Radioactive fallout has now reached Southern California: Diplomat -AP

Published: March 18th, 2011 at 9:30 am ET


Source: minuscule fallout reaches US, AP, March 18, 2011 at 9:20 am EST:

A diplomat says Japan’s radioactive fallout has reached Southern California but first readings are “about a billion times beneath levels that would be health threatening.”

The diplomat, who has access to U.N. radiation tracking, was citing readings Friday from one of its California-based measuring station. He asked for anonymity Friday because the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization does not make its data public.

Published: March 18th, 2011 at 9:30 am ET


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4 comments to Radioactive fallout has now reached Southern California: Diplomat -AP

  • Brian Gregory

    Please read: ‘NO SUCH THING AS A SAFE DOSE OF RADIATION: There are many reputable scientists who believe, based on their research, that there is no threshold for radiation damage to humans- no dose which is harmless’

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    • Good post. I’ll try cut and paste the whole thing minus the references. Most of the below is from the BEIR Report(s):

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      There are many reputable scientists who believe, based on their research, that there is no threshold for radiation damage to humans- no dose which is harmless. These are just a few of their words:

      “There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of a malignancy is
      zero”–Dr. Karl Z. Morgan, dubbed the father of Health Physics.

      “…there is no safe level of exposure to ionising radiation, and the search for quantifying such a safe level is
      in vain.”—Rosalie Bertell, PhD.

      In 1940, several members of the US Committee on X-Ray and Radium Protection “proposed that the [radiation exposure] standard be lowered by a factor of five in response to the accumulating evidence that ANY
      amount of radiation, no matter how small, can cause genetic damage, injuring future generations.” Gioacchino Failla argued against the lowering of the standards saying that “if genetic damage were to be a consideration for standard-setters, then logically no radiation exposure should be allowed.”

      “…the human epidemiological evidence establishes—by any reasonable standard of proof—that there is no
      safe dose or dose-rate…the safe-dose hypothesis is not merely implausible—it is disproven.” Dr. John.W.Gofman

      “One thing we should take from this (1991 study of Oak Ridge weapons workers by Steve Wing, et al.) is
      that there isn’t any safe level of radiation exposure…” Dr. Carl Shy

      “The reanalysis (of Hanford worker data) provides no support for the idea that…there is reduced cancer effectiveness of radiation at low dose levels…” Drs. G.W. Kneale and A. Stewart

      “There is evidence that single tracks of all types of ionizing radiation can induce a variety of damage including DNA double-strand breaks which are believed to be critical lesions in radiation exposure. There is
      also a body of experimental evidence that argues against an error-free DNA repair system operating at low
      doses of ionizing radiation that might result in a dose threshold for the induction of gene and chromosomal
      mutations.” MP Little and CR Muirhead.

      “An important feature of alpha irradiation is that, no matter how low the total dose to the whole body, a substantial dose of radiation (approx. .5 Gy) is delivered to an individual cell if it is traversed by a single alpha
      particle.” E Wright

      .The U.S. Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation concludes that, despite some evidence
      of a partial repair mechanism, recent low-dose radiation data “do not contradict the hypothesis, at least with
      respect to cancer induction and hereditary genetic effects, that the frequency of such effects increases with
      low-level radiation as a linear, non-threshold function of the dose.” (National Research Council BEIR V

      [I think he means to say the same as all of the above, i.e. that: cancer frequency increases with amount of radiation from zero up to infinity - mapped as a straight line on Cartesian coordinates with Amount of Radiation on the X axis, and Likelihood of Getting Cancer on the Y axis.][My note: May 3, 2011]

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