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  1. #381
    Nuclear Consultant: Fukushima reactors released about 3 times more radioactivity than Chernobyl — Japan crisis is unprecedented in size, complexity, and consequences — Yet disaster is not over and can become much worse — Very far from being stabilized

    Published: June 20th, 2014 at 2:43 pm ET
    By ENENews
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    Q & A with Mycle Schneider, nuclear energy consultant, IPS, June 21, 2014:
    What did Fukushima represent regarding the safety of nuclear plants?

    • Mycle Schneider, nuclear energy consultant: People think Fukushima was the worst case, but it was not. It can become much worse, it is not over. This accident is ongoing, it has been for three years. There are continuous leaks of radioactivity in the environment because the radioactive inventory is not stabilised. It’s an unprecedented event in complexity, in size and in consequences. The biggest problem is that the methodology chosen by Tepco and the Japanese government appears inappropriate. We see that after three years the situation is very far from being stabilised.
    • Schneider: The amount of radioactivity that has gone into water that was leaked into the basements is estimated to be roughly three times the amount of radioactivity released during the Chernobyl accident. This issue is vastly underestimated.

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  2. #382
    TV: New concerns at Fukushima; Radioactive material “spilling into ocean” from layer 80 feet deep, officials suspect — Jiji: Record high radiation levels at 18 locations between reactors and Pacific; Crisis far from under control (VIDEO)

    Published: June 25th, 2014 at 11:17 am ET
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    Jiji Press, June 18, 2014: Radioactive contamination of groundwater at [Fukushima Daiichi] is far from being under control [...] the source of contamination remains unclear and new record levels of radioactive substances have been detected in groundwater taken at a number of measuring points on the ocean side of the plant’s No. 1 to No. 4 reactors. Radioactivity levels in groundwater have hit new record highs at 18 of 32 measuring points on the ocean side since April, according to TEPCO. At the most polluted well, located east of the No. 2 reactor [there's] 860,000 becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances such as strontium-90.
    NHK WORLD, June 25, 2014: [TEPCO] has found that radioactive water can now easily spread in a deep layer of groundwater. It says it will speed up construction work on a barrier aimed at preventing contaminated water from leaking into the ocean. The deep layer of water is about 25 meters [82 feet] below the surface. [...] water pressure in the [deep] layer was lower [...] this makes it easier for contaminated water to spread [..] They suspect the radioactive water could be spilling into the ocean. TEPCO officials say the ongoing construction of the barrier may be to blame for the lower pressure. The work involves drilling into the deep layer. [...] TEPCO officials say they will take more action to keep radioactive water from spreading in the deep layer. This will involve fortifying holes in an underground frozen-soil wall. Those holes go through the layer and are filled with pipes. [...]
    See also: Japan Nuclear Expert: Fukushima’s fuel could be about 100 ft. underground in 2 years (AUDIO)
    And: Expert: Radioactive groundwater “can’t be changed & can’t be stopped”; it will continually enter ocean — Significant ‘discreet leaks’ recently — West Coast “should be alarmed” at lack of testing
    Watch the NHK broadcast here

    Related Posts

    1. Jiji: Highly radioactive groundwater now flowing under Unit 1 — Levels skyrocket since last test, now 1,000s of times higher — 8 locations hit record in recent days at Fukushima Daiichi January 25, 2014
    2. Record levels of radioactive material detected at Fukushima — 600,000 Bq/liter in groundwater — Official: May be seeping from reactors into ocean July 8, 2013
    3. TV: Worries at Fukushima as radioactive materials found 80+ feet below Unit 4 — Record high contamination in groundwater near Unit 2 (VIDEO) December 21, 2013
    4. Fukushima Mystery? TV: Japan expert says radiation levels in ocean too high to be explained by groundwater flow alone — Must be coming from “other contamination routes” entering Pacific — “Devastating impact” to come? (VIDEO) August 19, 2013
    5. Wall St. Journal: ‘Potentially lethal’ Strontium-90 moving deeper into groundwater at Fukushima, levels rising — Asahi: Radioactive material spreading below underground wall next to ocean — Record high on other side of final barrier by Unit 3 January 31, 2014

  3. #383
    Birth defect deaths in West Coast state hit record levels during 2011 — Spiked 60% statewide, then returned to normal in 2012 — New gov’t document lists ‘Fukushima release along west coast of US’ as possible factor in birth defect cluster

    Published: June 24th, 2014 at 7:08 pm ET
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    Washington State Department of Health (.pdf), June 16, 2014:

    • Anencephaly Cluster Investigation — Central Washington, 2010-2014 [CDC: Congenital anomaly resulting in babies missing parts of brain/skull... almost all die shortly after birth]
    • Environmental Exposure Hypotheses considered by DOH: [...] Radiation from Fukushima release
    • Radiation from Fukushima: [...] No reported increase in anencephaly after Fukushima release along west coast of US

    Fetal Deaths, 1992-2012 — Washington State Department of Health, Oct. 2013:

    In 2011, Washington had its highest levels ever recorded (1992-2012) for:

    • Total fetal deaths — 20% above 2010, record high
    • Deaths via congenital abnormalities (such as anencephaly) – 60% above 2010, record high
    • Deaths via complications of placenta, etc. — 20% above 2010, record high
    • Levels returned to historical norms in 2012

    See also: Reporters in Japan write about rise in birth defects for 2011 — University won’t publish data on malformed babies after many years of doing so; Not releasing figures for Fukushima, other prefectures
    And: MD: Infant deaths up for Canada’s west coast after Fukushima (VIDEO)

    Related Posts

    1. CNN: “Horrible medical mystery… alarming rate of birth defects” in Washington — Babies missing parts of brain, skull — Mother outraged at gov’t — Nurse: “It’s very scary… absolutely something going on” — Cluster surrounds most polluted US nuclear site, yet never mentioned by media or officials (VIDEO) March 1, 2014
    2. NBC: ‘Bizarre’ cluster of severe birth defects haunts experts in Pacific Northwest — “I definitely believe something is going on… Maybe it just hit once and blew through” — Officials refused to say how many new cases in 2013 — County on border of most polluted nuclear site in Hemisphere February 18, 2014
    3. New data shows spike in babies born missing parts of brain around leaking US nuclear site — Official: We’re really concerned it remains so high, we hoped it would go away — NBC: Many locals say Hanford to blame — CDC Expert: Cases “not focused near Hanford” (VIDEO) April 24, 2014
    4. “Worrisome” spike in deadly birth defects around leaking U.S. nuclear site — Officials claim “it could be a complete coincidence” — No news reports mention it’s by the most contaminated area in Western Hemisphere #Hanford July 22, 2013
    5. Experts: Fukushima can’t be excluded as factor in sea stars turning to goo along West Coast; It hasn’t been ruled out — They’re “particularly proficient” at absorbing radioisotopes; 1,000 times more plutonium than fish (AUDIO) December 28, 2013

  4. #384
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    Fukushima breaking news; the BROTHERS of Humanity, unite; 6/26/14 kevin D. blanch

    kevin blanch·1,182 videos

    Published on Jun 25, 2014
    Shane Russell, Troy Livingston, Thom Ackermann, Geoff Palko TOGETHER WE STAND in the HUMAN PINES in Calgary Canada,

    Scaring The Japanese People With Radiation Is Criminal

    I realize many journals and on-line publications need sensational headlines to attract readers. It seems necessary in these times of social media and 24-hour news cycles.
    But it becomes unethical to push bad science without doing at least a little due diligence. I understand anti-nuke ideology cares little about science and is never held to any technical standard, but in some cases reporting bad science hurts people who need good science to make personal decisions for themselves and their families.
    A recent textbook case of this malfeasance is the Fukushima-induced thyroid scare in Japanese children. There is no increase in thyroid health problems in Japanese children living in and around the Prefectures of Fukushima and it is unlikely there ever will be (UN Report; Nuclear News; J. of Am. Phys. and Surg.; CBCnews; Hiroshima Syndrome; National Geographic; Asahi Shimbun).
    However, many so-called researchers, activists and reporters claim thyroid cancers have exploded in Japan and Japanese children are dying by the thousands (Business Insider; Eco Child’s Play). They intentionally compared the wrong data sets, data sets that were not comparable, that used different methods, looked at different characteristics, even different ages. These news entities are not particularly known for their treatment of scientific issues and might be forgiven for not recognizing bad research, but just a phone call to a real scientist would have gone a long way to preventing this scare.
    Flag of Fukushima 日本語: 福島市旗. Photo credit: Wikipedia

    Unfortunately, these articles get picked up by other news outlets, lending them further legitimacy (Voice of Russia; CubaSi). And Eco Child’s Play is supposed to care about children and parents, which they generally do. In this case, however, they have only caused grief and fear in thousands of parents in Japan.
    The root of this thyroid cancer fear is the rapid and sophisticated screening of Japanese children for thyroid nodules and cysts after the Fukushima accident. The Thyroid Ultrasound Examination (TUE) Program was carried out as part of the Fukushima Health Management Survey, and uses the most sophisticated ultrasound technology that can detect thyroid growths better than previous methods.
    The post-tsunami testing screened for all nodules of all sizes ( Japan Probe; Fukushima Voice). Previous testing screened only for large nodules, greater than 5 mm, and large cysts, greater than 20 mm, since small ones are common in Japan and usually of no consequence. Hence, they didn’t even write them down.
    According to Dr. Jane Orient in an article just published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons,Modern ultrasound equipment, such as that used in the TUE study, is able to detect thyroid carcinomas as small as a few millimeters, long before these may come to clinical attention. Prior to the initiation of the TUE, no data existed to estimate the baseline frequency of thyroid cancer, detected by ultrasound, in a population of this age in Japan. Studies post Chernobyl show that radiation induced thyroid cancer has a minimal latency of around 4 years, so the initial screening carried out in Japan within 3 years of the accident would be predicted to give a measure of the background incidence of thyroid cancer in this population [and not any effect from Fukushima].
    So when comparing these data sets, you would obviously only compare those data for larger nodules, greater than 5 mm, since that’s what the previous tests have data on.
    However, these we-want-to show-children-dying-so-everyone-will-hate-nuclear-energy types have purposefully compared the total data sets knowing full well that the recent ones would have thousands more small nodules not reported in the older data and, therefore, would make it appear that Fukushima had a huge health effect on children.
    Scaring parents might be acceptable on Facebook, but in serious news outlets it’s criminal.
    There was never enough of an iodine-131 dose to children after the Fukushima accident to cause any problems because the Japanese government, for all their other issues, did the right thing in initially evacuating the region, and then preventing anyone from eating produce and drinking milk from that area until I-131 decayed away in the first two months. The Soviets did not do this after Chernobyl and that is the primary difference in the thyroid doses (Scientific Reports) plus the vastly lower radiation emissions to the Japanese around Fukushima versus the Ukrainians around Chernobyl.
    That’s it. You can’t get rad-induced thyroid cancer or tumors from anything else accept radioactive iodine, and only from a dose in the first two months since I-131, with an 8-day half-life, dies away in that time. Cs-137 and Sr-90 don’t affect the thyroid. They have a different biochemistry.
    More importantly, you can’t develop thyroid cancer this fast, it takes more than 4 years, and it’s only been 3 years since the tsunami, and most of this screening was even earlier. So what has been measured so far in this screening is the pre-Fukushima baseline. It is good to do this extensive screening so that we can have a database to compare with the results several years from now when any Fukushima-induced thyroid cancers would actually show up.
    The Japanese have a high level of iodine in their diet, which means that their thyroid glands are virtually saturated with non-radioactive iodine leaving little room for uptake of radioactive iodine. This is the reason for taking iodine pills before a plume of radiation hits you, but is only useful before it hits you. The areas around the Chernobyl power plant are naturally iodine deficient, and therefore uptake of radioactive iodine was greater in that population after Chernobyl.
    The thyroid doses in Japanese children after Fukushima averaged 100 times lower than those after Chernobyl (4 mSv versus 500 mSv; UNSCEAR 2008). The WHO, UNSCEAR and the upcoming IAEA report state that no increase in thyroid cancer will likely ever be discernible from Fukushima.
    The results so far show no meaningful effect from Fukushima compared to previous data. Children from Fukushima have about the same number of thyroid growths as those in prefectures far away from Fukushima, in Aomori, Yamanashi, and Nagasaki prefectures, 0.7% versus 1%, respectively (Hayashida et al, 2013).
    In addition, “the overall rates of cysts (56.9%) and thyroid nodules (1.7%) as well as the proportion of ≤ 5 mm cysts (92%) and nodules (39%) are consistent with the cysts and nodules found in Fukushima children. Thus, crude comparison of rates in two pediatric populations suggests that thyroid lesions, particularly small thyroid cysts and nodules (≤ 5 mm), are common among children screened with sensitive ultrasound equipment” (Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons).
    So why are some unethical people declaring children are dying? Because they’re unethical. And they don’t care how many people they hurt as long as their political agenda is met. It’s nasty, cruel and wrong.
    Of course, the same names keep popping up with these stories, like Joseph Mangano, Harvey Wasserman and Helen Caldicott. These articles all say the same thing and reference the same debunked scientific studies that skew data to indicate a non-existent problem.
    Since I subscribe to most of these environmental journals and have been a lifer for many groups such as NRDC, EDF, Sierra Club and Greenpeace, I am especially troubled. I understand the desire to reinforce a stereotype with data, but that is why being an actual scientist is important. We don’t do that. It’s why we have peer-review. By other scientists. In that field. Not editors, other writers or activists. A real scientist would have caught the disparity between these two uncomparable data sets right off the bat.
    Since few in the public read peer-reviewed journals or have the patience to plow through jargon-filled papers, it is the responsibility of scientists to communicate clearly and for journalists to have reputable sources.
    Ironically, it has repeatedly been shown that the worst health effects from Fukushima have come from the fear of radiation and the forced evacuations, not from any radiation effects (Gaji 2013; Japan Daily Press; WHO Report; NYTimes). Not one person has, or likely will, die from Fukushima radiation. But over a thousand people have died from the forced evacuations, fear and depression resulting from both well-intentioned and politically-motivated ignorance on radiation doses and effects following the accident.
    Maybe Business Insider needs to follow up on their wanton contribution to this terrorism because, as we all know, radiation fear-mongering is an excellent weapon of terror. Why they would use it against our allies is confounding.

  5. #385
    Radiation spikes at WIPP nuclear facility — Hits highest levels since initial hours of radioactive release in February — Document link removed from official website — Gov’t analyzing samples for “potential impact on human health”

    Published: June 27th, 2014 at 12:04 am ET
    By ENENews
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    Station A and B Filter Readings for Public Release 6-16-14, New Mexico Environment Department Air Filter Station Sampling Data (pdf):
    (Note: Measurements are taken after air passes through the filtration system. Also, the June data is shown in 4-hour intervals, while most in February are around 8 hours.)

    *See the archived version of the NMED’s document list here and the current version here

    NMED Presentation to the Legislative Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee on June 10, 2014 (posted 6/26) (pdf):
    Environmental Monitoring at WIPP and Vicinity [...] What Will the Data Tell Us?

    • Extent of contamination in the environment
    • Impact of the event on the environment
    • Potential impact on human health
    • Provide correct information to policy makers
    See all documents released publicly by the NMED related to the radiation incident here

    Related Posts

    1. WIPP officials admit new release of Plutonium and Americium — More expected in future — Nearly double levels seen after February leak — 61 DPM on March 11 vs. 36 DPM in February March 19, 2014
    2. CBS News: “Potential ‘imminent’ threat from New Mexico nuclear waste” — Official: Risk of “substantial endangerment” to public health — 57 barrels of nuclear waste could rupture, came from multiple gov’t labs — ‘Unclear’ how many are now at WIPP — Being monitored for rise in temperature (VIDEO) May 20, 2014
    3. Tornado hits U.S. nuclear facility – Uranium enrichment building damaged — Parts of cooling towers destroyed — Alert declared for ‘emergency condition’ (PHOTOS) November 19, 2013
    4. Fairewinds: Website is under verified DDS attack — Another nuclear expert’s site had similar problems — Both involved with San Onofre issue — “What is the nuke industry hiding?” February 1, 2013
    5. NPR and California Department of Public Health appear on document with nuclear-related U.S. entities ‘working together’ with Tepco to ‘disseminate’ Fukushima-related information — CDHP Yesterday: West Coast will get NO radioactive contamination from Fukushima (PHOTO) January 8, 2014

  6. #386
    Newspaper: Increasing worry on West Coast over Fukushima radiation; “Really concerned” about affect on wildlife and most importantly our health; ‘Big black hole’ where data should be — Professor: “We do not know full extent… we’re just watching the West Coast unfold” — Official: Important we sample for plume — Fish oil being tested

    Published: June 26th, 2014 at 4:14 pm ET
    By ENENews

    TRIUMF (Canada National Laboratory), June 3, 2014: Radiation Experts Meet in Vancouver [...] Several talks focused on the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear plant partial meltdown in 2011. Robin Brown, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, spoke about the importance of the sampling the department is conducting off the coast of Vancouver Island to monitor the transport of radioactive contaminants via ocean currents from Fukushima.
    William Reed Business Media, June 26, 2014: The International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS) Program [...] is now testing fish oil samples for radiation, with Wiley’s Finest as the first adopter. [...] William Rowe, founder of the IFOS Program [said] “Consumers and retailers have shown an increased awareness and requirement for informed choice since the Fukushima tragedy” [...] According to NDI, there has been a substantial increase in consumer inquiries in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster [...] Sam Wiley, CEO of Wiley’s Finest, told us that the company’s store level interactions with supplement managers, supplement staff, and consumers in the natural channel have consistently communicated that radiation contamination in fish oil is a significant concern with consumers.
    Adam Ismail, Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s: “Consumers are asking about this and we expect them to continue asking as long as the Fukushima plant continues to be an issue.”
    Sam Wiley, CEO of Wiley’s Finest: “It does appear to be at least a contributing factor to some of the downturn we have seen in omega-3s. A few months ago we thought it was a concern isolated mostly to the west coast, but we are consistently getting feedback from other regions.”
    Prof. Dale Dewar, University of Saskatchewan‘s department of family medicine, June 25, 2014: “We really do not know the extent of the ionizing radiation that’s going to be reaching us [from Fukushima]; we are just watching the West Coast unfold. One of the really frightening things about ionizing radiation is that [effects such as] even most rapidly growing cancers, like leukemia and thyroid cancers, are not visible in an exposed population until several years after. Part of the reason we do not know the full extent is that nobody is officially monitoring it, and that’s a very scary thought. [...] We always say that levels are negligible or permissible, because it’s likely not going to harm us immediately and exposure is not going to show up in measurable statistical levels right away. But there is no safe level of radiation.”
    Statesman Journal, June 25, 2014: Talk in the Oregon coast town of Bandon often turns to the approaching plume of sea-borne radiation from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. […] Massive amounts of contaminated water were released to the sea and continue to build up at the plant. […] [Oregon officials are] not looking for cesium-134, the “fingerprint” of radiation from Fukushima.
    Zac Adams, owner of Bandon Designs construction company: “We’ve been worried about it and worried about it. We’re really concerned about it affecting the fisheries, the wildlife, the tourism, and most importantly our health. […] There’s a big black hole where information should be.”
    Lisa Phipps, executive director of Tillamook Estuaries Partnership: “Over the last year-and-a-half, it’s been an issue that’s been raising in prominence along the coastline. In our area, there have been groups that have been coming together to talk about what is happening in the ocean.”
    See also:
    Published: June 26th, 2014 at 4:14 pm ET

    Related Posts

    1. Professor: Fukushima material to be washing up for years on West Coast — “The fish are going to have some in them” — “People have the right to know what’s there” — “Probably not” enough to worry about January 15, 2014
    2. Senior Scientist: US West Coast had radiation dose estimated at 5 microsieverts from Fukushima; I’m not going to say it’s low, risk of health effects ‘not zero’ — CBC: There’s more radiation in potato chips than fish around Fukushima plant… so of course there’s nothing to fear on West Coast (VIDEO) June 7, 2014
    3. Scientist: Leading edge of Fukushima plume is now showing up on West Coast — Fish Market Owner: My customers have a lot of concerns about the nuclear contamination, they’re very smart and educated… I didn’t expect this much concern (AUDIO) November 29, 2013
    4. Expert: People on West Coast right to be concerned about Fukushima plume — Things “could get much worse” — Lots of radioactivity flowing into ocean — Gov’t not testing water or fish (AUDIO) December 1, 2013
    5. Professor on PBS: The Fukushima plume is heading to West Coast in “a consolidated mass of water that’s moving in unison” — Study: Nuclear waste “confined to a narrow band” crossing ocean — “Very little dispersion in eastern Pacific” (MAP) February 14, 2014

  7. #387
    Japan Gov’t-funded Study: Fukushima has released up to 120 Quadrillion becquerels of radioactive cesium into North Pacific Ocean — Does not include amounts that fell on land — Exceeds Chernobyl total, which accounts for releases deposited on land AND ocean (MAP)

    Published: June 30th, 2014 at 2:10 pm ET
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    Scientific Reports (, Mar. 4 2014: The total amount of decay-corrected 134Cs in the [subtropical] mode water was an estimated about 6 PBq [petabecquerels, i.e. 6 quadrillion becquerels] corresponding to 10–60% of the total inventory of Fukushima-derived 134Cs in the North Pacific Ocean. […] The decay corrected ratio of 134Cs/137Cs in soils has been calculated to be 1.0, which suggests that the total amounts of 134Cs and 137Cs released from FNPP1 were equivalent. […] the total amount of Fukushima-derived radiocesium in the North Pacific remains uncertain, because it has been difficult to obtain sufficient samples of water, especially from subsurface and deep waters, in the vast North Pacific Ocean […] Estimates of the total 134Cs released to the North Pacific Ocean ranged from 10 PBq (direct discharge of 4 PBq + atmospheric deposition 6 PBq) to 46 PBq (16 + 30 PBq). Thus, the 6 PBq inventory accounts for 10–60% of the total release. However, the total inventory in the subtropical region derived from the activity in STMW [Subtropical Mode Water] may be underestimated, because CMW probably carried the radiocesium into the subtropical region, too […] The estimated inventory in the subtropical region (6 PBq or 10– 60% of the total inventory) is probably a lower limit of estimation because contribution of CMW [Central Mode Water] was not counted. [...]
    Funding: “This work was partially supported by a Grant-in-Aid… from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan
    Note: The study states that up to 46 PBq of 134Cs is estimated to have been released into the North Pacific Ocean from Fukushima Daiichi. Yet, it also states that the 6 PBq in the study area represents between 10-60% of the total 134Cs released into the North Pacific Ocean. If the 10% figure is used, the total release into the N. Pacific would equal 60 PBq of 134Cs. The study also states the releases of 134Cs and 137Cs were equivalent, resulting in a total of 120 PBq into the N. Pacific. This total does not include releases deposited on land or in other bodies of water.
    Chernobyl Comparison: A report by the Nuclear Enrgy Agency states that when more detailed deposition data eventually became available, the United Nations estimated the total Chernobyl release of 137Cs at 70 PBq. 134Cs is estimated to have been 53.7% of the 137Cs — approximately 38 PBq of 134Cs — resulting in a total of 108 PBq. Unlike the Fukushima total reported above, this does include all 134Cs and 137Cs releases from Chernobyl — not just what was deposited in the ocean.
    See also: California Gov’t Report: Fukushima released up to 181 Quadrillion Bq of cesium, Chernobyl was 105 Quadrillion — Radioactive material to flow from Japan “for years to come”
    And: Marine Chemist in Jan. 2014: Latest numbers I have are Fukushima has released 80 Quadrillion Bq of cesium-137 (Chernobyl estimated at 70 Quadrillion) -- "The radioactive plume itself has actually arrived... it’s already here" on west coast of N. America (AUDIO)

    1. Russian Study: Fukushima released 100 quadrillion becquerels of cesium into atmosphere… In just ONE day — About equal to Chernobyl’s total release August 29, 2013
    2. EU-funded Research: Fukushima atmospheric release of 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 used as upper bound in simulation — Chernobyl estimated at 70 to 85 quadrillion September 23, 2013
    3. Highest Estimate Yet: Fukushima about equal to Chernobyl, says US gov’t funded study April 3, 2012
    4. Gov’t Report: Fukushima released up to 181 Quadrillion Bq of cesium, Chernobyl was 105 Quadrillion — Radioactive material to flow from Japan “for years to come” — Fukushima radionuclides have now spread “throughout N. Pacific” May 20, 2014
    5. Nuclear Consultant: Fukushima reactors released about 3 times more radioactivity than Chernobyl — Japan crisis is unprecedented in size, complexity, and consequences — Yet disaster is not over and can become much worse — Very far from being stabilized June 20, 2014

  8. #388
    Fukushima radiation concerns coastal communities

    Tracy Loew, Statesman Journal 6:22 p.m. PDT June 25, 2014

    (Photo: Tillamook Estuaries Partnership)


    Talk in the Oregon coast town of Bandon often turns to the approaching plume of sea-borne radiation from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.
    "We've been worried about it and worried about it," said Zac Adams, owner of Bandon Designs construction company. "We're really concerned about it affecting the fisheries, the wildlife, the tourism, and most importantly our health."
    In March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami and knocking out power to cooling pumps at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing meltdowns at three reactors.
    Massive amounts of contaminated water were released to the sea and continue to build up at the plant.
    The radiation is expected to hit the U.S. this year at very low levels that wouldn't harm humans or the environment. But no federal agency is monitoring it.
    So Adams joined a citizen-science project, crowd-sourcing funds in his community to test a sample of seawater that he will soon collect.
    Four hours north, the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership has funded two collection sites, in Tillamook and Pacific City.
    "Over the last year-and-a-half, it's been an issue that's been raising in prominence along the coastline," said Lisa Phipps, executive director of the partnership. "In our area, there have been groups that have been coming together to talk about what is happening in the ocean."
    And fund-raising is underway for two more sites, in Newport and Winchester Bay.
    Altogether about 30 sites, from Alaska to Baja, Calif., have been funded, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who put together the project, called "How Radioactive is Our Ocean?"
    It uses crowd-sourced money and volunteers to collect water samples along the Pacific Coast, then ship them to Buesseler in Massachusetts to be analyzed on an $80,000 instrument.
    York Johnson, of the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, takes a sample for radioactivity monitoring at Pacific City, Ore. on June 23, 2014.(Photo: Tillamook Estuaries Partnership)

    Each sample costs $550 to $600, depending on location.
    "I really hope everybody gets together so we can fund Woods Hole to do more of these," Adams said. "There's a big black hole where information should be."
    Buesseler is looking for increased levels of Cesium-137, which already is in all oceans from previous nuclear testing and accidents; and for Cesium-134, a "fingerprint" of Fukushima.
    Because of its short, two-year half-life, any Cesium-134 could only have come from the plant, he said.
    So far, Buesseler said, no samples have indicated that the plume has reached the West Coast.
    Buesseler posts results on the project's website. They show Cesium-134 and increased levels of Cesium-137 off the coast of Japan and across the ocean.
    "We know it's out there," Buesseler said. "We've seen it more than halfway across the Pacific."
    Northwest of Hawaii, for example, Buesseler has found Cesium-134 at concentrations as high as 3.8 becquerels per cubic meter.
    But to put that in context, he said, the U.S. drinking water limit is 7,400 of those units.
    "Every additional radiation exposure causes additional risks for cancer," he said. "But when the numbers are in the one to 10 range, that's a very small additional risk."
    That's the range that is expected to hit our shores, with lower levels coming first.
    "As the contamination arrives, we expect the concentrations to go up over the next two years," Buesseler said.
    Buesseler launched the project in frustration after discovering that federal officials weren't doing any testing.
    The Oregon Health Authority takes quarterly samples of surf and sand at three locations, but is not looking for cesium-134, the "fingerprint" of radiation from Fukushima. Its most recent samples, taken May 15, detected no cesium-137.
    "There's a dismissive argument that well, the levels are pretty low, so why bother," Buesseler said. "The counter to that is it's good to confirm low numbers. You build public confidence. And we can use the data to model ocean currents for the next time."
    What next time? Well, Buesseler said, there are currently 1,000 tanks of radioactive water on the Fukushima site, containing the more persistent isotope strontium-90. If a major earthquake were to hit the site, that water would be released to the sea.
    "We would see it in three years," he said. "That's reason enough to be improving our models."

  9. #389
    "I really hope everybody gets together so we can fund Woods Hole to do more of these," Adams said. "There's a big black hole where information should be."
    It is all about keeping the American consumer in the dark....what people need to remember if you eat fish with contamination in it even if small amount, it builds up in the body to lethal if the person keeps ingesting contamination. RADIATION does not leave the body, it just builds up the more you ingest. So the small amounts of fukushima radiation is okay argument is incredibly STUPID and a LIE! People who believe that one will end up with cancer in 3 to 5 years.

  10. #390
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    News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster - CSglobe

    News Flash: Fukushima Is Still a Disaster - CSglobe
    The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on...

    The corporate media silence on Fukushima has been deafening even though the melted-down nuclear power plant’s seaborne radiation is now washing up on American beaches.

    Ever more radioactive water continues to pour into the Pacific.
    At least three extremely volatile fuel assemblies are stuck high in the air at Unit 4. Three years after the March 11, 2011, disaster, nobody knows exactly where the melted cores from Units 1, 2 and 3 might be.
    Amid a dicey cleanup infiltrated by organized crime, still more massive radiation releases are a real possibility at any time.
    Radioactive groundwater washing through the complex is enough of a problem that Fukushima Daiichi owner Tepco has just won approval for a highly controversial ice wall to be constructed around the crippled reactor site. No wall of this scale and type has ever been built, and this one might not be ready for two years. Widespread skepticism has erupted surrounding its potential impact on the stability of the site and on the huge amounts of energy necessary to sustain it. Critics also doubt it would effectively guard the site from flooding and worry it could cause even more damage should power fail.
    Meanwhile, children nearby are dying. The rate of thyroid cancers among some 250,000 area young people is more than 40 times normal. According to health expert Joe Mangano, more than 46 percent have precancerous nodules and cysts on their thyroids. This is “just the beginning” of a tragic epidemic, he warns.
    There is, however, some good news—exactly the kind the nuclear power industry does not want broadcast.
    When the earthquake and consequent tsunami struck Fukushima, there were 54 commercial reactors licensed to operate in Japan, more than 12 percent of the global total.
    As of today, not one has reopened. The six at Fukushima Daiichi will never operate again. Some 30 older reactors around Japan can’t meet current safety standards (a reality that could apply to 60 or more reactors that continue to operate here in the U.S.).
    As part of his desperate push to reopen these reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has shuffled the country’s regulatory agencies, and removed at least one major industry critic, replacing him with a key industry supporter.
    But last month a Japanese court denied a corporate demand to restart two newer reactors at the Ooi power plant in Fukui prefecture. The judges decided that uncertainty about when, where and how hard the inevitable next earthquake will hit makes it impossible to guarantee the safety of any reactor in Japan.
    In other words, no reactor can reopen in Japan without endangering the nation, which the court could not condone.
    Such legal defeats are extremely rare for Japan’s nuclear industry, and this one is likely to be overturned. But it dealt a stunning blow to Abe’s pro-nuke agenda.
    In Fukushima’s wake, the Japanese public has become far more anti-nuclear. Deep-seated anger has spread over shoddy treatment and small compensation packages given downwind victims. In particular, concern has spread about small children being forced to move back into heavily contaminated areas around the plant.
    Under Japanese law, local governments must approve any restart. Anti-nuclear candidates have been dividing the vote in recent elections, but the movement may be unifying and could eventually overwhelm the Abe administration.
    A new comic book satirizing the Fukushima cleanup has become a nationwide best-seller.

    The country has also been rocked by revelations that some 700 workers fled the Fukushima Daiichi site at the peak of the accident. Just a handful of personnel were left to deal with the crisis, including the plant manager, who soon thereafter died of cancer.
    In the meantime, Abe’s infamous, intensely repressive state secrets act has seriously constrained the flow of technical information. At least one nuclear opponent is being prosecuted for sending a critical tweet to an industry supporter. A professor jailed for criticizing the government’s handling of nuclear waste has come to the U.S. to speak.
    The American corporate media have been dead silent or, alternatively, dismissive about the radiation now washing up on our shores, and about the extremely dangerous job of bringing intensely radioactive fuel rods down from their damaged pools.
    Fukushima’s General Electric reactors feature spent fuel pools perched roughly 100 feet in the air. When the tsunami hit, thousands of rods were suspended over Units 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    According to nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen, the bring-down of the assemblies in Unit 4 may have hit a serious snag. Gundersen says that beginning in November 2013, Tokyo Electric Power removed about half of the suspended rods there. But at least three assemblies may be stuck. The more difficult half of the pile remains. And the pools at three other units remain problematic. An accident at any one of them could result in significant radiation releases, which have already far exceeded those from Chernobyl and from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
    At least 300 tons of heavily contaminated Fukushima water still pour daily into the Pacific. Hundreds more tons are backed up on site, with Tepco apologists advocating they be dumped directly into the ocean without decontamination.
    Despite billions of dollars in public aid, Tepco is still the principal owner of Fukushima. The “cleanup” has become a major profit center. Tepco boasted a strong return in 2013. Its fellow utilities are desperate to reopen other reactors that netted them huge annual cash flow.
    Little of this has made its way into the American corporate media.
    New studies from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission have underscored significant seismic threats to American commercial nuclear sites. Among those of particular concern are two reactors at Indian Point just north of New York City, which sit near the highly volatile Ramapo Fault, and two at Diablo Canyon, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, directly upwind of California’s Central Valley.
    The U.S. industry has also suffered a huge blow at New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Project. Primarily a military dump, this showcase radioactive waste facility was meant to prove that the industry could handle its trash. No expense was spared in setting it up in the salt caverns of the desert southwest, officially deemed the perfect spot to dump the 70,000 tons of high-level fuel rods now backed up at American reactor sites.
    But an explosion and highly significant radiation release at the pilot project last month has contaminated local residents and cast a deep cloud over any future plans to dispose of American reactor waste. The constant industry complaint that the barriers are “political” is absurd.
    While the American reactor industry continues to suck billions of dollars from the public treasury, its allies in the corporate media seem increasingly hesitant to cover the news of post-Fukushima Japan.
    In reality, those gutted reactors are still extremely dangerous. An angry public, whose children are suffering, has thus far managed to keep all other nukes shut in Japan. If they keep them down permanently, it will be a huge blow to the global nuke industry—one you almost certainly won’t see reported in the American corporate media.

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