Japan Disaster 2011-2012
Welcome to the Agriculture Defense Coalition Section on the Japan Nuclear Crisis which began on March 11, 2011, and continues today. Each day brings additional bad news from Japan which is now rarely reported by the United States New Media.
The following documents, pdf files, newspaper articles, studies, videos, and other information are provided so that everyone may learn more about this issue and how it impacts all of us. (These items, whenever possible have been placed in Chronological Order by subject with March 11, 2011 being designated as Day 1.)
We encourage everyone to learn more that so you can protect, as much as possible, your family and friends. There is an EPA Map below showing the areas where radiation from Japan has been found in the United States as of March 31, 2011. (The EPA no longer releases maps with this information.)
The U.S. Government is not educating the public on this critical issue because President Obama, U.S. Energy Secretary Chu, the Nuclear Regulation Commission, along with many corporations associated with nuclear power industry, want the $34Billion in taxpayer money to revitalize the nuclear power in the United States.
If the people were aware of the hazards they would say "NO" to this costly revitalization. Thus, there is a coverup going on in the U.S. that involves not warning the public about the Japan radiation hazards and the levels of radiation from Japan that we are experiencing in the U.S.
General Electric and the nuclear industry want our tax dollars and now their lobbyists are working to fleece the public of more taxpayer funding for this dangerous revitalization. The choice is our to make. If we don't speak out then we agree to this fleecing by the nuclear industry and the hazards from the new plants, waste disposal, and uranium mining, that will most likely be placed in many of your neighborhoods. The choice is yours to make today.
For more information on Boron, which was shipped, by the ton, to Japan in March 2011, by South Korea, France, and the United States: http://www.agriculturedefensecoalition.org/content/boron
We hope that you will find the information provided below of interest with regard to the Japan Nuclear Crisis. Thank you for visiting this website.
Listing of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan - 2011
Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Broadcast: 25/06/2012 - Reporter: Mark Willacy - Japanese and US nuclear experts warn that another earthquake hitting Fukushima could spark a disaster worse than Chernobyl. See PDF File Below & Read Complete Transcript: LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: One more major earthquake in Japan and the nation could face a nuclear disaster 10 times the scale of Chernobyl. That's what experts are telling 7.30. When Japan was hit last year by a massive earthquake and tsunami, the world feared nuclear catastrophe. The nation's Fukushima nuclear reactors were inside the disaster zone. We've not heard much about them for a while, but the danger certainly hasn't passed. Experts say the situation inside Fukushima reactor number four is precarious, as North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Fukushima...But few here actually realise that a few kilometres to the east is the spent fuel pool of the Fukushima nuclear plant, containing enough nuclear fuel to spawn a catastrophe to dwarf Chernobyl..."
Video here: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3532725.htm
EPA Map of Areas Where Japan Radiation Found in United States by March 31, 2011
Japan Nuclear Power Plant Crisis - Chronology of Events Beginning on March 11, 2011
Japan Radiation - California Chronology of Events + Radiation Readings
Worldwide Japan Radiation Dispersion - Snow - Rain - Air
Japan Nuclear Radiation - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & Other Government Agency Information
Japan Nuclear Crisis - Food & Water Issues - Radiation Contamination
Information on Japan Nuclear Crisis from Many Sources, Transcripts, Videos
JAPAN CHRONOLOGY OF EVENTS CONTINUED FROM 114B
U.S. Wants $34Billion Funded by Taxpayers to Revitalize Nuclear Industry in America
Monitoring of Radiation from Japan in United States
Japan Nuclear Power Plant Crisis in the News
Fairewinds Associates, Inc.
June 12, 2011 Japan Nuclear Update - Vimeo
"Hot Particles" From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed They are difficult to detect but air filters can collect "Hot Particles". These hot particles from Japan have been found in Seattle, Washington. Health Effects from Hot Particles - Constant Irritant inside the body-damage to localized tissue...once in the body they cannot be detected from the outside of your body. These may lead to cancer-a grave concern. Detection Information provided in Vimeo - Along with Types of Hot Particles. Plutonium, Cesium, Strontium Cobalt 60, Uranium and many others. Metallic Taste in your mouth may be sign of radiation exposure. Radiation therapy patients also note this taste.
What is the difference between short-term radiation and the type of radiation coming from Japan? These questions are answered in the video below.
Japan Radiation & Nuclear Issues - Foreign Countries - News
MOX FUEL - PLUTONIUM - THE DANGER (JAPAN & UNITED STATES)
Foreign Countries - Radiation from Nuclear Disaster in Japan + Other News
Nuclear Issues & Other Information
Actions & Statements by the United States in 2011 - Japan Nuclear Crisis
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, & Volcanoes - Japan
Japan Nuclear Issues Since March 11, 2011
Japan Nuclear Disaster Photographs
C-SPAN - Video "A Tale of Two Japan Cities" January 1, 1946
"...A film tells about the destruction and death caused by atomic bombs dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on August 6 and 9, 1945. An eyewitness account by Jesuit priest Father John Seimes, who had been on the outskirts of Hiroshima, was included. The short film Tale of Two Cities was produced in 1946 by the United States War Department as issue number 74 of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine series..."
Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC April 6, 2012
Update on Japan Fukushima Nuclear Power Reactors and Their Ongoing Problems
Video Segment & Transcript MSNBC - There is no technology available to solve this
problem-REACTORS NOT SAFE TODAY. This means that the plants are still releasing
radiation-Reactor #2. Humans cannot fix these reactors as radiation too high for humans
or any technology to operate in this environment. This disaster is ongoing with no solutions.
(Rains are leaching radioactive water into the oceans. What is happening to radioactive air and
water releases? This makes this disaster worse than Chernobyl.)
Second part of the Rachel Maddow segment on nuclear waste dump in Texas that has the potential to
pollute the Ogallala Aquifer and campaign financing. Read more at Salon.com
Arnie Gundersen: If in Oregon, Wash., Calif. you need to demand officials test how Fukushima fallout has affected rivers and fish — Significant radiation hit west coast and settled in on Cascades (VIDEO).
The Impact of the Fukushima Radiation on the Ocean - December 7, 2011 - Community Television of Santa Cruz, CA CTA regarding the debris field from Japan Nuclear Disaster - Cesium Problem in this debris moving toward Hawaii and the Pacific Coast.
June 8, 2011 - CNN News - John King USA
Japan Nuclear Disaster Worse Than Originally Report-Radiation being found on West Coast of United States - Hazards (Arnie Gunderson Interview)
Fairewinds Associates, Inc. Video - May 2, 2011
Where is All That Japan Fukushima Radiation Going?
And Why Does it Matter?
Japan Nuclear Power Plant Crisis
Video by RussiaToday on April 25, 2011
As world marks the Chernobyl anniversary, many say that the world has failed to learn the lessons on nuclear safety that the tragedy provided. RT talks to Professor Christopher Busby, Scientific secretary of the European Committee on radiation risks, for a little more insight on 21st century's most serious nuclear crisis at Fukushima.
Fukushima, unlike Chernobyl, may not be able to be sealed or encapsulated...everything goes into the ocean. Nuclear industry is downplaying this disaster in Japan due to U.S. revitalization plans which would cost taxpayers $34Billion in current budget from President Obama.
Fairewinds Associates Video - April 26, 2011
Discusses the Explosions at Japan Nuclear Reactors in
March 2011. Uranium & Plutonium + Americium have all been found in other countries - Nuclear MOX Fuel may have been volatilized during explosion in Reactor #3. Magnitude of the plume+red flash at side of building shown in videos and photographs at the time. Test by types of isotopes in smoke after explosion not being released by Japan or U.S. (Xenon isotopes are the key.)
"Apr 27, 2011 - Television Interview: With Chernobyl's 25th anniversary reminding the world of the terrifying consequences of nuclear safety negligence, many eyes have turned to the continuing crisis in Japan. RT talks to Arnold Gundersen, Energy Adviser at Fairewinds Associates, from Vermont in the United States." See Video Below:
114N29 2011 Japan Fish Contamination+Japan Plant Operator Says It Has Contained at Least One Leak April 6, 2011 Boston Herald News.pdf
Japan Nuclear Crisis The Dangers of Radiation
Global Research TV
(Japan Nuclear Disaster: March 11, 2011)
THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD THE WORLD HAS EVER WITNESSED.
Take notice of what Helen Caldicott is saying about the dire consequences for 'all of us' over the next few decades from the near-destruction of the FUKUSHIMA DAICHI PLUTONIUM-ENRICHED NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. Excerpt recorded at the press conference "The Dangers Of Nuclear War" in Montreal, Canada, in March 18th, 2011
United States Department of Energy - Power Point Presentation - Radiological Assessment
Radiation Monitoring Data From Japan Fukushima Area April 18, 2011
(Note that this Assessment is Dosed Based - Radioactive Particles Continue to Release Radioactivity for Varying Periods of Time-The Dose-Based Methodology is for one-time exposures, such as a dental X-Ray. Therefore, this assessment is not accurate for the type of radioactive particulate exposures that will be present over a long period of time.)
MSNBC Video June 8, 2011 - Update on Meltdowns in Japan Nuclear Disaster.
New Jersey governor supports nuke plant in New Jersey while Japan continues to struggle with fallout.
Rachel Maddow reports on new bad news from Japan's earthquake damaged nuclear reactors Meltdowns+Radiation Exposure. New good news that Germany is planning to do away with all of its nuclear power.
MSNBC March 17, 2011 Video
'Recriticality' at nuke plant becomes focus of concern, debate
March 17: James Acton, physicist and associate in the Nuclear Policy Program At The Carnegie Endowment, talks with Rachel Maddow about the dispute within the scientific community about the risk of a total meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex and the likely effectiveness of new tactics to control the heat in damaged reactors.
MSNBC News March 24, 2011 Video Japan Nuclear Plant Still in Peril
Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, author of "Physics of the Future," talks with Rachel Maddow about the progress and dangers in the fight to stabilize Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility. Japan conflicting accounts. Quandry about uncontrolled Nuclear Reactors - Tons of Radioactive Seawater Salt-Problems. 90,000 thousand pounds of salt-preventing cooling water from cooling the nuclear fuel rods-explosions. Japan making up solutions as they go along...salt water should not be used. Hydrogen gas problems-no power problem as with power it could spark
MSNBC March 14, 2011 Video - What is a Nuclear Meltdown?
Rachel Maddow explains the mechanics of what happens when a nuclear reactor has a meltdown, and talks with David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer and director of the Nuclear Safety Project of the Union of Concerned Scientists, about how experts are reading signs from the compromised Japanese nuclear reactors to understand how close they are to meltdown. Zirconium Tubing Surrounds Nuclear Uranium Fuel. Produces Fission Chain Reaction to boil water for power. (Produces steam as a byproduct which is a greenhouse gas.)
Fuel rods are hot even when reactor shut down. If not underwater they will get too hot and meltdown occurs. When damaged they can melt down. Hydrogen gas is then produced and can explode. Japan: two hydrogen explosions occurred - Radioactive Iodine and Cesium were found in air tests-which means that the fuel rods were damaged. Steam was radioactive. Three reactors with problems - First two reactors had explosions now a third more serious blast more serious than first two from hydrogen.
Primary containment vessel may have been damaged or is leaking in any one of the six reactors. Pressure is dropping which suggests that gas is leaking. Seawater could leak out faster than replacing it-meaning radioactive water going into the ocean. Interesting Report.
MSNBC Report March 15, 2011 What is spent nuclear fuel?
Rachel Maddow explains the process of dealing with spent nuclear reactor fuel rods and the dangers inherent in their storage. Frank Von Hippel, nuclear physicist and co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University, discusses the perilous situation in Japan. Spent fuel rods needs constant cooling for 5-10 years-by circulating water- if no water or power-lots of trouble.
They need constant attention and to be underwater. Greater source of radiation leak because there are more rods than in active reactor. The spent fuel pools are not located in a containment vessel-in Japan they are located on top of reactor with outer containment walls...water levels have been dropping at these spent fuel pools. Radiation being released into the air from damaged fuel rods. (Japan-large holes in the walls as well as roof leaking radiation.) Everyone is guessing at this time. (Note Explanation of Zirconium.) Reactor Unit 4 is a problem with 5-6 problems escalating. Good Report! The crisis will go on a long time with serious consequences.
June 5, 2011 - Reuters News & Video
Japan - Record Radiation Levels at Fukushima
"...Highest-yet radiation levels are found near a steam vent in a reactor in Japan's stricken nuclear plant as work continues to prevent more radiation from leaking from other reactors. These images, taken from a robot at Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, show highly radioactive steam rising from a pipe in the ground. Tokyo Electric Power Company officials say the latest readings, taken from inside reactor number one, are the highest recorded since a tsunami hit on March 11. At a maximum level of 4000 milliseverts per hour, a worker inside could die if exposed for more than an hour. Months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami Japan, the company is still struggling to contain radioactive leaks from the plant. At reactor number two, fire trucks have been brought in to spray a dust-inhibitor over the walls to prevent loose radioactive particles from blowing in the wind..." (Sunita Rappai, Reuters)
June 17, 2011 - Dr. Helen Caldicott Radio Program
This week, Dr. Caldicott has an in-depth conversation with Arnold Gundersen, energy advisor with Fairewinds Associates Inc. and a former nuclear engineer. They discuss the present situation in Fukushima, where three nuclear power plants have melted down, and the continuing effects of the disaster on Japan and the rest of the world. For background, read the June 16, 2011 article, Fukushima: It’s Much Worse Than You Think: Scientific experts believe Japan’s nuclear disaster to be far worse than governments are revealing to the public, in which Gundersen states that “Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.”
Also check out The Big Fukushima Lie Flies High, Is a Rise in Infant Deaths in the Pacific Northwest Due to Fukushima? and Are We on the Brink of Burying Nuke Power Forever? Listen to an earlier If You Love This Planet interview with Gundersen here. The last 20 minutes of the show feature part of Dr. Caldicott’s April 9 speech at a recent Chernobyl conference sponsored by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War in Berlin. She covers the implications of the unprecedented Fukushima accident and the wide-ranging and long-lasting health effects of nuclear radiation. Her remarks are presented to an audience which included many physicians and scientists. As background for this lecture excerpt, read Dr. Caldicott’s April 30 opinion piece in The New York Times, Unsafe at Any Dose. And read her book, Nuclear Power is Not the Answer.
July 1, 2011 - CNN Special Report AC360
KTH Nuclear Cover-up in Japan after March 11, 2011 - Meltdowns
Editor's note: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes a close look at how the Japanese government has handled the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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Welcome. This is James Corbett of The Corbett Report with your Sunday Update from the Centre for Research on Globalization at globalresearch.ca on this 3rd day of July, 2011. And now for the real news.
In addition to the risk of the nuclear waste burning up in the fire and sending radioactive materials into the atmosphere, Joni Arends of the Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety has pointed out that the fire could stir up the nuclear-contaminated soil on lab property where nuclear experiments have long been conducted. In either event, harmful radiation could pass into the jet stream to be distributed across the United States and beyond.
As a recent report from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability documented, the site has been the disposal ground for some 18 million cubic feet of radioactive and chemical solid wastes since 1943, as well as 899,000 curies of so-called transuranic waste, including plutonium. Liquid wastes from the plant were discharged into the canyons, initially with little treatment whatsoever.
Winds have now shifted the fire away from the facility and initial air samples from the inferno have indicated there has so far been no catastrophic release of radiation in the area, but it is unclear why no basic precautions were in place to secure the nuclear waste at the facility prior to the fire or what such measures, if any, are being contemplated in the wake of this emergency.
Also last Sunday, flood waters from the Missouri River reached the containment buildings of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station. A levee protecting the site’s electrical transformers gave way and the plant was forced to switch on emergency generators in order to continue cooling the nuclear reactor.
Although officials are maintaining that the plant is still functioning and is not in meltdown, the incident has raised serious questions about the facility and its preparedness for just such an event. Just last October, nuclear regulators warned that the Fort Calhoun plant “failed to maintain procedures for combating a significant flood” and newly released documents reveal workers were still scrambling to plug holes where flood water could potentially get into the facility as late as last week.
It is unclear what, if any, punitive actions the plant’s operator will face for their negligence, or if the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is even concerned. Commission director Gregory Jaczsko said last week that “all the plants in the U.S. have been been designed to deal with historically the largest possible floods,” seeming to imply that the Fort Calhoun situation was not dangerous by definition and that the NRC had full faith in the plant despite its documented safety violations.
This is in line with an AP investigation last month that found that American federal nuclear regulators have been working with the nuclear industry to ensure that reactors passed safety inspections by repeatedly lowering safety standards for the plants or failing to enforce existing standards. The investigation showed that a myriad of documented problems at nuclear power plants across the country, from failed cables and busted seals to broken nozzles, dented containers and rusty pipes, were routinely resolved by claiming that existing safety standards were too conservative. When valves were found to be leaking, for instance, the standards were simply changed to allow for more leakage, in some cases 20 times the original limit.
Meanwhile in Japan, where three of the reactors at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been confirmed to have been in full meltdown since the very first days of the tsunami-induced disaster, the first series of health checks of area residents are already revealing suprising and troubling results about radiation exposure in the area. Tests of 15 Fukushima residents between the ages of 4 and 77 have revealed radioactive cesium and iodine in their urine.
The tests also indicate that residents have been exposed to between 1 / 5 to 3 / 4 of their yearly allowable radiation dose in just two months.
Now, documents are beginning to surface confirming what many have been alleging since the start of this crisis: that governments the world over have been conspiring with the nuclear energy industry to downplay the significance and ramifications of the Fukushima disaster.
Just last week, emails released under the Freedom of Inforrmation Act show how the Departments of Business and Energy in the UK government were coordinating their response to the Japanese disaster with companies like EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to ensure the accident did not interfere with plans to build a new generation of nuclear power plants in Britain.
The emails reveal how the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills was emailing the nuclear firms on the 13th of March, as the crisis was still unfolding, to assure them that “radiation released has been controlled – the reactor has been protected,” a surprisingly definitive description of the events at Fukushima that have now been shown to have been categorically wrong, as reactor 1 had in fact melted down in the first 16 hours of the disaster, with 2 and 3 also melting down in the following days.
They also show how the BIS intimated that comments from the nuclear industry would be worked into the departments briefs to ministers and government statements: “We need to all be working from the same material to get the message through to the media and the public.”
In other radiation-related news, an entirely different set of emails among government officials obtained under the Freedom of Information Act last week reveal that the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the very same organization that has refused to release the data that its model for the collapse of World Trade Center 7 was based on because it would “jeopardize public safety,” has accused the Department of Homeland Security of lying about its findings on the safety of the full body scanners being used in airport screening by the TSA.
The email reveals how NIST rebuked DHS head Janet Napolitano for claiming in a USA Today op-ed that:
“AIT machines are safe, efficient, and protect passenger privacy. They have been independently evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who have all affirmed their safety.”
According to the email, however, NIST was angry at this mischaracterization of their work, pointing out that “NIST does not do product testing. [And] NIST did not test AIT machines for safety.”
As it turns out, not only did Napolitano lie about NIST’s certification of the scanner safety, but she also lied about the Johns Hopkins backing of her position. An internal document produced by Johns Hopkins for the DHS shows that far from “affirming the safety” of the technology, the University in fact warned that the scanners as designed produces an area around the machine that exceeds the general public dose limit for radiation exposure.
Napolitano’s op-ed was widely criticized at the time because Dr. Michael Love, the head of an X-ray lab at Johns Hopkins warned just two days before the op-ed was published that “statistically someone is going to get skin cancer from these X-rays.”
KING5.com - GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News - Seattle, WA - Posted on July 11, 2011 at 7:44 PM
Video + News Report - SEATTLE -- A Seattle nuclear watchdog group is accusing the federal government of
failing to keep the public informed of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster..."The level that was
detected on March 24 was 41 times the drinking water standard," said Gerry Pollet from Heart of America
Northwest. He reviewed Iodine 131 numbers released by the Environmental Protection Agency last spring.
"Our government said no health levels, no health levels were exceeded. When in fact the rain water in the
Northwest is reaching levels 130 times the drinking water standards," said Pollet. Elevated rain water
samples were collected in Portland, Olympia and Boise -- which had the highest..."
July 19, 2011 - Fairewinds Associates - Ernie Gundersen
While many radioactive cattle have been discovered large distances from Fukushima, what is more important is where their feed is coming from. "It's not only about the radioactive cattle in Fukushima Prefecture; its also about the radioactive straw the cattle eat that was grown elsewhere". Straw found 45 miles from Fukushima is highly contaminated with radioactive cesium, which is an indication that radiation has contaminated large portions of Northern Japan. More than half a million disintegrations per second in a kilogram of straw are comparable to Chernobyl levels. This proves that the American Nuclear Regulatory Commission was correct when it told Americans to evacuate beyond 50 miles and that the Japanese should have done the same. An Ex-Secretariat of Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission blames this contamination on "Black Rain". Rather than minimize the information the Japanese people receive, Gundersen suggests minimizing their radiation exposure."
CNN News - Japan Anniversary of Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown
Anderson Cooper 360 - March 10, 2012 Video
BBC News - May 28, 2012 - "...Bluefin tuna record Fukushima radioactivity
By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News-Pacific Bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California have been found to have radioactive contamination from last year's Fukushima nuclear accident. The fish would have picked up the pollution while swimming in Japanese waters, before then moving to the far side of the ocean..." Video+Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18239107
ABC News - By Lee Ferran - Article & Video
March 16, 2011
"...Months after a senior Japanese International Atomic Energy Agency official urged better safety procedures at nuclear plants around the world to "avoid another Chernobyl," another IAEA official said that earthquakes presented a "serious problem" to nuclear plant safety, according to a recently released U.S. State Department cable.
The official, who is only identified as "the IAEA presenter" at the 2008 G8 Nuclear Safety and Security Group meeting, said that some recent earthquakes "exceeded the design basis for some nuclear plants" and complained that safety guides for such plants had only been revised three times in more than three decades. The IAEA had sent officials to Japan in late 2008 to study the effects of an earthquake on some reactors, said the cable, which was posted on the website of the British newspaper The Telegraph..."