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October 30, 2012 - Regarding U.S. Reactors and Superstorm Sandy
There are many stories about the Sandy-nuclear-aftermath that are now being told, but there are other stories that aren't being told and some that will never be told. There is the story about the reactor scrams/trips that caused radioactive steam releases not mentioned by the NRC; and only few activists pointed out. There is also the story about America's stupid policy of not shutting down reactors *before* a storm so these releases - or worse nuclear events - can't or don't happen. There is also the story about the potential cooling failure of the spent fuel pools at Oyster Creek. There is the story about flooding, intake pumps, river debris and failed or submerged pumps in reactors and what could happen in the next superstorm, or in the next few days. Finally, there is the story about the hundreds of millions of Americans who think of reactor dangers like the Chinese think of democracy (they don't). We encourage you to visit our Facebook page and Google the search phrases related to these stories to learn about them or venture to 'break' the story yourself...because the Nuclear Energy Institute is wrong in saying 'nuclear energy facilities in the path of Hurricane Sandy have responded well and safely to this powerful storm, demonstrating their resilience against severe natural forces.' That's bullshit and they know it ...and the NRC, like the NEI, is not a credible institution and is not going to help you, or in general 'people and the environment.' We encourage you to use this site, Nuclearcrimes.org, which has abundant content about reactor releases (in chapter 11 and chapter 12 of our e-book) and more.
September 18, 2012 - Tolerance, Temperatures and Trajectories: Discussing Recent Findings About Fukushima and the Environment
In our recent Facebook post titled 'In the Post-Fukushima Era, Are We Assuming Too Much About The Safety of Our Food Supply?', we ask: if low level radiation in our foods is similarly damaging as x-rays but unlike x-rays doesn't provide even indirect health benefits, 'why do we put up with radiation in our foods?' Why do we tolerate things like California pistachios with nearly 10 becquerels per kilogram of cesium-137 that was determined by a non-U.S. lab?
An abstract of a recent study discussed at Enenews notes that niobium-95 and ruthenium-103 detected hundreds of kilometers downwind of Fukushima 'show[s] that the reactor cores were exposed to high temperature for a prolonged time.' This has special meaning to NuclearCrimes.org because we are among the very few who talk about volatilization. According to reference charts on this site, niobium has a boiling point (B.P.) of 4742C and ruthenium's B.P. is 3900C. (Tin's B.P. is a low 2270C.) No one is saying that if the coriums during the meltdowns reached temperatures above 3,000 or even 4,000 degrees Celsius, and sustained such temps for 'a prolonged time,' then more plutonium (B.P.: 3228C) and plutonium oxide (B.P.: 2800C) than anyone has suspected must have been lofted downwind of Fukushima. Plutonium was found in Lithuania from Fukushima. Where else was it found? And how much? Did we all get plutonium from Fuku in our lungs!? Fukushima's coriums are still quite hot: they are STILL vaporizing plutonium and strontium, etc...This is never mentioned and the world nuclear lobby is intent on keeping this knowledge, which would be damning to their business, from the masses.
Another study discussed at Enenews about a first-ever study that using models and sampling data tracked the full global revolution of Fukushima plume trajectories confirms what we've said all along: that a nasty set of cohesive plumes (that the group of scientists call the 'North Branch') hit central Alaska hard in mid-March 2011. This North Branch 'plume' was responsible for the greatest-ever EPA RADNET gamma spike that is still internationally ignored. Whereas most models to date have shown that the March plumes predominantly crossed the contiguous U.S., this new study shows that this 'North Branch' accounted for 62 percent of the total plume clusters emanating from Fukushima using 'backward trajectory' analysis. In view of this study's findings, in hindsight, the poor radiation monitoring and lack of health warnings or restrictions on consumption of contaminated wild game or catchment rainwater in the far north by North American authorities were acts of gross negligence that violated the human rights of indigenous and other peoples.
September 12, 2012 - Chronic Health Problems Begin in Fukushima with Childhood Thyroid Cancer
Kyodo News reported yesterday that the first thyroid cancer case was detected - a child from Fukushima Pref. was the victim. I read this morning in Alexey Yablokov's (et. al.) book about Chernobyl's health consequences that for every 1 thyroid cancer there are about 1,000 other cases of thyroid malignancies. I also learned that a recent U.S. study on 'downwinders' noted that population thyroid exposures between 7.4 and 21.5 rads results in a 60% excess occurrence rate above the background rate of thyroiditis, which is a general category of thyroid organ inflammation that is linked to a host of developmental and other problems.
As I note in my book's Chapter 6: '...thyroid problems among the Rongelapese were rampant. A study of sixty-four islanders - including children born after the 1954 evacuation - found that roughly a third of the population had contracted thyroid tumors through the end of 1974 (the study found 22 thyroid tumors, 3 of which were cancerous).' Many of these islanders were flown to the U.S. to have their tumors removed, benign and not. While they were there, they were experimented upon. They were injected with radioisotopes to see what would happen. This was immoral, illegal and of an atomic cruelty typical of that 'period.'
In recent months, scientists have found high rates of nodule and cyst growths in Fukushima children. This is a harbinger for bad things to come. And it hurts to think about Japan's children and their future...a future that could be brighter if Japan stopped their inhumane policy of keeping people in Fukushima City and environs against the advice of scientists worldwide.
The exposed Rongelap community of 64 persons which was deliberately exposed (non-spared) by radiation by the USG suffered by '1980...a cumulative total of 20 other deaths...whose causes of death included heart disease, pneumonia, and uterine, cervix and ovarian cancer...'
The ability is in each of us to free our minds and begin to understand that this is not really about reactors - it's about nuclear weapons and what they mean to our economic masters. Reactors simply keep the warhead fuel handy. They are the supply depots for nuclear weapons which are the military tools used by madmen to bully other countries. We must begin to understand that these madmen are not like us. They are so corrupted by power that they are no longer truly human. They don't care about the children of Fukushima or any radiation victim. Yet we elect them and allow them to rule us. We must see the forest for the trees!
August 12, 2012 - U.S. Navy Got Frisky in Ishioka 11 Days After Earthquake - A FOIA document released via Enformable.com in August 2012 shows air monitoring data by the U.S. Navy in several areas of Japan, including Ishioka (MAP centered on area), in parts of March 2011. The urban-based monitoring post at Ishioka, situated halfway between Tokyo and Fukushima, had measured tens of thousands of picocuries in air via a Frisk (dosimeter) during March and a peak value in an isotopic analysis of an air sample on 3.21.11 @ 2200 (local time) measuring 1.72E-09 uCi/mL of I131 or 1,720 pCi/m3 of I-131, which was hundreds of times higher than values 'downwind' in Alaska - here's a selected image from the document. That same air sample had 143 pCi/m3 of iodine-132, 116 pCi/m3 of cesium-134, 13.8 pCi/m3 of rare cesium-136, 146 pCi/m3 of cesium-137 and 207 pCi/m3 of tellurium-132. The corresponding Ishioka iodine-131 dose is about 1/1,000 of the 1.49 Rem/hour thyroid dose from Iodine-131 gas experienced on March 15 at Yokosuka (read about that in footnote A here).
August 7, 2012 - CALIFORNIA ORANGES FOUND WITH FUKUSHIMA CONTAMINATION - Lab Test Confirms Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 from Fukushima Found in California Oranges.
A Japanese laboratory on April 4, 2012 tested an orange grown in California for radioactivity from Fukushima and found 0.47 and 0.49 becquerels of cesium-134 and cesium-137, respectively in the pulp and rind (peel) of the citrus fruit. When cesium-134 is found in the environment since 3/11, it is scientific consensus that the source is Fukushima. Likewise, scientists agree when these two cesium isotopes appear in a ratio of approximately 1:1, then it is understood that nearly all of the cesium must have come from Fukushima.
The cesium values for the California orange are astonishing because the cesium-137 component is higher than the average cesium-137 concentration found in West Coast citrus products during the height of nuclear weapons testing fallout (in 1963) by the U.S. Public Health Service, which was the predecessor to the EPA. The 1963 data show that oranges grown in the U.S. Southwest (SW) (i.e., California) had on average less cesium-137 than what was found by the Japanese lab in 2012. Earlier this year, the lab detected the twin cesium isotopes also in prunes and almonds harvested in California in 2011. Learn more in 'Japan Finds Radioactivity in More Foods from California: The California Radiation Report'.
July 31, 2012 - Which is More Toxic: A Post 3/11 Tokyo Flat or Mars if NASA's Curiosity Crashes?
Professor Christopher Busby recently disclosed that he had found in 2011 a staggering quantity of uranium (240 and 3,000 becquerels of uranium-235 and uranium-238 per kilogram, respectively) in the filter of an apartment air-conditioner that ran only a short time in late 2011 in Tokyo (located over 200 kilometers from Fukushima). (The values are equivalent to 6,487 and 81,090 picocuries per kilogram.) 81,090 picocuries is about one-quarter of the amount of first-generation uranium-238 dust that each Iraqi (and some coalition service personnel) has cumulatively inhaled as the result of the use of over 4 million pounds of depleted uranium by U.S.-led forces since 1991.
Japan's science ministry hasn't taken the threat of uranium, plutonium or strontium emitted from Fukushima very seriously. The only extensive survey, which analyzed plutonium and strontium in soils up to 80 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi, curiously neglected a swath of towns south of the reactors heading towards Tokyo. Here's an excerpt from Chapter 12 of 'U.S.A.: The Original Nuclear Miscreant':
Strontium-90 was detected in multiple locations on, and Strontium-89 detected in one location very near, the perimeter (79 km) of the survey area (to the north, west, and southwest), which should indicate that radiostronium depositions from Fukushima should be detectable at more distant locations, including Tokyo and beyond. (Note: strontium deposits were detected in Moscow and Hawaii last spring.) Curiously, the Ministry's survey area included no sampling stations along a 20-30 km section of coast beyond the the 30 kilometer zone around the nuclear complex extending towards Tokyo. In early October, the Ministry stated it has no plans to extend the survey area beyond the 79 km radius.
Dr. Busby has taken an acute interest in uranium dispersal from the Fukushima disaster and in April 2011 plotted a simple graph using the U.S. EPA's meager monitoring data of uranium-238 that naturally shows how similarly heavy isotopes as 'depleted uranium' must have impacted various islands in the Pacific, including Hawaii. Uranium has a boiling point of 3,818 degrees Celsius and if uranium volatilized at Fukushima was found in huge quantities in apartments in Tokyo and EPA filters in Hawaii, then plutonium, which has a lower boiling point (b.p.: 3,232 C), must also have been present in these places. That plutonium flew into every Earthling's neighborhood from Fukushima is a point that the nuclear authorities - name one, it applies - dismiss despite scientific findings that more or less prove it:
[a] paper published in 2012 by scientists in Lithuania demonstrated that some of the plutonium they detected with their radiation equipment in March to April 2011 was from Fukushima. How? They compared the ratio of rare and common plutonium isotopes - based on historical measurements - to those ratios in their March-April radiation data and concluded that 'the contribution of the Fukushima derived 239,240Pu [to be] 59% or 26.4 nBq/m3.'
Plutonium-239 and its more toxic sister, plutonium-238, are extremely damaging to the lungs when inhaled. Plutonium-238 is in each of our bodies thanks to the largest source polluting the environment to date: nuclear-powered spacecraft that have re-entered our atmosphere. (Hardy & Bennett (1974, HASL) reported 42 picocuries per person (cumulative ingestion/inhalation) of plutonium through 1972.)
Speaking of nuclear-powered spacecraft, in the first week of August 2012, the Mars rover 'Curiosity' is expected to descend on the red planet and a crash landing spilling 58,700 curies or over 10 pounds of plutonium-238 could leave a lasting 'sign of non-intelligent life' on our planetary neighbor. (58,700 curies is the same as 58.7 thousand-trillion picocuries!) It should be obvious that we aren't really searching for new life on Mars if our nuclear spacecraft being sent to its surface could easily crash and kill many forms of new life there. So why was a huge plutonium-battery chosen to power the Mars craft over the safer and more ecologically friendly solar option? Simply put: propaganda. The U.S. wants to dominate space. To dominate space, it needs nuclear power. To put nuclear power in space, it needs public acceptance. (Unnecessarily) putting plutonium battery sources in NASA planetary exploratory spacecraft is a ploy to get Americans to gleefully accept a future of progressive deployment of nuclear power modules in space for the purposes of global-strike weaponry and planetary mining and mineral extraction.
This bold space-pioneering plan by the silent military backers of the NASA space program puts all of us at great risk. We were lucky that a launch accident on Florida's Space Coast or a late boost-stage re-entry and burn-up didn't happen when the rocket carrying Curiosity blasted off on November 26, 2011. NASA took a gamble with all human life on Earth with that launch. The late radiobiology expert John Gofman, in his book "Radiation and Human Health," argued that 950,000 global fatal lung-cancers will result from Earthlings' exposure to a myriad of plutonium isotopes (through the early 1970s) from global nuclear testing fallout. The Curiosity payload - in 'Curies' - represents about one-fifth of the radioactivity of those plutonium isotopes estimated in the global fallout. If NASA's Curiosity mission experienced a worst-case re-entry, would we have faced nearly 200,000 fatal lung cancers? Since Gofman's calculations pertained to a time when the global population was roughly 50% the size of ours (there are twice as many pairs of lungs now as then), perhaps that number would've been nearly 400,000 fatal lung cancers.
It turns out the resident of that Tokyo apartment actually evacuated upon learning of the nuclear accident at Fukushima and returned seven months later (to lesser quantities of lingering plutonium and uranium dust volatilized from Fukushima). Tens of millions of Japanese weren't so lucky.
July 26, 2010 - Simulated Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Involving Real Radioactivity Carried Out
The U.S. Energy Department conducted on July 24, 2012 a 'Source Physics Experiment' - or a tiny, 'simulated' underground nuclear blast in Nevada - that a 2010 government 'white paper' noted would involve the direct release of radioisotopes into the environment to mimic the accidental venting of a low-yield underground nuclear detonation.
Although the Energy Department press release announcing this treaty-verification experiment - the third since May 2011 - didn't mention the release of radioactive gasses or particles, the 2010 white paper stated that, concurrent with the second or third Source Physics Experiment, a 'release of short-lived isotopes (e.g., via shallow underground chemical explosion, direct spraying, or other controlled release) will be used for high-fidelity radiometric measurements at the surface with no permanent contamination introduced to the site. Radioactive debris will decay to below background levels within 1 year.... Isotopes under consideration include a combination of treaty-relevant nuclides and other short-lived species that can be conveniently produced.' The press release noted that four more of these experiments are planned.
Because gaseous radioactive isotopes will drift offsite regardless of meteorological conditions and radioactive particulates can easily drift offsite, it is unacceptable that the DOE has carried out these tests without providing warning to off-site communities. It is also unacceptable that there has been no NEPA environmental assessment of Source Physics Experiments.
Sometime in 2012, the Energy Department plans to conduct a weapons-grade-plutonium-fueled 'scaled' subcritical nuclear experiment, which is the closest the U.S. will come to conducting a nuclear test since 1992. No environmental assessment of this new activity has been completed either. More about the Department of Energy's disappointing environmental review in 2011-2012 of proposed activities at the 'NNSS' test site in Nevada through circa 2020 here.
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