Japan Times: ‘Fears marine life is being poisoned’ by nuclear material flowing from Fukushima — Experts warn of ‘festering radioactive sore’ contaminating food chain — Tepco flip-flop ‘shocking’

Published: July 22nd, 2013 at 10:10 pm ET
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Title: Tepco now admits radioactive water entering the sea at Fukushima No.1
Source: AFP-JIJI
Date: July 22, 2013

Fisheries exec shocked by utility’s flip-flop on groundwater’s flow

Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tepco on Monday admitted for the first time that radioactive groundwater is flowing into the sea, fueling fears that marine life is being poisoned. […]

Tetsu Nozaki, chairman of Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, voiced deep concern.

“It was quite shocking,” he told NHK. “(Tepco’s) explanation is totally different from the one in the past.”

Environmental experts warn that the festering radioactive sore could contaminate the food chain by tainting marine life and ultimately, the humans who eat it. […]

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Published: July 22nd, 2013 at 10:10 pm ET
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70 comments to Japan Times: ‘Fears marine life is being poisoned’ by nuclear material flowing from Fukushima — Experts warn of ‘festering radioactive sore’ contaminating food chain — Tepco flip-flop ‘shocking’

  • markww markww

    Fukushima update – North American food supply poisoned along Pacific Coast

    http://vineoflifenews.com/fukushima-update-north-american-food-supply-poisoned-along-pacific-coast/

  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Old news. Where is the test results for the Alaska sea lions and walrus, where is the test result for California sea lions of which 70% of pups died, coincident with fukushima radiation? Where are the scientists, the Universities, the EPA? What happens if you tell your friends whats happening? They will be callin you a radical, making a joke before moving on. With 90% of the people in that weird denial, or enabling psychos by lying, you become a paranoid radical, just like they said. Theres no stampede of 7 billion to the light of truth and never will be. Theres PLENTY to stampede about right now even without Fukushima.

    • We Not They Finally

      YES, but keep educating. People calling you names doesn't change the reality. There are actually people here and there who understand and respond. And yes, we are also upset that NO testing, apparently, done on the sea lion pups. But look at who they put to head the EPA? Gina McCarthy, the one in charge of turning the radiation monitors OFF following 3-11.

      It's all infuriating, but stay on the high road!

    • Teddi Teddi

      So where is the left on this ?

      Please show me where the hundreds of billions in eco-freak leftist bias is on the subject ? Where is the WWF ? Where is the UN ? where is Greenpeace with a ship just off the Fuku coast raising hell ?

      One of the worst (if not the worst) eco nuclear tragedies and where is the F-ing left ? In Washington (DC) bitching about a non-existent and failed AGW theory ?

      I'm so sick sick of eco left's hypocritical BS !!!

      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        you are correct Teddi. The Left has been amazingly silent on many issues of importance. But not unlike the Right – which was co-opted by the zio-agenda – the Left was also brought to heel by the internationalists.

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          First..what is the Left?
          The Democrats?
          The party of supposed liberal ideas?
          Well..it's not them.
          The majority of the left has fallen in step..as power and corruption has taken in almost all.
          The large 'left' organizations.. amny are just another name card at a Democratic fund raiser.
          Most are not being brought to heel..
          They chose…and choose..as many are not ignorant of the cause..they prefer a more 'trendy' tone.

          Or do you refer to the 'Kingmaker' party..the third party?

          If so…. we are right here?

          • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

            I wish we had spellcheck?
            (And her dying wish was spellcheck..lol)
            I didn't mean to place a question mark at the end of that last question ..
            In fact quite the opposite.

            • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

              In fact the whole US governmental system is nothing more than a name on a plate at a fund raiser…or plain envelopes under the door.

              • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                Obama is like the mob guy minder in the neighborhood.
                He offers his friends power and protection.
                Money coming in so fast..the best of them are called 'bundlers'.

                "Today, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign released the names of 244 bundlers, which the campaign dubbed "volunteer fund-raisers," who collected at least $50,000 each on behalf of the president's re-election."
                July 15 2011

                http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2011/07/elite-fundraisers-help-candidates.html

                • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                  Here is where the Left is found..
                  Toadies…

                  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                    But…hey..what kind of country would let their aged Emperor and Empress visit a contaminated area?
                    July 23 2013

                    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/emperor-empress-visit-fukushima

                  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                    ‘festering radioactive sore’
                    Ya…decubitus on the spine..

                    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                      love your thoughts Heart. The Left is simply defined as that political philosophy which believes progress is found through collective (government) planning. The Right is defined as that political philosophy which believes progress is found through individual (self determinism) effort. Both perspectives are unrealizable in any large society.

                      Society needs to have safety nets but should reserve such resources to those who qualify (through past social contribution). The idea of helping people because they're in need of help is both corrosive of the human spirit and runs anathema to the natural order. Put simply, each must qualify for resources that are contributed by work of the greater collective.

                      Most would see this as cold-hearted. Just realize, when you've removed qualification from the equation, the resources are devalued by both recipient and dispenser. Eventually, what was once a peripheral socioeconomic challenge evolves into a massive draw-down on the entire society.

                      [For an excellent expose on how communities are destroyed by 'good will', see The Pruitt-Igoe Myth – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1788461/?ref_=sr_2%5D

                      Of course, now that Goldman-Sachs is contracted to manage the EBT finances, we can be assured that every effort is being made to minimized waste and fraud…

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      Political philosophical base is what it is.
                      And nothing more.
                      True philosophical thought has escaped humanity.

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      Or we wouldn't where we are.

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      Philosophy..
                      Oh.no.not that..
                      The reason for existence..
                      The reason our behinds are planted on the planet.
                      The sanctity of life..
                      Oh.no not that.

                    • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

                      there are many great philosophers who are now coming forward through this communication's medium. Had we the means to hold-off the murderous plans of the elite for a few more years, great consensus would evolve and emerge from the ranks of the people. The age of the intellectual gatekeeper has drawn to a close. They're panicked that we can compare notes and arrive at our own conclusions. These are (unbeknownst to most) great times…

                    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

                      It's good to here you have some hope in this area..AFTERSHOCK..

                      I'm a bit aflame..time for coffee.

                    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

                      "Of course, now that Goldman-Sachs is contracted to manage the EBT finances, we can be assured that every effort is being made to minimized waste and fraud…"

                      EBT/SNAP is a JPMorgan/Chase corruption program:

                      'Food Stamps: JPMorgan & Banking Industry Profit From Misery'

                      http://www.rooseveltinstitute.org/new-roosevelt/food-stamps-jpmorgan-banking-industry-profit-misery

                      Not that Goldman-Sachs runs the world.

                      Even Ted Cruz's wife:

                      http://www.infowars.com/ted-cruzs-wife-is-a-goldman-sachs-vp/

                      There is no Left and Right, Democrat or Republican. There is only the .001%, and the rest of us schmucks.

                      It's all theatre, so they can steal everything we have.

          • AntonButler

            Dear Sir,
            Please could you stay on energy issues,
            and maybe
            convey your coffee breaks by Skype to your friends.
            When a new article comes up , try a little to relate to its content.
            You made 13 comments with no connection to the article.
            Thank you.

        • Teddi Teddi

          Fair enough – the right and in between as well. But you'd agree there are more groups on the left who make a living (i.e., constantly raise funds) supposedly being "concerned" about these types of abuses ?

          • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

            agreed Teddi. The Left has long been used as the vanguard for the globalist agenda. My referring to the Left as 'internationalist' was redundant.

            Those on the Left are for the most part, well meaning people. Without going into the details, I spent years in their ranks and found most of them to be exceptional in their desire for a better world. Unfortunately, there was a great lack of critical analysis within its ranks. The so-called 'dialectic' was missing from the discussion. You only had to close your eyes and you'd have thought you were hang'n with religious zealots.

            Of course, the majority of the so-called Right is no better, these days, in their objectivity. This is why I refuse to align my politics with either perspective. But as we all move forward in open dialog, true progress will emerge from our insights…

  • or-well

    I'm a dead squid.
    I'm going to smell.
    I'd rather be dead
    than live in the hell
    that is now the ocean.
    Forgive my emotion.
    If you don't start
    to show some devotion
    to stopping pollution
    you'll die en masse,
    not like now, in slow motion.

  • or-well

    Oh well,
    look on the bright side:

    Fukushima Prefecture Proudly Unveils
    A Treat for Japanese Boys and Girls

    MARINE ADVENTURELAND UNDERSEA PARK

    Watch the Tunapus glow in the dark!
    How many beaks has the three-eyed Squark?
    Look out for the Jellycrab's poisoned darts!
    Make a picture with ink from the Octoclam!
    Catch all the fun on our Undersea Cams!

    Seafood lunch for children on School Tour Plans

    The Fuku Fisherman's Association
    acknowledges TepGovCo cooperation
    in obtaining funding for job creation.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The risk of seafood is not knowing how radiated it is.

  • We Not They Finally

    It's over two years of lies now, and if this guy is really "shocked" for the first time, that's a problem in itself! But if he finally realizes that he has been lied to ALL ALONG, it's better. It's terrible for the fishermen because what do they do now? And who is compensating them for their loss? But that doesn't change the reality.

  • Proton

    So, when are they going to pull all the UNTESTED pacific seafood from grocery store shelves in MY town??

    • We Not They Finally

      They won't. We walked into Whole Foods, which is supposed to be "health food" and asked where do they get their raw fish and seaweed for the sushi they make? And they answered without batting an eye, "Japan." It's all consumer beware. We are not protected AT ALL. It's upsetting. So we just stay away from fish entirely and dairy mostly, but it's still buyer beware. Many foods have carageenan in them — even so-called "health foods" like soymilk. it's a thickening and moistening agent. But it's made from seaweed.

      Have to read labels, but it's almost impossible. There will be terrible health epidemics. MINERAL supplements are good though — many minerals protect against specific radionuclides, like calcium against strontium, iron against plutonium, magnesium against uranium. But there are so many dangers, it's mind-boggling.

  • markww markww

    I was thinking about the SEA contamination. I have a thought that if some sea farms of seaweed and other plants that reverse radioactivity there could be a start to cleaning the ocean problems and what about powered anti radiation pills that contain minerals that eat radiation?

    Markww

    • We Not They Finally

      The seaweed is all getting contaminated. We have some pre-Fukushima spirulina, but the stuff coming out the ocean now we wouldn't touch.

      Zeolite is supposed to be anti-radiation. And using baking soda in bath water and also in water used to clean vegetables is good. And use reverse osmosis filtered water. There are things people can do. But there are also more unseen dangers ongoing.

  • Kassandra

    Also from this article,

    "Earlier this month, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said groundwater samples taken at the battered plant showed that levels of cesium-134 had shot up more than 110 times in a few days."

    What would cause cesium-134 to skyrocket 110 times in a few days?

    • Kassandra

      also from the article:

      Tepco said earlier this year that a fish found with radiation more than 2,500 times the legal limit had been caught in a port on Fukushima No. 1′s premises.

    • Either a chain reaction, a chain reaction of a past breach, or an even larger breach. Temperatures are soaring in the area. The outside temperature may be hampering the onsite cooling efforts. The slightest change would require more cooling. More cooling equals more water, equals more leaks. Would be interesting to know if this were the cause.

    • We Not They Finally

      Kassandra, I believe that it is cesium-134 that shows NEW fissioning. Very bad sign.

  • So Tepco seeks to restart multiple reactors in the Japanese nation. Urging the citizens of japan that they can "trust" in tepcos ability to manage future incidents. Following 2 years of faulty admissions outright lies and coercion…

    We haven't even been able to establish where the corium is located in the time that has surpassed. Wouldn't it be wise of the international communities to lobby against this?

    a plague of both our houses…

    • We Not They Finally

      The POWERFUL international agencies (IAEA, WHO, UNSCEAR) are all corrupt and pro-nuclear. Major universities (like MIT and UC-Berkeley) also corrupted by grant money. It takes independent scientists and education. But that takes MONEY. The world has just come to a bad place.

      There have been surveys of the Japanese population and they overwhelmingly do NOT want re-start of reactors. But the population there has no power. And when the economic markets collapse, it won't equal things out — may make it worse. Sorry to be Debbie Downer here — we're just in a bad place.

      • My point is that Americans are doing nothing… It is our planet too afterall, hence not just Americans, but all nations are standing down. Which makes one question, just how heavily we have been impacted

        • markww markww

          Hillary Clinton and the Prime Minister are guilty of sweeping any and all information as to Radiation and Fukushima.

  • Does anyone else assume the slow leek of information, and admissions on mainstream media outlets is something of a level of manipulation and programming the people…

    Example: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU

    • Jebus Jebus

      Greets Taco,
      I just view all these recent "revelations" to the masses, as a king's move being forced by a pawn of distributed data as checkmate…

      Why else, but to mitigate pr damage beforehand…

      • Jebus Jebus

        "All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped."

    • Dogleg Dogleg

      Well,well…..look who finally showed back up! Have missed you and your insite/views. Many of the shocking revelations you had early on, and were sometimes ridiculed for, are now being revealed as facts…unfortunately. This @ Tacamogroove. Great to hear from you again!

    • The programming of the masses. This explains how people can be controlled.

      Tap peoples emotions not their logic. It's really pretty easy. It's not magic, it's literally mind control.

      IMO – One of the best documentaries I've ever seen.
      Catch it while you can.

      Ethos (2012)
      Full Movie – free
      Narrated by Woody Harrelson
      http://www.hulu.com/watch/392812

      Ethos trailer (3 min)
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwpf0xVCcL8

  • vital1 vital1

    Huge amounts Radioactive Iodine I-129 released, far more than people realize. This scientific report indicates that the amount of long lived radioactive Iodine I-129, released during the early stages of the Fukushima Nuclear disaster, was 31 times greater than the short lived radioactive Iodine I-131. This study does not take into account any radioactive Iodine releases since then.

    http://www.terrapub.co.jp/journals/GJ/pdf/4604/46040327.pdf

    ————————————————

    Reported on the 14th June 2013:

    "1.19 million becquerels/kg of radioactive iodine detected on leafy vegetables near Fukushima Medical University in March 2011. Being aware of this high radioactive iodine detection, Fukushima Medical University distributed potassium iodide pills to the doctors and nurses. The report points out that potassium iodine pills were not distributed to local men, women, and children. This university is located just south of Fukushima City."

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/fukushima-medical-university.html

    ———————————————–

    I have been informed by a reliable source, the reason the general population was not advised to take, or issued with Potassium Iodine pills, is that there was a worldwide shortage at the time. It was not possible to supply them to everyone, so who was chosen get them at the time?

    • vital1 vital1

      This studies suggest that locations that had fallout detections of I-131, should multiply it by 31 to get the amount of possible I-129.

      —————————————————

      Keeping track of all these food and water contamination reports, spreed over a lot of web sites is difficult. This free service has been created to try and keep track of them, so mums, dads and people in general can find what they should possibly avoid.

      http://sccc.org.au/archives/2861

      • vital1 vital1

        Those sea beds of Californian kelp that had huge iodine I-131 detections in 2011, possibly bio-accumulated much larger amounts of I-129. That I-131 decayed away, the I-129 has not, it has a half life of 15.7 million years.

        This does not take account releases since then of iodine, and all the other radioactive Isotopes that have flowed into the Pacific Ocean in the last 28 months.

        They use the word leak, to play it down. Their estimate is 450 tons a day of ground water flowing into the Pacific Ocean. This is probably very conservative estimate! It's a flood, not a leak,

        ——————————————————-

        Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
        quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or create your own, hand it out, mailbox it, or email it.

        http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lifesaver.pdf

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Is there a correlation between West Nile Virus activity and ionizing radiation which weakens the immune system?

    Yakima County seems to have the most West Nile Virus activity in Washington State
    2012:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/DataandStatisticalReports/DiseasesandChronicConditions/WestNileVirus/2012WestNileVirusActivity.aspx
    2013:
    http://www.doh.wa.gov/DataandStatisticalReports/DiseasesandChronicConditions/WestNileVirus.aspx

  • yellowrain

    @vital1
    thanks for pdf. I'm just going start emailing it to family and friends. they already think i'm nuts. 🙂

  • AntonButler

    Good, the human body has what 100,000,000,000,000 CELLS.
    Each cell having a nucleus,
    Each nucleus having our 46 chromosomes
    Which 46 chromosomes code for 20,000 genes,
    Which genes are the templates for 20,000 proteins(simplistic),
    Genes and Proteins are colinear,
    YOUR BODY HAS 20000000000000000000 GENES IN TOTAL,
    not all of them active .

    Ionizing radiation by damaging your genes in your cells,
    is capable OF CREATING MANY NEW DISEASES to date unheard of.
    For nuclear physicists to say ," no damage " is perjury.
    Ionizing radiation destroys your biochemistry.

  • Usefulbreather

    The West Coast, the Hawaiian Islands, the Pacific Northwest…all once pristine, natural places you could visit to heal your ills, by virtue of the nature that surrounds you. Now these places of beautiful nature are toxic to human beings as are the foods that come from these places. Even the air and snow at higher altitudes are now tainted. Where does a person go who wants to live in a healthy environment? Are there any places left in the world?

    • Songie Songie

      @usefulbreather: I live in PNW and your question,

      "Where does a person go who wants to live in a healthy environment? Are there any places left in the world?"

      keeps me up most nights….. I'm personally thinking somewhere where it doesn't rain so much…less rain means less fallout, right? high desert?

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        There isn't anyplace in the Northern Hemisphere that's safe:

        http://enenews.com/study-all-western-east-coast-covered-airborne-particles-march-20-model-shows-canada-based-solely-reactor-1-explosion-photo

        I suggest spending as much time as you can with your loved ones, and find peace in the moment.

        Good luck.

        • Songie Songie

          Well, if radioactive particles blow around likes leaves, a simile that has been used quite often, then certainly there are going to be areas with more contamination and areas with less contamination.

          TIS, I think you, and certainly others, have been offering up similar sentiments as this,

          "I suggest spending as much time as you can with your loved ones, and find peace in the moment"

          for at least the entire year I have been following this site…..and while I appreciate the well wishes, the fatalism does not help me plan *what's left of* my life.

          How can you say that living in an area with little rain would not affect the amount of fallout you were exposed to? Fallout washes down in the rain, no? Makes sense to me to live in an area with less rain and get out of the valleys where radioactive pollution will get dumped and also receive the run off from higher ground.

          Doesn't anyone else think that makes common sense?

  • AntonButler

    To AFTERSHOCK who writes:

    "The idea of helping people because they're in need of help is both corrosive of the human spirit and runs anathema to the natural order."
    This has something to do with energy?

    Your personal philosophy is corrosive of the human spirit and runs anathema to a justice orientated and civilised society.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Yet look at the sniveling and bold face lying.

    LDP executive: Abandoning nuclear energy would cause 'intolerable pain'
    July 2013

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201307230037

    Wait for it..Mr.Hosoda..
    There will be time in the future to talk about 'intolerable pain'.

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      Yes…intolerable to the elite, who will loose the energy revenues, and gain the sudden realization that their "pyramid scheme" has gone poof…leaving them with only the hulking lurking reactors, and storage pools that they will have to keep pouring big $$$ into to keep them from burning. Storage pools…such a nice sounding word. It is interesting how the mentally deranged use nice sounding words for their most evil endevours.

      • Time Is Short Time Is Short

        Japan abandoning nuclear power is causing extreme economic pain for everyone. OTOH, the radiation is killing them all.

        It's a lose, lose situation.

        Same in the US. Shut down all the reactors, which are primarily on the East Coast, and how do you keep the lights on in the homes and workplaces that keep the economic system running? Coal? Nat gas w/fracking? We're not going back to wood and horses. It's too late for that.

        It is clearly choosing the lesser of two evils at this point. The oil companies – for decades – have prevented the widespread use of alternative technologies, other than nuclear, and now we are all going to suffer the consequences.

        Washington has been corrupt for longer than anyone would really like to admit. Now all life on this planet has an endpoint.

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    Idea:
    Why do'nt we share comments, technical, suggestions, personal news/findings instead of arguing other matters like política?

    It is clear forma everybody of es that energy enterprises and governments are mob tied.
    They are quiet the sale., they do their respective work.

    Of course, these sites/blogs are monitores by them but …. let's share with allí the people we know, here, at work, school, … i am quite sure that some will get involved.

    And focus un makin pressure allí the time allí places, everywhere forma the government to diclose the true NOW …. we all need it.

    I especially thank to those that share objective information.

  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    Sorry for my missprints … is this nasty word corrector integranted in my device.