French Gov’t: 15 main incidents of radioactivity leaks at Fukushima — Only 408 million-billion becquerels of iodine-131 released into air — Cesium at 1/3 Chernobyl level — Contamination chronic and lasting

Published: February 28th, 2012 at 3:25 pm ET


Title:Fukushima contamination ‘chronic and lasting’: French agency
Source: AFP
Author: Laurent Banguet
Date: Feb 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm ET

Radioactive contamination levels from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have fallen sharply since the accident but will be “chronic and lasting” for many years, a French watchdog said Tuesday.

[…] Didier Champion, crisis manager at the Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) [said] “Today, and for many years to come, we will have a situation of chronic and lasting contamination of the environment.” […]

“There are risks of chronic exposure at low dosage, and without care this can build up over time,” he warned.

[…] IRSN said […] the impact on the civilian population over the long term, and on emergency workers and plant employees, remained unclear.

By the Numbers

  • IRSN said the main radioactivity leaks occurred between March 12-25 in about 15 incidents, “of which the biggest probably took place before March 15”
  • Provisional estimate that 408 peta-becquerels, or 408 million billion becquerels, of radioactive iodine had been emitted into the air
  • 10 times lower than in the 1986 Chernobyl
  • Caesium of all kinds released at Fukushima was estimated by the agency at 58 peta-becquerels
  • Three times less than Chernobyl
  • Caesium 137 accounted for 21 peta-becquerels
  • Of around 24,000 square kilometers (9,200 square miles) of land contaminated by caesium 137
  • only 600 sq. kms (230 sq. miles) breached a safety threshold of 600,000 becquerels per square metre
  • However, there remained “hot spots” of contamination, up to 250 kilometres (156 miles) away

Read the report here

Title: Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Source: Wikipedia

The French Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) (“Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute”) is a public official establishment […] placed under the conjoint authority of the Defence minister, the Environmental minister, the Industry minister and the Health and Research minister.

Read the report here

Published: February 28th, 2012 at 3:25 pm ET


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45 comments to French Gov’t: 15 main incidents of radioactivity leaks at Fukushima — Only 408 million-billion becquerels of iodine-131 released into air — Cesium at 1/3 Chernobyl level — Contamination chronic and lasting

  • Kevin Kevin

    oh yah Chernobyl was definately between 3 and 10 times worse.



      @Kevin: when discussing quantitative exposure to radioactive contaminants, are they basing their conclusions on what was actually emitted from these two different locations, or, what impinged on Europe from their respective plumes. The proximity of Chernobyl to the western part of Europe is obviously a lot closer than Fukushima. But that distance does not necessarily mean that Fukushima is now less of a threat than Chernobyl was. As the father of the nuclear age would testify, it's all relative…

  • What calculations did they use, based on what scenario?

    I bet there is no nuclear explosion of anything in there, and no meltdown of any spent fuel pools, and no releases from anything for more than a few days.

    I can do a better job calculating iodine releases, and I am not even trained in this stuff.

    Of course, this all lines up perfectly with the fairy tales that the industry is creating so that everyone will print it up and pass it on to be taught as the 'official' version in the history books, promoted through the nuclear colleges that send engineers out to do this kind of 'work'.

  • DannieJ DannieJ

    "the impact on the civilian population over the long term, and on emergency workers and plant employees, remained unclear."

    Sure it did … because we haven't seen it yet right?

  • americancommntr

    I think the French government is lying, and think it's going to be terrible forever for France on the day they eventually have their Fukushima.

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    faerie tales for sure. Wonder what they are smoking?

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    "only?" 48 million BILLION??? doesn't seem like much. Tell that to the cats and dogs and trees of the northern hemisphere, not to mention the dolphins washing on shore in Peru and New England, or the walruses and seals in Alaska, or the tires and cars returned to Japan because of massive contamination.

    • vivvi

      Agreed. I have been wondering lately about this so called virus that is killing newborn farm animals, and horribly deforming them. Doesn't sound like any virus I have seen before. I got to thinking that these cattle and sheep would have been eating the grass from last summer both while it was standing, and also as hay over the winter. Was it covered in all these millions of billions of fuku rad particles? Is THIS what is killing the baby lambs? If it is, then humans can look forward to a version of this down the track from contaminated food, too. My guess is the aminals are copping it hard because they exclusively eat grass which is widely contaminated in the rain.

    • CB CB

      Hi sonnen.blum.239. Reiterating what you said. Also the companies exports parts for cars, phones, computers, etc. Manufacturing, distributing foods, contribute to the contamination world wide. No isolation, containment currently being addressed. Other than the small isolation's that have been reported. It's business as usual.

  • nohobear nohobear

    Pure horsehit from the French government, who are so heavily invested in nuclear energy, they will do or say anything to prop up this dying industry. Sadly, the day will come when France has it's own Fukushima, and all those storied and celebrated agricultural areas and vineyards will be contaminated. What a blow that will be to France's culinary culture.


      @nohobear: which will lend new to meaning to "Let them eat cake!" Yellow cake, that is…

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      He already got a taste of it! Greenpeace had a gift for him, lol

      • Spectrometising

        Guys, you do not understand the "lobotomy"
        It separates the neurons from being able to communicate effectively with each other,…The internet come later.

        Therefore, you use collective qualifications like "the French" or "greenpiece" as though it were a collective and under one roof, acting in unison.

        Nothing could be further from the truth.

        "The Steward or the Ruling Faculty

        Psychologically speaking man has no unity but contains many beings inside himself.

        Anatomical head – Philip Balbi

        There exist ten thousand worlds, and all these are contained in man, without his being conscious of it.
        — Darqawi

        Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself,
        I am large, I contain multitudes.
        — Walt Whitman

        Man is compared to a house in which there is a multitude of servants but no master and no steward. The house can be got ready
        for the arrival of the steward who will, in his turn,
        prepare it for the arrival of the master.

        The human body is like a country, and the mind is like a ruler.
        — Liu Yiming, commentary on the I Ching

        Unless the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
        — The Bible, Psalms 127:2

        The ruler, such as a king, emperor or pharaoh symbolizes the steward and controls his subjects, the many I`s.

        If a king is plagued by bandits, he must find out where their camp is before he can attack them.
        Likewise, when a man is beset by worldly passions, he should first find their origins.
        — Buddha

        And so on…..

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Hi Spectro,
          "collective qualifications like "the French" or "greenpiece" as though it were a collective and under one roof, acting in unison."

          please re-read the posts you're referring to. Noho said "the French government", NOT "the French", and I said "Greenpeace", as the video I posted was made by them.

          In general I agree with your point, though, I hate to see when posters refer to "the Japanese" or even worse "the Japs", when in fact they mean the Japanese government responsible for the situation.


          • Spectrometising

            Haha!! Exactly right BreadAndButter.
            I knew you would get the point i was trying to make.
            Thanks for elaborating it further.

            I would then argue that there will be small particles within the French/any contemporary terrestrial government (X-Files music ) that even listen to their conscience on occasion or in secret.

            But i would probably agree that this might be rare in those mansions, and eventually have to agree that it is almost an organic requirement to 'not have' this very desirable faculty to reside in these privately owned and governed circles.

    • Sirius

      I'm belgian. Our gouvernement confirmed we will stop our nuclear plants in the coming years and won't build new ones. I should be happy, but I'm not.
      France has NPP's near our border… One of them is almost completely surrounded by our border.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi Sirius, yes I know that one…I work in Luxembourg.
        I'm very happy for the Belgish decision – let's show the crazy French govmt that's it's possible!!


      • Siouxx Siouxx

        Hi Sirius, These plants were built mostly on the borders because the energy they produce is for export. I hope I'm right in thinking that some years ago the Belgium Government banned electric heating, which is what all countries and in particular France should have done. France could also, as was done in Mauritius, give every household a free thermal solar water heating system. When my neighbour recently had an electric water heater fitted, the electrician told him it was set at 60 degrees C and had no facility for lowering the setting. This, he was told was to prevent Legionella, well you can make up your own mind on that one. The whole inefficient French nuclear business is circular it relies on overconsumption epitomised by badly-built, modern housing estates, ready fitted with electric heating systems and zigzagged with multiple arrays of pointless street lighting. We need to look at every aspect of life which impacts upon electricity consumption and we need those people on the borders to help, by not purchasing French electricity and not sending their fuel for reprocessing by rail/road through our countryside. Fessenheim and Cattenom will close if the German people protest loudly enough, similarly Gravelines and Chooz with the Belgium people. In essence, however this is not about any race or country borders it is about all intelligent thinking individuals who have known since childhood that nuclear power was anathema. Those individuals need to lead the way by example and show others how to get off the Grid. Good Luck, I have lived in your beautiful country too and don't want to see it or anywhere spit upon by this out-moded dinosaur.

  • I'm trying to find a government anywhere that would have the guts to say it:

    "You're all going to die, gradually, and painfully, from leukemia, cancer and other horrible things because of the combined ongoing effects from Chernobyl, Fukushima and elsewhere."

    But, I think "Fukushima contamination chronic and lasting." is code for the above.

  • or-well

    Reporter Laurent "Banguet"
    serves up a real feast
    of quotes from a "Champion"
    of the French nuclear beast.
    (are these names as fictitious
    as much as their facts?)
    – the big wave did it –
    – hazard temporary –
    – mainly long ago –
    – only hot spots are scary –
    – less than Chernobyl –
    – much less spread around –
    – we don't know the future –
    Pro-nuke stands it's ground.

  • Spectrometising

    Here is a unique french perspective from someone who was censored on Youtube with his earlier frequent updates.
    PlaybackLaPompe – Radioactive Carrots

  • Alice Alice

    Radioactive contamination levels….. will be "chronic and lasting", meaning forever, barring any other accidents from all other reactors dotting the globe.

    "And we are happy to report that no other nuclear accident will ever happen again and we live happily ever after."


    "is a public official establishment […] placed under the conjoint authority of the Defence minister, the Environmental minister, the Industry minister and the Health and Research minister." says it all. This report serves an obvious purpose: to assuage public anxiety – within Europe and elsewhere – over the use of nuclear power technologies. I can't blame them for trying. But it would be nice if they applied as much effort towards more benign power generation technologies…

  • France also claims that absolutely NONE of the radiation from Chernobyl reached France.

    They also have an issue with telling it like it is, just like Japan does.

    The many myths and fables about the 'safe' French nuclear program

  • or-well

    Uh oh glitch again? Anyone else see the
    "Latest Comments" list showing duplicate posts?

    • Spectrometising

      It's the aliens with Unidentified Financial Objectives (UFO's) or-well.
      I saw them too!!

      • or-well

        thanks spectro, thought it was just me. When this happened yesterday I lost enenews shortly after.

        Unredeemable Flimflamming Obfuscators supported by
        Unbelievable Flackmeistering Occupationalists who
        Unsubstantiate Factual Observations by
        Unconscionably Fictitious Orwellianisms
        Hope enenews stays up.

  • Spectrometising

    PlaybackLaPompe – Nuclear Emergency Fukushima nuclear reactor JAPAN LIES !!!! 15 03 2011 WE WANT THE TRUTH
    His words ring true for the ongoing crisis in any country.

    PlaybackLaPompe is clearly not lobotomised.

    Governments globally have all been lobotomized after they were captured by aliens with Unidentified Financial Objectives (UFO's).

  • dear jones

    Welcome French government members and their family to come to Fukushima.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    Another article focusing on initial release data and not the fact of ongoing, worsening emissions?

  • Newton

    "Provisional estimate" = "We have no real idea, and just made this up because we were told to."

  • Sickputer

    >"There are risks of chronic exposure at low dosage, and without care this can build up over time," he warned."

    SP: Care to expound on just what kind of preemptive "care" you have in mind?

    Since this entire post-earthquake "care" has been pretty much Johnny lock the barn door after the horses have gone. The Tepco/Diet brain trust has not committed the resources needed to control the situation.

    There was in my opinion a small window of opportunity (several months from March to August) in which they could have contained the meltdowns. Their reluctance to act decisively has doomed Japan to a future of sudden deaths, birth defects, and an economic fallout that will be devastating when even the sheep of the world realize exports from Japan brings a strong chance of invisible extras.

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Well EneNews isn't back in one piece but Super happy it has returned.

    There are still truthful reporters out here on planet earth.

    by Janette D. Sherman, M.D., and Joseph J. Mangano, M.P.H.

    The good news is that 11 months after the Fukushima meltdown, thousands of Japanese marched in the streets to protest the continuing operation of nuclear power plants in their country, and urged a shift to renewable energy. Some 250,000 people signed petitions to close the reactors in the Tokyo area.

    Some samples of radioactivity in precipitation, air, water and milk, taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) showed levels hundreds of times above normal.

    An updated analysis using the entire year 2011 raised the excess deaths to 21,851.

    The epidemic increase in childhood and adult cancer has occurred since World War II, when both chemical and radiological pollution spread over the world. Half a century later, there is no longer any doubt that radioisotopes in concert with industrial chemicals have caused this epidemic.2

    A unique study of Norwegian children, exposed early before birth to low-level Chernobyl fallout, demonstrated lower intellectual capacity than a comparable group not exposed.3

    But beyond just diagnosing and treating more people with radiation-related disease, we can truly prevent these diseases by closing nuclear power reactors, thus reducing exposure to radiation. This is not a theory, but a reality with precedents. After President John F. Kennedy signed the 1963 treaty banning above-ground atom bomb tests, there was an immediate and drastic decline in U.S. infant deaths and cancer in young children. After the closing of eight U.S. nuclear power plants in the 1980s and 1990s, similar declines occurred in down-wind areas.6

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      Dr. Sherman is the contributing editor of “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment,” now available at (Originally costing $150, the authors have reduced the price to $10 so it can be widely acquired and read. – ed.) She can be reached at Mr. Mangano is executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project and can be reached at

    • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

      To document a possible radiation/cancer connection, RPHP needs only one of the baby teeth that your child has lost…So please help. Every tooth is a clue! ~ Alec Baldwin

      Thus, RPHP has launched its own national study of the levels of radioactivity in American baby teeth.

      What will RPHP's study do?
      This study will gather the necessary clinical evidence to determine whether nuclear weapons fallout and power reactors are affecting our public health and contributing to America's cancer epidemic–impacting the health and mortality of newborn children and damaging future generations.

      Why study baby teeth?
      Since their inception, nuclear power plants and bomb facilities have been emitting fission products through accidental releases and through regular allowable emissions that the government classifies as below regulatory concern.

      Radioactive Strontium-90 (Sr-90) is one of these elements, and one of the deadliest. The chemical structure of Sr-90 is so similar to that of calcium that the body gets fooled and deposits Sr-90 in the bones and teeth where it remains, continually emitting cancer-causing radiation.

      Most of the strontium in the baby teeth is transferred to the fetus by the mother during pregnancy. Because we know when and where the baby was born, and where the mother lived while carrying, we can accurately determine when and where radioactivity was absorbed from the environment.

  • And the off's from the coriums are going now into air and water tables ! Big Surprise on the way !

  • gr81 gr81

    If no one knows where the fuel is and much less how much is left; how can they "ESTIMATE" just what the "RELEASE" is???????

    WE wanna know what's landing on US AND OUR FAMILIES!!!

    WANTED: Scientists and testing facilities with 'NADS. Guess we'll need some money too…..

  • dosdos dosdos

    Just a bit more of one big, long denial.