Fukushima nuclear waste detected off U.S. West Coast, from California to Canada — “There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now” — Test results will not be revealed to public for several weeks (VIDEO)

Published: October 17th, 2014 at 4:02 pm ET
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Statesman Journal, Oct. 17, 2014 at 1:31p ET (excerpts):

  • Headline: Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast
  • Massive amounts of contaminated water were released from Fukushima… Radioactive water has continued to leak and be released from the complex
  • No state or federal agency is testing Pacific waters for radiation
  • A sample taken Aug. 2 about [750 miles] west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” [and] Cesium 137
  • Further resultsshow offshore Fukushima radiation down the coast into California… including some samples that are closer to shore
  • The captain of a research vessel… offered to collect offshore samples down the entire coast
  • About 40 offshore test results… will be made public next month, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at Woods Hole… at a conference Nov. 13

Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: “I’m not concerned… There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now… It’s not on the beaches, but it’s offshore.”

Only details from the one sample taken Aug 2 off Vancouver were disclosed:

  • Depth = 25 meters
  • Cesium-134 = 2.2 becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3)
  • Cesium-137 = 3.9 Bq/m3

4 days ago a new video was uploaded by Woods Hole: Radioactive contaminants from Fukushima are carried across the Pacific Ocean…  and spread along the West Coast of North America by complex coastal processes. Models predict that radionuclides from Fukushima will begin to arrive on the West Coast in early 2014… >> Watch the video here

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385 comments to Fukushima nuclear waste detected off U.S. West Coast, from California to Canada — “There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now” — Test results will not be revealed to public for several weeks (VIDEO)

  • rogerthat

    http://bellona.org/news/nuclear-issues/nuclear-russia/2014-10-finnish-demonstrators-gather-block-construction-russian-funded-nuclear-power-plant

    … Finland’s Green League left the government last month over the cabinets persistence in backing the nuclear build hand in hand with Russia. Though EU sanctions do not extend to nuclear deals, the Green departure was a vote of no confidence in Russia’s ability to deliver a safe product.

    The Green League also forwarded an alternative energy strategy to make up for a loss in nuclear power, suggesting larger investment by the government in wind, bio-mass and solar power….

    Nils Bøhmer, Bellona’s managing director and nuclear physicist, said it was high time Finns started turning out against the Russian built plant.

    “It’s good to see the Finns getting angered over this plant in the face of their prime minister characterizing opposition to it as ‘Russophobia,’” he said. “Instead, it must be acknowledged that the plant causes real safety concerns and inevitable cost overruns that will eventually fall into the laps of Finnish taxpayers.”…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/10/history-of-key-document-in-iaea-probe-suggests-israeli-forgery/

    (Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and winner of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism. He is the author of the newly published Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. He can be contacted at porter.gareth50@gmail.com)

    – detailed, thorough.

  • rogerthat

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/features/news/20141018p2a00m0na010000c.html

    "I was majoring in metallurgy at Kyoto University's Faculty of Engineering, having joined the university in April that year. Professor Hideo Nishimura, chief of the course, summoned me in May and secretly passed on the crucial information to me, because I was the only student in the course whose parents were in Hiroshima. According to information that a U.S. university secretly provided to the professor, the United States had successfully produced an atomic bomb, beating Japan to the task, and had decided to conduct its first nuclear test in Hiroshima. I was advised to evacuate my parents as soon as possible. I immediately returned to Hiroshima and forcibly evacuated my father to Hatsukaichi and transported furniture and other household goods on a two-wheeled cart. I never told my father the reason for the evacuation."

    – simply amazing

  • rogerthat

    http://www.newtimesslo.com/news/11558/members-of-the-diablo-canon-independent-safety-committee-want-more-analysis-about-proposed-cooling-to

    http://digital.vpr.net/post/entergy-raises-cost-estimate-lays-out-timetable-vy-decommissioning

    … Previous estimates pegged the cost of decommissioning Vermont Yankee at about $1 billion. The newly released study predicts a price tag of about $1.24 billion. That’s twice the worth of the plant’s decommissioning trust fund, which currently has about $640 million.

    The numbers are important because of a 2013 settlement between Entergy and the state. In the deal, Entergy agreed not to delay dismantling the plant for the 60-year ‘SAFSTOR’ period allowed by regulators after the plant closes in December. Instead, Entergy promised to begin decommissioning when it has enough money to complete the process.

    Bill Mohl is president of Entergy Wholesale Commodities. He says the fund should be sufficient in about three decades….

    • nedlifromvermont

      Ya, Rogerthat, it's called a classic "bait and switch" where bad boy Entergy was on the hook for being a "bad actor" and "unfair partner" which might have hurt it going into license renewal overdrive for Indian Point #2 and #3; so it made nice to Governor Shumlin's representative in the closed door talks, a nuclear neophyte, Chris Recchia, who happened to attend Yale Forestry School one year after me; so we knew each other there; and they wrote a $2 million dollar check; and it's all nicey nicey: "speeded up decommissioning process et al" and then:

      Wham!!! "We doubled our estimate for the expense to decon and Tough Shit you little Vermont piss turds … we're gonna just maybe defuel the pool and walk away for thirty years … or sixty …"

      What type of sex-slave-in-the-closet routine do you have to endure before you finally realize Big Nuclear (Entergy here) is out to rape you and vandalize you and leave you holding the bag … while they count your decon trust fund as a corporate asset? "You Silly Vermonters thought we would do as you wanted WOO HOO you wet behind the ears suckers!!!"

      "We're Entergy and we're Big Nuke and we don't have to do a goddam thing about your stupid little pinched up state's orphan nuke and its toxic waste load …"

      Utter and hopeless fools we are and were to ever get hooked up with these uranium Hooligans!!

      Only answer is to take over the plant by eminent domain and bond for and clean it up ourselves.

      Anyone?

  • Dick Shenary

    rogerthat – Interesting article – The US did find old WMDs but were unable to talk about it. Anyone still think we should try one more Bush?

  • rogerthat

    a bird in the hand is worth three of the bush? who knows? they all seem the same to me.

  • rogerthat

    … job description: must be able to read teleprompter.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2n87YKSjrA

    Not the Nine O'Clock News – Reagan

  • rogerthat

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfuN9HRDVZY
    Not The Nine O'Clock News – American Election Candidate

    and, just for fun:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd90m3xKfl8
    The McEnroe Home – Not the Nine O'Clock News

  • rogerthat

    http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/10/wipp-plutonium-release-next-monday-oct-20-restart-of-contaminated-fan-3046918.html

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/nrc-staff-yucca-mountain-could-meet-safety-needs

    … Debate over the NRC report could be academic. The agency is running out of money in its nuclear waste fund since Obama withdrew support for the Nevada site after forming an alliance with Reid, its chief opponent.

    The administration has proposed no fresh funding for the program, whose contracts have expired and whose workers were laid off or got new jobs years ago. The site of the proposed repository is fenced off, its main feature is a 25-foot wide entrance into the 5-mile long exploratory tunnel that is monitored by security from the Nevada National Security Site.

    On Capitol Hill, lawmakers from states where radioactive waste is stored at nuclear reactor sites propose new funding annually for Yucca Mountain. But Reid, using his power as Senate majority leader, has blocked it each year.

    “It is utterly useless to have wasted millions of dollars on this report,” Reid said Thursday.

    Reid said taking the NRC staff conclusions at face value “is like reading one side of a lawsuit without hearing the opposing party’s evidence. The Energy Department will not pursue licensing Yucca and Nevada has persistently opposed the dump.”…

    • ISeePinkClouds

      Yes. RT. Thanks. The Nuclear Industry regulates itself. It is the fox watching the hen house routine. No entity authorized the release of Plutonium and Americium into the environment. Both the authorization, and the release, would be psychopathic, sadistic, and Luciferian acts. The fact remains that the U.S. Government has no place to put the Leftover Radioactive Waste from Nuclear Weapons Manufacturing at Los Alamos, Pantex, and the unnamed sites, other than WIPP, and the Government is not going to stop manufacturing Nuclear Weapons. If a large area, thousands of square miles, of Texas, New Mexico, Mexico, and the people thereon must be sacrificed for the cause of War and World Domination; so be it. The release of Plutonium, and Americium from the WIPP has been ongoing since the reported event last February. That is easily reasoned and provable at this point. The Government cannot afford to close the WIPP. It has to get the Radioactive Contamination in the Air out of the Salt Mine, so that it's workers can put more Radioactive Waste into it; for now. This new release is simply meant to cover up the previous, ongoing, and future releases. Peace

  • rogerthat

    http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/ON-Ukraines-regulatory-chief-ousted-17101401.html

    17 October 2014
    Ukraine dismissed 39 high-ranking officials yesterday as a new law on "power purification" came into effect.
    According to local newspaper Kyiv Post, the list includes the first deputy head of Ukraine's State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate (SNRI), Mikhail Gashev.
    Gashev was critical of Westinghouse-made nuclear fuel assemblies used in Ukrainian reactors, claiming that they were defective. Westinghouse maintained that errors had been made during fuel loading…

  • name999 name999

    PLOWBOY, ROGERTHAT…no more bushes.

  • Dana Durnford Fukushima Updates Oct 17th 2014 Pacific Ocean
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssik9SRHJOg

    Boat needs fixed.

    Get the Rad Word Out, People!

    Fukushima Business Cards 4 U! And everyone else, too!
    http://tinyurl.com/fukushimabusinesscard4u

    These nifty cards are easy to print and pass out.
    Or leave randomly, where ever you please. Distribute liberally on all social media and boots on the ground in your cities.
    Side 2 stands alone with links.

  • P.S. 24,236 downloads of the Fuku card since June 2014.
    23,702 "likes" for ENENEWS since March 11, 2011.
    Fukushima meltouts: 3 years, 7 months, 8 days.

    1,318 days.

    We can do better than this????

    All You Facebookers out there, Get the Rad Word Out and give ENE and every headline a "Like". Twitterers Please Tweet away! Pin ENE every where and encourage everyone else to do so. Boots on the ground in your cities, too!!!

    So few still know about the true state of Fukushima
    and how it is already present at a west coast beach near You.

    Boots and Wallets Out, People.

  • navycorpsman

    Chemfood – have been trying to download the bussiness cards but have been unable to. Any suggestions?

  • Dick Shenary

    obewanspeaks – recently posted this link to some international NBC news coverage:
    http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/22/22402000-italian-mothers-battle-the-mafia-and-toxic-waste?lite
    The problem that I have is NBC seems to think that all toxic waste is the same regardless of origin. Nuclear waste is exactly the same as fracking waste which is the same as toxic chemical waste. NBC was trying to tell the story of 150,000 grieving mothers who have lost children to cancer because of the Mafia's dumping nuclear waste in and around Naples. This is one of the biggest stories in Italy and NBC did not mention the word "radiation" once. If this is not an example of biased reporting, I don't know what is.

  • Dick Shenary

    I have heard that it was some people in the German nuclear industry who decided to try the Mafia for nuclear waste disposal (what could go wrong there?). The Mafia's nuclear waste disposal system was patterned after the US Navy's nuclear waste disposal system of 50 years ago(now illegal). Just dump it, hide it, and forget it, until it comes back to bite you. The obvious problem to Mafia disposal is the Mafia cares nothing for the law, nor do they concern themselves with morals or ethics. Their only concern is for money and power. Come to think about it, this description sounds eerily like many of todays corporations. Remember corporations are just people dressed in sheep's clothing.

    • SadieDog

      "I am a newscaster, but I couldn't tell the true story on my news program," says Jun Hori, a former anchor for NHK, the Japanese state broadcaster.

      Hori says the network restricted what he and other journalists could say about Fukushima and moved more slowly than foreign media to report on the disaster and how far radiation was spreading. The attitude in the newsroom was not to question official information."

  • Dick Shenary

    SadieDog – So many examples of flawed news coverage worldwide.

  • navycorpsman

    chemfood – got the business cards downloaded with that last link, thank you very much. Have been an avid reader of this site for over three years and just can't sit on my hands any longer. I have talked about Fuku with people but run into the same reaction many here have faced. Just read a comment lately that said in effect it's a good thing to be called a "truther" ect. I feel better. Thank you all for the fantastic information on this sickening nuclear assault we are facing. Nobody had to push any buttons to start ww3.

  • Dick Shenary

    At the atomic level, radiation is described as invisible, odorless, tasteless. I would add one more – you can't hear it either, Just because the scale of radiation is so small, our senses cannot perceive it does not mean that we should not hear about it. Governments and their obedient news corps. have decided that since you can't hear radiation disintegrations, there is no need to hear about it. Hiding the truth may be mankind's undoing.

  • weeman

    If you look for something hard enough, you will find it
    The question is how much and what are the consequences, please define in detail, that will be the day, you can finish the song?

  • hbjon hbjon

    How can someone with such an apparent "good mind" allow himself to be seduced by the dark side of the force? (not you weeman) We know the dangers of radiation and the wretched substances that produce it as this is not a poorly understood discipline within science.

    We as good citizens want to help people and care for as many people as we can with love, compassion, friendliness, and wisdom. Sir, are you cold? Here is my coat. Give it back next time I see you.

    Thousands of educators, students, first responders, professionals, business peoples, and citizens deeply care and seek personal understandings of that which will impact them. We are all up against an insideous suppressor to humanity and We are on the same team. I can't see the wisdom in siding with those who viciously insult, threaten, and attack people who simply share different opinions where secrecy is being sustained.

    Another valuable piece of the puzzle has been found at it was laying in plain sight.

    • Angela_R

      "I can't see the wisdom in siding with those who viciously insult, threaten, and attack people who simply share different opinions where secrecy is being sustained.
      Another valuable piece of the puzzle has been found at it was laying in plain sight."

      looking at the wood and the trees, the whole picture, i think, hbjon.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, with the advent of the internet, this is the age of enlightenment/understanding, and it (the truth) is all laid out in plain sight for all to see! 🙂

    The time for coverups and lies is coming to an end..quickly! 🙂
    http://www.acereport.org/archives/category/cover-ups-and-lies
    http://rt.com/news/who-fukushima-nuclear-health-618/

    ManBear is only helping us reveal the truths to the general public at large that have been hidden purposefully by so many players over these past 70 years. 🙂

    We must all stay the course!

    • Gabe Gabe

      Speaking of Piggy…….has he croaked? Pray tell he has.
      Maybe someone decided he would be a tasty pork roast, or bacon, or BBQ ribs, or pickled pig's feet, or head cheese…………

  • skizexq skizexq

    off topic, though these topics encompass many realms of our life and thought:
    antidote somewhat to our plight:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLE616AC94A8FC7742&v=gFlqJ0-OfLE

  • Gabe Gabe

    OT but current issue

    I guess there are others who hide things and do not tell the truth either……

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/10/no_author/the-african-ebola-breakout/

  • Lots of distraction away from the article…do you people never rest with the intel communities?

    Anyways, dr. sphincter says radiation NOT at beaches. LIE.

    I and others have been documenting the radiation on a weekly basis and the cesium (and therefore other radionuclides) are off the charts from what was.

    Stay on topic, please. Cuz putting up a bunch of bush and other stuff that has nothing to do with the Fukushima problem is just spinning away from the truth that needs to be discussed.

    Please.

    • aunavoz

      http://fukushimainform.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/kelp-watch-2014-update-no-fukushima-derived-radiocesium-detected-in-west-coast-kelp/

      No one mentioned the citizen volunteers and perhaps another more rational explanation?

      Of course not. All tin hat .. all disaster .. all death zone all the time.

      Enjoy your sky is falling day.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        Nice link aunavoz. So its untreated, and probably illegal medical waste flowing into the ocean thats killing off the sealife? Thanks for the heads up! You know any lawyers willing to save the seals and sea stars on contingency?

        Significant Iodine-131 which can represent a significant radiological health risk given its propensity to concentrate in the thyroid gland and induce cancer, continue to be detected (up to 251 Bq/kg at Long Beach CA) in southern California kelp samples.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          And who knew that Woods Hole, Dept. of Biological Sciences, California State University and UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been unable to collect marine specimens all these years! They should have spoken up long ago that someone was getting away with the specimen collection fund, and I would have personally driven over to Calif to pick up some kelp for the poor boys!

        • aunavoz

          @ Code .. Excuse me for interrupting this orgy of useless ugliness .. seems all of you are more intent on finding new ways to call each other names ..

          It is interesting. It seems balanced; they are actively recruiting citizen volunteers on the west coast. You have a top notch lab resource to analyse the results and you have what seems to be an environmental group spearheading as well.

          Seems results are shared between 3 different mindsets.

          Some of the avid ENEs who have sooo much time to bash 1 person day in and day out maybe could go volunteer!

  • demise demise

    In a world of stupidity, this statement rates a one of the most ignorant I have heard in a long time.
    “I’m not concerned… There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now… It’s not on the beaches, but it’s offshore.”

  • combomelt combomelt

    stock,

    if you use chrome, then try this extension to download flash videos…

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    From above.."We are measuring the rate of gamma ray emissions. All the tests made on board show that there are no anomalies," Shabalev said."

    “Are you sitting down”? Gamma rays seen in Fukushima footage — Appearing as out-of-focus streaks and flashes (VIDEO)
    Oct 20 2014

    http://enenews.com/sitting-down-actual-gamma-rays-fukushima-footage-appearing-focus-streaks-flashes-video

    Perhaps they should get closer..

  • Bill Duff

    Finalist, STUPID Statements Collection: “Fukushima passed the test”

    ‘The Panic Over Fukushima’, By Richard A. Muller, Updated Aug. 18, 2012 11:05 p.m. ET, http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10000872396390444772404577589270444059332 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocwxNvM6uLU

    “Looking back more than a year after the event, it is clear that the Fukushima reactor complex, though nowhere close to state-of-the-art, was adequately designed to contain radiation. New reactors can be made even safer, of course, but the bottom line is that Fukushima passed the test.”

    —Dr. Muller is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. This essay is adapted from his new book, "Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines."

    • AirSepTech AirSepTech

      The dude is a tool.

      Goes to a high level of bullshit to explain the 'take a bullet for the team' concept. Maybe he should go to FD and absorb his fair share, lead by example. Bring his wife, kids, and all he can convince.

      Cool video, poor fuck doesn't understand flammable, explosive, detonation, force, containment, and a whole pile of other shit it would appear.

      Perhaps he has a doctorate in political science as well.

      He should. Doctor Spin.

  • Oh my, I understand those pimps at Berkeley get fed funding for nuclear related studies.

  • Bad news from Seattle NBC today.
    First Orca Calf Born to Endangered Pod Since 2012 Is Presumed Dead

    The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population in the Pacific Northwest is missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said Tuesday. The mother orca was seen for three days in a row swimming in Washington state waters without her calf at her side, a sign it is dead, said Howard Garrett, co-director of the Washington-based Orca Network. "For the first two years, a calf is glued to its mother's side. This calf hasn't been seen with its mother, and that's conclusive that it died," Garrett said.

    The orca calf was born in early September, the first since 2012, and soon photographed by a whale watching company. There are 78 whales in the group known as the southern resident orcas, down from 98 in 1995 and historic highs in the 19th century of over 200, Garrett said. It's the only population declared endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Experts had given the baby orca a 50 percent to 65 percent chance of survival. Threats to the orcas include pollution and overfishing of their major food source, salmon, near the San Juan Islands in the Salish Sea.

  • Bill Duff

    Adios Nino,

    There has reportedly been a Vast, and unprecedented Biota Die-Off in the North Pacific Ocean. It is evident, to any casual observer, that the PRIMARY cause is Fukushima Fallout.

    Other possible explanations and excuses, such as 'warm-water', 'sunspots', 'trace-chemicals', 'fish-nets', 'flotsam', and 'moonbeams', are being frantically investigated, and framed, by the Nuclear Village.

    Bye Bye Baby Whale (Soon – Bye Bye Pods)

  • Bill Duff

    The Fukushima Nuclear Power Station disasters could have been prevented a thousand times, in as many ways. The final countdown to disaster began on 311, (March 11, 2011) with the Tōhoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

    Even then, the Fukushima disasters could have been prevented; by rapid, effective, intelligent actions. None of which describe the major players in this drama.

    Japan, the USA, the Nuclear Village, Global Media, and the United Nations CONTRIBUTED to the problem, rather than to any solution. What we witnessed was propaganda and not a rapid response. Political doubletalk and Nuclear Village sales pitches CAUSED the most horrible nuclear event of recorded human history.

    Time ran out, and NOTHING was done.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    and we humans then exterminated the entire world! 🙁

    • Cisco Cisco

      Obe…Sorta like lung cancer cures smoking? Ongoing bio-accumulating and bio-magnifying, low level radiation, will cure the globe of nuclear proliferation. Sooner than you can imagine, we'll all be dead. No more people…no more nuclear. The end!

  • Bill Duff

    Follow the money

    ‘Ties to Obama Aided in Access for Big Utility’, By ERIC LIPTON, Published: August 22,
    2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/us/politics/ties-to-obama-aided-in-access-for-exelon-corporation.html?_r=0

    Exelon’s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill. http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2012/08/23/us/EXELON-2/EXELON-2-articleLarge.jpg

    WASHINGTON — Early in the Obama administration, a lobbyist for the Illinois-based energy producer Exelon Corporation proudly called it “the president’s utility.” And it was not just because it delivers power to Barack Obama’s Hyde Park neighborhood in Chicago. Exelon’s top executives were early and frequent supporters of Mr. Obama as he rose from the Illinois State Senate to the White House.

    The administration’s tightening of clean air rules was a particular boon, since it took aim at Exelon’s main competitors — coal-burning power plants in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. In 2010, Exelon estimated it would earn an extra $400 million annually because the regulations would force dozens of coal-burning plants to close.

    If anyone STILL thinks Obama is 'The One'

  • Bill Duff

    The ties go back at least to Mr. Obama’s tenure in the Illinois State Senate, when he befriended an Exelon lobbyist named Frank M. Clark. Exelon’s employees, including Mr. Clark, were among the biggest financial supporters of Mr. Obama’s United States Senate campaign, with donations also from Mr. Rowe, then the company’s chief executive, and others in the executive suite, campaign finance records show.

    Exelon’s employees have contributed at least $395,000 to Mr. Obama’s federal campaigns. By far the strongest link is with Mr. Rogers, the Exelon board member and family friend. A college classmate of Michelle Obama’s brother, he was co-chairman of Mr. Obama’s inauguration committee and still occasionally plays basketball with Mr. Obama.

    He is one of Mr. Obama’s biggest campaign donation bundlers, having raised more than $500,000, and has co-hosted several fund-raisers, including one in March that featured a performance by the Grammy-winning musician John Legend.

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