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CDC Official: “Public health emergency in the US” from Fukushima radioactive material

November 27, 2014


CDC Official: “Public health emergency in the US” from Fukushima radioactive material; Gov’t wanted to quarantine people contaminated with radiation, but had no authority

Posted: 26 Nov 2014 07:14 PM PST

CBS: Now 2 US sailors dead after Fukushima radiation exposure — Doctor: Officials have to re-look at this entire situation

November 26, 2014


 — Reporter who served on USS Reagan: “We were done so wrong… Critical health risk to all of us onboard… People are not realizing how serious the issue is” (VIDEO)

Posted: 25 Nov 2014 09:11 AM PST

Officials have “admitted failure” at Fukushima plant — Giving up on attempts “to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into ocean”

November 26, 2014


Officials have “admitted failure” at Fukushima plant — Giving up on attempts “to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into ocean” — Regulator asks “What was all the trouble over the past months for?” — Gov’t experts worried cement barrier is going to crack (VIDEO)

Posted: 23 Nov 2014 10:35 AM PST

Twice as much Fukushima radiation near California coast than originally reported

November 26, 2014


Twice as much Fukushima radiation near California coast than originally reported; Highest levels found anywhere in Eastern Pacific — Scientist: Very little we can do… It’s unprecedented… God forbid anything else happens — Gundersen: Multiple plumes now along west coast… Will be coming “for century or more” (AUDIO)

Posted: 20 Nov 2014 05:45 PM PST

TV: “Barrier is not holding” at Fukushima plant

November 26, 2014


TV: “Barrier is not holding” at Fukushima plant — All efforts have failed to stop very high levels of radioactive materials flowing into ocean — Officials: More water’s coming in than we were pumping out — Workers now trying to prevent overflow (VIDEO)

Posted: 19 Nov 2014 09:15 AM PST

West Coast Scientists: Many animals on sea floor looking sick or dead

November 26, 2014


West Coast Scientists: Many animals on sea floor looking sick or dead — “Everything’s dying… Dead, dead, dead, and dead” — Experts investigate what’s killing sea urchins and cucumbers in Pacific Northwest — “Seeing things never previously observed” (PHOTOS)

Posted: 18 Nov 2014 09:59 AM PST

US Nuclear Professor: Fukushima “a really major event here”, Washington had radioactive aerosols 100,000 times normal

November 26, 2014


US Nuclear Professor: Fukushima “a really major event here”, Washington had radioactive aerosols 100,000 times normal; “Far more bigger accident than we’re hearing” — Model shows West Coast completely blacked out due to particles covering area — Gundersen: Lung cancers to start increasing in Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)

Posted: 16 Nov 2014 09:45 AM PST

Massive radiation spike at Fukushima: 40,000% increase below ground between Units 1 & 2 this month

November 26, 2014


Massive radiation spike at Fukushima: 40,000% increase below ground between Units 1 & 2 this month — Order of magnitude above record high set last year

Posted: 14 Nov 2014 08:04 PM PST

TV: Attempt to stop flow of highly radioactive liquid at Fukushima “in doubt” — AP: Much of it is pouring in trenches going out into Pacific — Experts: Amount entering ocean “increasing by 400 tons daily” — Problem “so severe” it’s consuming nearly all workers at site — Top Plant Official: “Little cause for optimism” (VIDEO)

Posted: 14 Nov 2014 08:46 AM PST

Canadian scientists detect “significant” concentrations of radioactive material off West Coast, levels double in months since last test

November 11, 2014


Canadian scientists detect “significant” concentrations of radioactive material off West Coast, levels double in months since last test — Marine Chemist: “Much greater concern” over Fukushima releases that will be hitting shores of US & Canada; Lack of data “really disturbing” (AUDIO)

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 01:34 PM PST

Top Headline: ‘Fukushima radiation identified off northern California’ — 50% of samples around West Coast test positive — 7.7 Bq/m3 of cesium near California shore, expected to keep rising for years to come (MAP)

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 06:43 AM PST

Fukushima update 11-8-14- Good news and bad news

November 9, 2014
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Dear Friends,

The good news is that TEPCO is making progress on cleaning up the site at Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear reactors
wrecked by the earthquake/tsunami of March 2011. The first three links
below give some details- most noteworthy is that the appallingly
precarious fuel pool atop unstable reactor 4 has been emptied of used
fuel rods, on schedule. This is a huge relief. The next two articles
speak of technologies that have not yet been applied, but seem hopeful.

The bad news falls into several categories.

1) The site itself is far from under control. No one knows where the
melted cores of reactors 1, 2, and 3 are located. What’s clear is that
they have burned through their containers, and are in immediate contact
with groundwater. This water is now heavily contaminated
with radioactive isotopes, including plutonium, strontium 90, and other
life-threatening elements. It flows freely into the ocean and connects
with nearby aquifers that supply drinking water to northern Japan,
including Tokyo. The recent typhoons made this problem worse, and the
site is in a high earthquake and typhoon zone, so will continue to be damaged by nature.

2) Japan continues to suppress information about health consequences and
spread of radiation. The new secrecy law, which gives steep penalties
for breaches of national security- undefined, but including information
about Fukushima- hasn’t gone into effect yet- this happens next
month. It’s scary to think of what will happen to brave Japanese
doctors and journalist who speak out once it’s implemented.

3) The creatures of the Pacific ocean are sick or missing altogether- radiation from Fukushima must play a major role. If life in the oceans dies, what happens to life on dry land?

TEPCO’s efforts are laudable, but inadequate. International resources
must be mobilized to stop the flood of radiation issuing daily from
Fukushima Daiichi. Please sign and spread these two petitions:

Peace, Carol Wolman, MD

GOOD NEWS news/2014/november/kurion begins test to treat fukushima tritium.aspx#.VF4-IWc0-3O
The first of four sets of spent nuclear fuel rods has been
removed from a damaged reactor building at Japan’s Fukushima power
plant, scoring a major success in an effort to dismantle the quake
and tsunami-wrecked facility.’s-Ministry-Economy-Trade-Industry#.VF9wh2c0-3M

November 03, 2014 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

IRVINE, Calif. & TOKYO & HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kurion, Inc., an innovator in nuclear and hazardous waste management,
announced that it received a grant of one billion Japanese Yen
(approximately 10 million USD) from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade
and Industry (METI)
to demonstrate the company’s cost-effective tritium-removal technology
for possible deployment at Fukushima.
(This is significant, because until now, TEPCO has not even attempted to remove tritium from the wastewater.)
UOZU, Toyama Prefecture–A machinery maker here has developed a
“crawling” robot capable of penetrating hard-to-reach areas for
decontamination work at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power
plant. (no mention of its ability to withstand radiation or heat).


Nuclear Expert: Fukushima is a pretty close approximation of
The China Syndrome; Melted fuel cores burned through
containment vessels and material is below reactor structures
mixing with groundwater. Essentially it’ s a machine that’s
washing radioactivity into the sea.

[TEPCO] says it has found high levels of radioactive cesium
in groundwater in the compound. Officials at TEPCO say a recent
typhoon may be the cause. TEPCO officials say water taken on
Wednesday from a well had 460,000 becquerels of cesium per liter
(Bq/l). another well contained 424,000 becquerels. Officials say
those levels are 800 to 900 times the previous peak. The wells
are several meters west of the No. 2 reactor. The utility plans
to treat the tainted groundwater and discharge it into the
ocean, but local people strongly oppose the plan.

These typhoons come along and dump 10 inches of rain in a very
short time. In addition to the 300 tons [a day] that s normally
leaking, now there s a lot more. All of the trenches that
connect different parts of the plant are now overflowing and
leaking into the ground. The plant is continuing to bleed
directly into the Pacific, day in and day out. Whenever you get
an excessive rainfall, essentially it pops an artery and flows
even more 100s of tons into the Pacific. It ‘s not a problem
that s going to go away. Fukushima is so radioactive; no one has
gotten near [the reactor cores] yet. We don’ t even know where
the nuclear reactor core is, ” let alone try and stop it leaking
into the groundwater. It s a real mess.. It s not just cesium,
cesium is bad enough. but because the nuclear cores melted down,
what we’ ve got now is strontium, which is a really bad chemical
” it s a bone seeker that causes all sorts of cancers ” but also
plutonium. The nuclear reactor has breached and we re getting
plutonium in the groundwater. essentially pieces of the nuclear
fuel. the reactor has been breached and the reactor containment
has been breached. Most of that breach is in the form of liquid
radiation leaking out.
International Expert #2: The basic question is the following:
several weeks after Chernobyl it was crystal clear there were no
more releases of Iodine. If that i s not crystal clear at
Fukushima, this means several weeks or months after the accident
there were fission reactions. That is the question. This
question was presented, as my colleague said, at several
meetings of the IAEA and that was never made clear? That is an
important question because it would change the composition of
the releases.

Experts warn of volcano destroying Japan at any moment, causing
nation’ s extinction. Millions buried by lava in minutes,
hopeless for 120,000,000 people Reactors would be devastated and
spread nuclear waste worldwide. Gov t: Volcano near nuke plant
is shaking, tremor 7 minutes long. Stay away ” Increased eruption
risk due to 3/11 quake

The Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company are to
revise the timetable for decommissioning the No.1 reactor at the
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.


Much higher incidences of a whole range of illnesses than they
had in 2010, the year before the accident. We’re also working
with doctors in Japan, and some brave doctors are saying that
they’ve been threatened, that their hospital rights have been
threatened. if you tell your patient this illness is radiation
related you’ ll lose your right to practice and things like
that. So there’ s enormous pressure on the medical community to
tell the patients that what they’ re experiencing is not at all
related to radiation.

Journalist Jun Hori has quit NHK, the Japanese state broadcaster
saying that his network restricted what he could say about the
Fukushima nuclear disaster, and moved more slowly than others to
report how far the radiation was spreading.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided on Tuesday to approve
the guidelines for the state secrecy law, which was passed last
December. The law, which will take effect on December 10, allows the
government to designate information as a state secret under four broad
categories: foreign affairs, defense, counter-espionage and
counter-terrorism. The law is controversial among Japanese media and
civil society, although perhaps not as much as the Cabinet’ s decision
to reinterpret the Constitution’ s stance on collective self-defense.
However, it is yet another example of legislation that the ruling LDP
has managed to carry through the Diet relatively uncontested, as
Japan’ s opposition parties remain weak, fractured, and hopelessly


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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. As the Green candidate for Congress in California District 1 in ’08, she (more…)

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