Monday, October 31, 2011


If you are mad about the Japanese government lying like this expert points out, sign the petition. They will continue the lies b/c their government relies on exports. My question: At what price? Is sacrificing your family's health worth it?? Ingredients for our food supply are coming from there AND over the counter medicines too.

Just watch the video above. People will be getting cancer because of this. In Japan for sure, and people here too because they are shipping it our way!!

If this makes you mad, then take action. Sign the petition and share with all those you know and love. Encourage them to do the same, share and sign. It can't stop with you or me if change is going to happen.

Takeo Hayashida signed on with a citizens’ group to test for radiation near his son’s baseball field in Tokyo after government officials told him they had no plans to check for fallout from the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Like Japan’s central government, local officials said there was nothing to fear in the capital, 160 miles from the disaster zone.

Then came the test result: the level of radioactive cesium in a patch of dirt just yards from where his 11-year-old son, Koshiro, played baseball was equal to those in some contaminated areas around Chernobyl.

Fallout forensics hike radiation toll

Global data on Fukushima challenge Japanese estimates.

Published online 25 October 2011 | Nature 478, 435-436 (2011) | doi:10.1038/478435aThe Fukushima accident led to mass evacuations from nearby towns such as Minamisoma.AP Photo/S. Ponomarev

The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March released far more radiation than the Japanese government has claimed. So concludes a study1 that combines radioactivity data from across the globe to estimate the scale and fate of emissions from the shattered plant.

The study also suggests that, contrary to government claims, pools used to store spent nuclear fuel played a significant part in the release of the long-lived environmental contaminant caesium-137, which could have been prevented by prompt action. The analysis has been posted online for open peer review by the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Andreas Stohl, an atmospheric scientist with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller, who led the research, believes that the analysis is the most comprehensive effort yet to understand how much radiation was released from Fukushima Daiichi. "It's a very valuable contribution," says Lars-Erik De Geer, an atmospheric modeller with the Swedish Defense Research Agency in Stockholm, who was not involved with the study.

The reconstruction relies on data from dozens of radiation monitoring stations in Japan and around the world. Many are part of a global network to watch for tests of nuclear weapons that is run by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna. The scientists added data from independent stations in Canada, Japan and Europe, and then combined those with large European and American caches of global meteorological data.

Stohl cautions that the resulting model is far from perfect. Measurements were scarce in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima accident, and some monitoring posts were too contaminated by radioactivity to provide reliable data. More importantly, exactly what happened inside the reactors — a crucial part of understanding what they emitted — remains a mystery that may never be solved. "If you look at the estimates for Chernobyl, you still have a large uncertainty 25 years later," says Stohl.

Nevertheless, the study provides a sweeping view of the accident. "They really took a global view and used all the data available," says De Geer.

Challenging numbers

Japanese investigators had already developed a detailed timeline of events following the 11 March earthquake that precipitated the disaster. Hours after the quake rocked the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, the tsunami arrived, knocking out crucial diesel back-up generators designed to cool the reactors in an emergency. Within days, the three reactors operating at the time of the accident overheated and released hydrogen gas, leading to massive explosions. Radioactive fuel recently removed from a fourth reactor was being held in a storage pool at the time of the quake, and on 14 March the pool overheated, possibly sparking fires in the building over the next few days.

But accounting for the radiation that came from the plants has proved much harder than reconstructing this chain of events. The latest report from the Japanese government, published in June, says that the plant released 1.5 × 1016 bequerels of caesium-137, an isotope with a 30-year half-life that is responsible for most of the long-term contamination from the plant2. A far larger amount of xenon-133, 1.1 × 1019 Bq, was released, according to official government estimates.

The new study challenges those numbers. On the basis of its reconstructions, the team claims that the accident released around 1.7 × 1019 Bq of xenon-133, greater than the estimated total radioactive release of 1.4 × 1019 Bq from Chernobyl. The fact that three reactors exploded in the Fukushima accident accounts for the huge xenon tally, says De Geer.

Xenon-133 does not pose serious health risks because it is not absorbed by the body or the environment. Caesium-137 fallout, however, is a much greater concern because it will linger in the environment for decades. The new model shows that Fukushima released 3.5 × 1016 Bq caesium-137, roughly twice the official government figure, and half the release from Chernobyl. The higher number is obviously worrying, says De Geer, although ongoing ground surveys are the only way to truly establish the public-health risk.

Stohl believes that the discrepancy between the team's results and those of the Japanese government can be partly explained by the larger data set used. Japanese estimates rely primarily on data from monitoring posts inside Japan3, which never recorded the large quantities of radioactivity that blew out over the Pacific Ocean, and eventually reached North America and Europe. "Taking account of the radiation that has drifted out to the Pacific is essential for getting a real picture of the size and character of the accident," says Tomoya Yamauchi, a radiation physicist at Kobe University who has been measuring radioisotope contamination in soil around Fukushima.

Stohl adds that he is sympathetic to the Japanese teams responsible for the official estimate. "They wanted to get something out quickly," he says. The differences between the two studies may seem large, notes Yukio Hayakawa, a volcanologist at Gunma University who has also modelled the accident, but uncertainties in the models mean that the estimates are actually quite similar.

The new analysis also claims that the spent fuel being stored in the unit 4 pool emitted copious quantities of caesium-137. Japanese officials have maintained that virtually no radioactivity leaked from the pool. Yet Stohl's model clearly shows that dousing the pool with water caused the plant's caesium-137 emissions to drop markedly (see 'Radiation crisis'). The finding implies that much of the fallout could have been prevented by flooding the pool earlier.

The Japanese authorities continue to maintain that the spent fuel was not a significant source of contamination, because the pool itself did not seem to suffer major damage. "I think the release from unit 4 is not important," says Masamichi Chino, a scientist with the Japanese Atomic Energy Authority in Ibaraki, who helped to develop the Japanese official estimate. But De Geer says the new analysis implicating the fuel pool "looks convincing".

The latest analysis also presents evidence that xenon-133 began to vent from Fukushima Daiichi immediately after the quake, and before the tsunami swamped the area. This implies that even without the devastating flood, the earthquake alone was sufficient to cause damage at the plant.

The Japanese government's report has already acknowledged that the shaking at Fukushima Daiichi exceeded the plant's design specifications. Anti-nuclear activists have long been concerned that the government has failed to adequately address geological hazards when licensing nuclear plants (see Nature 448, 392–393; 2007), and the whiff of xenon could prompt a major rethink of reactor safety assessments, says Yamauchi.

The model also shows that the accident could easily have had a much more devastating impact on the people of Tokyo. In the first days after the accident the wind was blowing out to sea, but on the afternoon of 14 March it turned back towards shore, bringing clouds of radioactive caesium-137 over a huge swathe of the country (see 'Radioisotope reconstruction'). Where precipitation fell, along the country's central mountain ranges and to the northwest of the plant, higher levels of radioactivity were later recorded in the soil; thankfully, the capital and other densely populated areas had dry weather. "There was a period when quite a high concentration went over Tokyo, but it didn't rain," says Stohl. "It could have been much worse."

Additional reporting by David Cyranoski and Rina Nozawa.


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    The Stohl Report is not surprised to many scientists in Taiwan, which is one of the countries closest to Fukushima out of Japan. We visited the Sendai, Fukushima City, and area as close as 40 km from the devastated Daiichi plant at the end of August, and meters read up to 10 uS per hour on unrestricted topsoil in the public parking lots and kindergartens, as well as bustling roads, much higher than those levels in Tokyo city. In early April, radioactivity dusts from Fukushima had reached several governmental monitoring stations in Taiwan. But as early as 2 weeks after Fukushima nuclear spill, Prof. Huh, the leading geochemical scientist in Academic Sinica in Taiwan, already detected exceptional aerial radioactive dusts in several monitoring stations (submitted for publication). In cities in Japan, we met many Japanese public, housewives, quiet but anxious, reserved but with tears and angers. The shocks were totally new to them, to the towns and separated families, as well as the plant operators and the government. The Japanese majority did not enjoy the explanation from the government, though. Many in Japan have worked to recover and scientists are trying on exposure assessment, health check-ups, as well as ways of decontamination. To us, the real amounts of emissions from the plants shall be learned and shared, that we will be able to cope with potential spills from massive spent fuels stored in many ageing nuclear plants throughout the world, as well as those in Taiwan√Ę€™s nuclear plants. (Author a professor in the Taipei Medical University, Taiwan).

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I Get It Now

Before I didn't understand why the FDA is allowing sourcing from around Fukushima, Japan, the site of the worst nuclear disaster known to man. That place is riddled with cancer causing nuclear radiated material, I just didn't get it, but now I do.

It all came together for me when someone sent me an image used by Occupy. Here is the diagram that help me put it all together in my mind. Look at what the middle piece says about what Occupy Wall Street Protesters have in common with the Tea Party in that bigger circle in the middle, "Large corporations lobby for the government to have more power, and in return the government enacts laws and regulations favorable to large corporations..."

This is exactly what the FDA does. The FDA is not an organization truly in place to protect your health as their motto claims.
I've learned through all this that the FDA is a government agency that is influenced by politicians. These politicians are influenced by lobbyist who support big food and medicine companies who push for what works out best for them, like sourcing from cancer causing nuclear radiated Japan, it is probably quite cheap to do, not necc what is in our best interest health wise.

As far as I'm concerned,
should have a FDA type agency that is an independent agency, really super far removed from politics and the bribes of the corporate world if it is to truly be looking out for our health and well-being. If they really were doing that know, there would be no way in hell they would not be allowing sourcing of our ingredients from around Fukushima, Japan. Allowing this to happen defies common sense to the max and points out that something other than protecting our health is driving the FDA. I think it is politics, trying to keep diplomacy going, and corporate america who want to keep cheap things rolling in to maximize their profits no matter what the health ramifications are on your health or mine.