Congressman to FDA: Unknown how radioactive fallout in US affected marine environment — Wants ‘a listing of all instances of species found to have elevated levels’

Published: June 2nd, 2012 at 12:27 am ET


Letter to Food and Drug Administration
Congressman Edward Markey, (D-MA)
June 1, 2012


In the weeks after these events, monitors [in the United States] detected trace amounts of radioactive iodine, cesium and tellerium consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. The levels detected were below levels of concern, but how precipitation of radioactive elements from the atmosphere may have affected radiation levels in the marine environment was unknown.


Democrat worried about tainted seafood from Japan’s nuclear meltdown
The Hill
Elise Viebeck
June 1, 2012


A House Democrat is asking federal regulators what they plan to do about Pacific seafood tainted with radiation from last year’s meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.


[Rep. Edward Markey] the leading Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee and a senior member on Energy and Commerce, posed a series of questions to the FDA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration on regulators’ response to the Fukushima crisis and its impact on the U.S. food supply.

He asked specifically for “a listing of all instances of species found to have elevated levels of radioactive isotopes” since Fukushima and any plans to study the event’s long-term impact on Pacific seafood.


Published: June 2nd, 2012 at 12:27 am ET


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49 comments to Congressman to FDA: Unknown how radioactive fallout in US affected marine environment — Wants ‘a listing of all instances of species found to have elevated levels’

  • teamplayer

    Senator Markey has been one of only a few in Congress to have addressed nuclear issues, including calling for a moratorium on re-licensing of nuclear plants.
    I'm sure it's a lonely battle for him.
    I thank him for his efforts.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Yes teamplayer..Markey has been working on this for 30+ years. I'm sure they have tried, but he has not been bought. He deserves our praise for his ongoing, tireless effort.

      I've been following his career since I was a press secretary for a Congressional candidate in 1984 (CA CD 40). She, Carol Ann Bradford, didn't win. But her run in conservative Republican Orange County Ca was courageous and was sponsored by Barbara Boxer who was then a Representative in the House.


        agreed. Though I have a difficult time finding politicians worthy of praise, Markey is one of the few that I'd consider being human. I'm not informed as to his entire voting record and other positions (foreign policy, etal), so I can't say if he's beyond reproach. Yet, going back to the days of the BP-GOM disaster, he was the only politician who fought to keep the public informed. He seems to care for his constituency and our environment…

  • labmonkeywithagun labmonkeywithagun

    Maybe we will FINALLY fnd out about those f***ing seals!

  • This article basically implies…

    Dear Epa and Fda…

    Are you doing your F*&$ing jobs lol….

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Good to see he set a date for the resonse, so his letter won't disappear in some drawer.
    There are obvious flaws in his letter, but hey it's a start.
    Interesting to see that so far only D representatives seem to care at all.

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      BnB…Beaucoup plusses.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      He said "found to have". I wish he had said "that have".

      β€œa listing of all instances of species found to have elevated levels of radioactive isotopes” – No look, no find… short list or no list… morphs into an appeal for funding for someone to start looking. Tick, tick, tick.

      Still… it's better than nothing. (What year is this?)

  • Markey knows the score. he was instrumental in getting cams in the GoM. Perhaps he can help with the rad show in Fukushima.,116.0.html

  • harengus_acidophilus

    Sounds for me typical stupid.
    Mister Senator wants to have a "white list".
    Sorry about this, but there is only a growing "black list", the "white list" remains empty.


    • CB CB

      Suspicious, suspicious,
      #1 again, get up off your desk and follow your folks. #2 please. #3. the immediate Fukushima disaster is far from over. We haven't even made it off the first page yet. The FDA stopped their role early on. Nice sugar coating. #4 Its on the East Coast also. #5 to come. any takers?

    • CB CB

      Suspicious, suspicious,
      #1 again, get up off your desk and follow your folks.
      #2 please.
      #3. the immediate Fukushima disaster is far from over. We haven't even made it off the first page yet. The FDA stopped their role early on. Nice sugar coating.
      #4 Its on the East Coast also.
      #5 to come. I have to dig a little. Any takers?

  • hbjon hbjon

    Tepco and Samurai warrior are sitting at a table having tea and biscuits. A fly is buzzing around the warriors head. The Samurai wields his mighty sword with lightning speed and sits down to continue with lunch. The fly circles overhead and Tepco remarks, "You missed it, it still flies". The Samurai says, fly yes, but Fukushima no more. Aren't we all gonna end up like that fly?

  • arclight arclight


    i ask the question "what would happen if there was a real nuclear emergency in the UK?"

    the answer is that no one would know.. no independant air monitoring exists and over 4 months of investigating, with many releases from multiple reactors culminating in a release that reached 0.77 mcSv/h from the middle from the middle of france with an average of 0.25 mcSv/h in london for a large part of the day..

    only days before i got a 0.88 mcSv/h spike in hammmersmith from the big sizewell release. there was also a chemical fire in london that got played down!

    here is some thoughts on the data i collected before the chinon reactor incident in the lower pyrennes..

    no effect hardly on the EURDEP radiation mapping system during this whole affair except for the odd monitor.. i believe the spikes at milford haven in wales was probably greater..

    its the same around the world!
    cover up, lack of concern for human and animal health and an emphasis on profit in the profit versus human impact analysis equation the governments use!!

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      Could all be coming from here;

      La Hague; France's Nuclear Waste Nightmare; via A Green Road Blog

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Did you guys see this from this morning? Declassified Report Reveals Ocean Dilution Of Fukushima Radiation Another Media Lie via @kr3at

      • arclight arclight

        thanks for the link agr

        still waiting for that one to have an emmission i can measure above all the other emmissions lol! the winds are going the wrong way on this occasion and wales and the west country are about to be hit by this…

        "update at 14.30 hrs gmt
        1 hour after i left the jouse the rads jumped up at 12.00 hrs gmt and sustained for 2 and a half hours then a light drop
        range 0.10 to 0.29 mcSv/h a single peak of 0.58 mcSv/h with lots of 0.29 mcSv/h peaks and rises (a signature of a beta isotope maybe?)
        theο»Ώ average after 12.00 hrs gmt was 0.22 mcSv/h
        the average after the drop at 0.2.30 hrs gmt is 0.18 mcSv/h
        will post an update later!
        winds from the west
        watch out wales and west country!"

        πŸ™ happy golden jubille everybody! πŸ™ from EDF

        • arclight arclight

          should read from EDF and the disappearing sizewell news website!! ??

        • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

          So where do you think it is coming from?

          • arclight arclight

            definately sizewell and in the air! see the rad forum!

            i think sizewell is having difficulties as the emmissions have been going for so long and are so strong!

            0.75 mcSv/h peak described on the rad forum.. will post video evidence later..

            not sure if it is the nuke station or the processing works but i think they tried to hide it under the rain… didnt work…

            manipulative, nearly..

            if it could be connected to the rain then it would be radon wash out! thats how they hide the peaks of illegal emmissions i bet..

            not much rain in england for them to hide it.. and when it rains its always in short bursts

            lastly the rain brought down the suspended nuke particles enough to cover my bike in a thick layer of dust…

            merde! merci EDF!

            EDF are having thier PB (Lead) jubilee at the same time as the queens gold!! they are polluting our queen! πŸ™

            oops! nearly forgot me republican roots there πŸ˜‰

            but seriously, i am worried about the queen! i do hope someone tests the water..

            a good plan b, might be to use the aircraft carrier to deliver her maj to the venue.. it would look impressive and offer better shielding from the beta and gamma rays .. imho

            plan c involves a suit of armour once used by queen elizabeth 1, anther nation builder/smasher

            both b and c would be most impressive and i would recommend these both.. imo

            well i have given the royal house the heads up!
            job done.. time for tea (and skimmed milk πŸ™ , no fat allowed 3 months!)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I thank Rep.Markey for all he has done…
    He was been rather singular in his efforts to get fair dealings with the energy giants.
    Remarkable really.
    Because the corruption in Washington is so great.
    They employ official facilitators.
    Watch this positioning…dangerous.

  • "I write to request information…" Rep Markley

    It should say…
    I write to DEMAND!

    It should also say…
    Why was the FDA not reporting this a year ago? Why is the FDA not doing everything already stated and obvious in a 'timely' manner? Why are not all isotopes being tested for? You know like Strontium and many others.

    The FDA needs to stop prevaricating (pussyfooting around) and do the testing… on everything… NOW! …with full results posted immediately. Anything less will be considered an overt criminal act.

    The FACT that this letter was even written says a lot about our 'public servants' and the agencies they supposedly run.

    I will bet that the response from the FDA, on June 22, 2012, if he gets a response at all, goes something 'like' this.
    "Public safety is of our utmost concern. Any amounts of detectable contamination have been and most likely will continue to be far below any level of immediate concern." – predicted future FDA response.

  • S.W.P. S.W.P.

    Like everything else,by the time they want to do something about the radiation leaking,the Nuke plants themselves and finally stop using Nuclear Energy cause of the hazards of them it will be to late.As I see it the only safe Nuclear Energy to use is that which the sun supplies.All research should be in creating solar cells that maximize it's potential to wean the world off of Oil and Nuclear Power Plants.And to go one step further to get rid of all Hydro Dams to restore the natural flow and runs of fish.Water can be stored in other ways then behind a dam.

  • Bobby1

    "the immediate Fukushima disaster is over"…

    Whew. I guess we can all go home now. Nothing to see here, folks…

    • Sam Sam

      You have so brilliantly in one sentence
      summed up the 99.9% response to
      this disaster.
      Out of sight, out of mind.

      It leaves us the .01% the sanest ones
      figuring out how to survive in this
      crazy reality we are in now.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    MONSTERS LIVE AMONG US (too good not to post alot of this)
    Can you imagine the fear?
    Maybe you don't have to. Maybe you are old enough to remember Three Mile Island, or Chernobyl. Maybe you're one of the people living where the radiation meters are already singing their songs of death.

    If you aren't, you soon will be. Three nuclear reactors melted down, and continue to pour radiation into the atmosphere and ocean.

    Can you feel the horror? There is an invisible killer dancing in the air. Maybe hiding in that rain drop. You cannot know for sure.

    That metallic taste in your mouth; is it being that scared? Or is it something … worse?

    You cannot know for sure. There is an invisible killer dancing in the air.

    There are indeed monsters living among us.

    And we know them by their deeds.

    Just think about that when you are lying in the dark, afraid to breathe.

  • Fred

    How many Congressmen are brave enough to post an anti-nuclear press release of such importance right on their own house webpage?

    I just sent him a very nice email with some URLs like enenews I doubt he has ever seen. They are also news blacked out by the nuclear power industry lobbiests and nuclear-owned bureaucrats.

    I've asked Congressman Markey to contact the Chernobyl Children's people about bringing some of the Chernobyl Children to the Capital Rotundra for a special tour and photo op. I've asked him to let the worst of the nuclear industries' legislators and bureaucrats hold a dying, disfigured, DNA-modified child in their arms, while explaining the benefits of nuclear power to the lens and mics of the reporters. I'd sure love to see that happen before I die. I want the bastards to hold that little boy whos brain is in a skin sack out behind his little skull for just 5 minutes each. I think they all need such as "significant emotional event", a little reality check of what their lack of doing something right WILL cause when one or more of the 22 GE Fukushima reactors goes off here…..

    Aren't I a nasty bastard, today… disgusting.
    Well? Get cracking! EMAIL HIM!

  • many moons

    The article should read affecting not affected as if the worst has passed.

  • nukedincali nukedincali

    Anyone know how to promote book, to raise awareness, on nuclear experimentation?