NRC email on potential contamination of Alaska waters from Fukushima radiation

Published: January 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am ET


April 6th, 2011 – Evaluate potential contamination of waters near Alaska from Japan, Enformable, Jan. 12, 2012:

From: LaVera, Ronald
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 7:03 AM
To: Raione, Richard L
Cc: Roach, Edward
Subject: Analysis support for Pacific-Alaskan water


I spoke with Ed Roach this morning about possible assistance should you all be asked to evaluate potential contamination of waters near Alaska resulting from Pacific current transport of material from the Japan. The best person in CHPB for providing this type of assistance is Jean-Claude Dehmel. Unfortunately, he is doing an audit of AREVA over the next couple of days. so I was not able to talk to him this morning.

Ed did suggest that you contact Dr. Stephen Schaffer who works for Stephanie Bush-Goddard in Research. Prior to transferring to Research. Dr. Schaffer worked in the effluents portion of CHPB, so I believe that he would be familiar with the type of support that you seek.

You may want to contact Dr. Schaffer earlier, rather than later to see if any baseline sampling needs to be done, prior to the projected plume arrival.

Since some of the sample target values are pretty low and may not be routinely performed, collection of baseline samples may aid in the evaluation of data scatter.

Please let me know if there is anything else we can do to assist your efforts.

Ron LaVera

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Published: January 11th, 2012 at 9:27 am ET


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23 comments to NRC email on potential contamination of Alaska waters from Fukushima radiation

  • Stephengn

    I wonder if the USDA or FDA is ever going to put out a warning about seafood caught in Alaskan water. I kind of doubt they ever will

    An enormous amount of seafood comes from Alaska

    • Stephengn

      This is Huge

      Alaska’s largest and most valuable fisheries target salmon, pollock, crab, herring, halibut, shrimp, sablefish, and Pacific cod. The total value of Alaska’s commercial fisheries is $1.5 billion to the fishermen; with a wholesale value of $3.6 billion. Economists have estimated the seafood industry to contribute $5.8 billion and 78,500 jobs to the Alaskan economy.

    • They problem will not release any test if done, look at the GOM and see future to the action of them there !
      Best predictor of future behavior in past behavior !
      Nough said !

    • U.S. Seafood Safe and Unaffected by Radiation Contamination from Japanese
      Nuclear Power Plant Incident; U.S. Monitoring Control Strategy Explained

        • Brutus_Lincoln_Paine Brutus_Lincoln_Paine

          It looks like, from the spreadsheet, the NEC ginger powder is the only product that showed a level at all.

          Gamma-ray emitting radionuclides were detected, however, the measurements were below the FDA Derived Intervention Levels (DILs), and therefore do not represent a threat to the public health. The DIL for Cesium-134 & Cesium-137 is 1,200 Bq/kg and 170 Bq/kg for Iodine-131.

          • HoTaters HoTaters

            One or more of the other mixed spices tested also came in with some contamination. There were only a few, though, listed as having radioactive contamination. That was as of about mid-December, 2011.

        • Brutus_Lincoln_Paine Brutus_Lincoln_Paine

          It’s obvious something is going on however. Maybe it’s America nukes. Who knows; the MSM sure is saying nothing.

          “EPA monitors milk for radiation under its RADNET program, and has reported extremely low levels of I-131 and Cesium in some milk samples. These results are expected and are far below FDA’s Derived Intervention Levels. Even for a person who drinks a lot of milk, it would be virtually impossible to consume enough milk to approach the level of concern.”

          • arclight arclight

            “These results are expected and are far below FDA’s Derived Intervention Levels”

            icrp? or no safe dose?

            informed consumer choice?

    • Bobby1

      North Pacific seafood was giving me metal-mouth in April already. I kept switching species to no avail, dosed me and my son pretty good with it too.

  • DangrusDana DangrusDana

    Whether they get around to labeling or not, I for one will not be eating ANY fish/seafood from the Pacific or the Gulf, indefinately. Between the deafening silence on the subject and the fabricated facts, I for one will choose the safe side, neither.

  • CaptD CaptD

    This was in April, still no info!
    Notice this was not done after 3/11!

    Yet another scientific BLUNDER by those who are supposed to be monitoring US!

  • goathead goathead

    Well we simply have to set up our own monitoring of foodstuffs!
    Nobody can tell us we’re wrong!!
    Surely there must be an organisation already on this kind of thing, no??? Even if a few individuals with a little equipment were to go out on a fishing boat and take some samples and get the facts out there then to a wider audience! What about the universities? Surely there are some folk out there interested in finding out what dangers are now lurking in the waters??

  • goathead goathead

    What about Greenpeace???
    If they monitor air samples, surely they monitor the water too??

  • sworldpeas

    I would not count on the USDA to do anything, it is in the process of being almost completely shut down. They are closing the only USDA office in Alaska. I doubt any monitoring will be done, beside there is too much MONEY to lose by disclosing elevated levels of nuclear waste in the fish. We are on our own…

  • arclight arclight


  • bleep_hits_blades

    Not just the seafood is contaminated, of course. It’s the food, water, and air of the No.Hemisphere, and the contamination is inevitably spreading into the So. Hemisphere too. And it is not only the Pacific sea life that is/will be affected, because the ‘great conveyer belt’ current carries Pacific waters around So. America and into the Atlantic.

    I have to keep reminding myself that the information black-out is SO pervasive – that there is SO MUCH that ‘they’ know and are keeping close watch on,collecting and analyzing data on, and that is being kept from us. Some info leaks out (tip of the iceberg); much, much more does not.

    An older friend who lived in Alaska just died. Yes, she had pretty serious chronic health problems, so they are the cause of death… but like many in the at-risk groups, it is quite possible even likely that the radiation to which she has been exposed for the past ten months caused her to die earlier (months, or years, in some other cases of less seriously ill people) than she otherwise would have.

    Leuren Moret mentioned in one of her interviews that Hiroshima and Nagasaki are classified as ‘experiments’ and still being monitored and studied as such (she found this out when working at UC Berkeley, which is doing the studying of H. and N.)

    What do you want to bet that Fukushima is being and will be, on-going, similarly classified and studied and careful voluminous data kept? – on the guinea pig planet, and its guinea pig population.

  • desert_lady desert_lady

    Incredibly sad… The only good I find in this crisis is the number of folks waking up to the Global Deceit Machine i.e., the military-industrial-corporate-governmental-lapdog-media complex… and the unbelievable tactics this machine employs to protect and expand itself. Reminds me of tapeworms.

    When you have multi-million-dollar government agencies whose official role is to monitor specific industries, or specific areas of health… human, animal, ecosystem–and they are NOT doing that, but hiding /distorting facts, hiding links to the very industries they’re supposed to oversee, when they act dumb, DOING THE EXACT OPPOSITE of their job descriptions, and remain silent and immune to accountability…

    When each of us grasps the size of this bloodsucking mutant giant and DOES NOT GIVE UP HOPE.. when each of us goes looking for our own version of David’s slingshot and handful of stones… when each of us learns to wield them (nonviolently) to the best of our abilities, in our own unique ways…


  • desert_lady desert_lady

    Googling Stephanie Bush-Goddard I came up with this: The US NRC annual conference “Regulatory Information Conference” which was held…MARCH 8, 9, AND 10, 2011… YES FOLKS the days just before the Japan earthquake…

    Complete audio and powerpoint slides from each presenter are available on that website. DISGUSTING. It’s all about amending their message to make it more palatable.

  • ion jean ion jean

    This gets me thinking Operation Troll 1955 when U.S. studied contamination of the Pacific with bomb test radionuclides and found the currents had greater concentrations (NRC knows ALL THIS)

    “the Japanese government decided to organize an oceanographic survey to see the real extent of contamination in the Pacific. From May to July of 1954, oceanographers, marine biologists, meteorologists, food scientists, and radiation analysts embarked on a small mariner training ship and traversed the Pacific between Japan and Bikini.10 This survey, which became the world’s first marine environmental radiation survey outside the nuclear test sites, cast doubt on the seemingly infinite power of the Pacific Ocean to dilute radioactive fallout to no trace. The findings showed an over 1,000 disintegration-per-minute-per-liter (d/m/l) measure, significantly higher than the Japan Scientific Council’s warning threshold, in seawater as far as 2,000 km west–northwest of Bikini.11 The U.S. follow-up research in early 1955 confirmed this discovery, demonstrating that ocean currents carried a cluster of radionuclides from Bikini toward the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan.12 Although no resultant contamination neared the maximum permissible concentration (MPC) of the time, the density of radioactive seawater in that part of the Pacific was expected to remain “high enough to attract the attention of Japanese scientists,” which was a contingency likely to entail “political as well as scientific significance.”13

    Fallout surrounded Japan not only from the shore but also from the sky. In May 1954, a radiation research team at Kyoto University reported that it detected strong radioactivity in the rain, which reached 86,760 cpm-per-liter.14 Most reports on radioactive rains first came from the Pacific side of the archipelago, which confirmed the inflow of a polluted air mass from the south. By mid-September, however, “hot rains” started falling on the other side of Japan, which came on the…

    • ion jean ion jean

      of the Soviet announcement of its nuclear tests.15 Many regarded the new threat from the north during the winter as potentially even more troublesome. “Radioactive snows” would remain on the ground and expose people to radiation over a longer period than rainwater runoff.16

      Unlike the Pacific seawater contamination, which could be a source of agitation against the United States, the atmospheric pollution established Japan’s position as the “valley of ash of death” with fallout from Soviet as well as American tests. The Russians, who had boasted that they differed from the Americans in that all Soviet tests took place within its territory and thus never interfered with other nations, vehemently disputed the theory that fallout from the north was “made in the USSR.” When asked by a Japanese citizens’ group in Tokyo about the rumor, Nikita S. Khrushchev, then first secretary of the Communist Party, wrote a direct reply in February 1955, alleging that “those who spread this false rumor are those hostile to the Soviet Union.”17 A group of pro-Soviet scientists followed suit and fabricated a story that “a certain country” might have dumped radioactive ash from nuclear reactors or exploded a small-size atomic bomb over the Sea of Japan.18 Despite the propaganda barrage, the Soviet claim completely lost ground by the fall of 1955. Yasuo Miyake, a meteorologist at the Central Meteorological Observatory in Tokyo, successfully corroborated the Japanese monitoring data with the French findings, both of which invariably pointed to the same Russian source of fallout.19

      The Bikini incident revealed the borderless proliferation of radioactive contamination that suddenly trapped the Japanese from the south and the north through rainwater, seawater, and foods. Environmental radiation, however, was not the only factor that upset the Japanese. Another major concern was what would be later called a “nuclear winter” phenomenon.”

      • ion jean ion jean

        @admin THIS was really me on a different computer today. Your antispam security is really worKing I guess.