Fukushima? The Perfect Grime?

California Fukushima Radioactive Sunset

High radioactive detections in land, sea and air are met with media derision and mass denial

  • Readings from multiple private and government sources over past three years indicate Fukushima radiation in the US
  • YouTube Fukushima sleuths doing what government won’t trigger massive denial and mockery from LA Times, Al Jazeera America, Heal the Bay, others
  • Sources for media meltdown deniers, such as oceanographer Kim Martini, demonstrate exuberant ignorance about radiation and health
  • New report finds evidence of Fukushima radioactivity in Santa Cruz seawater
  • Soil in California’s Humboldt County, famed for marijuana production, tests high for Fukushima radiation as well

Multiple hazardous readings of suspected Fukushima radiation have been detected in air, rain, snow, and surf in California and across the nation. The high radioactivity findings came during tests of air across America, Pacific Ocean surf south of San Francisco and Santa Cruz, rain in Death Valley and nearby Las Vegas, and in the soil of California’s marijuana-growing heartland in Humboldt County.

The radioactivity has been detected by EnviroReporter.com, its associated radiation stations, the Environmental Protection Agency’s RadNet monitoring posts, and YouTube users across the globe. Some of the hottest tests were videotaped and seen by thousands including one going viral and reaching over 770,000 YouTube viewers. The hot Humboldt dirt was discovered by an outspoken amateur Fukushima radiation sleuth.

The alarming detections show that the threat from the ongoing Fukushima Japan triple meltdowns may be arriving in force. The worst single environmental disaster in history is the most logical source for the myriad positive tests for radioactivity based on EnviroReporter.com’s extensive investigation of the meltdowns that has resulted in over 5,436 samples and assessments across the country.

Many of those assessments have been done by Dale Ramicone who operates Radiation Station Glendale California which has a 24/7 live feed showing radiation readings along with a graph to put it in perspective.

“You know, this massive release, is so huge that it’s probably everywhere now,” Ramicone says. “I suspect that all you have to do is take samples, all up and down the coast, anywhere, and you will find contamination. It will be on the beach, in the salt spray, in the mussels and clams, the fish, everything that grows bones, shells, or exoskeletons. It may take some sensitive equipment to find it, but it’s there, I have no doubt.”

Destroyed Fukushima reactorRamicone is right. The Sea of Fuku Goo has arrived by land, sea and air just as We predicted not long after the poorly situated reactors were slammed by a 30-foot high tsunami after the Great Japan Earthquake March 11, 2011. Yet even with the destruction of much of the nuclear complex being three years ago today, the disaster has steadily worsened.

As anti-nuker Harvey Wasserman’s recent 50 Reasons to Fear the Worst from Fukushima details, events past and current illuminate the nuclear folly and foresee a grim future where Fukushima is concerned.

Indeed, nuclear reactor disasters of this sort get worse as time goes by, continually pumping poisonous radiation into the environment. No one even knows where the molten reactor cores are, located let alone what to do about them. All the while, 441 tons of highly radioactive water sluices into the Pacific every day.

News of Japan’s ongoing nuclear nightmare has become harder to come by since its lower house of Parliament passed a draconian Japanese censorship law passed in late November, 2013. Journalists who publish “inappropriately” or “wrongfully” obtained information on Fukushima face up to five years in prison. Inappropriate reporting, attempted leaks, solicitation and complicity are also illegal according to the new state secrecy act.

No need to censor most U.S. reporters to keep the lid on Fukushima. American media has reacted to these latest radiation revelations by issuing a barrage of poorly written screeds designed to discredit the people doing the actual detection work abandoned by the government in late 2011. Even once-august media outlets like the Los Angeles Times and newer media concerns like Al Jazeera America have been long on hyperbole but short on facts. This third year anniversary of the worst nuclear reactor meltdowns ever has also given us the worst ever government and media coverage of an environmental disaster.

Information obtained  shows that the Fukushima radiation is already impacting California in ways that may crash the fishing industry, destroy coastal real estate values, poison the Golden State’s famed pot and irradiate the San Joaquin Valley breadbasket of the nation.

 

500 people spell out "FUKUSHIMA is HERE" on a San Francisco Beach October 19, 2013 - photo courtesy John Montgomery

500 people spell out “FUKUSHIMA is HERE” on a San Francisco Beach October 19, 2013 – photo courtesy John Montgomery

All manner of nuclear nightmare may be enveloping the state yet far too few even know about it. The ongoing misery wrought by these meltdowns could be classified as criminal if government and media ineptitude and deception were any measure. Yet there is no outrage, no public effort to even avoid known pathways that the Fuku goo is taking in our air, water and food. Instead of facing the fission, mass media and most people have taken a mocking, dismissive tone towards anyone worried about the unrestrained radiation releases upwind and up current of America.

Does that make Fukushima the “perfect crime?”

Stephan Timmermans’s 2006 book Postmortem: how medical examiners explain suspicious deaths posits that a crime can’t be perfect if it is indeed identified as a crime. So far, Fukushima fits this description because most of the victims, human and animal alike, don’t even know what has been happening since March 11, 2011. So it’s perfect in this regard.

Amazingly, a small group of people exists who do know what’s happening and have the ability to document evidence of it and share it on a grand scale. They are armed with nuclear radiation monitors and cell phone cameras.

The challenge is daunting for these nuclear Paul Reveres who aim to warn the country of imminent disaster. The third anniversary of Fukushima reveals that the forces allayed against them are almost insurmountable.

Almost.

Flying the Fissile Skies

Recent high air, rain and snow radiation findings were detected in California, Michigan, Illinois and across nine states in a commercial jet since late last year. It has been discovered that the storm that brought highly radioactive rain to Death Valley in November also slammed Las Vegas with radioactive precipitation.

Radiation readings revealed that flying the skies over America remains abundantly radioactive. On a December 23 flight from Los Angeles to Chicago, this reporter measured radiation at 922.1 Counts Per Minute (CPM) using an Inspector Alert. This reading was taken at the cruising altitude of 37,000 feet and was nearly 24 times the background measured in the terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

According to documentation , the California Highway Patrol considers any material or situation over three times background to be the triggering level for a hazardous materials incident. Of course, at high altitudes the radiation is elevated as the atmosphere thins. Nevertheless, this reporter wore a face mask to reduce radiation inhalation caused by continuously falling out and being re-suspended radiation from the triple meltdowns.

The radiation detected en route to Chicago was lower than the readings detected in late 2011 on a flight along the same flight path nine months after the meltdowns had begun. That December 23, 2011 reading at 38,000 feet registered 1,238 CPM.

Similarly, the radiation readings of southwest Michigan snow were lower this year. A December 26, 2012 kilo of snow radiated 24.1 percent above background compared to measurements of 15.3 percent and 19.6 percent above background in late December 2013 snowfalls.

Chicago snowfall measured 43.0 percent above background January 5, 2014 prior to departing back to LAX the next day before an Arctic cold front brought temperatures down to 26 degrees below zero Fahrenheit January 7.

 

Radiation readings were triple the norm at 30,000 feet near Four Corners January 6 2014

Radiation readings were triple the norm at 30,000 feet near Four Corners January 6 2014

Flying above Four Corners, the jet was at 30,000 feet. This allowed a direct comparison to the expected readings one would get at that elevation with an Inspector. According to Ionizing Radiation Basics by Inspector Radiation Alert manufacturers S.E. International of Summertown, Tennessee, “When you fly in an air plane at 30,000 feet your rate meter is getting 200 CPM for anywhere between 2 to 5 hours.”

Passing over Monument Valley at 30,000 feet, this reporter’s Inspector Alert absorbed 625 CPM, over triple what the guide says is normal. S.E. International’s basics were written prior to Fukushima nuclear fiasco.

Death Valley’s Fukushima Rains

The Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor used on this winter testing sojourn was donated to EnviroReporter.com by International Medcom, the Sebastopol California-based manufacturer. The company provided the instrument after seeing the shocking readings detected in Death Valley in November where rain radiation readings in the national park came in dozens of times background over several days.

Unlike the latest Michigan snow readings somewhat above background, Death Valley snow from the November 2013 storm Boreas registered at background or below. Inexplicably, the same Boreas rain lit up the Inspector Alert with a startling 26.7 times background November 22, 2013 at Badwater and 31.5 times normal at Furnace Creek, the national park’s headquarters.

These rains weren’t blazing hot because of naturally occurring radon progeny. That had been washed out long before the readings took place in the multi-day rain event. Rain tested the next day at Stovepipe Wells in the center of the park at a whopping 29.7 times background in a test performed by a well known watchdog entirely on camera to fully explain the testing technique and to verify the result for any skeptical viewers.

The first inkling that Fukushima radiation was raining down on Death Valley came two days before when the first Stovepipe Wells sampling came in at 7.0 times normal. During this exceptional three-day storm, nearby Las Vegas was hit with the same Boreas rain. High radiation activity during this period was evident at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency radiation station in Las Vegas.

Coast to Coast

An  analysis reveals that there have been massive beta radiation surges in cities from coast to coast since last autumn. The levels of air radiation have been many times what is considered relatively safe. Even dry regions of the country got a stiff dose not normally associated with those areas.

With no other obvious sources than the WIPP radiation leaks in southwest New Mexico, the Fukushima meltdowns again come to the fore as the prime suspect. There is no doubt that this unnatural and unexplained radiation is here and it is hot. In some cases, really hot.

Sea of Fuku Goo is flowing towards Southern California

Sea of Fuku Goo is flowing towards Southern California

The federal government’s stations run by qualified volunteers have been going offline regularly without reappearing in the last few months, oft times as the readings have gone through the roof. Just 43 of the EPA beta radiation stations are online in the 123 city network of beta and gamma monitoring posts as of March 10. That’s just 34 percent operational compared with 49 percent of the beta detectors functioning in July 2013. Compounding the mystery of the non-functioning beta monitors is that they are literally built into the same EPA RadNet monitoring apparatus as the gamma detectors are which begs the question – why would the beta detector not function in such a unit when the gamma one does? And how can these beta detectors stay offline for over a year or longer with no sign of ever being repaired?br />

Fairbanks, Alaska council passes resolution about radiation concern

Pacific Currents flowing Fukushima Radiation to Alaska

Pacific Currents flowing Fukushima Radiation to Alaska

FAIRBANKS — The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is getting attention from both Fairbanks local governments on the third anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami.

By a unanimous vote Monday, the Fairbanks City Council passed a resolution urging the state and federal government, as well as the United Nations, to do more radiation testing in Alaska waters.

The resolution was introduced by Fairbanks City Mayor John Eberhart and had the support of the council and several people who came to testify. Among them was John Davies, a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. Davies said he was concerned about radiation from Japan spreading to salmon he dip nets for at Chitina. He told the City Council that he plans to introduce a similar resolution before the borough assembly.

“I don’t personally have evidence that there’s a problem right now, but there’s enough concern out there that I would like to know the answers,” he said.

Earlier this year, Larry Hartig, the state commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, testified for lawmakers in Juneau about Fukushima radiation. Hartig said radiation levels were at a tiny fraction of the levels required to cause health problems. People ingest more radiation from eating a banana than from eating a tuna from the North Pacific Ocean, he said.

Concern about Fukuskima radiation also was raised at the Tanana Chiefs Conference convention Tuesday in Fairbanks.

P.J. Simon, a delegate from Allakaket, said possible radiation in migrating salmon posed a risk to subsistence activities. He urged both Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Sen. Mark Begich, who spoke at the convention via video conference, to support investigation of the issue.

Both Alaska senators said there isn’t evidence that harmful levels of radiation are making it to Alaska or its food supply. But they agreed that ongoing federal monitoring efforts should continue to make sure a radiation threat doesn’t emerge.

“We need to be vigilant on this,” Murkowski said.

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Scientists: Test West Coast for Fukushima radiation

Scientists test west coast waters for Fukushima Radiation

Scientists test west coast waters for Fukushima Radiation.

SALEM, Ore. — Very low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster likely will reach ocean waters along the U.S. West Coast next month, scientists are reporting.

Current models predict that the radiation will be at extremely low levels that won’t harm humans or the environment, said Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who presented research on the issue last week.

But Buesseler and other scientists are calling for more monitoring. No federal agency currently samples Pacific Coast seawater for radiation, he said.

“I’m not trying to be alarmist,” Buesseler said. “We can make predictions, we can do models. But unless you have results, how will we know it’s safe?”

The news comes three years after the devastating Japan tsunami and resulting nuclear accident.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami with waves as high as 133 feet. More than 15,000 people died and about 6,000 were injured.

The earthquake and tsunami knocked out power to cooling pumps at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing meltdowns at three reactors.

Last July, Tokyo Electric Power Co., which operates the plant, acknowledged for the first time that the reactor was leaking contaminated underground water into the ocean.

Since then, the news has gotten worse, and there is widespread suspicion that the problem is underreported.

There are three competing models of the Fukushima radiation plume, differing in amount and timing. But all predict that the plume will reach the West Coast this summer, and the most commonly cited one estimates an April arrival, Buesseler said.

A report presented last week at a conference of the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section showed that some Cesium 134 has already has arrived in Canada, in the Gulf of Alaska area.

Cesium 134 serves as a fingerprint for Fukushima, Buesseler said.

“The models show it will reach north of Seattle first, then move down the coast,” Buesseler said.

By the time it gets here, the material will be so diluted as to be almost negligible, the models predict. Radiation also decays. Cesium 134, for example, has a half-life of two years, meaning it will have half its original intensity after that period.

In Oregon, state park rangers take quarterly samples of surf water and sand at three locations along the coast. The water is analyzed for Cesium 137 and iodine 131. Both of those already exist in the ocean at low levels from nuclear testing decades ago.

The monitoring began in April 2012, when tsunami debris began arriving along the Oregon coast. So far, all of the tests have shown less than “minimum detectable activity,” or the least amount that can be measured.

Results of the most recent samples, taken in mid-February, won’t be available until mid-March, Oregon Health Authority spokesman Jonathan Modie said.

Washington does not test ocean water for radiation.

“We have none happening now and we have none planned,” said Tim Church, communications director for the Washington State Department of Health. “Typically that would be something that would happen on the federal level.”

California regularly samples seawater around the state’s nuclear power plants to determine whether the plants are impacting the environment. Those results all are below minimum detectable activity.

Some citizens and scientists are taking sampling into their own hands.

Cal State Long Beach marine biologist Steven Manley has launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” which will partner with other organizations to monitor kelp all along the West Coast for Fukushima radiation.

And Buesseler recently offered the services of his lab at Woods Hole in Massachusetts.

His project — titled “How Radioactive Is Our Ocean?” — will use crowd-sourced money and volunteers to collect water samples along the Pacific Coast, then ship them across the country to be analyzed.

So far, results are in for two locations in Washington and three in California. They show that the plume has not yet reached the coast.

Meanwhile, West Coast states are winding down their tsunami debris response efforts.

Oregon’s coastline is seeing less debris from the tsunami this winter than in the past two years, Oregon State Parks spokesman Chris Havel said.

If that doesn’t change, officials likely will disband a task force that was mobilized to deal with the debris.

Last year, Washington suspended its marine debris reporting hotline.

Loew also reports for the (Salem, Ore.) Statesman Journal

Inside the slow and dangerous clean up of the Fukushima nuclear crisis

JUDY WOODRUFF: Now we take you to a place that garnered headlines around the world three years ago, but has hardly been seen since, because it’s so dangerous.

 

NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien is our guide.

MILES O’BRIEN: Three years after the meltdowns, the road to Fukushima is still a gauntlet of roadblocks and strict security checks.

And inside the exclusion zone, it remains a post-apocalyptic landscape of abandoned towns, frozen in time. We were on our way to one of the most hazardous places on Earth, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO, granted the NewsHour permission for a rare tour inside the plant, where three nuclear reactors melted down after the great Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami on March 11, 2011.

In the seismically isolated and radioactively protected emergency response center, we met the man in the hottest seat of all here, superintendent Akira Ono. He runs an unprecedented decommissioning project that will not be done for decades. He prefers not to call it a cleanup.

“After all, if you are just cleaning up after an accident,” he told me, “there is a lack of quality, meaning speed is the only concern. I feel that isn’t enough. We need to look ahead, 30 to 40 years.”

To see it firsthand, we had to suit up. We must also wear a full face mask and respirator for good measure, resembling astronauts on the way to a fully fueled rocket. We donned special shoes and hardhats, then boarded a bus that would get us as close to the meltdowns as the laws of physics and common sense would allow us.

Fukushima Daiichi or, number one, was a complex of six boiling water reactors designed by General Electric. They were built on sloping terrain, sandwiched between a mountain ridge and the Pacific Ocean. The nuclear cores are between 600 and 800 feet from the harbor.

Three of those cores are now melted down, still steaming hot, their steel containment structures breached. Engineers believe some of the nuclear fuel has melted right through the steel containment vessels on to a concrete basement floor, where it is exposed to groundwater.

As the ground water passes through the pump, it gets mixed in with the contaminated water that is used to cool the melted-down cores. The result is an awful lot of water that needs to be captured, or else it ends up in the ocean.

Each and every day, about 100,000 gallons of fresh groundwater seeps into the basements of the plant, where it becomes contaminated with a witch’s brew of radionuclide. TEPCO is furiously trying to keep pace with the water. They finish a new quarter-million-gallon holding tank here about every other day.

But the hastily built tanks have been leaking, prompting a switch to a welded design, buttressed by gutters, dikes, trenches and water sealants. Regardless, no one disputes the plant is steadily leaking radiation-tainted water into the sea.

“When you go out to the open ocean, there is very little contamination found,” says superintendent Ono. “Basically, the contamination is limited to the port.”

At the port, they are bolstering the last line of defense. This water-shielding wall should be complete in September. Behind it is a system that injects a chemical into the ground that turns water into a viscous gel, stemming the flow to the sea. The company is also testing an idea to bury cooling pipes near the melted reactors to freeze the ground, making impermeable ice plugs in walls that would keep the clean and contaminated water apart.

But all of this is clearly not sustainable. In about three years, they will run out of space for new water holding tanks. Then what?

Masayuki Ono, no relation to the superintendent is general manager of TEPCO’s nuclear power division.

“We can’t solve this problem by simply increasing the number of tanks,” he told me. “We need to solve the fundamental issue of underground water coming in.”

And TEPCO is also investing a lot in this sophisticated radiation water-filtering technology. In trial runs, the advanced liquid processing system, ALPS, has cleaned up 12.5 million gallons of water. ALPS removes cesium, strontium and 60 other radioactive nuclides, but not tritium. There is no practical way to factor out this isotope of hydrogen.

“It is hard to remove tritium with scientific methods,” he says. “But given its biological properties, it is a radioactive substance with a very limited risk.”

Nuclear engineer Lake Barrett worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission at Three Mile Island in the wake of the meltdown there in 1979. He is now a special adviser to TEPCO’s president.

LAKE BARRETT, TEPCO special advisor: When you combine all the water on the site with the tritium, the tritium levels will be so low at Fukushima that they would meet the international drinking water standards.

MILES O’BRIEN: TEPCO has no authorization from the Japanese government, local residents or fishermen to discharge any water at all, including what is leaking, from the Fukushima Daiichi site.

But a release of millions of gallons of water tainted with tritium into the ocean seems inevitable.

LAKE BARRETT: You can release it into the ocean, in a normal controlled release, which is what I personally believe they ought to do. But they have to work through the fishermen and all the governors and all the social issues that have to be addressed with that.

MILES O’BRIEN: The long-term solution here is to remove and secure the nuclear fuel. At unit four, they have begun that process. This reactor was shut down for maintenance when the tsunami hit. And so the fuel had been moved into this storage pool.

Even though the reactor wasn’t running, during the worst of the crisis, hydrogen gas accumulated in the reactor buildings, causing a series of explosions. Debris rained down into the pool, landing on top of the stored fuel assemblies. Workers have now carefully plucked away the pieces and have begun removing the 1,533 fuel assemblies stored here.

“It is assumed that some debris fell through the gaps,” engineer Takashi Hara told me. “So far, we don’t think it is anything that will cause the fuel to get stuck. However, it could be the case in the future, so we’re proceeding very slowly.”

The fuel assemblies are transported in casts that will be stored in a more seismically secure common storage pool. If all goes as planned, this process will be complete by the end of this year.

But removing the melted fuel from units one, two and three is another matter entirely. The radiation levels are simply too high for humans to ever get close enough to clean up. Even so, TEPCO is vowing to have the fuel debris removed from one of the reactors by mid 2020. But how? The only way to do that is to invent robots that can do the job. And that is precisely what they’re trying to do.

LAKE BARRETT: They’re probably the most robotic society, you know, there is on earth. Now you have to take it to another level, you know, to work in the high radiation field and to do things that they have never done before.

MILES O’BRIEN: There are many things that will have to be done here that have never been done before in order to decommission this plant.

“We will need to incorporate more and more new things,” superintendent Ono told me. “You can’t brood on the past for answers. I want to take on the various challenges with a constructive attitude.”

Before we left, they carefully scanned all of us and checked the dosimeters that we carried along the way. During our four-and-a-half-hour tour, we absorbed as much radiation as we would have in a single chest X-ray. It was dark when we rode the bus out of the exclusion zone. It was a quiet ride, as we all processed the magnitude of the mess.

Three years after the meltdowns, the crisis has not ended here. In some ways, it is still unfolding.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Next Wednesday, Miles will have a report on the Fukushima meltdown’s effect on fish in the surrounding waters.

And we want to note, these stories were produced before Miles’ trip to the Philippines, where an accident led to the loss of his left arm. As we said earlier this week, we, his NewsHour colleagues, are in awe of his courage.

Hundreds protest dropped charges over Fukushima crisis

Tokyo (AFP) – Hundreds rallied in Tokyo Saturday to protest Japanese prosecutors’ decision to drop charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, with no one yet punished nearly three years after the “man-made” disaster.

No one is officially recorded as having died as a direct result of radiation released when a tsunami triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake crashed into the Fukushima nuclear plant in March 2011, swamping cooling systems and sparking reactor meltdowns.

However, some Fukushima residents committed suicide owing to fears over radiation, while others died during evacuation. Official data released last week showed that 1,656 people have died in the prefecture from stress and other illnesses related to the disaster three years ago.

“There are many victims of the accident, but there is no (charged) assailant,” chief rally organiser Ruiko Muto, 61, told the protesters, displaying a photograph of Kawauchi village which was hit by the nuclear accident.

“We are determined to keep telling our experiences as victims to pursue the truth of the accident, and we want to avoid a repeat of the accident in the future,” she said.

Tens of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes around the plant, with scientists warning some areas may have to be abandoned.

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“I used to grow organic rice… But I can’t do it anymore because of consumers’ worries over radioactive contamination,” Kazuo Nakamura, 45, a farmer from Koriyama city in Fukushima prefecture, told the rally.

“I want (Fukushima operator) TEPCO officials and bureaucrats of the central government to eat the Fukushima-made rice,” he shouted to applause.

A parliamentary report has said Fukushima was a man-made disaster caused by Japan’s culture of “reflexive obedience” and not just by the tsunami that crippled the plant.

Some 15,000 people whose homes or farms were hit by radiation from the stricken plant filed a criminal complaint in 2012 against the Japanese government and officials of plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO).

However, prosecutors in September decided not to charge any of them with negligence over the nuclear disaster.

Junko Honda, who evacuated to the northern island of …
Junko Honda, who evacuated to the northern island of Hokkaido with her family, speaks at a rally in  …

– Criminal complaint –

Campaigners immediately appealed against the decision by the Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution, which has the power to order the defendants to be tried.

The committee members comprise 11 citizens who are chosen at random by lot.

But the appeal was made in Tokyo instead of Fukushima, a move campaigners say is “aimed at preventing us from filing a complaint against their decision in Fukushima, where many residents share our anger and grief”.

“We want to share with many people in Tokyo our anger and sadness over the fact that no one has taken responsibility three years after the accident,” one of the organisers, 43-year-old Miwa Chiwaki, told AFP.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency …

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visit the the crippled Fukushima Dai-i …

“We pin our hopes on sound judgement by people in Tokyo,” Chiwaki said.

Campaigners allege that government officials and TEPCO executives failed to take necessary measures to shield the plant against the March 2011 tsunami.

They also hold them responsible for a delay in announcing data predicting how radiation would spread from the facility in the aftermath of the accident.

But prosecutors decided to exempt all of them, saying that TEPCO and government officials could not predict an earthquake and tsunami of that size, and there was nothing wrong with their post-quake response under unexpected emergency situations.

Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer representing the campaigners, said “there were lots of measures that officials could have taken to prevent the disaster.”

“We won’t give up indictment of the officials,” he said.

Campaigners last year filed a separate complaint to prosecutors over TEPCO’s handling of increasing waters contaminated with radiation after used for cooling the stricken reactors, accusing them of committing pollution-related crimes.

Separately, TEPCO officials and senior government officials face several civil lawsuits that were filed by thousands of plaintiffs seeking compensation for mental and financial damage, demanding full restoration of the pre-accident environment in their hometowns.

The waves created by the tsunami swept more than 18,000 people to their deaths across the country and destroyed entire communities.

60-DAY COUNTDOWN BEGINS — U.S. Media Silent as BBC Confirms: Fukushima Radiation Plume Arriving North American Coast

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:21
February 25, 2014 — (TRN) — Today, a 60 day countdown has begun until the arrival of Fukushima radiation on the west coast of North America. The mass-media in the United States remains disgracefully silent despite the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) confirming that a massive plume of radiation in the Pacific Ocean is arriving. California, Oregon and Washington state will begin to get the worst of it — within 60 days. Folks out there HAVE to prepare, just in case. We tell you how.   

The image above, provided by the BBC, shows the “likely” scientific projection of radioactive waste flowing toward the west coast of North America from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Reactor meltdowns and explosions in Japan, which took place in March, 2011. The “actual” amount will be known within the next 60 days (i.e. not later than April 25, 2014).

 

According to the BBC only minute traces of pollution from the beleaguered Japanese power plant have so far been recorded in Canadian continental waters. This will increase as contaminants disperse eastwards on Pacific currents.

 

Since the 2011 Fukushima accident, researchers from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have been sampling waters along a line running almost 2,000km due west of Vancouver, British Columbia. By June of last year, they were detecting quantities of radioactive caesium-137 and 134 along the sampling line’s entire length.

 

Although the radioactivity concentrations remain extremely low – less than one becquerel per cubic meter of water – they have allowed the scientists to start to validate the two models that are being used to forecast the probable future progression of the plume.

 

One of these models anticipates a maximum concentration by mid-2015 of up to 27 becquerels per cubic metre of water; the other no more than about two becquerels per cubic metre of water. Bedford’s Dr John Smith told BBC News that further measurements being taken in the ocean right now should give researchers a fair idea of which model is correct.

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT __ NOT __ TESTING FOR OCEAN RADIATION ! !

 

Dr Smith was speaking at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was joined on a panel discussing Fukushima by Dr Ken Buesseler from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

 

The WHOI scientist described the citizen science effort now under way to record radioactivity in beach waters of the western United States. Members of the public are being recruited to regularly gather water samples from California to Washington State and in Alaska and Hawaii.

 

No caesium-134 has yet been detected. Caesium-137, which was also released by the damaged power plant, is in the environment already as a result of the A-bomb tests in the 1950s and 1960s. However, Dr Buesseler expects a specific Fukushima signal from both radionuclides to be evident very shortly in US waters.

 

The sampling project, which is organized at the website ourradioactiveocean.org, is having to be funded through private donation because no federal agency has picked up the monitoring responsibility.

 

Physicians for Social Responsibility has insisted there is no safe level of exposure to radionuclides, regardless of the fact that we encounter them naturally:

 

There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period,” said Jeff Patterson, DO, immediate past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Exposure to radionuclides, such as iodine-131 and cesium-137, increases the incidence of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water.”

via Physicians for Social Responsibility, psr.org

 

DECISIONS YOU **MUST** MAKE AND PREPARATIONS YOU MAY WISH TO MAKE

 

From this point on, the information contained in this article is from TRN and not from the BBC. TRN has been tracking this situation for quite awhile and has done massive research into the issue so as to provide accurate reporting to our readers.

 

There are decisions that people on the west coast MUST make; you have no choice:

 

1) Are you going to continue to reside on the west coast?

This is a huge decision and one that you – and only you – can make. Scientists seem to think that when the radiation plume arrives in the Pacific, it will be sufficiently diluted so that it will not pose too much of a danger. But what constitutes “too much” of a danger? What if they’re wrong?

 

Is there a possibility you will be woken-up in the middle of the night by officials giving evacuation orders telling you to run for our life because the radiation level has become deadly? Where will you go? How will you pay to live somewhere else and still pay the mortgage on the house you can’t live-in anymore? Your Insurance company won’t pay – we did a story on this months ago showing the actual notices being sent to policyholders by their Insurance company specifically EXCLUDING any coverage whatsoever for any radiation-related claims.

 

2) Your Air

When the Fukushima disaster first took place, a plume of deadly radiation was released into the air and traveled from Japan to the west coast within days. The U.S. government KNEW this plume was dangerous, and they NEVER TOLD ANYONE. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) which runs “RADnet” to monitor local radiation levels, DELIBERATELY DECIDED TO ***NOT*** DEPLOY their portable radiation equipment to the west coast, despite the fact that some of their local permanent gear wasn’t working. Further, there were no warnings to stay inside with your windows closed. No advice to wear a specific level of filter mask when you went outside. No instructions about how to wash off the radiation from your skin and clothes. The government simply kept quiet as this silent, odorless, colorless, tasteless plume of death swirled into and over our country. Nice people, the US government, huh?

 

A Seattle nuclear watchdog group is accusing the federal government of failing to keep the public informed of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

 

In the days following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the U.S. began monitoring radiation from Japan’s leaking nuclear power plants.

 

Most of the public attention went to the air monitoring but things were different on the rain water side.

 

“The level that was detected on March 24 was 41 times the drinking water standard,” said Gerry Pollet from Heart of America Northwest. He reviewed Iodine 131 numbers released by the Environmental Protection Agency last spring.

 

“Our government said no health levels were exceeded.When in fact the rain water in the Northwest is reaching levels 130 times the drinking water standards,” said Pollet.  Ready to hear the government’s explanation for NOT warning anyone?

 

According to KING-TV Channel 5 “EPA officials say the data was there for anyone to read on their website. A spokesman sent this statement, in part: “Since Iodine 131 has a very short half-life of approximately eight days, the levels seen in rainwater were expected to be relatively short in duration.”

 

Put another way, since the government didn’t think you would be in danger for too long, they didn’t bother to warn you.  Nice folks, the US Government, huh?

 

Since it is now an irrefutable fact that the government intentionally conceals the truth – even if it means YOU get exposed to deadly radiation — how can you ever know if the radiation levels in the air get crazy-high again once the plume in the ocean makes landfall?

 

3) Your Water

When water evaporates from the Pacific, the water molecules are large enough to carry within them, atomic particles. Numerous stories have appeared all year showing a direct correlation to a large weather systems dumping rain or snow inland, and places beneath that weather pattern suddenly showing dramatic spikes in local radiation levels. What does that mean for your water? The maps below are from December 21 and clearly show that storm systems carry radiation inland with them. Look at the storm map and compare the SNOWFALL / ICE LINES to the radiation map below it from the same day: (Courtesy Nuclear Emergency Tracking Center)

 

Please excuse us for being so obnoxiously blunt, but this is how we see it: If you have a gallon pitcher of fresh, pure, clean, drinking water on a table and someone walked up to it and dropped a single drop of URINE into the gallon, would you think it’s no big deal? Would it still be “OK” to drink in your mind?

 

This is basically what scientists are suggesting you do. Someone has dropped a whole slew of radioactive poison into the Pacific Ocean and scientists are telling you that it will be so diluted you shouldn’t worry about it. Is there any question in your mind as to whether or not any of those scientists would drink from the gallon pitcher of water containing a drop of URINE? Yea, you get the idea.

 

2) Are you going to swim / surf / scuba-dive or fish in the Pacific or allow your children to swim / surf / scuba-dive or Fish in it ?

For many who reside on the west coast, this is an almost-existential issue. People LOVE the ocean. They love laying on the beach, going for a swim, surfing, scuba diving, fishing. For many, many people, the ocean is a major focal point of life and leisure on the west coast, but now it has literally TONS of deadly radioactive poison and debris in it. Make no mistake, scientists ALL agree the radiation will come to the coastline within 60 days. What they’re not sure about is how potent the radiation will be. Where does that leave you?

 

For months, story after story in various media have outlined the horrific onslaught of marine life exhibiting strange lesions, external and internal tumors, bleeding from their eyes, mouths, gills and bellies, not to mention the reports documenting mass die-offs of various sea creatures in the Pacific. Where once only ONE-PERCENT of the sea floor was covered with the remains of dead sea creatures, recent reports from the National Academy of Science prove that now, NINETY-EIGHT PERCENT of the Pacific sea floor is covered with the remains of dead sea creatures! Starfish are literally “melting” into piles of white goo. Scientists have actually watched starfish tear themselves into pieces and seen those pieces walk away from each other before turning into mush! Blue-fin Tuna have been tested and those tests confirmed ONE-HUNDRED-PERCENT of Pacific tuna are contaminated with radiation! Great White sharks, that supposedly cannot get cancer, have been found with 1 foot x 1 foot tumors hanging off their mouths! Take a look:

 

So again, you MUST decide whether or not you or your loved ones will swim, surf, scuba-dive or fish in the Pacific. If the scientists were right about the ocean diluting the radiation to safe levels, then why are all these marine animals getting sick and dying?

 

Let’s cut to the chase: If you or your loved ones go into the ocean, will YOU start to melt? Will you turn into a white pile of goo? Will you start bleeding from your eyes, mouth, and other orifices? Will you start developing bloody lesions on your skin or external tumors? Even worse, will everything SEEM fine, when in reality the radiation ends up damaging your DNA and sets you up for cancer years from now? Do you really want to even take a chance? This is stuff you MUST decide – now.

 

IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY — PLAN

 

Historically, the west coast is territory settled by very hearty souls and you, their progeny, come from good stock. So if you decide to hunker down and tough-it-out, we would like to suggest some things. (*** PLEASE NOTE **** TRN does notsell ANY of the items we recommend below and has no financial interest whatsoever, regardless of whether you choose to buy such supplies or not. We offer this advice simply to share knowledge.)

 

 

 

BE WARNED RIGHT NOW:

YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU CANNOT COUNT ON THE GOVERNMENT TO HELP YOU. THERE WON’T BE ANY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR TO SAVE THE DAY. YOUR SURVIVAL AND THE SURVIVAL OF YOUR FAMILY DEPENDS ON YOU ALONE.

a) Make a “bug-out bag” for each member of your family.

It should have enough personal items to tie-you-over in case you have to make an emergency evacuation to somewhere else for awhile. These bags should be PRE-PACKED; don’t simply make a list then try to go pack when the crap hits the fan. You want this bug-out bag packed and ready to go because if the crap hits the fan, minutes matter. You want to grab the bag and go — it takes only seconds and could save your life.

  • Clothes (Underwear, Socks, Shirts, Pants, Belts, shoes and outerwear that is appropriate for the season)
  • Extra eye glasses or contact lenses
  • Medicine (If you take something for chronic care, make sure you have a supply to get you through until you get settled elsewhere)
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, Floss, mouthwash, deodorant, nail clipper, comb or brush, TOILET PAPER!)
  • Over-the-counter Health aids like Aspirin/Tylenol/Advil or Aleve, cough medicine, allergy medicine, hydrocortizone creme, HEARTBURN relief, baby powder, etc.
  • RADIATION-RELATED PRODUCT: 30 or 60mg Potassium Iodate pills – to be taken ONLY when actually exposed to radiation; protects thyroid.
  • Sanitation (A single plastic bag to use for trash or waste as needed)
  • Canned and dry foods (Just enough to tie-you-over for 3 – 5 days it may take to get somewhere else, don’t forget a CAN OPENER.)
  • Water or portable personal water filter (You can go weeks without food, but only 3 to 5 days without water.)
  • CASH – Just enough to make-do until you can get squared away.
  • A NIOSH-Certified Filter mask rated at P-95 or, more preferably P-100. These are re-usable masks that filter 99.97% of all particles.
  • Swimming goggles – as temporary eye protection from radiation particles while traveling. Cheap, fast, washable, reusable.
  • Flashlight
  • Portable radio

 

Put the Bug-Out bag in the bedroom of each family member and teach them that THEY and THEY ALONE are responsible for bringing it with the family if it is time to Bug-out.

 

b) Equip your home to ride-out radiation plumes

  • Roll of plastic film – (INSTALL ONLY WHEN ACTUALLY NEEDED DURING ACTUAL HIGH-RADIATION) to seal-up your windows in case of a radiation surge.
  • Adhesive “snap-and-lock” plastic track to secure the plastic (above) around your windows
  • Water Filters – Get one either for the whole house (expensive) or one for a main faucet that all of you will drink/cook from exclusively. Get filters for shower heads too. The best bet is a reverse-osmosis system combined with Activated carbon and an Ion Exchanger as this three step process is pretty much the only reliable way to filter radiation from water. Whichever type of filter you choose, know that having SOMETHING is better than having nothing. Sadly, to our knowledge, there is no reverse osmosis filter available for shower heads, so you’re best bet is Activated carbon (charcoal) for the shower head.
  • Doorway intercom to the outside so you can talk to people outside without opening your door.
  • Disposable floor protectors at entryways. People will track radiation into the house on shoes. Use these throw-away paper mats inside all entryways, make everyone take shoes OFF in the entryway – DO NOT WALK THROUGH HOUSE WITH SHOES and track radiation all over.
  • Entryway trash can with sealing lid – keep all disposable paper in this after use. Do not walk it through the house to your regular trashcan.
  • Entryway coat racks – to hang coats immediately upon entry. Radiation will get on clothes when you’re outside. You don’t want to bring it in and throw those clothes on the floor or the bed thus contaminating the insides of your house or surfaces of furniture/bedding.
  • Entryway Clothes Hamper – This will be weird, but get prepared to change clothes in the entryway to the house. Radiation gets on clothes and you do not want to bring it into the house everywhere you walk, sit down or lay down because it rubs off clothing. Put contaminated clothes in entryway hamper
  • Entryway clothing shelf or cubby – to have a change of clothes at the entryway for you to change into when you come in.

 

c) Your car

  • Get a CB radio + antenna for the car. Have it in the car so you can hear what’s going on from truckers and other motorists nearby. It’s a LOT better than a cellphone or local traffic radio for live information and can tell you what’s ahead if you have to detour.
  • Have a gas can in the trunk – if permitted by local laws. A small 2, 3 or even 5 gallon can get you another 20, 30, 50 miles and save your life.
  • NEVER allow your car to go below half a tank of gasoline. NEVER! Not even once. If you have to bug-out fast, everyone else will too. The gas stations might all be closed because they already evacuated! Moreover, there won’t be time to stop for gas – or sit in a long gas line waiting and hoping the gas station doesn’t run out. (We all saw how that worked out in hurricanes like Katrina where people were fighting – even shooting each other – for gasoline. You don’t want any part of that. The farther you get away from the danger, the more options you’ll have to get fuel later.)
  • Bear in mind your car will accumulate radiation on the seats, and floors from you getting in and out regularly. It will also accumulate radiation in the A/C and heating vents which bring in outside air. You’ll have to meticulously clean those areas once in awhile to get rid of any build-up and REPLACE the A/C air filter once in awhile.

 

D) Stock up on food & medicine for the house

If you were forbidden by authorities to leave your home for a week or two because of radiation outside, would you have enough food and medicine to live? The pizza guy and the Chinese food place won’t be able to deliver, neither will the local pharmacy, so you’d better prepare.

Presuming that all utilities remain functioning (and there’s no reason to think they won’t) you’d have electric, gas and water, but do you have enough food? You’d want to eat as normally as possible, but who has enough milk or bread to last a week or two?

  • HAVE ENOUGH MEDICINE TO GET YOU THROUGH A FEW WEEKS
  • Have dehydrated milk powder so you can mix your own milk.
  • Have long-shelf-life DRY foods like:
  1. Oatmeal, farina and Pancake/Waffle mix for breakfast
  2. Pasta, rice, beans that you can have for lunch and dinner
  • Have a Bread maker so you can make your own bread
  • Have some frozen juice concentrate (orange, grapefruit, cranberry etc.)
  • Have some dry mixes for flavored drinks like Iced Tea, Lemonade or other drinks (Kool-Aid mix, Tang mix, Nestle’s Quick, Ovaltine etc.)
  • Have some canned foods like soups, vegetables, canned Chicken, canned Ham, Chile, canned fruits, etc.
  • Have condiment packets (Saved from every time you eat fast food) Ketchup Mustard, mayonnaise, Tartar Sauce, relish, Salt, Pepper, etc.

All the things above have LONG shelf lives and while you may not relish the notion of eating this stuff, if you’re unable to go outside, it becomes a matter of survival. You do what you have to do to survive.

 

e) Schools

It is essential for those of you who have children of school age, to go to the next Board of Education meeting and askwhat plans – if any – the schools have to deal with possible troubles from radiation that’s coming?

  • Will schools be closed on days when radiation is high?
  • Will students be able to telecommute to learn online via computers if radiation is too high to go to school?
  • If radiation spikes during a school day, will children be given P-95 or P-100 masks? Anything less won’t work. Can they bring their own to school?
  • Will the school system spend the $600 or so (per school) to equip each school with a Geiger Counter capable of continuous measuring of Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation in the air? Who at each school will be in the office to watch that Geiger counter all day?
  • Will schools have Potassium Iodate tablets to administer to children if radiation levels suddenly spike? If not, can children bring their own?

 

f) Work

When you head out to work tomorrow, ask for a few minutes to speak to your boss. Explain that this may be making a mountain out of a mole hill BUT, given the fact that a huge radiation plume is going to make landfall on the west coast within 60 days:

  • Will work be closed on days when radiation is high?
  • Will employees be able to telecommute to work online via computers if radiation is too high to go out?
  • If radiation spikes during a work day, will employees be given P-95 or P-100 masks? Anything less won’t work. Can they bring their own to work?
  • Will the Employer spend the $600 or so to equip the job site with a Geiger Counter capable of continuous measuring of Alpha, Beta and Gamma radiation in the air?
  • Will the Employer have Potassium Iodate tablets to administer to workers if radiation levels suddenly spike? If not, can employees bring their own?
  • Will the employer install a water filter system for employee use?
  • Will the employer make arrangements to prevent the tracking of radiation into and throughout the workplace as people come and go?

 

h) Your local town/city government

Head on over to the next Town Council meeting, explain to the local officials about the inbound radiation  and ask the local elected officials if they would be willing to invest $600 or so in a Geiger Counter that could be located at City Hall – or perhaps a few Geiger Counters, one for City Hall, a couple at Fire Stations around town, with all of them connected to the Internet so people in town could see the readings online through the town web site?

 

For most towns, this is literally “chump change” as far as the cost and it would serve to give all of you a little peace-of-mind that you could see what’s actually happening in YOUR town.

 

g) Getting rid of radiation on you, in your home, car etc.

Radiation from Fukushima can be washed off with soap and water. It’s THAT easy! The danger is if the radiation is INHALED or INGESTED. Once it gets inside your body, is wreaks absolute havoc through a process called “bio-accumulation.” You may inhale or ingest a small amount and its no big deal. But it STAYS in you. Certain radioactive materials mimic calcium, and end-up heading straight to your bones where they screw-up bone marrow, setting the stage for Leukemia and other cancer. Other radioactive materials foul up Liver and Kidneys. If you happen to inhale a “hot particle” floating in the air, it gets into your lungs and burns through your fragile lung tissue; lodging there and causing lung cancer. Then you inhale or eat another small amount. It too accumulates. A while later, you inhale or ingest a little more . . . . . see the pattern? The radiation ACCUMULATES, it doesn’t go away. So getting the stuff OFF you, and making certain you don’t breathe or eat any is top priority!

 

Of course, this list is not perfect. But for many readers, it contains things they haven’t previously thought about. You still have time to prepare. Use it wisely.

 

If the mass-media covers this story at all, you can expect them to focus on the claim that the radiation “is not dangerous.”  Rest assured there is a virtual ARMY of paid shills online and in the media to try to dissuade you from realizing the danger! When you encounter these types, ask them:

  • If it’s not dangerous, why are so many sea creatures in the Pacific dying from it?
  • Why are thousands of starfish literally melting on the ocean floor?
  • Why are seals and walruses developing bloody lesions on their bodies?
  • Why are Canadian herring bleeding from their eyes, mouths, gills and bellies?
  • Why are Polar Bears losing their fur along their snouts after putting them in the water to eat? (Radiation poisoning causes hair loss).
  • Why are Salmon in Alaska developing internal tumors?
  • Why are Great White Sharks (like the one below) — which supposedly cannot get cancer — getting cancerous tumors?

Why are Tuna testing positive for Radiation?

Why are U.S. Insurance companies now EXCLUDING all radiation claims?

 

You can expect one of two types of responses:

 

1) The paid “shill” will have all sorts of contrary assertions about every component of the issues raised. That’s how you know they’re a paid dis-information person; they know a little TOO MUCH.  They get paid to divert, disrupt and misdirect people’s attention from an issue. They are PAID by either the nuclear industry or the government to battle the truthful information coming out about their industry and/or to quiet any public discontent that may be directed at government . . . . which is STILL not testing ocean water for radiation,

OR;

2) A “deer-caught-in-the-headlights” look. They simply won’t be able to answer your legitimate questions; which means their “reporting” was just them repeating propaganda they were fed. (That’s why they are called “talking heads.”)

 

The FACTS are all laid out in this article. FACTS, not conjecture.  These facts, and  the articles they link to from reputable, main stream sources that support them, are irrefutable.   Whether you choose to accept the facts laid out here is solely up to you. Just don’t be fooled by people who have a paid agenda to mold and shape your opinions so you don’t make trouble for those earning billions off the nuclear industry or their shills in government whose political campaign coffers are funded with money from that industry.

 

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SOURCE: BBC