Radioactive cesium in San Francisco Bay Area milk close to exceeding EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level

Published: August 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm ET


UCB Milk Sampling, UC Berkeley, August 25, 2011:

The MDA was reduced considerably since the last test on August 11. Milk with best buy date of August 22, 2011:

  • Cesium-134 .047 Becquerels per liter (1.27 picocuries per liter)
  • Cesium-137 .052 Bq/liter (1.41 pCi/l)

A total of 2.78 pCi/l of radioactive cesium was detected. “EPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level], so if you’re seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL is 3.0 picocuries per liter; if you’re seeing iodine-131, the MCL is 3.0; if you’re seeing cesium-137 and iodine-131, the MCL is still 3.0.” –

Published: August 29th, 2011 at 2:39 pm ET


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54 comments to Radioactive cesium in San Francisco Bay Area milk close to exceeding EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    We see it get worse each day.

    What do do? Live in the fullness of life each and every day. In each and every breath. By the time the mass mind wakes up to what is really happening, it will be too late. Staring us in the face is the “On the Beach” scenario.

    Barring some miracle, we may just watch this get worse and worse as more and more truth surfaces. The really sad part is how dumbed down the japanese people are. Same in america. Someone asked me if I thought I was smarter than most people. I reluctantly said I was. I can easily see the dangers of radiation and the evil of what ever it is that is destroying the environment and the human civilization. Hint: they call money god.

    Most don’t want to know the truth, nor care too. This apathy and pessimism is the death of america/No. Hemisphere as we knew it, and is well fed by the lame stream media liars and deceivers. Until these media hack yellow journalism hellions are taken out of the equation, it will never change.

    Find peace within and let not inner conflict rob you of your vital life-force energy. You will need it later to just find food and good water as you perish. Like a tree that falls in the remote forest, no one will even care or notice.

    And then there were none.

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    TEPCO: “poisoning innocent children throughout the world”

    • James Tekton James Tekton

      Yes brother,

      You are true, but do they even care?

      May we see a raise of hands of those who do?

      Let us pray…

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      My hand is up. Count me in! But I’m battling a bunch of ostriches who don’t.

      The management of the senior apartment where I live (160 residents) is putting in a rule to require us to take all our gear into our apts when it rains. The halls are large, and there is plenty of room.

      I’ve been laughed at, called foolish, an hysterical conspriacy theorist who is afraid of death, etc.!

  • theypoisonus

    I don’t see this getting any better, I fear. Again, those band aids are not doing anything, as we see daily.

    I found some milk here locally in Fl. coming out of Orlando.. for now I feel safe about that, it cost more, but it isn’t coming from up North and I am watching all dairy and point of origin.

    Most know here of my stash of tuna and Salmon already, and with the weather patterns, I have gone to hoarding dry goods and staples also, as prices will rise and rise. 🙁

    This is agonizing to read and watch daily. I want to scream at them all, Tempco and the Gov , in their faces what liars they are and how unjust their actions are !!

    Best we can do is fight our fights locally and try to inform.. they may scoff, but sooner of later, the lid will come off this can of worms.. I just wish it would hurry up and happen for humanity’s sake.

    • Mica

      I’m preparing much like you, theypoisonus. But I know it is only a temporary solution. Sooner or later, clean food supplies will dwindle & then what? It is bizarre to think of a life spent avoiding the rain, using a geiger counter to test meals, etc. I wonder how long before it reaches the Southern hemisphere. We question why the Japanese don’t leave their contaminated Country. I have to wonder if at some point, it wouldn’t make sense for us to leave the USA. Maybe time to refresh my Spanish…

  • TraderGreg

    The numbers are comforting a little bit. The trend is down. They continue to confuse everyone, by comparing the external exposure to the internal exposure – which is huuuuge misinformation. I hope it is more of incompetence than ill will on their part, because they compare apples to oranges.

    I wonder what will happen, when the rains return to the Bay area – usually late October/early November. Will the radioactivity spike? The emissions from Fuku are still very high…

    • NoNukes NoNukes

      Good point,Trader Greg. Yes, the radioactivity will spike with the rains, and how much will UCB Nuclear Engineering really report? Last I heard, the professors in that dept. promised on television to actively work to lower Fuku’s “7” rating, which puts everything they “report” in question, for me.

    • The jet stream will dip down from Canada and will be dumping all the sparkler’s on you more then ever !

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    I think it all depends on the jet stream for the US. I can’t believe they are going to burn that poison. Oh well, what can ya do except stay informed thanks to Enews.

  • im pretty sure that its above the epa level.

    But who trusts the epa any ways…

    Also did they raise the level again…

    They seem to do that with out consenting well, Science.

  • huberus

    Hey folks,

    I did a sticker for those who want to spread enenews a little bit in the real world…

  • larry-andrew-nils

    we all have to make indoor growing facilities.

    we have to do it regardless of what the others are doing.

    we need these facilities to be secure… we are fast heading into a real-life zombie-apocalypse scenario.

    our facilities must be underground and secure.

    we’ve all got to build basements in our backyards if we have backyards.

    others can build a facility on unused crown land with a claim-of-right. (honestly) and that claim rests on your heart, and can be fully incorporated into law.

    we change the world now, for ourselves, or we follow the sheep into the wrong side of the aforementioned Apocalypse.

    i’ll have my backyard basement done next year before snowfall… i hope it’s not to late.

    just passing on the feeling.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


      The water table is too high to have basements in Florida. We will have to make do with the garage.

  • Wreedman

    Fukushima has a NUCLEAR MELTDOWN x3. Read again, a NUCLEAR MELTDOWN x3 people. A nuclear meltdown CANNOT be stopped. It takes years and years just to cool little.. The core of Chernobyl is still hot and melting downward! They have to build a sarcophagus as with Chernobyl to prevent contamination of Japan and all countries over the world. A sarcophagus costs alot of money and will last only up to 10 years.. A tent as planned is cheaper but only makes the wreck look well dressed..

    • Wreedman

      ..well dressed to prevent us from seeing the remains of the nuclear plants been ‘eaten’ away by the radiation?

  • shockwave shockwave

    It must have exceeded safr limit 2 months before.

    I clearly remember UCB post Jun 20th data on Jun 14th

  • Ken31ONCA

    Hello everyone, hope everyone is doing good considering… I totally understand how frustrating it is when half the population either doesnt know or care whats going on. I have been following fukushima since it started and i havent actually done enough from the info ive got from reading up on the steady flow of bad news. I havent got a geiger counter yet, or havent picked up any iodine pills for whenever being stuck working outside. I work construction so im stuck outside atleast 40 + hours a week. But had a bit of a slow summer being off for 8-9 weeks or so from mid march to about the beginning of july so i may not of been out there for the worst of it. Its really hard to say! I feel really bad for the kids and ofcourse the parents of the kids, or anyone stuck living in japan or in the area. Definately helps though reading others opinions, comments etc its definately something thats better to talk about then to keep in. Glad there wasnt too much dammage from hurricain irene or whatever they named that bitch. Peace and best wishes from Canada.

  • Ken31ONCA

    BTW just got solar panels installed on the rooftop of the work shed, they say they will pay themselves off within 10 years then it will basically be free hydro for life, everyone should look into it, if they had them or windmills more places maybe they would get the hint that we dont need nuclear.

  • Ken31ONCA

    one of our construction projects comming up for the local university is a nuclear testing facility. I know for one thing the walls will be concrete and 4 feet wide so you need atleast 4 feet of solid wall to keep certain radiation away. One of my fav shows a few years ago was surviving disaster they have a episode about a nuclear attack. I know alot of the types of radiation from a nuke plant can be much worse then a bomb but there is alot of neat info on there, anyone who hasnt already seen it should check it out.

    • M---

      There’s a particle accelerator down the street, and I got a tour there a couple years ago. Their accelerator is encased in 30 feet of concrete (gigantic bricks, laid like bricks on top of each other, they can be removed by crane in order to perform maintenance on the accelerator). The particle tube (I can’t remember the terminology for it) is hidden under 8 feet of concrete.

  • ?Where are the EPA Tests?
    Shouldn’t they have reported by now also?

    Where did the cows come from?
    What area were the pastures located?
    Is it from the cows water or feed or both?
    Where does their ‘sludge’ go?
    Is this being sold to kids or added to chocolate bars?

    Now… what about the ‘beef’?
    Who’s really in charge?

    I have lots of questions, but very few answers for some reason.

    • socal stukncali

      You can look at EPA. It’s actually quite funny how they claim to have information on tests done on water, air, milk etc. But when you try and find it on their website(which it isn’t just a link on the front page), they only test for one or two elements if they test any.

    • socal stukncali

      I meant EPA website. I’m trying to find the link right now.

      • Thank you for confirming what I was seeing stukncali. It says they do it, but I find basically nothing.

        Your right, the setup is NOT user friendly in the least. hmmmm…???

        • socal stukncali

          That’s right. This whole thing is so obviously downplayed by all governments. Almost everyone these days lets the t.v do all their thinking for them. It’s horrible our society is so brainwashed into following orders and accepting anything the government tells us. Like I always say, no one cares until it affects them. My parents and all my friends could give two shits about what is happening and it’s obvious when I try to talk to them about it. I have no hope for our society the only people I have hope for is everyone that talks sense which is most people on this site. We are the only ones who can do anything about this and we must because if we don’t then we’re all going to have our family trees cut short.

          • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

            Dear Stuk: I agree with you, except on one point (not a criticism at all), “no one cares until it effects them.” Well, actually it’s much worse than that. People are effected, whether or not they know they are seems to matter not, and they still are doing nothing revolutionary. People, as a mass, are behaving in very cowardly, as well as intellectually and politically lazy ways in terms of the general public response to the crimes of the government and the richest in nuclear power failure matters. This cowardly behavior is historically typical in the U.S. (read James Loewen, “Lies My Teacher Told Me); but I do not know enough about Japanese culture to say if their own lack of mass appropriate response against their own and OUR involved scumbags is a result of cowardice or some other phenom.

          • socal stukncali

            @Pallas: I agree. No one here knows or wants to know that they are being affected. I have put solid facts in front of so many people and they still don’t care. Some do know they are being affected but since it’s not showing up in their health they don’t care. It’s just sad that we’re stuck in this position. No one wants anything to interrupt their little daily lives so they’ll purposely ignore facts. Everyone’s too brainwashed into believing everything they hear on T.V. I’m 19 years old and absolutely nobody that I know is taking this serious and now I’m being labeled as a hypochondriac. This whole situation is so fucked and nobody knows.

          • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


            “Almost everyone these days lets the t.v do all their thinking for them.”

            And therein lies the problem. I have gradually become convinced that people are being manipulated subliminally by what they watch on TV. Also, quite possibly by what they watch on their computers. Maybe I’m just becoming paranoid (and just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean it isn’t true!) but it seems to me that when I turn off my PC (I don’t watch TV anymore–who could watch anything that sick) I feel the pull of it calling me back.

            Does anyone else out there feel this?

          • @NoPrevarication I agree. I have not owned a TV for 8 years now. I try to avoid even glancing at one.

            It’s the fast frame rates or something(?) seems to give me a headache. One may think they can brain ‘filter’ stuff out. But, that may not always be the case.

            Subliminal messages sure sold a lot of popcorn during the first Jaws movie. Maybe, they have perfected it by now, so you don’t even really have to ‘think’ before doing such major actions as voting or a simple action like eating.

            …and there’s no need to ‘think’ about radiation because the T.V. said it’s all okay or it didn’t say anything at all. Therefore not to worry. (while in your head you can still hear the theme song to Gilligan’s Island) “If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost…”

            “Kill Your T.V.” – car bumper sticker I saw in Oregon

            Like anything, T.V. or any media can be good or evil. Again, be aware is what I’m saying.

  • CB CB

    Is this thr new maximum containment level or the old level after the epa changed it in march

  • StillJill StillJill

    Well, don’t get used to the new number,…’cause it too will change–UP.

  • Half-Life x 10 = Actual Hazardous Time Frame

    Milk :
    Cesium-134 .047 Becquerels per liter (1.27 picocuries per liter)
    Cesium-137 .052 Bq/liter (1.41 pCi/l)

    134’s half-life is 2 yrs so the “Hazardous To Life” span would be 20 yrs.

    137’s half-life is 30 yrs so the “Hazardous To Life” span would be 300 yrs.

    half-life x 10 = hazardous to LIFE time frame

    New slogans: “MILK. I’m over it!” or “MILK. It does something(?) to your body!”

    I want my milk cesium free thank you, not below some ‘minimum’ allowed by some ‘expert’, that’s for sure.

  • maaa

    You know what? The US government doesn’t care about you guys 1 bit. Look what I’ve found.
    “FDA is processing all food products from Japan in four categories:

    Category 1 consists of products that the Government of Japan has restricted for sale or export. Authorities will prevent these products from entering the U.S. These products cannot gain entry by providing sample results. …
    Category 2 consists of products from the Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures that the Government of Japan has not currently banned for sale or export. These specific products include dairy products and fresh produce. Under Import Alert 99-33, authorities may detain these products when they arrive in the U.S. Authorities will release these products from detention if the importer can show the products are compliant.

    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      Once again, thank you Hillary Clinton!

    • Mica

      Love this:

      “According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, all the available information continues to indicate that the U.S. Territories and the U.S. West Coast are not expected to experience any harmful levels of radioactivity.”

      FDA and the NRC working together.

  • EPA’s radnet site is so poorly done (yet looks at first glance that it must be well done) that it *had* to be on purpose — designers told to figure out how to hide things — one look at USFS fire sites or USGS earthquake sites will convince of this.

  • bigisland bigisland

    Having a hard time with the articles print in bold “Please note that though all I-131 activities have increased due to this revision, the levels are still very low — one would have to consume at least 1,900 liters of milk to receive the same radiation dose as a cross-country airplane trip.”
    Fo’ Real? I thought “internal radiation” (ingestion of milk) different from “external radiation” (airplane trip). Also that Iodine has 8 day life yet growing children would develop thyroid cancer. Whereas Cesium 137 has 30 year life and circulates everywhere in the body and stays long eough to cause cancer of the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and more. Thanks ChasNa for your math. How can one figga the internal radiation of iodine to 1,900 liters of milk to a cross country airplane trip? I don’t understand the math and reasoning of such. The BIG-UP is “HELLO, we’re talking Cesium as well” and there’s a misconception of internal radiation being just lik dat of external radiation.

    • Bobby1

      The whole idea of comparing radiation that you eat or breathe to external radiation from airplane trips is absurd.

      The University of California operates Los Alamos and is responsible for the plutonium dumping in the area which recently burned. It is the #1 institution in the world for developing and pushing nuclear weapons. Getting risk exposure info from them is like the hen asking the fox about the safety of the henhouse.

  • StillJill StillJill

    I’ve come to the conclusion if one doesn’t go all FUKU, in written word, or speech,…they are just NOT outraged about what is happening to the children at least! It is written, “When you did it to any of THE LEAST OF MINE,…you DID IT UNTO ME”!