California Department of Public Health Officials, Jan. 7, 2014: “There is no public health risk at California beaches due to radioactivity related to events at Fukushima.” [...] The volume of water in the Pacific Ocean has a significant diluting effect on radionuclides that are present and it is not anticipated that the concentration will increase in the waters off of the west coast.
Perhaps the CDPH will provide information about the models they based their statement on. In the mean time, here’s what the scientists and experts say:
- Study: High concentrations of Fukushima radioactive material will reach west coast of North America -- "Entire coast" to be affected from Alaska to Mexico -- "Can negatively affect human life for decades... should raise concern" (MODEL)
- UPI: Fukushima plume to reach U.S. West Coast in months; Measurable increase in radioactive material -- Study: Prolonged exposure for California lasting 10 years; Hits Hawaii early 2014... may already be surrounded (PHOTO)
So why would CDPH officials make such a claim? This document may help to explain.
TEPCO (pdf), Dec. 3, 2013:
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Published: January 8th, 2014 at 12:09 pm ET