Canadian Official: Iodine-131 in rainwater was above recommended level for drinking water during March — “It should not exceed the guideline” — Gov’t failed to disclose findings

Published: January 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm ET
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Radioactive iodine in rainwater: Public was in the dark, Montreal Gazette by Alex Roslin, January 14, 2012:

After the Fukushima nuclear accident, Canadian health officials assured a nervous public that virtually no radioactive fallout had drifted to Canada.

But last March, a Health Canada monitoring station in Calgary detected an average of 8.18 becquerels per litre of radioactive iodine (an isotope released by the nuclear accident) in rainwater, the data shows.

The level easily exceeded the Canadian guideline of six becquerels of iodine per litre for drinking water, acknowledged Eric Pellerin, chief of Health Canada’s radiation-surveillance division.

“It’s above the recommended level (for drinking water),” he said in an interview. “At any time you sample it, it should not exceed the guideline.”

Canadian authorities didn’t disclose the high radiation reading at the time.

Where’s the data?

  • The data still isn’t posted on Health Canada’s web page devoted to the impacts of Fukushima.
  • Pellerin said he doesn’t know why Health Canada didn’t make the data public. “I can’t answer that. The communication aspect could be improved.”

How’s the Data?

  • Some of Health Canada’s numbers are much lower than those reported by other radiation researchers. Simon Fraser University nuclear chemist Krzysztof Starosta found iodine levels in rainwater in Burnaby, B.C., spiked to 13 becquerels per litre in March – many times higher than the levels Health Canada detected in nearby Vancouver [March in Vancouver averaged only 0.69 becquerels per litre of I-131 in rainwater for the gov’t, just 1/20th Starosta’s levels].
  • Rain was tested only at the end of each month, [the 8-day half-life of I-131 may help explain the significantly lower numbers, as much of it had decayed] after a network of monitoring stations sent samples to Ottawa. This meant the radiation spikes last March were only discovered in early April, after rainwater samples were sent to Ottawa for testing – too late to alert the public, including those who collect rain for drinking and gardening.

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Published: January 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm ET
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36 comments to Canadian Official: Iodine-131 in rainwater was above recommended level for drinking water during March — “It should not exceed the guideline” — Gov’t failed to disclose findings

  • vital1 vital1

    This is consistent normal behavior of Governments worldwide. To them, money and power are more important than your family’s and children’s well being.

    We have to get the true message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is. We must do this quickly, and efficiently. Getting frustrated reading this stuff without taking psychical action to change it is a waste of life. I am suggesting we create our own world press organization. Each one of us can distribute lots of important life saving information to those around us.

    It has to be diverse and decentralized concerted organized mass effort. Everyone distributing the information in their own local area, or Internet social networks. If you have recorded local data showing raised radiation levels try your local media, and see if they will write an article.

    For this process to work well, we need different flyers created by lots of you. The central message being, how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is. No leaders, just personal action.

    Hand them out, mailbox them, or email them. Put them everywhere, libraries, notice boards, web pages, forums, Facebook, and tweet! Put them on web pages, and in lots of sites where the flyer can be downloaded. Think outside the box.

    I have created the flyer below which you can use for now. If more of you create your own, that would be great. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute it. I have reached lots of people with this flyer who had no idea how bad this disaster is. The vast majority will appreciated it.

    http://members.ozemail.com.au/~vital1/lifesaver.pdf

  • goathead goathead

    Time to go viral Vital 1!!!!!!!

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    Recommended level of radioactivity?

    Recommended? I thought that was a word used for things like certain vitamins or eating fruit and vegetables.

    “The communication aspect could be improved”, he says. Indeed he could start by speaking plainly himself and call it “dangerous level” instead of recommended level.

    I wonder if Eric Pellerin takes his daily doses as recommended.

  • Japan exported $76 million of food products to Canada in 2010, including $13 million of fish and crustaceans. No figures were available for 2011.

    The Gazette analyzed the Japanese fisheries data for 22 seafood species that Japan has exported to Canada in recent years.

    Some cesium was found in 16 of these 22 species in November, the last full month for which data was available.

    Cesium was especially prevalent in certain of the species:

    – 73 per cent of mackerel tested

    – 91 per cent of the halibut

    – 92 per cent of the sardines

    – 93 per cent of the tuna and eel

    – 94 per cent of the cod and anchovies

    – 100 per cent of the carp, sea-weed, shark and monkfish

    Some of the fish were caught in Japanese coastal waters. Other catches were made hundreds of kilometres away in the open ocean.

    There, the fish can also be caught by fishers from dozens of other nations that ply the waters of the Pacific.

    Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/After+Fukushima+fish+tales/5995345/story.html#ixzz1jTmea2LZ

    • pacific

      Hi Xdrfox, This article is really striking. I edited it to send to friends, and am going to send it to Admin.

      IMPORTANT: “In November, the AVERAGE Japanese catch [of fish, as tested by Japan’s Fisheries Agency] had 111 becquerels of cesium per kilogram – ABOVE the new radiation ceiling of 100 becquerels per kilo that Japan has announced it will implement for food this spring.”

      This includes fish caught from hundreds of kilometers out to sea, as well as in coastal waters.

      Also, Japan’s Fisheries Agency reports 60 to 80% of all catches are testing positive for cesium, though the article does not state specific levels. However, as noted above, at least HALF the catches are over the ‘safe’ limit.

      Amazing. And as you pointed out, other countries must be catching similarly contaminated fish.

      Thanks again xdr for posting this.
      Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/After+Fukushima+fish+tales/5995345/story.html#ixzz1jTmea2LZ

    • pacific

      ok, i tried creating a post with it! seems like really important info. hopefully mistakes i surely made aren’t too annoying.

  • Its every man woman and child for his/herself today, as it has always been. The biggest news for most people is the economy. Followed by Football(soccer) in Europe, Football in USA and Hockey in Canada. Cancer deaths will go up and no government not my Canadian government, your American government or any other really cares. If they sounded the least bit worried about Fukushima it could disturb their precious economy. We are all under the thumb of Plutocracies. The rich control everything and if you believe your vote counts for anything you are misinformed and naive. Politicians create the agenda and it revolves around the man made economy not clean air and water, the foundation of life itself.
    Cancer rates will increase but the legal and medical structure is such that no one gets blamed. Look at Steve Jobs. Died relatively young and everyone wrote about how sad it was but nobody asked why someone rich enough to really take care of themselves got stricken by this disease. They and us know cancer is caused by man made poisons including radiation but nothing is done. Best you can do is lead a healthy life. Kudos to those willing to take the time to try to change things and fight the idiots in power.

  • This link takes you to a page where you can send letters to Elected Officials in the US, re NUKES

    They do listen a little bit, when too many people complain they start to get worried they are going to lose their job.

    Speak your Mind!

    nukepimp.blogspot.com/2012/01/petition-government-easy-way-to-write.html

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Canadian coalition of concerned citizens files class action Law Suit against Canada agenda 21 queens govt.

    A future news headline?

    Ah…maybe soon…visualize justice for the ones that control the lies and are responsible for all of this. All for money?

    The head of the snake is the one who created israel to be sacrificed in the next world war. Rothschilds. And who created isreal to create with help the stuxnet virus? What may have actually been done with far darker insidious reasons with say, a greater agenda of population reduction as the real reason for all the releases of radiation?

    Can you say slow kill and weakening of the herd?

    The world herd of humans?

    • Bobby1

      How about our children and grandchildren becoming a grotesquely deformed slave class to serve the elites, who live underground in luxury? A ready source for organs & stem cells.

  • ShutItAllDown

    $10 says Japan, USA and Canada are all hoping Phobos-Grunt will re-enter on their territory in about 12 hours time, so they can blame the radiation on the Russians.

  • StillJill StillJill

    What I think is,…when TPTB don’t like the present ‘climate’, (politically),…they do a number of things we all know. When that doesn’t work,..like OWC going away,..etc,…they GO TO WAR. The BIG diversion. (Don’t look at what you’re seeing,….I’ll start a fire,…that will divert their attention,…

    • charlie3

      Jill, I fear that they will start a new war to distract the angry impoverished irradiated unemployed people from blaming them for the mess we are in.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Did you guys hear? Obama said NO WAY WILL HE PULL THE OFF SWITCH ON THE INTERNET. It’s on the front page at HP. Know what’s Top and Center: NO TEBOW MIRACLE. (no wonder our country is a lost herd of sheeple eh?)

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    Off topic apology, but, nice to know.
    Japanese people demonstrating against nuke power.
    link:
    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/01/14-2

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    Last I knew, March is another 45 day into the future. Unless this article is referring to March 2011. If this is so then, few are actually aware of the true situation at hand.

    […] officials assured nervous public.. “virtually” no radioactive fallout […]

    Is this really “reportable” news?

    Trying to fine the noteworthy value of this posted article. Guess I need to scratch real deep for that. Or do I?

    If I’m lucky, more of my significant post will me removed by the political correct ene management.

    Wake up people, time is short.

  • corollnary

    “Sorry, this story is not available.” Whoops, someone must have deleted it by mistake.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Yahoo News:
    Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists
    http://news.yahoo.com/homeland-security-given-green-light-monitor-american-journalists-072933420.html
    Sooooo Obama will NOT shut down the Internet but has given HS the Green Light to Bust Journalists? Watch out Enenews.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Classic,….watch my right hand,…”no-internet shut-down”, while my LEFT hand ‘places the cuffs’!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    WOWZER! From Yesterday but still goood news!!
    U.S. Enrichment Corp., which produces fuel for nuclear power plants, is having its own sort of meltdown.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/crunch-time-at-troubled-nuclear-fuel-plant/2011/12/20/gIQAIpUJwP_story.html
    Disillusioned investors have wiped out 95 percent of the company’s market value since 2007. Standard & Poor’s has saddled it with a dismal CCC-plus credit rating. And USEC’s chief executive John Welch says that “clearly we’re coming to crunch time here.”

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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I expect to be Jumped On by Pro-Nukers saying:
      “What? you want to be left in the Dark?”
      To which I’ll answer:
      “YES. I’d rather be in the dark, than rely on Nukes”
      I’d rather go without…­even without Internet, than depend on YOUR INDUSTRY.
      NO MORE NUKES!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OT
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/14/churchgoing-no-effect-americans_n_1205564.html
    What did they expect? Going to church makes them better? Sitting in church is probably the LEAST important aspect fo being spiritual or religious. It’s who you are and what you do ALL the time. Anyone can put in time at church.