USA Today: Radiation tripled in some albacore tuna off West Coast after Fukushima — Bioaccumulating in bones, not only flesh — “Additional exposures to plume could further increase radiation levels” — NOAA-funded study to expand after ‘significant’ findings (AUDIO)

Published: April 29th, 2014 at 9:58 pm ET


Reuters, Apr. 29, 2014: A sample of albacore tuna caught off the shores of Oregon and Washington state have small levels of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, researchers said on Tuesday. […]

USA Today, Apr. 28, 2014: Radiation in some albacore tuna caught off the Oregon coast tripled […] The study is the first to look at different parts of the fish. […] exposure to the plume could further increase radiation levels in the albacore [– it’s] expected to reach the West Coast this month. Federal agencies aren’t testing for it, but the Oregon Health Authority tests quarterly samples of seawater […] No Oregon agency does radiation testing on seafood […]

Oregon St. University, Apr. 28, 2014: The researchers tested […] loins, carcass and guts and found varying levels […] this is one of the first studies to look at different parts of the fish. “The loins, or muscle, is what people eat and the bioaccumulation was about the same there as in the carcass,” said Jason Phillips, a research associate […] study was supported by [OSU & NOAA]

Environmental Science and Technology, Apr. 24, 2014: 26 Pacific albacore caught off the Pacific Northwest U.S. coast between 2008 and 2012 were analyzed for 137Cs and Fukushima-attributed 134Cs. Both 2011 (2 of 2) and several 2012 (10 of 17) edible tissue samples exhibited increased activity concentrations of 137Cs (234–824 mBq/kg of wet weight) and 134Cs (18.2–356 mBq/kg of wet weight).

RT, Apr. 29, 2014: “A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas,” the study’s lead author, Delvan Neville said to Oregon’s Statesman Journal. Still, Neville added that the discovery of any amount of radiation is significant. “You can’t say there is absolutely zero risk because any radiation is assumed to carry at least some small risk,” he said. […] Since the results did reveal a spike in radiation, though, the researchers will be expanding their study beyond Oregon to test a larger number of tuna across the West Coast.

Daily Sundial, Apr. 14, 2014: At CSUN’s West Gallery in the art department, professor Edie Pistolesi, with the help of several other art professors, worked with about 160 students to create a radioactive seafood market […] “Three years later, it’s not getting better,” Pistolesi said. “We’re paying attention to this new kind of garbage that’s destroying the planet. You can’t see it, but it’s in the water and it’s in the fish.” […] “We’re using beauty as a weapon to show everyone who sees this that there’s something wrong here,” Pistolesi said.

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Published: April 29th, 2014 at 9:58 pm ET


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92 comments to USA Today: Radiation tripled in some albacore tuna off West Coast after Fukushima — Bioaccumulating in bones, not only flesh — “Additional exposures to plume could further increase radiation levels” — NOAA-funded study to expand after ‘significant’ findings (AUDIO)

    • bo bo

      Hi proton I'm going to piggyback on your Kevin Blanch post and repost what vital1posted a few days back somewhere

      vital1 April 26, 2014 at 5:15 am
      A Comment just posted in response to a recent Kevin Blanch Youtube video "PACIFIC FISH FULL OF RADIATION" →
      Hey Kevin…we met a couple years back in Salt Lake City at the state capitol building during a Monsanto rally…we spoke about my old youtube channel, as well as my employment in the seafood processing industry in Alaska…told you about the unusual burn marks on the cod we processed being a direct result of radiation poisoning…well my friend, i just returned from Alaska a couple weeks ago and i am never going back to that industry again!The fish out there are getting worse, and of course the large company i worked for are hiding the facts due to the billions upon billions of dollars tied up in the Alaskan fishing industry…they issue gag orders, refuse folks to film or take photos in the factory areas…and threaten to fire anyone who disobeys their orders….well, i no longer work for them…so here i am telling my story…good luck in San Fransisco….keep fighting the good fight…i am retiring soon due to my military benefits coming in…so that will free up my time to join the fight with all you amazing warriors out there  ( end quote )

      Thanks kevin – me too – I am so grateful for all that you do.

  • zogerke zogerke

    Delvan Nevilles comment is the usually idiocy, comparing ingested cesium and other fish flesh radioactivity to inhaling an invented number of seconds (23?) in a radon stuffy basement. just nonsense and false comparisons with no science of merit. And I am grateful to Admin for posting these comments, no surprise, no surprise. I keep posting on list serves, and asking my friends…are you still eating fish? Really?

    • If A Haiku Hid Music If A Haiku Hid Music

      Yes Zogerke! I also continue to ask those that I care about if they really want to gamble with their future health by eating Pacific seafood, particularly tuna which can migrate huge distances.

      From the abstract:

      "Notably, many migration-aged fish did not exhibit any 134Cs, suggesting that they had not recently migrated near Japan."

      These fish were caught off the Pacific North West coast of the U.S. in 2011 and 2012. The official line on when the 'plume' is supposed to hit here: April 2014.

      Are we going to have to wait 2-3 years for the info on 'post-plume era' fish to be published?

      Also curious that they caught 26 fish, but only list a total of 19 (2 of 2) and (10 of 17) 'edible tissue samples'.

      I'm sure a closer look at the methodology of the study would clear up the number mismatch, but that costs $35, paid to the American Chemical Society, for 48-hours of access to the article, whatever that means…

      • If A Haiku Hid Music If A Haiku Hid Music

        Realized the discrepancy is because the article leaves out the numbers for samples taken from 2008, 2009, and 2010 which they used to establish a baseline for 'pre-plume' fish.

        However, 26 fish samples, over 5 years, when, according to the most recent International Seafood Sustainability Foundation report:

        "Catches of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye in 2012 were 550,100 tonnes, a 2% decrease from 2011."

        That is solely for the Eastern Pacific, and for a single year…

        So in 2012 they tested 17 fish out of more than 550,000 tonnes caught, hardly a representative sample.

        Much more testing is urgently needed!

        • If A Haiku Hid Music If A Haiku Hid Music

          Another realization, the type of tuna they are testing: Albacore.

          The commercial fisheries catch for 2012 was: skipjack (56%), yellowfin (27%), bigeye (10%), albacore (5%), and bluefin (1%).

          The first three brought in over 500k tonnes per year, while Albacore:

          "North Pacific albacore catches in 2012 were about 80,200 tonnes, a similar figure to that of 2011."

          So it's 17 samples out of only 80,000 tonnes, I feel better now…

          But who is testing the other types of Pacific tuna, you know the 95% that aren't albacore?

          • PaciFistic PaciFistic

            More than 20 years ago I knew tuna accumulated radioactivity, and the older they were, the more they'd accumulated. The thing about tuna, though, the warnings…they were about mercury, and the advice was to not eat more than so much per week. So now we have fukushima, who's going to want to have any at all?

            As for the big 'plume,' they've been saying for a while now, it's due to arrive soon, it's due in a few weeks, it's due in a month, etc…but it never seems to arrive.

            Even small amounts of radiation make one uneasy. What we can do…take care of our teeth so we get as few dental x-rays as possible….keep healthy and in good shape, our immune system and energy level up, and so on….various practices that strengthen against increasing toxicity. Grow our own food…in a greenhouse, quonset-hut-style against wind and less radiation on the soil and veggies. Many strategies, more vigilance & wakefulness, less laziness, and so on.

            And be well-prepared to leave for good by simply slipping mindfully, painlessly, out of our bodies…sayonara dear life, sayonara fukushima…….

            • unincredulous unincredulous

              The question isn't when will the "plume" arrive. The question is when will it leave.

              • mairs mairs

                Well it won't ever leave. As long as Fukushima keeps washing material from the coriums into the ocean.

            • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

              i am planning to bug out in the next month or two from san diego, bloody nose last night lasting till this morning. and here comes the ocean debris… i am heartbroken

              • GQR2

                i have had two mini nose bleeds in the last week,and lost my voice.there has been a heavy toxic haze/not normal fog or rain clouds,no,there are dripping dark clouds, of particulates,scaler wave patterns visable and rapid temp. fluctuation. Many trees look burnt, the winds have been cyclonic. We are weeks out of our windy season yet we are concerned for tornado gusts which were virtually unheard of in this area. Yes we have dust devils but this is much more.
                The weather people on tv,want to blame the haze on the drought and winds from Texas. I don't buy it for a second.

          • Shaker1

            Interesting information, If A Haiku Hid Music. Thanks.

            I personally am not one to eat much fish, but I've observed some interesting things regarding the canned cat food I had religiously bought over the years. It's simply unavailable. It was canned tuna, nothing else added, and had an aroma upon opening its can as one gets when opening a can of tuna for human consumption. The meat being red, though, and there was the obvious presence of small bones, it was never spurned by the animals as unpalatable. I've little concept of time even in relation to myself, but more than a year ago or so this disappeared from the shelves and hasn't returned. In wondering about this, and realizing that there could be all manner of business factors that could impact its unavailability, obviously coming to mind was the state of the general catch itself and whether what was now cat food has been steered to human consumption in some way, albeit with a bit more care in removing the small bones. One thing I couldn't consider was the concern of business interests regarding low-level radioactivity in the food for cats. All that's available now is 'whitefish', whatever that is, or the equally obscure 'ocean platter', neither of which is recognizable as fish, and neither consistently eaten.

            Sorry if this seems OT, but this observation and fact is with me each time I buy them more food.

            • PurpleRain PurpleRain

              I noticed some change in cat food too…but I was purposely looking to buy cat food that was NOT fish …whether whitefish or seafood platter or salmon, etc. Mostly my cat eats dry food, but now and then will give the canned, lately turkey. I had been wondering if the powers that be in the cat food industry might be keeping the tuna off the market for cats because too many American's might learn the truth if cats in households started getting sick all across the country…… Remember the China pet food fiasco a couple years back? That's why I thought the cat-tuna had disappeared some from stores.

              • GQR2

                The pets are in definite danger from the chow(s) of slow poisoning,and system failures,cancers,my two died within months of each other. (one 14 and one about 7 a mouser who was huge and in good health)
                It was something in the foods that lowered their immunities and induced kidney/bladder pain and problems which were thought to be chronic after a very healthy life including various raw little animals he caught. They lie about what is in the chow. Just like they lie about what is in our chow.

                i don't have any pets nowadays. miss em a lot.

    • Arizonan Arizonan

      The usual nukepuke stupidity, comparing internalized ingested hot fission particles with the external readings from a naturally radioactive lightweight gas that wd prob float ot of your basement if you just opened a window! Always watch out for the specious comparison of internal with external exposures!

  • slayer454 slayer454

    I'll bet radiated tuna is on the shelves and isn't being tested.

    Fukushima facts and how to protect yourself

  • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

    “A year of eating albacore with these cesium traces is about the same dose of radiation as you get from spending 23 seconds in a stuffy basement from radon gas,”
    hey delvan neville, i call bullshit.
    put up the proof or shut the hell up

  • No government entity is testing fish or any other foodstuffs for radiation. Most anything from Japan food wise is imported from Japan to friendly North America……
    One more thing. The fish caught off of California and BC have travelled many miles and not well documented by science. Eating smaller fish which also are not well understood. The danger is the bio-accumulation effect of magnifying radiation in our fish we may eat. More dangerous is still internal radiation exposure then external exposure. Testing seafood should be a government priority. It's not so I guess they have bigger fish to fry?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Delvan Neville should be banned for life from OSU and government and he should be fined 2.5 million dollars and lose for life what ever retirement he has accrued. 🙁

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Delvan Neville:

    "Determination and modeling of radionuclide transport in the pelagic food web in the Northern California Current. This is a multi-year study that is meant to be my thesis topic, so I will refrain from further details at this venue.

    * I am also involved, with some relation to the prior, in investigating radionuclides attributed to the Fukushima Daichii incident in migratory pacific marine life, especially Pacific albacore. Feel free to contact me for the latest I've measured in terms of food safety, but at the time of this writing the highest levels I've seen are about a thousand-fold lower than the major natural radionuclides."

    It's his thesis..from OSU.
    And in line ..with their government sponsored position.

    Researchers Not Worried About Radiation..
    Nov 21 2013

    He's got to get his thesis ..on the way to that tenured position.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    It's his thesis!


      • *grrrr*


        Listen, NOAA students,
        Here's my offer for today:
        He who finds the least irradiated
        Fish in California Bay
        And fakes a study which concludes
        Radiation has no health effects
        Will receive his physics doctor
        And a job with great prospects

        • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

          Ya ..that's how it is.
          Ex-Navy.. involved in cyber-forensics ..excellent prospects …to carry forth the government story.

      • HoTaters HoTaters

        Ah yes, the Plutonium Pimps, pimping Plutonium.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Fish permanently wiped from the menu, thanks to nuclear. And not just fish, unfortunately.

  • dosdos dosdos

    Again, not a single mention about the difference of external and internal effects of radiation. Comparing eating the dose to a brief one time exposure. You can alway tell when an article is stilted by looking at how the figures and examples are disparagingly compared to make a point.

    • We Not They Finally

      It's also only cesium, they say. Or is it? What if the poor fishies "accidentally" ingested plutonium or who knows what else?

      Even Chris Busby: He's a great activist and he's honest. But he started out with dilution theories, and then had to land down with aerosolized uranium and plutonium making its way all the way down to the plankton and bio-magnifying up the food chain. He concluded that the destruction of the Pacific Ocean is "truly terrifying."

      Do the researchers cited above even have a clue?

      • The source term for Strontium is almost the same as Cesium.

        Strontium is the bogeyman of radiation, maybe only plutonium is worse.

  • Ontological Ontological

    The once huge seafood cases with reasonable prices here in S Nv supermarkets are all small with huge prices now.

    Poor humpback whales have to face a 4th journey past FUKU's horrible groundwater discharge yet again this year.


    Let me be the first to say it FTF Eff the Frogs….we need more hydro, and less silliness about frogs and toads, and things that stop hydro.

    • Ontological Ontological

      Hydro has issues but really now, not the lethal effects of nuclear. Much rather a lil backed up mercury than all those radio-toxins and mercury. The frogs will simply move is the truth to this hydro farce crap they publish stock. Lord knows we can't inconvenience the frogs, we have to displace people instead. You see frogs can't decommission dams, so no cost effectiveness, and no plutonium. I used to treasure those fried trout stream brookies. I think the became extinct 20 years back for the most part, Was acid rain killed em from big oil.

      • Glad someone is on my FTF side LOL.

        I am rebuilding a great lakes salmon boat….Ill be pissed if they are radioactive!

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          stock…just left you a note with apologies and corrected URL on 2nd page of previous article.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      😯 gulp 😡

      Oh please please I don't like it under the bus! 🙄

  • We Not They Finally

    What does "study was supported by NOAA" even MEAN? That the researchers were using grant money from NOAA? NOAA is a corrupt agency. Did anyone watch its head (or she was at the time) Jane Lubchenco in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster? The non-responsiveness was beyond shameful. They had to have known that the oil was still gushing, but all they did was cover up.

    So Oregon State University is supported by NOAA, but what does that MEAN? If NOAA is not doing radiation testing themselves, ongoing and diligently, they mean the public no good.

    Big fail. But who will step in? Aside from the physical dangers to people living on the West Coast, these weak, makeshift efforts are demoralizing.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Ya know, I read about how some Fukushima fish test not too bad, but then some test THOUSANDS of times higher than "allowable" limits. What happens if a TUNA ate one of THOSE fish; and then you made a sandwich out of it, with some lettuce and tartar sauce and stuff?

  • cosmic charlie cosmic charlie

    There are probably very few people in the private sector doing any testing or research on radiation contamination. Because of this, we get non sense about bananas and such from paid mouth pieces. Academia is full predatory egomaniacs who are little better than their political brethren.

    I would like to have one of those canister testers that you connect to your laptop. I don't have the $1500 though. I should get a hand held unit and test likely places in my environment. Being a vegetable gardener, it's crummy to have to worry about all this.

    • PaciFistic PaciFistic

      cosmic charlie…..there's a handheld called Inspector Alert V2 that tests ambient air and also surface contamination, maybe around USD650, a good discount price if you go through Mimi German's site…which you'll need to do a search for, as I don't have the address, sorry. It looks like the handheld at top of this page, but is supposed to be better, since you can test food…so I've heard. Please find out for yourself first, though!

      This device is optimized for Cesium-137, and is less accurate for other radionuclides, for which any specific radionuclide you'd best have recalibration done by the maker, which consideration doesn't sound practical to me. If you get extra funds, and really want to be prepared, get an extra handheld or two for other main radionuclides.


    since the advent of nuclear power and weapons, how is it there are no standardized food contamination testing programs in place? Or, perhaps the question itself contains the answer…

    • Guess you found the answer yourself, I'm afraid.
      Honi soit qui mal y pense*…

      *in case someone is not familiar with that common phrase: it's French and translates to "Shamed be he who thinks evil of it"; the German variant "Ein Schelm, wer Böses dabei denkt" is a slight modification and means "A fool is he who thinks evil of it". Many people use the original French wording, though.


        guess I'm still waken-up, Fukugeddon, 'cause I'm at a lose to how your reference gels with my comment. Again, I ask forgiveness as I'm still several cups away from manifesting back-into this world…


          grammatical error: lose <– loss! See what I mean!!!

          • Whenever tests hold the risk of producing "uncomfortable" results, they are not conducted. And discussions on the question why there are no tests or demands for tests are easier to handle publicity-like than discussions about consequences from actual outcome of such tests which would definitely require action. Thus, the denial attitude among officials is neither caused by psychic problem nor by information deficit nor by incompetence; it is a simple yet effective strategy.

            • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

              CRIIRAD is a great example of what is needed everywhere:

              Make sure you scan all the vids to pick out the ones that are most important to you.

              Locally funded action, even if just between neighbors, is the only way to do any effective testing.

              The presence of the detectors in the neighborhood will also increase awareness.

              Increased awareness leads to targeted boycotts.


              youz was get'n way over my head, Fukugeddeon. Gotcha now. BTW…brilliant analysis on your part!

              Much of this issue runs towards the 'core' of the problem. We need to ask why safety testing has take'n a backseat. And we need to keep asking! We're now a half-century-and-more into using this technology, and only now do we discover that there's no formalized process to determine if potential radiation contamination safety limits have been exceeded in our food stocks?! We're what…twenty-six years into Chernobyl and no one's put any safety checking into place?!

              I can just hear them saying, "Well…doesn't matter if testing's done; no safe exposure limits and the isotopes will be around long after the fact." So, the only alternative is for us to swallow whatever's put on our plate? Just between you, me and that NSA guy who can't keep his eyes off the kiddy-porn on monitor-3, I'm starting to lose my patience with these people…

  • Nick

    “The great quantity of water in the Pacific Ocean rapidly and effectively dilutes radioactive material. Currently, testing of waters approximately 30km (18 miles) off the coast of Japan has shown that the radiation levels have dissipated rapidly, reaching drinking water standards by the 30 km test location. This means that seafood harvested in areas distant from the damaged reactor are unlikely to be affected.”

    The Pacific Ocean , according to the US Government is effective at diluting radioactive material.
    Okay. Move on.
    From same article:
    “Using the best scientific data available, U.S. federal agencies will continue to revisit whether testing fish for radionuclides would be appropriate.”
    Test not what your country won’t test for you.

    Why am I a little suspicious that the US isn't exactly obtaining the best scientific data?

    • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

      It's funny that they are stretching things so much, in that they said that the seawater they tested was drinking water quality. Haha, aren't you not supposed to drink seawater?

      Anyway…yeah, the military is testing…and private individuals/companies/interests with the money to burn.

      Accurate information regarding–even just regional–radionuclide activity is a very, very high commodity these days. Some people are certainly spending fortunes right now…just for the good numbers.

      But the military and private interests aren't testing ENOUGH, because they can't do a proper job without it being blatantly obvious to even the most self-distracted citizen that something is going on that they can't quite see…Things would be a little too out-of-place to be convinced you were still in Kansas…

      So the people with the best ability–in resources–to collect valuable information regarding on the topic…are only getting regional and global data, at best.

      The only local data is hard to come by, and it looks like this:

      Abolish Nuclear. There is not a single things that makes it worthwhile.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    TheBowRiver offers this list of nuclear universities:
    March 20, 2012 at 1:54 am
    You are quite correct about what we should expect. What I have a deep ethical concern about is the coercion of our Universities etc. Like other ills currently in our society, these connections to nuclear energy are an absolute evil and against the public good. Maybe I am overstating how tight the bond is, but, as an example from the NEI member roster, Does the University of Tokyo have the freedom to publish anything which would place the nuclear industry in a bad light? Other university members below.

    University of Alabama
    University of Alberta
    University of Antofagasta, Chile
    University of Arizona
    University of Bologna
    University of California
    University of Cincinnati
    University of Colorado
    University of Denver
    University of Detroit
    University of Florida
    University of Idaho
    University of Illinois
    University of Maryland
    University of Massachusetts
    University of Michigan
    University of Missouri
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    University of New Mexico
    University of North Texas
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Pittsburgh
    University of Rhode Island
    University of South Carolina
    The University of Tennessee
    University of Texas at Austin
    University of Texas of the Permian Basin
    The University of the District of Columbia
    The University of Tokyo
    University of Virginia
    University of Washington
    University of Wisconsin

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      "these connections to nuclear energy are an absolute evil and against the public good."

      They know not what they do.. 🙁

    • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

      Add Oregon State University in Corvallis to that list.

      They have a reactor on campus and a nuke engineering department.

      • Reed College right in the Portland Metro area also runs a "research reactor", matter of fact they offer a nuke technician course of 40 whole hours to certify,, yes,, certify brainless dupes in the field.
        Certifiable indeed, same as any genocide mastermind they are certifiable.

  • Nick

    Ever been in a lab or hospital where nuclear materials are handled?

    The stuff is treated with utmost respect and most people know to follow strict safety protocols.

    But when the stuff goes awol, like at WIPP/FUKUP/TMI/Chernobyl, etc,
    the massive amounts of radiation are nicely balanced by absolute, 100% bullshit from the same folks who create the safety protocols.

    The worse the accident the louder the silence.

    Go figure.

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Yes, I have, and it could have been handled safer based on what I saw but geiger counters where popping away….

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    The nuclear industry builds university nuclear labs, buys the equipment, and supports the faculty, of nuclear science departments at major universities.
    These nuclear science departments own the very equipment that could be testing food for radiation.
    Nuclear industry support assures that testing in the public interest will not be done at these major universities. At all.

    Lack of testing by universities provides the MSM with the cover they need to minimize their Fukushima coverage.
    Local reporters who knock on the office doors of (nuclear industry supported) nuclear science department chairmen will get a few words about banannas, radon in stuffy basements, or chest X-rays, and sent on their way with their sound bite.
    As a result, nobody (but ENEnewsers) is raising the alarm over contamination of the Pacific Ocean food chain.

    I suspect that Delvan Neville will eventually be quietly pulled asside, and told that his university career will go better for him if he does no further testing for radiation in fish. 😉

    Hate to say it this way, but…
    The "good thing" about the destruction of the Pacific Ocean Ecosystem is that there will be less and less Fukushima contaminated seafood coming to market. 😉

    • Shaker1

      PUN, as usual, Bobby1 exposes and explains well the criteria and philosophy regarding methods testing and reporting of radioactive levels in his piece "Why minimum detection limits for radionuclides are misleading or wrong."

      Thanks again, Bobby. Such sober and intelligent analysis of the poor science and complicity of the educated community in the consistent and conscious misleading of the common man amounts arrogant condescension and a sociopathy all its own. 'Peer review' seems to consist of a circle of like-minded individuals agreeing that something is consistent with their already-determined thoughts and agenda. And while I refuse to believe that the analogy I stated can't truly exist throughout the educated community as a whole, I do believe in their relative control of method and information, and damn them for being so minded. Funny thing is a child could see through the poor logic of much of this when socially applied. Is it truly 'science' at that point?

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    In other news, this week, TEPCO will surpass the 50% mark in the removal of fuel from SFP4.
    Yeah! 🙂

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      surpassed 50% removal…good news. But I got the impression it was all but impossible, even that the spent fuel pool had itself melted/exploded to some unknown degree. Removing fuel was going to be the ultimate cliffhanger…one accident and the end of the world was immanent….that radiation was so high workers could not be in the area for more than minutes. Im glad its going so well

      • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

        #4 went days without any signs of steaming.

        There is NO fuel.

        What do you think was the golden blob coming out the side?

        FOIA Docs talk about the high radiation at #4 being shine.



        • pinksailmatt pinksailmatt

          #4 had a FULL load of "HOT" fuel in the pool.

          NO WAY it is still there.

          • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth


            The blob was coming out of the bottom of the equipment pool, on the side of the reactor building opposite the spent fuel pool.

            Most of the problem (damaged) assemblies have been left for last.
            There could be a great many problems on their way to 100%.
            Some of the fuel could stay in SFP4 until after it has been out of the reactor for more then 5 years. This fuel could go from SFP4 right into dry cask storage.

            I have not heard whether the hot fuel load has been moved.
            I am convinced that there is fuel in SFP4 to be moved, and that they are, in fact, moving it.

            The cask of plutonium fuel in the equipment pool melted out of the building.
            There may be some remains of the cask that needs to be removed, but that is about all.

            Meanwhile, the contaminated water problem gets worse and worse.
            And TEPCO still cannot say where the 3 missing cores went. 😉

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          pinksailmatt….."signs of steaming," meaning steaming itself, I believe, is present only if humidity is adequate, which it usually is, Fukushima being right on the ocean.

          Even if there's no visible steaming, those hot plant parts will continue contaminating the air. Question is…since the explosion, have they closed off the sections that were opened to the air outside?

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    You should save your tuna, that way if things get too bad you can have a chernobyl heart Jonestown like tuna melt massacre. You know, as a last resort.

  • Nick

    Peace is the Enemy of the US Military Industrial Complex

    Not until we destroy our bombs will we prevent our own ongoing destruction of the earth's precious biosphere.

    Nuclear madness is just that.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      " Peace is the Enemy of the US Military Industrial Complex" is love.

      But I came in begging I can go out begging.
      I beg them to stop.
      Time, resources and brawn ..are needed by the People a truer manner than killing the appointed enemy.

      • melting mermaid melting mermaid

        Yes! I aint to proud to beg. Please… stop this madness. Pretty please. With a cherry on top. Lets stop messing it up and clean it up, oh I don't know for a century or two.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Bioaccumulating in bones, not only flesh —"

    SEE IT!

    Showing the Invisible

    "A new exhibition by Japanese artist Masamichi Kagaya attempts to show the normally invisible results of the Fukushima disaster as a series of print-outs representing the contamination.

    The artist collected contaminated samples from Fukushima and transformed the analyses into auto-radiographs, visual representations of the radiation levels he found in the samples.

    The exhibition, at the Yasashii Yokan Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, is called “Image of Radiation from Fukushima”. But is it really art? Kagaya says his art simply shows scientific fact in any easily understood visual form."

    • The glove…

      I am almost certain it does not fit O. J. Simpson, but I think it's an exact fit for all Nuclear Proponents.

      The EVIDENCE comes in many forms.

      The GLOVE by Masamichi Kagaya

    • PaciFistic PaciFistic

      Heart of the Rose…..ever since Marcel Duchamp, anything is/can be art. It's a matter of concept/intention.

      For example, a pile of squashed Coke cans on the exhibition floor, depending on the arrangement, lighting, other aesthetics-enhancing factors.

      Kagaya's work is a highly creative way to get around problems presented by Japan's recently enacted state secrecy law. And it's viewable in Tokyo, a metro area encompassing 25 million inhabitants.
      Would be effective if there were some interpretive text to go along with it, which there could be, as at a museum.

      So, "is it art?" might be considered moot, given the meaning of the occasion.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        "Kagaya's work is a highly creative way to get around problems presented by Japan's recently enacted state secrecy law."

        Twasn't I ..that speculated whether it is or isn't art.
        It is a rendering .. and positioning ..brilliantly well done.

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          Yes, that question, which one has heard so often since Duchamp, falls within your quote.

          Thanks for that piece of Fukuradiation art news!

      • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

        duchamp, roche and beatrice wood (my personal hero), the mama of dada 1917
        sorry off topic

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          …..before we say sayonara to Gaia, put a sampling of that art in a space capsule for other worlds to find.

          Among the last in the timeline representative of our art history could be Kagaya's work. For this aspect of our civilization, it'd have to be a fairly large capsule.

          There could be an atomic-powered signal from the capsule active for thousands of years.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    SEE IT .you damned pro-nukers..
    Plant, animal..metal..cloth..contaminated.
    Are you proud?
    Good day at the office?

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Are you proud or are you stupid? 🙂

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