Although the World Health Organization’s preliminary report on Fukushima concludes that the health risks will be “less ominous” than the socioeconomic impact, others don’t agree. Apparently, no one considered the amount of radioactive water being released into the environment.
“Look at what’s going on now: They’re dumping huge amounts of radioactivity into the ocean — no one expected that in 2011,” Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told Global Security Newswire. “We could have large numbers of cancer from ingestion of fish.”
That quote is from an article about new EPA nuclear-response guidelines. U.S. politicians are considering relaxing rules about how much radiation would be considered safe after a nuclear incident. In other words, the government would decide how much radiation was enough to move residents out of an area and they’re thinking that a little bit of radiation might be good for people. I wonder which nuclear power company sponsored that study? Nevertheless, they’re leaning toward the WHO’s conclusion that the socioeconomic impact of moving people from their homes is worse than having them exposed to higher levels of radioactivity.
As for seafood, the U.S., South Korea, China, and Taiwan have banned agricultural and fish imports that originate from certain areas of Japan. If they’re the only countries doing so, does that mean that everyone else may be eating Japan’s radioactive food?
Have no fear. Experts are saying there’s no need to worry. In an ostentatiously written article in the U.C. Berkeley alumni magazine, experts assure readers that there’s nothing to worry about:
Well, Cal nuclear experts say you don’t have to worry—much, anyway. It’s hard to keep things in perspective when tropes like “radioactive leakage” are bruited about, but it’s necessary that we keep perspective, advises Richard Muller, a Cal professor of physics and a faculty senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. There are genuine risks associated with the Fukushima plant, Muller says, but in global—even regional—terms, they are limited.
“Yes, it’s a serious leak,” Muller told us during a phone interview, “and yes, containment (of the radioactive water) is not being handled well. But I haven’t seen anything that would indicate there’s a serious public health hazard.”
The old saw that “dilution is the solution to pollution” isn’t accurate when you’re talking about dumping garbage at sea or spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, says Muller, but when it comes to Fukushima, it applies pretty well.
First, he says, the Pacific Ocean is already a highly radioactive body of water—due mainly to naturally–occurring potassium, which emits both beta and the more highly invasive gamma radiation. Comparatively speaking, the quantity of radioactive isotopes washed into the sea from Fukushima is relatively small, and is ultimately dwarfed by the ionizing radiation emitted by the great extant mass of marine potassium.
So, since the ocean itself is radioactive, adding a bit more radioactivity won’t hurt? I’m happy with that, if it’s the truth. It continues:
Further, the revelations about new leaks notwithstanding, it is generally agreed that the amount of radioactive crud reaching the ocean is far less today than it was in the months following the 2011 tsunami. Certainly, little if any perceptible contamination has penetrated the food webs of the west coast of North America. In its latest update, which was in March, Cal’s Nuclear Engineering Air Monitor Site determined that no radioactive isotopes originating from Fukushima have been detected in Pacific Northwest salmon.
Still, Muller continued, even minute amounts of radiation can raise the statistical odds of developing cancer. But not by a great deal.
According to this article, if we ignore the fact that radioactive water continues to leak into the ocean, we’ll all be okay. And people think conspiracy theorists are crazy?
The Berkeley article cites the findings of Cal’s Nuclear Engineering Air Monitor Site. Here’s what they found in March 2013:
3/5/2013 2:25pm: We have tested a sample of salmon from the Pacific Northwest that we purchased locally. No radioactive isotopes were detected from the reactors at Fukushima to very low limits. These results have been posted on the salmon section of our Food Chain page.
Do Berkeley publications only cite Berkeley studies? The monitoring site tested salmon they purchased locally. I’ve never quite trusted my local seafood dealer’s assertions about where his fish comes from. There have also been recent news reports that vendors are passing off cheap fish as more expensive varieties, although salmon is rather distinctive. Nevertheless, how appetizing is that seafood lunch after the realization that it may have been swimming through radioactive water dumped from Fukushima?
Anyway, here are the results from an earlier study, done in 2011, “Absolutely Every One” – 15 Out of 15 – Bluefin Tuna Tested In California Waters Contaminated with Fukushima Radiation.
Unlike some other compounds, radioactive cesium does not quickly sink to the sea bottom but remains dispersed in the water column, from the surface to the ocean floor. Fish can swim right through it, ingesting it through their gills, by taking in seawater or by eating organisms that have already taken it in…
Japanese and U.S. officials – of course – are pretending that the amount of radiation found in the bluefin is safe. But the overwhelming scientific consensus is that there is no safe level of radiation … and radiation consumed and taken into the body is much more dangerous than background radiation.
“Japanese and U.S. officials…are pretending that the amount of radiation in the bluefin is safe.” I wonder what percentage of the funding for Cal’s Nuclear Engineering Air Monitor Site comes from government sources?
From the NOAA, showing how the contaminated water spread:
What do you think? Perhaps it’s true that two years later most of the radioactive particles are no longer suspended in ocean waters. However, what about the particles that are now on the ocean floor? Can they be stirred up? And what about the continued leaking from the Fukushima site?
Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as 60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.
It seems that neither Tepco, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, nor Japan have the knowledge or resources to handle what’s happening at the damaged nuclear power plant.
According to the article:
We already know that thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water are pouring through the Fukushima site, carrying a devil’s brew of long-lived poisonous isotopes into the Pacific. Tuna irradiated with fallout traceable to Fukushima have already been caught off the coast of California. We can expect far worse.
As previously mentioned, Tepco doesn’t know what to do about it:
Tepco continues to pour more water onto the proximate site of three melted reactor cores it must somehow keep cool. Steam plumes indicate fission may still be going on somewhere underground. But nobody knows exactly where those cores actually are.
The water flowing through the site is also undermining the remnant structures at Fukushima, including the one supporting the fuel pool at Unit Four.
What will happen if the entire site is completely compromised?
There is more than 85 times as much lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl.
Radioactive hot spots continue to be found around Japan. There are indications of heightened rates of thyroid damage among local children.
The apostle John saw an event that would happen in the last days:
The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea (Rev 16:3).
May God help us, because our governments don’t seem interested. Rather, the world’s elite are looking forward to seeing the earth’s population of humans drastically reduced.