Fallout Maps withheld and scientists Subtract Fukushima fallout in a village too hot to live in surrounded by farms now dead for decades

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-29/nuclear-officials-withheld-fukushima-radiation-maps/4101560

ABC Australia

By North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy

Posted June 29, 2012 20:12:07

Nuclear officials withheld Fukushima radiation mapsJapanese nuclear officials have apologised to Fukushima residents for withholding maps showing dangerous radiation areas after last year’s meltdowns.

The US maps were compiled from aerial surveys and given to the Japanese government and its nuclear safety agency immediately after the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

But instead of releasing the maps, officials withheld them.

The officials have now apologised to the mayor of Kawauchi, a village near the nuclear plant which is now abandoned.

But mayor Yuko Endo rejected the apology, saying it was too late.

He says if his village had been given the maps they could have avoided evacuating into areas of high radiation.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-06-29/official-in-radiation-suit-tests-dog-in-japan/4101576

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The first organisation to call for evacuation of the affect area was Greenpeace. Their independent monitoring was not welcomed by the government of Japan. It took some time for the Japanese government government to act. Ironic that the US and Japan both knew. Japan wanted secrecy. I have no idea what the US wanted. It gave the maps to the Japanese government, and that was that. The US didnt set up a duplicate Radio Liberty in Tokyo to warn the people of Iitate Village. That was left to Greenpeace and youtube.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22549322

Health Phys. 2012 Jun;102(6):680-6. doi: 10.1097/HP.0b013e31824cfe18.
Early radiation survey of Iitate village, which was heavily contaminated by the Fukushima Daiichi accident, conducted on 28 and 29 March 2011.
Imanaka T, Endo S, Sugai M, Ozawa S, Shizuma K, Yamamoto M.
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Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Kumatori-cho, Osaka, Japan. imanaka@rri.kyoto-u.ac.jp
Abstract

Following the news that the radiation level in Iitate Village, located 25-45 km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, was seriously increased, an urgent field survey was carried out on 28 and 29 March 2011. Radiation levels at 130 locations were measured inside a van that traveled throughout the village using a CsI pocket survey meter and an ionization chamber. Soil samples were also taken at five locations and submitted to gamma ray analysis using a Ge detector. A radiation exposure rate of more than 20 μSv h was observed in the southern part of Iitate Village. Volatile radionuclides such as iodine and cesium were found to be the main components of radioactive contamination. A trace amount of plutonium isotopes originating from the accident was also confirmed in several soil samples, the level of which was less than the global fallout. Based on the measured density of radionuclides at the highest contamination location during the present survey, an exposure rate of about 200 μGy h at 1 m above the ground was estimated at the time of the radioactive deposition on March 15. At this location, the cumulative exposure would reach 50 mGy in the middle of May 2011. end quote.

The nuclear industry loves to say “less than”. How can the new background be “less than” when it’s being added to?

Its the total dose that counts. Sad to see such propaganda in a supposed scientific paper.

The place is unsafe, the Japanese government now admits it withheld information and that as a result, people it ordered to evacuate from Fukushima fled into fallout rather than away from it.

As bad as it gets and it’s useless to try to minimise the crime by blaming the bombs. The crimes both add to each other.

That’s the total dose and its more than the Japanese voter will bear. I think.

It’s incredible that Japan cannot even publish a scientific paper about a tragic addition to fallout contamination without doing doing subtraction
inspired by purely propaganda purposes.

The fallout from the bombs killed people. The Australian government health survey shows a 23 percent increased risk of cancer among veterans. The Australian government denies this is related
to the bombs, and it claims that it is perplexed as to the cause.

Over the years various Australian governments have claimed that the Maralinga fallout was less this or that.

The fact remains the Maralinga fallout was more than what was there before. It certainly wasn’t less.

In 1984, 3 decades after the British put their “less than Fukushima” fallout down, the Government here found the fallout at Maralinga was in fact more than what was said by Britain.

To get Maralinga to the point where the plutonium residue was less than what the British put there cost $92 million.

How many trillions of yen will it cost to get Japan as clean as what it was before Fukushima but as dirty as it was after global deposition from nuclear weapons testing?

There is still cesium and plutonium in Nagasaki. Under buildings.

When there is an accretion of fallout, there is never a less than. ITS AN ADDITION.

They think we are so stupid that we would think a pay cut was a pay rise.

Nope.

If the British government is so certain its radiation from the bombs is “less than”, why is it blocking the nuclear veterans attempt currently to access the British courts?

After the 92 million dollar cleanup of Maralinga, the land was given back back to its traditional owners, who now have to put up with an accumulating dose of 5 mSv per year, mainly from residual plutonium in the soil.

What the accumulating annual dose for the close in residents of Fukushima will be after the “cleanup” remains to be seen.

I point out again to people who would attempt to divert eyes away from reactors by pointing to bombs, and discounting reactor pollution as a result: Some people can look at both and do the adding up.

I have had it with turkeys who claim nuclear pollution is less than background. Background is what is there. A fresh deposit by nuclear industry ADDS TO BACKGROUND. If it subtracted it would not be there. IT IS THERE.

This attempt to normalise nuclear pollution will always get an arithmetic lesson from me.

2+2 = 0 ?? What university did Imanaka et. al. go to? Or was it a School of Inculation?

When Robley Evans was asked by the US Navy what a safe dose of radium was, he replied to the effect “How much would you be happy to have inside your wife or your daughter?”

How much plutonium is ok to be inside the people of Japan?

Noone asked them about this when they signed up for electricity from TEPCO. They just wanted to make coffee and watch TV.

What is happening was never part of the contract.

If you are the industry responsible for 10% of the juice and 100% of the bombs, you hide behind the military secrecy provisions which protect you and of course, you blame the old bombs rather than the reactor residue that actually cakes the farms, homes and children.

The Death of a Farm in Iitate – One year later.

Even by the heart wrenching standards of the March 11 disaster, Hiroshi Sano and his neighbours can count themselves among the unluckiest of survivors. For an entire month, no one told the people of Iitate – a village which lies about 20 km outside of the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant – that they were in a so-called “hot spot”. (Paul’s note: Greenpeace picked up the hot spot early, but their urgent report was ignored then contested by the Japanese government).

Radiation levels in Iitate were – and still – are as high as many areas within the zone, so by the time they were eventually told to leave they’d been dangerously exposed. For Sano, 40, who has the weather beaten face and steady gait of farmers the world over, the fallout from Fukushima has robbed him of a property that’s been in his family for eight generations. The stress has stripped 14 kg from his frame.

We meet him at the Senbonmatsu tourist ranch, 140km south, where he’s moved with his family to try to build a new life. He’s found work as a farmhand, which he says he’s grateful for because jobs are in short supply, but it’s clearly an emasculating experience for someone who ran his own beef cattle breeding and rice farming venture.

Sano’s wife, Terumi, says she’s lonely here and finds herself in tears whenever tsunami stories come on the television. Their children …(aged 10 and 9) are coping better, but Terumi says the 9 year old is having second thoughts about becoming a farmer when he grows up. “He wanted to do what his father did, but now he’s lost hope in that. He’s never seen his father working just as a farmhand before.”

Sano says the farming families from Iitate fled to all corners of Japan when the order to evacuate came through. “Nowadays we struggle to stay in contact with each other – each of us is trying hard to get used to a new environment”, he says. “I remember a stream of evacuees coming from the direction of the disaster. I never imagined that I myself would have to evacuate.”

Sano says Iitate’s residents were becoming more fearful even before the evacuation order, as bulletins from from the International Atomic Energy Agency and rumors (Paul: facts) suppressed by JGov, who with held its SPEEDI data which showed the evacuees were led into the path of the radionuclide cloud which traversed Iitate and the mountains ) on the Internet suggested the town had been showered with wind bourn fallout (Which the Chief British scientist falsely claimed would stay within 500 metres of the Fukushima plant, and which consisted of many more reactor products than the cesium and iodine the nuclear authorities claimed.) . He took his family to Tokyo about a week after the the quake, as explosions rocked the nuclear plant, but still hoped he could return to Iitate when the situation improved. Eventually the family wound up in temporary housing and Sano sold his cattle as the crisis deepened.

Amid the confusion, Meat and Livestock Australia’s Japan Manager, Melanie Brock, arranged for Sano and other farmers to visit Australia and tell their story. Subsequent donations of fodder from Australian farmers allowed some nearby farms to survive but Iitate itself is simply too contaminated,

To drive through Iitate now is to drive through a ghost town: It’s empty, save for a few cats. Houses and farms are deserted, and radiation readings remain close to the evacuation threshold (Paul : which is set far too high – we are not talking about transient CT scans here, but scatterings of radio-chemicals) . The government says it will take 30 years for places such as Iitate to be decontaminated. “I’ve explained to my children we can’t go back”, Sano says.

He would dearly love to re-establish a farm of his own, but with inadequate compensation he’s at the bottom of a financial hole that will keep him working as a farmhand at Senbonumatsu for some time yet. (Source: Taken from “Piece by Piece, One Year after Japan’s devastating Tsunami, how much has changed attempting to rebuild their lives?” by Rick Wallace, “The Weekend Australian Magazine”, March 10-11, 2012, pp 22.

IITATE village damaged by Fukushima nuclear emissions

The Mainichi Daily News, Japan

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110411p2a00m0na002000c.html

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Radiation leaks threaten village’s promotion of eco-friendly lifestyles, farming
April 12, 2011

IITATE, Fukushima — Radiation leaks from the quake- and tsunami-ravaged Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are threatening this village’s promotion of eco-friendly lifestyles as well as local farmers.

Most areas of Iitate are outside evacuation and “stay-indoor” advisory zones within a radius of 30 kilometers from the plant. Still, levels of radiation at the village’s monitoring post have exceeded eight times the upper limit of 1 millisievert per year.

Radioactive cesium in excess of the upper limit of 5,000 becquerels per kilogram of soil for crops have been detected.

Over 406 hours from March 23 to April 9, total radiation reached 8.141 millisieverts at the village’s monitoring post, slightly below 13.95 millisieverts in the neighboring town of Namie.

Furthermore, 965 becquerels of radioactive iodine per liter of water was found in the village’s water-supply system on March 21, more than three times the upper limit of 300 becquerels, prompting the municipal government to advise residents against drinking tap water and distributing bottles of water to them. The advisory was later lifted.

On March 23, 17,000 becquerels of radioactive iodine was discovered per kilogram of broccoli harvested in the village — 8.5 times the provisionally set upper limit of 2,000 becquerels — forcing the village to restrict the consumption of locally grown broccoli.

About 500 villagers were collectively evacuated from the area to take shelter in Kanuma, Tochigi Prefecture, following the discovery, and nearly half of some 6,200 residents were taking shelter outside the village at one point.

Currently, about 5,000 residents are staying in Iitate, but village authorities are set to evacuate about 50 residents, including expecting mothers, infants younger than 3 and their parents, from the village to take shelter in other areas for about a month from April 13.

The population of Iitate, whose economy relies largely on agriculture and livestock farming, had been in decline.

However, the local government has been trying to revitalize the village through the introduction of clean energy sources over the past 15 years.

In March last year, it opened a slow-life promotion center that is equipped with solar panels and uses heat insulating construction materials as part of the Environment Ministry’s eco-friendly house promotion projects in 20 areas across the country with the aim of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from households.

Amid these efforts, the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant has hit the village hard.

The village has virtually received no benefits from the plant because it is relatively far from the power station; only its southeastern part with about 160 residents is situated within the indoor standby advisory zone. Its nuclear plant-related revenue is approximately only 200,000 yen a year to cover its public promotion expenses.

Nevertheless, the slow-life promotion center has been used to lodge employees with the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and workers at the crippled nuclear power plant. A university professor’s lecture meeting on health risks from radiation exposure held there on March 25 drew about 300 people.

Iitate Mayor Norio Kanno expressed grave concern about the impact that the radiation will have on local agriculture. “I think it will be difficult to grow rice in the village. I’m afraid that farmers will leave the village if the current situation continues,” he told reporters on April 9.

Kazuo Shiga, 82, who for 20 years has been raising 24 beef cows in the Warabidaira district — closest to the plant of all areas of the village — has also voiced concern over the radiation leaks’ impact on cattle.

“I never imagined radiation would leak from the plant. I want the authorities to stop it as soon as possible,” he said.

The municipal government’s agricultural panel has instructed local stock farmers not to transport their cattle even though an auction is scheduled to be held on April 12 and 13 in Fukushima Prefecture.

When Shiga held consultations with 11 other stock farmers in the district, most of them said they can no longer continue raising cattle.

“I wonder what’ll happen to us in the future,” Shiga said.

IAEA worried about radiation in Japan village

Independent radiation monitoring by Greenpeace on 27 March 2011 described Litate Village, outside of the Fukushima exclusion zone, as follows:
Fukushima, March 27, 2011: Greenpeace radiation experts have confirmed radiation levels of up to ten micro Sieverts per hour in Iitate village, 40km northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant, and 20km beyond the official evacuation zone. These levels are high enough to require evacuation.

“It is clearly not safe for people to remain in Iitate, especially children and pregnant women, when it could mean receiving the maximum allowed annual dose of radiation in only a few days. When further contamination from possible ingestion or inhalation of radioactive particles is factored in, the risks are even higher.” See:

https://nuclearhistory.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/greenpeace-radiation-monitoring-japan/

Today the IAEA seems to have caught with the independent monitors at Greenpeace:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ggEDd3a7F7myZHkDkvyogDMF3Jcg?docId=CNG.05699daf45628fa5b4755fac509ba9e5.2e1

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IAEA worried about radiation in Japan village

(AFP) – 8 hours ago

VIENNA — Radiation levels recorded at a village outside the evacuation zone around the quake-striken Fukushima nuclear plant are above safe levels, the UN atomic watchdog said Wednesday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said safe limits had been exceeded at Iitate village, 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of Fukushima, well outside the government-imposed 20 kilometre exclusion zone and the 30-kilometre “stay indoors” zone.

“The first assessment indicates that one of the IAEA operational criteria for evacuation is exceeded in Iitate village,” the IAEA’s head of nuclear safety and security, Denis Flory, told reporters here.

The watchdog had advised Japanese authorities to “carefully assess the situation and they have indicated that it is already under assessment,” Flory said.

But he said the IAEA — which does not have the mandate to order national authorities to act — was not calling for a general widening of the exclusion zone.

Iitate lies 40 kilometres (25 miles) northwest of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was crippled by a tsunami on March 11 and several explosions, leading to frantic efforts to prevent a catastrophic meltdown.

Advice had been given to “carefully assess the situation and they have indicated that it is already under assessment,” he said.

The reading in Iitate was merely a spot reading, he said.

“Deposition of radioactivity is something which is not the same everywhere, it depends on wind, it depends on rain and also on profile of terrain,” Flory said.

“Saying at one point that there is a need to assess further does not mean that all around that is a concern.”

But he said that overall, the situation at Fukushima “remains very serious.”

According to Elena Buglova, head of the IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre, the reading in Iitate village was 2 megabecquerels per square metre.

That was a “ratio about two times higher than levels” at which the agency recommends evacuations, she explained.

Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.
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and

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/IAEA-High-Radiation-Levels-Detected-Outside-Japan-Evacuation-Zones-118938954.html

Voice of America

IAEA: High Radiation Levels Detected Outside Japan Evacuation Zones

The United Nations’ top nuclear official says the situation at Japan’s troubled nuclear power plant continues to be very serious as Japanese authorities struggle to bring the situation under control. The U.N.’s nuclear energy body – the International Atomic Energy Agency – says radiation levels in a village outside Japan’s nuclear evacuation zone are twice the levels believed safe for habitation.

The IAEA also revealed Wednesday that radiation levels in Iitate, a village located about 40-kilometers northwest of the plant and outside the evacuation zone, were above those believed to be safe for habitation. The nuclear monitoring agency has told the Japanese government about its findings and said authorities in Japan are looking into the assessment.

The environmental activist group Greenpeace has urged Japanese authorities to expand the evacuation zone from 20 to 30 kilometers, as their independent radiation readings also showed higher than safe levels. Top government spokesman Yukio Edano said the government was prepared to study the organization’s data.

Japan’s government has imposed a 20-kilometer evacuation zone around the plant, and recommended that residents up to 30 kilometers away remain indoors.

IAEA Director General Amano, however adds that it was not all bad news. “There has been also some progress. I really hope the efforts by the emergency workers would lead to the stabilisation of the reactors and this accident and crisis situation,” he said.

Leaking radiation from the Fukushima plant – the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986 – has not only raised concerns about whether areas around the site were safe for habitation but the safety of milk, produce and tap water as far away as Tokyo – which is more then 200 kilometers south of the plant.

Late Wednesday, a small but noisy group of protesters gathered in Tokyo outside the headquarters of the Tokyo Electric Power Company to voice their opposition to nuclear energy.

Thirty-four-year-old Chika Ito was among the protesters. “I had never really thought about it before but, because of the crisis, it has got me thinking of how frightening nuclear energy is,” he said.

On Wednesday Japanese authorities announced a new set of safety measures for the country’s 55 nuclear power plants. A panel of nuclear specialists has been organized to find ways to shut down the plant and prevent the further spread of radiation.

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GREENPEACE RADIATION MONITORING – JAPAN

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/news-and-blogs/campaign-blog/call-to-widen-evacuation-area-around-fukushim/blog/33981

Quote: ” Call to widen evacuation area around Fukushima
Blogpost by Brian Fitzgerald – March 27, 2011 at 9:38
Our team of radiation specialists in Japan brought back their findings for the day.
The press release says it all:

Fukushima, March 27, 2011: Greenpeace radiation experts have confirmed radiation levels of up to ten micro Sieverts per hour in Iitate village, 40km northwest of the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant, and 20km beyond the official evacuation zone. These levels are high enough to require evacuation.

“It is clearly not safe for people to remain in Iitate, especially children and pregnant women, when it could mean receiving the maximum allowed annual dose of radiation in only a few days. When further contamination from possible ingestion or inhalation of radioactive particles is factored in, the risks are even higher.”
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One Response to “Fallout Maps withheld and scientists Subtract Fukushima fallout in a village too hot to live in surrounded by farms now dead for decades”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Nuclear = Lies.
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