Expert: Plutonium contamination of Pacific Ocean food chain from Fukushima now suspected; “Real source of potential long term problems for humans” — Newspaper: “Leakage of highly contaminated water into sea must be dealt with immediately” — Gov’t: Effect on health of US public not ‘significant’ (VIDEO)

Published: September 14th, 2014 at 9:45 pm ET
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The Yomiuri Shimbun, Sept. 11, 2014: TEPCO measures fail to hold water — Three and a half years after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, efforts to contain water contaminated with radioactive substances at the plant are at a crossroads… [TEPCO] has been unable to curb the growing volume of contaminated water… Yomiuri Shimbun reporters entered the Fukushima No. 1 plant on Monday morning… Ocean still remains vulnerable — Leakage of highly contaminated water into the sea is another problem that must be dealt with immediately…

Nuclear Safety In The Age Of Chernobyl And Fukushima (pdf), website of Ulrich H. Kurzweg, University of Florida Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dec. 10, 2013: Strontium, cesium and plutonium are the real source of potential long term problems for humans as they can cause cell damage over many years especially if they get into the food chain as may be happening at the moment to people in Japan and to fish in the Pacific… The worry at Fukushima at the moment is… the leakage of radioactive water into the Pacific…

U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Meeting, Japanese Nuclear Plant Crisis in March 2011 (emphasis added):

  • Bill Borchardt, Executive Director of Operations at Nuclear Regulatory Commission (at 13:00 in): Units 2 and 3 appear to have some primary containment damage. There have been releases of radioactivity that are of significant concern, including a significant contamination in the lower levels of Unit 2 and Unit 3 turbines… On Friday, March 11 [2011 the NRC’s] first concern was for a possible tsunami impact on U.S. plants and radioactive materials on the West Coast.
  • U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (31:15 in): There’s a lot of concern about what may end up in our oceans, impact to the fisheries. Do we have radiation monitors off of Honshu that are measuring anything in the ocean? Or is it just monitors that are evaluating the air?
  • Peter B. Lyons Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at US Dept. of Energy (in 31:45): The Dept. of Energy systems [are] not over the ocean… I am not aware of monitoring capability within the ocean that we have… That certainly could be added if it was deemed necessary. I should add that the Department of Energy, through the calculational capabilities — using the source terms developed by the NRC as being the worst cases — we do not anticipate a significant health effect in any of the United States areas.
  • U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming (53:30 in): In the New York Times today, it reported that highly contaminated water… could leak into the ocean. What are the implications of that?
  • Lyons (53:45 in): Well, certainly that has to be monitored from the standpoint of fisheries, food products. There are other agencies within our government that would be tracking whether there were any concerns from a U.S. perspective.

Watch the Senate meeting on C-SPAN here

Published: September 14th, 2014 at 9:45 pm ET
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78 comments to Expert: Plutonium contamination of Pacific Ocean food chain from Fukushima now suspected; “Real source of potential long term problems for humans” — Newspaper: “Leakage of highly contaminated water into sea must be dealt with immediately” — Gov’t: Effect on health of US public not ‘significant’ (VIDEO)

  • OldFool

    Regardless of TEPCO's numbers, I can assure you that more than one milligram of Plu-kun is leaching into the Pacific every 24 hours.

  • johnnyo

    …..
    curb growing volume
    sorry, we just can't do it
    i miss tunafish

  • OldFool

    If and when TEPCO ever admits that Plu-kun is going into the Pacific, be sure to multiply the number by seven orders of magnitude to get a grasp of what the reality is.

  • Archie

    "we do not anticipate a significant health effect in any of the United States areas."

    I believe that any effect to my health caused by Fukushima is significant to me.

  • Sol Man

    How about for anyone- from a human perspective?!

    Since we fail from a perspective of the entire biosphere.

  • KI IS GOOD FOR YOU

    If we only had the American governments pride and arrogance we could make stupid comments like stated above. The tragic thing is people conditioned with years of propaganda have been brainwashed into thinking the world starts and ends in USA. In reality its a failed nation in its dying glory, broken by the system it pollutes the world with. (Ooow a pun)

    All those years trampling on the vines of earth, bad karma. All those capitalist corporations off to ride the dragons back.

    I hope you Americans have been taking Spanish lessons for the rich nation over the border. Watch out for those carpet bagging Americans, I've heard their like locusts consuming everything as they swarm. Make sure you hide your apples they love them.

    Oh bugger, now I've got the gigs.

  • rogerthat

    ''Three and a half years after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant … 'Leakage of highly contaminated water into the sea is another problem that must be dealt with immediately…''

    ''Strontium, cesium and plutonium are the real source of potential long term problems for humans as they can cause cell damage over many years'' …

    Borchardt:''Units 2 and 3 appear to have some primary containment damage'' …

    Murkowski: ''There’s a lot of concern about what may end up in our oceans, impact to the fisheries. Do we have radiation monitors off of Honshu that are measuring anything in the ocean?'' …

    Lyons: '' I am not aware of monitoring capability within the ocean'' …

    Barrosso: ''In the New York Times today, it reported that highly contaminated water… could leak into the ocean.

    – the rip van winkles of dunceville appear to be stirring.

  • rogerthat

    ''we do not anticipate a significant health effect''

    – the health effects will be real; it is we who are insignificant

  • PU was but one of a host of horrors.

    I found an interesting shot of R3 ELE that looks a bit pink…It looks as if there was a large amount of Barium137 in the explosion indeed. TY NFV for pointing this out to me.

    Click my name for more info, new image is on first page.

  • There are holes in ALL of the Fuku atomic buckets, and liquid death plus horrors are pouring out, but no one cares.

    Pandora's Box of horrors was opened, not just once but MANY times over.

    Those horrors are will not stop until suicide squads go in and stop the leaks, and others find the coriums.

    Sacrifice is needed.. Where are the nuclear engineers volunteering to go?

  • In a speech in June in Barcelona, the writer Haruki Murakami drew a blunter connection with history than others have ventured: “This is a historic experience for us Japanese: our second massive nuclear disaster. But this time no one dropped a bomb on us. We set the stage, we committed the crime with our own hands, we are destroying our own lands, and we are destroying our own lives.” He challenged his countrymen to acknowledge “the failure of our morals and our ethical standards.” He said, “While we are the victims, we are also the perpetrators. We must fix our eyes on this fact. If we fail to do so, we will inevitably repeat the same mistake again, somewhere else.”
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/10/17/the-fallout

  • weegokiburi weegokiburi

    Despite contamination of the pacific food chain 30,000 people turned out at Meguro station in Tokyo for a festival to eat pacific suary ( type of fish ) caught off Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture. Rather them than me.

    http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/national/meguros-annual-saury-festival-draws-30000

  • razzz razzz

    [Peter B. Lyons Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at US Dept. of Energy] Lyons (53:45 in): Well, certainly that has to be monitored from the standpoint of fisheries, food products. There are other agencies within our government that would be tracking whether there were any concerns from a U.S. perspective.
    —–
    Didn't miss a beat dropping the hot potato for someone else to be bothered with it.

    'other agencies' that went stone dead quite besides the DOE, EPA, NOAA, FDA, DHS, AMA, FEMA, NRC, US militaries, Whitehut and its administration, Congress (redacted)…pick more from the list.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_federal_agencies

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    air monitors? Don't these elected officials know what their job is much less what is going on w/own gov. The "plastic people" from top to bottom is staggering. We are so screwed. The eventual when the SHTF will only be as ugly as them. Lunacy is the new epidemic and our leaders are spreading it.

  • FXofTruth

    Peter B. Lyons Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy at US Dept. of Energy…you are a dumbass. It's your agency that IS RESPONSIBLE for Nuclear Energy and it's contamination of the total environment! You should be working with the EPA like two ball-brothers. What the Hell does the EPA do? They packaged up their radiation monitoring stations and trucked them out of their locations back in 2011…looks like they decided NOT to be, "tracking whether there were any concerns from a U.S. perspective".

    So, guess who was responsible to pick up the ball because the EPA already knew they had a big bulls-eye on themselves if they continued monitoring the nuclear contamination from Japan, Peter? That would be YOU!

    The guy with the $1,000 suit and perfect quaffed beard that is trying to act confused about his agency's job responsibilities and attempting to "turn into Teflon" denying his job responsibilities …get the drift Peter? How can you state, "We do not anticipate a significant health effect in any of the United States areas" at the same time you are saying it's some other agency's responsibility to make that determination? Double-speak doesn't cut it.

    Do your fuking job.
    It's your gang that is involved with Nuclear Energy. It's your gang that should be and, SHOULD HAVE BEEN updating the American Public on the ENTIRE SITUATION daily since 3/11/11!

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      That would have been/meant work! Not going to happen.. 🙁

    • We Not They Finally

      I relate to your anger, but (tragically, wrongly, yes) he IS "doing his job." His job is to promote the nuclear industry and protect it against attack. Also for Ernest Moniz, the guy he works under. Moniz went to Japan and his main stated concern was that "terrorists" might get near the NPP's. Never mind the worst-than-garden-variety terrorists who did this, and continue to terrorize their own Japanese populace by forcing them to live in death zones.

      Obama appointed no one to do any job of protection of US.

  • Cisco Cisco

    WHAT ARE THE REAL NUMBERS? From the front page of http://www.yahoo.com TEPCO admits, "Over 2 trillion becquerels of radioactive waste flowed from Fukushima plant into Pacific in just 10 months" – NaturalNews.com
    http://www.naturalnews.com /046881_Fukushima_plant_radioactive_waste_Pacific_Ocean.html

  • Cisco Cisco

    "Over 2 trillion becquerels of radioactive waste flowed from Fukushima plant into Pacific in just 10 months" – NaturalNews.com
    http://www.naturalnews.com /046881_Fukushima_plant_radioactive_waste_Pacific_Ocean.html

  • zogerke zogerke

    The central site, above, is a good read.
    http://www2.mae.ufl.edu/~uhk/NUCLEAR-POWER.pdf

    In clear scientific language explains about alpha, gamma and beta radiation AND has some interesting tidbits about world nuclear weapons capacity and production.

    Accessible. Not very long. Readable, with a tiny bit of patience. Recommended.

    • zogerke zogerke

      THOUGH absolutely be forewarned, The writer is a nuclear supporter, as seen here — I am NOT promoting his conclusion, just his clarity.

      <<< The accidents at Chernobyl and Fukushima are indicating that we can expect such accidents to occur once every few decades or so and this will continue unless one comes up with safer reactor designs. I estimate that this will be done in the form of
      smaller reactor facilities using fail-safe reactor designs different from the light water reactors presently used throughout the world.
      Also the need for a large storage facility serving the entire world must be established. When this has been done nuclear power will
      again be considered a safe and indispensable energy source.>>>>>

      STOP DREAMING and wake up to find the world, going, going, gone.

      • We Not They Finally

        Build "a large storage facility serving the entire world"??

        Clueless and bonkers. Their role model is WIPP?? Or maybe the "large storage facility" has now become the Pacific Ocean…

        zogerke, this isn't "clarity"!! It's dangerous and destructive nonsense. There has not been a single protective measure for humanity for 70 years now and counting, just a pack of lies. Clarity? No way!

  • Cooter

    Our senate and house representatives can't be bothered with this Fukushima thing because it's in "cold shutdown" as my congressman Patty Murray has written to me over and over. This is all they know.

    In 30 days our representatives will be home to campaign to keep their do nothing jobs. Not one of our representatives wants this issue to surface. These two bobble heads are in wink and nod mode to any question as our do nothing congress is killing not only us but the world and all they can think about is keeping their job.

    Now is a good time to write your senators and representatives because they have want to be responsive to their voters. Maybe.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    We know the contamination is there, but it's of no consequence . That's because, of course, if we admitted it could impact human health, the teetering house of cards we've built and kept in place for the last 70 years would come crashing down ….

  • Alan Reid Alan Reid

    I fear the story the trees are telling in my home. The tree is top to a vast multitude of life. But just try to pull the eye from the smartphone and see where you get. The photos i have taken over the past three years sing a sad song indeed.

  • Sol Man

    There is not one shred of honor in support of the death for money system. The children that enlist are sent off to fight for the corporations that are poisoning the world and breaking the genome strands. The people have no voice because the politicians are happy to receive their cut of the profits of these companies in order to keep writing favorable legislation to keep the profits rolling in and the taxes minimized, or cancelled. This is the program that has been set for us. I suppose that we will follow it to its logical conclusion, everything is made toxic to all life.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, that is what appears to be the logical conclusion.. 🙁

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Only the ill-informed have eaten from the Pacific since Fukushima.

  • JimLynch JimLynch

    "…contamination now suspected"…..SUSPECTED????..where do they get these people to actually go on record to say this stuff?? Neptune? "why , no, I haven't heard a word about two headed whales or dolphins, you mean there's no sardines this year? no tuna? no salmon? only 10 brown baby pelicans born this year? Come on you MUST be making this stuff up buddy–go look at the beautiful sunsets and hears a nice warm glass of milk"" How 'bout you sit here and watch the next episode of Biggest Loser with me…"

    • nedlifromvermont

      Someone call up GE and tell them some of their "brilliant design" "imagineering excellence" "six sigma suppositories" blew up and they need to fashion a remediation plan right away!!!

      … Oh right … they know about it already and there is not a single thing of substance they can either do or recommend about the problem …

      Holy Shit! GE screwed the pooch, and nobody is allowed to discuss the matter!!

      Brilliant design My ASS!!

      Where is Charles Albert Coffin when you really need him?!

      Rhine Reactor Meltdown Study talks about isolating the groundwater under the reactor, so as to inhibit the actinide leaching process … and pumping like mad to lessen the contamination of the aquifer … Then they talk about underground frozen walls … This research was done at Karlsruhe … but perhaps General Electric Company has not heard of Germany? Or they can't find anyone to read technical manuals which have been translated from the original German …

      Or maybe they just don't give a damn how many species and individuals they kill off. … This would make them worse than Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson, would it not?

      Profits in the first place, moral compunction …. not so much …

      Am I missing something here?

      Help me 'newsers … I'm running out of mock.

    • k, would you like your tuna sandwich with a glass of milk warm or cold?

  • We Not They Finally

    "There are other agencies within our government that would be tracking whether there were any concerns from a U.S. perspective"???

    Oh, like the EPA? What, them worry? They raised "safe" levels to post-lethal and beyond, twice now, worse standards than even Japan. But say, now they can tell us that "there are no concerns from a U.S. perspective." Well, maybe except for the part about sanctioning massive ongoing poisoning…

    Massive criminal negligence, a free pass for mass murder really, and no one on the Hill has said a word. Except for maybe this crappy whitewash hearing.

  • Whitewash? More like black magic, bad mojo, and worse…

  • demise demise

    There is a tremendous amount of useless double talk from these govt officials. They are just covering there ass with lies and double talk. After a completed meeting, they basically said nothing other than there is "no problem to public safety". What a bunch of crap.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The wizards in charge are very, very, powerful..

  • demise demise

    Gov’t: Effect on health of US public not ‘significant’
    Of course they are saying this. This is a classic no problem line. If they say anything else, they open Pandora's box and it can never be closed.

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