Radiation data from 36 air monitors around Los Alamos still not released, “should be available soon” — Feds say preliminary sampling showed no ‘dangerous’ or ‘significant’ levels

Published: July 8th, 2011 at 10:55 am ET


Tests show normal radiation exposure rates near Las Conchas, Taos News, July 7, 2011:

[…] Concerns have been raised about potential contaminants in the smoke from Las Conchas, but preliminary tests have found “typical” radiation exposure rates. […]

The ASPECT [Airborne Spectral Photometric Environmental Collection Technology, operated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense] mission report states no dangerous levels of radiation were found in the surveyed areas. […]

The survey reported “no significant radiological detections.” However, the ASPECT report did not include chemical data. […]

Environment Department spokesman Jim Winchester said the ASPECT data is the “first round” the department is receiving, and data from the 36 air monitors should be available soon. He said analysis of filters in the air monitors will give the department a “snapshot” of what was happening on specific days during Las Conchas fire.

“We are going to be getting more specific chemical analyses,” he said. “Those (air monitors) have a seven-day turnaround time.” […]

It’s been more than 10 days since fire began threatening the Los Alamos lab:

Raging wildfires only 1 mile from nuclear lab at Los Alamos force evacuation — “Officials insist that radioactive material is secure” – June 27th, 2011 at 09:28 am EDT

Published: July 8th, 2011 at 10:55 am ET


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47 comments to Radiation data from 36 air monitors around Los Alamos still not released, “should be available soon” — Feds say preliminary sampling showed no ‘dangerous’ or ‘significant’ levels

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    No news is good news.

  • americancommntr

    Who can believe these employees?

    It’s likely that somewhere in the federal code of statues there is one which would allow stripping a federal employee participating in a coverup, of their pension benefits, in addition to prosecution for lying.

    • americancommntr

      Statutes, not statues. And further, maybe there is a Quo Warranto provision for yanking federal officials out of their positions when they break the law.

  • CB CB

    Traggic in the discomfort I feel about Los Alamos.

  • “no dangerous levels of radiation were found”
    Same as always, nothing to be concerned about !

  • for real comfort google: tepco admits… lol

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Ever see this Blog? I hadn’t til now through a tweet:

    We MUST and we WILL shut San Onofre and all the other nukes!

    • CB CB

      Can’t see from work.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        No more inadequate seismic studies
        No more incomplete tsunami studies
        No more promises of improvements
        No more lubricating oil fires, transformer explosions,
        bent turbine shafts, tritium leaks, dropped cranes, dead
        batteries, contaminated fuel oil, rusted power cables,
        stuck valves, cracked tubes or SCRAMs…
        No more all-new subcontractor teams
        No more spent nuclear fuel piling up
        No more “performance matrices”
        No more “lessons learned”
        No more falsified records
        No more near-misses
        No more hearings
        No more delays
        No more lies
        No more.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      REMINDER – About an hour from now Arnie will be on Progressive Radio

  • CB CB

    Insturment failure I’m sure, not calibrated correctly, high failure sensors, to delicate to handle, nobody qualified to operate are some excuses I expect shortly.

  • CB CB

    Prelimiary findings on an instant findings dosometer? Just sounds stupid.

    • radegan

      Oh gosh, it’s going to look very pretty. They need to perhaps paint images of sushi on it and remind everyone of the good things that come from Japan.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        They probably WILL.
        I’m listening to that program now where Arnie is supposed to be talking. Gary is talking about SOMETHING else.

    • alasanon

      Thanks for posting… I’m always thrilled when it seems like they’re actually doing something constructive and beneficial!! Otherwise, it’s like an insane asylum or suicide ward there in Japan. And they’re not lazy or lacking brains at all!… Let’s go!!!

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    I must have missed this from yesterday:
    Alert According to Officials Radiation In Fukushima City Now Higher Than Chernobyl

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    What a dumb question.
    “What were the birds in the background on your show yesterday?”

  • LIVE RADIO UPDATE: July 8th, 2011
    TODAY 12:30pm EST: Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen on WBAI Radio with Gary Null.
    Listen Live

    Later today Fairewinds will publish a video recording from the Duxbury, MA presentation “Can Fukushima Happen Here?” Watch the nation’s top independent nuclear experts discuss how Fukushima happened and whether or not American nuclear plants have similar vulnerabilities.

    Monday look for the complete video presentation of the C-10 conference at the Boston Public Library. Gundersen and Lochbaum take a step-by-step look at what happened at Fukushima.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Japan Regular with report so far:
    Three containmen­ts blew up in Fukushima. Forty years ago that containmen­t system was known to be a problem. 23 reactors in US have a “retrofitt­ed vent system.” Germany and Japan also have these. The fuel pools were converted to dry storage. But storing in spent fuels results in spent fuels catching fire. The radiation exclusion zone radius must therefore be 50 miles. The result of “saving money.”

    The difficulty in evacuating 50 miles in huge, if not impossible­. The Carrington effect creates large solar flares that caused electric surges on the wires. A solar flare will knock out the grid. Transforme­rs would be burned out.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      MORE FROM OUTNOW – who’s great at transcribing:

      The magneto-sp­here helped deflect the solar flares. Now this magneto-sp­here is broken down. The back generators up could fail. No cell phones, no computers, with meltdowns in progress! Your first clue would be not early warning; insterad, we would feel the effects of radiation.

      Sophistica­ted energy grids would be knocked out for years in the event of a large solar flares.

      NASA has warned of this for years. The NRC has no solution to this type of event. How long could you get diesel fuel to nuclear plants in the face of a Carrington­-type Wave.

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        Katrina-pu­nched in the stomach times ten.

        We would be worse than the 9th ward.

        Gary Null says to close all reactors. Arnie Gundersen says: “Carrinton effect will happen, according to NASA. Now they are silenced about the big transfrome­r since they have no surge protector. 100,000 bucks on each reactor and the problem goes away.”

        The House voted for it. It is the Senate Utilities lobby that prevents this safety step. Typical Senate energy lobby. The surges are inevitable­. Be prepared.

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          One last report from Outnow

          Basically, NASA has repeaedly warned of the Carrington Effect from solar flares. We have seen the magnitude of these flares on the NASA site. Yet, Senators from the energy consortium are blocking the legislatio­n passed by the House to require each operator to spend $100,000 on a surge protector. Since the North American energy grid is very sophistica­ted, like your computer, it must have a huge surge protector.

          The energy lobby has trumped NASA warnings and has silenced the agency. The NRC and other agencies are lead agencies as far as what informatio­n reaches us.

          So add solar flares to possible seismic activity, etc.

  • Thebes

    I am not calibrated and this should be taken only as an initial and very rough test from near Taos, where our cabin was heavily ashed from the fire while we took a timely vacation. It is still really heavy smoke for several hours a day.

    We just got home and picked up my combined alpha/beta/gamma mica window geiger counter. I swabbed our solar array, about a square meter in size. I tested the swab and although most of it was around background I was able to find three small spots that I could repeatedly find, these ran about 30% hotter than background (which is mostly gamma). When I covered the swab with a piece of paper I was only able to reliably find one of these spots. When I covered the swab with .25″ aluminum I was unable to tell any difference from background anyplace on it.

    I also tested a small residential air filter which ran for about 36 hours. We had the cabin closed up and although it was unusually dusty / sooty inside I found no bits of ash on our stuff. I found one spot on the filter that seems a bit higher than background without a paper slip over it, can’t find it at all with paper on it. The spot seemed to be back a bit from the front of the filter as the area seemed larger.

    I am taking this to mean that there were some occasional particles containing alpha and beta emitters. I wonder if this is unusual from dumped ash from a forest fire?

    It would seem prudent for area residents to keep their house closed up when its extremely smoky with ash falling. It would probably also be prudent to wear a dust mask if working outdoors in heavy smoke. I have already been advising offgrid friends not to collect rainwater this year due to Fukushima, this ash is a second reason to avoid bringing rainwater into your home or drinking it (common locally).

  • chemfood chemfood

    Oy. anyone here of a radioactive cloud over Los Angeles today?

  • Los Angeles radiation data have not been available from radnet for maybe 2 weeks. Same goes for San Diego. There must be a reason….

  • jirim

    FUCKING WEATHER – words of your pilot, when he had flew over kukura ( some of largest cities in Japan in time of WWII), and because of weather and it was decided to drop the little boy on Hiroshima… it was very rainy in Kukura a one native japanese from kukura was taught by friend just arriving from USA – how to scold, because japanese dont know the abuse – so he was calling over in this rainy day in Kukura “FUCKING WEATHER” to relieve due to rainy day. Did you know, that 1st atomic bomb had to be droped on Kukura and that japanese dont know to scold?

  • jirim

    I have spoken with my friend about these disasters and imho man is able to manage all under “normal” conditions, but if nature impacts in this way, we are fucked up… unfortunately

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    “Look mommy..no hands”.
    Look no radiation..the firemen aren’t even wearing respirators..
    Ya..the folks doing the BP clean up and out on the rigs were forbidden to wear respirators or told that conditions were safe.
    Now we have people dying silently..due to oil/dispersant exposure.
    The firemen fighting the fires around Los Alamos are being exposed to radiation.
    This plume went over my house.