Kyodo: Radiation surged at Fukushima, gov’t tells Tepco “take action” — Asahi: Fish found with “extremely high levels” of radioactive material 40 km from plant

Published: January 11th, 2014 at 9:14 am ET
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Asahi, Jan. 11, 2014: Fish with very high levels of cesium found near Fukushima […] extremely high levels of radiation […] The Fisheries Research Agency said Jan. 10 the black sea bream had 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, 124 times the safety standards for foodstuffs. The fish was caught at the mouth of the Niidagawa river in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 17. The site is 37 kilometers south of the stricken power plant. […] The research institute said it will study the fish further to try and determine when it became contaminated with such high levels of radioactive cesium.

Kyodo, Jan. 11, 2014: Nuclear regulators on Friday called on [Tepco] to take action to address rising radiation levels at the border of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant’s premises, which have jumped to levels eight times higher than the regulatory limit. According to plant operator Tepco, an evaluation of radiation exposure caused by toxic water, rubble and debris, and other waste kept at the plant was below the limit of 1 millisievert per year as of March, but surged to 7.8 millisieverts as of August. […]

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239 comments to Kyodo: Radiation surged at Fukushima, gov’t tells Tepco “take action” — Asahi: Fish found with “extremely high levels” of radioactive material 40 km from plant

  • Jebus Jebus

    .

    The future was foretold when this disaster was described as a never ending slinky…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Slinky slinky..winky winky..yep

    • PIGS AND WOLVES*

      The nuclear pigs built their house of dirty lies and hidden radiation.
      But as professor Wolfowitz and his experts team and all the other awfully bad actors and traitors in public offices are just puzzling and befuddling and flummoxing, they won't ever (whistle) blow the deadly house of cards in.
      Shame on them. May they burn in the nuclear bonfire for eternity.

      *I recommend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1eHc4HDYn8

      Welcome, everyone. After following the ongoing nightmare in silence for much too long (here and on other web sites), I finally decided to register and join the "coalition of the decent" in their fight against the nuclear fascists that have obviously taken over the world.

      I stepped out of the dark in the early days of December 2012 by leaving comments on stock's nuke pro blog, mostly dark humor; maybe I'll re-publish some of it here on ENENEWS once in a while in addition to supporting your great work which deserves the greatest respect. As most of you, I'm facing an incredible amount of ignorance and repudiation in my daily effort to shake up sheeple from my environment and sensibilize them for the enormous dangers that they are unknowingly in. It is fascinating and shattering at the same time how many *well educated* people are among them. An "embarassment to intelligence", as I like to call this phenomenom.
      :
      :

    • :
      :
      In parallel to my engagement here, I started setting up a German/English blog like nukepro a few days ago. I'm from Berlin, and there is a lot of good anti-nuke material available in Germany, as we had a strong anti-nuclear opposition in the seventies and eighties (and of course after Chernobyl) which unfortunately has left momentum over the decades. However there are uncounted substantiated articles and studies from present and past, and I intend to translate the most important publications into English for broader audience as time permits. The URL will be http://www.fukugeddon.de.

      May the games begin. I'm ready to fight. Till death, so to speak.

      Ave Caesar, morituri te salutant !
      Christian Klemke (37) from Berlin

      P.S. @stock: see, I kept my promise 🙂

      • American Phoenix57

        Welcome aboard Fukugeddon! We need all the help we can get.

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        A Big Welcome to you Fukugeddon…I look forward to the articles, and the German point of view after dealing with Chernobyl.

      • J.

        Germany as a nation goes from strength to strength on the environmental front. It's impressive. Thanks for your work.

        • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

          Germany is moving away from nuclear. They are very smart people. They'll outlive us all.

          • Well, I'm not really sure about that. Merkel seems like a friendly and harmless person, but in my opinion she is simply a superb actress, clever as hell, but purely evil behind the scenes.
            As you may know, we had elections in September 2013, and the government is now based on a so-called big coalition, ie the two major parties, the conservatives (Merkel's party) and the social democrats form a joint government. Things are now even worse than before, when Merkel only "needed" the much smaller liberal party (an unspeakable club of jerks, by the way).
            I agree that during the eighties and nineties, Germany
            pioneered in the area of environmental protection. But in recently, that trend has reversed step by step.
            We have a law called "renewable energy act" which governs a financial compensation from classic (fossile) energy production to renewable (solar, wind, geo-thermal) in order to push the latter, which is basically a good thing.
            What the Merkel administration did over the past years is to throw billions and billions at the industry in form of subsidies for their energy costs. A private person currently pays about 20 Euro cent per kilowatt hour including taxes. The industry, particularly the "dirty" industry like aluminum production, pay almost nothing for electricity, about 0.2 Euro cents per *mega*watt hour, and still get additional subsidies on top.
            As an insolence, all that money is allocated to the private customers, thus increasing the costs to 25, 30 Euro…

          • …cents per kilowatt hour. While doing so, they try to make us believe that the renewable energy act is to blame for that increase of energy costs. Which is a brazen lie. We have a central bourse for electric power in Leipzig where utilities and industry are trading directly, and the average price of electricity has decreased dramatically over the past five to ten years due to overproduction. Even after the shutdown of the 17 NPPs, the price fell further, although it was claimed that without them, there would be a shortage of electricity, resulting in blackouts and higher prices (needless to say, none of which happened). So while the price at the bourse is falling, the consumer price is exploding, resulting in unbelievable earnings for the electric power industry.
            However, as people are dumb, the strategy seems to work, and now the majority calls for a revision or abolishment of the renewable energy act, and to revive cheap energy. And with respect to the CO2 discussion, I'm afraid what will happen is that they are going to explain to us that atomic energy is "unfortunately" indispensable and the petty evil compared to fossil energy. If I'm right, the NPPs will be up and running again in a not-so-far future :-(.
            That is, if the real reason for the shutdown is beyond Fukushima. Never ever will I believe Merkel's official reasoning. There are many theories on the net; maybe it wasn't even a natural disaster, maybe it's because Uranium shortage or Sellafield closing,…

      • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

        Careful. The NSA is watching you. 😮

        • You bet ! I am sure I already have a bunch of officers exclusively working on my case, not only for my activities here 🙂 🙂

          By the way: Merkel did not give a shit about the surveillance of 80 million German citizens. Her administration even claimes there were NSA activities at all, claimining these were all ridiculous and unproven allegations, that's no way to treat our US friends we owe so much etc etc.
          But when it turned out that her cell phone was wiretapped as well, she got all furious. What a cunt.

          • … there were *no* activities …

          • enufisenuf

            Welcome Fukugeddon, it is great for all of us to connect with someone from Germany as their move to shut nukes down represents a ray of hope and sanity from where we sit in the US.
            IMHO the use of a derogatory, sexist term to describe Merkel is out of line and offensive to me and will lead me to pass your postings.
            One of the reasons I continue reading this forum is because most contributors express themselves without vitriol, most of the time. Whatever hateful thoughts do get expressed are usually directed toward the situation and not toward any particular individual or ethnic group. And, many writers use sarcasm and irony beautifully.
            Again, welcome! I look forward to your informed contribution to this forum.

            • You are right, I apologize for that. It is hard not to curse once the anger has reached a certain level. And please believe me: there are plenty of reasons to have extreme aversions against her. Nevertheless these things are about her deeds and her character as a person, both private and political, and unrelated to her being a woman. Please don't take that personal. In case of a Mr Merkel, I would have called him a prick instead ;-).
              Anyway, I will try to hold myself in contempt regarding the choice of language.

            • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

              enufisenuf: especially when they've been psychologically manipulated. Forgive them for they know not what they do:
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8ERfxWouXs

          • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

            Fukugeddon: meanwhile, sales of mein kampf surge.
            https://www.google.com/search?q=sales+of+mein+kampf&num=100&source=univ&tbm=nws&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=SnjYUuTfG4rdkQf1k4HoDw&ved=0CCsQqAI&biw=1066&bih=523

            The rise of communism is balanced by the rise of national socialism (left/right). Both are antithetical to life. There must be balance. But that takes constant vigilance like balancing a pole on your finger. But people get old, distracted and lazy. Therefore, we must evolve, merging wholly with technology, and get the damn human out of the loop once and for all.

    • Thanks for the friendly welcome, everybody. I appreciate that.

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        Welcome and thankyou fukugeddon! Wasn't quite sure how the energy market worked in Germany. So sick of subsidies..I got something for them to subsidize. The geo -political games will never cease but neither shall we. Best of luck keeping those npps' down!

  • bo bo

    However at least they are testing and reporting this really bad news…
    Question is could this be the best they could do, fish with lowest radiation that they cherry picked?

    • Ontological Ontological

      Most likely the fish used for testing are cherry picked. To test an gnarly, tumor ridden fish would be sink there own ship. I hate having to be so dang cynical, response this accident has wounded my soul. I agree at least they are admitting more than they have before. You asked yesterday what the base levels are, more today than yesterday is sadly the only answer.

      • bo bo

        I had to second guess my cynicism, too, ontological. Now sadly I know it was not just my personal guess.

      • socref

        "This study shows that the committed effective dose received by
        humans based on a year’s average consumption of contaminated
        PBFT from the Fukushima accident is comparable to, or less
        than, the dose we routinely obtain from naturally occurring radionuclides in many food items, medical treatments, air travel, or other
        background sources (28). Although uncertainties remain regarding
        the effects of low levels of ionizing radiation on humans (30), it is
        clear that doses and resulting cancer risks associated with consumption of PBFT in eastern and western Pacific waters are low
        and below levels that should cause concern to even the most
        exposed segments of human populations. Fears regarding environmental radioactivity, often a legacy of Cold War activities and
        distrust of governmental and scientific authorities, have resulted
        in perception of risks by the public that are not commensurate
        with actual risks.'

        Evaluation of radiation doses and associated risk from
        the Fukushima nuclear accident to marine biota and
        human consumers of seafood

        http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/05/30/1221834110.full.pdf

  • Lion76 Lion76

    Just the idea that "any" of this pollution has now entered the Pacific in any way highlights the consequences "in reality" that life on this planet has been forever altered… altered by a technology which represents one of the worst examples of man's arrogance and supreme folly FOREVER.

  • Jebus Jebus

    I should probably do the math… 😉

    α + ß + Γ x ∞ = slinky

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The metal ones..really work best…
    Hurrah..I'm a genius!

  • Homo Insapiens Homo Insapiens

    Community,

    Regarding Unit 4, and spent fuel removal — I understand that some disbelieve that the assemblies are actually being removed. I'm read the thorough research at Hatrick Penry, and many of the comments here by folks like PattieB and others circa January 2012 expressing doubts about spent fuel pool videos. I think I get all that.

    For skeptics and non-skeptics alike, I bring to your attention the following….

    There exists a web page with status at http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/removal4u/index-e.html. It notes the number of assemblies removed, and the date that the page was last updated. It is supposed to be updated weekly on Mondays. up until December 24, 2013, it showed steady progress, approximately 22 assemblies removed per week. But not since then.

    Since then, here is the timeline:

    * On December 24, 2013, 132 assemblies removed
    * On December 31, 2013, no update to the page at all
    * On January 6th, 2014, 132 assemblies removed, but they at least updated the date to be January 6th.

    Whether you believe, or do not believe, that the fuel assemblies are being removed from Unit 4, can we agree that this is cause for concern? For skeptics, wouldn't you at least expect the website to be updated on a regular basis to show steady progress? What will this coming Monday, January 13th, 2014 bring?

    TEPCO, please tell us about the lack of apparent progress between December 24th until at least January 6th.

    Thank you.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    RADIATION INCREASING, CAN'T BE STOPPED . . .

    Nuclear, the failed concept, must be outlawed – worldwide.

    • socref

      So why is it increasing even after Fukushima?

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Because every nuclear power plant has to vent radiation or no one could even enter the plant. And nuclear reactors work by creating more and more radiation. And nuclear waste creates more and more radiation. And every step including mining for uranium or thorium creates more and more radiation. And all radiation created for medical procedures creates more and more radiation. And you can't get rid of the radiation. And as the radiation destroys the ozone layer, more and more cosmic radiation is allowed into the atmosphere. And the electromagnetic shield around the earth is weakening all the time, especially as we are already experiencing the beginnings of a pole shift, and this also lets cosmic radiation into the atmosphere.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        In addition, there will be an increase in the lethality of the radiation from Fukushima for the next 250,000 years.

  • AGreenRoad – TEPCO/Fukushima Lies Exposed Around Building #4, SFP, Core, Equipment Pool, Melt Out; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/12/agreenroad-tepcofukushima-lies-exposed.html

    Spent Fuel Pool #4 Allegedly Being 'Unloaded' By TEPCO Nov. 2013, The Coverup Continues; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/11/spent-fuel-pool-4-allegedly-being.html

  • RAY-D-8-TED-DREAMS

    This news is very 'fishy' because Black Sea Bream are found only in the Atlantic! You can see their range for yourselves with this map:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Spondyliosoma_cantharus_mapa.svg

    Black seabream
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Jump to: navigation, search Black seabream

    Scientific classification
    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Actinopterygii
    Order: Perciformes
    Family: Sparidae
    Genus: Spondyliosoma
    Species: S. cantharus
    Binomial name
    Spondyliosoma cantharus
    (Linnaeus, 1758)

    Range of Black seabream

    The Black Seabream (Spondyliosoma cantharus) is a species of Sparidae fishes. They are recognisable by their oval compressed body and jaws containing 4-6 rows of slender teeth which are larger at the front. They are silvery in colour with blue and pink tinges and broken longitudinal gold lines. They can reach a maximum size of 60 cm in length. They live in northern Europe and in the Mediterranean, usually found on the inshore shelf at depths varying from 5 to 300 m. They are usually found in schools feeding on seaweeds and invertebrates. They breed in February to May leaving eggs in the demersal zone.

    Black seabream are protogynous meaning females have the ability to change to males.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_seabream

      • There is no such thing as a 'safe' exposure level.

        "Modern nuclear reactors are well designed to prevent leakage of radiation and alarm systems are designed to signal whenever a leak does occur. As an added safety precaution, all workers will wear dosimeters to monitor their individual exposure levels."
        – from article

        If it was really safe workers wouldn't need to wear a dosimeter.

        Now, everybody on the planet should probably be wearing one. 😉

        • Low-level radiation is [can be ?] more dangerous than high-level.

          http://www.epa.gov/radiation/understand/health_effects.html

          Stochastic effects are associated with long-term, low-level (chronic) exposure to radiation. ("Stochastic" refers to the likelihood that something will happen.) Increased levels of exposure make these health effects more likely to occur, but do not influence the type or severity of the effect.

          Cancer is considered by most people the primary health effect from radiation exposure. Simply put, cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells. Ordinarily, natural processes control the rate at which cells grow and replace themselves. They also control the body's processes for repairing or replacing damaged tissue. Damage occurring at the cellular or molecular level, can disrupt the control processes, permitting the uncontrolled growth of cells cancer This is why ionizing radiation's ability to break chemical bonds in atoms and molecules makes it such a potent carcinogen.

          Other stochastic effects also occur. Radiation can cause changes in DNA, the "blueprints" that ensure cell repair and replacement produces a perfect copy of the original cell. Changes in DNA are called mutations.

          Sometimes the body fails to repair these mutations or even creates mutations during repair. The mutations can be teratogenic or genetic. Teratogenic mutations are caused by exposure of the fetus in the uterus and affect only the individual who was exposed. Genetic…

          • artika rama

            PU239 In these kinds of accidents long term stochastic effects (caused by low level radiation ) usually are much more important then acute deterministic effetcs. Usually people who are directly hit (like the fukushima 50 , or chernobyl liquidators) are in low numbers but people later on developing chronical diseases, cancer , birth defects etc are much higher in numbers. But The problem is to identify them . And that is where the whole problem starts .
            WHen you have someone with hair falling off , skin melting away , vomiting etc its clearly visible , easy to identify , but long term effects arent so . Someone getting cnacer 10 years after an accident is very hard to prove that he/ she got cancer from that certain accident .
            And pronuke criminals keep using it against us , you cant prove it, so its not happening they say ,, even though we (and the pronuke criminals as well ) know it for sure that radiation will cause cancer , teratogenic diseases , birth defects etc etc the dificulty is in proving these cases .

          • Radio Radio

            @Pu239, this is evidenced in Belarus, too, which actually received low level chronic radiation exposure while having the highest rate of recessional birth defects, which usually takes about 8 years to start appearing in the general population, then increases as time goes on. There was, and still is, a great deal of knee jerk reaction by dogmatic scientists who heard rumors that low level radiation is harmless, therefore, most of these defects are not being attributed to Chernobyl but are, rather, as dogmatic science tends to do with encountering what doesn't fit – just one of those things.

        • American Phoenix57

          Environmental Protection Agency: “ … any exposure to radiation poses some risk, i.e. there is no level below which we can say an exposure poses no risk. ”

          Nuclear Regulatory Commission: “ any amount of radiation may pose some risk for causing cancer … any increase in dose, no matter how small, results in an incremental increase in risk. ”

          National Academy of Sciences: “ … it is unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers… ” (John LaForge: Dangerous Disinformation About Radiation, 2011)

          “ No amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose. ”
          – Nobel Laureate George Wald, in 1953.

          “ There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period. ”
          – Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

          “ There is no safe dose of radiation since radiation is cumulative. Harm in the form of excess human cancer occurs at all doses of ionizing radiation, down to the lowest conceivable dose and dose rate. ”
          – John Gofman, Ph.D., M.D. in Radiation and Human Health.

          • American Phoenix57

            “ It is also notable that the thyroid radiation exposures after Chernobyl were virtually all internal, from radioiodines… Thus, the increase in thyroid cancer seen after Chernobyl is attributable to ingested or inhaled radioiodines. A comparable burden of excess thyroid cancers could conceivably accrue should U.S. populations be similarly exposed in the event of a nuclear accident. This potential hazard highlights the value of averting such risk by using KI as an adjunct to evacuation, sheltering, and control of contaminated foodstuffs. ”
            – Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

        • socref

          Its called ALARA – airline pilots also wear dosimetry.

        • socref

          THen 'all radiation' by that admission would be dangerous. Im watching the good people of Denver at the game and they are not worried about being in danger over radiation.

      • retali8 retali8

        everyone understands about socref and the mission hes on and how hes being paid to do what he does right? well, ignore him, take nothing he says seriously, its all nuclear propaganda, shame on you shill.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Follow the money.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        In response to socref & the link above:

        Every job comes with risk and for those who work in the nuclear power industry the long-term risk of cancer is small but significant. Last decade, research looking into the prevalence of cancer in nuclear…

        Author : Nial Wheate
        Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at University of Sydney

        Disclosure Statement

        Nial Wheate in the past has received funding from the ACT Cancer Council, Tenovus Scotland, Medical Research Scotland, Scottish Crucible and the Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance for research into anticancer drugs.

        ACT Cancer Council, eh? Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance for Research into Anticancer Drugs. Now that wouldn't happen to be industry funded scientific research would it? And it wouldn't happen to represent the cancer industry, I meant, the oncologists and GE & such, would it?

        Is that (maybe even a teensy weensy bit possibility) a CONFLICT OF INTEREST?

        I thought it should be the ones not lining their pockets with cancer research money and money from special interest groups who were supposed to make those statements about cancer risk. Eh?

        • socref

          small is not significant.

        • socref

          there is no conflict of interest in Captain Sully testifying to Congress regarding the airline industry. So there is no conflict of interest in me doing what I do. Its not a big deal. You think all "shills" and "trolls" somehow represent industry interests? I could care less. I am all about the technology and science.

          • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

            You said: so I could care less. Ah so you admit you have an interest. Thought so. Science is a religion.

            Once, the most powerful man in the world once said:
            "For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations." — Pres. John F. Kennedy

      • Jeez, I think a special place in hell is ready for the nukers who promote this continued human tragedy.

  • Cisco Cisco

    KQED published the following in their article, "A Bay Area Beach Video Stirs Fukushima Radiation Fears — But Shouldn’t", and concluded with this not-to-worry misinformation:
    http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/09/a-dose-of-straight-talk-on-fukushima-radiation-rumors/

    "Thank you for being a KQED listener and for your email regarding Internet buzz about ocean contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    Information on the Internet that claims that the tsunami debris near the West Coast is radioactive, or that huge plumes of nuclear water are heading for the West Coast, or that fish here are carrying dangerously high levels of radiation, is false. These claims are unsubstantiated and not supported by scientists who have studied the issue.

    We’d recommend reading this information — Fukushima Radiation — from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, one of the world’s leading marine science organizations. The writer, Ken Buesseler, organized the first comprehensive study of the spread of radionuclides from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean. He gained expertise on the topic when he studied the spread of radionuclides from Chernobyl into the Black Sea.

    Similarly, here is a post on a website run by marine scientists that addresses each of the concerns that have arisen on several sensationalistic and misleading websites and explains why they are inaccurate: 28 fallacies about the Fukushima nuclear disaster’s effect on the U.S. West Coast."

    continued…

    • Cisco Cisco

      "Finally, here is the Natural Resources Defense Council on the topic: Fukushima Radiation Risks from Eating Fish.

      We hope this explains why the KQED Science team hasn’t covered this topic. We do cover a range of topics concerning the ocean ecosystems and marine life off the coasts of Northern California, and would not ignore credible information concerning radiation poisoning in these waters."

      http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/09/a-dose-of-straight-talk-on-fukushima-radiation-rumors/

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        I have never seen so many "experts/scientists" that immediately conclude Fukushima is not the problem. No testing, no studies…just definite answers. Wow…these guys must have been at the top of their classes. Psychic Scientists….high in demand now-a-days.

        • American Phoenix57

          The dirty secret that the largely cheerleading function of mainstream media conceals on behalf of the nuclear industry is that exceedingly low levels of internalized (inhaled or swallowed) radioisotopes may do exponentially more harm than present radiation risk models allow for.

          In order to understand the absurdity of drawing a one-to-one comparison between external and internal radiation exposures, Professor Chris Busby (Scientific Secretary for the European Committee on Radiation Risk) draws the analogy between direct comparison between external radiation and internal radiation exposures with warming oneself in front of a fire and eating a red hot coal. Indeed, the public is being lulled into pulling up a comfy chair to warm themselves by the radioactive fire of a disaster the scale of which this world has never known before.

          “ The nuclear industry is waging a war against humanity. This war has now entered an endgame which will decide the survival of the human race. Not from sudden nuclear war. But from the on-going and incremental nuclear war which began with the releases to the biosphere in the 60s of all the atmospheric test fallout, and which has continued inexorably since then through Windscale, Kyshtym, 3-Mile Island, Chernobyl, Hanford, Sellafield, La Hague, Iraq and now Fukushima, accompanied by parallel increases in cancer rates and fertility loss to the human race. ”
          – Professor Chris Busby

          • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

            Yes Phoenix….There is no safe level of radiation…none.. all nuclear activity must cease except for clean-up. Each reactor has a clean-up fund, so they better not try to charge the taxpayers.

          • Radio Radio

            @A P57, isn't this really the most serious issue about radiation? The chronic low level exposure than slowly accumulates over generations? Most nuclear scientists actually go ignorant of the knowledge that the over 3000 studies showing dangers from low level radiation could not even get peer reviewed because the assumption was against the theory, not based on science, but on mathematical extrapolation – that is, an assumption. Much of our socalled science is now based on theoretical math, and well, math proves nothing. Math can be useful to model evidence if you have evidence from which to construct a model, but when math is used in the absence of evidence, which it all too often is, theories get institutionalized and accepted and defended while having provided no actual evidence. Busby's hot coal example is such an apt metaphor.

    • bo bo

      Cisco I'm fuming reading this

      The funny thing is, they will say about the conjoined twin whale:
      'Fearmongers' are 'jumping to conclusions' that it might be fukushima!

      Um… I for one never assumed it's just fukushima.
      Could it be barrels of plutonium with holes in them dumped into the ocean offshore san francisco? Maybe.

      Could it be San Onofre NPP, whose leaks were attempted to be stopped by using duct tape, a broom, and a plastic bag? Maybe.

      Could it be Hanford, whose tanks are leaking and its waste flowing into the Columbia river, and there have been a spike in babies being born without brains along the river ? Maybe.

      Could this be continued depleted uranium detonation training in the big usland if Hawaii (breeding ground for whales), with Kona having an exponential cancer rate compared to the rest of the country ? Maybe.

      Could it be fukushima, the biggest nuclear disaster known to man, leaking (gushing) radiation into the pacific now close to 3 years, every single day without stop ? Maybe.

      • bo bo

        Darn. More typo : depleted uranium detonation trainings in the big island of Hawaii

      • socref

        I remember them catching seals in the plant secondary system fish handling system and using a crane to get them out and then return them to the wild. It wasn't SONGs.

      • Cisco Cisco

        bo…that is it. It is all the toxic soup we have dumped into our water and air. Nuclear (mining, processing, refining, burning, disposal, and spent fuel warehousing); fossil fuel exploration, extraction, processing, refining, distribution and burning; mining (strip, deep mine and mountaintop}, chemical plants, incineration, landfills, et al. are a big part of the soup.

        What's changed now in our biosphere, is that Fukushima is the tipping point that finally overloads the planet's biological immune systems, soon unable to defend against many of the diseases modern man has kept in check, and those we have not.

        It's a new ballgame now, and I'm afraid we are all on the losing team from here on out.

    • Socrates

      Wow!

      That seems high…. too high to eat.

    • Ontological Ontological

      Am141 source of 1258 cpm inspector reading direct, shows 43 cpm on a GMC dosimeter. I use the GM more due to the fact it can tap a usb to recharge its lithium/ion battery.
      Due to frequent flying to UCLA, for oncology follow-ups, I have had way too much x ray from the many CAT scans, and airport security, gamma from altitude both flight and the 4k feet high desert we live on, beta from breathing. Even without radiotherapy; lost a lot of hair, from 2 year long alkaline battle with surprisingly aggressive squamous cells. Fatigue is now a norm, we used to have a reasonably cool background here. Now things are really warming up last 18 months.

  • So many lies, in so many directions…. 99% coverup, 1% reveal..

    SOP for the nuclear industry.

  • ToBeExpected ToBeExpected

    We are dealing with 3 meltdowns!
    Not one, like Chernobyl,
    not two,
    but three …

    … and not one person on this earth can accurately quantify, what the outcome will be..

    I don't think, either, that people are going to be so reticent, when they are personally affected….which is bound to happen unless, divine intervention comes first….which it may well do.

    There's no telling what the future holds.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Are they going to de-aerosolize spf3 back into containment?

  • rogerthat

    The really easy way to solve the SFP4 mystery is for Tepco to release the film of the explosion that blew the building apart, and to explain what happened, as they surely know exactly what nuclear fuel was there and what happened to it. Until they do that, i will stick with the verdict of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Tepco and the International Atomic Energy Agency as expressed in the FOIA documents and transcripts in March 2011. These can be briefly summarised as ''zirc fire, catastrophe''.
    None of these organisations have lost the power of speech, and are at liberty to further inform us any time they care to.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        this study which has problem doesn't even say what you say. Just that they have lower risk than expected. But what about heart attacks? And it was workers in a nuclear power plant, not in a facility producing plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons.s

        A study done in Russia showed that plutonium workers have a significantly greater risk of bone cancer.

      • Radio Radio

        @socref, while many studies show that nuclear workers have on average a 20% increase in hard tumors over the general population and not compared to residents living near NPPs who also have higher rates of blood cancers than the general population, i would expect actual plant workers to have lower rates because they should be paying attention and being very careful. The studies of the 20% were normal working conditions so workers would not be acting in an emergency contamination scenario and would be more like downwinders, not really doing anything to take extra precautions. Workers under emergency contamination should be in protective suits, and depending on where they are, in breathing apparatus, and then, once off work, through decontamination showers, etc. Of course, since you are in the field to some degree when called upon, you would expect to wear such gear i would imagine, especially during a recriticality event. But, regardless, the majority of harmful effects on cells from manmade radiation will come over time through biomagnification and/or mutagenic mutations requiring parents to bring a recessive mutated gene. As each generation comes along, and as radiation builds in the environment, the food and water, bodies, the effects will also magnify. We are just now at the beginning of that expression from fallout in late 40's and throughout the 50's. Deciding that because some things take decades to form an effect, they are therefore ignorable seems odd.

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    Sorry I meant SFP3

  • earthsmith earthsmith

    R3 made boom boom and mommy is going to get busted trying to flush the dirty diaper

  • rogerthat

    Well, Madame Curie, the original nuclear worker, will be happy to know that radiation did not kill her.The children who practised ''duck and cover'' at school in the 50s will be happy to know that there efforts were not necessary because radiation is, in fact, harmless.
    Those who have been frightened by descriptions of the harmful effects of ''dirty bombs'' should such be detonated by wicked people in population centres, can relax: radiation is harmless. I mean, if the release into the environment of a few-odd thousand tonnes of nuclear fuel over a few days in March 2011 has killed nobody, why should anyone worry about the ill effects from a few pounds of the stuff jerry-rigged by some hapless and misguided members of the great unwashed?
    The women of the Marshall islands who gestated what they described as jelly babies or octopus babies (please correct my fading memory) or who had serial miscarriages will be happy to know radiation is harmless. And scientists will have to look elsewhere to find the causes of chernobyl necklace or chernobyl heart, or the deformed children that inhabit the regions surrounding that disaster.

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Well put rogerthat…spot on…

    • Nemo Me Impune Lacessit Stax

      rogerthat-well said.
      respect.

    • Ontological Ontological

      @Rogerthat, The people from one of the islands, Rongelap, were directly in the fallout zone and suffer cancer and major birth defects including "jelly fish babies" (babies born without bones and transparent skin.) Your memory isn't too shot full of radio isotopes yet. Keep posting the world needs more well weathered wisdom.

      • J.

        I read about that, and saw interviews with some of the women. It's unbearably sad. I don't know how they kept their sanity. There are online videos from Fallujah hospitals showing the deadly effects of DU there. One female Iraqi medical doctor who went public and is featured on one video was murdered not long after.

    • socref

      Marie Curie probably received hundreds of rads by keeping radium in her pocket. Her investigations were not conducted ALARA because the discipline of radiation protection hadnt been invented yet. The ALARA principle is the modern method to keep radiation dose as low as reasonably achievable so as to set acceptable risk limits.

      • lam335 lam335

        But who are the governments and health physicists to decide what "acceptable risk" is for the rest of us? This is arrogance, and it's often self-serving, as they raise the "acceptable" limits whenever circumstances make the previously set limits inconvenient or unworkable.

      • earthsmith earthsmith

        Yeah that little girl in south America in the 80s' that died from eating cobalt 60 . The industry does such great job of keeping track of their product . Like waste, barrels , materials…ahh geesh don't over react no one has ever died from rads . So glad you are here to remind us all how safe the industry and rads are. Thankyou so much. Because if I can't believe someone who has paid money to learn the lies who can I believe. I mean lets think….hmmmmmm where was this beautiful planet before scientist, labcoats, and technology. It was being beautiful that's where.

      • eyefidelity

        Insanity is repeating the same mistake expecting a different outcome.

      • irhologram

        Or maybe it was just the luminous dials of her wrist watch or alarm clock, marked with luminous paints containing Radium (Ra-226) or Promethium (Pm-147). Or her pocket watch, nestled next to her experimental. vial. Because a little radiation won't hurt you, right? Reminds me of your point about casked, stored radiative materials being less radioactive than coal debris in a 100 mile radius. These references to casked materials are BEFORE leakage, and certainly don't compare in release volume to 3 meltdowns.

    • Socrates

      Chernobyl exposures reduced immunity. All mortality and morbidity went up.

      Playing with nature on an atomic level causes all kinds of unintended consequences. With the weapons they retail intend severe consequences – but the little "peaceful atom" is much more dangerous because they can conceal the damages they cause. The incubation time for cancers are 2-40 years, or more. The perfect crime against humanity.

      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        And to add to your brilliant post… all life born after the onset of open air nuclear testing have poorer immune systems, and higher amounts of autoimmune disease.

        • eyefidelity

          I was born while the US was still conducting atmospheric testing in 1956; the French were doing so until 1976. I got my positive HIV test in 1990; I was at death‘s door in 1996 and could easily have died being none the wiser.

          I refuse to believe that HIV alone is responsible for AIDS; the immune system has to already be compromised for HIV to take hold; radiation is certainly a co-factor. Through superior nutrition (no animal protein or fat; no refined sugars or grains) and LOTS of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents (such as curcumin) I've made great strides in improving my health, effectively shutting off inflammation which is at the heart of most chronic illnesses.

  • Nemo Me Impune Lacessit Stax

    Is that diarrhea I smell/read.

  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

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  • Socrates

    Omega-3 fish oil pills that are phamacuetical grade are distilled. I wonder if mercury or other contaminants are still present.

    I love seafood. Private tests indicate moderate readings from Wild Alaska salmon.

    Eating some meats risk mad cow disease.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Where are all those fish coming from that create this fish oil?

    Spooky question as this fish oil was just implicated in causing the enhanced promotion of prostate cancers..

    Can't breath the air, can't drink or walk in the rain, can't eat the food we produce here on Earth! 🙁

    Shut all this "Nuclear Crap Technology" down now worldwide! Do it quickly!

  • Socrates

    http://www.acehoffman.org

    Free book from my good friend about the Code Killers – why DNA and ionizing radiation are a dangerous mix.

  • ruppert

    Aren't they just playing good cop – bad cop?

    I thought the Japanese government had already taken over TEPCO.

  • American Phoenix57

    Could be a repost. . . (great graphic in this article!)

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/fukushima-wave-of-radiation-will-be-ten-times-bigger-than-all-of-the-radiation-from-nuclear-tests-combined/5362422

    All Pacific sea life will soon be (if not already) toxic. I miss my sushi and krill oil.

  • Ontological Ontological

    Standing neck deep in bullshit, were told, "coffee break is over, everyone on your knees". And it looks like we may have no choice.

  • pkjn

    Fish with very high levels of cesium found near Fukushima
    January 11, 2014 Asahi Shimbun (Japanese newspaper)
    A fish contaminated with extremely high levels of radiation was found in waters near the Fukushima plant.
    The Fisheries Research Agency said Jan. 10 the black sea bream had 12,400 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, 124 times the safety standards for foodstuffs.
    The fish was caught at the mouth of the river in Fukushima Prefecture. The site is 37 kilometers south of the Fukushima plant.
    2 other fish also exceeded the safety standards of 100 becquerels per kilogram.
    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201401110029

  • We Not They Finally

    Once you get to TEPCO claiming that the plant was at less than 1 millisievert per year as of this past March, you have to stop reading and start making arrests.

    I thought that the Japanese were about "doing the right thing." Honor. We're still waiting on that. We've got a big pile of radioactive rubble to toss the REAL human refuse into.

    • Tedd Tedd

      Looks like Japanese mythology just like American nationalism is and has always been a bad joke. I'm not laughing.

      And we still eat it up everyday.

      I would drop omega 3 fish oil. If the label says its from cold water Norway, haven't we learned anything about the corporate lying mentality yet? Tell the public anything and get that money.

      Told my online pet food company yesterday they wont here from me again until all fish products are dropped from the menu.

      And they will continue to poison our furry children.

      • Radio Radio

        Thanks for mentioning our furry children, Tedd. Fish is off the menu for mine accept for the oldest, and that fish is from inland sources in Canada. I checked 😉

  • Styxhexenhammer666 Styxhexenhammer666

    And yet the Fukushima apologists, pro-nuke paid posters, and general skeptic audience go around the whole internet day by day to chime in and spew their whole "nuclear is safer than coal" talking points, as if those were the only energy sources in the world, and gas and solar didn't exist.

    Meanwhile, the media either stays silent, or publishes fluff stories, measuring radiation and comparing its dosage to bananas, ignoring the very existence of isotopes and willfully ignoring the damage they do to tissues where they collect.

    At the same time, the pro-nukers launch wave after wave of disinfo, referring to anyone showing even minor concern about the plant failure as a radical alarmist.

  • J.

    This will be of interest to some. It covers radiation effects covered up by corporate media.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37354.htm

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    US Human Radiation Experiments Covered Up by Public Broadcasting

    By William Boardman

    "The bomb will not start a chain reaction in the water, converting it all to gas and letting all the ships on all the oceans drop down to the bottom. It will not blow out the bottom of the sea and let all the water run down the hole. It will not destroy gravity. I am not an atomic playboy."
    -Vice Admiral William P. Blandy, Bikini bomb test commander, July 25, 1946

    • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

      Excerpt:
      In 2013, PBS World Channel scheduled "Nuclear Savage" for four showings on May 28 and 29 – and PBS executive Tom Davison emailed Horowitz in advance, saying "Congratulations on this airing." When the airing failed to take place, without explanation from PBS, Horowitz was unable to get a straight answer from Davison, Ferrer, or anyone else in the public broadcasting food chain, although PIC executive Amber McClure wrote with Orwellian deceit: "Your program has not been declined by PBS."

      Outright rejection by PBS is required by Horowitz's contract in order for him to regain independent control of his film.

      Despicable.

  • J.

    I believe the full video was, for a time, on YouTube. I do not see i there anymore. The article I posted does not indicate sources for the film, nor does it make clear whether or not PBS is preventing dissemination.

  • vicky13 vicky13

    From Harvey Wasserman,,

    >>Hello…

    Our brave US sailors, irradiated at Fukushima, need our support. The USS Ronald Reagan and other ships were heavily dosed while doing humanitarian work after the 3/11/2011 earthquake/tsunami. More than 70 sailors now report serious health problems, and the number is growing.

    They are being stonewalled on their class action lawsuit for compensation. Please link to the story below and sign the petition at http://www.nukefree.org and elsewhere.

    Thanks!!! HarveyW
    >>

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