They Can’t Fix It, So They Will Take Us All To Nuclear Hell With Them!

Record radiation detected at Fukushima nuclear plant — Multiple locations register highest levels ever measured — “Radioactive materials in groundwater toward the ocean”

 
Published: July 3rd, 2017 at 12:12 pm ET
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Tokyo Electric Power Company, Results of Radioactive Analysis around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station:

Results of radioactive nuclide analysis for groundwater at the east side of Unit 1-4 Turbine Buildings and seawater at the port in order to monitor the source, the extent, and the effect of the radioactive materials in the groundwater toward the ocean.

Underground water observation hole No.1, published Jun 28, 2017:

  • Gross Beta = 24,000,000 Becquerels per cubic meter (24,000 Becquerels per liter) *1

Underground water observation hole No.3-5, published Jun 27, 2017:

  • Tritium = 190,000 Becquerels per cubic meter (190 Becquerels per liter) *1

*1 The highest result announced in “Detailed Analysis Results in the Port of Fukushima Daiichi NPS, around Discharge Channel and Bank Protection” or the other handouts is provided.

See all results from June 2017 here

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On Tuesday, Toshiba is expected to announce a massive write-down, perhaps as big as $6.1 billion


Toshiba’s Nuclear Reactor Mess Winds Back to a Louisiana Swamp
by Jason Clenfield and Yuji Nakamura
13 February 2017, 00:03 GMT 13 Updated February 2017, 00:40 GMT
https://nuclear-news.net/

If you want to understand why Toshiba Corp. is about to report a multi-billion dollar write-down on its nuclear reactor business, the story begins and ends with a one-time pipe manufacturer with roots in the swamp country of Louisiana.

The Shaw Group Inc., based in Baton Rouge, looms large in the complex tale of blown deadlines and budgets at four nuclear reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina overseen by Westinghouse Electric Co., a Toshiba subsidiary.

On Tuesday, Toshiba is expected to announce a massive write-down, perhaps as big as $6.1 billion, to cover cost overruns at Westinghouse, which now owns most of Shaw’s assets. The loss may actually eclipse the $5.4 billion that Toshiba paid for Westinghouse in 2006 and has forced the Japanese industrial conglomerate to put up for sale a significant stake in its prized flash-memory business. Toshiba had to sell off other assets last year following a 2015 accounting scandal.

Toshiba made a big bet on a nuclear renaissance that never materialized, in part because it couldn’t build reactors within the timelines and budgets it had promised. The company had anticipated that Westinghouse’s next-generation AP1000 modular reactor design would be easier and faster to execute — just the opposite of what happened. Now the Japanese company may exit the nuclear reactor construction business altogether and focus exclusively on design and maintenance.

“There’s billions and billions of dollars at stake here,” says Gregory Jaczko, former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). “This could take down Toshiba and it certainly means the end of new nuclear construction in the U.S.”

Toshiba confirmed it will unveil a “huge loss” on Tuesday; a spokeswoman declined further comment. In January, Satoshi Tsunakawa, Toshiba’s president, said the company may sell shareholdings, real estate or other assets if needed to strengthen its balance sheet. “We will keep considering all options as needed and promptly, and take all necessary steps,” he said at a briefing in Tokyo.
New Start

When Toshiba bought Westinghouse a decade ago, the U.S. Congress had just started dangling loan guarantees and other incentives aimed at restarting a dormant nuclear industry. In 2008, Westinghouse signed deals to build four new reactors for utilities Southern Co. and Scana Corp., the first U.S. nuclear plants since the 1979 accident at Three Mile Island to be approved for construction by regulators.

In a 2015 interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Southern Chief Executive Officer Thomas Fanning said his utility’s two reactor projects at Plant Vogtle in Georgia were “going to be one of the most successful mega-projects in modern American industrial history.”

To build that mega-project, Westinghouse turned to Shaw, a newcomer to nuclear work. Shaw was founded in 1987 by James Bernhard Jr., who distinguished himself through his deal-making acumen. He got his start paying $50,000 for the assets of a bankrupt pipe fabricator, and grew via one acquisition after another. In 2000, Bernhard swooped in at a bankruptcy auction and, during an 18-hour bidding war, bought Stone & Webster Inc., a once-venerable engineering firm that had already agreed to a deal with a much bigger rival.

Stone & Webster had built the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s campus and many of the country’s nuclear plants from the 1950s to the 1970s, but it was a shell of its old self when Bernhard bought it. Still, the name gave Shaw new credibility in the nuclear field, which it capitalized on to win all of Westinghouse’s contracts. “They weren’t necessarily qualified, but they had the heart and the go-get-them to take it on,’’ says Jeffrey Keller, a retired construction project controller who worked for Shaw at its nuclear sites.

Bernhard declined to comment for this story.

Building nuclear reactors is a tall order, given the regulatory complexity and consortium of contractors required to get the job done. And in fairness to Westinghouse and Shaw, plenty of other companies have missed deadlines. “Nuclear construction on-time and on-budget? It’s essentially never happened,’’ said Andrew J. Wittmann, an analyst who covers the industry for Robert W. Baird & Co.
Modular Design

It’s easy to see why Shaw wanted Toshiba’s business, but harder to understand why Toshiba chose Shaw. More established contractors simply may not have wanted the work, but Bernhard also used his deal-making skills to sweeten the agreement by taking on a chunk of Toshiba’s debts temporarily. “If you want to have a business, you have to get plants up and running, so they went forward even if it wasn’t a perfect match– that was the calculation for Toshiba,” says David Silver, an analyst at Morningstar in Chicago.

Westinghouse executives hoped its AP1000 reactors’ main components, or modules, could be built efficiently at specialized work yards, then shipped to a plant site and snapped together like enormous steel-and-concrete Legos.

On top of that, the U.S. government in 2005 gave nuclear developers a package of tax credits, cost-overrun backstops, and federal loan guarantees. In the next few years, U.S. utilities filed dozens of applications to build new reactors.

After Westinghouse hired Shaw to handle construction in 2008, it wasn’t long before the company’s work came under scrutiny. By early 2012, NRC inspectors found steel in the foundation of one reactor had been installed improperly. A 300-ton reactor vessel nearly fell off a rail car. The wrong welds were used on nuclear modules and had to be redone. Shaw “clearly lacked experience in the nuclear power industry and was not prepared for the rigor and attention to detail required,’’ Bill Jacobs, who had been selected as the state’s monitor for the project, told the Georgia Public Service Commission in late 2012.

The troubles were only starting. At Southern’s two new reactors in Georgia — a massive construction site on the edge of the Savannah River– thousands of workers have logged more than 25 million man-hours, yet the project is years behind schedule.

0riginally planned to open in 2016 and 2017, they’re now slated for 2019 and 2020–and that may be a stretch. To hit the new targets, Westinghouse would have to accelerate the pace of work to “over three times the amount that has ever been achieved to date,” Jacobs, the state’s project monitor, told the utility commission last year.

In November, Westinghouse said 33.4 percent of the construction was complete, but a utility supervisor with Southern who asked not to be identified said he’s skeptical. The hardest part of the project – the reactor’s center – has just started, he said.
Shaw Acquisition

Just as problems began to surface, in July 2012 Shaw agreed to sell itself for $3.3 billion to Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., a much larger engineering firm that wanted in on the envisioned nuclear renaissance. But three years later, with little progress to show for itself, CB&I decided to cut its losses. It sold the bulk of Shaw’s assets to Toshiba for $229 million, accepting the significantly lowered price in exchange for shedding liabilities related to the projects.

But in April 2016, four months after the deal closed, Toshiba concluded it had miscalculated and accused CB&I of inflating Shaw’s assets by $2.2 billion, and asked to renegotiate. CB&I balked and sued Toshiba for breach of contract last July. A preliminary decision in December ruled in favor of Toshiba’s request to renegotiate. CB&I has appealed that ruling. “We remain confident this issue will come to a resolution favorable to CB&I,” said Gentry Brann, a spokeswoman for the company. CB&I has argued that at least some of the reactor problems have been because of Westinghouse and its AP1000 designs.

Westinghouse has turned to another construction contractor, Fluor Corp., to help get its projects back on track, but it’s too early to say how much progress they’re making. Meanwhile, the NRC continues to press Westinghouse about problems with its AP1000 design after a neutron shield block, which contains radiation, failed during testing. Regulators will hold a hearing this week at which Westinghouse is expected to explain its work on the issue; Toshiba meanwhile declined to comment.

Those troubled projects in the American South are now threatening the Japanese icon’s foundations. The value of Toshiba shares has been cut in half over the last six weeks, wiping out more than $7 billion in market value.

And what of the U.S. nuclear renaissance? Westinghouse’s projects for Southern in Georgia and Scana in South Carolina had once been viewed as part of a rebirth of the U.S. atomic power industry. However, stumbles with those projects, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima and a flood of cheap natural gas that lowered U.S. power prices made new reactors increasingly expensive and risky. Of the 30-odd applications for new reactors that started in the mid-2000s, only the four Westinghouse units have gone forward.

One figure who seems to have come out of the Westinghouse mess pretty much unscathed is Shaw founder Bernhard. He completed the sale of his firm to CB&I in 2013, pulling in $3.3 billion for himself and other shareholders. Bernhard, whose stake was worth about $50 million at the time of the sale, now runs a private equity firm in Baton Rouge.

“They got out whole and then some,” said Silver, the analyst with Morningstar. “It was a good deal for them but only because they were able to unload the hot potato.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-13/toshiba-s-nuclear-reactor-mess-winds-back-to-a-louisiana-swamp

No doubt cleanup at Fukushima nuclear plant contaminated rice crops in 2013


Researchers: No doubt cleanup at Fukushima nuclear plant contaminated rice crops in 2013
January 18, 2016
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201601180052

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture–Radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies here in 2013 came from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, an international group of researchers said, rejecting a denial issued by Japan’s nuclear safety authority.

The researchers, led by Akio Koizumi, a professor at Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Medicine, reached the conclusion after analyzing radioactive substances and taking spot readings of radioactivity levels around Minami-Soma.

Koizumi presented the final report of the group, consisting of 11 researchers from Japan, Europe and the United States, to local farmers and other parties at a community center in Minami-Soma on Jan. 17.

“The cause of further contamination was the radioactive particles dispersed from contaminated rubble during the cleanup effort at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant,” Koizumi concluded in the report.

Earlier, the agriculture ministry and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) gave different views on the source of the contaminated rice.

In 2013, rice crops from areas of Minami-Soma were found with unexpectedly high radioactivity levels more than two years after the triple meltdown at the nuclear plant located 20 kilometers south of the city.

One theory was that highly radioactive substances were dispersed when workers were lifting and removing contaminated rubble at the Fukushima plant on Aug. 19 that year. Two workers at the plant were exposed to high doses of radiation during the cleanup process.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the cause of the contaminated rice was “unknown” although it acknowledged “the possibility of the dispersal of contaminated dust.” The farm ministry discontinued its investigation without specifying the source of the contamination.

The NRA, however, said the contaminated rice was not related to the cleanup work at the nuclear plant.

The Minami-Soma city assembly expressed outrage over the NRA’s stance. Some in the city suspected the NRA of a cover-up.

Koizumi and the other researchers digitally recreated an accidental dispersal of contaminated dust from the plant in August 2013.

They used a new analysis system to estimate the amount of radioactive cesium that spread toward Minami-Soma based on radioactivity readings around the city and other factors.

The group’s cesium estimate was more than 3.6 times the amount initially estimated by the NRA.

The research group in September 2014 also collected soil samples from 10 locations around the contaminated rice paddies to determine the amount of strontium 90 in the area.

They confirmed that the ratio of strontium 90 to radioactive cesium in the soil samples was similar to the ratio that would be found near the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Beta-ray emitting strontium 90 is less airborne and tends to remain within close proximity of nuclear weapon testing sites or nuclear accidents. Radioactive cesium is more volatile and can easily adhere to fine dust spread by the wind.

In general, the amount of strontium 90 decreases the farther it gets from a nuclear plant, compared with radioactive cesium. In fact, hardly any strontium 90 has been detected far away from the Fukushima plant.

They also confirmed radioactive substances captured on equipment that keeps track of airborne radioactive particles around Minami-Soma. The researchers concluded that a highly irregular plume of radioactive cesium reached Minami-Soma on the third week of August 2013.

“Every single piece of data in the paper supports the fact that contamination by radioactive dust came from the debris at the nuclear plant,” Koizumi said.

Asked about the NRA’s conclusion, Koizumi said: “It seems they were blinded by their estimated amount of dispersed particles, and their choice for the analysis system was misguided. This kind of attitude would only increase the anxiety of residents in the affected areas.”

The group’s findings were published in the international academic journal Environmental Science & Technology last month after a peer review.

(This article was written by Masakazu Honda and Miki Aoki.)
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

ENENews: “Michael Moore: Thank you so much for making pro-nuclear movie” and UNIMAGINABLE CARNAGE FROM FUKUSHIMA KILLING PACIFIC OCEAN By Devvy

Michael Moore: Thank you so much for making pro-nuclear movie — What a risky, brave idea — France doesn’t seem to have problems with it — I hear ‘Solar and wind are not going to save us’ — I’m concerned about statements by environmental groups against nuclear power (VIDEO)

Published: December 15th, 2013 at 11:31 pm ET
By ENENews
http://enenews.com/michael-moore-making-pro-nuclear-movie-france-doesnt-problems-hear-solar-wind-going-save-im-concerned-about-statements-environmental-groups-against-nuclear-power-video

Michael Moore and Pandora’s Promise Director Robert Stone at The Traverse City Film Festival, July 2013:

3:00: What a kind of risky, brave idea to essentially say, there are people on the left who are questioning what has been one of the tenants of the left, which is anti-nuclear, anti-nuclear power.

6:15: There are other whispers by people who care about the environment […] I hear them and nobody wants to say it out loud, like for instance, ‘Solar and wind are not going to save us.’ […] And to completely generate electricity for a home, those two panels you can put on the top of your roof, they can heat your hot water heater, that works pretty well, but to provide electricity, I don’t know what the exact number is, but I read some crazy number like you need a half-acre of solar panels. […] Because I have such respect for you I went into it with an open mind […] I really wanted to bring this here. […] I have started to feel, I’ve started to question my own support of that, I’m not not supportive of solar and wind […] we should try anything and everything.

12:15: You’re right they [France] do, they do it quite well, they don’t seem to have problems… they live longer than we do.

17:30: Why are the professionals [environmental organizations against nuclear power]? … it’s the money? It’s money.

20:30: I’m really happy to have shown this. […] I think it’s important what you’ve done here. I think we have to have this discussion […] I’m concerned about some of the statements that are made by some of the professional environmental groups and environmentalists. I don’t know what to trust sometimes. I know now that there’s some self-interests involved. […] On those days where there’s no sun, how am I warming up my pizza? And it doesn’t store like gas. I think we all have to have an open mind and we need to start questioning these things. I think we have to have this discussion, it shouldn’t be about ideological, I think we all need to tone down our ideology about this particular thing […] We’re the ones who should lead the discussion […] we want to have that discussion because we know that something is horribly wrong […] I feel so bad for our kids and our grand kids […] they will hate us a generation or two from now. I like being liked. Thank you Mr. Robert Stone for making this movie.

Watch the event here

More on wind and solar here: The world can be fully powered by alternative energy in 20-40 years, Stanford researcher says:
http://enenews.com/shutting-down-enenews-com

More on Pandora’s Promise here: Paper: CNN’s nuclear propaganda film “is dishonest to its core” — It’s “actually an infomercial” as well as Another Take on Pandora’s Promise and also The Guardian: Pandora’s Promise doesn’t live up to the hype
http://enenews.com/cnns-nuclear-propaganda-film-is-dishonest-to-its-core-pandoras-promise-is-actually-an-infomercial
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You know, I try real hard not to put my two cents into the articles I re-post. I don’t feel that I really need to, most of the time, the stories say it all. But damn it! When there has been a flood of radioactive yuck pouring into our Pacific Ocean every day since March 11, 2011, I can’t help but wonder what kind of sick f__ks these people are.

Michael Moore? Well no more faith in him for anything, what a stinking moron!

ENENews post from August 11, 2015 from:
http://enenews.com/officials-trillions-becquerels-radioactive-material-flowing-sea-fukushima-map-shows-nuclear-waste-flowing-bottom-ocean-offshore-japan-tv-journalist-contaminated-seawater-will-circulate-around-gl

Officials: “Trillions of becquerels of radioactive material still flowing into sea” at Fukushima — Map shows nuclear waste coming up from bottom of ocean far offshore — Japan TV Journalist: “Contaminated seawater will circulate around globe… disaster like a huge cloth expanding everyday”

Interview with NHK journalist Morley Robertson, by the Center for Remembering 3.11, published Jun 30, 2012 (emphasis added): I begin with the radiation leakage. Radiation leakage exerts a long term effect on the environment. It contaminates our food chain, the groundwater and the ocean. And the contaminated seawater will circulate around the globe. We never know how much this will impact on the environment… We’ll never able to study such issues with empirical certainty… [Due to nuclear testing] we have already accumulated “hidden losses” of radiation damage… how much is the [Fukushima] cesium in relation to that?… I believe we should enjoy delicious food rather than worrying about the food. I enjoyed the town’s delicacy… I didn’t mind about how the beef was produced or where it came from. As long as it is tasty, it is no problem for me. With regard to radiation, I have become more optimistic. My hypothesis is that it’s no use worrying about radiation. For people in Fukushima, they have a lot to worry about their future, like damaged reputation… One reason why we have relied on nuclear plants is because we didn’t know about the facts… We need to face the facts… Rad-waste from the nuclear cycle is said to be unsolvable even after 2.5 million years.

TEPCO, updated Mar 10, 2015: Fukushima Daiichi Contaminated Water Issue FAQ — Q1 Please explain the impact of the leaked radioactive materials on the sea. [Answer:] TEPCO announced that underground water including radioactive materials had leaked into the port… It has been implied that trillions of becquerels of radioactive materials are still flowing into the sea;

World
http://www.newsweek.com/fukushima-has-been-leaking-radioactive-water-may-tepco-didnt-tell-anyone-309442?piano_t=1
Fukushima Has Been Leaking Radioactive Water Since May, But Tepco Didn’t Tell Anyone
By Zoë Schlanger On 2/25/15 at 1:39 PM
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Then there is:
November 29, 2015:

UNIMAGINABLE CARNAGE FROM FUKUSHIMA KILLING PACIFIC OCEAN
By: Devvy
November 29, 2015
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd696.htm

It’s heart breaking. It’s devastating. How do you clean up a dying ocean?

The predictable tragedy at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011, continues to destroy fish, mammals and critically important ecosystems in the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO and the Japanese government have allowed one of the greatest crimes against humanity to spread devastation and destruction not only to the Japanese people in the area who have suffered massive cancer rates, illnesses and loss of their livelihoods, but an ocean now affecting us whether you live on the East coast or San Francisco.

Why the Fukushima disaster is worse than Chernobyl

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/why-the-fukushima-disaster-is-worse-than-chernobyl-2345542.html
“Some scientists say Fukushima is worse than the 1986 Chernobyl accident, with which it shares a maximum level-7 rating on the sliding scale of nuclear disasters. One of the most prominent of them is Dr Helen Caldicott, an Australian physician and long time anti-nuclear activist who warns of “horrors to come” in Fukushima. Chris Busby, a professor at the University of Ulster known for his alarmist views, generated controversy during a Japan visit last month when he said the disaster would result in more than 1 million deaths. “Fukushima is still boiling its radionuclides all over Japan,” he said. “Chernobyl went up in one go. So Fukushima is worse.”

“The official line is that the accident at the plant is winding down and radiation levels outside of the exclusion zone and designated “hot spots” are safe. “But many experts warn that the crisis is just beginning. Professor Tim Mousseau, a biological scientist who has spent more than a decade researching the genetic impact of radiation around Chernobyl, says he worries that many people in Fukushima are “burying their heads in the sand.” His Chernobyl research concluded that biodiversity and the numbers of insects and spiders had shrunk inside the irradiated zone, and the bird population showed evidence of genetic defects, including smaller brain sizes. “The truth is that we don’t have sufficient data to provide accurate information on the long-term impact,” he says. “What we can say, though, is that there are very likely to be very significant long-term health impact from prolonged exposure.”

Fukushima radiation detected in bluefin tuna on California coast, May 29, 2012, CNN
Fukushima radiation detected in bluefin tuna on California coast

That was in 2012. By 2013, Fukushima was pouring 300 TONS of contaminated water into the ocean EVERY day. I wonder what current testing shows for Bluefin tuna and other species of popular fish? The American people have the right to know, even if the news is bad.

Fukushima: 300 tons of radioactive water leak everyday (August 2013)
Tritium soaring in water at No. 1 plant (July 2013): “A Nuclear Regulation Authority official recently said contaminated groundwater from the plant, which is being fed cooling water from outside, may be seeping into the ocean and that the matter must be addressed carefully because data is limited.” Tritium is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen.
There’s no maybe about it: Toxic groundwater reaching sea: NRA (July 2013)
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/07/national/tritium-soaring-in-water-at-no-1-plant/#.VqSP1vySh4m


” The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it strongly suspects highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seeping into the ground and contaminating the Pacific Ocean. “We must find the cause of the contamination . . . and put the highest priority on implementing countermeasures,” NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told a meeting of the body’s commissioners after they had examined recent studies carried out on groundwater samples at the plant that detected high levels of cesium, tritium and other radioactive contamination.”
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/10/national/toxic-groundwater-reaching-sea-nra/#.VqSP-vySh4n

Radioactive Nightmare – Government turns a blind eye as fallout from Fukushima heads our way, July 5, 2012

RADIOACTIVE NIGHTMARE

All of these are after Fukushima. Are all of them just a coincidence? Why so many mysteries after Fukushima?

Fukushima radioactive contamination is rapidly warming North Pacific seawater.

Scientists Confirm Fukushima Radiation in California Kelp, February 7, 2014 (that’s just one month shy of three years since the melt down began)
Fukushima radioactive contamination is rapidly warming North Pacific seawater, September 2014

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/3574302-181/six-sick-sea-lions-found?gallery=3677761&artslide=0
Six sick sea lions found in Sonoma County, February 25, 2015, The Press Democrat:
“A crisis among California sea lions that has resulted in nearly 1,000 stranded pups and older animals arriving starved and sick on coastal shores has reached the Sonoma Coast, where six animals have been recovered in recent weeks, according to the Marine Mammal Center near Sausalito.” Photos of the stranded babies is absolutely heartbreaking.

Gov’t Official: Chilling report from Pacific Ocean… “Silence on the seas” — “Quite literally, there isn’t any fish”
http://enenews.com/govt-official-chilling-report-pacific-ocean-silence-seas-very-very
— Japan Professor: Fukushima posing reproduction risk to marine life, ongoing concern over bio-accumulation of radioactive material

“Senator Penelope Wright, Parliament of Australia, Mar 5, 2015 (emphasis added): “Like many others, I read an article in 2013 by Ivan Macfadyen called ‘The ocean is broken‘. It was published in The Sydney Morning Herald… He is an experienced sailor, so he had the ability to compare his experience then with… other trips. It was chilling. It was heartbreaking really. He had noticed changes in the last years. Basically, he was confronted by the silence that he heard, the silence on the seas, and he realised that this was attributable to the fact that they saw very, very few birds. They also caught very few fish… two fish.”

“Interview with Ivan Macfadyen, Talk Radio Europe, May 24, 2015 (at 14:30 in): “The reality was… if I would have had no spare dry food on the boat — relying on fish this time around — we would have starved to death — because, quite literally, there isn’t any fish. There’s vast tracks where they’re just all gone. Where you could fish reliably, they’re just not there… I used to fish here on exactly the same course, at exactly the same time of year… the same ocean, on the same course, into the same place — and I could catch fish everyday, and for some reason now 10 years later they’re all gone.”

“Though not discussed in the above interview, Macfadyen has attributed his statement “The ocean is broken” to the impact of Fukushima. Host: “What about sea birds and all of that”? Macfadyen: “As you get closer up to Japan they’re all gone, they’re not there anymore… Everything’s all gone, it’s just like sailing in a dead sea… there’s nothing… Host: “After Japan you headed [to] America, did you see any impact from…Fukushima?”

“Macfadyen: It’s dead. That’s where I coined the phrase, ‘The ocean’s broken’ – because, for thousands of miles, there’s nothing. No birds, no fish, no sharks, no dolphins, no turtles… they’re not there… all those beautiful creatures, they’re just all gone… We’d seen a whale, round about probably 1,000 miles [off] Japan, just lying on the surface with like a big tumor… just behind its head… it looked like it was going to die… it didn’t try to get away, it didn’t flap its tail, it didn’t do anything… It had such a profound effect on me… Just talking about it makes me feel like I want to cry.”


http://www.newswithviews.com/Devvy/kidd696.htm
“A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded in Southern California, a 20-fold increase in the level of strandings averaged for the same three-month period over the past decade, and twice the number documented in 2013, the previous worst winter season recorded for Southern California sea lions.” Natural News, April 22, 2015

A 1,000 Mile Stretch Of The Pacific Ocean Has Heated Up Several Degrees And Scientists Don’t Know Why, April 13, 2015, Michael Snyder
http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/a-1000-mile-stretch-of-the-pacific-ocean-has-heated-up-several-degrees-and-scientists-dont-know-why

“According to two University of Washington scientific research papers that were recently released, a 1,000 mile stretch of the Pacific Ocean has warmed up by several degrees, and nobody seems to know why this is happening. This giant “blob” of warm water was first observed in late 2013, and it is playing havoc with our climate. And since this giant “blob” first showed up, fish and other sea creatures have been dying in absolutely massive numbers. So could there be a connection? And what is going to happen if the Pacific Ocean continues to warm up? Could we potentially be facing the greatest holocaust of sea life in the Pacific that anyone has ever observed? If so, what would that mean for the food chain and for our food supply?…

“Meanwhile, while this has been going on, scientists have also been noticing that sea creatures in the Pacific have been dying in record numbers. In fact, last summer I wrote an article entitled “Why are massive numbers of sea creatures dying along the west coast right now?” Since then, things have continued to get even worse. For instance, it was recently reported that the number of sea lions washing up on Southern California beaches is at an all-time record high…

“A record 2,250 sea lions, mostly pups, have washed up starving and stranded on Southern California beaches so far this year, a worsening phenomenon blamed on warming seas in the region that have disrupted the marine mammals’ food supply. “The latest tally, reported on Monday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is 20 times the level of strandings averaged for the same three-month period over the past decade and twice the number documented in 2013, the previous worst winter season recorded for Southern California sea lions. “And of course fish are being deeply affected as well. Sardines have declined to their lowest level in six decades, and National Geographic says that a whole host of tiny fish species at the bottom of the food chain are dying off rapidly.”

Radiation Expert: Enormous amount of contamination flowing from Fukushima will probably imperil entire Pacific Ocean — Threatens other countries, food chain — Absolutely can reach U.S. and Canadian shores, August 12 2013: Title: Fukushima Radiation Leakage Still Going on / Source: CCTV (China Central Television of Beijing)
http://enenews.com/radiation-expert-enormous-amount-of-contamination-flowing-from-fukushima-will-probably-imperil-entire-pacific-ocean-and-its-sea-life-absolutely-can-reach-u-s-and-canadian-shores-video

“Anand Naidoo, CCTV anchor: From what we know about what is going on at the plant right now, is this going to get worse?

“Dr. Janette Sherman, radiation expert: I hate say this, but yes I think it will. And my concern is the enormous amount of radioactive material flowing with the water into the Pacific Ocean. And we know that the ocean flows northward along Alaska and down the coast of Canada and the United States. And I think it probably will imperil the entire Pacific Ocean, and the the sea life that’s in it.

“Naidoo: What you’re saying here is that this water can actually reach other shores, can reach other countries as well?

“Sherman: Oh absolutely, we already know that.

“Naidoo: The radioactive content in this water — does it dissipate, or does it just stay in the water all the time?

“Sherman: Well both cesium and strontium have a half-life about thirty years. It takes 10 half-lives for each of these isotopes to decay down to nothing. We contaminate the plankton, and that’s eaten by shrimp and oysters and fish and mammals. And as most of these move up the food chain they get concentrated. Particularly strontium-90 gets concentrated in the bones.”

Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed”

Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed”, January 26, 2014

http://cleantechnica.com/2014/08/20/tepco-concedes-failure-fukushima-ice-wall/
TEPCO Concedes Failure of Fukushima Ice Wall, August 20, 2014: “TEPCO administrators said Tuesday that although they had injected more than 400 tons of ice and dry ice to freeze radioactive water in this section of the Fukushima ice wall, the temperature did not fall low enough and the strategy did not work.”


http://enenews.com/nbc-sea-creatures-swarming-ashore-san-diego-san-francisco-cbs-millions-dead-crabs-blanketing-miles-shoreline-like-red-carpet-foot-to16-inches-thick-ive-never-anything-like-abc-wondering-whats-wr
NBC: Sea creatures swarming ashore from San Diego to San Francisco, June 19, 2015

CBS: Millions of dead blanketing miles of coastline, “…like a red carpet… 12-16 inches thick… never seen anything like this” — ABC: We wonder if they’re sick, or it’s something in ocean? Scientists don’t have an explanation.
“NBC (Weather Channel) transcript, Jun 16, 2015 (emphasis added): “From San Diego to San Francisco, creatures from the sea are swarming ashore… large slugs are showing up on Bay Area beaches… In the San Diego area, local beaches have taken on a reddish tint… crabs have washed ashore.”
“NBC (Weather Channel), Jun 16, 2015: A pair of bizarre invasions have left California beachgoers perplexed… Large purple blobs… known as sea hares [and] hundreds of miles to the south… tuna crabs washed ashore.

ABC News transcript, Jun 16, 2015: “Like something from a science fiction movie, the invasion of the purple blob… [Experts] tell us it’s unusual to see these slugs show up [over] an extended period of time. Morgan Dill: “We’ve been seeing them wash up since September, going all through winter, and now even more in spring. Perhaps it’s because of the warmer water?”… The slugs are among the creatures that have been mysteriously showing up on land. A number of whales have been beached in the area recently.”


http://enenews.com/nbc-sea-creatures-swarming-ashore-san-diego-san-francisco-cbs-millions-dead-crabs-blanketing-miles-shoreline-like-red-carpet-foot-to16-inches-thick-ive-never-anything-like-abc-wondering-whats-wr
CBS News, Jun 17, 2015:” Millions of red tuna crabs invade California… overwhelming beaches in Orange County… Ben Tracy says these crabs are trying to tell us something… crabs are so thick in places… “It looked like a red carpet — a good foot-to-16 inches thick. It kinda took me back, [I’ve never seen anything like this before].” CBS LA, Jun 16, 2015: “Countless red tuna crabs have washed ashore… covering the Orange County coastline… conditions few [fisherman] have seen in their lifetimes.”

10 giant whales found dead in Pacific off US coast — Victims of ‘mysterious affliction’ — Mass die-off of walruses and seabirds reported nearby — Experts: “Something out of the ordinary is happening” — “Really perplexing… We’re at a loss… Maybe whales ran into a toxin”.

Kodiak Daily Mirror, Jun 19, 2015: “At least nine fin whales have been found floating dead… the exact numbers are still unknown… Daily Mirror columnist Zoya Saltonstall also photographed a dead fin whale at the mouth of Afognak Bay around the last week of May. She said she was told that a “very young fin whale calf” was also found dead, floating nearby. “There were long black and white stripes along the whale’s body and it was bloated and swollen,” she said.

Prof. Kate Wynne, Univ. of Alaska marine mammal specialist: “It is an unusual and mysterious event… We rarely see more than one fin whale carcass every couple of years… It is really perplexing… They appear to have all died around the same time… We are asking people to watch for, report and photograph dead birds, fish or anything that seems unusual… So far there is no ‘smoking gun’ in this environmental mystery.”

Wynne: “The fact that the carcass are intact, it rules out killer whale predation — but other than that, we’re at a loss… It suggests that there’s something, maybe a feeding group of fin whales ran into a toxin or bio-toxin. It is hard to trace a source when dealing only with evidence in the aftermath.”

Deborah Mercy, communications coordinator at the University of Alaska Fairbanks: “They don’t know exactly how many (whales have died). It’s a big mystery.” Bree Witteveen, UAF Sea Grant marine mammal specialist: “It is enough to raise a concern that something unusual, something out of the ordinary is happening.” Andrea Medeiros, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: “You don’t usually see large mortality events in that area… I don’t know if there’s a connection or not [between all the bird, walrus, and whale deaths].”


Mass death of seabirds in Western U.S. is ‘unprecedented’ – unexplained changes within ocean to blame, May 19, 2015
https://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2015/05/19/mass-death-of-seabirds-in-western-u-s-is-unprecedented-unexplained-changes-within-ocean-to-blame/

OCEAN HEALTH – “In the storm debris littering a Washington State shoreline, Bonnie Wood saw something grisly: the mangled bodies of dozens of scraggly young seabirds. In the storm debris littering a Washington State shoreline, Bonnie Wood saw something grisly: the mangled bodies of dozens of scraggly young seabirds. Walking half a mile along the beach at Twin Harbors State Park on Wednesday, Wood spotted more than 130 carcasses of juvenile Cassin’s auklets—the blue-footed, palm-size victims of what is becoming one of the largest mass die-offs of seabirds ever recorded. “It was so distressing,” recalled Wood, a volunteer who patrols Pacific Northwest beaches looking for dead or stranded birds. “They were just everywhere. Every ten yards we’d find another ten bodies of these sweet little things.”

“Cassin’s auklets are tiny diving seabirds that look like puffballs. They feed on animal plankton and build their nests by burrowing in the dirt on offshore islands. Their total population, from the Baja Peninsula to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, is estimated at somewhere between 1 million and 3.5 million. Last year, beginning about Halloween, thousands of juvenile auklets started washing ashore dead from California’s Farallon Islands to Haida Gwaii (also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) off central British Columbia. Since then the deaths haven’t stopped. Researchers are wondering if the die-off might spread to other birds or even fish. “This is just massive, massive, unprecedented,” said Julia Parrish, a University of Washington seabird ecologist who oversees the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a program that has tracked West Coast seabird deaths for almost 20 years.”


http://enenews.com/emergency-statewide-fishing-closures-pacific-northwest-unprecedented-weve-never-anything-like-before-disease-causing-very-alarming-mass-die-100-infection-rate-areas-rotting-gills-distended
Unprecedented emergency statewide fishing closures enacted in Pacific Northwest — “We’ve never had to do anything like this” — “Very alarming” mass die-offs linked to disease outbreak — Nearly 100% infection rate in some areas — Rotting gills, distended bellies

– KTVZ, Jul 16, 2015: Restricting fishing in Oregon streams and rivers for the first time ever… Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife announced it’s taking drastic measures… they’ve never had to do this before… ODFW: “We’re starting to see fish kills in more places than we typically do. This is a pretty extreme set of conditions.”
– Statesman Journal, Jul 16, 2015: “[ODFW is taking] an unprecedented step… The move comes on the heels of multiple fish die-offs… “We’ve never had to do anything like this before — we’re in new territory,” said [ODFW’s] Bruce McIntosh.”
– Mail Tribune (Oregon), Jul 16, 2015: Emergency fishing closures go statewide
– Spokesman Review, Jul 17, 2015: “Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials are enacting fishing restrictions involving 38 rivers… emergency rules take effect on Saturday.”
– AP, Jul 9, 2015: “Fisheries biologist Rod French said [dead salmon] appeared to have been infected with a gill rot disease”

The Oregonian, Jul 10, 2015: “Scores of dead salmon are washing ashore… mortality rates are rapidly rising for juvenile fish near John Day Dam… [French] said it appears the fish are dying from a bacterial infection… “It’s very alarming that we’re seeing them this early,” he said… [Paul Wagner, NOAA fisheries biologist] called it a head scratcher. The die-offs seem to be associated with disease, he said.”

Siskiyou Daily (Calif.), May 19, 2015: “Klamath Fish Health Assessment Team has raised its level of alert… due to an increased detection of a deadly disease…. Chinook salmon tested in two reaches of the Klamath River… reached a 100-percent prevalence of infection [for] one of the deadliest salmon diseases… [Juveniles] have been found with… distended bellies, pale-colored gill and gill erosion… [N]ear the Scott and Klamath rivers confluence… 86 out of 120 showing distended bellies and 87 out of 114 showing pale gills…”

OPB, Jun 9, 2015: “More than half of the 3-inch long Chinook in the [Klamath River] trap are either dead or showing signs of a serious parasitic infection… nearly 100 percent of Chinook caught in this fish trap in early May were infected.”

KATU (Portland), Jul 10, 2015: “Salmon and trout, even sturgeon, are dying like never before… on the Deschutes, Santiam, Mackenzie, Clackamas, and other rivers.”
KGW (Portland), Jul 7, 2015: “It just seems like it’s getting worse… the issue certainly hasn’t improved since we reported on it 2 weeks ago… Chinook salmon, even some sturgeon, continue to wash up… Several fishermen I spoke with down here today, well they’re worried… Pretty much everywhere you look… dead fish… Starting last month, Chinook salmon began washing up… far short of their spawning grounds… It’s all the talk among local fisherman, “I’ve lived here about 25 years, and I’m an avid fishermen. I’ve never seen any fish like this on the bank as much as I’ve seen this year.”

KOIN (Portland), Jun 19, 2015: “Is this a really big concern right now? Very much so… “I’ve never seen it like that before“… The Chinook are on their way back from the ocean… Fishermen are coming up empty and are worried.”

I lived in California 40 years. Through earthquakes and droughts. Scientists are saying all this could be because of the big drought in California, others are saying warming water in the Pacific Ocean. Can’t be Fukushima, oh, no.


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/20/sickened-by-service-more-us-sailors-claim-cancer-from-helping-at-fukushima.html
Sickened by service: More US sailors claim cancer from helping at Fukushima, December 20, 2013, FOX News

“When the USS Ronald Reagan responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, Navy sailors including Quartermaster Maurice Enis gladly pitched in with rescue efforts. But months later, while still serving aboard the aircraft carrier, he began to notice strange lumps all over his body. Testing revealed he’d been poisoned with radiation, and his illness would get worse. And his fiancé and fellow Reagan quartermaster, Jamie Plym, who also spent several months helping near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, also began to develop frightening symptoms, including chronic bronchitis and hemorrhaging.

“They and 49 other U.S. Navy members who served aboard the Reagan and sister ship the USS Essex now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing. In a lawsuit filed against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the plaintiffs claim the power company delayed telling the U.S. Navy the tsunami had caused a nuclear meltdown, sending huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and, ultimately, into the ship’s water system.”

As of July 21, 2015, three sailors have died. In an interview with the attorney presenting 250+ sailors, Charles Bonner says: “We had one of the sailors who came home and impregnated his wife. They gave birth to a little baby born with brain cancer and cancer down the spine, lived for two years, and just died in March of this year.”

A heartbreaking Interview – do Americans care? ‘Our’ government does not I can assure you.


http://loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00003&segmentID=5
Navy Sailor after Fukushima: I’m in a wheelchair, now it’s spreading to my arms and hands, January 17, 2014

Of course they were lied to; they were told it was safe and sailors are now dead. It wasn’t safe and now our sailors along with all those poor souls over there in Japan who have been suffering and will for decades just to keep the true extent of that disaster from the world. You can watch the interview with Bonner here: USS Reagan Sailors Sue for Nuclear Justice

TEPCO and the government over there are still the blind leading the blind: No more half-baked plans for decommissioning Fukushima reactors, June 17, 2015
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201506170050

“Although nobody knew the amount or exact location of melted fuel in the reactors, the old road map indicated the “flooding method” of removal, meaning the containment vessels of the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 reactors were to be filled with water. This method is similar to the usual removal method. But probing the conditions of the containment vessels by various means revealed the difficulties of stopping the water leakage and problems regarding earthquake-proofing. It is only natural that the new road map proposes to reject the flooding method for the time being and study other removal methods over the next two years. What we do not understand is why the government and TEPCO continued to reject the recommendation of outside experts to study the matter more broadly.

“Last month, TEPCO announced the “completion” of processing a massive amount of highly contaminated water that had collected in clusters of storage tanks. But work is still continuing on separating radioactive substances from about 300 tons of highly contaminated water, which is generated every day. Any water still contaminated by unremoved tritium continues to remain in the tanks.”

Over four years into that disaster and still no one over there seems to know what they’re doing. All that contaminated water sitting in an earthquake zone. Okuma, Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan lines on what’s known as the “Ring of Fire” — an arc of earthquake and volcanic zones that stretches around the Pacific Rim. Good place to build a nuclear power plant where 90 percent of the world’s quakes occur in that region. On October 15, 2015, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit Fukushima. Wait until another 9.0 hits. It will.


WUS 2015 Impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident: 4 years later. Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, World Uranium Symposium, April 2015 (21:15 in): “[Chernobyl’s] core never hit groundwater, that core stayed in the building and remained dry. We have 3 nuclear cores in contact with groundwater.”


In May 2015, the UN says TEPCO might have to dump all that contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean. My God, it’s nothing but unchecked insanity! Where the hell is the U.S. government?
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-15/tepco-may-need-to-dump-fukushima-water-into-sea-un-says

West Coast of North America to be Slammed by 2016 with 80% As Much Fukushima Radiation As Japan

West Coast of North America to be Slammed by 2016 with 80% As Much Fukushima Radiation As Japan, June 10, 2015. “A professor from Japan’s Fukushima University Institute of Environmental Radioactivity (Michio Aoyama) told Kyodo in April that the West Coast of North America will be hit with around 800 terabecquerels of Cesium- 137 by 2016. EneNews notes that this is 80% of the cesium-137 deposited in Japan by Fukushima, according to the company which runs Fukushima, Tepco…And we’ve noted for years that there is no real testing of Fukushima radiation by any government agency.”

What’s being done over here in the U.S.? The California Coastal Commission is involved in clean up for which the Japanese government and TEPCO should foot all the bills for cleaning up Fukushima debris where ever it’s found. Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, you name it, tons and tons of debris has washed up so far. Tragically, it appears the worst predictions are underway:

“Mind-blowing” die off of seabirds underway from California to Alaska — Experts: “This is unprecedented… Worst I’ve ever seen… Why they’re dying, I’m still baffled” — “Every bird we’re seeing is starving to death… Basically withering away” — “Catastrophic molting” due to unknown cause – a small sampling.

“San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 15, 2015 (emphasis added): [T]housands of common murres… have been found dead… “all signs point to starvation from a lack of forage fish,” [Marine ecologist Kirsten Lindquist] said, adding that the same problem has been documented along the Oregon, Washington and Alaska coastlines… many endemic marine birds and mammals are suffering.

“International Bird Rescue, Sep 22, 2015: An unprecedented number of exhausted, hungry seabirds continue to flood International Bird Rescue’s San Francisco Bay Center… The sight of so many starving seabirds has raised red flags among seabird scientists…

“Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sep 25, 2015: A troubling number of starved and weak seabirds are washing ashore on beaches from the Monterey Bay to Alaska… “There’s been die-offs in the past, but this is one of the worst ones I’ve ever seen,” said Lupin Egan, an animal technician… “it’s been really crazy,” said spokesman Russ Curtis. “They’re really sick — just feather and bone.”… “At Waddell and Greyhound (Rock) beaches, I saw the most murres I’ve ever seen in 10 years,” said Cori Gibble, seabird health coordinator with the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center in Santa Cruz. “You see them on the tide line. They’re kind of strewn all over the beaches… It’s been a really strange year“…

“ABC San Francisco, Sep 22, 2015: The number of birds being delivered to the rescue center daily is the number that usually comes over the entirety of a month, center officials said. “The sheer number of birds we’re seeing is pretty mind-blowing“… Curtis said. “This is unprecedented. Sometimes we get spikes and it dissipates. But it has not stopped.”

“Sacramento Bee, Sep 24, 2015: Rescue center overwhelmed with starving seabirds… Fairfield rescue center has seen 25 times more common murres than normal… Across Northern California… malnourished seabirds have been appearing in alarming numbers, some shrunken to little more than feather and bone… The murres’ presence is significant to scientists because they’re considered a marker species, whose movements and numbers signal changes in the ocean’s food supply… “Our gut tells us there is something going on in the marine environment.”… Some of the birds that are being brought into the center are showing symptoms of catastrophic molting, where large patches of their bodies are missing feathers, said Kelly Berry, wildlife manager with the center. The cause is unknown…

“Santa Cruz Sentinel, Sep 2, 2015: A huge influx of weak, starving seabirds have been overwhelming a Fairfield bird rescue center… “They’re like the canaries in the coal mines,” Curtis said… “the first ones to tell us if… there’s something wrong with our environment.”

“KTVU, Sep 25 2015: Up and down the West Coast, thousands of starving sea birds are washing up… [The murres] resemble penguins, but can fly… “They are washing up extremely skinny… They’re starving to death,” lead rehabilitation technician Isabel Luevano told KTVU… “they’re basically withering away“… More heron and egret hatchlings have needed care this summer as well.”


To even suggest this might be from Fukushima is to invite being called a conspiracy nut. This is also very telling and should concern everyone, October 3, 2015: Unpublished gov’t map shows massive plume of Fukushima radioactive material just off West Coast of North America.
http://enenews.com/unpublished-govt-map-shows-massive-plume-fukushima-radioactive-material-west-coast-north-america-radiation-levels-quadrupled-recent-months-scientist-starting-penetration-cesium-offshore-coast-video

I have no doubt some testing is going on at universities up and down the Pacific Coast.
Private organizations are doing what the U.S. government should be doing: “The release of radioactive contaminants from Fukushima remains an unprecedented event for the people of Japan and the Pacific Ocean. Help scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reveal the ongoing spread of radiation across the Pacific and its evolving impacts on the ocean.”
http://ourradioactiveocean.org/

According to the State of Alaska’s Environmental Health: “The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is the lead agency on food safety. Both FDA-regulated food products imported from Japan and domestic food products, including U.S. seafood, have been tested. FDA has found no evidence that radionuclides of health concern from the Japanese nuclear power plant disaster are present in the U.S. food supply.” Really?

According the much of the mainstream press, radiation from Fukushima has shown up in Canada and the Pacific Ocean but the levels are so low, you shouldn’t worry about it. Nothing to see, move on. Really?

“Millions of salmon mysteriously just disappear” off West Coast — Expert: “Literally within 2 days it disappeared, it just crashed… I have never ever seen, nor can I explain” that — “One of the worst seasons ever” — “Disturbing… Serious trouble… Very dramatic”, November 4, 2015, Enenews
http://enenews.com/headline-millions-salmon-mysteriously-disappear-west-coast-literally-2-days-disappeared-crashed-never-explain-one-worst-seasons-disturbing-serious-trouble-very-dramatic


http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/caliornia-delays-dungeness-crab-season-toxic-algae-pacific-warm-blob-ahead-of-holidays/53686906
Toxic Algal Bloom Spurred by Pacific ‘Warm Blob’ Wreaks Havoc for West Coast Crab Fishermen, November 24, 2015

“A record-setting toxic algal bloom off the West Coast of North America, that has impacted marine life and fisheries since the spring, has delayed the start of California’s commercial Dungeness crab season. On Nov. 3, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advised consumers not to eat Dungeness and Rock crabs that were caught in waters between the Oregon border and the southern Santa Barbara County line after dangerous levels of toxins produced by the algae were discovered in the shellfish. “Recent test results have shown persistently high levels of domoic acid in Dungeness crab and Rock crab, which have been caught along the California coastline. The levels have exceeded the state’s action level for the crabs’ body meat as well as the viscera, commonly referred to as crab butter, and therefore pose a significant risk to the public if they are consumed,” the CDPH said.

It’s also spread to Washington. That article also goes on to say: “The size and duration of the bloom, which extends from Alaska to Southern California, has been attributed to the ‘warm blob’ in the Pacific, where water temperatures have been above normal. Algal blooms along the West coast are not uncommon, but they typically have dissipated by the time the Dungeness season starts.”

Blame it on anything but Fukushima. My heart breaks for our fishing families, which I have always supported. A lot of people have read the truth about Fukushima and will not eat any fish coming out of the Pacific even as far away as Alaska. They just don’t feel it’s safe. Here and there I can find wild Atlantic salmon; I NEVER eat farm raised fish.

Our oceans provide us with so many wonderful things besides beautiful mammals, heavenly beaches and delicious fish of all kinds for consumption. Many native American tribes depend on fish like salmon as a food staple. Our oceans also provide critical plant life. Too many do not appreciate the importance of all sea life. TEPCO and the Japanese government are guilty of a monstrous crime against humanity and still they haven’t taken responsibility.

Thousands of sea pups, sea lions, countless whales are starving to death as I write this. What they eat is contaminated and disappearing so those mammals are starving to death. But, oh, no, it’s not Fukushima. Every scientist with a resume two miles long is wrong. It’s only government mouthpieces and lawyers for TEPCO and Japanese government officials are right. Same damn thing as ‘smart’ meters only this time it’s killing an entire ocean.

How do you clean up an ocean? For the love of God, remember this link above? West Coast of North America to be Slammed by 2016 with 80% As Much Fukushima Radiation As Japan, June 10, 2015. More is coming our way. I was out at Monterey Bay two years ago and interviewed fishermen there and in San Diego; mostly crabbers.

Most had never heard of Fukushima or didn’t remember such a monstrous event. Some laughed at me when I told them what was underway and some time in the near future would affect their crab hauls. As I stood there watching those guys it was kind of sad they didn’t seem interested in something that was going to hurt them down the line. I doubt they are laughing now. That means all those fishing families who catch dungeness crab are suffering bad because their season is pretty much dead.

How about all the other fish like salmon, abalone, cod and more that come out of the Pacific? Hundreds, if not thousands of restaurants all up and down the West coast from San Diego to British Columbia are going to feel this financially in a bad way.

AND THEN THERE IS THIS:

This is a VERY important article; the photos are horrible: Catastrophic Pacific Ocean Die-Off, The US Military’s All Out Assault On The Web Of Life, November 19, 2015
http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/catastrophic-pacific-ocean-die-off-the-us-militarys-all-out-assault-on-the-web-of-life/:

“Many have heard about some of the die-offs occurring in our oceans, but most have no understanding of how catastrophic the actual reality is. Fukushima is where all the fingers point as the source of the carnage along the coast, but there is much more to the story. Those who control the US military have virtually no regard for any of the destruction they are wreaking on the entire web of life, including marine life. The US Navy has long since been using live depleted uranium ammunition and devastating sonar devices along the Pacific coast (the US Navy is now also waging electromagnetic warfare along our forests and our coasts). The US (and other nations) have also routinely dumped nuclear waste into our oceans. The excerpt (shown below) from the US Navy’s “Environmental Impact Statement ” is beyond shocking. Their position is this, if there are no studies to prove the harm they are causing, then no harm was caused.”

I want you to go to Rense.com and look at the big photo. It speaks for itself. In Canada, blow the whistle and they arrest you. If you scroll down the right side of the page you’ll see an entire section on nothing but Fukushima. Jeff has been out there from the beginning keeping this deadly issue at the forefront.

This is nothing to smirk at and it’s certainly not some ‘flaky’ issue cooked up by conspiracy nuts. There’s been a conspiracy all right and it’s to keep the American people in the dark. Out of sight, out of mind might seem like a good idea, but a lot of suffering has been going on since that earthquake. As scientists have said, Fukushima is unprecedented. Only a fool or someone who benefits from keeping the truth from the American people would have the audacity at this point to say all of this is not a result of Fukushima.

As I ask earlier: How do you clean up an ocean? What about all those mammals starving to death and not reproducing, all the dead fish?

Numerous Problems With Expansion of Georgia Power’s Nuclear Plant Vogtle Is a Bad Omen

With the nightmare of Fukushima, and WIPP, and numerous other nuclear accidents that have plagued us over the last few years, Georgia Power Company has insisted on building onto Georgia’s Nuclear Plant Vogtle. They should have been shut down a long time ago. That construction has caused problem after problem. Hell, we have been forced to pay for the construction, Georgia Power has been adding an extra $10-15 monthly for the construction, on top of the $20 monthly EPA violations fees we are charged monthly; after adding all that on, they figure the tax. So let’s face it, we are being screwed with around $50 extra a month on our power bills, and who the hell agreed to add onto a nuclear plant?

Looks like it is time to protest the expansion!

Anyway, here’s the story on AJC:

Matt Kempner
Georgia Power slows pursuit of another nuclear project
4:39 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 | Filed in: Business

Georgia Power’s parent company is delaying initial planning for another new nuclear power project as it wrestles with growing troubles for a massive one already underway.

Southern Company chairman and chief executive Tom Fanning said Wednesday the company will hold off until it resolves issues in the delayed expansion of Plant Vogtle near Augusta. Consumers face the potential for higher power bills as Vogtle’s costs grow.

But Fanning, in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, reiterated the company’s long-term faith in both nuclear energy overall and the Vogtle project’s value for consumers.

“We remain committed to nuclear as a dominant solution in the future to the nation’s energy portfolio,” Fanning said.

Southern has been a vocal advocate for U.S. nuclear expansion, even as interest from some other utilities has cooled. Others in the industry are watching the company’s progress on Vogtle, in part because of decades-old memories of massive cost overruns and delays in nuclear projects throughout the nation.

The two new reactors at Vogtle are the first newly licensed U.S. nuclear power units in 30 years.

Last year, Georgia Power chief executive Paul Bowers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution there was a “very high probability” the company would ask state regulators as soon as this spring to let it take initial steps toward building still more nuclear in the state.

But when asked about it in an AJC interview Wednesday, Fanning said, “Before we move forward on new nuclear, I think it makes sense for us to resolve these issues” at Vogtle.

Construction costs are on pace to rise at least hundreds of millions of dollars beyond Georgia Power’s initial share of $6.1 billion. Contractors have warned the project will be delayed three years beyond its original schedule.

Fanning said even if the delays happen, they “will have minimal impact on rates to customers.”

But regulators and Wall Street have grown uneasy.

Under contract provisions, Georgia Power might be able to collect a maximum of $240 million in liquidated damages from its contractors if delays are as long as the firms have warned, Fanning said Wednesday in a conference call with analysts.

That money might not come easily. The owners of Vogtle, including Georgia municipal electric companies and electric cooperatives, are locked in lawsuits with the contractors.

Fanning told analysts he believes there also are financial disputes between the two biggest contractors, Westinghouse Electric Co. and Chicago Bridge & Iron.

Given the challenges, it isn’t surprising Georgia Power would want to hold off consideration of another nuclear project, said Chuck Eaton, the chairman of Georgia’s energy regulator, the Public Service Commission.

“To go forward with another project of this magnitude and not have the issues resolved I think would be very difficult,” Eaton said. But “nuclear has to be part of the mix,” he said, to have a stable energy source, help comply with future emissions restrictions and sidestep the price volatility of natural gas.

Given the current challenges at Vogtle, “the operative word is uncertainty,” said Paul Patterson, a utility analyst with research firm Glenrock Associates. “It is only prudent that more clarity be achieved” before pursuing another big nuclear project.

When Georgia Power’s Bowers addressed the idea of another nuclear project last year, he said a site had not been decided, and he said the planning would not lock the company into building new reactors.

ENERGY SOURCES FOR GEORGIA POWER:

Coal 35%

Natural gas (and oil) 39%

Nuclear 23%

Hydro 3%

Other energy sources such as solar account for a small but fast growing fraction of the company’s power.

About the Vogtle expansion:

Two new nuclear units are expected to generate enough electricity to power 500,000 homes and businesses.

The overall project initially was expected to cost about $14 billion. Georgia Power owns about a 46 percent stake in the new units. The targeted cost for its share of the project was set at $6.1 billion, but delays and other challenges threaten to add hundreds of millions of dollars or more to that price tag.

Georgia Power customers are paying financing costs for the project in their monthly bills. Construction costs will be added to bills once the units go into service.

Other U.S. nuclear power projects underway:

Two reactors at a SCANA Corp. project in South Carolina’s Fairfield County.

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor in Spring City, Tenn.