Canadian newspaper tries to get soil tested for radiation â€” Private companies, govâ€™t agencies, and universities all refused to get involved
Quote: In the June 2 edition of The Beacon, it was discussed how the release of radiation from the Fukushima plant in Japan could potentially be poisoning Canadian soil, and possibly central Newfoundland. Evidence from various radiation monitors and news reports have shown that it has become a worldwide issue, and given that the airspace is shared, Canada and the U.S. have been directly affected as well.http://www.ganderbeacon.ca/News/2011-06-...-worries/1
Even though local farmers have not tested their soil and water, Nita Abbott of LA Farms, near Gambo, expressed an interest in having her land tested to ensure theyâ€™re selling a safe product. The newspaper contacted private testing companies, government agencies, and universities to inquire if they would consider testing local farms. All of them said they were not interested in getting involved at any level. Health Canada also reported that everything is normal. [...]
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Fukushima City in Fukushima Prefecture is 60 kilometers northwest from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. No part of the city is designated as "evacuation" zone of any kind (mandatory or planned). It is the 3rd largest city in Fukushima Prefecture with over 290,000 people.
Shukan Gendai, a Japanese weekly magazine, had a feature article in early June (for the June 24 Issue) that described the radiation survey in Fukushima City done by Greenpeace on June 7.
The article says Greenpeace detected cobalt-60 in a park in Fukushima City.
Cobalt-60?? From the RPV??
Very rough, partial translation of the Shukan Gendai (June 24 Issue) article follows:
Fukushima City is in danger
Extremely high radiation detected
Our urgent, special report reveals
More than 10 times the radiation limit. Even cobalt-60 was detected. Children should be evacuated immediately, but the government says nothing, pretending not to know anythingã€€
[body of the article]
What some have feared all along is coming true.
"This Fukushima City has become a place where children should not live. The only choice left would be a mass evacuation. But no politician understands that. Or rather, they don't want to know, probably."
Seiichi Nakate, 50-year-old man who lives in Fukushima City, could barely suppress his anger.
On April 19, the Japanese government suddenly raised the upper limit of the annual radiation exposure for children from 1 millisievert to 20 millisieverts. Mr. Nakate is the head of the organization called "Fukushima Network to Protect Children from Radiation", which was set up to protest against this barbaric act.
Located 60 kilometers away from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, Fukushima City is not in the evacuation zone designated by the government. However, it is now a known fact that the heavy radiation contamination exists in the northwest direction from the plant, in places like Namie-machi and Iitate-mura. People started to wonder from early on that Fukushima City might be in danger also.
Nakate says, "Unlike Namie and Iitate where the radiation is high everywhere, Fukushima City has so-called "hot spots" hidden throughout the city where the radiation spikes up compared to areas surrounding them. But since the government insists "it's safe", the residents are complacent. That makes the situation even more dangerous."
The residents do not know that they are not safe - because they "cannot see" the radiation contamination. Because it can't be seen, the government is simply kicking the can, doing nothing.
Fukushima City is the capital of Fukushima Prefecture, with government offices and headquarters of major businesses. Its population is over 290,000. But the government doesn't do anything.
"If the national government doesn't do anything for us, then we'll have to think and act for ourselves."
And Mr. Nakate started the network.
On June 7, an urgent survey was done in Fukushima City.
The survey was conducted by Greenpeace, an international non-profit organization for environment. Seven Greenpeace staff came to Fukushima City, responding to Mr. Nakate and his organization.
The survey team started the measurement in a park located at 5-minute driving distance from the Fukushima City Hall.
There is a reason why they [Greenpeace] included the parks in the survey. On April 24, Fukushima Prefecture restricted the use of 5 parks in the prefecture to "1 hour per day" when the radiation exceeding 3.8 microsieverts/hour was detected, which was the national safety limit. Then, the prefectural government removed the restriction on June 6, one day before the Greenpeace survey, saying the later survey showed the radiation within the limit.
"To begin with, 3.8 microsieverts/hour was calculated, based on the high annual radiation exposure limit of 20 millisievert, and it's not appropriate. It isn't just the matter of restricting the use. Parks directly affects the health of children, and should be very carefully monitored", says Greenpeace Japan's Sato.
The survey team went to locations where the high radiation was expected - dirt pile in the corner of a park, water drain behind the public restroom. The radiation measuring equipment was made in Czech Republic, home country of one of the Greenpeace staff members. It costs about 1.2 million yen. It can not only measure the overall radiation level, but it can also identify the nuclides.
The dirt pile measured 6.3 microsieverts/hour, 1.7 times the national guideline. The staff were surprised at the high number. A pile of dead leaves in the corner measured 4.2 microsievert/hour.
Mr. Sato said, "Contaminated dead leaves should be collected in secure containers and managed for 20, 30 years. Burning them is out of the question, as it only spreads radioactive materials. If these leaves blow in the wind, they will spread contamination."
More serious numbers were to come. The ground surface with weeds behind the restrooms measured 9.1 microsievert/hour, and the area near the water drain at the restroom entrance measured 12.5 microsieverts/hour.
A local parent who accompanied the Greenpeace staff was surprised.
"Small children are attracted to dirt piles and leaf piles. They also like to play in a water puddle. I was shocked to see the high numbers around leaf piles and water. I don't feel like letting my children play in the park, no matter how safe the national or municipal government say it is."
Another thing that the survey team paid attention to was the types of nuclides that were detected in the park. They detected cesium-134, cesium-137, and cobalt-60.
Professor Kazuhiko Kudo of Kyushu University (nuclear engineering) says, "Cobalt-60 does not exist in nature. It has a half-life of 5.3 years. That cobalt-60 was detected in Fukushima City, 60 kilometers from the plant, proves that a certain amount of cobalt-60 was released from the reactor meltdown."
The survey team stood out in the summer-like heat, with uniforms, long boots, protective masks and the radiation measurement equipment. Men and women from different parts of the world that made up the survey team looked very foreign indeed in the park in a quiet residential neighborhood.
So, while the team was in the park, the residents stayed away. As soon as the survey was done, a young child went to the swing with the mother. They didn't know that there was a "hot spot" right near by.
Next, we went to Watari Junior High School, located near the park.
That day, they were removing the surface soil from the schoolyard. According to the workers, the soil was being buried in the hole dug in the schoolyard. The perimeter of the schoolyard was covered with blue tarp, because the neighbors complained. Needless to say, tarp cannot completely prevent the radioactive materials from spreading. It looked as if they wanted to hide.
Just when the team was about to do the survey, an elderly man came and started to protest loudly.
"You, why don't you stop already. There are people here who don't want to know the numbers. I say, "Stop squawking". I am a doctor, and I think there's no problem living in this neighborhood. For children? There isn't any data that proves the danger, is there?"
Spitting out the words breathlessly, he left.
We cannot criticize the man. He is also being threatened by radiation.
However, it is a reality that the Japanese citizens are underestimating the negative effect on health, because the government has emphasized "baseless rumors" more than "negative effect on health". It is absolutely necessary to recognize the danger for children and pregnant women.
Mr. Nakate did his own measurement before the surface soil removal started at Watari Junior High. The soil around the warehouse near the parking lot measured 360 microsieverts/hour.
This time, the survey team measured the soil after the surface soil removal. It was till 45 microsieverts/hour, about 12 times the limit. It is equivalent to 240 millisieverts per year [?], almost the radiation exposure limit of 250 millisieverts for the workers at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. The Greenpeace staff frowned, put on the protective suits and collected the soil sample.
Mr. Nakate said, as he looked on the work to remove the surface soil from the schoolyard,
"Look. The workers are removing the contaminated soil, and the regular class is being held as usual. What a contradiction, isn't it? This is how the government responds. Haphazard, with no long-term vision. What's most important right now is to evacuate children to safe places.
(The article continues.)
There is one more segment on a private nursery school 200 meters from the junior high school. The article describes how the Greenpeace survey team measured radiation along the road that small children walk on, on the way to the nursery school. 35 microsieverts/hour under the rain gutter. At the nursery school, the principal didn't know what to do with the radioactive soil that had been removed. "We want the national government to tell us how to deal with the contaminated soil, the playground equipment. We need guidance."
Toward the end, a mother whose daughter goes to this nursery school says,
"There are many mothers who want radiation measuring equipment. Whether to send children to places with lower radiation, or to continue to live here. I wonder everyday. But looking at the silly exchange between the politicians in the Diet [she is probably referring to the vote of no confidence in which PM Kan conned everyone and stayed on], we will have to leave on our own, if we leave."
Many readers have wondered why the mothers like her don't simply pick up and leave with their children to safer places. I can tell you one reason. Unless the evacuation is ordered by the government, they don't get compensated for their inconvenience. It's not about money but children's health, many would say. These parents, mostly, know that, but not all of them can afford to do so without assistance.
And this is the government who wants to tax the money that TEPCO has given to people for their suffering because of the plant accident as "income".
Just since I started working and I'm outside 12 + hrs a day in the rain and sun. No other symptoms but it has me wondering...
I' heard on Alan Watt's radio show (based in Ontario) cutting through the matrix, that he was seeing puddles of yellow rain!
At the above link EX-SKG blogspot, there is a recent article about how kids are just being used as experiments for cancer,its so sick. They aren't being evacuated, instead they are given dosimeters by a University department in the area who studies cancer.
I came across this video of how quickly the tsunami wipe out this area from the view of a car.Its in Japanese, hope the driver survived.
That vid is insane. Can you imagine being in a car and watching a tsunami come?
Another strange thing I've noticed is the cherrys this year. They just came to season, we have 400lbs or so from Osoyoos in the Okanagan. About 20% of them are deformed, they have a second small cherry attached to the main one like a conjoined twin. Maybe it's nothing but I've been in BC for like, ever, and don't remember seeing anything like this before. I forgot my camera yesterday but I'll take it today and get pics of them.
We should all be taking cannabis oil Ã¡ la Rick Simpson.
I'd tell you to go see a doctor, Shadow...but I don't trust'em anymore :(
Hope that swelling goes away.
Quote:Fukushima Residentsâ€™ Urine Now Radioactivemyweathertech.com
More than 3 millisieverts of radiation has been measured in the urine of 15 Fukushima residents of the village of Iitate and the town of Kawamata, confirming internal radiation exposure, it was learned Sunday.
Both are about 30 to 40 km from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, which has been releasing radioactive material into the environment since the week of March 11, when the quake and tsunami caused core meltdowns.
â€œThis wonâ€™t be a problem if they donâ€™t eat vegetables or other products that are contaminated,â€ said Nanao Kamada, professor emeritus of radiation biology at Hiroshima University. â€œBut it will be difficult for people to continue living in these areas.â€
It wont be long until they start dropping.
Return our dogs, TEPCO demands http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/wor...6083034104
Quote:A MAN who snatched two dogs to safety from the grounds of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has revealed the plant's disgraced operator TEPCO later rang him to assert ownership over them.
The Australian yesterday revealed the story of animal rescue "guerilla" Hiroshi Hoshi's mission to the plant to grab two Japanese Shiba dogs spotted wandering around on a webcam trained on the facility.
Yesterday, Mr Hoshi said one of the plant's managers, who called himself Mr Igarashi, made a "ghoulish and bizarre" phone call to him soon after he rescued the dogs, suggesting they had become company property.
"He sounded that those dogs actually belong to TEPCO, because they were found at privately owned area of the plant," Mr Hoshi told The Australian.
"We will never give them away -- we are the guardians of those two dogs."
The dogs, thought to be sisters, were first seen at the plant earlier this month, three months after the nuclear accident, and were found to have absorbed significant amounts of radiation.
Nevertheless, they have been given a clean bill of health and were given to a couple in Yokohama...
This brave soul, has been entering the highly radioactive zone and rescuing animals.
Quote:...Kohei Kazahaya, an AIST senior researcher specializing in groundwater systems, said more than 200 metric tons of hot water is gushing out from beneath the apartment complex a day.http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/2011...6000c.html
Kazahaya believes that the crust that stretched toward the Pacific Ocean as a result of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake shrank following the April aftershock, causing hot spring water in the pit of a local defunct coal mine to gush out through a newly formed crack.
At the Izumitamatsuyu hot spring area about 10 kilometers south of the apartment complex, hot water began to gush out of a concrete cylinder covering the coal mine's exhaust vent at almost the same time. The amount of water is more than one can gauge, and its temperature is 50 degrees Celsius. A nearby residential area is sometimes engulfed in sulfurous odors depending on the wind direction, sparking complaints from residents.
Joban Kosan, the company that oversees the vent cap, used to operate the coal mine and now runs a successful hot spring resort. However, the company does not understand what is happening now.....
Leaked emails show British govâ€™t worked with nuke companies on PR campaign to downplay Fukushima â€” Degree of collusion â€œtruly shockingâ€
British government officials approached nuclear companies to draw up a co-ordinated public relations strategy to play down the Fukushima nuclear accident just two days after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and before the extent of the radiation leak was known.
Internal emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse [...]
Officials stressed the importance of preventing the incident from undermining public support for nuclear power.
Here are a few revelations from the internal emails obtained by the Guardian:
* A British official suggested that if companies sent in comments, they could be incorporated into government statements: â€œWe need to all be working from the same material to get the message through to the media and the public.â€ Westinghouse said reported remarks by the deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, were â€œunhelpful and a little prematureâ€.
* A British official told Areva: â€œWe need to quash any stories trying to compare this to Chernobyl.â€
* A British official wrote: â€œWe need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear.â€
* There was a meeting where the aim was â€œto discuss a joint communications and engagement strategy aimed at ensuring we maintain confidence among the British public on the safety of nuclear power stations and nuclear new-build policy in light of recent events at the Fukushima nuclear power plantâ€.
* Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith: â€œThe government has no business doing PR for the industry and it would be appalling if its departments have played down the impact of Fukushima.â€
* According to one former regulator, who preferred not to be named, the degree of collusion was â€œtruly shockingâ€.
Read the article here.
Quote:http://enenews.com/orwellian-radiation-w...itish-govt Fukushima spin was Orwellian, Guardian by John Vidal, July 1, 2011:
[... T]he release of 80 emails showing that in the days after the Fukushima accident not one but two government departments were working with nuclear companies to spin one of the biggest industrial catastrophes of the last 50 years, even as people were dying and a vast area was being made uninhabitable, is shocking. [...]
What the emails shows is a weak government, captured by a powerful industry colluding to at least misinform and very probably lie to the public and the media. [...]
[T]o argue that the radiation was being released deliberately and was â€œall part of the safety systems to control and manage a situationâ€ is Orwellian. [...]
But not surprised, except that it some how leaked into the public domain, where it will be forgotten and ignored, with no outcry for change on nuclear insanity. Want to bury bad news, press usually release it on a Friday.
(07-02-2011, 12:12 AM)Prometheus Wrote: But not surprised, except that it some how leaked into the public domain, where it will be forgotten and ignored, with no outcry for change on nuclear insanity. Want to bury bad news, press usually release it on a Friday.
Me either P. Surprised I mean, that even knowing they've been lied to they'll just ignore it. They WANT to be lied to
Quote:They WANT to be lied to
Its mad mad world, if the masses were given a semblance of the horrifying truth in which they are held in contempt. It would not correlate to how they have been brought up by the state.
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