Monthly Archives: August 2014

Death of sea life on Pacific West Coast

There was a recent post (h/t Anja) about the death of sea animals on the Pacific coast of Canada. The author shows dozens of photographs of the shoreline, commenting that there is no longer the sea life that he would typically expect. There are no bugs on the windshield of his car, and few birds to be seen. The sea anemone are absent from the land scape.


Toxins killing sea lions on West Coast.

There was a recent post about sea lions having the seizures and dying along the California coast.   They are accumulating a neurotoxin, domoic acid, being at the top of the food train.  The post went on to say:

First discovered in 1987 when 107 people on Prince Edward Island fell ill after eating mussels harboring domoic acid, the algae occasionally produce this deadly toxin, which scientists believe is triggered by changing ocean conditions and surges of nitrogen into bodies of water.

Once produced by the algae, domoic acid quickly works its way up the food chain, first gobbled up by shellfish and plankton-eating fish, like sardines and anchovies, that harbor the toxin in their guts. Next in line are sea lions, brown pelicans, otters, whales and dolphins, all of which have been stranding in large numbers recently, or, in the case of pelicans, literally dropping dead out of the sky.

Japan thyroid cancer children – crimes against humanity –

This blog reports that the rate of thyroid cancer among children in Japan is at least 10 times greater than the incident after Chernobyl.


highly-recommendedTokyo Press Conference: Gov’t is committing crimes against humanity; Fukushima children living in war zone and can’t leave — Childhood cancer developing much faster than Chernobyl; Rate now 14 times higher — Parent: “I’m revealing the reality of what’s going on… it’s only way to get rid of the criminals” (VIDEO)

Press Conference at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, August 18, 2014:

Toshio Yanagihara, attorney representing Fukushima children and their parents

  • 5:00 — Thyroid cases after Chernobyl in Belarus — comparing that with the present situation in Fukushima, [here] there’s 14 times [the rate] of children with thyroid cancer.
  • 6:00 — Fukushima prefecture’s announced that the massive number of thorough screenings [is the reason why there’s] more numbers of people with cancer — but we found that doubtful. In Fukushima prefecture, the west part of Fukushima compared to those areas that are closer to the nuclear power…

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Tepco fails to create ice wall to stem radioactive water flow

One idea by TEPCO was to create an ice wall to prevent the flow of water. This blog indicates that the efforts were unsuccessful. This is another idea which was done just to do something, without evidence that it might work. It has not worked.

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it had failed in an attempt to create an ice wall in an underground tunnel to block the flow of highly radioactive water from a damaged reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.

Since last month, TEPCO has injected more than 400 tons of ice and dry ice to freeze radioactive water in a section that connects the tunnel, used to run cables, with the turbine building of the No. 2 reactor, one of three reactors that suffered core meltdowns in the March 2011 disaster.

By freezing the water, TEPCO hoped to create a wall of ice to block the flow of water between the turbine building and the tunnel. The process would have made it easier to pump out highly radioactive water from the tunnel.

But the temperature inside the section did not fall low enough despite the use of…

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USA Nuclear Regulatory Commission the victim of cyber attacks

This article and it’s link shows that there have been successful hackings into nuclear reactors in the last several years. Although no damage was reported, there is the possibility that future hacks May be more damaging.


cyber-attackU.S. government’s nuclear watchdog victim of cyber attacks -report, Yahoo7 News 
August 20, 2014, By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was “successfully hacked” three times in recent years in attacks involving tainted emails, according to an internal investigation on cyber attacks at the agency, reported on Tuesday.

At least two of the attacks originated overseas, according to the report obtained by Nextgov, a rare public report with details of a cyber attack on the energy sector.

The publication said it obtained a copy of a report by the NRC’s Office of the Inspector General, which reviewed 17 suspected breaches from 2010 to 2013.

The report did not name the countries where the attacks originated or say if data had been stolen from the regulatory agency, which holds sensitive data on the nuclear power industry.

Reuters was not immediately able to access the report, which Nextgov…

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Fukushima rice exports to resume

Under careful scrutiny rice is once more being exported from Fukushima to Singapore according to this report in the Wall Street Journal. Presumably the rice is being checked very carefully for evidence of radiation, and no significant radiation has been found. However would you want to buy rice that was marketed as having come from Fukushima?

Japan Safety : Nuclear Energy Updates

” The National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations said it would resume exports of rice produced in Fukushima prefecture for the first time since the nuclear crisis in 2011.

About 300 kilograms of rice harvested at Sukagawa city, in the central part of the prefecture, will be shipped to Singapore. They will be sold in five-kilogram bags at a local Japanese supermarket beginning this Friday, the organization said.

“We will check the rice thoroughly in Fukushima before shipping it overseas, and then the bags will undergo another check in Singapore,” a spokesman for the federation, known as Zen-noh, told Japan Real Time.

Approximately 100 tons of rice from Fukushima had been exported per year before the prefecture was hit with the nuclear accident following the March 11, 2011, earthquake.

Export of fruit produced in Fukushima, including apples, resumed earlier, and the federation had been negotiating with multiple countries to allow…

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