28th January 2014 – First results from crowd funded study shows radioactive seawater from Fukushima has NOT reached the US coast
“The reason why we see such low levels of radiation in these samples is because the plume is not here yet. But it’s coming. And we’ll actually be able to see its arrival,” Buesseler says. “That baseline data is critical.”
The plume is predicted to reach the US West Coast in April 2014 and it will be “detectable but not harmful. ”Samples taken off the coast of Vancouver Island in June 2013 show the plume has reached it, but the observed concentrations are at most 1 Bq/m3. In other words, 7400 times less than the EPA’s maximum concentrations for drinking water so the levels are not harmful for humans or sea life.
They have done base line testing, which is great. Lets look at the finer details.
The USA EPA recently raised the drinking water safety level from 3 pCi/Liter of Cesium 134/137 to 200 pCi/Litre, which is equivalent to 7,400 Bq per cubic meter.
(Multiply by a 1,000 to get per cubic meter amounts.)
Pre-Fukushima safety level, 3 pCi/ltr = 0.111 Bq/Ltr
New safety level, 200 pCi/ltr = 7.4 Bq/Ltr
7.4/0.111 = 66.6
So this new standard is 66.6 times greater than the pre-Fukushima level. It has been a common ploy by governments worldwide to quietly raise the safety levels during events like Fukushima, As detectable levels increase they can tell you everything is OK, because it tested below the new much higher government set safety level.
The organization doing the testing here is independent of government. They haven’t created this new standard the US government has.
Very small amounts of contamination in sea water can bio-accumulate thousands of times through the food chain in sea food. Testing the seafood will provide the important information on bio-accumulation, plus whether it is hazardous for human consumption. Sea food testing is what is needed at present. It may be excellent information for a scientists to know how much contamination is in the sea water. Is your child going to drink sea water? Right now, mums and dads would rather know what contamination is in the seafood, and is it safe for their family to consume!
The plume may not have arrived yet, but the contaminated fish may have, plus significant bio-accumulation could go on for a long time.
Watch this 10 minute short video to get up to speed quickly on food testing, and safety levels. Independent research is suggesting much lower safety levels for Cesium contamination, particularly for pregnant women and children.
A lot of food and environmental detection reports tend to concentrate on Cesium detection. This is because it is relatively easy to test for, and detect. If Cesium is present in a test result, there is a possibility that other types of radioactive isotopes are also present but not reported. Fallout is a dirty mixture of isotopes.
Interactive Map with sampling locations and testing results:
6th March 2014 – China Syndrome Town
China Syndrome Town is a true tale of greed, corruption, and malfeasance that could have real life consequences for the Los Angeles region and its residents.
EnviroReporter.com exposes a new twist on these plots that would keep the Santa Susana Field Laboratory radioactive and chemically contaminated, saving the polluters hundreds of millions. If lab owner Boeing, government agencies, and astroturfers are successful, the toxic land could become Glow in the Dark Park or a new Chumash gambling casino.
Hirsch, an UC Santa Cruz lecturer on nuclear policy, pointed out that the 1959 partial meltdown of the Sodium Reactor Experiment, while smaller in size than the partial meltdown of Three Mile Island twenty years later, spewed out hundreds of times more radiation because the experimental SRE wasn’t fortified against disaster like TMI was with its concrete superstructure.
Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition member Barbara Johnson began her comments with a reminder of what the fuss was all about. “I have lived since 1970 just below the contaminated site. I have had cancer; my son has had cancer, way too many of my neighbors have as well.” Johnson reminded the DOE of previous health studies that found elevated rates for key cancers in the offsite population closest to the site compared to people living further away.
The site is one of the most radiological and chemically polluted places in the USA. It is just 30 miles, or 48 km northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. These excellent articles expose the attempted coverup, and corruption for all to see.
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27th December 2013 – Measurements of Fission Products from the Fukushima Daiichi Incident in San Francisco Bay Area Air Filters, Automobile Filters, Rainwater, and Food.
Monitoring activities in air and rainwater began soon after the onset of the March 11, 2011 tsunami and are reported here through the end of 2012. Observed fallout isotopes include 131I, 132I, 132Te, 134Cs, 136Cs, and 137Cs. Isotopes were measured on environmental air filters, automobile filters, and in rainwater. An additional analysis of rainwater in search of 90 Sr is also presented.
The highest activity found in these samples was that of 131I which peaked at 16 Bq/L on 3/24/2011.
This produced a one sigma upper limit of 8.98 mBq/L for the presence of 90Sr in the rainwater samples analyzed.
Table A.6 . In most of the Pacific Fish samples, 137Cs was present, with the highest activity found in tuna from the Philippines, which had a 137Cs activity of 0.24(4) Bq kg.
The chart on page 11 – Table A.7: Chernobyl food measurements from 1988 previously unpublished (formally) from Norman and Harvey [17, 18]. All samples were purchased at retail locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This chart shows Chernobyl contamination in honey, goats cheese, beer from a variety of different European countries.
Here is an excellent 10 minute video on Cesium food contamination and testing, to quickly get you up to speed on the subject.
2012 – California Department of Public Health Drinking water and Laboratory Branch Reports.
These tests of Californian cattle feed, milk and cheese cover the period of 2012. Even in 2012 I-131 is still being detected in milk, which brings up the question.
“Is this contamination from Fukushima, or local Nuclear Power Plants?”
For the cattle feed testing multiply by 1,000 to get pCi/kg, as the test are in pCi per gram. Here is a pCi to Bq converter. So multiply the PCi/grm by 1,000 before putting it into the converter to get Bq/kg.
7th February 2014 – Definitely some increased radiation in the water of Hawaii
Cesium 137 in Hawaii pasteurized milk
Strontium 89 and 90 in Hawaii pasteurized milk
Cesium 137 in Hawaii rain
Cobalt 60 in Hawaii rain
Plutonium 239 in Hawaii air
Tritium in Hawaii drinking water
10th January 2014 – With radiation in food safety limits 10x weaker than Japan’s, North American food and agricultural imports from Japan escalate.
The US has the weakest standards of those studied. In comparison, the EU has stricter standards, and Japan’s standards are the strictest. In comparison to Japan and the EU limit for imports from Japan, the US and Canadian limits are 12 and 10 times weaker, respectively.
The conclusion, based on the data, appears to be yes. With food safety limits at least 10x weaker than Japan’s, North America could have become a target for Japan’s radioactive food. This has implications for consumers, who may not be fully aware of the fact that these varying standards may result in food deemed as too radioactive in Japan being exported to the US and Canada for human consumption.
This situation is not just isolated to the USA. This New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries New Zealand testing report (Link below), indicates that contaminated Japanese tea that tested above the Japanese 100 Bq/kg limit, was allowed to be sold to New Zealanders!
Ministry of Primary Industries New Zealand, “Radionuclide testing in Imported Foods Survey,” 21st August 2013.
Quote Page 9 “Summary”: (This was for imported Japanese tea.)
“All results were well within Codex limits, with the highest results being 76.7Bq/kg for 137Cs and 57.4Bq/kg for 134Cs.
Total Cesium content 134.1 Bq/Kg.”
(The codex limit for these radionuclides is 1000Bq/kg, which applies to foods for a year following a nuclear incident.)
Quote Page 10 “Conclusion”:
“The tea samples tested indicates that there is no concerning levels of radionuclide contamination in food products exported from Japan to New Zealand.”
Why would any country outside of Japan be using this criminal standard anyway? Japan isn’t even using using it!
A 1000Bq/kg is way too high an international standard for Cesium, Nuclear Disaster or not. Recent research is suggesting 5 Bq/kg or less for children is more realistic, but preferably none! if I knew tea had a total 134 Bg/kg of detected Cesium in it , I certainly would not be using it. In my opinion it is criminal to allow anyone, particularly children or pregnant mothers, to consume tea at this level of contamination!
If Cesium is present, it is very likely other isotopes are also!
Full Report June 2013:
Current advice to importers;
Margery Brown posted this excellent article on the effects of Cesium food contamination, based on lots of research.