ABC Radio: “Who’s to blame for radioactive fish? Tepco denies cesium contamination is from Fukushima”

Published: November 19th, 2012 at 4:29 pm ET


“Japan’s fisheries agency insists the contamination is seeping into the seabed and is not entering the food chain. The nuclear plant operator Tepco denies any tainted water is leaking from the facility […] Tepco Spokesman: ‘At the present time we’re not in a position to clearly understand why there is still radiation being found in fish off of Fukushima.'”

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Published: November 19th, 2012 at 4:29 pm ET


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50 comments to ABC Radio: “Who’s to blame for radioactive fish? Tepco denies cesium contamination is from Fukushima”

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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The nuclear industry must end. They have radiated everything. A huge, huge mess.

  • norbu norbu

    Of course they would blame someone else. Take responsibility for your mess.

  • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

    Interesting how when long after a very great evil has passed , like hitler , people make hypothetical questions like , if a time machine exist , knowing what we know now , would you go back and kill the sob ?
    I wonder who's killing they will talk about tommorrow , IF ofcourse there is a tommorrow with people in the picture to talk…

  • logicalman

    I guess Tepco also denies that water is wet!

  • norbu norbu

    If there is a time machine they will never tell us. I hope there is a tomorrow…

  • pcjensen

    they think that they can whitewash this… so very unintelligent.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Here is a new twist on the fukushima situation. Lots of us want to finger point and get mad at tepco,at the prime minister and at the japanese politicians. The reality is General Electric is who you should be mad at.They shoved this faulty technology down their throats and convinced them that it was safe. We nuked them twice before and now we have nuked them again with these demonic faulty General Electric Mark 1 reactors from hell. If you want to get mad at someone get mad at GE and Westinghouse. Get mad at our government for nuking the hell out of the planet with bomb testing and plutonium processing for the last 60 years that has killed millions and has, is and will cause more leukemia and nasty cancers and heart diseases that will eventually kill every living thing on the planet. We see proof of this every day more and more.Get mad at Einstein for splitting the atom to begin with.He knew when he first discovered this hell what he had done and I quote from Einstein "This should never be used". Greed outweighed logic. The contamination that has been created and the waste that will remain deadly for the next million years that we have no idea what to do with is reality.Its past the point of no return. If were lucky we have 20 to 50 years before its all over so for the most part if you are reading this I give 1/2 of us a 50/50 chance of surviving till then. It will eventually also get the monsters that own GE and the other nuke giants that insist on continuing this…

    • Sol Man

      The promise of our future is grim with the ever-increasing radiation slicing and dicing every living entity's genome.

      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        Perhaps not even GE. It's the elites who have control over GE. GE and its workers are only acting as puppets, the company is only a part of cog in the wheel. Blame the one who is sitting comfortably, making decisions and ordering people without getting their hands dirty… but we can see blood stains on his hands.

        • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

          @glowininthedark – Exactly what I meant the Elite that own GE that own NBC, the reason none of this is on the news because they would lose their jobs if they reported any of this. They too will get caught by the radioactive monster that they have unleashed. Like a radioactive cloud that know no boundries.

          • nonuke nonuke

            It started with madness and will end in madness…..

            70 years ago , on the afternoon of Dec. 2, 1942, a group of 42 scientists, working under the direction of Enrico Fermi, gathered in an indoor squash court under the west grandstands of Stagg Field, the football stadium of the University of Chicago.
            What they achieved that afternoon was the first sustained nuclear chain reaction to be made by man. On a larger scale, what they launched was the nuclear age.
            Fermi died at age 53 of stomach cancer in Chicago, Illinois, and was interred at Oak Woods Cemetery. Two of his graduate students who assisted him in working on or near the nuclear pile also died of cancer. Fermi and his team knew that such work carried considerable risk but they considered the outcome so vital that they forged ahead with little regard for their own personal safety.
            As Eugene Wigner wrote: "Ten days before Fermi had died he told me, 'I hope it won't take long.' He had reconciled himself perfectly to his fate".


    • patb2009

      Getting mad at GE for a bad reactor is like getting mad at a streetwalker for giving you crabs.
      You F&*k her, you take the risks

      • voltscommissar

        Crabs? More like AIDS: killing us slowly. Consenting adults over 18 years have to accept the consequences of their bad decisions and bad behaviours. I never consented to GE spruiking its nuclear wares across the world, but down here in Melbourne Australia, we still got that strange radioactive rain last year. Recall that Toadmacshutitdown has videos on YouTube showing "2.5 uSv/hr" when placing fresh rain in a polythene bag, next to a "Pripyat" brand beta+gamma detector: 20 times background, when only about 25% of the immediate surrounds of the GM tube is subtended by the sopping wet rag, is quite an alarming statistic. I'm also in Melbourne, and months later repeated his experiment: also got elevated readings e.g. "0.96 uSv/hr" (gamma+beta) NB the parameters are wrong because this is more akin to a wipe test than a background radiation reading.

        The main point to emphasize is that unlike the risk of STI's when paying for unprotected sex, getting cancer from nuclear pollution is more like a drug dealer injecting you with AIDS-infected blood for no good reason except he's a reckless psychopath who refuses to accept any constraints on his actions, and LOVES asserting his power over others.

        To add to the insult, in Aussie-land there is a sustained TV ad campaign of GE promotions featuring wind turbines, gas turbines and medical diagnostic gear (MRI scanners). Well great! You gave us cancer, now you profit by charging us a fortune for CT scans and MRI's. Disaster…

        • voltscommissar

          Disaster capitalism!!

          Note however that natural radon from the ground is also concentrated in fresh rain. What the nuclear experts have utterly failed to reveal to the public is for any given continental land mass, or regional soil type (e.g. granitic sands), after heavy rain forces radon out of the voids in the soil, what is the upper limit of "normal" readings in the first hour for a freshly collected rain sample? I'd like to see a peer-reviewed scientific paper on this subject…

  • Sickputer

    What? Did they run out of 60-year-old radium bottles to plant in the lagoon?

    They are so asinine in their denials. I can understand why the Japanese people distrust the government.

    The nucleocrats are a bunch of worthless morons,. They may have stock options and golden parachutes, but they will die from radiation just like the poorest bum in Tokyo.

  • Its Curtains

    These "officials" need to be rounded up by the citizens of Japan and then drawn and quartered.

  • The top ones have been in the Underground cities for a while – this is just shits and giggles on the surface. I don't think I've seen the real Putin, Bowie, David Cameron, Steve Jobs for months…
    Every chance the Mayan endtime will be shortly after the 2nd Pacific Eclipse this month, next week….

    • m a x l i

      Nothing against fairytales and legends for entertainment – at the right time, place and context.

      If you are talking about that Apple guy, he died. So you have your simple reason you haven't seen him for month.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    It's Called "The Blame Game" a little distraction, while things get a whole lot worse.

  • jec jec

    TEPCO denial right out of the BP OIL SPILL Playbook. Denial..denial..force continual testing and proof for every single drop of spilt oil. Same for TEPCO…not OUR Cesium. Think TEPCO should prove its NOT their cesium..and point to WHOSE it is…another company nuke plant in Japan exploded??? Now lets watch the finger pointing…A second major radiation event on the WEST Coast of Japan????

  • It seems easy for them to deny. No entity seems willing to police this incident. I suppose American technology and Canadian uranium interests make downplaying this tragedy a nesesity to avoid our own complicity.

  • dave14139

    Why does nobody seem to CARE that the ocean is being poisoned? People of Japan need to stand up and get themselves into the news by protesting to keep heat on the Japanese Government. I remain strongly of the opinion that this is Way too big a problem for Tepco to handle. An international response is required.

    • Sickputer

      dave14139 sez.."Why does nobody seem to CARE that the ocean is being poisoned?"

      SP: Many people care, but they aren't decision-makers. The decision-makers are fed a line of BS from pro-nuclear scientists proclaiming "The ocean is vast!" and "low levels of radiation cause no harm".

      That's why we find ourselves squarely behind the ELE eight ball.

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      "Why does nobody seem to CARE that the ocean is being poisoned?"
      It's because people have been put to sleep…I mean not quite dead but living dead…like zombie. They have been brain washed and living so out of touch with the nature. They have been re-programmed (by tv & education) with different values for the benefits of the elites called consumerism. Drugs, chemical/metal toxins in our food and drinks are also keeping majority of people to stay placid.

    • Maggie123

      dave14139 and others – earlier today via email I got a petition from It was to White House, both senators, and house rep. It's theme "climate cliff". Most petition set-ups have option to 'personalize' messages, and this one did.

      The prepared petition text focused on energy/jobs – likely to keep theme narrow and message succinct. In my personalized version I 'honored' the narrow focus but in a 2nd paragraph expanded the theme to include oceans, land, fresh water, referenced 'mass extinction event', … did so as a point-x-point list of the larger picture. I included nuclear with references to Chernobyl, Fukushima, Fallujah.

      (What I did was suggest they each sit down with their families at a computer and do some research related to earth as future generations may find it, then I suggested a list of topics.)

      Each of these recipients has heard from me before on these themes – and will again. I am appalled at what seems their mentality – I truly think they believe general patterns for humanity and the earth (and economics) are more or less unchanged from the 20thC.

      I think we have to 'hammer' on these people's heads! Which reminds me, my goal to pester their offices with phone calls is not underway … best get to it!

  • nuknomore nuknomore

    Well here we go.. "it's not from out failed nuclear plants, that sit right on the ocean dumping radiation into the water"…
    Oh yes.. Here we go..
    Denial.. Its as easy as just denying it…
    This is the part that makes you the most angry..
    Its no one's business,BUT its everyone's problem.
    But they just deny responsibility .. And it goes on..

  • arclight arclight

    Oysters harvested in Miyagi after two years -Strontium levels?

    NOV. 20, 2012 – 06:20AM

    MIYAGI —

    The Karakuwa peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated by the tsunami on March 11, 2011, held an oyster-tasting event to celebrate the first oyster harvest in two years.

    • Sickputer

      arclight shares: "The Karakuwa peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated by the tsunami on March 11, 2011, held an oyster-tasting event to celebrate the first oyster harvest in two years."

      SP: Miyagi Prefecture is Yellow 4…Fukushima is Yellow 7:

      Hope they enjoyed the oysters, but there is no way those oysters are safe 59 miles from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Impossible.

      I can understand poverty-stricken Ukrainians eating contaminated fish, but are the people in Miyagi so desperate for nutrition that they must eat poisoned food?

      Perhaps the answer is yes. Either that or they are mesmerized by the lies of their elected officials.

      Madness in Japan…

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Tepco camera shakes again amidst erie green skies with pinkish low clouds in background right now. Gives me the creeps.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    green skies

    green fish

    green oysters

    green glowing people

    Wow, no one had to lift a finger or do a thing to change anything, and everything is a bright glowing GREEN…

  • ML

    How can TEPCO deny when it is common knowledge that even in normal operation, nuclear plants regularly release contamination into the atmosphere and water. As Gofman aptly pointed out: There is no such thing as 100% containment.
    Here's an article for TEPCO and ABC to wrap their heads around from:
    J Environ Radioact. 2012 Jun 18. [Epub ahead of print]
    Bioaccumulation factors and the steady state assumption for cesium isotopes in aquatic foodwebs near nuclear facilities.

    Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), Environmental Technologies Branch, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario K0J 1J0, Canada.
    "Routine releases from nuclear generating stations and facilities, however, often consist of pulses as liquid waste is stored, analyzed to ensure regulatory compliance and then released. The effect of repeated pulse releases on the steady state assumption inherent in the bioaccumulation factor approach has not been evaluated. In this study, I examine the steady state assumption for aquatic biota by analyzing data for two cesium isotopes in the same biota, one isotope in steady state (stable (133)Cs) from geologic sources and the other released in pulses ((137)Cs) from reactor operations…"

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    If it looks like a turd, and smells like a turd; it must be a flower! LOL

  • Ron

    This reminds me of the notorious GM agrochemical monster Monsanto and their continual denials of responsibility for pollution that everyone, including internal company documents, know is coming from them.

    Lie,lie,lie. *yawn* Lie. lie. lie.

    Note this headline:

    "Denying Paternity: Monsanto Case Shows How Hard It Is to Tie Pollution to a Source; PCBs Taint Site Where Firm Used to Produce Them, But it Doesn't See a Link," Scott McMurray, Wall Street Journal June 17, 1992, pg. A1.

    Lots more about these cretins and their pollution here: