Thursday, June 23, 2011


Tokyo (AP) - A rapid rise in radiation levels reportedly forced officials at Japan’s stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to halt efforts Saturday to clean contaminated water just hours after the operation started.  Fresh water has been being pumped into the plant to cool damaged reactors.  About 100,000 tons of highly radioactive water - enough to fill 40 Olympic-sized swimming pools - has built up during the process, the BBC reports.   Officials said the part of the system that absorbs the caesium needs to be replaced earlier than expected because it has reached its processing capacity.  The water in the plant must be decontaminated before it can be stored or recycled back through the reactors. Once the water is pumped out, workers should be able to repair the cooling systems.

A government official says a system to treat radioactive water pooling at a nuclear power plant is not performing as well as hoped but should be working fully next month.  The system is key to stabilize the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant because the contaminated water poses health risks and impedes workers as they try to repair damage at the plant.  Goshi Hosono, director of the government’s nuclear crisis task force, said Thursday the contaminated water problem is “the biggest barrier” now.  The water is used to cool the reactors, but 110,000 tons of it have been accumulated. The contaminated water could overflow by early July if there is no progress on the treatment system.

The Fukushima nuclear plant was crippled when an earthquake and tsunami devastated much of Japan March 11.  The disaster knocked out the plant’s cooling systems, sparking meltdowns and radiation leaks.  There is risk of an overflowing of contaminated water within a few weeks if action is not taken soon.  Near the reactors, a rabbit was born without ears - a genetic mutation whose cause is unclear, but serves as a reminder and a searing symbol of the accident.  Atheists have claimed that there is nothing science cannot explain, however, science per se is simply unable to deal with the meaning behind the facts.

One of the primary causes of conflict and misunderstanding between science and religion is the fact that some scientists, being overwhelmed by a materialistic world view, have claimed too much for science. ... The seers of Vedic times as well as the Vedic literatures describe that there are two fundamental energies of God - (i) material and (ii) spiritual.  In science we work with material energy.  Spiritual energy has the property of consciousness.  Every living being is animated by fundamental spiritual entity possessing a quantum of consciousness.  On the other hand, material energies such as electrical, nuclear, and chemical energy, etc., do not possess consciousness. ... Religious scientists and spiritual leaders from all traditions should join together for the purpose of framing global moral and ethical codes for the welfare of all living beings on the planet.

T.D. Singh, Ph.D. - Śrīla Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Mahārāja :
“Science and Religion - Present and Future” - “Introduction”
Bhaktivedanta Institute -  -

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