Japan: Cleaning Up Fukushima’s Highly Radioactive Water Could Take Decades

No one is sure how to safely dispose of millions of gallons of highly radioactive water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. ‘There is nothing like this, on this scale, that we have ever attempted to do before,’ a U.S. expert says.


Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant’s No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 reactors, from right to left, in this photo taken March 31 and released by Japan’s Defense Ministry on April 1.
Reporting from Tokyo and Los Angeles—For nearly four weeks, Japanese emergency crews have been spraying water on the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, a desperate attempt to avert the calamity of a full meltdown.

Now, that improvised solution to one nuclear nightmare is spawning another: what to do with the millions of gallons of water that has become highly radioactive as it washes through the plant.

The water being used to try to cool the reactors and the dangerous spent fuel rods is leaking through fissures inside the plant, seeping down through tunnels and passageways to the lowest levels, where it is accumulating into a sea of lethal waste.

No one is sure how to get rid of it safely.

“There is nothing like this, on this scale, that we have ever attempted to do before,” says Robert Alvarez, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Energy Department.

Japanese officials estimate that they already have accumulated about 15 million gallons of highly radioactive water. Hundreds of thousands of gallons are being added every day as the plant’s operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Co., continues to feed coolant into the leaky structures.

Ultimately, the high-level radioactive substances in the water will have to be safely stored, processed and solidified, a job that experts say will almost certainly have to be handled on a specially designed industrial complex. The process of cleaning up the water could take many years, even decades, to complete. The cost could run into the tens of billions of dollars.

Read moreJapan: Cleaning Up Fukushima’s Highly Radioactive Water Could Take Decades

Dr. Romeo Quijano: Fukushima Effects May Be Worse Than Chernobyl

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MANILA–Fruits and herbs can help combat the effects of radiation, a doctor said Wednesday.

Dr. Romeo Quijano of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at UP Manila told the Senate committee on health that eating uncontaminated fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants can help people who have been exposed to radiation. These include berries, guavas, guyabanos, and soy beans.

Quijano added “anti-radiation” herbs like turmeric, basil, rosemary, ginseng, and green tea can also help reduce the effects of radiation exposure.

Garlic and onions, which contain sulfur, and iodine-rich foods, especially seaweeds, can also help.

The senate committee hearing was called to address concern that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

“Fukushima is really a big problem,” Quijano said, adding that the effects may be worse than those suffered in the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear emergency.

He said the International Atomic Energy Agency puts radiation released by the Chernobyl accident at around 50 million curies. Figures from the Union of Concerned Scientists put the figure at up to 9 billion curies. Fallout from that incident spread throughout the world.

Read moreDr. Romeo Quijano: Fukushima Effects May Be Worse Than Chernobyl

Korea: Radioactive Rain Closes 130 Schools (California Had Multiple Times More Radioactivity In Rainwater.)

And again the propaganda kicks in that those radiation levels are minute and safe.

I told you several times before that a radioactive particle inhaled or ingested becomes 1 billion times worse than outside your body.

There are no safe limits!

Yet, nobody seems to care about American schoolchildren:

Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater Near San Francisco 18,100% Above Federal Drinking Water Standard

California: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 181 Times Above Drinking Water Standards, Has Also Been Detected In Multiple Milk Samples, While US Gov Has Still Not Published Any Official Data On Japan Disaster

US Government Responds to Fukushima by Trying to Raise Radiation Limits, EPA Pulls 8 Of 18 Radiation Monitors Out Of CA, OR And WA


Citizens arm themselves with umbrellas, raincoats, boots


Parents have their children use umbrellas on their way home from school at Shinyongsan Elementary School, central Seoul, Thursday, amid fear of “radioactive rain.” The authorities said the amount of radioactive material in the rain was negligible.

From parents of kindergartners to office workers, the entire nation was gripped by concerns over “radioactive rain,” Thursday, when traces of radioactive material were detected in rainwater on Jeju Island.

The authorities went all out to allay public fears, but the detection, albeit minuscule, made people nervous as they braced themselves for rainfall nationwide. They went to schools and offices armed with umbrellas, raincoats and boots.

The Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS) said radioactive iodine and cesium were found in rainwater collected in the early morning at a checkpoint on the island. The concentration level of iodine-131 was 2.02 becquerels per liter (Bq/l), that of cesium-137, 0.538 Bq/l, and that of cesium-134, 0.333 Bq/l.

KINS officials said the levels were too low ― almost negligible ― to pose any serious health risks. “Even if a person drinks 2 liters of such rainwater every day for a year, the exposure concentration level will be 0.037 millisievert (mSv), far lower than the 1 mSv government safety standard,” a KINS official said.

Read moreKorea: Radioactive Rain Closes 130 Schools (California Had Multiple Times More Radioactivity In Rainwater.)

Japan’s Earthquake: Natural or Engineered?

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US Nuclear Team Helps Japan To Prepare For Possibility Of ‘Large-Scale Radiation Leak’ At Fukushima

For your information.


March 31, 2011
By Stephen Lendman

An earlier article considered whether Haiti’s January 2010 quake was engineered. Despite no corroborating proof, technologies exist to do it. More information below.

On March 11 at 14.46 JST, the earth shook around 81 miles east of Japan’s Oshika Peninsula of Tohoku near Sendai, its hypocenter about a 20 mile depth. Measured at 9.0, it triggered a 33-foot high tsunami in minutes, compounding the destructive damage over a wide area.

Of greatest concern is damage to four or more nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi plant. So far (besides many thousands injured and homeless), those dead or missing number almost 30,000, a total to rise exponentially if the worst Fukushima’s fears materialize.

According to some experts, it’s no longer speculation. It’s reality, though government and media reports deny it, concealing the disaster’s magnitude, affecting the entire Pacific rim and Northern Hemisphere.

Nonetheless, on March 29, New York Times writers Ken Belson and Hiroko Tabuchi headlined, “Confidence Slips Away as Japan Battles Nuclear Peril,” saying:

Plutonium traces in soil and increasing hazards for plant workers “forced government officials to confront the reality that the emergency measures they have taken to” contain the disaster haven’t worked. In fact, conditions are worse, not better, suggesting perhaps nothing can contain this monster, threatening to make northern Japan (the size of Pennsylvania) an uninhabitable dead zone, though it’s still too early to tell.

On March 29, London Guardian writer Ian Sample headlined, “Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor,” saying:

“The radioactive core in a reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant appears to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel (onto) a concrete floor, experts say, raising fears of a major release of radiation at the site.” It’s already major and increasing.

According to Richard Lahey, former GE boiling-water reactors head of safety research:

“The indications we have, from the reactor to radiation readings and the materials they are seeing, suggest that the core has melted through the bottom of the pressure vessel in unit two, and at least some of it is down on the floor of the drywell. I hope I am wrong, but that is certainly what the evidence is pointing towards.”

“The reason we are concerned is that they are detecting water outside the containment area that is highly radioactive and it can only have come from the reactor core.” Lahey added that it won’t be as bad as Chernobyl. In fact, it’s multiples worse from:

— increasing radiation releases, including deadly plutonium;

— spreading them catastrophically across the entire Northern Hemisphere, especially over wide parts of Japan;

— causing permanent contamination; and
— potentially killing millions from deadly cancers.

According to Dr. Tom Burnett:

“Fukushima is going to dwarf Chernobyl. (Its) reactions are getting worse. I suspect three nuclear piles are in meltdown….When the molten mass (reaches) the water table, (it) will explode (releasing) more radioactive particulate matter. The concrete will melt and the problem will get worse.”

It’ll continue for months. The only solution is bad; namely, “detonat(ing) a 10 kiloton fission device inside each reactor containment vessel and hope to vaporize the cores.”

Nuclear core meltdowns are self-sustaining. Only halting the reaction can stop them. That “require(s) a nuclear weapon….in each containment vessel….(b)ut it will be messy.”

Read moreJapan’s Earthquake: Natural or Engineered?

Radioactive Iodine Now 7.5 MILLION Times Legal Limit In Water Around Fukushima

High level of iodine-131 detected in Fukushima (NHK):

The operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has detected 5 million times higher than the legal limit of radioactive iodine in seawater around the plant.

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it detected 300,000 bequerels of iodine-131 per 1 cubic centimeter, or 7.5 million times higher than the legal limit in samples taken around the water intake of the No. 2 reactor at 11:50 AM on Saturday.

It also found 200,000 bequerels or 5 million times higher than the limit in samples taken at 9AM on Monday.

Monday’s sample also shows 1.1 million times higher than the national limit of cesium-137 whose half-life is 30 years. (!!!)

updated at 15:40 UTC, Apr. 05

Executive Director Of Nuclear Information And Resource Service ‘Furious At The Government For Misleading Information’

And again:

Updating Japan’s Nuclear Disaster

Jeff Patterson, former Physicians for Social Responsibility president said, “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources. Period.” In 1953, Nobel laureate George Wald agreed saying “no amount of radiation is safe. Every dose is an overdose.”

What They’re Covering Up at Fukushima: ‘You Get 3,500,000 The Normal Dose. You Call That Safe? And What Media Have Reported This? None!’:

Radiation exposure is increased by a factor of a trillion.  Inhaling even the tiniest particle, that’s the danger.


Threat posed by radioactive milk tough to measure (California Watch):

….

Not surprisingly, there was instant speculation about whether that milk posed a threat to human health. Government officials were quick to say the levels were low and posed no risk.

“Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a miniscule amount compared to what people experience every day,” wrote Patricia Hansen, a Food and Drug Administration scientist, in response to the milk findings.

…..

A coalition of scientists and environmentalists insisted ingesting radiation is not the same as background exposures from airplane flights.

“The FDA spokesperson should have informed the public that radioiodine provides a unique form of exposure in that it concentrates rapidly in dairy products and in the human thyroid,” wrote Robert Alvarez, a former senior policy adviser to President Clinton’s U.S. Secretary of Energy.

“The dose received, based on official measurements, may be quite small, and pose an equally small risk,” Alvarez said in a statement. “However, making a conclusion on the basis of one measurement is fragmentary at best and unscientific at worst. As the accident in Fukushima continues to unfold, the public should be provided with all measurements made of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima reactors to allow for independent analyses.”

Indeed, just how radioactive particles – particularly iodine 131 and the more dangerous cesium 137 – move through the food chain remains unclear.

……

What about mothers who are breast-feeding? Presumably, if cows, sheep and goats can pass radiation along in their milk, so can humans.

It was this concern that enraged Michael Mariotte, the executive director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service, when the federal government released its statement downplaying the milk situation.

“No mother should ever have to wonder if the milk she feeds her child might be harmful,” he wrote in a statement. “Having worked on nuclear issues for 25 years, I know the difference between internal exposures and background radiation. But lots of people don’t. As the father of an 11-month old daughter, I’m personally furious at the government for this misleading information.”

Read moreExecutive Director Of Nuclear Information And Resource Service ‘Furious At The Government For Misleading Information’

Background Radiation Of The Entire Planet Is Rising – Radiation And Jet Stream Forecast UPDATE: Cesium-137, Xenon-133 And Iodine-131 (4/5/2011)

Make sure you watch from 4:00 minutes into the video.


The Background Radiation of the Entire Planet Is Rising

The levels are “mid” and “low” range at surface, 2500m, and 5000m … for gasses NOT detectable by radiation detectors.

Here are the links… you decide for yourself.

Surface levels and high level clouds of Cesium 137, Iodine 131, and Xenon 133, have reached the United States .. showing up in 13 different states rain water according to MSM reports..

Read moreBackground Radiation Of The Entire Planet Is Rising – Radiation And Jet Stream Forecast UPDATE: Cesium-137, Xenon-133 And Iodine-131 (4/5/2011)

North Carolina Bill Threatens To Criminalize Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Herbalists, Midwives, Aromatherapists As Felons

(NaturalNews) Alternative health practitioners in North Carolina (NC) and their patients need your help to defeat a stealth bill that flew under the radar of most everyone in the natural health community. Senate Bill 31, which clarifies the penalties for the “unauthorized practice of medicine,” essentially criminalizes the practice of unlicensed forms of medicine, which includes the work of many naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, aromatherapists, and even some midwives in the state. The bill was adopted by a judiciary committee in early March, and it recently passed the NC Senate. Now, the NC House is set to vote on the bill tonight, and unless NC governor Bev Perdue vetoes it, the practice of natural medicine for many in NC may soon become a more severe criminal offense.

SB 31 states that anyone who practices medicine or surgery without having been first “licensed and registered to do so” will be guilty of a Class I felony. Class I felonies in NC are the least severe kinds of felonies, but they do include things like burning crosses on private or public property, and sexually exploiting children. So if passed, SB 31 will essentially make those who practice alternative medicine without an official, state-sanctioned license and permit, criminals of the likes of sexual predators and cross burners.

You can read the short bill for yourself at the following link:
http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/…

Proponents of the bill say it fixes a loophole in the current law that classifies out-of-state practitioners who practice without a license as Class I felons, while in-state practitioners who practice without a license are only guilty of a Class I misdemeanor. But what the bill actually appears to do is make it even harder for alternative practitioners who literally cannot be licensed in NC because their work is not “approved,” to practice at all. After all, who is going to be willing to provide alternative medical services for consenting patients when doing so makes them a felon?

Read moreNorth Carolina Bill Threatens To Criminalize Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Herbalists, Midwives, Aromatherapists As Felons

Potential April 6th Fukushima Fallout Forecast Shows US West Coast Under Threat

This is a POTENTIAL radiation release produced by officials within the Department of Atmospheric and Climate Research (ATMOS) at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU).

The Norwegian Institute for Air Research
http://www.nilu.no/
http://transport.nilu.no/

http://transport.nilu.no/browser/fpv_fuku?fpp=conccol_I-131_;region=DMANC1

Japan Government Covered-Up High Radiation Levels Far Away From Fukushima

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SOS: Japan Mayor of Minami Soma City, Next To The Fukushima Nuclear Plant, Begs The Entire World To Help: ‘We Are Left To Ourselves … We Risk Dying Of Hunger.’


THE Japanese government withheld the release of data showing that levels of radiation more than 30 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant exceeded safe levels, broadcaster NHK reported Monday citing official documents.

The facility was rocked by a devastating earthquake and magnitude 9.0 tsunami which struck Japan’s northeast coast on March 11. Radiation has since been seeping from the complex, with the government imposing a 20-kilometre evacuation zone.

Low levels of radioactive material have also been detected in other countries including the US and Britain.

Computer projections taken on March 16 showed that people from as far away as 30 kilometres from the nuclear plant would be exposed to more than 100 millisieverts of radiation if they were outdoors for 24 hours between March 12 and 24.

It also indicated that the radiation could spread northwest and southwest of the facility.

The normal level of background radiation people are exposed to in their daily lives without harm is about one to 1.5 millisieverts a year.

Read moreJapan Government Covered-Up High Radiation Levels Far Away From Fukushima

Radioactive Fallout To Engulf Taiwan, People Should Stay Home, Those Who Must Go Out Should Immediately Take Off Their Clothes And Cleanse Nuclear Contaminants From Their Bodies As Soon As They Are Back Home

Nuclear fallout may hit Taiwan on Wednesday evening at the earliest, after a small amount of radioactive iodine-131 was detected in the skies over Taiwan last week, said the country’s nuclear energy authorities yesterday. The fallout will come straight from Japan’s Fukushima, where a stricken nuclear power plant is steadily leaking radioactivity, but the impact on Taiwan will be “minimal,” said the Executive Yuan’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) in a forecast.

Radioactivity at 0.0638 sieverts per hour, much lower than the 0.2-sievert alarm level, is expected, the agency said, adding it will step up monitoring of airborne fallout and warn people not to go out if radioactivity reaches alarming levels.

The estimate, based on an AEC simulation model, is six times the radioactivity detected in a previous observation and equal to the background value.

Breathing in the particles for a whole year is equivalent to one 300th of an X-ray examination, said Lee Jo-chan, director of AEC’s Department of Radiation Protection.

Read moreRadioactive Fallout To Engulf Taiwan, People Should Stay Home, Those Who Must Go Out Should Immediately Take Off Their Clothes And Cleanse Nuclear Contaminants From Their Bodies As Soon As They Are Back Home

US Nuclear Team Helps Japan To Prepare For Possibility Of ‘Large-Scale Radiation Leak’ At Fukushima

U.S. team’s mission is to help SDF (Daily Yomiuri):

(April 4) — The primary task of a visiting U.S. nuclear emergency response team will be to help the Self-Defense Forces with operations related to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima Prefecture, such as decontaminating residents and providing information to assist the SDF’s medical activities.

According to sources, the U.S. team will also prepare for unexpected contingencies, such as a large-scale radiation leak from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

About 10 members of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force arrived at U.S. Yokota Air Base in Tokyo on Saturday as an advance party. They arrived on a U.S. transport plane from Maryland.

They will be joined by two similar units scheduled to arrive Sunday and Monday. In total, the response force will deploy 155 personnel to Japan.

Read moreUS Nuclear Team Helps Japan To Prepare For Possibility Of ‘Large-Scale Radiation Leak’ At Fukushima

Just In Time: Canada Suspends Mobile Radiation Measurements

Natural Resources Canada Mobile Surveillance Data:

Please note that there was no new data collected by NRCan on March 23, 2011, and that until further notice mobile surveys are suspended.

Probably just a ‘coincidence’:

US Government Responds to Fukushima by Trying to Raise Radiation Limits, EPA Pulls 8 Of 18 Radiation Monitors Out Of CA, OR And WA

TEPCO Dumps 10,000 Tons Of ‘Low Level’ Radioactive Water In The Pacific Ocean

(April 4) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. began disposing of a total of 10,000 tons of water containing low-level radioactive substances in the Pacific Ocean on Monday from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to make room to store more highly polluted water filling the No. 2 reactor turbine building, as the water is hampering the plant’s restoration work, it said.

Separately from the contaminated water kept in a waste processing building, the company also said it plans to release 1,500 tons of groundwater, also containing radioactive materials, near the No. 5 and No. 6 reactors. The government said the water disposal will pose ”no major health risk” and is inevitable in order to secure safety.

”We’ve placed priority on not letting the highly radioactive flow into the sea,” top government spokesman Yukio Edano told a press conference.

Read moreTEPCO Dumps 10,000 Tons Of ‘Low Level’ Radioactive Water In The Pacific Ocean

Attempt To Pour Concrete On Fukushima Pit Crack Generating 1 Sievert/Hour Fails

Fact Sheet on Biological Effects of Radiation (NRC):

Above background levels of radiation exposure, the NRC requires that its licensees limit maximum radiation exposure to individual members of the public to 100 mrem (1mSv) per year, …



Attempt To Pour Concrete On Fukushima Pit Crack Generating 1 Sievert/Hour Fails; New Unmanned Drone Photos Of Reactors



After prior reports that radiation in and around Fukushima had breached the dreaded barrier of 1 sievert/hour were attributed to some PR apparatchik not knowing how to carry the decimal comma, we once again get confirmation that previous attempts to refute what some saw merely as scaremongering, were in fact more lies. According to Reuters, the soon to be nationalized TEPCO said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts (1 sievert) of radiation per hour in the air inside the pit. “With radiation levels rising in the seawater near the plant, we have been trying to confirm the reason why, and in that context, this could be one source,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said on Saturday. He cautioned, however: “We can’t really say for certain until we’ve studied the results.” Since at this point nobody believes anything coming out of Japan and TEPCO, most are just expecting for the concrete to come: “TEPCO has begun pouring concrete into the pit to stop the leak, he said.” Alas, as always happens when horrible plans go awry, this latest attempt to fix the problem with the nuclear (pardon the pan) “solution” is failing. “Public broadcaster NHK said late on Saturday that water was preventing the concrete from hardening and the pit was still leaking.” In other words, recent horrendously planned attempts to cool the reactor by pumping water on it may well scuttle the Plan Z option of entombing the reactor. And if that doesn’t work, then Japan is straight out of plans.

From Reuters:

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese officials grappling on Sunday to end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl were focussing on a crack in a concrete pit that was leaking radiation into the ocean from a crippled reactor.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it had found a crack in the pit at its No.2 reactor in Fukushima, generating readings 1,000 millisieverts of radiation per hour in the air inside the pit.

“With radiation levels rising in the seawater near the plant, we have been trying to confirm the reason why, and in that context, this could be one source,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), said on Saturday.

He cautioned, however: “We can’t really say for certain until we’ve studied the results.”

Read moreAttempt To Pour Concrete On Fukushima Pit Crack Generating 1 Sievert/Hour Fails

Physicians for Social Responsibility: ‘There Is No Safe Level Of Radionuclide Exposure, Whether From Food, Water Or Other Sources. Period.’

Physicians for Social Responsibility Deeply Concerned About Reports of Increased Radioactivity in Food Supply

 
Washington, DC – March 23, 2011 – Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) expressed concern over recent reports that radioactivity from the ongoing Fukushima accident is present in the Japanese food supply.  While all food contains radionuclides, whether from natural sources, nuclear testing or otherwise, the increased levels found in Japanese spinach and milk pose health risks to the population.  PSR also expressed alarm over the level of misinformation circulating in press reports about the degree to which radiation exposure can be considered “safe.”

According to the National Academy of Sciences, there are no safe doses of radiation. Decades of research show clearly that any dose of radiation increases an individual’s risk for the development of cancer.

“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.”

“Consuming food containing radionuclides is particularly dangerous. If an individual ingests or inhales a radioactive particle, it continues to irradiate the body as long as it remains radioactive and stays in the body,”said Alan H. Lockwood, MD, a member of the Board of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “The Japanese government should ban the sale of foods that contain radioactivity levels above pre-disaster levels and continue to monitor food and water broadly in the area. In addition, the FDA and EPA must enforce existing regulations and guidelines that address radionuclide content in our food supply here at home.”

Read morePhysicians for Social Responsibility: ‘There Is No Safe Level Of Radionuclide Exposure, Whether From Food, Water Or Other Sources. Period.’

SOS: Japan Mayor of Minami Soma City, Next To The Fukushima Nuclear Plant, Begs The Entire World To Help: ‘We Are Left To Ourselves … We Risk Dying Of Hunger.’

This happens when you trust the government.

See America, there is no need to prepare yourself!


Japanese Mayor, Disgusted With The Government’s Crisis Response, Appeals For Help To The Entire World

The mayor of Minami Soma city, located 25 km away from the Fukushima plant, had decided to bypass the traditional channels in requesting assistance out of disgust and frustration with the government’s handling of the disaster, and instead is appealing to the entire world via this soon to be viral video clip which was recorded over a week ago but is only now making the rounds. In the clip, mayor Katsunobu Sakurai says: “We are left to ourselves… we risk dying of hunger.

Minami Soma, once a city of over 70,000 and which may now be down to as little 20,000, is asking for volunteers to do what the Japanese government refuses to do: namely to help those most in need of if not help, then at least potentially life-saving information. The mayor expresses his disappointment at the lack of support from the central government for the city’s remaining residents, and accuses the government of not providing sufficient information to help in the decision making process.

Read moreSOS: Japan Mayor of Minami Soma City, Next To The Fukushima Nuclear Plant, Begs The Entire World To Help: ‘We Are Left To Ourselves … We Risk Dying Of Hunger.’

Canada Refuses To Test Milk For Radiation

Refuse to pay your taxes and see what happens. 🙂

Iodine ‘traces’ pose absolutely ‘no risk’ in Canada and the US:

California: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 181 Times Above Drinking Water Standards, Has Also Been Detected In Multiple Milk Samples, While US Gov Has Still Not Published Any Official Data On Japan Disaster

When ingested or inhaled a radioactive particle becomes a trillion times more dangerous to your health, no matter what BS your government tells you.


Iodine traces found in Spokane product ‘pose absolutely no risk’


A dairy farmer empties milk onto his pasture in Nihonmatsu, Japan, last week after radioactive materials beyond legal limits were detected in raw milk in the area near a stricken nuclear power plant.
Photograph by: AFP, Getty Images, Vancouver Sun

Canadian health agencies have no immediate plans to measure the amount of radiation in milk following Japan’s nuclear crisis despite the demands of B.C. dairy farmers who want officials to follow the U.S. and test dairy products.

“There will be no testing of milk,” Alice Danjou, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, said Friday.

The news came as a disappointment to Robin Smith, executive director of the BC Milk Producers Association, which earlier this week called on the agency to test the milk in an effort to prove to the public the levels are low enough to consume.

Read moreCanada Refuses To Test Milk For Radiation

Fukushima Xe-133 Radiation Forecast (Apr. 2-6): Northwest of US Under Threat

Provided by the Department of Atmospheric and Climate Research, The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)

April 6 Fukushima forecast shows Northwest US under threat


Added: 02.04.2011

April 6 Fukushima Forecast Shows Northwest US under threat (CLOSEUP)


Added: 02.04.2011

See also:

California: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 181 Times Above Drinking Water Standards, Has Also Been Detected In Multiple Milk Samples, While US Gov Has Still Not Published Any Official Data On Japan Disaster

GREENPEACE Measures EXTREME RADIATION 35KM From Fukushima: Maximum Annual Dose In Just 4 Days!

US RadNet Radiation Monitor System Unlikely To Detect Radiation As Close As 25 Feet Above Or Beside Them And There Are Only 125 Of Those Monitors For the Entire US!

US Government Responds to Fukushima by Trying to Raise Radiation Limits, EPA Pulls 8 Of 18 Radiation Monitors Out Of CA, OR And WA

Japan: Blue Flashing Light Seen Over Fukushima Plant (FOX News)

Nuclear Expert: Suicide Crews ‘Facing 100-Year Battle’ At Fukushima

Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater Near San Francisco 18,100% Above Federal Drinking Water Standard

Pennsylvania: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 3300% Above Federal Drinking Water Standard

Read moreFukushima Xe-133 Radiation Forecast (Apr. 2-6): Northwest of US Under Threat

California: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 181 Times Above Drinking Water Standards, Has Also Been Detected In Multiple Milk Samples, While US Gov Has Still Not Published Any Official Data On Japan Disaster

Government Under Fire as Radiation Is Found in Milk, Rain

Federal officials have still not published any official data on nuclear fallout from Japan disaster

Government Under Fire as Radiation Is Found in Milk, Rain (Bay Citizen, April 2, 2011):

Radiation from Japan rained on Berkeley during recent storms at levels that exceeded drinking water standards by 181 times and has been detected in multiple milk samples, but the U.S. government has still not published any official data on nuclear fallout here from the Fukushima disaster.

Dangers from radiation that is wafting over the United States from the Fukushima power plant disaster and falling with rain have been downplayed by government officials and others, who say its impacts are so fleeting and minor as to be negligible.

But critics say an absence of federal data on the issue is hampering efforts to develop strategies for preventing radioactive isotopes from accumulating in the nation’s food and water supplies.

Read moreCalifornia: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 181 Times Above Drinking Water Standards, Has Also Been Detected In Multiple Milk Samples, While US Gov Has Still Not Published Any Official Data On Japan Disaster

GREENPEACE Measures EXTREME RADIATION 35KM From Fukushima: Maximum Annual Dose In Just 4 Days!

Radiation Counter Reaches Maximum Level of 9999 CPM


See also:

Japan: Blue Flashing Light Seen Over Fukushima Plant (FOX News)

Nuclear Expert: Suicide Crews ‘Facing 100-Year Battle’ At Fukushima

Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater Near San Francisco 18,100% Above Federal Drinking Water Standard

Pennsylvania: Radioactive Iodine-131 In Rainwater 3300% Above Federal Drinking Water Standard

TEPCO: Fukushima Groundwater ‘Highly’ Radiation-Contaminated, Contains Radioactive Iodine 10,000 Times Legal Limit

FOIA Request Shows EPA Prepares To Dramatically Increase Permissible Radioactive Releases In Drinking Water, Food And Soil After ‘Radiological Incidents’

Read moreGREENPEACE Measures EXTREME RADIATION 35KM From Fukushima: Maximum Annual Dose In Just 4 Days!

US RadNet Radiation Monitor System Unlikely To Detect Radiation As Close As 25 Feet Above Or Beside Them And There Are Only 125 Of Those Monitors For the Entire US!

Doctors express “deep concern” about Fukushima impacts on Canada

How do we know how much radiation is reaching Canada from Fukushima? Physicians for Global Survival asked, in a press release today.  They added that physicians for Global Survival “would like more openness from safety regulators and government about all isotopes, honesty about methods of measurement and regular updates about risks to vulnerable populations.”

“Physicians for Global Survival  is deeply concerned about the long term health of populations exposed due to accidental or planned releases of radioactivity from Fukushima and from domestic power plants.”

How the US monitors radiation

“The US uses a system of RadNet monitors,” the release said, adding that:

Radiation monitors are “point source” monitors, meaning that the radioactive element or ray must actually strike the monitor to be measured.  They are unlikely to detect radiation as close as twenty five feet above or beside them.  Apparently there are only about 125 of these monitors for the entire continental United States, Hawaii and Alaska.

Feel secure yet?

“News reports mention Iodine-131 and Cesium-137, not because they are the only radioactive elements discharged from the stricken reactors in Fukushima, but because they are the easiest to detect and measure,” the report added.

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US Government Responds to Fukushima by Trying to Raise Radiation Limits, EPA Pulls 8 Of 18 Radiation Monitors Out Of CA, OR And WA

When the economy imploded in 2008, how did the government respond?

Did it crack down on fraud? Force bankrupt companies to admit that their speculative gambling with our money had failed? Rein in the funny business?

Of course not!

The government just helped cover up how bad things were, used claims of national security to keep everything in the dark, and changed basic rules and definitions to allow the game to continue. See this, this, this and this.

When BP – through criminal negligence – blew out the Deepwater Horizon oil well, the government helped cover it up (the cover up is ongoing).

The government also changed the testing standards for seafood to pretend that higher levels of toxic PAHs in our food was business-as-usual.

So now that Japan is suffering the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl – if not of all time – is the government riding to the rescue to help fix the problem, or at least to provide accurate information to its citizens so they can make informed decisions?

Of course not!

The EPA is closing ranks with the nuclear power industry:

EPA officials, however, refused to answer questions or make staff members available to explain the exact location and number of monitors, or the levels of radiation, if any, being recorded at existing monitors in California. Margot Perez-Sullivan, a spokeswoman at the EPA’s regional headquarters in San Francisco, said the agency’s written statement would stand on its own.

Critics said the public needs more information.

“It’s disappointing,” said Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California. “I have a strong suspicion that EPA is being silenced by those in the federal government who don’t want anything to stand in the way of a nuclear power expansion in this country, heavily subsidized by taxpayer money.”

The EPA has pulled 8 of its 18 radiation monitors in California, Oregon and Washington because (by implication) they are giving readings which seem too high.

Remember, for the sake of context, that the government has covered up nuclear meltdowns for fifty years to protect the nuclear power industry.

And now, the EPA is considering drastically raising the amount of allowable radiation in food, water and the environment.

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