Senior Adviser: Mystery bacteria growing on nuclear fuel rods have unknown DNA sequence — “Right now we are trying to figure out what they’re using for food”

Published: September 7th, 2012 at 2:34 pm ET


Title: SRS nuclear growth “biological,” but what does it eat?
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Author: Rob Pavey
Date: Sept. 6, 2012 4:23 PM

A mysterious, cobweblike growth with a fondness for Savannah River Site’s spent nuclear fuel has been identified – but not formally named.


The “white, stringlike” substance was first observed in October among old fuel assemblies


“We were able to identify a large portion of the bacteria making up the cobwebs, but there were certainly some where the DNA sequencing came back as unknown,” [Christopher Berry, the senior technical adviser of the Savannah River National Labortory (sic)] said.

Although rare, bacterial colonies have been observed in a few nuclear environments, including a Canadian reactor and at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania, where a growth developed in the site’s spent fuel basin after its 1979 accident.


“Right now we are trying to figure out what these bacteria are using for food,” Berry said.


Water in which spent fuel is stored is carefully filtered, treated and deionized


h/t chrisk9

Published: September 7th, 2012 at 2:34 pm ET


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67 comments to Senior Adviser: Mystery bacteria growing on nuclear fuel rods have unknown DNA sequence — “Right now we are trying to figure out what they’re using for food”

  • nyarlathotep nyarlathotep

    Food? I don't think they need food… They probably "radio-synthesyse" for their energetic needs. They also probably do a good job recycling their own waste.

  • weeman

    The first non carbon based entity we have found, not on another plant but on earth.
    That evolution when carbon based organisims can no longer exist on earth we just found out what will replace carbon based entities.
    Another chapter in "as the universe turns", a never ending soap opera.

  • norbu norbu

    This probably not the first time they have found these little critters. Maybe they are everywhere.

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    <i>“Right now we are trying to figure out what these bacteria are using for food,” Berry said.</i>

    Easy – American ratepayers.

    Most parasites just can't resist their juicy taste.


      brilliant PavewayIII…

    • omniversling

      classic! to extend the metaphor…it's not only American taxpayers. The entire population of the planet are now taxpayers, in one way or another for this nukepuke mess that's been inflicted onto the planet/ bio-sphere/DNA chain…

  • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

    weird, they found some white stringy stuff at Fukushima too.. according to Tepco press release..

    "On September 5, a camera was inserted into the buffer tank from the man hole above the buffer tank and white suspended materials were found in the tank as a result."

    ok.. well as long as we are writing chapters in "as the Universe turns"

    BREAKING NEWS OMG..mysterious life form clogs lines used to cool Fukushima, no way to stop them as they thrive in radioactive environments.. mysterious life form is out to extinguish silly humans.. and have infiltrated all nuclear power plants. Their mission is to clog and destroy them all!! They are very contagious, or replicate extraordinarily quick and are able to travel in the air to other nuclear power plants across the globe.

    We are finding their cousin, black dust death, is also wrecking havoc on earthlings..

    now..back to your regularly scheduled propaganda..oops I mean programming 😉

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    FYI: Infos about the SRS pool biotope environment

    p.103 to 108

  • Jebus Jebus

    Mother nature has come up with an answer to everything that the universe has thrown at earth, against life, for billions of years.
    Her human experiment has failed.
    Say hello to our replacements…

  • TheWorldIsFücked

    TWIF 🙂

  • m a x l i

    Maybe these bacteria eat those bacteria, that tried to settle before them on these fuel rods and died due to radiation, and will themselves become food for the next ones… A life-sink like the Chernobyl exclusion zone, where life is maintained largely through "immigration"?

    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      This is a very interesting thought.
      Even the carbon-dioxide in the air gets dissolved in the cooling water, and by such a sort of consecutive accumulation the bacteria could demonstrate how life itself possibly began when the earth still was quite radioactive.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    A few people, wrecking a whole lot.

    Through the development of nuclear, man is seriously messing with mother nature. A handful of ignorant scientists and their employers is doing this.

    It has to change. Really does.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I wonder if this is the same growth that was covering the corium at TMI. I think Enenews had an article about TMI and the stuff growing on the corium. Does anyone know off hand?

  • or-well

    The "IT" From Savannah Saves Our Bananas

    It grew in the water then climbed out of the tank,
    dried in the air and decidedly shrank.
    Carried along on each passing breeze
    as someone walked by or let out a sneeze
    it made it's way out of the place with ease.
    It was looking for water – not far on this planet –
    when it met a Kudzu Vine. "Stop! I demand it!"
    Not liking that, IT said "You can cram it!"
    then budded and spored and genetically damned it.
    "My Human friends' Enemy is mine too!
    Now green, vegetative – you're soon to be goo!"
    IT found the river. "Ahh, no need to panic."
    IT was carried along to the Atlantic.
    "I'm hungry. A snack – radio-isotpes!
    I'll disperse myself along the East Coast,
    then all Earths' waters will be my Host."
    In oceans, in seas, gulfs and estuaries
    IT ate where nuke-tamination was carried.
    Having evolved and wanting people to meet,
    IT came upon land and said "What's to eat?
    My needs are simple – reactors sound or crippled.
    I'll take plain vanilla or MOX-berry ripple."
    The lone kid on the beach, no longer bored,
    said "Check out my i-phone, we'll see where fuel's stored
    and all reactors and other stuff too!
    Is this a commercial for something new?"
    "No Kid, it's a reversal – this Futures' for you!"

    I know it's stupid. I don't care.

  • Mack Mack

    If they've never seen anything like it before, and the DNA sequencing is unknown…

    how can they possibly claim that it's "harmless."

    • WindorSolarPlease

      Don't worry Mack, just sit back and smile.
      They have things under control, they know how to destroy the worlds environment.(sarc)

      Looks like it likes radiation, maybe it will grow up to be just like the people who want to build more nukes? (sarc)

      There is no way they can claim it's harmless, if they have no clue what it is.

    • many moons

      Exactly…The experts don't know where the corium is…but it's in cold shutdown

      They don't know what could possibly be growing on the fuel rods, how it could be existing is behond comprehension…but one thing they do know…it's harmless.

      They know earthquakes will occur and the plants can not withstand any horizontal shaking of the plants but they build them in areas where earthquakes occur on a regular basis.

      The experts don't know how to control a meltdown but build many reactors side by side so if one has a meltdown it's impossible to even try to keep the other reactors from doing the same.

      If there were no nuclear experts the world would be a cleaner, safer place!

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Could it be Geobacter Sulfurreducens I just read an article in Discovery Magazine which I posted in the wrong heading under the Tepco Official in DC 'We don't know where Corium… thus you can read about this bacteria there. Anyway here is a video about this bacteria.

  • Mack Mack

    At SRS, there are still 49 huge tanks containing 36 million gallons of "highly-radioactive waste" still to be "cleaned up."

    They've only cleaned 2 tanks so far in four decades, and the cost was (going by memory) something like $40 million dollars just to clean up those 2 tanks!

    Here's the DC Bureau investigation on SRS video for those who haven't seen it:

  • RJ RJ

    I'm guessing one of the below is already happening:

    The DOD is trying to see if it can be weaponized.
    The FBI is looking into a use for riot control.
    The CIA is checking on its assassination qualities.
    Wall Street is looking into its Stock potential.
    Big Pharma is researching patents.
    Mother Nature is crying
    GOD is laughing
    The Angles are plotting a coup d'état

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Some scientists believe the first life on earth were around black smokers at the bottom of the oceans. Bacterias can evolve to any energy source, unfortunately many other species die around different energy sources.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Maybe we need to look at those flames on the sun a little harder. Maybe those loops of fire are fish jumping.

  • norbu norbu

    right on. I like your avatar. my g grandmother was Apache.

  • Maggie123

    We need a 'like' button – even a 'super' button! I don't want to clutter the "latest comments" list posting "Perfect!" to all the comments here that are – well – absolutely perfect! 🙂

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Funny, how that white unknown living matter is found both in nuclear reactors, spent fuel pools and possibly also in sick/dying human beings..

    Watch the movie to find out more….

    Cancer – The Forbidden Cures; via A Green Road

    Lethal Dangers of CT Scans And X-Rays; via A Green Road

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Is there a link here?

      Tobacco is highly radioactive. These white living beings are found where radiation is plentiful.

      Lung cancer (a white growing mass) is found in tissues saturated with radiation and heavy metals. Is it the same thing being found in spent fuel pools and reactors?


  • razzz razzz

    Not quite the same but interesting nonetheless…

    Interesting that this latest growth thrives in pretty much distilled water so the only source of energy is the different rays being given off from fuel decay. I was reading somewhere that one hardi fungi can repair its own simple DNA strands when damage by radiation.

    I say poor bleach in the water and then see what thrives. Normally molds and fungi can't withstand UVs (sunlight) so something symbiotic has to be taking place (i.e. one thing aids another to work together so both survive).

  • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

    We know this bacteria has left the building at least at Fukushima. Tons of radioactive water has poured into the ocean as well as the soil, thus contaminating groundwater. I believe the ocean, groundwater & soils need to be tested for this bacteria to see what it is *doing.

    @moonshellblue it may very well be. Japan just announced that it would use a bacteria. This article may be the prelude to more info about it. We are not being told what they know yet. But the fact they are telling us that it exists indicates over time more info will follow.

    Or IMHO it may be TPTB intentions are to tell us… that it is eating up radiation. With the intent to ally our *fears of radiation destroying all living things.

    ~How about a Thumbs up button?. Definitely needed for this entire thread. I truly enjoy reading your opinions, poems & info that you share~

  • chrisk9

    I have been stumped about all the black bacteria reports on this site for months, then I saw this article in another site and gave admin the link. Now I want to know more about those other reports, because there is obviously a connection.

    • Atomfritz Atomfritz

      Even if there may be no "direct connection" because of possibly different species of bacteria and/or fungi thriving in nuclear installations, the potential of biological problems in the handling of radioactive materials should alarm people.
      Maybe this finding will be the next connection:

      • JustmeAlso

        to me you are an enigma.
        I do not understand if you are pro or anti nuke, so it must be my lack of understanding where you come from. Sorry for coming on you so hard while i thought you were pro nuke. My bad.

        • Atomfritz Atomfritz

          To make things clear, I am anti-nuke.

          However, I prefer calm, apparently neutral wording and not exaggerating or downplaying things, because this is very helpful when discussing with pro-nuclear people.
          If you make a hysteric impression they won't think about what you told them. But if you discuss things in a neutral, fact-based manner then my experience is that many people start to think.

          This way I have turned many people's opinion towards becoming nuke-critical in the course of many years.

          • chrisk9

            Right on Fritz. That is why many anti nukes are ignored or even laughed at by those in the industry. They even showed a glimpse of that in the movie China Syndrome. Know your facts, present them without exaggeration or emotion and you will have a much better chance of being heard-perfectly stated Fritz.

  • John StJohnsengen John StJohnsengen

    Apparently it craves fried food.

  • JustmeAlso

    Radiating bacteria dna never went so bad that we humans can not explain anymore what is happening.

    Maybe we humans will find more unexplainable stuff we create! (and shroud in a myth of safety, paid by the taxpayers)!!

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Evidence suggests that autism is related to DNA damage caused by radiation, and mercury increases the effects of radiation.

    Evidence also suggests that children with autism have more intestinal bacteria that produce neurotoxins than control groups.

    There is evidence that children with autism have "a higher incidence of the Clostridium histolyticum group (Clostridium clusters I and II) of bacteria than that of healthy children."

    Clostridium tetani is what causes the deadly disease tetanus, and Clostridium histolyticum produces a similar neurotoxin.

    Is radiation not only destroying DNA, but also creating environments were toxic bacteria proliferate, and then continually release neurotoxins?
    Radiation Resistance of Spores of Clostridium Species In Aqueous Suspension

    Are dyslexia, diabetes, depression, as well as other epidemics like ADHD, also related to the toxins released by these bacteria? So radiation damages our DNA and increases our load of neurotoxins produced by bacteria?

  • JustmeAlso

    Trying to act as if i have some neurons left:

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Bacteria is less complex thus can easily withstand radioactive substances.

  • I wonder if the antibiotics kill the bacteria?
    Because if not, then humanity may be at risk on their part, and all living organisms in the world …..
    Because they do not even finish off radiation.
    It may be better than the best sciencefiction of hollywood …

    So this is how you do not go according to nature … may be unexpected serious trouble…

  • psylotron

    Our modern science is really limited by some anachronic paradigms. We don´t know or understand all the kind of lifeforms that are posible. 40 years ago we didn't knew all those Abyssal organisms wich are not carbon based lifeforms, so i don't belive this reactor's bacterias are new organisms, we re just begining to understand em.

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  • nuknomore nuknomore

    Man is mans' worst enemy…