National Geographic: Newly discovered mass mortality in sea creatures along California coast — Body parts falling off, animals ‘wasting away’ — Researchers fear sea star epidemic has spread (PHOTOS)

Published: April 7th, 2015 at 9:18 am ET
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Smithsonian, Apr 6, 2015: [M]illions of sea stars along North America’s Pacific coast met a grisly end when a virus rotted their bodies into lumps of white goo… scientists fear that greater consequences of this “wasting disease” are already at play. And the sickness may be spreading even further… ecologists worry that the sea urchins could now be catching the same ailment.

Tweet from National Geographic, Apr 1, 2015: Now urchins are wasting away off California, in addition to sea stars… as the fallout from sea star disease ripples along the California coast.

National Geographic, Apr. 1, 2015 (emphasis added): [I]n southern California, urchins are losing their spines and dying… [T]he mass mortalities… are newly discovered phenomena that appear to be connected to a die-off of sea stars… Santa Barbara to Baja California, urchins’ spines are falling out, leaving a circular patch that loses more spines and enlarges with time… “We think that there’s a wasting event going on with urchins,” says Peter Raimondi, an ecology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “It is by no means as rapid as the sea star wasting… But we do see it in multiple sites. And when we do see it, we see it in a lot of animals.”… [S]cientists revealed a virus… had suddenly flourished [in sea stars], although no one at this point understands why… biologists have suggested that the virus may have evolved, becoming an extra-potent slayer… “There are particular signs that point to this being a wasting event, the way the animals are dying,” Raimondi says. The most common kinds of California urchins—purple, red, and white—are losing their spines… markers indicate that sea urchins in southern California are now in a wasting event, Raimondi says… Researchers fear that sea star wasting disease has spread to urchins.

Are urchins only dying in So. California as National Geographic reports?

Not according to another recent National Geographic report: “Urchins… seemed to have escaped the ill effects of the virus until now. But in recent weeks, reports have started to come in that they too are dying along beaches in the Pacific Northwest… [Cornell microbiologist Ian Hewson is] studying the urchins… that are already dying to see if the same killer is responsible.”

Friday Harbor Laboratories (Univ. of Washington), Amy Henry’s Lab Notebook, July 29, 2012: “Lime Kiln State Park… It appeared to have patchy dark lesions all over its body- areas where spines had fallen off and were replaced with goopy purple epidermis or potentially microbial colonies. There was a white margin to the presumptively infected patches, with darker purple or red centers. The urchin was still alive… His tube feet are lethargic.”

Jeff Marliave, Vancouver Aquarium, Jan 2014 (at 48:00 in): “Divers reported that all the red urchins have lost their spines… When we see a huge abundance of green urchins and then suddenly they’re gone, I’ve always tended to think, ‘What ate them? What ate them?… What killed them off?’ It could have been a bug.”

In early 2015, we reported on a similar phenomenon observed in Hawaii: Gov’t: Sick urchins have patchy loss of their spines and lesions

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  • rogerthat

    http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150407/srep09712/full/srep09712.html#affil-auth

    Assessment of radiocesium contamination in frogs 18 months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

    Noe Matsushima, Sadao Ihara, Minoru Takase & Toshihiro Horiguchi

    Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 9712 doi:10.1038/srep09712
    Received 21 October 2014 Accepted 11 March 2015 Published 10 April 2015

    The accumulation of radionuclides in frogs inhabiting radioactively contaminated areas around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) to search for possible adverse effects due to radionuclides. We collected 5 frog species and soil samples in areas within and outside a 20-km radius from FDNPP in August and September 2012 and determined their radiocesium concentrations (134Cs and 137Cs).

    There was a positive correlation between radiocesium concentrations in the soil samples and frogs, and the highest concentration in frogs was 47,278.53 Bq/kg-wet. …


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    http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/the-sendai-framework-and-lessons-from-fukushima

    The Sendai Framework and Lessons from Fukushima

    2015•04•10 Ana Mosneaga United Nations University

    Nuclear accidents and similar hazards were not among the leading topics during the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. Apart from one session dedicated to the issue of technological hazards, the nuclear accident in Fukushima that shocked Japan and the world four years ago did not receive much attention in the official segment of the conference.

    In this sense, there were certainly missed opportunities during the WCDRR to reflect more fully on the complex range of issues that were highlighted by the Fukushima accident. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 that was finally adopted after four days of intense negotiations, however, does offer some possibilities for integrating these lessons. Yet it remains to be seen whether this will mobilise the political will and public awareness needed to ensure that the next Fukushima-like situation is handled better. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.hu17.net/2015/04/10/could-the-east-riding-becoming-nuclear-waste-dumping-ground/

    Could The East Riding Become Nuclear Waste Dumping Ground
    APRIL 10, 2015

    Richard Howarth, Green Party Candidate for Beverley and Holderness, exposes the risk of nuclear and fracking waste disposal in the East Riding.

    On the last day of Parliament a change was rushed through to bypass local planning procedures. Future decisions about the location of nuclear waste disposal facilities are to be taken by government ministers.

    Richard Howarth asks, “Will East Yorkshire be next?”

    “This is a shocking and deeply undemocratic move. In it’s final throes this government has sneaked through changes without publicity or proper debate.”

    “This will revive memories of the attempt by NIREX to force a radioactive waste disposal facility on Killingholme, in North East Lincolnshire.”

    “It is essential for residents of Hull and the East Riding to ask candidates where they stand on dealing with radioactive waste, and waste from oil and gas wells, especially from fracking.”

    Last year, in North Yorkshire, the Environment Agency granted permission for the disposal of 6 million cubic meters of low level radioactive waste by injection into wells.

    Rathlin Energy UK Ltd have Radioactive Substances Activity permits for both West Newton and Crawberry Hill. …


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  • rogerthat

    http://www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4676:bush-local-leaders-push-for-fees-on-zion-nuclear-waste-dumping&catid=42:rokstories&Itemid=449

    Bush, local leaders push for fees on Zion nuclear waste dumping

    Thursday, 09 April 2015

    ZION — “Cities should have the power to collect an impact fee if a company stores their nuclear waste in their community,” State Senator Bush (D-Grayslake) said.

    “Zion was a partner in welcoming the nuclear plant. But now that the plant and the jobs are gone, the utility company needs to be a good neighbor and a positive force in the community.

    ''I want to give local governments the ability to hold companies accountable for the impact of leaving nuclear waste behind.”

    Zion is the site of the decommissioned Zion Nuclear Power Station, owned by Exelon, which closed the facility in 1998. The facility stores spent nuclear fuel from the plant, and is currently undergoing a long decommissioning process.

    In the wake of the plant’s closure, Zion lost an estimated 55 percent of property tax revenue. Even with property tax increases, they have yet to make up the huge hole left in their budget. Due to the land’s use as a waste disposal site, options for redevelopment are extremely limited.

    “The dramatic loss of Equalized Assessed Valuation has driven the Zion tax rate significantly higher as more of the tax burden is pushed on to residential properties,” said Chris Clark, Superintendent of…


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      the Zion-Benton Township High School District. “Property values have also reached an all-time low. The fact that Zion has become a long-term storage facility for spent fuel, and the inability of Zion to utilize prime lake front real estate for development, have greatly hindered the community’s recovery.”

      “Communities are dependent on their ability to create value within their boundaries,” said John Ahlgrim, Superintendent of Zion Elementary School District 6. “That land is in such a critical location for the city.”

      David Knabel, Chief Financial Officer for the City of Zion, said the closure of the facility lowered local property tax revenues by nearly $20 million while the city needed to provide the same level of services to the surrounding community.

      “[A nuclear disposal impact fee] will help to offset the impact to the residents and businesses and help to repair the damage done to the area,” Knabel said in a statement by the city.

      The legislation is Senate Bill 544. It awaits a vote in the Illinois Senate.


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    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/10/kildee-wants-state-dept-involved-nuke-waste-debate/25565227/

    Kildee wants State Dept. involved in nuke waste debate
    Melissa Nann Burke, The Detroit News April 10, 2015

    Washington — U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint, wants President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to take a more active role in preventing the Canadian government from permanently burying nuclear waste in the province of Ontario, less than a mile from Lake Huron.

    Kildee plans to introduce a congressional resolution on Monday seeking an alternative site for Canada's radioactive waste, where it won't harm U.S. commerce or public health.

    "The Great Lakes aren't just a source of natural wonder — as the world's largest body of fresh water, they're vital to our way of life," Kildee said in a statement, noting that millions rely on the lakes for drinking water and jobs in the fishing, boating and tourism industries.

    Kildee was expected to announce the resolution Friday morning in Detroit during a roundtable about the Great Lakes hosted by the Sierra Club. …


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    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-us-safe-from-san-onofre-highly-radioactive

    Keep Us Safe from San Onofre Highly Radioactive Nuclear Waste

    Petition to our Elected and Appointed Federal and State Officials

    Southern California Edison wants to bury 1632 tons of highly radioactive nuclear spent fuel on the beach at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in a known earthquake fault, tsunami and firestorm zone, next to the I-5 freeway, Amtrak, just steps from ocean access in an unprotected airspace, and extremely vulnerable to nuclear terrorism.

    10 million people live within the 50 mile evacuation zone

    We, your electorate call upon you to:

    -Demand that any interim dry storage system that Edison purchases be above ground, can easily be inspected and have developed transport casks available.

    -Direct the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy work with the Department of Defense and California Legislators to immediately create a California Interim Dry Storage Facility on an existing isolated, guarded military base, that is seismically stable, away from a tsunami zone and be in an enforced no fly zone so that it can be protected against the growing threat of nuclear terrorism.

    Protect the Citizens of Southern California


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    https://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/atomicage/

    Forest Fires Threaten New Fallout From Chernobyl via The New York Times

    On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine released a plume of radiation that eventually blanketed an estimated 77,000 square miles of Europe and Eurasia. While the worst of the contamination occurred near the plant — an area still closed to human habitation, now referred to as the exclusion zone — the effects are still seen further afield as well. Radioactive wild boars roam German forests, and radioactive mushrooms grow in Bulgaria.

    Now, an international team of experts warns that Europe could receive fresh doses of Chernobyl radiation from forest fires.

    Radioactive isotopes of cesium, strontium and plutonium take decades to millenniums to decay. The contaminants remain in soil and in plants that, once on fire, can release them into the air.

    […]

    Timothy Mousseau, a biologist at the University of South Carolina, and his colleagues created a computer model that incorporates fire patterns, climate predictions and field data collected in contaminated areas in Ukraine and Belarus.

    According to their analysis, published in Ecological Monographs, wildfires that broke out in the exclusion zone in 2002, 2008 and 2010 have cumulatively redistributed an estimated 8 percent of the original amount of cesium-137 released in the 1986 disaster. …


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    Now THIS is what I call a righteous rant:

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/10/the-real-nuclear-threats/

    WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 10-12, 2015
    No Peaceful Nukes
    The Real Nuclear Threats
    by MIRIAM GERMAN


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  • Supply Side Jesus, Bill Maher And Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sexism, Nuclear Industry, Lies, GDP, Human Trafficking, Economic Growth and Global Economics
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/09/whos-counting-marilyn-waring-on-sex.html


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