US Gov’t: Widespread contamination throughout northern Japan, including Tokyo — “Entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area”

Published: March 23rd, 2012 at 5:59 am ET


Subject: RE: Draft read-out 1600 Telecon 04/07/11 Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposition
Date: 04/08/2011 12:53 PM

Dr. [Deanne J. Idar, CIV OSD POLICY],

Given that much of the call was spent describing the current radiological status on the ground in Japan, I think a short summary of that status would be useful in the telecon summary. Here is a proposed paragraph:

“The nuclear accident in Japan has resulted in widespread deposition of radioactive contamination throughout the northern part of Japan, including the metropolitan Tokyo area. Surface contamination levels in this entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area if they were at a U.S. licensed facility or DOE site. Any materials leaving Japan have the potential for low levels of radioactive contamination. Thus, the discussion about materials in DOD possession is indicative of similar materials that are entering commerce from Japan. In the DC and IPC meetings earlier this week, it was agreed that the limit of 4 Bq/cm2 for commerce was going to be acceptable and posed no health risk.”


Jeff Steele
Naval Reactors

h/t Enformable

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Published: March 23rd, 2012 at 5:59 am ET


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69 comments to US Gov’t: Widespread contamination throughout northern Japan, including Tokyo — “Entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area”


    "…this entire region would be required to be posted as radiological area if they were at a U.S. licensed facility or DOE site." says it all! Keep in mind when (04/08/2011) this 'conclusion' was arrived at, then ask WHAT ELSE was kept from us during the ensuing period?!

    • many moons

      Exactly and will we ever know how much radioactivity is in the USA?
      It's so helpful to be kind, caring in the abstract….
      In the USA we would do….(everything we could to hide from the people-after all we wouldn't want to scare anyone) If they are never going to sound the alarm in a nuclear plant disaster cause they don't want us to panic???? Don't panic…just die!

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        mm—well said! Don't panic. Don't go into tantrum yoga. Just come over here and enjoy Polyanna's glowingly loverly rose garden.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      There are 1,000,000 cubic centimeters in a cubic meter so that means they can ship to this country 4,000,000Bq in a cubic meter of whatever. You got a Japanese car made completely in Japan? It contains a cubic meter of materials? Each Cubic meter would be allowed to contain 4,000,000Bq. FOUR MILLION DISINTEGRATIONS PER SECOND. Lovely.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    These poor souls have no idea what is really in store for them if they stay.

    I often wonder why anyone stayed here inside the United States after what the government did to the US populations.

    I know and its because the US government hid the truth, just like Japan's government is doing right now.

    So very sad.

    In 25 years this entire Island will be gone!

  • goathead goathead

    Saw this on the news yesterday and wondered to myself what would happen if this test was made available in Japan!!

    "A simple blood test which can detect cancers up to five years earlier than conventional screening is to be made available in the UK for the first time"

    Could it be that the evidence would be overwhelming and the world would stop???

    • Fall out man!

      I hope it turns out to be as advertised Goathead, but in the past with the cancer industry there has always been a catch. I'll believe it when it happens!

  • InfoPest InfoPest

    If Terrorists Want To Get Their Hands On Dirty Bomb, All They Have to Do Is Go To Japan With A Dustpan And A Broom. That Black Stuff Is Everywhere.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Whose to say that GANG (forget the name) aren't making a killing off these radioactive waste projects RIGHT NOW? Imagine how much rad material has been taken from Daiichi already. Hundreds of tons probably, sold to God knows who. "WHO'S MINDING THE STORE?"


        @Whoopie: really good question! I hadn't even considered this! With all the ongoing confusion and chaos, think how easy it would be to divert these deadly materials. But now that we've brought this up (within this forum), I'm sure the national security machine will get right on it…yep…ahuh…for-sure…roger…

  • Fall out man!

    How much of what we buy from Japan now is contaminated? These guys say 4bq/cm2 is ok. I think what they really mean is that if the "safety" levels are set that high then it won't embarrass Japan or the US Customs service too much.

    I wouldn't touch a second hand import Japanese car now. Not worth the risk. The same goes for any second hand equipment from Japan. Why risk a range of horrible diseases to save a few bucks?

    • many moons

      I worry about computer parts

      • dharmasyd dharmasyd

        Hadn't thought of that yet. But YES!

      • ReactorHalfEmpty

        I don't worry — I don't upgrade. 😉 Running Debian Linux. 16+ years service life on this little box (NON-STOP, seamless upgrades since a 1996 installation!). Has seen 7 (SEVEN) harddisk generations, though, and one or two CPU upgrades.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    RT @kr3at John Stewart No Longer Deserves 'Most Trusted Man In America' Title Boy, I didn't know this about KONY/Video: A Drive to War in Uganda for the oil?!!? Wowzer. Makes sense to me.

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Let's do some math. One sheet of paper (letter format) 8½ × 11 inch (216 × 279 mm = 602,7 cm²) weight 5g. Contamination maximum 4 Bq/cm² so we have 602,7 × 4 = 2410,8 per sheet and 482.160 Bq/Kg legal contamination limit.

    Oh, wait… we have double-sided sheets…


    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff


      By my calculation
      216mm x 279mm = 60264 mm^2 = 602.64 cm^2

      Double check:
      8.5in x 2.54cm/in x 11in x 2.54cm/in = 602.334 cm^2

      602 cm^2 x 4bq/cm^2 = 2409 bq per sheet

      2409bq / .005kg = 481,864 bq/kg

      We are in agreement if you drop the decimal in your final result.
      Meaning the problem is a thousand times worse than what you calculated!!

      Your use/placement of commas confused me at first.

      If anyone sees some error in my math, by all means correct me.

      It is disturbing how they can change the units to make the numbers look insignificant.

      • harengus_acidophilus

        Sorry about my mistake. I get always confused, if i've had to use american notation style. Thanks for clarifying this.


  • jackassrig

    Japan's industrial complex will eventually grind to a halt. Much of the instrumentation that controls processes in refineries, chemical plants, and even nuclear comes from Japan, China, or Taiwan. What happens we can't get our hands on the replacement boards and computers that interface with the processes? Japan is going down and will take us with them. We don't make a damn thing in this country.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      🙁 so true. We make NOTHING here.

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        Actually, it is not true – far from it.

        I understand the sentiment though. American industry is producing at about 77% of capacity, which feels pretty bad. If it ever reached "nothing", it would feel much worse.

        I have been reading from various sources that, while American manufacturing output has been increasing moderately in recent months, it has generally taken the form of "increased productivity" and "increased efficiency" rather than "increased employment".

        All the social infrastructures are built around "jobs, jobs, jobs" while the manufacturing culture is inching toward total automation. Lots of friction ahead.

        As for "Japan is going down and will take us with them" – the economies of both Japan and the USA were in a death-spiral long before Fukushima. The trend continues, exacerbated by debt rates in both countries.

        I don't find the argument convincing that "We don't make a damn thing in this country" (presumably the US) coupled with "Japan is going down and will take us with them". If you already make nothing, then it is not possible to make less. I do agree with the overall tone – just not with the specifics.

        It ain't pretty, that's for sure, but I'm guessing it will get much much worse for various reasons. Fukushima is one of the reasons, of course, and might trump all the others.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    GO COLBERT! Colbert explains that he strongly agrees with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell: “Right after a major environmental catastrophe is not the time to try to prevent a future environmental catastrophe."—over-reactor

  • Bobby1

    "In the DC and IPC meetings earlier this week, it was agreed that the limit of 4 Bq/cm2 for commerce was going to be acceptable and posed no health risk."

    4 Bq/cm2 = 40,000 Bq/m2 … that's about the level of some of the worst hit areas of Finland after Chernobyl. And it's still contaminated there.

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Check your math. From what I have been able to google, there are 1,000,000 cubic centimeters in a cubic meter.

      100x100x100=1,000,000 or 4,000,000Bq

      • harengus_acidophilus

        Don't mix cm² with cm³. That's like 'black math magic' and doesn't make any sense.


  • lam335 lam335

    Does anyone know what DC and IPC stand for. Who was it that '"agreed" to allow 4 Bq/cm2 to enter "commerce"?

    And WHY wasn't this reported on by ANYBODY in the media?

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Googling IPC, came up with — "the industry association for printed circuit board and electronics manufacturing service companies, their customers and suppliers…" If that's any help! It isn't for me.

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    New evcuations will be delayed as long as possible. My guess is that the Japanese Government has determined that no further evacuations will be forthcoming from the Fuku 'incident'. Evacuation eliminates productivity and commerce, while requiring enormous public outlays as people are transported, housed, fed, and relocated. Think of the staggering cost of the permanent evacuation of metropolitan Tokyo! When you add up all the continuous damage to human bodies in the Tokyo area from internal and external sources of radiation, there are probably just not going to be many 20 year survivors, anyway. So why pay to evacuate them? This is so very sad for Japan. You are quite correct, aigeezer, Japan was already in decline. Fuku will simply hasten the fall.

  • lam335 lam335

    from this document:

    "… widely scattered accident fallout that has placed low level contaminated material in the hands of many unregulated people and on material that will be entering commerce throughout the world."

    "As with the NRC licensing questions, any EPA regulation of potentially contaminated material returning from Japan would have to take into account that low levels of radioactive contamination may be present on and in any materials coming to the U.S. from Japan, including people, commercial aircraft, machinery, parts and other goods in commerce. Other than food imports, we are not aware of restrictions that have been imposed on other materials from Japan."

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The so-called "acceptable limits" are an attempt to justify the radiation that spreads from nuclear accidents.

  • Myme

    Another great news find, kudos to ENENEWS.

    Stunned, but not really a surprise is it? We’ve been discussing this for many months, and the recent info from Arnie Gundersen and others also confirmed the high contamination in Tokyo and Northern Japan.

    I’m sorry Japan is polluting and killing the world again, as a former JP national I apologize — not that I have much to do with their national policies, having left there decades ago 🙁

    Avoiding and boycotting Japanese imports has now become an important health priority for everyone around the world; it is no longer just an expression of outrage or protest against the debris burning, etc.

    This can be actually a good thing for American manufacturers and the “Buy American” movement — so long as consumers stay smart and demand not just US-made, but they also scrutinize where the internal parts come from. This also means, we need to work harder here on our congressmen and policy makers to make sure we preserve the integrity of U.S. food and farmland as much as possible. I do hope smart reporters catch on this aspect of “Buy American” necessity – which is ironically created by the Japanese themselves with their continuing denial of Fukushima reality. lol

    Speaking of avoiding Japanese contaminated goods, particularly foods, I want to warn you that some Korean companies are buying fish and produce from Fukushima area at bottom prices and re-packaging them as “Korean made” and exporting them back to Japan and other countries, making good profits. Occasionally such bad guys are caught, but not everyone. If Koreans are doing this, I would not be surprise to see Chinese and other Asian countries are also doing the same.

    Also, shortly after the Fukushima disaster, the JP Foreign Minister went around the world to buy international favor. This led to countries like Thailand to raise the maximum allowable radiation level for foods imported from Japan. When I found out this recently, I was jolted because afte

  • Myme

    (cont. Thailand food)… When I found out this recently, I was jolted because after the Fukushima, I had switched to buying Thai made rice crackers instead of the Japanese ones. No more rice crackers for my tummy.

    • Bobby1

      Much of my diet now comes from the Thailand/Vietnam area. I haven't had any problems until recently, with Thai mushrooms.

      Also had thyroid swell from Taiwanese soy sauce.


      @Myme: awesome post! With what we're discovering in the way of radioactive-contaminated metals making their way in our homes and workplaces, I wouldn't be too quick to isolate Japanese made goods. We're screwed no matter which way we turn! And for precisely the reasons you've touched-upon, I made the choice (long ago) to not buy foodstuffs from the entire pacific region; not just Japan. If you recall the nightmares with the Chinese made foodstuffs (for pets and children), you'd be well-advised to not buy anything from there, as well.

      Again, it was an awesome post. Thank you!!!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

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  • SweetDakini SweetDakini

    Last week in a California supermarket, they were stocking huge Asian Pears in the produce section. They were the size of grapefruit. The department employee was remarking about how large they were and I asked if they were from Japan. He said they were from Korea. I left them there. They reminded me of the photos we have shared of other irradiated produce and I wondered at the time if they were (like the fish) sent to Korea from elsewhere, then shipped. They are probably within the new acceptable limits which I find indigestible.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I am very surprised by some of these comments here today.

    I really do not think some of you really understand what has happened in the past and or what is happening today regarding Nuclear Technology Radiation Contamination.

    Every single person posting on this site today will have a Cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes before they pass on and the actual Cancer diagnosed and treatments may be what actually kills you.

    If death is not from an accident or Cancer then it probably will be Heart Disease which by the way is also a result from this constant Manmade Radiation Contamination Exposure occurring all over the planet.

    To think there can be any positives for US business or manufacturing here in the US in the future is silly, as the entire world is now in a death spiral and it all started in 1945 with the Trinity Bomb test and promoted by the "Atoms for Peace Program".

    We have all been lied to from the very beginning and since the day we were born and it continues on today and its all around you.

    The current operating Nuclear Power Plants will continue to leak radiation and more will blow up and they will only add to the Earth's Radiation Contamination burden.

    Unless all these Nuclear Power Plants are shut down soon we can all kiss our futures and our kids futures goodbye.

    Sick people do not make good workers or affective business men and women who are job creators.

    Before 1900 Cancer was very rare and just look around today at your family and friends that now battle the more than 200 various forms of Cancer.

    Disease projections are mirroring the Genetic Damage already done by this Nuclear Industry Radiation Contamination which Bioaccumulates in all living things.

    The Genetic Damage can not be fixed at the cellular level as the toxic load continues to increase.

    We are killing the entire planet and ourselves in the process.

    Does this make you want to hard and or start a business and gladly pay more taxes to those running…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    oops… Does this make you want to work hard and or start a new business and gladly pay more in taxes to those people now running your government whom are really promoting your deaths via Nuclear Power and its varied applications?

    Think about it! Just what are you working for if not for creating better futures for your kids.

    How is the world's future looking these days?

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Obewon…May the force be with us to stop this insanity. I quit working at jobs for salaries where I had to pay taxes in the early 1980s, so don't blame me. That's why I am impoverished in my old age. I chose it quite consciously, so it is OK!

      • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

        Good point! I shudder to think that our taxes go towards more nuclear proliferation and bombs being dropped on innocents.

        BTW I recently completed a work required physical and sad to say that my vitamin D level was so low it was approaching rickets, probably attributed to very little time spent in the sun, an extremely rainy 2011 and 2012 so fat, and my abstaining from a lot of dairy products. Now I'm trying to spend as much time as possible in direct sunlight, which is very difficult to do.

        Forget the money, dharma, because it's not important. Our future and the future of this planet is what matters.

  • StillJill StillJill

    obewanspeaks,…speaks wisdom:

    So is this–"Mark 13:19 For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.
    Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no ° flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days."

  • SweetDakini SweetDakini

    @obewan sadly even an oracle speaking the truths will have those that do not want to know turn deaf ears and closed minds to what is present to them. Frustration arises so often when lights are shown upon what is happening and people do not want to know. I agree with much you have written there.
    We are living in times when The Useful Big Lies are often told by people/agencies with the power to do so.

  • vital1 vital1

    What this means is that everyone will need a Geiger counter to test everything coming into their home. This practice could at least limit you and your families exposure. A Geiger counter that can detect alpha, beta and gamma radiation would be the best option in my opinion.

    Here is a guide on increasing the sensitivity of your Geiger counter. These techniques will work equally well for food and goods.

    Note: To do proper food testing you need to use a Scintillator spectrometer and have the skills to use it properly. A Geiger counter is better than nothing.

    If any of you have any suggestions to add to this guide please post them in this enenews forum.

  • vital1 vital1

    After Fukushima the EU, USA, and many other countries dramatically increased the maximum safe allowance for radioactivity in food!

    So if you do food testing look at the old pre Fukushima food safety levels for a possible guide as to what is safe.

  • Wulfrano Ruiz Sainz

    I told those stupid Japs not to use nuclear energy.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Yes, exactly, obewan… I pretty regularly post doleful musings and ruminations about how doomed we are – or how doomed I feel, anyway. (I think I have some kind of major problems in my lungs to be honest. I have had a pretty ugly sounding cough ever since a few days after the big Fuku. disaster – that's for over a year, now.)

    Arnie took those sample in Tokyo and they all would be considered as from a 'radiological area' by current US standards… so, what about Hawaii, where I live? At times – lots of times in the past year I am sure – we here have gotten doused with radionuclides at levels comparable to those that Tokyo has gotten. And ditto for the PNW, Vancouver BC and Wash. State, etc. (where my son lives)… and what about So. Cal. (where my other son lives).

    Soooo – these are the US standards… but IS the USG APPLYING those standards – its own standards – in HI and WA and CA, etc.?

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Putting an end to 'baseless rumors" by spreading debris burning & burying all over Japan –

    Rense on his radio show mentioned this a couple of times last week. More manipulation of info. People in Japan are increasingly worried about their exposure and trying to find out which areas of Japan are safer. (These pesky troublesome citizens – right?)

    Well, the Ministry of Disinformation comes to the rescue here with this ingenious solution – burn/bury the radioactive/ contaminated materials ALL OVER THE COUNTRY! Then there will be no point in trying to protect self and family by moving to a less polluted area… because there WILL BE NO less polluted areas.

    "Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono, aka radioactive tsunami/earthquake debris pusher, divulged his plan to eradicate "baseless rumors" aka radiation contamination. It's not appealing to WTO as his boss did, but as many have speculated already, his plan is to spread the debris and burning and burying all over Japan so that no one particular location is "rumored" to have radiation contamination."

    • It actually amounts to nuclear war – on their own people, and the rest of the world.

      We're in a nuclear war.

      As with the last one, we have no choice but to fight it.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    I heard this strange piece on NPR (I think) yesterday that reported that 80% of Japanese people are against a nuclear future.

    This reuters report that says 69% still approve of a restart of NPPs. Sigh.
    Apologies if a repost.

  • Stephen Harper looks to boost trade with Japan

    Compare with the EU approach:

    EU boosts food import controls after Japanese nuclear disaster
    The European Union is to step up controls on food imports from Japan in the wake of the nuclear accident at Fukushima – but stressed there was no evidence that consumers in the region were at risk from radiation-contaminated food.

    • vital1 vital1


      The article "EU boosts food import controls after Japanese nuclear disaster" is a clever deception because they then proceed to quietly raise the EU maximum safety levels by 20x for caesium-134 and caesium-137. Governments worldwide have use this same tactic.

      "The EU ruling insists that all products from these prefectures are tested before leaving Japan and said they will be subject to random testing in the bloc. Japanese authorities will have to provide a declaration confirming products do not contain radioactive elements – called radionuclides – that exceed EU maximum levels. The Commission highlighted radionuclides iodine-131, caesium-134 and caesium-137."

      EU raises the maximum safety level for caesium-134 and caesium-137 by 20x

      They then tell the public everything is testing below safety levels, nothing to worry about!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Sorry to hear about the cough and its like that everywhere for downwinders or people living near one of these Nuclear operations. Strange ailments coming out of the blue as we hear natural pollen is responsible for all the increased asthma rates and breathing problems which are skyrocketing.

    I feel for the 60% of people world wide who are perfectly healthy and that still come down with a form of cancer and or other disease. Doctors just do not get it and they can not find what caused the ailment because the cause is invisible and its radiation contamination and this stuff is now everywhere around us.

    I wear a low plastic type sketcher shoe on my ranch because it is water proof and the small tread picks up less of the dirt and leaves etc. to drag into the house. Last fall blowing leaves and walking through these leaves from my hundreds of oak trees I noticed a darkening of my skin by my ankles. I thought this is odd as I took my shoes and socks off and saw a clean line of no darkening below where the shoe blocked apparent exposures.

    It appears that my lower ankles where exposed to the radiation contamination from the top of the shoe up to about 4 inches above as this contamination was kicked up into my socks and as I strolled along doing my daily ranch tasks.

    So there you go who knows what will happen now but something was playing havoc with my skin at these lower ankle levels close to the ground. I can only assume this was from radiation in the leaves and soil bombarding my skin.

    We have once healthy people coming down with cancer and disease in record numbers in the Sierra Foothills and people young and old are now dropping dead like flies after bouts with short illnesses.

    This will get much worse soon unless we shut down all these Nuke Plant waste dumps that are polluting the entire planet and making the medical community and health insurance companies filthy rich.

    We must do better for all our children's futures. The Goal~Free Clean…

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The Goal~Free Clean Energy~ For Everyone!

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Thanks, Obewan for the sympathy re my cough. Fuku. pretty much 'broke my heart' & my will to live. Sounds melodramatic & not fishing for sympathy, just stating the facts. I'd been studying the evil ways of the elites for about 40 years (not full-time of course, but have done a whole lot of reading & thinking about it) … and Fuku. – when it happened, I knew what it was & it 'destroyed' me. (Have long known of their de-pop agenda.)

    For over 20 years I had no cough, cold, or flu (after being on the Gerson Therapy which is an amazing holistic therapy – before that I was getting lots of cold & flus); then pretty much right after Fuku. I got a sore throat – had not had one for over 2 decades – & then developed this cough which sounds bad & has never gone away. It's triggered by a 'tickle' in my throat, but sounds deeper. I wonder if that 'tickle' is related to radionuclides sitting there & bombarding the tissues…

    Your ankle rashes, etc. probably are related to radionuclides in the soil etc. Others have mentioned rashes from being outdoors. (Taking off shoes when entering house is best, I have read.)

    Are any others experiencing BACK PROBLEMS that might be related to radiation? I also have a pretty severe upper (thoracic area) back pain problem that several chiropractors have not been able to 'fix.' (Is it strontium that gets into the bones?)

    Check out this most interesting article.

    I do believe Fuku. is a 'soft kill op. –


    "Fukushima Radiation: A Soft-Kill Operation

    Ethan Jacobs, J.D.
    Activist Post
    April 25, 2011

    Shortly after the March 11th earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, I wrote an article questioning whether these events were part of the globalists’ Agenda 21 plan to significantly reduce the world’s population." (contd. at link on