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NATIONWIDE RADIATION REPORT

2015/02/02 at 12:01 am

High radiation detected in L.A. rain

The system that brought hot rain to Southern California January 30, covered in High radiation detected in L.A. rain, chugged east through the American southwest and southeastward over Mexico.

Dale Ramicone of Radiation Station Glendale California had virtually the same amount of beta-emitting radiation in his rain sample, 3.2 times background coming in at 121.2 Counts Per Minute (CPM) that we did at Radiation Station Santa Monica California. Our results were 3.3 times background at 131.7 CPM.

We noticed several interesting phenomena with the storm’s advance over Arizona. During the rains, beta radiation levels in Phoenix and Tuscon actually went down. This may be due to the fact that the storm system could have washed out the high airborne radiation while it was raining. The EPA RadNet stations are air sensors, after all, and seemed to pick up less beta during the precipitation.

The object of our attention is beta radiation. Once again, several significant beta stations have gone offline while a couple of crucial ones are sputtering to life.

Readings of 100 CPM or more indicate significant beta radiation activity. Three times background readings could mean a hazardous situation exists and protocols discussed and reported on in EnviroReporter.com since March 11, 2011 should be noted. See that below the tilde symbol (~) before some rad readings means mathematically approximate.

Since November 23, 2014 (below in archives), Montgomery AL hit ~170 CPM December 16 but has settled down around 50 CPM in the last few days; Anchorage AK also hit a four month high reaching ~165 CPM December 13 which is the first time it has reached that dubious milestone since EnviroReporter.com began tracking its beta radiation totals in this increasingly active area; Fairbanks AK also hit a four-month high inching past the previous ~245 CPM October 31, topping ~255 CPM Christmas Day 2014; Phoenix AZ in the Grand Canyon State is getting hammered with beta rads and hit a four-month high November 27 with ~735 CPM; Tuscon AZ, which nearly topped 450 CPM October 31 also hit the beta jackpot November 27 with a solid 700 CPM in an area where folks move to breath the clean and dry desert air; Little Rock AR has been settling down and hovered just under 100 CPM February 1; Fort Smith AR hit 250 CPM December 1; Anaheim CA‘s beta graph started working August 7 then went dead completely August 15, and now has been back since November 25 showing three 300 CPM days in this latest period; Fresno CA smashed through previous highs hitting ~970 CPM November 11 and then the graph died December 2 leaving a huge hole in California airborne beta monitoring; Bakersfield CA has gone off the charts – in excess of 1,000 CPM – half a dozen times in early to mid-November, and then blazed though 1,000 CPM again in this latest period seven times; Los Angeles CA’s beta graph stopped in March 2014 but the gamma seemed quite jumpy in late December through mid-January 2015. A January 10 RSSMC triple HEPA filter debris test found hot dust coming in at 10.1 times background; Riverside CA‘s graph gave out September 15 after repeatedly slamming through the ‘Oh NO!’ threshold of 250 CPM and has stayed out leaving Southern California in the dark about a basic need-to-know environmental concern; San Bernardino County CA hit a four month high of ~345 CPM January 21; San Diego no longer has a working beta graph because it died January 15 after months of erratic fits and starts; Hartford CT is back to humming along at low numbers with ~22 CPM February 1; Washington DC was just ~35 CPM yesterday but hit 150 CPM twice December 17 and 26; still not one beta monitor out of five works in Florida which is why EnviroReporter.com editor Denise Anne Duffield and I don’t buy Sunshine State citrus; Augusta GA no longer has a working beta graph in a very active environment, unfortunately, giving out August 25, 2014 never to return; Ft. Wayne IN has exceeded 200 CPM twice for this reporting period which is actually an improvement; Baton Rouge LA‘s four-month high was hit November 10-11 with ~290 CPM but it has settled down registering ~35 CPM February 1; Orono ME is the farthest functioning beta station away from the triple meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan, and this lovely town has the lowest readings sometimes down into the single digits for days at a time; Baltimore MD’s beta and gamma graphs are now ‘on’ and functioning properly which is great news and shows that the New Year is getting busy with four days over 100 CPM; Worcester MA blew through ~320 CPM September 28 and has spiked three times in November over 200 CPM and then its beta station died December 9 and then briefly be reborn Christmas Day only to die, for good, the next day; Grand Rapids MI got up to ~315 CPM December 1; St. Paul MN was blowing through 300-350 CPM regularly before its beta station died October 16 not to return in a place where beta has soared since the triple meltdowns began according EnviroReporter.com’s extensive archive of beta readings for this important upper Midwest center; St. Louis tested ~310 CPM December 16, a four month high; Lincoln NE hit a four-month high January 3 soaring to ~460 CPM; Concord NH hit ~195 CPM December 17; Albuquerque NM also hit a four-month high December 17 with a whopping ~860 CPM; Buffalo NY tested at ~210 CPM November 18 and jumped around going over 100 CPM half a dozen times in the latest period; New York City NY is not functioning as it hasn’t for years but its gamma gross count is sort of jumping around like LA’s gamma is – just one difference, NYC’s gamma is much more active which is one thing New Yorkers can brag about: they’re hotter than Los Angelenos; Syracuse NY showed ~160 CPM November 26 and then the beta graph died December 1; Charlotte NC topped 220 CPM Christmas Eve bringing with it the gift of a four month high though the graph died January 13 so who knows now; Raleigh NC hit ~170 CPM July 24 and cut out and still hasn’t come back on, a real loss in the South but we do have Radiation Station Harrisburg North Carolina for occasional rain radiation tests including one November 17 which showed hot rain radiating at 9.9 times background; holy Toledo OH was ~210 CPM December 17; Corvalis OR is trending higher in 2015 with ~205 CPM January 9Pittsburgh PA was ~215 CPM December 16; Puerto Rico‘s beta graph doesn’t work but the gamma remains low and steady; Amarillo TX hit 1,000 CPM January 7 and 15 at one of the hottest sites in the country for reasons not fully understood; Dallas TX goes Texas-big topping 350 CPM twice in the period before the monitor mysteriously began registering in the single digits January 20 until now; Ft. Worth hit a four month high with 360 CPM January 20; Salt Lake City UT’s beta station is still down since a huge beta increase over 200 CPM in early May 2014 and remains offline in a state that could use the now-available Mitt Romney’s guiding hand to get that beta station up and atom; and Madison WI hit a four-month high November 25 charting ~460 CPM and was only ~40 CPM February 1.

EPA RadNet beta and gamma graphs by state updated daily

Alabama Kentucky North Dakota
Alaska Louisiana Ohio
Arizona Maine Oklahoma
Arkansas Maryland Oregon
California Massachusetts Pennsylvania
Colorado Michigan Puerto Rico
Connecticut Minnesota Rhode Island
Delaware Mississippi South Dakota
District of Columbia Missouri Tennessee
Florida Montana Texas
Georgia Nebraska Utah
Hawaii Nevada Vermont
Idaho New Hampshire Virginia
Illinois New Jersey Washington
Indiana New Mexico West Virginia
Iowa New York Wisconsin
Kansas North Carolina

FUNCTIONING BETA STATIONS
There are 124 EPA RadNet stations across America monitoring gross beta and gamma radiation. The following numbers are how many of the beta stations are online at these 124 locations.

March 18, 2015 – 35
March 11, 2015 – 33
February 1, 2015 – 35
January 31, 2015 – 35
January 30, 2015 – 34
January 14, 2015 – 37
December 27, 2014 – 37
December 17, 2014 – 36
December 10, 2014 – 37
December 2, 2014 – 31
November 23, 2014 – 39
October 1, 2014 – 40
September 1, 2014 – 40
August 6, 2014 – 44
July 28, 2014 – 43
July 21, 2014 – 42
July 14, 2014 – 44
July 7, 2014 – 39
June 30, 2014 – 42
June 19, 2014 – 40
June 2, 2014 – 44
May 5, 2014 – 42
April 13, 2014: 46
January 19, 2014 – 42
July 9, 2013 – 60

EnviroReporter.com thanks the volunteers that run these USEPA RadNet radiation stations. We only hope that the beta stations were all operable as beta-emitting radionuclides are the ones of concern continuously gushing into the Pacific Ocean in Fukushima Japan. Also of concern is the radioactive air from the burning of radioactive rubble throughout the country as well as the re-suspension of radiation already released from the triple meltdown that began March 11, 2011.

The EPA RadNet system is run by volunteers according to the US EPA’s “Day in the Life of a Rad Sample.” EnviroReporter.com will continue to monitor RadNet to make it possible for the public and government to have quick and easy access to this important data.
EPA RadNet unit can detect gamma and beta radiation

ARCHIVED RADIATION REPORTS

2014/11/23 at 5:40 pm

Nov 23 2014 Bakersfield RadNet

Only 39 out of 124 USEPA beta monitors are functional as of this date. That is success rate of just 31.5 percent for America’s front line defense against airborne beta radiation like cesium-134 & 137, strontium-90 and plutonium-239. The failure of this taxpayer-funded program to maintain anything near a success rate approaching acceptable is extraordinary. Nevertheless, these radiation stations are invaluable, producing the best data in the United States.

Manmade beta emitters, the kind of radiation pouring out of the ongoing triple meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi, Japan, are the most dangerous to the health and genetic integrity of flora and fauna in both sea and on land. That includes humans. That’s what these stations are monitoring for, stations that by in large have operating gamma radiation sensors which are far less effective in detecting the kind of radiation we’re looking for.

Again, several significant beta stations have gone offline while a couple of crucial ones are sputtering to life. There have been a number of startling developments since our last report, some of which have been also detected by the Nuclear Emergency Tracing Centre and reported by Peter Dailey who also runs Radiation Food Lab and Radiation Station Sunshine Coast Australia.

Readings of 100 CPM or more indicate significant beta radiation activity. Three times background readings could mean a hazardous situation exists and protocols discussed and reported on in EnviroReporter.com since March 11, 2011 should be noted. See that below the tilde symbol (~) before some rad readings means mathematically approximate.

Since October 1, 2014 (below in archives), Montgomery AL hit a four-month high reaching 400 CPM October 17; Anchorage AK also hit a four month high reaching 100 CPM November 1 which is the first time it has reached that dubious milestone since EnviroReporter.com began tracking its beta radiation totals; Fairbanks AK hit a four-month high smashing through the previous ~190 CPM September 28, topping ~245 CPM October 31; Phoenix AZ blew through its previous ~210 CPM four-month high hitting over 650 CPM November 23 in a state where most voters probably would support funding these radiation stations that bring the harsh, and hot, reality home that the Grand Canyon State is getting hammered with beta rads; Tuscon AZ nearly topped 450 CPM October 31 which was over 25% higher than its last period high; Little Rock AR rocketed to 450 CPM October 27 exceeding past records; Fort Smith AR calmed down a bit to ‘just’ 300 CPM October 27; Anaheim CA‘s beta graph started working August 7 then went dead completely August 15; Fresno CA smashed through previous highs hitting ~970 CPM November 11; Bakersfield CA has gone off the charts – in excess of 1,000 CPM – half a dozen times in early to mid-November; Los Angeles CA’s beta graph stopped in March but the gamma seemed quite jumpy in November so EnviroReporter.com relied on its HEPA filters dust sampling and detection and found that autumn dust in Los Angeles was eight times higher in beta radiation than late summer dust; Riverside CA‘s graph gave out September 15 after repeatedly slamming through the ‘Oh NO!’ threshold of 250 CPM and has stayed out; San Bernardino County CA hit a four month high October 18 pegging ~335 CPM; San Diego remains extremely active hitting ~580 CPM September 20 and then hit 650 CPM October 1 as this once ‘cool’ city has turned beta ‘hot’ though the last week has settled down a bit to around 150 CPM; Hartford CT is trending upward tying a four-month high September 28 of ~215 CPM which is over ten times its normal background but was about ~60 CPM yesterday; Washington DC was just ~35 CPM yesterday; still not one beta monitor out of five works in Florida; Augusta GA no longer has a working beta graph in a very active environment, unfortunately, giving out August 25 never to return, yet; Ft. Wayne IN has dropped a bit with a ~280 CPM high November 13 for this reporting period; Baton Rouge LA‘s four-month high was hit November 10-11 with ~290 CPM; Orono ME hit a whopping 55 CPM October 6 which is high for this usually down in the teens community; Baltimore MD’s beta and gamma graphs are now ‘on’ and functioning properly which is great news and promptly soared to ~210 CPM October 1, went offline for two weeks and now is back registering just 55 CPM yesterday; Worcester MA blew through ~320 CPM September 28 and has spiked three times in November over 200 CPM; Grand Rapids MI got up to ~260 CPM November 5; St. Paul MN was blowing through 300-350 CPM regularly before its beta station died October 16 not to return so far; St. Louis tested ~235 CPM October 14; Lincoln NE hit a four-month high August 3 with ~360 CPM and then its graph died but came back October 23 with 350 CPM being exceeded November 23; Concord NH hit ~245 CPM October 7 then the graph literally flatlined until November 14 but at nicely lower readings around 130 CPM; Albuquerque NM also hit a four-month high October 19 with a sizzling ~540 CPM; Buffalo NY tested at ~210 CPM November 18 before the massive snowstorm dropped seven feet on the city; New York City NY is not functioning as it hasn’t for years but its gamma gross count is sort of jumping around like LA’s gamma is – just one difference, NYC’s gamma is much more active all through the summer into the fall; Syracuse NY showed ~240 CPM November 6; Charlotte NC topped 200 CPM November 13; Raleigh NC hit ~170 CPM July 24 and cut out and still hasn’t come back on, a real loss in the South but we do have Radiation Station Harrisburg North Carolina for occasional rain radiation tests including one November 17 which showed hot rain radiating at 9.9 times background; holy Toledo OH has calmed down somewhat and was 50 CPM today; Corvalis OR hit 375 CPM October 9 and over 200 yesterday before plunging to ~20 CPM today; Pittsburgh PA was ~165 CPM today; Puerto Rico‘s beta graph doesn’t work but the gamma remains low and steady; Amarillo TX hit 1,000 CPM October 20-21 then died November 1 which is truly a shame since it has been the most inexplicably active beta graph in the nation, certainly a dubious honor; Dallas TX goes Texas-big topping 400 CPM October 15, a four-month high; Ft. Worth nearly hit 250 CPM November 20; Salt Lake City UT’s beta station is still down since a huge beta increase over 200 CPM in early May and remains offline in a state that prides itself on efficiency; and Madison WI hit a four-month high September 30 charting an astounding ~555 CPM and was ‘just’ 300 CPM last night.

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