Friday, 8 March 2019

Eight years on water woes threaten Fukushima cleanup with fish found around the waters of Hawaii and Alaska contaminated with caesium 134 the radioactive finger-print of Fukushima

Bags of radioactive waste are seen piled up at a temporary storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture| KYODO

The silence surrounding the Fukushima disaster recently has been deafening, it is one year in fact since any reliable information has been released from Tokyo Electric Power Co, the owners of the stricken plant.
Last year, Tokyo Electric Power Co said a system meant to purify contaminated water had failed to remove dangerous radioactive contaminants.
A report from Reuters today, claims most of that water - stored in 1,000 tanks around the plant - will need to be reprocessed before it is released into the ocean, the most likely scenario for disposal.
Reprocessing could take nearly two years and divert personnel and energy from dismantling the tsunami-wrecked reactors, a project that will take up to 40 years, (which is only an estimate as Tepco still haven't invented the technology to fix the problem, they could still be trying to fix the problem in 2060.)
It is unclear how much that would delay decommissioning. But any delay could be pricey; the government estimated in 2016 that the total cost of plant dismantling, decontamination of affected areas, and compensation, would amount to 21.5 trillion yen ($192.5 billion), roughly 20 per cent of the country’s annual budget.
Tepco is already running out of space to store treated water. And should another big quake strike, (which is a question of when and NOT if), experts say tanks could crack, unleashing tainted liquid and washing highly radioactive debris into the ocean.
Exactly one year ago today, The Big Wobble released an article, claiming during the summer of 2017, 50,000 trillion Becquerel’s of radiation leaked into the Pacific, however, Tepco continue to claim tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean.
300 tons of radioactive water is leaking daily into the Pacific and there is no known technology to fix it.
In one of the world's worst nuclear disasters, the Nos. 1 to 3 units experienced fuel meltdowns while the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 units were also severely damaged by hydrogen explosions following a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
To prevent leakage of tainted water,  Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) had installed a costly “ice wall” to keep groundwater from seeping into the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, however, data from the operator shows, it had failed.
The aim was to freeze the soil into a solid mass that blocks groundwater flowing from the hills west of the plant to the coast.
However, the continuing seepage has created vast amounts of toxic water that Tepco must pump out, decontaminate and store in tanks at Fukushima that now number 1,000, holding 1 million tonnes, which will at some time be dumped into the Pacific.
Last July TEPCO released around 770,000 tons of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.
A study by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have revealed almost 50% of fish consumed on the islands of Hawai’i were contaminated with caesium 134 the radioactive finger-print of Fukushima.
The report also showed that migrating organisms can transport the Fukushima-signature (caesium 134) over significant distances as they showed detectable 134Cs (6.3±1.5 Bq/kg) in Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the California coast only a year after the incident.
Another study found caesium 134 in longfin tuna (Albacore) along the western coast of the US just one year after the Fukushima disaster.
It's another blow for the stricken nuclear plant with TEPCO claiming the clean-up of the site will take at least 40 years.

Last year The Big Wobble received an email from Bill Laughing Bear, our friend in Alaska who is monitoring the radiation in fish along the Alaskan coast.

Greetings, Gary!

The up-to-date and timely information your website delivers just brought a new topic to my mind: Fukushima. On your March 8, 2018, posting about another million tons of toxic waste to be dumped into the Pacific, the thought occurred to me ‘how much more radiation would I be reading in this coming year’s fish harvest than when the Fukushima nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011, changed our world forever?’

As a musher in Alaska, I have often been blessed from collecting numerous people’s previous year’s salmon catch as they cleaned out their freezers, making room for the current year’s catch. I fed it to my dog team and I ate endless pounds of it myself. I also have enjoyed standing on the banks of some of our first class rivers while fishing for salmon with a pole which I no longer do.

When the Fukushima fiasco occurred, it was obvious to me that with the currents that come up the coast of Alaska from Japan, we were in trouble. I believed our fishing resources would become radioactive and because I love my dogs as most would love their family members, I knew I had to verify this food supply was safe.

Talking to anyone I could who was supposedly in the “know,” I was assured there would be no problem. That did not ease my mind. I decided to invest in a radiation monitor of my own. Being a disabled veteran with a limited income, I set out to buy a meter of the best value I could with my minimal resources. I was told that the most common monitor being used in Japan that people living near the Fukushima area use is the Radex RD 1503. This meter is made in Moscow, Russia, by Quarta-Rad Limited.

The Russian people who had to deal with the monster, Chernobyl, manufactured a quality radiation monitor and I decided to order one. The meter cost me approximately $160.00 U.S. Funds. This monitor was designed for detection and evaluation of the level of ionizing radiation and for the evaluation of contamination levels of materials and products. Although a good monitor, it cannot be used for official conclusions about radiation, environment and fouling factors. The meter estimates the radiation environment in the magnitude of the ambient equivalent power of gamma radiation dose taking into account the pollution of objects by beta sources. The meter reads two ways: microSievert per hour or microRoentgen per hour.

Once obtaining the meter, I started taking readings of people’s salmon. By the second year after the Fukushima incident, all salmon I scanned read radioactive. I have seen a steady increase in radiation levels of salmon through last year with not one salmon failing to register some contamination.

Last year I checked my first halibut which came from local waters. It, too, registered radiation. Since halibut are bottom feeders, I thought this might explain why, on my walks along the beach and seeing at various times dead crab, the occasional sea otter, and a couple of times more jellyfish than I could count, not to mention numerous birds.

In my attempts to find what constitutes safe levels of radiation, official agencies do not seem to be able to agree on just what those safety levels are. I will say that I have found an increase of over 27% of radiation levels since around 2012. So whether the data I have observed is minimal or should be alarming, it is definitely building every year.

Last year, a woman I know, who had just been released from the hospital after receiving numerous doses of radiation had me scan her body. It read lower than the salmon taken out of her freezer.

Three days ago I talked with a commercial fisherman whom I respect and I asked him what he had heard about radiation levels and salmon. He told me they have been told there is no radiation problem in salmon and they are healthy. I told him that I was finding constant radiation and I would come over and scan his salmon in his freezer if he wanted me to. He was visually shaken.

Many of us have chosen to no longer consume for ourselves or our dogs any seafood off the Pacific Coast. From what I understand, radiation can build up in one’s system.

I have also been warned by my friends and numerous others whose fish I have scanned to be quiet about this because it might not go well with me. But ethically I feel I have a moral obligation to my fellow man and I am issuing a strong alert about the condition I have personally found with the salmon and halibut in Alaskan waters. I do not want anyone to suffer a “slow burn” with their health and life.

That’s it from Alaska for now.

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17 comments:

  1. Can we, The Big Wobble readers -- together -- donate to Bill Laughing Bear to purchase a top of the line monitor for data? While most are not financially well off, together we could make a difference. It would be comforting to me to know someone we trust was passing on the best data without info being filtered from govt. agencies. How could this be accomplished?

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    1. I sent your comment to Bill Chessie, thank you xxx

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  2. This is an on going problem. Japan is covering up how bad things really are. The Pacific ocean is polluted. This is one of the main reasons I left Hawaii after living there for 55 years. Top scientist from different countries should all get together to resolve this global problem. It will just get worst, we are living in the end times.

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  3. I'd be willing to send Mr. Laughingbear $20. It wouldnt take too many $20.00 donations to do what Mr. Gartmayer proposes. I'll be looking for an address to send my bit along. Let's do this.

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  4. Great job posting this Gary! Absolutely correct! Imagine 300 tons of nuclear waste per day since the accident, almost eight years ago. I have known this and stopped buying salmon and tuna. Here in FL our waters have been so terrible from ongoing red tide and algae that I am afraid to eat our fish as well.
    With regards to the geoengineering also pouring barium and ammonia and aluminum etc into the oceans and on land, then we have nuclear radiation contamination from Japan pouring into our oceans. I think its fair to say our seafood days have ended. I see my grocery stores selling Alaskan salmon! People are buying it unknowingly. Our environment is ruined and breaking down fast. You can't fix this. And the lunatics ruling us and spraying us just keep on truckin, they are putting silica glass in to the arctic ocean since 2017 because all sea ice is gone now. The silica is supposed to mimic natural ice to reflect heat from ocean absorption. That is in addition to putting ice nucleating chemicals, barium and ammonia, in to that ocean also creating a slushy ice like surface extent. Fake chemical ice that on radar looks like a chemical spill!
    There is no natural left and imagine how much worse when all those ice chemicals from up there make their way through the environment! That silica project is called ice911 dot org. The site is a gigantic propaganda advertising plug for geoengineering, with a video telling us how wonderful and safe this climate attempt is, oh, and how successful it is also! Serious demented minds are these scientists! Its a miracle we are still alive and "well?"thus far.

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  5. great comments here!

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  6. Revelation 11:18 ...and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. Prophecy page
    http://freesites.ourchurch.com/a/AncientHebrewScriptures/?page_id=82

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  7. The fact that the governing talking heads do not pursue this critical situation is so dastardly! Bill Chessies efforts are admirable and his dedication to understand how this disaster is eroding one of the main west coast, Hawaiian , northern and Alaskan water and oceans and the fish should be a joint governmental PRIORITY.

    Action is clearly being scuttled by those that should be leading the way to find the solutions, not stuff them under the mats and pretend they don't exist. That said, If enough pressure from the entire public is applied to respective governments to act and stop babbling BS , maybe we can not only get Bill's contributions rated as true records but also get full scientific teams out with all their fancy ACCEPTABLE registering devices to pull up their socks and get working on this immediately. As that is part of their responsibility , NO ?

    We will need thousands of Bill Chessies to accomplish all the data gathering and get scientists to find the answers. As this isn't going away in 8 years, 18 years, or 118 years we need an action force like part of the military if need be to assist with this. After all, isn't this a true attack on human and ecological life forms?

    Thankyou Bill for your efforts and kindness. Do not doubt that your one voice is being heard. This matter needs entire nations to get with the program and find resolve ASAP !!!!

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  8. With all due respect, Bill Laughing Bear, whoever he is, is full of Fukushima shit. I've fished Alaskan waters for 40 years. We are testing our fish and have been for years. No contamination yet. First of all it's a huge State, with thousands of miles of shoreline, and if any contamination is found it would be on the end of the Aleutian chain, which is the closest area to Japan to produce Alaskan fish. So far there has been none reported yet. I certainly am concerned with contamination being an issue, as are many Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman. We can only hope that our governments do everything they can to solve this catastrophe as soon as possible.

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    1. I agree Unknown about Bill Laughing Bear but his email had been received last year (sometime)-why is it just now being shown?

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    2. It was posted last year and has been on Bill's page ever since, here...http://www.thebigwobble.org/p/emf.html don't take my word, have a look

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  9. Its not, Bill has been helping The Big Wobble for years, he has is own page...http://www.thebigwobble.org/p/emf.html...Please check it out and the same salmon commercial fishermen in Alaska who are giving Bill a hard time

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    1. Giving Bill a hard time?
      How about Bill coming clean about his records rather than just waving around some supposed tests whose whereabouts are solely a matter of what he chooses to say and as far as I'm concerned unnecessarily alarm people. The Pacific Ocean is 64,000,000 square miles and much of that can be readily cubed. I'm a 68 year resident of Alaska and have no qualms about eating our seafood. And I live on the coast and eat it regularly.
      Fact is, you don't know jack-shit about what's going on here, but alarmism sure is conducive for successful click-baiting, but you'd know more about that than me.

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    2. Click-bate? A study by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa have revealed almost 50% of fish consumed on the islands of Hawai’i were contaminated with caesium 134 the radioactive finger-print of Fukushima.
      The report also showed that migrating organisms can transport the Fukushima-signature (caesium 134) over significant distances as they showed detectable 134Cs (6.3±1.5 Bq/kg) in Pacific bluefin tuna caught off the California coast only a year after the incident. This isn't click-bate, Mr Anonymous, this is real

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  10. I guess he told you, Mr. Anonymous.

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