Kyodo: Radiation up after leak at Japan nuclear plant — “Not high enough to immediately impact human health” says gov’t

Published: December 12th, 2011 at 1:44 pm ET
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Radiation rose slightly after water leak at Genkai plant, Kyodo, December 12, 2011:

Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture

  • Radiation [...] rose slightly above the usual range after coolant water leaked there Friday, the prefectural government said Sunday
  • Not high enough to immediately impact human health, it said
  • On Friday morning, 1.8 tons of primary coolant water containing radioactive materials leaked within the reactor
  • The utility claimed the radiation reading is unrelated to that leak and said it will investigate the cause
Published: December 12th, 2011 at 1:44 pm ET
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22 comments to Kyodo: Radiation up after leak at Japan nuclear plant — “Not high enough to immediately impact human health” says gov’t

  • bmurr bmurr

    “Not high enough to immediately impact human health, it said”
    what does this even mean? no acute radiation poisoning? why even make this statement? this is marketing, not informing


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    • vivvi

      Mass media is not for informing, it is for marketing. You will only hear what they want you to hear on the idiot lantern or in the propaganda pages. One has the choice to boycott advertisers who support his nonsense, money is the only language they speak.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Just like the cracks in the containment vessel in Ohio. No worries, right….. how many times have we heard the levels of radiation are low and will not impact human health. We know the amount of radiation a human should be exposed to and that amount is zero.


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      • moonshellblue moonshellblue

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        Contact: Nathan White (202)225-5871

        FirstEnergy Tells Public One Thing, NRC Another; Nuke Plant Damage More than Previously Admitted
        Kucinich Provides Factual Analysis

        Congressman Kucinich 111th

        Washington, Dec 7 -

        Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today questioned whether FirstEnergy has been entirely upfront with the people of Ohio over the extent of the damage to the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant. Kucinich requested full public disclosure of all relevant photographs, test results, analyses and reports by FirstEnergy after comparing reassuring public statements made about the damage by FirstEnergy officials to disquieting information received from the NRC during a briefing yesterday for the Congressman’s staff.

        Descriptions by the NRC, which receives non-public reports from FirstEnergy, revealed that the damage to the Davis-Besse plant is greater than has previously been portrayed in public statements made by FirstEnergy officials. Kucinich called upon FirstEnergy to release all photographs, test results, analyses and reports to the public in order to verify the accuracy of FirstEnergy’s public statements.

        See a comparison of FirstEnergy statements with the facts HERE. Decide for yourself.

        “In response to inquiries by my staff, the NRC provided a detailed description of the cracking at FirstEnergy’s Davis-Besse plant. That description revealed that the cracks in the Davis-Besse ‘shield’ building are more numerous and more widely distributed than FirstEnergy has publicly portrayed,” said Kucinich.

        Cracks were initially discovered by accident in the concrete shield wall that protects the reactor from physical attacks and prevents radiation release into the air, water and soil. FirstEnergy publicly claimed the damage was limited as to the size and the location of the cracks.

        As a result of information shared by the NRC, it was revealed that the extent of those cracks is greater than portrayed to the public by…


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Not just a Japanese problem; this is global

      Depleted Uranium Effects In The Human Body; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/depleted-uranium-effects-in-human-body.html

      Radium Girls & Radium Dials; Ottowa Illinois, Death City
      http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/radium-girls-radium-dials-ottowa.html


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Oh it’s only 1.8 tons of non harmful waste is it? I call BS! How about those officials who say the waste is “Safe” should take a swim in it and tell me how they feel after. There is no such thing as “safe” when you talk about anything over 1 ton of nuclear waste leaking into the water. These utility companies need to get some damn oversight before they mutate the entire population of Japan.


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  • or-well

    Way down in Southern Japan.
    “Water used in treating low-level radioactive waste is sometimes discharged from the outlet…”
    of course with no “immediate” effect on marine life.
    You know those monkees –
    Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil –
    conform, collude, coverup –
    leaky, sneaky and freaky -
    WTF !?


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  • kintaman kintaman

    “Immediately” is the key word here. You will not get sick and die now but in the near future, well that is another matter. Translation: Get the f*ck outta there.


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  • not high enough to immediately impact human health, is not the same as not high enough to impact human health.

    not high enough to immediately impact human health, implies an impact later on. But no elaboration and phrase sounds reassuring.

    Classic media doublespeak


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  • Bones Bones

    I think it would be cool to explain the, “not immediate health risk,” by an analogy to cigarettes. The cigs could represent the hot particles and where they would be found. Could have children playing on swingsets with cigs falling from the sky and all over the ground. Could have a child eat a piece of fish with cigs in it. Cigs could be shown coming directly out of the plants through the air and water. I think you get my picture. Could compare the radiation leaks to involuntary smoking forced upon children. Maybe the visual will wake people up!


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Oh sickness and death is coming. Damn them all! Spinning like a TOP they are.
    OT
    Shhhhh….­Paul Krugman speaks:
    It’s time to start calling the current situation what it is: A Depression­­.
    http://www­.nytimes.c­om/2011/12­/12/opinio­n/krugman-­depression­-and-democ­racy.html?­partner=rs­snyt&emc=r­ss
    So let’s stop subsidizin­g these NNP’s. Look at what it costs Taxpayers!
    Billions and billions!
    http://www­.grist.org­/article/h­ow-much-wi­ll-nuclear­-cost-us-c­itizens
    And that is a 2010 report.


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “The utility claimed the radiation reading is unrelated to that leak and said it will investigate the cause”

    Looks like everyone here has caught on to the use of “immediate” as a weasel-word, but notice this other bit of weaseling in the blurb. They have not investigated and yet they can announce that the radiation is unrelated to the leak. Why investigate if you already know the (absence of) a relationship? They do this every time, it seems – deny, delay, deflect, obfuscate, soothe….


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  • Ruffcut

    What spin doctors. THe authority has spoken.
    Hitler found out that the bigger the lie or lies, the more people believe it.
    A lot of the nazi scientist helped get us to this nuclear technology.
    Merry Christmas for the gift that keeps on giving.


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  • Blondie Blondie

    And this;

    “Radiation [...] rose slightly above the usual range”

    The usual range? What does that mean? If they mean the pre-Fuku “normal” background radiation levels, then why not just say that? “The usual range” sounds like more deceit. It could just as well mean a rise to the already absurd “new normal” levels we’re seeing post-Fuku.


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    • arclight arclight

      “Radiation [...] rose slightly above the usual range” hmmmmm??

      Results of ACRO’s monitoring in Japan (9th of November 2011 update) (nothing since ??)

      “The contamination is very large and comparable to the environment of Chernobyl.
      The Maeda field of Iitate-mura is the most contaminated place.
      Iodine contamination is the largest and it is better to evacuate the population.
      On the long time range, cesium 137 is the most worrying element because it has a half-life of 30 years.

      Regarding the results expressed in Bq/kg of soil, most of them are higher than the limit fixed by the Japanese authorities at 5 000 Bq/kg for agriculture. Rice cannot be cultivated.

      The data expressed in Bq/m² can be compared to the definition of the zones in Byelorussia after the Chernobyl disaster (law of 1991) :
      185 000 – 555 000 Bq/m²: migration allowed
      555 000 – 1 480 000 Bq/m²: right to rehousing

      Most of the results are higher than one of these limits.”

      http://www.acro.eu.org/


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