Fukushima Worker: They’re covering up how much contamination is flowing into ocean — Scientist: We are measuring higher radiation levels off Japan — Plume near California already exceeds expectations, and will keep rising for years to come — TV: “Cleanup can’t be done… They lied from the start, Tepco is a den of inequity” (VIDEOS)

Published: November 27th, 2014 at 6:50 pm ET
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RT, Nov. 19, 2014 (emphasis added):

  • Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: “My biggest concern is what’s going on in Japan today, and how that might… make its way across to our coast… We know it’s still leaking because we’re measuring higher levels off Japan to this day… Even just the basic question, “How much radioactivity was released at Fukushima?” I can’t answer that today. We may never be able to because of the lack of sampling… particularly in the ocean.”
  • Reporter: The models predict cesium levels to increase over the next 2 or 3 years.
  • Buesseler: “If the levels were higher, we’d be very concerned about what’s going on today… We need to be out there making measurements of what happened 3 and a half years ago and how it’s being moved across the ocean.”
  • Watch broadcast here

PBS interview with Buesseler: “If we get up to about 7 Bq/m³, that’s beyond what I’m actually expecting.” >> Watch here

Test results from August 2014 show that just offshore California, radioactive cesium levels have reached nearly 9 Bq/m³ (Cs-137 @ 6.9 Bq/m³; Cs-134 @ 1.7 Bq/m³). As reported above, these levels are predicted to continue to increase for years to come.

Euronews interview with Tepco engineer: “Tepco has lost the trust of the Japanese people. They are covering up how badly the groundwater has been contaminated… When there is a leak into the water around the tanks, they don’t have to say anything. The cleanup is far from finished. There is an enormous amount of radiation debris remaining. Tepco said it will take 40 years, I believe it will take far longer.” >> Watch here

Euronews interview with Naoto Matsumura, farmer who has remained in evacuation zone: “It’s been 3 years now, the situation hasn’t changed. After the explosion, nobody knew what to do. Tepco and the government didn’t know how to deal with it — yet the world still wants nuclear energy, this is ridiculous… A cleanup can’t be done. Tepco lied from the start; Tepco is a den of inequity.” >> Watch here

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  • Good one…

    Yea, there are more of those kinds of studies out there, being paraded around by the pro nuclear folks and endorsed by all of the fancy pro nuclear organizations..


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  • I appreciate the regulars' links in these comments. Some good stuff in there. I hope mine are helpful to you as well:

    So many unknowns, but it seems one thing is clear: It is getting worse. The cumulative contamination of the Pacific Ocean has no end in sight yet… "9 Bq/m^3 of Cs-137" already…: Imagine a blip of light coming out of a cubic meter of ocean water: 9 blips per second from Fuku-Cesium. The whole Ocean would be lit up.
    (Spare me "a banana talk": Cs137 vs K40 @ http://wp.me/puwO9-2sk )

    The groundwater situation is looking grim: Sr-90 skyrocketing in Fukushima’s On-Site Groundwater. German meltdown model that predicted this suggests worst is yet to come. -> @ https://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/strontium-90-skyrocketing-in-fukushimas-on-site-groundwater-german-meltdown-model-that-predicted-this-suggests-worst-is-yet-to-come/

    I don't even know if the bits of "happy news" (like about SFP4 recently) was pure propaganda, or not. Just put up this blogpost:

    "PLUME GATE – Internal NRC Communications Released under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) proof deliberate Cover-Up of Severity of global Fukushima Fallout in 2011…" -> @ https://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/plume-gate-internal-nrc-communications-released-under-freedom-of-information-act-foia-proof-deliberate-cover-up-of-severity-of-global-fukushima-fallout-in-2011-recent-sfp4-news-may-have-been-part/

    Shut Down the Nuclear Industry. Well-being…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    At some point, those that continuously lie to protect their precious, which is in the process of killing the world/planet, must be dealt with by smarter people.. :)

    After 2030 2 billion people will die directly from cancer in a short 80 year period or by 2110..something is obviously grotesquely wrong. :(

    We have proof what Nuclear does to biological life and it's not pretty. :(

    Shut them all down now! :)


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/12/01/electronica_japan_nuclear_reactors_plutonium_warheads_stockpile

    Japan Has Enough Plutonium to Make Thousands of Nukes

    Tokyo doesn't want the bomb, but it doesn't know what to do with the fuel stockpile.

    BY JEFFREY LEWIS DECEMBER 1, 2014


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/01/nuclear-power-keeps-the-corporates-in-charge-no-wonder-its-conservatives-preferred-solution

    Nuclear power keeps the corporates in charge. No wonder it's conservatives' preferred solution to climate change

    By Tim Hollo
    Dec 2

    “I have no theological objection” to nuclear power, Tony Abbott said on 1 December, responding to Julie Bishop’s relaunch of the right’s preferred “solution” to global warming this week.

    Abbott’s choice of words is fascinating. On the face of it he’s suggesting that opposing nuclear power is a faith-based, rather than rational, view.

    But it is the right’s consistent promotion of a technology that has been shown repeatedly to be too slow, too costly and too risky (see, for instance, here and here) that is underpinned by several right wing articles of faith. It’s worth unpacking this credo, because it reveals what’s really going on when nuclear power is raised.

    The first tenet is a truly theological one, based on a one-eyed reading of the Bible:

    “And God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

    The US Christian right has long promoted this line from Genesis 1:28 as a Biblical critique of environmentalism. God is telling them, they believe, that we humans are entitled to do whatever we like with the Earth and…


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    • rogerthat

      its resources.

      There is, of course, a very different Biblical view. Thea Ormerod of the Australian religious response to climate change, among others, talks of the concept of “stewardship”, and the responsibility to look after God’s creation.

      But the “dominion mandate” dovetails so neatly with the modern industrial idea that humanity is separate from and dominant over nature that it has become a powerful aspect of the western materialist creation story.

      Nuclear power fits perfectly within a world view that sees splitting the atom as the apogee of human dominance over nature. Given its enormous and persistent waste problem, nuclear power is only acceptable if you believe that it is our right to pollute as we please.

      Abbott has explicitly referred to the dominion mandate, most notably in a speech about forestry early this year. Clearly, this theology influences his views on nuclear power.

      The second tenet is not canonical, unless you believe Jesus was making an ironic statement when he threw the money-lenders out of the temple. But the increasingly blind faith Abbott and his ilk invest in corporate capitalism has developed a distinctly theological aura.

      While it is reasonable to reject climate science, and acceptable to deny declining reef health, it is heresy to question whether handing ever more power to corporate interests will benefit the rest of us.

      The privatisation of profit and socialisation of risk inherent in nuclear power …


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      • rogerthat

        inherent in nuclear power only makes economic sense if you believe in the divine right of corporations.

        With multi-billion dollar cost blowouts in construction and decommissioning, the refusal of private insurance companies to cover risk, and a waste stream that will need to be managed for many times longer than our civilisation has so far existed, it’s basically a complex wealth transfer from citizens to corporations.

        Nuclear power’s great attraction for those who subscribe to this particular faith is that it would maintain the corporate grip on energy infrastructure at a time when diversified and distributed renewable energy systems threaten to democratise energy supply…

        - the religious thread may sound weird, but these are weird people. In my opinion, Tim Hollo has done a simply brilliant analysis. The Guardian should be congratulated, and Hollo's piece should be read in full.


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/ci_27047156/uranium-workers-may-be-eligible-compensation

    Uranium workers may be eligible for compensation
    Residents to learn of options during Wednesday morning meeting

    By Sarah Rose
    The Daily Record
    Dec 2

    The U.S. Labor Department on Wednesday will tell former Cotter/Lincoln Park Superfund Site employees and their survivors about the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.

    "The goal of the meeting is to make current and former nuclear weapons workers living in Colorado aware of the program and to assist them in finding information to determine eligibility for available compensation and medical benefits," states a U.S. Labor Department media release.

    "Labor Department representatives will also answer questions from those with existing claims accepted under the EEOICPA and Section 5 of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act."

    Individuals will have the opportunity to ask questions after a presentation by the Office of the Ombudsman. Attendees can also receive more information following the conclusion of the meeting…


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-01/eon-split-to-fortify-german-green-energy-transformation.html

    Germany's $132 Billion Green Energy Lead Is Fortified by EON's Split With Fossil Fuels

    By Stefan Nicola Dec 2, 2014


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.newswest9.com/story/27521704/andrews-county-considering-proposal-to-store-high-level-nuclear-waste

    Andrews County Considering Proposal to Store 'High-Level Nuclear Waste'

    By: Julia Deng

    NewsWest 9

    ANDREWS – Legislators, nuclear waste specialists and more than 400 Andrews County residents gathered Monday night to discuss the possibility of storing high-level nuclear waste at a facility approximately 25 miles west of Downtown Andrews.

    Waste Control Specialists (WCS) operates the radioactive waste site and is responsible for the low-level nuclear material already being treated, stored and disposed of in Andrews County.

    "Fees for low-level waste have produced about $3 million for Andrews County over the last year," said Rod Baltzer, President of WCS…

    Low-level nuclear waste consists primarily of contaminated clothing, work gloves and other site equipment, while high-level nuclear waste would be spent nuclear fuel rods…

    "If Andrews County and the community does not want this, it will not happen," said Baltzer.

    Community concerns include "radioactive exposure, accidents and things like that," according to Senator Kel Seliger, who oversaw much of the legislation for WCS's low-level nuclear waste storage..


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2014/12/8557592/regulators-contradict-indian-point-earthquake-risk

    By Scott Waldman
    Dec 2

    ALBANY—The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission will require the Indian Point nuclear facility to conduct a high-level earthquake risk report… by June 30, 2017…


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  • rogerthat

    http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/225713-senate-panel-dems-votes-to-extend-nuclear-regulators-term

    …All 10 Democrats on the Environment and Public Works Committee voted to approve the re-nomination of Jeffery Baran…

    … “The facts cannot be understated — Mr. Baran visited a nuclear power facility for the first time in his life earlier this year,” Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the top Republican on the panel, said last month.


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  • rogerthat

    http://sputniknews.com/world/20141202/1015412350.html

    MOSCOW, December 2 (Sputnik) – The US Fifth Fleet has lost a storage box that contains radioactive element strontium-90, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) website…


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/letters/2014/12/02/letter-nuclear-finance-will-not-add-up

    …No country that procures electricity using democratic, transparent or market-based methods builds nuclear. Neither should we.

    Dirk de Vos
    QED Solutions


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.4-traders.com/IWAKI–CO-LTD-6494397/news/IWAKI—Fukushima-voters-show-mixed-feelings-over-pledge-on-reconstruction-19479537/

    … Mitsui Sakamoto, 65, who evacuated to Iwaki from Tomioka in the prefecture, about 10 kilometers from the crippled nuclear plant, urged lawmakers to "work very hard not merely at election time but to make steady progress on reconstruction."

    Her current home in which she lives with her 67-year-old husband and 38-year-old sick son is their seventh temporary residence, according to Sakamoto. Though decontamination work at her home in Tomioka started in October, it looks like "a sports field for rats," she said.

    But she said she wants to return home as soon as possible. "Our plans for the future were destroyed by the accident," she added. "What I worry about most is my son's future. I want to see politics that prioritizes the weak."

    Emiko Yoshida, 65, … evacuated to temporary housing in Aizuwakamatsu in Fukushima from Okuma in the same prefecture …
    "I had hoped things would be a little better if the government changed," she said…

    As Yoshida does not feel that rehabilitation has progressed, she sometimes feels "deserted" and that many people are uninterested in the election as their priority is to try to escape from their current situation.

    "Apart from choosing a party, I'd like to discover a person who is really thinking about Fukushima this time," she said.

    ==Kyodo


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  • rogerthat

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/

    NHK appears to have ceased coverage of Fukushima? Maybe it's tucked away somewhere but i haven't seen anything for a week


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  • rogerthat

    http://thecontrail.com/forum/topics/fukushima-is-1-000-times-worse-than-we-thought-from-the-archives

    Fukushima is 1,000 times worse than we thought
    http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/fukushima-is-1000s-worse-than-we-thought/

    From the Archives
    Kevin Kamps of Beyond Nuclear explains what the increase severity at Fukushima really means for the planet. http://BeyondNuclear.org

    If you liked this clip of The Thom Hartmann Program, please do us a big favor and share it with your friends… and hit that “like” button!

    Kevin Kamps and Thom Hartmann have the best interviews out there. I wish they would talk more frequently. Ten stars to Kevin Kamps from Beyond Nuclear ond Tom Hartmann.
    http://www.thomhartmann.com

    Follow Us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thom_hartmann
    Subscribe to The Thom Hartmann Program for more: http://tinyurl.com/mwyhqqc

    Related Article:
    Review Reveals Radiation Risk Models Underestimate Harms of Exposur…


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  • rogerthat

    http://nuclear-news.net

    “Radioactive Berkeley: No Safe Dose

    from Kay, 2 Dec 14 The video of Dr. Gofman is excellent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xddNmNR0hG4 Someone at ENENEWS transcribed some of what Dr. Gofman had to say, and his words are so important that I think it’s important to post it here, too, for safekeeping. (It’s a little long, sorry)

    Dr. John Gofman:

    “What’s the order of magnitude of the problem that’s been created by radiation in the 20th century? Today manmade activities added up in total exceed the dose from natural radiation.”

    “Every increment that we add to that natural radiation will exact its price in human health, and human health with respect to some very miserable diseases such as the genetic disorders and heart disease and cancer.”

    “50% of all cancers in the 20th century have been caused by ionizing radiation of the type we would call low-level.”

    “Recently I wrote a book on the subject of breast cancer and stated that my best estimate backed up by considerable evidence is that about ¾ of all the breast cancers of the 20th century were induced by ionizing radiation of one sort or another, including medical.

    ''This is not a small problem and we there therefore need to give attention to every source of low-level radiation exposure to the public.”

    “In the early days of the post-war period when radioactivity became available in large quantities as the result of the existence of nuclear reactors, many of the people working…


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  • rogerthat

    in the field said, ‘Well, what dose can we allow people to have which will be safe?’

    “I wrestled with that question for over 20 years, and in 1986 on a talk about Chernobyl, I presented to the American Chemical Society, my initial calculations which said:

    There cannot be a safe dose, because at the lowest possible dose, which is one radiation track through the cell, I have proved that cancer is the result.”

    –> Regarding Tritium:

    “Many people thinking about Tritium say ‘oh we don’t have to worry about tritium; the energy of the radiation is so low that we don’t even need to think about it.’

    But that is a cardinal error! It is true that the energy of each beta particle emitted by tritium is very low, BUT there’s another problem.

    When you have a very low energy beta particle interact with biological tissue to produce the damage to genes, the damage to chromosomes, and the risk of future cancers, the lower the energy of the radiation, the WORSE it is in terms of biological hazards.

    Tritium is FIVE TIMES as hazardous as bomb radiation for the same total amount of energy delivered. And that’s a general law, a rule of physics. I don’t think any person who is reasonable at all can doubt that I have demonstrated THERE IS NO SAFE DOSE because I have shown with a multitude of studies that we get cancers down at the lowest doses.

    Now that’s been resisted… but the United Nations scientific community in 1993 has come out and joined me in exactly the same …


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    • rogerthat

      kind of analysis. Their conclusion: THERE IS NO SAFE DOSE.”

      “Children are most sensitive with respect to the generation of cancer and leukemia from radiation.

      The study of breast cancer in Hiroshima with radiation from the bomb has shown that children under 20, women under 20, are the most sensitive; that from 20 to 40, they are less sensitive to the breast cancer generation, and beyond 40 even less sensitive.

      That’s not theory. That’s not speculation. That’s a fact. And the sensitivity of the young being greater means we should exercise every precaution that we protect our children from sources of radiation no matter how small.”


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/WR-Cockcrofts-witness-final-removal-of-Windscale-galleries-0212147.html

    … Windscale's two piles – early nuclear reactors – were built to produce plutonium in the early days of the UK's nuclear weapons program. Their two chimneys, with the protruding filter galleries near the top, were a characteristic of the Sellafield skyline for over 50 years.

    Locals referred to them as Cockcroft's Follies, but the high-performance filters retrofitted to the two chimneys in the late 1940s would later prevent the UK's most serious nuclear incident from becoming a catastrophe, when a fire broke out in Windscale Pile 1.

    The filters captured most of the radioactive contamination that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere.


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