Researchers predict west coast killer whales will exceed 1,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium — Over 10 times gov’t limit in Japan — Concern about harm to humans, sea life — Expert: People eating large amounts of fish may have levels similar to whales

Published: March 18th, 2014 at 4:14 pm ET
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mar. 12, 2014: Ocean currents are driving those nuclear particles [...] from Japan to our coastline, and more radiation is likely to be dumped into the ocean [...] there is concern that the accumulation, especially of the long-lasting cesium-137, will eventually be harmful to sea life and us. [...] certain models “suggest that in 30 years, Cesium 137 levels in (killer) whales will exceed the Canadian guideline of 1,000 becquerels per kilogram for consumption of seafood by humans — 10 times the Japanese guideline.” Scientists focus on whales because, like us, they are at the top of the food chain and eat a lot of fish. So, radiation levels in them is something like a “canary in a coal mine” for radiation pollution.

Canada.com, Mar. 12, 2014: Researchers developed a model based on the diet of fish-eating killer whales [...] The models suggest that in 30 years, Cesium 137 levels in the whales will exceed the Canadian guideline of 1,000 becquerels per kilogram for consumption of seafood by humans – 10 times the Japanese guideline. [...] [Juan Jose Alava of Simon Fraser University said,] “The Canadian government is the one that should be doing something, should be taking action to keep monitoring to see how these contaminants are behaving, what are the levels, and what is next.” [...] While the additional impact of Cesium 137 is unknown, it may negatively affect the immune system or endocrine system, Alava said. “The impact on the animal needs to be studied. This is part of a cumulative impact on the marine environment.” The results raise concerns for aboriginal people who maintain a diet heavy in fish. “We might expect similar results because the diet of First Nation communities is based on seafood,” Alava said. “Humans at the top of the food web can perhaps see increasing levels in the future.”

See also: "Radioactive metal from Fukushima" detected in Pacific Northwest -- Professor: "That was a surprise, it means there are still emissions ... and trans-Pacific air pollution... It’s a concern to us, this is an international issue"

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189 comments to Researchers predict west coast killer whales will exceed 1,000 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium — Over 10 times gov’t limit in Japan — Concern about harm to humans, sea life — Expert: People eating large amounts of fish may have levels similar to whales

  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    Well, I was at my local organic grocer today and saw that they had a special sign up in the meat dept that was all about the radioactivity issue for salmon and it stated something to the effect that "it's all OK".

    I am going to get the full text later today and post it here.


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    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Yes please do and I also will get it placed on the east coast health food stores in boston


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      • We Not They Finally

        You want a sign that says it's O.K.?? I think that the point here is that organic does NOT mean not radioactive.


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        • clamshellernh clamshellernh

          I don't understand , I was just wanting a picture of the notification so I could send it to my local coop and also the stores .


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          • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

            Here you go clam:
            http://www.lokifish.com/scrapbook_detail.php

            All seven stocks of salmon were tested for the radionuclides associated with the nuclear plant failures in Japan: Cesium 134, Cesium 137, and Iodine 131. Of the seven samples, five did not register detectable levels of radionuclides. Two of the samples registered at trace levels – Alaskan Keta at 1.4Bq/kg for Cesium 137, and Alaskan Pink at 1.2Bq/kg for Cesium 134. There were no detectable levels of iodine-131 in any samples.

            To put those numbers in perspective, the critical limit set by the FDA for either Cesium-134 or Cesium-137 is 370 Bq/kg, far above the amount found in Loki’s Alaskan Keta and Pink salmon.

            What does beg for reading between the lines is…

            Although the FDA contends that there is no evidence that radionuclides from Fukushima are present in Alaskan and Pacific Northwest seafood at a level that would be harmful to human health, it has not published results.

            So now we do have independent confirmation of 134Cs and 137Cs in Alaskan salmon.

            Now we have crossed the detectable threshold.
            Now we get to wait and watch the Bq values ramp up over the next few years and decades.

            The real bitch of it is that there is no undoing it.

            Reminds me of smokers getting motivated about healthy lifestyle choices AFTER the doc says it's stage 3 or 4 lung cancer.


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            • clamshellernh clamshellernh

              I have the one from the Maine sea coast sea vegetable council that shows fuku radiation in 2012 and they haven't tested since .. We could use that too .. I'll find it and send it over for planning strategy . Thank you .


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            • clamshellernh clamshellernh

              And while we are at it take a look at this crazy shit . We need to gang blog this and make our own ribbons ..I thought three of them orange red and a rainbow one to cover the cancers . Won't take much to wear these .. I'll make them and send them out if we have consensus ..or better ideas .. With our great minds we can think of something ..gotta be on the cheap ..ribbon and colored baby pins at the dollar store .. Ribbon o may have to get at a good fabric store .. Gee lets come up with a radiation causes all these colors ribbons ..this is just bizarre …brainstorm anyone ..not for the faint of heart sarc
              Red and orange and a peice of rainbow ….yikes U.S. Cancer Chances Are Now 1 In 2 For Men And 1 In 3 For Women. | InvestmentWatch

              http://investmentwatchblog.com/u-s-cancer-chances-are-now-1-in-2-for-men-and-1-in-3-for-women/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Investmentwatch+%28InvestmentWatchBlog%29

              Sent from my F-iPad I don't know why the link is not showing ..it's a video short one …makes my blood boil


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              • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                Choosehope.com let's slam them with commentary . This is bullshit and they want money . Shame on the cancer industry ..guess it's a good investment these days …but I'm sure that the one percent have that covered …


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                • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                  ACCOUNT Items: 0 Total: $0.00 US Retail Orders Over $60
                  We Donated $5,000 in February to Gateway For Cancer Research
                  CANCERS
                  DEPARTMENTS
                  SLOGANS
                  WRISTBANDS
                  RIBBONS
                  JEWELRY
                  APPAREL

                  SHOP FOR:
                  CANCER COLOR / TYPE
                  CANCER SLOGANS
                  BULK / GROUP PRICING

                  I'm appalled


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                  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                    Oh look at charity watch website and they will tell you where your money goes in cancer studies and others it's an eye opener . Don't get me wrong some might be doing some good , my sister died from breast cance and her insurance tapped her out at 50 thousand dollars she had to go on state care and fight like hell for it ..and no none of the cancer orgs would help her .


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                    • GQR2

                      My sister is going through treatment too. The costs cannot be fathomed. The utter ruin. No one will be untouched. The waves are hitting,the ruin will be more evident. The cause is Nuclear Waste and lawlessness with know uber-toxins. very sad. very forever.


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              • GQR2

                clamsheller-san how about yellow and black ribbon with a sm. nuclear universal warning sign with a big red C super imposed over it on a sm button. ?


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                • clamshellernh clamshellernh

                  I'm working on the button thing too as I have a venders license and my home is harvard square so to speak . I have been handing out flyers and chalking up twitter tags . I'll send my pic with my sign one of these days but the button thing is a goo , I also have been making starfish earrings and pins . They are big sellers . I have my hands in so much plus getting a community garden started , but those damn rads are messing me up . As I want to have a greenhouse cover . And I'm teaching urban survival but this Fukushima thing is a game changer in all and everything I do .


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                  • GQR2

                    Fukushhh!
                    has changed
                    and is changing everything.
                    everything. forever.


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                  • unincredulous unincredulous

                    I think this is too big for a button, maybe a poster: Didn't I read that cancer is going to be like x percent of the population in fifteen years or something like that?

                    So, a poster that says (fill in the actual numbers)

                    "Scientists forecast that thirty percent of us will have cancer in 15 years — can we afford more nuclear waste?"

                    button idea: radiation kills

                    Poster idea: Reactor 3 blowing up with it's mushroom cloud picture. "What are the chances this is not a nuclear bomb? Surprise, it's only a nuclear power plant melting down."
                    This is a GE nuclear reactor. This is a GE reactor blowing up. Do you know where your children are?
                    A fish roasting over a mushroom cloud. Would you eat it?
                    Their government lied to them, now they are dying.
                    If radiation is so safe, why don't you microwave your cat?

                    Or, turn it around on them.

                    The constant anti- 2nd amendment thing. Hmm.

                    This is safe (nuke explosion pic) This is not (Grampa shooting quail with hunting dog pic).

                    Cigarettes cause cancer because they are full of radiation. Radiation is good for you. Ask the nuclear industry.

                    I volunteer to be snarky anytime you want it. My Bachelor's degree is in Graphic design. I feel retarded. This is what our classes were all about. I don't use it. Too busy working and have no motivation, because low pay doesn't exactly buy me freedom. Without freedom, I feel shitty. I am tired after work.

                    Enenews time. Like a Miller Beer ad. Wheat, hops, malt…


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                  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

                    Clamshell, I am right north of you in the vt Yankee evacuation zone. I would love to meet you. Let's rock the boat.


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              • PurpleRain PurpleRain

                I'm not into ribbons, but I do think that Enenews or friends should have an anti-nuke Button made that people can wear on their shirts/Ts, jackets, vests, etc. Just a nice simple radiation symbol with a line thru it and proceeds should or could go to the cause of organizing and mobilizing more people to wake up, get involved, do something…shout, yell, shut all these Nuke Monster Plants down, END NUCLEAR NOW!


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            • Shite, they brought up the banana thing! Darn them


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            • Sickputer

              Re: lokifish.com and Portland organic food store notice

              SP: A little topic straying from the worthy whales, but I know FGJ and I both want to help them and will try to defend their ocean turf by insisting on legitimate prey fish stock testing, not just "cherry-picking" seven good looking salmon for submission to the Loki folks.

              See the 15th comment from January:

              http://enenews.com/npr-affiliate-fukushima-cesium-detected-in-alaska-salmon-sample-radioactive-plume-has-already-reached-west-coast-concerned-fishermen-forced-to-pay-for-tests-since-officials-not-doing-it-pe

              SP: A little followup on the 7-piece salmon submission. So why did Portland use Louisiana's Loki location when there are five closer Loki labs? They specifically ask clients to use the closest labs:

              http://www.eurofinsus.com/downloads/index.html

              "Clients are advised to submit samples to the nearest Eurofins laboratory.

              Sample Submit Forms
              Eurofins Nutrition Analysis Center, Des Moines, IA
              Eurofins GeneScan, New Orleans, LA
              Eurofins Central Analytical Labs, New Orleans, LA
              Eurofins Supplement Analysis Center, Petaluma, CA
              Eurofins Microbiology, Des Moines, IA
              Eurofins Microbiology, Hanover, MD
              Eurofins Microbiology, Mounds View, MN
              Eurofins DQCI, Mounds View, MN
              Eurofins STA Laboratories, Gilroy, CA and Longmont, CO"

              SP: A private company accountable only to their clients. Capiche?


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            • HoTaters

              FireGuyJeff, here's a quote from the Loki Fish ad,

              "Loki Fish Company announced today that laboratory analysis of five salmon species harvested by its fishermen in Puget Sound and Southeast Alaska during 2013 show no indications of elevated radiation levels."

              Elevated radiation levels. Hmmn …. Elevated over what? To what levels? What a bunch of weasel wording.


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              • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

                Also from the Loki web page:
                "All seven stocks of salmon were tested for the radionuclides associated with the nuclear plant failures in Japan: Cesium 134, Cesium 137, and Iodine 131. Of the seven samples, five did not register detectable levels of radionuclides. Two of the samples registered at trace levels – Alaskan Keta at 1.4Bq/kg for Cesium 137, and Alaskan Pink at 1.2Bq/kg for Cesium 134. There were no detectable levels of iodine-131 in any samples."
                So first, they make it sound like all samples were uncontaminated.
                Then you read down and find that two samples were contaminated.
                The next paragraph tells how far under Federal Guidlines the samples were.
                Just a little bit, of no concern.
                They also blame internet rumors.
                http://www.lokifish.com/scrapbook_detail.php
                BTW, the FDA Limit for either Cesium-134 or Cesium-137 is 370 Bq/kg.
                I'm absolutely certain that food measuring 370 dinintegrations per second is biologically harmful to human health.
                Treat anything measuring 370Bq/kg as if it nuclear waste.
                Because that is exactly what it is.
                I, for one, eat no Pacific Seafood of any kind, from anywhere, whether tested or not.

                Really looking out for us, aren't you, FDA? ;)


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            • HoTaters

              Just love this quote from Lokifish:

              "To put those numbers in perspective, the critical limit set by the FDA for either Cesium-134 or Cesium-137 is 370 Bq/kg, far above the amount found in Loki’s Alaskan Keta and Pink salmon.

              Copies of the Eurofin sampling results can be obtained from lokifish.com.

              Note: Becquerel per kilogram -Bq/kg-is a standard scientific measure. It is “the number of particles decaying per second in each kilogram of a sample.” (UC Berkeley Dept of Nuclear Engineering). Radionuclides are present in many everyday foods – bananas commonly test at levels around 130Bq/kg for potassium-40."

              Consumption of contaminated foods at just 10 Bq per kilogram will, over time, cause a body burden of Cesium 137 to cause illness in human beings. If the body burden rises to 30 Bq/kg, the person will suffer irreparable damage to his/her body. Someone posted the data backing up those figures here.

              Would whomever posted that please speak up and let us know where you found that data? I think it was data regarding damage to persons living near Chernobyl, in the Ukraine. If I remember correctly, a person's body burden of Cesium rises over time due to bioaccumulation, and 30 Bq/kg is a high enough level to cause irreparable heart damage.

              But hey, if your salmon tests at < 370 Bq/kg then no worries, right?


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              • HoTaters

                I was referring to bioaccumulation of Cesium 137 in human tissues, just to be clear.

                Here's a link to a good article on the bioaccumulation of Cesium 137 in human body tissues:

                http://www.scribd.com/doc/201388239/RADIONUCLIDES-IN-THE-FOOD-CHAIN-THE-REAL-RISK-FROM-FUKUSHIMA

                The original work referred to was that of Dr. Yuri Bandazhevsky. (Spelling correct?) Quote below.


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                • HoTaters

                  "Bandazhevsky’s research also found a very substantial health impact on the hearts of living children … children in the Svetilovichi village, with an average accumulation of cesium-137 at 100 Bq/kg of body weight, showed clinical signs of heart failure: heart pain, faint heart sounds, and a systolic murmur on auscultation. Arrhythmias and ischemic injuries were also present in the electrocardiogram. The reason that Bandazhevsky’s research on heart health should be of concern in the Fukushima crisis is that significant effects on children were found from levels as low as 30 Bq/kg of body weight …. through the process of bioaccumulation, children who are exposed to cesium-137 through eating radio-contaminated foods could be at risk from serious health effects. For example, the Japanese Fisheries
                  ‘safe level’ of cesium-137 in fish is 100 Bq/kg. If a child were to consistently eat a signifiant amount of fish that was contaminated to that level, it is certainly possible that, after time, their body weight contamination could increase to the kind of threshold at which Bandazhevsky found significant effects."


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        • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

          It is pretty twisted but I have to admit I prefer gmo over fuku any day :[


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    • GOM GOM

      I normally just read here daily but find I must comment on this. There is only one way to truly test anything for radiation and that is to cut open the specimen and use a high tech Geiger right next to the internal organs. I assume this would also pertain to humans as there is no way to 'measure' true exposure levels other than internally. One would doubt this is being done.


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    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Can you take a photograph of the sign and the counter front at the grocery store? These photographs might help people understand faster….picture being worth a thousand words and all, you know.


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    • HoTaters

      Greetings. I'd print out a copy of this article and hand it to the department manager. Better still if you could cite some studies. That kind of thing makes me really upset.


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  • "In 30 years".

    Sure. And Putin wants to take over the world. Whatever you say.


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    • JMR

      I laughed at that too. There are not going to be any killer whales in 30 years, or at least nothing that looks like the killer whales of today.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      ha. he can have it.


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    • I felt so compelled to sign in because of your INCORRECT statement
      about Putin! First-off I live in Sitka Alaska–pretty much on the front lines of this mess called Fukushima!
      Maybe I miss understood your comment?
      Putin has NO-INTENTIONS of taking over the world! What is happening in the Ukraine is a CHESS MOVE by the NWO!
      Putin clearly stated in his speech yesterday that Russia was being cornered, and that there were forces on this earth that want to control ALL OF MANKIND!
      HE IS LITERALLY standing-up for humanity!
      "ONE MAN AGAINST THIS DEMONIC AGENDA"
      The plan is to surround Russia and take them out–because Putin stands in the way of this take-over! Ukraine is set to be the future BREAD-BASKET OF THE WORLD, because America will be so RADIO-ACTIVE!
      MUST LISTEN TO THIS INTERVIEW TO UNDERSTAND BETTER!
      Leuren Moret: USA, UK Monarchy behind Fukushima radiation geno
      on you-tube
      Fukushima was done ON PURPOSE and they DON'T PLAN on stopping the radiation!


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      • PurpleRain PurpleRain

        I don't buy into everything that Leuren Moret says… you have to take her with a very large salt-shaker at your side way too often. She is just not as credible as others.


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      • VanneV VanneV

        There is no way Ukraine can ever be the bread basket of the world. It is so contaminated with radioactivity. Everyone is dying in Kiev. It is on the Dnieper River and radioactivity is still leaking from Chernobyl. Russia has nuclear waste sites all over the place. The environment is completely destroyed. Russia's population has been on the decline ever since Chernobyl.

        Russia is part of the NWO plan, not a separate entity.

        NWO is doomed to failure.

        Clean up from nuclear contamination is impossible. All nuclear power plants and weapons production need to be shut down permanently and never any more built.


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      • VanneV VanneV

        The Russians already have taken responsibility for causing Fukushima. They want all the rare earth metals on Japanese islands.

        Russian Leader Implies Japan Earthquake was Triggered by Secret Weapon
        “Four months ago on Russian TV, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the controversial leader of Russia’s ultra-nationalist Liberal Democratic Party and the State Duma’s deputy speaker, went on a rant threatening to use new, secret weapons that can “destroy any part of the planet within 15 minutes.” [1] Zhirinovsky said that with these weapons there would be “no explosion, no ray burst. Not some kind of laser, not lightining. It’s a calm and quiet weapon instead with which whole continents will be put to sleep forever.” [2]
        “A recent Financial Times article titled Cameron’s missed Moscow gambit focused on a specific area of the Zhirinovsky interview relative to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami:
        “’Russia, he said, had developed a new secret weapon that would soon unleash non-explosive but massive destruction on the world. What was it, asked the interviewer, with some interest? Mr Zhirinovsky replied that it was secret, but one only had to look at the Japanese tsunami for a clue – and then to think about Russia’s dispute with Japan about the possession of the Kurile Islands.”’[3]
        “Here’s a partial transcript:
        “Zhirinovsky: ‘Russia with lots of money, resources, and new weapons, that no one knows about… not yet. With them WE WILL DESTROY any part of the planet within 15 minutes. Not an…


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      • VanneV VanneV

        Russia attacks other countries all the etime to try to take over them and control them. No one wants dictatorships.


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      • VanneV VanneV

        One reason Putin wants to control the Ukraine, and why the West is complicit is because the nuclearists want to hide all the death and mutations from Chernobyl radioactive contamination.


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      • My Putin statement was ironic.
        Sorry if that wasn't obvious.


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  • m a x l i

    If scientists don't receive the research grant this time to do the testing and monitoring, they shouldn't worry too much. There are about 400 more ageing nuclear reactors around the world ready to blow up. There will be a lot more testing and monitoring to do in the near future – next time in a town near you.


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    • muffin

      Maxli you can say that again. I work in an government institution and they replace the perfectly good never been used fire hoses again because they were past their service date. Now take a Candu reactor after 60 years of service it just needs a few retro fits and "presto" it's safe again!


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  • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

    tad OT, but I watched this documentary about Killer Whales last night. Awesome account of how they're family pods are robbed of the babies for use at places like SeaWorld. I had no idea this was going on. If you love and appreciate animals, this is a must see…

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2545118/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1


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    • mairs mairs

      I'm just now reading a book about them, and the males stay with their mothers forever. They will go off on forays every once in awhile to mate but they come back and literally are close to their mother's side for 40% to 75% of their lives.


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      • AFTERSHOCK AFTERSHOCK

        make sure you rent this video, mairs. It's heartbreaking…and yes, they go into the bond between offspring and parents. Which, btw, is why the whale eventually became dangerous. They basically drove it insane after having taken it from its family and then mixing it with other 'tribes'. It's actually horrendous what these corporations have done; all in the name of making money. The handlers were kept in the dark about many things, which eventually cost some of them their lives. The executives at SeaWorld might as well have come from TEPCO…


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    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Humans are the biggest baddest virus… :(


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      • zogerke zogerke

        Yeast. Drowning ourselves in what we cast off, tainting the environment until it cannot do anything but intoxicate in the oldest meaning of that word, to make toxic.

        been too busy to be on here much this week. trying to catch up to threads. There is a thriving food coop system in philadelphia. no one has approached them yet on the salmon and seafood. HHHmmmmmmm.


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Im reminded of Michael, the gorilla friend of Koko. He learned sign language and told how his mother was shot in the neck and turned into dead meat. He liked classical music and painting

      one of his paintings
      http://www.koko.org/friends/images/kokomart/art/LARGE/art_stink.jpg

      Now those orcas will suffer smaller brains and retardation, health problems and eventually extinction. Interestingly, I dont know anyone who wants to take this seriously, other than how it may eventually get into our "food chain". Thus we are vainglorious schmucks


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  • Nick

    “Humans at the top of the food web can perhaps see increasing levels in the future.”

    Bet on it.


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  • CONCERN – ACCUMULATION – HARMFUL

    Important: Somebody actually said it.

    "…there is CONCERN that the ACCUMULATION, especially of the long-lasting cesium-137, will eventually be HARMFUL to sea life and us."
    - Seattle Post-Intelligencer,

    "…what are the levels, and what is next??”
    - Alava

    "[Cesium 137], it may negatively affect the immune system or endocrine system," Alava said.

    Not to mention all of the OTHER long term isotopes and OTHER negative affects.

    Whales are highly intelligent loving creatures. :(


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  • The Deep Pacific Ocean Is Broken/Dead; Devoid Of Life For Thousands Of Miles, Where It Used To Be Filled With Life; via @AGreenRoad
    http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2013/10/the-deep-pacific-ocean-is-brokendead.html


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  • Nick

    Bioaccumulation is WHY TATAL has to go viral.

    Fukushima and all the other zillion nuclear emitters are releasing atoms into our precious biosphere that are toxic at the atomic level.

    That knowledge alone should send shudders down everyone's spines.

    We fool ourselves into complacency when we see a given reading at
    1234 x/hr is below the accepted official international extragalatical standard of 1235 x/hr.

    It is all a bunch of hooey.

    If something fucks things up it will do so despite what some hominid tells you.


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    • Ontological Ontological

      Nick it is more fun to sit on their hands and sweat out the old bottom line. All these idiot rich assed morons here (S NV) ever want to do is get home to their finances. They dowanna see dead animals washed up in droves, they dowanna hear about a tiny little accident so far away in Japan. They climb the mountains sucking in hot particles like crazy, they go to all the best seafood places to gorge on radionuclide hell. Sad I know. E1 thinks I am fucking insane, they avoid me even after I suffered with skull cancer and won. No congrats on living, NO they just sit in my living room and judge me unworthy of God's favor. IDIOTS! All I ever get to see for Human company other than my wife is the church people that HAVE to come to visit. I insulted them the last visit big time. They still don't care. I have begged them to do radiation/ecological awareness to protect the members children, they laugh to themselves as they walk away shaking their heads. If it ain't on Faux news it ain't happening I guess in their Ivy League moron minds.


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  • bo bo

    Tonight at Harvard Club, Boston ( commonwealth & mass ave )
    This guy Julian Gresser is having a talk about Fukushima @ 7pm
    Admission 20 $
    http://www.explorerswheel.com/blog
    I'm not going but just putting it out there


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  • Nick

    When Fukushima NPP experienced station blackout, history was altered.

    Not just for a few years or decades, but forever.

    For those of you that don't get it, we are screwed.

    That said, deal with it. Live for the now. Love now. All of our collective tomorrows are gone.

    Hate to be so blunt. But I call it like I see it.


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  • GQR2

    The model predicts….does the model predict that the whales will likely die before the cesium reaches those levels?
    These models apply algorithms that are lifeless. There is no common sense programmed into it.
    Adios Mio.


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  • Nick

    Models.

    Data has to be inputted.

    If someone fudges the data, the models run different.

    Our whole lives are thwarted by computer models run on insufficient data.

    Risk analysis is used as an excuse to GO FOR IT.

    But we forget, some idiot forgot a 0 or two when typing.

    Do not trust the machine.


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  • Socrates

    "May affect the immune system??!!!…" it is absolutely known that ionizing radiation affects the immune system. Cesium-137 effects the immune system.

    In 2010, that fact was published in the National Cancer Data Base. But that was before Fukushima had triple core melts and exploded. Now the word "may" is used. Why tiptoe around? Just say it!

    Cesium-137 emits ionizing radiation. Therefore it WILL affect immune systems in marine mammals.

    These so-called "scientists" are really studying the extinction of these animals, not the "effects."

    Unless these animals eat many tons of ocean fish each year, they will starve. There will be enough Cesium-137 to cause cancer, affect mitochondrial cellular function, alter immunity, and cause genetic mutations. It bio-accumulates and bio-magnifies.

    The next problem will be the Strontium-90 in the fishes' bones eaten by these marine mammals, unless they eat Fillet -'O – Fish ™.

    This Fukushima contamination will become part of our grandchildren's bodies; their teeth and there bones, their muscles, and even their hearts…. so let's also study them as they move toward extinction.

    We all accumulate radionuclides in our bodies. We will be unable to get them out fast enough. Our burial site swill be radioactive for thousands of years. Cremation would just spread it around.


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    • Socrates

      Land mammals have less ability than marine mammals to tolerate radionuclides. This has to do with alterations in nitrous oxide metabolism that confers protection to marine animals that was lost when animals crawled out of the sea. Therefore, our children have more to worry about than sea creatures.

      Radioactivity is our gift to our children.

      They will say, "Daddy, why couldn't you stop the nuclearists before they destroyed the environment?"

      I hope that we will can say that each of us did his/her best.


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  • vital1 vital1

    That is why it is so important to get the message outside of these forums. Just commenting in these forums keeps this information in a closed loop.

    Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
    quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or create your own, hand it out, mailbox it, Facebook it, Twitter it, or email it. Think outside the box, put it on public notice boards, hand it out to people, or put it into letter boxes when you go for a walk.

    The more people we educate the sooner change will happen.

    http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/lifesaver.pdf

    Or use these resources Chemfood has provided. All you need is a printer, scissors, some thumb tacks and … walla! We all are info dispersers as well! Put them on notice boards everywhere in the community. Get your local church or community organisation to help.

    http://enenews.com/forum-best-practices-combating-effects-radiation/comment-page-13#comment-478924


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  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    Ok i remember back awhile when it was first sorting it's self out and a lot of the people would say times every thing by 10 get to a more clear picture of how bad the radiation really is? so now with so much more clear readings coming out . would it not now work too divide by 10 or maybe a hundred for some sort of time frame before things happen like the whales hitting 1000 bq , 30 years is more like 3 years or maybe 30 months?


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  • YukonRadiation YukonRadiation

    Ontological what will it take for people to wake up and see that they will also be affected by some sort of illness very soon, and that it is not just a few of the unlucky ones! they will stop eating seafood when you can no larger get it in the store? they will stop laughing when they and there family are battling for there life from some crazy cancer ! what will it take? so many people and so little intelligence !


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  • vital1 vital1

    "The concentration of contaminants is expected to be well below limits set by the U.S. EPA for cesium-137 in drinking water (7,400 Bq/m3) or even the highest level recorded in the Baltic Sea after Chernobyl (1,000 Bq/m3)."

    Here they don't tell you that the EPA drinking water safety level was raised by 66.6. Lets look at the finer details.

    The USA EPA recently raised the drinking water safety level from 3 pCi/Liter of Cesium 134/137 to 200 pCi/Litre, which is equivalent to 7,400 Bq per cubic meter.

    (Multiply by a 1,000 to get per cubic meter amounts.)
    Pre-Fukushima safety level, 3 pCi/ltr = 0.111 Bq/Ltr
    New Safety Level, 200 pCi/ltr = 7.4 Bq/Ltr
    7.4/0.111 = 66.6 (< Enenews Graig-123 brought my attention to this.)

    So this new standard is 66.6 times greater than the pre-Fukushima level. It has been a common ploy by governments worldwide to quietly raise the safety levels during events like Fukushima, As detectable levels increase they can tell you everything is OK, because it tested below the new much higher government set safety level.


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  • dodge

    My question involves the life cycle of the whale. Like our own they live 40 to perhaps 60 or a few more years, sexually mature (males at 15 – females almost thirty before giving birth), so are we talking about following adults for 30 years – monitoring the very young as they come to maturity – and will the genetic structure hold with the heavy concentrations of C -137 expected in 30 years. The longer we continue to allow this continuing release the higher these concentrations will become – difficult for them to "move away" or change their diet, more difficult yet to seek medical attention. As frustrated as we are with the industry – our best hope presently is that they are at least somewhat correct, and that we will adapt to more C -137 in our environment and bodies. 30 years from now the adults which grew up before radiation will be aging and dying – the "healthy young adults reproducing" will have grown up in a toxic environment. Tragic situation.


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    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      I don't think we will have to wait long at all to see the results , deformed babies will be here soon , how long is gestation ? How many baby's deformed have humans found yet ? We are all connected , life that is ..


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear radiation killing oceans and air, non-stop, 24/7.


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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIDNUoVsHe8

    How to make a Geiger Counter

    certainly not elegant or the accuracy of scintillators,, but beats the kearney can by a bit.


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  • clamshellernh clamshellernh

    Why are my posts with info not being put up but only the ones generated from enenews . Hmmm did I do something wrong ? I'll post them again but would like an explanation . We are here to educate I assume , but why not give others a chance .. I hope I. Don't smell a conspiracy , if you look at the comment history it's there but not here , hmmmm


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  • mairs mairs

    Oh don't worry. A killer whale will only get the equivalent of 4,565 chest x-rays and a pile of bananas as high as the pyramids at Giza.


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  • many moons

    There is no concern for anything…..except money!


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  • Alaskan Ice Alaskan Ice

    Increases in Cs-134 pollution indicate whether the coriums are still fissioning three years after Cs-134's two year half life.


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    EL MAR PACIFICO ESTA MUERTO :( VAYA CON DIOS AMIGO….


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  • earthsmith

    They will be missed along with mother ocean and all her glory. I remember as young child on Long Island in the early 80s a humpback got itself stuck in The Great South Bay…shallow waters for a whale. Came in on waters. They managed to get it to a boat basin that was just dredged. You could go over to the barrier beaches and see it. If you got on your belly you could pet the whale. I will never forget petting that creature, so powerful yet so humble it seemed to me. I wanted to go everyday. Divers took care of it. It made back out about a month later. It was paramount. People where ecstatic! I loved that whale so much. I feel so grateful that I understand and cherish these things. I do not understand how anyone can get through life much less a day with out these things. It makes me terribly depressed. The immense cruelty dealt by the human hand with little regard sears my brain like a hot iron. How do they expect to live without all her beauty? How truly ugly are they? I just want to see their faces after all the raping and pillaging when they realize it's all gone forever, including themselves. That's all I want.


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    • zogerke zogerke

      earthsmith your words touch my heart.

      sometimes in the morning no matter how ugly it is i challenge myself to find five beautiful things. just five. even if it is the shape of tree branches and the wind or a new pale moon. i will praise this world even as i grieve its in-my-face losses. AND EDUCATE. AND ACTIVATE. and care for those I love.


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    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      Thank you for sharing that story earthsmith. I could feel it … that experience is in my heart too now because you shared it with such truth. It reverberates. :) Even thru the tears.


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  • the troll socref showed up at my site AGAIN,

    I am getting worried him….now not making any sense, stating that a Rod Adams post on the fire had something in it to refute my back of the envelope calculations on the bypass dampers that were OPEN on the HEPA system.

    Just weird.


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  • rogerthat

    ha ha you are well schooled in dealing with crocodiles. conca gets under the skin, beware of heart attacks, high blood pressure and apopleptic fits. by their words shall ye know them.


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  • WIPP A Nuclear Disaster In 2014 In New Mexico and How to Understand It — took me 3 hours to write this, please read it.

    A reader asked me, what does this WIPP thing really mean, put it in laypersons terms. And I don't write quick, but after 3 hours, I think this will be understandable to many people.

    Please sign up as a follower, and post a comment.

    stock out

    ——————————————————————

    ====================
    Its tricky, because we don't know how much they have been lying, but one thing is for sure, they attempt to cover up, and then they attempt to minimize, and then they attempt to confuse the issue, and then additional admissions come out (usually).
    For sure, a lot of Plutonium and Americium came out in the air. And it came out for weeks because they had some open ductworks prior to the "good" HEPA filters, so the contaminated air was blasted out through an opening at a high volume rate. We only have their numbers to work with, so it could be highly variable. We know that TEPCO has lied for years, and when they do fess up we find they have been lying by a factor of 10 to 100. The more they have to lie, the more they do lie.
    HUGE LIE, An Argument of False Equivalence

    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/2014/03/wipp-nuclear-disaster-in-2014-in-new.html


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    • atomicistheword

      Stock, being educated, as you are. I'm sure your intentions are honourable, but the average American person would consider the metric system difficult enough, let alone explaining Plutonium distribution.

      Try this,

      Plutonium is very dangerous, it lasts longer than your lifetime, breathing it in from the air with an amount less than the tip of a sewing pin needle head can give you cancer in your lungs. That is how serious these particles are.

      A hepa filter can trap most particles, but like those vacuum cleaner adverts, if the area is not fully sealed off leaks can occur. This happened at WIPP.

      Plutonium is a man made atomic radiation it is dangerous IN ANY DOSE. NO DOSE IS A SAFE DOSE.

      If atomic radiation power plants continue to fail due to age and failing design, you may have to wear a gas mask forever. Is it worth it?

      Nuclear used to be called atomic power, for obvious reasons they changed the name to nuclear because atomic makes people remember burnt up dying people in Japan in world war 2. Atomic man made radiation can alter your DNA and can make you have mutant babies in small amounts. It may spread, but it does not dilute like washing liquid in the sink. That's how serious things are.

      Ps. litre not liter.

      My electronic keyboard loves me and I love it. ;-)

      The average person would not have a clue even about what a half life is. I'm not picking on you my friend, but we must speak on ultra basic terms to reach all levels…


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Must make a video to reach the younger generation. Something like 2012, but pure nuke disaster. We have airline disaster movies, killer python movies, crooked cops movies, Wall Street movies, etc.

        Where is the movie that IS the Fukushima Disaster? Cut to sailor on the high seas "There is nothing out here." talking on radio. "No way, John." There seems to be a cover up. The Tepco simulation of events is a good start. They are practically writing it, I mean they are writing it. Start with GE engineers quitting their jobs because the design of the reactors is unsafe. Hanford moms crying because their babies have no skull plate. The former PM of Japan trying to form an anti-nuke government power. I don't have to go on with this description. The readers here know it all too well.

        Make this movie, but don't expect any big money backers. Anonymous could release it. Viral, man. Viral.


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  • rogerthat

    While the additional impact of Cesium 137 is unknown, it may negatively affect the immune system or endocrine system, Alava said.

    - I thought ''Chernobyl heart'' was caused by cesium in the heart muscle? Also, there were anecdotal reports of unexplained early deaths of healthy, often young, people in Japan after Fukushima …


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  • rogerthat

    Alava said. “Humans at the top of the food web can perhaps see increasing levels (of cesium) in the future.”

    Conca: ''Note that Cs exhibits bio-uptake, but it does not exhibit significant bio-accumulation, and does not sufficiently increase in concentration going up the food chain to pose any risk''

    Nothing to worry about, then


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    • 4Warnd 4Warnd

      Alright then! That's a relief.

      Please continue to send re-assuring nothings throughout the coming springtide. Or longer, should you, or I, survive.


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    • And the pimps always ignore Strontium

      But the "great lie" about cesium with its 80 day bio half life….is that if the food chain, and a particular animal continue to consume the cesium, then it reaches a steady state level. The realtively quick biological halflife, is therefore not a benefit.

      PS I calculated the biological half life of strontium at 333 years….nothing to worry about there.


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      • Cisco Cisco

        Dead on stock! And, let's not forget the disinformation in that these radionuclides, Cesium, Strontium, and Iodine are just the isotopes that are tested. These guys never travel alone, they are part of a radioactive soup with another 2500 or so, other radionuclides equally and some more toxic than those for which they test/report.

        How about a little Plutonium along with all the rest? It's there, they just don't test for it.


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  • atomicistheword

    How I know not to eat salmon, bald polar bears and seals told me. No need for testing, I believe them!

    How amazing, unbelievable, astonishing that nature is testifying against corporation monsters.

    Ponders; humans are next to testify.

    I wonder if the Presidents will kiss half faced babies?


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  • zogerke zogerke

    enewsers B L E S S your work however you understand that to mean. as this loose electronically connected but real even-if-virtual community writes: TIP IT


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Very early on, it occurred to many ENEnewsers that the real legacy of Fukushima will be the destruction of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem from the uninterrupted wash of corium into the Ocean, via direct contact between groundwater and melted nuclear fuel. I have come to believe that the damage is now done, and that nothing can or will be done to stop the ecological collapse. :(

    This is not to minimize the devestating effects of fallout. My neighborhood has seen no new construction since the start of the recession. So human intrusion on local wildlife populations should be at a nearly constant level. The pack of coyotes that used to stop by to yelp out their celebration of their 2010 kill of the fat wood chuck in the woods in back of our house hasn't been heard from after 3/11/2011. Deer used to yard up in the woods during winter storms, and were often seen in our back yard. This winter, I have seen no deer at all. There was one deer track in the snow as a deer passed my house sometime over the winter. Deer used to be a driving hazzard at duck and dawn around here. But no more.

    At least the leaves don't have those horrible purple splotches from Iodine-131, like they had in 2011.

    Gamma is way up today, with the rain. Measuring high on the PRM8000 even on the end table. There is no getting away from atomics, even in the sanctuary of your own livingroom, I guess.

    Thank you so very much, atomic industry, for messing up our world! ;)


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Was looking at the "Atlantic Salmon" in the food store yesterday. It is actually farm raised in Chile, but they advertise and label it as "Atlantic". I noticed that the meat has begun to show purple spots now, and that the salmon color has faded a bit. I wonder what could possibly be giving South American farm raised salmon those purple spots?

      TEPCO: Are you still making I-131 in those 3 Rogue Nuclear Reactors at Fukushima? ;)


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        The problem now growing worldwide is the bioaccumulation of all these harmful released Nuclear Industry Radioactive Isotopes inside biological life including all of us humans. Fish can be considered the canary in the coal mine and this article caught my eye years ago. They found the Strontium-90 in the flesh of the fish and not only in the bones. What this means is that the bones were so saturated with Strontium-90 that the overflow found its way into the flesh which is then eaten by humans, which then causes various bone cancers/diseases and stomach cancers etc.. :(

        The entire river should be declared off limits and the Nuclear Plant operation should have been shut down immediately. :) The same will happen to the affected fish in the oceans like Salmon and all others.. :(

        The don't eat fish is a very sad reality for the entire world, thus shut them all down now! :)

        http://vtdigger.org/2011/08/02/vermont-yankee-4/


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    • jec jec

      PSSS Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are connected….Big secret..keep it quiet..there is only ONE ocean.


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    • Here's an early video I took of the purple spotted leaves.

      "At least the leaves don't have those horrible purple splotches from Iodine-131, like they had in 2011." – PUN

      "They look like burn spots." – ChasAha 10/2011

      Leaves Observation California Foothills
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwkwBFWUV3M

      I remember thinking that it was maybe a bit silly to shoot this video at the time. Now I am glad I did it.


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      • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

        ChasAha, many thanks for taking pictures of the spots. I had the thought at the time to take some photos of the I-131 in the leaves in my own yard. I will have to look to see if I actually took any pictures of leaves from 2011. Our spots here in the midwest were a lot darker then yours are. Purple. And nearly all the leaves had spots. Our rains in March and April of 2011 here were very hot. If I find a photo, I'll post it. Regards, Philip


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      • califnative califnative (NY)

        ChasAha thanks for sharing your video. I've seen burn spots on plants and believe it's also due to chemtrails. Here is a website that talks about it http://www.aircrap.org I miss living in California (San Francisco Peninsula), it's a beautiful state so when I see things like your video it brings tears to my eyes as I watch it deteriorate.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    All three lines of the ALPS water filtration system at Fuku have been stopped now.
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/03/fukushima-i-npp-all-three-lines-of-alps.html

    So even what little effort they had been making to filter contamination out of the water has now been suspended. :(


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    • jec jec

      Not much of a surprise..poor technology..and no workers with any skills. Frankly if workers can not even handle a hose..ALPS is impossible to use.


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      • jec jec

        Next TEPCO will quit…throwing up hands and blaming the Japanese public…


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        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          Sadly, jec, you are probably right.

          My understanding is that the entire ALPS system could only decontaminate 200 tonnes of water a day, while TEPCO continues to collect 300 tonnes a day of reactor wash water. So the math on this really didn't make any sense. Sooner or later, they were going to drain the tanks into the Ocean, no two ways about it.

          Remember those 12 shallow wells inland from Reactors1-4? TEPCO was going to lower the water table when the Impermeable Wall was finished? They turned one or two of those pumps on when water backed up in front of Units1&2, and groundwater threatened to flow out over the surface of the ground. They thought this water was going to be uncontaminated, but it turns out that all groundwater under FDNPP is now highly contaminated. So, they immediately turned off the pumps, and suspended construction of the Impermeable Wall.

          Guess where all that contaminated groundwater goes? Right. Into the Ocean.

          Where is the damn corium, eh TEPCO? ;)


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          • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

            Most random people I talk to think the wall was completed and it is stopping the contaminated water from reaching the ocean. Goes to show a little p.r. work by tepco goes a long way :(


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            • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

              "Pump & Dump" was the TEPCO plan to build an underground Impermeable Wall about 100' deep, pounded into the layer of rock marking the lower limit of the aquifer. The idea was to have a U-shaped Wall stop groundwater from making it into the Ocean. 12 wells inland from the Reactors1-4 would then slightly lower the water table, by collecting groundwater before it could be contaminated by the corium from 3 missing melted fuel cores. This water would be tested, then dumped into the ocean. Pump & Dump.

              The Wall was run down the side of Reactor1 to the harbor, made a 90 degree turn, and ran along the harbor. By the time the wall had been completed in front of Reactor2, groundwater had started to backup into the area behind the wall, raising the level of groundwater, and threatening to flood the entire area.

              Of course, the Impermeable Wall should have been designed to run all the way around Reactors1-4. And the part of the Wall inland from the reactors should have been built first, so as to avoid the flooding problem.

              When they began the pumping, the groundwater turned out to be heavily contaminated, and could not be dumped without filtration.


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              • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

                Pump & Dump didn't work because the groundwater under FDNPP is all contaminated. Some believe the leaking tank farm contaminated the groundwater. Others believe the pumps pulled contaminated groundwater from under the reactors.

                So the Impermeable Wall project was abandoned, and the wells were shut down. Pump & Dump was a bad plan from the beginning, and has now been scrapped.

                The Frozen Wall was planned by the Japanese Government to replace Pump & Dump. The Frozen Wall was to enclose Reactors1-4 with an underground fence of frozen water and rock. They have tested the concept. Word is that it won't work. There is too much water flowing under the FDNPP for it to work, and there are 3 rogue nuclear reactors under Units1-3 adding a lot of heat to the water, so it can't freeze. It is likely that the Frozen Wall won't work, and that, in the end, TEPCO will be forced to embrace the concept of an Extended Impermeable Wall surrounding Reactors1-4. ;)


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            • bo bo

              H & B… dontcha just love the smug look on the people when they bring up 'ice wall'… all proud and self congratulatory they've done their homework listening to NPR or PBS or whatever, and that they're 'on top of the news'

              Had a boss at work do that to me all patronizing a while ago, I wanted to kick him in the banana


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          • Cisco Cisco

            ALPS is a ruse. There is no way to decontaminate radionuclides. No system has been invented that can do this. With radionuclides, you can only move them around. The filters will concentrate some particulate matter, the rest gets flushed out the other end. Radionuclides are sub atomic and will not be trapped in the filters.

            This BS filtering system was conceived/invented to make the GP believe the radionuclides in the waste water can be filtered out. It is a lie like the rest of the crap they are promoting.


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            • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

              Correct, Cisco. (Nuclides are, precisely, atomic, however. Rather then sub-atomic.). :)


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              • Shaker1

                Like much of what we do, there's no integration into a whole vision. ALPS is just another example of that here, actually an incomplete system, many of the parts afterthoughts and approached in a half-assed manner like these poorly conceived tanks. Forgive my cynicism, but it's my idea that Arvena saw a profit opportunity and took it. I don't believe that they (Arvena) had a vision of the whole any more than is evident anywhere. Arvena sold a bicycle to a stubborn, born blind man in the wilderness in which no path exists and for whom, because of the blindness, has no sense of cardinal direction. "Oh, yes, there is a destination somewhere out there," they said, and snickered as they walked away pocketing the money without offering continued and dedicated guidance for the journey. They knew full well, or should have realized very quickly, that the chance of the blind man seeing or attaining that imagined destination was just about impossible. If 'international help' will eventually arrive at the site, I hope it has more character than Arvena's displayed.


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                • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

                  1,150 tonnes of highly contaminated water per day flows into the Pacific Ocean.
                  The best thing that TEPCO and the MSM can say about ALPS is that the system is "troubled".
                  Here is a photo.
                  http://enformable.com/2013/12/tepco-forced-shut-contaminated-water-processing-system-fukushima-daiichi/
                  Above, I said that TEPCO was forced to abandon its Pump & Dump strategy for ending groundwater contamination, when it was found that the groundwater is heavily contaminated, even if drawn from wells inland from Reactors1-4.
                  Accordingly, TEPCO's measurement of the total contaminated water reaching the Pacific Ocean must be raised sharply. TEPCO claims that, of the estimated 1,000 tonnes of groundwater that flows under the FDNPP on a daily basis, only 300 tonnes becomes highly contaminated. Based on TEPCO's tests of groundwater pumped from the wells behind Reactors1&2, the total highly contaminated groundwater reaching the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis must now be raised to 1,000 tonnes, assuming that now ALL of the groundwater passing through the Fukushima Diiachi plant becomes heavily contaminated.

                  In addition, TEPCO fails to recover about half of the 300 tonnes of cooling water they dump through the Reactor1-3 ruins every day. The rest flows out through the many holes in the reactors and containment vessels, adding to the daily contamination of the Pacific Ocean.

                  TEPCO/Japan dumps 1,150 tonnes of highly contaminated water per day into the Pacific Ocean.


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                • Cisco Cisco

                  Shaker1…good story, nice visuals in my mind!

                  Of course you mean the Arvena that daily discharges into the English Channel, of course with the French government's permission. See..http://www.sustainableguernsey.info/blog/2010/10/french-regulators-approve-increased-release-into-the-english-channel-of-radioactive-tritium-from-flamanville-nuclear-power-plants/

                  Yeah, they know about filtration…my ass.

                  Not to worry though, it's only Tritium. Again, these radionuclides are not independent, or singular. They travel with thousands of other atomic isotopes. The idea that limiting the amount of Tritium that is permissible under the French's latest rules is preposterous.

                  What are the limits on the other isotopes? Again and again, they play the same game, talking about 1 or 2, limiting the perceived danger because it's only a few we need to be concerned about, right.

                  Think of Cesium, Strontium, Iodine, and/or Tritium simply as markers for all the rest. They know if Cesium is present, there's a whole lot more other radionuclides where the Cesium was measured.

                  People need to be educated that it's not just about 4 or 5 radionuclides that are of concern.
                  It's the whole soup of isotopes that they will be exposed to, not just one like Cesium, Strontium, Iodine and/or Tritium.


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  • Nick

    H and B

    It is a global effort by the nukies to hide the truth AND demean anyone who acts afraid of a little bit 'o radiation!

    It has been this way for decades, Fukushima is just the latest (actually WIPP is) example of the deceptive PR campaigns.

    When you take a deep breath, and realize bits of Fukushima are in you, it makes you start to question A LOT about our modern world.

    If nuclear anything is cloaked in secrecy, who is to say ANYTHING is what we think it is?

    If radiation mucks things up on a molecular level, surely it is having an additive effect across the biosphere.

    I am not saying that radiation is responsible for x disease or y condition, just that it is a factor NOT usually considered.


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    • Hot and Bothered Hot and Bothered

      I am just amazed at how well their coverups work!
      I can't believe people still trust in something because they saw it on tv.
      Hopefully the big picture is starting to grow bigger than the television picture : P


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "People eating large amounts of fish may have levels similar to whales"..
    AND both are subject to continued bioaccumulation ..AND THE EFFECTS THERE OF.


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  • tsfw tsfw

    Was recently out on the boat (Southern Mexico, Pacific side) and there were loads of dolphins ( hundreds of them happily in the midst of a feeding frenzy, but not as many humpbacks this year. That is not to say that they haven't been spotted, but normally we can see humpbacks breech on weekly and sometimes daily basis in the winter. Fingers X it's merely a coincidence. The number of humpback sightings seem to have started dwindling about 2 years ago, while the Orca sightings seem to be on the rise.

    Disclaimer :My own observations (or lack of) is all I'm going by here.


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  • Sent to WIPP today, let see if they answer this one

    Dr. Hardy, would appreciate your clarification and additional insight on this prior information. I think in the first “town hall” meeting you had stated an overall sample rate of 42 DPS, and then that was reduced by background to the values below.

    Can you provide the information on average background?
    Can you provide the calculation showing how the 42 is reduced to .64 Am and .046 239-240 Pu

    What kind of metering device is used to read these samples, does it read Alpha, Beta, and Gamma.

    Thank you very much for the clarifications.


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  • 4Warnd 4Warnd

    Many of you may have read this article, which is shocking in many ways. Glaringly, it states that F-shima is the 2nd worse N- accident….etc.

    But then, there is this:

    At the heart of the plant’s problems is a multitiered hiring system in the nuclear industry that critics have long said allowed the large utilities that run the plants to distance themselves from troubles that arise. Under the system, it hires contractors who parcel out work to several layers of subcontractors. At the bottom, subjected to the dirtiest work, are the so-called “nuclear Gypsies” — itinerant laborers lured by the industry’s generally good wages.

    Folly, carelessness, greed. These are those to whom we have 'trusted our fate' – destiny is now eliminated from the equation.

    if interested….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/world/asia/unskilled-and-destitute-are-hiring-targets-for-fukushima-cleanup.html?hpw&rref=business&_r=1


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    Here is a topic that I have not seem mentioned here. Parasites. And I do not mean the human kind. It has been estimated that 80% of all species are parasites. Most creatures have multiple types within them. They evolve at a great rate and have large unseen effects of environmental complexity and health.

    The thing is that they can concentrate heavy metals and the like hundreds of times more than their hosts.

    To really see what is happening to accumulation they need to be examined and tested. If their population dies off, then we are in for other unforeseen problems.

    I had an idea that since they use any edge they have to control their hosts, what if some of them evolve to use radioactive particles passed through generations to control their host by damaging parts of their brains, etc. That makes for an interesting sci fi speculation.


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