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Fukushima update 1-25-15- dump radioactive water into the Pacific?

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Please sign and disseminate the petitions above, especially the third one. The plan to dump radioactive water into the Pacific has been approved!!! Life in the ocean is dying - see bottom posts here. This is urgent!!!

The toxic water in the storage tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear site keeps accumulating, in 1000 tanks, that can store about 1000 tons each. A plan has been approved to release this water into the Pacific, supposedly after it has been cleaned of radioactivity.
Japan's nuclear regulator has approved a plan by [TEPCO] to drain filtered wastewater from the firm's crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant into the sea" The firm also plans to reduce the level of radioactive material in the water before releasing it into the nearby Pacific. On Wednesday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority approved TEPCO's plan to install drainpipes and a pumping system and to reduce the level of radioactive cesium-137 to less than one becquerel per liter...Tepco is using a processing system [that] is unable to take out the tritium... there is no detailed study about tritium's long-time effect on animal genes....

Dr. Gordon Edwards, court-certified nuclear expert, Aug 8, 2014 (50:00 in): It can't be dumped into the ocean, because it's completely unsafe because of these fission products. They have built over 1,000 large tanks, huge tanks" that contain this very, very radioactively contaminated water. At the moment they're trying to filter out these fission products" It's impossible for them to remove all those hundreds of radioactive materials. They know how to remove about 62 of them, but there's other ones that they cannot.

The tanks are dangerous. The number of injuries in April-November totaled 40 last year, compared to 12 a year earlier, underscoring growing concern about sloppy safety measures.

The cleaning is not so simple, and has yet to be accomplished.

TEPCO reneges on deadline to process radioactive water at stricken Fukushima nuclear plant| 23 Jan 2015 | Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), owner and operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, said Friday it would be unable to keep its promise of processing all the highly radioactive water still stored at the plant before the end of March, due to ongoing problems with faulty and untested equipment. In a pledge to the nation and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he visited the stricken plant in Fukushima Prefecture, 220 km northeast of Tokyo, in Sept. 2013, TEPCO President Naomi Hirose vowed that the embattled utility would complete the filtration process of all the dangerously toxic water being held in temporary storage tanks by March 2015. As it stands, at the stricken plant...280, 000 tons of highly-radioactive water is in need of treating and being stored in tanks, with around 350 tons of toxic water being added daily, to keep the reactors cool.

Birds and animals in the Pacific Ocean are dying off in great numbers. Researchers are wondering if the die-off might spread to other birds or even fish.
There are dying oysters, bleeding herring, melting star fish, hungry Orcas and sick seals. The latest are dead seabirds" Some blame ocean acidification for the devastation, others wonder if it's radiation fallout from Fukushima. Whatever, it might be helpful to find the cause before all the creatures are gone.
One of Hawaii's prized snorkeling spots" is facing a potential coral die-off. The coral bleaching at the Kapoho tide pools" is the worst scientists have ever seen" Take a dive into the beautiful tide pools" and you'll notice a dramatic change.
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So this is a really serious thing and it's making us wonder, are Cassin's auklets the 'canary in the coal mine' for the near-shore marine environment?"

Meanwhile, the Japanese people are suffering from health effects of the radiation dispersed so far. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (pdf), University of Florida College of Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College, etc. (2014): The Fukushima NPP accident has had health implications due to the high levels of radiation released and vast area over which the radiation has dispersed...This should implicate radiological hazard at distances otherwise overlooked.
"Obvious implication for human health" -- Gov't: "Neutron radiation is the most severe and dangerous radiation" known to mankind; Can travel great distances Received data indicate to the increased risk of borderline obesity and obesity after the prolonged exposure to radiation in moderate doses. The mentioned risk is stipulated by disorders in melanocortin system resulting in α-MSH deficiency at the background of obesity that can be considered as a marker of such an abnormality. US Gov 't: Radiation from nuclear accident greatly reduces ability to fight this infection --

Japan's "State Secrecy Act" just went into effect. This law makes it a crime punishable by 5-10 years in prison for reporters to reveal what is really going on at Fukushima.
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"Media watchdogs fear the law would seriously hobble journalists' ability to investigate official misdeeds and blunders, including the collusion between regulators and utilities that led to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. A probe by an independent parliamentary panel found that collusion between regulators and the nuclear power industry was a key factor in the failure to prevent the meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co's (Tepco) tsunami-hit Fukushima plant in March 2011, and the government and the utility remain the focus of criticism for their handling of the on-going crisis. Tepco has often been accused of concealing information about the crisis and many details have first emerged in the press. In July, Tepco finally admitted to massive leaks of radiation-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean after months of media reports and denials by the utility."

Please sign and disseminate the petitions above, especially the third one.


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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. She also a film producer with Paradise Cove Productions.

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