- 10 December 2011
Yomiuri Editorial: Not eating your veggies equal to 100-200
millisieverts — “Unfounded
radiation fears seem to be continuing to spread”
by Enenews Admin [Editor's Note: the editorial makes inappropriate
analogies, similar to comparisons to increased exposure from
flying. The biggest danger does not come from external radiation,
but from microscopic particles that get ingested or otherwised
absorbed into the body and remain embedded in cells, permanently
emitting low level radiation].
of radioactive tires from Japan confiscated by Russians: “Emitting
excess levels of gamma and beta rays” —
“Unsafe to bring into Russia” by Enenews
Kyoto Radiation Map, survivaljapan.wordpress.com
citizen radiation monitoring group Safecast published a map
of radiation levels in Kyoto city. The map includes areas such
as the Kyoto incinerator plant, where radioactive waste could
be incinerated if Hosono got his way in spite of local opposition;
Kyoto JR train station; popular tourist spots such as the park
of the imperial palace; nearby farming village Ohara, etc. It
was “safecast” by a bicyclist at 1 meter above ground
level yesterday. To our knowledge, this is the first map in
Japan made in the monitored land as Safecast understandably
focus on radiation levels in the no man’s land...
are within 35 to 70 CPM (count per minute), i.e. between about
1 to 2 mS/year. Although these levels are twice as expected,
they are harmless even for residents, therefore all the more
for short-stay visitors. A screenshot of the map is reproduced
below. [Editor's Note: The problem with this form of measurement
is that it involves external radiation only and not nanoparticles
inhaled, ingested, or otherwise absorbed inside the body].
Just a matter of time before molten core reaches groundwater
at Fukushima, says architect of Reactor No. 3 (VIDEO)
architect of Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi — a former
President of Saga University, so impeccable academic credentials
— has said it is just a matter of time before the molten
core at least in Unit 1, if not also Units 2 and 3, does reach
then if it just hits it right and if theres enough water and
enough molten core you’re going to have a pretty powerful
so yet more catastrophic radiaoctivity releases in a great
TEPCO Replaced Radiation Damaged Fukushima WebCam And Modified
It to Prevent Visual Detections of Radiation From Neptunium
239, Uranium 239, and Yttrium 90, POTRBLOG Team.
the extreme early morning of December 3, Japan time, TEPCO's
Fukushima webcam showed indications of Beta and Gamma radiation
impacting its Charge Coupled Device (CCD). The nature of these
impacts was to produced fast pixel sized blips of light on the
TEPCO webcam. Less than 12 hours after this incident at "at
1:05pm on December 3", and likely as quickly as was possible,
TEPCO replaced the webcam and added "transparent camera
covers". These covers are thick enough to cause a horizontal
line reflection back into the camera.
POTRBLOG team believes that the "transparent camera covers"
are in actuality Nalgene beta radiation shields designed to
prevent visual evidence of high beta radiation activity in the
area, and to prevent the ingress of Alpa particles into the
shielding would not prevent Gamma ray interaction, however Gamma
ray interaction with the CCD is less likely and produces a weaker
effect when it does occur. Nor would the shield prevent Neutron
damage to the CCD. Neutron damage to the CCD would be evidenced
by black pixels on the CCD. Given TEPCO's rapid change out of
the camera, there would have only been limited daylight hours
available to ascertain/record the presence of such damage.
is unfortunate that TEPCO has apparently taken such actions,
as these nighttime visible radiation induced blips serve as
a public early warning indicator of the severity of immediate
radioactive discharge situation in Fukushima.
a detail explanation on how radiation affects CCDs please see
at Hat-tip to Majia's Blog for making us aware of the video
that showed the radiation blips. We have embedded that video
that in In the past, were we have data available, such steam
events have correlated with Neptunium 239 detections. Neptunium
239 and its parent Uranium 239 both rapidly and strongly eject
Beta radiation. Our conjecture is that both Np-239, U-239, and/or
possibly Y-90 (given the recent Strontium spill) may have caused
the pixel sized flashes seen on the video below."
Flare at Fukushima!!!!, majiasblog.blogspot.com
started watching at 12:06 23:32 on the web cam.
flare of light is the size (on the cam) of the buildings and
its tail streams stories up into the air.
recorded the flare for us to see and posted it at Enenews
is very bad.
another note relating to radiation, a number of people have
suggested that the high readings we had in Phoenix last week
of 850 CPM were from our local nuclear power plant, Palo Verde.
that is possible, I am skeptical because the radiation peak
we had echoed in Denver Colorado, Mason City Iowa, Idaho Falls,
St Paul Minnesota, Bismark ND, etc. within a day or two
cringe to consider what the radiation levels are going to be
like coming over from the latest plant "anomaly"
News: 30.8 Bq/Kg from baby formula by Mochizuki
of 87 Green Turtle's Eggs Were Deformed, by Mochizuki,
45 tonne radioactive leak 'reaches ocean', RT
warn Japan faces more danger from radioactive particles in consumer
food, after reports of a new toxic water leak from the Fukushima
45 tons of radioactive toxic water has reportedly leaked out
of the shattered plant and may have found its way into the ocean
during the weekend, according to David Wagner from Country Risk
Solutions in Tokyo.
nuclear station’s reactor hot zones melted down after
a 11 March quake, and the tsunami which followed devastated
the site altogether.
found the new leak is small compared to previous leaks: 80 per
cent of all the radiation contamination occurred back in March...
Robert Jacobs, an associate research professor at Hiroshima
Peace Institute, says plans for a cold shutdown are nothing
but “a publicity mode."
cold shutdown is when a normally-operating reactor is brought
off-line and the heat is reduced. We don’t have nuclear
rods inside a nuclear reactor core. What we have is corium
– nuclear fuel which has melted and is now pooled at
the bottom of the reactor. So it is not really possible to
call it a shut down in a controllable manner,” Dr. Jacobs
they can do is try to bring the temperature down to a level
where it will no longer form a threat of melting through the
containment of the reactor. This is far from a cold shutdown.
The fuel will remain hot for quite a long time and they will
need to put effort into containing it within the containment
structure. It can take decades to bring it to a point when
it is no longer a threat to the eco-system,” he added.
2011-12-07 (for this date) West
Coast USA Be Prepared: An Emergency Happened In Fukushima on
12/7/11, published Dec 9, 2011
sort of Emergency occurred in Fukushima on 12/7/11. The next
day, on 12/8/11, TEPCO announced that the emergency was just
training. We find it strange that TEPCO did not announce the
NIGHT TIME emergency training BEFORE IT OCCURRED.
one has to question the wisdom of believing a company would
have their already limited workforce stumbling around at NIGHT
in the midst of at least THREE NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS for TRAINING.
you live on the west coast of the USA you have at minimum one
day to prepare if that 'night time emergency security measures
training" involved the airborne release of something other
than training mist.
you have a Geiger counter, now and for the next several days
would be a good time for some intensive monitoring.
is a link to TEPCO's PDF after the fact press release on the
Emergency Security Measures “Nighttime Training”
Conducted on Dec. 7
If in Oregon, Wash., Calif. you need to demand officials test
how Fukushima fallout has affected rivers and fish -- Significant
radiation hit west coast and settled in on Cascades (VIDEO),
enenews.com, Dec 8, 2011
Ongoing Radiation Releases, majiasblog.blogspot.com
Diary posted a tweet from a worker who stated that releases
today are 60 million Bq/h
comparison, in August Busby stated that plant emissions were
reported to the Japanese Prime Minister by Tepco to be 10 to
the 13 becquerels per hour.
Christopher Busby interviewed by Russia Today (RT) and uploaded
to YouTube “Christopher Busby: Chernobyl-like radiation
found in Tokyo,” [RussiaToday] YouTube (uploaded 2011,
August 17): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNzDg4O9dkw
a Sep. interview with Dr. Helen Caldicott, Arnie Gunderson stated
that he had been told that Fukushima was currently emitting
a gigabecquerel per day (gigabecquerel or GBq 10^9 Bq), in radiation,
which he described as over 2 billion decays per second a day.
Caldicott interviews Arnie Gunderson: “Arnold Gundersen
with a Fukushima update,” If You Love This Planet (2011,
News from Japan: Leaking Plants and Radioactive Building Materials,
Long and tough road ahead for work to decommission Fukushima
"It is expected to take more than 30 years to decommission
crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant,
and workers tasked with the difficult mission would have to
venture into "uncharted territory" filled with hundreds
of metric tons of highly radioactive nuclear fuel, experts
key part of the decommissioning work is to remove a total
of 1,496 fuel rods from the No. 1 to 3 nuclear reactors and
3,108 fuel rods from nuclear fuel pools of the No. 1 to 4
reactors. The government and TEPCO are expected to start decommissioning
the reactors early in the New Year after unveiling detailed
plans around Dec. 16 that the nuclear plant has been brought
under control by achieving a stable state called a ''cold
to experts, filling the containment vessels with water completely
to shield radiation is the "foremost and biggest hurdle."
In order to carry out the task, it is necessary to spot and
repair damaged parts in the containment vessels. But it is
not an easy task. Up to about 5,000 millisieverts per hour
of radiation -- lethal levels -- have been detected in the
reactor building of the No. 1 reactor…''
Average weight of Japanese girls declines for 1st time,
mdn.mainichi.jp [h/t majiasblog
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The average weight of girls in Japan declined
in all age groups from 5 to 17 in the 2011 school year from
the previous year for the first time since the government began
Death Of The Pacific Ocean Fukushima Debris Soon To Hit American
Shores by Yoichi Shimatsu, Rense.com.
TEPCO plans to release radioactive water into sea,
majiasblog.blogspot.com [Editor's Note: a continued hat tip
to Dr. Majia Nadesan, who continues to do brilliant work in
our time of grave national -- and global -- emergency].
"The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
power plant says it is considering releasing low-level radioactive
water into the nearby sea. The Japanese fishery industry strongly
opposes the plan.
Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, says that it is currently
decontaminating radioactive water amassed in the basement of
the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi and then recycling
it as coolant for the reactors. The surplus water is being stored
in tanks at the site of the plant.
says that the tanks, which have a capacity of 160-thousand tons
of water, will be full up by March next year, because, in a
separate development, groundwater of a maximum 500 tons per
day is pouring into the basement of the buildings...
April, TEPCO was criticized by the domestic fishery industry
and foreign countries for releasing about 10,000 tons of low-level
radioactive water from the Fukushima plant into the sea...."
HERE: Tepco has been releasing radioactive water into the sea
during the entirety of this disaster. Here are some relevant
Fukushima Diary is covering this story also "Tepco is planning
to discharge contaminated water again" http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/12/tepco-is-planning-to-discharge-contaminated-water-again/
importantly, Fukushima Diary reported a few days ago that "Actual
Fukushima worker talks: water purifying system has never worked"
HEADLINES ON THE OCEAN AND FUKUSHIMA RADIATION
nuclear pollution of Pacific the world’s greatest: nuclear
monitor, The Vancouver Sun, Agence France-Presse October 27,
2011 The IRSN cites deep-water fish, fish at the top of the
marine food chain and molluscs and other filtrating organisms
as “the species that are the most sensitive” to
caesium pollution. http://nuclear-news.net/2011/10/28/fukushimas-radiation-pollution-of-the-pacific-ocean/
May, Harvey Wasserman reported that Fukushima could be an unmitigated
disaster for the oceans: Is Fukushima Now Ten Chernobyls Into
the Sea? Tue May 24, 2011 at 08:31 PM http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/24/979021/-Is-Fukushima-Now-Ten-Chernobyls-Into-the-Sea
May 26, Greenpeace criticized Japan’s inadequate radiation
monitoring of “serious marine contamination” http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/press/releases/Greenpeace-Fukushima-radiation-research-reveals-serious-marine-contamination/
Detects Radiation In Ocean at 10 to 300 Times Normal Levels
From Fukushima Nuclear Accident Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Diary reports on the growing contamination of sea life here:
Towards the Formation of a Radioactive Graveyard in the Pacific
Ocean? Japanese Officials & Experts Late Decision to Expand
Testing Around Fukushima Daiichi by Lucas Whitefield Hixson
"Cesium levels hit tens of billions of becquerels at river
mouth""Researchers have sounded the alarm over river
water containing cesium levels at tens of billions of becquerels
a day flowing into the sea near Fukushima Prefecture, site of
the crippled nuclear power plant." http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201111250389.html
STREAM FALLOUT CHANGE 12.4.-12.8.2011 (video)
2011-12-06 (for before this date) Fallout,
majiasblog.blogspot.com, 21 December 2011
CONTAMINATION IN THE US (All Data Prior to Nov 6)
observes that research with Marco Kaltofen has found 100 becquerels
(i.e., disintegrations per second) from Cesium-134 and 137 in
a square meter in the Portland Oregon area. This research was
conducted before November 6 when the results were discussed
in an interview.
hottest area detected in the US was the Cascades and areas on
the west side of Rockies.
the early days of the disaster,10 hot particles a day inhaled
in Seattle, 100X more in Japan.
cites other research findings to support his claims about deposition
in the US.
cites a Univ of Texs study that found airborne radioactive aerosols
40,000 higher in April than normal (Xenon) [Elevated radioxenon
detected remotely following the Fukushima nuclear accident.
noted that UC San Diego detected radioactive sodium at levels
implicating much higher releases of radiation than reported
by Tepco [Evidence of neutron leakage at the Fukushima nuclear
plant from measurements of radioactive 35S in California http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/08/11/1109449108
in mind that inhaling noble gasses is not risk free: see "Xenon
Gas and Lethal Doses by Inhalation" http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/xenon-gas-and-lethal-doses-by.html
data Gunderson discusses in this recent interview were presented
in a November 6 Interview - with Marco Kaltofen - titled "Airborne
Radiation Spread" http://enenews.com/university-researcher-weve-seen-radioactive-rain-outs-in-areas-of-oregon-and-washington-areas-with-a-lot-more-radiation-video
QUESTIONS ARE 1.) WHEN IS JAPAN GOING TO PROTECT ITS POPULATION
AND 2 WHAT ARE DEPOSITION RATES IN THE US NOW?
radnet data have shown a marked increase in radiation levels
in many US cities since November. Many people who are monitoring
levels with their personal geiger counters have detected high
levels in the US and Canada as well.
evident on the Fukushima Webcams indicate that significant releases
are occurring at the plant, especially in the vicinity of unit
about the nature of observed anomalies at the plant can be found
detection of Iodine-131 supports the hypothesis that fission
is still occurring and RADIATION CONTAMINATION IS WORSENING.
Certainly no-one believes that cold shutdown has actually occurred...
will our governments (Japan, U.S., Canadian) increase fallout
testing and publicize results??? When will efforts be undertaken
systematically to protect populaces by monitoring ALL FOOD and
Was High at 500 CPM Again, majiasblog.blogspot.com.
this week Phoenix AZ was up to 500 CPM beta again (30 to 60
is normal and the EPA cautions emergency responders to take
precautions at 300 CPM)
thought levels were high because I had the terrible tightness
in my chest again.
when I looked at radnet for Phoenix the levels were not so high.
in the week the EPA updated its Phoenix chart and the chart
showed that early this week levels were back up to 500 CPM.
did they take 3 days to update their chart?
I viewed ichicax4's video and saw her trace the body of air
that brought the radiation into Phoenix and other locations
on the west part of the US. I recommend watching her short video:
Rad Magnet 12.09.2011
husband says I am our family's radiation detector. My asthma
makes me a good barometer of levels that affect health subtly.
was trained in the scientific method rather thoroughly. There
is a very definite correlation between our radiation levels
in Phoenix and my chest tightening.
Clyd H. Stagner, who is expert in radiation monitoring, has
informed me that ionizing radiation causes can cause asthmatic
who follow the Fukushima mega-disaster are forced to witness
those events that unfold visibly through a distorting lens that
generates more uncertainties than answers.
Fukushima webcam is a deliberate travesty designed to distort
and mislead, while superficially placating those who call for
see Potrblog's latest post on precisely this point
same can be said for the EPA’s radnet, which is also a
travesty of transparency as it has been very overtly compromised
by censorship and data manipulation. Look for yourself and see
the censorship and manipulation. http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/04/12/realtime-epa-
who follow the Fukushima mega-disaster are a diverse group representing
people from many countries. What unites us is our understanding
that this disaster is without doubt the largest human-made catastrophe
we are without leadership as the officials of our so-called
democracies lie and censor data pertaining to the state of the
plant and the extent of ongoing radiation releases.
understandings we do have are gleaned from sifting through multiple
and frequently contradictory press releases and discussing nuances
in long discussion forums.
occasional remarks from experts, such as the recent warning
of a possible hydrovolcanic explosion made by the architect
of reactor 3, reinforce our sense that there is no plan, no
cooperation, and no willingness to make economic sacrifices
to protect the people of Japan, the people of Earth.
world’s soulless and corrupted nuclear industry may know
the extent of peril, but they are not sharing that information.
is always a path forward aimed at securing life, even in the
most dire of circumstances.
it is increasingly apparent that self-serving interests have
no sense of collective responsibility. The avarice of our corporations
and our elite will be humanity’s undoing.
so we who follow Fukushima scan webcams, radiation readings,
and headlines. We make inferences and deductions. Sometimes
our guesses are corroborated by data and sometimes our extrapolations
limits of our understanding stem not from our shortcomings,
but rather are by design; they are strategically engineered
by those who allow us only to peer through a distorting lens.
links for those who follow (sincere apologies for any site I've
missed--please post in comments and I'll update):
releases blockbuster report detailing NRC conspiracy in wake
of Fukushima by ENENEWS admin.
Report Details Conspiracy to Delay, Weaken US Nuclear Safety
in Wake of Fukushima, Congressman Edward Markey, Dec. 9,
Meltdown” Reveals Efforts to Improve Nuclear Safety Undermined
by Four NRC Commissioners
D.C. – As part of his ongoing investigation into U.S.
nuclear safety since the Fukushima meltdowns, today Rep. Edward
J. Markey (D-Mass.), Congress’s leading voice for nuclear
safety, released a blockbuster new report that details how four
Commissioners at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) colluded
to prevent and then delay the work of the NRC Near-Term Task
Force on Fukushima, the entity tasked with making recommendations
for improvement to NRC regulations and processes after the Fukushima
meltdowns, the worst nuclear disaster in history. The Near-Term
Task Force members comprise more than 135 years of collective
experience at the NRC, and with full access to expert NRC staff
completed a methodical and comprehensive review of NRC’s
Markey’s office reviewed thousands of pages of documents,
including emails, correspondence, meeting minutes and voting
records, and found a concerted effort by Commissioners William
Magwood, Kristine Svinicki, William Ostendorff and George Apostolakis
to undermine the efforts of the Fukushima Task Force with request
for endless additional study in an effort to delay the release
and implementation of the task force’s final recommendations.
Documents also show open hostility on the part of the four Commissioners
toward efforts of NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko to fully and quickly
implement the recommendations of the Task Force, despite efforts
on the part of the Chairman to keep the other four NRC Commissioners
fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency.
actions of these four Commissioners since the Fukushima nuclear
disaster has caused a regulatory meltdown that has left America’s
nuclear fleet and the general public at risk,” said Rep.
Markey. “Instead of doing what they have been sworn to
do, these four Commissioners have attempted a coup on the Chairman
and have abdicated their responsibility to the American public
to assure the safety of America’s nuclear industry. I
call on these four Commissioners to stop the obstruction, do
their jobs and quickly move to fully implement the lessons learned
from the Fukushima disaster.”
findings in the new report include:
* Four NRC Commissioners attempted to delay and otherwise
impede the creation of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;
* Four NRC Commissioners conspired, with each other and with
senior NRC staff, to delay the release of and alter the NRC
Near-Term Task Force report on Fukushima;
* The other NRC Commissioners attempted to slow down or otherwise
impede the adoption of the safety recommendations made by
the NRC Near-Term Task Force on Fukushima;
* NRC Chairman Greg Jaczko kept the other four NRC Commissioners
fully informed regarding the Japanese emergency, despite claims
to the contrary made by these Commissioners; and
* The consideration of the Fukushima safety upgrades is not
the only safety-related issue that the other NRC Commissioners
copy of the report “Regulatory Meltdown: How Four Nuclear
Regulatory Commissioners Conspired to Delay and Weaken Nuclear
Reactor Safety in the Wake of Fukushima” can be found
Iodine 131 IZOTOP Blame Game Does Not Explain Airborne Fission
Products, by the POTRBLOG Team.
airborne detections of Cs-134, Ru-103, Co-60, and Ce-144 are
NOT explained by the IZOTOP Iodine 131 release.
IAEA has blamed the Institute of Isotopes Co., Ltd (IZOTOP)
for the recent European Iodine 131 detections; IZOTOP claims
that they could not have been the sole source for the Iodine
publicly available data tends to support IZOTOP's position.
report from the Hungarian National Atomic Energy Agency verifies
that IZOTOP was producing Iodine 131 by adding a neutron to
Tellurium. That process would not create the fission products
detected, nor would it explain the presence of Cobalt-60.
detections of Cs-134, Ru-103,and Ce-144 indicate a high temperature
fission process. Since these are fission products, the presence
of Iodine 131, Te-132, I-132, Cs-137 would also be expected
in the airborne detections. The 39 day half life of Ru-103 and
its AIRBORNE detection makes an APRIL 2011 direct Fukushima
release source questionable. An ongoing Fukushima release would
be plausible, but it would also be readily directionally attributable.
would expect IZOTOP's manufacturing process to avoid the creation
of these extra fission elements as they would be expensive to
remove from the medical Iodine 131 they were creating (not to
mention the disposal costs). Moreover, the additional detected
fission elements are not volotiale at room temperature like
Iodine 131. Those other radioactive materials would have had
to come from a high temperature source in order to be volatilized
and found airborne. There is much more going on with the European
Iodine 131 detections than has been let on by the authorities;
the reasons why one can only guess at.
POTRBLOG SWAG [Editor's Note:slang for "Scientific Wild-Assed
Guess"] has been that the cosmogenic spallation of high
atomic weight Fukushima fallout is a possible source of such
distributed fallout. Much like the European fallout detection,
it would be very difficult to pinpoint a specific point-source
location for such fallout. Unfortunately we lack the tools and
budget to quantify the likelihood of such a cosmogenic spallation
event; HOWEVER, we find it very interesting that early on during
the event someone
in authority did let slip to the British media that a cosmogenic
event was responsible.