A recent article post by Galatians4 on Fukushima reignited my attention to this preventable disaster. G4’s Article: Fukushima. For those with news amnesia Fukushima Daiichi was the location of a 9.0 earthquake in Japan in 2011. This earthquake resulted in a tsunami that wiped out thousands and also resulted in a full nuclear meltdown at the TEPCO Fukushima Nuclear Plant. TEPCO, it’s a nuclear energy company that is connected to GE. GE built the containers and in essence was the company responsible for the poorly built facility that has dumped 300 tons of nuclear radioactive water into our Ocean. (Pacific Ocean) So when you read TEPCO, I want you to think GE. General Electric. General Electric is the parent company of NBCUniversal. NBC Universal is also, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC. If you know about CNN and NBC’s relationship I’d like you to think of that also when you see TEPCO. In my more recent post on Google (I loathe Google) I used a logo that showed GE’s connection to the Mega Giant company Google. So when you read TEPCO, think GE/GOOGLE/NBC. With connections like that it’s no wonder we’re not hearing about updates to the Fukushima situation. There’s not going to be lot of investigative pieces being done when, for the most part, the TEPCO people have US media in the bag. There are some reports ‘leaking’ out, pardon the pun. Here are some articles I found that are interesting.
Toll Mounts Among U.S. Sailors Devastated by Fukushima Radiation
Excerpt: “Within a day of Fukushima One’s March 11, 2011, melt-down, American “first responders” were drenched in radioactive fallout. In the midst of a driving snow storm, sailors reported a cloud of warm air with a metallic taste that poured over the Reagan. Then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, at the time a nuclear supporter, says “the first meltdown occurred five hours after the earthquake.” The lawsuit charges that Tokyo Electric Power knew large quantities of radiation were pouring into the air and water, but said nothing to the Navy or the public. Had the Navy known, says Bonner, it could have moved its ships out of harm’s way. But some sailors actually jumped into the ocean just offshore to pull victims to safety. Others worked 18-hour shifts in the open air through a four-day mission, re-fueling and repairing helicopters, loading them with vital supplies and much more. All were drinking and bathing in desalinated water that had been severely contaminated by radioactive fallout and runoff. Then Reagan crew members were enveloped in a warm cloud. “Hey,” joked sailor Lindsay Cooper at the time. “It’s radioactive snow.” The metallic taste that came with it parallels the ones reported by the airmen who dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, and by Pennsylvania residents downwind from the 1979 meltdown at Three Mile Island. When it did leave the Fukushima area, the Reagan was so radioactive it was refused port entry in Japan, South Korea and Guam. It’s currently docked in San Diego. The Navy is not systematically monitoring the crew members’ health problems. But Cooper now reports a damaged thyroid, disrupted menstrual cycle, wildly fluctuating body weight and more. “It’s ruined me,” she says. Similar complaints have surfaced among so many sailors from the Reagan and other U.S. ships that Bonner says he’s being contacted by new litigants “on a daily basis,” with the number exceeding 70. Many are in their twenties, complaining of a terrible host of radiation-related diseases. They are legally barred from suing the U.S. military. Tepco denies that any of their health problems could be related to radiation from Fukushima. The company also says the U.S. has no jurisdiction in the case. The suit was initially dismissed on jurisdictional grounds by federal Judge Janis S. Sammartino in San Diego. Sammartino was due to hear the re-filing Jan. 6, but allowed the litigants another month to accommodate additional sailors. Bonner says Tepco should be subject to U.S. law because “they are doing business in America … Their second largest office outside of Tokyo is in Washington DC.” Like the lawsuit, the petitions ask that Tepco admit responsibility, and establish a fund for the first responders to be administered by the U.S. courts. In 2013 more than 150,000 citizens petitioned the United Nations to take control of the Fukushima site to guarantee the use of the best possible financial, scientific and engineering resources in the attempted clean-up.” End of Quote Source: http://ecowatch.com/2014/01/11/sailors-devastated-by-fukushima-radiation/
Radiation Side Effects being seen:
“Fukushima’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. Incorporated (TYO: 9501), has acknowledged problems are mounting at the plant north of Tokyo, the site of the world’s worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. The operator has reported spikes in the amounts of radioactive cesium, tritium and strontium detected in groundwater at the plant, adding urgency to the task of sealing any leaks. Radioactive cesium and strontium, especially, are known to raise risks of cancer in humans.
Moreover, photos of what looked like malformed vegetables from Fukushima have surfaced on Imgur, a popular photo-sharing site that’s a favorite among Reddit’s user base.” Source IBTimes http://www.ibtimes.com/restart-japanese-nuclear-plants-fukushima-vegetables-weaker-yen-unlikely-help-japans-trade-deficit
Two-headed whale found in Mexico: is Fukushima radiation responsible?
Historical Perspective: Written in March 2011 after the failure of four reactors at Fukushima an early assessment was made via RT,
“TEPCO and the Japanese government will probably nevertheless try to sue the General Electric Company. But it remains to be seen as investigation into the catastrophe is yet to be conducted.
Military publicist from Russian newspaper Zavtra Vladislav Shurygin believes that “Today we are not dealing with a Japanese nuclear catastrophe, despite the whole world watching developments in Japan and everyone knowing about Fukushima. In fact, it’s an American nuclear disaster. All four reactors hit by explosions were built by the American General Electric Company. Moreover, the plant was constructed and designed mainly by American experts.”
“Japan itself doesn’t produce any reactors and the country is forbidden to engage in any nuclear power research. So, we are witnessing a drama of the American energy industry despite it happening on Japanese territory,” Shurygin concludes.” End of Quote Source: http://rt.com/news/ge-equipment-fukushima-responsibility/
TEPCO has not nor will it sue GE.
More on the historical perspective side is this article posted April 1, 2011 via Reuters:
* GE designed reactors involved in Japan nuclear crisis
* Follows Japan visit of Areva CEO
(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N) Chief Executive Jeff Immelt is headed to Japan to meet with officials including executives at Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T), which operates the Fukushima power plant that is the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
“He is going to Japan to meet with customers, partners and employees. He does have a meeting with Tepco,” company spokeswoman Deirdre Latour said on Friday.
Engineers at GE, which designed the reactors used in the Fukushima plant, have been advising on response to the nuclear crisis, but not directly, instead working through Hitachi Ltd (6501.T), GE’s joint venture partner in the nuclear business, GE spokesmen have said.
The chief executive of French reactor maker Areva CEPFi.PA, Anne Lauvergeon, has already appeared in Japan, saying on Thursday that she wanted to send staff to help handle the crisis.
The head of the largest U.S. conglomerate has also come under fire at home this week, after the New York Times reported that GE paid no U.S. federal income taxes in 2010, a claim the company has disputed. Immelt, who serves on a White House panel on job creation, on Thursday defended GE’s position on taxes in a speech in Washington. (Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Gary Hill. End of Quote Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/01/japan-ge-idUSN0115462820110401
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Japan’s TEPCO: a History of Nuclear Disaster cover-ups (World Socialist website–Not an endorsement) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2011/03/tepc-m17.html
Today, three years after the fallout there continues a pervasive cover up at Fukushima Diiachi plant.
“Tepco said it is “unable to say” if the latest government figures for the size of the leak are accurate. But last week it admitted a cumulative leak of 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium since the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 that triggered the triple meltdown. Tritium, one of the cocktail of contaminants swimming in the onsite water, has a half-life of about 12 years.
This month, Tepco acknowledged that levels of radioactive caesium-134 were at their highest point since the disaster began. “We’re sorry for delaying this information,” said Yoshikazu Nagai, a Tepco spokesman. “We’re trying very hard to stop the leaks and fix the problem.”
Experts say the government’s admission shows that the crisis at the Daiichi complex is being managed, not solved. “It is an emergency – has been since 11 March 2011 and will continue to be long into the future,” said Shaun Burnie, an independent nuclear consultant. He says onsite contaminated water contains three times the caesium released from the 1986 Chernobyl accident – the world’s worst nuclear disaster. “That underscores the scale of this never-ending threat.” End of quote. Source Independent UK http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/a-fukushima-fishermans-tale-radioactive-water-from-the-daiichi-plant-is-flowing-into-the-ocean-at-a-rate-of-300-tons-a-day-8750780.html
36 Signs the Media is Lying to you about Fukushima (here are 6 out of the 36) Source: http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/01/36-signs-media-lying-fukushima-radiation-affecting-west-coast/
#25 The Japanese government has estimated that approximately 300 tons of highly radioactive water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility every single day.
#26 A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.
#27 According to Tepco, a total of somewhere between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima disaster first began.
#28 According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium-137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every single day.
#29 It is being projected that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.
#30 It has been estimated that the entire Pacific Ocean will soon “have cesium levels 5 to 10 times higher” than what we witnessed during the era of heavy atomic bomb testing in the Pacific many decades ago.
#31 The immense amount of radioactive material being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima has caused environmental activist Joe Martino to issue the following warning…
“Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”
#32 The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly being released from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living in the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time. Just consider what Harvey Wasserman had to say about this…
Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among as many as 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.
Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.
Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.
For every one article that sheds light on the Fukushima fallout there are n100 that say everything is fine, nothing to see here, please look away. So to be fair, after showing you all that is wrong with Fukushima, here is one article from the California Government that reassures us, Joe Public, that there’s absolutely nothing to be concerned about.