Gov’t: “Colossal blunder” — “It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination”

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 6:29 pm ET


‘Colossal blunder’ on radioactive cattle feed / Govt officials admit responsibility for foul-up that let tainted beef enter nation’s food supply, Yomiuri Shimbun, July 18, 2011:

Officials of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry have admitted they did not consider the possibility of cattle ingesting straw contaminated by radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

“This is nothing less than a colossal blunder by our ministry. It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination,” a ministry official said. […]

h/t Anonymous tip

Published: July 18th, 2011 at 6:29 pm ET


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64 comments to Gov’t: “Colossal blunder” — “It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination”

  • Tuni Tuni

    Yea…….. right.

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Blunders are their biggest product.

    • lokay5 lokay5

      At this point, TEPCO blunders are not “beyond our expectations”.

      • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

        Really. I almost expect to see:

        “It was beyond our expectations that nuclear reactors would become a source of radioactive contamination”

  • AkDave AkDave

    More Lies!

  • fuckyoushima

    government: where beyond their expectations is beyond your right to life.

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    I wonder, what did they do with the rice that came from the rice hay?

    • Fall out man!

      They sell it in Japanese restaurants throughout the western world. I went to a popular up market Japanese restaurant here in Auckland New Zealand and asked if the ingredients in their food were from Japan. The Waitress proudly told me that all their dry ingredients and condiments like rice, noodles, soy sauce, wasabi, sea weed and who knows what else all come from their Japanese supplier. I thanked her politely, met my friends at the door, and we ate somewhere more conducive to living a long healthy life.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    BP Reportedly Marked Failed Pipeline: ‘Imminent Threat Of Rupture

  • byron byron

    Who would have guessed the levees would fail or that airplanes would be used as..
    In both cases people were afraid of loosing their jobs for blowing the whistle.
    Now, who would ever have guessed the governments are failing to tell the truth about Fukushima?

  • Darth

    Who would have guessed that the winds would blow south and contaminate the rest of the island…

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Anyone have the OFFICIAL LINK to where the EPA raised the Safe Levels of Radiation?
    Arguing with a HP poster

    • here is the backstory Whoopie. I do not know if the levels were actually raised.

      The U.S. proposed raising the protective action guide standards for safe levels of exposure to radiation in food, water, and air after “radiological incidents” as reported by the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). According to PEER’s news release, the new guidelines would permit the current lifetime limit of radiation exposure to occur in a single glass of water while significantly reducing EPA radiological clean-up standards, essentially permitting a 25 percent cancer per exposure (PEER, 2010

      PEER released dissenting comments made by Charles Openchowski, of the EPA’s Office of General Counsel, who expressed in a January 23, 2009 email his concerns that the new guidelines proposed by the EPA’s radiological arm, the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air (ORIA): “[T]his guidance would allow cleanup levels that exceed MCLs [Maximum Contamination Limits under the Safe Drinking Water Act] by a factor of 100, 1000, and in two instances 7 million and there is nothing to prevent those levels from being the final cleanup achieved (i.e., it’s not confined to immediate response of emergency phase).”

      Comments made by Stuart Walker, an EPA official in the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation reported “It also appears that drinking water at the PAG concentrations…may lead to subchronic (acute) effects following exposures of a day or a week. In a population, one should see some express acute effects…that is vomiting, fever, etc.” PEER condemned the lack of public transparency of proposed changed, as well as their safety implications (PEER, 2010).

  • theypoisonus

    Took some notes toward the end. statements in parentasies (sp-police) are mine.

    Busby says that Philopophy has been bought by Big Business and Power. (Basically nuclear cover-up payola)

    There are no offers from any of these nuclear orgs. to give grant money to study effects of radiation.

    IF the do not a number of things, they will be held responsible for crimes against humanity by the UN. The German Radiation Society head was recently promoted to head the UN. ( bad timing for the Japanese)
    The UN ‘can’ find out cancer rate from hair samples. ( meaning, I guess, they should be 100% honest about deaths related to this disaster.)
    He also tells them that ‘little people’ (aka children,) being closer to the ground get more radiation that adults.

    If the UN knows that Japan goes by the right guidelnes, there will be less possiblities of further crimes against humanity.

    To mitigate any further problems with UN, They MUST set up IMMEDIATELY an Independent Health Study.

    They need to:
    1. Set up concentric rings of high volume air samples 50-10-200-300-400 Kilometors all along the whole Japanese coast.

    2.Analyse samples for Plutonium, Uranium,
    Strontium90, +Cessium every 2 weeks and publish those results on the internet.

    3.Deal with the ongoing disaster by isolating reactors from environment.
    (how are they going to do that? they can’t do anything right)

    You are gonna love this last one.
    4.PROSECUTE those scientists and others to the full extent of the law, who talked down the accident from the beginning. ( does this include Kaku? this could go on for decades just prosecuting all the Tempco folks, all govt people who knew and didn’t tell, etc.)

    Like BP, this will drag on for years, and alot of heads will roll.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      EXCELLENT REPORT THEYPOISONUS. Outstanding. I never could have done such a good job as you just did.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I love that last one too! YIKES!! Will heads be on the chopping block soon?!?!? One can only PRAY TO F**KING GOD. TY!

  • Will Fukushima Survivors Be Doubly Victimized With Radiation Sickness and Stigmatization?
    July 18, 2011

    Let’s hope that, unlike with Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors, bias against Fukushima refugees will be kept to a minimum.

    Watching ARS: Fukushima, the sequel to Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS): Hiroshima and Nagasaki, play out on the world stage spurred me to view an actual drama about radiation sickness. Black Rain, the 1988 film by Shohei Imamura, begins with, and occasionally flashes back to, the bombing of Hiroshima. It depicts the lives of a group of survivors five years later when they begin to succumb to ARS.

    As you may be aware, radiation sickness was a…

    • theypoisonus

      xdrfox, do you remember shortly after the whole thing went bazerko over there, that they already were doing that.
      I remember one article or something that stated that some parking garages woulnd’t let the people form Fuki park there.

      They really need to start some mass education thing right away. These stigmas can really get out of hand with gossip and fear.

      My step-dad bought a house years ago in my home town of Kokomo In. that that young boy ( the first child) was diagnosed with AIDS. He got it dirt cheap, but he had to sit on that thing for a long time before he could turn it over. People were afraid to live in the house because that little boy lived there.
      Now, people know better, but at the time, ‘ignorance’ was paramount and it took a long while to educate the masses.

      • Everything, Everything, just these poor people, yes I remember those days, much was learned, as we know these children will be at great risk if they stay !

      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        I remember reading that no moving company would ship goods from Fukushima, right after the accident.

        Leave without them, people. Though it is probably too late now.

        I have had to realize that I will not be seeing a good Japanese friend again in this lifetime. Her health is compromised and she is showing signs of deterioration since March due to the obvious, which she does not mention.

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      Of course they will. this is already happening.
      Has been for some time now.

      • Many of us here in North America felt the effects of this radiation, as well as we saw our Pet animals as the plumes so you know it has affected the Japanese heavily !

    • Clocka

      They will be treated like lepers, like the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were treated by some people after 1945.

      Even now those who received radiation on 1945 are not encouraged to tell it to the future, because it will affect their descendants’ job prospects, marriage prospect and practically everything else.

      I predict the very prefectural name Fukushima will not be used by the end of 2015, and if anybody has that as a surname the person will change it.

  • starspire starspire


  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Earthquake 11.12 miles (17.96 km) from Fukushima Daiichi (#1) Nuclear Power Plant:
    03:41 JST 19 Jul 2011 37.1N 140.9E 10 km 3.6 Fukushima-ken Hamadori
    You can’t see the earthquake on the TIMELAPSE cam, but you can see the amount of smoke/steam coming from #4 radically increase. Also seems to be a great amount of smoke/steam emanating from the Centralized Waste Radiation Treatment Facility.

  • Anonymous interview from friday:

    Talks about tepco’s lies follow the whole interview… It was too long to post in one video.

  • PaleHorse

    From Hong Kong
    Yoichi Shimatsu
    Fukushima Disaster Worsens

    10:00 pm – 1:00 am EDT

    Strongly recommend Texe Marrs in the first hour. An eye opener for sure.


  • farawayfan farawayfan

    We had no idea radiation contaminates…stuff. Y’know, who’da thought it contaminates, uh, stuff.

    Besides, hay is for horses, who’da thought they’d feed it to cows?

    Lame. But sadly enough to satisfy the sheeple.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    Someone just shut them up. Permanently, preferably.

  • shaktasna999

    By Spring of 2012 everyone will be on the same page and excuses are not going to be tolerated from any one government.

    Now we know the Japanese are going to be allowed to die en masse while the government lies to high heaven. I have a feeling that America and Europe are going to lose their collective minds when the cold weather, rain, and illness sets in.

    Americans are histrionic folks. When the first American baby “formally” dies from radiation poisoning there are going to be some seriously ugly problems on the horizon. When Japanese schoolkids get sick en masse then Japan will be in trouble.

    Repost as needed:

    • Jebus Jebus

      Excellent article!

      Fukushima Residents:

      The threat to public health is not simply a matter of distance from Fukushima. Wind patterns and topography are even more important.
      The release of data from the expensive SPEEDI system, was delayed until March 23. This delay resulted in unnecessary radiation exposure. “It is only conceivable that the high rate of radiation released was not reported because of fears of a panic.”
      Former Minister for Internal Affairs Haraguchi Kazuhiro has alleged that radiation monitoring station data was actually three decimal places greater than the numbers released to the public. If this is true, it constitutes a “national crime”, in Nishio’s words. He follows with, “Giving us the truth once is much more important than saying ‘hang in there Japan!’ a million times.”
      According to Japanese law, the rate of radiation exposure permitted for ordinary citizens is 1 mSv / year. This has been raised to 20 mSv / year in a “time of crisis”. Such a dramatic increase in permitted exposure is akin to “taking the lives of the people lightly”. Nishio believes that 20 mSv is too high, especially for children who are far more susceptible to the effects of radiation.
      Even more important than a permitted 20 mSv exposure rate, however, is the lack of adequate provision for measuring internal radiation exposure among the Fukushima population.
      The American Academy of Sciences 2008 “Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation” report claims that there is no safe level of radiation exposure. Despite this and other examples of leading research, however, the Japanese government has moved on the assumption that there is no evidence for increased cancer risk at under 100 mSv of exposure. The European Committee on Radiation Risk argues that existing risk models do not take internal exposure into account. High rates of internal exposure will mean a dramatic increase in cancer risk for Fukushima residents, with as many as 400,000 cases predicted by 2061. Nishio argues, however, that these calculations rest on some shaky assumptions and that the number is too high. He believes strongly, however, that internal radiation exposure must be taken seriously by the Japanese government.
      Comparing the 6.9 mSv exposure from a CT scan to a similar amount of radiation exposure outside of a controlled environment is misleading. Long term exposure and internal exposure can have unpredictable effects on the human body. Comparisons with radiation used in cancer treatment are also scientifically shaky.
      The large amounts of radioactive waste water at the Fukushima Daiichi site will contaminate the soil and water supplies, significantly increasing the risk of internal radiation exposure.

      • In living by his own will and skill,the stupidest peasant or tribesman is more competent than the most intelligent worker or technician or intellectual in a society of specialists-Wendell Berry 1975 in The Unsettling of America, Culture and Agriculture, Sierra Club Books.
        Holding on to a straw to say straws wont be bioconcentrated by orders of mag per trophic level- that “It was beyond our expectations that straw would become a source of radioactive contamination”
        Are Japs really so stupid at the official level? After Fuku it is demonstrated beyond doubt. But to be fair- the philosophy of modern civilisation itself is.

  • theypoisonus

    Tacoma, thanks. Huge Fan of ANON
    No truer words.

    Democrats and Republicans alike sit atop Capital Hill and abuse their powers. They are deaf to the will of the people;
    they pass bills that strip away your rights and your dignity.
    They laugh as they use their influence to gather personal wealth, uncaring as crush the average person in the process.

    They System Is Broken

    We Can Fix That

    A vote for Anonymous is a vote for the People.

  • More beef cattle fed irradiated straw

    Fukushima and Niigata prefectures have identified more farms that shipped beef cattle that had been fed straw containing radioactive cesium in amounts above the government standard.

    Fukushima Prefecture says 7 farms in 6 municipalities fed their cattle straw left outdoors after the March nuclear accident in the prefecture. The straw was found to contain radioactive cesium in amounts up to 520 times the standard.

    The farms shipped 411 head of cattle to meat-processing facilities in 5 prefectures including Tokyo from late March to early July….
    One of the farms has shipped 24 head of cattle.

    Investigators have found that a total of 578 head of cattle have been shipped after being fed contaminated straw. The amount of contaminated meat found to have been distributed to markets across the country is expected to rise….

  • How may times was the link posted ?

    When an ill wind blows from afar !

    With the warning to keep cattle indoors and cover the hay feed !

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Geez! How could anyone possibly imagine?
    The folks in charge–

    did not consider the possibility of cattle ingesting straw contaminated by radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    What the F*** did they think the cows were goint to eat? Air sandwiches? Oops, that wouldn’t have worked either.

    When will these pundits grow up?

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      They don’t care about you, assume that most people won’t be paying attention, and they would be right.

      I’ve read all these posts, particularly the one about the lead paint got me going.

      If they don’t care about lead in paint any more it is because it doesn’t matter any more –there’s nothing anyone can do, really.

      Enjoy the time we have left. I was with a neighbourhood preparedness group last night. Good, kind, generous people. There is plenty of wild food about, here. Of course it is probably irradiated. Doesn’t matter any more.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Hi milkandcheese – neighbourhood preparedness group sounds good to me! What were you discussing? What are other people’s thoughts? How many were you?
        Great approach!

        • milk and cheese milk and cheese

          Each of us has something to offer. None of us are *fully* prepared, but we will do well as a group. Of course, others who did not prepare will probably head over to the same place. It’s hard to move a house.
          By the way, it helps to know someone who is Mormon. Their Church requires them to keep a year’s worth of supplies on hand. And they are willing to share the supplies.

  • Agapit

    Good geiger counter map from Japan. Showing elevated readings as far west as Osaka.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    it was amusing for me to have someone say I’d be useful for storytelling…mental well being as well as physical should be prepared for…I am also very good with adapting ‘stuff’ for new purposes, sewing and cooking. Not strong enough for farming.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Great. I haven’t talked to my neighbours for ages, and I barely know the ones who live 3 houses down the street. It’s a pity.
      I got to know many during the hard “no nukes-rally-time” in 2010, but apart from that, people are just too busy looking after them themselves.
      Good luck with your group!

      • milk and cheese milk and cheese

        I would definitely get to know the neighbours, BreadAndButter. The time will come when you can’t look after yourself, a lot sooner than most of us would like.