— SF Bay: Fraud and coverup by Tetra Tech, state, and feds at Superfund sites Hunters Pt and Treasure Island; Navy poured radioactive waste down drains; residential and commercial development planned by city and Navy on contaminated land

From Labornet:

Posted July 4, 2017

“Cleaning The Swamp” Hunters Point Tetra Tech Workers Blow Whistle On Criminal Cover-up & Corruption

Published on Jul 4, 2017

Hunters Point and Treasure Island Tetra Tech health and safety inspectors spoke at a press conference at the former San Francisco shipyard and superfund toxic dump site on June 27, 2017 about the systemic criminal cover-up by the company, the Navy of serious radioactive contamination at the site and failure to rectify it. They were bullied and terminated when they reported the fraud and malfeasance by the management and officers of the company. Green Action has filed an administrative petition to halt the use by the Navy of this corrupt contractor. Other community health advocates talked about the environmental racism and the serious health conditions and deaths by the residents.
They also called for a criminal investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney Gascon and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate Tetra Tech and criminally prosecute them for fraud and corruption.
Additionally, Michael Madry a former quality assurance manager of Test America who was verifying the testing procedures at Hunters Point and Treasure Island noticed serious falsification and reported this to the management and OSHA. He was terminated because of his health and safety reports and Darrell Whitman who was an investigator with OSHA and the Whistleblower Protection Program was harassed and bullied by his supervisor for investigating the case. OSHA chief David Michaels and Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez conspired to prevent an investigation of the corruption at these agencies, supported his termination and allowed collusion with H.I.S. the then owner of test America and other companies that they are supposed to regulate.
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— Oregon: Hanford worsens, 2nd emergency in 10 days; “High spikes” in radiation levels recorded — Expert: Plutonium could go airborne — Major concern over radioactive releases — Gov’t delays revealing data to public

[Site manager for the Department of Energy Richland Operations Doug] Shoop said all the monitoring data that the DOE, contractors and the Department of Health conducted on the site, following the collapse, will be available to the public within the next week.

There is nothing posted on the doh.wa.gov website under News.

From ENE News — 2 posts

May 22, 2017

KING, May 19, 2017 (emphasis added): Another Hanford emergency: signs of another leaking tank… The U.S. Department of Energy is scrambling to deal with the second emergency at the nuclear site in 10 days’ time. Signs have emerged that a massive underground double shell nuclear waste holding tank may be leaking… Now it has been holding hot, boiling radioactive and chemically contaminated waste for 41 years. KING 5 has learned that a… radiation specialist on the crew detected higher than expected readings… Detection equipment was then used to check for contamination that might have become airborne… They found radioactive material on one worker in three spots… “Everybody was freaked, shocked, surprised,” said a veteran worker and KING 5 Hanford source who is in direct contact with crew members… Thursday night’s incident means this could be the second double shell tank to fail. “We are of course concerned it might be a leak,” a Washington state Department of Ecology spokesperson said… The AZ 101 contamination event comes just 10 days after a tunnel collapse at Hanford that caused a site wide emergency… That event could have spewed radioactive particles across the site and beyond… “Today’s alarming incident at Hanford elevates the urgency of the federal government to prioritize and fund all critical cleanup at this aging nuclear reservation,” [Governor Jay] Inslee said in a statement…

KING Transcript: “For the second time in less than two weeks there’s been a major incident at the Hanford nuclear site. Tonight, new evidence of a possible new leak at a massive underground nuclear waste tank…. This is the second major event at Hanford in 10 days time… Yet another sign that the old weapons plant is falling apart.”

CNN, May 20, 2017: Maia Bellon, director of the Washington Department of Ecology [wrote] “We’re calling for an immediate investigation by US Department of Energy into contamination & potential leak”…

Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2017: U.S. Department of Energy officials said unusually high contamination was discovered when a robotic device used to measure the thickness of tanks containing radioactive waste was being maneuvered by a contractor.

Watch broadcasts here: KING | NBC

May 18, 2017

KING 5 transcript, May 14, 2017 (emphasis added): Hanford official: Tunnel could collapse again — Less than a week after a tunnel collapse at Hanford’s PUREX site, Senator Cantwell visited the nuclear site Saturday, concerned about the recent collapse and the possibility of more. “There is still a potential that we could have an additional collapse of that tunnel,” said Doug Shoop, manager at the Department of Energy Richland Operations Office… “What we will be doing, weather permitting, will be putting a very large cover over the top of that tunnel number one,” said Shoop. That cover meant to keep radioactive particles in the dirt from flying into the air in the event of another collapse.

KOMO, May 13, 2017: DOE spokesman Doug Shoop said they’re still at risk of another failure as the 360-foot long concrete and wood structure has not been shored up. To mitigate the risk of a radioactive release in the event of a second collapse, workers will place a heavy, industrial tarp over the entire length of the tunnel…

KEPR, May 13, 2017: IMMEDIATE CONCERNS… “Now there is still the potential that we could have an additional collapse,” said Doug Shoop, site manager for the Department of Energy Richland Operations… Nuclear Waste Program Manager Alex Smith said the Department of Ecology[ said the] most immediate concern, of course, is the potential the wooden tunnel could collapse again… If a larger part of the tunnel were to collapse, she said they worry about a radiological releaseWith high winds in the area, Smith said radioactive dust can travel easily, that’s why they used extra precaution when dealing with the emergency on Tuesday. Shoop [said] they want to avoid airborne release of radioactive dust because the materials are difficult to contain and can be harmful to humans… “But what we do know for sure is that the material is very radioactive,” he said… Shoop said all the monitoring data that the DOE, contractors and the Department of Health conducted on the site, following the collapse, will be available to the public within the next week

Alex Smith, Washington Dept. of Ecology: “The integrity of the structure is compromisedRadioactive dirt and dust could be released… it is a high concern.”

KNDO transcript, May 14, 2017: “There are still major concerns circling the tunnel collapse.”

KING 5 transcript, May 10, 2017: “A danger still exists after that tunnel collapsed yesterday. It was really a statewide emergency… If the wind were to pick-up and the hole is still not filled in, that’s when the wind could come down, stir things up, and spread radioactive particles into the air… The bad news is the wind is about to pick up. We’ve got this low pressure system out in the Pacific… Once it traverses east of the Cascades we’re going to see that wind… You’re going to see wind speeds surpassing the 30 mph mark.”

Nuclear Hotseat, May 10, 2017: (at 11:15 in) Robert Alvarez, former senior policy adviser at US Dept. of Energy: “It’s possible that radiation might have escaped into the open environment because of this collapse… This stuff could re-suspend — it probably has plutonium in it.” — (at 16:30 in) Julie Wert, Radiation Watch: “I pulled the [EPA RadNet data] for Hanford and it’s showing high spikes… That indicates that there’s some releases going on.”

Tri-City Herald, May 13, 2017: Hanford radiological control technicians who questioned some unusual radiation readings are being credited with discovering the breach… When some readings were much higher than expected, they began checking for the cause…

Broadcasts: KING 5 | KNDO | Nuclear Hotseat



— Ecologist: Fukushima catastrophe unfolds … key facts and figures for an unhappy sixth anniversary

From the Ecologist

L’ACROnique de Fukushima & Hervé Courtois
10th March 2017

IAEA technicians examine Unit 4 of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, the only one of four reactors to be stabilised - because it was defuelled at the time of the earthquake and tsunami. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr (CC BY-SA).

IAEA technicians examine Unit 4 of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, the only one of four reactors to be stabilised – because it was defuelled at the time of the earthquake and tsunami. Photo: IAEA Imagebank via Flickr (CC BY-SA).

The 2011 Fukushima catastrophe is an ongoing disaster whose end only gets more remote as time passes. The government is desperate to get evacuees back into their homes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but the problems on the ground, and in the breached reactor vessels, are only getting more serious and costly, as unbelievable volumes of radiation contaminate land, air and ocean.

If Fukushima taught us one thing it is that people should not expect the government to protect them – nor will corporations be held responsible in time of nuclear disaster.

Six years after the catastrophe at Fukushima, the situation is still far from being resolved, still ongoing.

Three reactor core meltdowns still releasing radioactive nanoparticles into the open skies, contaminated water is still leaking continuously into the Pacific ocean, and partially decontaminated water is being dumped into the ocean.

All available information and figures are controlled by Tepco and the Japanese government, with no independent party allowed to verify the veracity of the given information.

A massive public relations campaign of disinformation and denial is under way, to brainwash the Japanese population and the whole world that everything is now under control and OK. Systematic denial of the radiation risks for the people’s health is the rule, economics being the Japanese government priority, not public health protection.

Evacuated persons are coerced to return to live with high radiation in their previously evacuated townships so that Japan may seem safe, clean and beautiful to welcome the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

If Fukushima taught us one thing it is that people should not expect the government to protect them – nor will corporations be held responsible in time of nuclear disaster.

This article that follows is based on officially released data by Tepco and the Japanese government. All the figures and claims should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt. Always bear in mind that the officially released information does not really teach us the essential truths about the still ongoing catastrophe, and about its victims getting more abandoned than ever.

As we approach the sixth anniversary of the disaster, here are some key figures as they appear in the media and official sites.

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— South Korea’s Jeju Air drops Fukushima charters over continued radiation contamination

From Ch-Aviation

March 6, 2017

Jeju Air (7C, Jeju) has dropped plans to operate Seoul IncheonFukushima, Japan, charter flights this month following crew concerns over continued radiation contamination in the Japanese coastal city.

In 2011, the outer housings of two of the six reactors at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma exploded following damage from the 2011 9.1 Tohoku earthquake and the ensuing tsunami it triggered. The explosions caused a partial meltdown and fires at three of the facility’s other units. Over 150,000 inhabitants were forced to evacuate after plumes of radioactivity were released across the Fukushima region and Japan itself.

As such, a Jeju Air spokesman told the Kyodo news agency last week that in light of the crews’ concerns, the charter flights will be switched to Sendai, located 110 kilometres away. Inbound service is scheduled for March 18 with the outbound slated for March 20.

At present Fukushima airport is served by ANA – All Nippon Airways (NH, Tokyo Haneda), its ANA Wings (EH, Sapporo Chitose) unit, and Ibex Airlines (FW, Sendai) (operating as ANA Connection). Destinations served include Sapporo Chitose and Osaka Itami.


— Professor links die-offs on U.S. West Coast to Fukushima; “Nobody has any idea what to do”

Includes information posted on ENE News, February 28, 2017

Cornell University forum, March 11, 2016
Five years after Fukushima: What have we learned from nuclear accidents?

Charles Perrow, Yale University professor emeritus and Stanford University visiting professor, published Apr 2016 (emphasis added):

Could I just make an observation that’s been missing from this interesting discussion? Fukushima accident is not over – not by any means… The cancer rate in Japan is going to rise steadily. It’s going to be denied by the government because there’s no transparency on this issue in Japan. There’s a particular example of the problem that intrigues me is when they put the plant in, they not only dug it out so it’d be closer to the water source – the sea – but they put it where there was a river flowing underneath that area. They went up the hill and they diverted the river so that it flowed down on the sides of the large area there and that was no problem. They never anticipated an earthquake could wreck their diversion. So know we have a strong underground river flowing directly under the plant where three huge globs of molten fuel are sitting on the bottom, giving off radiation, and sending that radiation into the water through the river that’s underneath the plant. And it’s going out into the ocean and we’re seeing damage in the marine life in the West Coast of the U.S. and British Columbia. There’s no way that’s going to be stopped, until they get the molten cores out of there, and they have no way — that they know of — of doing that. Nobody has any idea what to do about the continuing Fukushima contamination.

Watch Perrow’s comments on Fukushima here (at 1:34:30 in)

Professor Sonja Schmid at 1:39:16

The question of nuclear becomes a question of democracy and ultimately a question of justice. Who gets to say something? And whether we entrust these decisions to governments and technocrats, or how, if we decide to do so, we democratize the process. And it’s challenging no matter how you plan to go forward, but I think that’s the ultimate lesson of this, that we can no longer have technocrats, scientists and engineers in charge defining “the real risk” and then solving it, and the rest of the population just watches and has no impact whatsoever on these questions or how they are being addressed.”

Charles Perrow’s paper “Nuclear Denial”,published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2013


Sonja Schmid is a professor at Virgina Tech. From her bio: “Sonja Schmid teaches courses in social studies of technology, science and technology policy, socio-cultural studies of risk, energy policy, and nuclear nonproliferation. She is particularly interested in examining the interface of national energy policies, technological choices, and nonproliferation concerns. “


— Helen Caldicott: The Fukushima nuclear meltdown continues unabated

Global Research, February 14, 2017
Independent Australia 13 February 2017

Global Research Editor’s Note

In 2011, with foresight and scientific analysis Dr. Helen Caldicott focussed on the implications of the Fukushima disaster at a Press Conference in Montreal organized by Global Research. The 2011 GRTV video presentation featuring Dr. Caldicott tells us the truth. This is the most devastating catastrophe in human history.  And six years ago Helen Caldicott analyzed in detail the significance of this tragic event. (M. Ch)

Dr Helen Caldicott, explains recent robot photos taken of Fukushima’s Daiichi nuclear reactors: radiation levels have not peaked, but have continued to spill toxic waste into the Pacific Ocean — but it’s only now the damage has been photographed. 

Recent reporting of a huge radiation measurement at Unit 2 in the Fukushima Daichi reactor complex does not signify that there is a peak in radiation in the reactor building. All that it indicates is that, for the first time, the Japanese have been able to measure the intense radiation given off by the molten fuel, as each previous attempt has led to failure because the radiation is so intense the robotic parts were functionally destroyed.

Satellite image shows damage at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (via ecowatch.com).

The radiation measurement was 530 sieverts, or 53,000 rems (Roentgen Equivalent for Man). The dose at which half an exposed population would die is 250 to 500 rems, so this is a massive measurement. It is quite likely had the robot been able to penetrate deeper into the inner cavern containing the molten corium, the measurement would have been much greater. These facts illustrate why it will be almost impossible to “decommission” units 1, 2 and 3 as no human could ever be exposed to such extreme radiation. This fact means that Fukushima Daichi will remain a diabolical blot upon Japan and the world for the rest of time, sitting as it does on active earthquake zones.

Robot image of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 reactor (Source: tepco.co.jp)

What the photos taken by the robot did reveal was that some of the structural supports of Unit 2 have been damaged. It is also true that all four buildings were structurally damaged by the original earthquake some five years ago and by the subsequent hydrogen explosions so, should there be an earthquake greater than seven on the Richter scale, it is very possible that one or more of these structures could collapse, leading to a massive release of radiation as the building fell on the molten core beneath. But units 1, 2 and 3 also contain cooling pools with very radioactive fuel rods — numbering 392 in Unit 1, 615 in Unit 2, and 566 in Unit 3; if an earthquake were to breach a pool, the gamma rays would be so intense that the site would have to be permanently evacuated.

The fuel from Unit 4 and its cooling pool has been removed. But there is more to fear. The reactor complex was built adjacent to a mountain range and millions of gallons of water emanate from the mountains daily beneath the reactor complex, causing some of the earth below the reactor buildings to partially liquefy. As the water flows beneath the damaged reactors, it immerses the three molten cores and becomes extremely radioactive as it continues its journey into the adjacent Pacific Ocean.

Six years later, radiation levels at Fukushima are so high not even a robot can survive inside http://buff.ly/2lzNesd 

Every day since the accident began, 300 to 400 tons of water has poured into the Pacific where numerous isotopes – including cesium 137, 134, strontium 90, tritium, plutonium, americium and up to 100 more – enter the ocean and bio-concentrate by orders of magnitude at each step of the food chain — algae, crustaceans, little fish, big fish then us. Fish swim thousands of miles and tuna, salmon and other species found on the American west coast now contain some of these radioactive elements, which are tasteless, odourless and invisible. Entering the human body by ingestion they concentrate in various organs, irradiating adjacent cells for many years.

The cancer cycle is initiated by a single mutation in a single regulatory gene in a single cell and the incubation time for cancer is any time from 2 to 90 years.

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— Lanceurs d’alerte à Minamisōma

Blog : Fukushima 福島第一

11 novembre 2016

J’ai pris connaissance il y a quelques jours d’une carte qui m’a tout de suite interpellé. Elle affiche des mesures de la radioactivité à la fois précises et inquiétantes. Ne connaissant pas le japonais, j’ai demandé à Kurumi Sugita, présidente de l’association Nos voisins lointains 3.11, de me traduire le texte.


Elle a tout de suite accepté et m’a expliqué de quoi il s’agissait : « Le Projet de mesure de la radioactivité environnementale autour de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima Daiichi (Fukuichi shûhen kankyôhôshasen monitoring project) est mené par une équipe de bénévoles relativement âgés (qui sont moins radiosensibles que les jeunes) pour réaliser des mesures de radioactivité avec un maillage serré de 75 x 100 m pour la radioactivité dans l’air et 375 x 500 m pour la contamination du sol. Les mesures de radioactivité ambiante et du sol sont réalisées principalement dans la ville de Minamisōma et aux alentours. Ils essaient de réaliser des mesures détaillées afin de montrer aux habitants les conditions réelles de leur vie, et également d’accumuler des données en vue de l’analyse des dommages sanitaires et environnementaux qui peuvent se montrer à long terme. »


Grâce à la traduction de Kurumi et avec l’accord de M. Ozawa, auteur du document, j’ai pu réaliser une version française de cette carte que vous trouverez ci-dessous.

Carte de l’équipe de M. Ozawa (traduction Kurumi Sugita)

Carte de l’équipe de M. Ozawa (traduction Kurumi Sugita)

Dans le cadre de la normalisation des territoires contaminés en zones habitables, l’ordre d’évacuation de l’arrondissement d’Odaka de la ville de Minamisōma a été levé le 12 juillet 2016, excepté la zone qui longe Namie (hameau d’Ohatake où habite un seul ménage) classée comme zone de “retour difficile”.

Situation de la zone étudiée

Situation de la zone étudiée

La carte de contamination examine les secteurs de Kanaya et Kawabusa de l’arrondissement d’Odaka, à une quinzaine de kilomètres de l’ex-centrale de Fukushima Daiichi. M. Ozawa, l’ingénieur qui a lancé cette enquête, a choisi la précision des mesures, c’est-à-dire qu’il s’emploie à mesurer la radioactivité avec des radiamètres à scintillation de laboratoire : Hitachi Aloka TCS172B, Hitachi Aloka TGS146B et Canberra NaI Scintillation Detector.


L’originalité de sa carte tient autant à la qualité de réalisation qu’à l’abondance de renseignements : on peut y lire, pour chacun des 36 prélèvements effectués, des mesures en Bq/m², en Bq/kg, en µSv/h à trois hauteurs différentes du sol (1 m, 50 cm, 1 cm) et en cpm (coups par minute) à la hauteur de 1 cm. Pour qui connaît un peu la radioactivité, ce sont des informations très précieuses. Habituellement, les mesures sont données en l’une ou l’autre unité, mais jamais simultanément avec 4 unités. Les organismes officiels devraient prendre exemple sur cette manière de travailler.


Les mesures que dévoile la carte sont très inquiétantes. Elles montrent que la terre a un niveau de contamination qui ferait d’elle un déchet radioactif dans n’importe quel pays non contaminé. Comme l’écrit M. Ozawa, ces terrains devraient être considérés comme une « zone contrôlée », c’est-à-dire un espace sécurisé, comme dans les centrales nucléaires, où l’on doit vérifier constamment les doses reçues. Dans les faits, c’est pire que dans une centrale car au Japon, on demande aux habitants évacués depuis 5 ans et demi de rentrer chez eux alors que l’on sait pertinemment qu’ils seront irradiés (jusqu’à 20 mSv/an) et contaminés (par inhalation et ingestion).

L'équipe de Fukushima Daiichi Monitoring Project lors d'une prise de mesure à Minamisoma cet été. On reconnaît sur les blousons le logo du laboratoire japonais indépendant Chikurin, partenaire de l’ACRO (Photo David Boilley).

L’équipe de Fukushima Daiichi Monitoring Project lors d’une prise de mesure à Minamisoma cet été. On reconnaît sur les blousons le logo du laboratoire japonais indépendant Chikurin, partenaire de l’ACRO (Photo David Boilley).

Cette recherche citoyenne est remarquable à plus d’un titre :


– Elle est indépendante de toute organisation. Aucun lobby n’intervient pour modifier ou atténuer telle ou telle mesure. Ce sont juste des données brutes, prises par des gens honnêtes, en recherche de vérité.


– Elle respecte un protocole scientifique, expliqué sur la carte. Il y aura toujours des gens pour critiquer tel ou tel aspect de la démarche, mais celle-ci est rigoureuse et objective.


– Elle prend des mesures à 1 m du sol mais aussi à 1 cm du sol. Cette démarche est plus logique car les hommes marchent sur le sol jusqu’à présent non ? Les cartes de contamination du Japon montrent souvent des mesures à 1 m du sol, ce qui ne reflète pas la réalité et semble être fait pour minimiser les faits. En effet, la mesure est souvent deux fois plus élevée à 1 cm du sol qu’à 1 m.


– Elle agit comme un révélateur. M. Ozawa et son équipe sont des lanceurs d’alerte. Leurs cartes disent : faites attention ! Des lois se contredisent au Japon. Ce que prétend le gouvernement, à savoir qu’une dose de 20 mSv/an ne produira pas d’effet sanitaire, n’est pas forcément la vérité. Si vous revenez, vous allez bel et bien être irradiés et contaminés. La France se prépare à la même forfaiture, à savoir qu’ « elle est en train de transposer en droit national les dispositions de la directive 2013/59/Euratom : les autorités françaises ont retenu la borne supérieure de l’intervalle : 100 mSv pour la phase d’urgence et 20 mSv pour les 12 mois suivants (et pour les années suivantes rien ne garantit que ce niveau de référence ne sera pas reconduit). Ces valeurs s’appliquent à tous, y compris les nourrissons, les enfants et les femmes enceintes ! » (source Criirad)


Le gouvernement japonais demande aux habitants de rentrer chez eux et supprime les indemnités aux évacués. Les JO approchent, la région de Fukushima doit être perçue comme « normale » pour que les sportifs et les supporters du monde entier n’aient pas peur, quitte à sacrifier la santé des populations locales. Il faut donc faire connaître la carte de M. Ozawa pour que les futures campagnes publicitaires n’étouffent pas la réalité des faits.


Pierre Fetet





Pour en savoir plus :


M. Ozawa dans un reportage de la RTBF

La poussière qui s’envole avec ses radionucléides à Minamisōma

Article sur le retour en zone contaminée du blog Nos voisins lointains 3.11



Les données concernant les mesures à Minamisōma



Site internet de l’équipe militante :



Adresse de la carte d’origine (HD)


Lanceurs d'alerte à Minamisōma

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Lanceurs d'alerte à Minamisōma