Congress: Radiation might be detected in U.S. waters — “Could remain a valid concern for years” — Potential for corridor of “highly contaminated” water traveling away from Japan

Published: April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 am ET


Effects of Radiation from Fukushima Dai-ichi on the U.S. Marine Environment
Congressional Research Service
Eugene H. Buck, Specialist in Natural Resources Policy
Harold F. Upton, Analyst in Natural Resources Policy
April 2, 2012

[…] there remains the slight potential for a relatively narrow corridor of highly contaminated water leading away from Japan and a very patchy distribution of contaminated fish―extensive monitoring will determine the exact dispersion of these radioactive contaminants. […]

How Likely Is It That Radiation Will Reach U.S. Marine Waters, Through Either Ocean Currents or Atmospheric Transport?

Since radiation has been detected reaching various U.S. locations by atmospheric transport, rainfall is likely to already have introduced radioactive elements from the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident into U.S. marine waters. Transport by ocean currents is much slower, and additional radiation from this source might eventually also be detected in North Pacific waters under U.S. jurisdiction, even months after its release. Regardless of slow ocean transport, the long half-life of radioactive cesium isotopes means that radioactive contaminants could remain a valid concern for years. […]

h/t Gregg Levine

Published: April 8th, 2012 at 12:00 am ET


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19 comments to Congress: Radiation might be detected in U.S. waters — “Could remain a valid concern for years” — Potential for corridor of “highly contaminated” water traveling away from Japan

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Yep ..oceans wrecked for decades and decades. And decades.

  • "could remain" + "highly contaminated" … this "patchy" report is on the "slight" + "narrow". yep.
    seals, walruses, polar bears = north pacific now and forever and 6-ways-2-sunday.
    they laws a-mercy … kingdom come, even.
    i can't look. X[

  • kintaman kintaman

    <code>Congress: Radiation might be detected in U.S. waters — “Could remain a valid concern for years” — Potential for corridor of “highly contaminated” water traveling away from Japan</code>

    Duh….ya think?

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      "I want you to get mad!!"
      Yes! Nothing has changed since 1976, eh?

      • Jebus Jebus

        Nope Nothing! watch it all…

        Curt Smith says it in the lines of the song…

        When people run in circles It's a very, very mad world.

      • bluerthanblu bluerthanblu

        "I'm MAD AS HELL and I'm not going to TAKE IT anymore!" "It" = air sprayed metals, agri-chemicals, nano-particles, and now unprecedented amounts of ionized radiation. We've got to start talking about the elephant in the room with everyone and/or anyone who will listen. As an experiment, try bringing up the topic of radiation associated with certain products in public, whether in a check line or the fruit & vegetable section of your supermarket. Send articles to friends and media. You might get a dirty look or angry comment but it's better than keeping silent.

        Today I heard about the unusual big salmon harvest this season on a TV newscast. It was a quick report to whet people's appetite to GO BUY and EAT salmon. In case anyone was worried about radioactive fish, the report ended by saying that previous concern about radioactive Iodine from Fukushima is nothing to worry about now due to the short half-life of rad Iodine, as though all the radiation is gone in fish! This is how fear of radiation is played, rather than reporting actual rad isotope measurements. That rad isotopes in water/food decay continuously into a myriad other rad particles, for many years, is not mentioned. Most people think the Fuku nuclear disaster is over (NOT!).

        Start here if nothing else- 🙂

  • Jebus Jebus

    Get'em while their hot!

    Pacific fishermen prepare for major salmon season

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The Pacific is going to see massive species extinction resulting in increased evaporation of water due to a lack of plankton and micro organisms. The lungs of the earth just got cancer. Once the micro organisms bite the bullet the entire planet faces increases in temperature, population die outs due to a lack of ocean food or disregard for contamination, with a side order of additional radiation explosions at the power plant for eternity. By eternity I mean time spanning the age of the dinosaurs +1. That's more than Christ could count on his fingers so you all can count on ScI-Ence~! for answers. Thank you Enenews for your wealth of nuclear know how. Without you I would be a sheep without a pasture to graze from and only rad water to drink.

    • And that increased evaporation will come down as increased rains around the world contaminating and accumulating around the globe affecting all living things !

      Changing our world forever !

      • CB CB

        My belief it has already changed, not changing xdrfox, ever increasing in violent weather. Later I want to talk about where we are now, and where we are going. And a no shit how to survive with family and friends. And I believe you might have some answers, I'm going to pick your brain.

  • Congress getting a clue ???
    I'm speechless !!!

    : |

  • slight potential…(I would say maximum potential!)
    relatively narrow corridor…(The ocean is huge, please define narrow.)
    of HIGHLY contaminated water…(I understand this one.)
    patchy distribution… (Patchy for the moment maybe.)
    extensive monitoring… (How long will this take? Do we have time?)
    dispersion of radioactive contaminants… (They do not disperse, they spread and accumulate.)

    (decay rate)x 10 = Hazardous to Life Time Span

    cesium-137 decay rate/half-life = 30 years
    cesium-137 HAZARDOUS to Life = 300 YEARS!!!