21st May 2014 – Report by Eager Lab Assistants – Estimation of Cesium in Sand and Soil Samples in the United States, 2012-2013
Soil and sand samples were obtained between April 2012 and December of 2013 from a broad spectrum of areas ranging from almost every region in the continental United States.
Results: Twenty-two (22) of forty-eight (48) samples yielded statistically significant detections for Cesium-137. Of those, six (6) yielded statistically significant detections for Cesium-134. Considering sample collection and testing dates with respect to the Fukushima Diachii NPP multiple meltdowns of March 11, 2011, those detections are strongly indicated as resulting from the same due to atmospheric deposition.
30th April 2014 – California Coastal Commission – Report on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster and Radioactivity along the California Coast.
The levels of Fukushima-derived radionuclides detected in air, drinking water, food, seawater and marine life in California are extremely low relative to the pre-existing background from naturally -occurring radionuclides and the persistent residues of 20 th century nuclear weapons testing.
However, it should be noted that the long term effects of low level radiation in the environment remain incompletely understood, and that this understanding would benefit from increased governmental support for the monitoring of
radioactivity in seawater and marine biota and the study of health outcomes linked to radiation exposure.
Fukushima derived radionuclides were first detected in air samples in western North America on March 15, in Western Europe between. March 19 – 23, and had circled the globe within 18 days of the accident.
Radionuclide activities measured in precipitation from these storms at various California locations ranged from about 2 – 20 Bq/L for 131 I, the most abundant isotope detected, and 1 -2 orders of magnitude lower (~0.03 – 1.4 Bq/L) for
132 I, 132 Te, 134 Cs, and 137 Cs.
Quote from Report,
“Fukushima Briefing Report 4 Radioactivity Released into the Environment The Fukushima NPP disaster represents the second largest accidental release of anthropogenic radiation to the environment in history, after only the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in the Ukraine.”
In my opinion, this statement in the report is factually incorrect. All the evidence suggests that the amount of radioactive contamination release from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, far exceeds that of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Also, the radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has not stopped, and it doesn’t look like stopping any time soon!
“Cesium is also highly bioavailable, but is distributed more evenly throughout the body and is removed more quickly (“biological half-life” of ~ 70 days in humans)”
This 10 minutes long very informative video, paints a very different view on the effects ingested Cesium. It discusses the damage very small amounts of Cesium can do to children.
This report uses the external dose models to explain away internal ingested contamination. The biological dose dynamics of internal ingestion is different to external exposure dose models. This is because of the radioactive isotopic microscopic proximity to living tissue. Most ingested Isotopes concentrate in different parts of the body, because of their chemical affinities. Also, a lot of radioactive isotopes are heavy metal toxins, as well as being highly radioactive. The Nuclear industry propaganda that says it is no worse that eating a banana, or having an X-ray, is nonsense!
29th April 2014 – Radiation level in tuna off Oregon coast tripled after Fukushima disaster
Most of the 3-year-old tuna tested had no traces of Fukushima radiation, but 4-year-old tuna – which likely traveled through the radioactive plume a couple of times – had higher cesium levels.
Since the results did reveal a spike in radiation, though, the researchers will be expanding their study beyond Oregon to test a larger number of tuna across the West Coast.
They don’t provide the actual detection levels in this article.
29th March 2014 – Researchers consider: How risky is that radiation?
The baby teeth of kids living near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant contained radioactive Strontium-90 – which can cause bone cancer and leukemia – at levels nearly one-third higher than in the baby teeth of other California kids, says a controversial study released last week.
Studies from France and Germany suggest that kids living within 3 miles of nuclear plants have double the risk of developing acute leukemia as those living farther away, and that the peak impact is on children aged 2 to 4; but the U.S. government’s take has historically been, “Don’t worry, be happy.”
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nuclear-607540-diablo-health.html [Subscription fee required]
14th March 2014 – “A Slow Genocide of the People”: Uranium Mining Leaves Toxic Nuclear Legacy on
“It’s really a slow genocide of the people, not just indigenous people of this region, but it’s estimated that there are over 10 million people who are residing within 50 miles of abandoned uranium mines,”
There are an estimated over a thousand in our homelands. But there are estimated to be over 10,000 abandoned uranium mines throughout the whole United States, and it’s primarily within 15 Western states. But the EPA has
never done a meaningful inventory on these threats that are really a toxic legacy that impacts us to this day.
3rd March 2014 – Colorado Mining Corp. Spills 20,000 Gallons of Uranium Waste Amid Negotiations To Clean Up 15 Million Tons More
Cotter estimates that cost at more than $895 million — or burial in existing or new impoundment ponds.
“There’s an official, decades-old indifference to groundwater protection and cleanup of groundwater contamination at the Cotter site — even though sustainable and clean groundwater for drinking, orchards, gardens and livestock remains important to present and future Lincoln Park residents,” Stills said. “This community is profoundly committed to reclaiming and protecting its groundwater.”
Colorado Mining Corp. Spills 20,000 Gallons of Uranium Waste Amid Negotiations To Clean Up 15 Million Tons More
12th March 2014 – Top Expert Debunks Radiation Myths
Mousseau has made numerous trips to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Fukushima – making 896 inventories at Chernobyl and 1,100 biotic inventories in Fukushima as of July 2013 – to test the effect of radiation on plants and animals.
Indeed, Mousseau found – in studies of plants, insects and mammals – that:
Most organisms studied show significantly increased rates of genetic damage in direct proportion to the level of exposure to radioactive contaminants
Many organisms show increased rates of deformities and developmental abnormalities in direct proportion to contamination levels
Many organisms show reduced fertility rates
Many organisms show reduced life spans
Many organisms show reduced population sizes
Biodiversity is significantly decreased many species locally extinct
Mutations are passed from one generation to the next, and show signs of accumulating over time
Mutations are migrating out of affected areas into populations that are not exposed (i.e. population bystander effects)
11th March 2014 – Fukushima – The Perfect Crime?
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.
EnviroReporter.com has also learned that soil in the most marijuana-intensive growing region of California is hot with radionuclides that could have come from nowhere but Fukushima.
Amateur radiation sleuth Michael Van Broekhoven gathered two soil samples from near Willow Creek and from “commercially available top soil in Northern California.” Both samples, collected in April 2013, tested positive for
cesium-134 and cesium-137.
The Willow Creek soil sample had 0.962 Becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) of cesium-134 and 13.39 Bq/kg of cesium-137 according to the lab gamma spectroscopy analysis done for Van Broekhoven in May 2013 by Cinnaminson, New Jersey-headquartered EMSL Analytical, Inc.. The store-bought dirt had even more
Cs-134 with 1.11 Bq/kq though less Cs-137 at 4.10 Bq/kg.
11th March 2014 – WIPP radiation leak still a mystery
The contamination drifted across the countryside and 26 miles west, all the way to the city of Carlsbad itself.