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8 of 18 East Coast radiation monitors undergoing “quality review” for “abnormal readings”

I don’t think the US has anything to fear from fallout from Japan. We have had more to fear from the nuclear testing done by our government in our own backyards than what we might see from Fukushima, and I don’t think that believing this is falling for any government cover-up conspiracy.

However, I have a pretty good bullshit detector. When 8 of 18 devices are taken offline because of abnormalities, it does make me wonder what is going on. I do have a healthy distrust of the information given to the public by officials. On occasions too numerous to mention they have withheld information or given partial details on matters of import.

Eight of 18 air monitors in California, Oregon and Washington state that track radiation from Japan’s nuclear reactors are “undergoing quality review,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

A sufficient number of devices are working and can measure any changes in radiation levels from the damaged Fukushima Dai- Ichi reactors, said Ronald Fraass, director of the EPA’s National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory in Montgomery, Alabama.

“What we are seeing is not a problem,” Fraass said today in a telephone interview.

The U.S. hasn’t detected levels higher than what a person receives from exposure in the normal environment and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has said it doesn’t expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the U.S. from Japan.

Monitors are listed as undergoing review if they report an abnormal reading, Fraass said. Scientists then evaluate the reason, Fraass said.

An abnormality might mean that the monitor isn’t working correctly, or the device measured a spike in radiation levels attributable to an environmental change, Fraass said. For example, higher temperatures can cause higher levels of naturally occurring radon gas, he said.  Source

You make up your own mind, but something seems fishy in this. Especially when you see efforts like this, where “acceptable levels of radiation” standards are being changed immediately following a nuclear disaster.

The EPA is preparing to dramatically increase permissible radioactive releases in drinking water, food and soil after “radiological incidents,” according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.What is termed a guidance that EPA is considering - as opposed to a regulation - does not require public airing before it’s decided upon.


Fishy, but not enough information to make a conclusion yet. Time will tell. Perhaps I am wrong.


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It is wholly wrong to compare the situation to Chernobyl, which emitted a radioactive cloud 30,000 feet into the air for a long period of time. In the reasonable worst case scenario at Fukushima, a plume would only be emitted to a maximum height of 500m so any radioactive cloud would land very close to the reactor. A 20km exclusion zone and a further 10km zone where residents are advised to stay indoors would be entirely appropriate for minimising health effects from direct radiation exposure

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