TEPCO official reveals there is “little doubt” plutonium has leaked from Fukushima (VIDEO)

Published: April 18th, 2011 at 8:07 pm ET
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NHK, April 18, 2011 at 4:43 pm EDT:

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will examine the seabed off the facility to ensure that no plutonium has leaked into the ocean.

Tokyo Electric Power Company said on Monday it will conduct the inspection as plutonium is heavier than other radioactive materials and could have accumulated on the floor. …

TEPCO senior official Junichi Matsumoto said there is little doubt that plutonium has leaked from the plant during the accident.

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Published: April 18th, 2011 at 8:07 pm ET
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32 comments to TEPCO official reveals there is “little doubt” plutonium has leaked from Fukushima (VIDEO)

  • Noah

    When have we heard this before?

    “The amount is too small to harm human health”

    OR this,

    “Safe levels”

    OR this,

    “like eating a banana”

    OR this,

    “There is no threat at these low levels”

    OR this,

    “Less than a chest x-ray”

    • Noah

      Mankind gives Steve Martin response
      to comment, “The amount is too small to harm human health”.

      Please refer to “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”

      Scene: Steve tries to rent a car at airport and begins to calmly react to the woman behind the rental car counter.

      • Noah

        There is no ‘safe’ exposure to radiation

        By BRIAN MOENCH

        Radiation from Japan is now detectable in the atmosphere, rain water and food chain in North America. Fukushima reactors are still out of control and hold 10 times more nuclear fuel than there was at Chernobyl, thousands of times more than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The official refrain is, “No worries here, perfectly harmless.” Our best scientists of the previous century would be rolling over in their graves.

        In the 1940s many of the world’s premier nuclear scientists saw mounting evidence that there was no safe level of exposure to nuclear radiation. This led Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atom bomb, to oppose development of the hydrogen bomb.

        In the 1950s, Linus Pauling, the only two-time winner of the Nobel Prize, began warning the public about exposure to all radiation. This opinion, ultimately endorsed by thousands of scientists worldwide, led President John F. Kennedy to sign the nuclear test ban treaty.

        In the 1960s, Drs. John Gofman, Arthur Tamplin, Alice Stewart, Thomas Mancuso and Karl Morgan, all researchers for the Atomic Energy Commission or the Department of Energy, independently came to the conclusion that exposure to nuclear radiation was not safe at any level.

        The government terminated their services for coming up with what Dr. Gofman called the “wrong answer,” that is, the opposite of what the AEC wanted to hear. The top Russian nuclear physicist in the 1960s, Andrei Sakharov, also a Nobel Prize winner, and Vladimir Chernousenko, who the Soviet Union placed in charge of the Chernobyl cleanup, are among other international experts who drew similar conclusions.

    • Downplaying

      Or *watching television* which the FDA said !!

  • Nothing to see just move along. American Idol will be on in 5 minutes.

  • Mothra

    It’s so heavy it sank to the floor and never moved micronized in hydrogen explosions – like a tons of bananas on an airline flight to a lounge chair getting a suntan. Believe me, we shouldn’t test for it because TEPCo told me and they are so reliable. Even a submicron is too heavy for fish.

  • Mothra

    Don’t believe science. Air schmair. Soil schmoil. The grazing animals are watching their waistlines – it’s sooo heavy:
    https://e-reports-ext.llnl.gov/pdf/233994.pdf

    • After reading this paper I have to say this was the perfect storm!!!! Think about what our Farms are doing right now. Plowing tilling mixing the soil for planting
      That Ef would increase with disturbance indicates that the Pu
      bindings with soil aggregates are somewhat fragile. In some cases M is
      predictable from dust emission factor models for various types of
      construction and agricultural activity. In studies performed over a wide
      number of sites

      • Mothra

        Aye. The half-life dissipation is 888 years to a quarter million years. That’s a lot of soil tilling!

        http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/11032812-e.html
        March 21st and 22nd at the 5 spots in Fukushima Daiichi plutonium 238, 239 and 240 were detected as shown in the attachment.

        This news wasn’t released until March 28, about the time it would start to show up here in tests. As when, uranium travelled from Iraq to Brittain.

        The second sample test showed plutonium again. Strontium and uranium were also reported uncontained. No tests are released in the US regarding those.

        • xdrfox

          They were produced at the same time so the same priciples would apply for the States here that fall or have yet to.
          At that level of decay, a few hundred years of time of release wouldn’t make a whole lot of difference.

          Something to think about for perspective,

          With all that in mind, here’s a list of common items and how long they take to “break down” in the environment.

          Glass bottle 1 million years
          Monofilament fishing line: 600 years
          Plastic beverage bottles: 450 years
          Disposable diapers: 450 years
          Aluminum can: 80-200 years
          Boot sole: 50-80 years
          Styrofoam cup: 50 years
          Tin can: 50 years
          Leather: 50 years
          Nylon fabric: 30-40 years
          Plastic film canister: 20-30 years
          Plastic bag: 10-20 years (???)
          Cigarette filter: 1-5 years
          Wool sock: 1-5 years
          Plywood: 1-3 years
          Waxed milk carton: 3 months
          Apple core: 2 months
          Newspaper: 6 weeks
          Orange or banana peel : 2-5 weeks
          Paper towel: 2-4 weeks

          http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/311/1/Waste-decomposition-rates.html

          Plastic Planet: Life in the plastic age
          http://plasticisntnice.blogspot.com/
          http://www.reuseit.com/learn-more/top-facts/disposable-lunches

  • WRAY EDWARDS

    One measuring cup of plutonium, if equally distributed, would kill everyone on Earth. It is the most dangerous substance in the Universe except for a political speech.

  • Mothra

    It can travel thousands of miles from Iraq to Brittain (disclosed, detected):
    http://britishcolumbiachemtrailalert.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/no-danger-no-concern-no-sanity/

  • Buck-0

    Typical double talk from the Nuke Industry. First part is to tell you it is contaminated. The second part is to tell you what to think about it. The third part is why you should accept it. What they don’t tell you is that you are now a statistic and they are going to increase your dosage under whatever emergency level they are on.

  • Cee

    Raise your Glutathione (GSH) levels NOW!

    Glutathione is the only antioxidant that can protect you from the free radical that Plutonium creates! GSH is created in the body, but you need more. You can get it in supplement form, but it doesn’t absorb well, so if you take these precursors, they will raise the GSH levels in your body.

    Alpha Lipolic Acid
    Glutamic Acid
    N Acetyl Cystine
    Garlic (You can get Garlic pills)

    Get your levels up before it’s too late!

  • Northern Exposure

    Can someone please shove a plutonium particle down each of these aristocrats’ throats and then ask them to repeat the part about it “being too small of an amount to harm human health”… someone, anyone, please ?

  • radegan

    Alpha Lipoic Acid should be paired with Acetyl L-Carnitine. Double blind studies conducted on that pairing with excellent conclusions. Study used 350 mg of each, once a day. Usually find them in 300 or 500 mg. Jarrow Pharma makes very good stock.

  • radegan

    If anti-oxidants are a main weapon, then why not get the most powerful one in the world? One not counted in milligrams, like Vitamin C, but in micrograms, like it’s cousin, LSD. What is it? Hydergine – a very popular drug in the over 40 set in Europe and used and studied for 50 years. Here’s a way to buy it online:

    http://www.optimalhealth-products.com/hydergine.htm

  • Mothra

    Uncontained plutonium at a nuclear cluster site melt with 1,900 tons and hydrogen explosions and fires aerosolating it when we know it can travel thousands of miles is THE BIGGEST news of my lifetime. I barely hear a peep about it. That’s creepier and more upsetting than the plutonium. Like corporate pre-holocaust denial or something.

  • Buck-0

    Welcome to the surrealistic world of nuclear energy and the “Risk Vs. Benefits” of Nuke Power. “Acceptable Dose” is determined on a whole population basis under relative operational conditions. If radiation from a Nuke is too high the emergency condition are elevated and the population base is expanded and the rad dose is increased. This makes an “acceptable dose” for the effected population.
    Death of one person is statistical insignificant compared to the whole population. “acceptable” Right?

  • Mothra

    About as acceptable as subsidizing them in billions upon billions annually and further allowing them to offset insurance risks back to us taxpayers ( potentially trillions, environment decimated, countless deaths), then exempt them from taxes and laws, refuse to regulate them, while they barely produce any power for all the toxic waste created, expect incidents every few years AND allow them to CHARGE US by the kilowatt per hour on the front end for a technology we funded publically? So now they can legislatively kill us? Who are these people? It can’t be about electricity – that doesn’t make any sense. None. What’s this really about? Weapons?

    • Buck-0

      Forty years ago my family started a legal procedure stop the Atomic Energy Commission from licensing a Nuke plant. I read through 18 volumes of data contained in their “Environmental Impact Statements” (required by Federal Law). Most of the statements were questions on plant safety and design given to the local utility to answer and far to complicated to understand. Contained in one of the volumes was the “Risk Vs. Benefit” model for allowing radiation dosages given to the general public. Risk is delegated on a sliding rule type basis and was done on a situation operational basis. The Nuke was a GE light boiling water reactor. The first stats were done with a 50 mile area around the plant for the statical population. This population was too small for the expected release dosage from the plant, so the area was increased to 125 miles to include two major metropolitan areas. The dosage to the local people suddenly became less statistically significant and more “acceptable”. This is what is going on in Japan. One day you can’t drink the water in Tokyo. The next day you can. One day you can’t go outside, the next day you can. This type of behavior I expected and not surprising. Internal radiation doses are not in the equation. They never have been.

      The volumes also contained the projected rate increases for electrical usage for the next 10 years. They were projected to increase 300%.

      • Northern Exposure

        Wow, that’s some scary documents you’re talking about:

        “assessing risk vs benefit”
        “statistical changes”
        “no internal dose research”

        If that doesn’t scream loud and clear what’s going on, I don’t know what is.

        And that’s the where the nuclear industry has an ace up their sleeve… there’s no way to truly connect cancer cases (or hundreds of other illnesses) directly to long-term low dose fission isotope exposure from several years back.

    • The Queen of England is worth over 35 Trillion dollars <<<< that's right. The Crown has almost all mineral rights to Radium in the world. So what do you do with a product that really had no market? You create the market to make you richer.

  • Michelle

    Money, Money, Money, Money… Money Whoa …. that mean whoa mean mean green. Almighty dollar. And thats why you don’t hear a word from the government, at least part of the reason. Good luck munching on dollar bills for sustenance. What a species.

  • 67Mopar

    “…could cause cancer…”

    “…to small to be dangerous…”

    She should apply for a job at FOX NEWS.

  • Once radioactive particles are ingested, inhaled, or enter your body through a cut, their grotesque potent force cuts through your body like knife through butter, into the cells, blood or other organs, impacting other organs and leaving behind hideous, shocking damage.

    A single alpha particle from Plutonium, Uranium, Americium or Radon can deliver a huge blast of radiation inside your body.

    This radiation energy can destroy your genetic material at a cellular level.

    Some people are more susceptible than others:

    * Those who are already sick
    * Those who have weak immune systems
    * The elderly
    * Children, babies & the unborn

    AVOID ALL Soy products, it is a goitrogen which will prevent iodine uptake into your thyroid gland.

    * Consume foods rich in natural iodine helps protect the uptake of radioactive iodine-131
    * Iron inhibits the absorption of plutonium
    * Vitamin B12 inhibits cobalt
    * Sulfur is a preventative for sulfur-35, a product of nuclear reactors.

    I now also include 1 tsp of MSM also beneficial for improved concentration, pain relief for headaches, arthritis or other inflammation, gastrointestinal relief, improved hair and nail growth, considered to be anti-aging, helps with increased wound healing, improves metabolism and insulin resistance.

    There are simple protective methods for yourself, animals & soil, no matter what the RAD readings tell you.

    Toni
    http://www.natural-health-home-remedies.com/radiation.html

  • current death toll??

    Dr. Toni,
    I agree that soy is bad for women (mimics estrogen-messes up hormone balance), not to mention it’s often GMO and suppresses the Thyroid. BUT, fermented soy, namely Miso, has been proven as an easy fix to really help radiation victims!! The Miso with seaweed and rice soup dishes have been credited with survival of those near the bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima… Does that mean that they lived, although with impaired thyroids? I read that the doctors who kept everyone in their care under this miso soup regimen had 100% success in keeping them healthy!

    • Mothra

      I agree. Fermented soy products are excellent in small amounts: tempeh, miso, pickled tofu, tamari and natto. Fermented soy milk products are also available like yogurt or cheese that are rich in probiotics.
      In their raw natural form, soybeans contain three major anti-nutrients are phytates, enzyme inhibitors and goitrogens. Fermentation breaks those down and makes soybeans bio-available and a great source of nutrition. I read the miso study of Hiroshima victims. It was aged miso – right?

      • current death toll??

        Yes, long-fermented miso was the key. And the stories from the WWII atomic bomb survivors who used miso and seaweed are nothing short of miraculous!!
        Anyone can buy rather cheap, organic, non-GMO Miso at most grocery stores that says it’s been fermented for 2 years. I think that 2 years would qualify as long-fermented (also pre-311 safe!), but I’m not an expert on Asian cuisine. It’s tasty, too! 🙂 (good with green veggies, caramelized onions, garlic, seaweed, and buckwheat pasta or rice–it really melds together 🙂

  • current death toll??

    To add, dark misos–brown or red, for example–are typically the most nutritious and the longest fermented varieties. Try it–you’ll like it.