9th February 2016 – Brentwood nuke dump burns as VA finalizes draft master plan
Tritium-contaminated brush goes up in flames, radioactive smoke seen for miles.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, let alone the potential health impacts of allowing the dump to sit there undisturbed, catching fire and spreading radiation over the VA and beyond in ash, dust and groundwater.
31st December 2015 – Radioactive materials spreading from St. Louis landfill – report
According to a peer-reviewed study just published in the Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, there is “strong evidence” that radon gas and water emanating from the West Lake Landfill are responsible for the anomalous levels of a lead isotope (210Pb), created by radioactive decay, in the surrounding area.
After analyzing nearly 300 soil samples from a 200-square-kilometer zone surrounding West Lake, the report’s authors concluded that “offsite migration of radiological contaminants from Manhattan Project-era uranium processing wastes has occurred in this populated area.”
12th December 2015 – Feds acknowledge radiation, chemicals likely killed 396 in Idaho
Drinking water, for instance. Water was contaminated with radioactive tritium, an isotope of hydrogen, which was pumped directly into the groundwater. Levels were as high as five times the maximum federal acceptable contamination level in the 1960s; levels violated the standard when the Environmental Protection Agency and the Idaho Division of Environmental Quality required monitoring in 1987, Thatcher said.
An open-air reactor test in 1965 that had not been made public also likely caused high doses for workers across the site, she said.
10th December 2015 – Study finds higher rates of advanced thyroid cancer in California
According to the study, 35 percent of Californians with thyroid cancer were not diagnosed until the disease had already spread to lymph nodes or other parts of the body, compared with 29 percent of people nationwide.
In my opinion, a significant contributing factor to the thyroid cancer increase in California would be the heavy dose of Fukushima radioactive Iodine and Cesium fallout, which California received after 3/11!
8th December 2015 – “You can get cancer”: Uranium contaminates water in the West
Uranium, the notices warn, tests at a level considered unsafe by federal and state standards. The law requires the park’s owner to post the warnings. But they are awkwardly worded and mostly in English, a language few of the park’s dozens of Spanish-speaking families can read.
The uranium gleaned from local water systems is handled like the nuclear material it is – taken away by workers in masks, gloves and other protective garments, said Ron Dollar, a vice president at Water Remediation Technology, a Colorado-based firm. It is then processed into nuclear fuel for power plants, Dollar said.
31st October 2015 – SURPRISE! You’re Eating Fukushima Radiation; Bloody Cancerous Tumors in Fish & Seafood
According to the Local Environmental Observers (LEO) Network in Hydaburg, Alaska, they have found strange growths in the flesh or meat of salmon. “We were fishing for Cohos (silver salmon) at the mouth of the Hydaburg River with line and reel.” said Brian Holter, Jr. who said that eight fish were filled up inside with strange growths that were either white or pink in color. “On the outside the fish looked fine.
Other volunteers from LEO have come across even more disturbing cancerous tumors and bloody lesions on fish. According to another LEO volunteer, Sam Kunaknana, in Nuiqsut, Alaska, for the past few months they have been catching sick fish on Nigliq Channel and upstream from Nigliq Channel to the Colville River. The fish have had bloody lesions and tumors on them.
20th November 2015 – Nevada tells feds that 1,400 in farm area could face threat of tainted water from nuclear dump
Radioactive well-water contamination could threaten some 1,400 people in a rural farming community if federal regulators allow the nation’s deadliest nuclear waste to be buried in the Nevada desert, state officials said in a report issued Friday.
2015/11/16 at 4:15 pm
16th November 2015 – Duke Energy Florida, Inc. (Crystal River Unit 3 – 2014 Annual Radiological Environmental Operating Report to U.S. NRC), May 5, 2015 (emphasis added):
In 2014, sixteen of twenty four indicator [vegetation] samples had measurable amounts of cesium-137 [up to] 159 pCi/kg… The cesium-137 values are similar in concentration as compared to samples collected in 2013 which experienced radionuclide deposition as a result of the Fukushima earthquake event.
In 2013, fifteen of twenty four indicator samples had measurable amounts of cesium-137 [up to] 147 pCi/kg… Orlando, Fl. also had measurable amounts of cesium-137 [up to] 258 pCi/kg. The cesium-137 values are similar in concentration as compared to samples collected in 2012 which experienced radionuclide deposition as a result of the Fukushima earthquake event
18th August 2015 – Natural uranium levels by far exceed proposed limits in two major US aquifers
UNL researchers Karrie Weber and Jason Nolan analysed data from about 275 000 groundwater samples in the High Plains and Central Valley aquifers. According to the results, many residents live less than a kilometer (about two thirds of a mile) from contaminated wells, which by far exceeds uranium guideline limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Uranium concentrations found in the aquifers across the High Plains are 89 times higher than the EPA standard proposes with nitrate concentrations greater by up to 189 times. In the Californian Central Valley, the aquifer reported up to 180 and 34 times the recommended EPA thresholds.
78% of the contaminated aquifers were linked to the presence of nitrate that originates from chemical fertilizers and animal waste. Nitrate is most commonly linked to groundwater contamination, and is responsible for mobilizing uranium through a series of bacterial and chemical reactions which oxidize the radioactive mineral, making it soluble in groundwater.
As far as I [Peter Daley aka vital1] can tell, the new US food restriction changes reported in the Chinese paper, does no represent any major policy change by the US government to contaminated food imports from Japan. Here you can find the latest FDA changes to Japanese food restrictions.
9th May 2015 – US restricts food import from Japan over radionuclide contamination concern
The United States has recently tightened restriction of food import from Japan. According to Import Alert 99-33 issued by US FDA, a list of Japanese food will be banned unless they pass physical examination, which includes milk, butter, milk-based infant formula, and other milk products; vegetables and vegetable products; rice and whole grain; fish; meat and poultry; venus clam; sea urchin; yuzu fruit; Kiwi fruit. FAD indicates that revision to this import alert is due to radionuclide contamination.
2014/12/27 at 7:30 pm
Berkeley Radwatch Site Upgrade
The UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering has been performing a large range of radiation measurements starting in March 2011, following the releases of radioactive materials from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan.
This site represents a summary of sampling measurements from environmental assays from the Bay Area, as well as samples that are used as references of interest.
Data from the former Berkeley Radiological Air and Water Monitoring (BRAWM) activity site has been included in this new site. There are lots of current food and environmental test reports here. The new web site layout makes it much easier to find and interpret, food and environmental test reports.
Expansion of measurement capabilities
We are now involving the more sensitive monitoring system of the Berkeley Lab Low-Background Facility; A new and continuous air monitoring station on UC Berkeley campus was installed and we plan to provide near real-time data from this system on our website, including weather data we are collecting at the same location. The goal of this effort is not only to provide the radiation levels to the broader public but to encourage simple science projects with the data.
Comment: (My Opinion)
Cesium-137, released from the atmospheric bomb testing era in now referred to as Technically Enhanced Natural Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM). This is like the an arsenic industry calling environmental arsenic contamination, Technically Enhanced Natural Occurring Arsenic! A poison is a poison no matter what word spin you put on it.
Reports on this site equate internal ingestion of radioactive isotopes to an external dose. Research shows that internal ingestion of radioactive toxins is considerably more biological damaging than external exposure. Also, pregnant women and children are much more sensitive to ingested radioactive toxins!
Current Sampling Data (2013-)
These samples are mainly part of a measurement campaign that was started in the summer of 2014. They include many fish and environmental samples from around the Bay Area. “ND” means that the radioisotope was in undetectable quantities in the sample.
Berkeley Radiological Air and Water Measurements (BRAWM) Archive 2011-2012
UCB Milk Sampling Results
In this report, they make a correction to the original 2011 released Iodine-131 milk sampling test results. This correction increases the Iodine-131 activity level by a factor of 2 to
Food Chain Sampling Results ( grass, spinach, etc.)
2014/11/26 at 9:51 pm
1979 – Tritium in Tucson, Wastes Worldwide
Extracts from the free online book, “Killing Our Own”:
Many of the factories that produce these items are legally permitted to release large quantities of radiation in the course of normal operations. Cobalt 60 fabrication plants, for example, are allowed to expose the public to twenty times more radiation than a commercial reactor.
But routine tests in early June at the Tucson school system’s central kitchen, near the plant, found food with radiation counts 2.5 times above permissible levels. The kitchen regularly fed approximately forty thousand students. Water in cake that had been served to twenty-eight thousand pupils contained fifty-six thousand picocuries per liter; federal standards allowed only twenty-thousand picocuries. Vegetation outside the kitchen tested at levels thirty-six times the legal limit. Radiation, said acting AAEC director Kenneth Geiser, was “in the humidity in the air. Everywhere. And all the time. Cake or bread left on a table gets kind of soggy; it picks up moisture like a sponge–and tritium with it.”
Dr. Michael Gray of the Arizona Center for Occupational Safety and Health reported that a survey showed a “long residency period in the system of very low concentrations of tritium.” Some of the workers, he said, produced urine samples containing tritium levels twenty times above normal. Rates of decay found in the survey suggested that tritium “can reside in the body” not just for the three to six months promised during the crisis, but “for up to ten years.”