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Fukushima Radiation and Fallout Projections


25 - 31 March 2012


Japan

 


The Fukushima Lie, ZDFzoom p3 (Eng. Subtitles) (8:21), cited in German TV: Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control — Interview with nuclear engineer (VIDEO), enenews.com, 26 March 2012.


Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US from Fairewinds Energy Education on Vimeo.

 

 

 

 


From Hospitalized Hidaka city mayor was at incineration test of debris 2 days before, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on March 30th, 2012

 


From Hidaka city mayor passed away, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on March 31st, 2012

 

 

From Picture of the confederate from government, Posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on March 31st, 2012

 

 

North America

 

 

 

Japan

2012-03-25 (for this day Japan time) Radiation dose triples at Tokyo monitoring post early Sunday — Doubles at another, enenews.com, 24 March 2012
h/t Fukushima Diary, Geiger Counter Readings
Security Tokyo, March 25, 2012
Radiation dose tripled at Adachi-ku in Tokyo (See chart here)
* 3/25/12 at 00:00 @ 0.09 microSv/h
* 3/25/12 at 00:30 @ 0.28 microSv/h
Radiation dose doubled at Shinagawa-ku in Tokyo around the same time (See chart here)
2012-03-25 Watch: Japan’s top nuclear official freezes when questioned publicly — Remains motionless for over a minute (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-25 Another quake hits Fukushima — Same location and depth as M5.2 hours earlier, by ENENews.com

2012-03-25 Powerful M5.2 quake hits off Fukushima — 4 of 7 on Japan intensity scale (MAP), by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 German TV: Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control — Interview with nuclear engineer (VIDEO), enenews.com.
Title: Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US
Source: Fairewinds Associates, Date: March 25, 2012
Transcript Excerpts with Emphasis Added:

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Chief Nuclear Engineer: [...] Couple of weeks ago though, I was in Tokyo and when I was in Tokyo, I took some samples. Now, I did not look for the highest radiation spot. I just went around with five plastic bags and when I found an area, I just scooped up some dirt and put it in a bag. One of those samples was from a crack in the sidewalk. Another one of those samples was from a children’s playground that had been previously decontaminated. Another sample had come from some moss on the side of the road. Another sample came from the roof of an office building that I was at. And the last sample was right across the street from the main judicial center in downtown Tokyo. I brought those samples back, declared them through Customs, and sent them to the lab. And the lab determined that ALL of them would be qualified as radioactive waste here in the United States and would have to be shipped to Texas to be disposed of.
Now think about the ramifications for the nation’s capital, whether it is Tokyo or the United States. How would you like it if you went to pick your flowers and were kneeling in radioactive waste? That is what is happening in Tokyo now.
[...]
Tokyo soil in some places, the ones I just happened to find, would qualify as radioactive waste here in the United States...

...Note that samples are tested wet. Drying out the samples would most likely result in higher radioactivity readings on a per kilogram basis.

Cobalt-60 @ 40 pCi/g = 40,000 pCi/kg = 1481.48 Bq/kg"
2012-03-26 Gundersen’s Latest: Think about ramifications for Tokyo… How would you like kneeling in radioactive waste to pick flowers? Cobalt-60 in majority of samples, up to 1,481 Bq/kg (VIDEO & CHART), enenews.com.

2012-03-26 Atlantic: Japan in Uproar Over Censorship of Emperor’s Anti-Nuclear Speech — “Seemed to suggest that the nuclear crisis is not over” — Left out of all major evening news programs (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 SICK: Fear of radiation a “psychiatric disorder” in Japan — The Cure? Have them work at decontaminating radiation, says doctor -Mainichi, by ENENews.com

2012-03-26 NHK: Water level “far lower than previously thought” at Reactor No. 2 — Just two feet deep — Anticipated it was 5 times higher — Decommissioning reactor could be “much more difficult” (PHOTO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 Former Fukushima Governor who took on Tepco: My friends committed suicide — One still in coma (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 Hydrogen levels quintuple at Reactor No. 2 in last two weeks, by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 New Tepco Survey: Most contaminated location is near Fukushima Daini, not Daiichi (MAP), by ENENews.com

2012-03-26 TV Interview: Do you believe Tepco is ready to run nuclear plants? — Tepco after 20 seconds of total silence: “That is a difficult question” (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 Mainichi: "Nuclear Industry Group Paid 7.9 Million Yen to 4 Scholars on Fukui Panel", majiasblog.blogspot.com
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120326p2a00m0na005000c.html
[excerpted] FUKUI -- "An Osaka-based nuclear power industry group with strong ties to Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) paid four members of a 12-member Fukui prefectural nuclear safety advisory panel a total of 7.9 million yen in contributions between fiscal 2006 and 2010, the Mainichi has learned...
The Kan Gen Kon [Osaka-based Kansai nuclear power council] says it is giving research grants to scholars who have made contributions to the promotion of nuclear power and the use of radiation and are conducting promising research. It added it is operating independently of KEPCO.... "
How science is bought through research grants...
2012-03-26 Asahi: "Noda to put full weight behind campaign for Oi nuclear restart", majiasblog.blogspot.com, http://www.asahi.com/english/
A death wish...
2012-03-26 German TV: Armageddon if Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 collapses and melts down — Could change the world — Most likely consequence is that reactors 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 get out of control — Interview with nuclear engineer (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-26 Japan down to one nuclear reactor: Japan was left on Monday with only one working nuclear reactor after Tokyo Electric Power Co. shuttered its final generator for scheduled safety checks, telegraph.co.uk

2012-03-26 Gundersen’s Latest: Think about ramifications for Tokyo… How would you like kneeling in radioactive waste to pick flowers? Cobalt-60 in majority of samples, up to 1,481 Bq/kg (VIDEO & CHART), by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 AFP Headline: ‘Fukushima reactor in crisis again’ — Renewed concerns about plant’s stability, by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 NHK: Whitish floating matter in Reactor No. 2 said to be rust, not melted fuel — No endoscopy for Reactors No. 1 or 3, radiation too high (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 Radiation spikes in Tokyo at Shinjuku detector — Up to triple normal levels, by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 AP: “Hardly any cooling water inside one of the reactors” — Water level only 6% of estimate — Radiation at 10 times fatal dose, by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 73 sieverts per hour detected at Reactor No. 2 — Measured 4 meters from bottom, by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 Intense M5.1 hits northeast Japan just after M6.4 — At nearly identical depth and location, by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 Kyodo News Advisory: M6.4 quake jolts northeast Japan — Intensity 5- of 7 (MAP), by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 *AP Headline* ‘Gundersen: Tokyo soil would be nuclear waste in US’, by ENENews.com

2012-03-27 Radiation spiked near Fukushima — Highest in months for Iwate, double normal levels, by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 Minamisoma Official: “The children are the sacrifices” — “The businesses forced the mayor to keep the children here” 25km from Fukushima Daiichi (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-27 Mother: School had children clean up highly contaminated area and relocate dirt — Without telling parents (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 Nuclear Consultant: Damage to base of Reactor No. 2 is ‘so severe’, by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 Washington Post: Japan has lots of plutonium on hand, little way to use it, majiasblog.blogspot.com
By Chico Harlan, Published: March 27 The Washington Post SEOUL
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/japan-has-lots-of-plutonium-on-hand-little-way-to-use-it/2012/03/27/gIQA7jjyeS_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines
[excerpt] — The plutonium Japan has stockpiled for decades was supposed to be a smart energy source for the resource-poor nation.
But last year’s earthquake-triggered nuclear accident, along with growing global anxiety about extremists gaining access to radioactive material, is turning a potential asset into a liability....
President Obama noted Monday that the “smallest amount of plutonium — about the size of an apple — could kill hundreds of thousands and spark a global crisis.
....Japan has more plutonium on its hands than any other non-weapons state, according to a 2011 report from the panel. Three-quarters of Japan’s plutonium is stored in other countries, but Japan holds nearly 10 tons, enough for more than 1,000 weapons, in various storage facilities and nuclear reactors across the country.”
Majia here: See my posts on plutonium
Data Analyses of Plutonium Transport from Fukushima
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/uranium-plutonium-and-neptunium.html
Plutonium from Fukushima Found in Lithuania
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/ex-skf-plutonium-from-fukushima-found.html
Plutonium: Not Our Friend
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/plutonium-not-our-friend.html
Article on Plutonium Transport
http://majiasblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/interesting-article-about-plutonium.html
2012-03-28 Fukushima monthly fallout higher now than 8 months ago in June, by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 TV: Radiation levels 10 times higher than experts hoped at Reactor No. 2 — No. 1 and 3 even worse (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 Asahi: High radiation means delays in decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi — 30-year roadmap will likely now have to be revised, by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 Japan Radiation Professor: “Fukushima City needs to be evacuated”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 NHK: Suppression chamber “may have been destroyed” at Reactor No. 2 (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 Kyodo hints Tepco’s long-term plan to decommission Fukushima may be in jeopardy, by ENENews.com
2012-03-28 *Yomiuri* Experts: Melted fuel may not be covered in water — Far shallower than assumed — Tepco still claiming Fukushima Daiichi in state of ‘cold shutdown’, by ENENews.com
2012-03-29 Possible smoke at Fukushima Daiichi? (VIDEOS), enenews.com
2012-03-29 *Developing* New University Study: Fukushima release estimates should be increased, especially for cesium-137, by ENENews.com
2012-03-29 NYTimes: Core damage at No. 2 worse than thought? Reactor water could be flowing directly into ocean or under plant — Risk of fuel melting again, says nuclear engineering professor, by ENENews.com

2012-03-29 Doctor: More and more often children complain of circulatory disturbances, tiredness, dizziness after Fukushima (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-29 New Analysis: Large amount of radioactive materials had discharged through breach in primary containment at Reactor No. 2, by ENENews.com
2012-03-29 Asahi: Cesium started spiking in Chernobyl wildlife during recent years — “Researchers don’t really understand”, by ENENews.com

2012-03-29 Possible smoke at Fukushima Daiichi? (VIDEOS), by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 Mainichi: Highest radiation level yet — 37 times gov’t limit detected in river trout caught 40km from meltdowns, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 UPI: Fukushima at risk of a new meltdown — Level of cooling water 29 feet lower than estimated, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 Magnitude 5.0 hits Fukushima — Multiple other quakes of similar strength in northeast Japan, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 NYT on Reactor No. 4: “Risk of another colossal radiation leak” if cooling problems arise, experts say — “Tepco has been racing to fortify crumpled outer shell”, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 Up to 1 billion Bq/kg of iodine-131 was estimated in seaweed near Fukushima reactors -Study, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 Worsening Health Conditions in Japan, majiasblog.blogspot.com
http://yumikikuchi.blogspot.com/2012/03/worsening-health-condition-of-fukushima.html
Hat tip: Leuren Moret (thanks!)
Enenews has a similar story:
http://enenews.com/doctor-meltdowns-children-complain-circulatory-disturbances-tiredness-dizziness-video
2012-03-30 Japanese Government's Evacuation Standard is 20 Millisieverts a Year, majiasblog.blogspot.com
from background radiation alone.
Source article:
Gov't to revise evacuation zones in 3 Fukushima municipalities
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120331p2g00m0dm023000c.html
What are the implications of this ridiculously high levels for adults?
"For every 10 mSv of low-dose ionizing radiation, there was a 3% increase in the risk of age- and sex-adjusted cancer over a mean follow-up period of five years (hazard ratio 1.003 per milliSievert, 95% confidence interval 1.002–1.004)."
Source: Cancer risk related to low-dose ionizing radiation from cardiac imaging in patients after acute myocardial infarction. By M J. Eisenberg, Jonathan A., P. R. Lawler, M. Abrahamowicz , Hugues R., L. Pilote http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3050947/?tool=pubmed
Majia here: Japan Today is running essentially the same story:
Gov't eases limits in nuclear no-go zone for 1st time. By Mari Yamaguch
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-eases-limits-in-nuclear-no-go-zone-for-1st-time
[excerpted] "A 20-kilometer zone around the plant has been off-limits to about 100,000 residents for more than a year because of radiation contamination. But the plant was declared stable in December, with leaks substantially subsiding, and that let officials focus on how to clean up the contamination and allow some people to return.
On Friday, the government said it was rearranging the evacuation zone based on three categories of contamination, rather than by distance... The change affects three of the 11 municipalities inside the former evacuation zone..."
2012-03-30 High Levels of Cesium Found in Tanks at 18 Yokohama Schools, majiasblog.blogspot.com
High levels of cesium found in tanks at 18 Yokohama schools
National Mar. 31, 2012 - 03:19AM JST
[excerpted] ..."According to the board, 44 schools in the city use rainwater for flushing toilets. The rainwater is first stored in underground tanks.
Between last November and December, the city checked the sludge in the underground tanks and found radioactive cesium measuring more than 8,000 becquerels per kilogram at 18 schools...
A junior high school in Tsurumi Ward measured 16,800 becquerels, which was the highest level of cesium found in the schools...."
Majia Here: I sure hope the water was used only for flushing toilets...
2012-03-30 Hospitalized Hidaka city mayor was at incineration test of debris 2 days before, posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on March 30th, 2012
Hospitalized Hidaka city mayor was at incineration test of debris 2 days before
Following up this article..Another city mayor in cardiac or respiratory arrest
Mr. Oyama, the city mayor of Hidaka shi attended at the incineration test of Taiheiyo cement corporation 2 days before he was hospitalized.
It was a demonstration to show how safe it is to incinerate disaster debris. Taiheiyo cement is to recycle the disaster debris.
At this demonstration, Mr. Oyama and other 38 staff was shown the radiation level outside of the container with disaster debris as woodchip. Tokyo newspaper reports, they confirmed the radiation level outside of the container was lower than a safety limit, they said oh and Mr. Oyama nodded big.
Source
2012-03-31 Hidaka city mayor passed away, Posted by Mochizuki on March 31st, 2012
Following up this information..Hospitalized Hidaka city mayor was at incineration test of debris 2 days before
Hidaka city mayor, Osawa Yoshio passes away from cardiac infarct.
It was 0:46 3/31/2012 at Saitama Medical University International Medical Center.
Source
2012-03-31 Nuclear Expert on Major US Radio Show: ‘When I do the numbers, it says Fukushima is as bad or worse than Chernobyl’ (AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 Iodine-131 levels rise 350km from Fukushima at sewage plant — Radionuclides “starting to transform into other substances, such as tellurium has transformed into iodine” -Local Official (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 Local Official: “It is not really reported that strontium is so dangerous that it used to be used for chemical weapons of the Nazis” (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 Local Official: Japan gov’t did not reveal plutonium-241 detection — Radiation dose was 50 times higher than total of other three plutonium isotopes that were mentioned (VIDEO), by ENENews.com

2012-03-31 Local official suggested there’s more footage of Reactor No. 3 explosion, after bringing up MOX — ‘Videos of explosion are not allowed to be seen’ (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 NYT: “Cores at three of plant’s reactors melted down, breaching their containment vessels” — Tepco maintains fuel stopped short of breaching containment vessels, by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 [for this date] Fall-out spiked up in Fukushima again, posted by Mochizuki on April 2nd, 2012
According to the fall-out research of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the fall-out level spiked up from 3/30 to 3/31/2012.
(Cesium 134 + 137 , MBq/km2)
3/30/2012 : 21.31
3/31/2012 : 223.2 (? 1047 %)
2021-03-31 Wild birds decreased by 90%, Posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on March 31st, 2012
Wild birds are decreasing in Japan. They report the decrease of small wild bird is recognizable especially in western Japan.
In Kochi prefecture, migratory bird decreased to be 10% of usual.
Wild bird society of Japan is receiving the reports that winter birds are extremely decreasing in Fukuoka, and even in Osaka since December. Usually, when they have plenty of food in mountains, birds don’t come down to city areas, but this year, birds are hardly watched in both of the areas.
Especially white-eye and thrush can hardly be observed in western Japan. Wild bird society of Japan states, they haven’t had such an experience.
2012-03-31 Voice of the streets
, Posted by Mochizuki on March 31st, 2012
Because I’m not in Japan anymore, I can’t interview people on the streets, but I can introduce some tweets of Japanese people.
Japanese people are shy. They don’t like to show up on Youtube or express themselves in English. Contrarily, foreign people want to know what they are thinking, why they don’t evacuate.
so I’m trying to keep the voices up here.
About the settlement reports, I couldn’t keep the record because I was moving from South Europe to Central Europe. I thought writing articles should come before making the settlement reports. Anyway, I really appreciate your support as always. I had a lot from a lot of the people.
Everyday I receive messages from my friends in Tokyo or in Okinawa. I can sense they become sick day after day. People are having nosebleed even in Okinawa. People are more nervous and tired in Tokyo. I hope to share the feeling with readers. This is what is actually going on.
[Japanese script]
— Chromame (@chromame1) March 23, 2012
<Translate>
Among 10 mothers of friends in kindergarten, who don’t care about radiation, 2 of the children died of cardiac arrest in January, 2 of other children have abnormal cardiac rhythm. One of them is hospitalized every month. It’s in Chiba.
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@chromame1 [Japanese script]
— [Japanese script] (@thocoandbiscuit) March 24, 2012
<Translate>
I heard that (?) story from the mother directly too. Around me, a man in 30s and another man in 40s had sudden death, I was scared too. I searched by myself too, am worried about children remaining in North Japan and Kanto. will try to talk to close friends.
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— [Japanese script] (@kikutijun) March 31, 2012
<Translate>
My parents came from Fukushima city to Sendai. They say they become awkward if they talk about radiation at neighborhood association. Decontamination is not progressing. All the tree were cut from the park and the surface soil is buried in the center. The place is off limits. Decontamination on the roof is causing unnecessary conflicts with neighbors because of the water jumping to the neighbor’s house. The neighbor is aging. They don’t even have energy to be angry.
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@onodekita [Japanese script]
— [script] (@ahaha38i) March 25, 2012
<Translate>
Yesterday, a 1 year old infant died in Koriyama. The parens went to see him because he didn’t wake up from nap. had an autopsy at Fukushima medical university, but the reason of death was just “sudden death”.
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2012-03-31 Picture of the confederate from government, Posted by Mochizuki, fukushima-diary.com, on March 31st, 2012
Following up this article..Intense protest against sharing radioactive debris policy in Kyoto
Confederates were caught by camera in the protests. They are holding the board to say “Let’s support disaster area by sharing the debris.”
Source
onodekita @onodekita
[Japanese script] Source
<Translate>
You can see the boards to say “Let’s share the debris” or “Kizuna (=sense of unity)”, but they are hired confederates. They were all wearing uniform of green or white over the suits. All the boards were in the same size, covered with laminate. Prints were all in black and red.
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North America

 

2012-03-25 Hidden Tritium, majiasblog.blogspot.com [Editor's Note: The major point here as it regards the Fukushima radiation is the fact that Federal agencies have demonstrated a longstanding pattern of criminal negligence and evasion in regard to adequately informing the public about the toxic effects of bomb test, DU, and nuclear power plant-related radiation, therefore it is completely in character for them to continue to remain silent as Americans and other people in the Northern Hemisphere are getting slowly cooked from continuing waves of Fukushima fallout and rising levels of radionuclides that are bioaccumulating in food and water and in generalized "background radiation". Please note that longstanding low level radiation can be every bit as dangerous as high level short bursts, also known as the "Petkau effect," which is addressed in other entries in this series and also on my Individual and Group Protection web page].
Majia here
After corresponding with Ret Cap Clyde Stagner for over a year about radiation, we had the opportunity to meet last month. He and his wife are extremely scientifically minded and very well-educated.
Their knowledge and expertise were simply extensive. I could have asked questions for hours because I was learning so much (my husband and sons concur).
Deep into retirement, Clyde has published yet another book. I sure hope I can publish such quality work in my retirement.
Here is the PREFACE and the outline (but not details) of the book.
Hidden Tritium by Clyde Stagner
PREFACE
Phoenix, AZ has a blanket of tritium hidden from view which reaches a multitude of residents.
Insidious, and manipulated by nature and unknowingly by humans, tritium, each half of which remains potentially abusive for 12.3 years. Tritium is a threat to human health wherever water is present.
During the years 1985 through 2010, the EPA periodically measured tritium in the rainfall descending on Phoenix and collected by the Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency, ARRA.
The monitored tritium concentrations were considered outside the realm of adverse human health effects.
Appendix A, of this publication, contains all known EPA tritium precipitation monitoring results for the years indicted. The EPA data, Appendix A, has been used to ascertain the presence and effects of tritium on the residents of Phoenix of which pregnant women, babies, and children are the most vulnerable
Since December 2011, there has been no known monitoring or reporting of tritium in the precipitation of Phoenix and its adjoined cities.
CHAPTER 1 HAZARD
Outlines known facts about tritium as an isotope and its impacts on human health.
The chapter also addresses known research about leukemia and congenital aberrations causing stillbirths and infant deaths occurring in populations living near nuclear plants.
Tritium is a likely culprit for these problems because, as a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, it is very difficult to contain and nuclear plants release it (nearly continuously).
It is also a beta particle.
Its effects have been underestimated, and now researchers are beginning to recognize the dangers it poses for human health.
CHAPTER 2 RADIOACTIVE ISOTOPES and CHAPTER 3 RADIATION DOSES
Outlines collected EPA data about specific types of radiation levels in Phoenix (including Uranium, Cesium, and Plutonium) and argues that radiation in Phoenix is being influenced by the local nuclear plant, Palo Verde.
CHAPTER 4 TRITIUM HERITAGE
Outlines EPA’s history of tritium monitoring and the exemption of Phoenix data. [MAJIA HERE: NOT PRETTY!)
CHAPTER 5 TRITIUM INSIDE
Outlines how tritium pervades local water and air and explains how it gets incorporated in the atmosphere of the home and the body.
CHAPTER 6 TRITIUM IN PRECIPITATION
Outlines spread of tritium into environment through precipitation, including uptake by plants.
CONCLUSION
Concludes that established laboratory research on the adverse health effects of tritium on cells warrants that the EPA establish extensive monitoring of tritium level exposures in AZ .
The same would be advised of other areas of the US that are located reactors.
Majia here: Clyde Stagner's book demonstrates that the EPA, for some reason, is failing to protect the public health despite the known pervasiveness and health risks of tritium.
Why is the EPA failing to take protective action now that we know so much about the health effects of various chemicals and radionuclides?
In its partial defense, please note that every time the EPA takes protective action, it gets sued by some industry coalition or some particularly powerful corporation
North America
2012-03-26 Fairewinds President: Organic farm in Portland stopped producing food after radiation tests — “Very frightening what happened on West Coast” (VIDEO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-29 Study: Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California ‘with greatest exposure in central and southern California’, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 40,000,000 Bq of iodine-131 in a single bed of kelp off Southern California — Amount most likely larger, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 Forbes: Nuclear power is no longer a viable source of new energy in US, says Excelon CEO who retired just days earlier, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 US News and World Report: Nuclear Power Is On Its Deathbed, Says Expert — Public is riveted on the issue of nuclear safety — Scrutiny is so intense, by ENENews.com
2012-03-30 Southern California had 2,500 Bq/kg of iodine-131 in seaweed — Over 500% higher than other tests in U.S., Canada, by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 Radio: Allegations of pet deaths after radiation exposure are supported by top university’s re-analysis of Three Mile Island data (AUDIO), by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 Scientists: California fish harmed by Fukushima radiation? Thyroids are sensitive to iodine-131 — Radioactive marterial probably accumulated in opaleye, halfmoon and senorita, by ENENews.com
2012-03-31 EPA Facing Reversals of Environmental Regulation Efforts, FDA Couldn't Care Less..., majiasblog.blogspot.com
Judge Overrules EPA Denial of Mountaintop Removal Coal PermitBy Matt Bewig, AllGov
30 March 12
http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/312-16/10715-judge-overrules-epa-denial-of-mountaintop-removal-coal-permit
[Excerpted] "Despite a recent study showing that mountaintop removal coal mining - in which coal companies literally remove the tops of mountains, dump the tons of debris into nearby streams and then strip mine the underlying coal - causes children born nearby to suffer higher rates of birth defects, a federal district judge last week held that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could not revoke a permit for one such large project..."
Additionally,
"EPA backpedals on Fracking" Wall Street Journal March 31 2012 p. A3 by D. Gilbert & R. Gold
[Excerpt] "The EPA has dropped its claim that an energy company contaminated drinking water in Texas, the third time in recent months that the agency has backtracked on high-profile local allegations linking natural gas drilling and water pollution..."
Majia here: These articles are extremely disconcerting. The EPA would not have attempted to regulate mountain top mining and fracking if it did not have very good science backing its stated concerns.
These reversals indicate that the political pressure being brought to bear on the EPA far surpasses the agency's commitments to protect public health.
The Obama administration surely is responsible for allowing this to occur.
The final bit of news concerns the FDA, which has failed to protect the public health for decades.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the following: "U.S. Says Too Little Data to Ban Plastics Additive" March 31, 2012 p. A3
[Excerpt] "The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it lacks the scientific information to ban the chemical Bisphenol A from being used in food containers. The chemical, known as BPA, has been linked to possible health problems of the brain, breast and prostate..."
Majia here: This is ridiculous. There are countless scientific studies now that document the effects of BPA on the endocrine system. If you search BPA on my blog you will see how many times I've reported on BPA research. There is very conclusive research on this chemical.
The FDA is completely morally bankrupt.
Thankfully a number of companies have already phased BPA out of their products, including H. J. Heinz. Campbell Soup reports that it is currently phasing out the use of BPA and expects its soup to be BPA free by July 2013.
Sadly, these news articles illustrate how BROKEN our REGULATORY SYSTEM is...
Political appointees, Revolving doors, and Lobbying Pressures have corrupted the government agencies tasked with protecting human health.

 

 

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