MSN: Nuclear experts call for testing U.S. West Coast waters and Pacific seafood for Fukushima contamination — “I definitely recommend FDA and EPA increase their vigilance”

Published: August 13th, 2013 at 7:32 am ET


Title: Calls for seafood tests due to radiation leak in Japan
Source: MSN News
Author: Matt Kwong
Date: August 12, 2013

Nuclear experts are calling on the U.S. government to test West Coast waters and Pacific seafood sold in the U.S. in the wake of Japan’s alarming admission about an ongoing radiation leak. […]

“We still don’t know how contaminated the water is, and some sampling of the U.S. West Coast waters would be useful, as well as making the sampling of some fish public” [said Dr. Arjun Makhijani, president of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research.] […]

Makhijani has noted that the bioaccumulation effect of strontium 90 could be devastating for a pregnant mother who ingests aquatic foods or drinks that have been contaminated, as the child could be born with a weakened immune system.

“I definitely would recommend that the FDA and EPA increase their vigilance in terms of the monitoring of food,” he said. […]

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Published: August 13th, 2013 at 7:32 am ET


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30 comments to MSN: Nuclear experts call for testing U.S. West Coast waters and Pacific seafood for Fukushima contamination — “I definitely recommend FDA and EPA increase their vigilance”

  • Ness Ness

    As usual, MSN is lying through its teeth (Dr. Arjun Makhijani has the honor) while speaking half the truth. That video posted in the article about the spread of the contamination only tracks the very first wave of cesium, right after march 11. Go to that site and check for yourself. By now, the colors in that video would be a lot brighter – flashing a red alert – IF research was done.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    North America: You must stop feeding Pacific Ocean Seafood to your families. It is radioactove poison. Radiation contamination accumulates up the food chain, and humans are at the top, with the highest levels of contamination. Read up on "bioaccumulation."
    Do not eat any seafood that comes from the Pacific Basin, unless and until it has been tested for radiation. The US government has sold you out. They will not test food for radiation, by agreement with Japan. Hiliary Clinton promised Japan that US Government won't even test food imports from Japan! And about those Gulf of Mexico shrimp, don't get me started…

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Don't fall for "buy one, get one", bulk family pack sales, or lack of origin information on packaging or restaurant menus. They try this horsesh** every time a new article comes out with the news that Chinese seafood farmers are feeding pig manure to the fish, mercury levels are sky high, corexit has been found in GOM shrimp, etc. expect prices to crash on Pacific Seafood, with supermarket sales to follow.

      Boycott Japanese Imports
      oycott Pacific Seafood
      No nukes

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "It’s very, very unclear to me how they are going to be able to get at this molten fuel, extract it from the bottoms of these highly damaged buildings and package it for safer or less dangerous storage or disposal. Right now, they’re still, two years later, trying to contain the situation on an emergency basis."
    Arjun Makhijani

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "So, the general idea is that it’s going to take them decades – this is an accident that’s shockingly not stopping – even the emergency is not over."
    Arjun Makhijani

    • We Not They Finally

      That’s very true. It’s just that the world does not HAVE decades. It used to be benign-sounding talk about how long it would take to “decommission” the plant. Like the plant was just lying there – not a monster doing outrageous ongoing harm. Now the world is learning differently on a more public platform. This will all play out badly – but it is still better for people to know, than not to know, obviously.

  • Ness Ness

    @Philip: It is hard to get the truth out. No offense to Mr Makhijani. It is MSN that is lying, by editing out all info that can harm their business.

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    US-congress loves Alaskan Salmon, we should fly a planeload of salmon to WA-DC and see if anybody there wants to test it for radiation before they eat it in front of TV-cameras.

    If US-congress refuses to eat it…

    …I wonder how many politicians are taking mil-spec radiation protection pills.

    • We Not They Finally

      Pills? That’s a neat one. Like Bush, Cheney, et al, were given Cipro just in advance of the anthrax attacks? "Special protection for special people."

  • sworldpeas

    “I definitely recommend FDA and EPA increase their vigilance” LMAO!!! THATS RICH! 1 day after the event, the EPA told ALL the California Air Pollution control districts that special air monitoring equipment was being FED-X'd over night. It never showed up, after 2-3 weeks and multiple calls the EPA told all the APCD's that the equipment was on hold and it NEVER showed up. An increased vigilance??? THEY WERE NEVER VIGILANT IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Dr. Arjun Makhijani come over here so I can SLAP YOU with my RADIOACTIVE FISH!!! @@

    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      Yes. School districts in the entire PNW area watched the plume from FDNPP float over them on the jet stream, without doing so much as keeping the kiddies inside for recess! Thank you very much for the "heads-up", EPA.
      In the FOIA transcripts from the NRC phone conferences, some jerk suggests telling all government agencies not to talk to the press about the rad readings.

    • We Not They Finally

      sworldpeas, OF COURSE they weren’t vigilant! It was their job to NOT be vigilant. To turn off the radiation monitors and be UN-helpful in every way possible. Why do you think that Gina McCarthy got promoted from the Office of Radiation Monitoring to being the head of the EPA? She’s expert at NOT doing her job!!

  • Let me break it down a bit:

    1- …don’t know how contaminated the water is
    2- …some sampling would be useful
    3- …[make sampling results] of ALL fish public

    "I definitely would recommend that the FDA and EPA increase their vigilance…" – Dr. Arjun Makhijani

    Good luck with getting the FDA or EPA to INCREASE anything except the ALLOWABLE LEVELS permitted in what we consume. 😉

    See 'EPA Nukes Radiation Rules'
    Protective Action Guide (PAG) article

    NOTE: –> Allows hundreds to thousands of more times radiation levels than had been previously allowed.

    by Michael Collins July 12,2013

  • weeman

    All governments have a obligation to protect its inhabitants from all sources of danger, as per any countries constitution, to deny is a act of treason on there part and will be dealt with accordingly, as has occurred throughout history.

    • Holygeezer

      Governments as you describe have been hijacked by corporations awhile ago. Unfortunately, corporations only have an obligation to their shareholders. They could care less about citizens or something referred to as a constitution. And there is no longer any method to hold them accountable as the justice system has been hijacked as well. Your "government" is not going to protect you.

  • ProfitOfDoom ProfitOfDoom

    Attention Enewsers … Any "Nuclear experts" just getting to this now after 28 months must be suspect … is this an unreasonable statement ? … $$POD$$

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    They also need to start testing pacific coast produce. The radioactive material will dry on the shore, dry and blow inland.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Testing won't happen. And Japan successfully stopping the radiation won't happen. Lies and secrecy will continue though.

  • ftlt

    What a bunch of poopoo… They will do nothing

    Over the last 20 years the US govt has all but stopped functioning on stuff like this unless there is a $$$ to be made somewhere in the Empire by doing something..

    Now if there is a new weapon system or war to be fought or resource to be seized or bailout for the rich, that is different… Immediate action is required then

  • ftlt


    Is the media all over FUFU now, because Hanford was getting too much eyeball time????.. Could be…

    In the end, Hanford, the giant nuclear poopoo hole, could be a greater problem than little old FUFU ever can be…

    Either way, we are screwed..

    What is driving me here is, I am surprised by the recent silence regarding Hanford… In this case, no news is not good news.. Because, it means business as usual at the decaying and leaking mega disaster waiting to happen site

  • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

    If you accept that 311 was done by purpose, this may be a "positive" side effect.

    I read Kez before, who stated that a friend of her (?) died of cancer and was rude to a japanese Writer.

    Well, cancer needs 5 to 30 years to show up.

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      " Well, cancer needs 5 to 30 years to show up. "

      If the dose is high enough it goes faster..

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    “I definitely recommend FDA and EPA increase their vigilance”.

    Increase their vigilance? From a 2.5 year level of zero vigilance and denial?

    When you read cr*p worded like this you know you are in someone's toxic, perception-management zone, and it's time to evacuate.

  • dajson dajson

    Ya, and I'm going to lift my over 2 year boycot on all ocean seafood as soon as the FDA tells me it's safe to eat and that I'm encouraged to dig right in. Ya, I'll just run right over to the seafood store when that happens. NOT!!!!

  • W8R W8R

    The Government doesnt care.
    They didnt tell us about:
    Simi Valley
    New Delhi
    And more..
    If they didnt care to tell us about the
    things that happened in our own country
    that says enough…

  • amberlight amberlight

    Is anyone naive enough to actually believe that the FDA and the EPA were created for the benefit of us "little people" or that they would do a single damned thing to interfere with corporate profiteering?

  • stopnp stopnp

    They did so something though. They fudged the readings on radnet after 311 and they raised allowable limits in food. Great work alphabet agency government trash.

  • paschn

    ROFL, how sweetly naïve. Why yes, we'll tell these politicized "watch dog", (that term always makes me chuckle), agencies to monitor the levels….. Then, after taking a few months to see how it will affect their masters' bottom line, they'll simply raise the allowable limit, THEN, report that the new levels do not pose a threat. Think not?

    We, as a people, are pretty much getting the type of "leadership" we deserve. If one is too ignorant and too happy to remain that way OR is too timid to drag swine the likes of McCain or Biden before the public for answers then too freaking bad, huh?