The Big Picture, Jun 24, 2015 — Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear (emphasis added): “A recent revelation of Nuclear Regulatory Commission internal emails… reveal that there was concern at the highest levels of the U.S. government, and rightly so, about the radioactive iodine-131 escaping from Fukushima Dai-ichi… and reaching the United States… Rainwater at 242 . . . → Read More: Fukushima plume model shows 1 Million Bq/m2 over West Coast after reactor explosions — TV: Private emails reveal highest levels of gov’t worried about health impact in US — Nuclear industry tried to bury truth, while UC Berkeley experts told public “there is no plume” (VIDEO)
KUOW (NPR station in Seattle) transcript, May 12, 2015 (emphasis added): Jellyfish Boom As Little Fish Disappeared… A bill signed by Governor Jay Inslee authorizes a major study of fish in Puget Sound… A new study suggests that the little guys are disappearing… [NOAA biologist] Correigh Greene is standing near the end of a . . . → Read More: Gov’t Experts: Hordes of jellyfish 10 blocks long off west coast of Seattle; So dense it’s like you can just walk on them… Disturbing when all you pull up are huge masses of jellyfish — NPR: They seem to be replacing fish in food chain — Herring disappear, mysterious spike in salmon deaths (PHOTOS)
T. Christoudias and Y. Proestos of The Cyprus Institute, J. Lelieveld of Max Planck Institute of Chemistry (Germany), Dec 12, 2014 (emphasis added):
We estimate the contamination risks from the atmospheric dispersion of radionuclides released by severe nuclear power plant accidents… We present an overview of global risks… [These] risks exhibit seasonal variability, with . . . → Read More: Study: Global consequences from Fukushima-like nuclear disaster; Many nations at risk of ‘great exposure’ — Transport of hot particles to US was especially effective during worst releases after reactor explosions — Radioactivity confined ‘close to surface’ due to seasonal factors (VIDEO)
Statesman Journal, Jan 2, 2015 (emphasis added): Why is the beach covered in dead birds?… “I’ve never seen that many before”… a mass die-off [is] going on along the entire West Coast… “To be this lengthy and geographically widespread, I think is kind of unprecedented,” [said Phillip Johnson of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition].
. . . → Read More: Unprecedented: ‘Cataclysmic’ die-off of birds on entire West Coast — Beaches covered with dead bodies — Professor: It’s tragic… never seen anything like this… We ignore it at our peril… Canary in the coalmine for us… Scrambling to figure out what’s going on with ecosystem (VIDEOS)
The Province, Dec 5, 2014 (emphasis added): For an endangered orca population living off the B.C. coast, Thursday’s death of a young adult female “couldn’t be much worse,” according to a marine scientist… “It couldn’t be much worse than losing an 18-year-old female,” [Dr. Peter Ross, a senior scientist at the Vancouver Aquarium] said. . . . → Read More: Experts: 100% death rate for baby killer whales along West Coast — ‘Alarm bells ring’ as no newborns have survived in past 3 years — “This is absolutely the worst thing possible”, pregnant orca dies with decomposing stillborn full-term fetus inside — “We’re going to lose them… they’ll be extinct for sure” (VIDEO)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s “Big Science Blog” by Jake Ellison, Nov. 13, 2014 (emphasis added): Tiny amount of Fukushima radiation reaches West Coast; does it worry you? A water sample taken in August from about 100 miles west of Eureka, California, has been found to contain a small amount of radiation from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear . . . → Read More: US Nuclear Professor: Fukushima “a really major event here”, Washington had radioactive aerosols 100,000 times normal; “Far more bigger accident than we’re hearing” — Model shows West Coast completely blacked out due to particles covering area — Gundersen: Lung cancers to start increasing in Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)
King 5 News (Seattle), Oct. 21, 2014: Baby orca death triggers alarm; The recent loss… is sounding off alarms since its been years since a baby orca has survived — “Researchers say there is no hope for a missing baby orca… The baby — which was born just last month — is nowhere in . . . → Read More: TV: “This is really kind of scary… a grim reality” for West Coast — Alarm as baby whales keep dying; Since 2011 none have survived over a year — Biologist: We see them pregnant for weeks, then no longer pregnant — NOAA: “Not what we’re used to… Incredibly poor condition… Skeleton with skin” (VIDEO)
Atmospheric transport and deposition of radionuclides released after the Fukushima Dai-chi accident and resulting effective dose, Atmospheric Environment, Sept. 2014 (emphasis added): On 11 March 2011 an earthquake off the Pacific coast of the Fukushima prefecture generated a tsunami that hit Fukushima Dai-ichi and Fukushima Da-ini Nuclear Power Plants. From 12 March a significant . . . → Read More: New study finds radiation dose for US West Coast from Fukushima over 500% of recent gov’t estimate — Release from Japan disaster could exceed Chernobyl (MAP)
Nuclear Hotseat, May 21, 2014:
31:00 in — Katsutaka Idogawa, Former Mayor of Futaba, Fukushima: In the midst of all this sorrow, Prime Minister Abe is facing outward and promoting exports of nuclear power plants. [...] As a Japanese citizen I am truly ashamed […] The contaminated water from the plant is polluting the . . . → Read More: Senior Scientist: Fukushima is not under control; It has ‘alarm bells’ going off on West Coast — Former Official: I’m humiliated Japan lies to world about how much contamination is entering Pacific; Nuclear material “polluting ocean more and more” (AUDIO)
Title: West Coast sea stars mysteriously dying offSource: KING 5 News SeattleDate: Oct. 31, 2013 Transcript ExcerptsJean Enersen, King 5 News: The Mysterious die off of West Coast sea stars is spreading.
Dennis Bounds, King 5 News: The so-called melting sea stars were first noticed in Vancouver, then in Seattle, and now in California. . . . → Read More: Seattle TV: “Warning, video of the (melting) sea stars might be disturbing” — Scientists are “so concerned” about rapidly spreading die off on West Coast — Doubled in just a few days — Jellyfish numbers booming
Title: Water leaks may become new Japan nuclear disaster Source: KING5 News Seattle Date: Aug 21, 2013 h/t MoxNews
Gary Chittim, KING5 News: The announcement of a leak that big, going on for that long, came as quite a surprise to people 4,500 miles away on this side of the Pacific, even the experts.
. . . → Read More: Seattle TV: “Fish and water have shown signs of Fukushima contamination” in U.S. Northwest — Officials to start radiation testing due to news from Japan — NOAA: Nuclear plant leaks “a surprise to everybody, we weren’t aware of it” (VIDEO)
FOX Seattle, March 12, 2013: We don’t always know what our neighbors have inside their homes, but you might be more than a bit surprised if you discovered one of your neighbors was operating a nuclear reactor in his basement [... Carl] Greninger boots up the fusion reactor every Friday night so that a . . . → Read More: TV: Man has teenagers over to play with nuclear reactor in his basement — Must wear radiation badges — As young as 7th grade? — Wants to ‘restock’ nuke industries (VIDEO)
Interview with Arnie Gundersen Capitol Forum July 1, 2012 At ~9:00 in
We just got a filter that was in for a year and a half. It was put in in February of 2011 and the owner forgot to remove it and took it out just a couple weeks ago. And this is a . . . → Read More: Gundersen: We just tested an air filter that has highest radioactivity seen in North America after Fukushima Daiichi — Found in Seattle HEPA filter used since 3/11 (VIDEO)
Washington fish tested for tsunami-related radiation KING 5 News GLENN FARLEY May 7, 2012
Do salmon and steelhead returning to Washington rivers come with a dose of radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant? Washington State Department of Health officials don’t think so, but they’re testing fish anyway. [...]
“We’re planning on collecting . . . → Read More: TV: “Could it really happen?” State of Washington testing CLAMS for Fukushima radiation — Salmon and steelhead also — Will continue “until public concern abates” (VIDEO)
The Impact of the Fukushima Radiation on the Ocean, EcoReview, Community Television of Santa Cruz County, Dec. 7, 2011:
Interview with Arnold Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds Associates, Inc; Nuclear Engineering, Safety, and Reliability Expert; Federal and Congressional hearing testimony and Expert Witness testimony; Former Senior Vice President Nuclear Licensee; Former Licensed Reactor Operator; 39-years . . . → Read More: Gundersen: If in Oregon, Wash., Calif. you need to demand officials test how Fukushima fallout has affected rivers and fish — Significant radiation hit west coast and settled in on Cascades (VIDEO)
Elderly woman who was pepper-sprayed known for activism, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Nov. 16, 2011:
[S]he wrote to the P-I editorial page in Decemer [sic] 2008. “We wanted environmental protection, not selective clean coal, offshore drilling and nuclear plants [...]“
“A Tuesday night photo of Dorli Rainey with the chemical irritant and liquid used to . . . → Read More: Disturbing Photo: 84-year-old retired teacher pepper sprayed at Seattle protest — Expressed opposition to nuclear plants in paper (VIDEO)
Arnie Gundersen on Five O’clock Shadow with Robert Knight, WBAI, Nov. 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm EDT:
Excerpts from interview with nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, at ~22:00 in
Obviously Japan is a messs, but we also found in the Cascades, that’s in the Pacific Northwest… Local contamination throughout the Cascades on the order of . . . → Read More: Radiation precautions for areas near Seattle, Vancouver, Portland? “Perhaps you need to wash your shoes”… and other things (VIDEO)
High levels of radiation detected in Northwest rainwater, KING 5, July 11, 2011:
A Seattle nuclear watchdog group is accusing the federal government of failing to keep the public informed of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. [...]
“Our government said no health levels, no health levels were exceeded.When in fact the rain water . . . → Read More: Local TV: Feds accused of failing to keep public informed of radiation from Fukushima (VIDEO)
Aerial Radiological Survey for King and Pierce Counties, Washington Department of Health, July 2011:
A helicopter flying over some urban areas of King and Pierce counties will gather radiological readings July 11-28, 2011. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measurement System will collect baseline levels of radioactive materials. [...]
Some of . . . → Read More: Radiation data from Seattle-area survey may be withheld by Feds for national security purposes
Helicopter is part of Department of Energy radiation study, Issaquah Press, July 5, 2011:
Western Washington residents should not be alarmed as a slow, low-flying helicopter scopes the area from July 11-28.
The helicopter is part of a U.S. Department of Energy aerial survey of the Seattle area. The agency is measuring baseline levels . . . → Read More: Feds to conduct aerial radiation survey near Seattle to get ‘baseline readings’ — Measuring gamma emitters like radioactive cesium and iodine
Arnold Gundersen with the latest on the Fukushima meltdowns, Interview by Helen Caldicott, June 17, 2011:
At 5:20 in
The air over Seattle was loaded with hot particles, as it was over Tokyo, in April and May.
At 6:10 in
Hot particles have made their way across the Pacific, and . . . → Read More: “Very high concentrations” of hot particles in Pacific NW during April, May — Includes plutonium and americium (AUDIO)
Northwest sees 35% infant mortality spike post-Fukushima, KCPQ FOX News, June 17, 2011: Medical professionals publish report highlighting post-Fukushima mortality spike.
Physician Janette Sherman, M.D. and epidemiologist Joseph Mangano published a report Monday highlighting a 35% spike in northwest infant mortality after Japan’s nuclear meltdown.
The report spotlighted data from the CDC’s Morbidity . . . → Read More: FOX affiliate in Seattle: Northwest sees 35% infant mortality spike post-Fukushima