NBC Nightly News: Concerns are growing tonight, especially out West, about the continuing radiation threat from Fukushima — Japanese Diplomat: U.S. food supply stands to be contaminated (VIDEO)

Published: September 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm ET


NBC Nightly News, September 3, 2013 – Brian Williams, Anchor: Concerns are growing tonight — especially out West — about the continuing radiation threat from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan. There’s this, the Japanese government said it will spend almost half a billion dollars, much of it to build a giant wall of ice underground to try to stop the flow of radioactive water leaking into the ocean.

Akio Matsumura, Japanese Diplomat, September 3, 2013: Japan is an island nation, connected to the rest of the world through the Pacific Ocean’s currents. For thousands of years those waterways have carried Japanese sailors to distant shores. Now they carry radioactivity to our coasts. Japan’s reluctance to ask for international help in managing Fukushima’s cleanup would be one thing if it put only its own people at risk. But with the rest of the world facing health risks, Japan’s mismanagement of its nuclear crisis is irresponsible and should not be accepted by other governments, especially the United States, whose food supply stands to be contaminated. […]

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Published: September 3rd, 2013 at 8:29 pm ET


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61 comments to NBC Nightly News: Concerns are growing tonight, especially out West, about the continuing radiation threat from Fukushima — Japanese Diplomat: U.S. food supply stands to be contaminated (VIDEO)

  • Cisco Cisco

    Wow, an in depth report from the stupid news…22 seconds. WTF

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    " especially the United States, whose food supply stands to be contaminated. […]"

    Where has the MSM been all these years? Don't they know the food supply is already contaminated? I don't think they are that stupid. I will wager they do not eat contaminated food themselves. They ought to be held accountable for misleading the American public.

    • Cisco Cisco

      Maybe, but from where can they get food that's not contaminated? High end /pricey restaurants are large consumers of fresh west coast fruits and vegetables.

      What's ironic is that those rich American corporate execs, the rich, and the elite may be subjected to substantially more ionized radiation than the working folks. Extensive air travel, prized Japanese beef and other Japanese luxury goods and food, expensive restaurants, high-end cars and electronics, et al may prove to be a bio-accumulative killer for this demographic.

      • We Not They Finally

        True. People who think that they are immune financially, do not always consider medically. I actually DOUBT that they've been selectively informed. I guess that even they will have to find out that money isn't everything.

    • They are accountable, to our secretive government.

      There's an old saying: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

      The UK government instructs its media what not to report…

      Our government is likely doing the same.

    • ion jean ion jean

      They've got a ticket to LIE…global radioactive contamination was a reality since 1952…the US figures it can lie about everything now (national security!) and they taught Japan well how to hide its nuclear arsenal.

      But the RAD CAT is outta the bag! Globalist Profitteers, your jig is up!

      If the 95% of the People who hate all things nuclear would just take a stand now…

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    The IceWall is a good idea to try, but Hurry and build a much bigger double-wall breakwater to capture runoff from the entire area..
    put tons of zeolite between the 2 concentric parallel breakwaters..
    This will create a 100million gallon impoundment pool..

    goog: [ flng fpso fsru ]

    …….park a LNG FSRU on the outer breakwater to supply cryogenic for the icewalls, plus provide plenty gaspower for reconstruction.

    If the situation can be stabilized, after eliminating the leaky tanks in favor of a filtration tankership, and strengthen SFP4, then there might be time to build a special giant landingcraft ship with very large bow-crane that can reach and lift the reactors in one dirty pick, then haul them away for recycling.

    • weeman

      Not with half a billion dollars

    • We Not They Finally

      21stC, I'm unclear why you think that this is just like a construction project. Like building a road or a bridge. Anyone working in that area is exposed to insanely high levels of radioactivity as they work. I haven't a clue how this would be feasible.

      And you think that "the reactors need to be hauled away for recycling"?? Forget even about the "recycling" part, which seems patently insane. How about somehow magically lifting an EMPTY reactor with fuel gone? Or getting so much as a single rod from SFP 4 safely, without creating a devil's nest of pick-up-sticks?

      And what the #$)%*&(*& do you mean by "capture run-off"?

      You do talk a lot and maybe you mean well, but this seems to make no sense.

    • fuganzi

      Some of these are pretty good "brainstorming" ideas; but they may begin to fall apart under implementation details.

      Obviously, some on-site heavy-lift equipment is going to be necessary, and I think that someone needs to TRY to dig the debris off, and get at that fuel for containment. If nothing else, they're going to dig some trenches in a hazardous environment, for the ice wall; and they're definitely going to be pulling spent fuel out of those pools.

      I think they could outfit some cranes and shovels with long hoses, and actuate the controls via pneumatic or hydraulic feeds. They would also need some kind of well-shielded video camera.

      This would allow the equipment to get close enough to dig, without exposing human operators. They could be operated remotely, minimal electronics (except the cameras). The problem of course is the dust released when that stuff is dug up. Is that better or worse than leaving it in the ground for 25,000 years?

  • nedlifromvermont

    Where do I sign up to check our nation's food supply, with my Geiger counter??? I am ready, willing and able to make this sacrifice …

    oh … so you don;t want me to check on this … for the team????

    • Nope, smiling will protect them.

      Besides, radiation is healthy and good for you.


      • hbjon hbjon

        Shockingly, most doctors have embraced the so called "low dose" treatment for patients and believe that radiation is good for us. So please don't forget to put the (sarc) after your posts when you say that radiation is healthy. Understand that years ago the technology was sold to those with money (doctors) and it was promoted as being beneficial. Actually, the spiel was that it benefits the patient if a doctor can see inside their bodies. They hammered on how the benefits outweighed the risks. Much like the technology utilizes to boil water. The potential for greatness and atrocity lie within the same set of equations.

  • Finally. Amazing.

    An entire 22 seconds was dedicated on NBC to the world's biggest most insidious radiological catastrophe in all of history.

    But, at least a lot of people got to hear something about it.

    😉 We all know the 'ice wall' is just another *ruse. Most of the folks watching that newscast won't have a clue.

    *ruse: a trick or deception

    Now here's someone who's not following the playbook.

    "…the United States, whose food supply stands to be contaminated…"
    – Akio Matsumura, Japanese Diplomat, September 3, 2013

    Thanks for the honesty Akio.

    • As a comparison, well over 10 minutes was dedicated to Syria.

      Let's see, what's more important?

      1. A civil war in Syria.


      2. Horrific ongoing Radioactive Contamination of the entire globe and potential damage to the DNA of every living thing with the potential for the unthinkable. Our water supply, food supply, health and mental well being are all in jeopardy.

    • And this idea will take two years to implement as long as they do not run into any problems.

      What are they going to do in the meantime?

  • nedlifromvermont

    You go 21stCentury!!!! I can see from your handle that you are from near the Space Needle, so you are closer than me, and can beat me to the site … I'll catch the next Conestoga wagon out of Vermont and meet you over on the Tohoku coast. You with your LNG fpso fsru and me with my Geiger counter. We'll make quite a team. On the way out, I'll stop in Denver (I think there's a Conestoga stop in that town,) and tell Anne you're not really pro-nuke (any more) and that you were just joking about putting the plutonium in her greenhouse, until she approved your thorium waste burner plan.

    Careful with the jokes, man … some people get all freaked out about this stuff … Okay???

    Cheers!!! … Nedli in Vt!!

    • We Not They Finally

      You're encouraging WHAT??? Maybe YOU can explain how 21stC's ideas are not just crazy talk?

      And by the way, it actually is not a joke….

      Not a clue where you are coming from.

      • nedlifromvermont

        WTF WNTF!!! Once again, an attack from the WNTF censoring twins!! If you read his comments really slowly, and use a dictionary, you might see that this engineering guy, 21stCentury, is offering some plausible (albeit high dollar cost) avenues for attacking and mitigating the ongoing disaster at the Fukushitty complex.

        As for my Conestoga Wagon comment thread, well, that was an attempt at humor, gallows humor if you will, which I don't believe you have a right to censor, even if you are somehow offended. It's not radioactive cesium gas … it's light-hearted rejoinder to relieve the stress of the truth bearing down upon us from this ongoing, under-reported, unnecessary and completely reprehensible catastrophe caused by American blue chip General Electric's corporate fraudulence and malfeasance …

        Not sayin' TepCo had no hand in helpin' create this mess …

        Not sayin' the Yakuza ain't runnin' the show over dare.

        Get a grip, one or both of you. This ain't goin' away, and neither am I!

        peace, out!

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          Attacking individuals who are anti-nuclear? Only nuclear shills do that. Death is not a joke, unless you love nuclear technology and other climate warming technology.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            And how are you going to get all that LNG and methane? Fracking? Are you fracking out of your mine?

            • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

              mine = demented mind

              • NoNukes NoNukes

                "tell Anne you're not really pro-nuke (any more) and that you were just joking about putting the plutonium in her greenhouse, until she approved your thorium waste burner plan."

                Plutonium in Anne's greenhouse? Wtf? Not okay. Creepy.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We've been lied to since 3/11. And these past weeks, most attention is on the "future", of what "might happen". But folks, it's here now. Contamination has been "ongoing" since 3/11.

  • It is a good sign and a bad sign when lame street media start promoting the story.

    Bottom line…USA wants Japan to restart its reactors, USA claims that it is a national security item and very important that Japan restart.

    • We Not They Finally

      stock, the US response thus far has been SHAMEFUL. I wanted so bad, repeatedly and for a very long time, to believe that we still live in a democracy. But it is looking more and more like a callous plutocracy every day.

  • snukey

    We should all be calling and emailing the NRC and anyone else, regardless of whether they'll listen or not.

    • We Not They Finally

      That's always a good idea, civic involvement. But there are VERY FEW who will do that. It is the public that needs to be educated before there is any real pressure at all.

  • ftlt

    A Scifi fix.. Never work

  • weeman

    Half a billion dollars to remedy what a joke, how much did it take to build the plant billions, how much to operate the plant and supply with fuel, billions. A nuclear plant can never make you a profit if you include these factors in and the price to fully commission and you still have to maintain the spent fuel for virtually ever.
    That's why they like the ice wall it is cheap in the scale of things, but that should only be one of many barriers to come, never mind the diversion of ground water and continual storage problems.
    The removal of spent fuel should not be done by tepco or Japanese government, in my mind they are not up to the task and at the very least need guidance.
    They need to have on site the necessary equipment and materials to extinguish spent fuel fire, at the ready, not after the fact, running around like chickens with no heads, like at the time of accident looking for batteries and no petty cash, idiotic on the verge of insanity.

    • Sickputer

      You got it right weeman…500 million dollars is spitting into a forest fire.

      When they start talking trillions of US dollars in defensive measures then they might corral some of the fuel. But I believe they waited far too long to try some strategies that might have slowed the coriums.

      There is no solution I can foresee for the out of control fuel. Japan is going to become a toxic island uninhabitable within a few short years (possibly months). The jury is out on how severe the consequences will be for the rest of the world.

      • I agree with that too.

        Didn't Iraq and/or Afghanistan cost us a Billion a day or something like that.

        🙁 There will be far reaching consequences. There already are.

        However, the Nuclear Industry and it's supporters will deny any or all correlations that radioactive contamination was a cause of any death or suffering. They will do this until their last breath.

      • hbjon hbjon

        Economically destroyed, but remember how the wind current carries the pollution and radiation out of Japan. The northeast region was hammered and will be vacated in time. Water contamination will force entire coast into a state owned wildlife refuge and wetland restoration Zone. Politically, the ramifications lie in wait.

    • Sixela Sixela

      if we know that earthquakes are an issue in Japan, how is the ice wall going to be a long term solution?

      • many moons

        The ice wall cometh….then what…

        If building an ice wall to hold back the flow of water is where we are at with saving the world…doesn't sound good.
        With all this global warming there won't even be ice at the poles…how will they keep it frozen?

      • With the filled in ground under FUKU cracking, fissuring, shifting and moving, how will solid metal tubes filled with LNG gas work? Especially with fill dirt that is saturated with liquid, ready to turn into mush that swallows whole buildings in case of earthquake?

        Won't an earthquake cause these tubes to break or crack?

        Then there will be a flammable gas around buildings that have problems with electrical sparks, radioactive rats eating through wiring, coriums and potentially exploding spent fuel.

        Full steam ahead, dam the live armed, stuck torpedos on a timer inside the nuclear sub.

  • captndano captndano

    22 seconds on the biggest catastrophe in human history. About as long as it takes to chew up a Cheeto. So I guess no one even heard the newscast over the crunching.

  • rockyourworld

    doesnt ge own nbc?

  • No Go on nuke, just say no go


    Did you see the sandbags holding back the "rainwater"?! WTF!!! do they not clearly see the massive tank of water in front of them? What the hell oculd that one little row of sand bags do? What are they eventually going to build the wall nice and high, and make a second layer of the tank? What a structurally sound idea, just like the rest of the F ups since 311. Get tepco the F out of there before its game over.

  • Jebus Jebus

    The Pacific Ocean is about 30% of the Earths surface.

    In one nuclear accident, we have heavily contaminated over 30% of the Earths surface with manmade Radionuclides…

  • combomelt combomelt

    TIME is SHORT.
    THE leaves have FALLEN
    FAR from the tree.
    no ONE IS HERE TO rake them up
    the PILES GROW larger
    and the wind BLOWS THEM







  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The contamination of all food produced in all west coast states has already occurred…shush!

  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    We can go to our doctors and start demanding a standard metals test.

    Once it is show we have cesium in our systems, we can start posting all the test results. In the FOIA documents I have been reading, they monitor all the sites, they even asked one website to remove the NRC logo from the plume coming from Japan.

    They wouldn't be able to deny it anymore, and we would know for sure instead of just theorizing all day what the implication are.


  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Ice wall or not, the molten coriums are unstoppable.

    And the ice-wall would need lots of electricity. They'll want to start up other nuclear pants.

    More gambling. More losing.

  • rockyourworld

    if you have the dough you can go for chelation regularly

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Not a concern in the world expressed by the US government..
    This matter taken care of long ago by the State Dept…(lest I say Hillary)

    Radiating Americans: Fukushima rain, Clinton's secret food pact


    PS.. Saying..Hillary..this creature has the audacity to run for presidency.

    The US government wants the population to endure this.. while having no true knowledge of the situation.
    Now..even if there is outrage..they must feel they are now in a position to contain it.
    Or the MSM..would not have been allowed to do so had there handlers not felt ready to deal with consequence.
    But in the flawed thinking of the psychopath..they fail to understand that these consequences will involve them.
    No amount of money..connection or stature..will save them.
    Oh..for a brief time..to inherit the consequences later on.
    But ultimately..it's.. welcome to open containment…for all parties.
    Welcome to the matrix.

  • RobertC

    The US food supply was already contaminated, before Fukushima. — I did a study, at that time, for some physicians whose patients had levels of Uranium in their blood and hair samples well above the toxic limit. What I found was that the medical literature which talked about the non-military source of uranium contamination all agreed that it came from the uranium mining and refining industry's adding contaminated phosphoric acid to fertilizers. The EPA is allowed to permit alternative "beneficial" uses of industrial wastes. They not only allow this to happen but even certify it as "Organic."
    I bought a modern geiger counter and tested foods from the local grocery stores. Much of it had low levels of radiation that were significantly above the background rate.

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    11,000 views of this day old, seconds long, Fuku tv piece, and not one mention of today's above-the-fold, New York Times front page photo and lead story on Fukushima?

    2.5 years of frustration over the Fuku news blackout, ended today, and no comments?

    Maybe corporate-media extra-credit should be given to the NYT for 'leaking' the long-suppressed Fuku contamination story during today's height of nationwide concern for our legislatures' vote for war with Syria:


    I hope today's publicized Fuku story has not simply come, and gone.

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