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December 23, 2011
Arnold Gundersen with A Fresh Report on Fukushima

http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/audio/IYLTP%20-%20Ep%20163.mp3
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This week, Dr. Caldicott and Arnold Gundersen, a nuclear energy consultant with Fairewinds Associates, have another look at how the Fukushima disaster is affecting Japan, and how the U.S. nuclear industry continues its plans to build new plants in America. [...]

Transcript Summary

Gundersen:
We just got information that during the first week, people in Fukushima Prefecture [actually Chiba Prefecture] were exposed to 1,300 Bq/m³ of Xe-133… that’s medical levels
It concerns me… obviously they should have evacuated much further, must faster… but there is an exposure that has been under estimated
The Japanese are saying it’s a noble gas, therefore don’t worry about it
As you discussed, it’s fat soluble and gets in your lungs, tissue, hangs around for quite a while
Caldicott:
If you’re immersed in a cloud of Xe-133, your receiving high-level gamma radiation, like high-level x-rays
As well as inhaling Xe-133 exposing gonads, testicles, ovaries and other organs to high-level gamma radiation
It’s not just Xe-133, there’s argon and krypton as well
Gundersen:
Add to that list iodine
If there was Xe-133, there clearly had to be iodine too
That means thyroid exposure
See also: Mainichi: Gov’t session reveals 400,000 TIMES normal radioactive xenon-133 levels in Chiba — Actual figure may be MUCH higher

December 24, 2011
After Fukushima: A Changing Climate For Nuclear

Http://www.npr.org/2011/12/24/144194064/after-fukushima-a-changing-climate-for-nuclear

December 24, 2011
Officials: No Alaska radiation from Fukushima

http://newsminer.com/bookmark/16895861-Officials-No-Alaska-radiation-from-Fukushima

December 25, 2011
(Why people will try to downplay the seriousness of nuclear power)
Collateral Damage From Fukushima Hits Europe

http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=106306

December 25, 2011
Study: Fukushima Radiation Has Already Killed 14,000 Americans

http://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/international-journal-of-health-services-on-fukuchima-14000-american-babies-killed/
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=28347

December 25, 2011
B.C. braces for wave of debris from Japanese tsunami
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1106906–b-c-braces-for-wave-of-debris-from-japanese-tsunami

December 26, 2011
NY Times: Devastating gov’t failure — Entire communities exposed to harmful radiation.

[...] And devastatingly, the government failed to make use of radiation data to predict the movements of the radioactive plumes released from the plant to warn local towns and direct evacuations, the report [by a government-appointed investigative panel] said. The failure helped expose entire communities to harmful radiation, the report said.

December 27, 2011
Radionuclides from the Fukushima accident in the air over Lithuania: measurement and modelling approaches

J Environ Radioact. 2011 Dec 27. [Epub ahead of print]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22206700#

December 27, 2011
Statement by Fairewinds, Dr. A. Gunderson

As we wrap up 2011, we want to thank all our friends and supporters who have sustained and inspired us as we told the truth about the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in Japan.
The collusion between nuclear regulators and the nuclear industry to cover-up the truth have led many children in Japan continue to receive exposures to radiation levels more than 10 times higher than that of the average nuclear power plant worker in the US, and, children are much more sensitive to radiation exposure than adults. [...]
The on-going nuclear accident at the Fukushima nuclear plant site in Japan is the worst industrial accident the world has ever faced and the Japanese people are facing an ever unfolding and expanding tragedy of a magnitude the world has never experienced. [...]
Fairewinds and its team of volunteers will continue to raise its voice to tell the truth about the Fukushima accidents, which dwarf the Three Mile Island and Chernobyl accidents, in the ongoing tragic exposure to children in Japan and around the world. [...]

December 28, 2011
Diseased seals in Alaska tested for radiation
http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/diseased-seals-in-alaska-tested-radiation-4669702#

December 28, 2011
Study: Radioactive pollution in Athens, Greece due to the Fukushima nuclear accident

http://fukushimaupdate.com/study-radioactive-pollution-in-athens-greece-due-to-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident/

December 28, 2011
Report: U.S. nuclear renaissance unlikely after Fukushima

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/12/a-new-study-released-today-said-that-theregulatory-fallout-from-the-fukushima-power-plantdisaster-in-japan-last-marchwill-pro.html

December 28, 2011
Residents on the west coast of the US and Canada were bombarded with radioactive hot particles that have also contaminated farms and some food sources in the U.S. said Fairewinds Energy Education’s Arnie Gundersen Monday as the Fukushima government cover up continues to violate health rights in Japan and the U.S.

December 29, 2011
UN Agency’s Fukushima Simulation: “Total release amount was equal to that of Chernobyl nuclear explosion”

December 29, 2011
Everyone Downwind for Fallout from Fukushima:

Physicians for Global Survival is “concerned about the re-use of radioactive waste by mixing it into worldwide recycled metal markets.” Instead of “recycling” she calls the process “pollution by dilution,” dispersing the health and environmental hazards of nuclear waste into consumer goods — from toasters to cutlery , industrial machines to hammers and nails.”

Allowing such recycling creates so called acceptable levels of background radiation, but her organization calls increasing background radiation “insidious ,,, there is no minimum level of radioactive exposure acceptable for human health,”

http://www.huntingtonnews.net/17681

December 30, 2011
Erin Brockovich and the Risks of Nuclear ‘Hot Water’ (fact-based novel)

http://outfront.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/07/erin-brockovich-and-the-risks-of-nuclear-hot-water/

December 31, 2011
Arnie Gunderson summarizes Fukushima and what lies ahead
TEPCO Believes Mission Accomplished & Regulators Allow Radioactive Dumping in Tokyo Bay

http://fairewinds.com/content/tepco-believes-mission-accomplished-regulators-allow-radioactive-dumping-tokyo-bay

January 1, 2012
New Study: Aerosolized plutonium from Fukushima detected in Europe — Spent fuel indicated Radionuclides from the Fukushima accident in the air over Lithuania: measurement and modelling approaches –

Abstract, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Dec. 27, 2011:
Lujanienė G, Byčenkienė S, Povinec PP, Gera M.; Environmental Research Department, SRI Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Lithuania

Radionuclides from the Fukushima accident in the air over Lithuania
Activity concentration of (239,240)Pu
One aerosol sample
Collected from 23 March to 15 April, 2011
Found to be 44.5 nBq/m(3)
Activity ratio of (238)Pu/(239,240)Pu in the aerosol sample was 1.2, indicating a presence of the spent fuel of different origin than that of the Chernobyl accident

January 2, 2012
The Biggest Energy Story of 2011

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/policy/the-biggest-energy-story-of-2011

January 2, 2012
South Korea seaweed radioactivity test: The seaweed is called “East coast” brand kelp and is still in the factory sealed packaging. So far it has given a top reading of about 0.76 uSv/hr.
South Korea, Seaweed radioactivity test (part 1)

http://vimeo.com/34466125

January 3, 2012
Review of 2011: Figures following Fukushima

http://www.neimagazine.com/story.asp?sectioncode=132&storyCode=2061466
January 6, 2012
Mysterious Spike in Cesium Fallout in Fukushima on January 2, 2011

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/mysterious-spike-in-cesium-fallout-in.html

January 3, 2011
Mothers first to shed food-safety complacency National Network of Parents to Protect Children from Radiation,

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120103x2.html

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  1. roundabout says:

    @what the; The US is not assisting in this because GE is a USA company and therefore would have to admit to being a huge part of the problem. And we have several type of reactors made by GE on line in the USA. Admitting fault would be a financial disaster for both GE and the government. And even the best scientists who can assist are held hostage from the arms of the corporate government. Sad, but I believe, true.

  2. what the... says:

    Why is this still not a priority in the US (or anywhere?)??????? I know it will hurt business, and it’ll hurt the very thing i’d been putting so much effort into working and supporting – local organic farming. And people i mention it to often act like i didn’t say anything at all, because acknowledging it means completely CHANGING something essential in one’s life, and beliefs, and sense of “security”. Is there even hope for human consciousness to awaken to what’s right in our faces (and in our food and air!!)… let alone to make a significant impact on the way things are going??!! What else can we do about it to express the imminence of the global situation??? The US has the technology to assist in this dilemma, yet it’s not. What else do they know that we don’t???

  3. Susan says:

    I agree, Brian – people should be yelling their heads off – but why aren’t they?

    Why Aren’t people yelling their heads off?

    Last year, J.H. Bartlett wrote a novel called “Last Summer at the Compound”. It’s about a family in Plymouth who meet at their summer compound that is just a few miles from the Pilgrim nuclear power plant. The disaster at Fukushima has made them realize how close they are to this Mark 1 Boiling Water Reactor and the book is about how they grapple with the decision about selling this summer estate that has been in the family for 5 generations. To quote from the book, the “children, the thirty to fifty year olds were the ones most consumed with safety. Have a Healthy and Safe New Year was the message on their Christmas cards. Merry and Happy were out of fashion, pushed aside by healthy and safe. Accidents, disasters, diseases, even death, could be avoided with sufficient vigilance. Seat belts and helmets were called for, sturdy SUV’s that would not crush on impact were encouraged. Fire alarms and burglar alarms were installed. They enthusiastically lighted up dangerous, dark nights. Regular checkups were made of their bodies, X-rays, MRIs, mammograms, colonoscopies, camera probes were sent down the throat to meet those going up the rear end, blood pressure readings were taken, and electrocardiograms. Some wore gizmos to keep a daily check on heart beat, blood pressure and sugar levels. They had flu shots, took pills to lower cholesterol, relieve arthritis, rejuvenate the blood and thicken the bones. Women took hormones, and then men took Viagra to satisfy their wives’ new hormonal induced sex drive. Dogs were fixed and children were driven to play dates, potholes were filled, roads widened. Smoking was abandoned as was the eating of red meat. Defibrillators were installed at parks, schools and playing fields. There were hand sanitizers inside the doors of most public buildings and bowls of condoms in some.” …”Yet they had little time to do anything about the nuclear plant; they did not show up at meetings or demonstrations or go door to door collecting signatures”….

    So people aren’t yelling – but not because they don’t care about health and safety.

    A friend of mine says it could be because radiation is so new to human beings. The atom was split in 1917 – less than 100 years ago.

    He says “it is truly fascinating, but not too complicated, why most people don’t care or cannot comprehend what’s happening. I think it’s partly the genetic marker. Unfortunately the human race has no genetic marker for radiation. There is nothing for us to latch on to at the instinctive level. So the general public fails to recognize the threat. Can you imagine if Fkushima Daiichi was a biological weapons lab? Now that would get everyone’s attention.”

    He goes on to say:

    “I think it takes an interdisciplinary mind, background, and personality, an investigative, mentality, interest in earth and life sciences, curiosity, truth-seeking nature (void of politics, religion, belief systems, or any exterior motivations) and the ability to think not only linearly but abstractly and certainly from at least 50,000 feet up as well as down into the microscope to be able to gasp at the epic severity of the situation and to be able to visualize and understand what’s happening. It also helps to be educated in and understand public relations and how things work, so you can laugh at the corporate/govt BS in their mainstream media distraction entertainment money junk science parade. Not many in today’s distraction-based entertainment brainwashed world have those qualifications.”

    “For some people, they need to see ‘numbers’ and need to hear from ‘official sources’, they need to be told they should be worried by official sources.”

    “The health effects of nuclear power and associated accidents are devastating. Cancer is a side track. Other fallout-related health problems will affect many people first, including heart attack and stroke, before they get to cancer. It’s a cakewalk for the thinktanks and the highest of public relations geniuses to generate misinformation and perception that dismiss all health-related problems. The various forms of disease will not come with a Made in Fukushima tag and good luck proving it in a court of law. Sadly,it is highly likely that the general public will never realize what has happened to them.”

  4. Brian Ketterer says:

    People should be yelling their heads off. It won’t be long before the water off California will be too radioactive to swim in. Reactor 1 is back in fission mode because it is emitting radioactive Krypton and Xenon. Reactors 2 and 3 are putting out isotopes as well. And the Japanese are dumping 1000 tons a day of radioactive water into the Pacific. The plume is reportedly 3500 kilometers out to sea. And if the reactor 4 building collapses? The spent fuel pool will start to burn and the site will have to be abandoned. Do I need to say more?

  5. Chase says:

    An excellent timeline historical document!

    I clicked on “View All” and just scrolled.

  6. radha vallabha says:

    two nuclear bombs. four nuclear power plants. it’s called karma

  7. pedro mohr says:

    We would have been better off without the invention as it is so really dangerous unlike anyhing else.Thanks to uranium fluoridation was given boost because nothing was to be allowed to stand in the way of this warlike invention.Still many suffer with the infliction of fluoridation today and without any advantages except as a way to dispose of dangerous fluorides.

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