California nuke plant detected 4,000% more iodine-131 than UC Berkeley during Fukushima peak

Published: November 7th, 2011 at 7:42 am ET


June 2011 – Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Monitoring for Japan Nuclear Accident, via Enformable:

Highest detection of iodine-131 was March 20, 2011 @ 5.07e-12 microcuries/cubic centimeter –Source

5.07e-12 microcuries/cubic centimeter = 0.00507 picocuries/liter (Conversion Tool)

0.00507 picocuries/liter divided by 27 picocuries per Becquerel = 0.000188 Bq/liter of iodine-131

UCB Air Sampling Results | The Nuclear Engineering Department At UC Berkeley:

Highest detection of iodine-131 was March 23, 2011 @ 4.3e-06 Bq/liter (0.0000043 Bq/liter of iodine-131) –Source

The Diablo Canyon iodine-131 peak was 0.000188 Bq/liter of iodine-131, or 43.7 times higher than the 0.0000043 Bq/liter peak observed by UC Berkeley.

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Published: November 7th, 2011 at 7:42 am ET


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19 comments to California nuke plant detected 4,000% more iodine-131 than UC Berkeley during Fukushima peak

  • odiez1 odiez1

    I just love the ‘after the fact’ numbers.. So we know it was more than anyone even thought.
    I mean at least Berkeley said something about it… Those of us more informed than others know the track record for the nuc industry, so it’s not that surprising that the numbers were lower than reality.
    The moment I saw I131, and Cs137/135 numbers in the milk I stopped drinking it all together.. People don’t get it..
    I read an article that people are actually protesting the ban of raw milk sale by the FDA. WHO CARES HOW ITS SOLD, DON’T DRINK IT AT ALL!!!

  • arclight arclight

    het red red why not invite the Engineering Department At UC Berkeley? i bet they could do with a party right now… sorry BRAUN team its looking like more brawn and less brains…bet theve got some unbrainy bimbo brawn birds for you to satiate your carnel desires on heh?? heh? hehehe!! ?? hehe!!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Came through a Tweet we should all keep handy:
      I know I will. HP pro-nukes were all over the thread last night.

      • lam335 lam335

        Thanks. This is good. I did notice #4 is a little out of date: “No country in the world has yet made a definite decision on a permanent high level waste repository”

        Finland is building one, as documented in Into Eternity.

        What’s really astonishing in that movie is that, after showing that massive depository they are building, someone says that it is only of a SEVERAL that Finland–tiny Finland–will need to construct to accommodate all of their spent fuel.

        Imagine how many more we would need. And imagine how much carbon much be necessary to remove such MASSIVE amounts of earth and to dig so deep.

  • Ya it came to no surprise to me that government industrial institutions have more adequate testing equipment than the University of berkley.

    However, when these dangerous levels were detected.

    It was a surprise that you waited until November to release your results. As the contamination is likely to affect human health (according to your research).

    Q.What did you do today?

    How do; you sleep at night?

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    FDA = Federal Disillusionment Administration

    The Iodine levels may have risen, but the FDA is so tied into the market of the food and drugs they have no stake in protecting the people. Not only because the nuke industry pays them, also because they are incompetent. It takes them around a year after contamination for the FDA to even issue a recall and by the time it happens the food is already on the shelves. Just look at the ground turkey problems and the infected melons. The FDA is so screwed up I doubt relying on them for any reasonable information on Iodine contamination would be a good idea. If they say something about it that would be nice, but I’m not betting the house on them doing anything.

  • Ron

    My family and I happen to live near DC. We’ve always loved this place but unfortunately have to live with the ever present worry about the plant. Like probably every other NP plant this one has a checkered, scandal ridden past and that doesn’t engender a lot of trust. Things like building the reactors “backwards” (how does THAT happen?). Things like near a near meltdown many years ago that was only revealed when a local newspaperman discovered it (so what else is new). Things like running for almost a year with the safety equipment unknowingly nonfunctional. But I guess like most other people if you can’t sense it you assume (hope and pray) that all’s well.

    Probably a month ago we took a walk at a popular lake, a favorite pastime. We’ve done this for years. This walk though was different. We started seeing dead frogs on the trail (with wasps eating them). At first we did not pay too much attention but then decided to count them. 22 dead frogs is what we counted on one stretch. We’ve never seen that before and assume something’s wrong. And that’s just on the trail. Who knows how many were in the tall brush on either side of us. Frogs are an “indicator species” for the health of the environment.

    Called the local university but never heard back.

    Yes I know, why are we still here? It’s a lot harder to up and leave then it is to tell someone else to. But if we could it would be somewhere south of the equator. Of course since there are more than 450 of these plants in the world we’re ALL sitting ducks. Think of it, somehow the people of this beautiful earth got snookered by liars into accepting 450+ time bombs strategically placed all over the world just waiting for something like, oh I don’t know, a massive solar flare or a major economic or societal crash, to knock out power worldwide and exterminate everything.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      I also found it disheartening that both the Telegraph and the daily mail articles failed to mention the consequences of solar flares as they relate to nuclear power plants. Probably just an accident, though. NOT.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      Thank you for the ibtimes article Ron. I thought it was the clearest explanation of why we need to decommission nuclear power plants that I have seen so far. We have not a moment to lose. I sent to to my relatives.

  • Ron

    Disheartening to see a Herman Cain ad on enenews.

  • yogda yogda

    +1 Ron!

    Ex-Fed chairman for president… End The Fed.