1st November 2013 – Toxic nuclear waste dumped illegally by the Mafia is blamed for surge in cancers in southern Italy.
In secret out-of-court testimony he told lawyers how the Casalesi clan ran ‘a military style operation’ dumping millions of tonnes of waste on farmland, in caves, in quarries and even on the edge of towns.
Schiavone revealed: ‘We buried 520 drums of toxic waste in a specially dug quarry near the town of Pure Villaricca. But we also did it in very populated places, outside towns- at Casal di Principe behind the sports field at the edge of the motorway.’
He added: ‘We disposed of 70 or 80 trucks from the north, millions and millions of tonnes.
‘To clean it up it would cost the entire Italian budget for a year I think.
9th November 2013 – Radioactive Cesium Contamination Level of France Blueberry Jam. MIRMC REPORT 32
25th October 2013 – (Italy / Bulgaria) Japanese weekly magazine Shukan Asahi did its own checking on imported Italian blueberry spread being sold in Tokyo and alerted the health authorities.
Place of origin: Bulgaria
164 Bq/kg of cesium-137 by test commissioned by Shukan Asahi
12th July 2013 – This very detailed 1992 fisheries report for the Channel Islands.
It shows large amounts of contamination of sea food in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of France. In light of recent research, I feel this report greatly underestimates the risks of consuming these levels of radioactive isotope contamination. For risk assessment they use the physics based external dose rate model for both external, and internal exposure. This greatly underestimates the risks from internal exposure. They should use the biological model for risk assessment for internal exposure. The source of this environmental contamination is dumping of nuclear waste in the Atlantic Ocean, Nuclear Power Stations, and the French De La Hague nuclear reprocessing plant.
Starting at page 13, they start to provide the actual amounts of individual isotopes detected in sea food, and the environment. In my opinion these levels of detection are very significant for some isotopes, and would pose a significant risk if consumed. These isotopes could be consumed collectively, so you will get a biological toxicity multiplying effect, plus most of these isotopes are heavy metals, as well as radioactive. It raises very serious questions about the safety of European sea food. The detected isotope levels revealed in this study, could have increased considerably since this study was completed.
11th April 2011 – Radioactive Iodine in water, and food supply Europe
RADIATION FOOD LABORATORY
Computer equipment used in the local community testing lab
This is what the testing equipment looks like set up on a computer, with the Beeresearch bias box “Gamma Spectacular” unit, plus scintillator. The scintillator is the tall silver tube. On the computer screen is free PRA charting software in action. It is the scintillator that does the detection. They are very delicate and need to be handled with care.
To get the best testing results a scintillator needs to be set up in a lead shielded testing chamber. The unit used for testing is a 2′ x 2′ NaI crystal scintillator, set up in a 15 mm thick lead shielded container.
For those interested in Spectrometry, here are some charted results using this equipment to test radioactive items, and mineral samples.
Black fungus material from Japan test chart I was sent this resin encapsulated sample of black fungus like material. It has reportedly come from somewhere in the Minamisoma area Japan. A contact in Japan sent a friend this sample. This is my test chart of it. For those of you who have not looked at a chart like this before. This fungus started growing on the concrete, and rock surfaces in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear disaster. It appears to be bio-accumulating Cesium.
Americium in smoke detector If you use an ionizing smoke detector for this type of test for safety reasons don’t pull it apart. Watch this very informative video on why the fire safety experts consider Ionization Smoke Alarms in the home to be DEADLY, and an environmental hazard.
Radon washout chart from a local rain event, this was captured on a paper towel swab off a car surface, after a storm had passed by.
Potassium (K40) in 430 grams of almost pure Potassium Chloride.
[The Radium clock Dail, Uraninite, and Euxenite, samples were kindly loaned by Spectrometising.]
Radium clock dial chart This spectra was recorded in a lead shield chamber without a copper liner, or proper calibration, hence the large secondary X-ray peak at approx 80 keV. The chart is of half a Radium clock dial. This is to demonstrate what the equipment can do, plus to show how radioactive this small piece of fashionable jewelry was. A lot of people who used it as jewelry, or who were employed to paint these dials, died from the exposure to this highly radioactive substance.
Uraninite sample Chart Spectra recorded with a copper liner. Uraninite is a Uranium rich mineral, it is most commonly known as pitchblende. It is very radioactive. It was used here to calibrate the equipment.
Euxenite Y Chart Spectra recorded in a lead shield chamber without a copper liner, hence the large secondary X-ray peak at approx 80 Kev.
Food Testing Results
Lots of food items have been tested. Only food items that have had radioactive isotope detections in them are listed here.
Cinnamon Detection (5th February 2013)
An 80 gram packet of Cinnamon imported from India, that was purchased in Australia, was found to have traces of Uranium isotope decay daughters in it. This is the second sample of Cinnamon that we have detected with isotope contamination. The other sample purchased last year was imported from Europe, and only had trace amounts of a single isotope.