Unprecedented emergency statewide fishing closures enacted in Pacific Northwest — “We’ve never had to do anything like this” — “Very alarming” mass die-offs linked to disease outbreak — Nearly 100% infection rate in some areas — Rotting gills, distended bellies — NOAA: It’s a ‘head scratcher’ (VIDEOS)

Published: July 17th, 2015 at 2:26 pm ET


KTVZ, Jul 16, 2015 (emphasis added): Restricting fishing in Oregon streams and rivers for the first time ever… Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife announced it’s taking drastic measures… they’ve never had to do this beforeODFW: “We’re starting to see fish kills in more places than we typically do. This is a pretty extreme set of conditions.”

Statesman Journal, Jul 16, 2015: [ODFW is taking] an unprecedented step… The move comes on the heels of multiple fish die-offs… “We’ve never had to do anything like this before — we’re in new territory,” said [ODFW’s] Bruce McIntosh.

Mail Tribune (Oregon), Jul 16, 2015: Emergency fishing closures go statewide

Spokesman Review, Jul 17, 2015: Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials are enacting fishing restrictions involving 38 rivers…  emergency rules take effect on Saturday.

AP, Jul 9, 2015: Fisheries biologist Rod French said [dead salmon] appeared to have been infected with a gill rot disease

The Oregonian, Jul 10, 2015: Scores of dead salmon are washing ashore… mortality rates are rapidly rising for juvenile fish near John Day Dam… [French] said it appears the fish are dying from a bacterial infection… “It’s very alarming that we’re seeing them this early,” he said… [Paul Wagner, NOAA fisheries biologist] called it a head scratcher. The die-offs seem to be associated with disease, he said.

Siskiyou Daily (Calif.), May 19, 2015: Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team has raised its level of alert… due to an increased detection of a deadly disease…. Chinook salmon tested in two reaches of the Klamath River… reached a 100-percent prevalence of infection [for] one of the deadliest salmon diseases…  [Juveniles] have been found with… distended bellies, pale-colored gill and gill erosion… [N]ear the Scott and Klamath rivers confluence… 86 out of 120 showing distended bellies and 87 out of 114 showing pale gills

OPB, Jun 9, 2015: More than half of the 3-inch long Chinook in the [Klamath River] trap are either dead or showing signs of a serious parasitic infectionnearly 100 percent of Chinook caught in this fish trap in early May were infected.

KATU (Portland), Jul 10, 2015: Salmon and trout, even sturgeon, are dying like never before… on the Deschutes, Santiam, Mackenzie, Clackamas, and other rivers.

KGW (Portland), Jul 7, 2015: It just seems like it’s getting worse… the issue certainly hasn’t improved since we reported on it 2 weeks ago… Chinook salmon, even some  sturgeon, continue to wash up… Several fishermen I spoke with down here today, well they’re worried… Pretty much everywhere you look… dead fish… Starting last month, Chinook salmon began washing up… far short of their spawning grounds… It’s all the talk among local fisherman, “I’ve lived here about 25 years, and I’m an avid fishermen. I’ve never seen any fish like this on the bank as much as I’ve seen this year.”

KOIN (Portland), Jun 19, 2015: Is this a really big concern right now? Very much so… “I’ve never seen it like that before“… The Chinook are on their way back from the ocean… Fishermen are coming up empty and are worried.

KGW, Jun 22, 2015: A startling site… Chinook salmon dying in the rivers… Biologists counted more than 100 on just a 3 mile stretch… We came down here this morning expecting to find 1, maybe 2, dead Chinook salmon. Boy, were we wrong — you can find them about every 20 yards… one after another… Have you ever seen that before? “Never, ever, ever, ever.” Jeannie Brooks has been fishing [here] with her dad for decades, never before had she seen this… “I looked all the way down and thought, what are all these dead fish doing here?”

KPTV (Oregon), Jun 19, 2015: One after another… “I never saw a dead fish, ever, here.

KGW, Jul 9, 2015: [A diver] told us what he’s been seeing under the surface… there are salmon sitting dead in spots on the Clakamas River bottomlittered here and there.


Published: July 17th, 2015 at 2:26 pm ET


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  • rogerthat


    The Salt Lake Tribune
    Jul 18 2015

    Op-ed: However Energy Solutions dresses it up, depleted uranium doesn’t belong here
    By Matt Pacenza

    The debate over whether EnergySolutions' West Desert site is appropriate for depleted uranium can turn into a muddled alphabet soup.

    Is depleted uranium Class A waste? When does it become B and C? Is it greater than C?

    Whack through that dense thicket and you'll arrive at a clearer reality: EnergySolutions' site is flat-out wrong for waste that poses a hazard for many millions of years.

    Utahns — and our elected officials — have developed a broad policy towards nuclear waste over the years: We're willing to tolerate some of it, but not all of it. And whether federal bureaucrats ever decide if depleted uranium is Class A, B or C, it's dramatically different than the waste Utah takes now. We should reject it.

    Let's remember how we got into this whole depleted uranium mess in the first place. Back in the early 1980s, when the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission began to classify nuclear waste, it wasn't sure what to do with DU.

    It's an odd waste stream, inherently. Typical radioactive waste starts out at a certain degree of hazard — measured by the isotopes emitted as it decays — and then slowly that hazard diminishes. …

    • rogerthat

      So, for example, the Class A waste that Utah legally takes now is dangerous — EnergySolutions' workers take many precautions with it — but within a couple centuries that waste will lose about 90 percent of that hazard.

      Class B and C wastes — banned in Utah — are somewhat more dangerous, requiring additional safeguards. Their hazard peters out in 300 to 500 years, several centuries longer than Class A.

      But depleted uranium is an oddity: Its current hazard is akin to Class A waste, but then it slowly grows more dangerous, reaching Class B within tens of thousands of years. And then that hazard lasts. And lasts. And lasts. And lasts. It doesn't lose half its danger for 4.5 billion years.


      Thirty-five years ago, the NRC didn't quite know what to do with DU, so they punted. There weren't any plans at that time to dispose of it at commercial waste sites, so they just sidestepped the debate.

      Under federal rules, since DU wasn't classified, its default category is Class A waste. It's an unfortunate loophole, as Utah now knows.

      Tour EnergySolutions' site, and you'll be impressed by the company's commitment to safety. But you'll also realize that the company stores its dangerous waste in a shallow trench in the desert, covered by dirt and rock and surrounded by a chain-link fence.

      Those safeguards may very well suffice for a century or two, but perhaps not much longer — precisely why our state Legislature voted overwhelmingly to ban Class B and C…

      • rogerthat

        wastes back in 2005.

        Given that history, having a "debate" today about whether to store hazardous nuclear waste that will remain dangerous for many millions of years strikes us — and most Uthans — as absurd. We see past the loopholes and the alphabet soup of confusion.

        The good news is so far, so do our regulators. And so does Gov. Gary Herbert. When the state's skeptical evaluation of EnergySolutions' depleted uranium study came out this spring, the governor wisely said he believed that DU should not be considered Class A waste and that he was "not comfortable" allowing it into the state until it was properly classified.

        EnergySolutions now is trying to improve its safety study — which convinced no one. However they dress it up, and whenever the debate on DU starts again, we're confident Utahns and our elected officials will reach an easy conclusion: DU doesn't belong here.

        Matt Pacenza is the Executive Director of HEAL Utah.

  • rogerthat


    SNP demands Chapelcross be removed from radioactive list

    Hamish Macdonell
    July 18 2015 PA

    The SNP government reacted angrily last night after it emerged that a former nuclear power station near Annan is in the running to be the UK base for radioactive material from decommissioned Royal Navy submarines.
    UK defence officials are looking for a base to handle and store dangerous radioactive waste from 27 submarines that are waiting to be dismantled. …

  • rogerthat


    Navy considers Idaho for site to process nuclear fuel
    Jul. 17, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Navy wants to build a $1.6 billion facility at a federal nuclear site in eastern Idaho to handle spent fuel from the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships.

    The Navy and U.S. Department of Energy are taking public comments through Aug. 10 on a draft environmental impact statement for the jointly operated Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program at the Idaho National Laboratory.

    Officials said a new facility at the 890-square-mile site is needed to replace decades-old, outdated installations to keep nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines deployed. Continuing to use existing facilities, the document said, isn't viable because it could result in no longer being able to handle the nuclear waste in a safe or environmentally responsible way.

    "Without significant upgrades and refurbishments, the existing facility will not be able to meet the requirements of the U.S. Navy's nuclear-powered fleet," Tom Dougan, spokesman for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday. …

  • rogerthat


    Iraq studying new plan on where to bury radioactive waste, says official

    Dina al-Shibeeb, Al Arabiya News
    Saturday, 18 July 2015

    Iraq’s government is studying how to get rid of its radioactive waste after many of the country’s provinces declined to have the toxic materials buried in their soil, an official told Al Arabiya News last week.

    Most of the country’s vast deposits of radioactive materials are a legacy of the turbulent regime of former leader Saddam Hussein, and have built up over the last four decades. Other toxic materials can be found in the country’s graveyards of contaminated industrial equipment.

    “The parliament has decided to study the situation again after other provinces [including Dhi Qar] rejected such decision,” said Yahya al-Nasiri, governor of the southern Dhi Qar province.

    “The proposals suggest burying the waste outside the country or in the desert, as it is way from dwellers, but this too [latter] will affect the soil,” he added.

    Asked if there are other ways to dispose of the waste, he said “it could possibly be buried in the sea using special containers or be sent to countries willing to take it, in exchange for money.”

    While Nasiri said other provinces have rejected a similar request, Dhi Qar’s provincial council voted against the Iraqi parliament’s proposal …

    • rogerthat

      in early July to use some of the southern province’s land as a burial site for the radioactive pollutants coming from all other provinces of the country.

      Dhi Qar’s health and environment committee head Abdulamir Salim at the time slammed the proposal and said it posed a “real threat to the health and security of the province’s citizens.”

      Nasiri said he “doesn’t know the justifications for such request” when he was asked why Dhi Qar was mainly chosen to bury the radioactive waste, he dubbed as “poisonous” and “hard to deal with.”

      But he said Dhi Qar for the past three years has strived in getting rid the province from these pollutants especially it had specified a quota in its budget to do so.

      “Dhi Qar for the past three years has been active by working with the relevant ministries such as health and environment to lift these waste radioactive, maybe that’s why they chose Dhi Qar to bury these wastes,” he said.

      He added: “Dhi Qar is the most environmentally qualified province to be pollutant-free.”

      Incessant wars
      An official Iraqi study in 2010 found more than 40 sites across the country that were contaminated with high levels or radiation and dioxins.

      Iraq “without doubt” suffers from these radioactive pollutants inherited from “continuous wars” starting in the 1980s Iraqi-Iran war to the Gulf War in 1990s till 2003, when the United States used highly advanced weapons – including depleted uranium – in its efforts to topple …

      • rogerthat

        Hussein’s regime, the governor lamented.

        “As a result of these wars, these waste produced exacerbated people’s health including high rates of cancer,” he added.

        Four-month-old Taki Kassim, diagnosed with cancer, lies in a bed covered with protective net, at Al-Iskan hospital in Baghdad. (File photo: AP)

        However, it is not only war-produced pollutants that harm people’s health in Iraq – in addition, there is a lack of quality controls imposed on imported goods.

        Radioactive material is also “the result of imports of car parts from Japan to the province,” he added.

        “We worked to eliminate these wastes from the province and bury it in areas specialized for these radioactive material.”

        Areas around Iraqi cities such as Najaf, Basra and Fallujah accounted for more than 25 percent of the contaminated sites, with the southern city of Basra – the frontline during Iran-Iraq war and the Gulf War – having 11 sites, according to the 2010 study.

        The study, carried out by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around the capital Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionizing radiation, which is thought to come from depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

        “The U.S. army unfortunately caused an increase in these radioactive material by using uranium and its advanced arms that use a lot of harmful radioactive material,” Nasiri said. …

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Why is the living Pacific Ocean suddenly dying?
    Tepco tells us that a little water leaks here and there from pipes and tanks.
    Tepco assures us that 257 tonnes of molten nuclear fuel is at the bottom of reactor and containment vessels.
    All the models tell them this is where the corium came to a stop.
    The earthquakes may have cracked some of those vessels, or some of those pipes.
    A little of the cooling water they spray into the containment vessels might leak out through those cracks.
    Some contaminated water in trenches under the plant might be leaking through gravel trench floor into the ground.
    But, taken altogether, these leaks cannot possibly account for the Sudden Great Pacific Ocean Dieoff we see.
    (Tepco assures everyone.)

    But, nevertheless, here it is.
    The sudden Collapse Of The Pacific Ocean Ecosystem.
    How could all this death possibly be traced back to a few leaks at Fukushima? (Tepco might wonder).

    This is how.
    Instead of a few "leaks" here and there, as Tepco and Japan would have us believe,
    The corium from up to 3 reactors has burned right through their reactor vessels, dropped onto the floor of their containment vessels, and has eaten through all the concrete and steel, right out of the bottoms of the reactor buildings.
    Now the corium is being constantly bathed in an underground river, leaching tonnes of radionuclides right into the Pacific Ocean.

    The essential question is this:

    "Where is the corium, Tepco?" 😉

  • rogerthat


    Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain via GreentechSolar
    The Energy Gang looks at the conflicts brewing in the world’s highest-potential markets for clean energy.


    Last week, Australia abruptly changed its national policies for renewables, upsetting project development plans. And in June, Spain proposed yet another tax on storage systems to discourage self-consumption.

    In this episode, we’ll talk about the turmoil in Australia and Spain, and look at the consequences for politicians and the renewable energy industry.

    We’ll finish up by debunking a new report from the Taxpayers Protection Alliance claiming that the solar industry is causing a bubble similar to the one in the housing industry.

    Read more at and Listen to Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain

    • rogerthat

      Half the world already gets more power from renewables than from nuclear via Quartz

      The dream of a low-carbon future thanks to nuclear power is already looking dated. …

  • rogerthat



    Despite meltdowns, a tsunami and public opposition, Japan may soon restart a nuclear power plant — or several

    By Daniel Aldrich, James Platte and Jennifer F. Sklarew July 20

    (Daniel P. Aldrich is full professor and co-director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University. James E. Platte is an Asia studies vsiting fellow at the East-West Center in Washington. Jennifer F. Sklarew is adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy.)

  • demise demise

    Reading all this crap of how 'officials' compromise human health for profits and lack of funding puts an explanation point on how broken our society is and why it will fail.

    Giving the power of authority to a thoroughly corrupt politicians already bought and sold and has no socially acceptable agenda and only works for his own well being is counter to acceptable outcomes.

    The human race is finished. We have jumped over the cliff several times over and cut all possible life lines. We are too stupid and primitive to be good stewards of the technology we created and planet on which we live. We consume and waist in the highest degree
    with no net gain and have been brainwashed to follow in lockstep with the 'colony' to enrich the masters with no way out of the cycle leading to nowhere.

    I have seen all types. The ultra pampered to the fully depressed in our society. I turns out that humans need adversity to advance. ALL the ultra pampered (super rich) offspring are useless jelly rolls. Sad but true and some of the parents recognize this as well. Human yearn for wealth. Wealth breeds corruption and the spawn of useless beings. And that is what we aspire to?

  • Anyone wishing to get a non-mainstream view on global warming type issues, check out this site, not just this one article, but there are many great articles, pretty much each one is better than anything I have wrote on global warming/climate change.


  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Dilution of a healthy ocean is working. You can barely see the healthy part now.

    No more exciting fishing vacations for the wealthy.

  • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil


    This is from CNN, but there was also a segment on the MSM. This technology has been around for a while.

  • TimV

    Forget the head scratcher.
    All fish should not be sold for human or animal consumption until the problem is discovered!
    I love fish, have all my life.
    Stopped eating any 18 + months ago.
    Deeply saddened when I walk by Seafood dept.in local grocery.
    It looks so good.
    Come on Scientists – figure out a way to corral this poison.

    Anyone else notice the new add for pet food,
    "Proadly" states 30% of protein now from, drum roll ,
    Salmon and Tuna.

  • demise demise

    Poisoning your pets I suppose is a good idea if the FDA and EPA don't give a damn. When need a leader not a leftist clown in the WH.
    Is there any testing food going on anywhere? I guess fish scraps are good protein if you subtract radiation poisoning, mercury, other heavy metals, algae toxins, DDT, ect…

    • We Not They Finally

      The president of the USA a damn fool the vice President same. The scientists who have sold out ditto…The same.The morons who are lying every word they speak..Afraid of Panic. Back in 1975 i had a clear vision where all that was left here on earth was Panic panic and panic…

  • We Not They Finally

    WE who trying to live though this insanity are all heroes…Win or lose.I dont fathom what a win would be…I hope we all have a much better chance with an actual sane planet.Not one that is being destroyed by a bunch of damn fools.

  • TimV

    As to the dam fools the original one's are dead and the current group is about to retire. So the current nuclear in charge are pretty well brainwashed to the old school thought ,we can handle the technology.
    Now proved,they can't, and never could,it was just waiting for the perfect storm : in this case it is called Fukushima.

    As to a sane world being possible now, it would seem difficult now due to the overt ecological damage.
    No it appears GMI and panic will be the fare of the day and panic will be it's sidekick.

    I still believe there is a solution,
    if scientists would band together and ignore ego.

    • TimV

      I will not be popular but I call on all scientist in any field
      that involves these current problems on any level to immediately
      learn and practice -EGO DEATH- so they can immediately
      start on the heroes jurney. If this circle can be completed we
      will have a real chance at a positive transformation of this disaster.
      Psychologically speaking ego problem will quickly equal nuclear problem and that could easily be the end game, much sooner than expected. An unescapable glue pit.
      Just ask the dinosaurs at LA Brea Tar Pits.

      • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder


        Great idea , to speed things up , all scientists and politicans could also try a session with an original shaman and afterwards a naked jump in a niece piece of nature with a dose of quality shrooms in their blood..overnight global healing of mankinds disconnected hubris almost garanteed..if not repeat..let al military and cops and ceo's do the same and we don't need any outside help anymore to get enlighted..but could still enjoy the company..

        O wait , the shroomteacher's are radioactif now..

        • TimV

          I don't know about overnight healing , but , if we could get them to put aside there egos and work together all those IQ points put together in one direction should be able to Crack the problem.

          ACTION! INTENT!

          We need to corral this poison or die.
          Let's not give up, leaves a bad epitaph.
          Go down swinging, or better, we win.

          ACTION! INTENT!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Coast to Coast covering Fukushima now.. 🙂

    • SadieDog

      "The coastal waters of Chile, the world's second-largest producer of salmon, are awash with a bacteria known as SRS, or Piscirickettsiosis. The bacteria causes lesions and haemorrhaging in infected fish, and swells their kidneys and spleens, eventually killing them."

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Just for the record…

    I traveled quite a bit this summer exploring many of Oregon's rivers and streams and I did not see ANY dead fish on the shores.


    What I DID see was LOTS of small fish, and only ONE that had what looked like a cancerous growth on the top of it's head.

  • William K

    "This is a real head scratcher"(?) Seriously…WTH…a major nuclear reactor facility about melts down from a tsunami on the coast of Japan & we trust Japan to report facts lol because Japans so well known for sharing factual info lmao ok(!) I can't believe the best conclusion anyone, let alone an expert in the marine biology/DNR field can come up with is, "this is a real head scratcher" LMAO you've got to be kidding me! Its radiation from Fukushima people, its not warm weather! Sorry to say this but I'm afraid we can pretty much stick a fork in the Pacific Oceans ecosystem, its definitely game over for a large portion of marine life in many parts of the Pacific Ocean as we once knew it!!!

    • Ya, how sad. My only reason for living in Hawaii was the ocean. The nice weather is not worth the high cost. OH and the asian/oriental girls….but with ocean gone, and being married…..bye bye Hawaii.

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