Measuring Fukushima Fallout

Scientists for We the People
What are the impacts on wildlife, sealife and human health of the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster?

Governments are not adequately monitoring the continuing contamination and are ignoring the issue.

The global nuclear establishment attempts to downplay and deny any risks with bogus propaganda ploys like ‘radiophobia’ (its all in your head) and ‘hormesis’ (chronic radiation exposure is good for you).

However, independent scientists are stepping into the monitoring, research and information breach. On Sept. 2, 2015, EON teamed up with local community organizer Bing Gong, Fukushima Response Campaign co-founder John Bertucci and Steve Costa and Kate Levinson of Pt. Reyes Books to host the first community program nationally to bring together two top scientists on the subject. Here are videos of the three presentations that resulted. [Stay tuned for the next installment of this series in November with nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education.]

Also linked to below are reports on a study of thyroid cancer in Fukushima kids.

Pt. 1 – Fukushima Contamination – Dr. Ken Buesseler
“Fukushima from Two Sides of the Pacific”

Marine biologist Dr. Ken Buesseler, is Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity.

Introduced by Mary Beth Brangan, Co-Director of EON, Dr. Buesseler reviews his findings so far in his on-going citizen-funded project monitoring the continuing radioactive contamination from Japan’s Fukushima triple nuclear meltdown.

Within months of the Fukushima disaster, Ken Buesseler assembled an international research cruise to sample the waters surrounding the nuclear plant. Incredibly high amounts of radioactivity were detected and more has flowed into the Pacific each day since. To date, important fisheries remain closed due to cesium levels above Japanese limits for seafood. Ocean currents are bringing the flood of radioactive particles released from Fukushima beginning in March of 2011 and constantly pouring out since, to the West Coast. Buesseler now monitors over 50 sites along the West Coast, from Alaska to Mexico, with citizen-scientist funding and participation.

Radioactive Cesium from Fukushima was detected in ocean water samples in June of 2014 off the coast of Eureka, in northern California and in April 2015 close to shore in Ucluelet BC, as well as 1.8 miles offshore from Del Mar in Southern California, also in April 2015. Buesseler only measures for Cesium, since it’s easiest to test for, but many other deadly radionuclides are being emitted from Fukushima as well and are probably also in the current.

[ Editors’ note: Buesseler’s relatively unconcerned stance in this presentation appeared to change a bit the week after this talk when he spoke in Canada after the Japanese typhoon caused massive flooding of more radioactive contamination into the Pacific from Fukushima. see: Radioactivity In Our Ocean: Fukushima & Its Impact On The Pacific Streamed live on Sep 14, 2015

Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Sep 14, 2015:

1:02:15 — Buesseler: “There have been ongoing releases… being maintained at higher levels… The groundwater is almost impossible to stop, so that will continue for decades… very hard to contain. Ice dams, things you can engineer to stop them, have never been done on this scale before, so it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen.”
1:09:30 — Audience Q&A: “Can anyone — scientists, physicists, anyone — really estimate the levels that are coming out of Fukushima on a daily basis? This rain event… how could anyone possibly estimate what is going… it’s disingenuous … to make these kind of assumptions — that it ‘probably’ won’t be a problem in the future. How can anyone say that? It’s never happened before… I don’t know where these predictions can really be nailed down, and was wondering your opinion on that as a couple of ‘good scientists’ (laughs).”
1:11:00 — Buesseler: “Fair points. It’s never happened before, it’s somewhat unpredictable and dynamic… There’s certainly not enough information. I was very frustrated after the rain event to find almost no information about the amount and levels that were in the ocean… There are some monitoring sites right in the harbor, and you can actually see the level of cesium go up from 1,000 of my units to 3,000 — so there was an impact. How long that’s going to continue? I can’t tell you… How it’s going to change in the future? We hope it gets back down to the levels that were near zero, but it never will be. It’s going to be — for decades, anyway — a site of continuous release… that’s what keeps me up at night, are continuous leaks that could happen at that site.”]

Pt. 2 – Fukushima Contamination – Dr. Tim Mousseau
“Bio-Impacts of Chernobyl & Fukushima”

Evolutionary biologist Dr. Tim Mousseau shares his alarming findings from his unique research on the biological effects of radiation exposure to wildlife, plants, trees, birds and insects from the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl & Fukushima. He is finding similar effects in both disaster areas.

Pt. 3 – Fukushima Contamination: Neither Panic nor Denial – Mary Beth Brangan
EON’s Mary Beth Brangan explains why, despite Buesseler’s attempt to reassure against concern about Fukushima radioactivity, there is ample reason to become concerned, informed and activated.

Brangan explains why the independent scientific evidence so far strongly supports applying the Precautionary Principle in crafting the appropriate public policy response to radioactive fallout from the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan as well from continuing accidents and severe weather impacting all nuclear sites.

She calls for international solidarity with the plight of heartlessly dispossessed & ignored Fukushima refugees, and the explosive, youth-led current Japanese grassroots campaign against the militarism and nuclear brinkmanship of the US-supported Japanese Abe regime.

She encourages people to support independent research scientists’ projects and to join the growing movement to shut down California’s own ‘Fukushima-in-Waiting,’ PG&E’s aging Diablo Canyon, located close to 13 intersecting earthquake faults, in a tsunami zone not far south of San Francisco – the state’s ‘last nuke standing.’

Here are reports on a recent study of thyroid cancers in Fukushima children.

Thyroid Cancer in Children Increases 30-Fold in Fukushima, New Study Says
by Beyond Nuclear’s Cindy Folkers

A study examining children who were 18 years and younger at the onset of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe found an increase in thyroid cancers, as predicted by World Health Organization (WHO) initial dose assessments.

Lead researcher Toshihide Tsuda, an epidemiologist at Okayama University, says “[t]his is more than expected and emerging faster than expected … ” by either initial WHO predictions or studies of thyroid cancers after the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986. Tsuda was urged by international experts and the publishing journal to publish his study as soon as possible due to its potential implications for public health. Read more

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Accident 10/8/15
Published on Oct 8, 2015 on MsMilkeyTheClown’s YouTube channel

She says, “I edited the original video below from 1hour 24 minutes into this ENGLISH ONLY translation version of 38min 41sec. Link to original here called: Toshihide Tsuda: “Pediatric Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Accident” Toshihide Tsuda: Professor, Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University”

Here is the full original video:
Toshihide Tsuda: “Pediatric Thyroid Cancer after the Fukushima Accident”

Here’s NBC’s coverage:
Thyroid Cancer Rates Higher in Kids Near Fukushima Nuke Plant – Study

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