Farmer: Gov’t raised contamination standards to limit payment of relocation money

Fukushima’s neighbors lobby in U.S. against nuclear energy, CNN, September 20, 2011:

Using firsthand accounts of coping with the threat of radioactive contamination, several Japanese citizens who lived near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant hope to convince U.S. officials that nuclear energy poses an unacceptable risk. [...]

“I come from Fukushima,” said Sachiko Sato, a farmer, who traveled with two of her children to Washington. [...] Her English wasn’t perfect, but her fears came through clearly at a news conference Tuesday as she suggested that the Japanese government arbitrarily raised contamination standards to limit the payment of relocation money. [...]

Two of her children, both teenagers, told of being frightened that they were exposed to radiation that could cause health problems in years to come. [...]

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49 comments to Farmer: Gov’t raised contamination standards to limit payment of relocation money

  • irradiated californian

    money>human life
    that’s a crime against humanity, there should be no thought in what is more important, but this is how all governments work, and it’s a tragedy, a damn tragedy.

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    • What goes up must come down…

      Gravity is a fundamental law to physics. We know that the spent nuclear fuel that has been ejected into the atmosphere is subject to that basic fundamental law. However once into the atmosphere, factors such as atomic mass, volume, speed, velocity, and agility come into account. These are the factors to consider when considering the amount of danger imposed by the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis.

      The atomic mass of the an isotope plays a big factor in understanding global dispersion of radio-nuclides. Each elements weigh signature (atomic mass) should be considered individually in respects to travel time and resting location. We know that a significant amount of nuclear isotopes have been released atmospherically from the reactors on site. We also know that the two main isotopes being reported to the public are iodine and cesium.

      cont.

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      • Lets start off by identifying atomic masses of these two elements:
        Iodine 126.9amu
        Cesium 132.9 amu

        In comparison here are the atomic masses of isotopes that have a higher rate of emission, toxicity.
        Plutonium 244.0 Amu
        Polonium 209.0 Amu
        Americium 243.0 Amu

        At first glance we are able to determine that plutonium has an atomic weight almost twice that, of the amounts of Iodine and Cesium. This would indicate that under the same conditions of atmospheric release Plutonium an element bearing a weight of 244amu, would more likely travel half as far geographically as Iodine. An element with roughly half its atomic mass; (‘126.9amu‘, A figure just over half the value of Plutonium)…
        cont.

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        • Another large factor to consider is the elements ability to become airborne.
          For Example: The element ‘Polonium’ (in particle form). Has an acute ability to become an airborne / aerosol (polonium-oxide) at temperatures as low as 55c. (note the atomic mass of polonium is just 39.0Amu below that of Plutonium)…

          A solid becomes a gas when temperatures meet or exceed the known melting point of the substance; Creating a gaseous vapor via molecular decay…

          Melting point of various radionuclide.
          Iodine 113C.
          Cesium 28.5C.
          Plutonium 639.5C.
          Americium 994.0C.
          Polonium 254.0C.

          Cement: 1000C.
          Steel 1100 – 2900C. Depending on alloy.
          cont.

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          • We know that during the meltdowns at Fukushima; Spent nuclear fuels’ thermal temperatures were elevated above the melting points of both cement and steel. An indication that conditions were met to transform these elements from a solid state, to a gaseous state or; In this case radioactive aerosols such as polonium oxide and plutonium oxide; Both of which are capable of causing acute radiation poisoning when ingesting only a single micron.

            Travel Time / Distance…

            March 24th 2001
            Germanys radiation protection authority states radioactive contamination has been detected as reported in the Braunschweiger Zeitung Newspaper…

            In respect to travel times…
            If the isotopes Cesium and Iodine were detected in Germany which is approximately 18,000m. Away from Fukushima Japan. Wouldn’t that indicate that Plutonium Oxide had breached the American west coast a distance of only 6000 m? with the ability to have been distributed as far east as Rhode island a distance of 9000m.
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          • Symptoms of Plutonium Oxide:
            Metallic taste on tongue,
            Nose bleeds
            Sensitive / scratchy throat
            Hair loss
            Chest pain
            Painful joints’
            Fatigue

            In the last 6 months have you felt any of these symptoms…?

            I should also note a familliar characteristic of plutonium oxide: Crystalline in shape and reported as yellow in color…

            Are we seeing yellow sediment in rain?

            Cheers
            Emmy. Sept 2011

            10 Pounds of plutonium can end humanity…
            There is 10 tons in reactor 3 alone…

            Shhhhh….

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          • irradiated californian

            i have not had any of these symptoms, nor have any of my relatives, friends. and this isn’t just for my area, i travel nor cal a lot and nobody i have talked to has had any of these symptoms (yes, i try to keep others who are in the dark with most of this informed with news from enenews :) )
            i saw you post a link to godlikeproductions talking about someone there reporting hair loss (with the poster of that thread being the only one), if that is where you go to get information, bless your heart for trying (it might explain why you post sensationalist stuff sometimes).

            from somebody also in the ‘danger zone’, there are my observations
            “cheers”

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          • irradiated californian

            *get some of your info, not all your info (sorry i didn’t clarify). i’m sure you copy and paste from other sites also and throw in you assump–i mean…opinion into the mix.
            again,
            “cheers”

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          • I was notified of a cancer death in my extended family today.
            Patient was on chemo and otherwise healthy. Yet conditions became rapidly problematic in the last few weeks (death occurred the day before yesterday…

            Thank you for continuing to speak from your own perspective while in addition minimalising the articles content…

            I am happy for your health…

            Since march we have had 3 family members in the same house with nose bleeds the same day,
            1 child age 7, taken to the ER. for heart conditions.

            As well as all members of the household coming down with strep throat like symptoms in the weeks following the disaster at fukushima… Including Metallic taste in our mouths…

            (6 people affected total in one household).

            I’ve also received over 20 reports from friends and family who have had nosebleeds between march and may.

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          • Please feel free to fact check my article…

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        • irradiated californian

          A. fact check what article?
          B. sorry for your loss, but there really is no reason to believe that it was caused or was affected in any way by fukushima…

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          • @irradiated californian
            I regret to inform you, I’d prefer to take my advice from someone that knows how to read, write, and comprehend; Each subject that they are participating in, while entering a discussion.

            Please refrain from posting on my future comments.

            It is in my humble opinion that you have an obvious and oblivious misconception of the crisis at hand. I also hope that in the future your intellectual capacity is elevated; In regards to any human beings of whom you may be intellectually responsible for.

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    • I’m frequently appalled by the low regard you Earthmen have for life.

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  • dpl dpl

    What happens in Fukushima stays in Fukushima unless some whiners go off the reservation to D.C. and complain to some brain damaged bureaucrats about human rights or some bullshit like that. When will the people finally get a clue about their future chances of representative government and just go sign a petition or something. The only crime here is having to listen to sob stories over and over again.

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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Hi dpl

      What makes you think what happens in Fukushima stays in Fukushima, when we already have seen our levels of radiation higher than before?

      As far as so called whiners, these are brave people who are standing up against the Governments and telling their stories which also warns us.

      The only crime here is the greed, ego, and power hungry people who have created these dangerous things on this earth.

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      • jonjon

        UNfortunately greed has made the world a dangerous place to be, but in Japan, what has allowed a Fukushima to take place is more complex. Japan has gone from a feudal society to an imperial and industrialized country very rapidly without the general population being involved from an intellectual stand point in the sudden changes.

        After WW2, Japan was becoming a democratic nation and some of the young people of that time were receiving a western education in school. It all led to the student riot of 1970: Rebellious youth with a cause. They were very critical of the government and wanted change…

        The intellectuals of this era with democratic ideals are now confined to a minority. Japan is practically back to feudal times since the student riot. First it was crushed Tiananmen Square style. Then the new prime minister decided it was time to “revamp” the education system by making it all rot learning for cram schools. No more thinking, no more intellectuals, no more rebellious youth. The result was rather swift and quick.

        In the last 40 years, Japan has become a nation of brain dead sheep. Those in power do as they please, laughing all the way to the bank from all the bribes they receive. They control the population through all forms of propaganda that no one is able to identify anymore. The bureaucracy has grown so large, powerful and rigid, this country is like the titanic. It can’t stop its momentum going forward to its fatal fate. Only a mutiny could prevent…

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        • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

          @jonjon

          “In the last 40 years, Japan has become a nation of brain dead sheep. Those in power do as they please, laughing all the way to the bank from all the bribes they receive. They control the population through all forms of propaganda that no one is able to identify anymore. The bureaucracy has grown so large, powerful and rigid, this country is like the titanic. It can’t stop its momentum going forward to its fatal fate. Only a mutiny could prevent…”

          Somehow this quote rings a bell with me. Hmmm, where else has something like this been happening?

          Well said, jonjon!

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    • Arizonan Arizonan

      I do not believe that giving up is an option. The fact that some folks from Fukushima went to Wash DC hit the news, so I think their enormous efforts may have raised someone’s consciousness, even if not that of the bureaucrat involved.

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      • americancommntr

        What if honest word got out about how much contamination is in the west coast areas? Tobacco suit law firms, where the heck are ya?

        What if American dairy farmers and cooperatives sued Tepco and GE for contamination? Simply for the radionuclide contamination of their soils?

        What if California vegetable farmers did the same?

        This is what should happen, both the main culprits should be sued out of existence (or in GE’s case a huge chunk of their assets) and their plants all be shut down.

        News media organizations involved in collusion to cover up Fukushima’s effects upon Japan, Asia, the US, and the world, should also be sued.

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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Raising the standards of how much radiation we can take, will probably happen more and more as the levels increase.

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  • Lacsap Lacsap

    If you want to get rid of weed get it by its roots. Private bankers control the world, governments are just their puppets.

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  • Sickputer

    There is another CNN article that is about Japan:

    Quote: “Currently 43 of the country’s 54 nuclear reactors are offline for safety checks and maintenance. And, as the Fukushima Daiichi plant continues to smolder, there’s no appetite to bring them back on line.”

    The many reader comments at the end are priceless:

    http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/09/after-fukushima-japans-energy-crisis/?iref=obnetwork

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    • Sickputer

      There is a reader named Thinkr who has about 10 of the comments at the CNN article I mentioned:

      http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/09/after-fukushima-japans-energy-crisis/?iref=obnetwork

      Some of the finest wording I have read to support an anti-nuclear position. I want this person to know I appreciate your responses to the old nuclear-never-killed-anyone shills. Superb rebuttals worth repeating.

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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Thinkr writes:

        With Fukushima we see the lies of the nuclear industry exposed.

        Today’s renewable’s (wind, solar, tide, smart grid) are safer, more reliable, and cheaper than nuclear.

        Look at the long term damage that Fukushima is causing. They are still incinerating radioactive waste which is creating plumes that reach other nations. It will be many generations before this is cleaned-up.

        The cancers and genetic damage caused by the radioactive fallout takes years to kill – and, it is a slow and painful death.

        Wind and thin film solar are already significantly cheaper than nuclear. New wind infrastructure costs less than 1MM per megawatt and costs for renewable’s continue to drop. The cost to decommission just one nuclear plant can top a billion dollars. It will cost more to decommission the flooded Ft Calhoun plant than to build wind resources to replace it. The cost of nuclear is increasing with massive cost overruns the industry norm. Despite massive government subsidies for nuclear it is unlikely that any new plants will ever come online.

        When the first explosions at Fukushima occurred, it was clear that (1) there was significant core problems and uncontrolled meltdowns were likely, and (2) the huge explosions and subsequent fuel pool fires had ejected large quantities (tons) of highly toxic MOX fuel (which includes Plutonium) were ejected into the environment.
        This radioactive fallout was detected in the western US and even in Europe.

        Yet, in…

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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Thank You Sickputer

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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Thinkr writes:

    Yet, in March and April we saw a parade of clowns from the nuclear industry denying that there was any significant problems, even claiming that the reactors would soon be under control.

    This clown parade of nuclear PR agencies, pseudo-experts, and outright liars claimed that the harm to the environment was minimal and the harm to those people who were exposed to the toxic fallout was acceptable.

    While I hope that, people will eventually be able to resettle the exclusion zone and that no person will be harmed from the enormous quantities of highly toxic radioactive fallout – this seems highly unlikely.

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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Thinkr writes:

      When we look at what happened at Chernobyl we see an enormous increase in cancers and genetic defects causing terrible suffering to innocent people especially children. And, still the parade of clowns is here to tell us that there is no real problem. There phony talking points remain are testimony to their disregard for the human suffering that will be with us for generations. While the clown parade has largely disappeared, their shameful words will be remembered

      Make no mistake this is not only one of the dirtiest most toxic industries with multiple accidents that pollute huge areas for generations – it is also one of the most dishonest and corrupt industries as well.

      Shame on those who lie and claim that nuclear is cheap or safe. Your words will remain as testimony to ignorance and greed. Especially when we can see the huge costs of Chernobyl and Fukushima. And, especially while so many people have been exposed and remain in harm’s way.

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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Thinkr writes:

    If you think nuclear in the US is modern please read the NRC incident reports and gain some basic understanding of the situation the nuclear industry is in – they are trying to protect out-of-date plants by extending their licenses well beyond their intended lifecycle – and many plants were build decades ago using the same flawed design that melted down at Fukushima.

    There is plenty of rare earth metals for the magnets used in wind power. And, if you are really so concerned for the health of those who mine rare earth metals try doing a bit of research on what is happening every day to Uranium miners and those who live near Uranium mines.

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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Thinkr writes:

      For recent nuclear accidents in the US just this year, please consider:

      Ft. Calhoun nuclear station flooded.

      Los Alamos fire burning and spreading nuclear waste

      North Anna power station earthquake damage.

      During spring tornados over ten nuclear plants shut down.

      Ongoing problems with nuclear waste storage and transportation.

      Use of ‘low level’ radioactive waste in road construction in New York State.

      Ongoing Tritium leaks at 75 percent of nuclear plants.

      Radioactive Cesium detected in the Connecticut river (presumably from Vermont Yankee).

      And, take a look at the open perjury by several nuclear industry corporations made under oath…

      Ongoing harms caused by Uranium mine tailings, specifically in the US Southwest.

      This is a dirty and dishonest industry.

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      • WindorSolarPlease

        Thinkr writes:

        One of the biggest lies of the nuclear industry is that it provides cheap power. If nuclear power is so cheap then why the massive government subsidies ? How come there are no investors without huge government loans that will probably never be paid back? How come the insurance industry will not touch nuclear without a liability limitation law (price-Anderson Act) that shifts most clean-up costs to taxpayers?

        What if your kids lived near Fukushima?

        If nuclear is so easy to maintain then why all the problems that we see over and over again? Why the giant exclusion zones in Europe and now Japan? After decades still no solution for disposal of nuclear waste? Why the blatant lies by the nuclear industry?

        There are many alternative renewable technologies that cost less than nuclear. The nuclear industry is dead, it is just a matter of time.

        Those who promote nuclear power with shameful lies and half-truths are pathetic. The TEPCO executives who lies and caused this disaster should face criminal prosecution. Their names will be remembered among the most shameful.

        Why TEPCO executives should face criminal prosecution:

        1. Falsified safety reports.

        2. TEPCO lied about the extent of the explosions and leaks.

        3. TEPCO had a duty to provide warnings, TEPCO had the information and lied about it, these lies prevented people from evacuating.

        4. With proper warnings people could have protected themselves and their children.

        5. Anyone who…

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        • WindorSolarPlease

          Thinkr writes:

          Why TEPCO executives should face criminal prosecution:

          1. Falsified safety reports.

          2. TEPCO lied about the extent of the explosions and leaks.

          3. TEPCO had a duty to provide warnings, TEPCO had the information and lied about it, these lies prevented people from evacuating.

          4. With proper warnings people could have protected themselves and their children.

          5. Anyone who dies who could have been evacuated constitutes a case of negligent homicide.

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          • WindorSolarPlease

            I am sorry this is so long, I normally don’t copy and paste this much.

            However, I am not sorry I posted this, because I know there are people who won’t click on the link and look at what this person has written.

            What he has written puts it all out there, I give this person credit.

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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            I’m not sorry you did either WSP.
            I posted the link at HP directing readers to that poster. TY

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          • Whoopie Whoopie

            Wow! Look at this comment:

            Thinkr
            Check out enenews(remove this dot) com – for actual news about the nuclear industry and the TEPCO disaster.
            That’s great!!

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          • WindorSolarPlease

            Thanks to Admin for not kicking me out for taking up space.
            Thank you to Sickputer for posting about Thinkr, and of coarse a big thank you to Thinkr in his postings.
            Glad to hear this person likes enenews.

            I just did the easy part Whoopie, copy and paste. ;)
            Great that you posted the link to HP

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          • Steven Steven

            No suprise that Thinkr visits ENENEWS. That could be a distillation of the general consensus here, but he/she has put it all together in a well structured coherent package.

            Nice find WSP.

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          • WindorSolarPlease

            Hi Steven

            It was Sickputer that found Thinkr, I can’t take credit for that.

            However, I sure can copy and paste..lol
            Thanks anyway.

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        • Sickputer

          +100 for the compilation of Thinkr. What a great commentary…should be in any anti-nuclear advocates notepad/iPad to take to discussions/protests/rallies. Or letters to editors perhaps.

          Huzzah! (a little archaic perhaps, but we could stand some of that emotion returning our world to a better time). Pre-1940s preferably…let’s roll back the clock, turn the time machine back to before nukes. This is a great world if we would only respect it and not savage it like a rabid dog.

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  • Bob Hardin

    The Japanese government is as bad as our government in the US. No wait–the Japanese government doesn’t conduct aggressive war.

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  • Bob Hardin

    From the article: “Two of her children, both teenagers, told of being frightened that they were exposed to radiation that could cause health problems in years to come.”

    These kids and hundreds of thousands of others will live under a sword of Damocles for the rest of their lives.

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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Just like the Gulf people. These people won’t see the fair amount of payment for relocation.

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  • WindorSolarPlease

    It said in the article : Japan’s activists believe there is no safe path that includes nuclear energy. “Can we afford not to learn? I don’t think so.”

    It is amazing that these people are lobbing in the US against nuclear energy.

    When are Governments going to understand that, there are people from all over, do not want nuclear power.

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  • arclight arclight

    The GCCF, which also covers cleanup and this poor woman sounds like she could be from another similar situation I fear!

    “The really sad part is that my story is not isolated,” Chauncey adds. “There are loads of us, and they are all in the same predicament as I am.”
    Rudy Toler from Gulfport, Mississippi is a fourth generation fisherman. He submitted 62 pages of documentation to the GCCF, but says: “My claim got denied on December 4, with about 100,000 other people.”

    remediation costs, has received more than 468,000 claims and has paid about $2.7bn to approximately 170,000 claimants (about one-third of those who have submitted claims) in the last four months.
    Most of the claims that have been paid are temporary emergency payments.

    “You’ve paid 30 per cent of the claims,” Gulf Shores City councilman Jason Dyken told Feinberg at a recent meeting in Gulf Shores, Alabama. “Seventy per cent of the claims have not been paid. Where I went to school that’s an ‘F’.”

    Oh and this

    “Hopkins believes Feinberg is pressuring people to take the smaller, immediate payments, rather than pursue litigation in order to obtain appropriate levels of compensation.”

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/01/22

    and to clarify a bit with this qoute…

    Victims of the BP oil spill must realize that BP p.l.c., the responsible party, is a powerful and well-funded defendant, does not lack imagination or incentive to pose innumerable legal barriers, and will…

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  • arclight,

    ..Well funded defendant BP re: Gulf, sounds familiar with Bhopal India.

    Not better in the USA for victims than anywhere else in the world.

    Party like its 1999

    red red wine

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