TV: Strange skin condition on cows near Fukushima plant

Published: March 5th, 2013 at 3:22 am ET


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Title: Inside Fukushima’s exclusion zone
Source: SBS Dateline (Australia)
Author: Adrian Brown
Date: Mar 5, 2013

The Geiger counter on the dashboard of our van is going berserk. In the space of just a few minutes the reading has leapt from 0.23 microsieverts per hour to 19.2 – 0.23 was the pre-disaster Japanese government regulatory limit. It’s an unsettling moment. […]

We are on our way to visit one of the few people who have remained […]

Masami Yoshizawa can see the towers of the Dai-ichi plant from the hilltop overlooking his farm. It’s just 14 kilometres away. He heard the explosions on that fateful day and soon realised the danger he and his 40 cattle were in […]

Some of his cattle have started to develop a strange skin condition that he says he didn’t see before the disaster. As he contemplates his future, I detect an almost fatalistic acceptance in what may lie ahead. […]

Full report here

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Published: March 5th, 2013 at 3:22 am ET


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13 comments to TV: Strange skin condition on cows near Fukushima plant

  • ion jean ion jean

    It therefore seemed reasonable to expect that if such low levels of radioactive waste releases had been achieved in 1957 in the very first nuclear power reactor built in this country, then the later, more advanced plants would release even less. But early in 1970 I discovered that this was not the case. In the published record of the hearings on the environmental effects of electric power generation, held by the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy in November 1969, there were tables supplied by the AEC listing the amounts of radioactivity discharged into the water and air by commercial nuclear power plants in the United States. Many plants were listed as actually releasing hundreds of thousands of times as much radioactivity into the air as others. For example, in 1967 two reactors had discharged as much as 700,000 curies, while another had released only 2.4 curies, or some 300,000 times less.

    These were truly enormous quantities. Some of the many different isotopes contained in these gaseous and liquid discharges, such as cesium and strontium, were regarded as hazardous at levels as low as one ten-billionth of a curie per day in milk or food. A single curie of iodine 131 could make 10 billion quarts of milk unfit for continuous consumption, according even to the existing guidelines adopted by the federal government. Such large releases of radioactivity were in fact comparable to fallout from small tactical nuclear weapons. Although dilution in the air would reduce the hazard

    • ion jean ion jean

      to people living more than fifty miles away from these plants, those living nearby were unknowingly accepting vastly greater risks to the health of their children.

      From Killing Our Own

      And about those cheapass GE BWRs:

      Dresden reactor, located some fifty miles from Chicago, which had emitted 260,000 curies of radioactive gases in 1967, the permissible amount had been set at 22,000,000 curies per year by the AEC.

      Why weren't all the reactors designed like Shippingport, so as to release the smallest amounts of radioactivity? The answer could be found in the history of reactor development. The pressurized-water reactors, like Shippingport, were originally designed for use in nuclear submarines by Westinghouse under the direction of Admiral Hyman C. Rickover. Since they had to operate for long periods in a sealed, submerged vessel, these rectors had to be designed with a minimum of radioactive leakage either into the submarine, where the crew had to live for months as a time, or into the water, where the bubbles of radioactive gases would permit easy detection of the submarine's position. The Shippingport reactor was in fact a prototype naval propulsion plant owned by the Navy and the AEC, and not a commercial power plant at all.

      Meanwhile, the General Electric Company was encouraged by the AEC to quickly develop a new type of large power reactor that would be cheap and efficient enough to compete…

      • ion jean ion jean

        Sorry I mean Secret Fallout/Sternglass,

        …successfully with the fossil-fuel-burning electric power plants in widespread use. For the more complex pressurized reactor with its double cooling loop, although safer, was too expensive. And so GE developed the much simpler boiling-water reactor. This design, in which economic considerations were the major factor, sacrificed protection against radioactive leaks in favor of lower cost and greater efficiency of operation. Experiments showed that corrosion was a more serious problem in the single-coolant-loop GE design. Large amounts of fission products would inevitably build up rapidly in the coolant and escape through pipe joints, valve packings, and high-speed rotating shaft-seals to be discharged into the air and water. Thus, if a cheap, economical way to generate large quantities of electric power was to be demonstrated quickly so as to convince the utilities to go nuclear,

        • ion jean ion jean

          I see this as the smoking gun for BWRs

          You don't need every last puzzle piece to get the picture.

  • voltscommissar

    In what may be a temporary YouTube version for non-Australian residents, please view the Fukushima segment of today's Dateline program here:

    Australian residents will be able to see the whole Dateline program online at — for a week or two at least.

    My YouTube version will be (reluctantly) removed at the request of the copyright owners

    • japan guinea pig

      voltcommissar…thanks for uploading that video,it was very informative. A must see for a up-date on the Fukushima DISASTER and how it is affecting peoples lives NOW….Japan Government take note !!! you demons !!

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I has expired..

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The cows are magically turning into creatures like Anne Coulter.

    Ann Coulter: Radiation Is 'Good For You' (VIDEO)

    Gosh..I hope a downgrade.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Skin disorders, no surprise, being that billions of becquerels are carried by wind, continuously. And radiated water is permeating the ground, continuously.

  • NoNukes NoNukes


    These fungus species are known as radiotrophic fungi. They use the pigment melanin to convert gamma and beta radiation into chemical energy for growth.


    In the original paper, the researchers Dadachova et al showed that ionizing radiation changes the electronic properties of melanin, and enhances the growth of melanized fungi. So any fungus species that contain melanin have their growth spurred in the presence of ionizing radiation. These are not mutant fungi, they are ordinary fungus species found everywhere in the environment. Some of them are common molds that grow in your basement or bathroom.

    So these fungi do not actually feed on radiation, they change the properties of melanin, so that it can be converted into energy for growth. Think of radiation as an enzyme that allows melanin to be “digested”. Effectively, it’s the same thing, though.


    In this paper, Dadachova and Casadevall discuss the radiation tolerance of fungi, and its role as an adaptation mechanism. There is evidence of widespread prevalence of melanized fungi in the early days of Earth, when radiation was at a much higher level than it is today."

  • Sickputer

    The Fukushima rancher reminds me of this Chernobyl article about self-settlers (people who moved back to the toxic zones illegally):

    SP: UK Author Holly Morris gives a typical nucleocrats spin in her 2012 journey to the dead zone to interview old women still alive. Morris tries to imply that they are better off than living in the gulag era of Stain. Perhaps. But the point I wanted to know…when did the men all die and from what?

    Morris casually mentions old lady Galina's husband died 17 years before (9 years after Chernobyl Unit 4 exploded).

    Then she tries to extrapolate from this small sample population that they lived on average 10 years longer than evacuees:

    "No health studies have been done, but anecdotal evidence suggests that most of the babushkas die of strokes rather than any obvious radiation-related illnesses, and they have dealt better with the psychological trauma. Toxic levels of strontium and cesium in the soil are real, but so are the tug of the ancestral home and the health benefits of determining one’s own destiny."

    Finally we get the WHO propaganda: "However, WHO now considers the psychological impact to be at least as detrimental as the physical. Being depressed and unmotivated, pursuing an unhealthy lifestyle and clinging to a victim mind-set, it says, has proved to be the worst fall-out for the 'Chernobylites'.