US Gov’t Memo: Nuclear fall-out in ocean does NOT gradually spread out — ‘Streams of higher radioactive materials’

Published: June 1st, 2012 at 9:18 am ET


Nuclear Tuna and NPR’s Trivialization
Institute for Policy Studies Blog
by Robert Alvarez
May 31, 2012

[…] According to a previously secret 1955 memo from the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission regarding concerns of the British government over contaminated tuna, “dissipation of radioactive fall-out in ocean waters is not a gradual spreading out of the activity from the region with the highest concentration to uncontaminated regions, but that in all probability the process results in scattered pockets and streams of higher radioactive materials in the Pacific. We can speculate that tuna which now show radioactivity from ingested materials have been living, in or have passed through, such pockets; or have been feeding on plant and animal life which has been exposed in those areas.” […]

Robert Alvarez, an Institute for Policy Studies senior scholar, served as senior policy adviser to the Energy Department’s secretary and deputy assistant secretary for national security and the environment from 1993 to 1999.

Published: June 1st, 2012 at 9:18 am ET


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21 comments to US Gov’t Memo: Nuclear fall-out in ocean does NOT gradually spread out — ‘Streams of higher radioactive materials’

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    I can see it staying in concentrated currents for perhaps months, but as seasons change and currents move it must spread out. The same goes with the atmosphere, follow a specific track for awhile but eventually it spreads everywhere.

    • stopnp stopnp

      Agreed. I can't help think about the runoff too. Fanning out like evil fingers where fresh meets salt

  • stopnp stopnp

    1955 eh? This industry is ridiculous. Somehow since then it's become ok to use propaganda to tell us radioactivity is good for us.

    Shame on the nuclear industry and all those who took the money to make this sh t ok. And shame on me for paying my electric bill instead of buying solar panels.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And what is preventing the radioactive water in these currents from making contact and with the rest of the water in the ocean?

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      What happens to all of the virgin/clean ocean water passing by all of the highly radioactive fuel rods blown out of #3, that ended up at the bottom of the ocean?

      No mention of that.. no news about it, no studies.

      Par for the course… the industry that does NOT CARE one whit about human health, much less anything else.

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    They are saying the fish should've swam over there instead of here and they would be fine. They are trying to imply that most of the fish in the ocean are alright, that it was just a fluke that these swam in the wrong spot.

  • Bobby1

    The memo is saying that the movement of radioactive contaminants in water is not smooth, it is irregular, and there are clumps of high radiation in some spots, and low radiation in others. Similar to how radioactivity moves in air… one spot might get nailed with high radiation levels, but 10 miles away there might be little.

  • New term for today: "transport vector".

    30 MAY 2012 | 9:24 AM
    Radiation from Japan: It reaches way beyond it's own shores

    "These findings indicate that Pacific bluefin tuna can rapidly transport radionuclides from a point source in Japan to distant ecoregions and demonstrate the importance of migratory animals as transport vectors of radionuclides. Other large, highly migratory marine animals make extensive use of waters around Japan, and these animals may also be transport vectors of Fukushima-derived radionuclides to distant regions of the North and South Pacific Oceans."

    I think we all know of other 'transport vectors' – wind, rain, snow, ocean, air (hot particles, buckyballs), people, cars, construction materials, food, pollen, insects.

    Vector: a Latin word meaning "carrier"; depicted in mathematics and physics as an arrow having magnitude and direction.

    • When these 'transport vectors' interlace and continue unabated is when things get really insidious.

      Mitigation efforts will become more and more difficult. Yet increasingly prudent as each day passes.

      Still complete SILENCE or lame claims of "It's of no concern", from our public servants and agencies.

      It's been:
      448 Days = 1 year 2 months 21 days

      • What-About-The-Kids

        "Silence of the Lames." ;-(


          That one was brilliant, WATK…

          • What-About-The-Kids

            Thanks, Aftershock. 🙂 Just a little jazzy riff inspired by ChasAha's comment:

            "Still complete SILENCE or lame claims of "It's of no concern", from our public servants and agencies."


  • glowfus

    in a far fetched sci-fi flick, these plumes could be tracked and informed for fishing and recreational activities to avoid the plume almost like being informed when to stay indoor while airborne plume flies by. complete and utter nonesense of course.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    FOr that matter, we could have radiation monitors and meters set up in every neighborhood, with large, easy to read monitors, especially around NUKE plants.

    Guess what? Not going to happen.

    Coverup, secrecy, and denial is the only reality that is 'allowed'.

    Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road Blog

  • razzz razzz

    In 1955, I wonder if they considered (3) nuclear reactor cores melting down at the same time in the same area and continuously streaming fallout into the Pacific for a minimum of one year.

    It's a big body of water but apparently finite.

    • Sickputer

      Strike the word "apparently".

      They didn't consider anything other than the ocean was a cheap dumping ground.

      The Sellafield leaks are comparable to Fukushima and there were many other dumps.

  • ion jean ion jean

    The sooner the U.S. Gov starts up some mitigation strategies instead of burying its clumps in the litter box, the better we'll be able to save our species.

    At the point where our superpower leader is leading us into absolute suicide, which it's doing by not banning West Coast food, Midwest wheat crops, and many dairy products across the Jet Stream path, we must make them accountable for these Deliberate Failures!

    Every citizen should receive a voucher to purchase a reverse osmosis filter.

  • glowfus

    everyone i have talked to knows exactly where the plumes are both air and sea and know exactly the radiation release rate from fuku. they know how much milk to drink and when to stay indoors. they know they anticipated plume rate releases after earthquakes and are monitoring their own internal doses.