Local Official: They found plutonium in every sample — Radiation-absorbing bacterium is everywhere on paved surfaces

Published: June 4th, 2012 at 3:26 pm ET
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June 3, 2012 blog post by Minamisoma City Councilor Koichi Oyama translated by Dissensus Japan:

[...]The other day when a member of the Diet visited Minamisoma City, he said that he had a meeting with an official beforehand but he got no information about it.

What happened to the Ministry of the Environment?

I exchanged business card with three officials when they came for an assembly on April 26. I sent emails but they never answered.

This is my mail:

To Mr.Taku Ômura (Chief of Fukushima Office at Environmental Restoration of The Ministry of the Environmental), Mr. Yukiharu Kouso (Chief of Branch Office at Hamadori of Environmental Resotoration of The Ministry of the Environmental), Mr. Aha (Chief of Branch Office at Hamadori of Environmental Resotoration of The Ministry of the Environmental)

Well done for the committee meeting of Mimanisoma city assembly yesterday.

I’m Koichi Oyama, an official of Minamisoma City.

I send you additional informations about the black substance we talked about yesterday.

There are a bacterium type which likes to absorb the radioactive substance in exuberance everywhere on the paved surfaces in the residential area and at residential houses and they drifts on the side walks, on parkings and on the road.

Cesium for example is highly radioactive and yesterday i saw the result of analysis of Japan Chemical Analysis Center which contain fluid, they found plutonium and strontium in every samples.

[...]

The informations of city center detected by Minamisoma City
Total value of cesium 134 and 137
Bq/kg-dry

  • 1,320,000 Haramachi District, Ushigoe algae types
  • 1,960,000 Kashimaku District, Jisabara algae types
  • 5,570,000 Odaka District, Kanaya algae types
  • 16,200 Haramachi District, Kunimi soil
  • 793,000 Odata District, Kamimachi algae types
  • 430,000 Odata District, Motomachi algae types
  • 583,000 Odata District, Motomachi algae types
  • 2,970,000 Odata District, Kanaya algae types / soil
  • 522,000  Odata District, Kanaya cattle dung

[...]

See also: Local Official: 5,000,000 Bq/kg and no decontamination -- We can't eat food grown here, but we are forced to live here

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52 comments to Local Official: They found plutonium in every sample — Radiation-absorbing bacterium is everywhere on paved surfaces

  • jec jec

    Is this an artifical "bacteria?" Or is it found naturally in the soil/air? Sure hope they didnt try to "decontaminate" by MIXING bacteria with the emissions/smoke from Fukusahima. Anyone know about this type of "algea" and the way it "concnetrates" radioactivity? If it just accumulates..without breaking down the substances into non-lethl toxins..then they are back to ground zero. The dilution of radiation has been stopped. The "algea" or baterium is toxic to carbon based lifeforms (thats living species!) with this high a contentration of radiation. Hope someone here reading these posts have a more scientific explaination….


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  • This way out of any area of my knowledge, but raises a few questions.

    1. Are they calling algae bacterium. or are there also bacteria not mentioned here?
    2. What if anything consumes this algae?
    3. Is the algae a good thing because it keeps the radioactive dust particles from blowing around?
    4. Are these new and previously unknown organisms that consume radioactive particles?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Maps need to be made to show everywhere this stiff is, so far. And the speed in which it's spreading.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      It's mostly all over Fukushima and spreading fast through Tokyo. It burns when it touches skin. Flys in the wind like pollen when dry. Japan is a dead man walking. The big question is, are airline passengers bringing it to airports all over the world? How fast will it spread in the US? Will it reach here in the jetstream? How about the debris hitting the coasts? Quick, get the kids and go clean it up!

      Just imagine lethal (plutonium) pollen flying through the air. Not just in the spring, but all year long. Man could not perfect a more perfect way to spread lethal doses of radiation.

      All that 'normal background radiation' that the government talks about? This will eat that, too, and concentrate it.


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    • Maggie123

      Just found this jet stream map and info site at SFSU Meterology: http://squall.sfsu.edu/crws/jetstream.html

      Not necessarily geared to include Fukushima relevance, but definitely focused on jet stream analysis.

      It might be of interest.


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  • andii

    I think the nature has an incredible way to protect humans. This algae, just like moss or mushroom, accumulates radioactive materials. I doubt it's been purposely spread though.

    Unfortunately I didn't save the link but there is a group of Japanese researchers who's been studying a bacteria which detoxify radioactive material for the past 15 years (if I remember correctly). Also in Russia, they found bacteria that eats radioactive materials.


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Is there any living thing that can detoxify radiation and make it harmless?

    There are many things that concentrate radiation; mushrooms, berries, bacteria, and all living things going up the food chain.

    What is the difference, if any, between bioaccumulation in living things, and remediation, which is taking the radiation from soil or water or living things and safely disposing of it, or transforming it into a non harmful form?


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    • andii

      AGR, I think both cases exists.
      Now you questioned, I am really regretting not saving the link I saw a couple days a go but I am finding other links now :)

      1. There is a bacteria found in Dodomo, Tanzania which bioaccumulates (much like how zeolite works) radioactive materials.

      There is also an interesting story about 8 staff from Hiroshima Uni who survived in Hiroshima zero-zone (within 1km). The reason being, the night before Hiroshima was nuked, these people got drunk on sake and speculated that it must have been because of the fact that they were protected by the bacteria. Other story you must have heard that doctors and nurses adviced people in Hiroshima to drink Miso soup (live bacteria in them) and eat other fermented products which are very common in Japan. Probiotics strengthen your gut flora (gut=immune system).

      Anyway, there is a suggestion that bacteria could possibly detoxify radiation by the use of multiple fermentation. It says that Takashima institute of intelligent technology was able to decompose (don't know if this is the correct word) Cs-137.

      http://tidt.fool.jp/pdf/ukraine-g.pdf


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Spiders bioaccumulate radioactive silver.

    Mushrooms bioaccumulate cesium.

    Humans bioaccumulate ALL 1000 radioactive substances coming from a broken SFP or reactor, but some cause more damage than others; strontium, iodine, cesium, plutonium, uranium.


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    • I'll just add in some Cobalt-60 and Uranium-235 as per Arnie's soil measurements:

      TOKYO SOIL EQUALS NUCLEAR WASTE IN U.S.
      Samples taken in city 200 miles from damaged reactor contaminated with radiation
      Published: 05/24/2012 at 7:13 PM
      http://www.wnd.com/2012/05/tokyo-soil-would-be-considered-nuclear-waste-in-u-s/?cat_orig=health

      "During a recent trip to Tokyo, Gundersen collected soil samples from a sidewalk, a children’s playground, a rooftop, a patch of moss by the side of a road, and the lawn of a judicial building. After sending those samples in for testing, it was revealed that each one had high levels of radioactive cesium-134 (CS134) and cesium-137 (CS137), while three of the samples contained high levels of cobalt-60 (CO60). One of the samples also tested positive for uranium-235 (U235)."


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  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    No Solutions For Nuclear Disasters Or Nuclear Waste; via A Green Road Blog
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/no-solutions-for-nuclear-disasters.html


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  • glowfus

    plutonium in every sample. cesium in every tuna tested. five million bq of cesium in algae. plutonium in every sample tested. please excuse my stuttering,,,


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  • mem mem

    Plutonium everywhere…oh I feel sick.


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  • harengus_acidophilus

    Just a guess:
    "yesterday i saw the result of analysis (…) which contain fluid"
    Sounds like rain…

    h.


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  • alasanon

    hmmmm… the stats are staggering! :(

    How much longer can sane, educated people go on ignoring this crazy situation???….in Japan and the U.S.!!!

    Rule of thumb: Chernobyl. Remember that the impact did NOT stop at the Russia borders. Next continent in line got hit hard!…


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  • Jebus

    Sorry, this is a double post, too many pages open…
    But this thread needs to be the target.

    Anyone care to wager a bet, as to where all the rad loving bacteria came from?

    This is not new science, and I am sure the Japanese.gov were(are) looking at ways to mitigate the radionuclides before those pitchforks come a pokin at the steps of the diety. (curious it's called that, diety)

    and I am sure that some enterprising biotechnology corp.gov.corp somewhere has offered it's services to said Japanese.gov for a "modest" fee.

    Any takers against this possible scenario?

    I wonder what it is called. Hmm, corexit would be good. Wait, thats been taken…Darn, it would have described things very well.

    Maybe in disdain for that name already taken, they could call it BlowOut, indicating the fungus' ability to uptake the heavy metals, dry up, and blow them out to sea…

    Anyways, here is some data on this bioremediation technique, most data on this is "pay as you go" type documents. Go figure!

    Engineering radiation-resistant bacteria for environmental
    biotechnology
    Michael J Daly

    http://priede.bf.lu.lv/grozs/Mikrobiologijas/BiotehIII/Produkti%20un%20genomi/Radiac_rezist.pdf


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  • razzz razzz

    From his inquiry…
    "There are a bacterium type which likes to absorb the radioactive substance in exuberance everywhere on the paved surfaces…"

    Elsewhere he also refers to it as a substance so maybe he doesn't know what it is either.

    Everything seems conjecture at this point without a definitive answer to what the hell the substance is and its origin. Almost like they are afraid to tell us what it is.


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  • arclight arclight

    Interesting pdf this one.. worth a read… and bacteria is quite resistant to radiation anyway… even some of the most common types..
    My thought is that radiation lowers the immune system and allows the more radiation hardy bacteria and virus to step in where nature is defeated by radiation.. the whole pdf is a bit of an eye opener..
    FUTURE USES OF LARGE
    RADIATION SOURCES
    By Dr. Henry Seligman*
    This is a vast subject involving many scientific disciplines-one cannot know everything about it.
    “…Radiation has, of course,a big effect on living beings,and this is being used for certain irradiations of medical supplies. ……………………… Here radiation is not creating a different system – it simply kills. Radiation does not kill everthing ; when we speak of making something sterile we must be clear about what it implies. For example, if bacteria are irradiated, the number of bacteria is reduced by the same proportion for each time – interval that the object is exposed. That is, after a certain time the number of bacteria is reduced by a tenth, after another certain time by a further tenth, and so on – one never kills the last one. One cannot therefore speak in that sense of "sterIility" …………………..If the product is very dirty, say it contains 10 7 bacteria and one reduces it to 1 0 5, one still has a filthy product at the end. If one starts, as is normal,with
    cont….


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  • Jebus

    The cool thing I saw on this while searching, is that the bacterium studied, showed it's ability to protect itself from high levels of rads with melanine and it had spare, "safe" copies, or blueprints, for rebuilding any damaged DNA. It took the damaged dna and wraped an internal structure around it and began to repair it. Very interesting these fungi. Stands to reason that one of the oldest living organisms on this earth, Fungus, had developed a way to mitigate high radiation damage. I guess they will be here long after us…


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    • Jebus

      I should correct myself. Bacterium is not a fungus, my searches turned up fungus as a viable bioremediation tool.
      I'm thinkin that what this Japanese gentleman is seeing, is a fungus not a bacterium. I sure I could be wrong though.


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      • arclight arclight

        hi jebus
        its funny that the material has not been positively identified?

        there have been studies and experiments on this type of remediation work posted previously..

        the silence on this is suspicious.. a little experiment in progress ??

        the doses mean that it could be alot of different types of possiblilities and if darwin is right maybe some new life!!

        thinking 1960`s version of the blob here (much better than the new one! imho)

        :)


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  • Jebus

    Ah, here we go, from our comrads at the good ole EPA…
    From 2006 mind you.

    scroll down to: Appendix F
    Emerging Decontamination Technologies

    And they cite a Bacterium as a Bio-Decontamination tool.
    but in a different way…
    and they cite Inexpensive and Elimination of airborne contamination. Right down Tepco's alley!

    the other methods are interesting

    http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/docs/cleanup/402-r-06-003.pdf


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  • Toby

    All of this information is aggravating. We have, on the one hand, sources like enenews and Gunderson telling us that we don't have much longer to live, that the planet will be unable to sustain us, then we have TEPCO and so-called Radiation experts saying that the threat is way overblown and that contamination of air, water and food is minimal.

    Can anyone here suggest an unbiased, go-to source for the basics of the problem as it relates to human survival and what is being done about it? The minutia is not helping.


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    • Jebus

      "Can anyone here suggest an unbiased, go-to source for the basics of the problem as it relates to human survival and what is being done about it? The minutia is not helping."

      Toby,
      It falls somewhere in between the two extremes.
      Where that vector is, will be apparent in about five to ten years…
      I am sorry if that is too vague, but many have been all over this issue since it began and no one, I repeat, NO ONE has been able to pinpoint that data.
      You have to process this "minutia" and come up with your own conclusion…


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      • arclight arclight

        You have to process this "minutia" and come up with your own conclusion…

        +1000


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      • Toby

        Thank you Jebus,

        I'm frustrated, obviously, and the wiki page on the Fuku/Daichi disaster is only partially useful. It's raining here in Seattle and I'm fearful of going outside. I think about just ignoring my vegetable garden and in the supermarket I have to worry about buying fish or even local eggs.

        I've been looking at Radiation Dosimeters for use in determining whether any foods we eat are unsafe, but the information is so varied and the devices are terrifically expensive.

        I see that Mr. Gunderson and Ms. Caldicott are both subjected to enough derision to make their summations of severity suspect. I worry terribly about the people of Japan.

        All of this is very troubling.


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    • chrisk9

      Unfortunately there really is no go to source, but there are a number of well informed people here and in other forums that give you good information to make your own opinion.

      TEPCO and other industry sources will give you information based on their bottom line only. They have a monetary stake in outcomes and perceptions so they can not be trusted to give you a balanced picture. I worked for these people and there were great people there, but on a corporate level they were snakes.

      Arnie is a quite good source for some things, but not quite as good in other areas. His background is in engineering, not biology or radiation safety.

      Other so called experts outside the industry can voice opinions that range from fact based to absurd. And that makes sorting through all the information very difficult for the average person. Some alarmist threads here and elsewhere I just ignore, just like I ignore most of what TEPCO, IAEA and the NRC says.

      Try to find the middle ground. So far no one outside Japan has received a radiation dose larger than one would get during an ex ray at a doctor or dentist. But now seeing contamination in fish is deeply troubling. Since we have no idea how much radiation has been released and monitoring data is so sketchy this is a difficult puzzle for anyone to put together, even those of us with nuclear experience and knowledge.

      With all of this said, everything changes if we lose a spent fuel pool or anything get worse


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  • razzz razzz

    Unfortunately, the accumulative effects of all this radioactive fallout is the standard but you never know who is exposed the most and who had the most uptake either externally or internally. Cancers are the usual byproducts of expose to fallout but take years to develop.


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  • VanneV anne

    It sounds like "clutching at straws" to me. Or "myths created and perpetuated by the nuclear industry."


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  • What Heart of the Rose said, 4/6/12:
    "Just wanted to say…no matter how diluted..we have heard the SOS from Minamisoma"

    http://enenews.com/cyanobacteria-over-1000000-bqkg-outside-minamisoma-city-hall-videos

    Also this really rather creepy link: http://www.mossbauer.org/Japan.html

    via: excellent HotR/NoNukes discussion.

    @Jebus-agreed re: Opportunistic BioDeCon = Playtime with New Toys.


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  • andii

    Is it possible that this black algae thrives on radiation? You see, if one type of bacteria dimishes in number, the colony becomes weak so the other strain of competing bacteria starts to thrive. It could be that the black algae needs radiation or because of other diminising colonies, they were able to mutiply in numbers hence they started to appear every place where radiation settled(?)

    Very simplistic thinking…


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  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    Last link was cut off. 'Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' published a special edition on low-dose radiation, the lead article of which

    http://bos.sagepub.com/content/68/3/10.full.pdf


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