County officials in California approve action on Fukushima: “An international crisis of epic proportions” — Monitoring and testing requested for West Coast

Published: January 30th, 2014 at 12:03 am ET


Mendocino County Board of Supervisors action minutes, Oct. 22, 2013: […] Board Action: Upon motion by Supervisor McCowen, seconded by Supervisor Pinches, and carried unanimously; IT IS ORDERED that Consent Calendar items 4(a – t) are approved/rejected as follows: […] Approval of Letter to President Obama Calling for International Assistance to Address the Continuing Fukushima Crisis – [Sponsors:] Supervisors McCowen and Gjerde — Approved

SOURCE: Fukushima Response Campaign; “Kudos to Charlie for taking Fukushima to the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors”

Draft of Mendocino County’s Letter to President Obama: Deteriorating conditions at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear complex clearly constitute an international crisis of epic proportions that requires the highest level of international scientific and technological assistance in an effort to minimize the continuing damage to international health and safety. […]  We therefore call upon you to issue an Executive Order directing all appropriate federal agencies to assist in leading an international effort to avert what appears to be a looming catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions. […] the reactor cores from units 1, 2, and 3 have melted down and are widely believed to have penetrated the floor of the reactor buildings. […] Groundwater also flows freely through the site resulting in the uncontrolled discharge of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. […] In addition to the requested Executive Order, we also call upon you to assure that the federal government is conducting all appropriate monitoring and testing to assess the level and impacts of radioactive contamination to west coast communities and the near shore marine environment. […]  >> View the County’s letter to President Obama here

Just a few miles to the south, Marin County officials have also taken action: [intlink id=”tv-bay-area-officials-to-monitor-fukushima-plume-concerned-about-environment-and-food-supply-supervisor-risks-to-californians-are-concerning-state-commissioner-we-cant-rely-on-japan-or-tep” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

As did the city of Berkeley, California: [intlink id=”watch-unanimous-passage-of-fukushima-resolution-by-city-of-berkeley-officials-im-glad-were-taking-a-stand-its-very-serious-i-am-quite-sobered-by-it-an-affirmati” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

And the city of Fairfax, California: [intlink id=”california-town-passes-fukushima-resolution-poses-health-and-safety-concerns-to-americas-west-coast-much-greater-contamination-is-likely” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: January 30th, 2014 at 12:03 am ET


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97 comments to County officials in California approve action on Fukushima: “An international crisis of epic proportions” — Monitoring and testing requested for West Coast

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      James…This video was great…this shows there is no safe place from Fukushima fallout. Thanks for sharing.

    • James Tekton James Tekton


      Even though this could be a start to get the snowball rolling downhill, It will not matter what these folks do. Nothing will be done to make this issue any more public than it already is by the govt. They would have to admit to incompetence, malfeasance, and total dereliction of all the govt agencies for the last three years.

      Of course, it is no secret they all have been missing in action for three yeas and counting now anyways. One has to wonder just how much US Tax money is wasted paying these no-good-for-nothings to do nothing for the American People.


      • underfish

        your such the optimist james…

        • James Tekton James Tekton

          Normally, yes.

          Can't remember a single time when the govt actually did what the people wanted. Can you?


          • Actually, yes, when corporations are not behind them pulling the strings.

            The Green Party is doing awesome things in Germany, where they promised to shut down nuclear power plants, and they did, because they do not take money from corporations. There are actually many other examples of this as well, globally.

            If you want truth telling politicians, vote only for those who get NO CORPORATE MONEY.

            Otherwise, keep voting for the problem, and keep experiencing the same suffering and issues, which will only get worse.

            Insanity is doing the same things over and over again, despite suffering the same horrible consequences each time.

            At the very least, let's stop falling into the same hole in the road… over and over again.

      • gmo2ashes

        Unfortunately, Mendocino County officials' effort to solicit help from the usurper Obama (not his real name) is useless. Little do the realize that Obama's job is to help facilitate the destruction of America and start a race war. Obama makes zero decisions outside his handlers' direction; I seriously doubt he can go to the toilet without permission.

        Besides, even if the homo in chief issued an executive order to spearhead international assistance, since the Fukushima Death Star has melted into the aquifer below ground (leading into the Pacific), it seems there is nothing anyone can do to stop the radioactive poisoning of the Earth from continuing indefinitely.

        • Gasser Gasser

          MOODY BLUES
          "Isn't Life Strange"

          Dedicated to the "once" organic Hippies of Mendocino


          Isn't life strange
A turn of the page
Can read like before
Can we ask for more?

Each day passes by

          How hard man did not try?
The radioactive sea will not wait.

          You know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry –

Wished we could be in your heart

          To be one with your love

          Wished we could be your eyes
Looking back there you were, and here we are.

          Isn't Uranium strange

          Molecules we rearrange

          With no thought or care

          Maker of despair.

Each breath that we breathe

          With Plutonium we must greave
To make us as none.

You know it makes me want to cry, cry, cry –

          Wished we could have a restart

          To be one with our love

          Wished we could be your eyes

Looking back there you were, and here we are.

          Isn't life strange

          A turn of the page

          A book without light

          Useless love we write;

To throw it away

          To lose lives everyday

          The ELE destruction in time.

          You know it makes us all want to cry, cry, cry –

          Wished we all could be your heart

          To be one with your love

          Wished we could be your eyes
Looking back there you were:

          ~Gasser Classic~

          Ps; Lived there in the 60’s, Albion Ridge, hiked and camped the entire coastline's edge from Frisco to Washington, but loved Mendocino the most, sad it will go to waste just like Hawaii.

    • Jinglepots jinglepots

      James. About one minute into the video a man appears in the top right hand corner and says that the levels of radiation released were a million times lower than anything harmful??? Is that what I heard??

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    Nuclear radiation is flowing in the jet stream through all of North America.

    Constantly, non-stop, 24/7.


    • artika rama

      Thebigpicture and let's not forget some of the isotopes have thousand of years of halflives , meaning they will have enough time to get dispersed everywhere ,,localized is only temporary when it comes to radiation ,, eventually all will be a part of the so called background radiation ,, which keeps going up and up , and no way of ever going down again .
      I think localized radiation is a term for those who can't comprehend the time scales in thousands of years .

    • Daisy207

      Won't work. I did see data from a water sample collected 87 feet below grade that was really hot. That ground water will flow beneath anything they can construct. This situation is out of control and all that they suggest won't work. The Ice Wall?????? Lets see which power plant are they going to dedicate to keep it frozen for the next 300 million years plus the people to man it?

    • nedlifromvermont

      Way to go 21stCentury … You are Hired!!! Thank you for the photo and the job application. I will check with the Bd of Dirs at GE and Chuck Hagel at DOD on your start date. Go ahead and order the Supertanker to the site (Charge this to GE Reactor Fuels Division) and proceed at once to your waiting Condo in sunny Futuba-Machi. If this suite is already occupied by a Mr. Shintiro Abe or an elderly Mr. Yoshihiro Ishihara, proceed to alternative quarters at Okuma or nearby Namie.

      p.s I hear the mini-golf course at Minami-Soma is really quite challenging!!


      • 21stCentury 21stCentury

        Yeah, the mini-golf course at Minami-Soma will be a lotta fun playing it while wearing Demeron underwear and a full body-armor Jim-Suit loaded with graphene/lead/hafnium neutron shielding.

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Again for those who may have missed this.

    All this seems to be another whitewash considering it is all babylonians attending, but the truth is, they know what is happening. Has a few tidbits of interest.

    If they want to tell us what exactly is going on, it is only a matter of money and force. If you have more than the rottenchildkiller banksters who own them all, and can out bid their overall population elimination agenda, you would know the real numbers and how bad this is. Got a few trillion laying around, and the US army to do your bidding? Don't forget the major lying dying news media. You can not hype the truth, unless you pay them off too.

    A real serious question that all these talking glove puppets need to be asked is, IS IT TOO LATE TO FIX THIS potential Extinction Level Event? Yes, or No mr congress critter/senate toad/mp/any state official.


    • James Tekton James Tekton

      So, to bring it all home, not only does the state have to acknowledge that there is a very serious problem happening, and exactly how much, they must tell everyone WHERE it is also.

      Long story short is, as was said years ago here, if the people know where it is, they can hide from it when it is over their location. Plain and simple, and good luck to the Mendocino crew.


    • nedlifromvermont

      Hey Jimmy. New plan. US Government has long been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Big Pharma (mostly owned by Big Nuke). So we gives them free reign to put oxycontin pills (for crushing and snorting) into children's lunches, everywhere, and then Big Pharma will order the Navy and the Marines to Tohoku forthwith. That way the money is good, all expenses will be repaid from the dope addicts future habits, and they may see some wisdom in revising the order to "Kill off the ninety-nine per cent."

      The Heydrich-led Wannsee Conference should have reached for such a simple, final solution. No need to kill 'em all off if they're paying the piper willingly.

  • sayonara kitty sayonara kitty

    well, if it comes to the point where there is nothing we can do to stop the radiation, than i say we should seriously get to the bottom of this cover-up and at least have the satisfaction of holding them responsible. criminals against humanity!!

  • Mendocino county is on the front lines.

    My question is…

    Why has it taken them this long to address the issue publicly? 😉

    Since 311
    1055 DAYS
    150 weeks and 5 days

    • From the letter to the POTUS.

      [at best] "TEPCO also does not plan to remove the melted reactor cores until 2020, virtually guaranteeing that …contaminated groundwater will flow uncontrolled through the site and into the Pacific Ocean for the next SEVEN YEARS."

      How can they plan to remove the cores if they don't know where they are?

    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      I would go further to ask why just officials of this relatively sparsely-populated county and not those from the large metropolitan ones? And why not the doctors and scientists at the major institutions? Their silence is evidence of their complicity in a massive conspiracy to hide the most horrendous truths from the public.

      There may be some answers from history. I just read an excellent piece by historian Greg Grandin entitled The Two Faces of Empire, excerpted here:

      "The respectable types are the true “terror of our age,” as Noam Chomsky called them collectively nearly 50 years ago. The really scary characters are our soberest politicians, scholars, journalists, professionals, and managers, men and women (though mostly men) who imagine themselves as morally serious, and then enable the wars, devastate the planet, and rationalize the atrocities."

      • demise demise

        Why are they not speaking up you ask. The answer is simply that why would you tell everyone dramatically life altering news if you have no solution.
        This is perpetuated by the federal government that is run by sergeants Shultz, "I see nothing, I hear nothing".

      • McJillin McJillin

        Thank you, Humpty Dumpty, for this. Took me a little while to read, but worth it; made me teary. Again, makes me ashamed to be of the human species; the atrocities perpetrated upon the other life forms of this beautiful planet that they/we are continuing to destroy.

    • amberlight amberlight

      ChasAha, that resolution was passed last October. Mendocino County was also the first jurisdiction in the United States to prohibit the growing of genetically modified organisms (Measure H). Nobody can say we don't try!

      When I settled here many years ago I never dreamed that the once pristine air blowing from the vast Pacific onto Cape Mendocino would one day become a foul vapor…

      • flatsville

        amberlight, If you can convince your county council to join with the other CA counties to cc JapGov and deliver their letters and resolutions to the consulate in SF on 03/11/14 with press coverage, they will get much more mileage from this effort.

        It's a golden opportunity.

        • amberlight amberlight

          Good idea, flatsville. We are dealing with a destructive local freeway project and statewide drought here, so while there is a huge environmental contingent in this county, there is not much being done about the radiation threat. The problem is hard to get a handle on for any sort of effective action. Several of us are putting on a "nuclear night" in February with video shorts and Q&A panel. We'll be discussing all the possible things that we can do to stop the nuclear madness, demand action on Fukushima and protect ourselves from the radioactivity.

      • I do applaud the Mendo City Council. They are far ahead of the curve compared to the majority.

        But, October 22, 2013, now it's almost February 2014 and what is the reply to that letter?

        Will we ever hear a reply?
        Will they send another letter requesting/demanding a reply?

        I want to read is the result of their efforts.
        I think I know what it will be. NOTHING! ZIP! ZERO!
        …or pass the buck again. 😉

    • flatsville


      >>>My question is…

      Why has it taken them this long to address the issue publicly?<<<

      Has YOUR county council done this?

      If no, why not?

      Could it be that citizens don't attend meetings and demand action?

    • bo bo

      I know… what about Los Angeles. Lots of wealthy and influential people there… For example Malibu has the most expensive real estate in all of U.S….. oh, right. Malibu has the most expensive real estate in all of U.S. – that's why.

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      I think about how fluoride is a poisonous substance, but no one complains about it being added to their municipal water supplies. Apathy and adherence to the status quo results is a terminal disease….

  • It should be impressed upon candidates that in coming elections, voters will be asking each other: "which one is against nuclear power plants?". (This growing disaster might end up being an entry point for 3rd party candidates.)

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture


    The West Coast's neatest town (Mendocino) used to have the best air quality prior to March 2011. It is now getting trashed like every other town, because the USA is enabling the Daiichi plant to run amok.

    • atomicistheword

      This is how it used to work. Daddy war bux (supporting both sides) says I'm corporate America, bow to me or I'll destroy the world's economy, bail us out.

      Now for reality…

      American government for the 99% says "Do it, whose got the most to loose in an economic collapse!" Daddy war bux drops a brick and does what he is told. FIX IT, OR ELSE!

      Nothing like responsibility shifting in our glorious last days empire. That pdf letter has "draft" stamped on it.

      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Daddy Warbucks is now global. Poor, poor Daddy! He was just all set for total control of the world by spying and intimidation and taking all the money.

        Now, he has a dilemma: Go ahead and spend all the money to control a dying planet, or to save the planet.

        Loosening the grip on the banana is the only way the monkey can remove his hand from the Grandma's cookie control jar.

  • razzz razzz

    It is all ass-backwards. Now they worry? Should have been concerned about public safety when the reactors were blowing up, no matter what Japan or any other government was saying. Congress didn't redact parts of their minutes from meetings because nuclear fallout is good for the world.

    If they want to see the fallout results, sample local sewage waste treatment plants for all radionuclides. Compare findings against States and local levels.

    I think local authorities have gotten the okay to probe because there nothing outrageous to be found now that would incite panic. It will be said that background levels are only slightly elevated, depending on which background levels are used. Before, during or after.

    More favorable nuke-speak, same as when they delayed fallout reports for sea life early on. Something like, "No immediate dangers" or "No direct cause of deaths" "Levels not high enough for immediate concern" almost like lawyer talk, not medical conclusions and forgetting past known science.

    • zogerke zogerke

      @razz (4.23 am)- this sounds like an interesting idea:
      <<If they want to see the fallout results, sample local sewage waste treatment plants for all radionuclides. Compare findings against States and local levels.>>

      Who here has a septic tank waste system? and cash to blast away? If someone sampled their septic system…and if the sewage accumulated in layers…all right I know this sounds gross….but wouldn't there be stratified layers to sample results from? that was not under the thumb of censored authorities? and perhaps the strata/layers would reveal before and after radionuclide hotspots? Just an odd thought….."Sh*t happens…"

      • zogerke zogerke

        (folks, don't try this at home. not recommended for children. use only with HAZMAT personal protective equipment. management will not be held responsible for septic system tampering…)

          • zogerke zogerke

            though I meant it s a real idea to gather data in an uncensored way.

            • jump-ball jump-ball

              XLNT zog, so let's 'stratify' 24 hours of rain into 24 separate containers around the edge of a horizontal round platform that rotates once a day, where 23 cups are covered and each cup beneath a rain gauge funnel gets 1 hour of rain. And my SPORADIC, VARYING CONCENTRATION hypothesis suggests the divergent contamination levels of the 24 hourly precipitations will surprise everyone.

              XLNT zog, so let's 'stratify' 24 hours of rain into 24 separate containers around the edge of a horizontal round platform that rotates once a day, where 23 cups are covered and each cup beneath a rain gauge funnel gets 1 hour of rain. And my SPORADIC, VARYING CONCENTRATION hypothesis suggests the divergent contamination levels of the 24 hourly precipitations will surprise everyone.

              There, cleaned it up for you.

      • razzz razzz

        They already monitor the waste sludge for industrial chemicals because the sludge usually gets dumped into a landfill and pumped or dumped to an outfall in the oceans and it can't be toxic by EPA standards. Then there are the water districts that monitor their own water quality and know what is contained in the water supply before purification and after treatment when it enters distribution pipes for household use.

        They already know how much radioactive fallout is in these systems, they are just not saying. Criminal if they didn't monitor such things. At the least remiss.

  • US Citizens, please do your best to alert your communities and reps. Not only for yourselves, but for your children and their children. It is guaranteed, for a time, they will also have children. Please prepare them.

    Find a mayor near you

    Also, We All, world-wide, have a right to contact California school districts and reps. They are on the front lines and the first highly concentrated plumes from Japan are arriving right on time. Testing needs to be all along the coastline…etc

    There are so many who don't know about Fukushima yet. Please be a part of getting the rad word out. Even be anonymous about it.

    Memos are designed to be widely shared everywhere in your local and internet communities. All citizens need to know about Fukushima. Find bulletin boards in your local area and post on social websites. Tell the People.

    Japan Radiation Memo to All Citizens PDF

    Japan Radiation Memo in JPEG (for social media upload)

    Vital1's Radiation Memo to Parents

    ☢ Perils of Fukushima ☢ News A Wake-up Call From Dr. Stephen Hosea


    Thanks, People…

    • vital1 vital1

      If you find Vital1's "Radiation Memo to Parents" link bandwidth overloaded, you can also download it from this alternative location,

      • From your memo: "Politicians from all parties, and the
        media are now no more than puppets controlled by corporate big money."

        That's not true. I don't think the Green Party has ever green-washed nuclear energy. Their platform stands for renewable sources and shutting down nukes.

        * I've previously tried to start a discussion about the Green Party here. The German Green Party is the main reason they're shutting down their nuclear power plants. It only took 10% to 25% of the vote.

        We don't have a parliamentary system in the USA, but if a political party is guaranteed to lose (by supporting nukes, and by a margin which can't be fudged), there will be changes. That's how the Communist and Socialist Party threats to the establishment forced the Democratic Party to give us reforms in the 30s.

        * I concede out front that its performance in 2004 (internally and politically) was a disgrace, and that its positions on immigration are quite out of touch with the American public.


    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      @chemfood as you see Fukushima response campaign is doing good work ..thank you so much for sharing the link to them in your posts . It's a great site .
      I'm in New England and we are using them as a guide to east coasters
      Cali is always on the more progressive side though believe or not

  • tsfw tsfw

    To the citizens of California:


  • tsfw tsfw

    To the negative nellies ( I can be one too, it comes and goes):

    That's what people said about AIDS: there is no hope, keep it hush, don't want a panic. But Californians came through for us then too and while there is no cure, people are living with AIDS rather than dying of AIDS. We owe them our gratitude, even if there is nothing they can do to 'save us' at least they're fighting for our rights. To me that counts for a lot no matter what the end result.

  • ftlt

    The idea that we can spend trillions for endless illegal criminal wars for profit and not spend a few million to inform our own population of the risk of nuclear exposure is the new normal.

    The USA as a nation state does not exist any longer.

    Smash Globalism and Capitalism

  • Ontological Ontological

    Nothing more than money motivated these people. Caring is no longer a human emotion apparently. After the hell I have endured, getting NOWHERE with these mindless fools, Now all I feel for emotion is thus, with a concealed carry permit, "Just back off and stay clear! I am catastrophically wounded, and I will be forced to inflict MAJOR hollow point damage if you get too close to me or my wife". This nasty get away from me attitude will spread as people wind up in the same pain I am in from all these lies. Thanks for nothing but PAIN you nuketarded idiots. I don't blame the Ukrainians for their actions.

  • Nick

    …"effort to avert what appears to be a looming catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions."

    Our government has already led an effort to avert our collective eyes from this looming catastrophe of unprecedented DIEmensions!

    Where was California these past three years?

    Oh yeah, averting their eyes.

    Incase you are still asleep California, better off staying that way. The Fukushima nightmare is beyond belief and nothing, absolutely nothing can be done about it, except to accept the reality of living in an altered world.

    We ain;t talking about something that will go away.

    So avert. avert avert!

    • Papa bear

      California uber alles, california more then anything else. THEY WANT OUR LAND. Must get rid of the natives first. Oh yeah they want all the california more then anything else. Well here i go to work to pay the bills. KILLING MYSELF TO LIVE. Might as well start surfing again. OH GOD HOW I HATE THEM.

  • Papa bear

    Rev. 3;9 they will know that, "GOD LOVES ME…"

  • Wooster

    3 years to put monitoring in place?

    Jeez, that's laid back even by Californian standards.

  • Nick

    Organic Produce from California = oxymoron

    Bet folks raise the allowable limits of plutonium et al by several orders of magnitude.

  • Ontological Ontological

    All they ever do change the laws, and charge all involved more taxes to cover future lies.

  • CaptD CaptD

    "Clearly we're witnessing one of the greatest disasters in modern time."
    – AREVA Executive VP
    March 21, 2011

    • SykeWar(DELETED) SykeWar

      Really? Wow, coming from Areva that's really somthing. A little late but something. He's my hero (sarc. off). What we're witnessing is the 700 pound chickens coming home to roost. And these chickens can kick the crap out of the wolves guarding the hen house.

  • CaptD CaptD

    They are delaying doing anything as long as possible, so that the background radiation levels will be as high as possible before they have to acknowledge any increases in radiation levels "measured" due to Fukushima…

    GOP guts EPA

    American Radiation food safety limits 10x weaker than Japan’s, imports from Japan escalate

    Radioactive Japanese Seafood for Export

    Environmental protections must come BEFORE Profits

    • name999 name999

      captD, folks talking about "the government" need to define what part of the government they are speaking of as it is a very big multi-faceted entity. These links help to tease out who in congress lead the way in weakening our ability to keep Americans safe by defunding protective branches and leaving our resources to be destroyed. Good links!

  • Nick


    This is why Areva thinks Fukushima is one of the greatest disasters…. Think bottom line.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Why request an executive order? Don't the counties have executives, too? Just DEMAND an executive order by executive order. Shit.

    " We, the people, demand a gd EO by EO. Please." No? ok…what do we do now? Oh, let's go out for fish, what say?

  • Nick

    F20 is gaining steam!!!!

    Fukushima Fallout Organization

    F20 is a global movement dedicated to revealing the awful truth and nothing but the truth so help us all about Fukushima.

    Membership in F20 requires only a beating heart and a will to survive.

  • Nick
    Fukushima Radiation Scare Stories Are Going Viral On the Internet. Are They Real Or Fake?

    You decide.

    • bo bo

      The article does not give the reader an option to decide. ..

      Quote from article :
      'So should you trust these scare stories? Absolutely not.'


    • humptydumpty humptydumpty

      That article is disingenuous and biased in many ways. "Scare stories" are scary because the dangers are real, not because of some intended deception. Refuting them with baseless denials doesn't make them less real. Who in their right mind would go swimming in the ocean near Fuku because some idiot says it's safe based on some arbitrary numerical determination of safe radiation levels? Nobody's that stupid — not even nuclear scientists.

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Disinformation has got a bad name of late according to a lot of alternative media
      Not really sure why
      Just guessing but maybe they didn't check sources ???
      I haven't had the time or the inclination

  • isogoodhumans

    The bottom line is that we have zero data. Japan's government tested over 300,000 food samples for radiation in 2013. Governments of Canada and the US: 0. In the month of December 2013, Japan tested 32605 samples. It was probably a slow month, due to the holidays, because in November 2013 they tested 34721 samples.

    The fact is that within those tests are some very high over limit readings. The Japanese know very well what is contaminated. They export the contaminated product and keep the good product for domestic consumption. This is easy to do with the US radiation limit in food at 12x the Japanese limit.

    The US and Canada don't just have a poor response, they have no response. How can you respond to something you've taken zero effort to understand?

    • vital1 vital1

      This situation is not just isolated to the USA. This New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries New Zealand testing report (Link below), indicates that contaminated Japanese tea that tested above the Japanese 100 Bq/kg limit, was allowed to be sold to New Zealanders!

      Ministry of Primary Industries New Zealand, “Radionuclide testing in Imported Foods Survey,” 21st August 2013.

      Quote Page 9 “Summary”: (This was for imported Japanese tea.)

      “All results were well within Codex limits, with the highest results being 76.7Bq/kg for 137Cs and 57.4Bq/kg for 134Cs.
      Total Cesium content 134.1 Bq/Kg.”

      (The codex limit for these radionuclides is 1000Bq/kg, which applies to foods for a year following a nuclear incident.)

      Quote Page 10 “Conclusion”:

      “The tea samples tested indicates that there is no concerning levels of radionuclide contamination in food products exported from Japan to New Zealand.”

      My Opinion:

      Why would any country outside of Japan be using this criminal standard anyway? Japan isn’t even using using it!

      A 1000Bq/kg is way too high an international standard for Cesium, Nuclear Disaster or not. Recent research is suggesting 5 Bq/kg or less for children is more realistic, but preferably none! if I knew tea had a total 134 Bg/kg of detected Cesium in it , I certainly would not be using it. In my opinion it is criminal to allow anyone, particularly children or pregnant mothers, to consume tea at this level of contamination!

      If Cesium is present,…

  • McJillin McJillin

    Just wanted to say there was just a report on NPR at about 6:30 p.m. our time, here in the Bay Area in CA re. the starfish dying. A woman in Washington State has been diving for 20 years and saw the die off and got involved. There were a couple of Biology type guys (and a woman) all saying they don't know what is causing the die off, but will be studying it, and will have a report in a couple of months. I waited with baited breath to see if Fukushima would be mentioned. No mention, and the report was about 7-10 minutes long. I know I heard that NPR isn't what it used to be, so I wasn't that shocked, but, still, it's been three years of constant, horrible pollution. I know most of you on enenews are probably not shocked either. It makes me ashamed to be part of the human species.

    • clamshellernh clamshellernh

      Yes I caught the tail end of that , but they have a really good forum at , I urge others to join and perhaps share this site if you are so inclined

      • McJillin McJillin

        Thank you clamshellernh, I will check that web site out. Been meaning to, because I do watch Channels 9 and 54 here (both PBS) and they will make reference to that web site. Just haven't gotten around to it, because nothing, until this nuclear disaster, has concerned me as much. I can't believe people, in general, aren't talking about it (the disaster) or even know about it.

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