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Saturday, 1 February 2014


Saturday, 1 February 2014

With thousands of reports of fish die off’s, dead birds and high geiger counter radiations, California’s have every reasonable right to suspect something horrific has come to visit their coastline.

Leading Scientist On Fukushima Radiation Hitting West Coast of North America: “No One Is Measuring So Therefore We Should Be Alarmed”

Posted on January 26, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

Federal, State and Local Governments Refuse to Test for Radiation on the West Coast of North America

Numerous models show that – while the ocean spews radiation – pockets and streams of concentrated radiation may still hit the West Coast of North America in amounts 200% bigger than currently.

West Coast residents are very concerned. Indeed, many local and state government officials have said that residents are inundating them with questions about Fukushima radiation.

And yet the government isn’t measuring seawater or fish on the West Coast for radiation.” We have more important matters to concentrate than on radiation” says one congressman” Radiation kills on 10-20 years, I think we can wait a bit before we address it”

Ken Buessler is the head scientist at Woods Hole in Massachusetts, one of the world’s top ocean science institutions. Much of Buessler’s career has focused on measuring radioactive particles in the ocean, and he’s been studying groundwater and ocean samples in and around Fukushima since the accident in March of 2011.

  Buessler has consistently tried to downplay the risks from Fukushima, and yet even he admits that we won’t know unless we test. Buessler noted this week:
The predictions use to be rather low and were not of direct concern, but no one makes measurements of these isotopes along the [West] coast and the increase is significant” ” I would avoid fish consumption”
No one is measuring so therefore we should be alarmed, is the way come of my associates think. I really try to take the approach that we shouldn’t trivialize the risks of radiation and I remain very alarmed”

  Buessler said last week:

What we don’t really know is how fast and how much is being transported across the Pacific. Yes, older models tell us it will be safe, yet the levels we expect off the US West Coast and Canada we expect to be very high, and we need measurements — especially now, as the plume begins to arrive along the West Coast and will actually increase in concentration over the next 1 to 2 years. Despite public concern about the levels, no public agency in the US is monitoring the activities in the Pacific.
Without careful, extensive, consistent monitoring, we’ll have no way of knowing how much radiation from Fukushima is reaching our shores, and how it could affect life in the ocean.
Buesseler says no US government agency currently tests radiation levels in the Pacific Ocean.“I don’t expect the radiation levels to be too high but we can’t dismiss the concerns that the public has.” ‘Sure the fish radioactivity is off the charts, but unless you eat fish more than once a months, relax”
  “The effects of Fukushima will be increasing as the front edge of a large water plume coming from the nuclear plant will reach California soon and increase over the years,” said Buesseler.
Buesseler recently took his concerns to Washington where he met with US government officials at the various agencies responsible for monitoring radiation levels in air, food, and water.

He said he visited officials at the Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

  “They all said that it’s not their responsibility to test the Pacific Ocean for radiation. This issue is falling between the cracks of government responsibility. It’s a health and safety issue here,” Buesseler said.

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