‘Unbelievable’: Shock over revelations that radiation contamination occurred so far away from Fukushima meltdown

Published: July 15th, 2011 at 9:47 am ET


Finding that radiation-tainted straw was produced far from nuclear plant causes shock, Mainichi, July 15, 2011:

Revelations that radiation-contaminated rice straw used as feed for beef cattle was produced far away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant have sent shockwaves through the livestock farming community in Fukushima Prefecture.

Consumers have also been filled with a sense of growing distrust in the government over delays in responding to the problem of radiation-tainted beef. […]

The rice straw had been supplied by a farmer in Shirakawa, about 75 kilometers away from the tsunami-hit nuclear power station.

“It’s unbelievable that this (contamination) occurred in an area so far away from the nuclear plant,” said a 34-year-old man who has run a livestock farm in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, for nearly 10 years. […]

Published: July 15th, 2011 at 9:47 am ET


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46 comments to ‘Unbelievable’: Shock over revelations that radiation contamination occurred so far away from Fukushima meltdown

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Shock is right. I even saw a tweet just now saying “If you are looking where to evacuate settlers and radioactivity in the earthquake, please live with confidence in Okayama. Fish of the Seto Inland Sea, Okayama plain rice, vegetables, fruits, milk and meat is also delicious and safe”
    This is incredible! Spouting ANYWHERE is safe is reckless and WRONG!
    Thank you Enenews…posted to HP, which has been quiet this morning. Is that Good Or Bad…dunno.

  • girlygrrll

    Nuclear reactors explode and they are “shocked” the radiation contaminated land 75km/47mi away? Please.

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      Agreed, girlygrrll. At this point, all I want to do is slap some of these people upside the head.

      • girlygrrll

        It scares the hell out of me that an entire society can be so apathetic!

        • milk and cheese milk and cheese

          Include our own countries in the apathy column.

          • arclight arclight

            The UK Deputy Premier has foreseen a bleak future for his country in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, warning “the pillars of the establishment are tumbling”….and qoute
            “However, the deputy premier describes the crisis enveloping the Murdoch empire as an opportunity for the Liberal Democratic party he is leading.
            “You have politicians falling to their knees ingratiating themselves with media moguls. You have too many vested interests tied up with each other. You have a culture of arrogance and impunity”, says Nick Clegg.
            The Liberal Democrats have never wooed or been wooed by the media moguls. Unlike David Cameron, the Prime Minister, and Ed Miliband, the Labour party chief, Clegg did not attend Rupert Murdoch’s annual summer party in London last month.
            Clegg was quick out of the traps last week, when he pressed David Cameron successfully for the public inquiry covering the police and the press over their conduct as far as the phone hacking scandal was concerned.”
            total control of the media……thought id post this cos it seemed appropriate…breakup of the murdoch empire anyone? maybe we will get some nuke news?

          • Jebus Jebus

            More on Murdoch…

            Ousted Murdoch deputy Brooks arrested in phone hacking


            LONDON — An intensifying voicemail hacking and police bribery scandal cut closer than ever to Rupert Murdoch and Scotland Yard Sunday with the arrest of the media magnate’s former British newspaper chief and the resignation of London’s police commissioner.

            Though the former executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the police chief, Paul Stephenson, have denied wrongdoing, both developments are ominous not only for Murdoch’s News Corp., but for a British power structure that nurtured a cozy relationship with his papers for years.

            Brooks, the ultimate social and political insider, dined at Christmas with Prime Minister David Cameron. His Conservative-led government now is facing increasing questions about its relationship with Murdoch’s media empire.

            The arrest of the 43-year-old Brooks, often described as a surrogate daughter to the 80-year-old Murdoch, brought the British police investigations into the media baron’s inner circle for the first time. It raises the possibility that Murdoch’s old friend Les Hinton, who resigned Friday as publisher of The Wall Street Journal, or his 38-year-old son and heir apparent, James, could be next.

            Until her resignation Friday, Brooks was the defiant chief executive of News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, whose News of the World tabloid stands accused of hacking into the phones of celebrities, politicians, other journalists and even murder victims. In the tumultuous last two weeks, she had kept her job even as Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old News of the World and tossed 200 other journalists out of work.
            Murdoch’s many enemies revel in twists and turns

            SAN FRANCISCO — To his many enemies, Rupert Murdoch is getting his comeuppance.

            Murdoch’s tabloid newspapers long have reveled in the misdeeds of others with salacious photos and pun-packed headlines. Now, one of the world’s most powerful media executives is learning what it’s like to be enveloped in his own scandal.

            “There is a feeling that Murdoch has been king of the world for too long and it’s about time that somebody brought him back to Earth,” said Mungo MacCallum, a political journalist and commentator who once worked for a Murdoch-owned newspaper, The Australian.

            But no one is calling press conferences to gloat about Murdoch’s troubles. Even his bitterest media rivals are keeping quiet.

            Liberty Media chief John Malone, who engaged in media-mogul head butting with Murdoch over his stake in Murdoch’s News Corp and other issues, did not return a message seeking comment that was left with a spokeswoman.

    • The sacrifices made are so without any sense of the balance sheet of nuclear power:
      Also please see
      Thus study the energy audit of nukes:
      See why doe of nuke radiation is meaningless:
      In this connection readers may note that a Sievert is a subjective measure of radiation dose based on the Gray, a Joule of energy delivered to a kilogramme of tissue. Note that a radioactive element (the radionuclide being Plutonium 239 or Radium 226 (mining uranium or in a coal fired plant, the flyash)) lodged in a living cell may deliver (5000000 to 6000000)x10^-19 Wattseconds(Joules) in 10^-17 seconds(Ref 2) to a DNA molecule in a cell weighing 512×10^-15 kg. The dose to the cell then is about 1000 mSv. The dose to the DNA weighing much less is much much more (a million times or so)! The dose to the cell is delivered at the rate of 50-60 KW or at a power surge of average muscle power of more than a thousand people! What the ECRR is recommending is that nukes should not deliver a dose of more than that corresponding to a 5 W-6W hit to a single cell. Since there are hundreds of thousands of DNAs in a single cell, the hit should not be more than say 5-6 megawatts(MW) or equivalent to those delivered by a hundred thousand musclemen to a single DNA! And the ICRP says 5 mSv or 50 times the ECRR’s dose or 250-360 Megawatts( equivalent to the power of 5 million muscle men to a single DNA or 25% of the 1200 MW at Tarapur ) causes an unmeasurable effect! Surely stop this madness!From

  • Still quiet here
    At least We can say an attempt to gather all research in one place is being made.

  • fuckyoushima

    will they be shocked when afflicted with cancer in 10 years too.

    when leukemia runs rampant… will nobody have been able to predict it.

    what a mess.

    (hepa. reverse osmosis. pm1208/terra mks05/se handheld 4.)

    • Darth

      Ten years?

      I truly wonder if it will not start showing up much sooner given the whole body levels – especially the ingested/inhalation vector and its amount.

      Still no results for Sr-90, and other nasties.

      The kids will be the canaries in the coal mine and that would take only 5 years to show up as thyroid cancer. Maybe sooner given the levels.

    • milk and cheese milk and cheese

      I do not remember which poster stated that a relative developed thyroid cancer four years after exposure.
      But I believe them.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Whoopie, here is a wonderful example of “framing” a dialogue:
    Too Few Nuclear Accidents
    Comparing nuclear with coal, as it there are no other possibilities. [Actually nuclear is MUCH WORSE.] But the point is both technologies are far more toxic than wind, solar, and geothermal. WAKE UP. The promoters for nuclear are all crazy but promoted by the msm. I have no respect for Huffington Post for even posting this article.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR THEM EITHER ANNE! Believe me. I and others only post there because it gets millions of hits. I hate HP truthfully. BUT…
      And HIS article? Oh what a tool he is. AGREED.

    • Almost the same comment I made on that same article.

      (meaning, we think alike).

      Well, if Monbiot, a journalist, doesn’t “get it”, you can’t expect an economist to get it.

      Merkel gets it.

      • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

        Pu239, Merkel passed a law to extend the operating time for more than 15 years in autumn 2010.
        The previous government had decided in 2000 to gradually ban nukes in Germany until 2022.
        Merkel is the best friend of the industry and took that law back to serve the lobby, which resulted in riots and most massive rallying over here.
        Fukushima forced her to change course, but everybody here just laughs about her. She has lost the last bit of credibility.
        See this banner put up by Greenpeace showing her and CEO of the biggest german nuke comp. THIS is Merkel.

    • radegan

      Here’s the thing – you can clean up the mercury and other chemicals left by coal. It’s expensive and stupid but you CAN clean it up. You CANT clean up radiation. Period. No valid comparison.

      • nuclearpowerisdeath

        STFU SCUM

      • Godzilla

        The average coal plant produces more radioactive fallout than the average nuclear reactor.

        We have to have something to replace the energy from coal and nuclear – most voters would get rid of political leaders who do anything to lessen the supply. But unfortunately solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal together won’t even come close to meeting our needs.

        And oil has peaked, the supply is dwindling slowly as the demand increases.

        Probably in 10 or so years any commercial source of electricity will be too expensive for most people to afford other than in small amounts. It’s best to get your solar panels or wind turbines now, or if you have property with a creek you can make a micro-hydroelectic power plant.

        As the choir here knows, we’ll also need a garden with fruit and nut trees (they produce every year with little effort, once established). Catfish or tilapia in a barrel, swimming pool, or small pond would be good too.

        Eh, too bad I rent.

  • Notice how TEPCO has aligned the mast with the black smoke now coming out of SFP #4.

  • John Wyndham saw it coming ….

    The Chrysalids (US title: Re-Birth) is a science fiction novel by John Wyndham, first published in 1955 by Michael Joseph. It is the least typical of Wyndham’s major novels, but regarded by some people as his best.[1][2] An early manuscript was originally entitled Time for a Change.[3]

    The novel was adapted for BBC radio by Barbara Clegg in 1982[4] and for the theater by playwright David Harrower in 1999.[5]

    A few thousand years in the future post-apocalypse rural Labrador has become a warmer and more hospitable place than it is at present. The inhabitants of Labrador have vague historical recollections of the “Old People”, a technologically advanced civilization which existed long ago and which they believe was destroyed when God sent “Tribulation” to the world to punish their forebears’ sins. The society that has survived in Labrador is loosely reminiscent of the American frontier during the 18th century.

    The inhabitants practise a form of fundamentalist Christianity with post-apocalyptic prohibitions. They believe that in order to follow God’s word and prevent another Tribulation, they need to preserve absolute normality among the surviving humans, plants and animals. Genetic invariance has been elevated to the highest religious principle, and humans with even minor mutations are considered “Blasphemies” and the handiwork of the Devil.

    Individuals not conforming to a strict physical norm are either killed or sterilized and banished to the Fringes, a lawless and untamed area still rife with animal and plant mutations. Arguments occur over the keeping of a tailless cat or the possession of oversize horses. These are deemed by the government to be legitimate breeds either pre-existing or achieved through conventional breeding. The government’s position is considered both cynical and heretical by the orthodox frontier community.

    The inland rural settlement of Waknuk is a frontier farming community, populated with hardy and pious individuals intent on reclaiming land from the Fringes. Ten-year-old David Strorm, the son of Waknuk’s zealous religious patriarch, has inexplicably vivid dreams of brightly lit cities and horseless carts that are at odds with his pre-industrial experience. Despite David’s rigorous religious training, he befriends Sophie, a girl carefully concealing the fact that she has six toes on each foot. With the nonchalance of childhood David keeps her secret.

    The subsequent discovery of Sophie’s mutation and her family’s attempted flight causes David to wonder at the brutal persecution of human “Blasphemies” and the ritual culling of animal and plant “Deviations”. David and a few others of his generation harbour their own invisible mutation: they have strong telepathic abilities.

    David begins to question why all who are different must be banished or killed.
    As they mature, David and his fellow telepaths realize that their unusual mutation would be considered a “blasphemy” and they carefully conceal their abilities. That their mutation cannot be directly detected allows their unusual abilities to remain undiscovered for a time.

    Eventually some of the group are exposed and David, his half-cousin Rosalind and younger sister Petra flee to the Fringes. Through the unusually strong telepathic abilities of Petra they make contact with a more advanced society in distant “Sealand”. David, Rosalind and Petra elude their would-be captors and are rescued by a Sealand expedition sent to discover the source of Petra’s telepathic transmissions.

    Though the nature of “Tribulation” is not explicitly stated, it is implied that it was a nuclear holocaust, both by the mutations, and by the stories of sailors who report blackened, glassy wastes to the south-west where the remains of faintly glowing cities can be seen (presumably the east coast of the US). Sailors venturing too close to these ruins experience symptoms consistent with radiation sickness.

    A woman from Sealand, a character with evident knowledge of the Old People’s technology, mentions “the power of gods in the hands of children”.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      For you, PU, & the people of the future~

      a poem by Sydney Vilen

      What they remember is the light
      Those scientists in the desert night
      Ghostly iridescence, unearthly light
      No color, merely shades of white.

      Trinity Test at Alamogordo
      Instantly into the still dark land
      The light grew over the sand
      Galactic secrets in the predawn night
      Galactic secrets in atomic rite

      And the light grew
      Brighter than the light of twenty noons
      And still it grew
      An x-ray of the testing crew.

      Trinity Test at Alamogordo
      Shiva Yahweh Buddha Zeus
      Father Son and Holy Goose
      Humanity with its head in the noose
      Glimpsed its form as god.

      When the light subsided and the shadows rose
      Some, returning from that light
      Tried to live again as merely human
      But others, those few
      Unable to deny or to return
      Knew we had become as gods in power
      And could not turn again.

      We have the power that once was god’s
      Shiva’s power, the power of fire
      The power to turn our earth into a star
      The power of Zeus’ lightning rod
      To incinerate the earth maiden his bride.

      She remembered a pale, sharp, silent light
      Before darkness turned day to night
      Then woke, as in a dream
      Her mother, swirled in smoke
      Framed by the lintel
      Arms outstretched
      Hair raised skyward
      On winds of fire
      Like a protecting goddess
      Burned to pure white bone.

      The bombardier who guided the Enola Gay
      The last two minutes on her way
      Who eyed the Aioi Bridge in his sight
      He too remembers the light
      All who have seen it remember the light
      And the rainbow sparkling cloud that follows.

      Earth the maiden asked her bridegroom
      To appear before her in his form as god
      And the god of lightning rose on earth
      In the light of twenty suns

      …pastels and crystals…pastels and creams
      …pastels and crystals…pastels and dreams
      i can no more separate
      the dream form the reality
      than I can separate myself from you
      it is the dream that keeps reality alive
      in these suicidal days

      …pastels and crystals…pastels and dreams…

      Atomic fission in the brain
      The sudden leap of conscious evolution

      Luminous clarity in the heart
      Shining the way to the future.


  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    There is also A CANCTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ (1960) that makes this book look like a lighthearted fantasy by comparison…

  • jwfuki

    Gee!!!, who woulda thunk…….

  • Godzilla

    Oops, I meant the above post to go mostly here:

    We have to have something to replace the energy from coal and nuclear – most voters would get rid of political leaders who do anything to lessen the supply. But unfortunately solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal together won’t even come close to meeting our needs.

    And oil has peaked, the supply is dwindling slowly as the demand increases.

    Probably in 10 or so years any commercial source of electricity will be too expensive for most people to afford other than in small amounts. It’s best to get your solar panels or wind turbines now, or if you have property with a creek you can make a micro-hydroelectic power plant.

    As the choir here knows, we’ll also need a garden with fruit and nut trees (they produce every year with little effort, once established). Catfish or tilapia in a barrel, swimming pool, or small pond would be good too.

    Eh, too bad I rent.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    Windmills and solar panels require rare earths and materials that must be imported from far away.

    Organic fuel destroys food stock and is horrifically damaging the rainforest.

    You can’t win, you can’t break even, and you can’t even opt out of the game.

  • arclight arclight

    japan times
    Saturday, July 16, 2011
    Glitch forces shutdown of nuclear reactor in Fukui
    “FUKUI — A reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture was to be manually shut down Saturday night due to a problem with its cooling system, operator Kansai Electric Power Co. said.”
    and this
    Saturday, July 16, 2011
    Hosono vows funds to remove waste
    “Hosono was responding to Sato’s demand that all expenses for radioactive waste disposal in connection with the crisis are covered by the central government. Sato complained that the Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan has no unified view on handling the waste issue and needs to act swiftly.”
    fair and balanced!?
    Tokyo international students: Did you stay in Tokyo or go after the March 11 disasters?
    errr interesting?