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Radiation Conversation II continues EnviroReporter.com’s thousands of comments, including our own, on issues that readers care about most. Over three million folks have visited EnviroReporter.com and its streaming 24-7 Radiation Station Santa Monica in just the last three years alone. The ongoing triple meltdowns at Fukushima, Japan along with issues like the astronomically polluted Santa Susana Field Laboratory, neighboring Runkle Canyon, the vulnerable state of America’s nuclear reactors to terrorism especially the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and radiation discovered and exposed across America are just some of the subjects EnviroReporter.com, and you, cover and discuss like nowhere else. The legacy of award-winning excellence in environmental investigative journalism, and your reaction to it and other issues, make Radiation Conversation II the Internet’s most valuable web resource of its kind.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft EPA “Protective Action Guide” (PAG), posted on its website April 15, allows hundreds to thousands of times more radiation in disasters than the agency had previously allowed. Americans have until Monday, July 15 to even though the EPA made the new PAG effective immediately. According to EPA’s own data, the new PAGs will result in exponentially higher radiation-induced fatal cancers than the current goal of one in ten thousand to one in a million Americans. In various exposure scenarios listed in the report, depending on which radionuclide, the resultant cancer rates would claim several out of ten, one in eight, one in six – even as low as one in 1.7.
NATIONWIDE RADIATION REPORT
2014/10/01 at 1:00 am
40 out of 124 beta monitors are functional as of this date out of the 124 areas covered, the same number as last month but with a changing line-up: station stoppage combined with station start-up. Several significant beta stations have gone offline while a couple of crucial ones are sputtering [...]
Hundreds of food and drink radiation tests from ten countries are conducted and compiled by Radiation Station Sunshine Coast Australia’s Peter Daley. This is the single most comprehensive collection of samples and results in English that exist. Radiation Food Lab shows what’s hot and what’s not in this growing and dynamic study of consumables possible impacted by fallout from the ongoing triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan.
October 3, 2014: EnviroReporter.com reaches more than 6,488 special tests and original reports including 2,442 measurements from nine affiliated Radiation Stations and 4,046 samples and radiation experiments from Radiation Station Santa Monica California. EnviroReporter.com has over 1,780,223 readers and more than 1,568,868 viewers along with the 19,857 people that have seen Radiation Station Glendale California‘s [...]
Topping EnviroReporter.com‘s last radiation readings of HEPA filter dust in the western Los Angeles Basin, a 40-day accumulation of dust and debris by three HEPA filter machines at Radiation Station Santa Monica yields the highest air rad readings we’ve taken yet: 7.46 times normal. The California Highway Patrol considers anything 3 times normal radiologically to be a hazmat situation making this detection doubly dangerous.
EnviroReporter.com journeys back to the same Japanese store in Los Angeles to purchase the same brand and make of Nori seaweed it had bought last August. The green sheets of seaweed, prized for its nutty, crispy flavor by hipsters and locals alike, comes in at double background radiation, with a substantial part of that ionization coming from alpha radiation which is 60 to 1,000 times more dangerous than beta and gamma radiation because of its lethality if ingested or inhaled. The eight-month old Nori seaweed bought last year still radiates far above background but loses some of its punch strongly suggesting the presence of medium and long-lived radionuclides like cesium-137 and the lethal brew captured in uranium-60 “buckyballs.” Worse still is the fact that the gelling substances in seaweed, 90% of which is grown in the Far East, are used in toothpaste, milk shakes, beer, desserts and all manner of food and drink products that are made with alginate and carrageenan. Hot seaweed sold in 49 Japanese and Japanese-American stores in Southern California as well as over 900 stores.
EnviroReporter.com‘s Radiation Station continues to operate uninterrupted 24/7 since it began operation on the Ides of March, four days after the March 11, 2011 triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors complex in Japan.
These graphs by Radiation Station graph artist Dale Ramicone give an excellent idea of the range radiation readings we’ve taken [...]
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KTLA News – March 16, 2011
KTLA News breaks the story of Radiation Station and creates special link on the television station’s website to hook people up 24/7 coverage of radiation readings in the Los Angeles Basin. Over 1,279,831 have done just that as of May 17, 2011.
We’ve conducted thousands of radiation readings of air, water, rain, food, drink and other media since Radiation Station went online March 15, 2011. We have tested numerous items, substances and sites to determine if Fukushima fallout has impacted them. Those special in-situ multi-media tests, many with video documentation, will continue to be posted here regularly [...]
As the world lurches to a precipice with the multiple meltdowns at Fukushima, thousands of Americans are frantic to find the truth about the disaster. Nearly 700,000 have come to EnviroReporter.com‘s Radiation Station in just a week to watch live Los Angeles basin readings and exchange information sparked by an impending disaster.
Over 1,377,064 people have visited Radiation Station as of September 23, 2011 – and that’s just the live stream alone. Many have questions. Here are a number of the most common queries with our responses trying to simplify complicated issues and concepts.
Watch a streaming webcam shot of EnviroReporter.com‘s Radiation Station picking up radiation in the Los Angeles Basin. If fallout from the Japanese Fukushima partial nuclear meltdowns and fires makes its way on the jet stream across the Pacific Ocean into Southern California, you will find out about it on the ground in the Los Angeles Basin at this monitoring site.
EnviroReporter.com‘s “Radiation Station” will go online tomorrow. We will be able to show, in live time, just what the radiation readings are in Santa Monica which will give some indication of what the Los Angeles Basin is going to be exposed to since Santa Monica is upwind of most of the basin.
Thirteen radionuclides involved: iodine-131, zinc-65, strontium-85, calcium-47, gold-198, iodine-125, cobalt-60, technetium 99m, copper-67, manganese-54, xenon 133, indium-113m and fluorine-18
UCLA-1. Early Experimental Imaging of the Thyroid Gland Using Iodine 131
IN 1951, the University of California, Los Angeles conducted a series of tests on humans to study the uptake of radioiodine into the thyroid gland. [...]
Failure to harden electrical structures and spent nuclear fuel storage leaves U.S., global population vulnerable to solar or terrorist induced apocalypse. NASA’s recent revelation that Earth missed being clobbered by an electric grid-crashing coronal mass ejection, or CME, in 2012 by less than a week reveals an infrastructural catastrophe few think about. EnviroReporter.com exposes how such an event, with 12 percent odds of happening in the next ten years, would cause hundreds of meltdowns and even more spent nuclear fuel fires that would eventually kill all mammals on the planet, including humans. Yet for the price of a pizza per American, the grid could be bulletproofed in the U.S. yet the threat to the world’s nuclear infrastructure would remain with no political will to do anything about it even with new threats like ISIS looming.
Multiple hazardous readings of suspected Fukushima radiation have been detected in air, rain, snow, and surf in California and across the nation. The high radioactivity findings came during tests of air across America, Pacific Ocean surf south of San Francisco and Santa Cruz, rain in Death Valley and nearby Las Vegas, and in the soil of California’s marijuana-growing heartland in Humboldt County. American media has reacted to these latest radiation revelations by issuing a barrage of poorly written screeds designed to discredit the people doing the actual detection work abandoned by the government in late 2011.
The softest targets are nuclear reactor spent fuel rods in cooling pools with dry casked radioactive spent fuel rods a not too close second. Nuclear reactors themselves are heavily fortified concrete enclosures and would require much heavier weaponry to successfully attack than the soft sites analyzed in this series.
What San Onofre lacks in an effective defensive posture to successfully fend off terrorist attacks could be made right by use of the neighboring thousands of Marines on duty just down the Old Highway 101 road that runs along the eastern wall of SONGS between it and the San Diego Freeway. Unlike any other reactor and spent fuel pool complex in the country, San Onofre sits on Marine Corps land with 100,000 people on the base during daytime including 19,000 members of the First Marines Expeditionary Force. I MEF is made up of the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and the 1st Marine Logistics Group.
According to a June 27 report from Friends of the Earth (FOE) on SONGS’ “lethal legacy,” the last 44 years of energy production at San Onofre have left nearly 1,100 tons of extremely radioactive spent fuel rods overcrowded in pools designed only to hold them for 5 to 7 years. Other estimates of the total amount of hot rods at the site range from 1,400 to 1,800 tons according to several credible sources.
Should a pool be cracked by an earthquake or lose power to circulate the hot pools, the water would drain or evaporate away and the heat of the extremely radioactive rods could ignite a blaze. Not just any blaze. A spent fuel pond fire would be nearly impossible to extinguish and, according to a 2007 Nuclear Regulatory Commission disaster scenario involving SONGS’ pools on fire, everyone within ten miles of San Onofre would get a fatal dose of radiation.
Team EnviroReporter does what the Canadian government refuses to do: test the country’s milk for the fission-product radionuclide Strontium 90. Not only are the test results shocking – the radiation regulatory system maintained by Canada is practically non-existent even as the triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan continue unabated and the Sea of Goo from the March 11, 2011 tsunami slowly makes its way to British Columbia shores.
2012 was a banner year for EnviroReporter.com’s in-depth investigations of Fukushima, Rocketdyne, Runkle Canyon, fracking, perchlorate and a host of controversial environmental issues. New Media technology helped propel site’s coverage to new levels of investigative journalism excellence as scandal after scandal are exposed by the multi-award winning news website.
TeamEnviroReporter debuts Rad News Digest II with new top-down article aggregation of the best stories on radiation-related news anywhere. Rad News Digest I, spanning from March 11, 2011, the day the triple Fukushima meltdowns began and ran through December 1, 2012. has documented thousands of the most important and compelling articles, reports, photographs, videos and podcasts on radiation in the news. Now both Rad News Digest I & II are here together. Hot News. Real Hot News.
Internet forums are strange places – virtual clubs where unseen individuals share information and opinions freely, passionately, and quite often, anonymously. Some give their real names and identifiers, others use nicknames or handles.
Anonymity on the internet can serve an important purpose – for example, victims of domestic violence in an online support group, individuals [...]
High alpha and beta air readings are the least of Southern California’s worries with new evidence of Fukushima meltdowns contamination in California oranges, dried plums, almonds and pistachios. Florida grapefruits and Missouri beef also impacted by Fuku-goo. Radiation-induced mutations in Japanese insects cause concern over mutated Santa Barbara sunflowers as radiation in jet plane cabins goes up. EnviroReporter.com
Government turns a blind eye as fallout from Fukushima heads our way
By Michael Collins
Pasadena Weekly – July 5, 2012
Millions of Southern Californians and tourists seek the region’s famous beaches to cool off in the sea breeze and frolic in the surf. Those iconic breezes, however, may be delivering something hotter than the white sands along [...]