the people. I don't believe that. I think the Japanese people would respond if they knew the truth. I quite honestly feel that the Japanese people don't trust their government and for good reason. As well as we don't trust our government because, it lacks transparency. That answers your question. They wouldn't have a blackout unless something very dangerous was happening or a matter of fact has already happened.