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Fukushima 101: summed up for those who haven't been watching: via "Washington's" Post: edit on request from TEPCO

 
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The REAL Fukushima Danger
Posted on September 14, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog
The Real Problem …

The fact that the Fukushima reactors have been leaking huge amounts of radioactive water ever since the 2011 earthquake is certainly newsworthy. As are the facts that:

Tepco doesn’t know how to stop the leaks
Scientists have no idea where the cores of the nuclear reactors are
Radiation could hit Korea, China and the West Coast of North America fairly hard
But the real problem is that the idiots who caused this mess are probably about to cause a much bigger problem.

Specifically, the greatest short-term threat to humanity is from the fuel pools at Fukushima.

If one of the pools collapsed or caught fire, it could have severe adverse impacts not only on Japan … but the rest of the world, including the United States. Indeed, a Senator called it a national security concern for the U.S.:

The radiation caused by the failure of the spent fuel pools in the event of another earthquake could reach the West Coast within days. That absolutely makes the safe containment and protection of this spent fuel a security issue for the United States.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen and physician Helen Caldicott have both said that people should evacuate the Northern Hemisphere if one of the Fukushima fuel pools collapses. Gundersen said:

Move south of the equator if that ever happened, I think that’s probably the lesson there.

Former U.N. adviser Akio Matsumura calls removing the radioactive materials from the Fukushima fuel pools “an issue of human survival”.

So the stakes in decommissioning the fuel pools are high, indeed.

But in 2 months, Tepco – the knuckleheads who caused the accident – are going to start doing this very difficult operation on their own.

The New York Times reports:

Thousands of workers and a small fleet of cranes are preparing for one of the latest efforts to avoid a deepening environmental disaster that has China and other neighbors increasingly worried: removing spent fuel rods from the damaged No. 4 reactor building and storing them in a safer place.

The Telegraph notes:

Tom Snitch, a senior professor at the University of Maryland and with more than 30 years’ experience in nuclear issues, said “[Japan officials] need to address the real problems, the spent fuel rods in Unit 4 and the leaking pressure vessels,” he said. “There has been too much work done wiping down walls and duct work in the reactors for any other reason then to do something…. This is a critical global issue and Japan must step up.”

The Japan Times writes:

In November, Tepco plans to begin the delicate operation of removing spent fuel from Reactor No. 4 [with] radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. …. It remains vulnerable to any further shocks, and is also at risk from ground liquefaction. Removing its spent fuel, which contains deadly plutonium, is an urgent task…. The consequences could be far more severe than any nuclear accident the world has ever seen. If a fuel rod is dropped, breaks or becomes entangled while being removed, possible worst case scenarios include a big explosion, a meltdown in the pool, or a large fire. Any of these situations could lead to massive releases of deadly radionuclides into the atmosphere, putting much of Japan — including Tokyo and Yokohama — and even neighboring countries at serious risk.

CNBC points out:

The radioactive leak at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is far from under control and could get a lot worse, a nuclear energy expert, who compiles the annual “World Nuclear Industry Status Report” warned.

***

The big danger – and it was identified by Japan’s atomic energy commission – is if you lose water in one of the spent fuel pools and you get a spent fuel fire.

CNN reports:

[Mycle Schneider, nuclear consultant:] The situation could still get a lot worse. A massive spent fuel fire would likely dwarf the current dimensions of the catastrophe and could exceed the radioactivity releases of Chernobyl dozens of times. First, the pool walls could leak beyond the capacity to deliver cooling water or a reactor building could collapse following one of the hundred of aftershocks. Then, the fuel cladding could ignite spontaneously releasing its entire radioactive inventory.

Reuters notes:

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is preparing to remove 400 tons of highly irradiated spent fuel from a damaged reactor building, a dangerous operation that has never been attempted before on this scale.

Containing radiation equivalent to 14,000 times the amount released in the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima 68 years ago, more than 1,300 used fuel rod assemblies packed tightly together need to be removed from a building that is vulnerable to collapse, should another large earthquake hit the area.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is already in a losing battle to stop radioactive water overflowing from another part of the facility, and experts question whether it will be able to pull off the removal of all the assemblies successfully.

“They are going to have difficulty in removing a significant number of the rods,” said Arnie Gundersen, a veteran U.S. nuclear engineer and director of Fairewinds Energy Education, who used to build fuel assemblies.

The operation, beginning this November at the plant’s Reactor No. 4, is fraught with danger, including the possibility of a large release of radiation if a fuel assembly breaks, gets stuck or gets too close to an adjacent bundle, said Gundersen and other nuclear experts.

That could lead to a worse disaster than the March 2011 nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant, the world’s most serious since Chernobyl in 1986.

No one knows how bad it can get, but independent consultants Mycle Schneider and Antony Froggatt said recently in their World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2013: “Full release from the Unit-4 spent fuel pool, without any containment or control, could cause by far the most serious radiological disaster to date.”

***

The utility says it recognizes the operation will be difficult but believes it can carry it out safely.

Nonetheless, Tepco inspires little confidence. Sharply criticized for failing to protect the Fukushima plant against natural disasters, its handling of the crisis since then has also been lambasted.

***

The process will begin in November and Tepco expects to take about a year removing the assemblies, spokesman Yoshikazu Nagai told Reuters by e-mail. It’s just one installment in the decommissioning process for the plant forecast to take about 40 years and cost $11 billion.

Each fuel rod assembly weighs about 300 kilograms (660 pounds) and is 4.5 meters (15 feet) long. There are 1,331 of the spent fuel assemblies and a further 202 unused assemblies are also stored in the pool, Nagai said.

***

Spent fuel rods also contain plutonium, one of the most toxic substances in the universe, that gets formed during the later stages of a reactor core’s operation.

***

“There is a risk of an inadvertent criticality if the bundles are distorted and get too close to each other,” Gundersen said.

He was referring to an atomic chain reaction that left unchecked could result in a large release of radiation and heat that the fuel pool cooling system isn’t designed to absorb.

“The problem with a fuel pool criticality is that you can’t stop it. There are no control rods to control it,” Gundersen said. “The spent fuel pool cooling system is designed only to remove decay heat, not heat from an ongoing nuclear reaction.”

The rods are also vulnerable to fire should they be exposed to air, Gundersen said. [The pools have already boiled due to exposure to air.]

***

Tepco has shored up the building, which may have tilted and was bulging after the explosion, a source of global concern that has been raised in the U.S. Congress.

***

The fuel assemblies have to be first pulled from the racks they are stored in, then inserted into a heavy steel chamber. This operation takes place under water before the chamber, which shields the radiation pulsating from the rods, can be removed from the pool and lowered to ground level.

The chamber is then transported to the plant’s common storage pool in an undamaged building where the assemblies will be stored.

[Here is a visual tour of Fukushima's fuel pools, along with graphics of how the rods will be removed.]

Tepco confirmed the Reactor No. 4 fuel pool contains debris during an investigation into the chamber earlier this month.

Removing the rods from the pool is a delicate task normally assisted by computers, according to Toshio Kimura, a former Tepco technician, who worked at Fukushima Daiichi for 11 years.

“Previously it was a computer-controlled process that memorized the exact locations of the rods down to the millimeter and now they don’t have that. It has to be done manually so there is a high risk that they will drop and break one of the fuel rods,” Kimura said.

***

Corrosion from the salt water will have also weakened the building and equipment, he said.

And if an another strong earthquake strikes before the fuel is fully removed that topples the building or punctures the pool and allow the water to drain, a spent fuel fire releasing more radiation than during the initial disaster is possible, threatening about Tokyo 200 kilometers (125 miles) away.

[end snip]

[link to www.washingtonsblog.com]

sigh.. then theres the bit 'like a murderer performing brain surgery on a VIP'

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Sure but did you read the slate.com article explaining how the Obama administration assembled a team of the greatest experts in the world. And they sat in a room like they did during the Bin Laden raid, and they decided that everything would be okay. Raised the EPA limits for radiation so that they would not have to pull all US citizens home, and all kinds of other super secret stuff like that?
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Instead of working on a plan to MITIGATE the leakage which WILL come, when the next mega quake hits Japan, they want to plan to RESTART the freakin others! Apparently they have a death wish for themselves, and everybody else on the planet!
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Sure but did you read the slate.com article explaining how the Obama administration assembled a team of the greatest experts in the world. And they sat in a room like they did during the Bin Laden raid, and they decided that everything would be okay. Raised the EPA limits for radiation so that they would not have to pull all US citizens home, and all kinds of other super secret stuff like that?
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Op do me a favor, Look up the plague of hail mingled with fire and lightening in the book of exodus and in the book of revelation...

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Its ALL fine here in Japan. You dude are so sick!

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Its ALL fine here in Japan. You dude are so sick!

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i have boots on the ground there... no it's fuggkin not!!!!!!

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Op do me a favor, Look up the plague of hail mingled with fire and lightening in the book of exodus and in the book of revelation...

tell me what you think
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i don't do the bible, i did when i was made to when i was younger.. to much geneology for my liking.. which verses?.. i'll go look.....
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The Fukushima scaremongering is so played out almost nobody even bothers posting on these threads anymore.
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The Fukushima scaremongering is so played out almost nobody even bothers posting on these threads anymore.
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that's the point... they're about to do something mankind has never done before starting this month.. all is well... hey!

SQUIRREL!......
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The Fukushima scaremongering is so played out almost nobody even bothers posting on these threads anymore.
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I wish I got paid more than you to sit on my ass and spread government sponsored lies.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
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Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
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James 3:6-9

And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.

For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind.

But no man can tame the tongue. [It is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
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The Fukushima scaremongering is so played out almost nobody even bothers posting on these threads anymore.
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interesting you say that, of 10 groups i monitor and admin?.. over a million hits a month..... you play too much x-box in the basement.... ps.. don't bear children....
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Melt thought???

Are you freaking kidding me? Whatever..
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Melt thought???

Are you freaking kidding me? Whatever..
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hey! don't shoot the messenger... shoot the typist..

(ty spelling police)

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The Fukushima scaremongering is so played out almost nobody even bothers posting on these threads anymore.
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that's not scaremongering, he just stated the facts. of course everyone with their head in the sand might look at it that way. don't let the truth interfere with with what you believe
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Even the pool water is safe to drink..
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Thanks CP for all of your efforts on this topic. We appreciate your time and insights.
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Humans are a goddamned pathetic failed species.
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Op do me a favor, Look up the plague of hail mingled with fire and lightening in the book of exodus and in the book of revelation...

tell me what you think
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i don't do the bible, i did when i was made to when i was younger.. to much geneology for my liking.. which verses?.. i'll go look.....
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The Part where it says it kills a third of mankind upon the whole earth!
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Citizen, I've sent you a piece I've written for the local paper through your website. Would you be so kind as to have a look see?
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Fish is on special here in Toronto. Free mussels with any fish purchase. Mmmm.
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The Fukushima scaremongering is so played out almost nobody even bothers posting on these threads anymore.
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that's the point... they're about to do something mankind has never done before starting this month.. all is well... hey!

SQUIRREL!......
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The squirrels are watching...
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that's the point... they're about to do something mankind has never done before starting this month.. all is well... hey!

SQUIRREL!......
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The squirrels are watching...
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lol

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"Washington's Blog" is not "Washington Post",
you should correct the Title because i makes you look a bit baka!
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The FDA is quietly banning many products from 14 Japanese prefectures because of the three meltdowns at Fukushima
September 29, 2013
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Detention Without Physical Examination of Products from Japan Due to Radionuclide Contamination

Reason for Alert:
NOTE: Revision to this Import Alert dated September 9, 2013 adds multiple products to the list of products restricted by the Government of Japan, in response to decrees issued from 05/31/2012 to 07/31/2013. The format of the product listing has also been amended. Changes are noted and bracketed by three asterisks (***).

Previous revisions to this Import Alert dated March 23, April 12, April 14, April 20, April 21, May 9, June 13, July 6, October 21, 2011, February 1, 2012 and July 25, 2012 provided updates to the products and/or prefectures subject to detention without physical examination.

This import alert represents the Agency's current guidance to FDA field personnel regarding the manufacturer(s) and/or product(s) at issue. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person, and does not operate to bind FDA or the public.

On March 11, 2011, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake triggering a 30 ft tsunami struck the Pacific Coast of Japan. The force of the tsunami destroyed a great deal of the infrastructure along portions of the Japanese coast. The most notable damage from the tsunami has affected the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The following prefectures are in the closest proximity to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant: Fukushima, Gunma Ibaraki, and Tochigi.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant houses several nuclear reactors that have posed signs of a potential threat of radiological contamination to the surrounding areas. Due to the public health concerns that are associated with radiation and nuclear contamination, FDA has increased surveillance of regulated products from Japan.

On March 19, 2011 the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirmed the presence of radioactive iodine contamination in dairy, fresh produce, and infant formula products. Japanese data analyses revealed that the food products measured from March 16-18, 2011 indicated the presence of radioactive iodine was five times the acceptable levels. The elevated levels were identified in products tested in Kawamata Town, Fukushima Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture, areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Though radioactive iodine has a short half-life of about 8 days and decays naturally within a matter of weeks, there is a risk to human health if radioactive iodine in food is absorbed into the human body. If ingested, it can accumulate in and cause damage to the thyroid. Children and young people are particularly at risk of thyroid damage due to the ingestion of radioactive iodine.

On March 21, 2011 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the Governors of the affected prefectures of Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, and Tochigi to stop the distribution of spinach and kakina (a local Japanese vegetable) into the market, and ordered the Governor of Fukushima prefecture to stop the distribution of raw milk.

On March 23, 2011 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of flowerhead brassicas, head leafy vegetables, and non-head leafy vegetables to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on March 21, 2011. The Governor of the Ibaraki prefecture was also ordered to stop the distribution of raw milk and fresh parsley. This means no such products may lawfully be placed in the domestic or export markets.

Review of additional data received after March 23, 2011, indicated vegetables from two additional prefectures contain unsafe levels of Iodine-131. These additional prefectures are Chiba and Saitama. We do not have specific geographical information for the samples found to contain unsafe levels of radionuclides beyond which prefectures they were from. However, the samples were from a variety of vegetables and were taken on different dates. In light of this, and due to the unpredictability of weather patterns and the distribution patterns of any radioactive material that may reach crops and pasture, the entire area of the two prefectures has been included in this Import Alert. In addition, we are including in this Import Alert not just those vegetables found to contain unsafe levels radionuclides, but all milk, milk products, and produce from these prefectures, because there is no known specificity for deposition of radionuclide on certain vegetation but not others.

On April 12, 2011 the Japanese government lifted its restriction from distribution of spinach and kakina from the Gunma prefecture, and kakina from the Tochigi prefecture based on data received. Because this restriction of sale by the Government of Japan has been lifted, detention under section 801(a)(2) is no longer appropriate for spinach and kakina from the Gunma prefecture, and kakina from the Tochigi prefecture.

On April 13, 2011 the Government of Japan ordered the addition of mushrooms to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on March 21, 2011.

On April 10, April 14, and April 17, 2011 the Japanese government lifted its restriction from distribution of milk, kakina, and spinach from the Ibaraki prefecture respectively, based on data received. Because this restriction of sale by the Government of Japan has been lifted, detention under section 801(a)(2) is no longer appropriate for milk, kakina, and spinach from the Ibaraki prefecture.

On April 20, 2011 the Government of Japan ordered the addition of sand lance from Fukushima prefecture to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on March 21, 2011.

On May 9, 2011 FDA reviewed additional data received from the Government of Japan indicating radiation is no longer being detected in food products from the prefectures of Gunma, Chiba, and Saitama. Products from these prefectures are removed from Detention Without Physical Examination.

On June 2, 2011 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of tea leaves to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on from the Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures.

On June 27, 2011 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of tea leaves to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on from the Kanagawa prefecture, and dace, ayu, and Salmon (landlocked) (yamame) from the Fukushima prefecture. On June 30, 2011 and July 4, 2011 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of tea leaves to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on from the Gunma and Chiba prefectures.

From July 19 to August 29, 2011 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of yuzu to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on from the Fukushima prefecture, and beef from the Fukushima, Kanagawa, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, Miyagi, and Iwata prefectures.

From November 7, 2011 to January 16, 2012 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of kiwi fruit, rice, and bear meat, to the group of products previously restricted from distribution into the market on from the Fukushima prefecture, boar meat from the Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi prefectures, shitake mushrooms from the Chiba, Ibaraki, and Miyagi prefectures, brick-cap mushrooms and pholiota nameko from the Tochigi prefecture, and deer meat from the Tochigi prefecture.

From January 17, 2012 to May 31, 2012 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of hatakewasabi, wild Japanese butterbur scape, and common carp (not farm raised) from the Fukushima prefecture; bamboo shoots and log-grown shitake mushrooms from the Tochigi, Ibaraki, Chiba, Miyagi, and Iwate prefectures; boar meat from the Miyagi prefecture; wild Japanese pepper from Tochigi prefecture; Japanese parsley from the Iwata prefecture; eel, rockfish, Nibe croaker, and channel catfish (not farm raised) from the Ibaraki prefecture; panther puffer from the Miyagi prefecture; seabass and olive flounder from the Ibaraki and Miyagi prefectures; Pacific cod from the Miyagi and Iwata prefectures; dace from Gunma, Miyagi, and Iwata prefectures; wild white spotted char (not farm raised) from the Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwata prefectures; crucian carp (not farm raised)from the Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures; land locked salmon from the Fukushima, Gunma, and Miyagi prefectures; pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern) from the Fukushima, Tochigi, and Iwata; koshiabura (wild tree sprout) from the Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, and Iwata prefectures; royal fern from the Fukushima, Tochigi, Miyagi, and Iwata prefectures and wild Arelia root from the Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures.

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From June 1, 2012 to July 10, 2013 the Japanese Prime Minister ordered the addition of the following products to the group of products restricted from distribution into the market:
� wild mushrooms from the Aomori prefecture;

� wild aralia sprout, azuki bean, bamboo shouts, chestnuts, ostrich fern,
soybean, ume, giant butterbur, uwabamisou, Alaska Pollock, barfin flounder, black cow-tongue, black rockfish, braddblotched rockfish, brown hakeling, conger eel, fat greenling, flathead, flathead flounder, fox jacopever, goldeye rockfish, gurnard, halfbeak, black porgy, eel, seabass, littlemounth flounder, long shanny, marbled flounder, nibe croaker, northern sea urchin, ocellate spot skate, olive flounder, pacific cod, panther puffer, poacher, red tongue sole, ridged-eye flounder, rockfish (sebastes cheni), sea raven, shotted halibut, slime flounder, spotted halibut, starspotted smooth-hound, starry flounder, stone flounder, surfperch, venus clam, vermiculated puffer, cooper pheasant, green pheasant, hare, and spot-billed duck from the Fukushima prefecture;

� wild mushrooms, Salmon (landlocked)(excluding farm raised), whitespotted char(excluding farm raised), Bear meat, boar, cooper pheasant and vesison from the Gunma prefecture;

� ocellate spot skate, pacific cod, stone flounder from the Ibaraki prefecture;

� buckwheat, soybean, black porgy, seabass, bear meat, venison, and cooper pheasant from the Iwate prefecture;

� buckwheat, ostrich ferns, rice, soybean, ayu(excluding farm raised), Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised), black porgy, and bear meat from the Miyagi prefecture;

� wild mushrooms from the Nagano prefecture;

� bear meat from the Niigata prefecture;

� wild mushrooms from the Saitama prefecture;

� wild mushrooms from Shizuoka prefectures;

� chestnut, wild ostrich fern, and whitespotted char(excluding farm raised) from the Tochigi prefecture;

� bear meat from the Yamagata prefecture; and

� wild mushrooms from the Yamanashi prefecture.

This means no such products may lawfully be placed in the domestic or export markets.

From June 1, 2012 to July 10, 2013 the Japanese Prime Minister also ordered the removal of the following products from the group of products restricted from distribution into the market:

� Tea leaves from the Chiba, Gumna, Kangawa, and Tochigi prefectures; and

� Pacific cod from the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures.

This means these products may now lawfully be placed in the domestic or export markets.

***

FDA recognizes that the government of Japan is taking steps to address this issue and FDA will continue to provide support to their efforts.

Guidance:
Districts may detain, without physical examination, the specified products from firms in the ***Fukushima, Aomori, Chiba, Gumna, Ibaraki, Iwate, Miyagi, Nagano, Niigata, Saitama Shizuoka, Tochigig, Yamagata and Yamanashi prefectures.***

FDA and the Japanese government will continue to collaborate to ensure products from the affected prefectures do not pose a health risk to U.S. consumers. FDA will continue monitoring the public health risks due to radionuclide contamination, and when appropriate will remove the Import Alert and resume routine coverage of entries.

Questions or issues involving import operations should be addressed to the Division of Import Operations & Policy at 301-796-0356.

For questions or issues concerning science, science policy, sample collection, analysis, preparation, or analytical methodology, contact the Office of Regulatory Science at 301-796-6600.

Product Description:
PRODUCTS:

All specified products from the affected noted prefectures in Japan (see �Charge� section for listing).


PRODUCT CODE:
02A[][]05 Rice, Cultivated, Whole Grain
09[][][][] Milk/Butter/Dried Milk Products
14[][][][] Filled Milk/Imitation Milk Products
16A [][][] Fish, N.E.C.
*** 16E[][]02 Venus Clams
16M[][]11 Sea Urchin/ Uni
17[][][][] Meat, Meat Products, and Poultry
(beef, boar, bear, deer, duck, hare and pheasant products only) ***
20[][][][] Fruit/Fruit Prod
21[][][][] Fruit/Fruit Prod
22[][][][] Fruit/Fruit Prod
24[][][][] Vegetables/Vegetable Prod
25[][][][] Vegetables/Vegetable Prod
31[][][][] Coffee/Tea
40C [][]99 Formula Products (Milk) Baby
40C [][]01 Milk based formula
54E [][][] Herbal Botanical Tea

PROBLEM: Radionuclide Contamination

Charge:
For milk, filled milk, milk-based infant formula, and produce products from the affected prefectures of Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi in Japan:

"The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to Section 801(a)(3) in that it appears to contain a radionuclide, a poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health [Adulteration, Section 402(a)(1)]."
OASIS Charge Code: RADIONUC

AND, for the listed products from the indicated prefectures:

***

AOMORI PREFECTURE:

Wild Mushrooms

CHIBA PREFECTURE:

Shitake mushrooms;
Bamboo shoots;

Common Carp;
Sliver Crucian Carp

Boar

FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE:

Milk;

Wild Aralia Sprout;
Azuki Bean;
Bamboo Shoot;
Non-head type leafy vegetables (i.e. turnip), flower head brassicas (i.e. broccoli and cauliflower);
Head type leafy vegetables (i.e. Spinach, Lettuce, Celery, Cress, Endive, Escarole, Chard, and Collards);
Chestnuts;
Cultivated Wasabi;
Wild Japanese Butterbur Scrape;
Japanese Royal Fern;
Kiwi Fruit;
Koshiabura (wild tree sprout);
Log-grown Shitake mushrooms;
Log-grown Pholiota Nameko (outdoor cultivation)
Wild Mushroom;
Ostrich Fern;
Pteridium Aquilinum (bracken fern);
Rice;
Soybean;
Ume;
Wild Giant Butterbur;
Wild Uwabamisou;
Yuzu Fruit;

Alaska Pollock;
Ayu (excluding farm raised);
Barfin Flounder;
Black cow-tongue;
Black rockfish;
Braddblotched rockfish;
Brown hakeling;
Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised);
Common Carp (excluding farm raised);
Conger Eel;
Crucian Carp (excluding farm raised);
Fat Greenling;
Flathead;
Flathead Flounder;
Fox Jacopever;
Goldeye rockfish;
Gurnard;
Halfbeak;
Black Porgy;
Dace;
Eel;
Sandlance (excluding juvenile);
Seabass;
Littlemounth Flounder;
Long Shanny;
Marbled Flounder;
Nibe Croaker;
Northern Sea Urchin;
Ocellate Spot Skate;
Olive Flounder;
Pacific Cod;
Panther Puffer;
Poacher;
Red Tongue Sole;
Ridged-eye Flounder;
Rockfish (Sebastes cheni);
Sea Raven;
Shotted Halibut;
Slime Flounder;
Spotted Halibut;
Starspotted Smooth-hound;
Starry Flounder;
Stone Flounder;
Surfperch;
Venus Clam;
Vermiculated Puffer;
Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised);

Bear meat;
Beef;
Boar;
Cooper Pheasant;
Green Pheasant;
Hare Meat;
Spot-Billed Duck

GUMNA PREFECTURE:

Wild Mushrooms;

Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised);
Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised);

Bear meat;
Boar;
Copper Pheasant;
Venison;

IBARAKI PREFECTURE:

Log-grown Shitake mushrooms;
Tea leaves;
Bamboo shoots;
Koshiabura (wild tree sprout);


Seabass;
Eel;
Rockfish;
Nibe Croaker;
Ocellate Spot Skate;
Channel Catfish(excluding farm raised);
Olive Flounder;
Pacific Cod;
Stone Flounder;
Sliver Crucian Carp(excluding farm raised);

Boar

IWATE PREFECTURE:

Bamboo shoots;
Log-grown Brick-cap mushrooms (outdoor cultivation)
Log-grown Shitake mushrooms;
Log-grown Pholiota Nameko (outdoor cultivation)
Wild Mushrooms;
Wild Japanese parsley;
Buckwheat;
Royal fern;
Koshiabura (wild tree sprout);
Wild Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern);
Soybean;

Dace;
Black Porgy;
Seabass;
Whitespotted Char(excluding farm raised);

Bear meat;
Beef;
Venison;
Cooper Pheasant

MIYAGI PREFECTURE:

Buckwheat;
Royal Fern;
Bamboo Shouts;
Koshiabura (wild tree sprout);
Ostrich Ferns;
Rice;
Log-grown Shitake mushrooms(outdoor cultivation);
Wild Mushrooms;
Soybean;

Ayu (excluding farm raised);
Salmon (landlocked) (excluding farm raised);
Black Porgy;
Dace;
Seabass;
Olive Flounder:
Panther Puffer;
Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised);

Beef;
Bear Meat;
Boar meat

NAGANO PREFECTURE:

Wild Mushrooms

NIIGATA PREFECTURE:

Bear Meat

SAITAMA PREFECTURE:

Wild Mushrooms

SHIZUOKA PREFECTURE:

Wild Mushrooms

TOCHIGI PREFECTURE:

Wild Aralai Sprouts;
Bamboo Shoots;
Chestnuts;
Wild Japanese Peppers;
Wild Royal Fern;
Koshiabura (wild tree sprout);
Wild Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern);
Wild Ostrich Ferns;
Log-grown Brick-cap mushrooms (outdoor cultivation)
Log-grown Shitake mushrooms;
Log-grown Pholiota Nameko (outdoor cultivation)
Wild Mushrooms;

Whitespotted Char (excluding farm raised);

Beef;
Boar meat;
Venison

YAMAGATA PREFECTURE:

Bear Meat

YAMANASHI PREFECTURE:

Wild Mushrooms
***

�The article is subject to refusal of admission pursuant to Section 801(a)(2) in that it appears to be forbidden or restricted in sale in the country in which it was produced or from which it was exported. [Section 801(a)(2)].�
OASIS Charge Code: FORBIDDEN
Countries

JAPAN
(02 A - - 05) Rice, Cultivated, Whole Grain
(09 - - - --) Milk/Butter/Dried Milk Prod
Desc:Milk /Butter/Dried Milk Products
(14 - - - --) Filled Milk/Imit Milk Prod
Desc:Filled Milk/Imitation Milk Products
(16 A - - --) Fish
(16 E - - 02) Clams
Desc:Venus clams
(16 M - - 11) Sea Urchin, Other Aquatic Species
Desc:Sea Urchin/Uni
(17 - - - --) Meat, Meat Products and Poultry
Desc:beef; boar; bear; deer; duck; hare and pheasant products only
(20 - - - --) Fruit/Fruit Prod
Desc:Fruit/Fruit Prod
(21 - - - --) Fruit/Fruit Prod
Desc:Fruit/Fruit Prod
(22 - - - --) Fruit/Fruit Prod
Desc:Fruit/Fruit Prod
(24 - - - --) Vegetables/Vegetable Products
Desc:Vegetables/Vegetable Prod
(25 - - - --) Vegetables/Vegetable Products
Desc:Vegetables/Vegetable Prod
(31 - - - --) Coffee/Tea
Desc:Coffee/Tea
(40 C - - 01) Milk Base Formula Product (Baby)
Desc:Milk based formula
(40 C - - 99) Formula Products (Baby)
Desc:Formula Products (Milk) Baby
(54 E - - --) Herbal and Botanical
Desc:Herbal Botanical Tea

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