US Gov’t: Plutonium is from Fukushima reactors, not fuel pools — Experts: Plutonium needs to be in U.N. assessment of radioactive releases

Published: October 26th, 2013 at 11:27 am ET


Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW, etc., Oct. 18, 2013: […]  the emission of radioactive particles from Fukushima Dai-ichi continues until today and that the available source term [i.e. total radioactive release] estimates only deal with the emissions during the first weeks of the disaster, it is important to look at which source term estimate to use […] UNSCEAR [United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation] bases its calculations on the source term estimate of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), an organization that was severely criticized […] for its collusion with the nuclear industry […] The renowned Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) found a release of cesium-137 three times higher than the JAEA estimate. […] By relying on data from neutral international institutions rather than the Japanese nuclear industry, accusations of selective data sampling could be reduced. Also, it is important to include not only iodine-131 and cesium-137 in atmospheric release assessments, such as JAEA, but also radioisotopes such as iodine-133, strontium-89/90 and plutonium-isotopes, as they were also detected in soil, groundwater and sediment samples in Fukushima Prefecture.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission FOIA ML12128A322, Published May 1, 2013: Page 8 — “Pu contamination in soil thought to be coming from the reactors”

TEPCO, April 10, 2012: Detection of Pu in the soil in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station […] there are possibilities that [the Pu-238, Pu-239, and Pu-240] originate from the accident this time, taking the previous analysis results into consideration. Pu-238, Pu-239, and Pu-240 have been detected in the samples collected after March 21 at some places; however, there have been no major changes in the amounts.

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Published: October 26th, 2013 at 11:27 am ET


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61 comments to US Gov’t: Plutonium is from Fukushima reactors, not fuel pools — Experts: Plutonium needs to be in U.N. assessment of radioactive releases

  • ftlt

    What ever happened to the comments on the Japan's secret weapons grade material stored in Unit 3… Could this be the plutonium they are finding???… It is measurable as to origin… Is anyone doing this???

    • We Not They Finally

      What you might find interesting is an article in, I believe, October 2011, by Yoichi Shimatsu, which goes into their secret nuclear programs, aided by (at that time) the Cheney cabal. And MOX fuel was supposed to be illegal in Japan but they brought it in anyway.

      Note: Shinzo Abe was P.M. back then too!! He's not just a monster, he's a repeat monster.

      • ftlt

        WE: I was referring to the weapons grade – ready for rapid assembly into nuke weapons for the Japanese Military – materials that were once discussed… Believe, they have been mentioned on here in the past..

        While they could be covered by the MOX title, these were supposed to be different than the general heading of MOX fuels– They were nuclear components of ready to be assembled bombs of a clandestine Japanese nuclear weapons program..

        My point was these would have a signature if they were there.. And further has anyone listed there original manufactured source/site of the plutonium found at FUFU

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Not correct. The transfer took place in 2007, when Yasuo Fukuda was Prime Minister. Please look it up.

    • Total Fukushima Radiation Released Into Ocean, Air, Groundwater, Storage Tanks; via @AGreenRoad

  • ftlt

    Nice to see Enenews got a nice plug in the comments section in a FUFU article on the pool of unit 4 on the CommonDreams web site..

    The top progressive news site in America..

    Keep it up Enenews

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    We have nothing to worry about. I heard it from the NRC. (Sarcasm).

    • Edward Edward

      Great! Then I will continue shopping, planning trips, buy a new SUV and gamble in the stock market. (Sarcasm).
      Greed and corruption are ruining the world. (Truth).

      • mhocker10

        I think at the point in this disaster we are at, I believe that last line should read…

        "Greed and Corruption HAVE ruined the World"

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    That's the thing though… isn't it..
    The beauty of like a veil that hides the hideous doings of their government and organized crime.

    But veiling will no longer work..because this rare beauty has already been tainted.


  • hbjon hbjon

    There were massive amounts of aerosolized fuel particles that were released in the initial events at FDNPP's. Plutonium was detected in North America within weeks of 3/11. The venting corium also has liberated isotopes that get caught in jets of water vapor and gas.

    A system will be developed that seeks to confine the fuel particles into a matrix of solid material. Think artificial uranium ore, where the elements can be safely dispersed within a neutron absorbing compound. Like a brick or solid block for instance.

    Ideally, all the wreckage should be encased within a waterproof sealed vessel and kept onsite because the land has been rendered unusable for the living. All future radiological waste will be disposed of here.

  • weeman

    You had three of the biggest vaporizers in the solar system, spewing unimaginable amounts of radioactive isotopes for weeks directly into our atmosphere, 6000 degrees and uncontained leaks for two and a half years.
    This is no surprise, what is a surprise is there response, both health and engineering?
    What does a vaporizer do, it concentrates?

  • Finch Finch

    Nice to see how long it takes pysicians with social responsibility to get their brain-machines working. I remember all the comments here starting o3 2011 where we mentioned that it will not be done with only counting the radioactive release after the explosions but that this will be an ongoing release for many decades or centuries from now on.

  • Gasser Gasser

    The World is broken

    Clicked on enenews for good news I was hopen'
    Turns out it has gotten worse, the Worlds broken

    Clicked on Fairewinds to hear what Ernie has spoken
    He indicates Japan and TEPCOs efforts are money broken

    Clicked on A Green Road to read how many will be croakin'
    Soon won't be anyone alive to fix 440 reactors that will be broken

    Clicked on MSM news to see if they know Fukushima's smokein'
    Their news is only about Hollywood marriages that have been broken

    Clicked on Extinction Protocol to check on Doomsday bad news no jokein'
    I see photos of man/natures devastation causing everything to be broken

    Clicked on Radiationnetwork to check for any spike CMP's approachin'
    Found out the site was down, they're Geiger counter Mueller tube is broken

    Clicked onto Wikipedia for more nuke insight and learned a lot by curiosity pokin'
    It all sifts down to, culture, politics, science, religion moral code's have been broken


  • Lady M

    Good one, Gasser! For you:

    For help in washing the blame away,
    It's Mother Nature that Japan is invokin'
    But after yesterday's earthquake, tsunami, typhoons, and rain,
    That darn plant's still standing… still broken.

  • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

    Of course the US government knows where the Pu came from…

    We sent our crack Marine Corp Radiation team into Fukushima at the tail end of March 2011…they were there for 19 days and left afterwards without really doing anything…except for maybe scooping the weapons grade Pu off the ground…

    Another thing to mention is that right before the Marines were there, the CIA sent an officer over to assist TEPCO in operational management; ie information control…

    The news took on a different complexion afterwards of course; downplay, obfuscate, distort…you know the usual crap…and to make this funny, the news control started on…drum roll please…

    April Fools Day!

    I actually watched Target map, which had been giving real time radiation numbers, suddenly NOT WORK…no updates…it was weird to say the least…again this fun stuff went down on April 1st…

    Currently I've noticed that when you zoom in to Fuku on, there is NO DAMAGE to the plant. Everything is just Hunky Dory.

    They also have moved the "radiation indicators" into a half circle around the plant, when before they were more on top of the units. The numbers have also been lowered on the radiation readings and seem to be staying just the same…impressive considering the magnitude of this disaster…

    FACT: Liars are worthless to humanity…

    Thank you everyone for your time.

    Have a great day all!

    • Socrates

      Who knows what they were hiding in there….

      Somehow one would suspect weapons-related "secret" enrichment activity since Japan has the capacity to weaponize, or at least cooperate with nuclear-armed nations.

      The new Japanese media law will ban all discussion of the truth.

    • hatrick penry

      Someone is impersonating me here on Enenews….looks like I am really busting some balls….
      THIS IS NOT ME!!!!

      • We Not They Finally

        I understand you're upset. But readers actually do know the difference between Hatrick Penry and Patrick-Henry. I don't think it should be done either. The names are way too similar and obviously you were first. But I think that readers do know the difference. You can ask the Admin. Have no idea what they do about that, but you can ask.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        That person is using a different name: Patrick Henry. I think people can read.

    • hatrick penry

      You are a real scumbag for impersonating one of the true anti-nuke crowd. Enenews is a TROLL DEN SUPREME!!!!

      • Jebus Jebus


        Will the real Hatric-Patric-Henry-Penry please stand up…

        "FACT: Liars are worthless to humanity…"

      • bo bo

        Omg I got suckered into it !
        It did occur to me that post saying goodbye to everyone was uncharacteristically dramatic

        • We Not They Finally

          A few people have done that by now. Sometimes it actually does get hard to distinguish between apocalyptic and apoplectic…. [smile]

      • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

        Hey Hatrick take a pill. I'm not a fucking troll. Resent the implication. I'm not impersonating you. I'm Patrick Henry. Have been for over a decade online. Doing podcasts under that pseudonym talking about this event as well as many others. I don't own the rights to the pic anymore than you do. So ease up. I'm a brother in arms eneers. I post from the heart and from the truth. That is all.

        • Jebus Jebus

          Hello Patrick-Henry,
          Are you affiliated with

          • Patrick-Henry Patrick-Henry

            No Jebus I'm not. I've been doing podcasts on podomatic dot com for awhile. Kind of a side thing while I was doing broadcast radio. I'm not doing the radio bit any longer.

            But since I've been doing allot of video work lately I haven't posted a damn thing over there.

            I for one was VERY happy when I saw "Hatrick Penry" on here. (Yes he was here on this sight before me.) I think it's a great twist on the handle and I wish I had thought of it. But that honor goes to Hatrick himself. Kudos sir or ma'am.

            Now I hope this clears this up. There IS more than enough room for two of us to adopt the name of one of the greatest patriots that ever lived.

            Back to what I posted above. Absolute truth about the Marine Radiological team and CIA information control officer going into Japan at the end of March 2011.

            I don't have links. I copied and pasted the articles from Kyodo News and NHK into Microsoft word at the time. I will dig those out of my main computer and share.

            Peace Eners. More Later.

  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Japan waant to have power that Obama has & stop the meddia from leaking vital info the gov's want to cover up, the more bad news about nuclear power & how unsafe it is , will hurt the use of Nuke power & building new ones.Now Japn wants to follow Obama & take away the people of Japan rights to know the truth. From worse to worse as each day passes! What's up with 5 & 6? There is a huge problem & it has been covered up, we will know if they blow!

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Just imagining how things could get worse, I guess. Popped into my mind the possibility that a corium going china syndrome might just by some chance hit a naturally occurring uranium deposit…

    I'm no scientist. It might not be likely, but then again where the chances that we would find such a rich vein of liars when mining for politicians?

  • Socrates

    I hate it when I hear that information vital to making healthy choices in a democracy are controlled by governments to protect industries. The information might "hurt" the economy, etc.

    Well, the lack of information will hurt children who were not evacuated. Indeed, dozens of generations will suffer mutations. Cancer rates will climb, heart disease will increase, more cases of mental retardation such as cretinism will manifest.

    Who will step up to take responsibility for this genocide and ecocide? There should be post-Fukushima Nuremberg trials to sort this out.

    I said this hundreds of times beginning on 3-11. But, the nuclear self-appointed geniuses said that there was no need to evacuate. Now there will be Hell to pay.

    Pieces of PU lying all around after a detonation is the logical result. Why didn't they follow the plume, evacuate populations, and decontaminate the affected areas?

    It is an example of the moral failure of corporate government by so-called elites.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Todd Rundgren's Utopia made a video titled, "Feet don't fail me now."

      I have a new interpretation of it now:

      Gaia no longer loving it's life forms. All life forms report to gate 3.

    • We Not They Finally

      This set of corporate/defense industry lies has been happening for 70 years and still counting. It's just "not local" any more in any sense of the term.

      So we think that once something goes international (and in this case PERMENANTLY) that there may be some protection. Then you find out that that's not the case.

      I can't make this look good. No one can. Maybe all we have left now is education, and compassion for the innocent. Would love to have key people just wake up one day and revoke their immense/wrongful power. And I support any whistleblower who might be able to do that. I just can't see that NOW.

      • Socrates

        Thanks for your insight and compassion.

        Globalization is an arbitrage of regulation to an international regulatory agency that collides with the purportedly regulated industry to further weaken regulation. The IAEA and the WHO come to mind…

        The new secret "free trade" agreements remove national protection through our court system. State and federal courts will have no power to enforce environmental regulations and laws. You have to arbitrate.

    • Hell for some, huge profits for others…

      Cancers will be needed to be taken out and 'treated' with MORE radiation, hence huge profits.

      The more radiation, the better for the medical and Big Pharma industries, and the more sick people, the more dough they roll in.

      Banks will not be big enough to hold all of the money made off of suffering sick and dying people…

      Big Pharma will have to invest in huge blimps to stuff all of the money into.

      Medical facilities will have to build whole new floors to store all of the gold bricks they will 'inherit' in their search for the cure for cancer. Nope, no answer yet, but keeping sending the $$$..

      Radiation is good for you, just ask a a medical and/or nuclear professional.

  • razzz razzz

    Yeah, we will all collect particles and fragments from the exploded nuclear fuel with butterfly nets and resemble them inside safe containers as Daiichi keeps on spewing more radioactive particles along with all the other nuclear reactors in the world.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      he he. butterfly nets. let's do some 'shrooms before they get too radioactive. We can do the butterfly net thingie and save the world. Send that suggestion to Tepco. They need some serious help. All the world help Tepco. Send your straight jackets and butterfly nets. 🙂

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    The government/NRC actually acknowledges: Reactor + U = soils + Plutonium…the government acknowledged the elephant in the room…!

    That's progress…

  • Sol Man

    Where Pu came from?
    I mean, at this point what difference does it make?
    It is outside the box- in spades. Period.

    • Socrates

      They don't want you to question what's in the spent fuel pools? They now admit it came from reactors to distract your attention?

      I am just guessing. But standard operating procedure is to conceal and mislead when it comes to secret weaponization programs.

      I have predicted that Japan will be militarized to contain China on behalf of the "international community." You will not see the IC on a map. That would be part of the Asian Pivot. It is politics….

      Also, if the source was SFP material, that means that all SFPs can go dry and blow with loss of coolant events. That would cause many in the US to rethink the risks of NNPs next to major population centers.

      • MichaelV MichaelV


        That's logical… China is the key.

      • We Not They Finally

        Japan can't be militarized to contain China. China is a way BIGGER country, and Japan is toast. Shinzo Abe's nuclear flailings are upsetting and destructive. But they WILL END.

        • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

          The U.S. is using Japan and Australia for military buildup against China. The U.S. has a bigger military than half the world put together. Who runs the U.S. ….the queen? Netanyahu? The world bank?

          • Socrates


            Yes, the Aussies and the Japanese will become an advance guard along with the US. This military alliance will be huge, like NATO.

            Encirclement is in vogue just as "containment" was in earlier decades.

            The US is opening dialogue with Iran and the Saudis are upset about Syria not being attacked. The globe resembles Europe over the past five hundred years… First Hundred Year's War, Seven Years War, Thirty Year's War, etc. with shifting alliances that are temporary.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Oh, we are all going to die, now. Let's research this. My how interesting. Maybe we can get some grant money and buy some 'shrooms. Pass me that bottle, and the joint. Where did the PU come from? Probably off that cow turd, dude.

    When is your mom coming home?

    Don't worry, we still have time to tap some more phones and bully some whistleblowers. Don't bogart that joint, my friend.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Todd Rundgren "Pretending to care"

    Today I am your chariot horse
    Tomorrow I'm your albatross
    Suspended by the finest thread
    No one could ever see
    And when there's breathing in your ear
    You put your faith in all you hear
    But just how deep those feelings go
    I have no way to know
    I'll never know

    If I was blind
    Would you still be my eyes
    Or hide everything you see
    Pretending to care about me
    When all the time
    You're just wishing I'd fade away
    You just can't bring yourself to

    Say out loud the reasons why
    You won't admit you realize
    The promise you've been living by
    Is just an empty shell
    You'll come to bear it like a cross
    Then start to tear it like frayed gauze
    Though I'm ashamed to be afraid
    I just can't help myself
    Can't help myself

    Todd channeling Tepco?

  • We Not They Finally

    The estimates of TOTALS are based on JUST THE FIRST FEW WEEKS? How many zeroes does that have to have on the end of it by now?

  • How does one calculate the lethality of 600-6000 pounds of plutonium vaporization?

    We know it traveled around the world. It was measured and detected in Lithuania…

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    I’m glad to see we have those who continue to expand their thinking about the relationship between corporate behavior and destruction.

    I believe Chompsky characterizes the relationship correctly and reinforces much of the sentiment above in “Nuclear Power and the Fukishima Disaster.”(2013) Chompsky asks, “why are we [the US] in the lead of making things worse?”

    Some like him, so don’t, but I encourage all to see the full length interview. I especially encourage all who think they are part of what the real HP has characterized as “Troll Den Supreme,” (not sure, but this seems to imply he thinks we are all trolls) to take some time to critically reflect on Chomsky’s message and reflect on the implications peaceful citizen engagement in change.

    At 33.00…”CEO of corporations have a legal institutional obligation to maximize profit and market share…
    Externalities take account of the effect on our own welfare, but sometimes these externalities are horrific… there is systemic failure, but there is a much worse externality, the fate of the species…To the extent these institutions continue to function it is a death sentence…they are driven to destroy the species…”

    35:17 we live in a plutocracy, not a democracy
    37:18 …the idea is to create a very stupid population…to continue the destruction…

    We all need to do our part to make meaningful change. Change will not happen overnight and it requires…

  • Wyakin Wyakin

    effort. Peace.