Officials: Radioactive material released into air from Fukushima plant, areas far away being contaminated — Gov’t tracking plumes using emergency prediction system — “Large amount” of radioactive substances will soon be released (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Published: July 14th, 2014 at 4:08 pm ET


Kyodo News, July 14, 2014: Debris cleanup at Fukushima reactor may have contaminated rice crops [in] areas located more than 20 km from the crippled nuclear plant. Farm ministry officials said they could not deny the possibility […] A Tepco spokesman said the company does not deny the possibility that its cleanup work is to blame but added it isn’t clear whether that was the direct cause of the contamination.

NHK, July 14, 2014: Rice paddies located about 20 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi plant were found contaminated with radioactive cesium blown by the wind. The Fukushima Prefectural government revealed that last year’s harvested rice from 14 locations in the city of Minami Soma contained more than 100 becquerels of cesium per kilogram. This is beyond the government’s safety limit. […] [TEPCO] said it will increase monitoring of the spreading dust. Neither the ministry nor the utility told Minami Soma City officials the work at the plant may have contaminated the crop. City officials say they were greatly startled. They said the ministry should have explained the matter to local authorities much earlier. […] TEPCO is scheduled to conduct a large-scale debris removal work at Number One reactor. For this, it plans to disassemble covers which had been put to prevent the radioactive materials from spreading.

The Asahi Shimbun, July 14, 2014: [There’s] strong indications that earlier removal work contaminated rice paddies far from the stricken facility […] Although the utility has since suspended its clearing operations at the plant, the company plans to soon dismantle a cover installed on the No. 1 reactor building, where highly contaminated debris remains to be removed. TEPCO has not told the public about the ministry’s findings. […] the ministry concluded that the radioactive substances had been newly released […] The ministry is pointing to Aug. 19, when […] dose rates increased at five measuring points 2.8 to 8.3 km north-northwest […] the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) estimated that the released particles would reach the city within three hours. […] the utility said it has yet to learn how far the released particles spread. The company said its plans to dismantle the cover on the No. 1 reactor building will be the fastest way to remove wreckage from the site. TEPCO […] acknowledged that the procedure will still lead to the release of a large amount of radioactive substances, and the spread of the substances will depend on the weather and the wind direction.

PHOTO CAPTION: “The black spots on rice harvested in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, show radioactive substances.”

Watch NHK’s broadcast here

Published: July 14th, 2014 at 4:08 pm ET


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189 comments to Officials: Radioactive material released into air from Fukushima plant, areas far away being contaminated — Gov’t tracking plumes using emergency prediction system — “Large amount” of radioactive substances will soon be released (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

  • 富岡_Blue_Heron 富岡_Blue_Heron

    Was covering it in the first place just a waste of time?

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      They will cover it again, once they have released mor death and mutation into the air. This release was from August 2013?? One wonders if the stats would show an uptick in infant mortality on the West Coast for Sept/Oct/Nov 2013?? The nukers seem to like to tell us about our exposures as long after the fact as possible. Weird psychopaths. Why not tell those women and children waiting out in the rain for water that radiation was raining on their heads in March 2011? Why not tell the people of Three Miles Island, or Chernobyl, to go away, or go inside, immediately they detected anything? Because once the exposure happens, that's it, unless of course you are eating and drinking it for the rest of your life. There should be a law, at least, that dictates and requires immediate notification of the surrounding 100 miles' worth of population regarding any release. IMMEDIATE notification is the only way we can have any hope of protecting ourselves from any initial release.

      • jonnyboy jonnyboy

        because they do not care.

        • moonshellblue moonshellblue

          How true as I was only 20 during TMI and had no way to evacuate and was outside during the entire partial nuclear meltdown. Ten years later I was dx'd with MS but truly can't complain as it could be so much worse, since no one in my family has this condition I often wonder if it was not caused from exposure. Like they say it doesn't come with a sign that says your Multiple Sclerosis was caused from radiation from the radiation releases at TMI. Cest la vie.

          • zogerke zogerke

            hope you stay in remission and all effects of MS are mild. sorry moonshell blue. ms is an illness i know well from several in my immediate family. take good care.

          • Bones Bones

            [Come from TMI land in Skook.] My best-friend growing up had MS. He survived though. There is much mental illness though and the generation or two before mine (mid-20's) seemed to have come down with many illnesses often auto-immune in nature. The younger ones, anecdotally, seem to have less problems, but it seems if you ate what wasn't from local farms and if you were outside exposed during specific moments, you were ok. I had 5 retarded children in my entire school, and one who came down with leukemia in HS, and a girl who had real brittle bones. The rest were neurological problems ranging from benign – needing social engagement and help, to psychological health problems. Best of wishes to you and your family.

          • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

            moonshell blue, i was in tenth grade five miles south of TMI, killed my dog that summer and my mom died early from lung kidney and pancreatic cancers, (a non smoker her whole life and first cancer victim on either side of my family), and i now have rheumatoid arthritis, again, first on either side of the family,as a fifty year old. hate is such a strong word to use but somehow just doesnt convey the true feelings i have for this industry. now on the west coast having to watch young moms feed their kids strawberries and being treated like some wack job for trying to say anything about fukushima.

          • kaygee1 kaygee1

            That's the trouble with radiation. Unless its high-dose exposure that shows direct effects such as radiation sickness,otherwise, it weakens your immune system so that whatever carcinogens are around attack your body. Same with auto-immune disorders, your body has been affected by your body not recognizing itself and attacking it or the stops are pulled and those aggressive white cells go into overdrive. Since it can't be "proved" directly, that's their out. How much did that nuclear testing in the 50's and 60's affect us and future generations? Now add the nuclear plant leaks and "safe" releases into our drinking water.

        • lucius.cornelius

          Or because every accidental release gives them a chance to study its effects and the subsequent birth defects and mortality rates in a way that a computer model never can?

          We are the proles, there are billions of us, "ten a penny", we do not matter.

      • name999 name999

        It rained on my fucking head.

      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        totally agree with you… although I know it will or would never happen. Just like the fact that they probably sold that very same rice to people this entire last year without telling any of the people about the danger of eating it.

      • whatamessa

        Morality+concern for your fellow citizens has escaped these psychopaths. Greed 100% Morality O%

    • OldFool

      Any effort to limit the spread is worthwhile in the short term, even if ultimately futile. One picogram (one millionth of a microgram) of Cs-137 puts out more than 3.2 becquerels and one picogram of Sr-90 puts out almost 5.2 becquerels. It looks like a slow motion "On the Beach' scenario – radioactive dust increasingly spread by the winds each day.

    • or-well

      New here?
      Can't register to comment?
      Tough luck! Go away!

      Just kidding.
      Click on "Register" at the bottom of this – or any page – and proceed.

    • name999 name999

      This is a hazardous situation for everyone involved. And the black dust is no fun as it has penetrated our environment and is being detected in many places including our bodies.

      Lifestyle choices can help but one can only do that if they are informed. We all need some ideas about what to do. Accurate information can save your life.

    • Got to look nice for the funeral… like dressing up in a suit at the morgue.

    • Sol Man

      Must remember to monitor this leak situation. The end of the nine-day-must-fix time limit before even more major problems are knocking at our door is about July 15. This is for pool at #5.

      • We Not They Finally

        Maybe by next summer they will tell us what happened this coming July 15 at #5….

  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    If the wind spread that, just how much more was spread by the Typhoons that hit Fukushima.

    The Japanese government really needs to speak up now, rather than keeping quite. Silence only makes them more culpable for any health problems that arise.

    • We Not They Finally

      Sorry to sound impolitic, but they clearly DON'T CARE. They say only whatever they feel pressed to say, mostly with statements that confuse. Nor will they take blame for people's health ANYWAY. They won't give up any real stats — if they even keep them, or just record deaths in a way that makes it seem like the crime-of-the-milleniums is in no way to blame.

      • jump-ball jump-ball

        Sorry to sound improper here, but if their lips are moving, they think they're giving pleasure to the low-info public…

        • PurpleRain PurpleRain

          Laughing! OMG. And the sad and funny part about that is it's true. Or at least to those who can't or are too afraid to hear or understand the truth.

          Hey..on the slow-motion On the Beach scenario… what was the pill that so many of them had in the end? Maybe the Japanese government and/or Tepco (since they are one in the same) could have some compassion and actually give everyone who lived in Japan that same prescription to put in their back pockets.

          • We Not They Finally

            Say, every now and then something does emerge that the suicidal rates are ALREADY escalating in Japan. After the deadly tsunami hit India in 2004, the suicide rates for Indian farmers zoomed up and that was just because they could not support their families, without even a radiation factor mixed in. You have to see some hope somewhere or it is hard to go on.

  • JimLynch JimLynch

    “Large amount of radioactive substances” will soon be released"……. as opposed to the unbelievably gargantuanly immensely huge amount ALREADY RELEASED. I feel SO much better. I am continually amazed at how little the world populace is NOT screaming in rage about this. The cesium sunsets Ont photographs, mutated vegetation, mutated fruit, mutated humans, mutated LIFE we are living.what will it take to wake the world up and say ENOUGH!!!!!!

    • We Not They Finally

      It will take a lot more; and by then, it is highly unlikely that any of the damage can be recalled. I thought myself early on, why aren't people running screaming into the streets? I think that that's an APPROPRIATE response. But hopefully, at least some local communities will make it their business to broadcast, and to protect their own populace as well as possible.

    • It may have to get worse before anyone even thinks of telling the truth, and then more time will pass before someone even thinks of doing something…

  • Gen. Buck Turgidson

    I am shocked, shocked to hear that cesium tainted dust was actually picked up br this rare phenomenon called "wind" that then deposited the tainted dust in rice paddies outside the exclusion zone. I mean who could have ever seen that coming?

  • Ontological Ontological

    "the ministry concluded that the radioactive substances had been newly released"

    Jeeze no foolin'…

    pass pinksky if needed.

    • Ontological Ontological

      I just uploaded all kinds of new pink noon and other spectral anomaly research, I have spent 60 hours over the last week adding to, and photographing full Sun sky spectral imaging for CesiumSky. Seems our Sun's Calcium line Yellow is being diminished…SAD's syndrome anyone? Link above. Read the text I hope to have explained a highly technical light physics puzzle as best anyone could. This is all a bran new science effectively. Necessity is after all the mother of invention. Emission line, and refractance lines in spectra are QED, and basically the way things work in a nutshell. Feel free to share this newly created informative file with others.

      • JimLynch JimLynch

        Ontological: TYVM for sharing these pics…more than just documenting what is going on they are actually waking people up–have shared with several friends and they too are astonished…keep up the great work my friend and God bless you on your journey through this life: you have blessed many of us here brother with your knowledge and tenacity.

        • Ontological Ontological

          Your very welcome Jim, means a lot to me, helping awaken the slumbering ones. This color in light stuff comes naturally for me, and trust me it is a difficult and wondrous science experience to work with QED. I find it spectacular and entertainingly educating.

    • Magda

      Ontological I'm in Australia. I live walking distance from the Pacific Ocean. About a month ago the sky was pink all day. and 360 degrees round. And then 4 days ago, it was pink on the eastern horizon at 11 40 am. By the way I really like your name and thank you for all this info about the impact of radiation on the skies. it might eventually be the thing that breaks the bubble of secrecy and denial for the average person.

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Ontological, I have three or four photos that I could send your way…or can I upload them to your collection? Also… I've seen some very strange dark lightish weird orange clouds in the middle of the night ..almost looks like they are back-lit in the sky, but it's been late and there is no street light or anything ..took a couple of shots of that and wanted to share if possible.

      • Ontological Ontological

        I have new images from S Africa! So down unda is experiencing this too. So much for the safe south theory. I photoed the moon tonight in the reddish purple goo. That stuff is screwing up the blue sky scatter in sunlight and is going to make life very difficult soon. I saw this coming.

        I have considered doing a second file ELEmentSkyDamage site for other stuff I am still working on as to the colors. U is yellow, and PU is red in gemstones, so in air it is most likely the same like Cesium, and including other peoples work. The CesiumSky file has become large (120) images or so, and many people have been hitting it, my account has been lagging big time, I guess people are finally waking up.
        After some sleep for more than a few hours lol I will look into perhaps creating a shared image site for posting some of the better ENENEWSers contributions. 70 hours work uploading and photographing so far into this site in less than a week.
        I upped a globally open Facebook account for a mirror site album, and dealing with the issues of handling photos. Hopefully I can figure some way to communicate to save over images from peoples albums, and personally taken sky damage photos to add them.

  • Nuckelchen’s youtube of recent 7/7/2014 steam event

    The video hasn't been manipulated beyond speed

    Here are my screenshots from that event
    Here are screenshots

    Episodic atmospheric emissions have been an ongoing problem since March 2011.

    Little scientific testing of ongoing contamination because its not being funded.

    • califnative califnative

      Hi majia – I'm new to Nuckelchen's videos, did you see this one in May 2012?

      It's frightening to say the least.

      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        Well calinative, if you are new to them then you must see this one, it is a classic, one of my favorites and known to disappear so make a copy 🙂 and hang on to your hat! If you go back and search the history of comments here ( from that time you will (possibly) understand more of what you are looking at. It is the most frightening thing you may ever see. Clearly the different units were having an impact on each other.. I learned much back then about criticality. Not being a scientist, (hahaha snark) I have no idea if that is what exactly what we witnessed, but I can tell you, what folks thought might happen and suspected was happening sure seemed to be captured on Nuck's video. You can see that chain reactions are just that, things start reacting with each other..

        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          Nuck runs the clip throuh various filters so it is the same clip a few times.. make sure you catch the last one.

      • Welcome

        I recommend watching the cams Califnative

        Most of the time we don't know exactly what we see, but there are some days where scary phenomena, such as sparks and steam releases, are very obvious.

        But the world would rather not see, and turns away

    • name999 name999

      majia, exactly.

    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      Majia and all those watching the web cam Thank you so much for your vigilance and posting anomalies.

  • wa6smn wa6smn

    ACTIVATED RAM – 562 CPM radiation level
    Location 473 miles away – Site ID: 5:912
    Spokane, WA, US
    *CPM – counts per minute (radiation) gamma on ch 5
    449 CPM
    NETC.COM © 2014
    Station ID 5:940 Idaho Falls, ID, US
    Click here for data charts
    CPM: current 449 Low 249 High 492
    Average 337, Deviation 42
    (CPM of Gamma in energy range 600-800keV)
    309 CPM
    NETC.COM © 2014
    Station ID 5:622 Fort Smith, AR, US
    Click here for data charts
    CPM: current 309 Low 162 High 326
    Average 202, Deviation 21.5
    (CPM of Gamma in energy range 600-800keV)
    214 CPM
    NETC.COM © 2014
    Station ID 4:622 Fort Smith, AR, US
    Click here for data charts
    CPM: current 214 Low 9 High 258
    Average 50, Deviation 34.4
    (CPM of Beta particles)

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      ugh, I hate living here in Spokane 🙁 I noticed the wind whipping up at Hanford this morning and thought.. great, gonna be rads in the wind. Awful numbers!

      • califnative califnative

        C – sorry to hear that, Spokane is so beautiful too.

        • We Not They Finally

          Try to move if possible. I know that for a lot of people, that is just not possible. But some areas of the country are by now death traps, and better to move if you possibly can. Good luck.

          • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

            I wish I could move, only here as my Mom is here.. this area is messed up! The open pit uranium mines are awful and most people have no idea what they did up here and how covered in uranium dust this whole area is.. many are starting to understand we have high radon measurements.. lololol! right? Not only the highest MS rates in the world, but, personally I have a nephew with down syndrome, and a niece who can not have kids, and most of them have warts which have been related to a mysterious virus that I would bet money is radiation related. These mining assholes sold the waste back to the Indians on the reservation to make roads and driveways with.. many took home pretty green rocks, etc.. what a mess, and still open and leaking every where. My sister married a member of the tribe and they were out at the reservation often and much stuff in the wind, so..

            • get your local representatives and companies on board, have them bark up the chain of command… cities must take charge of their futures or they will have no future – grassroots works, give it a whirl

            • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

     25 ways to use oregano essential oil. One of the most effective uses is for warts. Best wishes

              • jump-ball jump-ball

                I predict the time when "TOMORROW'S RADIATION LEVELS" will become part of each day's weather forecast, alongside temperature, humidity, wind, cloud and rain indicators.

                I am data-logging daytime/sunlit vs. night-time CPM averages for inside-the-house vs. outside, and for windblown vs. non-wind conditions, in rainless but dusty desert cities CA, and beginning to log the noticeable 5' to 10' periods of intra-day high CPM "WAVES", as well as CPM AVERAGES of 2-3 times the previous 6 month equivalent averages.

                I won't be capable of proving it, but I'll venture that "RADIATION WEATHER" is out there, all around us daily, and will soon, or some day, be recognized and reported, having been hiding all this time, in plain sight.

                • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

                  I agree with you jump-ball. I too have been documenting the weather co-incidence with emphasis on pressure waves and magnetic disturbance fields. Useful info in that regard can be foumd at the USGS website. There is also an apparent correlation to temperature gradients. Good luck with your research.

            • name999 name999

              Hanford and Ozersk.

          • name999 name999

            cataclysmic, that is awful. And even moving away from it you know it is only time. This stuff is in the air and water and soil and no one can stop it.

          • suzil

            where is it safe to move to? seriously, any ideas?

            • I chose Uruguay and my geiger counter confirms my choice as being the right choice and a good friend who is rad savvy reviewed that and other readings I posted at twitter (putting into vimeo in a few days) also confirmed that my choice was a good choice.

              • nice job on that video bro!

                I nail around 30 to 35 CPM indoors and outdoors.

                Of course, be nicer if that was 3 like in 1990. Still not bad, and that is with the Inspector also, nice GM tube!

                • We Not They Finally

                  30-35 is actually low these days. Hold the fort.

                • dude! Thanks

                  But, brother,I'm a woman 🙂 and yeah, I love that tool… got a pc laptop for the charts/data… working on figuring out best way for display.. it'll be up at relatively near future (keep in mind this a latin america country – so my view on time may not match yours)


            • JimLynch JimLynch

              New Zealand

              • Pretty massive property price bubble though, right?

                3 years ago, I saw 160 acres on a permanent river in NZ, for $650k. Still a lot of money but would be a sustainable future, unless they tax the shite out of you.

                • chevvvy chev

                  they do tax us pretty massively approx 70% of every dollar I earn ends up back in the govt coffers we pay high personal tax plus GST (sales tax)and our dollar is high so all imports are very expensive due to freight, but having said that the background where I am is 12 cpm with a long term 25% variance, and we are a mandated nuke free country

          • PurpleRain PurpleRain

            I agree. Anyone who can move should – although, there is no guarantee of safety elsewhere either sometimes…but for now, people should try to move ..bring everyone in the family.

            • We Not They Finally

              The thing is, it's also very hard for people to gauge present pressure against future pressure. Because demographics will shift ANYWAY. Like if/when agriculture collapses in California with the manufactured droughts, or pricey beach front property becomes unsellable due to tons of dead fish on the beach, there will be demographic shifts anyway. It's better to at least scout out options, whether they seem feasible right now or not.

              With us, WIPP was enough to boot us out of New Mexico. But we also realized that food supply may be impacted in time (much of the produce in NM comes from California), also that Californians could be migrating eastwards, possibly in large numbers. We're just grateful that we COULD move. But others might at least make contingency plans.

            • gather up company staff and approach your company owners/shareholders/boards of directors – they need to move – the supply chain may destroy their biz depending on their products, or, health care issues may destroy staff… either way… try grassroots, it works

              forget the USA… what have they done for you that makes you feel loyal? the world is our home, feel it… act on it

  • inevitableendNZ inevitableendNZ

    We are only ever constantly ever hearing about the actions of the government about actions they should have taken from the very beginning.
    I have been reading enenews for quite some time, and I am always trying to tell people i know about the real effect of this not only to Japan but the rest of the world. Of course, like any enenews reader knows, those people almost instantly cease to listen for the feeling of disgust and revolt for the reality. They will never choose to think about it for themselves. Just the other day, the words of that poor woman saying things like skin inside mouth peeling out, babies waiting in the rain. After i read this i almost felt like those people i talk to who switch off. But i have decided to join the battle, to share with the people who have the same concerns as I do, all you people who comment on here, I really think it is great. I want to contribute too.

    • Thank you for your words and a welcome to you "in"…

    • We Not They Finally

      Yes, welcome, and please stick around with people who care, even though it seems so daunting. We still have our hearts, our minds, our compassion. It's the most important part of "quality of life." It's what most matters. But also try not to give up on talking to people. A lot of people do know that something is terribly wrong, even if they cannot articulate it.

    • Welcome, brothers in arms, sisters too.

      be prepared, stock up

      stock out

    • name999 name999

      invite, it is worth it because it is telling the truth and in itself is good.

    • whatamessa

      InevitableendNZ; I certainly hear what you are saying,most people I try to talk to about what is taking place either think that I am full of ….something,or they refuse to even THINK about what may actually be taking place now and in the near future. For me ,I know I certainly can't do anything to stop this Horror,but I believe that people should know about the GREED,lust for power and the total disregard for all living creatures and this beautiful planet we call home.All this was done by a very few people. They must pay!

      • We Not They Finally

        It is unlikely that they will "pay" — at least not right now, not in front of our eyes. (Though wouldn't that be something?!) Sometimes I think that the better path is to separate oneself out — to stay grounded enough to see what the world is enduring and to feel compassion, but also to vow to not be a part of it and to speak and act wheresoever possible.

    • inevitableendNZ inevitableendNZ

      Thank you for welcome guys. I am more than happy to share.
      So, firstly, right now I live in Hastings, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.
      I believe cesium has already reached this region already. The first piece of evidence that leads me to this is on the 16th of April 2014, at 5:30 am, a person I know who was living here at the time published a photo of a dramatically pink sky. The person was facing the east and there was also a rainbow at the same time, therefore precipitation was obviously present in small amounts. My mother also witnessed the event and photographed it. I will show you both photographs when i have time. The second thing which I have seen the witches broom effect on the apical bud of a piece of apple wood. The fruiting bud had divided uncontrollably into a group of approx. 20 buds in the shape of a fan. This would have grown last summer, so it is freshly grown material on the tree. What do you think? These are just my observations. I am not implying anything, I am just letting you guys know.

      • We Not They Finally

        Re NZ, that's one of the most diabolical things about radiation. It will hit you and hurt you even if you had nothing to do with it and your whole country opposes it. Like in Germany they have done so much with "green" and no more NPP's. But they apparently still suffer the effects of Chernobyl.

      • Magda

        We've had excessive rain here for three years and happening at the time of 3/11. We're in drought now. There've been abnormal growths in the garden. A delphinium seedlings in 2012 had two right angled bends with a twisting top part of the stem. I pulled it out but left the other four. In 2013, they grew leaves but turned brown and died without producing flowers. I've had misshapen tomatoes (that often happened pre 3/11 though) and 2 conjoined mandarins and most of the crop had green splotches that were resistant to ripening.

        On the estimated first pass of the radiated jet stream (16 days after 3/11) I was at the end of a long beach and it rained heavily. Shortly after, I developed posterior cataracts and was dg with parathyroid disease. Both those conditions appear on the Vet Affairs list as proven to be caused by radiation.
        There's been an epidemic of shingles here. A nurse in a small hospital reported that for the first 6 months of the year, there were only 3 people with strokes admitted. Then in one week 5 stroke patients were admitted. I wonder if something was happening in that week. All circumstantial and never able to be proven without geiger testing. But it is worth keeping records because there may come a time when all these disparate bits of information will be collated to give the true picture. Which is what websites like this offer.

        • Magda

          I should clarify, the cataracts weren't diagnosed till late last year.

          And apparently radioactive boron upsets the calcium balance in the body and the parathyroid hormones start over producing which cause a benign tumor on one or more of the parathyroid glands. One good reason for supplementing with boron. It acts in the same way that Lugol's iodine protects the thyroid.

          I feel like warning the endocrine surgeon to expect many more patients with this relatively rare disease in the coming years but suspect I'd be dismissed as a bit 'off the planet'. Which right now doesn't sound like too bad an idea!

    • bo bo

      Relaxing. Danke, fukuggy..

    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Yup. Very appropriate. Unsinkable. Just like all these nuclear plants are perfectly safe, double and triple redundancy safety procedures and equipment in place….safe enough to have five built all together in a row on one spot of property…nothing could happen, perfectly safe from harm… good jobs all around. (makes me sick)

  • inevitableendNZ inevitableendNZ

    We are only ever constantly ever hearing about the actions of the government about actions they should have taken from the very beginning.
    I have been reading enenews for quite some time, and I am always trying to tell people i know about the real effect of this not only to Japan but the rest of the world. Of course, like any enenews reader knows, those people almost instantly cease to listen for the feeling of disgust and revolt for the reality. They will never choose to think about it for themselves. Just the other day, the words of that poor woman saying things like skin inside mouth peeling out, babies waiting in the rain. After i read this i almost felt like those people i talk to who switch off. But i have decided to join the battle, to share with the people who have the same concerns as I do, all you people who comment on here, I really think it is great. I want to contribute too.
    So this is my plan, I just got a job in a city near Auckland, the hub for all Asian travellers into NZ. I am going there to practice chinese and also starting a business using my networking skills, but i am also going to track people entering the country, and take reliable measurements of radioactivity as it is brought in through the airport, taken into the public transport system, concentrated into high density population areas and, before it is too late, I will communicate my observations to the ministers within the NZ government. They will eventually listen

    • califnative califnative

      inevitableendNZ – so glad you decided to join in! It's great to see people off the side lines and now contributing because of what they're reading here. Great idea, would love to see your results, good luck with your new business.

    • We Not They Finally

      I had read that New Zealand does NOT have nuclear power plants. There was something in the news recently that they were irritated with Sec of State John Kerry (an enormously tone-deaf man anyway!) for speaking in favor of nuclear. So at least public pressure in your country may keep it nuclear-free.

    • name999 name999

      invite, checking the food, beverages and water is daunting but very telling.

  • Radio Radio

    Excerpt from Asahi Shimbun – "An agriculture ministry survey found that some parts of rice crops that emerged in mid-August were contaminated. If the crops had drawn up radioactive substances released into the soil immediately after the Fukushima nuclear plant was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, those substances would be detected uniformly throughout the plants.

    Since they weren’t, the ministry concluded that the radioactive substances had been newly released at least by the end of September 2013, the harvest period for the rice crops."

    This erroneous theory allows for stupid thinking to abound. While there is no question that disturbing hot nuclear debris in dry conditions will increase radiation levels in the dust, air borne radioactive particles do not diffuse uniformly. It's the outmoded atomic bomb model where immediate concussive force disperses particles evenly closest to the blast site, but, if they continued to read follow up studies that show that the radiation starts to adhere back to itself in clumps and begins to fall in a mottled patterned even a few short miles of the detonation, they could modify their lack of knowledge and make better assumptions. Testing the fields way back when would have been a good idea, too, but testing was sporadic claiming it wasn't necessary based upon this faulty reasoning of even dispersal. Test one spot, you've tested them all! 'The statement above shows how bad science becomes…

    • We Not They Finally

      Most of the measuring models are flawed, and all are incomplete. Even the "whole body radiation" testing — it assumes that radiation is evenly spread (it's not) and makes no allowance for ingested particles, where the tiniest particle can lodge in your body and kill you. Also women, and especially children, are more radio-sensitive.

      Then there is the matter of selectively testing for ONE radionuclide when there are close to 2,000! So everything is always worse — much worse.

      • not to forget the lead shielding placed under the official monitoring stations…

        • or-well

          or "It was found the devices hadn't been working properly" or "It was found the devices were not being used properly" so too bad that whole set of measurements were thrown away and no, we didn't take more as the first set indicated there was no need!!!

      • Radio Radio

        Yes, but each person taking measurements has different information inside their heads, or different or shared levels of adherence to rules, or similar beliefs that panic is worst than plutonium. We must remember that these folks lived through the atom bomb being dropped on them and their society had to deal with it – absorb it silently, not only in respect for their cultural preference to authority, but to be compliant with a US occupation. The US wanted the lingering ill effects of the bombs forgotten more than the Japanese! Some monitoring people really believed that wiping down the unit before taking a test 15 minutes later would make sure they had a definite real time reading. Others understood that the Japanese would spread the radiation to the entire population where they would suffer silently together as a nation in which a kind of kismet would either protect or endanger them – thus the be happy and serene, which is a deep spiritual tenet of Shintoism. Not all deceits and lies are from a dark heart.

    • name999 name999

      radioactivity is not compatible with the terminal sink concept. One of the many big lies.

  • Maybe the time has come to finally rename this site from ENEnews to ELEnews ?

    • We Not They Finally

      Nah, just attracts elements calling reality "paranoid"…. Better to keep it more generic to cast a wider net. It actually IS the news about energy most worth reading anyway!

    • elenews

      Hey yeah, they can call it that. I created my stupid login thinking exactly that! Nuffield said, I will be changing my account name soon. Besides, I just create confusion with this name.

  • ~Beware The Evil Wind~

    Where is CTBTO in this situation? They so proudly promote their system as being so wizz-bang. Do they only supply information to lying fraud murdering corporations and lap dog government traitors of humanity?

    Corporations and government slaves….


    The cracks are turning into grand canyons, your last chance to retain cohesion is NOW!!!

    • CTBTO and their data suppliers around the world have declined to comment publicly. But, any validated researcher or agency official may acquire their data…. go get 'em lined up…. see if they are requested to sign some kind of disclosure statement, if not, publish that data!

  • Sol Man

    So what was to be gained when the death/money people first decided to get behind this new and exciting technology in the first place?
    The whole concept boggles the mind when we consider what the technology was to originally do for us, and now with what the world is up against. No wise decisions can ever be made when crucial information is hidden.

    • We Not They Finally

      It's not like anyone had any good intent in the first place — it was always the handmaiden of the weapons industry, to enrich uranium. You think they ever cared about our light bulbs?

      It was all lies, from "Atoms for Peace" on. And maybe Eisenhower figured that out by the time he gave his "beware the military-industrial complex" speech. But what most people do not realize is that he gave that speech all of three days prior to leaving office! While he was IN office, apparently he could not do a thing to stop it, and he had been a five-star general.

      Bottom line: NOT a "new and exciting technology" — death machines from the get-go. And it was never designed to do anything for US except to bilk us out of billions of dollars' tax money to pay for the war machine. Never any good intent. Just lies, lies, lies, 70 years and still counting.

    • Wyakin Wyakin

      Great comments.

      One inalienable truth: biological organisms exposed to low level radiation trigger teratological and somatic cell aberrations from low level doses, and its consequences at the molecular level behave in observably negative manners, yet to be fully understood by humans.

      The recognized biological consequences of concern for regulatory purposes for the ICRP, and corporate profit maximization, are radiation induced by fatal cancers and genetic diseases in offspring caused by high radiation levels known to cause such effects. The effects of low radiation and their wide range of documented and substantiated illnesses are not considered by the ICRP model, including those observed over multiple generations of DNA sharing species.

      This is not ideology. It is fact.

      Dozens of independent scientists and studies over nearly 3 previous decades, acknowledge the negative effects of low level radiation.

      In 2010, the ECRR concluded a report on the effects of radiation within a framework of democratic, peer reviewed, scientific deductive reasoning, in significant contrast to the methods used by the ICRP.

      Many dozens of other eminently qualified and prominent medical professors and doctors outside Europe agree with the ERCC 2010 report.

      • Wyakin Wyakin

        Please review this summary document if you have not do so already, to seek a better understanding of LLR, using the scientific method, and the fundamental critiques of the ICRP.

        Read the scientific evidence, list of contributors and authors, their qualifications, and the response of the ICRP to their scientific input prior to the ICRP 2007 revisions.

        I am grateful for those sharing the truth of the detrimental health consequences of low level radiation on humans, at the expense of their own livelihood and sometimes safety.

        Those who gain monetary benefit from the continuation of an antiquated ICRP model which ignores the effects of LLR regulatory tolerance, will immediately object to the scientific deductive reasoning presented of the cited report in favor of un-objective and false scientific methods claiming LLR is safe.

        Support biased nuclearists who disregard fundamental scientific deductionist reasoning on LLR by doing nothing.

        In contrast,get out the comment on the proposed EPA rules raising of acceptable radiation pollution expelled from nuclear plants, to save the the progeny and health of earth’s species.

        Let the regulatory agency know how unacceptable such an increase represents.


        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar VanneV

          TY, Wyakin

        • tnnelson tnnelson

          Strong great words…… Many more need to hear….
          Thank you for this information.

        • Thx, Wyakin. I believe that getting this information thru truly rigorous scientific review in order to counter unquestioning consensus science WILL BE what stops nuclear energy in its tracks if anything can.

        • And, please, anyone here who is a US citizen who has not given their comments to the NRC as they consider raising radiation levels can do so easily at Wyakin's link above. Thx!

      • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

        Well put! I 'm always very thankful for a large number of people on this site , that truly know there stuff and how to find the Truth! Thank's for your time and research!

      • We Not They Finally

        Wyajin, "low level" is obviously a misnomer to start with, since very TINY particles can kill. Moreover, it's CUMULATIVE. The better term (though no one seems to use it) might be "CHRONIC" radiation exposure — as opposed to "acute" radiation exposure from a detonated bomb overhead.

        And really, would you rather have an acute disease or a chronic one? At least with acute, when you recover you recover, and it's over. With chronic (neurologic disese, blood disease, cancer until you die, etc.) you wind up in MUCH worse shape. And if we started calling "low level radiation exposure," "CHRONIC radiation exposure" instead, more people might get the point.

        • Wyakin Wyakin

          Hi WNTF-good points and considerations.

          The control of language and its definitions delineates discussion, and the derived understanding of its meaning.

          The bystander effect (Belyakov) is not necessarily cumulative, nor are teratological/mutagenic effects, but I get your point.


  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    So, my first comment is that the Japanese must be very grateful the levels are over the 100 mark, so not good to eat, but good to export for Americans to eat 🙂

    Then, Beware the Evil Wind.. the CTBTO has been addressed within these pages, do a search(here at enenews comments) and pick some of the stuff way back in the beginning, you will find how much tax money we pay them every year, you will find details on the USA's own system that is actually even more advanced than CTBTO..(which is pretty frickin advanced) then ask yourself, WTF!!!

    CTBTO had the early #'s many countries were sharing them. Then there were "special" meetings and our citizen access was eliminated, thanks to the United States Government.

    Then, of course, the only explanation is in fact that we are not a free country, merely one that is run by masters.. our masters are hiding behind our corporations and we are not citizens rather we are the slaves. They do not care about you or me or any life on this planet that does not line some 1/4 of 1%'s pocket. Sorry.

  • or-well

    The word "may" refers to the CAUSE, not the FACT of contamination.
    Neither the ministry nor tepco told city officials that IN FACT radioactive contamination was not only rendering rice unfit but that it was IN FACT rendering the area unfit to live in.
    Hey, you and your kids can live there, just don't eat the rice you grow.

  • if that does not inspire calls by agencies to evacuate – everybody oughta just freaking get up an f=go if you currently love in fallout path

  • jec jec

    Note that TEPCO does not take responsibility! Makes not a lot of diff to me if was clean up or accidental or on purpose release–its all due to TEPCO's massive radioactive mess! Now it is the worlds problem..with TEPCO just acting like one of the three stooges. Your choice of which one..Larry, Moe or Curly. And feel free to add other heads of government…

  • The insidiousness of radiation contamination TRANSPORT VECTORS, meaning all of the ways in which radiation spreads, moves and accumulates is a daunting concept to imagine.

    August 19th… last year.

    "…removal of rubble from the plant site in August last year spread radioactive substances …outside the evacuation zone and more than 20 kilometers from the plant."

    "…a large piece of wreckage from the plant’s No. 3 reactor building. Radioactive dust under the debris blew away in the process and exposed two workers away from the reactor to radiation."
    – The Asahi Shimbun, July 14, 2014

    • We Not They Finally

      Look, it's just the tidbits parade. Some tidbit about last August. It just trivializing ongoing cataclysm. Like "20 km from the plant last August" TELLS us anything? Like a call to action? It's all just drib-drab. Then people tune it out. Probably as intended.

    • bo bo

      ChasAha – I was just reading a blogger in Japan say 'rubble dust' is to hide problems they had at fuku #1-3 after quake hit fuku 7/19/13 and there were srtious steam emissions that summer.

      To refresh memory –

      'Dust from rubble removal…. gimme a break !!!' – was his opinion
      My fave twitter guy in Japan @STONES

      • bo bo

        I see majia pointing to similar in above post, too.

        but Tepco wants it to be 'oh… yeah… because we were moving rubble that summer'

        • bo bo

          mako oshidori expressed this same thought today –
          'I don't get it… why does media focus JUST on August 19th rubble removal alone? So much happened last summer..August 12th was bad too.. the following is footage of fuku last year on 6/26:

          I also read a comment today by another blogger – each piece of rubble from reactor3 is like a level 4-5 event on its own..

  • Gee, just 20 km from Fukushima – twelve miles, and people are surprised that the rice is contaminated? My head hurts.

  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    Ontological, I have been following your pink sky posts , i have been kinda on the fence with your pictures, but today i had looked up at the clouds and they had a very pink look or hue . i asked a friend if he seen it also and sadly you are right! this is in the Yukon 45 min from the Alaskan coast? i picked some mushrooms and dried them , the geiger counter made a lot of noise!

    • I've been looking back through old pre-Fuki pics in my files. It's much worse than what we accepted as normal background ionization and
      the proof of increasing radiation is above our heads daily now.

      My mother who lives on the Olympic Peninsula is like a preview of coming events to me since our most usual jet stream weather pattern comes across the Cascades from the west coast.

      Yesterday she said it was raining there and she wasn't feeling well or able to cope with life's little irritations. I feel the same today (it clouded up earlier this morning and rained here further inland) …I'm dragging, just plain worn out. The pink was only thin and almost invisible for two or three days out of this past couple of weeks. The full moon had a thick pink ring. I believe the jet stream has had so many sporadic emission spurts injected into it, the 40 day loop it makes around the planet has more radioactive days in the cycle now.

      • LastChants, thank you for bringing up the possibility that moods may be altered by our exposure to radiation. I hope you are feeling better.

        I would be very interested in learning more about the effects radiation exposure has on brain chemistry. I live in Ellensburg, WA, where the wind blows fiercely. I am also extremely depressed and wonder if radiation exposure might have anything to do with it.

        There are so many knowledgeable people here, I am hoping someone might know about this.

        Meanwhile, it's nice to be in the same state with you, LastChants.

        • Oh hey there luna! Yes, good to know where some of are…there are a few more in WA too and all the sharing of what's outside our windows definitely helps us cope and plan. The brain fog and lethargy is common but someone else will pop in with the technical rundown.

          I also lived in Spokane for 3 years and knew the 2 aluminum plants were one good reason to get out of there. Up your way, the gorge winds are really awful for aerial transport of Hanford radiation. Wind direction and rain are factors that affect where I am now. I ended up getting a geiger counter when EPA downsized their list of monitor stations (at least to public eyes). New GQ GMC320-plus is nice to have, good reviews, etc…approx $150 investment but no more in the dark feeling.

          You have a college there if I remember right? Bet there are lots of like minded folks in the area who also have an interest in following the radiation stuff.

    • tnnelson tnnelson

      Stay AWAY from wild mushrooms…..they are sponges…..absorbing all the really wrong things these days….

  • devark devark

    Every time it rains I make a point to stand in it.

  • weeman

    What I want to know is what happened to the rice, was it destroyed or was it animal feed or was it sent overseas and repackaged and mixed with other rice to make it comply with standards?
    They spent more money raising the Costa Concordia than they have with the Fukushima NP, disgraceful.

    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      I bet it is in our school lunches 🙁

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      I'm sure it has been eaten…or will be soon. It's common practice to mix highly radioactive produce into batches of less radioactive produce so it passes the bulk testing at the international ports. Nevertheless, every single grain gets eaten…and it may be a baby, or a pregnant woman or a child…

      The creation of man-made radionuclides is crime against all life. It is an act that spits in the face of every achievement and work of art ever created by mankind.

      Every hero who have his/her life…every sacrifice that was ever made…every tribulation overcome…every peaceful resolution…every act of valor or sensitivity…All of it disgraced the creation of manmade radionuclides.

      Abolish the willful act of fission at all costs.

    • We Not They Finally

      These people were basically forced back to their homes. (If they WANTED to go back, that's suicidal — though the mentality is apparently quite home-oriented there.) But they plant rice and SOMEONE eats it. Telling the public that what you planted last August was maybe contaminated, is like standing in a cesspool and saying that it might be contaminated with feces. The rice is already eaten and those poor people have no place else to go and nothing else to do for a living. But they treat this like TRIVIA, which is disgusting.

    • Fukushima Farmers Growing Food In Radioactively Contaminated Lands, Then Exporting It, Won't Eat It Themselves; via @AGreenRoad

    • Got to keep up appearances..

      make sure you buy the 'right' kind of washing machine soap and floss with the 'right' brand of string, while watching dancing stars and the royals plus all the war drama.

      Be sure to buy the Japanese brand of rice and cars and be sure to keep those buildings at FukU looking nice and 'clean'.

      Yes, all is right with the world.

      ClEanLinEss is next to godliness you know.

    • it may well got the incinerator to be burned and release the rads into the atmosphere, or into plastic bags near homes or schools…. not many options…

  • dosdos dosdos

    The covering was not designed to stop the flow of radioisotopes, but to raise them further off the ground, so that they wouldn't be detected at the Diaichi plant, but rather making landfall somewhere off the premises, allowing them to claim that #1 was offering no signs of release at the plant. Just a little PR prestidigitation. It's been releasing all along. Radiation from #1 will be detected on site, once the panels come down.

    • Shaker1

      Unfortunately, dosdos, I'm afraid (no, I actually know) that you're correct. The tent structure may have knocked down direct evaporative moisture, but it was more of an effort with visibility in mind and to shield somewhat directly onsite so that work could be done without watch people fall over each day in the Tepco cam. Without a working air filtering system, it's just like a dressing tent at the beach.

      Does this really surprise any of us who've been watching from the beginning, even if we'd abandoned cam-watching early on? I make exactly the point that direct atmospheric contamination still exists to those who give me the "Oh, is that still going on?" when I try to discuss Fukushima.

    • rogerthat

      funny thing, dosdos, i was talking about prestidigitation last night … havent seen that word in print since i read Practical Cats decades ago…

  • GQR2

    Well contamination or not there is no stopping that nazi on the go,everybody's favorite fascist the world class liar,and he is good company, Shinzo Abe, He went to Australia –
    Gotta love the pictures.

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      It's not a coincidence that he's out of the country while the tropical storm was throwing so much more radionuclides throughout the country. He will leave again or remain away while any and all planned projects at Daiichi are undertaken that throw plumes.

      He will also skip town, un-announced, for any such un-planned releases.

      Everyone should keep an eye out for where heads of government are in this post-fukushima world. They are privy to the real plume models and will plan all their works around them.

      The most obvious to spot will be the pres of the U.S. and Shinzo since they are the heads of the countries that will rot from Daiichi first.

  • razzz razzz

    Remember I said on typical construction projects, a labor mans a fire hose and sprays the construction dusts and keeps things damp. Even a water truck drives around spraying down the temporary dirt roads to keep the dust down or dirt hauling trucks either tarp or spray down their dirt loads to keep the dust down when driving on public roads.

    Not at Daiichi. Wreck out and deconstruct the blown buildings in open air then wonder why workers and farmland all of the sudden become radioactively contaminated. If you can't see radioactivity, I guess it is not there. If they hosed down the de-construction process, at least it would have been kept onsite (somewhat).

    Same thing at WIPP. Removing the radioactive contaminated filters causes fallout counts to go up.

    The only monitoring stations that worked during the meltdowns were nuke test band treaty monitors that keep watch for nuke tests all around the world. That information was feed into SPEEDI programs to get fallout maps. I think other monitors could not read the high counts and were useless other than being pegged was a huge warning sign.

    Unit 1 will show everything get contaminated. The temp tent is entirely contaminated. Gotta remove it just to work on the building's remains. More nuclear waste to deal with. Might as well hose the work down and keep the fallout onsite and not let it end up in someone's next meal or drink.

    • That is assuming someone at TEPCO cares… They don't. They are extensions of the Yakuza, mobsters in it for the money and power, period.

      They do want to look good doing it onto others though..

      The site looks 'tidy', and the suits they wear are cleany whity.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Invisibly and silently ..they 'shock the monkey'

    Peter Gabriel – Shock The Monkey

  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    This whole situation makes now fell as if every believe i have had or may have had in after life of some sort is now gone, knowing that we have killed the very chance of our biological body ever living on this planet in some sort of state of being is gone for millions or billions of years!

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Yes, nuclear is shameful.

      No one is coming to the rescue, either. No E.T.s are going to clean anything up…and no God is going to wave his hand and purify the waters…not to say that he isn't there…just that he isn't going to clean up our mess.

      Free will. Choice. It is the only thing that sets us apart from all other life on this planet…and people are using it to purchase products that poison and services that destroy.

      Most people don't realize that when they pick up a bottled water (or other drink) on the way to work…they are contributing to the poisoning and destruction of the entire planet. They are contributing to the entire mining industries of coals and oils to make the plastics, as well as the toxic load of oceans and land…and the poisoning of living things everywhere.

      Would it not be more humble to starve to death, or die of thirst, than to put one more cent into the coffers of the men and women who manufacture such suffering?

  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    oops! (makes me now feel as if)

  • jec jec

    Less we forget..over 60% of Fukushima children have diabetes..probably caused by radiation. And of course the almost 50% numbers of TESTED children with Thyroid disease…

    More radiation? From 'cleanup'..evacuation and permanent relocation is needed first. Where are the new "japan cities' created after 311? Send the evacuated people there to live in recreated communities. Toss out the executives and government who moved there to live in safety…

  • rogerthat

    ''The Fukushima Prefectural government revealed that last year’s harvested rice from 14 locations in the city of Minami Soma contained more than 100 becquerels of cesium per kilogram. This is beyond the government’s safety limit.''

    Funny, isn't it. The Japanese think more than 100 becquerels of cesium per kilogram is a big deal, and that this rice is contaminated and has no place in the food chain. We think it is a big deal. But as far as i know, this rice is perfectly good for consumption elsewhere. Words such as ''well below safe limits'' and ''perfectly safe'' and ''bananas'' spring to mind.

  • rogerthat
    …The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Monday it will approve the upgraded design and safety features of the Kyushu Electric Power plant at a Wednesday meeting.
    After this initial approval, the NRA will seek public comments for a month. Further on-site operational checks will be required, followed by the approval of local communities.
    Experts largely expect the two-reactor plant to come online by the end of the year. The plant was fast-tracked for safety approval by the NRA in March…

  • rogerthat

    … The regulator says it is merely checking compliance with regulations, not verifying the complete safety of the reactors. Members of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet say they defer to the regulator when it comes to verifying safety. Leaders in Satsuma-Sendai say the city needs the central government’s approval before agreeing to restarts.
    “The decision is too big. They are afraid of being responsible,” said Miwa Kiwaki, a volunteer helping a civil group in the Fukushima prefecture that has been petitioning the central government for criminal prosecution of those responsible for the Fukushima accident.
    “The problem is nobody in Japan has any legal authority to enforce nuclear-power operations. Mr. Abe has to do something about the legal void if he thinks nuclear power is necessary,” said Junji Annen, a professor at Chuo University and the head of a government panel that discusses electricity prices…

  • rogerthat

    … Civilian atomic power was not just safe, they said, it was absolutely, unquestionably, always and no matter what, safe. …

    – interesting stuff, the MSM agenda…

  • rogerthat

    … The election of antinuclear candidate Taizo Mikazuki as governor of Shiga prefecture on Sunday is a reminder of the continuing opposition to nuclear restarts in many areas bordering regions that host nuclear plants. Shiga prefecture is located next to Fukui prefecture, home to more than a dozen nuclear reactors. Mr. Mikazuki defeated a candidate backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and succeeds an incumbent with antinuclear views who had insisted on having a say about restarting the Fukui reactors….

    • rogerthat

      How do you convince a skeptical public that nuclear reactors are safe if people believe that the regulators are the lackeys of governments and the nuclear industry? Twenty years ago, when three GE engineers resigned, they said they were ''concerned with the adequacy of plant designs, with the threat of human error along the complex chain of the nuclear fuel cycle and with the certainty that nuclear regulation is ineffective,'' the LA Times reported.

      – ''the certainty that nuclear regulation is ineffective'' is a pretty bald statement. No room for ambiguity. Would anyone care to elaborate, and to explain how things are different today?

  • rogerthat
    July 15, 2014
    Residents of Minami-Soma in Fukushima Prefecture expressed anger with the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. for keeping them in the dark about radiation that contaminated local rice crops.
    "We cannot help but distrust the agriculture ministry, which did not promptly let us know of the matter, despite it being a serious issue," said Minami-Soma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai…

    – ''we cannot help but distrust the agriculture ministry''. When trust is lost, all is lost?

  • rogerthat
    …Japanese utilities have more than 17,000 tons of “spent” fuel rods that have finished their useful life but will remain dangerously radioactive for thousands of years. What to do with them is a vexing problem that nuclear-powered nations around the world face, and that has come to the fore as Japan debates whether to keep using nuclear energy after the 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima plant.
    The answer to that problem may lie in the Horonobe Underground Research Center, which has been collecting geological data to determine if and how radioactive waste can be stored safely for as long as 100,000 years in a country that is susceptible to volcanic activity, earthquakes and shifting underground water flows. ..

    – detailed yarn, worth a look

    • freebywill

      Tokyo2020 – what a looming disaster.

      The practice field for athletes is only 20 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi. If the 2020 Olympics do take place in Tokyo, Japan will be exposing the world's finest young athletes to potentially harmful soil and water.

      Lets hope this never gets to be.

    • Bungalow Phil Bungalow Phil

      Dragging their feet on a solution to long term storage is symptomic of the terrorist tactics of the nuclear cabal. There is now and have been solutions to spent fuel and indeed a cleaner source of nuclear sourced power generation. Although I don't see a necessity for splitting atoms or fusing them for power generation, the research could be valuable in solving other physics problems that could lead to a practical zero point power design. The link I am providing is not necessarily the final word nor meant to instill false hope, cause as stated the obstacle is not one of incomplete understanding of atomic physics but one of terrorism and fear, war and population reduction.

  • Gabe Gabe

    I believe that each of is who is a member of ENEnews could have a signifiant impact re. Spreading the information available at this website. Just consider, for a moment, what I am proposing.
    What if the ENEnews people designed a business card that has this web address along with a message about fuku? I did see the recent design and t is fabulous.
    Could we each agree to print several thousand of these on our home printers, just on regular paper, if need be. Then we could distribute. Places to put these would be underneath the wiper blade of cars located in parking lots of churches, shopping malls, hospitals, restaurants, health clubs, movie theaters, sports events, etc.

    If I can place several thousand and each of you do likewise……do you think we may just WAKE UP a bunch of people? Do you think those people might just forward information to their families and friends?
    Can we at least set a begin date and have several versions of cards to disperse?

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      Perfect. I'm already doing this and encourage everyone else to do so as well.

      But before you do so…make a point of using materials that are completely natural if at all possible. This is because you will otherwise be creating litter that is toxic to life forms or is non-biodegradable. Do not use commercial pen ink or markers if at all possible.

      Remember, your messages don't have to last long at all…just long enough to be seen.

      I use Pokeberry juice/ink (Phytolacca Americana) from my own stewarded land. I use scraps of paper that have no lines, colors, dyes, stickers, or glues of any sort on them.

      If you don't have access to Pokeberry juice, then get creative. Remember that EVERYTHING yields a dye!

      With that in mind…hit the streets.

    • I dont recommend placing the cards on windshields – you will have a much higher rate of success with casual conversations leading into the topic – flyers, cards, notes, etc on windshield are far too often considered trash and are treated as such. It even angers some people.

      I've had great out of the blue conversations with folks in many different situations, next booth over in a restaurant say hello and go from there, at the hot springs in this spanish speaking country striking up a convo with a couple guys whom I heard speaking english, on the phone with clerks regarding computer or phone tech… the personal interaction goes a long ways.

  • Alan Reid Alan Reid

    Olympics in Japan… Really? who will go? Seriously would you go?

  • Roger that, you've found some goodies there. Thnx! (You all do and much appreciated!)

    We need all the current info, truthful stats and quotable quotes that we can harvest, to use for short 'n sweet sound bites. The one liners are highly effective just like the headlines that attract our attention while we're waiting to check out in a grocery store. I can't think of one time when my eyes don't quickly cruise all the zines and latest *news*, LOL.

    We have a lot to say. Not boring or scaring people's ears into shutting off is the trick. We can do it.