Nuclear policy expert: “Striking” that radioactive iodine-131 in California rainwater is so far above level permitted in drinking water

Published: April 2nd, 2011 at 2:28 am ET


Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Bay Citizen, April 1, 2011:

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“It’s troubling that the EPA has to date not provided any precipitation data of its own, while measurements that have been made by states and others across the country are indicating somewhat surprising elevations of iodine-131.” …

“It is striking that rainwater could be measured in Berkeley with radioiodine that is that far above the level you would generally be permitted to drink.”

Read the report here.

Bay Citizen via NY Times here.

First reported at Radioactive Iodine-131 in rainwater sample near San Francisco 18,100% above federal drinking water standard

Published: April 2nd, 2011 at 2:28 am ET


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20 comments to Nuclear policy expert: “Striking” that radioactive iodine-131 in California rainwater is so far above level permitted in drinking water

  • Michelle

    Genocidal maniacs in the White House.

  • Ionize

    President Obama just like the Japanese government is downplaying the Ionizing Radiation. They are protecting the rich and powerful nuclear lobby. This is global genocide.

    Nuclear radiation is forever. There is no safe level and no amount of radiation is safe.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    This above average contamination of rain water just won’t stop at California. Unless, they have an invisible barrier some where?

  • Thousands of rural residents in New Mexico gather rainwater for drinking and gardening. The EPA has not issued any advisory for this.

    This has been a dry winter and everyone here will be trying to catch rainwater next time it rains, unless they were smart enough to think for themselves first.

  • NobodyKnows

    Local water distributors Do not and cannot take radioactive material out of lakes used for public drinking water! And it’s hard for them to test for it as it is expensive and are not mandated by EPA unless it was detected prior from an earlier test. How about that?

  • rtodia

    Cut them some slack. They’ve got bigger fish to fry. That darned CO2 molecule has got to be eliminated altogether, you know.

  • datajunkie

    EPA just posted data on rainwater sampling on its web site:

    The hotspots looks like Richmond, CA and Boise, ID with readings as high as 242 piC/L. There are still big gaps in the data, with no data from samples taken after March 23rd and no data from the Oregon, Alaska or Hawaii.

    • xdrfox

      Those States had low CPM compare to many other States this week !, I counted 49 stations off line today compared to 60 up and running across the country ! Fl. has been in the dark since this started !

  • Joseph Campo
    April 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm · Reply
    The reality is everyone saw this scenario
    unfolding weeks ago.Our government did absolutely nothing to prepare or warn anyone for this potential disaster.As usual it is one cover up after another. It reminds me of the Titanic, the band played on and the privileged danced while the ship went down.
    Heaven forbid, we wake the sheep.If this sounds cynical, It is NOT, It is REALITY

  • Bruce

    Paranoia will destroy you. Fear moves people. Get a grip people.

  • 67Mopar

    I think it would be prudent for people to understand that the US Government’s first priority is to protect the stock market. It’s bad enough that we are facing a public health crisis… We don’t need an economic crisis to go along with it. Understand that you need to protect yourself and your family the best YOU can. Stop looking to the US Government to tell you what you can discover for yourselves.

    Purchase a portable G-M meter that senses alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, and learn how to use it. Post your findings on YouTube, and any other such website.

    These are great meters, and they are BUILT IN THE USA!:

    – A portable G-M meter is easy to carry, and can be used anywhere. These are needed to check for particulate radioactive matter that may have come into contact with your food. and surrounding ionizing radiation. Consumption is bad yes, but not nearly as bad as inhalation. Once you inhale it – it’s there forever! Use Zeolite to help absorb these contaminates from your body, and imit your exposure to the outside air. Put a HEPA type filter in your A/C system. Wearing an appropriate filter mask would be wise also, if your in an area with high concentrations of suspended contamination.

    – Remember that green leafy vegetables tend to absorb radiation quite quickly. Stay away from bananas also. Banana peels soak them up like a sponge!

    Here’s a great link:

    – When you shower (not a bath), use a lot of soap with cool water. Using hot water will open your pours, which you don’t want initially. Don’t scrub right away either. You don’t want to force particulates into your skin. First rinse-off, then lather-up, rinse, lather-up, lightly scrub, rinse. Repeat with warm/hot water, then rinse with cool water to close your pours.

    There is no saving these reactors – so I don’t understand why they haven’t been covered in borax, clay, charcoal, resin, and concrete? I can only guess that the problem is it’s proximity to the water table. I believe the plant elevation is roughly 70 feet ASL. If the fuel comes into contact with the water, it could create a steam explosion! I suspect that they’re attempting to cool it down enough to render it incapable of burning through the foundation. Let’s pray that they are successful.

  • Dean M

    To paraphrase Yoda, “Fukked we are!”