Bloomberg, Dec. 6, 2013: Fukushima Radiation to Reach U.S. Coast at Safe Levels, NRC Says [...] as the first isotopes linked to the plant near the West Coast. “The highest amount of radiation that will reach the U.S. is two orders of magnitude — 100 times — less than the drinking water standard*,” [NRC chair] Allison Macfarlane said in Tokyo today. [...] The impending arrival of water [...] has prompted concerns about health impacts. [...] [It] will reach mainland U.S. shores by early 2014, according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution senior scientist Ken Buesseler. Macfarlane also endorsed [Japan] releasing irradiated water stored at the Fukushima plant [...]
- California town passes Fukushima resolution: “Urgent international rescue” needed at site — “Poses health and safety concerns to America’s West Coast” — “Much greater contamination is likely” (ENENews, Dec 6, 2013):
Town of Fairfax, California, Nov. 6, 2013: Town Council Agenda [...] Adoption of Resolution 13-57 in support of urgent international rescue of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility
[…] Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors, crippled by the tsunami in Japan in March of 2011, continue to pose a grave risk to people and the environment around the world, including the United States.
[…] much greater contamination is likely, given that the reactor cores are highly unstable and that the structures and storage tanks are deteriorating and that massive amounts of contaminated cooling and groundwater are being released into the Pacific daily [...]
Japan Times, Dec. 6, 2013: Following political turmoil that rocked the Diet over the past week, ruling block Upper House members finally enacted the contentious state secrets bill late Friday night. Earlier in the day, opposition parties intensified their protests in vain over a law that’s being criticizing for not creating an independent oversight body capable of preventing the government from hiding inconvenient information at its discretion.
- TV: Officials near San Francisco to monitor Fukushima plume, concerns for environment and food supply — Supervisor: The risks to Californians are concerning — Commissioner: We can’t rely on Japan or Tepco — Will waves of cesium and strontium pollute coast? (VIDEO) (ENENews, Dec 6, 2013):
Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 3, 2013: Concern that a radioactive plume is headed for the West Coast from the crippled Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant has prompted Marin County officials to monitor the situation. [...] fears about toxic pollution have prompted supervisors Susan Adams and Steve Kinsey to ask that public safety, health and coastal staff track the issue. [...] While county officials point out that while concern is justified, there is no reason for alarm pending scientific study. But even experts do not know what, exactly, to expect when ocean waters carrying nuclear contaminants reach the West Coast in two or three years. How much of a threat will it pose? Will waves contaminated with cesium and strontium pollute the coast? [...] radioactive water has been leaking from damaged reactors [since disaster began in March 2011].
Estimated location of Fukushima plume in 2014 — *Model does not account for ongoing daily leaks into Pacific of ~400 tons of radioactive water (Han G J, et al., 2013)
- Japan Doctor: “Completely beyond comprehension” how huge the contamination of ocean water will be — Fukushima radioactive material poured in landfills to enter sea — It’s spreading over whole world (VIDEO) (ENENews, Dec 5, 2013):
NYC Press Conference hosted by Voices for Lively Spring/Human Rights Now/Physicians for Social Responsibility, Cinema Forum Fukushima, May 4, 2012 (h/t Facebook tip):
Dr. Ken Nakayama, surgeon and member of Japan government’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team that worked rescue operations in the Fukushima exclusion zone soon after 3/11 (at 5:30 in):
Roughly 5 billion pounds of debris are estimated to have been generated by the tsunami. What the Japanese government proposes to do is burn that if possible, and if it’s not possible to burn it, then to use it as landfill. [...]
Stand up Japan!
It’s now or never.
- Japan Official: “This is the way the reign of terror begins!” — Lawmaker is “physically restrained”; Outrage as secrets bill rammed through — Final passage expected within hours (PHOTOS) (ENENews, Dec 5, 2013):
The Guardian, Dec. 5, 2013: Whistleblowers and journalists in Japan could soon find themselves facing long spells in prison for divulging and reporting state secrets, possibly including sensitive information about the Fukushima nuclear disaster [...] “It is a threat to democracy,” said Keiichi Kiriyama, an editorial writer for the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper [...] “it can be used to hide whatever the government wishes to keep away from public scrutiny,” said Mizuho Fukushima, an opposition MP. [...] justice minister, Sadakazu Tanigaki, refused to rule out police raids of newspapers suspected of breaking the law.
The Japan Times, Dec. 5, 2013: Secrets bill clears panel by force [...] The Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito ruling coalition was set to forcibly pass the contentious state secrecy bill into law as early as Thursday night, after it rammed the legislation through the Upper House Special Committee on National Security earlier on the day. The chairman of the committee abruptly motioned for a vote on the bill, and ruling bloc lawmakers voted, while opposition lawmakers tried to block it by surrounding and shouting at him. “The committee chairman did not even mention that they will vote on it when we had a meeting before the session,” said Tetsuro Fukuyama, an Upper House member of the committee from the Democratic Party of Japan. “They again leveraged on the power of numbers. I am beyond angry.”
Wall St. Journal, Dec. 5, 2013: [...] the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [succeeded in] railroading a controversial state intelligence bill through a parliamentary debate Thursday. [...] In ramming the draft legislation through a special committee on national security, Mr. Abe made abundantly clear he was willing to use the force of greater numbers [...] Thursday’s ruckus in the security committee, widely broadcast on the evening television news, hardly gave the impression of a united opposition tackling an overreaching government, or a patient administration with a sympathetic ear to opposition concerns. “It’s making a mockery of parliament,” said DPJ lawmaker Tetsuro Fukuyama [...]
Xinhua, Dec. 5, 2013: [...] so outraged was opposition in the committee meeting Thursday, that [lawmaker Hirokazu Shiba] rose from his seat and shouted “This is the way the reign of terror begins!” His fervor led to his fellow lawmakers having to physically restrain Shiba, as tensions in the meeting reached fever pitch. Meanwhile, protests comprising more than 7,000 demonstrators continued around the Diet building, mobilized by civic groups, unions and concerned individuals, following similar scenes Wednesday that saw more than 6,000 anti-secrecy law opponents march around the Diet building hand-in-hand.
Variety, Dec. 5, 2013: The film industry worries that not only might the legislation help the government cover up embarrassing situations – like the mismanagement at electricity generator TEPCO whose nuclear reactor at Fukushima melted down after the tsunami – but that film-makers may once again be required to produce propaganda movies.
- Expert: It’s getting worse and worse at Fukushima plant; Infrastructure deteriorating, corroding very fast — Tepco Adviser: I doubt ice wall can help much — Scientist warns of radiation ‘pulse’ to ocean (AUDIO) (ENENews, Dec 5, 2013):
The Guardian, Dec. 3, 2013: Tepco’s latest plan to stem the flow of radioactive groundwater into the ocean is to solidify the soil around the site to form an impermeable “icewall”. [...] Lake Barrett, the US consultant brought in by Tepco, is sceptical of the plan. “I don’t think it’ll make that big a difference. It’s several hundred million dollars, and some of that might be better spent on an integrated water plan,” he says. Even if the ice wall works, it could cause fresh problems. Groundwater flowing out to the ocean keeps seawater from seeping inland at Fukushima. Block that flow, or divert it, and saltwater is sure to encroach. Normally, this would not be a problem. But the soil around Fukushima is laden with radioactive caesium. The substance binds to clay in freshwater conditions, but crucially is released again by saltwater. “If you stop the fresh water flowing out, that would very likely cause the caesium in the ground to be released. You then have a pulse, of what is currently in some way safely buried, going back into the ocean,” says Buesseler. “It is certainly something they should think about.” Continue reading »
Estimation of Nuclear-Energy Excursion Possibility during Fukushima-1 NPP Accident, CTBTO: Science & Technology, June 2013: [March 15 at Takasaka monitoring station ~250km SW of Fukushima-1] registered levels of radioactive aerosols exceeded the possible ranges of measurements [...] The highest values of radioactivity were indicated on March 16. [...] iodine-135 (half-life period = 6,6 hour) reached value of 74 Bq/m3, and the ratio of iodine-135/iodine-131 activities reached value of 24 that pointed indicated on “fresh” fission products from the damaged reactors, and also testified to possibility of emerged uncontrollable nuclear reaction. Unfortunately, the data of radioactive noble gases concentrations were not correctly obtained at Takasaka’s station because of too high levels of their content and equipment pollution. [...] reinforce or reject the hypothesis of secondary criticality at the Fukushima-1 accident could be possible [...]
Sulfur-35 in Southern California, June 2013: [...] data in favor of the criticality is given in  where the results of the determination of radioactive sulfur-35 in sulfate aerosols and gaseous SO2 in the oceanic air on the Pacific coast in the village of La Jolla, California. This data indicate exposure of sea water to neutrons with fluence 4 x 10^11 neutrons per m2. Radionuclide sulfur-35 is formed from seawater containing chlorine-35 by neutron irradiation.
YouTube Added: Dec 4, 2013
Abby Martin calls out the International Atomic Energy Agency for their endorsement of the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s response to the nuclear disaster, despite the company’s gross mismanagement of disaster.
- Fukushima two years on: a dirty job with no end in sight (Guardian, Dec 3, 2013):
The tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has led to the toughest nuclear cleanup ever. Radioactive water is still poisoning the sea – and it could take 40 years to fix the mess. Is Japan up to the challenge?
Carefully, gently, one-by-one. The removal of nuclear fuel rod assemblies from a badly damaged building at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is finally under way. Months in the planning, the job is risky, complex, and crucial. Here begins the first major step in the toughest decommissioning project ever attempted.
- Japan’s secrets bill turns journalists into terrorists (Japan Times, Dec 3, 2013):
Shinzo Abe owes Xi Jinping a debt of gratitude.The buzz in Japanese cyberspace is that Chinese President Xi is wagging the dog by declaring a controversial “air-defense identification zone” across the East China Sea. The move has drastically ramped up tensions with Japan and the United States, both of which have blatantly disregarded Beijing’s unilateral edict. According to one prevailing theory, Xi is whipping up an international storm to change the subject domestically away from income inequality, official corruption and China’s blackening skies.
The leader benefiting most from the controversy, though, may be Japan’s Abe. With his own populace furious over China’s unilateral decree, the prime minister is seizing the opportunity to rush a chilling official-secrets bill into law.
- Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce — Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on? (ENENews, Dec 4, 2013):
EXSKF, Nov. 28, 2013: The 33rd Ministry of Justice human rights essay contest for junior high school students has been won by a student in Miyagi Prefecture who wrote not buying Fukushima’s peaches because of radiation fear was the same as him being “discriminated” against by his classmate for being a Chinese national. Refusing the Fukushima produce because of radiation fear is tantamount to racial discrimination, according to the student and the Ministry of Justice who selected his essay as the best of the best this year. [...] Not buying Fukushima produce, as the government tells you to? You’re racist [...]
Japan Times, Dec. 3, 2013: With the contentious state secrets bill slated to clear the Upper House this week, citizens have been holding daily protests in front of the Diet building, denouncing the law as emblematic of the “rise of fascism.” [...] Atsuko Ikegami, 45, also decried what she viewed as the state tightening its grip on citizen access to critical information, including about nuclear crises. [...] “When those (anti-nuclear) rallies happened, I thought, ‘Well, the Japanese people finally learned to stand up and make their voice heard,’ ” Ikegami said. “But the bill could subject these activists to constant spying by the state [...]”
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- IAEA Official: “What we are trying to say is consider” putting toxic Fukushima water in Pacific — Impact on human health must be monitored — Nearby countries all oppose this release (PHOTO) (ENENews, Dec 4, 2013):
Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”
Presentation by Lake Barrett, currently a Tepco adviser (2011) (PDF)
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, Dec. 4, 2013: “You cannot keep storing the water forever. We have to make choice comparing all risks involved.”
- Tepco Adviser: Fuel is damaged in two Fukushima pools — 150 billion Bq/m³ of Cesium-137 at Unit 3, possible second explosion after 3/11 — “Certainly appears something of significance occurred” (ENENEws, Dec 3, 2013):
Jiji Press, Nov. 28, 2013: [Tepco] plans to begin work next month at the earliest to remove large chunks of rubble from a spent fuel pool in the No. 3 reactor building, according to officials.
Nuclear Energy Agency, April 2013: Interim and long term roadmap until decommissioning for unit 1 to unit 4 of Fukusahima Daiichi NPS [...] 2013-2020: Study of treatment methods of damaged fuel removed from spent fuel pool
Congressional Briefing Update by Lake Barrett (Now advising Tepco on Fukushima crisis), July 29, 2011: Units 2 & 3 Pools Have Some Damaged Fuel [...] Building Debris In Unit 3 Pool [...] Cesium 137 Levels in 150,000 Bq/ml (150,000,000,000 Bq/m³) [...] Al Rack Corrosion [...] Adding Boric Acid
Testimony of Lake Barrett (Now advising Tepco on Fukushima crisis), U.S. House of Representatives, May 13, 2011: Although information is very sketchy, it seems based on water samples taken, there has been damage to spent fuel that is stored in the Units 2 and 3 spent fuel pools. Information as to what happened in these pools is still unavailable, so it is impossible to determine the significance at this time, but it certainly appears that something of significance occurred.
- Professor: “It’s true that about 70% of Japan’s territory is polluted” by Fukushima radioactive material; Tokyo contaminated with highly toxic radiation — “Experts worry about catastrophic impacts on health” (ENENews, Dec 3, 2013):
Korea Times, Dec. 2, 2013: More than two and a half years have passed since the “meltdown” at Fukushima nuclear power plant but the exact extent of the damage remains uncertain. Worse, it has been left unrepaired. Thus, experts and citizens worry about the catastrophic impacts on health and safety. [...] Kim Ik-joong, a biology professor from Dongguk University, said that radiation at Fukushima nuclear power plant was at least seven times as much as that at Chernobyl [...]
More from microbiology Professor Kim Ik-joong: As the tainted water is spread over the ocean, we cannot rule out radioactive materials in fish from outside the eight prefectures, especially those from Hokkaido and Tokyo [...] It is true that about 70 percent of Japan’s territory is polluted [...] According to PNAS, a scientific journal published by Japanese scholars, about 20 percent of Japanese land, including Tokyo, is contaminated with highly toxic radiation. It is obvious that agricultural products are also contaminated as the land is polluted with radioactive materials. The contamination on land will last approximately 300 years. Continue reading »
- TV: All-time high radiation level in well at Fukushima plant 40 meters from Pacific — 1.1 billion Bq/m³ of strontium-90, other beta emitters — “Feared highly contaminated water leaking into ground” and being allowed to flow into sea (VIDEO) (ENENews, Dec 3, 2013):
Mainichi, Dec. 3, 2013: [Tepco] said on Dec. 2 that it has detected radioactive materials that topped 36,000 times the permissible level in underground water [...] strontium-90 and other radioactive substances that emit beta rays were detected at a level of 1.1 million becquerels per liter (1.1 billion Bq/m³) [...] east of the No. 2 reactor, about 40 meters from the ocean. [...] It has been feared that highly contaminated water is leaking to the ground from a trench that stretches from the No. 2 reactor building to the sea bank. The radioactive isotope detected this time suggests the possibility of radioactive materials remaining outside the trench. [...]
Arirang News, Dec. 3, 2013: The Japanese media on Tuesday reported an all-time high radiation level in an observation well at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [...] 1.1 million becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive material had been detected per liter [...] more than the previous record-high of 910-thousand becquerels per liter detected on November 25th.
- Gundersen: They want to dump all Fukushima’s radioactive water in Pacific — Tepco: It will be diluted, then released — Professor suggests pumping it out in deep ocean (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Dec 2, 2013):
Interview with Arnie Gundersen, The Real News Network, Dec. 1, 2013: Dale Klein is now suggesting is that we’re just going to take [Fukushima's radioactive water] and pump it into the Pacific. And I don’t think that’s a very good idea. It’s cheap and it’s fast, it’s the expedient way of doing it, but really there’s something called the London dumping convention. And back in 1972, Greenpeace was very active in preventing radiation from being dumped into the ocean and to my way of thinking, this would violate the London Dumping Convention if they did it.
Interview with Tepco adviser Dale Klein, ABC Australia, Nov. 20, 2013: “At the end of the day, when the water is discharged, it will be released in a way that it’s diluted so there’s no risk to public health and safety. But it’s an emotional issue.”
Enformable, Dec. 2, 2013: TEPCO forced to shut down contaminated water processing system at Fukushima Daiichi again