NYTimes: Contamination levels not declining off Japan — Chemist: Fukushima reactor site leaking into ocean?

Published: October 25th, 2012 at 4:15 pm ET


Title: Fishing for Answers off Fukushima
Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Originally published: October 25, 2012
Emphasis Added

[… WHOI marine chemist Ken Buesseler] points out that levels of contamination in almost all classifications of fish are not declining […]

As a result, Buesseler concludes that there may be a continuing source of radionuclides into the ocean, either in the form of low-level leaks from the reactor site itself or contaminated sediment on the seafloor.  […]

“What we really need is a better understanding of the sources and sinks of cesium and other radionuclides that continue to drive what we’re seeing in the ocean off Fukushima.” […]

New York Times, Oct. 25, 2012: “The fact that many fish are just as contaminated today with cesium 134 and cesium 137 as they were more than one year ago implies that cesium is still being released into the food chain,” Mr. Buesseler wrote.

View Buesseler’s report here

Published: October 25th, 2012 at 4:15 pm ET


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18 comments to NYTimes: Contamination levels not declining off Japan — Chemist: Fukushima reactor site leaking into ocean?

  • Mr. Buesseler's colleague Mitsuo Uematsu at the University of Tokyo also stated, "…there may be many other undetected routes for radioactive contaminants to reach the ocean, such as via rivers and groundwater streams. Contaminated dirt on the land could fall into rivers, carried by streams and empties into the ocean, and get slowly moved offshore by tides…"

    I read several different releases of this same article. Strange the 'not so' subtle differences in each. One article ONLY mentions cesium-134 and points out it's shorter half-life. None mentions strontium.

    • arclight arclight

      you have to hold anything the New York times has to say… with a pinch of sea salt..

      for instance the love a good gover up

      "Thompson's knowledge of the Newsnight story and allegations about Savile has come under intense scrutiny since Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times public editor, published a blog on Tuesday saying it was "worth considering now if he is the right person for the job" in light of the scandal enveloping the BBC. Sullivan also called for the paper to "aggressively cover" Thompson's role in the BBC scandal.

      "Mark has provided a detailed account of [Newsnight's Savile story], and I am satisfied that he played no role in the cancellation of the segment," Sulzberger told staff.

      He said that he and the other New York Times Company directors had got to know Thompson very well in the months leading up to his appointment. "Our opinion was then and remains now that he possesses high ethical standards and is the ideal person to lead our company as we focus on growing our businesses through digital and global expansion," Sulzberger added."

      they believe him… bbc children in need should go to the opposition ITV that cracked the paedophile ring in the BBC/Government/police/doctors

      he will be great at covering up fukushima though!!


  • Sickputer

    From the Doublespeak experts in Japan:

    "The operator of the Fukushima plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, said that the site no longer released contaminated water into the ocean, and that radiation levels in waters around the plant had stabilized.

    But Yoshikazu Nagai, a spokesman for the company, said he could not rule out continued leaks into the ocean from its reactors, the basements of which remain flooded with cooling water."

    SP: So no actual "deliberate" manmade releases of radioactive water is happening, but maybe the plant is leaking into the ocean.

    Mr. Nagai doesn't want to go to the gallows because he was caught lying for them. But eventually some documents will surface proving they have been lying about virtually everything to the public (But Honorable Judge…I swear it was to prevent mass panic!)

    Approval and trust factor ratings for Tepco by the Japanese people: 0%.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fish are radiated, and continue to get radiated. And nuclear industries of the world can't look under the plant. They can't build a machine to go beneath the surface to see what's actually happening. They can't even look, let alone do anything beyond that.

  • patb2009

    its in the hydro cycle

  • TheWorldIsFüküd

    Allow me to answer this one:

    Ehhhemm –



  • corium pudding corium pudding

    “The fact that many fish are just as contaminated today with cesium 134 and cesium 137 as they were more than one year ago implies that cesium is still being released into the food chain,” Mr. Buesseler wrote.

    Translation: The fish contamination is stable, yet perilous.

    • guezilla

      I do not believe in literal interpretation of news, but it stands out this quote states "just as contaminate … with cesium 134". Cesium-124 has a half-life of 2.0652 years, so if they're still AS contaminated, this would imply more than just that cesium is still being released… (But then there's a few variables of bioaccumulation, decay of other isotopes etc. But I don't believe this quote to be scientifically accurate either, so… ymmw. Just throwing that out, it's curious wording).

  • kalidances

    What no Strontium evaluations? WTF?

  • RJ RJ

    Well, whadayaknow! October 25, must be MSM day! Many major propaganda companies ran the story of the radioactive Fukushima fish. It's like they all decided to report on it, same bat story, same bat day. I'm guessing because there are no implications for U.S. nuke industry.

    I feel like celebrating! Let’s all sing! “So you children of the world, listen to what I say. If you want a better place to live in, spread the words today. Show the world that love is still the life you must embrace. Or you children of today are Children of the Grave, Yeah!”

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I find it interesting that certain species far better and seem to handle the contamination. I do hope they look at a little closer as you never know where something beneficial may pop upl

  • dosdos dosdos

    Don't worry. It will disperse. Believe me, it will. Really. It has to, ocean currents, you know. (Those were popular words a year ago.)

  • arclight arclight

    blimey !! even japan today!! :0

    "But the most contaminated fish found yet off Fukushima were caught in August, some 17 months after the disaster. The two greenlings, which are bottom-feeders, had cesium levels of more than 25,000 becquerels per kilogram, 250 times the level the government considers safe."


    and the last word goes to a commenter at JT

    hawaiicallsOCT. 26, 2012 – 09:35PM JST
    well I am really surprised to hear this as the Japanese Govt. had turned this plant over to the Yakuza and I would have figured they would have immediately done the right thing.

    Look, it will be decades before they can even develop the technology to look at the reactors let alone ever do anything. in reality the entire ocean could become sterilized from this.

    The Japanese government lied from the very beginning and continue to lie. they even lie about the lies. and then turning the plant over to the Yakuza? what a bunch of small wanked morons.

    🙂 well said sir!

    • arclight arclight

      how about the sea sediment ?? it moves you know! i think it goes south if i remember correctly,, there is no rush.. it has hundreds of years (dependent on the isotopes.. it could be more.. it wont just stay around daichi.. the sean mounds and canyons should be checked though bueller doesnt mention these.. they are the fish breeding grounds.. the only say sea bed?? what of tuna that feed here and return to the usa??

      how far is the sediment contamintion? (a sheen of radiation was measured deep in the pacific recently likly from one of the initial explosions/meltowns)

      bueller does admit that there are NO measurements.. of course the chinese have the data.. but they want to get into big nuclear