Obama pick to lead EPA is from ‘Office of Air and Radiation’ — In charge of troubled ‘RadNet’ during Fukushima peak

Published: March 4th, 2013 at 5:23 pm ET


Mother Nature Network, Mar. 4 2013: President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in his second term, plucking her from the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation […] While her tenure at the Office of Air and Radiation is generally lauded, McCarthy has faced some scrutiny lately. At issue is a warning her office released in March 2011, shortly after a tsunami wrecked Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The OAR announced its RadNet air-monitoring system had detected low levels of Fukushima radiation in the U.S., but a followup report by the EPA’s inspector general found 20 percent of RadNet sensors were broken at the time, and had been for 130 days on average. The report cited subpar upkeep and lack of oversight, noting the problem “may reduce the availability and quality of critical data needed to assess radioactive threats to public health.” […]

San Francisco Chronicle: […] a key program under her oversight has drawn sharp criticism from its internal watchdog. […] the monitoring network, known as RadNet, was in disarray when radiation began spewing from Fukushima. Fully 20 percent of RadNet monitors across the United States were inoperative, and had been for an average of 130 days. […] the inspector general faulted maintenance of the monitors and added that implementation of the program was incomplete and years behind schedule. It blamed insufficient oversight from the office McCarthy heads as assistant administrator for air and radiation. […] The report said that the problems “may reduce the availability and quality of critical data needed to assess radioactive threats to public health.”[…]

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Published: March 4th, 2013 at 5:23 pm ET


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45 comments to Obama pick to lead EPA is from ‘Office of Air and Radiation’ — In charge of troubled ‘RadNet’ during Fukushima peak


    it's Monday…needed a good laugh…

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Harmful radiation flooded the West Coast, and beyond.

  • hbjon hbjon

    The blind are leadind the blind. The inmates are running the asylum. They just treat us like shitake mushrooms.

  • razzz razzz

    What a close knit family and you get rewarded for mismanagement by being placed in a higher paying job so you can do even more damage.

    • Thad

      have you read "The Peter Principle"

      The Peter Principle is a belief that, in an organization where promotion is based on achievement, success, and merit, that organization's members will eventually be promoted beyond their level of ability. The principle is commonly phrased, "Employees tend to rise to their level of incompetence."

      • razzz razzz

        In my travels on the net I have heard of it referenced on business sites even though if was first applied to machines then humans from observations.

        "…Anything that works will be used in progressively more challenging applications until it fails…

        …It may be that the new position requires different work skills which the employee may not possess…

        …Thus, "work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence."…"

        I only quoted those sad lines because if it weren't so true it would be funny. Seemed to be the holding pattern at places I have worked before.


    • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

      @razzz;THANKS!! I am abso-effing-lutely incensed and dealing with the onset of a massive blood-pressure triggered migraine headache as I was thinking EXACTLY what you posted amongst "other" things and I gotta say this kind of flagrant crap pushes me to my ledge & almost don't give a shit if I go over the side as long as there's a "deserving" member of the group of sick-f_cks who herd the lemmings over the edge waiting at the bottom for me to land squarely on their heads with my ratty,old size-13EE shit-kickin',boondocker boots!! So I gather Environmental Dimensions LLC will now be able to afford to move out of the small,single-story building it shared with a veterinarian's office in MO after the benefactor was rewarded for complicity & collusion in former Bush Admin "crimes & travesties of justice"??!! I'd bet there's still some rants I'd posted as far back as late-Spring 2011 that was part of the overall,collective,voice of contempt?!! A sentiment shared by all SENSIBLE parties who fully understand,if not currently dying or "just about there" regarding the onset of aggressive,fatal cancers that I also would bet will be the "actual"(behind-closed-doors)motivating factor that would trigger logic,fear and a sudden spike in logic & intellect unexpectedly in the "elite"-ruling class indicated by large numbers of assholes displaying common-sense,conscience & selfless impulses to "do the right thing" even if it costs them money!! 2 Years now & we're still…

  • nedlifromvermont

    … can you say, "Cover Up???" … Plumegate lives on, at a higher pay grade ….

    Barack Obama, Do you really want to go down in history as the first black mass murderer? I think Idi Amin might have a claim …
    start talking truth to nuclear power …

    … And GE … where is the off switch???

    peace ..

    • Its Curtains

      "the first black mass murderer"? Really!? First off he wouldn't be the first "black" mass murderer in history. Secondly, and more importantly, do you really have to bring race into play? Couldn't you just have simply said the first mass murdering president in American history? You've just proven yourself to be an ignorant ass and any further comments from you should be scrutinized for their validity.

      • TraderGreg

        I would be the last person to be accused of racism – but, but when four years ago you were dancing and rejoicing the first black President it was OK – right? No race card at all?

        I think Obama is the worst President in history of this country. Cannot blame it on Bush anymore. His (mis)handling of the Wall Street crimes, BP disaster and Fukushima cover up are more than enough for this indictment. It is the world's most corrupt administration – shame!

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    In a sad way, this makes perfect sense.

    If McCarthy would have raised holy hell about RadNet, she would have been labeled an anti-administration whistle-blower. When the former Under-Secretary of Defense gets some executive office sugar, the overpriced maintenance contract for that junk, you are not allowed to complain. At the very least, the fed family would have destroyed McCarthy's career. More likely, they would have her taken out.

    Instead, McCarthy did what every other federal bureaucrat did: toe the line and preserve their crappy position until they get bumped up another rung on the feeding chain.

    Who better to lead the EPA in the administration's eyes than a fed family team player? Besides, 'Environmental Protection' is only for important people, not annoying peons.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    It is obvious that Pres. Obama is a puppet of the nuclear industry. When his children grow up and become more educated and have to live with the consequences of his actions, they won't be happy campers. Like everyone else, we will all be dead and the planet fried forever. Unless we have to first face a populace mutated into sub humans and everyone running around with Alzheimer's.

  • Proton

    This reminds of so many X-Files episodes

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    What was that phrase, "Like Dracula watching the Blood Bank"

  • patb2009

    Someone got their 13 pieces of silver

  • We Not They Finally

    So the Office of Air and Radiation has apparently been SHUT DOWN — for going on two years now. We get NO reports. So we are getting a "fixer" for EPA? She fixes problems "but good." They just magically disappear, no questions asked. Great pick.

  • We Not They Finally

    Rather interesting that "20%" of the monitors were inoperative that March 11th, yet we never even heard from the [other, alleged] 80%?

  • Mack Mack

    Here's the RadNet query page in case anyone doesn't have it.

    It's not hard to use.


    IMO, there was either incompetence or an intentional action to minimize the results by RadNet.

    I say this because I watched the weather closely in the beginning of the crisis.

    And for example Iodine-131 AIR FILTER results for Tampa say "ND" (no detect) yet the results were from after a strong rain. So of course after a strong rain, the Iodine would have been washed out of the air.

    And then the MDC (Minimum detection) goes up and down and can make it look like nothing was detected even though something was detected.

    Nuclearcrimes.org did the best analysis I've read on RadNet (and why Nuclearcrimes only has 140 Facebook likes is a mystery because he's doing some great analysis)


    • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

      You are right about the top notch work at nuclear crimes. I am glad you mentioned their facebook page becaue I never noticed they had one. I must get so involved reading that I didn't look around their page and see that. Just went there and liked.

  • Mack Mack

    For the most comprehensive information on radiation in food and milk, go to:


  • Sickputer

    Thanks Mack…Nuclear Crimes is great website and the documented trail of the crooked liars at SadNet is very damning.

    SP: They routinely falsify data so their credibility is absolutely zero with me. I don't believe anything published by RadNet. They sold their soul to the nucleocrats long ago.

    The really sad thing is that there is no one in American government honest enough to challenge their crimes. The entire government is complicit either overtly or by inaction. You are on your own for the survival of your family.

  • Sol Man

    So many in government have sold their souls for the assured cash flow that corporate branding will provide. Not that they care, nor can they be awakened from their trance, not the honor to Self and Principle, that has been replaced.
    Sold to the highest bidder for fiat!

  • Mack Mack

    "Obama’s pick for Secretary of Energy Advocates Nuclear and Fracking"

    by Karl Grossman

    "With the nomination of Ernest Moniz to be the next U.S. secretary of Energy, President Barack Obama has selected a man who is not only a booster of nuclear power but a big proponent of fracking, too. What happened to Obama’s call for “clean” energy in his 2013 State of the Union address?"

    "Moniz, a physicist and director of the MIT Energy Initiative, heavily financed by energy industry giants including BP and Chevron, has long advocated nuclear power."

    Read more:

  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


    "Moniz, a physicist and director of the MIT Energy Initiative, heavily financed by energy industry giants including BP and Chevron, has long advocated nuclear power."I didn't know yesterday that Steven Chu was "out" only to be replaced by someone even worse. One way to understand what the President says is to realize that the exact opposite of what he says is the truth. Works for me every time.

  • nedlifromvermont

    I stand by my previous comment …

    mass murdering mulatto President

    peace …

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Calling the President mulatto is really offensive and does nothing to help the anti-nuclear movement.

  • nedlifromvermont

    okay then … mass murdering President …. trying to spice things up here, 'cause I'm a little pissed off at this particular Nucleocrat murdering SOB … so I got a littler carried away … He, Brother Barack, is still earning the title of mass murderer by shielding the nuclear fascists from the truth and scrutiny they deserve …

    No off switch in the reactor kit, eh GE …. more mass murderers, bring good death to life

    no offense intended, just wanted it to get picked up …

    still not sure if mulatto is offensive, but the radiation is damaging my sensitivity …

    peace …

  • irhologram

    I don't mean to be controversial, but may I point up that calling the president a mass murderer isn't as agregious as stating he is a mulatto? Mulatto is a proper term, meaning a blend of black and white races, which culturally means he is of mixed, divergent backgrounds…and his case, not just black and white, but a bloodline from a different country, Kenya, along with his English mother…but also with a cultural upbringing as an Indoneasian. There are some who say it's all nurture…that standards are learned. There are some who say it's all nature, that genetics determine predisposition And some say it's both. So no quarrel over the mass murderer statement, then? Ok. Then we're good.

  • irhologram


  • sadtexan

    Ned from Vermont, the term mulatto may not be offensive to you, but it is certainly offensive to some and you have to have some inkling that that would be the case. Race is still a very touchy subject in this country. Thus, I don't see how you can overlook the potential of your words to offend and totally undermine your arguments regarding the subject at hand.

    As someone who has very mixed feelings about this President's treatment of several issues (not just the nuclear issue), but also someone who voted for him, I am disheartened to see some of the knee-jerk, anti-Obama vitriol pop up in this community.

    Certainly we can discuss Obama's decisions without bringing racial slurs or flippant "worst President EVAAAR" proclamations into it? Remember, that stuff is very similar to the kind of knee-jerk right-wing political discourse that is turning A LOT of people off politics right now, and it totally undermines attempts to present this site as one disseminating useful information.

    There are plenty of folks out there who generally support Obama and who are also scared about the growing nuclear catastrophe and are ready to act, to help. Why do you or anyone want to risk running those people off before they have a chance to get involved?

    • yogda yogda

      The time for being nice is over. If you have any sympathy for him or Bush you still have much to overcome.

      Mixed feelings aside this man and his cabinet = a huge steaming pile.

      • sadtexan

        Another flippant comment.

        • yogda yogda

          Writing four paragraphs of "mixed emotions" add nothing productive to this thread and is the definition of flippant.


            totally agree yogda. Anyone who's still buying into the good-versus-bad-guy paradigm is either suspect or a novice…

          • sadtexan

            I beg to differ, dear, but keep those flippant comments coming.

            Not showing a serious or respectful attitude: "a flippant remark".
            frivolous – light-minded

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    Some people on this website are hired by the Japanese and/or the Russians and/or the Chinese to divert focus on the fact that the Japanese own half of GE nuclear and about 87% of Westinghouse. These bloggers are not truly against nuclear. The substandard parts in our nuclear reactors are being built in Asia. United we stand, divided we fall. These bloggers do everything to divert attention from the truth of the hold of Russia, China, and Japan, France, and UK on the nuclear industry and uranium mining.

    President Obama has the power to place a moratorium on nuclear energy, uranium mining, use of uranium and depleted uranium in war munitions and other manufactured products. He was elected because of his diverse cultural background. The US is a culturally diverse nation. In the past this culturally diversity was the strength of the nation. Hopefully the politicians haven't sold everything off to enrich themselves only.

    Everyone who is part of the human race has nearly the same mixed genome, which unfortunately is becoming rapidly mutated by man-made radionuclides. These mutations are the opposite of healthy and will become worse with each succeeding generation.

    • nedlifromvermont

      Dear Anne! I love your honesty and sincerity, and I agree with most everything you share and am glad you're doing all the research you are doing, because I don't have the time.

      But please stop whitewashing American involvement in nuclear energy.

      In the 1950's and 60's there was a race to secure economic advantage in the nuclear business, just as in 1911-12 there was a race to dominate the North Atlantic passenger trade: why JP Morgan created the International Mercantile Marine and bought the White Star Line (Titanic.) Twenty years before, Mr. Morgan helped my great grandfather, C A Coffin, put GE together)

      It was GE who won this race, beating out more conservative reactors favored by the British and the French. GE's fixed price contract for the "cheaper" Mark One BWR at Oyster Creek started the "Bandwagon" movement into nuclear. It was the U.S.'s dominant position in international business and finance which pushed this through, the Chinese were not players, Japan was defeated and bankrupt, a U.S. client state, and the Russians were doing their own thing.

      Without insistence on building this ridiculous industry out by rabid psychopaths like Lewis Strauss and GE Executives, this whole farsical business would never have rolled out of its cradle …

      We did it. The U.S. Build a "cheap" reactor? Rather like running a lightly clad steamer, with one third the necessary lifeboats, full power into an ice field. Wouldn't you say?

      peace …

  • Now add in the new evidence out of Chernobyl that even GLASS encasement turns to dust before the 30 years mark…?

    The entire glassification process they are build out at Hanford is now known to be a farce! It doesn't work long term!

    It cost the team the lives of 2 men to gather this information.


    SO..?! We are now back to square one with not one damned thing we know of to contain it over the long term

    • So… setting aside the entire issue of what it's doing to the genetics of all carbon life…? WE HAVE NO SOLUTION to what is to be done with waste that can kill every living thing!


      The vitrification and storage in glass last at most 30 years!

      The stuff needs 241,000 years of containment!

      Are we GETTING the POINT across YET!?

  • nedlifromvermont

    Isn't Nuclear Power wonderful?