Radioactive cesium levels continue to rise in milk from San Francisco Bay Area

Published: April 15th, 2011 at 7:17 am ET


UCB Milk Sampling Results, University of California, Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering:

Read the report here.

UC Berkeley compares the amount of radioactive liquid that one would need to ingest/consume to equal the radiation exposure of a round trip flight from San Francisco to Washington D.C.

See: Former DOE official criticizes UC Berkeley professor for comparing ingestion of radioactive iodine to air travel

Published: April 15th, 2011 at 7:17 am ET


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30 comments to Radioactive cesium levels continue to rise in milk from San Francisco Bay Area

  • Mike

    Uh-huh … does a round trip flight from San Francisco to Washington deposit radioactive cesium in your tissues where it continues damaging you long after your flight is completed? No? Then the comparison is completely inappropriate.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    If this isn’t stopped and layers keep pouring in, eventually everything could end up being radioactive. We will be seeing more cancer patients, and many more health problems here.

    As it comes across the US and Canada we are constantly over and over getting the first layers, then dissipating to the other Countries.

    If this place comes to a point that it becomes to radioactive, eventually the borders just might end up being closed.

    • xdrfox

      While investigators probed the blast site in protective suits, a mile-high column of radionuclides dragged across the landscape. The gamma-emitting dust cloud spread hazardous isotopes of cesium and strontium over 9,000 square miles, affecting some 270,000 Soviet citizens and their food supplies. Over twenty megacuries (MCi) of radioactivity were released, almost half of that expelled by the Chernobyl incident.

      A report compiled in 1991 found that the incidence of leukemia in the region had increased by 41% since Chelyabinsk-40 opened for business, and that during the 1980s cancers had increased by 21% and circulatory disorders rose by 31%. It is probable, however, that the true numbers are much higher since doctors were required to limit the number diagnoses issued for cancer and other radiation-related illnesses. In the village of Muslyumovo, a local physician’s personal records from 1993 indicated an average male lifespan of 45 years compared to 69 in the rest of the country. Birth defects, sterility, and chronic disease also increased dramatically.

    • xdrfox

      Keep in mind that the Chernobyl and the other were ONE Time events, This is a STEADY FLOW DAY AFTER DAY with NO END IN SIGHT !

    • xdrfox

      Does anyone think there will be any kind of health care/Medicare for the millions of Americans who will become sickened with Cancers ?
      Look to the People of the GULF for your answer, Look to NY 911 workers who waited 9 years to get some help from congress, many exspired before the help !
      A release from the Gov. May 10th 2011 Presidents Counsel says over 40% of Americans will get cancer at some point in their lives !

  • Cuica

    I agree with you Mike! Kai Vetter of University of California, Berkeley doesn’t know what he is talking about. I’m tired of these “diploma-ed official” saying stupid things in the hopes we will believe them. The truth is when radiactive compounds enter the human body the effects are different from those resulting from exposure to an external radiation source-it’s called, committed effective dose equivalent. Pick up a book Dr. Vetter.

  • Mudge

    I also agree. It is ridiculous the lack of knowledge these experts have. Unbelievable. CNN had one of these dumb ass experts saying cesium disappears after 16 days. (half life 8 days). If you want to see these dumb-ass PHD’s in action just watch CNN.

    The only exception I have found is Arnie Gunderson from – check it out. He’s smart and honest and an expert.

  • Moco

    A bunch of lying shills. They get attention and possible TV time if they preach the “conservative” story.
    Everything on TV is controlled propaganda.
    No wonder most people deny the truth and watch reality tv, thinking it is real.
    Enjoy your half life.

  • xdrfox

    Let me ask you…did the Gov. give you daily readings of the VOC”s in the air from the BP gusher ??? 911 site ?? If we were in danger would they tell you. Past behavior is best predictor of future behavior !

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I totally agree,

      Quote: Past behavior is best predictor of future behavior !

      And the past behavior has not been forth coming with information.

      • xdrfox

        Capt. Louis Bayhi – Charter boat captain and BP clean up worker experiencing severe health problems

        Crude Oil MSDS – MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET Crude Oil:

        Exposure Routes: Inhalation, ingestion, skin absorption , skin/eye contact
        Target Organs: Eyes, skin, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system. Acute Effect: May cause eye, skin, respiratory and nasal irritation. Ingestion may cause vomiting, resulting in aspiration and chemical pneumonia. Central nervous system effects from inhalation may include headache, dizziness, loss of balance and coordination, unconsciousness, coma, respiratory failure, and death.
        Exposure Routes: Inhalation, skin absorption, ingestion. Target Organs: Hematopoietic (blood forming) system, lymphatic system, nervous system, reproductive system

  • whimbrel

    lets not leave out the issue of mutations… two headed goats etc. Nor the issue of the environment. Bluebirds cant order KI and betonite clay. short life span quicker turnover… ergo effects seen sooner. The environment… bees, insects that pollinate, all the beauty of nature, you get the picture.

  • xdrfox

    Did FDA give us the materials and chemical list used in The Gulf to disperse and sink the Oil ?
    Did FDA tell us if New Viruses were being added to eat the Oil and what it consisted of ?
    Did FDA tell us of any added nutrient’s and how much were introduced into the Gulf in the attempt to aid in the recovery of the Gulf ?
    Now the Gulf is sick and they, NOAA, FDA(Gov.bodies) admit they don’t know what is causing the deaths of sea life and see no link in the people being sick as well !

    I don’t have to be a psychic or tea leaf reader to see the future here !
    Past behavior is best predictor of future behavior !

  • Jflys

    I hate the experts that are saying 8.9 pico curies is not dangerous in milk even though it is 3 time the MCL set by the EPA. The absorbed dose of radiation is accumulative. I realize that’s not such a problem for doses of I-131, which has a half life of 8 days, but for some of the other fission products not listed whose half lives are 28-30 years and remain in your body, they continue to build up and are a danger for many years. Hence, if we only drink 4 glasses of milk in a day, in less than a year, we will have consumed more than 1092 glasses and accumulated the stated dangerous dose of radiation. I’m beginning to think that the people who are responsible for these articles are either stupid or deliberately deceptive. Also, the levels of radiation will continue to rise as long as the reactors continue to spew radiation, and with that problem, the prospects of the crisis worsening are greater than the prospects of it soon ending.

    • xdrfox

      Like them telling us to put a Revolver to our head and pull the trigger with 3 rounds in the cylinder !
      Take a chance !

  • Jflys

    Why are they not pumping concrete already? I believe the Japanese business culture of protecting and serving one’s superiors, and the corporate good, are the cause of this grossly mishandled event. There has been a month long process of trying to save the salvageable assets and massive butt covering at the expense of the northern hemisphere’s health.

    • xdrfox

      They will need to put Boron in it as well, but I believe the dilemma is that they have to find a way to insert into the containment vessels as well, this could prove to be a difficult tasks, as well as filling the condensation/conversion tanks with. If they were not addressed they may build pressure or have free reign to build up pressures and blow away everything dumped on the outer upper areas !
      Just a laymans guess !

  • Jflys

    Do you think that Libya became important enough to attack right after the meltdown so the media could turn the heads of the TV sheep in that direction so they wouldn’t see it coming?

  • Esrin

    I’ve read all the comments here and it seems that everyone who has taken the time and effort to find sites like these are not buying what our corporate state tv, epa, fda, etc are peddling.

    So I’d just like to add one thing for all those who cannot get out of the fallout zone and feel helpless to do anything about it.. remember the power of pen and tongue!

    The power of pen and tongue can save this once great nation, its not too late.
    The power of pen and tongue brought down a president (Nixon) not so long ago and that was before the internet!
    The quality of a democracy can be measured by the quality of it’s journalism. That is why the press is the only business protected by the Bill of Rights (in the 1st Amendment).

    The time for watching and waiting is over. It’s time to draw the line, stand up and be heard.


    and I’ll add to that…


  • Northern Exposure

    “…one would have to consume at least 1,900 liters of milk to receive the same radiation dose as a cross-country airplane trip.”

    If I hear this logical fallacy one more time, I’m going to puke.