BYOG: Bring Your Own Geiger counter and Hazmat gear

By Christina Consolo

Contributing writer for End the Lie and host of Nuked Radio

It has been 6 weeks since I wrote my first piece for End the Lie about the potential Fukushima reactor number four end of the world scenario. Numerous nuclear experts, ambassadors, former Fukushima Daiichi workers, and senator Ron Wyden of Oregon have warned about as well. And still, no progress to report.

If TEPCO looked at what we learned from the example of Chernobyl, they should have had hundreds if not thousands of workers fortifying the structure and removing the spent fuel 24/7 for the past 14 months. But no, there does not seem to be any sense of urgency whatsoever.

Editor’s note: as I previously reported, TEPCO will not even start moving the spent fuel rods from this endangered pool into a joint pool for all six reactors next to the crumbling reactor four building until late next year. I would love to know why exactly this is the case but unfortunately I have yet to receive any explanation whatsoever.

Even the UN received an urgent request to enact international help from numerous nuke experts, since the demise of reactor four would have global effects. But still, nothing.

It has been difficult, if not nearly impossible, to get people to realize the extent of Fukushima and its effect on our lives. Part of that reason is because radiation is invisible. Another reason is because the media isn’t talking about it.

Editor’s note: I would like to put forth another possibility as well: a combination of normalcy bias and cognitive dissonance. If you are unfamiliar with these concepts, please listen to the below embedded recent episode of End the Lie Radio wherein Curt Williams of Room 101 and I discuss these concepts and just how they are manifesting in today’s world.

But this ignorance of the danger of Fukushima is about to change in a very big way.

The change, or “Mass Awakening to Fukushima” as I like to call it, began a week ago when Stanford University released its bluefin tuna radiation test results and lo and behold, it was radioactive. In fact, every single fish they tested showed contamination from Fukushima. And they were all caught off the coast in California.

This came as no surprise to the Fukushima experts that I talked about in a previous article, everyday people who have been following this story since March 11th and know how extensive this radiation threat is. Most of us haven’t touched pacific seafood for a year.

This is because just 2 weeks after the Fukushima disaster, North American kelp was already showing contamination. And so were the salmon being tested by the Canadians. Radiation works fast, due to bio accumulation, and bio magnification. And it gets stronger as it moves up the food chain.

In fact, in the 60’s Russia detonated the largest bomb ever, the 100 megaton Tsar Bombe, or “King of Bombs.” Without getting overly technical, the yield of this bomb was actually reduced by 97% due to the addition of lead for its second and third stages, to reduce fallout potential across the northern hemisphere. Still, within a week, researchers in the US found radioactive iodine in the thyroids of mammals in the US, before it was even detected in water or plants. Yes, it happens that quickly.

So when Stanford published its data from the tuna testing, which was actually tested from tuna caught in August 2011 they were surprised, even “shocked” were their words and they also speculated (correctly I might add) that the numbers are probably much higher now, 9 months later.

What is so ironic though about the results of these tests is not that the fish were radioactive, it’s that the Stanford researchers were so surprised and shocked.

I mean, seriously? Did not a single one of these research scientists ever study Chernobyl? Radiation? Nuclear energy? Or even pay attention to what has been going on in Fukushima for the past year? Sounds like a few people have had their heads buried deep in the sand.

In fact, while the research scientists have been hitting the snooze button repeatedly the Fukushima Experts I previously mentioned have been trying to warn people this was coming, because they took their own initiative to pay attention. And we are doing all this for free. On our own dime. On our own time. Meanwhile, researchers at NOAA, the EPA, FDA, and USDA sit back and pretend everything is okay and collect a handsome paycheck courtesy of the US taxpayer in the process.

Well, the tuna results started the ball rolling. And pretty soon we should start seeing real numbers as far as the sick seals and polar bears go. And if it’s in the tuna, it’s in everything. Tuna are a large, deep water fish that should have been contaminated last.

But it’s starting to show itself in another big way too, and that is the tsunami debris. No one will be able to ignore that. It will be a catalyst for a mass awakening of gigantic proportions.

And here’s why: approximately 200,000 houses and businesses were washed out to sea during the tsunami that hit Japan. The debris field is estimated to be about roughly the size of Texas or California. That’s big. It just started to hit Alaskan shores a few weeks ago. This was just the first wave, just the leading edge. There is much, much more behind it, and it’s going to be horrendous to manage.

It will be so difficult to manage because it’s not just going to be wood and pieces of houses. It’s not just fishnets and the occasional stray fishing boat.

We are talking whole cities: gas stations, propane refueling centers, fertilizer production plants, oil refineries, biological and disease research centers, furniture, storage containers, military facilities, cars, motorcycles, and garbage.We are talking Hazmat stuff here, biological and environmental waste. And of course, body parts. Thousands of Japanese were washed out to sea with the tsunami, and are still unaccounted for.

We are talking enough contaminated rubble to make sushi inedible for centuries from a biological standpoint alone. Which it already is, from a radioactive standpoint. And the bulk of the debris hasn’t even arrived yet.

And the next question on everyone’s minds of course is, will this tsunami debris be radioactive? I posed this question to one of the leading researchers on the Fukushima disaster, former Livermore Labs employee turned whistle-blower, Leuren Moret, and she exclaimed: “Of course it will be! It’s been floating in radioactive water with hot particles raining out over it for over a year!” I might add, she is also an atmospheric expert in fallout research.

Chris Pallister, president of Gulf of Alaska Keeper, told Alaska’s KTUU TV that “It’s a staggering mess [...] the magnitude of this is just hard to comprehend and I’ve been looking at this stuff a long time.”

He also said:

“In my opinion, this is the single greatest environmental pollution event that has ever hit the west coast of North America. The slow-motion aspects of it have fooled an unwitting public. It far exceeds the Santa Barbara or Exxon Valdez oil spills in gross tonnage and also geographic scope.”

A few months after 9/11, I went to the World Trade Center site in New York City. The debris field was confined to a few city blocks in size. Dump trucks went in and out of the site 24 hours a day for months carting away the debris.

Later, we learned this debris was loaded with substances detremental to human health. I won’t even begin to describe the biological effects this had on volunteers working on the site. They weren’t given appropriate protection. A lot of them now are very sick, or dead. In fact, if you look at films of the cleanup effort, the volunteers were all given paper masks, while EPA representatives are wearing full-on nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) masks.

Oregon has put out a request for volunteers now to help in the tsunami debris clean up. They haven’t said yet what kind of Hazmat protection or equipment these volunteers will be given.

Who will sort through and test the debris? Will Geiger counters be provided? NBC masks? Hazmat suits and gloves? Dump trucks? Cranes? What happens to the beach where this stuff lands on? Will it be contaminated, and with what exactly? And how do we decontaminate, if the tsunami debris is ongoing for years? Will the beaches be closed?

Who will collect, photograph, test and store body parts? How will they be returned to Japan? What about mementos from the thousands of deceased Japanese? How will these mementos be cataloged and returned to the rightful owners?

It doesn’t appear at this point that the Federal government is going to assist in the effort, monetarily or otherwise. In fact, they are doing everything they can to wash their hands of the matter. It will be up to the surrounding communities to deal with it and make all these decisions. And like us Fukushima Experts, they will probably be doing it on their own time and dime. To me, it sounds like a job for FEMA, but they apparently have their hands full building camps around the country.

At least this debris field won’t be invisible. In fact, it will be impossible to ignore, unlike the ongoing radiation threat in our air, rain, and food supply. The tsunami debris will be a huge biological and radioactive nightmare that has the potential for ruining the west coast of North America for years to come. That means beaches, tourism, and recreation. To say it will severely impact every seaside community from Alaska to Mexico and Hawaii is probably an understatement.

We have big problems headed our way, and no solutions. No money. No help. We are on our own. And this is just the tsunami debris side of things. At the very least, it will undoubtedly wake a few people up. I assume some of these people are also going to be very pissed off.

Welcome to the multifaceted Fukushima disaster. We’ve been waiting for you to join us. And by the way, where have you been for the past 14 months?

Please help Christina purchase a spectrometer in order to get the most accurate radiation readings and thus get you the most precise information possible by shopping through her Amazon link or donate directly via PayPal to [email protected] Keep in mind, this is expensive equipment and it is the only way that specific isotope readings can be obtained from food items.

Edited by End the Lie

Christina Consolo is a former clinical researcher supervisor with NIH credentialing; a former Member-at-Large for the Board of Directors, Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society; A peer reviewer for the Journal of Ophthalmic Photography; She has written, published, and contributed to numerous scientific research in retinal imaging and ophthalmogy for the past 24 years; She is also an award-winning biomedical photographer and maintains several websites to teach people about radiation, mitigation, and other nuclear issues. She is also the host of “Nuked Radio” Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12-1:00 pm EST on the Orion Talk Radio Network.

For more info including mitigation for radiation exposure, please visit FukushimaFacts.com, where you can sign up to receive Fallout Forecasts on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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9 Responses to BYOG: Bring Your Own Geiger counter and Hazmat gear

  1. Guest June 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    It does seem unfair that RadChick and many others sacrifice so much of their time getting the truth out for free, while well-paid agencies aren’t giving us the truth.

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    They’re going up against well-funded nuclear lobbyists and the main stream media.

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    • Anonymous June 3, 2012 at 5:15 AM

      If I was a millionaire I would donate tens of thousands to every single one of those websites. Especially this one, fukushimafacts, enenews, oriontalkradio and fairewinds. Some of those are less admirable and trustworthy than others but it is a great list.

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  2. Guest June 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    The book “Cover Up” by Karl Grossman is available to read free on-line.

    It is a highly recommended expose of the nuclear industry that everyone should read while it’s still available:

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2XzM53vkrUPNmMzZGQzNzUtYzYwYS00ZDVmLTkyNDEtMjVlOTRhZjBkZDg1/edit?hl=en&authkey=CNuUgLMD&pli=1&pli=1

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  3. Randa June 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Incredibly, the outspoken brave Souls like Christina Consola who research and write about the global nuclear tragedy at Fukushima are criticized and ridiculed by people like Jim Stone, Ken Adachi (and many others) for fear-mongering. How disheartening. Initial truth tellers about Fukushima are now awaiting for real damage before they will address the situation.

    Stuck with their heads in the ground and their butts in the air. If the proper awareness and attention were given to this now and assistance given to the Japanese people by supporting the massive protests that have been taking place in Japan, prevention methods could be implemented.

    I praise you Christina and Lauren Moret and Arnie Gunderson and Helen Caldicott ………. thank you for being True.

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  4. Jim June 3, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    No, I am not Jim Stone, but believe that he has a handle on what really happened–good read!
    http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/fukushima.html

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  5. Anonymous June 3, 2012 at 5:12 AM

    GOD bless Christina, and all of those who are standing up for the truth of the danger of Fukushima. we are talking about the future of humanity here. Our children’s great grandchildren. The future of the Earth! Without recognizing the dangers of this man made disaster we will certainly have no future. We are irresponsible stewards of the Earth.

    I pray to the Lord Christ Jesus to open the hearts and minds of more people so we can work as a world to eliminate this dangerous nuclear technology and save the people of Japan and the entire Northern Hemisphere! You don’t have to be religious just please at least HOPE that we can start to make more people aware of this.

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  6. Anonymous June 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    what-s a good simple reliable (arghhh … relatively inexpensive?) model of a radiation counter that we can buy?

    what-s with micro-sieverts scale versus other scales as a measure?

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  7. Sherry June 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Hi

    Its a tremendous burden for all here on Earth with this terrible event that has done soo much damage.

    I don’t know whether to try to work in the yard outside or stay in and give up. I really have a hard time with all the negative events.

    I wish I could take away all the radiation so earth will recover.
    Then remove ALL EVIL GREEDY CORPORATIONS WHO POLLUTE EARTH…

    I am a CORPORATIONS worst nightmare.

    sMiLe.

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  8. RINGO June 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Don,t tell anyone about the Radiation,sooooo ”they” can die watching there daily cartoons on T.V.!!!!! ”WAKE UP PEOPLE-TURN THE DAMN TV. OFF AND FIND OUT WHATS GOING ON !!!!!

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