* USEPA detect Los Angeles beta radiation spike in early July air
* Alpha and beta air radiation increases in Santa Monica air
* High radiation in rains across America and Canada
* Hot rains in southern Brazil indicate Fukushima fallout in Southern Hemisphere at high concentrations
* California navel oranges detected with extremely high levels of Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 bought at supermarket in Japan
* California almonds, dried prunes and pistachios test high for Cesium-134 and Cesium-137
* Grass-fed Missouri beef hot with Cs-137 in 2011 before disappearing in 2012 tests
* 2012 test of same beef shows presence of likely Fukushima-originated Cesium-134, Cerium-143, Neptunium-237, Antimony-124, Cobalt-60, Silver-110m, Actinium-228, Barium-140, Strontium-91 and other radionuclides
* Radiation-induced mutations in Japanese insects
* Santa Barbara sunflowers mutations within two miles of Pacific
* Radiation levels in cross-country flights increase 33 percent since December 2011’s high readings of 5 times normal at high altitude
* Jet flight from America to Japan wearing filtered mask once again reads hot in alpha and beta radiation
* Atmospheric aerosol spraying – so-called chemtrails – are “scavenging” Fukushima fallout in otherwise dry areas creating a new mobility mechanism to transport deadly meltdown radionuclides in the troposphere to the Earth’s surface
* Individual’s exposure to Fukushima fallout easily detected in cheap and accurate hair analysis
Radiation captured by HEPA filter air cleaning machines at Radiation Station Santa Monica doubled in a 52-day period ended August 1 over the previous period. The tests were part of EnviroReporter.com‘s ongoing monitoring for Fukushima fallout and ocean-borne contamination in Southern California and across the United States.
Over 2,374 tests since March 15, 2011 have yielded high radiation detections in air, water as well as food and drink. Yet as alarming as many of those tests have been, new information uncovered by EnviroReporter.com strongly suggests that the Fukushima contamination has insinuated itself into the environment and human beings in ways previously not known to the public.
Radionuclides that could have only come from the ongoing triple meltdowns 5,000 miles upwind and up-current in the Pacific Ocean, are making their way into California crops. The fallout continues unabated at extremely high levels in rainfall across North America and now in the Southern Hemisphere.
EnviroReporter.com has discovered that this radiation is likely being induced into falling out from the atmosphere from the thousands of mysterious and officially denied aerosol trails streaked across this and other nations’ skies worldwide. “Fuku-goo” is also falling out due to the growing phenomena of super storms, super tornadoes and megafires that are becoming “the new normal” on a planet that is heating up from human activity.
These new revelations also indicate that more of the affluent strata of society are inadvertently being exposed to the radionuclides belching out of the bowels of the destroyed Japanese reactors due to lifestyle choices unavailable to poorer classes. This is a group role reversal never seen before in history.
Regardless of class, relatively inexpensive tests for radiation contamination do exist that definitely can calculate the exact radionuclides an individual has been exposed to resultant of the meltdowns. These tests could empower people to seize the initiative when it comes to combatting the single greatest environmental disaster — and ecological crime — facing humanity, the triple meltdowns and destroyed spent fuel pools at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-chi complex less than 150 miles away from the largest metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo.
It is a solution as plain as the hair on our heads.
The alpha and beta radiation detected in the HEPA dust filtered out of the air registered 205 percent of normal background radiation which is generally made up of less harmful gamma waves. Further tests revealed a high level of alpha radiation in the aggregate sample which is worrisome because alpha radiation is up to 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous when inhaled or ingested.
While significant in quantity and at a doubling of the level of the previous test period, double background is a far cry from the 746 percent of background tested at EnviroReporter.com‘s Radiation Station Santa Monica California earlier this year. The monitoring station is upwind of much of the Los Angeles Basin and its millionsof inhabitants therefore giving a good indication of what’s blowing into town radiologically.
The high air radiation readings and hot rain measurements in Los Angeles very possibly were the result of the onshore flow infused with high levels of radiation transported from Japan via the Pacific Ocean. While dry weather may keep Fukushima Dai-ichi triple meltdowns ongoing fallout at bay in Southern California, hot sprinkles have reinforced the grim reality that the challenges of this uncontrolled disaster still exist.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s RadNet beta monitoring station at a secret location in Los Angeles showed marked jumps in this dangerous form of radiation from June 27 to July 10. Five of those days saw the beta spike to four times background. The California Highway Patrol considers something registering over three times background to be possible hazardous material. This threshold triggers a Haz Mat situation.
A freak tropical rainstorm pelted Simi Valley forty miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles with moisture clocking in at exactly four times background at Radiation Station Simi Valley. “There was some tropical moisture that rolled through overnight,” said Rich Cusano. “Not a big rainstorm – just a few instances that lasted only a few minutes each time. There was plenty of rain water accumulated for me to take a paper towel sample from a table in my backyard. Very elevated readings.”
Lucky for Cusano and the rest of Southern California, these rain events are not the norm. Fukushima fallout in the prevailing west to east jet stream across the Pacific usually blows north of the region. But blistering from an historic drought, a storm drenched the Midwest and Eastern Seaboard throughout the first week of August. It brought radiation and plenty of it.
Regular EnviroReporter.com contributor Potrblog north of St. Louis Missouri measured rain from a thunderstorm front rolling through the state August 4 that topped 11 times background. Four days later a sizzling storm over 91 times background rolled across the land. This was the third highest rain radiation reading Potrblog had taken since the March 11, 2011 Fukushima meltdowns began.
EnviroReporter.com cannot confirm any of Potrblog’s tests but has confidence in them due to his extended track record of videotaped tests on his site. The man’s chosen anonymity, he says, comes from death threats due to his Fukushima contamination detection work, threats he has shown to this reporter confirming his story. The need for being anonymous by numerous individuals testing for fallout or just commenting on it speaks volumes about a culture that would rather bury it’s collective head in the sand when it comes to Fukushima fallout – not that it will do them any good.
That same August 4 storm that deluged St. Louis also slammed into John Grayovski’s Radiation Station Harrisburg North Carolina with rain radiation 825 percent of normal. Grayovki’s area was on the fringes of the jet stream while Potrblog’s region sat directly under it as the weather front moved up through the Northeast and into Canada. This could account for the highest radiation being detected north of St. Louis.
Twelve storms in Harrisburg have registered hot since March 22 alone with the latest one coming in at over 10 times background August 15. A July 20 thunderstorm rained down water hotter than anything Grayovski has seen so far this summer – 367.4 counts per minute on his Inspector Alert nuclear radiation monitor — over 12 times background.
Eastern Ontario Canada resident Ray Masalas measured hot rain in the afternoon of July 31 coming at a whopping 13 times background. At 4pm it was even hotter coming in at 18 times normal across the most populous province of nation. “We had some rain here in eastern Ontario today,” Masalas wrote EnviroReporter.com “Probably better off with the drought, eh? lol. Ok, two tests after two showers of my down spout. Both broke my previous high mark for rads. I’d say it’s getting worse.”
If reports from Marsala’s YouTube friends are any measure, it is not only getting worse but spreading far south into the Southern Hemisphere where it was hoped that Fukushima fallout wouldn’t reach for at least two years from the beginning of the meltdown – half a year from now. Those hopes were dashed when rain radiation in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul tested dozens of times background.
Encantado is a city of over 20,000 and is nowhere near a nuclear power plant or uranium mine which, if it were, could account for the high readings, according to Marsala’s Brazilian friend Sam who has a Soek nuclear radiation monitor. Heavy rain and lightning swept through Encantado the night of July 28 which was hotter than anything Sam had measured before. Calculating a background of 0.29 microseiverts per hour, Sam measured rain at the base of a gutter that came in blazing hot at 14 mcSv/hr or over 48 times background.
Judging from the YouTube film, if the detector Sam used hadn’t been in a plastic bag, it would have also picked up any alpha radiation in addition to the beta ionization that set his Geiger counter off beeping and flashing furiously. What Sam was picking up was strong beta emissions suggesting Cesium-134 and Cesium-137, two of the most deadly radionuclides to blow out of the destroyed reactors.
This strongly suggests that Southern Brazil, and the Southern Hemisphere, are getting walloped by Fukushima fallout on an unprecedented scale. There is no logical other choice as a source for that large an amount of radiation. Cold War fallout and radon progeny washout couldn’t produce numbers that high.
This isn’t altogether surprising as hot rain hit Brisbane Australia January 8 and hit it hard. From 6:30pm to 9:45pm, ambient air readings surged to 8 times background even with a surface wind of 20 miles per hour to disperse the radioactive air. The detection was made within two miles of the ocean.
That Fukushima contamination is spreading to the Southern Hemisphere is as tragic as it was inevitable. It removes that lingering hope that fleeing to live south of the Equator was a panacea for people fleeing Northern Hemisphere fallout where Japan is located on the globe. It also removes automatically assuming that food products from the Southern Hemisphere are completely radiation risk free.
Just as we’ve discovered hot Japanese tea, sake, seaweed and other products from that nation being sold in Los Angeles stores, a Japanese group has found high levels of Fukushima contamination in California oranges, dried prunes, almonds and pistachios, and Florida grapefruit.
In an April 4, 2012 test in Tokyo the levels in a California navel orange including its juice exceeded U.S. EPA limits for beta emitters like cesium-134 (Cs-134) and cesium-137 (Cs-137) in drinking water of 3 picocuries per liter (pCi/l) by over 8 times. The two deadly radionuclides combined for a total of 26.19 picocuries per kilogram (pCi/kg) which is equivalent in mass to a liter or the equivalent 26.19 pCi/l for the orange and its watery contents if measured to a liquid standard.
Though part liquid, the navel orange was tested as a solid with 0.047 Bequerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) of Cs-134 and 0.049 Bq/kq of Cs-137. Both radionuclides are ferocious beta emitters with Cs-137’s half-life of 30.17 years and Cs-134’s 2.07 years. The Cs-134 short half-life makes it a signature radionuclide pointing to Fukushima as its source with absolute certainty because no other place on the planet is churning out the isotope other than the pulverized reactor complex on Japan’s Pacific coast.
Cesium-137’s medium-lived half-life means that it could conceivably be a rare high Cold War era Cs-137 detection from above-ground nuclear tests, however unlikely. Cs-137 was one of the radionuclides blasted into the stratosphere during the explosions from atomic and hydrogen bomb tests from 1945 to 1980. It still falls from the stratosphere through to the lower troposphere. The two cesium isotopes detected together and at about the same amount mean one thing in this case: made in Japan.
By way of comparison, the California orange readings measured equivalently as a liquid are about as high as the last milk sampling results released January 14 by the University of California Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. The department measured homogenized milk from the San Francisco Bay Area with an expiration date of December 29, 2011. The results were Cs-134 at 0.068 Bq/l and Cs-137 at 0.052 Bq/l.
SecurityTokyo.com operates its own lab which is equipped with a state of the art isotopic identifier that detects radionuclides at levels far more sensitive than most radiological spectrometers. When asked what model of machine the group used to measure the radioactive California almonds, Security Tokyo’s Akane Yamamoto told EnviroReporter.com that it was a Germanium detector by Canberra which is highly respected in the rarefied world of isotopic identifiers. Units can cost tens of thousands of dollars and demand rigorous maintenance and expert operation.
Identifying isotopes is one of the most reliable methods in determining radioactive contamination’s origin. While some the most virulent radionuclides unleashed from the multiple meltdowns in Japan, like leukemia-causing Cs-137, are also in the environment on a far lesser scale from above ground atomic and hydrogen bomb tests from 1945 to 1980.
Cesium-137 with its 30.17-year half-life is one of the two main medium-lived fission products that has escaped from Fukushima on a scale that dwarfs Chernobyl along with strontium-90. Sr-90’s half-life is 28.8 years. While the strong beta indications picked up by EPA, journalist and citizen-led radiation stations across the country strongly suggest Fukushima contamination, even after taking into account local background radiation, radon progeny, location, geology and altitude; nothing proves the contamination like a short-lived radionuclide like Cs-134.
Cesium-134’s half-life is 2.07 years making it a fast decaying isotope that, if detected, could have only come from the bowels of the blown apart reactors and teetering spent fuel ponds a strong earthquake away from catastrophic collapse and the total irradiating of northern Japan.
Utilizing the Canberra Germanium detector, Security Tokyo tested a California naval orange that yielded 12.69 pCi/g of Cs-134 and 13.23 pCi/g of Cs-137. Measured as mass-equivalent liquids, each one of these cancer-causing radioisotopes is four times the EPA’s maximum contaminant level for drinking water on its own let alone added together.
Not only are these staggeringly high detections, they are radionuclides that wouldn’t be present in California oranges at any level in the first place before Fukushima even with minute amounts of Cs-137 still falling out from the Cold War.
Judging from the time of year the orange was purchased at a Tokyo supermarket, and by the photo of the fruit, the tested citrus was a navel orange which is available from December through May in California. Security Tokyo also tested the entire fruit which contains a high amount of water in the orange juice. Water acts as an inhibitor to detecting radiation which suggests that the dried content would have tested hotter.
Citrus is big business in California“California is the number-one economic citrus state in the nation, ranking first in the U.S. in terms of economic value and second (after Florida) in terms of production,” according to the Visalia California-based Citrus Research Board. “California produces approximately 80 percent of the nation’s fresh fruit citrus and is the country’s main source (80 percent) of fresh-market oranges (Florida grows oranges mainly for juice). California also supplies 87 percent of the nation’s lemons.”
The high level of Cs-134 and Cs-137 in the navel orange tested by Security Tokyo is most concerning considering the huge navel orange crop in California and its reputation as a premier fruit across the county and world. Citrus-producing giant Sunkist touts the variety saying it is “Considered the world’s finest orange for eating, navels are seedless, and they peel and segment easily.”
The USDA Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook reported a huge crop of navel oranges in the 2010 to 2011 season with 48 million boxes weighing 1,920,000 tons being picked in the Golden State worth $547,200,000. The overall California citrus harvest projected for the 2011 to 2012 season is down 8 percent with the navel crop expected to drop to 1.76 million tons.
Ironically, though in keeping with the geographical spread of Fukushima meltdowns contamination on the prevailing west-to-east air and ocean currents, Mandarin oranges grown in the Nagasaki Prefecture in southern Japan and tested by the Security Tokyo on February 14 came in negative for Iodine-131 as well as for the two cesium isotopes. Yet citrus registering Fukushima contamination has been found from California to Florida.
Five days after Security Tokyo’s California navel orange test, the group put a Florida grapefruit peel, also purchased from a Tokyo supermarket, to the test. The April 9 test results were also troubling: the grapefruit peel tested positive for 0.14 Bq/kg for Cs-137 which is considered one of the most dangerous radionuclides steaming out of the destroyed Fukushima reactors for the last year and a half. The only bright spot in the test was that Iodine-131 and Cesium-134 were not detected.
Florida’s grapefruits mostly end up as concentrate for juice which Americans consume on a per capita basis around 0.21 gallons per year out of the 64.7 million gallons produced in the 2011 to 2012 season. The 2010 to 2011 season saw 19,750,000 boxes of Florida grapefruits, weighing 840,000 tons, picked worth $211,698,666 according to the USDA report.
Oranges weren’t the only hot California fruit tested by Security Tokyo. Last month, dried prunes (or plums) produced in 2011 came in positive for both Cs-134, at 0.08 Bq/kg, and Cs-137 at 0.11 Bq/kg. The fruit’s expiration date for the sample was January 2013 as stamped on the package.
This disturbing finding has worldwide implications as California produces 99 percent of the country’s dehydrated plum supply and 60 percent of what is consumed worldwide according to the California Dried Plum Board. The French prune variety makes up 97 percent of the 55,000 acres devoted to growing the crop in California. The estimated 2010 crop of 126,637 tons was worth nearly $150 million according to calculations derived from the board’s tonnage estimate and the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) crop price estimate.
Last year a new ad campaign nationwide touted dried prunes as “The Sensational Superfruit” for its heart and bone health benefits as well as being tasty and effective aperients. Cesium-134 and Cs-137 cause blood and bone cancers including leukemia.
Unfortunately, mutation-inducing radionuclides have also been found in California nuts confirming that Fukushima radiation has further penetrated the Golden State’s soil and food supply. A July 2012 Security Tokyo test of California raw almonds found nearly as much of the two isotopes as was detected in the dried prunes: Cs-134 at 0.07 Bq/kg and Cs-137 at 0.10 Bq/kg for a total almond cesium total count of 0.17 Bequerels per kilogram.
NASS’ California’s 2011 to 2012 forecast for the upcoming almond harvest is 2 billion pounds, slightly less than 2011’s record-breaking haul of 2.03 billion pounds. The overall acreage devoted to almond-growing in the state increased 3 percent to 780,000 during the latest season with 2,560 pounds of the nut produced per acre of trees. The “value of production” of the wholesale crop was estimated to be $3,605,060,000.
Hot water in California nuts has California nuts in hot water. Much of hot water comes from the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range down an extensive network of streams, rivers, aqueducts and water canals in addition to the 20 inches of rain a year that California’s Central Valley receives.
The verdant valley grows a full quarter of the nation’s food and is home to about one-sixth of the irrigated land in country. The fertile Central Valley, stretching north and south for hundreds of miles ranging in width from 40 to 60 miles, is America’s primary source for tomatoes, grapes, cotton, apricots, asparagus and numerous other crops, all of which use the same water that has impacted the state’s agricultural products that came in hot when sampled and analyzed in Japan.
Security Tokyo is not the only company testing California food. “American Pistachio Nuts” were tested August 11 by the Maruetsu supermarket chain in Japan as part of radiation monitoring. The 200-store chain makes results available to the public in a laudable company practice rarely if ever seen in the United States.
The franchise operates throughout metropolitan Tokyo, the largest metropolitan area in the world with as many as 35 million people living within 150 to 200 miles of the Fukushima Dai-ichi multiple meltdowns site..
American pistachios are grown in California which has become second only to Iran in production of the tree nut. Shelled pistachios in the state’s 2012 harvest account for 117,240,000 pounds, a 14.5 percent increase from 2011. About half the yield from California’s 150,000 acres of pistachio groves is exported worldwide.
Incredibly, the tree nuts Maruetsu tested came back positive for Cesium-137 with the reading of 9.54 Bq/kg or 258.54 pCi/kg. That’s 68 times higher than the amount of Cs-137 found in the California orange and 95 times more than for the raw almonds that Security Tokyo tested.
This detection far exceeds any other known Cs-137 reading in a California food product including the positive Cs-137 hits that U.C. Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering had found in strawberries, kale, arugula as well as topsoils throughout the state in 2011.
The highest hit the school detected was in spinach from a Bay Area organic farm purchased April 7, 2011, three weeks after the triple meltdowns began. The spinach reading, 1.14 Bq/kg of Cs-137 along with 0.89 Bq/kg of Cs-134 and 2.50 Bq/kg of short-lived and deadly Iodine-131 caused quite a stir, so much so that the nuclear department claimed that a person would have to eat 888 pounds of the tainted spinach to be exposed to the equivalent radiation on a roundtrip flight from San Francisco to Washington D.C..
The Berkeley Radiological Air and Water Monitoring Team (BRAWM) team has repeatedly characterized the threat of ingesting manmade isotopes like I-131, Cs-134 and Cs-137 plaguing California food in terms of relative dose received on jet flights across country. Unsound science trumpeted by scientists who should know better has concerned Fukushima fallout watchers because it gives people a false sense of security.
No one knows this more so than Dr. Wladimir Wertelecki, a geneticist and professor who chaired the Medical Genetics Department at the University of South Alabama from 1974 to 2010. Wertelecki told the Press-Register of Mobile July 16 that the threat of Fukushima was ongoing with inhalation or ingestion dangers making it, over time, a worse disaster than even the impact of the atomic bombs that leveled Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.
The doctor, who compared eating a Fukushima-contaminated mushroom with getting hundreds of chest x-rays worth of radiation, is not alone in acknowledging the dangers of the most fearsome isotopes on the planet getting into millions of people’s bodies. Wertelecki’s concerns are also reflected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which doesn’t compare intake of radiation to a plane trip.
“Exposure by the ingestion pathway occurs when someone swallows radioactive materials,” says the EPA. “Alpha and beta emitting radionuclides are of most concern for ingested radioactive materials. They release large amounts of energy directly to tissue, causing DNA and other cell damage. Ingested radionuclides can expose the entire digestive system. Some radionuclides can also be absorbed and expose the kidneys and other organs, as well as the bones.”
“Maruetsu wants to feed you” says the Japanese supermarket giant’s website, the same laudable company that shared its lab results showing the California pistachios with the astonishing amounts of Cesium-137. And, according to Japanese rules, Maruetsu is well within limits to sell the toasty nuts to the Japanese public because the 9.54 Bq/kg is well under the 100 Bq/kg of cesium that is considered safe for food consumption in that Far Eastern country. This comes from a recent decision to lower the acceptable level of beta-emitting goo in food from 500 Bq/kg to a fifth that.
Contradictorily, before the Fukushima disaster, 100 Bq/kg of cesium or more was considered nuclear waste in Japan and had to be disposed of in special containers and monitored. Now, in a frenzy of radioactive rubble incineration the length and breadth of the island that is sowing national discord, the Japanese have raised the level to 8,000 Bq/kg before material is considered hot.
Japanese standards vary wildly with American ones. The U.S. EPA drinking water standard for beta emitters like Cs-134 and Cs-137 is 3 picocuries per liter (pCi/l) while the Japanese one is 271 pCi/l, over 90 times higher. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s picocurie limit for milk is 4,700 pCi/l while the Japanese one is 1,355 pCi/l.
In the United States, it is federal government policy that drinking milk is allowed 1,567 times more radioactive beta radiation than drinking water’s 3 pCi/l standard. Indeed, the FDA’s “Level of Concern” trigger for combined concentrations of Cs-134 and Cs-137 is 10,027 pCi/kg which translates to 3,342 times its equivalent mass in water.
All in all, these latest readings impact the California oranges, dried prunes, almonds and pistachio industries with a combined annual wholesale worth around $4.5 billion annually.
Testing data released by Potrblog August 23 is the first to document Fukushima radiation detected in Missouri beef, an industry that adds $1.5 billion annually to that state’s economy according to the Missouri Beef Council. The Show Me State ranks second in the nation with the number of beef cows with 2.161 million. Missouri has 4.45 million total cattle, the sixth most in America spread out over 68,000 farms with an average beef cow herd of 36.
It was on one of these grass-fed cattle farms that Potrblog obtained 2011 and 2012 beef samples to test. Both sets of Missouri beef samples registered hot for Fukushima radiation. The grass-fed beef, Potrblog said, should register lower than corn-fed beef in radiation according to Cold War tests. That said, the 2011 sample tested high in Cesium-137 but, thankfully, the Cs-137 was not detectable in the 2012 sample.
The beef Potrblog had tested for professional gamma spectrometry, Strontium and Plutonium testing was from beef cattle on clay-like fourche silt loam soil on 3 to 8 percent slopes, meaning that the land was well drained and, according to Potrblog, less bio-available for Cesium-137 to soak into the ground and up into the grass. The cattle were watered by well water and not surface sources that could be susceptible to Fukushima fallout in the rain.
Though the Cs-137 disappeared from the 2012 sample, other radionuclides found strongly suggest the continued and increasing presence of Fukushima meltdowns radionuclides. 2012 test of same farm’s beef shows presence of Cesium-134, Cerium-143, Neptunium-237, Antimony-124, Cobalt-60, Silver-110m, Actinium-228, Barium-140, Strontium-91 and other radionuclides.
Fukushima contamination goes beyond nuking the food chain; it is beginning to show signs of species mutation in Japan and very possibly California. Mutations represent a dire threat to humanity, flora, fauna and the environment. Radiation-induced mutations increase generationally beyond the tragic consequences of fatal radiation-induced cancers as shown from studies of the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown and the partial meltdown of the Sodium Reactor Experiment 35 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles in 1959.
Mutations destroy the very DNA of our world’s living things and progressively get worse over successive generations. But unlike air, water and food radiation contamination, mutations can be seen which is most effective in convincing Fukushima meltdown deniers of the breadth of the threat that the unleashed radionuclides pose.
Japan has begun to see mutants in plant and insects. A June 20 post from a Japanese Geiger counter group reported extraordinary findings in tests where silkworms were experimentally hatched in the dirt of a Katsushika garden in a ward of greater Tokyo, home to half a million people. What they got were Godzilla silkworms grown in soil 118 miles from Fukushima Dai-ichi.
Using soil measured at 4,780 Bq/kg in the Tokyo suburb garden, it was not surprising that the silkworms mutated. Nearly 95 percent of the silkworms died in hatching but the 10 percent that survived were 10 times bigger than normal.
Japanese silkworms are hearty creatures with shells so hard, according to the study, that boiling them in hydrochloric acid for five minutes won’t faze them, let alone kill them. This indicates that external pollutants can’t penetrate a silkworm’s shell making them impervious to any mutagenic-causing chemicals. Radiation is a different matter altogether because it can radiate through the shell and transform the silkworms’ DNA. This causes mutations.
Just over a week ago in late August, the first peer-reviewed study showing mutations caused by the meltdowns contamination of Fukushima was released by the University of Ryukyus in Japan. Researchers found that the common pale glass blue butterfly captured near the plant had stunted wings, malformed antennae and legs with eyes dented inwards.
While not noted in the press, the volunteers who captured enough of these creatures to have a scientifically-supportable cohort were bravely chasing butterflies in the most radioactive disaster zone on the planet to accomplish this task. These people were and are heroes for exhibiting courage above and beyond the call of most people’s duty and, in this case, for the sake of sound science.
Even after that ordeal, more horrors awaited when the team when the insects were transported to a lab at the university on Okinawa Island in the south of Japan far removed from Fukushima. The mutation rate of the butterflies was 12% in the first generation hatched in Okinawa and then 18% in the second generation hatched in the lab. The third generation had an astounding 34% mutation rate.
The mutations may not be confined to Japan.
EnviroReporter.com’s reporting that Pacific Ocean-borne radioactive goo from Fukushima could end up in sea spray impacting as far as 200 miles inland with “buckeyballs” was a revelation to many Californians living on the coast [See Beta Watch, February 20, 2012]. Fifteen Bluefin tuna fish caught by sports fishermen in San Diego in August 2011 showed indisputable signs of radiation contamination emanating from the Fukushima meltdowns.
Chantal is one of those folks concerned by Fuku-goo being the reason her sunflowers are mutated this year. Chantal has been a fish wholesaler along the coast north Santa Barbara since 2003 dealing in East Coast lobsters, local rock crab, and local black cod down. “I own a seafood business,” Chantal said via email. “I know, not the best, given the current situation but I’ve done it for 23 years and I’ll hang in there [until] we see what happens.”
“Evidently the reports on Bluefin have hindered sales at the local fish suppliers,” Chantal said in another email. “I’ve never bought or sold Bluefin,but I talked to some people who do and they are not selling much.”
“I would like to know how the local fish, that are not migrating, are reading,” Chantal wrote. “This would tell if any radiation is in our waters.”
Since 2009 Chantal has maintained a robust garden with her boyfriend in their home three miles from the ocean in Goleta. This year, the sunflowers mutated. “This is [our] third season in this garden,” Chantal told EnviroReporter.com. “Never had any other deformities. The growth this year is very very poor.”
The California sunflowers are uniformly mutated, some with triple heads growing out of normally one flower, buds emerging out of the back of buds and multiple heads developing upside down underneath the main upper flower head, also mutated.
“[T]hey are quite disturbing,” Chantal said. “My boyfriend is the one who does most of the gardening. One evening he picked some sunflowers, and brought them in. On inspection, a cold chill ran down my back as my first thoughts were radiation. I went out to the garden to inspect the other flowers and found most of them deformed. Then I started investigating how radiation affects flowers. Next, I went to EnviroReporter.com and contacted you. I listen to you on Rense, so I knew you would be the right person to share this with.”
HOT AEROSOL TRAILS
Places as arid as Lake Havasu City, Arizona on the California border regularly get ‘cloud cover’ from vapor trails left by jets according to B.J., a resident of the city of 52,000 on the Colorado famous for its fresh clear air and the London Bridge spanning the Colorado River. The aerosol thick atmosphere that has cut views in the last few years isn’t London fog assured B.J. “I have so many chemtrail photos, you would not believe some of them,” said B.J in an e-mail. “When people say they don’t see them, they might as well say they don’t have eyes!”
B.J. moved to Lake Havasu in 1979 and became a snowbird from Pennsylvania enjoying Arizona’s clean clear air and mild temperatures. She had noticed an occasional aerosol trail in her old photos but the spraying began in earnest in October 2010. “I sat next to the window with my coffee on my day off one morning and saw them going at low altitude going back and forth,” B.J. wrote. “I said to myself ‘that’s those chemtrails people keep talking about’! And I’ve been taking pictures of them ever since. They even sprayed on Christmas and New Year’s Day!”
B.J.’s fascination slowly turned to irritation as the gas descending on the town was affecting her health. Now she’s a prisoner in her own home because of the aerosol spraying that continues in the desert where the hazy aerosol slowly descends over the desert limiting visibility in what had just recently been ‘clear as a bell’ weather under bright blue skies.
Independent investigative journalist Michael J. Murphy of Los Angeles has investigated aerosol trails, more accurately according to Murphy ‘chemtrails’ in his “What in the World Are They Spraying?” film. Murphy’s top-notch journalistic standards and strength of production result in a powerhouse production that begs the question; ‘If the spraying was a good thing, why don’t they tell us what’s in the spray and what’s it for?’
Traveling the globe to find answers, the short answer Murphy discovered is aluminum and barium-based aerosols, two toxic heavy metal particularly dangerous when sprayed thousands of feet above millions of people’s heads. Murphy’s film contains evidence indicating some kind of gigantic weather manipulation is taking place. That would be of small consequence to the millions of farmers suffering through the historic drought of 2012 and who deride the idea that chemtrails are used as a rain enhancer.
Murphy found that chemtrails were dominated by aluminum nanoparticles, perhaps sprayed in some unproven attempt to cool off the planet by reflecting light back into space. This aluminum has been found in the snows of Northern California where there has been intense spraying.
The investigative journalist interviewed Dane Wigington, a solar power expert who owns 20 acres overlooking Mt. Shasta who has watched his view slowly disappear due to the spraying. “You see even to ground level the clarity drops off significantly,” Wigington told Murphy while the camera rolls capturing his perspective. “We don’t see that except for the days we have these long lingering trails that spread and cover the whole sky.”
“You can see these trails dropping vertically like a veil,” Wigington continued. “You assume the particulates are descending and we have the tests to prove that we are being inundated with levels of aluminum in particulates that are literally tens of thousands of times what would already be considered high. We’re not talking about exposure to a slight percentage higher of these toxic materials. We’re talking about quantities, for example, off the side of Mt. Shasta. That’s a landmark in California considered to be a pristine water source. A snow sample off the side of Mt. Shasta tested 61,000 parts per billion [of aluminum].”
In the same test, barium registered 83 parts per billion (ppb) and strontium 383 ppb. Wigington tested his own lined pond that was fed by clean well water and the amount of aluminum was up from air deposition by 50,000% in five years.
This is happening in arid environments too. Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson said in the film from her Show Low, Arizona home that “The incidence of Alzheimer’s has skyrocketed. I think that it has to do with the accumulation of aluminum in the cells.”
In the film, Johnson produced a July 21, 2009 Phoenix air quality report showing 39,000 ppb aluminum when it should be 2 ppb as well as having high barium. “There is a mountain of toxic material falling on us,” said Johnson. “Period.”
Evidence uncovered by EnviroReporter.com strongly suggests that these aerosol trails – chemtrails – are “scavenging” deadly Fukushima radionuclides as they settle to earth.
Radioactive contamination steaming out the destroyed reactors up into the air, that doesn’t get rained out in storms across the Pacific and North America, stays suspended for a time in the troposphere, the lowest part of the atmosphere. This floating radiation is ripe for chemtrail molecules’ “accumulation mode” in which numerous smaller particles stick to a larger particle until there are so many Fukushima radionuclides stuck to the conglomerated particle that it floats down from the sky.
Whatever the reason for the massive spraying of aerosols in the atmosphere, be they made of aluminum, barium or some other exotic blend of heavy metals or chemicals, these plainly visible gas trails and their resultant cloud cover may be inadvertently nuking us. Fukushima radiation coming down in chemtrail fallout is a situation that even the faceless people behind the spraying in the first place may not be aware of.
According to a 2007 University of Tennessee Department of Nuclear Engineering health physics report, “radioactive particulate matter is carried in air within dust particles.” Once a particle or aerosol is suspended in the air at any elevation it can be removed, altered or destroyed but can’t remain in the atmosphere indefinitely, according to Dr. James Dorsey of the University of Manchester where Dorsey earned a PhD in Atmospheric Physics in 2002. “Clearly the lifetime of any particular particle depends on its size and location,” Dorsey wrote. “Larger aerosol settle out of the atmosphere very quickly under gravity, and some surfaces are more efficient at capturing aerosol than others.”
Aerosols come from being ejected into the atmosphere, like Fukushima Dai-ichi’s continued gas escape of radioactive gas from the destroyed reactors, which joins other “primary aerosols” like volcanic emissions, sea spray, and wind-blown dust. “Secondary aerosols” form as atmospheric gases react and condense and by gas-to-particle conversion as vapors cool. Rainout occurs when an aerosol acts like nuclei for cloud droplets to form around and fall from the sky. Washout indicates an aerosol being knocked out of the sky by a preformed water droplet.
Both rainouts and washouts cleanse the troposphere of significant amounts of Fukushima radiation. The radiation doesn’t disappear, however, and exists as long as its half-life dictates, a half-life being the amount of time it takes for the radionuclide’s mass (weight) to decrease by half. After ten half-lives, a radionuclide’s mass has essentially been reduced to nothing from ionization.
In dry environments, where very small radioactive particles have no effective path to deposition over land or water bodies, nanoparticles join together in a process known as coagulation. These tiny particles, smaller than 100 nanometers, collide into each other due to forces that include electrostatic attraction, phoretic effects like that of heavier particles on lighter ones and transport of a particle due to temperature gradients where the particle moves from a high temperature to a low one. There is also Brownian diffusion which is the effect of thermal random motion on these particles.
Though complicated, these methods are how particles combine and fall to earth. Indeed, the drier the environment, the easier it is for particles to stick together because they don’t have to ‘squeeze’ the water molecules out first to join together. “In the kinetic regime, coagulation is always enhanced due to the absence of viscous forces,” according to Dorsey. That means Fukushima fallout would better bind with spewing aerosol trails better in drier climes like the desert than wet ones.
The actual method of dispersing the aerosols into the atmosphere by jet nozzles also helps the process – the gas literally smacks into the Fukushima fallout and binds to it. “Coagulation is also enhanced in shearing or turbulent flows, as these induce fast relative particle motion,” wrote Dorsey.
Radioactive particulate matter that exploded out of Fukushima the day of the meltdowns and still escaping quickly dispersed over the entire Northern Hemisphere according to an October 20, 2011 study led by the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) in Kjeller, Norway. The report, Xenon-133 and caesium-137 releases into the atmosphere from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant: determination of the source term, atmospheric dispersion, and deposition, relied on confidential Japanese measurements of Cesium-137 deposition in Japan in 46 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
“The plume was also dispersed quickly over the entire Northern Hemisphere, first reaching North America on 15 March,” the report said. (EnviroReporter.com began its 24/7 online Radiation Station Santa Monica the same day.) The study estimated that 19 percent of the total fallout from the disaster’s first five weeks until April 20, 2011 landed on Japan, 79 percent on the Pacific Ocean and “only 2 percent of the total fallout were deposited on land areas other than Japan.”
Unsound science undoes much of the good work of comprehensive studies with a bias and this report is no exception. Conceptually, it isn’t too hard to figure out that is impossible to estimate these amounts when the meltdowns are ongoing, the melted cores call “corium” unaccounted for and rarely discussed by the reactor owners and Japanese government, and hundreds of thousands of tons of radioactive rubble are being incinerated all over Japan to get rid of the stuff causing a second huge source of emissions. There is no way to quantify that other than to say it is an astronomical amount of goo.
But even mistakes don’t render this report entirely unusable. It reveals that the entire Xenon-133 inventory of radiation was released during the meltdowns, an amount 2.5 times the Xe-133 spewed into the Ukrainian countryside by the Chernobyl meltdown of 1986. Even though the study relied on the June 2011 Japanese government report that first admitted there were three total meltdowns, a report that subsequently was found to have grossly underestimated radiation escaping Fukushima, the NILU study found that at least 42 percent of the amount of Cesium-137 that blew out of Chernobyl had already escaped the Japanese reactor complex hard on the Pacific Ocean. Clearly by now, much more Cs-137 has come out of the battered Fukushima Dai-ichi complex.
The report said that even with the heavy “scavenging” of Cs-137 by precipitation, the airborne goo had made its way to the Southern Hemisphere. The main brunt was and continues to be north of the Equator. “A first radionuclide cloud ahead of the main plume was transported quickly across the North Pacific at low altitudes in a steady westerly flow and arrived in western North America on 15 March,” the study said. “The main plume was at that time still far from the coast… south of 40 [degrees north], the plume was transported near the surface, while further north it had been lifted to the middle and upper troposphere.”
The troposphere is the Earth’s lowest part of the atmosphere and contains 80 percent of the entire atmosphere’s weight, or mass, and 99 percent of its aerosols and water vapor. What goes up in the troposphere must come down, and fairly quickly, which seems to contradict continued small amounts of radioactive fallout released from the 521 above ground nuclear bomb detonations that took place from 1945 to 1980. Much of that radiation, however, was literally blown into the stratosphere where it still comes down from today. The Fukushima radiation plume, even on the first day of the meltdowns and the explosion of several reactors, did not get propelled into the stratosphere which did, however, limit its vertical height.
A 1989 EPA radiation risk assessment report showed that “[R]adionuclides, released in the form of particulates or gases, form a plume that disperses down wind. These radionuclides in the air can directly affect people in two ways: through external dose caused by photon exposure from the plume, or through internal dose resulting from radionuclide inhalation. As the airborne radionuclides move from the point of release, they (especially those in particulate form) deposit on ground surfaces and vegetation as a result of dry deposition and precipitation scavenging. Photon radiation from the radionuclides deposited on the ground contributes to the external doses. Finally, small fractions of the radionuclides deposited on plant surfaces and agricultural land enter the food chains, concentrating in produce and in animal products such as milk and meat. Consumption of contaminated foodstuff then contributes to the internal doses of radiation to individuals.”
While the EPA summation is accurate and its information may seem obvious to experienced fallout experts, aerosol trails streaked across the skies certainly weren’t taken into consideration because they didn’t exist in the multitudes that they have from at least the mid-1990s. The term “chemtrail” was first coined by journalist William Thomas in 1997. Nevertheless, what the extensive EPA analysis confirmed was that radionuclides like Cesium-137 released like those that have been from Fukushima Dai-ichi behave in identifiable patterns.
“As radionuclides in the plume are dispersed, their activity is depleted by dry deposition and precipitation scavenging,” the study noted. “Depletion due to deposition generally does not cause more than half of the released activity to be removed at a distance of 80 [kilometers]. Depletion by precipitation scavenging occurs only during periods of precipitation.”
Nevertheless, there are other ways to get the Fuku-goo cloud to fallout. A new NILU study adds cloud scavenging and dry deposition to the mechanics of getting goo to ground. The Norwegian team worked with the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna, Austria to produce a May 14 report for the European Geosciences Union called Atmospheric removal times of the aerosol-bound radionuclides 137Cs and 131I during the months after the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident – a constraint for air quality and climate models.
Though once again hampered by mistakes and misassumptions, the report is certainly useful. It shows how Fukushima Cesium-137 in the troposphere is captured and coagulated in “accumulation-mode” before falling out. “Caesium-137 (137Cs) and iodine-131 (131I) are radionuclides of particular concern during nuclear accidents, because they are emitted in large amounts and are of significant health impact,” the study reported. “137Cs and 131I attach to the ambient accumulation-mode (AM) aerosols and share their fate as the aerosols are removed from the atmosphere by scavenging within clouds, precipitation and dry deposition.”
The May 14 NILU study found “For the emissions from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident in March 2011, there is direct evidence that the 137Cs was attached to aerosols in the size range 0.1–2 μm [micrometer – 1 millionth of a meter] diameter,” and that “Once attached, 137Cs shares the fate of these aerosols, which grow by coagulation with other particles during transport … and are removed by wet and dry deposition. Thus, the removal rates of 137Cs should be representative for the AM aerosols in general.”
The study’s modeling, while wanting, relied on an impressive set of data from 60 particulate monitoring stations worldwide that delivered data to the International Data Centre of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria. The radiations stations have high-volume aerosol samplers that test 20,000 cubic meters of air over a 24 hour period collecting particulate matter. High-resolution germanium detectors (of the sort that EnviroReporter.com is seeking to obtain for Radiation Station Santa Monica) then identify the radionuclides present at even low concentrations.
While NILU examined both Iodine-131 and Cesium-137, the former has a half-life of 8.02 days and, absent continuing nuclear fission at the meltdowns site which is still a constant threat, has effectively ionized itself out of existence. The Cs-137 is an entirely different matter since it stays in the environment for centuries and has entered the food chain as previously reported in this article. “[Cesium-137] is released both as gas and in particulate form,” the study said. “The gaseous release fraction is typically as high as the particulate fraction. During transport, there is an exchange between the gas and particle phases.”
Using co-located measurements for radionuclides, NILU determined that the removal times for Cs-137 from the atmosphere range from 8.8 to 18.1 days, more than enough time for it to travel to North America and beyond.
“The aerosol lifetimes vary regionally and are generally longest in dry or cold regions” the report stated which is bad news in the usually dry areas of the West and Southwest United States like, for example, Death Valley. With the advent of aerosol spraying in the national park as witnessed by this reporter and his editor (and wife), barriers to the Fukushima goo-laden jet stream moisture needed previously to create fallout through wet deposition have been inadvertently overcome as chemtrails scavenge the Cs-137 creating fallout in these arid regions. EnviroReporter.com has seen these aerosol trails spread out in Death Valley and create the sort of bluish haze one associates with the polluted climes of Southern California.
Plus, the longer the Cs-137 can literally hang around the worse it is because it can concentrate further in a stationary high-pressure zone upping the possibility of being scavenged by an aerosol trail and any resultant man-made cloud particulates. NILU does admit Fukushima Cesium-137 hang time could be longer. “[T]he comparison between our results and modeled aerosol lifetimes may still indicate that the lifetimes in the aerosol models are too short,” the report concluded. “Our results are highly sensitive to possible late emissions of radionuclides. However, there is no evidence for such late emissions, neither in our data nor in the existing literature on the FD-NPP accident.”
Clearly the NILU is wrong: Fukushima Dai-ichi has been spewing Cesium-137, and all sorts of other radioactive goo, since March 11, 2011 and has not let up as thousands of radiation tests, many by EnviroReporter.com, illustrate.
RESUSPENSION OF RADIOACTIVE DUST AND SEA SPRAY
Another factor adding to the figure of the final disposition of the deposition of this isotopic Pandora’s Box of poisons pouring out of the wrecked reactors is the mechanism of resuspension. NILU is correct in pointing out that resuspension of radionuclides is a major factor in keeping Fukushima meltdowns readings in the atmosphere high.
That resuspension is caused by dust storms, millions of vehicles driving over dirt roads and soot-laden asphalt, as well as violent ocean storms which suck increasingly Cs-137-impacted sea spray into the troposphere. Climate change has also introduced more frequent ‘super storms’ that scavenge even more Fukushima radioactive particulates, tens of thousands of which can coagulate onto a single accumulation-mode aerosol, than normal storms because of their sheer size.
Gigantic tornadoes, like the catastrophic EF5 multiple-vortex super tornado that leveled Joplin Missouri May 22, 2011 have the capability of scavenging already airborne Fukushima goo to rain down on its path of destruction but also, with a width in excess of a mile, could resuspend tons of already Cs-137-impacted dirt, debris and dust only to bring it on down again in rain. The Joplin super tornado’s total track length was over 22 miles long with 200 miles per hour winds peaking at up to 250 mph as it stormed across the land killing 158 people and destroying $2.8 billion worth of property.
This lethal ‘two-fer’ combination is joined by another phenomenon related to global warming and a failed forest fire policy: Megafires. The National Forest Service calls these gigantic fires “the new normal” according to a five-part National Public Radio series aired this month. One of the NPR programs focused on the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico.
The “Land of Enchantment” has seen numerous fires in the forest since 1996 but last year’s Las Conchas fire burned through all the records since the state had started collecting them. Over 150,000 acres of grassland and Ponderosa pine forest were incinerated, an area over twice the size of Manhattan.
“The heat of the fire creates a convection column,” scientist Craig Allen told NPR. “They look like an atom bomb going off, actually. They go up until they hit the stratosphere layer, often, and flatten out anvil-shaped like that. That convection, as hot air rises — it’s pulling in at the surface more oxygen, which is feeding the fire.”
The fire’s hot air and smoke was also was pulling in Fukushima fallout because of the extreme heights the inferno’s conflagration. That sent smoke, ash and soot falling out over several western states through dry deposition. This kind of deposition of airborne goo goes on in a much less violent but certainly just as dangerous method though the fallout of grime from air pollution in regions like Southern California and the Central Valley.
The breadth of the Fukushima fallout across the entire globe is easily on a scale that almost defies imagination. Indeed, even with multiple examples of how these phenomena occur as outlined in this article, most people choose to ignore this fateful global catastrophe. It is a more comfortable existence not demanding answers to even one of the more infuriating mysteries touched upon in this exposé – the chemical composition and reason for spraying aerosol gases in the atmosphere which EnviroReporter.com has indicated may be a mechanism capturing and depositing Cs-137 and other cancer-causing and mutation-inducing goo upon the land and water.
BUNCHES OF HUNCHES
Informed hunches led to this discovery, hunches informed by knowledge garnered since we began intensive environmental reporting in 1998. Another critical aspect of these observations is where this reporter spent much of his youth, growing up in Cape Canaveral mere miles from the Kennedy Space Center as well as Patrick Air Force Base. That’s where my father first worked on the telemetry of spacecraft so he could compute the trajectory and burn rate. Later on “Pops” focused on billion-dollar spy satellites where he led teams in charge of major parts of the satellite control software. Much of what my father did was top secret and some of it unknown even to his family.
Watching innumerable missile launches from the cape, and witnessing their rocket engine plumes, it was obvious to this future investigative journalist that the smoke was from the fuel which, as later study as an adult revealed, included perchlorate and compounds like benzene, methyl crotonate, toluene, and cyanobenzene. Even a kid watching the jets take off from Patrick AFB and streak over the Atlantic could see that classic vapor trails of jets quickly dissipate never leaving long smoky chemtrails in the sky that would not disappear.
This reporter’s hunch is now that it’s clear that these numerous pathways for Fukushima radiation exist, some people might just look at those unnatural streaks of smoke in the sky a little more critically. This article might encourage people to choose food to eat and liquids to drink that haven’t been tested to be hot from Fuku-goo. This work might focus folks’ attention much more seriously on the threat of this huge amount of Fukushima radiation on not just causing a plethora of painful cancers 5 to 20 years from now but also inducing species-obliterating mutations. Yet the vast majority of people who have the intelligence and motivation to absorb this information will still be confused, if not more disheartened, by the proliferating environmental holocaust caused by Fukushima Dai-ichi’s meltdowns and dismiss it as not possibly impacting them.
Generally, environmental disasters affect the poor in society the most but that may not be the case with the Fukushima Dai-ichi calamity. People with money take more jet trips, the vast majority of them clueless about the severity of airborne jet cabin radiation caused by the meltdowns or how to mitigate exposure. The affluent in America and other Pacific Rim nations live in expensive abodes abutting the ocean which makes them the most vulnerable to oncoming and growing threat of radioactive “buckeyballs.” In California, in particular, well off folks indulge in sushi and other high risk foods from the Pacific and Central Valley under the assumption that there is no threat of all considering the U.S. government shut down Fukushima-specific radiation testing over a year ago.
In short, most middle and upper class Americans haven’t the foggiest notion that they are being nuked by Fuku-goo simply because they haven’t been informed of the phenomena or because they buy the malarkey fed to them by most mainstream media and nuclear power-lobbied elected officials. These individuals live in a world of indifference when it comes to the slow but sure poisoning of the planet by the meltdowns.
Awareness of this terminal threat is not helped by academia abusing its station. U.C. Berkeley seems to have taken the lead in this kind of dangerous denial designed to dumb down the populace. One of the most egregious examples of this was recently published in the Wall Street Journal where a Berkeley physics professor, Dr. Richard Muller, lamented how the “virtues” of nuclear power industry were besmirched by those pesky meltdowns.
“In hindsight, it is hard to resist the conclusion that the policies enacted in the wake of the disaster in Japan—particularly the long-term evacuation of large areas and the virtual termination of the Japanese nuclear power industry—were expressions of panic,” Muller wrote. “I would go further and suggest that these well-intended measures did far more harm than good, not least in limiting the prospects of a source of energy that is safe, abundant and (as compared with its rivals) relatively benign for the environmental health of our planet… the great tragedy of the Fukushima accident is that Japan shut down all its nuclear reactors. Even though officials have now turned two back on, the hardships and economic disruptions induced by this policy will be enormous and will dwarf any danger from the reactors themselves.”
Muller and U.C. Berkeley’s BRAWM team’s arrogance and smug indifference to the suffering of millions of Japanese is truly mind-boggling but not surprising. Since 1998, this reporter has witnessed all sorts of meltdown denials about reactors in this country and abroad. What sets this recent round of pro-nuclear Fukushima flogging is that in the face of the world’s worst single environmental disaster, “scientists” at the teat of the nuclear industry, which is propped up by American taxpayers to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, have used this tragedy to justify the very uncontrollable and planet-destroying energy system that caused the meltdowns in the first place.
These shameful academic ivory tower antics are dangerous on many levels, not the least of which is lulling otherwise intelligent citizens into dismissing the danger by believing these billion dollar boobs.
But what if people could know not just what radiological contamination is in their environment and food supply but in themselves? Would they sit up and take notice and actually demand answers to the questions posed by this investigation? Would they look at the goo in themselves and take a more jaundiced view of pro-nuclear power hooey?
My hunch is yes.
That ability to see if Fuku-goo has gotten into a person exists which brings me to the last hunch this reporter has had while crafting this piece. It occurred to me while looking at Denise Anne and her magnificent mane: hair analysis. A gal of Croat and Lithuanian stock, Denise Anne possesses a crown of curls. She obliged my request to measure a few strands that when pulled out straight measures around 20 inches or 50 centimeters (cm).
Caucasian hair grows at about 1.2 cm a month meaning that my bride has about 42 months’ worth of chemical and radiological history tied up in her tresses. Fukushima Dai-ichi’s descent into radioactive hell began less than 16 months ago. Asian hair grows a little faster at 1.3 cm a month while African hair a little slower at 0.9 cm a month.
If pollutants like heavy metals and radiation have been inhaled or ingested by a person, it will be in his or her hair. Tests for radionuclides in hair are comparatively inexpensive usually costing around $200 for a procedure no more painful than plucking a hair from the nape of the neck. The longer the better. If a human being has some of the shorter-lived Fukushima radionuclides in his or her hair that could only come from the ongoing meltdowns, like Cesium-134 or Iodine-131, it would be safe to say that that individual has been nuked by Fukushima.
Whether breathed in from aerosol spraying, eaten in an orange, swallowed as grapefruit juice, chewed as beef steak or inhaled or ingested in any number of ways, a positive detection of Fuku-goo in a person would not only reveal their exposure to the contamination, it would give that soul the power to do something about it instead of just wondering.
They could take action against the perpetrators of the worst single environmental disaster in human history. And they could conceivably make it stick in the appropriate forum. Of course, EnviroReporter.com will want to see your test results.
“But even the very hairs on your head are all numbered,” according to Luke 12:7 in the King James Bible, Cambridge Edition, “Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
Whether people outraged over the continuing crime against humanity and the environment choose not to be sparrows will be decided by whether they continue to bury their heads in the sand like the ostrich supposedly does. Indeed, ostriches do not do any such thing. Nor will informed and intelligent men and women once fully aware of the many ways Fukushima Dai-ichi radiation is ruining their world, their food and possibly their bodies.