TV: Most shocking thing is how US gov’t was “very concerned” about Fukushima radiation hitting West Coast and affecting Americans — Public told that everything fine (VIDEO)

Published: February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 pm ET


JapanFocus, Kyle Cleveland, Temple U. (Japan), Feb. 17, 2014: Nuclear disaster in Fukushima […] has given rise to one of the most significant public health crises in modern world history […]

Democracy Now!, Feb. 26, 2014 (at 54:30 in) — AMY GOODMAN, host: What most shocked you when you were doing research for this book? — EDWIN LYMAN, Sr. Scientist at Union of Concerned Scientists: Being in Washington for a long time, very little shocks me. But […] while the US government was telling the American people there was nothing to fear from Fukushima […] internally […] there was a much different story. So we’ve learned from a lot of FOIA documents that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the White House were actually very concerned about the potential impact of radiation from Fukushima affecting […] Americans on the West Coast. They were furiously running calculations to try to figure out how bad it could get, but there was no sense of this in what they were telling the public.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 17, 2011: There was a DITTRA and NARAC dose estimate that was done for California […] estimating what we believe to be very high doses to children, and a thyroid (inaudible) dosage. […] Q: Is this information being considered for releasing publicly […] A: No. No, we’re not planning any press release […] DITTRA and DoE runs for California may have been prompted by queries from the state […] but there is some background that is politically sensitive that I can share with you offline. […] DITTRA result was four rem [40 millisieverts] to the thyroid of a one year-old child based on one year integration […]

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 17, 2011: DoE current model status – they are going to reduce ground shine effects in models and use a much less conservative source term prediction […] no significant dose. DoE models- 42 millirem [420 microsieverts] to thyroid in Hawaii based on ground deposition (i.e. no release above background). 4rem is off the table for CA (California). Weather forecast has not changed from what was predicted yesterday. Emphasis on model peer review […] emphasis on one set of Federal government assumptions. Governors concerned that they are not being briefed by Feds but by industry representative.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 18, 2011: Shine dose would be 80mR [800 microsieverts] way west in the islands of AK (Alaska) […] Working on summary for Congressionals. […] Call last night was just western states. Today expanded to all of them. Communicating with states: been trying to funnel information to RSLOs. MJ: what about pushing state communications to DoE since they are responsible now […] Want to emphasize with team – just met with Japanese ambassador […] There is not a lot of time. It’s very serious in Japan. […] They are in a very difficult situation right now.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 19, 2011: What’s the worst case [for] the West Coast? We were talking now we got Reactor 3 today, if Reactor 3. Tepco has come to our staff in Japan, they’re worried about the bottom of the core vessel.

Watch the full interview with Lyman here — (h/t missingsky102)


Published: February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 pm ET


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246 comments to TV: Most shocking thing is how US gov’t was “very concerned” about Fukushima radiation hitting West Coast and affecting Americans — Public told that everything fine (VIDEO)

  • Nick

    I ain't the swiftest block in the box, but nuclear waste has always, I mean always rubbed me the wrong way.

    How on earth have we allowed an industry to produce waste that is MEANT to be isolated from the biosphere for at least 10,000 years?

    Do you honestly know of any means to isolate radioactive toxins for that long?

    Heck, we don't even have weather records that go back that far.

    For me, that IS the issue….you generate something nasty…how on earth can you GUARANTEE that my offspring won't suffer breaks in their DNA because of your short-sidedness?

    You can't.

    Therefore all nuclear activities are absolutely criminal and no one going henceforth should even consider making one cent on such an endeavor.

    But I will go to my grave ranting and raving about this.

    TATAL: Toxic at the Atomic Level.

    WHAT part of this equation do you not comprehend?

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      Not comprehending this is a serious mental defect. It is a dangerous defect that we have seen happen again and again in our world as the elite strive to feed and ever increase their greed.
      People who think this way should be jailed/hospitalized and put through intensive counciling before being let back out into this world.

    • Nigwil

      Correct Nick! Imagine if you or I tried to set up a small green grocer business on Main Street, and we said to City Hall that we had no where to dispose of any of the waste, so we were just going to store it in leaky bins out the back, for ever. We wouldn't get far would we!

      • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

        ah, but what if you offered to also produce produce bombs that were the ultimate weapon that they could use for either protection or against their neighboring cities? I think then they'd find a way…

  • Nick

    My government has failed us all.

    No one on the West Coast deserves to be irradiated, but they have.

    We spend trillions of dollars on defense yet have a government that stayed MUM while deadly wafts of wafting ionizing radiation wafted it's way to the West Coast.

    Wrap your head around that folks.

  • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

    Nick…Only a criminal operation could conceive of this.

  • Nick

    No, only stock holders.

  • Nick

    Okay, time for me to get personal so that the disbelievers just might, for a teeny tiny bit, get the gist of my outrage.

    #1 My two brothers have both had their thyroids removed.

    #2 My mother has Parkinson's disease and has only one kidney.

    #3 My father had prostate cancer and hypertension

    #4 My second born son had TAPVR (you have to look that up..but if you are lazy that stands for Total Anomalous Venus Return…or no lung heart connection)

    #5 My first born son is 6' 7"…. radiation causes gigantasisum ism in organisms (maybe)

    None of this can I prove is a result of excess ionizing radiation, but my gut tells me otherwise.

    #6 I was born 45% deaf and this was shortly after several atmospheric bombs were detonated in the Pacific Ocean, which just happens to be the one in which I was conceived and born in (Honolulu)

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Nick, I am so sorry for your having to notice so many things, so personally..

      These Nuclear guys and gals should have all been shut down in 1945! 🙁

      What were our leaders thinking at that time?

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      @Nick…I'm so sorry. I tried. I was in grad school at UCB during those above ground Pacific tests. I protested them then. I've protested them all my life. Perhaps I did not do enough. Perhaps, instead of going skiing and surfing, I should have worked 16 hours a day on protesting the nuclear monster. I didn't. But I don't think I am to blame. I did what I could. It was not enough. But would anything have made any difference in this evolutionary perogative and human refusal to learn?

  • Nick

    Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return = TAPVR

    • SadieDog

      Friday, February 28: Inside Fukushima: Miles O’Brien offers NewsHour viewers a rare look inside one of the most dangerous places on earth – the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 
      Wednesday, March 5: Fish Fears:  
      Friday, March 7: The Future of Nuclear Power: 

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Miles O’Brien reports on the continued impact of Japan’s nuclear plant meltdown

    "Three years after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien returned to Japan for an update on clean-up efforts and the continuing impact of the radioactive spill."

    Friday, February 28: Inside Fukushima:

    Covered head to toe in protective gear and wearing a respiration mask, Miles O’Brien offers NewsHour viewers a rare look inside one of the most dangerous places on earth – the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    Journalist Miles O'Brien Had To Have Arm Amputated

  • 4Warnd 4Warnd

    Complicity: US GOV loan guarantees….there is no end in-sight now.

    "The US government has finalized loan guarantees totalling some $6.5 billion for the construction of two AP1000 units at the Vogtle site in Georgia. US energy secretary Ernest Moniz was today due to formally issue the guarantees. Vogtle_4_construction_Jan_2014-615×160.jpg Work on Vogtle 4's nuclear island is progressing (Image: Georgia Power) In February 2010, Vogtle units 3 and 4 became the first new nuclear power plant construction projects to be offered conditional loan guarantees by the US Department of Energy (DoE). The DoE offered one loan guarantee of $3.46 billion to Southern Co subsidiary Georgia Power, which has a 45.7% interest in the two new units, a second one of $3.07 billion covers Oglethorpe Power's 30% share of the project, while a third of $1.8 billion covers Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia's (MEAG's) 22.7% share. The City of Dalton holds the remaining 1.6% share in the new plant."

    That, in a rather large nutshell, tells the story of the financing of a new NPP in USA and W.W. to boot.

    Our Tx$ at work. I want a loan guarantee for my backyard greenhouse. But am out of luck on that idea.

    • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

      4warned, it's insanity. it is really time to seriously shorten the leashes of our elected officials. they are out of control.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    U.S. GOT NUKED MARCH 2011 . . .

    And still getting airborne radiation today, everyday, 24/7, thanks to nuclear.

  • SadieDog

    IAEA report, Long Term and Short Term Roadmap to Decommissioning Fukushima. –

  • SadieDog

    Off topic – Anyone can reuse, repost, or rewhatever anything I ever post. Anytime. No credit needed. Resume.

  • SadieDog

    Japan Nuclear Regulation Authority – radiation measurements,

  • arclight2 arclight2

    OT but it is important

    "Mari is facing charges stemming from speaking out on radiation in Japan and advocacy for families relocating children out of the areas contaminated by radioactivity from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactor site, operated by TEPCO. Radioactivity continues to leave that site. It is well established that while lower levels of exposure to radioactivity lowers risk, the greatest hazard from radiation comes when children are exposed, raising the risk of cancer manifold over their entire lives."

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Face charges for complaining about nuclear radiation, but receive massive subsidies for creating it.

      "Honey, you accidentally microwaved the cat!"

      "You shut your mouth, you cruel bastard. What a horrible thing to say!"

      "Hey, I'm not the one who…"

      "Shut up. :roll:"