Highly radioactive sewage found 30+ miles from Fukushima plant — Cesium levels up to 334,000 becquerels per kilogram

Published: May 2nd, 2011 at 12:27 pm ET
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Air decontamination to begin at stricken nuclear plant, Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 2, 2011:

[L]ocal officials in Koriyama City, 50 kilometres west of the plant, said they found sewage sludge containing 26,400 becquerels of radioactive caesium per kilogram, Jiji Press reported citing local government officials.

Slag at the plant, made from reduced sewage, had 334,000 becquerels per kilogram, Jiji said.

The caesium could have been released by explosions and fires at the nuclear plant after the quake and tsunami, and been washed into the sewage system by rain, the officials were quoted as saying. […]

Published: May 2nd, 2011 at 12:27 pm ET
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68 comments to Highly radioactive sewage found 30+ miles from Fukushima plant — Cesium levels up to 334,000 becquerels per kilogram

  • Harry PHD

    Luckily, there is some good news today as well from NHK:

    “Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the plant, said on Monday that workers are preparing to install devices that will reduce the amount of radioactive materials inside the No.1 reactor building.

    The equipment is designed to filter out 95 percent of the radioactive substances in the air coming through the ducts, when operated for 24 hours.”

    • terraohio

      They need a giant vaccuum with HEPA filters to suck up the radiation spewing outside as well.

  • surreal vista

    @Harry, AWESOME!!! news on air filter equipment for #1, which is spewing so much. I KNEW the Japanese could come up with something and there are yet many more options to utilize!!
    My highest tribute to those workers in Japan. They truly epitomize great patriotism and an unyielding work ethic!! No surrender.

    • tony wilson

      surreal vista…
      I KNEW the Japanese could come up with something and there are yet many more options to utilize!!

      are you for real…
      i suppose the dollar is going to bounce back..
      silver and gold are going to crash..
      the us economy will soon be A ok.
      barry obama never lies and bin laden really was killed yesterday…

      your like one of those meat heads that kept adjusting the deckchairs on the titantic even when it was at a 45 degree angle.
      the sooner the japanese people start developing a spine and stop taking this tepco and government crap the better.

      • surreal vista

        Tony thinks that life & the world were just pristine perfect before this happened and that we don’t ever have to face adversity, or ever take a risk or chance in our daily life everyday. (ha-you’re lucky to be here) He also seems to think we’re immortal with a half-life longer than radioactive indium!…. No, that’s not the case.
        Sorry, but sometimes we DO have to make the best of things and there’s nothing wrong with that!! Millions of people have done that successfully for centuries…I could go on.
        Look up, Tony, it’s not that bad.

        • Deetu 3

          “Look up, Tony, it’s not that bad.”

          what-you mean the triple meltdown on the pacific ocean,the 154TBq emission rates(lowball) the vaporized SPF,the intermittant criticality at R2, the flooding of the entire site with highly rad water,the proximity of Dai-ni, or just the general picture of staggering debt,rampant corrution,illegal nazi-esque wars of conquest…etc,etc,ETC..?
          Or were you referring to something else that’s “not that bad?”

          • surreal vista

            I think what’s really bad is that you gave up long before you started. 🙁
            There’s a lot to be depressed about, but there are treatments for depression these days. There’s always hope, and there’s always problems. You can look down or you can look up. You have a choice.

          • surreal vista

            In fact, sorry, but I really think it’s rather disgusting to try to enforce such a defeatist and loser attitude on others. Maybe I just don’t assume that life will be easy…I never got to be a spoiled brat on a cakewalk–maybe it will help out in the present circumstances. 😉

          • Deetu 3

            I would have a hard time with language on here if I was say,french,russian,or…israeli,so I’ll ignore the impoverished nature of your response.What you guys fail to understand is that you LOST before you even started on here…Imagining your silly childish antics in the face of such events would make a single bit of difference..I feel sorry for you,I really do.Consider yourself vaporised from my reality,but remember- just cause I’ll never speak to you does NOT mean I don’t love your goofy little existence.Have a nice life.

          • surreal vista

            It must be weird having such a spoiled, entitled existence where nothing could or has ever gone wrong. Welcome to the real world for the rest of us! 🙂

            (And, excuse me, but I do have a genius IQ and hold a doctorate in my native, fluent English, so please spare me the pseudo-intellectual critique.)

            I mean well to say that you and Tony honestly seem spiritually and emotionally impoverished… But, all is not lost–if you could realize that! Do you know how many people throughout time were told they had absolutely NO chance and came back from it?? You think you’re the first one with such a hiccup??…

            And better yet, many of these people actively tried to bring about a better, more hopeful present and future!! Please try it!! Give it a shot!!

          • kx

            lets hope the filters exist and work before making the party.

    • Bluetek 25

      “No surrender”? Ae you referring to the Japanese surrender to the British and the Americans which essentially ended WWII in the Pacific? No surrender this time?

      • surreal vista

        I don’t want everyone to give up either by neglect, lack of commitment, nihilistic apathy or cynicism, or by having the false impression that nothing can be done anyway. That’s NOT true!!!!

        The world has met major challenges before. Even the Japanese psychic who had an accurate dream premonition prior to this disaster said that he saw that while the worst is not over for Japan and they will be set back for decades, they WILL recover! I’m optimistic.

        No surrender for humanity and no surrender for the environment!!

  • Comments

    I wonder if this was the U.S.’s idea.

    Believe it or not, it was only recently announced that the U.S. would “provide its expert knowledge” to help Japan with this crisis.

    Read this article dated April 29th (yes, 49 days AFTER the crisis began)

    http://www.morningstar.co.uk/uk/markets/newsfeeditem.aspx?id=138501958243554

    (The U.S. has helped already with physical items like fresh water, robots, concrete pump, radiation suits, dosimeters, etc.)

    • Oops

      The US had offered, back in mid-March, it’s the Japanese Gov’t that did not take them up on it.

  • Oops

    Um, this procedure is NOT to reduce how much Unit #1 is spewing out. It’s to filter the stuff in the building that has spewed out so that the workers can get in there and get something done.

    I suppose that this will help, to some degree, emissions as a whole, but it’s not going to dramatically reduce any radiation in the water, etc.

    • surreal vista

      if they are reducing emissions by 95%(!) directly at the source, that is reducing how much is spewing out in total. There’s not likely a quick, fail-safe solution, but whatever we can cobble together ASAP is HUGE!! Every reduction is an improvement.

      p.s. US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords only had a 5-10% chance of survival after a mortal wound at close range. Now she is already walking and talking. She’s blowing the statistics away–yea! It CAN happen. Faith, positive thinking, & hard work do help immensely!!

      • Deetu 3

        If you read “Harry’s” post you will see that the equipment is for the air ducts,and designed to reduce contaminants INSIDE the building.

        • surreal vista

          I can read, yes. Can you read what I wrote? If they can accomplish this, it’s a great sign for progress to the next level and should reduce the total output from that primary source. It’s a good thing–yes! 😛

          • glenn

            Where does the report say they are “reducing emissions by 95%(!) at the source?” The report says no such thing. For someone who claims to have a genius IQ and a doctorate in English your basic comprehension skills are lamentable. The report is saying that it is “hoped” the filters can reduce the previously emitted radioactive contaminants inside the turbine building enough to allow brief visits by humans. Nothing whatever to do with the source of emissions. You are twisting the report to misrepresent its meaning, indicating either that you are delusional, or, more likely, a nuclear shill. And please(!), spare us your pseudo-intellectual psychological analysis. Sure we could all take handfuls of drugs that would make us incapable of worrying about the future of the planet, but then who would be left to fight for future generations?
            I’m not depressed…I’m angry!…I’m angry that these plants were built when it was inevitable that something like this would eventually happen. They were repeatedly warned over the last few decades, but they preferred to listen to their own ‘experts’ who have now proven to be abysmally wrong, to the detriment of tens or hundreds of thousands of people. If people want ‘positive’ BS spin, there’s plenty of it on the MSM. This site is for the other side of the coin, exposing what you can’t read there.

          • xdrfox

            @ surreal vista
            This still will not allow men to go into the area, the levels will be still too high and deadly rays will still be present that no air purification will relieve !
            This is just another ploy to make people think progress is being made an give false hope.
            Contaminating deadly nuclear radiation is still the rule !

          • surreal vista

            Actually, Glenn, I wrote “IF” they can…and I am aware that these reports are very limited, much like in the States. I’m all behind the stated concept though.

            I’m not down there in Japan and I’m not an all-seeing nuclear expert–nor are you. Even most nuclear experts don’t know exactly what is happening, or what will be the final outcome!…

            But, I damn well am going to encourage any efforts like this, which focus on the containment area, where a meltdown would occur (a primary source of radiation at Fukushima). I think powerful air filters are a good idea & necessary for workers!!

            (my doctorate is not in English, but that is my first language-I resent yahoos who make snide comments & totally misinterpret simple things that I type. This crisis is not about us though–it’s far bigger, so whatever!)

        • Deetu 3

          “where a meltdown would occur”
          nuclear expert?you’re not even a qualified observer. No less than three meltdowns have been CONFIRMED,some time ago now.

          • surreal vista

            You still have trouble reading, Deetu. I’m pointing out WHERE the meltdown would occur at 1-6, I’m NOT saying there hasn’t been a partial or full meltdown…good grief!! All the more reason to take action, instead of your endless griping. Maybe you should work for the FCC as a censor or the TSA?–perfect fit!!

          • surreal vista

            oh, and I did see your nasty tone and attempt to censor other threads. Other times you give me kudos? FYI, I take a different moniker whenever I post here. We all need to focus on the topics foremost.

      • Harry PHD

        Well said, surreal vista! We need to focus on the positives more on this site. Seems like any bit of negative news is shared here but we don’t hear all the positive developments. And there are plenty.

      • tony wilson

        listen meat head…
        offer your skill set to japan…
        go to the fukishima worker chill out area and be the happy clappy positive mental action guru.

        just what they will need after a hard days filling cracks with diapers and paper..spending to weeks how to use an american crap robot using a xbox controller.
        explain to them how a positive can do attitude can deflect gamma rays…
        those asians they just have to believe in themselves.
        i bet your bookshelves are full of self help books.
        i have a book for you..
        the cia kill yourself nice and slowww handbook.
        cos that strontium 90 is gonna be eating into your weak bones..next year.

  • Tricky Dick

    Well, hot $hit.

  • Oh man, what are we doing to our poor planet? There are solutions to this, people need to start implementing them. Click my name, see the “Radioactive” page.

  • Heart of the Rose

    I don’t believe they can get anywhere near the reactors ..let alone install air conditioning.

  • We know Plutonium, Uranium, Strontium-90, Cesium-137, Xenon-133, Iodine-131, Americium and various other things are getting to us here on the West Coast. These are reaching us a Becquerels, micro and milli Sieverts, picoCuries, Rads and other denominations.
    Plutonium can kill you with a single particle and Uranium acts as a radiation magnifier. Milk and rainwater are unsafe in Hawaii and some radiation is coming down as ash in places like Texas that have extensive wild-fire activity.

    So, I’m re-asking the question: How safe is it really here on the West Coast (near Vancouver, B.C., Canada)?

  • watch out for known trolls like Harry PHD

    • Deetu 3

      the notorious Harry…LOL. here with a few chums to generate consensus.Will be happening more.

      • surreal vista

        Deetu, Please stop trying to wallow in your self-fulfilling depression. Why don’t YOU do something to actively help for a change?! It will make you feel better–guaranteed. 🙂

        • misitu

          Let’s look at it this way:
          1. LOTS of people in Japan are going to suffer radiation-induced illnesses;
          2. LESS people in North America are going to suffer ditto; and
          3. Quite a few people in Europe and China will get it.
          FACT: Radiation Sickness is a LOTTERY. (sorry for the shouting).
          Maybe our optimistic friend is right, cheer up and you might win out.

          FFS.

          This kind of ignores the other Human Beings With Families who didn’t.

          THIS IS NO TIME FOR LEVITY.
          (sorry for the shouting)

        • anne, Doctor of Philosophy

          Usually attacking a person is indicative of an acknowledgment that someone doesn’t know what the solution is. Attacking the problem is much more productive.

          Most people go through denial as one of the stages of grief. After acceptance of the disaster, then one can then try to tackle the problem.

          In this case I think we should do all we can to get rid of all use of nuclear fission either for energy or for weapons. Depleted uranium is a weapon of mass destruction. Getting other countries to construct untested and non-approved nuclear technology as in India today or to construct nuclear power and reprocessing plants on or storage facilities as in Japan and the U.S. in the past and present or Chile in the future or actions that I equate with the atrocities under Hitler before and during WW II.

          I was taught in school that one must morally oppose atrocities. Even if we cannot change the past, we should do everything we possibly can to change the present and the future.

          • anne, Doctor of Philosophy

            Sorry for the mistakes in spelling and sentences that are not quite correct.

          • anne, Doctor of Philosophy

            I meant to say:

            Getting other countries to construct untested and non-approved nuclear technology as in India today or to construct nuclear power and reprocessing plants or storage facilities on earthquake faults as in Japan and the U.S. in the past and present or Chile in the future or using nuclear fission for anything at all are actions that I equate with the atrocities under Hitler before and during WW II.

          • anne, Doctor of Philosophy

            Well I managed to misspell fission.

  • Moco

    LOL, now that is some toxic shit.
    I thought the gulf was bad,but this takes the cake.

    Let’s eat cake.

  • Poor Daddy

    Sooo, is this radioactive sewage from direct plant leakage, or from recently radiated intake and expulsion of Japanese food supply? In other words, is this radioactive shit (as in turds) showing up?

  • Bluetek 25

    Here in Pennsylvania it was reported yesterday that the entire bat population of northeastern Pa. has been wiped out. The Division of Natural Resources said that tens of thousands of bats here called a large abandoned ore mine home. A few weeks ago biologists discovered that all but approx. 200 bats were dead. They had their pups this spring, but they are all gone, dying very recently en mass. They anticipate that it will be generations and generations before the bats are back if at all. They only produce one pup a year. Bats are sensitive and delicate little things. Much like the birds and fish dying around the globe, this is so, so sad.

    • kx

      gulf stuff I hope… if is fukushima us already, its not a good sign

      • Bluetek 25

        So heartbreaking about the whales. Total “colony collapse” of the Western Honeybee and several species of amphibains too, I’ve read. Don’t know if all these species and deaths can be linked together but add to it the fish and bird deaths – a picture emerges…..
        Re: the bats:
        “The most common findings in the bats have been emaciation and poor body condition. Some have exhibited changes in the lung that is difficult to characterize. The white substance observed on some bats may represent an overgrowth of normal fungal colonizers on bat skin during hibernation and could be an indicator of overall poor health rather than a primary pathogen. Scientists from a variety of agencies are investigating underlying environment factors, potential secondary pathogens and toxicants as possible causes”.
        Dying Bats in NorthEast U.S. Remain a Mystery, Science Daily, May 11, 2008. http://wwwsciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080508170916.htm.

        • xdrfox

          Yes, I have been following the Bats there since it first came through my auto searches, the first batch was an indicator of something but so many now !
          There have been problems out west also this year !
          Published January 27, 2011 12:27 PM
          Federal Failure to Close Caves Leaves Millions of Western Bats Vulnerable to Deadly Disease
          RICHMOND, Vt.— The Center for Biological Diversity released a report Wednesday finding that federal land managers in the western states are not taking sufficient action to ensure that deadly white-nose syndrome does not spread westward from eastern states, where it has already killed more than 1 million bats.
          http://www.enn.com/press_releases/3624

        • xdrfox

          Bats make up one of the most diverse orders of mammals. Nearly 1000 species account for almost a quarter of the world’s mammal fauna—about 1 out of every 4 mammals on our planet is a bat!
          http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/nhsd_bats.html
          Get to know !

    • dan

      White-Nose Kills Hundreds Of Bats Near Abandoned Mines In Pennsylvania

      ScienceDaily (Feb. 15, 2009) — Several hundred little brown bats are dead from White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in Lackawanna County, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking to residents for help uncovering other sites where this deadly disorder may have surfaced.

      http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090203172713.htm

      • anne, Doctor of Philosophy

        If you watch a video of a lecture of Leuren Moret, whistleblower of Livermore nuclear weapons lab, there is a great deal of radiation leakage from our nuclear power plants and nuclear weapons plants, and many diseases are clustered around these facilities.

    • xdrfox

      Mass honeybee deaths now occurring worldwide : UN
      To Mass Animal Death on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
      http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/502/540/Mass_honeybee_deaths_now_occurring_worldwide_:_UN.html

    • xdrfox

      400 Dead Pilot Whales Discovered, East Falklands *PIC*
      To Mass Animal Death on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
      http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/503/965/400_Dead_Pilot_Whales_Discovered,_East_Falklands_PIC.html

  • sassyiam

    Thanks for posting everyone – I heard of the concern a few years ago but didn’t realize just how many nor that it had spread so much.

    Here’s the Bucks County link from yesterday too:

    http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/courier_times_news/disease-wipes-out-bat-colony/article_00a2d8eb-0021-5137-8c6e-c017e2e7145e.html

    I just saw one here a few days ago, will definitely keep watch when it gets warmer – we have a HUGE population around our area. So far no bodies around though.

    • sassyiam

      I really did click reply to bluetek..honest!lol

      • Bluetek 25

        Thank you everyone for posting – Sassy: Here too, have only seen one lone bat this year, when normally there are dozens. Am wondering if immunosuppression leads to fungus in the bats much like immunosuppression leads to cancer in humans.

  • Heart of the Rose

    Such murky waters.
    Somewhere it might actually say how many pounds of food the goverment will considered to be hording.
    http://gunowners.org/patriotii.htm
    There is Patriot Act I and II.
    Something very sly is going on with the control of food.
    http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2009/06/13/seeds-how-to-criminalize-them/
    Other suppressions are found in the Executives Orders.
    http://standeyo.com/News_Files/Exec.Orders/EOs.html
    The people have no idea the liberties that were given away by signing the Patriot Act into law.

  • Heart of the Rose

    Spelling correction: Executive Orders

  • Heart of the Rose

    Folks ever here of this agency?
    http://www.state.gov/g/drl/lbr/vp/
    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/voluntary-principles-on-security-and-human-rights-focus-on-promotion-of-human-rights-and-increasing-total-number-of-participants-118453464.html
    Now what it looks… like is the corpo/gov is in line with the morphs of the Jesuits…just sayin..
    Voluntary doesn’t sound to voluntary..lol

  • xdrfox

    This is bad, people are passing what they eat through solids and liquids into the sewage and it is turning up in waste treatment plants.

    Like the drugs people take in this country end up in waste treatment plant slug.

    It is turning up in breast milk so it is also going down the toilets !

    26,400 becquerels of radioactive caesium per kilogram, Jiji Press reported citing local government officials.

    Slag at the plant, made from reduced sewage, had 334,000 becquerels per kilogram,

  • Bluetek 25

    Thank you for the posts everyone – wondering if immunosupression in bats leads to opportunistic fungal disease much like immunosuppression in humans leads to the development of tumors.