No. 41: EM Technology to Eliminate Foul Odor and Restore Soil Contaminated by Saline, Sludge, and/or Radiation to Health
１ EM Volunteer Work to Eliminate Foul Odor
One month has passed since the occurrence of disastrous earthquake in the northeastern part of Japan. How to use EM in emergency situations of big earthquakes, tsunamis, and radiation exposures was summarized in my message No. 39 entitled "EM Application in the Aftermath of Earthquake". Our experiments on the effectiveness of EM-X Gold to treat caesium-137 internal exposure were reported in No.40 entitled "EM Technology against Radiation Exposures".
Many EM volunteers and those who worried over Fukushima nuclear incident have used EM as instructed in my messages. However, the actions initiated by individuals have been limited to protect his immediate surroundings only.
On the 12th of March, a day after the earthquake and tsunami, I contacted EM volunteers to surmise the conditions of the disaster area if EM was available and ready for use. On the 13th of March, I wrote my message No.39 entitled "EM Application in the Aftermath of Earthquake", which was published on web on the 18th of March. The earthquake caused the delay in publishing on web. By that time, EM volunteers in the disaster area but with only minor damages had already started EM volunteer activities.
Thanks to the EM volunteers, Hachinohe city of Aomori prefecture, almost all areas in Iwate prefecture, and most parts of Miyagi prefecture can now receive EM to eliminate foul odors of toilets and to ensure good sanitary condition. At Yamada town in Iwate, all the evacuation shelters have used EM because the town mayor and some evacuees were knowledgeable EM users. EM has been applied to eliminate foul odor at garbage depositories and sludge covered school grounds, and now EM use is extended to cover the whole community. The news of EM effects at Yamada was spread to Miyako city where the municipality launched on EM application.
EM application also started in Kesen-numa and Ohfunato cities in Miyagi to eliminate foul odor and safely bury putrefying marine products. We could put what we had learned from the similar experience with livestock died of hoof-and-mouth disease in Miyazaki prefecture into practical use here. See the message No.39 for detail.
Fukushima prefecture, due to the incident of the nuclear power plant, is in a situation quite different from Iwate and Miyagi. While the primary concern of the municipalities in Fukushima was the safe evacuation of the ihabitants living close to the nuclear power plant, many EM volunteers such as Eco-Kohriyama started applying EM in the communities where some degree of daily life routines have been restored. Currently, EM Research Organization (EMRO) and EM laboratory supply more than 100ton of EM per month for free. In addition, Iwate Compost at Hanamaki city of Miyagi can provide 200ton of EMA, and Mr. Hirano of SPC Japan at Kurihara city of Miyagi can deliver 10-20ton EMA by a tanker truck upon request.
As mentioned in the message No.39, the organizations that use EM in their works are invited to contact EMRO (Tel: 098-935-0202, Fax: 098-935-0205) and/or NPO United Networks of Earth Environment (U-net for short, Tel: 03-5427-2348, Fax: 03-5427-5890) to learn where and how to receive free EM or EMA to work in the disaster areas and/or where volunteer helpers are needed. Tohoku EM Fukyu-Kyokai and International Nature Farming Research Center (Tel: 0557-85-2001, Fax: 0557-85-3156) are also actively engaged in disaster recovery works.
We identified, through our disaster recovery works, the problem of the accumulated sludge that gives out nauseating smell when disinfectant chemicals are sprayed after removing the sludge and washing the area with water. Spraying 50-100 times diluted EM1 or EMA will not cause such problem but effectively eliminate the foul odors. After removing the debris and sludge in factories, schools, and homes, spraying EM is highly recommended. Spraying several times will eliminate not only foul odors but also suppress harmful microbes and greatly reduce chemical contamination; thereby, shifting the environment toward rejuvenation and preventing machineries and buildings from fast deterioration. I already made a recommendation on this subject in one of my previous messages.
２ Restore Saline and/or Sludge Covered Soil to Health
The traditional methods of restoration require a long time to eliminate saline and restore the soil covered by seawater to health after removing debris and sludge. For the field covered by seawater for a long time, removal of the surface soil and refill by new soil is often recommended. However, EM application will enable to use the nutrients and the minerals of the sludge and the seawater.
Where the ground has sunk, it requires land to be filled so that a proper intake and discharge of water is made available. But where the proper drain is available, EM application in April and May will restore the paddy fields ready for planting in the late May to early June. Many rice farmers have already contacted us to start EM application. I like to introduce some of them.
A farmer in Miyagi prefecture asked, "My paddy field is covered by a mixture of seawater, oil, and sludge due to the tsunami. I know that I need drainage, but it is not working now, and I need to plant rice this season. Please advise me how to use EM in such situation." I introduced him to the sections "2 EM Effects on Chemical and Oil Contamination" and "4 How to Clean Buildings and Soil" of my message No. 39 entitled "EM Effects on the Aftermath of Earthquake". Recommended procedure is to sprinkle 100-200Kg rice bran, spray a mixture of 100L EMA and 5L phototrophic bacteria per 10a land, and plow shallow. If you still smell oil after 1-2 weeks (which I doubt would happen), spray additional 50-100L EMA per 10a. If you still detect oil odor after planting rice seedling, apply additional 50-100L per 10a. (The similar cases in Pakistan indicate that no need for additional application. But additional application would insure better quality of rice.)
He grows rice with EM and knew how to make a large volume of EMA; therefore, my instruction was sufficient. However, I am afraid that the farmers who know nothing about EM do not have enough time to learn EM technology required for growing rice this season.
Approximately 24,000ha was damaged by the tsunami, and individual efforts will not cover the entire territory. A simple way to cover the entire territory is to apply EMA to dams or sluice gates so that EM at the ratio of 1/10,000-1/5,000 will spread to the fields. Several years ago in Thailand, a flood filled Maemaan Lake dam (300 million ton) and its discharge tunnels with sludge, uprooted timber, oil, and chemicals, which generated strong foul odor.
The dam was also in a danger of breaking, but several attempts to remedy the situation had failed. Finally, the Housing Authority of the Ministry of Social Development resorted to a large volume EM application. Approximately 200ton EMA was applied to the sludge that filled the discharge tunnels. After a couple of days, foul odor was eliminated. After a week, the impacted sludge became loose and allowed water to start flowing. In about 2 weeks, the water was flowing smoothly as usual. The discharged water from the dam filled the rice paddies in downstream and provided them with excellent harvest.
EMRO has an agreement with the Ministry of Social Development of Thailand to provide EM technical support and assisted in the cases of natural disasters and for general use. In Japan, we did not have a large scale EM application in the time of natural disaster. However, EM application at Nihonbashi River would give a glimpse to a large scale application as I described in my messages No.15 and No.16.
Application of 10ton EMA/ week to Nihonbashi River for 6 months eliminated foul odor and brought back gobies. After 2 years of EM application, Tokyo Bay tides that flow into the rivers in the southern part of the Port of Tokyo such as Furukawa, Megurokawa, Tachiaikawa, and Donkawa have cleaned the parts that are within the reach of the tides: more varieties and volume of shells and fish are observed. Along the monorail and Odaiba area, sandy bottom of the waterway has emerged when the sludge decreased. It sounds unbelievable, but anyone could notice it when closely observed. Ayu (sweetfish) started to show up in Nihonbashi River in the year following the year of the start of EM application, and salmon were sighted in December last year (2010).
All these were accomplished by EM volunteers. They could apply enough EM and/or EMA to 24,000ha field at the ratio of 1/10,000-1/5,000 if they follow my instruction in my message No.30 entitled, "EM Technology to Control Risks at Affordable Cost". As I mentioned before, EMRO and the EM Laboratory can provide 100-150ton EM1/mo that can easily be activated 10,000 times, i.e., 1-15 million tons of EMA.
EMA can be diluted by 1,000 times to provide 1.5 billion tons, 5,000 times dilution would provide 7.5 billion tons, and 10,000 times dilution would provide 15 billion tons, which will be sufficient to cover 24,000ha and all rice paddies in three affected prefectures. EM applied water of the rice paddies will reduce insect damages and improve yield and quality. The discharge from EM applied rice paddies will affect all waterways and recover rich productive sea as I mentioned in my message No.18 - No.20. You may call it a dream, but EM can make it come true. I am ready to respond any request with a project team comprised of EMRO and volunteers as I did in Miyazaki in the case of hoof-and-mouth disease epidemic.
３ Control Measures for Radio-contaminated Soil
Fukushima nuclear power plant has emitted cesium-137 that has a half-life of 30 years over large territories as in the case of Chernobyl. A common response was, "to remove the contaminated surface soil and wait for radiation to decay" and "not to grow crops in the contaminated soil in order to prevent internal exposure". Putting these ideas into practice, however, requires insurmountable amount of technical efforts and funds. I already presented EM measures to control radiation in my messages No.39 and No.40 based on the EM effects observed in the case of Belarus. No expert will believe the results; however, several kinds of microbes that are radiation resistant have been found. Japan Atomic Energy Agency introduced a case of microbe with radio-durance. As I mentioned in my message No. 25 on the base of EM technology, EM has an ability to nullify such harmful waves as radiation by working as a catalyst or convert them to a source of energy that EM can use. Therefore, repeated EM application is all that is required. Even in the heavily contaminated and restricted area in Belarus, when 50L/10a of EM was sprayed 5-6 times per year, cesium-137 was almost eliminated in a year. You may call it a lie, but all you need is to measure to find out if it is. I have received many inquiries regarding measures to control radiation. My response to one inquiry from a farmer in Ibaragi prefecture is as follows:
"I live within 100km radius of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. If farms and livestock are contaminated, is it possible to decontaminate by EM?" "Yes, as long as you use EM." Because "the experiment conducted in the heavily contaminate field of Belarus that is situated in the downwind of Chernobyl proved that EM grown crops did not take up cesium-137 and strontium 90. Cesium-137 has an insidious property of being mistaken for potassium and easily taken up. However, it was not detected in the harvested crops. Livestock are safe from contamination as long as UM is used. It was proved by an experiment conducted by the Institute of Radiology of NASB with mouse." As I already mentioned in my message No.39, EM power to reduce radiation has been proved by the national research centers in Belarus and Ukraine. It is also reported that phototrophic bacteria have a unique power of binding with highly energized radioactive elements. It can be assumed that phototrophic bacteria in EM consume radioactive elements before they are taken up by crops and/or that phototrophic bacteria converted energy of radioactive elements to their use. Either way, theoretically it is possible to reduce radiation.
The results can be easily obtained within several weeks by spreading rice bran (preferably EM Bokashi) and EM and EM ceramics power if needed over the contaminated field and by making periodic measurement of radiation level. EMRO has volunteered to work for free, and I expect to see trial offers from courageous EM users.