TEPCO's cleanup operations spread radioactive cesium to rice paddies more than 12 miles from Fukushima

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
BOMBSHELL: China and America already at war: Tianjin explosion carried out by Pentagon space weapon in retaliation for Yuan currency devaluation... Military helicopters now patrolling Beijing
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Holistic cancer treatment pioneer Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez dies suddenly; patients mourn the loss of a compassionate, innovative doctor who helped thousands heal from cancer
Inuit Elders tell NASA Earth Axis Shifted
Wild eyes and bowl cuts: Why do mass shooters always share the same hair styles and crazed zombie stares?
Genetically white woman now claims self-identify as black: If you can choose your gender, can you also choose your race? What about your species? Can a human claim to be a llama?
(NaturalNews) Efforts to remove radioactive waste from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan have merely displaced it to nearby fields growing rice, according to disturbing new reports. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) intends to move forward with plans to continue removing contaminated debris from the site, even though sources say prior work has already contaminated at least 14 rice paddies located as far as 12 miles from the site.

Safety tests conducted by Japan's agriculture ministry last fall revealed that more than a dozen rice paddies in Minami-Soma, which is located outside the official Fukushima evacuation zone, tested high for radioactive cesium. The tainted rice crops, which were harvested last autumn, tested higher than the 100 becquerels per kilogram (Bg/kg) safety limit established by the Japanese government.

Following this discovery, ministry officials urged TEPCO to be more careful in its cleanup work and to establish preventive measures that would avoid further radioactive spread. TEPCO responded by immediately suspending the remediation project when this information came out, but now the company plans to resume it with the deconstruction of Fukushima's Reactor No. 1 building.

If TEPCO hopes to resume rubble-clearing operations, "providing information on the possibility of the spread of (contaminated substances) is a major premise," stated Takehiko Murayama, a risk management professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, to The Asahi Shimbun.

Rice paddies were contaminated as late as year-end 2013, say officials

Since the harvested rice was not uniformly contaminated with radiation, officials added that the radiation had to have been spread later rather than earlier. If the rice crops had pulled up radiation in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, in other words, it would have been distributed evenly throughout the plants, which was not the case.

"If the crops had drawn up radioactive substances released into the soil immediately after the Fukushima nuclear plant was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, those substances would be detected uniformly throughout the plants," wrote Miki Aoki for The Asahi Shimbun.

"Since they weren't, the ministry concluded that the radioactive substances had been newly released at least by the end of September 2013, the harvest period for the rice crops."

As Fukushima rubble is displaced for removal, radioactive dust spreads far and wide

One major source of this contamination is believed to be a large piece of rubble pulled from the No. 3 reactor building last August. According to reports, when this piece was dislodged, radioactive dust that had settled underneath it caught the wind and blew away, exposing at least two workers in the process.

Local government officials agreed, declaring at the time that increased air radiation levels were caused by these rubble removal efforts. And since the Minami-Soma area where the rice paddies became contaminated is located downwind from where the removal took place, it only makes sense that this removal was also the most likely cause of the radiation spread.

"We cannot think of any other factors," stated a prefectural official to The Asahi Shimbun. "It is almost certain that the rise in readings was caused by the clearance work."

According to the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI), which collects real-time radiation levels at marked spots, it would have taken about three hours for the radioactive dust to travel from the No. 3 Reactor building to the rice paddies 12 miles away.

Sources for this article include:





Follow real-time breaking news headlines on
Fukushima at FETCH.news
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.