The spokesperson for the Washington Environmental Sciences Section says that the levels of radiation in California and along the Eastern Pacific Coast are nothing more than what we would be exposed to by ‘getting a simple X-ray’. On the contrary, many experts believe that we are being kept in the dark over the radiation levels inside the United States. One such expert has reported that the levels are, in fact, ‘twice as much’ as we have been originally told.
We can first look at the lack of real monitoring, as well as the professionals who are raising the real concerns over this issue. Dan Sythe, the CEO of International Medcom, believes that the lack of federal monitoring of radiation levels reaching California from Japan are suspect. Sythe reports that the radiation now reaching California is at the front edge of the plume and the concentration is expected to increase for the next two to three years.
“It is worrisome,” he said, “that what’s happening now in Japan will reach North America in about three years.”
Nuclear Expert Arnie Gunderson says that:
“In addition to the radioactive plume off the Canadian coast], there’s also another plume heading a little bit further south, down near Oregon coast into California… We are not at the peak, it’s still coming, and it will continue to come as long as Fukushima continues to bleed into the Pacific, we’re seeing the beginning of this… The problem is that the fish that live in that water bioaccumulate that material l. . . there will still be a huge residual amount of radiation in the soil and in the groundwater so that the site will continue to bleed into the Pacific a century or more.”
Gunderson has testified in court about other potential nuclear hazards, and his resume is lengthy in the field.
There have been reports of ‘low-flying-homeland-security helicopters’ testing background radiation in Baltimore ‘in preparation for a nuclear attack,’ but why are no planes testing the waters off the Pacific Coast? Some argue that these flights are part of the Feds gearing up for a larger potential nuclear fallout from Fukushima than they have intimated.
At the beginning of the year, a program called Kelp Watch 2014 promised that 19 academic and government institutions would take part in measuring California’s sea kelp beds. Results from the first sampling can be found here. The report states that ‘Cesium-137 was detected in all West Coast samples at very low levels,’ but what of the three-year build up that nuclear experts speak of?
There are also still tons of radioactive materials flowing into the ocean due to the recent breakdown of a barrier at the TEPCO plant. What projections or current samples taken can account for the new toxic waste still contaminating our oceans?
The Fukushima incident still has not been cleaned or contained, and yet the US has over 100 operating nuclear reactors in 31 states, many of which are aged and in need of service. What’s more, South Korea just announced that they will build four more nuclear reactors. Meanwhile, Germany, China, and Italy are growing their use of solar power. You can’t have a solar spill or a ‘reactor blow out’ from utilizing the sun’s rays. Isn’t it time we changed out power paradigm?