According to [a doctor’s] examinations after the accident, the number of whitebloodcells of children living in the [Tokyo] metropolitan area was decreasing. And he added that neutrophils among white blood cells were particularly badly decreasing…Today, thedoctorissayingthat foreverytenchildreninTokyo, nineofthemhavebelowthestandardnumberofneutrophils.
From Fukushima 311 Voices August 10, 2018
Reprinted with permission
Comment from Beyond Nuclear International: On March 11, 2018, we profiled a courageous young mother — Yoko Shimosawa — as she stood on a street and spoke with passion, in English and Japanese, about the threats posed by nuclear power. Shimosawa had evacuated from Tokyo to Kansai with her two children, once her daughter became sick.
Now a relentless campaigner to bring truth to light, she told her full story during a visit to Hiroshima on August 6, marking the 73rd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on that city. Below, in powerful and moving testimony, she recounts the persistent health threats and risks to populations still living in the region and draws a parallel between the “invisible and quiet nuclear bombing” of the Fukushima and Hiroshima populations across the decades.
73 years ago today, many precious lives were instantly destroyed by the terrible blast and the heat from the atomic bomb. Did you know, however, that the atomic bomb has had another, lasting effects? It’s an invisible, quiet and lasting effects from the nuclear bombing, called “internal radiation exposure.”
7 years ago, Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant had an accident and the nuclear accident developed into a nuclear disaster. Today, we Japanese have to live with this invisible and quiet nuclear bombing. It’s a kind of invisible violence that quietly invades human bodies.
I would like to talk about the violence called “the internal radiation exposure” as an evacuee from the terrible nuclear disaster.
I evacuated to Kansai three years after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident. Where do you think I evacuated from? I evacuated from Tokyo. Do you know that Tokyo has serious radioactive contamination？ Tens of millions of people in East Japan live with radioactive contamination now.
My daughter was 5 years old at the time of the accident. She was a cheerful and active girl. But after one year since the accident, her health conditions became bad and she was troubled by strange symptoms. She told me, “Mommy, I feel so bad, I have no power, My hands hurt, my legs hurt, my body hurts！” In fact, my daughter became so sick that she could not live a normal life at all.
At that time, I met a doctor who was working with the issue of radiation exposure in the metropolitan area. He said, if sick children are moved to the west away from contaminated eastern Japan, some of them might recover health.
According to his examinations after the accident, the number of white blood cells of children living in the metropolitan area was decreasing. And he added that neutrophils among white blood cells were particularly badly decreasing. And as we found out later, our two children also had the same condition. Today, the doctor is saying that for every ten children in Tokyo, nine of them have below the standard number of neutrophils.
When I consulted the doctor about my daughter, he clearly stated that she was affected by the radiation exposure. And he gave me advice to move my daughter to the western part of Japan.
In any case, I tried to move my sick daughter out of Tokyo. Whenever we stayed in a place where there was no radioactive contamination, she became very well. But when we returned to Tokyo, she became sick again. We did not have the option to stay in Tokyo any longer. We just fled from Tokyo and moved to Kansai.
Living in East Japan means living with many radioactive materials, and it is not a place where people can live in good health. So, as evacuees from eastern Japan, we are calling for evacuation to West Japan. Our existence here is not broadcasted on the radio nor published in newspapers. So, I am telling you about it here and now.
After the accident, we were told that radiation was not a problem and health damages would not occur. But it was not true. Many of us have evacuated from East to West due to various health problems. Many people are getting sick today in East Japan. People are dying without noticing that it is due to radiation. Many Japanese can not face this nuclear catastrophe.
Now my daughter is 12 years old. She’s healthy and enjoys everyday life. She has good friends and says she wants to continue living here forever.
She is very afraid that more and more nuclear power plants now will get restarted and there may be another accident. If that happens, she will have to move away from here again. If another nuclear accident happens, she knows that she can not live in this country anymore.
And accidents are not the only ones that threaten her. It is a basic issue that after the accident, our government has not confined radioactive materials to one place. On the contrary, our government has a policy of diluting toxic radioactive waste by mixing it with water, cement or other materials, and making it look harmless.
And the Japanese government now allows incineration of highly contaminated nuclear waste of up to 8000 Bq/kg, 80 times as high as before the Fukushima accident. It’s all to reduce the enormous amount of nuclear waste. But as conscientious scientists say, we should never burn radioactive materials. It should never have been allowed.
We don’t seem to be able to stop this crazy, irresponsible way of our government.
I hope that my daughter can live in her beloved country where she was born and raised.
What the Japanese government is doing can be called a nuclear assault. This political nuclear bomb is being dropped over us slowly and penetrating into our daily lives.
We can protect precious LIFE of not only humans but also the LIFE of all living creatures from internal radiation exposure. How? By containing radioactive waste in the locations where they were made and by keeping the waste under strict control. We humans can also evacuate from contaminated areas and relocate.
But people can’t move out of the contaminated areas because central and local governments conceal the facts of contamination and victimization, killing many people just like powerful bombs do. That’s a kind of national war waged against its own people.
We deeply deplore such war situation and want to stop it. That’s why I am here speaking to you.
Let us work together so we can recover our country and our earth in which our children can grow up in good health.
From Ecological Options Network/No Nukes California October 8, 2018
The controversial loading of high-level nuclear waste in thin-walled steel canisters into concrete silos just yards from the beach at Southern California Edison’s shutdown San Onofre nuclear plant has been temporarily halted by potentially game-changing events that happened early in August. Some experts say the near accident could have been as serious as Chernobyl and Fukushima all rolled into one.
Here are background video reports and commentary from systems analyst Donna Gilmore.
Holtec Nuclear Safety Problems Says Whistleblower
Whistleblower David Fritch reveals Holtec engineering and safety problems at San Onofre nuclear waste facility on Camp Pendleton near a San Diego County public beach close to San Clemente. Southern California Edison response by Tom Palmisano. Camp Pendleton spokesman comments. Tom Palmisano claims that Edison is in compliance with its NRC license. Donna Gilmore, SanOnofreSafety.org,, challenges his claim by citing the NRC license. She states that Edison has no way to unload damaged canisters as required by its NRC licnese.
Thanks to Tom English for speaking out! Great job, Tom. (see video above)
We need more experts speaking out.
We need our state and federal government to deny Edison and Holtec the ability to operate anything nuclear in California and the United States.
Twice Holtec almost dropped a 49 ton thin-wall canister filled with fragile and hot high burnup nuclear fuel rods almost 18 feet.
Holtec ignored employee warnings that working blind with only 1/2″ clearance between the steel canister and steel MPC Guide ring was not safe. Employee requests for a camera and a redesigned guide ring were ignored by Holtec. The all important deadline from Edison for a January 2019 completion date was the priority.
Edison was complicit and hid the information about the two drops from the public and the NRC.
Edison knew Holtec loaded over half the canisters at Diablo Canyon incorrectly, but hired Holtec anyway to install the Holtec unproven UMAX dry storage system at the beach.
Does Holtec have to drop a canister and destroy Southern California before our state and federal elected officials and regulators will realize these companies should lose all the licenses and permits they have for anything to do with nuclear?
Will the Navy cancel Edison’s lease before they destroy Camp Pendleton? This is a national security issue that should supersede any authority the NRC has to stop the Navy.
The NRC’s history is to rubberstamp everything with a slap on the hand, so we cannot count on them to do their job.
The NRC is knowingly allowing Edison and other facilities to store these highly radioactive thin-wall nuclear waste canisters without a backup plan if something goes wrong. If they or Edison or Holtec say otherwise, they are not telling the truth. I have proof.
In addition, San Onofre has higher than normal radiation readings from the inlet air vents where the up to 15 year old San Onofre Areva NUHOMS thin-wall canisters are stored by the beach. The NRC refuses to tell us why, or whether some of the canisters are already leaking from through-wall cracks.
They refuse to tell us the radiation levels from the outlet air vents where radiation levels will be highest from through-wall cracks.
Instead, they plan to allow Edison to stop measuring and reporting outlet air vent radiation levels to the NRC. The NRC already approved this for Calvert Cliffs. Calvert Cliffs has 25 year-old canisters. No one knows if those are leaking.
The “good” news is the oldest Areva canisters use stainless steel fuel rods instead of zirconium. And fuel is not high burnup, which damages the fuel and fuel rods. (Zirconium powder is used to make fireworks explode.)
If the oldest canisters had Zirconium fuel rods, especially with high burnup fuel, they would explode once rods are exposed to air from through wall cracks in the canisters. High burnup fuel causes zirconium hydrides that when combined with air create hydrogen gas. Zirconium hydride ignites at 270 degrees C.
Thanks to David Fritch for alerting the public to the near catastrophe. Without him, no one would know. He was brave enough to speak up. Now we need our state and federal elected officials and regulators to step up before it is too late. If they won’t, then lets bring in the Marines.
Here are comments I recently submitted to the NRC that address many of these explosive issues.
The UK government is now targeting critics of the fake chemical attack in Salisbury it has attributed to the Russians with zero evidence.
Most recent example, Dr. Chris Busby, a British retired nuclear scientist. His home in Bideford, Devon was raided after cops responding to a domestic argument reported feeling sick after visiting the residence.
Later, it was reported, these supposedly stricken officers felt fine.
Busby was arrested and detained under the explosives act.
I believe the “concern for a woman’s safety” and the reportedly sickened cops are phony as the Skripal poisoning itself. Dr. Busby was targeted for his criticism of the government response to the Skripal affair. He has also criticized the United States for using depleted uranium.
Busby was raided, arrested, and his home sealed off not because he posed a threat to a woman—or because the authorities claim there is a dangerous lab in the home—but because he has appeared on RT and elsewhere expressing a belief the Skripal affair is a false flag.
Dr Busby is used as an “expert” by the Kremlin-backed RT channel – formerly Russia Today – which today broadcast a staggering interview with suspected Salisbury hitmen Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov.
The website headline reads: “COP POISON PROBE Police taken ill with ‘chemical poisoning’ after raid on home of British nuclear expert who appears on Russia Today.” The Independent ran a similar headline.
Obviously, this raid was planned well beforehand, and the alleged argument was nothing more than an excuse to get inside the home and frame Busby—not for posing a risk to the public, or building explosives, but because he criticized the government, not on Facebook or his own website, but on RT, which is licensed by the Russian government and is falsely and absurdly accused of working with Vladimir Putin to flip an election in the United States.
The raid and arrest send a strong message: criticism of the state, especially in regard to the Skripals, will not be tolerated.
Two nuclear power stations in landfall path of Hurricane Florence
The Union of Concerned Scientists is warning that two potentially vulnerable coastal nuclear power stations at Brunswick Units 1 and 2 in South Port, NC andSurry Units 1 and 2 in Rushmore, VA are in the direct path of Hurricane Florence. Of concern, UCS reports that the operators of both Brunswick, two GE Mark I boiling water reactors and Surry, two Westinghouse pressurized water reactors, have not publicly documented that they successfully completed flood protection upgrades required by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the aftermath of Japan’s March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The Brunswick units are nearly identical in design and construction to the Fukushima units that were destroyed in explosions and meltdowns resulting from the prolonged loss of electrical power caused by a massive earthquake and tsunami. A storm surge of 9 to 13 feet is anticipated at the location of the Brunswick units simultaneous to the prolonged flooding from inundating rain. Hurricane force winds are expected to knock out the electrical grid servicing the nuclear power stations’ safety systems, placing the reactors on emergency power.
Posted on the California Department of Public Health website
July 6, 2018
“In response to allegations of data falsification and public concern, the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), the Navy, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), and stakeholders from the City of San Francisco have requested the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) perform a phased approach radiological survey to assess the health and safety of the public and the environment in Parcel A”
Fukushima’s nuclear signature found in California wine
The Japanese nuclear disaster bathed north America in a radioactive cloud. Now pharmacologists have found the telltale signature in California wine made at the time.
July 19, 2018
Throughout the 1950s, the US, the Soviet Union, and others tested thermonuclear weapons in the Earth’s atmosphere. Those tests released vast quantities of radioactive material into the air and triggered fears that the nuclear reactions could ignite deuterium in the oceans, thereby destroying the planet in a catastrophic accidental fireball.
Atmospheric tests ended in 1980, when China finished its program, but the process has left a long-lasting nuclear signature on the planet. One of the most obvious signatures is cesium-137, a radioactive by-product of the fission of uranium-235.
After release into the atmosphere, cesium-137 was swept around the world and found its way into the food supply in trace quantities. Such an addition is rarely welcomed. But in 2001, the French pharmacologist Philippe Hubert discovered that he could use this signature to date wines without opening the bottles.
The technique immediately became a useful weapon in the fight against wine fraud—labeling young wines as older vintages to inflate their price. Such fraud can be spotted by various types of chemical and isotope analysis—but only after the wine has been opened, which destroys its value.
Cesium-137, on the other hand, allows noninvasive testing because it is radioactive. It produces distinctive gamma rays in proportion to the amount of isotope present. Dating the wine is a simple process of matching the amount of cesium-137 to atmospheric records from the time the wine was made. That quickly reveals any fraud. Indeed, if there is no cesium-137, the wine must date from after 1980.
There is one blip in this record, though. The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 bathed much of Europe, and other parts of the world, in a radioactive cloud that increased atmospheric levels of cesium-137 again. Hubert and colleagues can see this blip in their data from wines.
And that raises an interesting question about the Fukushima disaster of 2011, an accident of Chernobyl proportions caused by a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan following a huge earthquake and tsunami. It released a radioactive cloud that bathed North America in fissile by-products.
Is it possible to see the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in California wines produced at the time?
Today we get an answer, thanks to a study carried out by Hubert and a couple of colleagues. “In January 2017, we came across a series of Californian wines (Cabernet Sauvignon) from vintage 2009 to 2012,” say Hubert and company.
This set of wines provides the perfect test. The Fukushima disaster occurred on March 11, 2011. Any wine made before that date should be free of the effects, while any dating from afterward could show them.
The team began their study with the conventional measurement of cesium-137 levels in the unopened bottles. That showed levels to be indistinguishable from background noise.
But the team was able to carry out more-sensitive tests by opening the wine and reducing it to ash by evaporation. This involves heating the wine to 100 degrees Celsius for one hour and then increasing the temperature to 500 degrees Celsius for eight hours. In this way, a standard 750-milliliter bottle of wine produces around four grams of ashes. The ashes were then placed in a gamma ray detector to look for signs of cesium-137.
Using this method, Hubert and his colleagues found measurable amounts of cesium-137 above background levels in the wine produced after 2011. “It seems there is an increase in activity in 2011 by a factor of two,” conclude the team.
That probably won’t be very useful for fraud detection in California wine—the levels of cesium-137 are barely detectable, and even then, only if the wine is destroyed.
But the result does show how nuclear disasters can have unexpected consequences long after the fact.
Dating of Wines with cesium-137: Fukushima’s imprint