Japan Reporter: Mutations increasing in Fukushima — TV: “Strange things are happening to the plants and animals” — Gov’t News Agency: “Long list of mutated life forms reported” (VIDEO)

Published: July 22nd, 2015 at 9:45 pm ET


Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Jul 21, 2015 (at 39:45 in):

  • Jan Vande Putte, radiation safety specialist (emphasis added): The impact on wildlife is very important and largely unexploredby the authorities so far. We have now seen last year the proof of how crucial a good understanding of the impact on wildlife is. In Chernobyl, it has been studied in detail, the impact of decreasing numbers of what we could call microorganisms, insects…
  • Question: Thank you so much. My name is (Makiko Sato?), I’m a freelancer currently working for the Korea Times. I so appreciate [your comments] about the impact on wildlife. I just visited Iitate Village and happened to meet some local photographers who are taking, already starting from this year… mutations of plants. I’ll show you the photos. I hear that the number of insects – especially cicada — the sound of cicada is decreased. It’s not only him, but Kawauchi villager and also Iitate villager says it’s true…
  • Vande Putte: Insects are actually very interesting to look at… It’s extremely difficult to build a model to estimate dose to an ant or to an insect. Very little research has been done on that. There’s some causal relationship… in the areas where we have more radiation, we observe clearly lower amounts of insects… That’s very clear… The full explanation of that is not available yet. We would really urge a lot more research in that area because it could also teach us something about the relationship between radiation and impact of radiation on life in general.

The Weather Channel (NBCUniversal), Jul 20 2015: Four years after the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, strange things still are happening to the plants and animals living there. Recent years have brought reports of deformed fruit and mutant butterflies, but the latest is a remarkable photo of deformed daisies.

Rossiya Segodnya – Sputnik (Russian gov’t news agency), Jul 22, 2015: … ‘mutant daisies’ found near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are… raising concerns about the long-term effects of the now four-year-old disaster, and the safety of the areas… particularly as [the] government moves to lift evacuation orders… According to gardening experts, the flowers have been afflicted by a rare condition known as “fasciation” or “cresting,” which is typical in plant life exposed to high levels of radiation… The flowers are the latest in a long list of mutated life forms reported… A recent Greenpeace evaluation of a forested area by the nuclear plant found that it would be “impossible for people to safely return to their homes,” because of how “widespread” the contamination remains… radiation levels are still ten times more than the maximum deemed safe for the public.

See also:  Former Japan News Anchor: The mutations have begun in Fukushima; Birds blind, unable to fly — Magazine: Fukushima birds in tailspin, the proverbial canary in coalmine — Prof.: Birds with mutations found all over contaminated areas (VIDEO)

Watch the FCCJ press conference here

Published: July 22nd, 2015 at 9:45 pm ET


210 comments to Japan Reporter: Mutations increasing in Fukushima — TV: “Strange things are happening to the plants and animals” — Gov’t News Agency: “Long list of mutated life forms reported” (VIDEO)

  • rogerthat


    July 26, 2015 (Sun.)
    Protest against Abe gov't security legislation, nuclear restarts held in front of Diet

    People protest against security-related legislation and against the reactivation of nuclear power plants, in front of the prime minister's office in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, on the evening of July 24, 2015. (Mainichi)

    Demonstrators gathered in central Tokyo on July 24 to protest core policies of the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe administration — security bills allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, the special state secrets protection law, and the restart of nuclear reactors.

    Protestors assembled at Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo, an open-air concert hall, and around the Diet building, shouting, "A prime minister should abide by the Constitution!"

    People from a wide variety of age groups could be seen on the sidewalk in front of the Diet building. A member of Students Emergency Action for Liberal Democracy – s (SEALDs) spoke into a microphone, saying, "We have the power to change this policy course. We the people are the heroes of this country," prompting cheers from the crowd.

    The same day, there were also people demonstrating in support of the security bills nearby. There were no major altercations between the groups.

    July 25, 2015 (Mainichi Japan)

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  • rogerthat


    JULY 24, 2015
    Federal judge wants deadlines in cleanup at Hanford

    The Associated Press

    Specific requirements and deadlines are needed to hold the U.S. Department of Energy accountable in the cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a federal judge told state and federal officials on Thursday.

    During a court hearing, U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson said she will appoint a panel of experts to help her with the technical and scientific issues in more than 6,000 pages of documents, according to the Tri-City Herald (http://bit.ly/1RYznZM ). She gave the energy department and the state 21 days to each appoint a representative to the panel.

    The state of Washington has submitted a list of deadlines for emptying radioactive waste from certain leak-prone waste tanks and getting a plant built to treat the waste. Federal officials wanted to delay deadlines until technical issues were resolved.

    The judge said she'll reject the DOE's proposed plan for the court-ordered consent decree and lean closer to the state's proposal.

    Malouf Peterson made only brief remarks Thursday after listening to arguments from DOE and the states of Washington and Oregon. She said she will issue a written opinion.

    Her ruling will focus on whether the proposed amendments would resolve problems caused by DOE's inability to meet deadlinesagreed to in 2010 and the issue …

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    • rogerthat

      of holding DOE accountable rather than focusing on specific deadlines.

      Washington Assistant Attorney General Andrew Fitz said the state's job as a Hanford regulator is to hold DOE accountable, but the history of trying to get tank waste treated for disposal is one of moving deadlines and delays.

      The 2010 consent decree resolved a lawsuit filed by the state in 2008 when it became apparent that DOE could not meet deadlines. The consent decree set new deadlines to be enforced by the court. But now most of the remaining deadlines in the consent decree are at serious risk of being missed by DOE.

      "Effectively, we are back where we were when we filed the lawsuit," Fitz said.

      The DOE's plan is to regularly update the state on its progress, but nothing ensures that progress will be made or requires that technical issues be resolved, Fitz said.

      Kenneth Amaditz, a lead attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, countered that "technical issues cannot be predictably resolved by certain dates."

      Resolution can be lengthy and expensive, Amaditz said.

      The judge's choice is to establish deadlines based on guesses or wait until there is enough information to make them meaningful, he said. It's impossible to know now if extensive work may be needed, such as changing out tanks in the plant, redoing ventilation systems or pulling piping out of concrete to resolve technical issues, he said.

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  • rogerthat


    Mystery continues over radioactivity in Western Pa. stream
    JULY 24, 2015

    The DEP is investigating high radium readings along Ten Mile Creek in southwestern Pennsylvania

    On the banks of Ten Mile Creek, a stream that snakes through Greene County, Ken Dufalla looked out at one of his favorite fishing spots.

    “That’s probably one of the best walleye fishing there is in the evening you can find. I’ve caught muskies, walleyes, saugers,” Dufalla said.

    Four years ago, Dufalla, who leads a local conservation group, stopped fishing here. That’s because the tests he did as president of his local chapter of the Izaac Walton League showed surprisingly high concentrations of bromides. The stream contains treated acid mine drainage from the nearby abandoned Clyde coal mine. Bromides are not typically found in mine discharges, treated or not.

    But bromides are typical of fracking waste water. Dufalla sought help from the Department of Environmental Protection. Ten Mile Creek feeds into the Monongahela River, the source of drinking water for hundreds of thousands of people in western Pennsylvania, including parts of Pittsburgh.

    Researchers say that bromides, when combined with chlorine at a downstream drinking water facility, can create carcinogens such as trihalomethanes. …

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      It turns out that the bromides were not the only toxin Dufalla had to worry about.

      When DEP tested the stream water at the mine’s discharge point in April 2014, it found radium-226 and radium-228 at levels 60 times higher than federal drinking water standards allow.

      Both radium-226 and radium-228 can be found in higher quantities in Marcellus Shale than in other rock formations. And radium can be present in waste water produced during oil and gas production.

      Now the state is investigating the possibility that radioactive materials from oil and gas drilling waste may have gotten into the stream.

      Last month, the DEP collected water, vegetation, sediment, soil, and fish at 13 sites. The DEP also tested water at the Tri-County Joint Municipal Authority, three miles downstream of the Clyde Mine discharge. The agency is looking for “Marcellus Shale indicators” in the water, as well as acid mine drainage.

      But sampling done recently by West Virginia University’s Paul Ziemkiewicz, a forest ecologist and acid mine drainage expert, did not reveal high levels of radium. Ziemkiewicz, who directs the West Virginia University Water Research Institute, thinks the DEP may have erred in its previous sample.

      “We were much much lower (than the DEP’s),” Ziemkiewicz told StateImpact. “In fact, most of (the levels) were below the detection limit.” …

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        … DEP Spokesman John Poister said in a statement that the agency needs to conclude its analysis of its samples “before reaching any conclusion or making any comparative statements between any of the sampling events.”

        The 2014 test results weren’t made public until last month, after an environmental group requested the results under the state’s Right-to-Know law.

        Whether the DEP’s test results were flawed or not, Dufalla suspects malfeasance. He thinks someone dumped fracking waste in the Clyde Mine.

        “It came from someplace—it did not appear miraculously—it came from somewhere and somebody knows where it came from,” he said.

        Dufalla points out illegal dumping has occurred in this part of the state before. In 2012, a local business man pleaded guilty to illegally dumping fracking waste, into streams, ponds, and an abandoned mine.

        And last year, a local sewer authority announced it was investigating possible dumping of frack water at its treatment plant.

        According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, long term exposure to radium increases risk of lymphoma, bone cancer, and leukemia.

        But earlier this year, the DEP released a report stating natural gas drilling waste posed “little or limited” potential for radiation exposure to the public or industry workers. The report did warn that spills of oil and gas fluids could lead to “potential radiological environmental impacts.”

        The Marcellus Shale Coalition declined requests for comment. …

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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Something fell that day, that is for sure…it is called Pure Evil! :(

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    July 7, 2015
    Daily Kos

    California is using irradiated, hellishly contaminated fracking waste water to irrigate crops.
    Last year Chevron pumped in 8 billion gallons of 'treated' waste water to nut farmers. California Resources Group [largest oil producer] plans to quadruple sales to growers.
    There has to be an understanding that this "water" is used widely on all crops, not just nut farmers.

    And soon, Cali will be drinking irradiated sea water they presume as safe.

    Although I can't prove it, I now contend that the Ogallala aquafier is beyond contamination and one could probably ignite the water. How would one clean up a aquafier? Can't let the masses know..so create a drought to divert attention. A sociopath's wetdream.

    I wonder if anyone else thinks that most, if not all, of the US clean water sources are now contaminated..?

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  • razzz razzz

    'Scientist and Stem Cell Expert Says Don't Be So Quick to Believe Vaccines Are Safe'

    "…The FDA has debated the safety of using human fetal cell lines for vaccine manufacture for over 50 years, yet actual safety studies have never been done. There has never been an epidemiological study that has considered the relative risk of autism diagnosis based on receipt of fetal manufactured vaccines, which includes MMR II, Varivax, Vaqta, Havrix and Pentacel.

    People who question the U.S. vaccination schedule, which is very aggressive, and the very real dangers of adjuvants in vaccines, and the long term impact of a heavy vaccination schedule on natural immunity, have rational and sound scientific concerns. It is sad and perplexing that civil, complete, and rational discussions of these concerns are obstructed by pharma, by the media, and unfortunately often by our elected officials, pediatricians, and family physicians.

    There is still concern out there that vaccines may cause or trigger autism and other developmental problems. A lot of experts say there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism, but many parents aren’t convinced. A graph on the Sound Choice website shows that the three largest spikes in autism coincide with the introduction of vaccines produced with aborted fetal cells…"

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  • Sparky Sparky

    Alert: Ineptco to lift 20-ton debris from SFP #3, "…holding over 500 rods…."

    Why do I feel that this is going to turn out badly??? :-(
    Assuming (praying!) that they are successful in removing the radiation-marinated debris, where the hell are they going to "safely" store it??

    Agghhhhh! :-( :-(

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