“Dead animals litter California beaches… Alarming phenomenon” — “Graveyard of washed-up sea life” — “Influx of malnourished sea creatures” — Experts: We’re really starting to worry… The animals are starving to death… Covered in sores… Stunted growth… Weak immune systems (VIDEOS)

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NBC L.A., Apr 19, 2016 (emphasis added): Officials are investigating why sick sea lions are washing up onshore… The Laguna Beach Pacific Marine Mammal Center has an overflow of sea lions… The reason for the influx of sea lions remains a disappearing cold water food source… Another unusual phenomenon they are seeing: Elephant and harbor seals are coming into the centers in addition to California sea lions, and that is not typical.

NBC L.A. transcript, Apr 19, 2016: “Now, an alarming number of sea lions are washing up along our local beaches… it is taking longer to rehabilitate these sick sea lions… Experts say [they are] taking longer to become healthier.”

Laguna Beach Independent, Apr 23, 2016: Most are malnourished and many are infected with parasites, [said Keith Matassa, Pacific Marine Mammal Center]… “The rehabbing process is slower this year because the sea lions are coming in older and sicker.”

Salon, Apr 21, 2016: Dead animals litter California beaches — California is in its third straight year of “unusual mortality” rates for sea lions. The dismal state was first declared in January of 2013 and death rates have increased each year since… It looks like 2016 will be worse… They are starving to death. The same goes for birds… California beaches are littered with dead sea lions and birds. Watch our video for more on this alarming phenomenon. [Video transcript: (Stephen Scheiblauer, Monterey Harbormaster:) "We're seeing a greater mortality of sea lions... also some kinds of birds… We bury [sea lions]… dig a big trench and bury it.”]

Pepperdine University’s student newspaper (‘The Graphic‘), Mar 28, 2016: A walk on Point Dume’s beach [Malibu, California] recently resembles a graveyard of washed-up sea life. On the stretch of the Pacific Coast… dead sea lions, tuna crabs and crows littered on the sand, a defunctive and rotten smell permeating the sea air… [S]tranded sea lions have become a regular sight for those who frequent Point Dume, as beach-goers stretch their towels yards away from the rotting corpses. “This has been a coast-wide problem for the past four years,” Seasonal Assistant Marine Coordinator Colleen Weiler said.

KRON, Apr 11, 2016: Marine Mammal Center dealing with influx of malnourished sea creatures… Hundreds of elephant seals, harbor seals, and sea lions are [at the center]… Rescue crews are bringing them in daily because they simply don’t have enough to eat… Dr. Shawn Johnson is the lead veterinarian at the center and said the animals are starving

The Channels Newspaper, Apr 22, 2016: Rescued seals are brought [in] with seaborne diseases… causing bumps and blisters on the face, neck and flippers

Marin Independent Journal, Apr 10, 2016: Marine Mammal Center coping with relentness influx of ailing sea lions… “They are skin and bones, they are malnourished, they have secondary infections like pneumonia because their immune systems are suppressed,” said [Dr. Shawn Johnson]… the sea lions appear to be experiencing stunted growth… “These are the smallest pups we have seen in 41 years of study,” [NOAA's Sharon Melin] said.

The Marine Mammal Center, Mar 29, 2016: This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve seen California sea lions in crisis… [This year] these animals are also unusually small… essentially fur-covered skeletons—they seem to be experiencing stunted growth… pup weights are the lowest ever documented… [T]he spike in sea lion strandings began before the current El Niño pattern took hold and even before the warm water “blob” began to form… “After four years of sea lions in crisis, the initial shock of seeing so many starving sea lions is over and now we’re really starting to worry about long-term impacts on the population as a whole,” says Dr. Shawn Johnson, Director of Veterinary Science at the Center.

Watch videos here: NBC LA | Salon | KRON

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  • :|

    "The goal is to keep enough sea lions around since they act as sentinels of the ocean."

    "Environmental conditions have changed. Stresses on the ocean have changed and it's causing problems on the whole food chain," Matassa said.

    NBC News 4 LA
    http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/influx-sea-lions-laguna-beach-376298061.html

    No mention of Fukushima's TRIPLE ongoing MELTDOWNS.

    Maybe 'stresses' equals radioactive contaminated FALLOUT?


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    • hbjon hbjon

      If homo sapiens miraculously evolve into a species that cares about fossils and understands cause and effect, they will research what caused this global extinction during this era in the history of earth. Thousands of years into the future after the survivors left their bomb shelters. The pacific tar pits will be an unsolved mystery.


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    • "The scientists I spoke to found it hard to believe it was Fukushima but said that the most likely mechanism would be through reproductive failure if the fallout were responsible."

      The massive amount of radioactive environment pollution from Fukushima has resulted in the Northern Pacific Ocean food supply crashing! Like the human embryo, embryonic sea life including fish eggs, are hypersensitive to radioactive contamination, hence the large number of reports of seals, whales and birds etc., washing up on the west coast of North America, starving to death.

      This view is sported by Dr. Sternglass's research paper below. It clearly demonstrates how nuclear contamination from the nuclear bomb testing era caused a significant crash in Pacific Ocean fish stocks. If this was the case then, it would be logical to assume that the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe is having a similar effect.

      Quote:

      “The purpose of the study was to determine whether continued atmospheric testing by France and China or potential releases from underground detonations that might unexpectedly escape into the nearby fishing grounds could have detectable effects on the reproduction of fish populations similar to the unanticipatedly severe effects of low level radiation on the human embryo and fetus (2, 3, 4) recently confirmed by independent studies by other investigators (5, 6).”

      http://sccc.org.au/the-pacific-ocean-is-dying


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      • Use Dr. Sternglass's research paper as a resource to educate people.

        Like the human embryo, embryonic sea life including fish eggs, are hypersensitive to artificial isotope radioactive contamination.

        Hence no food to eat so the larger animals up the food chain die of starvation.


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      • hbjon hbjon

        Bomb explodes and produces near equal amounts of barium and krypton. About 10-20 pounds of each, and negligible amounts of U or Pu are left over. When there are people out there trying to compare Fukushima with anything man has done in the past, usually it is an attempt to minimize the disaster.


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    • Highly Radioactive Fukushima Harbor Fish Measured With 740,000 Bq/Kg Cesium, Strontium Spiking And Getting Worse At Fukushima, Data And Evidence For Period Covering 2011-2016
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/09/fukushima-harbor-fish-measured-with.html


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  • dunkilo

    The new and improved el nino!"hotter"than ever :)


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Whether we discuss it or not…
    Whether it evokes fear or not..
    Does it matter?
    Is it going to go away.. if we change our rhetoric to that of Sunday tea?
    IS IT GOING TO BE ALL BETTER?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Is it going to be all better, by continuing to cling to lessor causes than admit the 'invisible elephant in the room'?
    How does it serve?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is our best?
    This is the best the Human race has to offer? ..lame answers.
    Oh, and the occasional snideness of those that are sure they are conspiracy busting.

    Folks at ATS ..thanks a lot.(sarc). I haven't changed, it's you.
    HOW DOES IT SERVE?
    Stand down!
    Look away if you must ..cowards!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "The influx makes it the fourth year in a row of sea lions in peril…"
    Why is Fukushima radiation so high?
    FDNPP was built on top of a cut down cliff, at the shore of the Pacific Ocean.
    Inland stretch valleys and mountains.
    Underneath the multiple-reactor nuclear reservation runs a groundwater river, at an estimated flow rate of 1,000 tonnes of water per day.
    Three of the nuclear reactors suffered complete meltdowns, containing a total of 257 tonnes of nuclear fuel assemblies.
    At some 2,300C, this nuclear lava, called "corium", quickly ate through the bottom of reactor and containment vessels, and very likely now sits in the ground below.
    This melt-through took about a week.
    Steam vents opened up in the ground, and workers could even hear the corium hissing and spitting in the ground.
    There is evidence, such as the presence of Iodine isotopes found in sewage sludge, that criticalities in the corium continue to this day.
    Japanese officials have been unable to locate the corium, and have been unable to divert groundwater around the ruins.
    The underground river, flowing over, under, and around the corium lava washes lots of radiation into the ocean.
    Currents and migrating animals have carried the radiation throughout the North Pacific Ocean.
    Sickness spreads up the food chain, from single cell plants and animals, right up to large animals like fish, sea birds, whales, and sea lions.


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    • hbjon hbjon

      Right on PUN, and if 80% initially launched into the ocean, a significant amount will settle at the bottom where it will dissolve and decay over many centuries.

      What happens when you shake a can of carbonated soda? Gases diffuse from the liquid water. If something shakes that ocean floor, gases will diffuse and be released. Look it up if you want, it's in a science book under "properties of gases".

      What your information tells me is that a supercharged storm system is heading east and will possibly strike the pacific coast in the days to come. Duct tape>check. Air filter>check. Emergency supplies>check.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Like this situation has time for 'pussy footing'…
    BANG, BANG, BANG ..on the 'adult table'!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    If Japan would tell the world where the corium is located, it would become very clear to the whole world why the Pacific Ocean is dying.
    There is only this essential question:
    "Where is the corium?"
    This question should be asked at every seminar, each convention, public meeting, and news conference related to the collapse of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem.
    Japan must tell the world where the corium is located.
    If they still don't know where the 3 missing nuclear cores are located, they must find them right now.
    This is not a small problem.
    And it is not going to go away anytime soon.
    The spreading death throughout the Pacific Ocean is not due to warm water, climate change, red tide, or lack of food.
    It is due to disruption of the food chain caused by Fukushima radiation.
    Period.


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    • Keyhole Keyhole

      But, they have the ice wall. :)


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    • We Not They Finally

      PUN, I actually admired you for pushing and pushing and pushing on "the impermeable wall," although I found it exasperating and pointless. Have always been clear how much you CARE. But maybe by now, reality has finally sunk in. So just please DO NOT push on the ice wall now. Aside from the multiple factors of impossibilities, it would use up more electricity than that site ever produced, just to keep it going. And address only a tiny portion of the overall problem at that. Not even going near the melted coriums that no one can even find, much less contain.

      Sometimes nothing works. It's too late, too pervasive, even massive outpourings of money can't fix it. Unfortunately, shy of a literal miracle, we are long since there. NOTHING WORKS.


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      • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

        Who gives a crap about electricity at this point. Anything to reduce the radiation leaking into our water, air and food is useful. I think the ice wall plan is a foolish long term plan but it beats doing nothing. Building a permanent upstream wall and culverts to divert groundwater is a better plan. Robot excavators may be required due to the high rads in the earth there. Japan is committing slow mass suicide by not confronting this problem head on. Unfortunately Japan's radiation problem is also a global threat now. The ice wall is dumb but at least it might help. Maybe.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Just so that we maintain perspective, a new view of the galactic plane has been released.
    http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2016/04/Herschel_s_view_of_the_Galactic_Plane
    Herschel's View of the Galactic Plane of the Milkey Way Galaxy will calm your heart.
    Even as the radiation from the ruins 3 melted nuclear power plants is killing our planet, within the Milkey Way, millions of stars form and die, along with their countless planets, throughout the 100,000 lightyear diameter of our little galaxy, spinning in space.
    Be of good cheer! ;)


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    • We Not They Finally

      Maybe one of those planets is up to taking refugees from Planet Earth? Of course, they would first have to tag our species as highly dangerous, and keep us quarantined. Or maybe that's how we got to Earth in the first place — a last ditch reform school which does not seem to have worked. Who in their right mind ethically would have ever promoted nuclear ANYTHING? It's the very smashing of the fabric of life. It's the closest we have ever seen to "demonic" — remember, EVIL is LIVE spelled backwards.


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      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        WeNotTheyFinally,
        You are quite correct, there shouldn't be 'nuclear ANYTHING' in Japan.
        First, didn't the US bomb Japan with nukes?
        Should be a big 100% unanimous

        "No To Nukes"

        thing going on in Japan.
        Small island, big volcanos, tremendous earthquakes, "Ring Of Fire", and tsunamis all the time.
        Nuke anything is such a bad idea for Japan.
        Saying that "a meltout is impossible" doesn't MAKE a meltout impossible.
        Saying that a very strong earthquake is "very unlikely" doesn't matter when very strong earthquakes actually HAPPENS?
        Saying a tsunami of such a height as that which occurred on 3/11 is "highly unlikely" doesn't matter when one ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
        The earthquake and tsunami of 3/11/2011 may have been a natural occurrance.
        But the nuclear releases that resulted are on the human race.
        The destruction of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem is on the human race.
        Failure to FIND AND MITIGATE three missing nuclear cores is on the human race.
        It was all so clearly stupid.
        Nuclear proliferation, all over the world is really, really stupid.
        You know what's even more stupid?
        Leaving nuclear power plants in operation all over the world.
        Now that's STUPID! ;)
        And we actually deserve our fate.
        And the way we have DESTROYED PLANET EARTH, we actually do not deserve to have a place among the Galactic Council Of Worlds.
        Hang onto your skivies, folks.
        It's gonna get a lot worse, before it…


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  • Mack Mack

    IMO, there are a number of things going wrong in the ocean right now; from radiation dumping –> to overfishing –> to oil rigs drilling 7,000 meters deep into the ocean floor and extracting oil, etc.

    All of these are affecting the ocean's precarious balance and health.

    >> The ocean's survival is based on Plankton.

    Plankton is food for the smallest fish such as krill, all the way up to whales.

    Micro-algae, a type of Plankton, consume carbon and produce oxygen.

    Plankton's survival is based on ocean temperatures and conditions that have to be just-right.

    The large bloom of Plankton occurs at a specific spot in the ocean, but due to ocean conditions, the Plankton has moved over 10 kilometers north.

    Therefore, fish have to swim further to find it. Some cannot make this trip.

    >> Coral reefs are made up of dead plankton. Coral reefs are like "spas" to fish. Fish use coral reefs to hide their eggs; to utilize symbiotic-relations of smaller fish eating the parasites off larger fish; to hide and rest… But with up to 80% of coral being destroyed in the Caribbean, for example, the fish have fewer places to go.

    >> Coral reefs regenerate themselves by spawning; releasing eggs/sperm which in turn create more coral. But if the eggs and sperm are not healthy, lets say due to radiation exposure which we know is detrimental to eggs and sperm, then can the coral be as healthy?


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    • Mack Mack

      >> With overfishing, entire species of fish are missing from the ocean. Almost 100 million tons of fish are fished from the ocean per year.

      These are just some of the problems occurring in the ocean.

      Some also blame the ocean's bad health on deforestation, ocean acidity, sunscreen for destroying coral, etc.

      It's probably a combination of ALL of the above things.

      Either way, the ocean is in bad shape. and the fish populations are dangerously low.


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        Oh ..I believe it is a combination too, and that there are synergistic opportunities.
        But why deny 'the icing on the cake'?


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        • Mack Mack

          Yes, Fukushima is definitely the "icing on the cake" imo, especially with regard to what's happening in the Pacific.

          As we all know, 80% of the radiation from 3 nuclear meltdowns landed in the Pacific Ocean and has travelled to the California coastline, affecting sea-life along the way.

          Thinking globally of the ocean, here's just a theory on another way radionuclides could be affecting ocean health with regard to Plankton:

          Plankton gets its energy from the sun's rays which penetrate 100 meters deep.


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          • Mack Mack

            oops, not finished.

            So Plankton gets its energy from the sun's rays which penetrate 100 meters deep.

            Aren't most of the radionuclides from nuclear meltdowns, etc., found within the first 100 meters of water?

            Are these radionuclides blocking the sun's rays from reaching the Plankton; or killing the micro-Plankton as the radionuclides settle into the ocean; or interacting negatively with other elements in the ocean, thereby suffocating elemental ocean life?

            This is pre-coffee. Sorry if it makes the brain hurt :)


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            • We Not They Finally

              Very nail-on-the-head of you! Plankton also gives off 50-70% of the world's oxygen. And what affects the plankton (via radiation) bio-accumulates, then bio-magnifies up the food chain.

              And they think that the problem is "global warming" and "climate change"? Just curtail fossil fuels and it all gets fixed? Don't they have to also BREATHE?? And not produce deformed children? And not eat poisonous food or drink poisonous water?


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        We Americans had better get over here and destroy this reef as quickly as possible before any other country gets the credit! Damn.. can't have any life out there that is healthy now can we!
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3554588/Massive-600-mile-long-reef-mouth-Amazon-Scientists-stunned-discovery-say-threat-oil-exploration.html


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    All of conditions and progression of conditions have and are being studied.
    IMHO, even in combination as they are and have been.. does not constitutes a condition that provides for the rapid onset of vast mortality across the species.


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    • nedlifromvermont

      Hey Heart! PUN Chas; we battle on as we may against the institutional liars;

      How to get others to see truths so painful; how to get them to consider a story so tragic; they look away;

      the nuclear rationale at the beginning was "We know there will be a few additional (how they underestimated and understated) cancers and leukemias but what the hell, 50,000 people die on the highways each year from car accidents and still we drive" (that number has gone down) so basically Gofman, Sternglass and Mancuso (not to mention Einstein and Oppenheimer) were right: uranium fission power plants have received a license to murder (how many we know not precisely, nor whom, either)

      and then a meltdown times 3 (Fukushima) confirms the dire results of the 1992 Rhine River Reactor Meltdown simulation; the solubility of the corium is truly monstrous and diabolical (Helen Caldicott);

      and still nuclear apologists cling to their lies: "no one has died from the radiation" etc. etc.

      and so we carry on with our lives trapped aboard a planet which has been irreversibly altered by some men's insatiable appetite for money, power and influence through over-use of uranium fission technology;

      truly it must have seemed an imperative to once dominant Great Britain, in 1945, as she pondered a reduced role for the Empire, in a fossil fuel world, with all that uranium in Canada and Australia; and all that Rothschild banker money for weapons to invest and keep happy.

      peace all


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      • Mack Mack

        The nuclear industry seems to have no problem rationalizing cancer deaths and leukemia traded for an energy source.

        Remember that Dr. Gofman theorized there would be 1,600 cancer deaths per year for each nuclear power plant running.

        That would mean that the nuclear industry says it's A-Okay to have 158,400 cancer deaths per year in the U.S. alone (1,600 X 99 operating plants in the U.S.)

        Worldwide it would mean the nuclear industry is saying it's A-Okay with them if 700,800 people die of cancer due to nuclear energy every year (1,600 X 438 operating plants worldwide)


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        • Mack, but think of all the "wealth" created by treating those cancers. The Precious!


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          • Mack Mack

            You are so right, stock! Global cancer treatments alone were 100 Billion Dollars in 2015!


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          • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

            The Precious Plutonium! What nuclear reactors do is create the precious plutonium for weapons of mass destruction. It's about having the ultimate weapons; not boiling water.


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          • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

            We should research corporations who own both nuclear energy AND chemotherapy drugs. These are the ultimate EVIL on Earth. Rip off electric ratepayers to make plutonium for bombs. Spew fission byproducts into the environment. Directly cause innumerable cancers, birth defects, diseases, neurological problems. Rip off medical patients by overcharging them for radiation "treatments" including chemo. It's all so sick and wrong. Hell awaits these nuclear profiteers


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            • nedlifromvermont

              I think you've accurately described the General Electric business plan post 1945 … except for … 'and build expensive diagnostic equipment … CAT scans which give you additional dose … so you can see yourself dying live on TV …. from a disease we gave you' …. while they extract the "maximum of the consumer surplus" …. your last dollar of hard won savings from a life spent soaking up their radioisotopes … which, it is important to remember, were never necessary to make in the first place!!! Conventional chemical explosives finished off the Third Reich … and Japan was finished by March '45; suing for peace by July … and the United States controlled the entirety of the world inventory of special nuclear materials …

              Then GE got the US government to sponsor the RIDICULOUS 'Atoms for Peace' program …. a sop to the uranium ore owning business interests (including the oil majors) and away we all blew … like the down off a thistle;

              So late now to change such a heavy rolling chain of disaster …

              Still we 'newsers will try to shed the light on these weighty matters …. as we ride the spaceship called Earth to its eventual 'business-caused' doom … the uranium business … the ultimate business of death is slowly faltering … Cameco just cut 500 jobs in Saskatchewan; uranium spot price is hovering below $26.00 a pound … an eleven year low in nominal dollars for a metal which had better been left in the ground!

              peace …


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      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        " we battle on as we may against the institutional liars;"
        And battle data control and risk perception management.

        Forget Fukushima: Chernobyl still holds record as worst nuclear accident for public health
        4/25/2016

        "Fukushima in contrast, was an unfortunate natural disaster – caused by a tsunami that flooded reactor basements – and the workers acted responsibly to mitigate the damage despite loss of electrical power."

        http://theconversation.com/forget-fukushima-chernobyl-still-holds-record-as-worst-nuclear-accident-for-public-health-57942

        LIAR.
        What else does he lie about?

        Timothy J. Jorgensen, PhD

        "And since 2006, he has served on the National Council for Radiation Protection (NCRP), an independent body of academics that advises the federal government on setting safety limits for radiation exposure to the public."


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        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          It's about the amount of original material onsite.
          Chernobyl 1, Fukushima 3(4)-6, worth of material ..throw in some SFPs.
          The difference ..geological and human effort.
          Chernobyl .. containment ..partial at best.
          Fukushima .. a fountain and at the moment ..a slushy wall.


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      • :|

        The words of President John F. Kennedy
        July 26, 1963 re: nuclear testing
        [excerpt]

        “…this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”

        http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty_19630726.aspx

        The mass psychology of the denial/apathy, media manipulation, political failures and academic tunnel vision regarding 3 ACTIVE NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS that sit on an aquifer which feeds the ocean is beyond astounding to me.


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      • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

        Ned I'm with you 100% they went ahead and created the means to destroy the planet as a "deterrent" ?????????? It's the most effective way that man has to end our world and they went for it? With a shitload of money and effort mind you! Imagine if that effort was used build great things and make life wonderful for everybody! What a sick group of sadists these people are and were. Now there's no turning back for the rest of this planets existence! What a shit sandwich these guys gave us. And they have most people in the industry and public so convinced they need it and it's jobs etc. they will never be shut down, we will just wait for them to melt down one by one (or a dozen or two) until they are melted down and all life ceases to exist. It's as if man exists solely to destroy themselves and all other life as their porpose or destiny. Or it's just some random stupid shit that just worked out that way. Same shit sandwich any way you slice it!


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  • oldster

    I wonder if the Pacific's problems have anything to do with what happened in Japan in Fukushima Prefecture a few years ago? Weren't there some incident or other involving several reactors?

    Never mind. Let us join in celebrating MOX fuel, plutonium energy salvation. Very clever technology. Like harnessing the devil on steroids. Homo sapiens sapiens finest hour.

    http://nuclearstreet.com/nuclear_power_industry_news/b/nuclear_power_news/archive/2010/03/09/areva-mox-fuel-provides-electricity-for-the-second-time-in-japan-03092#.Vx4ZRfkrJAk

    Then let us gaze with wonder at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, after having converted to the salvation:

    http://cryptome.org/eyeball/daiichi-npp/daiichi-photos.htm

    Now that's what I call a glitch.


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    • I'm wondering if you have chain reaction china syndromes out of the inferior containment vessel, would those reactions alter the temperature of the pacific ocean over say 5 years and are they still filling and adding expansion tanks, or just dumping it all in the sea?


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      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        ISHI: Unlikely that the corium in the ground could heat the entire ocean.
        Pretty easy to calculate the total calories of heat available in 257 tonnes of fuel assemblies.
        This question has come up before, and I believe several posters offered their calculations at those times.
        Too few calories in the corium to heat an entire ocean.

        But Tepco gave it a good try.
        Going so far as to let an UNDERGROUND RIVER wash the UNDERGROUND CORIUM into the ocean for FIVE YEARS!
        With NO EFFORT to divert the groundwater around the reactor ruins.

        There is also the problem of decay reactions in metal nuclides floating in the Pacific Ocean, plus their chemical reactions with seawater and chemicals in the sea.


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    • Its All True Its All True

      Thank you Oldster. These are the best pics I've seen. My sister is a marine biologist in a major position with a highly respected California Academy. She is basically blind to any possibility that Fukushima has anything to do with what's going on in the Pacific Ocean. I have sent her these pictures….Will it make a difference? Probably not, but we keep trying…


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  • Found some strong Chernobyl is not where wildlife or humans thrive sort of news today

    15 April Svetlana Alexievich: ‘Ten to 15 of my childhood friends from Minsk died of cancer. Chernobyl kills’ http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/books-interview-svetlana-alexievich-nobel-laureate-2015-chernobyl-30th-anniversary?CMP=share_btn_tw

    25 Apil Belarus ignoring risks of farming near Chernobyl? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/chernobyl-radiation-belarus-farm-produce-milk-high-level-radiation/

    25 April Medical Implications of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-medical-implications-of-the-1986-chernobyl-nuclear-disaster

    25 April 30 years later, fallout continues from Chernobyl: Belarusian milk shows elevated radiation levels chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2016/04/25/30-years-later-fallout-continues-from-chernobyl-belarusian-milk-shows-elevated-radiation-levels/


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  • These poor sea creatures suffer a drawn out long painful death so the criminals at General Electric and the American war machine can profit. I only hope the coria melt their way to the underground DUMBS a vote for Hillary is yet another war criminal in power. We spent 800 billion on defense. We have Zero threats. Imagine if we spent 800 billion to try to stop Fukushima and to protect the sea life still here. Where is the humanity?


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    • Sea creatures first, eagles, animals, humans.

      Tell Kevin to keep a lookout for destabilization in the London financial markets. Something big is on the way.


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    • Its All True Its All True

      Zero threats, Kitty? That's hallucinatory…


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      • I think Kitty meant " Real " not " Imagined " threats. We have nothing to fear but fear it's self. A wise statement.


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        • Its All True Its All True

          EMP, the Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, Iran, our open borders, the various viruses held by governments all over the world etc, etc, etc… are NOT imagined threats


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          • StPaulScout StPaulScout

            When was the last time the Russians attacked a country not filled with Russian speaking people? Or China? Or North Korea? You may think Russia 'attacked' the Ukraine, BUT, they only went in to assist the people that SPEAK RUSSIAN and consider themselves to be RUSSIAN. China did go into North Korea but we were there killing the North Koreans first. Iran? Who have they EVER attacked that didn't attack them first? The U.S. is the only country on earth that attacks and kills foreign countries for no reason what so ever. So, really, Its All False…..


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            • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

              The only thing Americans have to fear is themselves.

              We are Fukushima.


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              • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

                Our govt and military has become the ultimate threat to humanity. Nuclear is the all powerful weapon the US govt brandishes to intimidate all who might oppose US. If our govt were not also so corrupt it might not be as scary but alas our leaders are some of the most corrupted puppets on Earth. Spending another $1 TRILLION of money we do not have on nuke weapons is absolutely INSANE AND CRIMINAL!!!


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          • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

            Why would they want to kill their cash-cow? The implied threat has and always will create more opportunities for profit and justification for the government and it's military on both sides! They know it, we have been played for fools.


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  • Sol Man

    Nuclear, inbreeding, pedophilia, voc's in aquifers, evil dust everywhere etc, we're on top of the world!


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Pretty well said..


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    • Stop killing our Krill.

      Radiation bio-magnifies up to 2,000,000 time in Chitin. Chitin forms the exoskeleton of Krill and Bees. What animals are being pounded into near extinction? All the ones that use Chitin (pronouced Kai-ten) in their bodies or that consume critters that use Chitin are being decimated.

      This needs to become common knowledge, so we can stop killing our bio-sphere with radioactive toxins. The scientific proof is here, spread the word. IT IS NOT OVERFISHING!

      http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-scientific-basis-for-destruction-of.html


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      • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

        Stock,
        Excellent work on collecting this Chitin-Radiation relationship. Everyone should check out nukeprofessional.blogspot.com to see the information about how Chitin is damaged by rads.


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      • tinfoilhatbrian tinfoilhatbrian

        At some point in this ongoing slow death of our planet some way of removing as much radiation from our environment if we live that long would be a greater achievement than creating the mess in the first place! It sounds like there's a possibility with Chitin any method should be looked into, we just have to wait for the world to realize it needs to be done and done asap! That's going to take precious time that looks like we are running short on. Right now people trying to expose the danger from all nuclear thing man-made are in a similar position as the intellectuals are in dictatorships, someone to discredit and eliminate! It's going to be a painful uphill battle but staying silent is not the answer!


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    • papacares papacares

      off coast of oregon I have seen no whales for several months now, at my favorite beach hideout yesterday there was nothing on the rocks that used to be covered with life – the whole place was as if it had been scrubbed clean – few Mures, lots of gulls appeared to be about one quarter of the birds usually found in the area – also a question to the group here – is anyone suffering from this new ailment rightly named "chemflu" – anything to tell us about this new threat Onto?

      http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/chemtrail-flu-have-you-had-it-yet/


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      • SPelling police stock here====

        We were at the Murres, now we are past the Murres

        ———————————-
        I spent probably 20 hours on the beaches of Oahu on my last solar blast.

        I did not see a single whale. It was peak time.


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        • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

          I saw one pod of 5-7 whales off Huntington Beach CA back on March 10th 2016. They were feeding within 500 yds of shore. Looked to be small baitfish they were going after. Did not see the pod again but only looked for about 15 min each morning at dawn. Unknown species of baleen whales.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I lost the conversation about CERN.
    But they are proud to share.
    Material that is of no use to the average person, but it conveys involvement, to thwart the query as to WHAT PURPOSE and what dangers may apply.

    Science isn’t Stingy: CERN Makes 300 TBs of Supercollider Data Free Online
    4/24/2016

    http://sputniknews.com/science/20160424/1038520146/large-hadron-collider-data.html#ixzz46rBgLJah


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Blind mice and bird brains: the silent spring of Chernobyl and Fukushima
    April 25 2016

    "Fukushima cannot necessarily be blamed, as some would wish, but the compounding and potentially synergistic effect of radiation in the Pacific could still be taking its toll, Mousseau avowed.

    "We don't know how different environmental stresses interact with each other", he said. "They could be synergistic and related. There is almost no research on this even in the Pacific off Fukushima – virtually nothing on the biological consequences in really contaminated areas."

    With "little real science" to rely on, Mousseau says, "we will never know" just how much marine damage the Fukushima disaster may do.

    He finds the continued lack of other independent animal studies in radioactive zones frustrating. "We have a responsibility to protect the environment and wildlife, not just man", he said. It may be expensive and difficult to conduct these kinds of studies, but, says Mousseau, "that is not an excuse."

    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987598/blind_mice_and_bird_brains_the_silent_spring_of_chernobyl_and_fukushima.html


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  • For space weather, no one does it better than this Citizen scientist

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXvwT4lpbt4

    Suspicious Observers

    I would like to see his take on CERN


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  • magnetic reversal….i been on this for years, its real

    here is another site

    http://magneticreversal.org/


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Scientists are blinded by nuclear science! Theyve all been hoodwinked by the ICRP model! Its as simple as that.

    Radiation testing wont reveal death and illness due to fallout. Radioactive iodine has damaged thyroids but is no longer detectable. Other short lived isotopes have also done their damage and are no longer detectable. Cesium has been shown to be dangerous 50 bq/kg, even 10 bq/kg and this will be totally dismissed by science as one hundredth the level of concern.

    Radiographs show that nuclear fallout forms point sources in living beings. High 'specific activity' radioisotopes dont remain evenly dispersed, and are not diluted at the atomic or nanoparticle level. Thus radioactivity measurements averaged over any significant quantity of tissue may be misleading.

    photo showing natural compositional sorting…in this case magnetite.
    http://geologycafe.com/images/ano_nuevo_sand.jpg

    radiographs showing point source radionuclide deposition and biological sorting
    http://www.haa.pitt.edu/sites/default/files/MorizumiFlier%20image.jpg

    strontium lung scan
    https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTEfc_DAik9eZBP6PDAClf65kV6qT9Rd0FNHripIMatWZOdRVRG
    from
    http://www.atsjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1164/arrd.1973.108.3.441?journalCode=arrd

    The biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident on the pale grass blue butterfly
    Atsuki Hiyama, Chiyo Nohara
    deterioration is due to artificial radionuclides from the Fukushima
    http://www


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  • Fukushima 3 was a nuclear type explosion, the nuke cartel will go to any length to cover this up since it will be the death of nuclear power when the general public understands they can blow up in a nuclear runaway criticality. Proof is here

    http://nukeprofessional.blogsp


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  • nosyringy nosyringy

    Well at least they're STARTING to worry!


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      • DUDe DUD

        "..In the interview, Gates said TerraPower's pilot plant will be built in China with a slated completion date of 2024. That arrival date would mean "sometime in the 2030s you’d have a design that you’d hope all new nuclear builds would adopt, because the economics, safety, waste, and all the key parameters are dramatically improved," Gates said in the interview.."

        "safety, waste, and all the key parameters are dramatically improved.."

        Hey billy boy , "dramatically improved" is not going to save us..

        How about "Dramatically" reversing ALL the damage done so far on ALL levels to the planet , the only one we can scientifically proof to support life as we know it and need it around us to be alive ourselfes,..how about DRAMATICALLY fast reversing Fukushima from a global killer to a biological neutral zone..

        Before moving that psychologically deseased by unethical gained monopoly and uber-richness mouth in favor of more of the same dead-end , i'm uncontrollable and have no mercy , technollogy..


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        • Pretty much the ONLY countries moving ahead with nuclear are countries that have little or no functional democracy left. Autocratic countries seem to be attracted to nuclear bombs and nuclear plants.

          Poison attracts poison.

          Poison creates more poison.


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          • BanReactorsForever BanReactorsForever

            Gates is a nuker profiteer. His vaccines have paralyzed tens of thousands of children. He has made repeated statements about wanting to reduce the human population… nukes and sinister vaccines are great tools for reducing the population.


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  • dunkilo

    We were told many moons ago this was going to happen in the bible…
    Dont hate me cause I Believe.It will get far worse before it gets better.
    In my view of the bible,there wont be a "rapture" no "magic bus"to paradise.I hope when the time comes I will strong enough not to deny my Maker.
    Love em if ya got em:)
    Peace.


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  • AirSepTech AirSepTech

    Is anyone taking water samples off the coast of Fukushima?

    I thought they did some time ago, but it would seem like someone would be doing this on a periodic timeframe. Once a month, quarter, year?


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  • or-well or-well

    Watch a denialist blow off the by-catch issue -

    "Another issue that has had great publicity in fisheries is biodiversity impacts, often through by-catch of non-target species. Species like sharks, turtles, marine birds and mammals are caught in some kinds of fishing gear. While such by-catch can often be largely eliminated by good fishing practices, there is no denying that fishing impacts biodiversity. But again we see agriculture and livestock getting an almost clean bill of health."

    Just like a fucking Nukist! Minimise, lie, pie-in-the-sky theoretical, deflection/diversion.


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  • Keyhole Keyhole

    At Chernobyl and Fukushima, Radioactivity Has Seriously Harmed Wildlife
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-04-25/at-chernobyl-and-fukushima-radioactivity-has-seriously-harmed-wildlife

    That article should be significantly doomy for an enenews headline story. :)


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    While Japanese limit their uptake to 100 bq/kg and USA to 1200 bq/kg . . . fish, whales, polar bears, sea lions, seals, salmon, just eat what is easy to catch. And their whole diet is seafood.

    Eskimos are our 'canary in the coal mine.'


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  • oldster

    Synergy could be defined as "didn't see that coming." Water itself is my favored reference. Who would have thought that a couple of hydrogens coupling with oxygen could do so many amazing things that neither oxygen nor hydrogen alone gave little hint of. Like you and me, for the most part, dripping wet. Given those original 90 some-ish elements, that's a lot of combos – on the threshold of infinite – for life to play with and be subjected to.

    And life is a wondrous achievement!

    Then some lifeforms thought they were really smart, and started adding new elements to the earth and its residents. And the new stuff was typically heavy and unstable – active, or if you like, radioactive.

    For example, the destiny of plutonium-238: Becomes uranium-234 whose alpha emitting primary destiny is to become thorium-234 which emits beta to become protactinium-234 which emits beta to become U-234 nuclei which becomes via alpha emission (for the most part) thorium-230.

    The destiny of plutonium-241, half-life 14.4 years: It becomes alpha emitting weak gamma emitting americium-241, with a half-life of 432.2 years, which becomes the unnatural unstable element Neptunium-237:

    Now the following is direct quote from Wikipedia: "Twenty neptunium radioisotopes have been characterized, with the most stable being 237Np with a half-life of 2.14 million years, 236Np with a half-life of 154,000 years, and 235Np with a half-life of 396.1 days…."

    And so on. What could possibly…


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "beach-goers stretch their towels yards away from the rotting corpses. 'This has been a coast-wide problem for the past four years.'"

    If you wrote "Beach-goers stretch their towels yards away from the rotting corpses" on an elementary school paper you would probably be subjected to intensive psychological counseling.

    But, the times they are a changing, and we will adjust to our new dead environment.

    "After all, we all end up in a box anyway."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=166eY5_hn1I

    GE — We bring dead things to life


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Trending — large beach towels with sea life skeletons. Investment opportunities abound.

    New movie — burying Nemo.

    Reactor Pop brand gmo popcorn.


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  • rogerthat

    http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2016/04/25/the-next-chernobyl-may-be-intentional/

    The Great Debate

    The next Chernobyl may be intentional
    By Bennett Ramberg April 26, 2016

    Chernobyl’s 30th anniversary on April 26 comes against the backdrop of growing apprehension that nuclear reactors may become a terrorist target.

    Serious concern arose during the recent Islamic State attacks in Brussels. Evidence suggested that the assailants were considering a nuclear-related incident. The terrorists had a senior Belgian nuclear official under surveillance, and two former nuclear power-plant employees were reported to have joined Islamic State.

    This may help explain why Belgian authorities rushed military forces to protect its nuclear plants. …


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    • rogerthat

      Bennett Ramberg served as a policy analyst in the Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs in the George H.W. Bush administration. He is the author of “Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons for the Enemy.”


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    • Sol Man

      The authorities rushed the soldiers to protect the reactors from the possibility of a terrorist attack that may come from the outside, but what about the terrorists/ijits working on the inside?

      Remember Chernobyl was done by an experiment done by the staff on duty.


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        That 'experiment' was more like sabotage, IMHO -
        or intentional radiation assault upon the neighboring countries.

        A nuclear plant as a corporate person had everything it needs for a suicide attack on those around it.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.atmos-chem-phys-discuss.net/acp-2016-270/

    esearch article25 Apr 2016Review status
    This discussion paper is under review for the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP).
    Long-term assessment of airborne radiocesium after the Fukushima nuclear accident: Re-suspension from bare soil and forest ecosystems
    M. Kajino1,2, M. Ishizuka3, Y. Igarashi1, K. Kita4, C. Yoshikawa5, and M. Inatsu6
    1Meteorological Research Institute (MRI), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
    2RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS), Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
    3Kagawa University, Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan
    4Ibaraki University, Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
    5Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan
    6Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
    Received: 29 Mar 2016 – Accepted: 18 Apr 2016 – Published: 25 Apr 2016


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  • rogerthat

    https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/forum2016/webprogram/Paper81730.html

    Third ISA Forum of Sociology (July 10-14, 2016): http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/
    Learning from Experience? the Role of the “Lessons” of the Fukushima Accident for Nuclear Safety Regulation
    Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:30
    Location: Hörsaal 47 (Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien)
    Oral Presentation
    Valerie ARNHOLD, Centre de Sociologie des Organisations (Sciences Po Paris/CNRS), France


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.japanbullet.com/news/tepco-to-dismantle-top-of-exhaust-stack-at-fukushima-plant-due-to-fractures

    Tepco To Dismantle Top Of Exhaust Stack At Fukushima Plant Due To Fractures
    April 26, 2016

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will begin dismantling the upper section of the joint exhaust stack for the No. 1 and 2 reactors of its Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in fiscal 2018, company officials announced on April 25 during a meeting with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).

    NRA officials had advised TEPCO to disassemble the structure due to fractures in its pillars that increased the risk of it collapsing.

    Because the vent to reduce the pressure of the nuclear reactor containment vessels contaminated the stack in the 2011 nuclear disaster at the plant, and it is releasing extremely high radiation, the work will be undertaken from a distance utilizing a large crane. The work is expected to be completed in fiscal 2019.

    Explaining the dismantling plans during the NRA meeting, TEPCO officials said that fractures or deformities had been detected in a total of eight different sections of the pillars' steel joints, which are found at approximately the 66 meter-mark of the exhaust stack. The structure stands at a total height of around 120 meters.

    The cracks are thought to have been caused by the hydrogen explosions that occurred during the disaster. …


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    • rogerthat

      Radiation measurements conducted at the base of the structure in 2013 stood at an estimated 25 sieverts per hour — an extremely high level that would kill nearly everyone exposed for that long.

      While TEPCO has determined that the structure "would not fall over even if an earthquake of the same intensity as that which struck during the Great East Japan Earthquake (an upper level 6 on the Japanese scale) were to occur again," the utility decided to dismantle the top section as it would have repercussions on the reactor decommissioning work taking place in the area in the unlikely event of the structure's collapse.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Taking their sweet damned time with this shit aren't they!

      The world trade center came down in just a few seconds. Shit.

      It's real fucking sad. Morons


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  • rogerthat

    https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/atomicage/

    Belarus ignoring risks of farming near Chernobyl? via CBS News
    […]

    “We have a disaster,” he told the AP in the Ukraine capital, Kiev. “In Belarus, there is no protection of the population from radiation exposure. On the contrary, the government is trying to persuade people not to pay attention to radiation, and food is grown in contaminated areas and sent to all points in the country.”

    The milk sample subjected to an AP-commissioned analysis backs this picture.

    The state-run Minsk Center of Hygiene and Epidemiology said it found strontium-90, a radioactive isotope linked to cancers and cardiovascular disease, in quantities 10 times higher than Belarusian food safety regulations allow. The test, like others in resource-strapped Belarus, was insufficiently sophisticated to test for heavier radioactive isotopes associated with nuclear fallout, including americium and variants of plutonium.

    The Belarusian Agriculture Ministry says levels of strontium-90 should not exceed 3.7 becquerels per kilogram in food and drink. Becquerels are a globally recognized unit of measurement for radioactivity.

    The Minsk lab informed the AP that the milk sample contained 37.5 becquerels. That radioactive isotope is, along with cesium-137, commonly produced during nuclear fission and generates most of the heat and penetrating radiation from nuclear waste. When consumed, scientists say strontium-90 mimics the behavior …


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    • rogerthat

      of calcium in the human body, settling in bones.

      Milkavita chief engineer Maia Fedonchuk rejected the findings.

      “It’s impossible. We do our own testing. There must have been a mix-up,” she said, adding they test samples from every batch of milk they receive from Chubenok and do an “in-depth” analysis every six months. She said the plant’s own lab analysis indicates its overall milk supply contains an average of 2.85 becquerels per kilogram.

      Health officials say the danger level posed by low levels of radioactive isotopes depends greatly on length of exposure and individual physiology. Notably, the regional free-trade bloc that includes Belarus and Russia permits higher levels of strontium-90 in goods of up to 25 becquerels per kilogram, still lower than that detected in the AP-commissioned test.

      […]

      Ausrele Kesminiene, a doctor in the cancer research unit of the World Health Organization, said the consumption of radioactive food is linked chiefly to the development of cancer in the thyroid, a gland in the neck that produces body-regulating hormones. Thyroid cancer is typically not fatal if diagnosed early.

      WHO officials say they are dependent on reports from sister agencies in Belarus to alert them to cancer clusters or other signs of unresolved Chernobyl-related dangers. Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, said the agency had no authority to regulate or oversee food safety – even products exported to other countries – because …


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      • rogerthat

        that is a domestic responsibility.

        “Radiation effects and the development of cancers and the effects on the region are something which go on over a long, long period. So we haven’t seen the end of it,” Hartl said. “Undoubtedly there is going to be some increase in cancers.”

        Hartl said WHO officials have not received “any red flags” from Belarus.

        Environmentalists critical of Belarus’ Chernobyl cleanup record says that’s hardly surprising, since the government has funded no machinery to scrutinize corrupt practices in the food industry. As a result, they say, no Belarusian food maker has ever been prosecuted for using ingredients or producing goods containing excessive levels of radioactive materials.

        Irina Sukhiy, founder of the Belarus ecological group Green Network, said workers in food-industry factories have confidentially told her that ingredients and products are blended to dilute the impact of potentially radioactive ingredients from Belarusian suppliers bordering Ukraine. Such alleged mixing, she said, reduces the level of potentially carcinogenic isotopes in dairy products and processed meat below “the allowable dose, but it is still hazardous to health.”

        Read more at Belarus ignoring risks of farming near Chernobyl?


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.exchangemonitor.com/publication/morning-briefing/nwp-making-strides-wipp-operating-procedures-significant-challenges-remain-doe-report-says/

    APRIL 26, 2016
    NWP Making Strides With WIPP Operating Procedures, But ‘Challenges’ Remain: Report

    BY EXCHANGE MONITOR

    The Department of Energy and contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership have made strides in updating safety procedures at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, N.M., but there are still “significant challenges” to surmount if the facility is to reopen in December as planned, according to a new report from the agency’s Office of Enterprise Assessments (EA). …

    The report focused generally on operational procedures at the nation’s only permanent storage facility for the radio-contaminated material and equipment known as transuranic waste.

    The biggest shortcoming the office noticed in a visit to the site was that Nuclear Waste Partnership modified one of WIPP’s safety systems — a fire suppression system that needed a new tank-level indicator for its water tank — by issuing instructions through a maintenance order, rather than submitting the proposed change for review to engineers on site and letting them pass judgement on whether, and how, to proceed, according to the report.

    “NWP did not follow its temporary change procedure, did not obtain the required engineering change order, and did not have a qualified cognizant engineer review the package,” the report reads. …


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    http://www.nirs.org/fukushimafreeways/mediarelease42510fukushimafreeways.pdf

    Concerned for Nuclear Safety * Nuclear Information and Resource Service * Redwood Alliance
    SEED Coalition
    April 25, 2016
    For Immediate Release
    Contacts: Mary Olson, Nuclear Information and Resource Service (828-242-5621) cell
    Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, NM (505-986-1973) cell
    Karen Hadden, SEED Coalition, NM (512-797-8481)
    Graphics: See attached maps (also available as JPGs)

    Goals of U.S. Department of Energy Meeting in Sacramento April 26 would
    Trigger Largest Nuclear Shipping Campaign in History:
    California Cities Would be Fukushima Freeways

    Tuesday April 26, on the 30th commemoration of one of history’s catastrophic releases of radioactivity
    from Chernobyl Unit 4 reactor in the former Soviet Union, the US Department of Energy (DOE) is holding a public meeting in Sacramento to under-pin its program to expand nuclear energy.

    First goal: get the nation’s highly radioactive waste on to trucks and trains, moving off nuclear reactor sites to one or more “consolidated storage” sites. In order to achieve the goal of moving so-called “spent” nuclear fuel from the power generating sites where it was made, the DOE must get Congress, currently divided on the next step for this waste, to pull together and change the law.

    This meeting, fourth in a nation-wide series of nine is designed, perhaps, to reassure law makers that the “public” has been “consulted.” …


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    • rogerthat

      The meeting, at the Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 begins at 4 pm with
      an open house. The meeting will convene at 5 pm and will also be live web-cast with webinar features.
      See: http://www.energy.gov/ne/downloads/meeting-materials-consent-based-siting-public-meetingsacramento-april-26-2016

      “In order to move this most deadly of wastes any time soon, DOE will ask Congress to gut any remaining protections in the existing law,” said Mary Olson, Southeast Coordinator for Nuclear Information and Resource Service who on April 10th attended another of the DOE’s public meetings, in Atlanta GA.

      “The Nuclear Waste Policy Act requires a licensed permanent site for the waste before the DOE can take the waste anywhere. It keeps liability with the waste generator until the real, long-term problem of what to do with this waste has been solved. This makes sense, especially when the hazard of transporting the waste is multiplied by adding a “temporary” site to the plan.”

      NIRS calls this “Fukushima Freeways” since the shipments would carry the same material, irradiated nuclear fuel, as spewed from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors five years ago. Under some accident scenarios, local areas could be contaminated just like Fukushima Prefecture. See: http://www.nirs.org/fukushimafreeways/stopfukushimafreeways.htm
      “Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety (CCNS) is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a state with no
      nuclear power plants, but with a long history …


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      • rogerthat

        of having DOE and its corporate contractors break their promises of safety at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

        DOE also has tried to ignore federal and state laws that limit WIPP’s mission.

        New Mexico has for decades told DOE and nuclear corporations that it DOES NOT CONSENT to irradiated fuel being stored or disposed in the state.

        DOE’s “consent-based siting” is a sham, since it wants to offer incentive packages
        for volunteer sites, including to a few people with the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance in southeastern New
        Mexico and the nuclear corporation Holtec.

        ''Congress should not provide funding for the incentives, and DOE should publicly affirm that states that do not consent will be excluded from any future nuclear
        facility siting processes,” said Joni Arends of CCNS, who will be attending the Tuesday meeting.

        A second site, only miles away in West Texas is also being proffered by Energy Solutions / Waste Control Specialists, where, like New Mexico, many people oppose “consolidated storage” because it is
        unnecessary and dangerous to the local communities all along the transportation routes.

        “We do not consent to the plan to dump dangerous radioactive waste on us,” said Rose Gardner a SEED
        Coalition member who lives in Eunice, New Mexico, a town of nearly 3000 people that is 40% Hispanic.
        It lies five miles west of the WCS site. …


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        • rogerthat

          “Andrews County officials say that we want this waste, but no one
          has ever asked me if I consent. I would definitely say no, and many others here feel the same way.

          ''We never got to vote on this issue. The Department of Energy (DOE) is saying that our community consents to having radioactive waste dumped in our backyard, but this isn’t true.

          ''The DOE scheduled eight hearings around the country, but not a single one for New Mexico or Texas, the targeted region. Clearly they don’t want to hear our voices.”

          Michael Welch, spokesperson for Redwood Alliance in Arcata, CA said, "Here in Humboldt County, CA, we have a nuclear power plant that has nearly completed the decommissioning process. With no rail lines, roads into and out of the area are so narrow and twisting, and they closely follow important bodies of water, that it makes waste transportation especially hazardous.

          ''Local citizens have worked with the utility to store the high level waste, on the reactor site to avoid that dangerous transportation. DOE would undercut our local effort to keep the waste as safe as possible, while increasing dangerous transport across the nation."

          “Nuclear power reactors have generated both electricity and this waste over the last 40 years. We still don’t know how to keep it safe for a million years. An energy policy based on making more just does not make sense when we have better alternatives,” said Olson, NIRS Southeast Office.
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  • rogerthat

    http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987518/mikhail_gorbachev_30_years_after_chernobyl_time_to_phase_out_nuclear_power.html

    Mikhail Gorbachev: 30 years after Chernobyl, time to phase out nuclear power
    Linda Pentz Gunter

    26th April 2016

    Thirty years after Chernobyl former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev remains haunted by the world's greatest ever industrial catastrophe, writes Linda Pentz Gunter. Now 85 and a committed environmentalist, he's still campaigning to bring the failed nuclear experiment to an end before further disasters follow, and encouraging a clean, efficient and renewable global energy economy.

    "From the moment I was informed – by telephone, at five o'clock in the morning on that fateful April 26, 1986 – that fire had broken out in Block Four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, my life has never been the same."

    The author of these words, Mikhail Gorbachev, is 85 now. His health is failing.

    He would like to travel the world and deliver this message. But more often than not, he cannot muster the energy. So in March, he sent an eloquent emissary in his stead, to address a gathering in London.

    Gorbachev watched the Unit 4 Chernobyl nuclear reactor explode and melt down and the Soviet Union dissolve during his tenure as premier from 1985-1991.

    Arguably it was the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe that turned him into an environmentalist. By 1992 he had founded Green Cross International, based in Geneva and from whence …


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Ice Wall Update
    "Tepco has posted the latest Press handout on the status of the “ice wall”. It seems that freezing of the earth around the refrigerant pipes on the sea-side portion of the barrier is progressing nicely. Once it is fully frozen and a period of monitoring groundwater levels is complete, Phase 2 freezing of the north and south portions of the system will begin. Interestingly, groundwater level locations both inside and outside the portion being frozen demonstrated an initial decrease in groundwater levels for a few days, but have remained steady since."
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2016/images/handouts_160421_01-e.pdf
    http://www.hiroshimasyndrome.com/fukushima-accident-updates.html

    WeNotTheyFinally, and all who commented on my post above re Ice Wall.
    I am actually not in favor of the Ice Wall.
    I actually favor a 30' X 100' deep buttressed foundation of reinforced concrete, with a reinforced concrete floor at the 100' level.
    (This all depends, of course, on the actual location of the corium.)
    On top, construct a sarcophagus of concrete, with leaded sand fill, over reactors 1-4.
    Thick membrane roof on sarcophagus to contain outgassing, if cracks develop from earthquakes or corium quakes.
    But if the Ice Wall is all we have, then I am watching closely to see if it diverts the groundwater river around the reactor ruins.
    If diversion of the underground river is possible, this might keep the corium in the ground from washing…


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    • Not possible. Period.

      Leaks in ALL broken up reactors are POURING highly radioactive water into the basements and trenches on site, all connected to the Pacific via groundwater and underground river.

      Even if this worked and they formed a CLOSED BATHTUB under and around these broken reactors, and the coriums underground, they CANNOT handle the amount of radiation coming out of what would be inside the sealed bathtub.

      Because they are in terminal denial, the leaks continue and the multiple underground Corium 100 TON lava blobs continue to fission out of control and emit hundreds to thousands of deadly heavy metal poisons plus gases into the air and Pacific.

      First they have to admit reality. They have not even done that yet.

      An addict has to hit bottom FIRST, and they have not hit bottom yet.

      Things may have to get MUCH WORSE in order for the addicts to hit bottom.

      Sad… but nothing you can do to 'fix' an addict.


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      • PostNuclear PostNuclear

        What I'd like to know is how Tepco can provide 4 (ice) walls to the box, and assume the 5th wall (the bottom) is somehow smooth, defect free, and water-tight. I picture the "bottom wall" to be a fractured volcanic rock bed with bumps, outcroppings, tunnels, cracks, caves, and perhaps even a varying porosity. It seems like leaks are likely through the bottom wall. This would allow radioactive water to exit through the bottom, then travel under the ice wall, and resurface later, closer to the ocean.

        If leaks render the ice wall effort unsuccessful, only changing the flow rate into the ocean marginally, we're going to need a plan B.

        There's no way to know, except to try the ice wall, but it seems wishful and either desperate or naive to put all our eggs into one basket. We should have other ideas in the works too.


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        • Sickputer

          Good point PN. The likelihood that an ice box with no bottom will stop mountain fissure river flow nuclear washout and reverse underground tidal flow nuclear washout from the harbor is slim to none. For all they know about what depth the three coria are at (zilch) the three hot masses could be 5,000 meters underground.

          Remember that with a much smaller single corium at Chernobyl, they used tremendous numbers of suicide miners to dig under the reactor building to contain the core. The Japanese did not order that sacrifice.

          BTW…30th anniversary of Chernobyl today. I doubt Fukushima will have tour buses on the 30th anniversary in 2041. I seriously doubt I will be alive to witness it. My cardiovascular health took a turn for the worse last year. Just 4 years of Fukushima aerial fallout about did me in, I died on the operating table for a while and quite frankly doubt I will survive another 20 plus years. But my posts will survive me. Hopefully knowledge will lead to a Millennial Revolution of America. How poetic that the Millennials surpassed in numbers the Baby Boomers today on this Chernobyl milestone.

          The Baby Boomers started a revolution, saw our parents depose a crooked president, and momentum has been built for a green revolution. Soon Big Brother will put his economic stamp of approval on the drug that shattered 50 million households by the grimy crooks of lawmakers and police. All will be forgiven, but not forgotten. Keep the Enenews faith!


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        • The underlying layers are not horizontal, but ANGLED, so water flows along the angles of the strata.

          All of the strata tilt towards the ocean.

          The good news is that the radioactive water leaking from the plant will not be able to spread towards the Japanese inland and the Abukuma plateau due to the downward slope of the geological layers. The bad news is that there exists a fault which appears to be active right under the Fukushima Daiichi plant itself: this allows, and will continue to allow, radioactive pollution of aquifers over a depth of several hundreds of meters, as it runs through the different "waterproof" strata (4). This also means that the radionuclides will naturally be carried towards the sea by this underground water stream flowing through the permeable layers of sandstone. Sandstone is indeed the ideal rock for aquifers, as it is both permeable and fractured, providing easy movement of water. And finally, there is the problem of the type of rock on which the plant was built being rather "soft", meaning that an earthquake can only destabilize the buildings.
          http://www.fukushima-blog.com/article-the-geology-of-fukushima-88575278.html


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  • Mack Mack

    Here's an FDA report on Strontium-90 and Cesium-137 found in U.S. Food from 2006-2014.

    The report doesn't tell you the brand name or exactly when Strontium or Cesium was found.

    It just tells you if Strontium or Cesium was found in a food OVER the FDA's reporting limit.

    >> For Cesium-137, they only report a number if OVER 5 Bq/kg was found

    Over 5 Bq/kg Cesium-137 was found in these foods =

    - Raisin bran – maximum found was 10.8 Bq/kg
    - BF, squash – maximum found was 93.3 Bq/kg
    - Salad dressing, buttermilk-type low cal – “ 40.5 Bq/kg

    >> For Strontium-90, they only report it if OVER .1 Bq/kg was found

    Strontium-90 =

    - Whole milk = maximum found was .232 Bq/kg
    - American processed cheese = “ .105 Bq/kg
    - Cheddar Cheese = “ .227 Bq/kg
    - Pork loin, oven-roasted = “ .644 Bq/kg
    - Bologna, beef/pork = “ .110 Bq/kg
    - Pinto beans, dry/boiled = “ .119 Bq/kg
    - Pork and beans, canned = “ .116 Bq/kg
    - Peas = “ .130 Bq/kg
    - Peanut butter smooth/creamy = “ .191 Bq/kg
    - Peanut butter dry roasted/salted = “ .173 Bq/kg
    - Cream of white = “ .541 Bq/kg
    - Corn hominy grits = “ .130 Bq/kg
    - Bread white/enriched = .501 Bq/kg
    - Cornbread = “ .154 Bq/kg
    - Bread wholewheat = “ .100 Bq/kg
    - Bread rye = “ .960 Bq/kg
    - Blueberry muffin = “ .170 Bq/kg
    - Saltine crackers = “ .100 Bq/kg


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  • Sol Man

    Shouldn't the debate be terrorists from the outside vs. staff on duty?


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  • Our Planet Is At Grave Risk of Hemisphere Wide Blackout and 50 Nuclear Plants Melting Down
    Let me start with this. I am an expert in theory and practice of protecting electrical and electronics from EMF destruction. I have designed and built protective systems for the most crucial of US government command/control/communication systems. Systems so critical that in tying in the new systems, it required months of planning for a temporary shutdown, and literally an approval from the US Congress.
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    Our Planet Is At Grave Risk of Hemisphere Wide Blackout and 50 Nuclear Plants Melting Down

    This does pose an interesting theory. The sun may be "judge" in which hemisphere becomes the ruler/survivor after a Carrington type Event. One hemisphere, plus a bit more since the earth is spinning, and the CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) takes place over time, will be blacked out, and society will implode upon itself leaving few living, as 98% of the sheeple realize that they can't eat the rumors of how the Kardashians keep their skin so glowing.

    Speaking of glowing, do you know what happens when power grids go down? Nuclear plants ABSOLUTELY REQUIRE the presence of an outside power grid in order to keep operating. When the grid fails, they go into an emergency shutdown mode. Now imagine what would happen if its not just the grid down, but all the electronics are fried also, all the computers are…


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    • all the computers are broke? Do you think the emergency shutdown systems of the nuclear plants will actually function correctly?

      Would you think that the nuke plant workers and supervisors, who usually live quite close to the plant, will stay on duty, trying to control the risk, or will they leave to gather their family and try to escape the area. Most will just leave. The 2nd and 3rd shift will not report for duty, and in fact there will be no way to contact them.

      There are 440 operating nuclear plants in the world, so perhaps 250 of them will be affected by the upcoming Carrington Event. I say upcoming, because it is just a matter of time. Watch the video below, there are 2 big things at play:
      1) The earths magnetic field is a shield that protects us from Sun CME, and it is weakening
      2) The sun is in a multi century type of "funk" of low sunspots, which actually put us at far greater risk of a large CME.

      So WHEN the next Carrington event occurs, one half of the earth, will be wiped out, and the other half will be "victors". Except for this most inconvenient truth…..the nuclear plants melting down will release so much radiation and heavy metals and ionized particles, that the earth and almost all life forms will be toast. Even if only 20% of the 250 nuke plant affected do actually melt down, that will be an extinction level event.

      We know a Carrington type event will occur eventually, and we know that if 50 nuke plants melt down…


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      • if 50 nuke plants melt down uncontrollably that all life will be extinguished. So mankind with its 3 pound insane monkey brain decides to extend the life of clunker nuclear plants, and engage on a nuclear renaissance.

        Mankind could harden the electrical grids, for billions of dollars. This won't for the most part protect our "precious" electronics, but an operable grid will certainly aid recovery, under a different ruling country of course. – See more at: http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2016/04/our-planet-is-at-grave-risk-of.html#sthash.ruxy5QvE.dpuf


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      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        Stock,
        The inevitable crash of the electrical grid has been my obsession for most of the past 30 years.
        My friends ask me what's new, and then just roll their eyes at each other, as "Old Doom & Gloom" describes the latest event that might take the grid down.
        A lot of the preppers I read have written exhaustively about what comes after the grid goes down, and there has been some good fiction written about the days after grid failure.

        Here is the deal about the sun:
        The electromagnetic shield of Earth is actually strengthened by hits of CMEs from the sun.
        If the solar activity decreases, as it has in recent years, the ability of Planet Earth's shield to withstand the shock of an X class CME also wanes.
        Someone even coined the term "earth facing quiet" to describe the sun's quiet, at least on the side facing Earth.
        An X20 or X30 CME would knock us down for the count.
        But Earth's shield has grown so weak that now, only a moderate CME would be needed to disrupt grid power.
        Watch this video:
        The #1 Threat To Earth
        http://www.suspicious0bservers.org

        Agree 100%, stock. If 50 of the world's 400+ nucleear power plants meltout, Fukushima-style, Earth is finished.
        Hell, we might be finished already from the meltouts of 3 reactors at Fukushima.
        Preppers: I don't care how deep you dig, or how remote your cabin is, or how much food you got stached away, if 30 US nuke plants meltout, you and everyone you love are going to die.
        Period.

        Have a nice day. ;)


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        • Agree.. preppers are just as much in denial as the rest of em, most of the time.

          Prepping for what?

          Not saying prepping is bad, because it is helpful, but seeing the REALITY and fighting the good fight in the right direction and knowing who the 'enemy' is, and what the REAL risks are, instead of the made up bogus stuff that most survivalists talk about, helps a lot.

          The R word is taboo among preppers, just like with anyone else.

          "If 50 of the world's 400+ nucleear power plants meltout, Fukushima-style, Earth is finished.
          Hell, we might be finished already from the meltouts of 3 reactors at Fukushima.
          Preppers: I don't care how deep you dig, or how remote your cabin is, or how much food you got stached away, if 30 US nuke plants meltout, you and everyone you love are going to die.
          Period."

          Yeppers…


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          • All of the silver, gold, money and stocks in the world won't help in that case either.

            NADA.


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          • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

            Yeppers to all the Preppers! :)

            In this Mad House controlled by the/so many others the only thing any Yepper Prepper can really control is the world found directly around/near them…even if it (this control) is only for a very short period of time.. as indicated above.

            The illusion created is about choice and control.

            Nobody is standing out front protecting my family, my animals or my property.

            No one! We are all on our own! :(

            Best to always prepare for any true potentials/realities created by those many others.


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        • Angela_R

          But could it be, that as they investigated the dangers of Pole Shift, they saw an advantage in utilizing what knowledge they had gained, to set about forming a new round of armaments – EMP's? What is North Korea doing that hasn't already been done – by the Western World.

          And the next lot of armaments…may be coming from the same basis of research.


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        How many millions of bags of radioactive soil will that make? Oh, zero – because civilization will end.


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  • The evidence of what real world ARMAGEDDON looks like is present in Belarus and about 100,000 square kilometers around Chernobyl.. Generation to generation, DNA is going downhill, genetic diseases are increasing every generation and the end is not pretty, even though it take another 10 generations to reach extinction.

    Who wants to live in world where 99 percent of all kids are born sick, deformed, mutated and with one or more genetic diseases that get passed on PLUS more due to living in a radiation filled environment.

    That is what the future of nuclear power IN ANY FORM means for the whole world, and it also the future if nuclear weapons are not abolished and gotten rid of, as there have been over 20 close calls so far.


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