Report: Fukushima fallout detected in U.S. fish — Dose equal to samples caught 100 miles from plant — Persistently high levels detected in marine life offshore “not anticipated… orders of magnitude” more than expected — “Measurements needed… along predicted plume trajectory”

Published: March 2nd, 2015 at 8:18 pm ET


Excerpts from Radiological Dose Rates to Marine Fish from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: The First Three Years Across the North Pacific’, includes authors from Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences and Oregon St. Univ., 2015 (emphasis added):

  • A more complete record is emerging of radionuclide measurements in fish [from] across the Pacific… Fish 100–200 km east of [Fukushima], coastal fish in the Aleutian Islands… and trans-Pacific migratory species, all had increased dose rates as a consequence of the FDNPP accident.
  • FDNPP produced the largest single-event influx of radioactive cesium isotopes into the Pacific [137Cs up to 90 PBq; Chernobyl total: 70-85 PBq].
  • Dose rates to the most impacted fish species near the FDNPP have remained above benchmark levels for potential dose effects at least three years longer than was indicated by previous, data-limited, evaluations.
  • [Strontium-90] was estimated to contribute up to approximately one-half of the total 2013 dose rate to fish near the FDNPP.
  • Evaluations… suggested that the dose rates to fish near the FDNPP… only briefly remained above the benchmark levels for potential harmful effects… However, subsequent data have indicated highly elevated and persistent accumulation of Cs.
  • Maximally exposed fish near the FDNPP [had] an increase of more than six orders of magnitude… The elevated activity concentrations were not isolated to one sample, or one species. In 2013, activity concentrations of 134,137Cs exceeding [100,000 Bq] kg were measured in more than 100 fish from ten species sampled from FDNPP port… concentrations in [some species] are orders of magnitude higher than predicted.
  • Some of the released radionuclides are being carried long distances
  • At Amchitka Island [in Alaska] the 134,137Cs dose rates to [greenling and rockfish] were only slightly higher than pre-event levels… The increase… appears to be due to atmospheric transport from Fukushima as 134Cs was measured… in freshwater fish [11 Bq/kg in trout].
  • Detections of 134Cs in California water samples gathered in August 2014… suggest incremental dose rate increases to resident fish.
  • Fish at 100–200 km east of the FDNPP, coastal fish in the Aleutian Islands, and trans-Pacific migratory species all had increased dose rates.
  • Persistence of the radionuclides in fish was not anticipated by existing models… ongoing measurements are needed at locations near the FDNPP and further along the predicted plume trajectory… Some areas that have experienced air deposition in 2011 (e.g. Aleutian Islands), should continue monitoring as they may experience a second arrival of 134,137Cs in subsequent years via an oceanic plume.
  • This study was in collaboration with the… IAEA

See also: Gov’t: Alaska island “appears to show impacts from Fukushima” — “Significant cesium signature” — Scientists anticipate further impact as ocean plume arrives (VIDEO)

Published: March 2nd, 2015 at 8:18 pm ET


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460 comments to Report: Fukushima fallout detected in U.S. fish — Dose equal to samples caught 100 miles from plant — Persistently high levels detected in marine life offshore “not anticipated… orders of magnitude” more than expected — “Measurements needed… along predicted plume trajectory”

  • rogerthat

    BUSINESS has urged South Australia’s nuclear Royal Commission to fast-track consideration of hosting the nation’s first major waste dump, amid fears the state could miss out on a lucrative opportunity to take a foothold in a future storage industry. …

    BusinessSA chief executive Nigel McBride said waste storage was a multibillion-dollar opportunity for the state and could become a major new revenue stream for government.

    “The thing that really stands out as an opportunity is spent nuclear fuel storage,” he said. …

    – Gotta love it. If these guys have their way, they will solve the global nuclear industry's nuclear waste conundrum. They may also eventually poison this:

    … The Great Artesian Basin, located within Australia, is the largest and deepest artesian basin in the world, stretching over 1,700,000 square kilometres …

    – but hey, who cares, in the long run we are all dead

  • rogerthat

    … As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, I’ll work on getting things done that will unleash nuclear power…

    -senator lamar alexander

  • rogerthat

    German energy cooperative plans legal action over UK nuclear plan
    BERLIN, Mar 4, 2015

    (Reuters) – A German energy cooperative will take legal action against the European Commission for approving state aid for a 16 billion pound ($25 billion) nuclear power plant in Britain …

    Highly subsided nuclear power from this plant will noticeably distort European competitiveness," said Soenke Tangermann, managing director of Greenpeace Energy, which describes itself as Germany's largest national independent energy cooperative.

    Tangermann said it would affect prices at the power exchange in Germany and could also set a precedent. "This effect will have economic disadvantages for committed green power providers like us," he said …

  • rogerthat

    … “This legislation is the first step in cutting the bureaucracy in the licensing process …''

    … The bill's passage represents a victory for the state's uranium industry, …

  • rogerthat

    AEC report on nuclear scare heavily censored

    By Tang Chia-ling

    … almost the entire text of the document was blacked out, including part of the report’s cover, the table of contents, records of the facility’s quality tests, the names of inspectors and pictures of the ruptured handle. …

  • rogerthat

    4 MAR 2015
    Comment: South Australia's uranium legacy, future fails public interest test

    It's vital that the South Australian royal commission into uranium mining does not become a taxpayer-funded nuclear industry promotional platform.

    By Dave Sweeney

    The current terms of reference for the Royal Commission into South Australia’s nuclear industry sadly appear to put a higher weighting on industry promotion than public interest.

    There is to be no review of SA’s atomic test legacy or flawed clean up attempts from earlier uranium mines.

    Disappointingly, the impacts and experience of current uranium mining is ignored lest it reflect poorly on industry expansion plans and key areas of very real public concern including health impacts, emergency capacity, implications for SA’s precious water resources and the potential for severe reputational and market damage to the important food, wine, fishing and tourism industries are missing.

    Given that any credible assessment of the nuclear industry in South Australia also needs to fully explore the unique safety, security, legal, liability and transparency impacts and the full inter-generational economic, environmental and social costs and extent of direct or indirect public subsidies it appears that Premier Weatherill’s Royal Commission …

    • rogerthat

      has failed to pass the most basic test of independence.

      Despite a predictable chorus line of pro-nuclear voices welcoming the announcement of a Royal Commission there have already been a number of reviews at a national level, most notably John Howard’s Uranium Mining, Processing and Nuclear Energy Review in 2007. All of the reviews to date have promised much but delivered little. But opening the door to talk of uranium enrichment, domestic nuclear power and national and international nuclear waste dumping is a major escalation in both rhetoric and risk.

      The timing of the Commission move is also in stark contrast to the current run of play in the domestic and international nuclear industry.

      The 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns has been followed by a marked drop in support for nuclear power – in Japan over 50 reactors remain mothballed or idle, while conservative politicians in Germany are leading the charge to end that nation’s nuclear industry by 2022. Nuclear power is flat-lining in the US and even France is looking to cut the atom’s share of the French energy sector by 25% over the next decade. China, and to a lesser extent India, remain the bright spots in the pro-nuclear firmament but even these are contested and eclipsed by plans for growth in renewables.

      When you add rising compliance and construction costs, unresolved waste management issues and the large numbers of nuclear reactors around the world that are rapidly approaching or passing their use-by…

      • rogerthat

        their use-by date and heading into the costly and complex decommissioning phase the global nuclear industry is under pressure and under-performing.

        Closer to home, the uranium market has been hard hit by the economic fallout from Fukushima. This is apt given that in October 2011 it was formally confirmed that Australian origin uranium was actually fuelling the Fukushima complex at the time of the meltdowns. Australian radioactive rocks are the source of the radioactive fallout in Japan and far beyond. In the shadow of Fukushima, rapidly approaching its fourth anniversary, both the uranium price and production rates have been in freefall and in 2014 Australia exported the least uranium it has for the past 16 years.

        The nuclear industry starts with uranium and so should any genuine assessment of the nuclear sector in South Australia, seeking to quarantine this from full consideration is inconsistent with the Premiers call for an ‘informed and mature’ debate and risks moving the Commission away from the real world of industry performance towards providing a publicly funded platform for industry promises.

        Clearly South Australia is experiencing tough and uncertain economic times due to a trifecta of the shelving of the long planned Olympic Dam expansion, the loss of jobs in the car industry and the prospect of defence contracts moving offshore. Amid this volatility the sustained lobbying efforts of a group of nuclear true believers has found a platform. …

        • rogerthat

          There is another reason for the current nuclear push – part mischievous, part sincere and all in response to one of humanity’s existential challenges – climate change. The need to move to a low carbon energy future is clear, but the best way to do this is not by adopting nuclear: a high cost, high risk energy system that provides an existential threat of its own while drawing finite technical, financial and human resources from the renewable energy sector.

          In many areas, South Australia leads the nation in relation to renewable energy. The state is blessed with high value solar, wind and geothermal resources. It makes scant sense to throw scarce dollars and resources exploring the controversial and contaminating nuclear industry when the renewable sector is the world’s fastest growing energy market and already produces more electricity each day than the world’s risky reactor fleet.

          The Trojan Horse in the Commission stable remains the global nuclear industry’s main game and Holy Grail – the search for a place to dump waste. Already nuclear industry advocates are back pedalling on the potential for nuclear power and the viability of uranium enrichment, but are seeing the dollar signs and not the danger signs in a push that ignores South Australians, particularly Indigenous South Australians, sustained and successful efforts to oppose radioactive waste dumping in their country. …

          • rogerthat

            Given that it will be navigating contested waters with significant and long lasting costs and consequences for this and all future generations of South Australians it is essential that the Premier heeds community concerns and revisits the terms of reference to ensure the Commission does not become a taxpayer funded nuclear industry promotional platform.

            Dave Sweeney is a nuclear free campaigner for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

  • rogerthat

    Anti-Nuke Activist Drops Knowledge Bombs
    Dr. Helen Caldicott Featured for Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s Annual Lecture

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    This Thursday, renowned anti-nuclear activist Dr. Helen Caldicott will speak at the Lobero Theatre for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 14th Annual Kelly Lecture. …

  • rogerthat

    The Herald Online
    Serving York, Chester and Lancashire counties

    Don’t reopen Barnwell nuclear landfill to nation
    March 3, 2015

    South Carolina would not benefit from a plan to reopen the Barnwell low-level nuclear waste landfill to states outside the Atlantic Compact.

    Some state lawmakers are under pressure from the operators of the nuclear waste disposal site in Barnwell County to reopen the site to waste from around the nation. To do so would risk returning the state to the status of a national dumping ground, a stigma the state held for decades until the Legislature finally took action in 2000 to reduce the flow of waste into South Carolina.

    Several state lawmakers have said they recently have been approached by representatives of Energy Solutions, the landfill operator that runs the Barnwell waste site near the Savannah River. The company has requested legislation that would open the 235-acre landfill to states that currently are not permitted to use the site.

    Under the law passed in 2000 and fully implemented in 2008, the dump was closed to all but three states – Connecticut, New Jersey and South Carolina …

    • rogerthat

      – which formed what is known as the Atlantic Compact. Spokesmen for Energy Solutions say that a reduction in waste shipments has resulted in lower revenues, and more money is needed to operate the landfill.

      The discussion also includes a proposal to import waste with higher amounts of radioactivity to South Carolina in exchange for shipping out waste with lower amounts of radioactivity. This could result in a significant increase in the radioactivity of waste received at the Barnwell site, ultimately returning it to its status as the nation’s primary disposal site for high-end Class C waste.

      We fail to see how South Carolina would benefit from such a swap.

      Under the Atlantic Compact agreement, the cost of operating the landfill is split among the power reactors in the three states. Annual operating costs are determined by the state Public Service Commission, and operators are paid that amount plus a margin.

      Thus, revenues always are available to cover operating costs, and the volume of waste should not affect that. Essentially, the only beneficiaries of sending more Class C waste to South Carolina would be waste facilities in other states and regional utilities outside the Atlantic Compact, which would no longer have the responsibility of tending to the higher-level waste.

      And with a higher influx of waste, South Carolina will lose vital landfill space it will need for its own waste.

      Who would suffer from this deal? South Carolina, of course. We know that…

      • rogerthat

        We know that South Carolina, of course. We know that from nearly 40 years of experience before the dump was closed to most of the nation.

        Even now, the landfill is leaking radioactive tritium into groundwater that drains into a tributary of the Savannah River. That river is a source of drinking water for communities in Beaufort and Jasper counties, including Hilton Head Island. Savannah, Ga., also gets drinking water from the river.

        To reopen the landfill to the rest of the nation, while inviting states to send South Carolina its most toxic low-level nuclear waste, would be asking for more pollution and higher health risks for residents of the state. And the benefits to the state would be negligible, if any.

        South Carolinians were fortunate that the hard work and perseverance of those who wanted to change the state’s image as the dumping ground for the nation’s nuclear waste finally resulted in a deal that severely limits who can send waste to the landfill. Turning back the clock would be insane.

        Read more here:

  • rogerthat

    It will take 200 employees, CHF800 million ($832 million) and 15 years to decommission Switzerland’s third-oldest nuclear reactor, operating in Mühleberg, near the Swiss capital, since 1972. On Tuesday, details were shared with 450 members of the community. …

    The process of dismantling and removing the parts of the reactor is projected to begin in 2019. …

    The first step in the process will be to remove the fuel-containing elements. Their transport in special containers will require around 30 trips per year between 2021 and 2024. Once these have been removed, the radioactivity in the reactor will be reduced by 98%.

    Transport of the remaining radioactive material will require an average of one trip per day between 2024 and 2031. The goal is to empty the facility by 2031, and then to proceed with the dismantling of the 200,000 tons of material making up the building’s shell. …

  • rogerthat

    Schreiber won't get nuclear waste
    The Chronicle-Journal
    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    The mayor of Schreiber says he was shocked to hear his town was ruled out as a candidate to house nuclear fuel.

    The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) announced Tuesday it had concluded a study looking at the geological conditions of Creighton, Sask., and Schreiber. The study found that both areas have geological complexities that make housing nuclear fuel unlikely. …

  • rogerthat

    Sri Lanka-India Nuclear Deal – What Does It Mean For Sri Lanka?

    … It will also facilitate cooperation in radioactive waste management …

    – now i wonder what that means for little sri lanka?

  • rogerthat

    04 March 2015

    Nuclear industry bosses have been given a week to explain how they will control the spiralling cost of Sellafield's nuclear clean-up.

    MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the powerful House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, aimed scathing criticism at those in charge of decommissioning the plant as the National Audit Office revealed that the cost has soared by £5b in a year.

    The projected cost of decommissioning the site is now put at £53b. …

  • rogerthat

    Path to Restoration / Only 0.4% of land secured for interim storage facility

    March 04, 2015
    The Yomiuri Shimbun

    … at this point the central government has secured only six hectares of the 1,600 hectares of land necessary for the planned construction site for the facility in areas straddling Okuma and Futaba towns in the prefecture. …

  • rogerthat

    Aged nuclear reactor not safe by global standards: civic group

    A 32-year-old South Korean nuclear reactor that just last month had its life extended seven more years does not meet the safety criteria set by the international nuclear watchdog, civic groups said Wednesday.

    Late last month, South Korea's nuclear watchdog decided to put the Wolsong-1 reactor on the southeast coast back on line in April for the first time since November 2012. The 678-megawatt reactor had run for commercial use for 30 years before that.

    Two environmental civic groups including Friends of the Earth Korea said South Korea approved the extension without reevaluating the reactor's safety according to the standards used by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The last evaluation was conducted 33 years ago, the groups said.

    "The government should re-assess whether to extend the life of the nuclear reactor by considering its safety, public views towards it, and economic viability," Suh Kune-yull, a Seoul National University nuclear engineering professor said. "If the overall assessment is negative, there's no need to re-activate the reactor."

    Yang Iwon-young, an environmental activist, said the Wolsong-1 has not passed the stress test as President Park Geun-hye promised during her election campaign. …

  • rogerthat

    Daily Journal
    POSTED: 03/04/15

    Maybe NIMBYs know best

    To the Editor:

    In regard to the letter of 2-26-15 written by Elizabeth Archer of Ukiah, I’d like to address the Not In My Backyard attitude against MendoVito that she deplores.

    Who is more able to defend what is going on in our neighborhoods than those who live here?

    Certainly people who live hundreds or many thousands of miles away are not going to be concerned with any kind of negative impact on a rural environment ecosystem or on families whose ancestors have lived here for multiple generations.

    MendoVito’s main spokesman Claude, at the meeting November 2014 in Hopland at the HREC, said he has bounced around from East Coast of these United States to Northern Washington and other cities before becoming a New Zealander.

    Looking around at my neighbors I see a lot of people who came here in the 1960s and 1970s but I also see a lot of people whose families have been here for 5 and 6 generations and in the case of McDowell Valley we have Native American families who have been here for thousands of years.

    Once again, who is better than us to defend and speak up against a terrible idea for our land?

    Historically the people of Northern California and Mendocino County have fought for their backyard. That is the reason there are not oil derricks off our beautiful coast, why there are not nuclear power plants in Northern…

    • rogerthat

      California. The wealthy, college educated, and powerful people told us that these were wise and good things for us but we knew that they were not.

      They said that we were impeding progress, but we fought them anyway because we cared what was going on in our backyard.

      Here in Mendocino County we have hopefully kept genetically altered organisms from being grown here.

      We have declared ourselves a nuclear free zone and just lately voted to keep fracking out of our county.

      All of these “improvements in life” were kept out of here because of a “NIMBY” attitude.

      So when you accuse me of being one of those people with a “Not In My Backyard” attitude I will proudly stand up and say “You better believe it.”

      Because I don’t care how much money or influence a group has, I will fight anything that is so terribly inappropriate for this area.

      The developers of this instant city, that would be the second largest city in Mendocino County, called MendoVito can count on me to proudly carry on the fight to keep them from building a city in my beautiful rural backyard.

      Susan Poor, Hopland

      – I Love this letter. NIMBYs of the world, unite!!!

  • rogerthat

    Come on, a little more radioactivity won’t kill you. Oh, wait …

    BY CINDI ROSS SCOPPE Associate Editor March 3, 2015

    COLUMBIA, SC — A nearly half-century-old landfill is losing money and has leaked radioactive waste into groundwater that feeds the water supply for 200,000 people, and the solution is … to fill it with nuclear waste that is even more radioactive than what’s currently going in?


    Is someone worried that South Carolina might not have enough nominees for the nation’s annual “stupidest state legislation” contest? Because trust me, I’m pretty sure we have plenty of strong contenders already, without resorting to the nuclear option.

    It’s no surprise that landfill operator Chem-Nuclear and its parent, Energy Solutions, would propose to give our state more millions in return for allowing it to bury material that is more highly radioactive than what it’s allowed to bury now at the state’s nuclear landfill at Barnwell. …

  • Pete

    Does anyone have the full text or PDF of the "Radiological Dose Rates to Marine Fish from the Fukushima Daiichi Accident: The First Three Years Across the North Pacific" article referenced above?

    I don't want to pay for it, but I want to read it.

  • got it from but the doc is huge. am formatting. sorry about that. brb

  • I cannot beLIEVE how effin hard that was!!!!

    and all of it formatting. apologies. but there you go

  • FULL TEXT (REALLY): Radionuclides in the marine environment off the coastof Fukushima Prefecture after the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident

  • and along the way i found this interesting tidbit

    Release of plutonium isotopes from the
    Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident

  • demise demise

    So in summary, do not eat fish or anything else that comes from the Pacific Ocean and we are all screwed. Countries that survive primarily on the Pacific for food are going to collapse.

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