Nuclear Expert: Plutonium from Fukushima in Pacific fish presents health risk — Study: “Long-distance transport” of Fukushima-sourced plutonium should be addressed

Published: October 3rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm ET
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Georgia Straight (Canada), Oct. 2, 2013 (Emphasis Added): […] Two nuclear experts who saw the Straight’s figures said the real cancer toll could be 100 times higher—or 80,000 cancers. […] That could be the toll, [Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear-policy lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz, said in a phone interview], if all factors are taken into account, including: future fish consumption; highly damaging isotopes that were released in the disaster but aren’t being monitored, such as strontium 90 and plutonium 239; consumption of contaminated fish caught in the entire Pacific; and research suggesting that radiation causes many more cancers than official formulas predict. […] “Apologists say it’s a large ocean and dilution is the solution to pollution […] Dilution actually does nothing except expose a larger population.” […] The cancer numbers also don’t include other possible health impacts from radiation in the fish, such as heart disease, stillbirths, and genetic damage to subsequent generations. […]

Release of Plutonium Isotopes into the Environment from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, July 31, 2013: […] the contamination situation within the 30 km zone around the plant remains unknown. A recent numerical modeling study indicated that Pu contamination originating from the FDNPP accident could be present in marine sediments near Fukushima inside the 30 km zone. Further studies on the determination of Pu isotopes in seawater and sediments within the 30 km zone are required to make a more comprehensive assessment on the environmental impact of the FDNPP accident and to understand the marine environmental behavior of Pu isotopes derived from the FDNPP accident. […] the following aspects should be addressed in future studies: […] the possibility of Pu release into the ocean from the direct discharge of highly radioactive liquid waste remains unknown. Considering the fact that a continuing release of radionuclides to the sea from June 2011 until September 2012 has been reported, long-term monitoring of Pu activity and isotopic composition in seawater, sediment and marine organisms is critical to strengthen consumer confidence in seafood safety. […] Highly sensitive particle analytical techniques for Pu isotopes should be developed to verify the possible long-distance transport of the FDNPP-sourced Pu isotopes in the environment.

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Published: October 3rd, 2013 at 2:37 pm ET
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36 comments to Nuclear Expert: Plutonium from Fukushima in Pacific fish presents health risk — Study: “Long-distance transport” of Fukushima-sourced plutonium should be addressed

  • wemadethis wemadethis

    http://fairewinds.org/media/radio/concerned-fukushima
    20:12 in
    Arnie Gundersen: "We need to demand from our government to ONE do the testing in sufficient quantity and TWO make that testing public".

    He then goes on to ask California residents to request public officials engage the issue. Arnold isn't afraid to ask the tough questions and neither should we be.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/west-coast-senators-investigate-the-ongoing-danger-from-the-fukushima-nuclear-reactors

    Exercise your right to be informed

  • weeman

    How do you think they cover up the deaths from Chernobyl, the death certificate does not say heart failure due to radiation exposure, it just says heart failure that can be applied to all diseases etc.
    How can you correlate with false data?

  • Sol Man

    Pu anywhere in the world is a problem. What was once "safely" contained inside is now anywhere. We know not.

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    Buckey Balls 🙁 Uranium and Plutonium nano cage clusters…
    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/01/13/1119758109.full.pdf

  • Socrates

    There are "knowledge gaps" in the data. Just how much U and Pu isotopes, nobody really knows.

    The little fish are eaten by the bigger ones, and so on. That's how mercury accumulates in the marine food chain.

    I am nervous about eating fish. You don't know where that fish has been!

    As a precaution, avoid Pacific Ocean seafood until it is known. Just a single random fish could make you sick years from now. Vendors want money. That's why they call them fish-mongers

    Buyer beware!

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    Great. Now we have to worry about terrorists making dirty bombs out of Pacific fish.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    P L U T O N I U M . C E S I U M . S T R O N T I U M

    This nuclear disaster is new territory. Death tolls and illnesses will continue for hundreds of years.

    One speck of plutonium can kill, and it's gushing into the ocean.

    No one wants to eat radiation. And no one wants their kids to ingest it.

    • Anthony Anthony

      If you assembled your great posts, one after another, into a book it would be the most profound collection of nuclear knowledge. It could be a testament to future generations not to make the same mistakes as we did getting them here. You have an incredible ability to tap right into the essence of what you say to us and the world. You undeniably have delivered a consistent message a thousand different compelling ways in a style completely your own. Thanks for keeping it really real.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    FUKUSHIMA SONG — Nuchelchen – this one is for you!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owrP88KMe9A

  • pkjn

    Fish data belie Japan's claims on Fukushima
    OCT 2, 2013 Straight.com
    Two nuclear experts who saw the Straight’s figures said the real cancer toll could be 100 times higher—or 80,000 cancers.
    The cancer numbers also don’t include other possible health impacts from radiation in the fish, such as heart disease, stillbirths, and genetic damage to subsequent generations.
    http://www.straight.com/life/497646/fish-data-belie-japans-claims-fukushima
    http://enenews.com/nuclear-expert-plutonium-from-fukushima-in-pacific-fish-presents-health-risk-study-long-distance-transport-of-fukushima-sourced-plutonium-should-be-addressed

  • The Georgia §trait is the left wing rag of Vancouver. Every city has one. In Toronto it is the Now. I remember reading about local Pickering npp releasing radiated water into Lake Ontario 30 years ago. Nothing has changed. Plutonium gives off alpha radiation which is more harmful internally the beta or gamma. Plutonium also readily bonds to hydrogen and oxygen molecules. Google it Iv posted links years ago. Look after yourself because they wont look after you. Dont party like its 3095 because thats what they want you to do. A drunk stoned soldier offers little resistance. Also remember the 13 thousand odd followers of Enenews is a drop in the bucket compared to the 40 million in Metro Tokyo. Until they revolt nothing will happen. These idiots at Tepco, Japan U§ gov and others are motivated by greed and power. Love and compassion is not part of their agenda. Remember that.

  • Sickputer

    The Forty Million (sounds better in caps) in Tokyo will never revolt…just not in their culture.

    They will shelter and die in place even if both Fukushima Daiichi and Daini NPPs burst into flames and send a continuous cloud of radiation that will kill everyone in 6 months.

    However I expect a brain drain of central Japan's intellectual and foreign-born residents to move farther away. Could be several million or more.

    Love this quote by the way:

    "Dilution actually does nothing except expose a larger population"

    • zardoz2012 zardoz2012

      You are dead right about Japanese not leaving Japan even if they turn into zombies because of the radiation.

      I had a nightmare like that shortly after the incident. Japanese people with decaying flesh were watching their TVs waiting for solutions from their government that never came. The only thing they heard were lies. They died hearing lies.

      • pure water

        "They died hearing lies."-Isn`t it similar everywhere? Believing the lies is a different thing. The more lies you have heard, the less you believe.And I am not sure protests in their traditional form work any more.People need new forms for expressing their will.And new forms for providing themselves information, security, health care and other social services.Politicians serve the economy and this in more and more cases is done against the wellbeing of people. If people can undermine in some way the economical influence, and this has to be legal, we can expect some change.

      • bo bo

        I think one hurdle japanese people face is language. If you do not speak English well, the idea of immigration can be daunting. Any canadian american englishman or any spanish speaker or portuguese speaker can choose an alternate nation easily in such a situation. Many are hostage to the country for language.. I think. If you speak English like (fuku diary's) Mochizuki – it's a no brainer to take flight. Even if you move to Romania (as he has) chances are people will speak some English and you can get by daily life.

        • bo bo

          I meant – many in Japan are hostage to the country for their language
          Sorry, I tend to post without careful edit

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    "Considering the fact that a continuing release of radionuclides to the sea from June 2011 until September 2012 has been reported, long-term monitoring of Pu activity and isotopic composition in seawater, sediment and marine organisms is critical to STRENGTHEN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE in seafood safety."

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ We tested it, sobuy it already. Yeah. Right. Shut down the nuke plants, ship the waste to Pluto, and maybe I'll start buying fish again. In 30,000 years

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    That’s the difference between the United States, Japan, and many other places: we’re an open society with a novel form of free expression. If Tep.Gov had been honest and forthcoming with the technical details perhaps something could have been done at Fukushima.

    There was a White House response to the Gulf Disaster: I still have hundreds of emails from the Advisory Committee:
    DATE: August 12, 2010 20:11:07 CST
    Cleanup Crews Respond Immediately to Clean Up Oil Reported Following Wednesday’s Storm Surge
    Key contact numbers
    • Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866) 448-5816
    • Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511
    • Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (866) 279-7983
    • Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858
    • Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401 Deepwater Horizon Incident
    Joint Information Center
    Phone: (713) 323-1670
    (713) 323-1671

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      MOBILE Ala. – Cleanup crews responded immediately to oily material deposited by Wednesday’s storm surge on a 1,000-foot long by 10-foot wide area of Gulf State Park in Alabama . The presence of oily debris on the beaches is a result of rough surf. Storms expose oil that would otherwise be difficult to locate and contain with appropriate cleanup resources.
      “Isolated and sporadic shoreline impacts may continue as oil that remains in the Gulf of Mexico continues to break down and biodegrade,” said U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Steven Poulin, Mobile Incident Commander. “We remain fully committed to this response and will remove any oily material from beaches as quickly as possible so that people can continue to enjoy the beauty of the Gulf Coast .”

      • MichaelV MichaelV

        My idea was perhaps a popular one shared by an number of other technical contributors from the Collective Consciousness: use the A Whale supertanker to suck up oil floating on the surface. I was elated, shocked, etc. when I got the email saying they would try it.

        http://www.blogsmonroe.com/world/2010/07/check-out-the-whale-supertanker-headed-for-the-gulf/

        Guess what? BP hadused so much CorExit to disperse the oil that it was impossible to effectively collect it.
        That’s the difference between the United States, Japan, and many other places: we’re an open society with a novel form of free expression. If Tep.Gov had been honest and forthcoming with the technical details perhaps something could have been done at Fukushima.

        • MichaelV MichaelV

          Don't give up on fight.

          Rigging a massive seaborne lift to salvage the Fukushima disaster sight may seem far-fetched, but I've seen outrageously rigged operations end with some degree of success.

          We need to be thinking far outside the box.

    • If only they would do something like this around Fukushima…:(