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  1. 20th October 2019 – Russia covered up explosion of Skyfall nuclear superweapon

    Extracts:

    “The explosion was caused by the Skyfall experiencing a criticality accident, an uncontrolled nuclear reaction that released a burst of radiation while Russian personnel retrieved it from the seafloor,” Mr. DiNanno said in an interview with The Washington Times.

    The blast was set off after the fuel in the missile reactor was no longer cooled by seawater.

    In the interview, Mr. DiNanno revealed further details about the incident. As part of the cover-up, he said, Moscow cut off the data gathered by a Russian nuclear monitoring station near the blast. That information is supposed to go to the International Monitoring System, a technical group based in Vienna that operates as a unit of the Comprehensive Test-Ban-Treaty Organization.

    Article:

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/oct/20/skyfall-nuclear-cruise-missile-explosion-covered-r/

    Comment:

    “From what I understand, the actual radiation cloud was not dangerous per se,” Mr. DiNanno said.

    Here we have a reported nuclear criticality event that sent a radioactive cloud over populated areas in Russia.

    “The reactor exploded Aug. 8 off the coast of the northern Russian town of Nenoska, killing seven Russians on a barge in the White Sea as they were overseeing the recovery of a sunken Skyfall.”

    There was a twenty times background radioactive cloud detection at the distance of around 30k or 18 miles from Nemoska, in the Russia city of Severodvinsk at the time. This indicates that a significant amount of airborne radioactive contamination was released.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-10/chernobyl-style-cover-run-iodine-pills-after-isotope-power-source-explosion-russia

    Logic and evidence tells us the radiation cloud was dangerous!

  2. Beta radiation in west Los Angeles Basin air doubles in half the time of last testing period.

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    October 17, 2019
    6:35 pm PDST INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER MACHINES + VACUUM DUST/DEBRIS: 77.7 CPM^^ OR 82.4% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    6:20 pm PDST INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA BACKGROUND: 42.6 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  3. A Federal task force issued its report on 10/11/19 concerning the F.A.A.’s failure to adequately supervise Boeing and its new 737 MAX airliner. As we’ve seen so often with respect to Rocketdyne aka Santa Susana Field Lab, Boeing simply crushes its regulators.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/11/business/boeing-737-max.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Business

  4. Update: Video footage from a beach near weapon testing area Nenoksa [Russia] shows helicopters, excavators and men in protection gear involved in the removing of radioactive debris from last month’s nuclear accident.
    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/09/nuclear-cleanup-coast-white-sea

    Unclear if the barges hold the damaged small-size reactor or isotope source.
    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/10/wreak-barge-nenoksa-accident-ends-kola-radioactive-scrap-site

  5. Southern Hemisphere September 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    September 2019 day average background chart. (Month Average 110 cpm)

    There has been a slight increase in month average background level for September. This seasonal variation in local background levels has become a normal trend here since Fukushima. As we get more tropical air flows at this location in the warmer months, the local background increases, and then drops back down again in winter.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-September-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  6. Another Simi Mom

    Secret nuclear waste shipments studied by Trump's DOE.

    The “Western Governors Association” has complained to the U.S. Department of Energy about DOE employees making final plans for shipping nuclear waste across the country without getting input from each State’s employee/experts on that topic:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/western-governors-states-not-consulted-on-nuclear-waste/2019/10/04/c7150526-e6e4-11e9-b0a6-3d03721b85ef_story.html

    As to any shipment across Nevada, the routes have already been closely studied by the state and that information has been ignored:

    https://lasvegassun.com/news/2019/oct/06/state-official-lists-old-new-reasons-why-yucca-mou/

  7. Testing what's in the air.

    September 25, 2019
    11:40 am PDST INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER MACHINES + VACUUM DUST/DEBRIS: 65.8 CPM^^ OR 37.4% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    11:30 am PDST INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA BACKGROUND: 47.9 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  8. Throughout its 40+/- year history of involvement with the Rocketdyne property in Ventura County south of Simi Valley, the parent company of the property owner, Boeing, has been managed with a culture of arrogance and impunity which extended to the Rocketdyne property which Boeing renamed the “Santa Susana Field Lab” when it sold the rest of the Rocketdyne company to unrelated investors.

    As Californians too many of us separated our ire at the owner of the Santa Susana Field Lab from our willingness to fly on Southwest Airlines, which flies an all Boeing fleet. In 2018 I flew on a brand spanking new Boeing 737 MAX 8 without any fear at all. I sat at the front of the cabin and was able to overhear a discussion between 3 Southwest Flight Attendants about the “new” internal features of the latest Boeing planes purchased by Southwest in comparison to earlier versions of the 737. Obviously those Flight Attendants had no idea there was anything wrong with the new 737 MAX 8.

    After the new Boeing 737 MAX 8’s were grounded by the FAA, in comment sections at the bottom of the Washington Post’s news stories on the new 737 MAX 8, I would spot comments clearly written by airline pilots and aeronautical engineers which were emphatic in their criticism of Boeing’s senior managers. I would roll my eyes and say to myself “What they are seeing in the design and manufacturing of airliners is, in a sense, the same as what we have been seeing Boeing’s managers, officers and directors decide and do with the Santa Susana Field Lab and the “allegation” that radioactive fallout spread from the Field Lab property throughout the communities surrounding it continuing after 2000.

    So far, the “national press” has not made any connection at all between alleged “regulatory capture” of the FAA by Boeing in connection with the FAA airworthiness certification process and the regulatory capture by Boeing of the California DTSC, Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (which is supposed to regulate L.A. and Ventura County property owners) and other California State agencies, as well as EPA, NASA and U.S. Dept. of Energy, all in connection with radioactive contamination on and around the Santa Susana Field Lab.

    On September 18, 2019 “The New Republic” published the important report by Maureen Tkacik, linked below, about the relationship between Boeing and FAA and Boeing’s management arrogance. See:

    https://newrepublic.com/article/154944/boeing-737-max-investigation-indonesia-lion-air-ethiopian-airlines-manageriaSl-revolution?utm_source=pocket-newtab

    That story of Boeing’s management decision making concerning the Boeing 737 MAX 8, as described in The New Republic story, is going to seem very familiar to Californians who follow the Santa Susana Field Lab story. Well down in The New Republic story the author and editors say “Indeed most of the Boeing response to the MAX disasters involved disseminating a kind of misinformation and doubt that makes the crashes look more complex than they really are.”

    Conducting a disinformation campaign concerning a big problem. No surprise there.

    After the second Boeing 737 MAX 8 crash, I spent some time looking at Boeing’s Income Statements and Balance Sheets which they had filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission. Those official financial records showed that at the time of the second crash Boeing was sitting on more than $1 Billion in cash. Of course they have some sort of liability insurance as well, though I haven’t found the amounts of the policy limits or deductibles. Since I’m familiar with the shorthand thinking of air and rail disaster plaintiff’s lawyers I figured that Boeing had more than enough cash and insurance to litigate their way through two airplane crash lawsuits, the thought that Boeing might be financially endangered by the occurrence of the the two crashes didn’t cross my mind.

    Then came the grounding of the 737 MAX 8 airplanes, all of them.

    In some jurisdictions, but not all, when there is a lawsuit between a large corporation and the family of a human being who was killed by the corporation’s negligence, the lawyers for the plaintiffs can explore through document production demands, document production subpoenas to third parties, written questions and “demands for admissions” which the defendant company must answer, and deposition testimony of the company’s line employees and management as well as independent witnesses, about what other negligent or wrongful acts the company’s senior management has been accused of engaging in during the recent past. A lot of that wrongful acts/repeated negligence evidence is used in connection with punitive damage claims relating to a defendant corporation’s “course of conduct” over many years and analogous circumstances.

    If I were Boeing’s lead lawyer, I would advise their Board of Directors to pay and settle all of the claims of the families of the dead arising out of the two 737 MAX 8 crashes NOW. I would advise Boeing’s Board of Directorss to pay and settle, RIGHT NOW, all of the money claims of domestic and foreign airlines for their money damages arising out of the “defects in the 737 MAX 8s causing them to be considered by a jury to be defective products”, leading to the U.S. and foreign governments grounding of all of the 737 MAX 8s the airlines recently purchased. Making those settlements immediately would “shut the door” to statute and judge-compelled discovery concerning the Boeing Board of Director’s and managements policies in analogous circumstances.

    I would advise Boeing’s Board of Directors to make those payments and settlements RIGHT NOW, even if Boeing’s liability insurance carriers are/were/would refuse to allow the settlements under the terms of Boeing’s insurance policies. I would advise immediate settlement even if those insurance companies would “deny coverage” if the settlements were made without the insurance companies consenting to the settlements. I would advise Boeing’s Board of Directors to ay those settlement amounts to minimize Boeing shareholders’ long term risk arising out of a 19+ year course of regulatory-capture conduct by the corporation’s senior management.

    Boeing’s course of conduct in dealing with California and Federal agencies regulating the Santa Susana Field Lab and in dealing with the FAA concerning the Boeing MAX 8 appear to be nearly identical. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewLM0zkoXFM

    If the national/world press and the plaintiffs’ lawyers examining the crashes and grounding of the “new” Boeing 737 MAX 8s focus on Boeing’s long history of regulatory captures, such as the ones involving the Santa Susana Field Lab, “Katie Bar the Door”.

    Condolences to Ralph Nader for the death of his grand-niece in the crash of the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 in Ethiopia. https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/05/23/ralph-nader-the-faa-is-a-consulting-firm-for-airlines-not-a-regulator.html and https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/23/ralph-nader-says-boeing-737-max-should-never-fly-again.html

  9. Southern Hemisphere August 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    August 2019 day average background chart. (Month Average 108 cpm)

    The last few months have been relatively quiet, with relatively low background levels. This has been the historical norm for the cooler winter months here.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-August-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  10. Another Simi Mom reports

    More news from Arctic Russia near Finland. The nuclear accident there this summer might NOT have occurred during the testing of a nuclear powered missile. It may turn out that the missile was test fired, ended up at the bottom of a bay in the White Sea, and that the scientists who died from primary exposure to radionuclides were NOT exposed during the test firing.

    Instead there’s a possibility the scientists were exposed as part of efforts by the Russians to pull the test missile up from the bottom of the White Sea. That news was reported by 3 reporters from Radio Free Europe. See:

    https://www.rferl.org/a/angry-villagers-beached-pontoons-irradiated-flotsam-more-clues-to-mysterious-russian-explosion/30144751.html

    https://www.rferl.org/a/angry-villagers-beached-pontoons-irradiated-flotsam-more-clues-to-mysterious-russian-explosion/30144751.htm

    Rachel Maddow has become interested in the stories about the nuclear accident at the White Sea. If you go on the internet and look for MSNBC’s broadcast of her show on 9/5/19 calling attention to the work of those 2 reporters you’ll find her discussion of the nuclear accident about 15 minutes into her show.

  11. “According to three of the doctors, including both senior sources, one of the doctors flown to Moscow was found to have Caesium-137 — a radioactive isotope that is a byproduct of the nuclear fission of uranium-235 — in their muscle tissue. One of the sources said the affected doctor had told him so directly, though he was not informed about the amount or concentration of the isotope found. …….Last Friday, Aug. 9, the Baza news outlet, which has close ties to Russia’s security services, reported that men injured during the blast had been brought to a Moscow clinic for radiation sickness treatment. The outlet published a video of a convoy of police cars and ambulances travelling through the Russian capital.

    According to three of the doctors, two of the three patients that were treated at the Arkhangelsk Regional Clinical Hospital didn’t even reach Moscow, dying en route to the airport. https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/08/exclusive-russian-doctors-say-they-werent-warned-patients-were-nuclear-accident

  12. 13th August 2019 – Deadly Explosions Aside, Kremlin Says Putin’s Nuclear-Powered Missile Far Ahead Of US Technology

    Quote:

    “The maximum reported level of radiation would be harmless and on a par with a dental x-ray, according to Jonathan Cobb, a spokesman for the World Nuclear Association. ”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-08-13/russia-says-radiation-levels-reached-16x-norm-in-aug-8-accident

    Comment:

    The radiation release was from a large explosion. This means that people exposed to this radioactive cloud as it passed through their area, would have breathed in radioactive contaminated dust and gases. Some of this material would also have been deposited as dust!

    The external radiation dose levels reported do not represent the real health risks to the exposed populations. In a radioactive cloud event like this, the microscopic radioactive material potentially breathed in, is far more dangerous than any detected external dose level would indicate!

    The 20x background detection only informs us that a significant radioactive cloud passed through. Other downwind communities would also have been exposed to this hazardous airborne radioactive material. Also, the toxic chemicals released from this type of explosion would add a significant multiplier of toxicity to this exposure.

  13. Another SImi Mom

    By way of disclosure, I am 1/4 Norwegian. My great grandparents moved from Norway to Iowa in 1866. I have no relatives who are from Finland or Russia. My husband’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Brody and Sambir, in the Austrian Crown Province of Galicia (which had a Tsarist Russian eastern border) around 1905. All of the relatives who were left behind in 1905 died at the hands of the Soviets and the Third Reich. Today both of those small cities are in Western Ukraine, near the much larger formerly Austrian city of Lviv, Lwow, Lvov, Lemberg, all of them being west of Chernobyl. Neither of us, or our children are employed or politically active in any manner having to do with Russia or Ukraine. However my grandson Oleksei, age 7, does have a beautiful blond Russian girlfriend at his elementary school in Las Vegas, which has a reasonably large Russian and Ukrainian immigrant population, and from time-to-time a good Russian restaurant.

    THE MOOD OF THE RUSSIAN/SOVIET PEOPLE DURING A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT

    I was alive during the Chernobyl nuclear emergency. I took particular interest in the trials and tribulations of the ordinary Soviet people who lived near that nuclear power plant, or down-river heading towards Kiev. If you are interested in experiencing the mood of ordinary Soviet people in the aftermath of the accident and the meltdown, I suggest finding the novel called “Chernobyl Murders” written by Chicago based Ukrainian Michael Beres. Beres’ book is very atmospheric and moody. It tells the story of a woman scientist and her Kiev resident boyfriend as they try to avoid being herded into a displaced persons camp for the residents of Pripyat. Towards the end of the story, the Soviet law enforcement officials stop to have a good meal in a foreign cuisine at a Polish restaurant in Sambir, the same beautiful little Austrian-style city where my inlaws lived in 1904.

    Also read Martin Cruz Smith’s novel “Wolves Eat Dogs” which is set in the forest surrounding Chernobyl and Pripyat many years after the nuclear accident. Cruz Smith is famous for writing “Red Square” and other succeeding books with the same character, a Soviet/Ukrainian policeman Arkady Renko, the son of a famous ethnic Ukrainian General in the Soviet Army who led a major group of Soviet forces during World War II. Cruz’s books about Ukraine and Russia are very moody and cosmic.

    WHAT HAS LEAKED OUT ABOUT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO THE EMERGENCY

    As to the current status on the ground in the area around this 2019 accident site, the Russians are proceeding much like the Soviets did in the days after the Chernobyl accident. The first responders, including medical personnel, have been flown to Moscow for specialized medical treatment at one or more hospitals with medical experts on nuclear accidents. Many first responders quickly died, in Moscow, in the days after the Chernobyl accident.

    The area around the nuclear accident site in 2019 has been cordoned off by Russian government officials. Russian scientists in the appropriate nuclear discipline are investigating what happened while others are trying to figure out what to do with the raw radioactive materials which have been released into the White Sea at Dvina Bay, onto the soil and trees in Karelia and into the ambient air.

    Two days ago, Russian officials told the residents of the village nearest to the nuclear accident site, Nenoksa, that they were going to be evacuated “just for a few hours”. However the evacuation was cancelled a few hours later. Perhaps the village residents understand what happened to the residents of Pripyat and the villages immediately around and downstream from Chernobyl: They were told they had to evacuate “just for a few days”, but they were never allowed to return to their apartments and cottages to “get their stuff”.

    USING MAPS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON WHERE IN TERMS OF LOCAL HISTORY BEFORE AND AFTER THIS 2019 NUCLEAR ACCIDENT

    Take a look at the map posted at the bottom of my August 14 comment on Radiation Conversation II below. I read in Al Jazeera online last night (8/14/19) that the Russians are trying to keep people and boats away from Dvina Bay which is the SOUTHERN-MOST bay which is part of the White Sea. Dvina Bay is also the southern shoreline where the White Sea – Baltic Canal begins. According to Al Jazeera the Russian government has “closed” Dvina Bay for at least a month.

    Dvina Bay is the part of the White Sea where Russian nuclear scientists were conducting their experiment on a “platform” floating in the sea, a distance away from the shoreline. The explosion which killed the 7 scientists happened on the platform, which was near a little Russian village called Nenoksa on Dvina Bay’s south shore. (When I ran a search for Nenoksa through Google Maps, the program put up a map showing the village location. If you choose “satellite” while looking at Nenoksa you can see that the surrounding land is barren but not snow covered at this time of the year.)

    Nenoksa is the village which the Russian government had decided to evacuate before they changed their minds. The New York times speculated that what was left of the nuclear reactor which was on that platform fell into the White Sea after the explosion, along with the Russian scientists. We can’t see the particular spot where all of them and what remained of their experiment can be said to have fallen into Dvina Bay in particular, but we know it is offshore from Nenoska.

    While you’re looking at Nenoksa on Google Maps, also look for Severodvinsk, a small city with about 134,000 people. That’s where the Russian government has set up operations to deal with the consequences of the rocket explosion which occurred some time during daylight around August 8, 2019.

    Al Jazeera also reported that the dead scientists had been taken to Sarov, the city where their families reside and where the main nuclear weapons research facility in Russia is located. Sarov is in the Russian region called Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, which is a long, long way away from Dvina Bay. Knowing that long distance one can conclude that the Russian scientists thought it was far too dangerous to test the missile/rocket near Sarov or other populated areas in Russia

    Also take a look at the map of the area of Russia where this latest nuclear accident occurred,on the map from Wikipedia Commons in my other comment below. You’ll see Finland’s current eastern border. The vast majority of the land on the Russian side of that border, going all the way to the White Sea is called “Karelia”. It’s the same Karelia which was part of Finland in 1940, populated by so many Finns that they represented 1/3 of the Finnish economy that year.

    However, in 1940 the Soviet Army invaded Karelia on the pretext that it was needed to stage Soviet troops to protect Leningrad (formerly and now St. Petersburg) from invasion by the Germans. The Finnish Army put up a good fight, using modern weapons like machine guns, trying to fight off the Soviet military. (There’s a good history of the Winter War on Wikipedia.) The Finns lost in what is now called the “Winter War” in 1941.

    At that time of the Winter War, there was a dramatic exodus of Karelian Finns towards Helsinki, because they didn’t want to live under Soviet rule. After World War II the Soviets did not give Karelia back to the Finnish people and their government. While the Soviets tried to repopulate Karelia with their own people, the population of Russian Karelia is much lower today than it was in 1940, which is a good thing in terms of a large group of Finns not living smack-dab-up-against the part of the White Sea where the 2019 nuclear accident occurred. Unfortunately, in Karelia and Finland the winds often blow from the north east, meaning that the “Down Winders” from this latest nuclear accident are likely to be Finns as well as Russian residents of Karelia.

    That down wind risk in 2019 is nothing new for Finns, Swedes, Norwegians, Danes and the Sami people of Lapland, all of whom have lived down wind, since the late 1940’s, from the Soviet/Russian version of the Nevada Nevada Test Site, called the Novaya Zemlya Test Site, located on the gigantic, two-island, mountainous Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, which is crescent shaped, gigantic “arc”island located in the part of the Arctic Ocean called the Barents Sea, to the north east of Norwegian and Russian Lapland, and not too far, as the wind blows, from Karelia.

    The Novaya Zemlya Archipelago looks remote, almost uninhabited and cold, given its location in part of the Arctic Sea. The archipelago was first land-surveyed by Russians in 1930 and a Russian village settlement was built in the 1870’s.

    The archipelago is made up of two main islands: Yuzhny Island to the south and the much larger Severny Island to the north. The seas around Novaya Zemlya were the sites of serious naval battles during World War II, far too interesting to write here. See Wikipedia for a quick summary of what happened is the sea there.

    Severny Island is where the Russians’ outdoor nuclear test site is located on the west side of the island on the Sukhoy Nos Peninsula, which adjoins Mityshikha Bay, part of the Barents Sea. Unlike the treatment of the Pai people, the Navajo and the southern Utah Mormon down-winders, the Soviet government was gracious enough to move-out the local indigenous people, called the Nenets, in 1957, before the Russian outdoor nuclear tests began. By western intelligence at least 224 nuclear bomb tests occurred at the Novaya Zemlya Test Site on Severny Island. (Of those 224 nuclear bombs explosively tested, 2 were American nukes. Wouldn’t it be interesting to learn the details of that Russian-American joint experiment.)

    The Novaya Zemlya Test Site is where, as part of experiments and military training, some of those 224 nuclear bombs were detonated in the open air, including the largest outdoor nuclear bomb explosion in history-to-date called the Tsar Bomba, which was exploded on October 30, 1961, nine (9) miles inland from Mityushikha Bay.

    Other outdoor and underground nuclear bomb detonations and other nuclear experiments occurred throughout Severny and Yuzhny Islands through the 1990’s.

    In September 1961 the Soviets shot 2 “propelled nuclear warheads” TOWARDS the Novaya Zemlya Test Site, which covers most of the two islands. Those nuclear warheads were shot from two places on the Soviet mainlands: (1) one called Salekhard (on the Russian mainland) and (2) one from a military airfield called Vorkuta Sovietsky which was located in the Komi Republic of the Soviet Union, located due south of Novaya Zemlya. It is said that after those two tests, the launch missile was moved by the Soviets to Cuba.

    Interpreting the Russians’ actions in 2019, some in the nuclear industry suspect that the test missile which exploded in Dvina Bay was being tested there, rather than on Novaya Zemlya, as an attempt to obscure what the scientists from Sarov were doing. I doubt that is true.

    While the Winter War of 1940-1941 caused great sorrow among Finns, at least in 2019 Finnish citizens are not living along Dvina Bay where the accidental ‘nuclear’ explosion occurred.

    Ultimately it will be interesting to see if the Russians create a new Exclusion Zone in Karelia like the exclusion zones which exist around Chernobyl in modern day Ukraine encircling the former city of Pripyat, where the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and accident were located, and the exclusion zone encircling Fukushima Japan. Clearly the Finnish government and its people will be very unhappy, if the new exclusion zone extends all the way into Finland’s current sovereign territory.

    If you’re the praying kind, say a prayer for protection of the health of the people of Scandinavia and Karelia.

  14. Norway finds minor radioactive substances in air near border to Russia
    https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology/2019/08/norway-finds-radioactive-substances-air-near-border-russia

    Seven people died at the incident Nyonoksa. “Five representatives of nuclear power company Rosatom, and two people from the Russian Armed Forces, reportedly lost their lives while working with technical support of the isotope power source in a liquid propulsion system.”

  15. Another Simi Mom

    It’s tough to write a comment for Americans concerning a significant event in modern Russia without starting with a geography and history lesson. Likely 99% of Americans have no clue where Lake Ladoga is in Russia, just as 99% of Russians have no idea where Lake of the Ozarks is here. Fortunately Wikipedia Commons has published a map of the Baltic area of Russia which we are free to copy and study. It is located below.

    Early in the Russian people’s history Russia was essentially landlocked, with no access to navigable seas in Winter. In 1697 Tsar Peter I toured western Europe for 18 months. Among other things, Tsar Peter realized that European sovereigns with access to the sea for a navy and commercial shipping were substantially more affluent than rulers of landlocked countries.

    Until 1703 the entire U shaped eastern coast of the Gulf of Finland (on the map below) was occupied by Swedes who were call Ingrians. On May 1, 1703 Tsar Peter’s army captured control of Ingria’s most strategic places, the Swedish fortress of Nyenschantz and the City of Nyen on the Neva River. The 40,000 Swedish Ingrians had no way to physically get back to Sweden where they would have been safe in the hands of the Swedish king. As a result Tsar Peter I turned those captured Swedes into serfs and worked them to death building the grand city of St. Petersburg 3 miles in from the Gulf of Finland (Part of the Baltic Sea) under the supervision of German and Dutch engineers he hired. Tsar Peter I designated St. Petersburg as the capital of Russia.

    The Baltic Sea coast City of St. Petersburg was nurtured, improved and embellished by subsequent Tsars who kept it as the Russian capital. Access to the sea, and to world trade through the Baltic Sea allowed affluent Russian businessmen to increase their wealth through world trade.

    After Tsar Nicholas II was deposed in 1917, the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin took control in the October Revolution,and Lenin moved Russia’s capital back to Moscow.

    Historically Russia has had seaports on its northern coast abutting the Arctic Sea. However the winter weather being what it is, during his tenure as leader of the Soviet Union prior to World War II, Joseph Stalin decided to have Soviet laborers dig and build a ship canal from the White Sea (on the map below) to the Baltic Sea. The route chosen took advantage of naturally occurring lakes and rivers, and passed near urban Leningrad before entering the Baltic Sea. That “White Sea – Baltic Canal” was completed in 1933 and Soviet ship traffic began.

    According to Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn that White Sea-Baltic Canal was constructed by forced labor of 126,000 Soviet gulag prisoners thousands of whom died during the construction process. The route of that White Sea-Baltic Sea Canal is shown on the red line on the map above. The Soviet/Russian people paid a very high price to create their White Sea – Baltic Canal.

    History has proven that the bad consequence of man-made canals is that they allow unstoppable movement of chemicals, marine life and plants from one body of water to another.

    That’s why the Great Lakes now have lampreys, a snake shaped garbage fish from the Atlantic who swam up the St. Lawrence Seaways canals and locks, and who feed by attacking fish of economic and sporting value like lake trout.

    Canals connecting formerly disconnected bodies of water, like the Great Lakes and the canals and rivers that are located in the Great Lakes states are at risk of being invaded by the huge nuisance fish called the Asian carp. The carp got into the Mississippi River and have entered a man made canal connecting the Mississippi to Lake Michigan at Chicago. A massive effort is continuously being made in Congress and on the Great Lakes to stop the Asian carp from populating the lakes and killing off traditional lake fish.

    In the late 1960’s fresh water chemists conducted extensive water tests from the Niagara River, attempting to determine the kinds of industrial chemicals in that drinking water source, and those chemicals’ locations of origin. The fresh water chemists found a cornucopia of chemicals identified as having traveled from as far away as Chicago and Milwaukee’s industrial areas as a result of the “natural” flow of water.

    As we know from Enviroreporter’s extensive writing on water contamination in the Pacific Ocean near California, and in its fish used as human food, radionuclides are found in the fish and in the water which can be identified as being consistent with water run-off from the melted down nuclear reactors at Fukushima, Japan which sit at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

    On August 8, 2019 news reporting started to appear in the West indicating that there had been a nuclear accident next to or on the White Sea, near Arkangel’sk, shown on the map below. Later news stories indicated that the accident was caused when a large rocket, fueled by a nuclear reactor inside it, had exploded on a barge or dock in the White Sea.

    That’s where the White Sea-Baltic Canal presents a big risk to the health and safety of Russian people, if radionuclides in the water of the White Sea enter the canal and head for the lakes and rivers forming the canal leading to the Baltic Sea. On route, those hypothetical radionuclides will contaminate the lakes and rivers incorporated into that canal. Worst case, radionuclides which have traveled through that canal will enter the Baltic Sea.

    Russia’s neighbors around the Baltic Sea, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will not be very happy if they discover Fukushima style reactor melt down radionuclides contaminating their beloved and economically important Baltic Sea and its fish.

    On August 13th the New York Times speculated that the nuclear reactor could have fallen into the White Sea and that the Russian government may plan to try to retrieve it in no small part to protect the waters of the White Sea from nuclear contamination like the seawaters off Fukushima.

    White Sea - Baltic Sea Canal

  16. Locals are told to leave nuclear testing area Nyonoksa
    They will be taken away from the settlement located near Arkhangelsk by train. The evacuation is not related to the recent missile engine explosion, military authorities say. https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2019/08/locals-are-told-leave-nuclear-testing-area-nyonoksa

  17. Below is the map location of Nyonoksa and Severodvinsk in Northern Russia. Reportedly Nyonoksa is where the Russian experiment rocket exploded. Severodvinsk, where the 20x background detection occurred, is east of Nyonoksa. This indicates that the wind direction was westerly, at the time of the explosion.

    https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Nyonoksa,+Arkhangelsk+Oblast,+Russia,+164526/@64.605536,39.256264,9.75z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x44187b02480aee51:0xba867af3a567f21f!8m2!3d64.622572!4d39.18022

    The Russian press have played down the event, stating in one article that Finland’s monitoring system did not detect anything, thus implying that the event was insignificant.

    Quote from RT Article: (https://www.rt.com/russia/466238-russian-rocket-blast-sea-rosatom/)

    “The claims of a radioactive cover-up have not been supported on the ground, and neighboring Finland has not registered any deviations from normal levels.”

    The detection evidence indicates that the wind was heading Westward away from Finland. A twenty times background, at the distance of around 30k or 18 miles between Nyonoksa to Severodvinsk, indicates that a significant radioactive release occurred.

  18. With several days of delay, the Russian authorities have revealed some details of the nuclear accident that occurred at a military base on the White Sea. At least five people lost their lives, with atomic radiation of up to 2.0 microsieverts per hour. The accident occurred on a platform in the sea. Rosatom said his employees had been tasked with running the “isotopic energy source” for a rocket that was being tested on the platform Some questions remained unanswered. For example, the authorities did not clarify whether Rosatom’s confirmed five deaths by its own employees must be supplemented by two deaths from specialists who were announced by the army shortly after the disaster. In addition, there were varying levels of atomic radiation levels – leading to panic buying of iodine tablets in the affected region. While normal background is around 0.11 µSv/h (microsivert per hour), the levels measured at the monitor on the Lomonosov Street near Lake Teatralnoye peaked at 2 µSv/h, nearly 20 times higher gamma radiation than normal.

  19. Southern Hemisphere July 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    July 2019 day average background chart. (Month Average 107 cpm)

    July background was slightly lower than June.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-July-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  20. In a disaster on a military site in northern Russia apparently radioactivity was released. Seven people died. The information is sparse.

  21. Another Simi Mom

    Below is a link to a National Academy of Sciences published article on a significant leak of Ruthenium 106 into the environment in September 2017 “from” the multi-purpose Russian nuclear site called “Mayak” which is located in the countryside outside of the City of Ozyorsk, Oblast (State) of Chelyabinsk, Russia.

    Where is Ozyorsk Russia? It is just 150 km south southeast of the City of Ekaterinburg, where the last Tsar and his family were executed at Ipatiev House in July 1918.

    Ozyorsk and Ekaterinburg are far east of Moscow in the Ural mountain region, and due north of Kazakstan.

    A cloud of Ruthenium 106 is said to have been released at Mayak in September 2017. In the Soviet era, Mayak was also the site of a major nuclear accident called the “Kyshtym Disaster” in 1957.

    The cloud which traveled to Europe in 2017 was made up of Ruthenium 106, a byproduct of nuclear fission with a half-life of 374 days. During the “reprocessing” of “spent” nuclear fuel, the isotopes of Ruthenium 106 usually are separated from the radioactive plutonium and uranium taken from nuclear power reactors and kept in long-term storage with other radioactive waste byproducts.

    https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/07/25/1907571116

    https://www.newsweek.com/secret-russian-nuclear-accident-caused-huge-radiation-cloud-blanket-europe-scientists-claim-1451691

  22. Los Angeles dust tested for radiation

    July 29, 2019
    4:15 pm PDST INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER MACHINES: 69.8 CPM^^ OR 78.5% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    4:15 pm PDST INT RADIATION STATION SANTA MONICA BACKGROUND: 39.1 CPM^^

  23. In Majak’s Russian nuclear facility in the southern Urals, a serious nuclear accident was believed to have occurred in September 2017, according to an international team of experts from 47 leading institutes. This reports the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. She refers to a report published by 69 scientists under the leadership of radio-ecologist Georg Steinhauser from the University of Hanover and French atmospheric researcher Olivier Masson in the American journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). PNAS is one of the world’s leading science journals.

    The accident, to which the researchers now allude, had led to a sudden appearance of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 in the atmosphere in large parts of Central and Eastern Europe.

  24. Southern Hemisphere June 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    June 2019 day average background chart. (Month Average 108 cpm)

    Local background levels have been relatively calm over the last few months, nothing significant to report.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-June-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  25. 60th Anniversary of Nuclear Meltdown Near Los Angeles to Be Commemorated July 13

    Community event will call for the promised full cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and include a memorial in honor of workers and community members harmed by exposure to the site’s contamination

    On Saturday, July 13, community members who live near the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) will hold an event to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the site’s partial nuclear meltdown and to rally in support of its long overdue cleanup. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Rancho Tapo Community Park, 3700 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley, CA at the pavilions near the ballpark.

    East wall of Sodium Reactor Complex

    SSFL is a former nuclear reactor and rocket-engine testing facility located in the hills above the Simi and San Fernando Valleys. On July 13, 1959, power began to rise rapidly in the core of the Sodium Reactor Experiment (SRE). Operators barely managed to shut it down, but a few hours later, without determining the cause of the incident, inexplicably started it up again and let it run for 10 more days. By the time the SRE was finally shut down, a third of its fuel had experienced melting. Because it had no containment structure, radioactivity was released directly into the environment.

    The SSFL meltdown was kept secret for two decades, until it was discovered by UCLA students and their instructor, Dan Hirsch, who brought it to public attention. Hirsch, now retired director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy at UC Santa Cruz and President of the nuclear policy organization Committee to Bridge the Gap, said a lack of candor and disregard for public safety has characterized much of the site’s operations.

    “The Atomic Energy Commission issued a news release weeks after the accident merely saying that a ‘parted fuel element’ had been observed,” said Hirsch. “They didn’t admit that 13 out of 43 fuel rods melted, or that they’d intentionally vented radioactivity into the air for weeks. This kind of reckless continued for decades, with little concern for workers and nearby communities. Such disregard continues to this day, with the contamination still not cleaned up.”

    SSFL remains contaminated with dangerous radionuclides including strontium-90, cesium-137, plutonium-239 and toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), perchlorate, dioxins and heavy metals. Federally-funded studies indicate increased cancers among site workers, elevated cancer rates in the nearby community associated with proximity to SSFL, and that contamination migrates off of the site over EPA levels of concern.

    “Exposure to contaminants that are known to exist at SSFL can cause cancers and leukemias as well as developmental, genetic, neurological, and immune system disorders,” said Dr. Robert Dodge, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, a public health advocacy group that has worked for a full SSFL cleanup for over 30 years.

    In 2010, the California Dept. of Toxic Substances Control signed agreements with the U.S. Dept. of Energy and NASA to fully clean up their parts of SSFL by 2017. The Boeing Company, which owns most of the site, is similarly bound by a 2007 Consent Order to have completed cleanup by 2017. However, the promised SSFL cleanup has not even begun, and the parties responsible for the contamination are now pushing to leave about 98% of the contamination not cleaned up.

    “Since when do polluters get to decide how much of their mess they clean up?” said Marie Mason, Simi Valley resident and co-founder of the Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition, which has been fighting for full cleanup since 1989. “They don’t, it’s illegal. But the SSFL cleanup has been one broken promise after another, and all the while contamination comes off that hill and into our neighborhoods. Just last fall, the Woolsey Fire started at and burned most of the site, risking increased exposures to SSFL’s pollution. It’s got to get cleaned up.”

    Newer activists like Melissa Bumstead, a West Hills resident whose daughter has twice survived a rare leukemia and who has mapped over 50 other rare pediatric cancers near SSFL, are bringing fresh energy and new voices into the cleanup fight. Bumstead’s Change.org petition has now been signed by over 650,000 people and she is hoping the July 13 event will help galvanize the community to fight for the full, promised cleanup.

    “As we look back at the meltdown anniversary, we also have to look forward and get more people involved in fighting for the cleanup. Rock the Cleanup will be a family friendly event, with informative speakers, games, and fun activities like rock-painting, We’ll use those rocks to create memorials to those harmed by SSFL. We have seen some positive steps from our elected officials recently, but more – many more – people have to speak out if we are ever going to get the 100% cleaned up that we were promised.”

    Photos and B-roll related to meltdown can be downloaded at http://committeetobridgethegap.org/ssfl/sre-meltdown-anniversary/

    # # #

    Parents vs. SSFL is a grassroots group of concerned parents and residents who demand compliance with cleanup agreements signed in 2010 that require a full cleanup of all radioactive and chemical contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.

    The Rocketdyne Cleanup Coalition, or RCC, is a community-based alliance dedicated to the cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), commonly known as Rocketdyne.

    Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA) works to protect public health from nuclear and environmental threats and has worked for the full cleanup of SSFL for over 30 years.

    The Committee to Bridge the Gap is a non-profit nuclear policy organization focusing on issues of nuclear safety, waste disposal, proliferation, and disarmament.

  26. Denise, many congratulations on being awarded the prestigious “Bill Mitchell Grassroots Activist Award” from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.
    Well deserved!

  27. Our superb editor and website maven, Denise Duffield, is an amazing person who really rocks the house, this time in Washington D.C. lobbying for the full – and promised – cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and spearheading the Back from the Brink campaign to abolish nuclear weapons in all its many facets. Adding to her many accomplishments is her being awarded the prestigious Bill Mitchell Grassroots Activist Award from the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability for her superb work, past present and future! Here’s to the best editor (and wife for that matter) this journalist will ever have!

    CHECK OUT THE TERRIFIC PHOTO GALLERY OF THIS AMAZING EVENT!

  28. Southern Hemisphere May 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    May 2019 day average background chart. (Month Average 108 cpm)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-May-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  29. Los Angeles air tested for beta radiation

    May 24, 2019
    7:45 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California BACKGROUND- 38.4 CPM^
    7:30 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California – RSSMC dust from 3 HEPA filters: 66.5 CPM^ which is 73.2% above subsequent background

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  30. Santa Monica rain 62.0% above background radiation 5/22/19
    May 22, 2019
    3:05 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California THUNDER LIGHTNING THEN RAIN– 62.0 CPM^ OR 35.4% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    2:50 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California BACKGROUND – 45.8 CPM^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  31. RAIN ACROSS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT BACKGROUND

    May 18, 2019
    10:30 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California RAIN- 40.6 CPM^ below background
    9:30 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California – 42.7 CPM^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  32. Southern Hemisphere April 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    April 2019 Report. (Month Average 108 cpm)
    As we move into the cooler months here in the Southern hemisphere, the month average background levels decrease. This seasonal variation in background happens every year as we get more southern ocean air flows in the cooler months. In the warmer months we get more tropical air flows.

    April 2019 day average background chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-April-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  33. April 29, 2019
    12:30 am PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California RAIN- 41.5 CPM^ below background
    12:20 am PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California – 45.2 CPM^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  34. EnviroReporter.com‘s 2019 Radiation Station Santa Monica California Spring Cleaning

    April 13, 2019
    7:15 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California BACKGROUND- 41.0 CPM^
    7:00 pm PDST INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California – RSSMC Spring Cleaning dust from 3 HEPA filters and vacuumed in-structure dust and fine particulate matter: 56.1 CPM^ which is 36.8% above subsequent background

    Radiation Station Santa Monica California 2019 Spring Cleaning

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  35. EnviroReporter.com‘s 2019 Sonoran Desert Badlands Radiation Detection Tour

    April 4-7, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Multiple multi-media radiation tests – air, precipitation, potable & non-potable water, food (See Eat Me!), flora, urban, wild lands, freeways, roads, oases, desert, mountains, coast

    April 7, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Santa Ysabel, Ramona, San Pasqual Battlefield, Vista, Agra, San Onofre, Fountain Valley, Signal Hill, Carson, Santa Monica – NO RADIATION ABOVE BACKGROUND DETECTED

    April 6, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Vallecito, Mortero Wash, Anza-Borrego State Park – NO RADIATION ABOVE BACKGROUND DETECTED

    April 5, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Oasis, Sonoran Desert badlands, Agua Caliente, Sweeney Pass, Sonoran Desert – NO RADIATION ABOVE BACKGROUND DETECTED

    April 5, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Julian, Banner, Scissors Crossing, Great Southern Overland Stage Route, Sonoran Desert – NO RADIATION ABOVE BACKGROUND DETECTED

    April 4, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Los Angeles, Industry, Pomona, Chino Hills, Alberhill, Terra Cota, Temecula, Radec, Wynola – NO RADIATION ABOVE BACKGROUND DETECTED

    April 4-7, 2019
    EXT/INT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Multiple multi-media radiation tests – air, precipitation, potable & non-potable water, food (See Eat Me!), flora, urban, wild lands, freeways, roads, oases, desert, mountains, coast

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  36. Southern Hemisphere February & March 2019 Background Radiation Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    March 2019 Report.

    We finally received around 300mm of rain in March, decent rain after an exceptionally dry period.

    Towards the latter part of March, around when the rain started, a number of very short detection spikes showed up in the 24 hour charts.

    Below are examples of a couple of the larger spike detections.

    It is normal to occasionally get background spikes, three times background or less. These detections were less than three times background, so are probably not anything to be concerned about.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-180319.jpg

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-310319.jpg

    March 2019 day average background chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-March-2019.jpg

    February 2019 Report.

    February was exceptionally dry. February is usually one of our wettest months here.

    February 2019 day average background chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-February-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  37. Plutonium-239/240 over 3 times background
    A noteworthy KCRW news feature by veteran Jenny Hamet has hit the airwaves and online. “Families affected by cancer want state officials to lead cleanup of Santa Susana” has heartbreaking interviews and provides an excellent introduction to the sordid environmental history of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. Boeing, NASA and the Dept. of Energy all declined taped interviews but issued grandiose statements despite estimates that they will leave 98% of the radioactive and chemical contamination at the future “Glow in the Dark Park.” SSFL cleanup activists are a fearless and inspiring lot in this most capable multimedia piece.

  38. Santa Monica rain 16.2% above background
    March 20, 2019, 2019
    9:55 am INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California RAIN SAMPLE: 46.7 CPM^^ OR 16.2% ABOVE NORMAL BACKGROUND RADIATION
    9:40 am INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California BG: 40.2 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

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    March 5, 2019, 2019
    10:50 pm INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California RAIN SAMPLE: 43.0 CPM^^ OR NORMAL BACKGROUND
    10:35 pm INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California BG: 45.3 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  40. Pacific Ocean tests at background 2/23/19
    February 23, 2019
    09:30 pm INT RSSMC PACIFIC OCEAN/SANTA MONICA BEACH SAMPLE: 41.2 CPM^^ OR NORMAL BACKGROUND
    09:15 pm INT RSSMC BG: 40.0 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  41. February 14, 2019 walking gamma inspections of rain in Santa Monica yield no radiation over background.

    February 13, 2019
    01:15 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 38.0 CPM^^ OR NORMAL BACKGROUND
    01:00 pm INT RSSMC BG: 42.9 CPM^^

    February 10, 2019
    01:50 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 47.5 CPM^^ OR NORMAL BACKGROUND
    12:55 pm INT RSSMC BG: 50.0 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  42. Southern Hemisphere January 2019 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Note: As of 2019, day local background average will now be charted in Counts Per Minute (CPM), not uSv/hr. The new monitoring equipment now being used is a SBT-10 pancake probe, it generally averages 110 CPM. This is around ten times greater CPM sensitivity than the old GammaScout Geiger counter that was previously used for background monitoring here.

    January 2019 Report.

    It was a hot, dry, and sometimes humid January here. We generally get significant rain in January, and January is usually the start of our wet season. This January ended up being the driest on record, with an insignificant 0.4mm of rainfall. There are no radiation events to report, all calm and stable.

    January 2019 day average background chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-January-2019.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  43. February 3, 2019
    11:50 am INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 44.0 CPM^^ OR NORMAL BACKGROUND
    11:35 am INT RSSMC BG: 42.1 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  44. February 2, 2019
    12:35 am INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 40.4 CPM^^ OR NORMAL BACKGROUND
    12:20 am INT RSSMC BG: 39.3 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  45. January 31, 2019
    12:10 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 54.7 CPM^^ OR 34.1% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    11:50 am INT RSSMC BG: 40.8 CPM^^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  46. 15th January 2019 – “Nuclear: Dangerous, A Failed Technology” – Former Nuke Regulatory Chief Greg Jaczko Goes Rogue

    Extracts:

    Greg Jaczko, the former Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has published an explosive new book: Confessions of a Rogue Nuclear Regulator. In it, he gets honest with the American people about the dangers of nuclear technology, which he labels “failed,” “dangerous,” “not reliable.” He particularly comes down against nuclear as having any part in mitigating the problems of climate change/global warming.

    In this extended Nuclear Hotseat interview, Jaczko brings us inside the NRC’s response to Fukushima, the “precipice” on which nuclear safety balances, his own growing doubts about how safe nuclear reactors are in the United States, and how, ultimately, it was that concern with safety that probably brought him down.

    Comment:

    I can not see how anyone could call multiple nuclear meltdowns and explosions at Fukushima, a controlled cold shutdown of the nuclear reactors. Another fairy tale put forward by the nuclear industry to make it appear to the public that they have the situation under control at Fukushima.

    http://nuclearhotseat.com/2019/01/16/rogue-nuclear-regulator-jaczko/

  47. MEDIA WITHHOLDS VITAL INFORMATION!

    The nuclear industry is spreading a fairy tale on the Internet and in main stream media, that no one has died from, or contracted cancer, as a result of Fukushima.

    Below is a quote from a recently published Forbes article on the 22nd January 2019. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/01/22/former-u-s-nuclear-safety-regulator-withheld-vital-aid-during-fukushima-crisis-says-top-official/amp/)

    Quote:

    “There were 2,202 disaster-related deaths in Fukushima, according to the government’s Reconstruction Agency, from evacuation stress, interruption to medical care and suicide; so far, there has not been a single case of cancer linked to radiation from the plant.

    That is prompting a shocking reassessment among some scholars: that the evacuation was an error. The human cost would have been far smaller had people stayed where they were, they argue.”

    ————————————————

    FACT, a huge number of thyroid cancers, injuries and fatalities have resulted from the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. Here we have a large list of reports from independent sources that do not have a financial interest in nuclear. These reports tell the true story, not an industry created fairy tale!

    http://technologypals.com.au/fatalities-and-injuries-resulting-from-the-fukushima-nuclear-catastrophe

    Please use the technologypals reports to educate your friends and relatives.

  48. HOT HOLIDAY MIDWEST SNOW RADIATION DEFIES EXPLANATION

    Defying explanation, EnviroReporter.com detected hot snow in Southwest Michigan at 5.7 times natural radiation background over the holidays that wasn’t from radon progeny, the likely ‘burps’ of periodic nuclear power plant gas releases or radioactive remnants from coal-fired plants on Lake Michigan. This extremely high reading, the highest taken in any media since EnviroReporter.com began measuring Midwest radiation in 2010, would seem to come from an extremely short-lived isotope we can’t identify with a half-life of about 84 minutes. This head-scratcher leaves us little to impart to our readers other than to say it is unlikely anyone made snow cones out of this hot frozen precip so there seems little to worry about from a public health perspective.


    January 2, 2019
    5:00 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room SNOW: 91.9 CPM^ or 143% OVER BACKGROUND
    4:45 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 37.9 CPM^

    2019

    December 31, 2018
    11:25 am EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room RAIN: 61.7 CPM^ or 70.9% OVER BACKGROUND
    11:10 am EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 36.1 CPM^

    December 29, 2018
    9:50 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room FRESH SNOW FROM SECOND SNOW OF DAY/NIGHT: 67.9 CPM^ or 76.8% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    9:20 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 38.4 CPM^
    10:30 am EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room NEW & OLD SNOW: 37.4 CPM^ or background
    9:50 am EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room NEW SNOW: 33.7 CPM^ or background
    9:35 am EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 32.8 CPM^

    December 28, 2018
    7:40 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room SNOW: 211.4 CPM^ or 5.67 TIMES BACKGROUND, NEARLY DOUBLE THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL’S THRESH HOLD OF THREE TIMES BACKGROUND TO INITIATE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PROTOCOLS.
    7:25 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 37.3 CPM^
    5:35 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room SLEET: 70.9 CPM^ or 92.1% OVER BACKGROUND
    5:30 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 36.9 CPM^
    12:30 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 37.6 CPM^

    December 27, 2018
    6:15 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room RAIN: 40.6 CPM^ or background
    6:00 pm EST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room background: 39.0 CPM^

    December 26, 2018
    4:20 pm EST St. Joseph Michigan 6th floor room background: 32,8 CPM^
    11:05 am EST St. Joseph Michigan 6th floor room background: 34.1 CPM^

    December 25, 2018
    11:35 pm EST St. Joseph Michigan 6th floor room background: 31.6 CPM^

    See more multi-media radiation testing at Radiation Station Stats and Special Radiation Station Tests

  49. Southern Hemisphere December 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    December 2018 day average background chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-December-2018.jpg

    More short duration background radiation spikes were detected here in December. The evidence below points to a couple of possible sources.

    A. Cosmic ray burst?

    At times during some of these detections the planetary Kp index levels were at near zero, or at zero levels. This means at these times there were very low solar wind levels and potentially high cosmic ray activity, pointing to a possible cosmic ray source.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Planetary-K-index-14th-to-16th-Decemebr-2018.png

    B. Hot particle passing by the sensor or noble gases that were undergoing decay?

    The wind maps below show that during each detection the surface wind was coming off the Pacific Ocean. In each instance, upper atmosphere high pressure system air was being draw down into the low pressure systems. This points to upper atmosphere radioactive contamination, possibly being drawn down to the surface.

    2nd December

    Originally suggested that this December 2nd spike was from a local fire event, the most recent evidence points to other possibilities.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Caloundra-1st-to-2nd-Dec-chart-011218.jpg

    Wind direction at the time. (This location on these wind maps is marked by the green dot.)

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/12/02/0100Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-215.71,-23.47,1343/loc=153.174,-26.901

    14th December

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-141218.jpg

    Wind direction at the time.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/12/14/2100Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-215.71,-23.47,1343/loc=153.174,-26.901

    16th December

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-161218.jpg

    Wind direction at the time.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/12/16/1700Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-215.71,-23.47,1343/loc=153.174,-26.901

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  50. January 7, 2019

    Rocketdyne-Woolsey Fire ash on burnt Malibu hillside adjacent Malibu Temple

    4:55 pm INT RSSMC HEPA FILTER DUST FROM 3 MACHINES FOR 18 DAYS: 165.4 CPM^^ OR 4.39 TIMES BACKGROUND. Over 6 times higher on per day average than previous HEPA dust measuring period.
    4:20 pm INT RSSMC BG: 37.7 CPM^^

    Special Radiation Station Tests

    Radiation Station Santa Monica California

  51. January 5, 2019
    7:35 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 46.1 CPM^^ OR BACKGROUND
    7:15 pm INT RSSMC BG: 43.8 CPM^^

    Special Radiation Station Tests

    Radiation Station Santa Monica California

  52. Southern Hemisphere November 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    November 2018 day average background chart. Caloundra November 2018 month average, 16% above pre-Fukushima average.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2018.jpg

    Until the unit here became unreliable in mid September 2018, the GammaScout Geiger make of Geiger counter was used for local background monitoring. It was replaced with a different make and model of detection equipment, with different tube sensitivities.

    Spike in Background

    The chart screen shot below is from the Caloundra Australia monitoring station, from the 1st December to the 2nd December 2018.

    This significant spike in background radiation level occurred just after midnight on the 2nd December.

    Note: The chart vertical axis is in nSv/hr, so divide by 1,000 to get uSv/hr. The peak is close to 0.375 uSv/hr, Which is around three times the average background for this location.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Caloundra-1st-to-2nd-Dec-chart-011218.jpg

    There were major fires burning North of here at the time. This Nullschool wind map below shows the wind direction and particulate overlay at the time. The green dot on the map marks the approximate location of the detection.

    Here are three possibilities that have been put forward for the source of this local spike in background.

    A. Fire North of here.

    B. Cosmic ray burst.

    C. Hot particle passing by the sensor.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/12/02/0000Z/particulates/surface/level/overlay=pm10/orthographic=-206.51,-26.01,1821/loc=153.152,-26.814

    Monthly and yearly average charts from 2007 to 2018.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  53. Continued appreciation for the ongoing reporting.

    I have exited the foothills of central California. Hopefully for cleaner air. I felt I had to exit as my friends all seemed to be getting ill from a lot of various stuff, like Valley Fever. Weakened immune systems is my guess.

    The problem as I see it is that you can run but you can’t hide from the insidious spread of radioactive contamination and it’s potential damage to future generations of all living things.

  54. December 5, 2018
    6:55 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 47.7 CPM^^ OR BACKGROUND
    6:35 pm INT RSSMC HEPA FILTER DUST FROM 2 MACHINES FOR 26 DAYS: 75.5 CPM^^ OR 77.2% ABOVE BACKGROUND
    6:05 pm INT RSSMC BG: 42.6 CPM^^

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  55. Ahmanson Ranch debuts as public open space 15 years ago today

    Ahmanson Ranch

    The November 2018 Rocketdyne fire burned through Ahmanson Ranch as reported in Smoke Screen – Woolsey Fire Contamination Cover-up. SgtPepprz produced the video Upper Las Virgenes Canyon and Open Space Preserve showing Ahmanson Ranch before and after the fire. The ecosystem survived the fire and will thrive evermore, saved from rapacious development and 3,050 homes that were never built thanks to the investigative reporting of Michael Collins.

  56. The living laboratory that is Death Valley has provided EnviroReporter.com a great place to test for radiation and this Thanksgiving holiday was no different. All air, water and food readings, documented here and in Eat Me! came in normal. That’s not always the case. Radioactive rains in the national park were staggeringly hot in 2013 as we exposed in Boreas Storm Packs Radioactive Punch:

    The rare sustained precipitation tested over 31.5 times normal background radiation levels outside of the park’s visitor’s center in Furnace Creek November 23. Earlier in the day, rain radiation in Stovepipe Wells 24 miles northwest of Furnace Creek registered 29.7 times background. Boreas rain tested November 22 at the same Stovepipe Wells location in the morning came in at 4.6 times normal. Over 40 miles to the south that same day, the rain came in over 26.7 times the background of the area which is at 282 feet below sea level and called, appropriately enough, Badwater.

    Luckily, the temperate 2018 radiation readings didn’t dampen the excitement of being in the hottest place on Earth.


    November 25, 2018
    10:05 am INT DEATH VALLEY STOVEPIPE WELLS [14′ above sea level] BG: 34.4 CPM^^

    November 24, 2018
    10:15 am INT DEATH VALLEY STOVEPIPE WELLS [14′ above sea level] BG: 36.6 CPM^^

    November 23, 2018
    11:30 am INT DEATH VALLEY STOVEPIPE WELLS [14′ above sea level] BG: 41.3 CPM^^

    November 22, 2018
    11:15 am INT DEATH VALLEY STOVEPIPE WELLS [14′ above sea level] BG: 39.8 CPM^^

    November 21, 2018
    11:40 am INT DEATH VALLEY STOVEPIPE WELLS [14′ above sea level] BG: 36.2 CPM^^

  57. Southern Hemisphere October 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA
    October 2018 day average background chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-October-2018.jpg
    Caloundra October month average, year comparisons.

    2018 13% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 22% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 14% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 25% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 19% above pre-Fukushima average

    Monthly and yearly average charts from 2007 to 2018.

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  58. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/11/09/state-says-no-toxic-risk-from-woolsey-fire-that-burned-old-nuclear-site-in-simi-valley/

    “The state agency says it will check out the air monitoring equipment around the defunct lab as soon as fire department officials allow access.”

    I was there at 3:30PM Friday. The Fire department was not blocking access to anyone.

    Then the claim we updated to state that over the weekend that the samples came back clean.

    Let me get this right with you all. If the samples came up bad it was already too late. The fire had already burned to the coast and exposed everyone. Yet, many people returned to clean up the ash and mess shortly after.

    So, if there was an issue, it would not of been prevented and if it was hidden exposure risk was actually increased.

    Perhaps all those people with the money that were affected will care now?

  59. 1. Are you suggesting that if you can no longer smell it, then the possible toxic particles are no longer in the air?

    2. If I hose down everything outside my house, that water still goes somewhere. So if I hose off the swingset for the kids, all of the water and possible toxic particles ends up in the dirt. What do you do about that? OR if I hose off a side of the house, all of those potentially toxic particles ends up in my driveway, etc. etc.

    3. Are you suggesting that if I grow fruits/vegetables outside then I can simply wash it with warm warm to be safe? I was planning to never eat another lemon, orange, etc. from my trees. Am I being too cautious?

    4. Who would I even contact to do testing on my property to check for all of the possible toxic contaminants that might be there?

    Thanks!

  60. @Noel Wauchope: Pure hooey. How can one discern no level of radiation unless sealed in a lead box? There is always background radiation, something the creators of this ‘all’s safe’ don’t seem to know. Do not trust statements like this.

    There is an ongoing Woolsey Fire Contamination Coverup that EnviroReporter.com is in the process of exposing. Stay tuned.

    20 years of ongoing SSFL/Rocketdyne investigative reporting
    June 1998June 2018

  61. Who to believe? https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/13/santa-susana-field-laboratory-woolsey-fire/ SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — Local, state and federal agencies have inspected the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and found that the nuclear Superfund site was not impacted by the Woolsey Fire.

    The U.S. Department of Energy, its contractors and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control inspected the site on Sunday, Nov. 11 and determined that Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone was untouched by the fire.
    santa susana Officials: Santa Susana Nuclear Site Safe From Woolsey Fire
    View of Area IV and DOE buildings which remain undamaged from fire. (DOE)

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also performed an assessment of the site and found “no discernible level of radiation in the tested area.”

  62. [This comment is in reply to Smoke Screen – Woolsey Fire Contamination Cover-up]

    @kat: Working backwards, we’ll address safety then length of threat. While we’re in the process of building a post-Rocketdyne Fire decontamination resource, a few quick ideas. If you can smell it outside still – and you probably can if within several miles of the burn – then wear an N95 mask outside (kids too). Avoid outside activity and kids stay inside. Clean up around house exterior and yards by hosing down everything from the top down to remove soot ONLY IF THERE IS PLENTIFUL WATER and there probably isn’t yet. Careful when sweeping to keep soot from cleanup clothes out of home/office. Drive with recirculation air ON and get car ionizer for air cleaning. Wash all fruit and vegetables grown and harvested outside in warm water and do it well. More on this to come so stay tuned but that will get you started.

    “How long do all the toxic elements stay in the air?” is a good question. About 6-7 weeks tops HOWEVER this same dust get recirculated up into the air again and again. We wrote about the science of this in No Place to Hide – Fukushima Fallout Findings Widespread:

    According to a 2007 University of Tennessee Department of Nuclear Engineering health physics report, “radioactive particulate matter is carried in air within dust particles.” Once a particle or aerosol is suspended in the air at any elevation it can be removed, altered or destroyed but can’t remain in the atmosphere indefinitely, according to Dr. James Dorsey of the University of Manchester where Dorsey earned a PhD in Atmospheric Physics in 2002. “Clearly the lifetime of any particular particle depends on its size and location,” Dorsey wrote. “Larger aerosol settle out of the atmosphere very quickly under gravity, and some surfaces are more efficient at capturing aerosol than others.”

    &

    In dry environments, where very small radioactive particles have no effective path to deposition over land or water bodies, nanoparticles join together in a process known as coagulation. These tiny particles, smaller than 100 nanometers, collide into each other due to forces that include electrostatic attraction, phoretic effects like that of heavier particles on lighter ones and transport of a particle due to temperature gradients where the particle moves from a high temperature to a low one. There is also Brownian diffusion which is the effect of thermal random motion on these particles.

    Though complicated, these methods are how particles combine and fall to earth. Indeed, the drier the environment, the easier it is for particles to stick together because they don’t have to ‘squeeze’ the water molecules out first to join together. “In the kinetic regime, coagulation is always enhanced due to the absence of viscous forces,” according to Dorsey. That means Fukushima fallout would better bind with spewing aerosol trails better in drier climes like the desert than wet ones.

    20 years of ongoing SSFL/Rocketdyne investigative reporting
    June 1998June 2018

  63. How long do all the toxic elements stay in the air? Does it eventually get blown all over the valley and somehow dissipate? Does it remain on everything it lands on,, the plants, streets, dirt, etc.? Trying to figure out how long a mask may be necessary and if everything getting hosed off around my house may help or if there is anything that can be done to make my house and yard safer for kids? Thanks.

  64. @Crystal lane: Yes, for the region. Check out Los Angeles, CA RadNet readings. Note that the gamma graph reflects a significant bump during the fire days though that isn’t proof it was caused by the fire.

    There will be a collection of potentially radioactive soot from downwinders for testing – keep an eye on EnviroReporter.com for further details.

    20 years of ongoing SSFL/Rocketdyne investigative reporting
    June 1998June 2018

  65. Does anyone have any radiation readings downwind from the fire so we have some kind of definitive numbers to give to people for preparing them to do what they can do for protection ?

  66. There is no one you can force to test the air. You can deduce that if we say it contains toxic fumes, it does, as do most wildfires especially one that just roared through Rocketdyne.

    20 years of ongoing SSFL/Rocketdyne investigative reporting
    June 1998June 2018

  67. Who can we contact to force an analysis of the Air for contamination to confirm if the air contains toxic fumes?

  68. ONGOING UPDATES – SANTA SUSANA FIELD LABORATORY/ROCKETDYNE ON FIRE

    It has burned before - SSFL in 2005
    It has burned before – SSFL in 2005

    5:00 pm Thursday Nov. 8, 2018 MICHAEL COLLINS/ENVIROREPORTER.COM BREAKING NEWS:

    KTLA’s coverage shows the fire above Brandeis-Bardin burning through Area III with Area IV catching fire. Wind is blowing strong to the southwest carrying toxic smoke towards Ahmanson Ranch, the 101 Freeway, Liberty Canyon, Conejo Valley, Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu, potentially. This is a very dangerous event. All people who can smell the smoke from this fire should get themselves, their children, and pets inside and immediately close windows and use filtered air conditioning if possible. Masks should be worn and extreme care dealing with ash and embers. This is not a drill – ACT NOW

    3:00 pm Friday Nov. 9, 2018 MICHAEL COLLINS/ENVIROREPORTER.COM UPDATE:

    Television coverage showed the fire sweep through Areas II, III and nuclear Area IV. Since it is called the “Woolsey Fire,” it suggests it started there and probably burned Area I too in its march to the Pacific Ocean. If you are fortunate enough not to have lost property in this disaster, and live anywhere near this area of the fire and can still smell smoke and/or char over the next few days, MASK UP with at least an N95 mask and be very careful cleaning up the soot and ash once the fire is over. Do NOT let kids do the dirty work considering the potential pollutants in this fire soot, ash and debris. YOU do it AFTER the fires are fully out.

    THIS FIRE IS STILL ACTIVE IN THE SSFL AREA AND SIMI HILLS. Mask up, keep kids and pets inside, use HEPA filters in air conditioners or stand alones and OFFER HELP TO YOUR NEIGHBORS. N95 MASKS FOR EVERYONE ON YOU!

    5:30 pm Friday Nov. 9, 2018 MICHAEL COLLINS/ENVIROREPORTER.COM UPDATE:

    ACTIVE FIRE ATTACKING AREA I OF SSFLChristina Walsh’s video from about an hour ago shows the fire going up “IEL fault canyons” which is at the Area I entrance to SSFL. This area has had massive contamination and, on fire, is especially dangerous. Area residents must AVOID SMOKE, FIRE, EMBERS AND ASH and use N95 masks.

    Unsubstantiated reports say Sage Ranch is on fire. Television helicopters shots seemed to indicate that Wayne Fishback’s former Ventura County dump property was burned.

    6:10 pm Friday Nov. 9, 2018 MICHAEL COLLINS/ENVIROREPORTER.COM UPDATE:

    Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles (PSR-LA), longtime advocates for the complete cleanup of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, issued a Nov. 9, 2018 PSR-LA press release called Woolsey Fire Burns Nuclear Meltdown Site that State Toxics Agency Failed to Clean Up. The two-time Nobel Peace Prize winning group minced no words.

    Dr. Robert Dodge, President of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles, shares the community’s concerns. “We know what substances are on the site and how hazardous they are. We’re talking about incredibly dangerous radionuclides and toxic chemicals such a trichloroethylene, perchlorate, dioxins and heavy metals. These toxic materials are in SSFL’s soil and vegetation, and when it burns and becomes airborne in smoke and ash, there is real possibility of heightened exposure for area residents.”

    Dodge said protective measures recommended during any fire, such as staying indoors and wearing protective face masks, are even more important given the risks associated with SSFL’s contamination. Community members are organizing a campaign on social media to demand that DTSC release a public statement revealing the potential risks of exposure to SSFL contamination related to the fire.

    8:15 pm Thursday Nov. 8, 2018 MICHAEL COLLINS/ENVIROREPORTER.COM BREAKING NEWS:

    Minutes ago, a fire flare up along Alpha Road in Area II was spotted by us on excellent KABC Eyewitness News coverage. We captured it via a screen shot save, below. What it shows is that a new flare-up is near the middle of SSFL which cannot be good. Also not good was what wasn’t in any of the video of briefly flying over part of the lab – fire engines.

    20 years of ongoing SSFL/Rocketdyne investigative reporting
    June 1998June 2018

  69. EnviroReporter.com‘s Denise Duffield joined 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner Beatrice Fihn of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in thanking LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz for his leadership in introducing a resolution in support of the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which passed unanimously in August. And she brought her Nobel Peace Prize medal with her!

    This auspicious event came after the Los Angeles City Council voted to support the U.N. Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty which led to California voting for it as well, and to restrict Presidential authority for a nuclear strike. Duffield has been at the forefront of these initiatives and EnviroReporter.com salutes her.

    EnviroReporter.com's Denise Duffield and others with the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Los Angeles City Hall October 22, 2018.

    Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Kortez, who has proven to be a remarkable and courageous leader, noted the historic occasion on Facebook:

    “Beatrice Fihn, 2017 Nobel Laureate, brought her medal to City Hall this week to thank me for introducing a resolution this August that called upon our federal leaders to spearhead a global effort to prevent nuclear war by renouncing the option of using nuclear weapons first and ending the President’s sole, unchecked authority to launch a nuclear attack. In addition, it asks for a verifiable agreement among nuclear-armed states to eliminate their nuclear arsenals. I introduced the resolution that was also signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti on the same day that he honored Hiroshima A-bomb survivors. My Director of Environmental Affairs Andy Shrader and I were joined at City Hall by Denise Duffield of Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles and Rick Wayman, Deputy Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. — with Denise Duffield, Paul Koretz, Andy Shrader, Rick Wayman and Beatrice Fihn in Los Angeles City Hall.”

  70. October 12, 2018
    9:15 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE FROM STORM: 47.4 CPM^^ or normal background with no radon progeny/daughters per usual.
    9:00 pm INT RSSMC (Radiation Station Santa Monica California) BG: 45.1 CPM^^

    For more Radiation Station Santa Monica California radiation test results:

    Special Radiation Station Tests and Radiation Station Stats

  71. Southern Hemisphere September 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    The reference monitoring station’s GammaScout Geiger counter died on the 12th September 2018, RIP. The last full day average it recorded was on the 11th September 2018. The GammaScout was used as a reference up until now, because all the data recorded here prior to Fukushima was using a GammaScout.

    Will be trialling different equipment for the local monitoring station, a SBT-10 pancake, using Theremino Geiger counter software. I worked out how to transfer the logged data for this new setup into the charts I created for the GammaScout logged data. Because this is completely different monitoring equipment, the long term data reference will not be as accurate.

    September’s 2018 month average is based on the 29 days of collected data.

    September average background here tends to vary a lot from year to year. September marks the seasonal change from winter to spring and wind direction at this location during this seasonal change can swing wildly between tropical to southerlies. The more tropical wind we get for September, the higher the background, the more Southerly, the lower the background.

    September 2018 day average background chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-September-2018.jpg

    Caloundra September month average, year comparisons.

    2018 14% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 27% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 6% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 15% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 13% above pre-Fukushima average

    Cairns September Report – A slight increase around the middle of the month, but otherwise close to average. The Cairns monitoring station has two GammaScout Geiger counters.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Cairns-September-2018.jpg

    Monthly and yearly average charts from 2007 to 2018.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  72. RADIATION NORMAL IN MIDWEST STATES SWING

    RADIATION TESTS

    Default Pacific USA time zone unless otherwise indicated

    September 16, 2018
    4:45 pm INT TERMINAL 4 BAGGAGE CLAIM LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 47.8 CPM^
    11:50 am CDST INT OHARE AIRPORT CHICAGO: 37.5 CPM^
    6:10 am EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 35.3 CPM^
    Sept 2018 Midwest rad testing – harbor
    September 15, 2018
    8:45 pm EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 32.8 CPM^
    8:00 am EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 30.0 CPM^

    September 14, 2018
    11:15 pm EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 39.0 CPM^
    7:35 am EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 34.7 CPM^

    September 13, 2018
    10:30 pm EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 34.3 CPM^
    7:15 am EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 32.2 CPM^
    Sept 2018 Midwest rad testing – dunes
    September 11, 2018
    10:00 pm EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 37.1 CPM^
    10:30 am EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room ST JOSEPH RIVER MOUTH AT LAKE MICHIGAN WATER SAMPLE: 24.5 CPM^ OR BACKGROUND BETWEEN PALISADES NUCLEAR PLANT 20 MILES TO THE NORTHWEST ALONG THE LAKE SHORE AND D.C. COOK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT 10 MILES TO THE SOUTHWEST
    8:05 am EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room: 30.3 CPM^

    September 10, 2018
    11:40 pm EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room: 36.9 CPM^
    9:10 am EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room LAKE MICHIGAN WATER SAMPLE: 28.7 CPM^ OR BACKGROUND UP CURRENT OF PALISADES NUCLEAR PLANT 20 MILES TO THE NORTHWEST ALONG THE LAKE SHORE. AND DOWN CURRENT OF THE D.C. COOK NUCLEAR POWER PLANT 10 MILES TO THE SOUTHWEST
    7:25 am EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room: 31.2 CPM^

    September 9, 2018
    10:35 pm EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room: 35.6 CPM^
    8:10 pm EDST St. Joseph, Michigan 2nd story room: 32.9 CPM^
    7:45 am EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 34.0 CPM^
    Sept 2018 Midwest rad testing – pier
    September 8, 2018
    9:35 pm EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room RAIN SAMPLE: 30.3 CPM^ OR BACKGROUND WITH NO SIGN OF RADON PROGENY PER USUAL IN THIS AREA
    9:15 pm EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 32.8 CPM^
    11:20 am EDST Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 31.8 CPM^
    6:00 am CDST INT OHARE AIRPORT CHICAGO: 33.1 CPM^

    September 7, 2018
    11:45 pm INT TERMINAL 4 LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: 45.7 CPM^

  73. The historic flooding now occurring after hurricane Florence poses the most serious threat to the local nuclear plants. Brunswick is just one of a number of nuclear power plants in the area that could be affected.

    Here is a list of International Radiation Monitoring Stations for those who want to monitor, and keep an eye on the situation. This list includes private as well as government run monitoring stations.

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Notification Date: 09/15/2018 Power Reactor Event Number: 53609
    Facility: BRUNSWICK
    Region: 2 State: NC
    Unit: [1] [2]

    Extract:

    UNUSUAL EVENT DUE TO SITE CONDITIONS PREVENTING PLANT ACCESS

    “A hazardous event has resulted in on site conditions sufficient to prohibit the plant staff from accessing the site via personal vehicles due to flooding of local roads by Tropical Storm Florence.”

    https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/event-status/event/2018/20180917en.html#en53609

  74. Sent earlier today to EnviroReporter.com from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Press Release

    No: II-18-033 September 13, 2018

    NRC Expands Nuclear Power Plant Monitoring During Hurricane Florence

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will staff its incident response center in Atlanta around the clock beginning this evening as it expands its monitoring of Hurricane Florence and its effects on nuclear power plants and other NRC-licensed facilities.

    The NRC will continue 24-hour staffing as conditions require. NRC staff members will continue to monitor the path of Hurricane Florence while remaining in contact with plant operators, NRC on-site inspectors, the NRC’s headquarters operations center and state emergency officials.

    Duke Energy notified the NRC that the company is shutting down both units at the Brunswick nuclear plant south of Wilmington, N.C., as that site is facing hurricane-force winds, major storm surges and heavy rain. This week, NRC inspectors have reviewed storm preparations, including protection against the amount of rain and flooding that might be expected. NRC inspectors are on site at the Brunswick plant and will remain there through the storm.

    Officials at the Global Nuclear Fuels plant near Wilmington have also notified the NRC that they have shut down operations and secured equipment in advance of the storm.

    Other nuclear plants in the projected storm path have prepared for high winds and heavy rainfall. NRC inspectors also will remain at those sites as conditions require.

  75. Sent earlier today to EnviroReporter.com from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Press Release

    No: II-18-032 September 12, 2018

    NRC Preparing for Hurricane Florence

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission resident inspectors at nuclear plants in the Carolinas and Virginia are reviewing the plant operators’ preparations in advance of Hurricane Florence, currently projected to make landfall in the Southeast later this week.

    The NRC is also sending additional inspectors to those plants and will activate its regional incident response center in Atlanta, to provide around-the-clock staff support during the storm.

    Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant south of Wilmington, N.C., could face hurricane-force winds, major storm surges and heavy rain. Other plants near the storm’s projected path are also taking precautions.

    Nuclear plant operators would declare an emergency if conditions are expected that would require that declaration.

    Plant procedures require operators to shut down the reactor well before hurricane-force winds arrive on site. In preparing for Hurricane Florence, the staffs at Brunswick, Surry in southeastern Virginia, Harris near Raleigh, N.C., Robinson near Hartsville, S.C., and some other plants are working through their severe weather procedures, including ensuring that all loose debris and equipment have been removed or secured, and conducting walk-down inspections of important systems and equipment.

    NRC inspectors are verifying that all preparations have been completed, and the plants’ emergency diesel generators are available with ample fuel if the storm affects off-site power.

    The NRC has also been in touch with officials at the Global Nuclear Fuels-America facility near Wilmington, N.C., the research reactor at North Carolina State University in Raleigh and other NRC licensees in the area to verify their preparations for the storm.

    From the NRC Region II incident response center in Atlanta, NRC staff members will monitor Hurricane Florence while remaining in contact with plant operators, NRC on-site inspectors, the NRC’s headquarters operations center, and state emergency officials in the Carolinas, Virginia and all potentially affected states.

    The additional NRC inspectors will remain at the nuclear plant sites and the incident response center will remain staffed as long as conditions require.

  76. Southern Hemisphere August 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Since the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, the long term August month averages are showing a gradual increase background levels.

    August 2018 day average background chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-August-2018.jpg

    Caloundra August month average, year comparisons.

    2018 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 17% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 4% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 9% above pre-Fukushima average

    Cairns August Report – “All pretty level, no significant peaks.” The Cairns monitoring station has two GammaScout Geiger counters.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Cairns-August-2018.jpg

    Monthly and yearly average charts from 2007 to 2018.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  77. JAPAN

    6th September 2018 – Japan nuclear plant’s power restored after quake triggers Hokkaido blackout

    Extracts:

    Power was restored to a nuclear energy plant in Hokkaido, northern Japan on Thursday after a strong earthquake left it relying on emergency generators for 10 nervous hours, but it may be a week before lights are back on all over the major island.

    In another echo of the 2011 disaster, Hokkaido’s situation was compounded by difficulties in receiving supplies from neighboring regions that remain dominated by separate utilities with their own grids.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-quake-nuclear/japanese-nuclear-station-on-emergency-power-after-quake-revives-fukushima-memories-idUSKCN1LM031

  78. Quantum Pendant Scalar Technology

    Someone provided a Quantum Pendent to test, it uses Quantum Scalar Technology.

    What is a Quantum Pendant you ask?

    It is a wearable pendant around 5cm in diameter, made from specialized Japanese lava based compound and plant extracts like Hemp protein. Claims are that it protects the wearer from EMF radiation emitted by Wifi devices, cell phones, power lines etc., and has positive benefits for your health.

    The Youtube video below, indicates there are fake versions of Quantum Pendants being sold.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQDRjP3BIFU

    There are a large number of different styles of Quantum Pendants being sold on the Internet, much more than referenced in this video. There is a lot of debate on the Internet over which versions are actually the fake version of the Quantum Pendant. We have no idea which product is the official version. Ebay prices varied wildly from hundreds of dollars to a couple dollars.

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=quantum+pendant

    Below are the Pancake Geiger counter and Scintillator test results of the pendant that was provided for testing. Yes, you are supposed to wear this pendant to get the energy benefits! It turns out for some strange reason, that the person who provided it for testing doesn’t want it back, and said I could have it!

    The Pancake Geiger result minus background was 2170 Counts Per Minute (CPM), or around eighteen times the local background here.

    (Note: This test is a log chart.)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/ThereminoGeiger_2018_07_31_12_23_39-1024×770.jpg

    The scintillator Gamma radiation test result minus test chamber background was 230 CPM. The test chart shows the decay daughters of Thorium-232. This pendant does make an excellent peak calibration test source for the scintillator test equipment here.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Quantum-Pendant-Japanese-Technology-TV7.2-18c-5100.png

    In my opinion the one provided for testing was significantly radioactive! I can only say that the one provided for testing had radioactive material in it. Are other Quantum Pendants this radioactive? I have no idea, you would need to have them tested to find out.

    Here is what the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), has to say about these pendants.

    https://www.arpansa.gov.au/understanding-radiation/radiation-sources/more-radiation-sources/pendants

    Anti-Proton tested one in 13 January 2013 and detected Uranium and Thorium decay daughters.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZxX3ZWY4nw

    By the way, I definitely will not be wearing this pendant!

    It has been put to good use. It is stored in a lead lined container and used for radioactive peak calibration of scintillator test equipment here.

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on here without further research.

  79. Southern Hemisphere Spike Detections Update, & July 2018 Southern Hemisphere Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Spike in Background Levels in Tasmania 4th and 6th July, and Caloundra on the 7th July 2018

    Very surprised to find this significant detection showing up on the Caloundra 24 hour chart for the 7th of July. There had been an up tick in background at the beginning of July compared to June 2018, but the 52% above day average detection was a shock. Wind direction at the time was from inland Australia, which was also very surprising. We had a very light short shower in the morning. The live Radon monitor here showed nothing significant, levels were relatively low, around 0.2 pCi/l.
    We have looked around the World wind maps to try and determine the source of these significant background spikes, but have been unable to pinpoint a definitive source. One suggestion put forward is the possible venting of volatile radioactive gases from the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney that were blown around in the local atmosphere.

    I went to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), monitoring station web site. Their monitoring station is located near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney Australia. This was to see if their monitoring station had picked up any spikes in July background radiation levels. What I found was the notice below. A strange coincidence ????

    Radiation monitoring

    “The environmental radiation station will not be operational in July due to repairs and maintenance of the system.”

    http://www.ansto.gov.au/Resources/Localenvironment/Atmosphericmonitoring/Radiationmonitoring/index.htm

    Interestingly there were reports of a breakdown at the Lucas Height nuclear reactor in late June 2018.

    28th June 2018 – Breakdown at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney sparks fears of medical supplies shortage

    Extract:

    The facility’s production of 10,000 doses of technetium-99m per week for Australian patients has come to a halt. The products are used in nuclear imaging and are a vital diagnostic tool used in scans for heart, lung and musculoskeletal conditions, cancer and many other medical conditions.

    Engineers were not yet able to “physically attend to the conveyor” an ANSTO spokesman said, although they had been working on fixing the mechanical fault over the weekend.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-27/lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor-breakdown-medical-supply-shortage/9915242
    Nullschool 7th July wind chart for Caloundra

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/07/07/1400Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-217.66,-32.79,1247
    Caloundra 24 hour 60 second sampling chart for the 7th July.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-070718.jpg

    A few days before the Caloundra detection, a contact in Tasmania informed me of spikes in their local background. Spikes in background in Tasmania were detected on two separate detectors. On the 4th July the Tasmanian wind direction source was also off the Australian mainland.

    Nullschool 4th July wind chart for Tasmania

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/07/04/0600Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-209.76,-28.21,815/loc=146.465,4.276

    Tasmania, 4th July Background chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Tasmania-4th-July-2018.png

    Tasmania, 6th July Background chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Tasmania-6th-July-2018.png

    The Tasmanian monitoring station happened to have an air filter which was sent to me for testing and arrived a few day later.
    Below is the Tasmania filter test chart minus background tested using new Theremino PMT adapter equipment. If there was anything present it is below the resolution of the equipment here.
    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tasmania-filter-test-110718-TV7.2-16c-161387.png

    Caloundra Water Tank Filter test

    Here is the latest Caloundra local water tank filter test of 45 grams of fine organic material minus background. The two prominent isotope peaks are for the isotopes of Lead-210, from Radon-222 decay, and Berryllium-7, from upper atmosphere spallation.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Tank-filter-of-organic-mater-45-grams-210718-TV-7.2-103180-text.png

    Conclusion

    The Caloundra and Tasmanian filter tests did not show anything significant, which points to radioactive short life volatile gases passing through. The most likely source of short life volatile radioactive gases in Australia would be the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney Australia. The circumstantial evidence points to venting occurring at the Lucas Heights facility, to fix the broken conveyor used in the production of Technetium-99m.

    Other possibilities are,

    Another source on the Australia mainland.
    An event somewhere else in the World or at Fukushima.
    A secret device test in Australia.

    Were the Caloundra and Tasmanian detections just coincidental?

    Any suggestions or relevant information regarding these detections are welcome.

    ————————————————————

    July is winter here in the Southern Hemisphere. Since the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe in 2011, long term local data collection is showing an increase in winter local background levels.

    Caloundra 24 hour day average chart for July 2018

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-July-2018.jpg

    Caloundra July month average, year comparisons.

    2018 14% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 17% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 6% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 9% above pre-Fukushima average

    ————————————————————-

    International Radiation Monitoring Station Updated
    Sites that were no longer operating have been removed, and new monitoring stations added.

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  80. August 1, 2018
    6:45 pm INT RSSMC CHECKING FOR BETA TESTING DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER IONIZING AIR CLEANERS: 55.1 CPM^^ OR ONLY 27.3% ABOVE BACKGROUND in six weeks aggregate.
    6:30 pm INT RSSMC BG: 43.3 CPM^^

  81. “Government officials originally estimated it would take about 40 years and $50 billion to clean up the plant, decontaminate the surrounding area, and compensate the disaster’s victims. In December 2016, they more than TRIPLED that estimate to $188 billion. “We have never experienced a disaster as big as Fukushima,” Hiroshige Seko, the head of Japan’s Ministry of Economy…”

    “Human beings couldn’t go into the heart of Fukushima’s reactors to find the missing fuel, though—at least not without absorbing a lethal dose of radiation.”

    First documentation of melted fuel – July 2017
    “Then, something startling appeared on the monitors.”
    “What is that?” said Matsuzaki.
    “Everyone began talking at once and pointing to what they saw on the screens: murky glimpses of what appeared to be stalactites of something dripping like candle wax from the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel. They’d found the first signs of the missing fuel.”

    No job for humans –
    https://www.wired.com/story/fukushima-robot-cleanup/

    Videos here –
    The Little Sunfish Robot
    https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/26/16030222/fukushima-nuclear-power-plant-robot-radioactive-fuel-tepco-little-sunfish

    😐 What a mess!

  82. Spikes detected on Australian monitoring stations located in Tasmania and Caloundra.

    Very surprised to find this significant detection showing up on the Caloundra 24 hour chart for the 7th of July. There had been an up tick in background at the beginning of July compared to June 2018, but the 52% above day average detection was a shock. Wind direct at the time was from inland Australia which was also very surprising.

    See Nullschool 7th July wind chart for Caloundra.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/07/07/1400Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-217.66,-32.79,1247

    Caloundra Station location:

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    Caloundra 24 hour 60 second sampling chart for the 7th July.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-070718.jpg

    A few days before the Caloundra detection, a contact in Tasmania informed me of spikes in his local background. These spikes in background in Tasmania were detected on two separate detectors. On the 4th July the Tasmanian wind direction source was also off the Australian mainland.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/07/04/0600Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-209.76,-28.21,815/loc=146.465,4.276

    Tasmania, 4th July chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Tasmania-4th-July-2018.png

    Tasmania, 6th July chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Tasmania-6th-July-2018.png

    Caloundra day average chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-July-2018.jpg

    What the chart colour codes mean.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    Questions:

    What is the source of these significant Australian winter detections?
    Was there an event or release on the Australia mainland?
    Has a significant unreported nuclear event occurred somewhere in the world?
    Were these detections unrelated and just coincidental?

    Suggestions and information related to these detections are welcome.

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  83. Southern Hemisphere June 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    June is winter here in the Southern Hemisphere. The long term June data is showing a gradual increase in winter local background levels, since the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.

    June 2018 day average background chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-June-2018.jpg

    Caloundra June month average, year comparisons.

    2018 11% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 3% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 3% above pre-Fukushima average

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  84. @Peter March

    Here are four significant factors that are now contributing to higher radiation detections during plane flights.

    1. There was a significant amount of radioactive contamination blown into the upper atmosphere by the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe. When planes fly through this, some of the radioactive fallout cloud is sucked into the cabin of the aircraft.

    Depending on wind pattens at the time of the catastrophe, flying in the Northern hemisphere between Japan and the USA was particularly hazardous. The radioactive particulate material getting into the aircraft was a significant risk to human health. It is still a risk, but just after Fukushima the risk was much greater. The Southern Hemisphere was not as severely affected by this new hazard.

    This article by Michael Collins, EnviroReporter.com, documents a flight across America on December 23rd 2011.

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/2012/01/seasons-readings/

    2. Yes, it is normal to be exposed to greater amounts of radiation during flights at high altitudes, more so if the flight is closer to the poles. This is because at higher altitudes the earth’s atmosphere is much thinner and offers less protection from incoming solar and cosmic radiation. Look at this chart, Radiation verses Altitude, from Spaceweather.com. The radioactive particulate from Fukushima increases the risk.

    http://spaceweather.com/cosmicrays/2015/22oct15/pfotzer_22oct15.png?PHPSESSID=3q7uq3akrjtubspjrfh1jbov40

    3. A weaker Sun is now a third factor. The Sun is becoming far less radiant and is going into one of its quiet periods. Less Sun radiance means it’s heliosphere becomes much weaker. The heliosphere is a bubble-like region of space dominated by the Sun’s solar wind and magnetic field. It normally extends far beyond the orbit of Pluto. Plasma blown out from the Sun’s heliosphere acts as a shield, protecting the solar system and Earth from incoming intergalactic and galactic cosmic rays.

    A much weaker heliosphere means more cosmic rays strike Earth’s upper atmosphere. Spaceweather.com have been conducting high altitude cosmic ray detection tests since 2015.

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56530521e4b0c307d59bbe97/t/59512da6c534a573ac254b21/1498493389471/

    4. The Earth’s magnet field is weakening. The Earth’s magnetic field also acts as a protective shield against solar wind and storms, and cosmic rays.

    The Earth’s magnetic field has weakened by 20% already, and appears to be weakening by around 10% per decade, plus this weakening may accelerate in the coming years.

    Read the “Earth Changes” report on EnviroReporter.com, to gain a better understanding of the dynamic changes that are occurring to our planet’s environment.

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/fukushima/earth-changes/

  85. Hi, recently I flew from Cairns, Australia to Brisbane and on to Auckland New Zealand and my geiger counter went from 12cpm at ground level up to 2,500cpm at cruising altitude on both legs of the flight. I turned on the counter a number of times during both flights and the reading continued to stay at 2,400 – 2,400 cpm. Once a lower altitude was reached coming in to land, the level dropped back to normal. Is this normal for radiation levels at 30,000 feet, or are there elevated atmospheric levels in the upper atmosphere because of Fukushima?

  86. EnviroReporter.com friend and international nuclear relations expert Dr. Bennett Ramberg has a timely piece on the North Korea/USA summit in Singapore that should be required reading for those in the Trump Administration that can.

    The following NBC News OpEd provides the most comprehensive published examination of how layered security assurances can promote a durable North Korea nuclear deal:

    Trump and North Korea: Kim Jong Un will need clear security assurances to agree to a nuclear deal
    Trump has spoken about his willingness to guarantee Kim Jong Un’s survival. How he proposes doing that will be critical to any agreement.

  87. Southern Hemisphere May 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    A nice quiet month without any significant background events. As most of the air flows here during this season come from a southerly direction, May local background levels were much lower than the summer months

    May 2018 day average background chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-May-2018.jpg

    Caloundra May month average, year comparisons.

    2018 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 4% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 13% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 7% above pre-Fukushima average

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  88. May 30, 2018
    8:15 am INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE: 36.6 CPM^^ or normal background.
    8:00 am INT RSSMC BG: 42.9 CPM^^

  89. May 29, 2018
    6:00 pm INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California (RSSMC) CHECKING FOR BETA TESTING DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER IONIZING AIR CLEANERS: 93.0 CPM^^ OR 2.4 TIMES BACKGROUND in seven weeks aggregate.
    5:45 pm INT RSSMC BG: 38.9 CPM^^

  90. From our friends at Fight for the Future who are behind the “RED ALERT FOR NET NEUTRALITY” campaign you’ve seen, and hopefully signed, on the pages of EnviroReporter.com:

    We won! The U.S. Senate just voted to overturn the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality!

    Even better, your work helped win the votes of TWO undecided senators who swung our way at the last minute, giving us a 52-47 margin and huge momentum. That’s game-changing.

    Now the fight moves to the House of Representatives—and with the FCC scheduled to end net neutrality on June 11th unless Congress stops them, the stakes are higher than ever…

    Comcast, Verizon, and the rest of Big Cable thought sure they could beat us with all the millions they spent on lobbyists and campaign contributions.

    But for months, the Internet has been on fire. You called. You rallied. You protested. You did whatever it took. You didn’t give up. And today, the Senate passed the resolution overruling Ajit Pai and restoring net neutrality in a historic upset!

    The key to winning in the Senate was mobilizing so much grassroots pressure that it was impossible for undecided senators to ignore us. And that will be even more true in the House of Representatives, where every member is already looking ahead to November and trying to figure out how to keep their seats in what is predicted to be an incredibly close election…

    No one thought we’d get this far, but this is just the first step. Now we need to pass the same resolution in the House of Representatives.”

  91. Southern Hemisphere April 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    This month the GammaScout Geiger Counter used for data logging local background, developed a fault. I managed to get it working again, but in the process lost some day average logging data, hence the gap in the chart.

    April month averages tend to vary from year to year by a significant amount. As the Southern Hemisphere winter approaches, air flows here swing a lot between Northern Tropic air to Southern Ocean air flows. If we get more tropical air in April the background goes up. If there are more Southern Ocean air flows, the month average goes down. Since Fukushima, this has become a dynamic of the local background monitoring. If you look at the charts on the yearly average background page, link below, you can clearly see an annual winter background dip showing up in the year and month background charts.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    April 2018 day average background chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-April-2018.jpg

    Caloundra April month average, year comparisons.

    2018 24% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 11% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 33% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 6% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 22% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 9% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 12% above pre-Fukushima average

    Cairns April Report – Fairly level, without any spikes. (Cairns has two monitoring Geiger counters.)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Cairns-April-2018.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  92. May 5, 2018
    10:20 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA PACIFIC OCEAN SAMPLE FROM SANTA MONICA BAY IN PACIFIC PALISADES: 44.6 CPM^^ or normal background.
    10:00 pm INT RSSMC BG: 39.3 CPM^^

  93. May 1, 2018
    4:35 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE: 40.1 CPM^^ or normal background.
    4:20 pm INT RSSMC BG: 37.1 CPM^^

  94. It’s been a while since I looked at the TEPCO Fukushima NPP live web cams.

    Over the last year or so,

    – A sarcophagus has been built over Reactor 3. Shaped somewhat like the one at Chernobyl.

    – A room has been built on stilts and is attached to the west wall at Reactor 2.

    – Some new wall pieces have been placed on the open hole of what was Reactor 1.

    Unit 4 view:
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index-e.html

    Unit 1 view:
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index2-e.html

    When I see the sunrise at Fukushima I can’t help but see the beauty. Thanks to the Nuclear Power Industry that spectacular spot on our planet has been forever changed. No dollar value can be placed on that. 🙁

  95. AUSTRALIA

    16th April 2018 – Out-of-control Sydney bush fire spreads towards nuclear reactor and army ammunition warehouse as residents in surrounding suburbs are told ‘it’s too late to leave

    Extracts:

    Out-of-control Sydney bush fire spreads towards nuclear reactor and army ammunition warehouse as residents in surrounding suburbs are told ‘it’s too late to leave.

    A spokesman for the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation in Lucas Heights said there is no current threat to the reactor, but safety measures had been taken.

    ‘ANSTO always works with local emergency services, and the Rural Fire Service has advised no risk to ANSTO as a result of the fires in the vicinity of our Lucas Heights campus,’ said the spokesperson.
    Article:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5617263/Sydney-bushfire-spreads-nuclear-reactor-army-base-residents-nearby-evacuated.html

    Comment:

    Below is a screen shot from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation’s (ANSTO) local live radiation monitoring station at Endagine. Endagine is located East of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

    https://www.whereis.com/nsw/engadine-2233

    The live ANSTO radiation monitor shows a significant spike in radiation.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Australia-Sydney-ANSTO-Monitoring-site-15th-to-16th-April-2018.png

    What caused this spike in local radiation?

    Did the fire release local radioactive contamination?

    Reactor venting?

    Fault in equipment?

    Their rainfall monitor shows it definitely was not raining at the time, so it was not a Radon washout event.

    ANSTO live monitoring station,

    http://www.ansto.gov.au/Resources/Localenvironment/Atmosphericmonitoring/Radiationmonitoring/index.htm

    Here are notes from the ANSTO monitoring site page.

    Gamma radiation is a penetrating form of short wavelength electromagnetic radiation, similar to X-rays.
    The environmental radiation graph (above) shows measurements in nanoGrays (nGy) which are units of absorbed radiation dose commonly used in environmental monitoring. A nanoGray is one billionth (one thousand millionth) of a Gray.

    A temporary rise in environmental gamma radiation is often detected when it rains. This occurs because rain affects the behaviour of naturally occurring radionuclides, such as the gas radon. These radionuclides can be absorbed by rain drops and temporarily concentrated near the ground. Also, radon naturally builds up in air spaces in the soil and can be released when rain soaks into the ground.

    “Spikes” in the environmental radiation graph (above) may occur during the regular calibration checks (see below) of the instrument that are needed to ensure accurate data. Gaps appearing in either graph are usually associated with delayed radio transmission of data from Engadine.

  96. West Los Angeles Basin dust over double background radiation due to beta rays

    April 9, 2018
    4:05 pm INT RSSMC CHECKING FOR BETA TESTING DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER IONIZING AIR CLEANERS: 87.0 CPM^^ OR 2.1 TIMES BACKGROUND in five weeks aggregate.
    3:40 pm INT RSSMC BG: 41.9 CPM^^

  97. Southern Hemisphere March 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    The stats are in, and March 2018 had the highest recorded March background ever recorded here, at 46% above average. What is creating these Southern Hemisphere increases? Fukushima atmospheric contamination? Increases cosmic rays? Radon releases, or combination of all off these?

    Alert Caloundra 27th March 2018 – In the morning the GammaScout Geiger counter started to alarm on and off very quickly. One visual observation showed a spike of 0.625 uSv/hr. Looking at all the very short duration high detections I have been seeing recently, it suggests to me that I am detecting lots of hot particles in the atmosphere. If I didn’t have 60 second sampling and a 0.30 uSv/hr alarm setting in place, I would probably have missed these detections. They would have been hidden in the averages, because they are of such a short duration.

    The 24hr 60 second logging chart shows numerous short duration peaks between 8.30 am and 11.30 am.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-270318.jpg

    At the time we had one low pressure system sitting off the East coast plus another in North Queensland, look at the wind map link below. The wind map shows the local air mass at the time was coming off the Pacific Ocean. The main source appeared to be a high pressure system situated East of New Zealand. The air from it was being drawn into these two lows. This air flow was passing over this location at the time. My present theory is that contaminated air was drawn down from the upper atmosphere to the surface, by this high pressure system.

    The wind direction at the time was South Easterly, off the Pacific Ocean! It was an overcast, but a fine day.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/03/27/0600Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-192.66,-35.51,1343/loc=146.465,4.276

    On the 27th March Radon levels where relatively low.
    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ThereminoGeiger_2018_03_27_21_16_00.png

    March 2018 day average background chart, (What the bar chart colour codes mean.)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-March-2018.jpg

    Caloundra March month average, year comparisons.

    2018 46% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 38% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 39% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 33% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 31% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 24% above pre-Fukushima average

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2018.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  98. RADIATION TESTS

    Default Pacific USA time zone unless otherwise indicated

    March 22, 2018
    4:10 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE FROM SECOND MAJOR BAND OF “PINEAPPLE EXPRESS” STORM: 42.1 CPM^^ or normal background with no radon progeny per usual.
    3:00 pm INT RSSMC BG: 44.4 CPM^^

    March 21, 2018
    4:10 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE FROM “PINEAPPLE EXPRESS” STORM: 38.5 CPM^^ or normal background with no radon progeny per usual.
    3:50 pm INT RSSMC BG: 43.0 CPM^^

  99. March 21, 2018
    4:10 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE FROM “PINEAPPLE EXPRESS” STORM: 38.5 CPM^^ or normal background with no radon progeny per usual.
    3:50 pm INT RSSMC BG: 43.0 CPM^^

  100. Well, it appears that my suspicions about this not being Californium were well founded.

    21st March 2018 – “Nuclear” mystery solved in Ankara”

    Extracts:

    The mystery behind the seizure by Turkish police of a substance that had been believed to be the extremely rare nuclear chemical Californium in a poor area of Ankara has been solved after Turkey’s nuclear authority identified it instead as an organic resin, economy-focussed newspaper Dünya said .

    Analysts were baffled when pro-government broadcaster NTV announced that 1.4 kg of Californium had been found in the Ankara suburb of Pursaklar, with some pointing out that that amount would represent around 4,000 years of global production of the element at present rates.

    https://ahvalnews.com/californium/nuclear-mystery-solved-ankara

  101. Information on Californium.

    This would make quite an interesting espionage documentary & film.

    Quotes from: https://www.quora.com/Why-does-the-element-californium-cost-27-millions-dollars-a-gram

    “Californium is known to be one of the most expensive materials on the earth due to its cost of transportation, limited availability, and expensive production process.”

    “Only a handful of facilities are capable of producing Californium including the US Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Russia. As little as 0.25g of the element might be produced in a single year. This means that it is extremely scarce and has limited availability.”

    If as little as 0.25g of the element might be produced in a single year, then 441 grams would take 1764 years to produce!

    Another Quote:

    “Thirdly it is an element that is not easily transported. Despite its microscopic size, Californium must travel in specialized heavy duty containers that prevent the release of radioactive material. You may think that a single gram of Californium could be carried in a small container? In reality, that single gram would require a huge shipping cask that is specifically designed and built to transport the element.”

    In this article, they are showing multiple glass vials and a plastic bag of highly radioactive Californium, out in the open.

    There is far more to this story than a first read would indicate!!!

    Is it Californium in these vials?

    If not, what is it?

    Maybe this story has another agenda!!!

    Quote from: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/10/californium-the-element-that-kickstarts-nuclear-reactors/

    “Usefulness came later, when bombarding plutonium-239 with single neutrons produced microgram-sized samples. More important than the increase in size was the change in isotopes. Early experiments produced californium-245, which has a seven minute half life. Californium-252, produced during the later experiments, has a half life of around two and a half years. During much of that time, a microgram-sized sample is giving off 170,000,000 neutrons per minute.

    This makes it a very useful substance. Nuclear reactors work by getting neutrons shot into them, which causes some of the atoms to split, giving off more neutrons and perpetuating the reaction. The famous inanimate carbon rod can be used to soak up those extra neutrons, slowing the reaction down. When the reaction gets too slow, though, you need a neutron source to start it up. This is where californium-252 comes in. It’s a tiny, effective neutron emitter that can jump-start a nuclear reactor.”

  102. TURKEY

    I used Google translate to get the extracts from the Turkish article.

    19th March 2018 – US $ 70 million nuclear material operation in Ankara

    Extracts:

    In an automobile search in Ankara, one kilogram of 441 grams of nuclear “californium”, worth 70 million dollars in market value, was seized.

    Turkey Atomic Energy Agency (TAEK) to the authorities, security officials, “californium” substance is generated only in the United States and Russia.

    Comment:

    International smuggling and theft of nuclear material is a huge problem. Weight for weight some nuclear isotopes can be worth way more than gold. Who was going to purchase this californium, and what was it going to be used for?

    https://aa.com.tr/tr/turkiye/ankarada-70-milyon-dolarlik-nukleer-madde-operasyonu/1093216

  103. EnviroReporter.com‘s prescient exposés over the years showing how vulnerable our aged and dangerous nuclear power plant should have been a wake-up call to toughen up standards and security. Now it may be too late with Russia having penetrated America’s critical and nuclear infrastructure according to today’s Ides of March U.S. U.S. Department of Homeland Security Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) ALERT.


    Alert (TA18-074A)
    Russian Government Cyber Activity Targeting Energy and Other Critical Infrastructure Sectors

    Original release date: March 15, 2018

    Systems Affected
    Domain Controllers
    File Servers
    Email Servers

    Overview
    This joint Technical Alert (TA) is the result of analytic efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This alert provides information on Russian government actions targeting U.S. Government entities as well as organizations in the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors. It also contains indicators of compromise (IOCs) and technical details on the tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) used by Russian government cyber actors on compromised victim networks. DHS and FBI produced this alert to educate network defenders to enhance their ability to identify and reduce exposure to malicious activity.

    DHS and FBI characterize this activity as a multi-stage intrusion campaign by Russian government cyber actors who targeted small commercial facilities’ networks where they staged malware, conducted spear phishing, and gained remote access into energy sector networks. After obtaining access, the Russian government cyber actors conducted network reconnaissance, moved laterally, and collected information pertaining to Industrial Control Systems (ICS)…[MORE]

    READ ENTIRE ALERT HERE

    EnviroReporter.com‘s work exposing these nuclear power plant vulnerabilities is more pertinent than ever. It is never too late to at least try to defend these ‘in-place nuclear weapons’ from Russia and other bad actors.

  104. Southern Hemisphere February 2018 Background Level Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    The month average for February 2018 was 49% above pre-Fukushima levels, the highest month average local February background on record. Late February also had three days that were 80%+ above average. This is the first time here we have had three days in a row at 80% above pre-Fukushima levels.

    A contributing factor to the day average increases near the end of February would have been the 10 pCi/l + Radon spikes that were detected on the 23rd, 24th and 25th. The Radon spike detections were possibly a precursor to an up tick in earthquake and volcanic activity on the Pacific rim, as the surface wind was coming off the Pacific Ocean at the time.

    Even so, the elevated Radon levels would not account for all the month day average background increases.

    Chart of Radon Spike on the 25th

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Radon-spike-25th-February-2018.png

    February 2018 day average background chart,

    What the bar chart colour codes mean. http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-February-2018.jpg

    Caloundra February month average, year comparisons.

    2018 49% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 42% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 41% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 30% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 40% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 39% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 37% above pre-Fukushima average

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2018.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  105. [caption id="attachment_25592" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Santa Monica rain at background 3-14-18[/caption]
    March 14, 2018
    12:20 am INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE: 44.3 CPM^^ or normal background.
    12:05 am INT RSSMC BG: 42.5 CPM^^

  106. 🙁 3/11 March 11, 2011
    I was watching CBS news tonight and they mentioned the 2011 Japanese Tsunami and gave about 20 seconds at the end to mention Fukushima’s Nuclear issues, except to say there were 3 ‘partial’ meltdowns and that the plants were still in cleanup that could take 30 to 40 years. [paraphrased]

    CBS video
    https://www.cbsnews.com/live/video/20180312021228-japan-remembered-the-more-than-18000-lives-lost-in-the-2011-tsunami/

    Some may say “No news is good news”, but I have to wonder about that when it comes to Fukushima and other radioactive contamination disasters/debacles. (Being ‘fed’ misleading or inaccurate bias’ might also be included.)

    IMO: I guess ‘No News’ is not ‘Fake News’, but it is ‘Negligent News’ regardless.

    I remember the first day I found this site. I was searching for someone with a Geiger counter several days after the Fukushima meltdowns and I found the Ustream of EnviroReporter’s Inspector Detector. I quickly became fascinated by the implications of Fukushima. Not only understanding of radiation, but how the understanding/misunderstanding came about. I also found it odd that the mainstream media seemed to present a different picture of Fukushima and would ‘seem’ to control the broadcast feed making sure not to alarm the public.

    The amount of IMPORTANT knowledge I have found here over the last seven years is immense when I think about it. There were a lot of page views during the first year and then it dropped off to what it is now. But what I know is this, it’s highly likely that another meltdown or radioactive disaster will occur sooner or later and people will again do research and come to this site. If they take the time to read through the historical archives here, at least a quick scan, they will learn quickly and be amazed.

    Here’s just a few of things I’ve learned in 7 years.

    1. Radiation in ANY amount is not good for you.
    2. The Nuclear Industry has been a scam since it’s inception.
    3. News and data/information regarding all things Nuclear are lopsided.
    4. That governments have failed us and lied to us regarding Nuclear. (ongoing)
    5. The planet is at grave risk and not enough people know about it, yet.
    6. ‘Acceptable Risk’ is is a misnomer.

    Thanks again to EnviroReporter.com for keeping the information coming.

    “Capture a Dream, your life’s being run by modern MACHINES”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNqpE15oOd0
    (press CC for Closed Caption to view the lyrics)
    [ My latest original song. Feel free to share or comment. Thanks.]


  107. March 10, 2018
    6:30 pm INT RSSMC SANTA MONICA CA RAIN SAMPLE: 41.1 CPM^^ or normal background.
    6:10 pm INT RSSMC BG: 39.4 CPM^^

  108. Slighty elevated readings in rare rain on the border of the Sonoran Desert and the Coastal Ranges of Southern California:

    March 4, 2017, 2018
    9:00 am INT Building in Sonoran Desert: 44.2 CPM^^
    12:25 am INT Building: 50.0 CPM^^ or 18.8% more than immediate prior background. This exceeds the Inspector’s +/- margin of error of 15%. While possible, it is unlikely that radon gas had much to do with the elevated reading as it was very windy and this part of California has low potential for significant radiation.
    12:05 am INT Building in Sonoran Desert 40 miles north of Mexico BG: 42.1 CPM^^

  109. February 27, 2017, 2018
    12:25 am INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 38.1 CPM^^ or 16% less than normal background which can happen when radon-free rain water is tested.
    12:05 am INT RSSMC BG: 45.3 CPM^^

  110. Ever since Fukushima’s triple meltdown began March 11, 2011, EnviroReporter.com has recommended robust air filters. Here’s more evidence of why that’s a good recommendation:

    February 26, 2017, 2018
    6:25 pm INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California CHECKING FOR BETA TESTING DUST AGGREGATE FROM 3 HEPA FILTER IONIZING AIR CLEANERS: 143.3 CPM^^ OR 3.2 TIMES BACKGROUND in seven weeks aggregate. California Highway Patrol considers three times background for a toxic substance to be the threshold for initiating Hazardous Materials Protocols.
    6:00 pm INT Radiation Station Santa Monica California BG: 44.4 CPM^^

  111. MEXICO

    10th February 2018 – Massive alert in Mexico after radioactive device stolen

    Extracts:

    Mexico’s interior ministry has issued an alert across seven states following the theft of a radioactive device.

    The item in question is a nuclear densometer which is used in geotechnical engineering to measure density. It contains radioactive material and there are fears such material could be used to make a “dirty bomb.”

    https://www.rt.com/news/418408-radioactive-device-stolen-mexico/

  112. Southern Hemisphere January 2018 Background Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Caloundra 2nd January 2018 – Another massive Radon spike was detected and reached up to 10 pCi/L.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Radon_Info_ENG.pdf

    At the peak of this spike it was very humid, but not raining, and the local Radon monitor was in a wooden building with the door and some windows open. Under these environmental monitoring conditions, this is a very large spike in local Radon levels. The wind direction during the event was from the tropics.

    Radon Event Chart:

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ThereminoGeiger_2018_01_02_21_29_19.jpg

    Caloundra January month average, year comparisons.

    2018 45% above pre-Fukushima average
    2017 42% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 41% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 40% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 41% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 52% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 43% above pre-Fukushima average

    On the 15th January there was a marked drop in background levels, as the wind direction changed to a Southerly from the Southern Ocean. This dynamic has been constant since Fukushima. Whenever Southern Ocean air flows reach here, we get a significant drop in background levels.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2018/01/15/0600Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-204.25,-20.02,1344/loc=146.465,4.276

    January 2018 day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-January-2018.jpg

    What the bar chart colour codes mean.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    Cairns North Queensland January background Report – Fairly flat, the little spikes were coincidental with some thunderstorms and good rainfalls.

    The Cairns monitoring station has two GammaScout Geiger counters.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Cairns-January-2018.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2018.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  113. NORMAL RADIATION IN GREATER LOS ANGELES BASIN LIGHT RAIN OFF THE PACIFIC:

    January 25, 2017, 2018
    11:00 am INT RSSMC BG: 46.0 CPM^^
    10:45 am INT RSSMC LIGHT RAIN SAMPLE: 53.3 CPM^^ or normal background

  114. LOS ANGELES AREA RAINS REGISTER NORMAL BACKGROUND

    January 9, 2017, 2018
    7:00 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 41.9 CPM^^ or normal background
    6:45 pm INT RSSMC BG: 40.8 CPM^^

    January 8, 2017, 2018
    4:35 pm INT RSSMC RAIN SAMPLE: 42.3 CPM^^ or normal background
    6:25 pm INT RSSMC BG: 44.7 CPM^^

  115. Yearly Report, Multiple Records Broken! Some of these background increases were not Fukushima related.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    2017 was a record breaking year. Contributing factors to this year’s background increases were, Radon from earthquake activity in the Pacific, the Sun going into a quiet period, and from Northern to Southern equatorial air flow break through. These were in addition to the recorded Fukushima increases since 2011. Detailed 2017 monthly reports can be found here, http://sccc.org.au/daily-local-background-radiation-levels-and-advisories-for-2017

    1. March 30th saw the highest day average background ever recorded here, at 0.215 uSv/hr.

    On March 29th, the day average was 51% above average. On the 30th, the low pressure system left over from cyclone Debbie came through, and the local background 24 hour day average spiked even more. Background peaked at 0.215 uSv/hr which is ~115% above average for this location. Yes, there was a spike in Radon levels on that day,but it wasn’t significant enough to account for this amount of increase in local background.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ThereminoGeiger_2017_03_30_21_51_41.jpg

    At the time Cyclone Debbie had turned into a low pressure system but was drawing in tropical air.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#2017/03/30/0600Z/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-201.37,-12.32,495/loc=146.465,4.276

    March 30th day average chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-March-2017.jpg

    March 30th 24 hour 60 chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-300317.jpg

    2. February, June, July, August, September and December had the highest recorded background month averages since Fukushima. June water tank filter testing detected mainly Lead-210, the a decay daughter of Radon, and Beryllium-7. Beryllium-7 is created by cosmic ray spallation in the upper atmosphere. Although Pb-210 and Be-7 may have contributed to the background increases the amounts detected where not significant enough to account for this significant increase in local background.

    Water tank filter test.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Tank-filter-organic-mater-34-grams-240617-TV-7.2-89849-text.png

    3. On the 3rd December 2017 a massive radon spike was detected that reached up to 8 pCi/L. At the time of the event it was very humid but not raining. The local live Radon monitor was in a wooden building with the door, and some windows open. Under these environmental monitoring conditions, this is a very large spike in local Radon levels. The wind direction during the Radon spike was easterly off the Pacific Ocean.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/ThereminoGeiger_2017_12_03_21_10_11.png

    4. 2017 had the highest year average background level ever recorded here at 27% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima average. Some of the local background increases in October, November, and early December occurred during Easterly air flows. These Easterly air flows brought Radon gas releases to this location from a massive earthquake swarm and volcanic activity that appeared in the New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Soloman Islands and Fiji regions of the Pacific Ocean, at that time.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/November-2017-Eastern-Pacific-Earthquake-Swam.png

    2007 to 2017 year average background level comparison.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Caloundra-yearly-average-background-radiation-levels.jpg

    5. The Monitoring GammaScout Geiger counter alarmed numerous times on the mornings of the 30th and the 31st December. These alarms were for short duration spikes in background, as wind direction changed to a Northern tropical direction. The last time we saw spikes like this was after Fukushima. These where very short duration events, less than 60 seconds, which suggest hot particles were passing through the monitoring Geiger counter environment.

    Background spike detected on the 31st December 2017. (Visual observation at the time saw the GammaScout Geiger counter spike at 0.725 uSv/hr.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-311217.jpg
    Background spike detected on the 30th December 2017. (Visual observation at the time saw the GammaScout Geiger counter spike at 0.650 uSv/hr.)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-301217.jpg

    Caloundra December month average, year comparisons.

    2017 45% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 36% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 35% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 36% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 43% above pre-Fukushima average

    December day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-December-2017.jpg

    What the bar chart colour codes mean.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-meanYear and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  116. Update… Plant Vogtle Georgia will continue

    Dec 21, 2107 12:35 p.m.
    “Georgia Power is praising the decision to allow construction of a multibillion-dollar nuclear plant to continue in east Georgia.”

    “The PSC agreed Thursday to let construction continue on the two new nuclear reactors, despite massive cost overruns for the multibillion-dollar project.”

    “The project has been plagued by delays and spiraling costs, compounded when the main contractor filed for bankruptcy. Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy in March.”

    article:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/the-latest-sierra-club-slams-georgia-nuclear-plant-vote/2017/12/21/bbfe3710-e674-11e7-927a-e72eac1e73b6_story.html

    IMO: The cost overruns to humanity cannot be measured.
    How many solar panels, windmills, etc… could be built with ‘mutibillions’ of dollars?

    Side note: I’m trying to do my part. I bought an all Electric Vehicle, zero emissions. Loving it. (Fiat 500e, used but like new) My old fossil fuel car got about 20 miles to a gallon. At an average cost of $3/gal (currently). I was paying a minimum of $200 in fuel on a monthly basis for a regular commute. Now, my EV charging cost is slightly less than $20 for the entire month. No more smog check, no more oil change, no more radiator/water pump issues, etc… There are less than 10 moving parts to an electric motor compared to over 300 on a gas engine. Maintenance costs are no brainer, no comparison. btw – The term ‘range anxiety’ must have been made up by the oil industry. I wake up every morning with a full tank, so to speak, my house is my gas/charge station. If I really need to drive a couple of hundred miles in a day, I’ll just rent a car with the money I saved commuting with my EV. Driving is fun again, it’s like sailing in the wind. 😉

  117. 😐

    The fate of America’s only nuclear plant under construction will be decided this coming Thursday.
    Plant Vogtle in Georgia.

    “This cost estimate is nearly double the company’s original projection, and the timeline is five years behind schedule. The cost of the project for Georgia Power and its co-owners exceeds $20 billion.”

    “…a commission made of five elected officials, all Republicans, will vote on whether to permit Georgia Power’s new plan for the project,…”

    “In July, South Carolina utilities announced it would cancel a separate plan for two nuclear reactors in the state because of cost overruns after Westinghouse, also the reactor’s designer for that project, went bankrupt.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/the-fate-of-americas-only-nuclear-plant-under-construction-will-be-decided-thursday/article/2643697

    The above article says ‘carbon free emissions’ at least 5 times, but not once does it mention the risk to all living things or the deadly costly waste that nobody really knows what to do with.

    In my opinion the following word best sums up the Nuclear Industry since day one.

    ➡ boondoggle

    noun
    1. work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value.
    “writing off the cold fusion phenomenon as a boondoggle best buried in literature”
    “a public project of questionable merit that typically involves political patronage and graft.”
    “they each drew $600,000 in the final months of the great boondoggle”

    verb
    1. waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects.

  118. Southern Hemisphere November 2017 Background Report. (32% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    Caloundra November 2017 – The elevated background level increases at the end of November 2017 chart have also coincided with a significant increase in Radon detection in the local atmosphere.

    The elevated Radon detections over the last couple of months seems to have been a precursor to the outbreak of a very large earthquake swarm in the Eastern Pacific.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/November-2017-Eastern-Pacific-Earthquake-Swam.png

    A magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 86km ENE of Tadine, New Caledonia occurred on the 19th November.
    The recent Radon increases would have been a contributing factor to the November elevated background levels, but not the only factor.

    The third chart down on this page is the local live Radon monitoring chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/sunshinecoast-monitoring-station.html

    Caloundra November month average, year comparisons.

    2017 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 37% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 29% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 30% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 31% above pre-Fukushima average

    November day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2017.jpg

    What the bar chart colour codes mean.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  119. 21 November 2017 – Russia confirms ‘extremely high’ radiation levels in toxic cloud

    Extracts:

    Russian authorities have confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains.

    The Russian Meteorological Service said it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as “extremely high contamination”.

    France’s nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material.

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2153998-russia-confirms-extremely-high-radiation-levels-in-toxic-cloud/

  120. 27th October 2017 – Video shows illegal dumping of toxic liquids at Hanford

    Extracts:

    Workers at the Hanford Site violated multiple state laws and regulations in August when they dumped thousands of gallons of contaminated water straight into the soil.

    Videos and internal records obtained by the KING 5 Investigators document three separate incidents where liquid was dumped from large metal boxes that were marked as containing radioactive materials.

    Decades of plutonium production at Hanford left behind significant amounts of radioactive and chemical waste, making it the most contaminated spot in the Western Hemisphere and prompting a decades-long, multi-billion-dollar clean-up effort.

    http://www.king5.com/news/local/hanford/video-shows-illegal-dumping-of-toxic-liquids-at-hanford/486466640

  121. Southern Hemisphere October 2017 Background Report. (32% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    Caloundra October 2017 – The elevated background level increases we are seeing in the October 2017 chart have also coincided with a significant increase in Radon detection in the local atmosphere.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Radon_Info_ENG.pdf

    The amount of Radon detected locally has increased significantly since September 2017. In September Radon levels stayed below 0.1 pCi/l for the majority of the month.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ThereminoGeiger_2017_09_16_21_57_37.jpg

    At times in October it has reached up into 3 pCi/l.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/ThereminoGeiger_2017_10_04_21_39_06.jpg

    During this period there was a high pressure system sitting between Australia and New Zealand. It was bringing air flows from the West coast of New Zealand and the Eastern Pacific Ocean, to this location. This suggests the Radon source is from the recent volcanic activity in Northern New Zealand, and earthquake releases in the Eastern Pacific.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Surface-wind-direction-20-10-2017.png

    The recent Radon increases would have been a contributing factor to the October elevated background levels, but not the only factor.

    Caloundra October month average, year comparisons.

    2017 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 22% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 14% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 25% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 19% above pre-Fukushima average

    October day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-October-2017.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  122. There are lots of unanswered questions about the Americium-241 contamination of these banknotes that need answering!

    Were the banknotes intentionally contaminated?

    They detected a high level of radioactivity on the banknotes.

    This suggests the Americium-241 is in a dust form!

    “a highly toxic radioactive substance.”

    So how did Americium-241 end up on these banknotes?

    “This was the first time that banknotes severely contaminated by radioactivity were found at a Shanghai port, the bureau said.”

    Important keywords, “banknotes severely contaminated by radioactivity.”

    You certainly would want to avoid handling these contaminated banknotes!

    Everything that a person touched after handling these banknotes smartphones, clothing, etc., would need to be carefully decontaminated.

  123. CHINA

    17th October 2017 – Contaminated Banknotes

    Extracts:

    The cash triggered an alarm when passing through the radioactivity monitoring system inspection process at Pudong International Airport on October 10. The notes contained a high level of radioactivity. They were being carried in the bag of a male passenger. They were found to contain Americium-241 – a highly toxic radioactive substance, according to the Shanghai Airport Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. Americium-241 has a half-life of 433 years.

    Furthermore, it promotes the formation of cancer cells because of its radioactivity. If cash is contaminated by radioactivity, it poses a serious threat because banknotes are circulated quickly, bureau officials said. It is also difficult to track the source of contamination during circulation and users are usually unaware of the risks, the officials added.

    Comment:

    Americium-241 is mainly an alpha radiation emitter, and is a significant health risk if ingested or inhaled. Americium-241 is the decay daughter of Plutonium-241. Detecting it on bank notes should be raising alarm bells!

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=HZ-20171017-60249-CHN

  124. There has been a spike of airborne radioactivity in Europe. Ruthenium-106. The highest amount was found in Austria, at 42 millibequerel per cubic meter. Its comming from the direction of the Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus area.

  125. EUROPE (Multi country radiation detections)

    6th October 2017 – Environment Pollution in MultiCountries

    Extract:

    German officials say that a spike in radioactivity has been detected in the air in Western and Central Europe but there’s no threat to human health. The Federal Office for Radiation Protection said Thursday that elevated levels of the isotope Ruthenium-106 have been reported in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France since Sept. 29.

    Spokesman Jan Henrik Lauer told The Associated Press the source of the Ruthenium-106 isn’t known but calculations indicate it may have been released in eastern Europe. Ruthenium-106 is used for radiation therapy to treat eye tumors, and sometimes as a source of energy to power satellites.

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=ED-20171006-60088-MLC

  126. Southern Hemisphere September 2017 Background Report. (27% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    Caloundra September 2017 – In the last few months there has been a steady increase in month averages at this location in the Southern Hemisphere. The months have been very dry. The September rainfall total was 15mm and the wettest day was the 23rd, with 13mm. Radon levels have been low, so it did not contribute significantly to the day average increases we have seen through September.

    I have been trying to work out why there has been an unseasonal increase in background here in winter, on top of the normal Fukushima increase.

    So what created these recent increases?

    Here are some theories.

    1. There has been more mixing of Northern and Southern hemisphere tropical air flows, allowing more radiation from the Northern hemisphere to enter the Southern Hemisphere.

    2. Research is showing that more cosmic rays are now reaching the Earth because the Sun’s heliosphere is decreasing in intensity.

    (2017 chart of Cosmic Ray increases.)

    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56530521e4b0c307d59bbe97/t/59512da6c534a573ac254b21/1498493389471/

    This is part of a normal Sun cycle that occurs approximately every 420 years.

    https://www.vencoreweather.com/blog/2017/6/26/1200-pm-cosmic-rays-continue-to-rise-as-solar-cycle-approaches-next-minimum

    Could a significant part of the Winter background uptick here be from increased cosmic radiation and
    by-products reaching the earth’s surface?

    Cosmic ray muon creation in the upper atmosphere could also be a significant part of this increase.

    http://cosmic.lbl.gov/SKliewer/Cosmic_Rays/Muons.htm

    If this is the case, we would expect there to be an uptick in background radiation detection by Geiger counters, even at the surface of the Earth.

    Most people don’t go to the trouble of collecting day average and month average radiation background levels, using 60 second sampling. My system of data collection will show changes that would be missed by others.

    3. The Monitoring Geiger Counter is malfunctioning.

    I haven’t been able to find any evidence that this is the case. Ruled out the possibility of dust contamination as the area around monitoring counter was cleaned of dust, plus the Geiger counter was also inspected and cleaned of any dust build up. The background levels have continued to climb, even after the clean.

    The GammaScout Geiger counter battery level is still at the normal operating 3.6 volts.

    ——————

    My conclusion at this point is that the increased cosmic ray activity, plus the Fukushima increase, are both contributing to the local background levels we are now seeing.

    Caloundra September month average, year comparisons.

    2017 27% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 15% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 13% above pre-Fukushima average

    September day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-September-2017.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  127. We’re on the way to Albuquerque, so I looked in on their newspaper this evening to see if anything interesting was happening. The Albuquerque Journal just let everyone know that there was another serious “human error” at Los Alamos National Laboratory:

    http://www.abqjournal.com/1067835/report-criticality-event-occurred-at-lanl-plutonium-facility-html

    When I think about the founding of Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1942, I shake my head at the arrogance of Robert Oppenheimer and his pals in deciding that the people of the Pueblo tribes in the valleys surrounding the lab simply didn’t matter. The Pueblo people had lived in the region since 1200 B.C. according to archaeologists, but the area’s original residents were deemed expendable in the event of an accident with widespread consequences.

  128. This page should be one of the most visited on the internet. Fukushima is still cooking away, and will only get worse. Much worse? How much worse, we don’t know, since professional liars and poltroons (i.e., Tepco) are managing the cleanup.

    Meanwhile, the “muh coal mining job” types are literally boiling the oceans. As the comment below points out, methane emissions are poised to surge. We’re going to need Categories VI, VII, VIII for the megahurricanes that are about to ensue.

    But at least our leaders understand the magnitude of the issue. That’s why they take private jets for short trips, and that’s why our president spends his time fretting about whether he’ll get Steph Curry’s autograph. We’re fucked, folks, and I’d like to personally thank Trump voters for being so suicidally dumb.

  129. This is the very definition of “climate change” which is a nice way of saying that humans have toasted the planet. There’s no going back from this as the methane released by not-so-permafrost worldwide will make CO2 emissions look like a mere nuisance in comparison.

  130. Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes 200 miles east of Fukushima nuke plant. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-earthquake-today-latest-updates-fukushima-damage-tsunami-warning-news-a7958111.html Nevertheless I pray there is no further damage to the site. What an unimaginable disaster this is.

  131. JAPAN

    24th August 2017 – Japan’s Tepco gets slapped with new U.S. lawsuit over Fukushima

    Extracts:

    Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings said on Thursday it has been hit with another lawsuit filed in a U.S. court seeking $5 billion for compensation over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, the second filed against the utility in a U.S. court.

    The suit filed by 157 individuals is seeking that amount to set up a compensation fund for the costs of medical tests and treatment they say they need after efforts to support the recovery from the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tepco-fukushima-lawsuit-idUSKCN1B40TG

  132. EUROPE

    6th September 2017 – MEPs to raise alarm on Fukushima food imports

    Extract:

    The draft resolution, seen by EUobserver, said “there are sufficient reasons to believe that this proposal could lead to an increase in exposure to radioactive contaminated food with a corresponding impact on human health”.

    In a briefing which Green MEP Rivasi gave to journalists last July, according to a summary provided by her office, the French politician implied that the proposal on Fukushima was a bargaining chip in the negotiations for the FTA, and called it a “scandal”.

    https://euobserver.com/environment/138902

    Update to above report,

    14th September 2017 – EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports

    Extract:

    The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, wants to reduce the list of foods subject to radiation tests before they can be imported into the bloc, which currently includes rice, mushrooms, fish and other seafood.

    A resolution passed by a large majority of MEPs called on the commission to withdraw its proposal, saying it was “very difficult to verify whether the measures proposed are sufficient” to protect European consumers and there was reason to think it “could lead to an increase in exposure to radioactive contaminated food.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/14/national/politics-diplomacy/eu-parliament-opposes-bid-reduce-testing-fukushima-food-imports/

  133. Southern Hemisphere August 2017 Background Report. (17% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    Caloundra August 2017 – Radon levels have been low and would not account for the month average increase. There was only 24 mm of rain for August. Significant day average increases coincided with Eastern Pacific air flows.

    Caloundra August month average, year comparisons.

    2017 17% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 4% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 9% above pre-Fukushima average

    August month day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-August-2017.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  134. 14th largest solar flare ever recorded released from the Sun. Reports suggest it has the potential to damage parts of the electrical grid. So we have this major solar flare occurring at the same time as an unprecedented hurricane.

    Great Solar Flare | September 6, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQXu4JmbvzU

    Current Solar Data (from NOAA). At preset there is an X-class flare event, an electron, and proton storm, plus a major disturbance showing on the Magnetometer.

    http://www.n3kl.org/sun/noaa.html

    International list of real time Radiation monitoring stations can be helpful in tracking radiation events worldwide.

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

  135. Two nuclear power plants are in the probable path of Hurricane Irma “the largest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean”. Most coastal power plants are “Built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane.” Their owner FPL aka Florida Power & Light is not telling the press in Florida exactly when the plants will be shut down, but the owner’s P.R. man Peter Robbins says the reactors “will be shut down well in advance of the storm making landfall” in Florida.

    There is no “Category 6” on the Saffir Simpson Scale to measure hurricanes, but that’s the number being thrown around on hurricane afficionodo chat-websites. We’ll likely get to see how much of a structural cushion for a really big Category 5 was built into these FPL plants.

    The first plant the strongest hurricane winds, and perhaps the eye, will reach is the one south of Miami called Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station. The plant is located in Homestead Florida. You’ll read that it’s on the south side of Biscayne Bay, but realistically the bay is simply a mild curve on the shoreline directly on the Atlantic. The tiny barrier island east of the plant provides no protection from storm surge.

    The other nuclear plant in the path of the hurricane is St. Lucie Power Station which is much farther north, on a narrow barrier island right on the Atlantic called Hutchinson Island. Between the ocean and the actual structure containing the reactor is a very narrow beach, about 600′ of mangrove swamp and a normal sized parking lot. I’ve been on that beach and it’s incredibly narrow. If you want to see the plant on a satellite photo type in Port St. Lucie FL which is the nearest town.

    From Federal public records available on the internet, dating to 2010 and 2011, it appears that spent fuel rods are stored in casks on site at both of the oceanside plants.

    If you want to keep track of what’s going on at these nuclear plants in the storm I’ve found that Alex Harris reporting for the Miami Herald is keeping track of what is going on with them.

  136. The uradmonitor private monitoring system has a number of active stations in Texas. On the opening page it is important to select radiation monitoring from the drop down “Sensor” box at the top left of the screen, or you will be seeing temperature readings instead.

    https://www.uradmonitor.com

  137. Been keeping an eye on the Texas radiation monitors. As the flooding has increased the number of online local radiation monitoring stations has been decreasing significantly!

    International list of real time Radiation monitoring stations can be helpful in tracking radiation events worldwide.

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

  138. Another Simi Mom

    Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Coast with 130 mile per hour winds, with the eye wall hitting Rockport Texas with winds measured by storm chasers at 150 mph. Rockport is called the “Texas Riviera”. Rockport is the city of many Texans’ fond youthful memories, because of its pristine Blue Wave beach, the most popular in Texas for children safely wading and swimming in Aransas Bay, which is protected from big waves which constantly hit Texas’ barrier islands.

    Rockport had both extremely wealthy as well as poor and working class residents, 4 museums, 6 boat harbors, elegant restaurants and many private art galleries, antique stores, and chic boutiques. Unfortunately due to Hurricane Harvey, Rockport and its surrounding Aransas County lost 60% to 70% of its homes, which ranged from trailers and old houses inhabited by the poor to million dollar houses with boat docks for weathy retirees and weekenders from San Antonio and Austin. The State of Texas has bused off to San Antonio the poor people who relocated to a hurricane shelter in a Rockport school, but roughly 40% of the 10,000 person population, plus first responders from out-of-town, remain.

    Once Hurricane Harvey left Rockport, it violently thrashed several other communities to the northeast along the Texas Gulf Coast, and caused severely damage to their housing supply: Port Lavaca, Palacios, Matagorda, Bay City, Freeport and Lake Jackson, actually on estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico and the City of Victoria which is inland.

    Outside of these Texas Gulf communities are miles and miles of beautiful green farms, marshes and oak woodlands. Now the people remaining there after the hurricane may end up with additional stress caused by allegations that there is a risk of an accident at the 7,000 acre cooling pond/lake for 2 nuclear reactors at the South Texas Project (STP) 80 miles up the Coast from Rockport, north east of Palacios Texas.

    On August 29, 2017 the nuclear/public safety group “Beyond Nuclear” sent out a press release [http://www.beyondnuclear.org/home/2017/8/29/groups-call-for-immediate-shutdown-of-south-texas-nuclear-po.html] describing the fact that the nuclear plant is still being operated at full capacity despite the following: The nuclear plant does not have “cooling towers”. Instead the plant is cooled by a 7,000 acre man made lake which sits between the nuclear plant and Matagorda Bay, an estuary of the Gulf of Mexico. Beyond Nuclear explains in their press release the threat of collapse of the earthen walls of that manmade lake because of intense flooding on Texas’ own Colorado River, which is 1.5 miles east of the nuclear plant. The owners and operators of the STP nuclear plant put out a counter-statement to Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-arkema-idUSKCN1B92J9

    The problem is that the 7,000 acre cooling lake for the nuclear plant is on “private property” behind fences, and no members of the public or the press can get inside to independently verify the stability of the “dirt walls” surrounding the lake.

    You can find the South Texas Project nuclear project site by typing the following address into Google Maps: 12090 FM Road 521, Palacios, TX 77465. The reactors are due north of the round-shaped man made lake which is easily findable even when you adjust the scale of the map outwards to take in the surrounding communities.

    Beyond Nuclear’s concerns expressed in their press release are based on the intense flooding which is occurring outside and beyond natural river banks on land to the north, almost all the way to Dallas. Most rain which falls on “Central Texas” drains southward through coastal communities and out into the Gulf of Mexico. Thus the worst flooding in a massive storm occurs in coastal areas.

    During the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident the Soviet government initially evacuated people in an 80.5 kilometer (50 mile) area around the nuclear plant. During the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident the Japanese government initially evacuated people in a 20 kilometer (12 miles) area around the nuclear plant. During the Three Mile Island nuclear accident (which was far less serious than Chernobyl or Fukushima) the State of Pennyslvania ultimately evacuated people in a 20 mile radius of the nuclear plant. Each government substantially reduced their evacuation zones several months after the accident.

    Here’s a chart naming the small cities surrounding the STP nuclear reactors on that manmake lake north east of “Downtown Palacios” on Matagorda Bay of the Gulf of Mexico.

    City Name/ Population #/ Distance to STP Reactors
    Palacios 4,700 10 miles
    Matagorda 36,800 10 miles
    Bay City 18,000 15 miles
    Port Lavaca 12,400 38 miles
    Freeport/Lake Jackson 39,700 40 miles
    Victoria 67,800 50 miles
    Rockport 10,000 80 miles
    Houston Metropolitan 5,628,000 80 miles from Inner Beltway 610

    Port Lavaca and its environs and Freeport are the location of 10+ huge, isolated petrochemical plants whose operations are complex and which should not be abandoned during a nuclear emergency evacuation.

    The South Texas Project nuclear power plant is owned by NRG Energy (44%), Austin Energy (16%) and CPS Energy (40%) and operated by STP Nuclear Operating Company. A few days ago, STP Nuclear Operating Company put out this hard to read news release, as Hurricane Harvey first entered Houston:
    http://www.stpegs.com/storm-information/?view=mobile The news release said the nuclear power plant was still operating at full capacity.

    Forbes magazine also published an online article lauding the continued full-tilt operation of the STP nuclear plant’s 2 reactors in the wake of the hurricane, failing to mention the physical condition of the earthen walls of the 7,000 acre man made lake/cooling pond as flood waters on Texas’ Colorado River overflowed their banks 1.5 miles to the east.

    Say a prayer for the people of the Central Texas Coast, from Freeport to Rockport, that the earthen walls of that massive round-shaped cooling pond/lake stay intact despite the flood waters around it.

  139. Another Simi Mom

    Hurricane Harvey, expected to be a very slow moving Category 3 hurricane, with winds at 120+ mph, is expected to hit the Texas Gulf Coast on 8/25/17 in the late evening. Currently the eye of the storm is expected to hit the coast in Matagorda County. The hurricane winds will be the strongest east of the eye. Wind driven storm surge flood water is expected to be 12 feet high along the coast and a few miles inland.

    South Texas Nuclear Generating Station is located in Matagorda County, north east of the city of Palacios, Texas. The nuclear generating station relies on a 7,000 acre circular cooling pond south of the reactors which will be subject to those hurricane force winds. The reactor buildings and control room are said to be built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Press releases concerning past hurricanes say that the nuclear plant’s operators shut down 2 hours before a hurricane is scheduled to hit.

    Hopefully those emergency plans will work.

  140. 40 years later and this NBC News documentary on Nuclear Waste could have been recorded yesterday.

    Danger! Radioactive Waste — Full Program
    NBC originally aired in 1977 and was produced by Joan Konner.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d_edy11XIM

    Nothing has changed!

    IMHO: This piece of HISTORY documentary is COMPELLING and clearly spells out the future and shows some of the negligent waste dumping of the past. (I’m guessing currently too, if not the USA then there’s all the others.) The out of control waste issue is building by the minute. The only thing I could compare this issue to, is a snowball in Hell.

    🙁 I wish everyone could see this NBC documentary.
    It’s a solid piece of evidence that proves they knew the risks. Thank you Joan Konner.

  141. Southern Hemisphere July 2017 Background Report. (17% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    Caloundra July 2017 – The local background level increase on 7th July coincided with an increased detection of Radon gas in the air. This increase in Radon levels would not account for all of the day average increase. There were no significant rain washout events. The wettest day was the 6th, with 14mmm of rain. What created the significant background increases for June and July this year?

    Caloundra July month average, year comparisons.

    2017 17% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 9% above pre-Fukushima average

    July month day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-July-2017.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  142. From Radiation Station Stats

    Midwest’s Upper and Lower Michigan peninsula’s and eastern Wisconsin, except for one elevated rain, test normal for radiation throughout July 2017 as does the food and drink as reported in Eat Me!

    RADIATION TESTS

    Default Pacific USA time zone unless otherwise indicated

    July 27, 2017
    8:30 pm EDST INT Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 37.2 CPM^

    July 24, 2017
    8:20 pm EDST INT 4TH STORY ROOM PETOSKY MI: 30.0 CPM^

    July 24, 2017
    2:00 pm EDST EXT FORMER BIG ROCK NUCLEAR PLANT AREA WEST OF PETOSKY MI: ~24 CPM^

    July 21, 2017
    10:25 pm EDST INT MACKINAW CITY MI 2ND FLOOR ROOM LAKESIDE ABOVE LAKE HURON: 29.2 CPM^

    July 20, 2017
    8:00 pm EDST INT MUNISING MI 3RD FLOOR ROOM LAKESIDE ABOVE LAKE SUPERIOR: 33.4 CPM^

    July 16, 2017
    12:16 am EDST INT MANITOWOC WI 3RD FLOOR ROOM RAIN SAMPLE: 81.8 CPM^ OR 55% ABOVE BACKGROUND. WAS NOT RADON DECAY AS ENVIROREPORTER.COMBETA WATCH” MAP OF U.S. RADON DISTRIBUTION SHOWS.
    12:01 am EDST INT MANITOWOC WI 3RD FLOOR ROOM LAKESIDE: 52.9 CPM^

    July 14, 2017
    NOON EDST INT Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 35.7 CPM^

    July 10, 2017
    7:30 pm EDST INT Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 35.1 CPM^

    July 8, 2017
    8:00 pm EDST INT Southwest Michigan 1st floor room: 36.1 CPM^
    7:55 am CDST INT O’HARE INT AIRPORT: 31.9 CPM^

  143. Southern Hemisphere June 2017 Background Report. (20% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    Alert Caloundra June 2017

    There was a steady increase in background levels in early June, that increased to alert levels towards mid June.

    What do the Alert levels here mean?

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    As this event started in early June, the bench area around the monitoring GammaScout Geiger counter was cleaned, and the GammaScout was also cleaned to eliminate the possibility of dust contamination. This has made no difference, as background levels remained higher than usual. This is the Southern Hemisphere winter. Until now, no June pre or post Fukushima background has been higher than 7% above average. We have 10 years of local records to refer to.

    It was mostly dry for the month, with only 20mm of rain for the whole month. The local live radon monitor did detect small increases in local Radon levels that coincided with recorded background radiation level increases. These Radon level increases would have been a contributing factor to the background level increase, but not significant enough to be the only factor.

    Caloundra June month average, year comparisons.

    2017 20% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 3% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 3% above pre-Fukushima average

    June month day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-June-2017.jpg

    The June 2017 Cairns Caloundra comparison chart, shows that Cairns did not experience the background swings that Caloundra did.

    http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-June-2017.jpg

    2017 month day average chart so far,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Local-daily-background-radiation-monthly-averages-2017.jpg
    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels
    Water Tank Filter Test

    Here is a test of 34 grams of organic material caught in a local water tank inlet filter.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Tank-filter-organic-mater-34-grams-240617-TV-7.2-89849-text.png

    The main isotopes detected were Beryllium Be-7 and Lead Pb-210. Beryllium Be-7 can be created naturally in trace amounts by spallation in the upper atmosphere by cosmic rays. Lead Pb-210 is the decay daughter of naturally occurring Radon-222 decay.

    The scintillator device used for testing loses sensitivity with increasing isotope energy (keV). Taking the difference in sensitivity into account, the Be-7 peak is around 14 times higher than than the chart indicates. The Pb-210 would be around twice as high as show on the chart.

    That is a lot of Be-7 in 34 grams of material. Would the levels of Pb-210 and Be-7 detected in the organic material collected from the water tank filter be sufficient to explain the significantly elevated local background levels here in June?

    My Theory

    There must have been a significant amount of cosmic ray spallation happening in the upper atmosphere recently, to produce this much Be-7.

    The sun is becoming far less radiant. The sun is going into one of it’s quiet periods. These occur approximately every four hundred years. Less radiance means the sun’s heliosphere is much weaker. The sun’s heliosphere acts as a shield, protecting the Earth from in coming cosmic rays. A much weaker heliosphere means more cosmic rays strike the upper atmosphere, which results in more atmospheric spallation, hence more Be-7 is detected in the water tank filter test.

    I notice that when the elevated detections occurred in June, the wind was mostly coming from an easterly direction, off the Pacific Ocean. This suggests that volcanic and earthquake releases of naturally occurring Radon-222 into the atmosphere, was also a contributing factor.

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  144. The detection of cesium-137 from the primary Fukushima Pacific ocean plume has been measured and is increasing.

    “The coastal average concentration of cesium-137 is now at 2.7 Bq per m3 according to data from samples collected in October through December 2016 which are now available. The highest concentrations were sampled from Winter Harbour in December which, at 4 Bq per m3 is our second highest measured activity to date, after the initial detection back in February 2015.”

    https://fukushimainform.ca/
    https://fukushimainform.ca/2017/06/09/june-2017-informal-update/

    ➡ Cesium-137 will be hazardous to life for over 300 years!

    I am sure, if there’s cesium, there’s a lot of OTHER kinds of radioactive contamination too. The media and the Nuclear Industry don’t seem to talk about that much, if ever.

    Combine these tests/readings and the dust test readings consistently done by EnviroReporter.com along with other readings from user vital1 that also show increases or consistency over time. This tells me the contamination is indeed, obviously, global and continuing.

    Long term projections or discussions for what the Fukushima TRIPLE MELTDOWN is ‘really’ going to do to us all, just don’t seem to happen and if they did, would people read them or believe them. (?)

  145. Four workers exposed to high levels of plutonium powder inhalation at Ibaraki nuclear facility.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/07/national/five-workers-exposed-radioactive-materials-ibaraki-nuclear-facility/#.WTn8vmjyvcs

    This accident shows the potential risk faced by nuclear workers everywhere. It appears at least two failures occurred to expose the workers to inhalation of long half-life alpha emitters. First, a torn plastic bag containing powdered plutonium, and second, the failure of filtration masks to stop the powdered plutonium from reaching the workers lungs. Whether due to faulty masks, or seepage around the seal of the masks on the face, the consequences for these workers are dire.

    Long half-life emitters, once released into the environment are a long term risk for anyone coming in contact with them. If the medicines used to help expel the radioactive particles fail to substantially reduce the contaminate load in the workers lungs, they will be looking at a significantly elevated risk of cancers for the remainder of their. lives. Even people nearby them will experience elevated risk if exposed to radioactive particles shed from lungs. Hopefully, there will be a medical intervention that can clear the bulk of the contamination from their bodies. I wish these workers and their families well. It is a tragic accident and hopefully they will be able to receive treatment to save their lives.

    Certainly, procedures to reduce the risk of future accidents of this type need to be developed.

  146. JAPAN

    6th June 2017 – Seven more Fukushima residents diagnosed with thyroid cancer

    Extracts:

    Seven more Fukushima Prefecture residents who were aged 18 or under at the time of the 2011 nuclear accident have been found to have thyroid cancer, the prefectural government said Monday.

    The number of Fukushima residents suffering from thyroid cancer now totals 152, the prefectural government said in a meeting of an expert panel.

    Comment:

    In the light of all the overwhelming evidence, just deny the facts! The comment by the official is laughable.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/06/06/national/seven-fukushima-residents-diagnosed-thyroid-cancer/

  147. Southern Hemisphere May 2017 Background Report. (7% above Average)

    Station locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Reports

    Cairns May 2017 Report – “Glad to see, it was all pretty flat again.”

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-May-2017.jpg

    Caloundra May 2017 – May was another quiet month, with mainly Southern Ocean air flows reaching this location.

    Month day average,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-May-2017.jpg

    Caloundra May month average year comparisons.

    2017 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 20% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 4% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 13% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 7% above pre-Fukushima average

    Year and month average local background radiation levels from 2007 to 2017.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  148. March 11, 2011 through June 2, 2017 and counting: EnviroReporter.com has produced more than 9,249 special tests and original reports including 3,045 measurements and analyses from nine affiliated Radiation Stations and 6,204 samples and radiation experiments from Radiation Station Santa Monica California. EnviroReporter.com has over 2,200,724 readers and 1,580,275 viewers along with the 24,369 people who have seen Radiation Station Glendale California‘s continuous online streaming. Over 213,751 viewers have watched 101 original videos on our YouTube channel. Thanks to you, we’ve received 7,847 comments and tens of thousands of Facebook ‘likes’ for our site, investigations and Facebook channel. Thank you for your continuing interest and support.

  149. Nukpro’s Shelter-in-Place in a Radiation Emergency, or just any old Run of the Mill emergency.

    If you print it out you can use the check list provided. It also has a notes section with links to free resources to enable you to do more research on the subject.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Nukepro-Shelter-In-Place.pdf

  150. Southern Hemisphere April 2017 Background Report. (10% above Average)

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Reports

    Cairns April 2017 Report – “Fairly flat, no major events.”

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-April-2017.jpg

    Caloundra April 2017 – This April saw a lot more Southern Ocean air flows reach this location. As we have seen numerous times, Southern Ocean air flows cause a drop in local temperature, and radiation levels.

    Month day average,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-April-2017.jpg

    Caloundra April month average year comparisons.

    2017 10% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 33% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 22% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 9% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 12% above pre-Fukushima average

    Year and month average local background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  151. 5/15/2017

    East Los Angeles, CA external background at 9:26 pm
    9 uR/h (microroengens)

  152. USA

    9th May 2017 – “Emergency Alert” Declared At Nuclear Facility In Washington; Evacuation Ordered, No-Fly Zone In Place

    Extracts:

    As Breaking911 reports, some workers were being evacuated while others were advised to shelter-in-place. The Hanford Fire Department is on scene and updates will be posted as they are available. Workers in the vicinity are still being sheltered as a precaution.

    Actions taken to protect site employees include:

    Facility personnel have been evacuated
    As a precaution, workers in potentially affected areas of the Hanford Site have gone indoors
    Access to the 200 East Area of the Hanford Site, which is located in the center of the Hanford Site, has been restricted to protect employees

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-09/emergency-alert-declared-hanford-nuclear-facility-washington-evacuation-ordered

  153. USA

    3rd May 2017 – Nuclear Reactor Wastewater Will End Up In Your Drinking Water

    Extracts:

    The council voted four to two in favor of the decision to process 70,000 gallons of nuclear reactor wastewater in its public sewer system. La Tour voted against the measure.

    “Apparently Beaver Lake is so big it doesn’t matter, but it just makes me uneasy to know we are putting our waste in our drinking water supply,” La Tour said.

    Comment:

    Tritium will be in the nuclear wastewater they intend to dump into the Fayetteville Arkansas community water supply. They have been told it will be safe. Here is a video that reveals independent research on the biological effects of radioactive Tritium. Tritium is something to be very concerned about!

    04.12.2011 – Radioactive Berkeley: No Safe Dose

    Extracts:

    The video also expressed a public concern over children visiting the Lawrence Hall of Science to exposure to tritium emissions from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) National Tritium Labeling Facility.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wf4G0NRBfqY

    Article:

    http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/nuclear-reactor-wastewater-will-end-up-in-your-drinking-water/706080335

  154. Are the source of these background increases from the Namie forest fires in Japan?

    Japanese radiation monitoring stations indicating background increases in the last 24 hours.

    There are small spikes in radiation levels showing up on the Japanese ATMC monitoring network. Start with the Kitaibaraki and Takahagi monitoring stations South of Fukushima, and work your way down the East coast of Japan. Some Eastern in land stations are also showing a spike in background levels.

    http://new.atmc.jp/#p=083792bfd72c8a9071

    The spikes are also showing up on the ATMC Tokyo monitors. When I looked last night, Australian time, the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Centre Tokyo monitors were also showing a background increase.

    If you click the Animate button at the left bottom of the Nuclear Emergency Tracking Centre map, you will see the 24 hr background level increases reflected in the number of stations showing elevated levels over a 24 hour period.

    Since yesterday, the wind direction has changed to a northerly direction, so in the animation you see the elevated levels moving from the southern stations to the northern stations on the NETC animation map.

    Nuclear Emergency Tracking Centre

    http://netc.com/

    Present Wind Direction

    https://www.windy.com/?2017-05-05-00,40.581,151.128,5

  155. JAPAN

    30th April 2017 – Fukushima authorities ask troops to help deal with forest fires near crippled nuclear power plant

    Extracts:

    Fukushima prefecture has asked the Japanese Self-Defense Forces for help in handling forest fires that have swept areas near the crippled Fukushima power plant, local media report. Strong winds are hindering the firefighting efforts, however.

    The forest fires broke out near the town of Namie, some seven kilometers from the disabled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, on Saturday evening, Japanese NHK broadcaster reported.

    Comment:

    There is no mention in this article of the potential for the re-dispersal of radioactive contamination downwind, by the fire and strong winds. Anyone downwind should be closely monitoring the situation!

    The present wind direction indicates potential contamination could blow South East and then inland.

    https://www.windy.com/?38.307,142.603,6

    List of International Radiation Monitoring Stations

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Article:

    https://www.rt.com/news/386662-fukushima-forest-fires-soldiers/

  156. Our gift to the Planet Saturn. Plutonium!

    Cassini–Huygens is an unmanned spacecraft sent to the planet Saturn.
    (with 73 lb – of plutonium-238 and some cameras)


    “Had there been any malfunction causing the Cassini space probe to collide with the Earth, NASA’s complete environmental impact study estimated that, in the worst case (with an acute angle of entry in which Cassini would gradually burn up), a significant fraction of the 33 kg[26] of plutonium-238 inside the RTGs would have been dispersed into the Earth’s atmosphere so that up to five billion people (i.e. almost the entire terrestrial population) could have been exposed, causing up to an estimated 5,000 additional cancer deaths[40] (0.0005 per cent, i.e. a fraction 0.000005, of a billion cancer deaths expected anyway from other causes; the product is incorrectly calculated elsewhere[41] as 500,000 deaths), but the chance of that happening were less than one in one million.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassini%E2%80%93Huygens#Plutonium_power_source

    I wonder who makes the final decision to GAMBLE with literally everything and on behalf of what?
    I know I certainly didn’t get to vote on it. 😉

    Plutonium-238 is a very powerful alpha emitter.
    Plutonium-238 has a decay rate, half-life of 87.7 years.

    “On December 22, 2015, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory reported that its researchers had successfully produced 50 grams (1.8 ounces) of Pu-238.”

    “After an analysis of this sample, production of 300 to 400 grams (11 to 14 oz) of the material per year is planned to begin and then, through automation and scale-up processes, production will increase to an average of 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb) per year.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium-238#U.S._production_ceases_and_resumes

  157. On the state of Civil Defense and the re-emerging threat of nuclear war.

    Writing about the unthinkable. Most would choose to ignore, even ridicule the thoughts. It may help a few readers, so I offer the following.

    The potential for a rogue state / North Korea confrontation is greater now than ever. Preparedness is thought of as unfashionable, and the general state of denial of actual danger creates even more danger.

    Everyone will do precisely the wrong thing in reacting to an attack. There will be no warnings issued, most countermeasures will fail, people will leave safe locations for unsafe ones. That mushroom cloud in the distance? Their first thought will be… “What a great selfie this will make!” Don’t forget your SPF 1,000,000 sunblock kids.

    No Civil Defense shelters (except for the elites). No stockpiles of food, water, or radiation detectors. No drills for where to go, what to do, and for how long. Answers: Stay inside, away from windows, preferably underground for at least two weeks, breathe filtered air, drink emergency stocks of water, eat canned goods, keep fallout out. If you must be briefly outdoors, don Tyvek outer clothing then rinse off, strip off, and crawl back underground. And, get used to the dark when the batteries run out.

    That’s why I’ve been working on my bucket list. Everyday I savor the (mostly) blue skies, fresh air, and a walk in the woods. I’ve updated my emergency supplies, and water stores. Plenty of plastic tarps and duct tape for sealing windows and doors.

    I know I’m an amateur, not a real Prepper. And no one thinks “it” will ever really happen. At times, I feel it is ridiculous to even try to be prepared. But, at least I’ve thought about it, and I won’t make the mistake of rushing towards the windows to see what is happening when the flash goes off.

    I knew someone who survived a nuclear attack. She was just one kilometer from the hypocenter of the blast.. Sheltering underground, she, and others, waited only a few hours before leaving the shelter. They walked around in the fallout, helping survivors for several weeks. Amazingly, just 15 years old, she survived the ordeal and lived to be 80. No special preparation, special clothing, or access to personal emergency stocks of food and water. She survived because she was in the right location at the right time, avoiding the initial blast and radiation. Then she and others eventually moved out away from the immediate area of destruction, and lived to tell about it.

    Should we just hope to be one of the fortunate ones, to be sheltered by chance at the right time? Or should we choose to be ready?

  158. International Radiation Monitoring Networks

    The world is very tense at present, all the reports are indicating a major war could break out, so it would be a good idea to be prepared. Hopefully common sense will prevail, and conflict will be avoided.

    A large number of people were desperate to find radiation monitoring station locations after Fukushima. They found this to be difficult because there was no comprehensive International list, plus some monitoring systems were difficult to find.

    This free community resource was created after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe so people could quickly locate International radiation monitoring stations in the event of a major nuclear event. It is regularly updated.

    In the event of a major nuclear disaster or war, this site may become overloaded, so it is suggested that you download the PDF version of this list onto your personal device, laptop, mobile phone etc from this site. This way you can access the International Radiation Monitoring Station list from your personal device. Check this site for future updates to the list and download the latest version. Let people know this free resource is available.

    List of International Radiation Monitoring Stations

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Wind direction

    Wind direction is an important factor in determining where the radiation will go. Under the “Helpful Tools and Services” item at the top of the page, you will find a link to the Nullschool 3D Earth wind map service.

    This service allows you to see location wind direction at different heights. You can rotate the map by holding down your mouse on the map, and dragging. If you use your mouse scroll wheel you can zoom the map in and out.

    If you click on the “Earth” item at the lower left corner of the Nullschool map page, a menu will pop up, that allows you to select the wind height.

    Free Guides

    These free guides can also be downloaded from the top of the International list page.

    Free Geiger Counter Use Guide

    http://technologypals.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Using-a-Geiger-Counter-to-test-food-for-Radioactive-Contamination.pdf

    Free DIY food testing lab guide

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/How-to-set-up-a-home-or-community-food-testing-lab-for-radioactive-contamination.pdf

  159. TEPCO’s Timeline ➡
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommissiontraject/index-e.html

    IMHO:
    Fancy intro.
    Still ‘claim’ cold shutdown. (?)
    Nice clock.
    The future part of the timeline does not extend nearly far enough!

    TEPCO’s timeline does not show how many lives will be forever altered because of this insane nuclear debacle either.

  160. Southern Hemisphere March 2017 Background Report.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report

    On Thursday the 30th March 2017, the Sunshine Coast Australia was bracing for a torrential downpour from remnants of ex-Cyclone Debbie. The South East was going into shut down, schools and businesses closed. As the rain fronts came down the east coast of Australia, we saw spikes in local background levels.

    On the 29th, the day average was 51% above average. On the 30th when the main weather system, left over from Debbie, came through, the local background 24 hour day average spiked even more. The day average was 0.215 uSv/hr which is ~115% above average for this location!

    Day average chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-March-2017.jpg

    What do the chart colour Alert codes mean?

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    24 hour 60 second logging chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-300317.jpg

    A part of this increase in background radiation level was probably caused by an increased amount of atmospheric Radon gas. More Radon gas is forced out of the ground during heavy rain events. The increase in Radon levels is seen in the live Radon monitoring chart, screen shot below. In my opinion not all this significant increase in background levels on the 30th, can be attributed to an increase in Radon levels.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/ThereminoGeiger_2017_03_30_21_51_41.jpg

    We had a similar rain event occur here in March 2012. These lows suck moisture in from the tropics and then bring it down the east coast of Australia.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-29/cyclone-debbie-big-picture-view-from-space/8396684

    The same advisory suggestions for March 2012 apply whenever one of these tropical rain events occur, as they did in 2012.

    Report from March 5th 2012

    Average background up to 8.30am 0.145uSv/Hr, 24 hr average 0.185 uS/Hr elevated – Advisory Issued
    It may be wise to stay out of the rain. I am getting indoor peaks up to 0.63 uS/hr on the Geiger Counter, as this rain event moves through. It suggests it may be radioactively hotter outside. Maybe worth letting your local friends know. If you or a child gets wet in it, have a good shower when you can. I have no idea what isotopes are in the rain, only that my Geiger counter is registering 6x higher than our normal background radiation, in peaks. These peaks are only lasting for a very short period of time.

    Month day average,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-March-2012.jpg

    24 hour 60 second logging chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/24-hour-background-radiation-chart-05032012.jpg
    Caloundra March month average year comparisons.

    The March month average data indicates a steady in crease in Southern Hemisphere local background levels has occurred over the years, since Fukushima. If we are getting background increases here in the Southern Hemisphere, it suggests that areas in the Northern Hemisphere would be greater.

    2017 38% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 39% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 33% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 31% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 24% above pre-Fukushima average

    Year and month average local background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  161. 17th March 2017 – In first, government and Tepco found liable for Fukushima disaster

    Extracts:

    A court in Japan has ruled for the first time that the government and the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were responsible for failing to take preventive measures against the March 11, 2011, quake-triggered tsunami that killed scores and forced tens of thousands from their homes.

    The district court ordered the two to pay damages totaling ¥38.55 million to 62 of 137 plaintiffs from 45 households located near the plant, which suffered a triple meltdown caused by the tsunami, awarding ¥70,000 to ¥3.5 million in compensation to each plaintiff.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/17/national/crime-legal/first-government-tepco-found-liable-fukushima-disaster/#.WMy4hJTiDtQ

    Comment:

    The case of the USS Reagan Sailors has draw on for years now. Most Americans are not aware of the injustice these servicemen and women have been subjected to! Some have already pasted away, and others as well as being sick themselves now have sick children. A large number of US military personnel have become seriously ill, after being exposed to Fukushima fallout during the 2011 earthquake relief effort in Japan.

    These brave members of the US services should be supported, but there has been a news blackout! Their case has constantly been delayed. Look at how many views the video below has had since July 2015.

    21st July 2015 – USS Reagan Sailors Sue for Nuclear Justice

    Extract:

    Attorney Charles Bonner gives an update on his class action litigation on behalf of military personnel harmed by exposure to Fukushima fallout during an aid mission. The suit targets the plant operator and its manufacturers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0zGbG2dTvo&feature=youtu.be

    Be aware I’m not an American citizen. I’m Australian.

  162. Six years of ongoing nonstop Nuclear Meltdowns.

    When immune systems fail, heart muscles weaken and a doctor informs you that you have two types of rare cancer, then, not a lot else matters. A close relative of mine gave me this news not too long ago. She cried and said she should have listened to me when I advised her not to drink the milk after Fukushima. What do you say to that? I tried to console her with well, maybe it’s from when you lived in Simi Valley in the early 80’s or perhaps the fact you have lived within 2 miles of the Landfill in St. Louis for 20 years. I don’t think that helped much. 🙁

    From my personal observation this scenario IS playing out more and more. To a faster and a far greater extent than we may all realize. Perhaps exponentially, but we’ll never know it.

    IMHO – The Fukushima’s MELTDOWNS should be treated as an act of war. A war against our planet and the existence of every living thing as we know it. Japan, along with all countries and academics in the world really need to come together and be transparent. Organizing our knowledge base toward survival of this insane nightmare should be priority one.

    My simple prediction is that, avoiding radiation, (mitigation), should/will become the rule of the day. Anything less will just be haphazard or foolish.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_fallout#The_Seven_Ten_Rule

    What if the FALLOUT is ongoing and accumulating?
    … 6 YEARS, with no real plan and no end in site!

  163. Southern Hemisphere February 2017 Background Report.
    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Report for February 2017. (42% above average)

    The Caloundra monthly average charts for February 2012 and 2013 showed wild fluctuations (Charts Below). Now the charts show less volatility, but the average background is higher. This suggests to me that everything is now more evenly mixed in the atmosphere. Even so, background levels have still increased. Interestingly, we had very little rain in February this year, compared to previous years.

    Caloundra February month average year comparisons.
    2017 42% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 41% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 30% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 40% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 39% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 37% above pre-Fukushima average

    February 2017 had the highest recorded February month average background since Fukushima!

    Month average chart for February 2017

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-February-2017.jpg

    Month average chart for February 2013

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-February-2013.jpg

    Month average chart for February 2012

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-February-2012.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  164. ALERT. Iodine 131 found in wide areas across Europe. No one knows why or the source of the contamination.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-02-22-nuclear-accident-cover-up-radioactive-iodine-131-detected-across-europe-no-one-knows-why.html

  165. EUROPE

    13th February 2017 – Iodine 131 just reported by European Agency. Incident happened in January 2017!

    Extracts:

    As usual, we are warned after the fact.

    And of course, the IRSN will carefully avoid telling us who is responsible for this pollution. Iodine-131, a radionuclide of artificial origin, was detected in January 2017 as traces in air at ground level in Europe.

    Comment:

    The largest detection seems to have been in Poland, from the 9th to the 16th of January 2017.

    https://nuclear-news.net/2017/02/15/iodine-131-just-reported-by-european-agency-incident-happened-in-january-2017/

  166. MALAYSIA

    14th February 2016 – Stolen radioactive material found in Malaysian apartment building

    Extracts:

    Iridium-192, a substance which can potentially be used in a dirty bomb, has been found at a Malaysian apartment complex prompting fears that residents there may have been exposed to the hazardous material.

    South Klang district police said residents needed urgent health checks after two stolen radioactive canisters were found with their seals broken, exposing people to the dangerous substance.

    Humans are capable of receiving 20 millisieverts of gamma rays a year, however, these canisters had the gamma ray capacity of up to 300 millisieverts per hour, according to the ALEB.

    Comment:

    Worldwide, the theft of highly radioactive material happens much more frequently than the general public are aware off.

    https://www.rt.com/news/377355-stolen-radioactive-material-malaysia/

  167. JAPAN

    3rd February 2017 – Record radiation level detected inside damaged Fukushima reactor

    Extracts:

    TOKYO —

    A record radiation level has been detected inside the No. 2 reactor at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, with the estimated reading of up to 530 sieverts per hour, the plant operator said Thursday.

    The new radiation level, described by some experts as “unimaginable,” far exceeds 73 sieverts per hour, the previously highest radiation reading monitored in the interior of the reactor.

    An official of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences said medical professionals have never considered dealing with this level of radiation in their work.

    Comment:

    We don’t have the technology available to deal with these extremely high radiation levels! Neither man nor machine can withstand these levels of radiation. It has been nearly six years now, and the buildings are structurally deteriorating, and are located in an earthquake zone, another disaster waiting to happen!

    https://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/record-radiation-level-detected-inside-damaged-fukushima-reactor

  168. Southern Hemisphere January 2017 Background Report.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Caloundra day average chart for January 2017. (42% above average)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-January-2017.jpg

    Caloundra January month average year comparisons.
    2017 42% above pre-Fukushima average
    2016 41% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 40% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 41% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 52% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 43% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    January 2017 saw the usual post Fukushima, seasonal increase in background level, as warmer air flows from the tropics reach this location.

    Year and month average local background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  169. From our friend and environmental activist Gene Stone of Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE) which was instrumental in the shuttering of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS):

    My dear Environmental and politically concerned friends,

    An action alert for your consideration. As a member of the resistance to trump’s fascist and racist coup of our government I would like to suggest we make a concerted effort to let corporations and their CEOs know that we will not tolerate their support of trump’s attack on our environment or women’s rights/human rights, civil rights or our freedom of religion and that means any religion. We also stand with our native brothers and sisters at Standing Rock and in solidarity of native Sovereign lands. If they expect us to buy their products we expect them to support these rights.

    Everytime I see a senator or representative (state or federal) make a tweet, I Tweet back to them and suggest strongly if they want my support in 2018 they will stand strong with the people against the trump agenda. I am also doing this whenever I see a tweet from any Corporation and let them know that if they expect me to spend my shopping dollars with them that I will not do business with companies or corporations that support his fascist agenda. My wife and I started by calling L.L.Bean and letting them know that we would never buy from them again. They had gotten quite a number of calls and tried desperately to let us know they wanted our business. We told them we wanted their support for freedom. We have been using all types of social media, emails and the telephone. After seeing on the news how many of the large corporations acquiesced immediately when they thought their bottom line would be affected, I believe this to be a sound and important strategy and defense of Human Rights and the rights of the people to demand the government work for us and not the corporations.

    “Once or twice in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you.” Kara Vallow

    If you agree with this action please share it with your list and Friends, thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,

    Gene Stone
    Residents Organized For a Safe Environment (ROSE)
    949-XXX-XXXX, On twitter @gene_stone
    http://residentsorganizedforasafeenvironment.wordpress.com/
    http://partofthearth.blogspot.com/

  170. Southern Hemisphere Year Background Report For 2016.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Caloundra day average chart for December 2016. (36% above average)

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-December-2016.jpg

    Caloundra December month average year comparisons.

    2016 36% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 35% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 36% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 43% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    Even thought December 2016 had a lower December month average background compared to December 2012, the 2016 year average background level was the highest recorded here since Fukushima. The 2016 year average was 25% above pre-Fukushima recorded year average. At this Southern Hemisphere location, the local year average background has seen an increase in local background levels since Fukushima (see chart below). If we are seeing a steady increase in year averages here in the Southern Hemisphere, it suggests that locations in the Northern Hemisphere are seeing much greater yearly increases.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Caloundra-yearly-average-background-radiation-levels.jpg

    Year and month average local background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  171. JAPAN

    23rd December 2016 – Fuel removal at Fukushima reactor again faces delay

    Extracts:

    But the clearing work took longer than expected due to contamination being more widespread than previously thought, forcing TEPCO and the government to again put off the retrieval.

    Radiation levels have now dropped as almost all of wreckage at the site has been cleared, TEPCO said. The government and TEPCO have said fuel retrieval at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor buildings will start in fiscal 2020 or later.

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612230043.html

  172. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For November 2016. (32% above average)

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Caloundra day average chart for November 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2016.jpg

    Caloundra November month average year comparisons.

    2016 32% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 37% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 29% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 30% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 31% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    November 2016 had the the second highest month average local background since Fukushima. At the beginning of the month warm tropical air flows reached this location, this created the initial spike in local background levels. Background levels dropped for the rest of the month, as more Southern air flows reached this location, from the Southern Ocean.

    Yearly average background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  173. JAPAN

    11th December 2016 – Mutated Blood Found In Humans In Japan — From Fukushima Radiation

    Extract:

    New blood types called Langereis and Junior, to distinguish them from traditional classifications. According to scientists, this phenomenon is associated with the leakage of radioactive substances resulting from the nuclear accident in Fukushima.

    According to doctors, is to be expected in the near future to see additional changes. What scientists are saying in the future there will be at least another 15 new blood groups.

    https://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/mutated-blood-found-in-humans-in-japan.html

    [Editor: We sourced this back to CCTV which gives no sources of its own other than “scientists” therefore this is not confirmed by EnviroReporter.com and is speculative.]

  174. @ Another Simi Mom

    “If you believe this news story I’ve got a bridge to sell you:”

    Correct, just posted this report into “Radiation Food Lab.”

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/2013/02/radiation-food-lab/#comment-311327

  175. 8th December 2016 – Tokyo increases Fukushima operator’s interest-free loan limit to $123bn

    Extracts:

    The extra 5 trillion yen ($44 billion) loan on top of the original 9 trillion yen ($79 billion) is destined to cover the costs of compensation and decontaminating areas around the plant, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

    The government plans to have TEPCO and other utilities pay back the loans, Japan’s NHK World reported, as part of the cost will pass to consumers through higher electricity rates.

    Last month the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said that the combined costs of paying compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the decommissioning of the plant will almost double the initial estimate and will cost over 20 trillion yen ($176 billion).

    Comment:

    The Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe cleanup costs just keep skyrocketing, with no end in sight!

    https://www.rt.com/news/369574-japan-tepco-loan-ceiling/

  176. If you believe this news story I’ve got a bridge to sell you:

    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201612060039.html

  177. 24 November 2016 – Missing Bushehr Radioactive Device Raises Concerns

    Extracts:

    Tamimi told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that, along with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there are concerns of negative impact of the Iranian nuclear program that could pollute the waters of the Arabian Gulf.

    The chairman said most Gulf countries depend on the desalination of sea water and the matter is very critical especially if the contamination reaches desalination stations.

    Comment:

    The device went missing after the vehicle transporting it was stolen. How many times have I heard this same story over the years? So much for the nuclear industry’s radioactive material safety claim.

    http://english.aawsat.com/2016/11/article55362750/missing-bushehr-radioactive-device-raises-concerns

  178. Here’s some live video in real time of the latest earthquake off the coast of Fukushima. The shaking lasted for at least 90 seconds.

    EQ vids:
    http://caferadlab.com/thread-1549-post-3053.html#pid3053

    Screenshot of Unit 3 belching heavy pink emissions in the hours following the quakes.
    http://caferadlab.com/attachment.php?aid=925

    I’ve seen several news reports about the quake and it’s stated that all is okay and of no concern at the Nuclear Plants in Japan. I would disagree.

    My question to ALL is where does the ‘fake’ news get separated from the so called real news and who gets to make that decision? Is leaving out important information just as improper?
    (referring to Mark Zuckerberg talking about controlling fake news on Facebook.)
    http://www.today.com/video/mark-zuckerberg-details-facebook-s-new-plans-amid-fake-news-concerns-813545027735

  179. EPA proposing massive allowable increase in radiological contamination of our drinking water. Please oppose this now!
    https://www.nirs.org/
    Click on Take Action tab. Thanks.

  180. 21st November 2016 – Fukushima reactor cooling system stops following quake & tsunami

    Extract:

    The cooling system of the third reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has stopped circulating water following a powerful 7.3 offshore earthquake. TEPCO said it managed to restart the system some 90 minutes after the failure.

    https://www.rt.com/news/367714-fukushima-reactor-cooling-earthquake/

  181. (Video) 16th November 2016 – Giant radiation shield built to cap Chernobyl’s damaged nuclear reactor

    Extract:

    A giant radiation shield is being manoevered over the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in Chernobyl, Ukraine, in the final phase of a €1.5 billion (US$1.6bn) project to prevent the leaking of further radioactive material from the damaged reactor.

    Comment:

    Look at the size of this structure that they are moving into place, it is 350 feet tall and more than 530 feet long. This very expensive temporary cover will also need to be replaced in a 100 years!

    Video of structure being moved

    https://www.rt.com/in-motion/367148-giant-radiation-shield-chernobyl/

    Wikipedia extract:

    The total cost of the Shelter Implementation Plan, of which the New Safe Confinement is the most prominent element, is estimated to be around €2.15 billion (US$3.09 billion).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_New_Safe_Confinement

  182. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For October 2016. (22% above average)

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Caloundra day average chart for October 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-October-2016.jpg

    Caloundra October month average year comparisons.

    2016 22% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 14% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 25% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 19% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    There has been another up tick in background levels at this location for October 2016. This is the second highest October month average since the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

    At this location in the winter months, air flows tend to come from the Southern Ocean, rather than from the tropical North. When this happens, local background levels tend to drop significantly, so compared to the summer months, winter local background levels approach pre-Fukushima levels. You can clearly see this seasonal variation in the yearly average background report, link below.
    Yearly average background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  183. Mom Lung Cancer, Dad, BLADDER Cancer, Brother, Rectum, large Tumor, sister, female Cancer,
    STEP Mother, Cancer, Aunt BLADDER Cancer! Next Door Neighbor Cancer! All these Cancers, people who lived in Simi Valley from 1962-1980’s

  184. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For September 2016. (12% above average)

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Caloundra day average chart for September 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-September-2016.jpg

    Caloundra September month average year comparisons.

    2016 12% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 6% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 15% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 13% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    There has been a small up tick in background levels at this location for September. September 2013 and 2012 were the only years that had higher background levels here, since the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

    At this location in the winter months, air flows tend to come from the Southern Ocean, rather than from the tropical North. When this happens, local background levels tend to drop significantly, so compared to the summer months, winter local background levels approach pre-Fukushima levels. You can clearly see this seasonal variation in the yearly average background report, link below.
    Yearly average background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  185. @Another Simi Mom @all

    Note:
    Los Alamos county New Mexico is near the top of highest incomes of any county in the United States.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_highest-income_counties_in_the_United_States#2010_Census

  186. I guess the health and safety of the people who work and live around Los Alamos is more important than the health and safety of people who live around the Santa Susana Field Lab aka Rocketdyne:

    https://www.abqjournal.com/846975/report-details-scope-of-los-alamos-nuclear-waste-cleanup.html

  187. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For August 2016. (8% above average)

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing, http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    Caloundra day average chart for August 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-August-2016.jpg

    Caloundra August month average year comparisons.

    2016 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 4% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 9% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    At this location in the winter months, air flows tend to come from the Southern Ocean, rather than from the tropical North. When this happens, local background levels tend to drop significantly, so compared to the summer months, winter local background levels approach pre-Fukushima levels. You can clearly see this seasonal variation in the yearly average background report, link below.

    Yearly average background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  188. Evidence of HIGH RAD readings at Fukushima.

    * 187 uSV microsieverts
    https://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=187+microsieverts

    Inside Fukushima’s Time Bomb (Aug 2016)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLo51IZnos

    This ‘tour’ of the Fukushima plant was cut short.
    Time Distance = Dose
    Four inch sheets of lead line the roads, didn’t seem to help.

    This video does cover some touchy, usually not mentioned topics. However, it leaves out some important ones too. Such as, how badly the ocean is being contaminated.

    Screen Shots: 155 & 187 uSv
    http://caferadlab.com/thread-317-post-2233.html#pid2233

    It will never be the same. What’s the cost of that? 🙁

  189. JAPAN

    28th August 2016 – Public cost of Fukushima nuclear accident cleanup topped ¥4.2 trillion as of end of March

    Extracts:

    The public cost of dealing with the aftermath of the March 2011 nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant topped ¥4.2 trillion by the end of fiscal 2015, it was learned Sunday.

    According to the study, a total of ¥2.34 trillion was disbursed for decontamination of affected areas, disposal of contaminated waste and an interim storage facility for tainted soil. The expense was shouldered by the government, mainly through affiliated Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corp.

    Tepco and six other power utilities charged their customers at least ¥327 billion in electricity rate hikes after Japan’s worst-ever nuclear accident.

    Comment:

    ¥4.2 trillion (around $628 billion) is an astronomical amount of money. This was the clean up cost up to the end of the 2015 fiscal year! What is the total cost now?

    A very important point not mentioned in this report is the staggering costs involved in cleaning up the other seriously damaged Japanese nuclear reactors, that have been conveniently forgotten about by the mainstream media!

    The Japanese Government admitted in May 2011 that there were a lot more nuclear reactors seriously damaged, not just the 4 at the Fukushima Nuclear disaster site. We have no real information on what has been happening at those other nuclear disaster sites, because of the news blackout.

    Quote:

    “According to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), the earthquake and subsequent tsunami affected fourteen nuclear reactors at four sites along the eastern coast the Fukushima Daiichi site (six reactors), Fukushima Daini site (four reactors), the Ongawa site (three reactors) and the Tokai site (one reactor). The most serious damage occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.”

    Article:

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/28/national/public-cost-fukushima-nuclear-accident-cleanup-topped-%C2%A54-2-trillion-end-march/

  190. Photo array from San Ononfre showing where storage units are soon to be built and installed: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/nuclear-727227-fuel-storage.html

  191. Linda Westmoreland

    I was the fourth child in my family and the only one born in Grand Junction, CO. I was diagnosed with CMT1A. It is a neuro muscular disease. I also have neuropathy. Is there anyone else who has been diagnosed with this disease? No one else in my family has this disease, including my parents. I did not inherit it and I am curious if uranium deposits etc. had anything to do with it.
    Linda

  192. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For July 2016. (8% above average)

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing, http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    Caloundra day average chart for July 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-July-2016.jpg

    Caloundra July month average year comparisons.

    2016 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 5% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 6% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 9% above pre-Fukushima average

    Report:

    At this location in the winter months, air flows tend to come from the Southern Ocean, rather than from the tropical North. When this happens, local background levels tend to drop significantly, so compared to the summer months, winter local background levels approach pre-Fukushima levels. You can clearly see this seasonal variation in the yearly average background report, link below.
    Yearly average background radiation levels

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  193. 19th July 2016 – San Onofre Nuclear Leak Caused by Pushing Generator Limits, Watchdog Group Says

    Extracts:

    The cause of a leak in 2012 that led to the permanent shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was steam generators being deliberately run too hot, too hard and too fast, according to a report released Tuesday by an independent watchdog organization.

    “Edison knew they were pushing San Onofre’s steam generators past the original design limit, but did it anyway for the sake of short-term profits and to correct other design deficiencies as a result of SCE’s unverified analytical assumptions,” Arora alleged.

    http://patch.com/california/oceanside-camppendleton/san-onofre-nuclear-leak-caused-pushing-generator-limits-watchdog

  194. Alert level detection, with a peak of up to ~ 19 uSv/hr showing on a Romanian Carie private monitoring station on the,

    http://www.uradmonitor.com private monitoring network.

    Screen Shot:

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Romania-Carie-on-uradmonitor-230716-19-uSv-hr.png

    Quote from this report:

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=UEV-20160721-54185-UKR

    “MP Andriy Artemenko (Radical Party) has said that on July 16 a serious accident with leakage of nuclear fuel was recorded at Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant (NPP), while the press service of National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom denied the information.”

    The surface wind direction is coming from the Ukraine to this Romanian location at present.

    https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-334.38,44.44,3000/loc=31.675,48.987

    This maybe a coincidence, or a malfunctioning station. It is the only private monitoring station in Romania showing very high peak detections at present. No official Ukrainian background monitoring stations are showing any significant background increase.

    Tools you need to keep an eye on this, can be found on the International Radiation Monitoring Station list page,

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

  195. Non-categorized event in Ukraine on July 21 2016 10:29 AM (UTC).

    Extract:

    MP Andriy Artemenko (Radical Party) has said that on July 16 a serious accident with leakage of nuclear fuel was recorded at Khmelnytsky nuclear power plant (NPP), while the press service of National Nuclear Generating Company Energoatom denied the information. “I learnt from reliable sources that the government is hiding the seriousness of the accident occurred on July 16 at reactor one of Khmelnytsky NPP with the depressurization of the reactor primary circuit and leakage of radioactive coolant to the nuclear steam generator. In addition, nuclear fuel leaked, which is a critical situation,” he wrote on his Facebook page. He said that on Monday a meeting with participation of Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Kistion and Energy and Coal Industry Minister Ihor Nasalyk was held on Monday to discuss the issue and one more government meeting is scheduled for Thursday. The press service of Energoatom told Interfax-Ukraine that information of Artemenko is not true. He took it from unknown and unverified sources and misinformed citizens, they said. “On July 16, reactor one of Khmelnytsky NPP was disconnected from power grid as there was leakage at nuclear steam generator one, and Energoatom informed about it quickly on its website. This is not leakage of nuclear fuel… Radiation level on the industrial site and adjacent areas have not changed.

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=UEV-20160721-54185-UKR

  196. Another Simi Mom

    Fifty powerful nuclear bombs sitting under airbase in Turkey guarded by American soldiers in NATO uniforms. This scenario may not end well.

    https://consortiumnews.com/2016/07/20/turkeys-nukes-a-sum-of-all-fears/

  197. Southern Hemisphere June 2016 Local Background Level Report, (7% above average)

    Stations Location Map,

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    What the chart colour codes indicate in the charts.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    Report:

    At this location in the winter months air flows tend to come from the Southern Ocean, rather than from the tropical North. When this happens local background levels tend to drop significantly, so compared to the summer months, winter local background levels approach pre-Fukushima levels. There was a small background level spike on the 19th of June. This occurred as a significant rain event passed over the area.

    Caloundra day average chart for June 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-June-2016.jpg

    Caloundra June month average year comparisons.

    2016 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 3% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 3% above pre-Fukushima average

    Long term local background information can be found here,

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2630

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented on this web site, without further research.

  198. New EPA proposal could make American’s drinking water THOUSANDS of times more radioactive.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/054526_water_pollution_radiation_EPA.html
    This is OUTRAGEOUS!!!

  199. Southern Hemisphere May 2016 Rain Water Testing Results

    Station location:

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing,

    http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    May 2016 down pipe rain water filter test report

    There was 123 mm of rainfall in May, at this location.

    Small amounts of Pb-210 and Be-7 where detected, plus a very small detection of a possible 77 X-ray from Lead Pb-212, which is the decay daughter of Radon-220. Beryllium Be-7 can be created naturally in trace amounts by spallation in the upper atmosphere by cosmic rays. Lead Pb-210 is the decay daughter of naturally occurring Radon-222 decay. Both Be-7 and Pb-210 can also be released from nuclear power plants, and nuclear accidents. The detection of the Pb-212 77 keV X-ray probably indicates the presents of a small trace of volcanic ash in the air.

    May 2016 rain water filter test chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Down-pipe-May-paper-filter-020616-TV7-18c-84600-B-text.png

  200. Another Simi Mom

    Entergy’s FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Ontario near Syracuse, NY is scheduled to be permanently closed in early 2017. However, the U.S. Coast Guard noticed a problem today, with an unknown fluid seemingly coming from the power plant and leaving a sheen on the lake: https://www.dvidshub.net/image/2690081/sheen-lake-ontario

    A brief story has been posted by AP and other news sources are picking it up: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_LAKE_ONTARIO_SHEEN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-06-26-22-18-53

  201. Another Simi Mom

    As EPA’s political appointee staff prepares to go out of office, they’re apparently positioning themselves to help their friends, including vastly increasing the allowable radioactivity in drinking water:

    http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/watch-out-for-a-possible-increase-in-radioactivity-in-your-drinking-water#.V2N0XArviZA.email

  202. The tweet from SafeCast on their twitter is not just lame, it’s frightening.

    SAFECAST ‏@safecast Jun 15
    “Readings were 1 day 6 mos ago. Likely xray machine or person getting radiation”

    A pregnant woman walking down the street that day in New York did not have a clue. A major RADIOACTIVE EVENT may have occurred according to Safecast’s data. Those Safecast numbers were very high.

    IMO – Could be doing more damage than terrorists with guns or explosives and nobody will know… therefore, nobody will care.

  203. What sort of evil exists within governments that wish to keep this sort of information from becoming publicly known. It is the government’s #1 responsibility to PROTECT it’s people. Any so called government that is not doing so, or is actively removing technology that can protect us, must be held to account. This is evil and it is madness! Raising levels of acceptable exposures to radioactivity internally or externally is an abomination, not rooted in any science whatsoever. It makes one think our own government is trying to kill us. What other conclusion can you come too???

  204. @Michael, This whole exercise shows there is no system in place to investigate this type of detection, by private or government organizations.

    “We are down to 9 (NINE) working beta stations out of 130 sites. Beyond outrageous.”

    The USA government monitoring system is being dismantled, at the same time they are raising the acceptable amounts of radiation exposure to ridiculous levels. They are still using the outdated dose model. Anyone who has done any research understands this antiquated model has no baring on the serious health effects that are caused by the internal ingestion of artificial isotopes.

    Mind you, this is also happening in other countries. There seems to be a concerted worldwide effort through regulatory capture, to increase the acceptable toxic load populations will accept. These sick bastards don’t care about human populations, your children or grand children, their only objective is profit margins.

    Look at the latest EPA Draft Protective Action Guide (PAG) for Drinking Water after a Radiological Incident,

    https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-06/documents/epa_drinking_water_pag_fr_notice_6-1-16r_pre-pub.pdf

    The deadlines for comment submission is the 25th of July, and people can submit comments here.

    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/10/2016-13786/notice-of-availability-draft-protective-action-guide-pag-for-drinking-water-after-a-radiological

  205. @vital1: That really is pathetic. Do individual operators on these systems keep records? Six month lag is not acceptable. Out of the New York sites Buffalo‘s beta and gamma graphs work. Inspecting both reveals that the beta and gamma increases don’t correspond very closely meaning all these RadNet gamma graphs are very helpful, if at all. Thank you vital1 for being our One Man International Radiation Station!

  206. Update on the New York detection.

    I requested permission to publish the Safecast’s representative’s email reply. They pointed me to the Safecast Twitter account, as Safecast does not publicly comment or advocate, it simply collects and publishes data.

    Here is Safecast’s Twitter reply to my query on the New York detection.

    A couple of quotes,

    “Normal, not error, not a concern.”

    “Reading were for 1 day 6 mos ago”

    Full details here.

    https://twitter.com/safecast/status/743090247517360129

    Personally I feel that Twitter is a very poor way to communicate.

  207. @Chase: We are down to 9 (NINE) working beta stations out of 130 sites. Beyond outrageous.

  208. EPA Radnet contract renewal.

    “Total estimated cost: $2,478,647 (per year), includes $2,338,804 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.”
    (Only 9 out of 130 rad detectors working… where’s that maintenance money going?)

    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/15/2016-14177/proposed-information-collection-request-comment-request-radnet-renewal

    Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; RadNet (Renewal)
    AGENCY: Environmental Protection (EPA).

    DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before August 15, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA–HQ–OAR–2003–0041, online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to a-and-r-Docket@epa.gov, or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    “EPA’s policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes PROFANITY, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. ”

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-06-15/pdf/2016-14177.pdf

  209. @Michael, I have contacted Safecast through their web site contact form.

    This was sent to Safecast.

    Very elevated background New York detection on the Safecast monitoring network. In some locations it is above 3.99 uSv/hr. Not sure how often Safecast refreshes the maps, so there is some uncertainty how recent this detection is.

    Is this a genuine detection that would need investigation by local authorities?

    I don’t live in the USA, so someone needs to contact the relevant local authority if it is.

    Hopefully you can quickly establish if this detection is a result of equipment malfunction, or something to be concerned about.

    http://safecast.org/tilemap/?y=40.7448&x=-73.9798&z=15

  210. @vital1: There is no relevant local authority in a country now down to just 9 out of 130 working beta monitors. Safecast could be contacted by you should you want to investigate. One beta machine works in New York state and shows moderate increase. Gamma is active in NYC.

  211. I don’t live in the USA, so someone needs to contact the relevant local authority.

    Hopefully they will quickly establish if this detection is a result of equipment malfunction, or something to be concerned about.

  212. A very elevated background New York detection is showing on the Safecast monitoring network. The map shows detections above 3.99 uSv/hr in some locations. Not sure how often Safecast refreshes their maps, so there is some uncertainty how recent this detection is.

    Is it a genuine detection? That would need investigation by local authorities.

    http://safecast.org/tilemap/?y=40.7448&x=-73.9798&z=15

  213. If I’m not mistaken the entire town of Grand Junction, Colorado was built using nuclear waste. The sidewalks and streets are made of it.

  214. @Chase

    “One of the main things I learned here is that we ARE disposing of radioactive waste from Nuke plants. The ways we are disposing and using this stuff will amaze you. It’s in products and building materials etc”

    Yes, they turn the waste into a product, that way you can make a profit out of it, and you don’t have expensive disposal costs. It doesn’t matter about the suffering, pain, and environmental damage you cause, when money is your God!

  215. @vital1

    I think they got the crazy road building idea from the USA.
    (see Note 2 below)

    from the EnvoroReporter Comments Archive:
    _________

    Chase says:
    July 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Regarding Fukushima:
    “We are at an exposure level that should not be there!”
    “No way to contain it, no way to clean it up… they do NOT realize the extent of the problem.”
    “Do we have a world wide problem? YES!”
    “Are we prepared? NO!”
    – Dr. Doug Rokke (pronounced rocky)

    DR Rokke is a Depleted Uranium Expert: (specializing in clean ups)
    bio: http://www.thepowerhour.com/news3/doug_rokke_bio.htm

    Radio interview at the University of Illinois by Roger Cooper located at this link –
    47 minutes: http://www.podomatic.com/profile/rogercooper99
    (note: link no longer working, I am glad I wrote down at least a couple of these things.)

    I learned a tremendous amount from this interview. One of the main things I learned here is that we ARE disposing of radioactive waste from Nuke plants. The ways we are disposing and using this stuff will amaze you. It’s in products and building materials etc… Such as airplane ballasts, golf clubs and more… if these things burn in a crash or fire… then uh oh.

    Note 1: DU – Depleted Uranium – DEPLETED does not mean depleted is this case. It’s a word that is used specifically to deceive.

    Note 2: Interstate 40 near St. Louis, MO has concrete made with DU. The workers who built that freeway are very sick.
    __________

    I can also remember seeing Safecast readings of a very ‘hot’ Santa Monica freeway. If you get stuck on the freeway there it’s ‘sort of like’ getting an unnecessary free x-ray. I am pretty sure this ‘stuff’ has been ‘dumped’ and ‘mixed’ into all kinds of stuff that most are unaware of. 🙁

  216. 7th June 2016 – Radioactive soil to be used in base layer for new roads

    Extract:

    The Environment Ministry on Tuesday drew up a basic plan to use soil contaminated with radioactive substances from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to build roads.

    Under the basic plan, tainted soil with relatively low radioactive cesium concentrations of up to 5,000 to 8,000 becquerels per kilogram will be used to form the base layer of roads.

    Comment:

    Madness!!!

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/07/national/radioactive-soil-to-be-used-in-base-layer-for-new-roads/#.V1jswvnAPtS

  217. Southern Hemisphere May 2016 Local Background Level Report, (20% above average)

    Stations Location Map,

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    What the chart colour codes indicate in the charts.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean
    Day average chart for May 2016

    There were a couple of significant day average spikes a the beginning of May 2016. From then to the end of May, day average background levels dropped significantly, from a high of 47% above average to 6%, a near pre-Fukushima normal background.

    This significant drop in background over the month occurred as less tropical air, and more Southern Ocean air flows reach this location. May, April, March and February this year have seen the highest May, April, March and February month averages since Fukushima.

    Caloundra May month average year comparisons.

    2016 20% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 4% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 13% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 7% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 7% above pre-Fukushima average

    May day average chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-May-2016.jpg

    Cairns May 2016 Report – “My readings taken with my old Gamma Scout have been surprisingly flat. I have recorded the readings of the newly received second Gamma Scout as well, which appear on the left side of the graph, not on the right, as they should be.”

    May background comparison chart, Cairns (red) compared to Caloundra (orange).

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-May-2016.jpg

    For comparison, long term average background level yearly and monthly charts from 2007 to 2016, can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Long term local background information can be found here,

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/fukushima/radiation-station-sunshine-coast-australia/

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  218. There is a high detection showing at Boston’s Logan International airport terminal B building, on the Safecast community monitoring network. It is ~ 3.99 uSv/hr!

    http://safecast.org/tilemap/?y=42.36062&x=-71.02174&z=16

    Possibilities:

    a. Someone may have taken their Safecast Geiger counter through a TSA scanner?

    b. Some sort of food or goods irradiating quarantine facility?

    c. Malfunctioning detector?

    Is it something to be concerned about?

    I have looked around at a number of International airports on Safecast. At present Bostons Logan International airport is the only one showing a large radiation detection at a terminal building.

    I suggest someone in the US makes inquiries to eliminate if it is something to be concerned about, or not.

    Also, another high detection is showing up on what would have to be a ship, ferry, or boat off the coast of Boston, on the Safecast community monitoring network. From the colour of the detection marker, it looks like around ~ 0.87 uSv/hr.

    Ship, ferry, or boat?

    http://safecast.org/tilemap/?y=42.292&x=-71.354&z=9

  219. Thanks vital 1 for the information. FYI there is a website dedicated to shielding products and sensors relating to EMF exposure. There are ways of lessening the exposure to microwaves in our homes and on our persons. Here is a link to the site; http://www.lessemf.com/

  220. In a world of increasing toxic load, it is important to reduce anything that may cause biological stress to the body. There is ample research showing that Mobile phone and WiFi technologies that are based on microwave radiation, can potentially be harmful.

    Page two of this free Wifi Safety Guide provides a list of practical things people can do to reduce their family’s exposer to WiFi radiation.

    http://sccc.org.au/wifi/microwave-safety-chart.pdf

    A local newspaper has also based this article on these practical ideas.

    Top tips on how to reduce radiation exposure.

    http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/top-tips-on-how-to-reduce-radiation-exposure/3033107/

  221. Another Simi Mom

    RT is reporting today, 5/24/16, that the decomissioning chief at Fukushima, a Mr. Naohiro Masuda, has reported that 600 tons of melted fuel is “missing”. RT also says in sum and substance that following the tsunami and explosions 3 reactors gained critical temperature and burnt through the respective reactor pressure vessels, concentrating fuel somewhere on the lower levels of the station currently filled with water.

    Masuda supposedly said that while all the melted fuel from Reactor 1 poured out completely, an estimated 30% to 50% of the fuel from Reactors 2 and 3 remained in and around the reactors. Masuda supposedly estimated that approximately 200 tons of fuel debris lies within each unit, which makes in total about 600 tons of melted fuel mixed up with metal construction elements, concrete and whatever else was “down there”.

    Matsuda supposedly said “It’s important to find it [the fuel] as soon as possible,” that Japan does not yet possess the technology to extract the melted fuel. “Once we can find out the condition of the melted fuel and identify its location, I believe we can develop the necessary tools to retrieve it.”

    RT claims that TEPCO hopes to locate and start removing the missing fuel by 2021. RT said that TEPCO’s decommissioning plan implies a 30-40 year period before the consequences of the melt downs are “fully remediated”. Among the remediation projects are some 10 million plastic bags full of contaminated soil concentrated in gigantic waste dumps scattered around the nuclear facility.

    So that’s what TEPCO will admit as this time. TEPCO had been planning on building a commercial power generating reactor on leased land near Palacios TX, a plan which TEPCO seemingly abandoned after the Fukushima accident…As they say in Texas “Thank the lord for that.”

  222. 19th May 2016 – Former Prime Minister Koizumi backs U.S. sailors suing over Fukushima radiation

    Extracts:

    “I learned that the number of sick people is still increasing, and their symptoms are worsening,” he told the news conference.

    The group of about 400 former U.S. Navy sailors and Marines alleges the utility did not provide accurate information about the dangers of radioactive material being emitted from the disaster-struck plant.

    According to lawyers for the group, seven of its members have died so far, including some from leukemia.

    Comment:

    Most Americans are not aware of the hell these former marines and sailors from the Ronald Reagan task force have been through since Fukushima. The numbers who have become ill has been continually increasing. Some of their children born after the event have also suffered serious health issues. It should have been front page news at the beginning, but there has been a considerable effort to hide their plight from public view!

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/19/national/former-prime-minister-koizumi-backs-u-s-sailors-suing-over-fukushima-radiation/#.V0FwTJ7APtT

  223. Southern Hemisphere April 2016 Local Background Level Report, (33% above average)

    Stations Location Map,

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    What the chart colour codes indicate in the charts.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean
    Day average chart for April 2016

    Well, April 2016 had the highest April month average since records have been kept here. April, March and February this year have seen the highest April, March and February month averages since Fukushima. The wind direction this time of the year usually comes down the East Coast of Australia from the Northern tropics. The last few months have seen a lot of Eastern equatorial winds drawn South from the Eastern Pacific, and then directed up the East Coast of Australia.

    In 2015 the year average background level dropped, to the lowest post Fukushima level. So what is creating the present up tick in background?

    Caloundra April month average year comparisons.

    2016 33% above pre-Fukushima average
    2015 8% above pre-Fukushima average
    2014 22% above pre-Fukushima average
    2013 9% above pre-Fukushima average
    2012 12% above pre-Fukushima average

    Caloundra April day average chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-April-2016.jpg

    Cairns April 2016 Report – “The readings were fairly flat throughout April. My baseline has slightly diminished from former 0.125 to 0.120 uSv/hr or even less.”

    Thanks to the Cairn’s station operator for providing this day average Cairns and Caloundra comparison chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-April-2016.jpg

    For comparison, long term average background level yearly and monthly charts from 2007 to 2016, can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Long term local background information can be found here,

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2630

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  224. I was shocked recently when a gentleman walked into the radiation station monitoring room here, and set all the Geiger counter alarms off! At first I though a major nuclear event was occurring. 🙁

    After the computer based Geiger counter also stated to alarm, I picked up the GammaScout Geiger counter, and noted it was reading 2.67 uSv/hr. I was standing ~ 2 meters away from him at this point. I had been a lot closer. 🙁

    It turned out he had just come from a CT scan at a Sunshine Coast Medical Centre here in Australia.

    He asked if he should leave? I politely said yes.

    I spoke to him later outside on the footpath, mind you keeping my distance.

    It turned out that the medical center hadn’t told him squat about what they had injected him with, or given him any warnings or post procedural advice!

    I was shocked at the levels, and pointed out they should have warned him to stay clear of people, including his wife, and particularly children, for at least 24 hours, plus drink plenty of water for 24 hours to flush it out of his system.

    So at one metre he was 5.34 uSv/hr, at half a meter 10.68 uSv/hr, and at quarter of a meter 21.36 uSv/hr! If he just happened to hold his grandchild or a baby in his arms, well you get the picture, it would be probably greater than 80 uSv/hr.

    A medical chest X-ray is approximately an instantaneous 100 uSv, but at half a metre, you’re getting a full body X-ray every ten seconds, while in the presence of this gentleman!

    This all happened rather quickly as you can see from the recorded chart below. The GammaScout Geiger counter is on 60 second data collection, so it didn’t pick up the full peak of my visual observation.

    The medical profession has become far too complacent in its handling of these highly radioactive materials, and are placing their patients and the public at risk, in my opinion.

    Detection Chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Medical-Treatment-Spike.jpg

    ————————————————

    Here is an article, that just came out in The Western Australian paper on this very subject.

    11th May 2016 – Health experts want doctors to consider CT scan radiation risks

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/wa/a/31566106/app-flags-risk-of-ct-radiation/

    ——————————————–

    bionerd23 – Insane radioactivity in the nuclear medicine operating room

    Uploaded on Feb 19, 2010

    tiny, radioactive iridium 192 seeds. 10 Curie. 370.000.000.000 atoms decaying every second. and i left my gamma scout with that intense radiation… making an interesting documentary about the levels of ionizing radiation in brachytherapy (to be precise: prostate cancer afterloading).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJaJUtHO4bI

  225. Another Simi Mom

    Latest public detail on plans to move fuel rods from California’s decomissioned nuclear plants to the western-most part of the Texas Panhandle (not West, Texas which is near Waco):

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article76532967.html

    The direct road access to the site can be viewed by doing a map search for Andrews County Texas. It’s due north of Odessa TX which is on U.S. 20, which merges into U.S. 10 east of El Paso. The proposed disposal site also due east of WIPP in New Mexico.

    As a result, to get the fuel rods out of California’s populated areas as quickly as possible I would expect them to travel on U.S. 10 to Phoenix, down to Tucson, and on to El Paso merging onto U.S. 20 before Odessa. The other feasible freeway route would be to head towards Kingman Arizona on U.S. 40 and then head due south in New Mexico on U.S. 285 to join up with U.S. 10 east of El Paso.

    There appears to be no railroad access to Andrews, Texas.

    Note, however, the article claims the fuel rods will not be moved until many years from now.

  226. Fukushima artwork by Tomiyama Taeko. (95 years old)

    I personally find paintings #3 and #4 to be very moving.

    ““JAPAN: Nuclear Power Plant” (Image #4) we see the artist’s interpretation of the wreckage that is Fukushima Daiichi power plant. This image of the bleak, crumbling frame of the plant, a skeleton against an equally bleak landscape, speaks more boldly of the fragility and hubris of this man-made accident than photos or words. “”

    “”She describes the growing sense of anger with the folly of building so many power plants in this earthquake-ridden archipelago, as she drove with her friend around the abandoned villages and farmlands in the area. In later reflections on this experience, Tomiyama associates the devastation at Fukushima with Japan’s defeat in WorldWar II. “”

    “Revelations from the Sea”: An Artist’s Response to the Disasters of March 11th, 2011
    Article by Rebecca Jennison
    http://apjjf.org/2012/10/32/Rebecca-Jennison/3806/article.html

  227. 7th May 2016 – Spike in radiation levels after toxic waste leak at Washington nuclear site

    Extracts:

    The recent readings from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) obtained by RT have revealed that a sharp spike in the radiation level had been registered in Richland on the morning of May 5.

    The readings show the random jump when the toxic fume rates briefly reached around 410 CPM [counts per minute], nearly the highest possible level.

    “When they move that waste, they have a lot more vapors coming out from the stacks. The wind was blowing toward me from that stack. That changed my life and hurt my lungs,” Seth Ellingsworth, who became seriously ill from the fumes, told RT. “It kept getting worse and worse.”

    Detection Chart Screen Shoot:

    http://twitter.com/Yaro_RT/status/728631832800014336/photo/1

    Article:

    https://www.rt.com/usa/342142-radiation-washington-nuclear-site/

  228. @ Michael, we also had another day here with higher than normal day average background levels. These are the highest day averages for May recorder here. We have local background radiation levels going back to 2007.

    Still, the detection here, is not as high as your Santa Monica detection indicates.

    Are the Santa Monica and Caloundra background level increases from a new critically event at Fukushima, or from a another recent nuclear event that has been covered up???

    Alert Caloundra 3rd May 2016 – On the 3rd May we had a series of storms come through just after midnight. They dropped torrential rain for about 45 minutes, the rest of the day was fine. Background average for the day was 45% above the pre-Fukushima average. The last few days logging data also suggests the GammaScout is functioning fine, as it showed lower background the day before on the 2nd May.

    The wind direction plays a big part in detections here. The background monitoring station here is located on a headland, so East, North East and South East of its location is the Pacific Ocean. Maroochydore, the the closest wind detection station, is about ~20 Km away. By comparing the Maroochydore wind direction information against the background chart, it shows the higher detections on the 3rd, were mainly detected when the wind had an Easterly aspect, off the Pacific Ocean.

    The question is, what has been creating the background increases over the last few months? In 2015 the year average background level dropped, to the lowest post Fukushima level. May statistically has traditionally been a quiet month, with lower background levels. We have never detected day averages for May at these high 45% + levels, pre or post Fukushima.

    Maroochydore wind direction information,
    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ60801/IDQ60801.94569.shtml

    24 hour 60 second data logging chart,
    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-030516.jpg

    Day average chart for may so far,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-May-2016.jpg

  229. May 4, 2016 Santa Monica mist/rain 3.1 times background HIGHER – California Highway Patrol HAZ-Mat level!

  230. Alert Caloundra 1st May 2016 – Here is the day average and the 24hr charts, showing the spike in background coming through. This spike put the day average up to 47% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    We had some heavy rain, the first in a long time. The wind direction was all over the place during the event. The next few days may indicate if there was some Geiger counter contamination present, as the monitoring GammaScout was given a clean out and inspection after this spike came through. Nothing obvious was found to indicate contamination was responsible for the spike in background.

    Monitoring Site Location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    Wind direction info,

    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ60801/IDQ60801.94569.shtml

    24 hour 60 second data logging chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-010516.jpg

    Long term local background can be found here,

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/fukushima/radiation-station-sunshine-coast-australia/

  231. H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016
    …and H.R., Nuclear Utilization of Keynote Energy Policies Act.
    Geoffrey H. Fettus Senior Attorney Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

    This is how it happens. Our legislators in action.
    NOTE: The video doesn’t actually start until about 30 minutes in.
    (of course the youtube comments are turned off)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqHSDqnozb0

    I cannot fathom what these legislators and their friends are doing even though I see it before my very eyes.

    – They want to remove hearing requirements for Nuclear Plants.
    – Ease all license renewals. etc… etc…
    – Lessen payments from the energy companies so they can make more money.
    (yes, they actually say that)
    – Creating new product options. ie… portable Nuclear Plants
    — …hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars are on the line.

    These Nuclear Proponents sound more like an infomercial for SAFE CLEAN RELIABLE Nuclear Power.
    (Always said with a smile, or is that a smirk?) :rolleyes: Repeated over and over.

    IMO – Legislators that don’t know squat are reading from scripts that they don’t really understand yet purport to be factual. It’s a scam! 😡

  232. Southern Hemisphere March 2016 down pipe rain water filter test.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing,

    http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    Report

    There was a low 96mm of rainfall in March. The rain water testing has been consistent for months now, with the usual Pb-210 and Be-7 being detected, plus the detection of a possible 77 X-ray from Lead Pb-212, which is the decay daughter of Radon-220. Beryllium Be-7 can be created naturally in trace amounts by spallation in the upper atmosphere by cosmic rays. Lead Pb-210 is the decay daughter of naturally occurring Radon-222 decay. Both Be-7 and Pb-210 can also be released from nuclear power plants, and nuclear accidents.

    The detection of the Pb-212 77 keV X-ray probably indicates the presence of a small trace of volcanic ash in the air.

    March 2016 rain water filter test chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Down-pipe-March-paper-filter-080416-TV7-26c-85760-B-text.png

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  233. Sometimes it takes a look back to peer forward.

    While researching California Grizzly Bears, (now extinct), I realized that the last one shot and killed was just several miles from where I now live.

    Less than 100 years ago…
    “The last hunted California grizzly was shot in Tulare County, California, in August 1922. Later, in 1924, a grizzly known to roam an area of the Sierra Madre Mountains (Santa Barbara County) was spotted for the last time, and thereafter, grizzlies were never seen again in California.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_grizzly_bear

    That got me to pondering… What’s it going to be like 100 years from now? (maybe 10) What will our descendants look back upon and say “That sure was stupid, what were they thinking?” I am certain Nuclear Power and TRIPLE MELTDOWNS like Fukushima will be at the top of that list.

    Once a species is gone, it’s gone and it don’t take long.

  234. @Michael, A lot of people are not aware that the earth’s magnetic shield weakened by ~15% in the last 150 years. This is one of the earth’s primary defenses against solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the Sun. The other is the earth’s atmosphere.

    I have been a sun watcher for many years, and know it was very unusual for such small solar events in 2011 to produce such Northern Light displays, so far south. These unusual Northern lights displays indicated to me that the electrical dynamics of the upper atmosphere had been changed by the large radioactive releases from the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe.

    Reports from what would be considered relatively weak solar storms have recently been causing more electrical equipment failure and transformer fires around the world.

    What does this mean?

    The combined effect of a weaker magnetic field, and the atmospheric ionizing radiation damage from Fukushima, now means that a much much smaller solar event, one significantly smaller than a “Carrington Event”, could wipe out large parts of earth’s electrical infrastructure!

    Here is a research paper below, and a report, to support my view that the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe has damaged the upper atmosphere. The research paper only covers the atmospheric damaging effects of Krypton-85. It doesn’t take into account the atmospheric damage caused by the thousands of other ionizing isotopes released into the atmosphere by the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe!

    Article:

    WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION GLOBAL ATMOSPHERE WATCH

    Extract: (The extract is from the bottom of page 56.)

    “Importance Krypton-85 (85 Kr) is a radioactive noble gas which decays with a half-life of 10.76 years, emitting mainly β -particles of mean energy 251 keV. The main sources of Krypton-85 are the nuclear fuel reprocessing plants and various nuclear reactors.

    The nuclear weapons tests in 1945-1963 contributed about 5% of the total Krypton-85 in the atmosphere, whereas its natural sources can be neglected. Radioactive decay is practically the only mechanism of Krypton-85 removal from the atmosphere.

    The present background concentrations of Krypton-85 in the atmosphere are about 1 Bq/m 3 and are doubling every 20 years. At this level, Krypton-85 is not dangerous for human beings, but the air ionization caused by Krypton-85 decay will affect atmospheric electric properties.

    If Krypton-85 continues to increase, changes in such atmospheric processes and properties as atmospheric electric conductivity, ion current, the Earth’s magnetic field, formation of cloud condensation nuclei and 57 aerosols, and frequency of lightning may result and thus disturb the Earth’s heat balance and precipitation patterns.”

    These Krypton-85 induced consequences call for Krypton-85 monitoring.
    http://www.empa.ch/plugin/template/empa/*/7530

    Fukushima Diary – Update: 25th May 2015 – Still 960,000Bq Cs-134/137 and 2,336,000,000Bq noble gas discharged from reactors to the air every single hour

    Extract:

    Regarding noble gas (such as Kr-85), PCV (Primary Containment Vessel) gas control system detected 2,336,000,000 Bq of gas discharged from Reactor 1-3 every hour this April. Tepco states noble gas passes by as radioactive cloud to cause only external exposure so the exposure dose caused by the discharged noble gas should be significantly small.

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/06/still-960000bq-of-cs-134137-and-2336000000bq-of-noble-gas-discharged-from-reactors-to-the-air-every-single-hour/

  235. @vital1: This is absolutely fascinating information. Earthquake science is one of the ‘newest’ sciences so major theories buttressed by facts are very exciting. We’ve been keeping an eye on the Sun since Lights Out in 2014 and a CME space quake causing earthquakes does make sense theoretically. It doesn’t help predicting quakes as CMEs aren’t the only cause nor does it seem possible to pinpoint where they’d happen. The quartz theory seems right on target as well. Here in Southern California, quakes seem to be swarming and we are way overdue for a real mega-disaster. The Southern California Earthquake Center and Southern California Seismic Network are excellent sources of information reminding everyone here to be ready to be self sufficient for three months post said Quakecalypse assuming survival from resultant destruction and fires. Thank you vital1 for this terrific new knowledge.

  236. Japanese Earthquake Swarm

    A number of powerful earthquakes have rocked the southern Japanese city of Kumamoto and regions, located on the southern island of Kyushu. I and many others have been keeping an eye on all the Southern Japanese radiation monitoring systems, and at present we have nothing to report. There was a small general up tick reported on the island of Kyushu on the NETC Monitoring network, but we have also seen these small background up ticks like this on this monitoring network, before the earthquake.

    Sendai nuclear power plant is the only one operating on the Island at present. Crazy that they even turned it back on after Fukushima!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sendai_Nuclear_Power_Plant

    Everything is still very unstable as an earthquakes swarm is going right through the centre of the island of Kyushu. So it is worth keeping an eye on those Japanese radiation monitors, and news reports.

    You can find a list of the Japanese radiation monitoring stations here, so you can keep an eye on the situation yourself.

    http://www.sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Technology Predicting Earthquakes.

    One of the greatest things about the Internet is that as an individual you can have access to some of the latest research information. Years ago this type of information would only have been available to top scientists in their field.

    NASA scientists have proposed a new theory on the cause of major Earthquakes. If the magnetosphere is hit by Solar flares and CME (Coronal Mass Ejections) from the Sun, of a great enough intensity, it can cause what they call a space quake. This is equivalent to a earth quake of 5 or 6 on the Richter scale.

    The theory goes that the solar flare, or CME of sufficient magnitude strikes the Earth’s Magnetosphere, this places pressure on the Earth’s tectonic plates and can cause Earthquakes. The Magnetosphere is a naturally formed magnetic field around the Earth created by the Earth’s iron core, it protects the Earth against Solar flares and CME radiation.

    Here is an analogy. Imagine that the Earth is like a a boiled egg that you have dropped. When you pick it up the egg shell is broken into many pieces. If you gently squeeze that egg, the shell, representing the Earth’s tectonic plates that make up the Earth’s crust, will move against each other. So when the solar flare or CME hits the Earth’s magnetosphere, it squeezes it, which in turn puts pressure on the Earth’s crust.

    Both the recent New Zealand and Japanese Earth Quakes in 2011 occurred during an X chase solar flare activity which also caused a geomagnetic storms in the earth’s magnetosphere. During the Japanese quake it was reported that the Earth’s magnetosphere was also hit by a CME at the same time the X class flare hit.

    Here is a site where you can monitor solar flare activity in real time.

    http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/

    This site will allow you to monitor Earthquake activity around the world in real time.

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

    If this theory is correct, this info is great because it will give an idea when something may happen, it just won’t indicate accurately where or when.

    New discoveries suggest where and when may be able to be predicted. One study has found that satellites have been recording variations in ULF or VLF radio signals (Ultra/Very Low Frequency) signals from where Earthquakes were about to occur. Also slight increases in earth crust levels can be an indicator. So these two satellite projects are exploring these indicators to see if they can give an early warning of where an Earthquake may occur.

    http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/satellite-system-provide-earlier-earthquake-warnings

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/07/0720_040720_earthquake.html

    Another study has found that major earthquakes usually occur where there are large quartz deposits in the rock formations on fault lines. There appears to be more water in quartz deposits which allows more slippage in the crust at those points. This would also explain why electrical disturbances can appear before an Earthquake. Lights in the sky or animals who use magnetic field information to navigate becoming confused or dying, plus domestic pets acting strange. Think of the old crystal quartz radios. Quartz and mineral crystals in bed rocks under a lot of pressure would generate an electrical signal giving an indication of an impending quake.

    So there appears to be significant advancements in in Earthquake predicting technologies. Putting it all together as an accurate predictor may be closer than we think.

  237. I found this NHK, (Japan News Service), survey to be insightful.

    The Great East Japan Earthquake 5 YEARS ON
    http://www.nhk.or.jp/d-navi/link/shinsai5/en.html

    A survey of 1000 survivors from 311. Voices and opinions too.

    “…more than 80 % say either that no progress is being made or that reconstruction is going more slowly than expected.”

    When asked, “Do you still feel mental and physical affects?”

    “Even five years after the disasters, as many as 60 percent of sufferers say they still feel effects. The number of those who say they still feel depressed, unmotivated or affected in many other ways tends to INCREASE yearly in annual surveys. Ten percent of respondents say it’s painful to keep on living. ”

    Comments such as…
    “When my grandson who was in kindergarten was living in an emergency shelter, he lost all his hair. When he painted pictures, he used only black. I was worried. I think it was because our family separated after the nuclear accident.” (Anonymous, Minamisoma, Fukushima)

    I wonder why we never saw photos of this kind of direct radiation sickness?

    “Many survivors say they will not or cannot return to their hometown.”

    When asked, “What do you think of the restarting of Nuclear Power Stations?”

    72% said Unacceptable 😐
    22 % said Inevitable
    6% said necessary

    What will things be like in another 5 years as the TRIPLE MELTDOWNS continue and the FALLOUT spreads and accumulates? They failed to ask the survivors that question.

  238. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For March 2016, (39% above average)

    Stations Location Map,

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    What the chart colour codes indicate in the charts.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean
    Day average chart for March 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-March-2016.jpg

    Well, March 2016 had the highest March month average since records have been kept here. March and February this year have seen the highest March and February month averages since Fukushima. The wind direction this time of the year usually comes down the East Coast of Australia from the Northern tropics. The last two months have seen a lot of Eastern equatorial winds drawn South from the Eastern Pacific, and then directed up the East Coast of Australia.

    Caloundra March month average year comparisons.

    2016 39% above average
    2015 33% above average
    2014 31% above average
    2013 32% above average
    2012 24% above average

    Cairns March 2016 Report – “Daily average radiation readings for last month March 2016 for Cairns (red) compared to your readings (orange). Readings were fairly steady, with a minor bump around the 20 – 24th of the month, which was associated with hot weather.”

    Thanks to the Cairn’s station operator for providing this day average Cairns and Caloundra comparison chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-March-2016.jpg
    For comparison, long term average background level yearly and monthly charts from 2007 to 2016, can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Long term local background information can be found here,

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/fukushima/radiation-station-sunshine-coast-australia/

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  239. Another Simi Mom

    Given the emergency in India, I don’t want to post “cute” animal stories. However, given the fact that hunting and eating wild boar in Germany is still heavily regulated because of Chernobyl fall out and contamination of the boars’ forage, it is interesting to see that the abandoned towns around Fukushima are being over run with wild boar as well. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/rampaging-radioactive-wild-boars-causing-7705006

  240. There has been a Nuclear event at the Kakrapar Nuclear Plant in India. It has been going on for nearly three weeks now. I have posted two reports below by Dr. Gadekar, a renowned physicist, based in Sampoorna Kranti Vidyalaya, Vedchhi, Gujarat. He appears to be the only reliable independent source of information on this event at present.

    If anyone knows of any publicly available radiation monitoring stations or networks, that are available in India, please post the links here.

    12 March 2016 – Kakrapar Nuclear Plant Is Likely Undergoing A Loss-Of-Coolant Accident: Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan

    Extract:

    Till 7.00 PM on March 12,2016 , the DAE officials have no clue as to where exactly the PHT leak is located and how big is the rate of irradiated heavy water that is leaking into the reactor containment . However, some reports indicate that the containment has been vented to the atmosphere at least once , if not more times , which I suspect indicates a tendency for pressure build up in that closed space due to release of hot heavy water and steam into the containment housing . If this is true, the leak is not small , but moderately large , and still continuing. No one confirms that any one has entered the containment (in protective clothing) for a quick physical assessment of the situation , perhaps it is not safe to do so because of the high radiationfields inside . When NPCIL officials state that the reactor cooling is maintained , I believe what they may be doing is to allow the heavy water or light water stored in the emergency cooling tanks to run once-through the system and continue to pour through the leak into the containment floor through the break.

    Comment:

    It is unclear how serious the situation is, because of a lack of information from Indian authorities. Everyone should keep an eye on this one.

    http://www.dianuke.org/kakrapar-nuclear-plant-likely-undergoing-loss-coolant-acc

    Latest report:

    25th March 2016 – Nuclear Accident in Gujarat Enters Third Week, Lethal Gamble Continues

    Extracts:

    The PHWR design that is the mainstay of the Indian nuclear programme is a derivative of the Canadian CANDU design. It uses natural uranium as fuel and heavy water as both the coolant as well as the moderator.

    LOCA is serious in any nuclear reactor, but in a CANDU it can be catastrophic. Unlike a PWR (Pressurized Water Reactor) (Koodankulam) or a BWR (Boiling Water Reactor) (Tarapur), CANDUs have a positive void reactivity coefficient. What this jargon means is that as the temperature rises in the absence of cooling following a LOCA water begins to boil. Voids are created. In a light water reactor like at Tarapur or Koodankulam, this means that not many neutrons get slowed down. In the absence of slow neutrons to cause further fission, the chain reaction automatically stops. This is an example of a passive safety system that does not need any active intervention on part of the operators. However, in a CANDU, the slowing down of neutrons is done by the moderator heavy water which is separate from the coolant heavy water. A loss of coolant accident here, does not affect the slowing down of neutrons. The chain reaction continues unless it is actively interupted. These reactions are taking place in timescales of nano to micro seconds and human reaction times are too slow for effective action. The RBMK type of reactor that exploded at Chernobyl also had a positive void coefficient of reactivity although it used graphite instead of heavy water for moderation.

    http://www.dianuke.org/nuclear-accident-gujarat-enters-third-week-lethal-gamble-continues/

  241. 19th March 2016 – It’s Not Just Cancer! Radiation, Genomic Instability and Heritable Genetic Damage

    Extracts:

    The radioactive contamination of the planet has killed tens of millions of babies, caused a huge increase in infertility, and increased the genetic burden of the human race and life on earth.

    Using evidence ranging from Chernobyl to the nuclear Test Veterans to the offspring of radiographers we showed clearly that a dose of 1mSv from internal contamination was able to cause a 50% increase in congenital malformations. This identifies an error in the ICRP model and in the current legislation of a factor of 1,000.

    It’s official – genetic damage in children is an indicator of harmful exposures to the father

    Comment:

    This excellent fact based article points out a very little discussed result of radioactive contamination exposure, Genomic instability. Genetic damage caused by radioactive contamination in the first generation, can be expressed in multiple generations of the offspring. One Russian study I read found up to 22 generations and counting, could be affected. This is a very important consequence of radiation contamination exposure that is not discussed.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/03/18/ts-not-just-cancer-radiation-genomic-instability-and-heritable-genetic-damage/

  242. Southern Hemisphere Background Report For February 2016.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing, http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    Day average chart for Caloundra February 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-February-2016.jpg

    Well, February 2016 had the highest month average since records have been kept here. This was a surprise to say the least considering the wind direction. The wind direction this time of the year usually comes down the East Coast of Australia, from the Northern tropics. Interestingly, most of the late February increases occurred when the wind direction was coming from South or SSE. Equatorial winds this year were drawn South from the Eastern Pacific, and then directed it up the East Coast of Australia. The East Coast of Australia surface wind direction for the later part of February is shown clearly at 2 minutes and 54 seconds into this Suspicious0bserver video.
    .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCujdCaI0dI

    Caloundra February month average year comparisons.

    2016 – was 41% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.

    2015 – was 30% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.

    2014 – was 40% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.

    2013 – was 39% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.

    2012 – was 37% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.

    Cairns February 2016 Report – “My previous baseline used to be 0.125. Last month some readings were below the 0.120 mark. There were no extremes, both curves behave in a similar parallel fashion. Yesterday we had high temperatures and inland wind with thunderstorms, that increased the readings.”

    Thanks to the Cairn’s station operator for providing this day average Cairns and Caloundra comparison chart. Cairns is red in this comparison chart, and Caloundra is yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-February-2016.jpg

    For comparison, long term average background level yearly and monthly charts from 2007 to 2016, can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  243. 18th March 2016 – Shocking health effects in Fukushima nuclear workers found under the official radiation dose limits

    Extracts:

    The First male Daichi nuclear site worker had an official total dose of 50mSv. “I suffered damages to kidneys, heart, etc. — all important organs in my body.”

    The second male Daichi nuclear site worker had an official total dose of 56mSv. He said

    “I went to such a severe accident site and worked at the risk of my life, but all I’ve got was this cruel reality and treatment!” I suffered thyroid damage, and had all my stomach removed.

    The third male Daichi nuclear site worker had an official total dose of just 19.2mSv. He was diagnosed as having acute myelogenous leukemia.
    My doctor said that “70% of the cells in your bone marrow were occupied by cancer. Without any treatment, you will die for sure.”

    https://europeannewsweekly.wordpress.com/2016/03/18/shocking-health-effects-in-fukushima-nuclear-workers-found-under-the-official-radiation-dose-limits/

    Comment:

    A lot or Fukushima worker deaths and injuries are not reported, so this report is just the tip of the iceberg of worker injury and deaths!

  244. Another Simi Mom

    More info on what’s going on in Miami with the leak of reactor cooling water into Biscayne Bay. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article64667452.html

  245. Another Simi Mom,

    In my opinion it is criminal that large populations of Japanese men, women and children have been left to live in such contaminated areas. After so many nuclear catastrophes it is madness to allow the nuclear industry to carry on as normal, plus also allow it to expand by building new nuclear plants worldwide. We should be winding back the Nuclear industry as quickly as possible, and using renewable technologies which are much more efficient, and safer.

    The nuclear industry and it leaders should be hell accountable for the untold number of lives that have been cut short by numerous nuclear accidents and the wide spread nuclear contamination, plus the enormous environment destruction they have wrought on the world and all living things.

    This civilization sees itself as technologically advanced and enlightened, but will be remembered as the cause of one of the worst dark ages in human history.

  246. Another Simi Mom

    Yahoo News story today, which you all [may] pick apart, concerning attempts at retrieving remains of fuel rods at Fukushima. https://ca.news.yahoo.com/fukushimas-ground-zero-no-place-man-robot-003153046–finance.html Contrast that part of the news story with your memories of stories of men actually digging out broken fuel rods at the sodium reactor at Rocketdyne Area IV using hand tools. Given his comment here on 3/6/16, Vital will get a chuckle at reporter’s claim that ambient radiation in some areas around Fukushima is only as bad as that in Tokyo.

  247. Another Simi Mom

    South Texas Nuclear Project Electric Generating Station near Tres Palacios Bay south of Galveston on Texas Coast, built using GE design. Nobody living nearby with any level of sophistication to keep watch on the plant, except for the plant employees. Most locals living around the plant are low income rural residents who would not be watching or listening to word about troubles at the plant like the folks at San Ononfre did.

    While the average Texas working man/technical employee prides himself on his knowledge and skill with sophisticated equipment (such as Texans needed to plug the gas well at Porter Ranch) I worry that no one independent is watching what goes on at the plant. I see the plant from the air every time I fly into/from Houston Hobby, and I worry about the Houston Metro area because it’s downwind from the plant. Houstonians are friendly and helpful, so if any Radiation Conversation II commenters learn anything about problems at the South Texas Nuclear Project Electric Generating Station please post them here so I can get the word out through my Houston relatives.

  248. Another Simi Mom

    3/8/16 Tritium leaking from Turkey Point nuke plant south of Miami, potentially screwing up drinking water source for Florida Keys. http://fusion.net/story/278064/turkey-point-leaking-radiation-into-biscayne-bay/

    It seems like we’re seeing more and more stories about tritium leaking everywhere, like canaries in coal mines.

  249. 6th March 2016 – Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister

    Extracts:

    He said he considered evacuating the capital, Tokyo, along with all other areas within 160 miles of the plant, and declaring martial law. “The future existence of Japan as a whole was at stake,” he said. “Something on that scale, an evacuation of 50 million, it would have been like a losing a huge war.”

    Mr Kan admitted he was frightened and said he got “no clear information” out of Tepco, the plant’s operator. He was “very shocked” by the performance of Nobuaki Terasaka, his own government’s key nuclear safety adviser. “We questioned him and he was unable to give clear responses,” he said.

    “We asked him – do you know anything about nuclear issues? And he said no, I majored in economics.”

    Article:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12184114/Fukushima-Tokyo-was-on-the-brink-of-nuclear-catastrophe-admits-former-prime-minister.html?utm_content=bufferbef49&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    ———————————————————

    Comment:

    The article and posts below, clearly lay out how serious the present situation is in Tokyo.

    Tokyo Contaminated & Not Fit for Habitation, Doctor Says

    Extract:

    All 23 districts of Tokyo contaminated with radiation, worse than at Chernobyl after the accident, and blood cells of children under ten are showing worrying changes; the WHO, the IAEA & the Japanese government cannot be trusted.

    http://permaculturenews.org/2014/09/25/tokyo-contaminated-fit-habitation-doctor-says

    ——————————————————

    Anecdotal evidence posted by matty1, on enenews.com, on March the 6th 2016.

    Post 1:

    “Tokyo is a thousand times more contaminated than belarus. 85% of the children in belarus have heart defects. Mita and Bove’ give Tokyo 5 years. Do not go to Tokyo. Nothing like this has ever happened. There is a tipping point going on. Tokyo is clamped like an iron fist. A no-persons city. It is criminal to even allow people to go there. People are dying mostly from being immunocompromised , stroke, cardiac arrest. Cancer explosion. There is an explosion of abortions and miscarriages there. Also birth defects.”

    Post 2:

    “The playground number of 480 msv is not anomolous. Enough rads in 2 hours for 1 year. I was on a train and it had to stop 3 time for ill people. People are living in a dream land.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-25/2000x-normal-radiation-found-tokyo-playground-officials-deny-any-link-fukushima

    Post 3:

    “The illusion is becoming less diluted in Tokyo and Yokohama every day.”

  250. Dangerous flaw in the electrical systems of EVERY nuclear plant threatens to shut them all down if not fixed immediately.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-witherspoon/dangerous-flaw-threatens-_b_9382364.html?utm_hp_ref=green&ir=Green
    It’s a miracle we haven’t had a meltdown due to this obvious design flaw.

  251. Study claims most Japanese seafood safe from Fukushima radiation.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/seafood-fukushima-radiation_us_56d4f6e6e4b0871f60ec971f

    I don’t believe it.

  252. JAPAN

    29th February 2016 – 3 ex-TEPCO execs indicted over Fukushima nuclear disaster – report

    Extract:

    The three top officials of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) were indicted on charges of professional negligence resulting in death and injury, the Kyodo news agency reported on Monday. The officials are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of TEPCO in 2011, and two former vice presidents, Sakae Muto, 65; and Ichiro Takekuro, 69, the report added.

    Comment:

    There should be a lot more people indicted over the handling of this catastrophe!

    https://www.rt.com/news/333915-fukushima-nuclear-execs-indicted/

  253. Southern Hemisphere January 2016 down pipe rain water filter test

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing,

    http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    The background levels here went up significantly in late January 2016. There was 2.47 times as much rainfall in January 2016 (133.6 mm), compared to December 2015 (54mm). Even with the increased rainfall, the amount of Pb-210 captured for January and December in the rain water filter, was approximately the same.

    Pb-210 is the end product of radon daughter decay. There was more Beryllium-7 detected in January 2016. This was probably created from spallation in the upper atmosphere, by recent solar storm activity. No detectable Cesium is being detected in the rain water filter tests.

    January 2016 rain water test chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Down-pipe-January-paper-filter-030216-TV7-28c-84600-Btext.png

    It is important to understand that when you look at a scintillator test chart like the one above, the peak highs can be deceptive.

    The Scintillator device used for testing the rain water filter, is less sensitive with increasing isotope energy.

    For example the scintillator may have ~50% efficiency near the low energy Pb-210 peak and ~7% efficiency near the mid energy Be-7 peak. So the maths tells us, that more Be-7 was detected than its peak high would indicate!

    At best, the above chart is showing what was detected, it does not quantifying the amount.

  254. Radioactive water leak suspends Japan reactor start up.
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/radioactive-water-leak-suspends-japan-reactor-start-up/ar-BBpLhEl?li=BBnb7Kz
    Apparently we will never learn from our mistakes. Mankind is doomed to destroy itself one way or another.

  255. 17th February 2016 – ACTION ALERT: Join the nationwide citizens’ uprising against the EPA and lead poisoning of our public water supplies

    Extracts:

    We need 1,000+ samples to really do this right. The more, the better. For statistical certainty, we’d really like to have at least 20 samples from each large U.S. city. Using all these samples, we’re going to build an online USA map of water quality ratings, showing cities with high lead in RED so that everyone can finally see the truth about the safety of their local water supplies.

    Don’t Americans deserve to know the truth about what’s in their water? We’ve been LIED to for too long, and it’s time for the lies to stop!

    We can no longer trust the government to tell us the truth After the absolute criminal mischief carried out in Flint, Michigan by the Michigan bureaucrats and EPA do-nothings, all Americans now realize we cannot trust the government to tell us the truth about what’s in our water.

    Comment:

    I think it is a great idea to see citizen testing labs. This way you can get reliable independent information. Government’s are corrupt and can’t be trusted, as evidenced by the lies and ongoing cover up of the Fukushima catastrophe.

    http://www.naturalnews.com/053008_city_water_lead_poisoning_citizens_revolt.html

  256. 18th February 2016 – Radioactive material stolen in Iraq raises fears of Islamic State dirty bomb

    Extracts:

    The document, dated November 30 and addressed to the ministry’s Centre for Prevention of Radiation, describes “the theft of a highly dangerous radioactive source of Ir-192 with highly radioactive activity belonging to SGS from a depot belonging to Weatherford in the Rafidhia area of Basra province”.

    The material is classed as a Category 2 radioactive source by the International Atomic Energy Agency, meaning if not managed properly it could cause permanent injury to a person in close proximity to it for minutes or hours, and could be fatal to someone exposed for a period of hours to days.

    Comment:

    There are regular reports coming in of highly radioactive material being stolen or being lost!
    These reports don’t build confidence in the nuclear industry’s mantra of security and safety!

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/radioactive-material-stolen-in-iraq-raises-security-fears/7178912

  257. 😐

    The words of President John F. Kennedy
    July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests
    [excerpts]

    “Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent.”

    “Nor does this affect the nuclear powers alone. These tests befoul the air of ALL men and ALL nations, the committed and the uncommitted alike, without their knowledge and WITHOUT their CONSENT. That is why the continuation of atmospheric testing causes so many countries to regard ALL NUCLEAR powers as equally EVIL; and we can hope that its prevention will enable those countries to see the world more clearly, while enabling all the world to breathe more easily.”

    http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Research-Aids/JFK-Speeches/Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty_19630726.aspx

  258. Major Earthquake in Southern Taiwan

    There have been a number of fatalities, buildings have been damaged, plus multiple buildings have collapsed.

    https://www.rt.com/news/331456-powerful-earthquake-strikes-taiwan/

    Taiwan has a number of Nuclear power stations.

    Wikipedia Extract:

    “Active seismic faults run across the island, and anti-nuclear environmentalists argue Taiwan is unsuited for nuclear plants.[5] A 2011 report, by the environmental advocacy group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, evaluated the seismic hazard to reactors worldwide, as determined by the Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program data, placed all of Taiwan’s reactors within the highest risk group of 12 reactors within very high seismic hazard areas, along with some of Japan’s”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_Taiwan

    The Taiwanese Nuclear power station radiation monitoring system does not appear to be operating at present. That makes it difficult to assess if the earthquake has affected any of the Nuclear power stations. Maanshan Nuclear plant is on the southern tip of the Island.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maanshan_Nuclear_Power_Plant

    The closest radiation monitoring stations are in Hong Kong in China, but at present the surface air currents are flowing across the island into the China Sea.

    You can find the Chinese Hong Kong Radiation monitors, and the Taiwanese monitoring stations links here,

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    You can track wind direction using the Nullschool 3D Earth Wind Map service. This link should open at Taiwan.

    http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/wind/surface/level/orthographic=-238.58,24.20,2451/loc=123.861,22.483

    How to use the Earth Wind Map service.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIWmvxTRuNUo

    Latest earthquake Information

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

  259. @vital1: This is excellent information! We concur entirely. Thank you.

  260. @Michael, very cost effective live Radon monitoring station equipment has recently become available.

    In my opinion, any large underground gas release like Porter Ranch would be releasing Radon or Thoron into the local environment.

    The question is how much?

    The only way to find out is to test for it.

    Here is information on how to set up is a very cost effective real time live Radon and Thoron monitor station. The older pre-built model cost us around AU$250 a year and half ago. It can be built as a kit, or purchased pre-built. If anyone is interested, I would suggest purchasing the latest professional model, as it fixes the vibration and humidity sensitivity issues found in the older model.

    http://www.theremino.com/en/hardware/inputs/radioactivity-sensors

    You can use the free open source Theremino Geiger software with it to chart Radon levels, in real time on a laptop screen, or portable device. Information on Theremino Geiger software can be found here.

    http://www.theremino.com/en/downloads/radioactivity

    Link to download the latest Thermino Geiger software – Version 6.5 ,

    http://www.theremino.com/wp-content/uploads/files/Theremino_Geiger_V6.5.zip

    Our local live Radon monitoring station chart is the third chart down on this page.

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/sunshinecoast-monitoring-station.html

    Here is a Radon testing technique using a Geiger Counter. Unfortunately this method doesn’t enable the precise measurement of Radon air concentration. Even so, it will still let you know if there is significant amounts of Radon in the atmosphere.

    After rain, testing a paper towel swab of a car bonnet with a Geiger counter can be effective way to test for Radon decay daughters. Unless you have a nuclear event happening, an initial high detection, that decays quickly in a few hours, indicates the presence of Radon decay daughters. If it is a large multi uSv/hr detection, it will take a lot longer before these daughter isotopes decay to near normal background levels.

    General suggestions to get the best rain swab results.

    It is important to wear surgical gloves, or equivalent.

    A. When you do a rain swab test, use a couple of paper towels.

    B. Use both sides to wipe over the wet car bonnet.

    c. Straighten them out close to the original shape.

    d. Then fold it into a shape suitable for the Geiger testing.

    e. While you still have your gloves on, squeeze out as much water as you can.

    f. Then place it in the zip lock bag. I usually get someone to hold the bag open for me, so I don’t touch the outside of the plastic bag.

    h. While outside, take the gloves off, then squeeze out the air in the plastic bag, and seal it.

    i. Label, date, and provide general location.

    The flat rectangular shape makes it easier to test, and removing as much water as possible improves sensitivity. You don’t know what you have captured in the swab, so remember to keep you hands away from you face, and wash your hands thoroughly afterwards. Also, avoid leaning on the wet car while collecting the swab.

    Label the sample with time, date, and location of collection. You, or someone else may be able to do further testing with better equipment in the future

    If you are using a Geiger Counter to test the rain swab, take timed measurements in CPM. If Radon washout, it will be approx. half the original counts, after one hour. If it is manly Radon washout it will decay quickly, most of it will have decayed away in about 12 hours.

    Having a Geiger counter with a computer charting facility is a great help. Charted here, is Radon daughter washout decay, captured in a rain swab. Most of it had decayed away in 6 hours.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Rain-swab-090613-Radon-decay-+-text.jpg

    In the Porter Ranch environment until further tests are done, there is no way of knowing if other toxins are also present in the rain. Rain and snow concentrate atmosphere contamination because they collect contaminants as they fall.

    In my opinion, if you are getting Radon washout events at high counts or uSv/hr levels, it would be advisable to keep children and pets, out of the rain. In the Porter Ranch area it would probably be wise to wash any locally grown vegetables, herbs and fruit. If you use tank water, I also suggest using a good water filter before use.

  261. @vital1: We have been monitoring the Porter Ranch gas leak and there have been no solid reports we’ve seen that indicate radon is part of the leak in any major way. Where did you get that other than lawyers’ reps floating the notion?

    It is not easy to measure for radon in Porter Ranch. It can be done in a number of ways including smart spreading of passive detectors throughout the neighborhood, a tall order with the evacuations and lack of any structure to organize those who would actually obtain such detectors and utilize them in a common manner so the data actually means something. An in-situ portable gamma-scintillation detector runs about $25,000 to $30,000 and requires someone expert to operate it, someone like you vital1 or me.

    Until then, speculating on the radon gas content escaping during this methane leak is just that unless there is information out there we are unaware of. This report, as you already know vital1, won’t even check for radionuclides let alone radon.

  262. Significant amounts of radioactive Radon gas is also being released by the Porter Ranch Methane gas leak, not just the toxins mentioned in the USC study below.

    Information on Radon gas.
    http://www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/env/Radon_Info_sheet.pdf

    Also be aware that when you are exposed to multiple toxins, you can get a toxicity multiplying effect.

    A single toxin in the environment can be a hazard, and maybe an organism’s natural biological defense system can deal with this effectively. If an organism has multiple toxins present, radiological and chemical, to deal with at the same time, you get a biological toxicity multiplying effect. The human or animal defense systems become weaker the more toxins it has to deal with.

    Biologically, one toxin plus one toxin, does not equate double the toxicity effect. Studies show you can get a multiplying toxicity damaging effect 10 to 20 time greater. The human or animal defense systems become weaker the more toxins it has to deal with. The organism becomes overloaded dealing with too much toxic stress at once.

    28th January 2016 – USC researchers to study long-term health effects of Porter Ranch gas leak

    Extract:

    Methane makes up about 90 percent of natural gas. Methane and other chemicals emitted in natural gas can react in the open-air environment and create other gases and chemicals, such as hydrogen sulfide. Benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene also have been associated with the emission and are thought to be part of the oily residues in the well and on the walls of the storage facility.

    Researchers at USC are interested in investigating these chemical constituents and the long-term effects that might result from breathing in these chemicals.

    http://hscnews.usc.edu/usc-researchers-to-study-long-term-health-effects-of-porter-ranch-gas-leak/

  263. I just received the day average comparison chart of Cairns and Caloundra, for January 2016

    The January day average peaks at Caloundra were less than those recorded for Cairns, see the Cairns and Caloundra Comparison chart below. Cairns is a lot closer to the equator than Caloundra.

    Monitoring Stations Location Map,

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    Cairns January 2016 Report – “Some spikes at the beginning of January associated with very hot weather. The rest of the month stayed fairly flat, close to my baseline of 0.125 uSV/hr.”

    Thanks to the Cairn’s station operator for providing this day average Cairns and Caloundra comparison chart. Cairns is red in this comparison chart, and Caloundra is yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-January-2016.jpg

  264. January 2016 Southern Hemisphere Background report (41% above average)

    Alert Caloundra 31th January 2016 – The background here has seen a steady increase during January, reaching 64% above average on the 31st January. The 24 hour, 60 second logging chart for the day, showed a significant increase in background levels between 9am to 2.30pm. It was cloudy, but not raining at the time.

    24 hour 60 second logging chart for the 31st January 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Caloundra-24-hour-chart-310116.jpg

    Day average chart for January 2016

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-January-2016.jpg

    What the chart colour alert codes mean.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    Three minutes and 15 second into this Suspicious Observer video weather report, you will see the surface air flow turn down along the East Coast of Australia from the tropics. Generally we see increased background levels at the monitoring station here, in the warmer months, when we get more air flow from the tropics.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glnLECyER6k

    Long term local background information can be found here,

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2630

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  265. Here’s the latest message on the status of Fukushima Daiichi from TEPCO.
    😉 Draw you own conclusions would be my suggestion.

    “The current situation at Fukushima Daiichi NPS”
    – From 3.11 toward the future, Produced by TEPCO
    – (ver, Jan.2016)
    – Video: (08:24)
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/news/library/archive-e.html?video_uuid=g8wll0kc&catid=69631

    My conclusion: Nuclear Power was and is a bad idea gone horribly wrong. 😡 😥

  266. Nice catch Chase! Makes us not hungry just looking at it. This stellar capture should be the Fukushima Meltdowns at Five Years poster shot.

  267. 😐

    Here’s a screenshot I took on 1/20/2016 at 2:36 jst via the TBS Webcam.

    It looks like a very large fishing boat with it’s trolling lights on.
    http://caferadlab.com/attachment.php?aid=359

    The thought that somebody somewhere could unknowingly consume those fish is a very scary thought. So scary I can’t believe any human being in their right mind would do such a thing. Yet, I know humans do some pretty insanely stupid things, so I wonder. Why else would those fish trolling lights be on… hmm? Did they unload their hefty catch at some far away port and say in came from somewhere else? It would be a crime beyond description.

    There are no fish police. At least not at 2:30 in the morning just east of ongoing TRIPLE MELTDOWNS.

  268. @Chase,

    “My thought is that if the Southern Hemisphere hovers around +20% for 4 years, then wouldn’t it be safe to assume the percent over pre-Fuku backgrounds in the Northern Hemisphere would be significantly higher?”

    Research from the Northern Hemisphere atmosphere bomb testing era, during the 50’s and 60’s, indicates that five to one was the approximate ratio of radioactive contamination that leaked through the equatorial barrier. In other words, about 17% of the atmospheric radiation contamination in the Northern Hemisphere made it into the Southern Hemisphere.

    If we assume that the Fukushima Catastrophe has a similar atmospheric dynamic, then a much larger level of Fukushima radioactive contamination has circulated the Northern Hemisphere, compared to what I have detected here in the Southern Hemisphere. The research papers published on the atmospheric Fukushima radioactive contamination releases, support this.

  269. @vital1 Great information, as usual. Thank goodness somebody had pre-Fukushima data for clear comparison.

    My thought is that if the Southern Hemisphere hovers around +20% for 4 years, then wouldn’t it be safe to assume the percent over pre-Fuku backgrounds in the Northern Hemisphere would be significantly higher?

    Does the Radnet data reflect such a difference? Or is the data so unreliable as to make it useless to really consider. I think I know the answer. 🙁

  270. Southern Hemisphere 2015 Year Background Radiation Report.

    Summary

    2015 – was 18% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.
    2014 – was 20% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.
    2013 – was 22% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.
    2012 – was 21% above the 4 year pre-Fukushima local average.

    In 2015 test results indicated some of the increase in November and December local background levels were possibly from increased Southern Hemisphere volcanic activity. Even taking this into account, the data indicates a gradual decline in local background atmospheric detections from the previous year’s peaks, since Fukushima.

    Monitoring Station Location Map:

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get atmospheric detections so far south.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    I have also conducted a number of local beach sand, seaweed, and Pacific Ocean plankton tests. If any Fukushima Pacific Ocean Cesium contamination has reached this location, it is at levels below the detection sensitivity of the test equipment used here.

    The scintillator test equipment used here is way more sensitive than an average Geiger counter, but it is not as sensitive as the very expensive test equipment available to research or university scientists.

    Detailed local background level month and year charts from 2007 to 2015, can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    December 2015 down pipe rain water filter test

    The December 2015 down pipe rain water filter test shows the usual Lead Pb-210 and Beryllium Be-7. December 2015 rainfall was 54mm. This is less than the rainfall for November 2015 76mm, but there was more Pb-210 detected in December.

    December Rainwater Filter Chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Paper-Towel-Filter-December-020116-TV67-22c-86286-B-text.png

    November Rainwater Filter Chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Down-pipe-November-paper-filter-031215-TV67-22c-84905-B.png

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  271. HAZMAT in Vietnam on January 05 2016 02:06 PM (UTC).

    Extract:

    Cause of event 4 kilograms Cs-137 missing (stolen?)

    Comment:

    That is a lot of missing Cesium-137 !!

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/database/index.php?pageid=event_summary&edis_id=HZ-20160105-51565-VNM

  272. Carlsbad is near the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a large underground nuclear waste repository in New Mexico. WIPP is located approximately 26 miles east of Carlsbad. There were major radiation releases from this facility in February 2014.

    Google Maps:

    https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/WIPP/@31.7856297,-106.3859676,7z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x8830e5cae55ca943:0xa15022872190c36f

  273. 29th December 2015 – Carlsbad NM Gamma 5, Do ya think there was a release?

    Extract:

    RadChick Radiation Research & Mitigation Wow that thanks Julie. Travis Malek she is part od a group where they source rad info daily, i suggest you check them out. The people are awesome there, good info and no drama

    Chart:

    https://scontent.fbne1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1917060_1066703436714211_3292854551451818868_n.jpg?oh=08f2822b0260da147549a8f320f6c859&oe=571E43B2

    Source:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1066703436714211&set=p.1066703436714211&type=3&theater

    Group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1489134567980447/

  274. 8-10uR/h in East Los Angeles, C/ at 10:15am. 12/26/2015.
    within normal gamma ambient levels for this area.

    Hector
    Instrument: WB Johnson GSM-500 with Johnson GSP-1
    cal: 12/21/2015

  275. Glendale CA radiation station recording a 10 at 6:09 PM on 12/24/15. That is the lowest I’ve ever seen it. Merry Christmas everyone and thanks so much for all that you do!

  276. Thanks to Dr. Sternglass for this research paper below. It clearly demonstrates how environmental radioactive contamination from the nuclear bomb testing era, caused very large declines in Pacific Ocean fish stocks.

    The massive amounts of radioactive environmental pollution constantly following into the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe site, would have a similar effect. Fukushima radioactive contamination is lowering the fertility and weakening the immune systems of any sea life coming in contact with it.

    Please use Dr. Sternglass’s research paper as a resource to educate people on how radiation contamination from the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe, has caused a collapse of the Pacific Ocean food chain.

    Quote from Dr. Sternglass’s Research Paper:

    “The purpose of the study was to determine whether continued atmospheric testing by France and China or potential releases from underground detonations that might unexpectedly escape into the nearby fishing grounds could have detectable effects on the reproduction of fish populations similar to the unanticipatedly severe effects of low level radiation on the human embryo and fetus (2, 3, 4) recently confirmed by independent studies by other investigators (5, 6).”

    08.10.1971 – Fallout and Reproduction of Ocean Fish Populations. E.J. Sternglass, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Extract:

    Nuclear Fallout causes Fish Population Decline,

    As will be shown below, very large declines of fish-populations after low-altitude nuclear tests followed by a gradual recovery to pretesting levels have been observed both in the Atlantic and Pacific, strongly suggesting that the eggs of fish and the developing young are far more sensitive to internal radiation from low-level fallout than had been anticipated, very much as in the case of the human-embryo and fetus.

    http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/Fallout-Fish-Sternglass8oct71.htm

  277. Thank you Dale and Michael for your reports.

  278. @Chase & Enviroreporter

    Glendale Rain 44.2 CPM
    Background 42.5 CPM

    Sample taken Dec 13th 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Looks like we have cool rain at Radiation Station Glendale, California

  279. @Chase et al: The latest rain is, thankfully, normal.

    December 13, 2015
    5:55 pm INT RSSMC RAIN: 46.0 CPM^^ OR BACKGROUND
    5:40 pm INT RSSMC BG: 42.5 CPM^^

    Stayed tuned for some serious stories we are near breaking. And don’t miss this week’s latest ATSDR bows out of Santa Susana Field Lab probe and comment, please.

    PS: Raddies like Chase, vital1 and Dale make this job worthwhile. Thank you, gentlemen.

  280. @Michael or anyone …Any California rain readings?

    @vital1
    Thanks, for all the great information.

    IMO – If the truth is ever told the number of lives sacrificed at Fukushima will someday dwarf Chernobyl.

    The number of living things that have been affected and that will be affected by this debacle cannot be estimated. Not to mention those that will never be born because of it.

    Maybe the question is now, just how long will it take for TRIPLE NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS, 3 China Syndrome(s), to… do… whatever they’re actually going to do and how long will it take?

    I am sure there is somebody somewhere that can or has simulated the oncoming waves of FALLOUT, at current rates, and determined what will happen, in the near and not so near future, to our ecosystems and livelihoods, as we now know it. I sometimes guess at the timeline, I hope, but I realize there’s probably no way of really knowing, so I move forward.

    One answer is here, but it may be too late. I HOPE not. 😉
    ➡ 30-megawatt, Offshore Wind Farm (Windmills)
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/first-us-offshore-wind-farm-block-island-rhode-island-industry-seeks-further-growth-expansion-energy-future/54057815

  281. @ Chase, “Many people could have been saved or avoided suffering had the truth been told in a timely manner.”

    They decided to protect the nuclear industry rather than the men, women and children. This is unforgivable and criminal, and a crime against humanity.

    “It’s been 5 years. I wonder what the real health impacts are?”

    There are three nuclear core meltdowns at Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe site in China syndrome, with an underground river constantly following over them into the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Ocean is dieing!

    The nuclear disaster in Japan is also much larger than the Fukushima site. The Japanese Government admitted in May 2011 that they had 14 Nuclear reactors that had been seriously damaged, not just the 4 at the Fukushima Nuclear disaster site. We have no real information on what has been happening at those other Nuclear Disaster sites, because of the news blackout.

    An extract from a Japanese presentation on the subject, that has since been taken down.

    “According to Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), the earthquake and subsequent tsunami affected fourteen nuclear reactors at four sites along the eastern coast the Fukushima Daiichi site (six reactors), Fukushima Daini site (four reactors), the Ongawa site (three reactors) and the Tokai site (one reactor). The most serious damage occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.”

    http://brc.gov/sites/default/files/meetings/presentations/brc_staff_memo_re_fukushima_5-10-11.pdf

    Here are fatality and injury reports resulting from this ongoing catastrophe! This is probably just the tip of the iceberg!

    USA

    Jul 21, 2015 – USS Reagan Sailors Sue for Nuclear Justice

    Extract:

    Attorney Charles Bonner gives an update on his class action litigation on behalf of military personnel harmed by exposure to Fukushima fallout during an aid mission. The suit targets the plant operator and its manufacturers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0zGbG2dTvo#t=650

    USA

    There have already been independent medical reports of 35% spike in infant mortality in the North Western USA, and 48% in Philadelphia.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixfH9ZXc8tQ

    USA

    22nd December 2011 – Peer Reviewed Study Shows 14,000 U.S. Deaths from Fukushima

    Extract:

    There’s shocking new evidence out that the Fukushima disaster may have led to the deaths of as many as 14,000 people…in America! For more on this – I’m joined by Dr. Janette Sherman – Internist and Toxicologist – and co-author of a new report on the link between an increase in deaths here in America and the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bdow_6pN6jY#t=11

    JAPAN

    8th November 2015 – Chris Busby; Fukushima Thyroid Cancer- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

    Extract:

    Sweden, like all European States is subject to the EURATOM Basic Safety Standards Directive which contains a clause, an amendment by the European Greens in 1996 at the suggestion of Busby, Alice Stewart, Alexy Yablokov and Rosalie Bertell.

    It states that if “New and important Evidence” emerges that the risk model is wrong, all practices involving radiation exposure in the EU must be Justified all over again. Here, Chris Busby attacks the risk model and those who had presented extremely biased science through the day of the symposium.

    He draws attention particularly to the recent publication in the journal Epidemiology which reports 120 thyroid cancers in 380,000 children living near Fukushima. This shows an error in the ICRP model of 2600 times.

    Comment:

    It is very evident from numerous research papers, that the Nuclear industry dose model is seriously flawed. This means all their statements about safety levels are grossly inaccurate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ner3zTIAw0M

    JAPAN

    From the FIOA requests of the NRC transcripts… March 16th 2011 correspondence between the NRC and the Japanese in which they admitted to 5 people having received lethal radiation doses. This was just days after the start of the disaster!

    http://enformable.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Pascarelli-Robert.png

    USA

    19 March 2015 – Changes in Congenital Anomaly Incidence in West Coast and Pacific States (USA) after Arrival of Fukushima Fallout

    Extract:

    Consistent patterns of elevated increases are observed in the west (20 of 21 comparisons, 6 of which are statistically significant/borderline significant), by state, type of birth defect, month of birth, and month of conception. While these five anomalies are relatively uncommon (about 7500 cases per year in the U.S.), sometimes making statistical significance difficult to achieve, the consistency of the results lend strength to the analysis, and suggest fetal harm from Fukushima may have occurred in western U.S. states.

    http://file.scirp.org/Html/13-1330400_54828.htm

    JAPAN

    TEPCO Workers deaths are not reported

    Extracts:

    “She also said that there were 100,000 shifts shared between the work force that have worked at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant so far, also, 4% of 100,000 (4300) workers have reportedly died.”

    “Apart from Tepco workers, 64 members of the Self Defence Force and about 300 policemen have also died. They said that those policemen who work at the security check points of the no go zones in Fukushima prefecture are not wearing any protection, therefore, they have been exposed to huge amounts of ionizing radiation.”

    http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/tepco-workers-deaths-not-reported.html

    JAPAN

    KPFA Flashpoints, Mar. 10, 2014 (at 3:00 in):

    Steve Zeltzer, reporting from Japan: One of the things I learned in Osaka from the president of the day laborers is that many of the day laborers being brought into the plant, they’re not being registered and they’re disappearing. There were over 800 day laborers who have disappeared from contact by the union, which means they may have been killed or died during work.

    http://enenews.com/kpfa-in-japan-ive-learned-over-800-people-missing-from-fukushima-plant-they-may-have-been-killed-or-died-during-work-govt-is-actually-in-business-with-the-yakuza-audio

    JAPAN

    10th March 2015 Japan’s nuclear-related deaths rise by 18%

    Extract:

    Tokyo – A total of 1 232 deaths in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture over the past year were linked to the nuclear accident four years ago, up 18% from a year earlier, a news report said on Tuesday.

    http://www.news24.com/World/News/Japans-nuclear-related-deaths-rise-by-18-20150310-2

    JAPAN

    By ex Daiichi worker, from 2012 –

    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/jpnx05/e/6de670909c7788f2443a5c370d4a384b

    休憩中に 煙草をいっぷくして ・・・「 そろそろ、いくか 」 と、立ち上がっ て、座ったままの 彼に 声をかけたら、亡くなっていた。 しかし、ご遺体は、 ご遺族の元へは、返されなかった。 ご遺体から、放射能が出ているためだった という。 セメントに詰められて、J ヴィレッチ へ運ばれ ・・・その後は、ど のように 扱われたかは、誰も知らない。

    ‘One day I was taking a cigarette break with a coworker. When we finished our break, I stood up and called out to my still-seated coworker: ‘Wanna get going soon?’ But he didn’t move. He was dead. The dead body was not returned to his family because of radiation. They poured cement over the body and carted that off to J village area. I have no idea what happened to the corpse after that.’

  282. 😐

    Declassified FOIA
    “100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from unit 4.”

    “DOE Aerial Measurement Teams have completed two flyovers of the Daiichi site. NRC has received the data and the analyses from the first fly-over.”
    – page 6 of the .pdf file
    (Around March 18, 2011)

    Source document: NRC
    http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1212/ML12122A949.pdf

    …more

    “EXCEPT for ALASKA, all thyroid dose estimates are well below the EPA 5 rem PAG.”

    Alaska took a BIG iodine hit. I didn’t know that. Probably Canada too.
    Hey people of Alaska, were you informed? 😡
    Okay, I’ll say it, “This IS criminal” and “Obama is a bold faced liar”!

    “The thyroid estimate is VERY conservative and does not consider intervention actions like distribution of potassium iodide, removing dairy cows from contaminated pastures, or interdicting milk or leafy vegetables contaminated with 1-131.”

    It’s been 5 years. I wonder what the real health impacts are? Many people could have been saved or avoided suffering had the truth been told in a timely manner. 😥

  283. 10 December 2015 – Declassified U.S. Government Report on Fukushima: “100% of The Total Spent Fuel Was Released to the Atmosphere from Unit 4”

    Extracts:

    The source term provided to NARAC was: (1) 25% of the total fuel in unit 2 released to the atmosphere, (2) 50% of the total spent fuel from unit 3 was released to the atmosphere, and (3) 100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from unit 4.

    For example, there was “more cesium in that [Unit 4] fuel pool than in all 800 nuclear bombs exploded above ground.”

    Comment:

    If 100% of the total spent fuel was released to the atmosphere from unit 4, it means the said removal of the spent fuel rods from unit 4 fuel pool was noting but staged theater for the masses!

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-12-10/declassified-us-government-report-%E2%80%9C100-total-spent-fuel-was-released-atmosphere-unit

  284. Uranium contamination in central California’s drinking water exceeds federal safety standards.
    https://www.yahoo.com/health/uranium-contamination-danger-in-the-drinking-122454211.html

  285. Southern Hemisphere Rain Water test Report For November 2015

    Considering the rainfall for October (77mm) and November (76mm) were very similar, the amount of Pb-210 detected for November 2015 was significantly greater than October. This suggests there was a lot more Radon-222 in the air here at Caloundra, during November.

    Location Map

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    Rain Water Filter Test Chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Down-pipe-November-paper-filter-031215-TV67-22c-84905-B.png

  286. Southern Hemisphere Background Radiation Report For November 2015 (Full Report)

    Monitoring Station Locations

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    At the beginning of November and again on the 14th November, a 40%+ increase in day average backgrounds levels were detected at my location on the East Coast Of Australia, near Brisbane. Tests were conducted to try an establish the source of the elevated background.

    There were evening storms on the 14th, during one of these elevated background events, so a car rain swab was collected on the morning of the 15th November. The rain had been sitting on the car overnight. A scintillator test of it was started on the afternoon of the15th. It was tested for ~24 hours.

    Radon is formed in the normal radioactive decay of Thorium which produces Radon-220, and Uranium which produces Radon-222. Both of these different Radon isotopes decay slowly into lead.

    In the test chart you will see isotope maker peaks for Lead Pb-212 and an X-ray at 77 keV. These are decay daughters of Radon-220. This suggests that Thorium-232 was the source. There are also traces of Lead Pb-210, and Potassium-40. Lead Pb-210 is the decay daughter of Radon-222. This means there was also some Radon-222 in the air at the time.

    The test detected trace amounts of Th-232 decay daughters, so the rain swab test chart only shows the tops of the main Th-232 decay daughter and X-ray peaks. A Thorium gas mantle test shows the main Thorium Th-232 decay daughter peaks. I have provided it as a reference. As you can see from the gas mantel test, the equipment here can separate the combined X-ray daughter peak around 89/90 keV, from the main 77 KeV peak.

    November 15th Rain Swab Chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Rainswab-151115-TV67-22c-85854-B.png

    Thorium Mantel Chart for Comparison

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Thorium-mantle-TV67-calibration-110415-3000.jpg

    Where is the Thorium-232 coming from?

    Sources of atmospheric releases of Thorium-232 could be the recent Indonesian, New Zealand or South American volcanic eruptions, or a mining operation somewhere? There is a lot of volcanic activity in the Southern Hemisphere at present. Because the elevated detections where detected along the entire Eastern Coast of Australia, by numerous private monitoring stations, I am leaning towards volcanic activity, rather than a mining operation.

    Cairns November 2015 Report – “After several months of very flat readings, last month had a number of peaks, with the increase starting the last week in October. It appears, the peaks coincide with higher altitude wind coming from the inland and usually very hot days.”

    As you can see from the comparison chart below, Cairns had much more dynamic swings in background than Caloundra for November.

    Cairns is red in this chart and Caloundra is yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-November-2015.jpg

    My opinion is that the November 2015 elevated detections are a combination of,

    1. The increased background we get every year in the warmer months, as a result of Fukushima equatorial breakthrough.

    +

    2. An increase from recent Southern Hemisphere volcanic activity.

    The local November month average background radiation for November 2014, 2013, and 2012, works out to 0.130 uSv. The volcanic activity, or whatever source created the recent increase, appears to have increased the November 2015 month average local background to 0.137 uSv.

    These measurements are recorded by a GammaScout Alert Geiger counter, logging every 60 seconds. The data is downloaded and turned into a day average chart, and eventually a month average chart.

    Here are month day average charts for November 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012, local background radiation levels.

    Day Average Chart November 2015

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2015.jpg

    Day Average Chart November 2014

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2014.jpg

    Day Average Chart November 2013

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2013.jpg

    Day Average Chart November 2012

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-20121.jpg

    More details can be found here,

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2630

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  287. Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!.
    External ambient gamma levels at 10 microrems/hour for gamma at ground level at 2:40pm.

    Hector
    Instrument: Wm B. Johnson and Associates GSM-501
    cal: Jun 2015

  288. Re: EPA Monitors

    I am pretty sure it’s been said here before over the last four years, but I’ll say it again.

    When, at some point, most of the EPA Rad Monitors are turned off or said to no longer function it will be a sad day.

    What’s next? Controlling media so much that most people don’t realize that there are TRIPLE ongoing MELTDOWNS in Fukushima… that have been spewing FALLOUT to the atmosphere and sea for 1718 days nonstop.
    😐 [sarc]
    ________________________

    Here’s a new site where some regular Web Cam watchers are posting observations. Creating different categories of observation and historical cam related archives.

    There’s a screenshot of a multicolored ‘flying spark’ above Fukushima.
    (credit user Horse) This user has observed as many as 15 of these per hour.
    http://caferadlab.com/thread-230-post-828.html#pid828

    Side note: The roof has been fully removed from Unit 1.

    IMO – I think these ‘spark’ observations may be like a giant Jacob’s Ladder due to gases, moisture, and ionization factors.
    http://www.paleotechnologist.net/?p=2501
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7a/Electric_arc.jpg

  289. 23rd November 2015 – Ukraine nuclear power plants ‘dangerously’ without power as towers feeding energy to Crimea blown up

    Extract:

    The apparent act of sabotage in Ukraine’s Kherson region forced an emergency power unloading at several Ukrainian nuclear power plants, which can be extremely dangerous, according to the first deputy director of Ukraine’s energy company Ukrenergo, Yuriy Katich.

    Comment:

    Independent of the politics, this is a very dangerous situation for the whole of Europe. Nuclear fallout does not recognize national borders, or political beliefs.

    https://www.rt.com/news/323060-ukraine-nuclear-plants-danger/

  290. BETA BLIND

    We have reviewed the Wall Street Journal article “Radiation Sensors in Major U.S. Cities Turned Off Because They Don’t Work” and it indeed provides a great deal more information about this crucial early-warning system that EnviroReporter.com had organized into a usable fashion in RadNet Air Monitoring until it was unceremoniously cut off.

    “A national radiation-monitoring system enhanced after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks isn’t working as intended, with nearly three-quarters of stations not checking for a type of radiation in real time, including ones in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles,” the WSJ piece begins. “Environmental Protection Agency officials confirmed 99 of 135 beta-radiation sensors in its RadNet system … aren’t working and have been turned off. Officials blame electromagnetic interference from sources such as cellphone towers and said efforts to resolve the problem have been unsuccessful.”

    It took until 2015 for EPA to pull the plug on a system that didn’t work right since 2001? That begs credulity. But if that is true, it speaks to years of incompetence and indifference through both Democratic and Republican administrations.

    “EPA officials said the beta-detection problem cropped up in 2006 when they started putting the real-time monitors into the field,” which, again, sounds dubious. How is it that the beta-detection worked fine from 2001 to 2005 with no apparent problem yet once put “into the field” they failed to work? More malarkey. No explanation for this dubious claim that doesn’t explain how and where this monitors first worked wherever they were stationed. If, however, the problem was shielding against outside interference, why not just increase the shielding?

    One apparent problem is that the reporters, bright gents from all accounts we’ve heard, don’t understand how radiation works entirely therefore don’t report the story accurately. Take this sentence: “In instances where only a beta emitter is present, the lack of a working monitor could leave officials unaware of potentially dangerous levels of contamination, they added.” Folks, there are NO places where only a beta emitter is present as gamma radiation is everywhere. It’s what makes up cosmic radiation, radiation from the Sun among other things.

    WSJ‘s radiation explanation then expands into more completely false explanations which, naturally, lead to false conclusions. Check the next three sentences out with our critiques in [brackets]: “Gamma- and beta-emitting radionuclides can be carried by the wind long distances from a nuclear event, such as an explosion or power-plant accident [FALSE – gamma radiation is an energy, not a particle, and can’t be “carried by the wind]. Gamma rays from those radionuclides can then travel hundreds of feet or more and penetrate objects [FALSE – gamma travels huge distances, in the millions of miles, not hundreds of feet], including human tissue, according to federal government websites [Really? Which government websites exactly?]. Beta particles generally travel only several feet from their emission source [FALSE – beta particles radiate an inch or two out from the source at most but can be transported around the globe via air, dust and water]. While they can penetrate skin, their main health threat comes if inhaled or ingested in tainted food or water [True].”

    While EnviroReporter.com finds it tedious to critique the inaccurate work of other news media, this particular article demands further analysis due to our relationship to this very important subject. And, to be sure, the piece has some excellent information in it when not crippled by unsound science. For example this puzzler: “Officials said they don’t know why some beta monitors still work, including locations in Phoenix, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.” We know why they still work – they are maintained properly and are switched on.

    Now even if the reporters aren’t radiation experts, surely they should have known that the following reported quote clearly doesn’t pass the smell test: ““We can confidently say that this system is fully capable now and fully operational now with the current monitors it has to detect fairly minute levels of radiation,” said Jonathan Edwards, director of the EPA’s radiation protection division.” But the article says that the beta monitors have been turned off – the import of the piece – so how could Edwards’ bold assertion not be called out? Reporting isn’t just serving up quotes; it’s also about analysis such as noting nonsense spun to cover screw ups.

    There’s unfortunately more. “EPA officials acknowledged that one major radionuclide—strontium-90, which can get into people’s bones—emits only beta particles. However, they said, an event releasing a large amount of strontium-90 would also release large amounts of gamma-emitting radionuclides that could be picked up.” How in the heck does that work? WSJ says Sr-90 “emits only beta particles” yet, with enough of it, it emits gamma? The fact is it is always emitting gamma in its atomic decay chain.

    At this point, it bears noting that the beta, not gamma, signatures of dangerous man-made radionuclides, like strontium-90 and cesium-137, are what tell us if there is something afoot in the air, like a triple meltdown in Japan or a dirty bomb attack in the United States. But even costing only $2 million for EPA “fixed” monitors, which include beta detecting machines, out of an $8.1 billion annual budget, means nothing to the agency according to the article. “Not having the beta monitor is absolutely not a concern of ours,” said John Griggs, director of the EPA’s National Analytical Radiation Environmental Laboratory. Wow.

    The rest of the article is accurate, and chillingly so. WSJ faithfully reports a number of convoluted EPA explanations why its radiation detection system is an abysmal failure yet is still world class. The article ends with “The EPA, in a response, said it remains “dedicated to protecting public health and the environment through the use of sound radiation science.””

    When there is no data, there is no science, sound or unsound. When the federal agency that is supposed to monitor for dangerous mostly beta radiation in a world that includes terrorist organizations dedicated to America’s destruction like ISIS blows off its responsibilities, people in charge of that agency should be shown the door. They won’t be, though, and RadNet will stay dark and America will remain beta blind.

    For two years, EnviroReporter.com was able to show you the barely functioning beta and gamma monitors of EPA’s RadNet so you would know what’s hot and what’s not. We apologize that you – and us – no longer have access to that life-saving information. Now at least you know why.

  291. 16th October 2015 – Nuclear waste leaves France for Australia

    Extracts:

    ‘Areva, almost bankrupt, are using a dustbin ship to carry waste, without any serious inspection!’ Denis Baupin a senior lawmaker with the French green party, tweeted shortly before the ship left port.

    Yannick Rousselet of Greenpeace France said the ship ‘should not be used’ to carry the nuclear waste, while Nathalie Geismar from Robin des Bois said other ports had found a “staggering number of flaws” in the ship.

    http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/europe/2015/10/16/n-waste-ship-leaves-france-for-australia.html

    21 November 2015 – Indon to ‘block Aust-bound nuclear waste’

    Extract:

    INDONESIA’S Navy and police reportedly want to close their waters to a ship carrying nuclear waste bound for Australia.

    “WE will block the ship because nuclear waste is very dangerous,” sea security coordinating agenda head Vice Admiral Desi Albert Mamahit told The Jakarta Post newspaper.

    Comment:

    I found most major news outlets in Australia are using this strange truncated head line, Indon to ‘block Aust-bound nuclear waste’. How can these news outlets be considered independent, when they use the same headline!

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/breaking-news/indon-to-block-aust-bound-nuclear-waste/story-fnihsg6t-1227617732008?nk=298dd5f7f7fa674c758c384bb69c1abf-1448151099

    20th November 2015 – Indonesia to close seas to ship transporting nuclear waste

    Extract:

    Desi said that MV Trader passed through Indonesian waters three months ago when it sailed from Australia to France. “Our ships are on standby, although the ship is still far from Indonesia. We have information about the ship,” he said.

    If MV Trader passed through Indonesian’s sea territory, he said, it had the potential to pollute the country’s waters.

    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/20/indonesia-close-seas-ship-transporting-nuclear-waste.html

  292. Extreme UV levels here in Australia at present.

    I suggest monitoring your local UV levels, as well as local radiation background now.

    Chart of present Extreme local UV levels. ( Australians can find their local UV level information here, http://uv.willyweather.com.au/ )

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/UV-November-18th-to-20th-2015.png

    Why are UV levels going so high?

    The article below has a possible explanation. You will also find links to country based UV monitoring stations in this article.

    Planetary Thermal Imbalance & Extreme UV Levels
    http://www.sccc.org.au/extreme-uv-levels-in-summer

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    Caloundra Early November 2015 Rain Water Test Report – At the beginning of November and again on the 14th November, elevated backgrounds levels were detected at my location on the East Coast of Australia, near Brisbane. Tests were conducted to try an establish the source of the elevated background.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2015.jpg

    There were evening storms on the 14th, during one of these elevated background events, so a car rain swab was collected on the morning of the 15th November. The rain had been sitting on the car overnight. A scintillator test of it was started on the afternoon of the15th. It was tested for ~24 hours.

    Radon is formed in the normal radioactive decay of Thorium which produces Radon-220, and Uranium which produces Radon-222. Both of these different Radon isotopes decay slowly into lead.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoron

    In the test chart you will see isotope maker peaks for Lead Pb-212 and an X-ray at 77 keV. These are decay daughters of Radon-220. This suggests that Thorium-232 was the source. There are also traces of Lead Pb-210, and Potassium-40. Lead Pb-210 is the decay daughter of Radon-222. This means there was also some Radon-222 in the air at the time.

    The test detected trace amounts of Th-232 decay daughters, so the rain swab test chart only shows the tops of the main Th-232 decay daughter and X-ray peaks. A Thorium gas mantle test shows the main Thorium Th-232 decay daughter peaks. I have provided it as a reference. As you can see from the gas mantel test, the equipment here can separate the combined X-ray daughter peak around 89/90 keV, from the main 77 KeV peak.

    November 15th Rain Swab Chart.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Rainswab-151115-TV67-22c-85854-B.png

    Thorium Mantel Chart for Comparison

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Thorium-mantle-TV67-calibration-110415-3000.jpg

    Where is the Thorium-232 coming from?

    If it was from Fukushima, I would expect to see other Fukushima isotope markers present. Sources of atmospheric releases of Radon-220 could be the recent Indonesian, New Zealand or South American volcanic eruptions, or a mining operation somewhere? There is a lot of volcanic activity in the Southern Hemisphere at present. On the Emergency and Disaster Information Service map, you can see the locations of erupting volcanoes in South America, New Zealand and Indonesia.

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

    Because the elevated detections where detected along the entire Eastern Coast of Australia, by numerous private monitoring stations, I am leaning towards volcanic activity, rather than a mining operation.

    —————————————————————–

    Southern Hemisphere October 2015 Rain Water Test Report.

    As usual, Lead Pb-210 and Beryllium Be-7 were the main isotopes detected in the rainwater filter. Rainfall for October was 77 mm.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Down-pipe-October-paper-filter-121115-TV67-22c-84904-B.png

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  293. Southern Hemisphere November Background Increase.

    Summary:

    There was a general increase in background levels detected by multiple stations in the Southern Hemisphere, in early November. In local rain swab tests, trace amounts of Iodine-129 and Lead-210 where detected, plus Radon-220 and Radon-222 washout decay daughters. The live Radon monitor reached a peak of ~ 1.8 pCi/Lt on the 14th November, during the storm event.

    November 2015 Multi Station Detailed Reports:

    Alert Caloundra 3rd November 2015 – It was 42% above pre-Fukushima average level on the 3rd November. This is the first alert level since March 2015.

    Note: This alert code system here, is not based on any official government alert system. It is one set up by the station operator to indicate significant local increases.

    http://sccc.org.au/what-does-each-step-in-the-alert-level-colour-code-mean

    From previous testing, when we reach alert levels here, rain events can cause large radon washouts. We haven’t seen any studies on the heath effects of being exposed to very large Radon washouts. It is suggested, if possible, to stay out of the rain when we have local monitoring station alert levels, and if you do get wet, have a shower when you get home.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Radon_Info_ENG.pdf

    Day average background level chart,

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-November-2015.jpg

    Dunedin New Zealand Report 4th November – “What is going on? Levels here from 0.8 to 1.6 pico Curies per litre, and rising …” This is a live Radon monitor detection.

    Caloundra 8th November 2015 – Conducting a maintenance check on the GammaScout Geiger counter that is used to collect the day average background here, to confirm that these recent local elevated November detections are not caused by equipment fault, or from dust contamination.

    I did find a small white fleck of material on the mica window which I brushed off with a very soft brush. I also cleaned out the whole unit, plus cleaned around the location where GammaScout is located. I also checked all the circuitry for damage, and the possibility that an insect got fried in the high voltage circuit area. An insect short would cause circuit malfunction, and erroneous detections. It all checked out OK. The next data download on the 9th November may confirm if the background elevation was caused by dust contamination, or from the particle found on the mica window.

    Caloundra 9th November 2015 – The 24hour chart for the 8th shows a drop in background around 8.30am, after the monitoring Geiger counter was cleaned. Unfortunately there was a significant change in wind direction at the time. Wind started coming from the South, where as before it was manly from the North.

    Therefore it is not conclusive at this time, if the Geiger counter cleaning, or the wind change caused the significant drop in background levels, from a day average of 0.148 uSv/hr on the 7th to 0.133 uSv/hr on the 8th.

    Cairns 9th November 2015 Report – “My readings in Cairns for yesterday also went up to 0.147 uSv/hr. Will keep an eye on it and will let you know of further development.”

    Cairns 10th November 2015 Report – “The reading for Cairns yesterday increased further to 0.166 uSv/hr. The highest reading since Jan this year. I am charging the battery at the beginning of each month, so that should eliminate any problems with that. Will keep you informed about further development.”

    Cairns is red in this chart and Caloundra is yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Cairns-Nov-15.jpg

    Cairns 11th November 2015 Report – “Yesterdays reading was down to normal again at 0.125uSv/hr.”

    Alert Caloundra 14th November 2015 – It was 43% above pre-Fukushima average level on the 14th November. There were a series of thunder storms that passed over the area, followed by heavy rain, that came from the South West in the evening. The local live monitors here showed elevated background levels for most of the day. When the storms passed over, the background level peaked.

    Southern Hemisphere updates can be found here,

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2630

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  294. vital1 – Thanks and yes I did get your reply. Thanks so much for your consideration. Fukushima and nuclear power in general, is such a scourge on our planet, I fear for all life on earth because of it.

  295. Bob, I posted a reply to your query in EnviroReporter’s Radiation Food Lab.

  296. To All,

    Is there any way to verify the information contained in this article? It basically states that the real reason for cancelling the Dungeness crab season is radioactive contamination of the crabs, not domoic acid contamination as the State suggests. The also claim all Alaska salmon and other fish are now cancerous and should not be ingested. Here is the link.
    http://superstation95.com/index.php/world/item/505-california-shuts-down-commercial-crab-season-indefinitely-cites-naturally-occurring-toxin-but-real-culprit-is-radiation

    Thanks.

  297. 8th November 2015 – Chris Busby; Fukushima Thyroid Cancer- The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

    Extract:

    Sweden, like all European States is subject to the EURATOM Basic Safety Standards Directive which contains a clause, an amendment by the European Greens in 1996 at the suggestion of Busby, Alice Stewart, Alexy Yablokov and Rosalie Bertell.

    It states that if “New and important Evidence” emerges that the risk model is wrong, all practices involving radiation exposure in the EU must be Justified all over again. Here, Chris Busby attacks the risk model and those who had presented extremely biased science throught the day of the symposium.

    He draws attention particularly to the recent publication in the journal Epidemiology which reports 120 thyroud cancers in 380,000 children living near Fukushima. This shows an error in the ICRP model of 2600 times.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ner3zTIAw0M

  298. Here are updates on the serious situation at the St Louis West Lake Landfill fire, and Cold Water Creek contamination.

    15th October 2015 – Regional West Lake Landfill CommUnity Meeting.

    Extract:

    Monthly Meeting of Citizens to discuss information about West Lake Landfill (Radioactive Nuclear Waste) and Bridgeton Landfill (Fire). This month the discussion was on the Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s document release, review research of forest fires in Chernobyl and how to prepare for an emergency, whether that is a Shelter in Place or Evacuation.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eQkCSEA6Sw

    The West Lake land fill is not the only seriously contaminate location in St Louis, Cold Water Creek is another hot area.

    28th October 2015 – Residents in St Louis dying in record numbers from World War II radioactive waste

    Extract:

    Soon enough, one little Facebook page grew from simply getting back in touch, to the alarming realisation that more than 2700 residents reported rare incidents of illness. This was becoming a cancer cluster of epic proportions: 45 cases of appendix cancer, 184 cases of brain cancer, 315 cases of thyroid cancer, 448 cases of auto-immune disease, and so on.

    “The rates of appendix cancer, for instance, which is relatively rare — we see about 800 cases across the nation per year. To find seven or eight cases in one zip code or one small geographic area is rather unusual.”

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/residents-in-st-louis-dying-in-re

  299. 28th October 2015 – 4.5 microSv/h, Koriyama city Incineration plant road side mud

    Extract:

    Cesium have a low boiling point. Aprox.700 degrees Celsius, 1300 degree Fahrenheit. Garbage incineration easily make Cesium gasification.

    Comment:

    Japanese Madness, incinerating contaminated waste just spreads the contamination into local communities.
    These are very high detections, passing cars, wind and rain will spread this contamination far and wide!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g79z224s_z4&feature=youtu.be

  300. 25th October 2015 – Radioactive Dump That Burned in Nevada Had Past Troubles

    Extract:

    A soundless 40-second video turned over by US Ecology to state officials showed bursts of white smoke and dirt flying from several explosions on Oct. 18 from the dump in the brown desert about 110 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

    Comment:

    Poster pinksailmatt, in the radiation detection forum, on enenews.com, posted this detection he found on RadNet Las Vegas Nevada. The spike occurred just after the explosion at the radioactive dump site.

    Here are the RadNet Las Vegas Nevada readings for the past few days.

    Notice the spike on the day of those radiation dump explosions.

    These CPM’s were ALL energy levels combined for Gamma.

    10/17/2015 11:25 / 3703 CPM

    10/18/2015 2:28 / 3458 CPM

    10/18/2015 19:32 / 4403 CPM – Spike!

    10/19/2015 13:35 / 3384 CPM

    10/20/2015 12:40 / 3456 CPM

    10/21/2015 11:44 / 3587 CPM

    10/22/2015 14:50 / 3615 CPM

    10/23/2015 17:55 / 3726 CPM

    So they had a 1000 CPM spike in total gamma.

    About 30% Higher than norm.

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/10/25/us/ap-us-radioactive-waste-plant-fire.html?_r=0

  301. USA

    21 October 2015 – The threat of low-level radiation

    Extracts:

    NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A study released Wednesday by the World Health Organization said long-term exposure to radiation — even low levels — can dramatically increase the risk of dying from cancer.

    Using social media, the neighbors said they’ve documented more than 2,700 cases of cancer, auto-immune diseases and tumors in their area.

    Comment:

    The St. Louis County and Santa Susana Field Lab sites are clear examples of how radioactive waste in the environment can cause death and illness in large numbers of people living in nearby communities!

    The sins of the past affect present, and future generations.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-radiation-to-blame-for-st-louis-county-cancer-cases/

    USA

    8th October 2015 – Underground fire 300 meters from nuclear waste causes St. Louis to hatch contingency plan

    Extracts:

    ST. LOUIS – Beneath the surface of a St. Louis-area landfill lurk two things that should never meet: a slow-burning fire and a cache of Cold War-era nuclear waste, separated by just 300 meters.

    Although the fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning since at least 2010, the plan for a worst-case scenario was developed only a year ago and never publicized until this week, when St. Louis radio station KMOX first obtained a copy.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/10/08/world/st-louis-girds-catastrophic-event-underground-fire-burning-since-10-get-near-cold-war-nuke-waste-cache#.VintTZfhntQ

  302. Southern Hemisphere September 2015 Rain Water Test Report.

    The test equipment has had an upgrade.

    For testing until now, a Gamma Spectacular GS-1100A sound card spectrometry driver was plugged into the mic input of a laptop. This laptop mic input could only sample the test signal up to 96K 16 bit. A external Xonar USB sound card is now being used instead of the standard laptop microphone input.

    This means the test signal can now be sampled at 192k 24 Bit. This has resulted in a significant improvement in sensitivity, particularly at low keV energies.

    A paper towel rain filter design was used again this month, rather than the polyester filter used previously. This paper towel filter was sun dried for a longer period than last months filter, so it had less moisture content when tested.

    Filter Design: http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    As usual, Lead Pb-210 than Beryllium Be-7 were the main isotopes detected rainwater filter. Rainfall for September was 59 mm.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Down-pipe-September-paper-filter-131015-TV67-20c-84600-B.png

    Previous Rain water and soil tests can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/pages/The-Food-Lab.html#Local_Rain_Water

  303. Thought you might be interested in this ->

    An article in today’s Wall Street Journal: “Radiation Sensors in Major U.S. Cities Turned Off Because They Don’t Work”

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/radiation-sensors-in-major-u-s-cities-turned-off-because-they-dont-work-1445276241

    Unfortunately, we can’t read the entire article because it requires payment, but it’s interesting that the mean stream media is reporting on this, isn’t it?

  304. Cs-134 detection in air Finland!

    15th October 2015 – Environment Pollution in Finland on Thursday, 15 October, 2015 at 10:32 (10:32 AM) UTC.

    Extract:

    Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of Finland (STUK) has detected a small amount of radioactive substances in the air in the Finnish capital of Helsinki, reported Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat has reported. The abnormal amount of radioactive substances, including manganese (Mn-54), cobalt (Co-60), and cesium (Cs-134 and Cs-137), were found in early October in samples collected from the city by a STUK’s monitoring station located in northern part of Helsinki.

    Comment:

    The detection of Cs-134 means that the nuclear event that created this was recent!

    http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/index.php?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=ED-20151015-50503-FIN

  305. 3rd October 2015 – Pt. 2 – Fukushima Contamination – Dr. Tim Mousseau

    Extract:

    “Bio-Impacts of Chernobyl & Fukushima”

    Evolutionary biologist Dr. Tim Mousseau shares findings from his unique research on the biological effects of radiation exposure to wildlife from the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl & Fukushima.

    Comment:

    The extensive independent research information provided in this video presentation by Dr. Tim Mousseau, destroys the myth promoted by the nuclear industry that radioactive contamination has little effect on local wildlife.

    The nuclear industry has promoted the idea to the public that the Chernobyl exclusion zone has become a lovely nature reserve, where animals run free and wild. This is clearly a made up fantasy, in an attempt to hide the long term consequence of nuclear contamination on the environment.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xnj5QYBzLs

  306. Southern Hemisphere Background Radiation Report For September 2015

    September 2015 Summary

    September 2015 monthly average background radiation level was 5% above the pre-Fukushima average. This is considerably lower than the September 2012 and 2013 average.

    Caloundra Australia September day average chart:

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-September-2015.jpg

    September average for 2014 was 5% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    September average for 2013 was 15% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    September average for 2012 was 13% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    Cairns Report:

    Cairns is on the east coast of Australia, and it is much closer to the equator than Caloundra, see location map.

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    Here is the Caloundra and Cairns September day average background comparison chart.

    Thanks again to the Cairns station operator for this report, and chart.

    “The readings stayed close to my baseline of 0.125 uSV/hr for the whole month. Glad, nothing of significance to report. Yours also look pretty parallel to mine.”

    In the chart, Cairns is red and Caloundra yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-September-2015.jpg

    ————————————————————————

    The Caloundra year average charts show a consistent seasonal variation in background levels since Fukushima. Most of the equatorial barrier air flow break through between the Northern and Southern hemispheres, happen in the warmer months. On this page you will find all the month and year average charts for local background radiation levels, from November 2007 to 2015 for Caloundra.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  307. 😐

    Observation from the Fukushima Webcam:
    Spark phenomenon – The number of colored flying sparks/bolts seen has increased since the beginning of this year.

    ➡ This is one of the best shots I’ve ever seen of this issue.
    Multiple trails and colors during daylight.
    http://s87.photobucket.com/user/HorseCam/media/02-27%20r1%20053230%20green%20flash_zpsw0vav2nu.png.html

    IMHO – This phenomenon is not a camera anomaly.

    They used to be very rare and happen only after earthquakes or extreme weather. Now it seems like they can sometimes be counted as to ‘how many’ per hour. That’s amazing! I am sure it means something. I just don’t know what. (?)
    (can be viewed on youtube videos)

    Who knows what may happen when containment(s) blow sky high, cores go rogue and toxic goo of all kinds mix and accumulate for years.

    Maybe by 2020 the entire facility will look like a 4th of July fireworks display. 😉

  308. Rain in Glendale Sept. 15th 2015.

    Sample 36.1 CPM, Background 44.1 CPM

    The sample was gathered from raindrops collected on leaves at 11:30 AM. The background reading was from the dry container and paper towel used to gather the rain drops. Looks like the rain added nothing to the count, so this rain from tropical moisture is uncontaminated.

    Radiation Station Glendale California gets 2 inches of rain September 15, 2015 that tests at background for radiation - courtesy of Dr Solar

  309. @Chase et al: That wall looks missing around an opening and there seem emissions coming from the hole in the roof but we can’t quite make it out. We can’t see any spraying down the hole, though.

    Is Unit One’s spent fuel pool steaming off its water and overheating? Sure looks like it. If so, a big uncontrollable series of events could ensue that will lead to a SFP fire that would become The Unforgettable Fire.

    Please keep an eye on this, Chase, and thank you for telling fellow raddies about it.

  310. 😐

    Observing smoke/steam emissions coming from the hole in the roof of Reactor 1 since 8 am Sept 10th jst. There is also a large panel on the west wall that looks charred. (?) This is something new.

    A crane appears to be spraying something down the hole. ?

    TEPCO Webcam: Unit 1
    http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/f1-np/camera/index2-e.html

  311. Southern Hemisphere August 2015 Rain Water Test Report

    I used part of a paper towel roll for the rain water filter this month, instead of the usual polyester wool filter. The theory is that it may capture more soluble material than the polyester wool. A test result similar to the polyester filter was observed, only very small traces of Lead-210 and Beryllium-7 were captured. The exception being that the cellulose and water content of the paper appeared to be filtering out very low energy X-rays.

    A bit more rain fell this month compared to last month, 159mm for August.

    This clean paper towel filter was tested in the lead shielded test chamber for 24 hours, and that test result was then used for background subtraction from the used filter test result.

    Here is the test chart minus that background.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Down-pipe-August-paper-filter-030915-TV67-20c-84600-B-text.png

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  312. @Dale: Not to worry…

    FUKUSHIMA TRIPLE MELTDOWNS RADIATION FALLOUT ALL CLEAR!

    That’s right, Dale, as you kindly pointed out to us this morning: Japan lifts evacuation order for town near doomed nuke plant.

    Just 19 kilometers from three actively spewing melted nuclear reactor cores. That’s 11.8 miles or less than the distance from Radiation Station Santa Monica to downtown Los Angeles and slightly more than the distance between ‘DTLA’ and Radiation Station Glendale California.

    All cleaned up, yes? If one were to judge from the numbers of Japanese returning to Naraha Japan, just 100 families of 2,600 households since a trial period of voluntary return begun in April 2015, the answer would be ‘no.’ But the Japanese government isn’t daunted especially since it has to show how normal things are, despite no salvaging of the lost cores deep underground irradiating the groundwater and Pacific Ocean with massive amounts of extremely dangerous radionuclides.

    “Our clock started moving again,” Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto said at a Saturday ceremony held at a children’s park. “The lifting of the evacuation order is one key step, but this is just a start.” The mayor said that “fear” still remained as if that were the main problem. Wow, what incredible hubris and determined stupidity.

    That fatal foolishness is not confined to Japan, as Dale pointed out in his comment. In late August 2015, the US Environmental Protection Agency cut off the beta graph feeds to the public that EnviroReporter.com had organized into a coherent monitoring system with our RadNet Air Monitoring. While EPA was kind enough to size their RadNet portal such that it fits our monitoring pages, unless you are expert at navigating the agency’s Byzantine and outdated system, you are beta out of luck. And so is the entire country (and its neighbors).

    But wait! It’s all okay, right? After all, Japan is hosting the 2020 Olympics so it has to be all clear and back to business as usual. That business as usual is going to cost plenty.

    Thank you Dale, our very own Dr Solar, for maintaining your excellent Radiation Station. We need it, and the other EnviroReporter.com Radiation Stations now more than ever.

  313. RIP, Enviroreporter’s sweet links to RadNet’s Gross Beta Count graphs from selected RadNet locations. It used to be so easy, but now it is quite a chore. It’s still possible to pull the data, but it takes a long time using RadNet’s query function. Exasperating.

    On another note, take a look at RadNet’s misleading graphical depiction of individual sampling sites spread across the nation.

    http://www2.epa.gov/radnet/near-real-time-and-laboratory-data-state

    All green dots, giving the impression that all sites are fully functioning, and every site is “clear”. We know from many previous reports on the Enviroreporter website, that RadNet is not fully functional. Radnet sites are frequently down or only partially functioning. Yet, the national status map on the RadNet site is all green (I haven’t actually clicked on every dot, but I doubt that all 134 sites are fully functioning). This probably means nothing more than its a marker for the site, and a link to the gamma chart for that site, if available.

    That status map would look very different if down sites were grayed out, or colored differently to indicate non-reporting or partial reporting. RadNet’s depiction of the National Status map could be greatly improved.

  314. ➡ Low Flying Helicopter Over Pacifica (Bay area) This Week Sept 1, 2015

    “The advisory comes from the National Nuclear Security Administration. The helicopter is equipped with gamma radiation sensors.”

    ” The survey is part of a study by the Department of Homeland Security Domestic NUCLEAR DETECTION OFFICE intended to help improve the ability to detect and measure radiation from the air, the agency said in a statement. The agency conducted a similar survey over the same areas in 2012, according to Berkeley city officials. ”

    http://patch.com/california/pacifica/advisory-low-flying-helicopter-over-pacifica-week-0?utm_source=article-mostrecent&utm_medium=rss&utm_term=politics%20&%20government&utm_campaign=recirc&utm_content=aol

    😐

  315. Southern Hemisphere Background Radiation Report For August 2015

    August 2015 Summary

    More good news here at Caloundra, there haven’t been any significant upticks or events to report for months now, plus the background levels have stabilized. The background levels are not at pre-Fukushima levels, but close.

    August 2015 monthly average background radiation level was 5% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    August day average chart:

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-August-2015.jpg

    August average for 2014 was 4% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    August average for 2013 was 8% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    August average for 2012 was 9% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    Caloundra and Cairns August day average background comparison chart – Thanks again to the Cairns station operator for this chart and report. Cairns is on the east coast of Australia, and it is much closer to the equator than Caloundra, see location map.

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    Cairns Monitoring Station Report:

    “I noticed increasing readings in the last week of the month and got a lot of alarms set at 0.4 uSV/hr during the day.

    I thought it might be a good idea to top up the battery charge, getting that many alarms.

    As soon as I started to charge the battery, the alarms stopped immediately and the readings went back close to my baseline of 0.125 uSv/hr.

    So I regard the last weeks increased readings as questionable, after observing the above behaviour.

    You also might want to take notice of this particular equipment behaviour of the Gamma Scout Rechargeable for future reference.”

    In the chart, Cairns is red and Caloundra yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-August-2015.jpg

    On this page you will find all the month and year average charts, for local background radiation levels from November 2007 to 2015.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    More detailed long term data can be found here.

    http://sccc.org.au/archives/2630

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  316. There is no indication of any Sendai meltdown according to the Safecast Tile Map today. In comments to his video rant, the poster Kevin Blanch writes “these rats;;;want a fight they have one with me I was a boxer a never defeated in 4 year wrestler, I know the over aggressive fools, the Nuclear crime rats , want to over leverage there lies, I counter punch at the exact right time in there fucking guts,, let them prf me wrong with there cover up lies,, they can’t, it works both ways you want to cover the truth, it will burn you and I am the one that lit the flame that knocked the nuclear liars the fuck out. Kevin”

    That this rant has repeatedly found footing is astonishing. We reluctantly approved these comments with links to the videos for their entertainment value only.

  317. RADIATION STATION HARRISBURG NC

    Just found this .More on the possible SENDAI 1 Meltdown
    ps…I left message 15 min ago and CANT find it!!!!!!! Will look further or repost another

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wSILY8c7tk

  318. ALERT!…..ALERT!….ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!
    RADIATION STATION HARRISBURG NC
    POSSIBLE PARTIAL MELTDOWN @ SENDAI..Japan…..Kevin Blanch

    I took an outside AIR reading this morning @ 9:35 am……70.4 cpm……unusually high average reading which averages 38 cpm
    Inside reading was 32.0 @ 9:47 am……Somethings up!!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GugYPDa9sZI

  319. 22nd August 2015 – 481,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 measured from earth of Minamisoma city.

    Extracts:

    The highest reading of Cs-134/137 was 481,000 Bq/Kg from moss and soil. The second highest reading was 222,000 Bq/Kg from the soil on the bridge.

    Monkey’s excrement was also analyzed to detect 50,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137. The second highest reading was 36,600 Bq/Kg.

    Article and Links:

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/08/481000-bqkg-of-cs-134137-measured-from-earth-of-minamisoma-city/

    ——————————————————————————————–

    In March 2013, I was sent a resin encapsulated sample of black fungus like material, for testing. It reportedly came from somewhere in the Minamisoma area of Japan. This fungus like material started growing on the concrete and rock surfaces in Japan, after the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe. It appeared to be bio-accumulating Cesium.

    For those of you who have not looked at a chart like this before, the position of the peaks in the chart indicate which isotopes are present. I placed a pen tip next to a photo of the sample, to give people a clear idea of just how small the sample was. The black sample material only filled up around two thirds of this small sample container.,

    Test Chart

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Minamisoma-Cesium-290313-TV45-23c-25040-MB.jpg

    This black fungus material sample from Japan, contaminated with Cesium Cs-137 & Cs-134, was encapsulated in resin for safety reasons, so we don’t know how much it weighed. Visually, looking at the encased sample, it appeared to be a few grams, if that. A professional lab reported test results were 117 Bg of Cs-137 and 58 Bq of Cs-134.

    I posted the test results on the Internet for discussion, and a weight expert posted this comment in 2013.

    “I’m an expert on weighing objects (sell scales, use different ones daily, some precise to .01g). Fungus in that form does not appear to hold too much water weight and would likely weigh less than a gram given the scale. If it jis thin and flakey type fungus, it may be under .25-.5g. Is it thick like a mushroom cap or more like lichen? I’ve only observed extremely thin fungi growing on concrete, and I would err on the very low side. My best guess is 0.3g.”

    My reply:

    “That means the black fungus sample from Japan is very, very, hot.

    Test results 117 Bg Cs-137 and 58 Bq Cs-134

    117 + 58 = 175 Bq x (1000 grams/0.3 grams) = 583,333 Bq/Kg of Cesium

    Even if it was 10 times greater in weight 3 grams, it would still be 58,333 Bq/Kg of Cesium.”

    If the weight expert estimate of 0.3g is correct, then this was highly contaminated material!

    You wouldn’t want your family living in an area with this amount of radioactive contamination! Any so called expert or government official, telling people it is safe for their families to live in highly contaminated areas like this, are criminally negligent in my opinion.

  320. Monday, August 17, 2015

    AIKEN COUNTY, S.C> (WRDW) — SRS confirms the lockdown has been lifted. SRS was on lockdown after a possible threat caused emergency response to the site. According to a release from SRS, an offsite law enforcement investigation found no explosive residue or device on inspected truck.

    http://www.wrdw.com/home/headlines/Savannah-River-Site-322079422.html

  321. 17th August 2015 – Savannah River Nuclear Facility Under Lockdown Amid “Security Event”.

    Extracts:

    According to the Savannah River site, a potential security threat is in progress that has caused emergency response.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-08-17/savannah-river-nuclear-facility-under-lockdown-amid-security-event

  322. The Pacific Ocean is dying! The huge amount of radioactive contamination, conservatively equal to 10,000 Hiroshima nuclear bombs, has been released from the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe site. The Fukushima nuclear catastrophe site is still releasing huge amounts atmospheric radioactive contamination, plus thousands of tons of highly radioactive contaminated water is still flowing into the Pacific Ocean every day!

    There are an increasing number of media reports coming in, of Pacific Ocean fish, whales, birds and other sea creatures dieing in large numbers. The Fukushima radioactive contamination would be lowering the fertility and weakening the immune systems of any sea life coming in contact with it. As immune systems become weakened, it would be logical to expect viruses and bacteria that would normally be under check, to become more infectious. This radioactive contamination could also potentially stimulate viruses and bacteria to mutate into more infectious strains.

    This massive amount of radioactive environment pollution has resulted in the Pacific Ocean food supply crashing! Hence the large number of reports of seals, whales and birds etc., washing up on the west coast of North America, starving to death.

    Thanks to Dr.Sternglass, who passed away in early February, for this research paper below. It clearly demonstrates how Nuclear contamination from the nuclear bomb testing era caused a significant crash in Pacific Ocean fish stocks. If this was the case then, it would be logical to assume that the Fukushima Nuclear Catastrophe is having a similar effect.

    Quote:

    “The purpose of the study was to determine whether continued atmospheric testing by France and China or potential releases from underground detonations that might unexpectedly escape into the nearby fishing grounds could have detectable effects on the reproduction of fish populations similar to the unanticipatedly severe effects of low level radiation on the human embryo and fetus (2, 3, 4) recently confirmed by independent studies by other investigators (5, 6).”

    08.10.1971 – Fallout and Reproduction of Ocean Fish Populations. E.J. Sternglass, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Extract:

    Nuclear Fallout causes Fish Population Decline

    As will be shown below, very large declines of fish-populations after low-altitude nuclear tests followed by a gradual recovery to pretesting levels have been observed both in the Atlantic and Pacific, strongly suggesting that the eggs of fish and the developing young are far more sensitive to internal radiation from low-level fallout than had been anticipated, very much as in the case of the human-embryo and fetus.

    http://www.mindfully.org/Nucs/Fallout-Fish-Sternglass8oct71.htm

    This is one of many informative reports you will find linked to in EnviroReporter’s Radiation Food Lab.

  323. Southern Hemisphere July 2015 Rain Water Test Report

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing,

    http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    32.5 mm rain fell in July, and the chart shows very small traces of the usual Pb-210 and Be-7. In this chart I have CPS on the Y axis to show activity, and have turned off Y log to show linear scaling. This is only a test chart of the polyester part of the rain water filter system design.

    Chart normal view minus Background

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Down-pipe-July-polyester-filter-020815-TV67-18c-87206-B.jpg

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  324. RADIATION STATION HARRISBURG NC….8/6/2015
    Quick 10 min. shower from W to E this afternoon.We are in a drought here…
    1…277.1 cpm @ 2:35 pm
    2…33.1 cpm @ 2:45 pm background
    ……8.37 x background
    Will upload to YouTube shortly

  325. Dear EnviroReporter,

    Has anyone informed you and your readers that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering replacing the present “Linear No Threshold” radiation-dose model (which basically says there is NO safe dose of radiation) to something called HORMESIS, which is the idea that low-level radiation is “good for you.”

    It gets worse.

    There are 4 more recommendations they are considering.

    ” (1) Worker doses should remain at present levels, with allowance of up to 100 mSv (10 rem) effective dose per year if the doses are chronic.

    (2) ALARA [As Low As Reasonably Achievable] should be removed entirely from the regulations. The petitioner argues that “it makes no sense to decrease radiation doses that are not only harmless but may be hormetic.”

    (3) Public doses should be raised to worker doses. The petitioner notes that “these low doses may be hormetic. The petitioner goes on to ask, “why deprive the public of the benefits of low dose radiation?”

    (4) End differential doses to pregnant women, embryos and fetuses, and children under 18 years of age. ”

    What this means is that YOU can be exposed to as much radiation as a nuclear worker! And children and pregnant women will no longer have lower-dose protections. And that industry, etc. would no longer have to attempt to keep exposures to the public “As Low As Reasonably Achievable.”

    The NRC is requesting that the public comment on this.

    Everyone, PLEASE submit a comment telling your opinion/analysis of this.

    If you prefer, here is where you can submit your comment anonymously:

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NRC-2015-0057-0010

    And you can learn more about the whole thing here:

    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/06/23/2015-15441/linear-no-threshold-model-and-standards-for-protection-against-radiation

    This is something you cannot and should not remain silent about because it can affect you, your family, your pet, your environment, etc.

    Tell EVERYONE you know about this.

    Thank you.

  326. LOWEST NUMBER OF RADNET BETA STATIONS WORKING SINCE WE BEGAN LISTING STATIONS:

    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.

    August 4, 2015 – 30
    July 6, 2015 – 36
    June 1, 2015 – 37
    May 23, 2015 – 35
    May 8, 2015 – 34
    April 7, 2015 – 34
    March 29, 2015 – 34
    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

  327. “I want to make a difference on planet Earth, I want to BE THE CHANGE I wish to see in the world.”
    – Bindi Irwin (now age 17)

    “Me too!” 😉
    – Chase (age 57)

    Trouble In The Jungle
    ( a short rap song by Bindi)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJwYojv4pw
    “mankind is not so kind at all…” 😐

  328. I found this yahoo news item about a major 20 ton piece of equipment being being removed successfully from a fuel pool at Fukushima’s wrecked Dai-ichi power plant reactor number 3. I’m glad to see there is progress, but 40 years to clean up and decommission? That is a very long time, and I don’t know if it will be long enough.

    http://news.yahoo.com/fukushima-operator-says-20-tons-rubble-lifted-reactor-082425383.html

  329. Southern Hemisphere Background Radiation Report For July 2015

    July 2015 Summary

    The good news is that local background levels here have stabilized, and there haven’t been any significant upticks, or events to report.

    July 2015 monthly average background radiation level was 5% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    July day average chart:

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-July-2015.jpg

    July average for 2014 was 5% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    July average for 2013 was 5% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    July average for 2012 was 9% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    Caloundra and Cairns July day average background comparison chart – Cairns is on the east coast of Australia, and it is much closer to the equator than Caloundra, see location map.

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    In the background comparison chart, Cairns is red and Caloundra yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-July-2015.jpg

    On this page you will find all the month and year average charts, for local background radiation levels from November 2007 to 2015.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  330. I am hopeful that no more old technology, high energy, fission style nuclear plants will be built. The costs are high, the risks are high, and the consequences of accidents are grave. With so much arguing against it, the only businesses willing to pursue it are those who stand to profit when governments are willing to take on the costs, risks, and consequences. Who would be foolish enough to enter into such a Faustian bargain? Of course, when governments partner with business under such terms, they gamble that the apathy and ignorance of the governed will allow the assumption of costs and risks which are too great for too long a period of time.

    I think that the more likely outcome will be increasingly attractive alternate forms of energy generation. Naturally, we have great hopes for low density energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, tidal, and wave. All of that will help of course, but I don’t rule out that safer forms of nuclear power will eventually be developed. High and low energy fusion power plants will someday become feasible, and that’s when I think the equation will rebalance toward safer more sustainable nuclear energy sources. I’m hoping that unsafe fission plants will be replaced with safer fusion energy generation technologies. This will enable a more politically palatable conversion effort toward lower costs, lower risks, and both lower quantities of nuclear waste and less harmful forms of nuclear waste. Personally, I don’t think we are that far from such improved nuclear technologies. Let’s just hope it will be in time to avoid the next “Black Swan Event”.

  331. @Chase: It is folly of astronomical scale that can and probably will kill the planet. The clock just keeps on ticking as Lights Out shows. There is no escaping it. Most of our species, the poorest of them, don’t even know what’s at stake – their and their children’s future. But they will suffer all the more. Denial of this Earthnocide by Man won’t change anything, won’t stave the crumbling of Nuclear Rome. The crimes against unborn humanity continue to mount. But as long as there is at least one voice of reason, like yours Chase, there is hope. The question becomes what to hope for and how to make it manifest in the most effective of forms.

  332. The “Nuclear Deal” with Iran.

    😡
    Every time I hear the words ‘Nuclear Deal’ repeated it makes me grit my teeth in anger. There is no deal except for those who stand to profit.

    Have Chernobyl and Fukushima’s TRIPLE MELTDOWNS been forgotten?

    The only ‘Nuclear Deal’ that makes sense to me is the one where worldwide all Nuclear Power Plants are dismantled and banned from the planet. Now that would be a REAL DEAL. Anything less is an incalculable risk and a moral injustice against every living thing. Seems to me that should be clear to even the most simplest of minds.

    We have free power all around us in the form of wind, waves and the sun to name a few. Harnessing these energies has always been right in front of us, yet we are sold/told that using Nuclear Power to boil water is somehow a good thing.

    Nuclear Power in the USA
    (Updated June 2015)
    “Following a 30-year period in which few new reactors were built, it is expected that six new units may come on line by 2020, four of those resulting from 16 license applications made since mid-2007 to build 24 new nuclear reactors.”
    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-T-Z/USA–Nuclear-Power/

    New Reactors Worldwide
    (Updated May 2015)
    “…over 60 reactors under construction in 15 countries.”
    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Current-and-Future-Generation/Plans-For-New-Reactors-Worldwide/

    Nuclear Power in the USA
    (wikipedia)
    “In August 2012, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found that the NRC’s rules for the temporary storage and permanent disposal of nuclear waste stood in violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, rendering the NRC legally unable to grant final licenses for any further new nuclear power plants.[174] This ruling was based on the fact that the Yucca Mountain waste repository had never received a license due to its license application being withdrawn by the DOE nor had any viable alternative waste repository been proposed. So long as this ruling stands and this impasse on waste disposal exists, no additional nuclear plants can ever be licensed for operation in the United States.”

    So why are we still building/subsidizing new ones?

    Nuclear Matters (how cute)
    “As of 2014, the U.S. nuclear industry has begun a new lobbying effort, hiring three former senators — Evan Bayh, a Democrat; Judd Gregg, a Republican; and Spencer Abraham, a Republican — as well as William M. Daley, a former staffer to President Obama. The initiative is called Nuclear Matters, and it has begun a newspaper advertising campaign.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_the_United_States#Debate_about_nuclear_power_in_the_U.S.

  333. @vital1: WOW! That is astonishing. That the Japanese government would allow this speaks volumes as it is their own people who are the glowing guinea pigs. It bears repeating that the California Highway Patrol, as documented on this website, considers anything 3 times background to be a Hazardous Materials situation which necessitates the appropriate protocols to protect life and property. This radiation reading, in a park in a country that will host the 2020 Olympics, is over 83 times the CHP’s Haz-Mat limits! Maybe the Shot Put competition could be held in this park. Call it the Hot Put.

  334. @ Michael, “Most folks don’t know if this is a high level and its implications but a comparison to typical background would be illustrative.”

    Thanks for pointing that out. Here in Australia where I am located, it would be 201 times our pre-Fukushima background, or 251 times greater than the Japan pre-Fukushima average background.

    Needless to say, you wouldn’t want your children playing in a park with radioactive contamination detections that enormously high!

  335. @vital1: What would be the normal reading range? Most folks don’t know if this is a high level and its implications but a comparison to typical background would be illustrative.

  336. 26th July 2015 – 20 μSv/h still detected in Fukushima city

    Extracts:

    On 4/23/2015, a citizen’s group detected 20.1 μSv/h in Fukushima city. It was in the river area of Abukuma-gawa river, where is open for everyone as a park.

    It was over scale of the dosimeter tested by Ministry of the Environment so the radiation level was confirmed by scintillation survey meter TCS-172B.

    http://fukushima-diary.com/2015/07/video-20-%CE%BCsvh-still-detected-in-fukushima-city/

  337. Alert level on a Eugene Oregon private monitoring station at present, ~2200 cpm on,

    http://radmon.org/

    No stations near by on it, or any other networks, seem to be showing any elevated detections. Therefore it maybe just equipment malfunction, but as usual it maybe worth keeping an eye on it.

    List of International live radiation monitoring stations.

    http://sccc.org.au/international-radiation-monitoring-stations

    Update:

    M2.7 Explosion – 4km WNW of Junction City, Oregon report on USGS.

    Time

    2015-07-24 20:36:02 (UTC)
    2015-07-25 06:36:02 (UTC+10:00) in your timezone
    Times in other timezones

    Nearby Cities

    4km (2mi) WNW of Junction City, Oregon
    24km (15mi) NW of Eugene, Oregon
    28km (17mi) NW of Springfield, Oregon
    36km (22mi) S of Corvallis, Oregon
    80km (50mi) SSW of Salem, Oregon

    Are the high radiation detection at Eugene Oregon and the USGS detected explosion 4km (2mi) WNW of Junction City Oregon related, I have no idea???

    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/uw61045402#general_summary

  338. @All: From our friends at Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles

    Never Again – Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Vigil, Wednesday August 5th

    Date: Wednesday, August 5th
    Time: 4PM sharp- A moment of silence will be observed at 4:15pm, so please arrive early
    Location: Chain Reaction peace sculpture, 1800 block of Main Street at the Santa Monica Civic Center

    Please join us on August 5th to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and grow the movement for a nuclear weapons free world.

    On August 6th, 1945 (August 5 in North America), the United States dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, killing 130,000 people. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki, killing 70,000. Other countries developed their own nuclear weapons, and humanity became hostage to the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation. Today, there are more than 15,000 nucelar weapons in the global nuclear arsenal, most of which are far more powerful than the bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Whether by accident or intent, we remain at risk – and all that we hold dear hangs in the balance. Read more on our website.

  339. Southern Hemisphere June 2015 Rain Water Test Report.

    There was a lot of very fine organic material captured in the down pipe rain water filter in June.

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing, http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    There was also a lot less Lead Pb-210 than Beryllium Be-7 in June’s rainwater filter test. In summer we tend to see much more Pb-210 detected in the rain water tests here, when the air masses tend to come from a northerly direction.

    There was also a possible trace detection of Cesium-137. It was a very small detection, less than one Cesium-137 gamma ray detection every ~100 seconds. There was no corresponding Cesium-137 32 X-ray detection to help confirm that it was Cesium-137. At these low detection levels, the amount of low energy 32 keV Cesium-137 X-ray present, may be too small to be detected, so there is a degree of uncertainty to it being a definitive Cesium-137 detection.

    Rainfall for June was 78.2 mm.

    Less Pb-210 in the filter means less Radon-222 was in the air. This was also reflected in the local live Radon monitor.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Down-pipe-June-polyester-filter-dried-test-120715-TV67-18c-84612-B-text.png

    Years of rain water tests can be found here.

    https://www.enviroreporter.com/investigations/fukushima/radiation-station-sunshine-coast-australia/

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  340. Not the most scientific of tests, but…

    July 8– Ventura, CA 10 min exterior, about 1 mile inland: 48.6

    July 9– Ventura, CA 10 min exterior, sitting on beach, 44.1

    July 9– Ventura, CA 10 min testing of wet towels and bathing suits worn at beach, 42.0

  341. Watched an ABC TV show called ‘The Whispers’ on Hulu.com. (free) Episode 4 – Meltdown

    😐 The disinformation was obvious. Disturbing in a way.

    The story line involves an NRC worker and an FBI agent. In short, in this episode, they are trying to stop a meltdown at a Nuclear Plant somewhere near DC.

    After stating such things like… “we would have to evacuate a 6 mile zone”, (I almost laughed), and a couple of other played down numbers they then needed to flood the reactor with salt water and the one agent said “Oh, you mean like Fukushima.”

    I was surprised they mentioned Fukushima at all, but then I thought about how, what they said and the way they said it, ‘implied’ that Fukushima didn’t meltdown because they saved it using this method.

    🙄

    Millions watch that show. They may now think they know something that’s been falsely planted in their brain without even realizing it.

    Wow!

    http://www.hulu.com/the-whispers

  342. External gamma environmental levels in East Los Angeles at 9 microrems per hour at 9:00am on 7/10/15.
    Instrument: Wm B. Johnson and Associates GSM-501
    Cal: 6/15

  343. The activists at Green Action Japan are urging folks to sign a Change.Org petition demanding that the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company stop gushing radioactive goo from the wrecked triple reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific. While this petition is likely to have no effect on the situation, it is still important that EnviroReporter.com readers sign it as we did.

    Sign Stop Radioactive Contamination of the Pacific Ocean from the Fukushima nuclear power plant site!

    Not convinced it’s important because mainstream and so-called alternative media don’t cover this travesty? Then check out our Fukushima – The Perfect Crime? for an introduction into our comprehensive Fukushima investigation.

    There are 694 signatures right now.

    [As of July 14 at 8:21 am PDST, there are 1,855 signatures!]

  344. Southern Hemisphere Background Radiation Report For June 2015.

    Station location

    http://sccc.org.au/monitoring/Australian-Map.jpg

    This short animation of Northern, and Southern Hemisphere air circulation, shows why we can get detections so far south.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qh011eAYjAA

    Roof down pipe filter design for rainwater testing, http://sccc.org.au/down-pipe-filter-design

    June 2015 Summary

    June 2015 saw a decrease in month average background levels compared to the last couple of years. June saw more Southern Ocean air reach this location, hence the lower background level. A number of significant solar radiation storms occurred in June. No significant increases in local background radiation levels were detected during these solar storm events.

    June 2015 monthly average background radiation level was 3% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    June day average chart:

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Caloundra-local-average-background-radiation-levels-June-2015.jpg

    June average for 2014 was 7% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    June average for 2013 was 7% above the pre-Fukushima average.
    June average for 2012 was 3% above the pre-Fukushima average.

    Caloundra and Cairns June day average background comparison chart

    Cairns is on the east coast of Australia, and it is much closer to the equator than Caloundra. It is much more likely to get Northern air flows during the cooler months than Caloundra, see location map.

    Comment by Cairns station operator:

    “The readings stayed fairly close to my longer term baseline of 0.125 uSv/hr. The solar events affecting earth around the 20th of June, did not have any noticeable influence on the readings.”

    In this chart, Cairns is red and Caloundra yellow.

    http://sccc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Cairns-Caloundra-comparison-for-June-2015.jpg

    On this page you will find all the month and year average charts, for local background radiation levels from November 2007 to 2015. The most recent data suggests the amount of airborne contamination reaching this location has decreased significantly.

    http://sccc.org.au/yearly-average-background-radiation-levels

    Disclaimer: This is an amateur volunteer run service. Human error can provide incorrect information, and equipment malfunction can produce false readings. Do not rely on, or take action upon information presented here, without further research.

  345. 2nd July 2015 – Radiation spikes after wildfire in Chernobyl exclusion zone

    Extracts:

    Ukrainian nuclear inspectors have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone caused by heavy wildfires raging in close proximity to the crippled nuclear power station.

    Air near the desolated settlement of Polesskoye in the Chernobyl zone is contaminated with the radioactive element cesium-137. Its content in the air has reached a level called “sequence above the norm” (approximately ten times the norm), the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRI) reported on Wednesday.

    http://rt.com/news/271081-chernobyl-wildfire-radiation-ukraine/

  346. 7/2/2015 @ 11:54am
    External gamma ambient level in East Los Angeles is constant between 8-9 Microrems per hour. This is normal ambient levels for this area.

    Instrumentation: Wm B. Johnson and Associates GSM-501

  347. 29.06.2015 – High Alert: Ukraine Asks OSCE to Check Radiation Levels Over Donetsk

    Extract:

    It was earlier reported that an explosion that occurred at a Donetsk chemical factory on June 16 could have led to damages at the radiation storage site as it triggered the detonation of underground ammunition depots.

    http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150629/1023987253.html#ixzz3ea7KqTPT

  348. RADIATION STATION HARRISBURG NC June 19,2015

    HIGHEST RADIATION READINGS SINCE FUKUSHIMA MELTDOWNS BEGAN MARCH 11, 2011

    Rain test off my car with INSPECTOR+. Been some time since last test. Thunder/lightning storm moving SW to NE approx. 20 min. A NEW record CPM count since 7/4/2011!

    1…12.34 X 1,000 = 12,340 CPM….6:08 pm
    2…881.3 CPM reverse side napkin….6:21 pm
    3…29.5 CPM inside background….6:32 pm

    [Above was 418.3 times background]

    Compare that to July 4, 2011 when 2 thunderstorm readings taken ……..
    1…12.27 X 1,000 = 12,270 CPM 1st shower
    2…37.75 CPM inside background

    [Above was 325.03 times background]

    3…10.47 X 1,000 = 10,470 CPM
    4…32.21 CPM inside background

    [Above was 325.05 times background]

    Go to my YouTube channel here and watch latest 5 views

    http://www.youtube.com/user/jgrayovski

  349. It’s been a while but I was able to take a sample from the rain we had yesterday:

    2015/06/09
    Simi Valley, CA – 10 MIN AVG cloudy sky
    8:30p INT 49.0 CPM
    8:40p INT 85.5 CPM – Paper towel rain sample

    2015/06/10
    Simi Valley, CA – 10 MIN AVG partly cloudy sky
    6:20a INT 44.5 CPM
    6:30a INT 52.5 CPM – Same paper towel rain sample from the previous night

  350. Significant radiation over background in Los Angeles rain, half of which is alpha:June 9, 2015
    9:35 pm SAME RAIN SAMPLE IN PLASTIC BAG: 43.8 CPM^^ or 5.1 CPM alpha radiation. Alpha makes up 52.6% of overage.
    Sample #4 – 9:20 pm RAIN: 48.9 CPM^^ or 24.7% HIGHER THAN BACKGROUND
    9:00 pm INT RSSMC: 39.2 CPM^^

    8:00 pm SAME RAIN SAMPLE IN PLASTIC BAG: 63.3 CPM^^ or 5.7 CPM alpha radiation. Alpha makes up 21.9% of overage.
    Sample #3 – 7:45 pm RAIN: 69.0 CPM^^ or 60.5% HIGHER THAN BACKGROUND
    7:30 pm INT RSSMC: 43.0 CPM^^

    4:55 pm SAME RAIN SAMPLE IN PLASTIC BAG: 54.1 CPM^^ or 14.1 CPM alpha radiation ALPHA ALONE 34.8% HIGHER THAN BACKGROUND. Alpha makes up 50.9% of overage and is not the product of radon daughters/progeny as proved in Beta Watch.
    Sample #2 – 4:30 pm RAIN: 68.2 CPM^^ or 68.4% HIGHER THAN BACKGROUND
    4:15 pm INT RSSMC BG: 40.5 CPM^^

    Sample #1 – 8:15 am INT RAIN: 45.8 CPM^^ or background
    8:00 am INT RSSMC BG: 43.6 CPM^^

  351. Recent Iodine I-131 Detections

    These recent I-131 and other isotopic detections suggest there are still nuclear fission events occurring in the underground molten coriums at Fukushima. If these detected isotopes are not from Fukushima, then there must have been another recent major nuclear accident that has not been made public!

    21st May 2015 – Iodine-131 detections in Finland and Norway preceded by detections in Japan.

    Extract:

    Iodine-131 levels in Gunma prefecture sludge skyrocketed on their May 1 report to the highest readings since the huge Fukushima emissions of July 2013. These analyses were actually done in April 21-23. This area is to the southwest of the Fukushima plant.

    On May 12, I-131 was found in Chiba prefecture drinking water (not sludge). So it looks like the latest fission event is still going on.

    http://optimalprediction.com/wp/iodine-131-detections-in-finland-and-norway-preceded-by-detections-in-japan/

    9th June 2015 – I don’t know what to tell you…

    Extract:

    The radiation data, however, is actually pretty solid. Zr-97 in Germany, I-131, Co-60, Nb-95, Ru-103, Cs-134 & Cs-137 in Finland, I-131 also in Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Widespread upticks and “glitch dots” across Europe. A system slow-down for the USA… It makes me wonder.

    https://allegedlyapparent.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/anyway/

    19th May 2015 – Radiation safety watchdog detects airborne radioactive particles, says no cause for alarm

    http://yle.fi/uutiset/radiation_safety_watchdog_detects_airborne_radioactive_particles_says_no_cause_for_alarm/8003739