Radioactive seaweed found in Vancouver, CA — “As of now, the levels we’re seeing are not harmful”: Nuclear physicist

Published: March 28th, 2011 at 5:03 pm ET
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Radiation detected in B.C. seaweed and rainwater not dangerous: researchers, Vancouver Sun, March 28, 2011 at 4:11 pm EDT:

A research team has detected an increased level of radiation in seaweed and rainwater samples gathered in B.C., and attribute the rise to the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan.

Nuclear physicist Kris Starosta of Simon Fraser University said… “As of now, the levels we’re seeing are not harmful to humans. … [W]e have not reached levels of elevated risk [of cancer].”

A press release sent by the university says that radiation from Japan is being carried to North America on the jet stream, but the most harmful radioactivity was scattered in the atmosphere. What radioactivity remains falls into the Pacific, and falls to land in the form of rain. …

Read the report here.

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33 comments to Radioactive seaweed found in Vancouver, CA — “As of now, the levels we’re seeing are not harmful”: Nuclear physicist

  • xdrfox

    “As of now, the levels we’re seeing are not harmful to humans. … [W]e have not reached levels of elevated risk [of cancer].”


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  • Helena

    The “levels” all these scientists are talking about are FLAWED AND ERRONEOUS. These so-called “levels” have been superceded by research documented over the past 30 years. This has been amply documented by Rosalie Bertell and Helen Caldicott. Anyone who isn’t taking precautions on the West Coast NOW is an idiot.


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  • xdrfox

    Are they keeping the accumulative amounts as we move through this active fall out, over months, adding the totals week by week ?
    I can not for there are..
    No numbers publish on report !


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  • Dan Stackhouse

    I might have missed it but I have not seen one single report to quantify what levels that are being found in the US. They just keep saying the levels detected are not dangerous. Well tell us the isotopes and measuremtns being found and we’ll decide for ourselves if it’s dangerous. Oh ya, I forgot – we’re not smart enough to decide for ourselves – which, unfortunately – for many of us this is true(thanks to our education system).


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  • xdrfox

    Same thing EPA said about Twin Towers after 911 and the VOC’s in the gulf now over 40% of population that were surveyed reports having health problems !


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Some of the readings from EPA
    Along the coast is less than 100 Beta Gross Count Rate
    I don’t understand that?

    https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/showMap.do

    Fixed Monitor Location: CO: COLORADO SPRINGS
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 06:32:04 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 07:32:12 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 167
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 4752
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 2781
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 841
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 394
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 265
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 364
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 114
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 91
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 134

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fixed Monitor Location: AZ: TUCSON
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 04:12:58 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 04:56:55 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 156
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 3232
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1966
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 555
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 295
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 175
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 218
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 119
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 48
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 53

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fixed Monitor Location: TX: SAN ANGELO
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 09:27:09 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 10:27:17 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 145
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 1705
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1174
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 330
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 206
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 102
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 124
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 81
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 41
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 47

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fixed Monitor Location: TX: CORPUS CHRISTI
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 05:28:30 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 06:28:37 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 135
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 1790
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1148
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 352
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 184
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 104
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 133
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 76
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 34
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 44

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Fixed Monitor Location: TX: FT. WORTH
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 08:55:48 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 09:55:56 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 109
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 2118
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1358
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 399
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 204
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 122
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 141
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 86
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 44
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 61

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    Fixed Monitor Location: CA: SAN FRANCISCO
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 09:28:54 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 10:29:02 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 15
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 1668
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1087
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 360
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 194
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 129
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 152
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 105
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 30
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 41


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  • Heather

    Not harmful to people. Erm, what about plankton and the fish that eat it, and the bigger fish that eat the smaller fish? And the abalone and the sea otters? Just curious, you know, Mr. Physicist.


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  • Helena

    Perhaps I was misunderstood in my earlier comment. The radiation findings being reported now are declared by scientists to be “insignificant” because they are relating these numbers to STANDARD LEVELS of “safety”. These standard levels which are used to determine the health risk are ALL OUT-OF-DATE. You can look at a list of numbers of rads, microsieverts, and millesieverts. Then you can only evaluate the strength of the radioactivity against the criteria supplied by the experts. BUT THE EXPERTS ARE MISINFORMED. And the nuclear industry is behind the deception. This has been documented for many years by Rosalie Bertell and Helen Caldicott, two tremendously knowledgeable researchers who have devoted their lives to discovering the truth about the effects of nuclear power and nuclear armaments… not only nuclear bombs, but the nuclear waste used now by the American military in the form of depleted uranium, now spread in “killing fields” all over Bosnia, all over Iraq, Afghanistan — and now Libya. Depleted uranium has also permanently disabled thousands of U.S., Canadian, British, French, and German soldiers.


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  • Don'tWanttoGlowintheDark!

    WHERE IS THE MEDIA???!!! I really don’t care about another goosed-up oil “war” in Libya when 4 nuclear reactors are melting down in much closer proximity…HELLO?!!!

    CNN is far more focused on analyzing the polls for Obama and the stunning revelation of human rights violations in the Middle East… Well, if they continue to ignore the health and safety of millions of North Americans, then we have a pressing human rights issue right HERE!!!


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  • Don'tWanttoGlowintheDark!

    Ok, they are finally covering Japan’s nuclear meltdowns on CNN tonight…Last priority, apparently–??!


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  • xdrfox

    Helena

    Yes, I have a Son pulling multiple deployments, Spreed the word !

    You go girl !


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  • xdrfox

    There is no such thing as safe levels !


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  • xdrfox

    **estimate based on 1.0uSv = 100 CPM conversion

    Fixed Monitor Location: OR: PORTLAND
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/25/2011 05:28:05 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/25/2011 06:28:12 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 406 <<<
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 2490
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1187
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 357
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 194
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 122
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 150
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 98
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 38
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 57

    Fixed Monitor Location: TX: LAREDO
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/25/2011 05:58:19 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/25/2011 06:58:26 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 104 <<<
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 1948
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1213
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 398
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 192
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 133
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 166
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 85
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 38
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 57

    Fixed Monitor Location: CO: DENVER
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/25/2011 05:46:32 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/25/2011 06:46:41 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 90 <<<
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 3405
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1726
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 493
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 294
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 159
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 192
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 119
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 50
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 60


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  • xdrfox

    Much of Texas was above (CPM):150 today


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  • Radiant Californian

    Helena totally nails it, Helen Caldicott was lightyears ahead of everything that is happening. Intellectually She rises to the top of the human heap and if the world listened to her (and Molly Ivins) 25 years ago our world would be a better place. BP and GE have destroyed the world they thought they owned and we are all completely fucked. In an interview last week on Australian radio Caldicott addressed the etiology about our nuclear/oil messes and says that it is not just a bunch of psychopathic males destroying the planet, these guys are hard wired to recklessly split atoms and drill to China for oil. Einstien was right, Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Einstein and Caldicott need to be listened to.


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  • Radiant Californian

    BTW Helena,should you remain with us, what precautions do you suggest we take out here on the west coast???


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  • xdrfox

    Good Read..
    A Call for Discipline in a World Out of Control
    By John Haffner, Zhang Yue
    March 28, 2011
    http://www.policyinnovations.org/ideas/innovations/data/000188


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  • xdrfox

    Fixed Monitor Location: TX: SAN ANGELO
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 11:24:44 AM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 12:24:52 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 236
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 2194
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1454
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 404
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 224
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 116
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 145
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 86
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 39
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 48


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  • xdrfox

    EPA Radiation Monitor Readings
    Submitted by The Wicked One on Mon, 03/28/2011 – 9:08am
    These are today’s Radiation Air Monitor readings- very high. The Beta Gross Readings the ones to watch. I live in Texas. San Angelo reading before the Nuclear Crisis was 30 CPM- today it is 240 CPM…significantly higher. These only measure certain specific radition products. One that is the big worry from Japan reactors… MOX FUELS and Plutonium…for which the U.S. does not measure. These are way more toxic nd half lifes are thousands of yearsin the soil, water, and air.

    https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/showMap.do

    Fixed Monitor Location: CO: COLORADO SPRINGS
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 10:30:06 AM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 11:30:14 AM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 282

    Fixed Monitor Location: CO: DENVER
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 12:00:33 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 01:00:41 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 269

    Fixed Monitor Location: TX: SAN ANGELO
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 12:24:59 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 01:25:06 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 240

    Fixed Monitor Location: SD: RAPID CITY
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 09:52:11 AM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 10:52:19 AM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 172

    Fixed Monitor Location: AZ: TUCSON
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 12:12:03 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 01:12:10 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 162

    Fixed Monitor Location: AZ: PHOENIX
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 12:24:49 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 01:24:57 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 135

    Fixed Monitor Location: FL: TALLAHASSEE
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 12:29:27 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 01:29:35 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 130

    http://www.steptalk.org/node/42956


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  • Afu

    The level of radioactivity in the US and Europe caused by Fukushima is * below * the daily variation of radioactivity.

    It’s nonsense to state that it’s not harmful. There is just no effect at all.

    Animated map here:
    http://sciences.blogs.liberation.fr/.a/6a00e5500b4a6488330147e385884e970b-pi


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  • Damon F.

    Afu-

    Your post is the non-sense! Don’t you see the readings posted above? 300+ CPM beta is not “below the daily variation of radioactivity.”

    WTF are you trying to do with this kind of post?


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  • Afu

    Those CPM (counts per mn) mean nothing.

    What counts is Sievert.
    That’s the unit that measures harm.
    People who work in nuclear plants have a Sievert-measuring device.
    The CPM are just fear-mongering crap.

    There’s nothing in Tahiti, nothing in Quebec, nothing in Guadeloupe.
    How can there be smth in the US?
    You are just getting psychic about nothing.


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  • xdrfox

    Fixed Monitor Location: SD: RAPID CITY
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 09:54:44 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 10:54:52 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 193
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 2431
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1581
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 469
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 222
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 132
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 172
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 87
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 34
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 40


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  • xdrfox

    Fixed Monitor Location: SD: RAPID CITY
    Measurement Start Date/Time: 03/28/2011 09:54:44 PM
    Measurement End Date/Time: 03/28/2011 10:54:52 PM
    Beta Gross Count Rate (CPM): 193
    Gamma Energy Range 2 Gross(CPM): 2431
    Gamma Energy Range 3 Gross(CPM): 1581
    Gamma Energy Range 4 Gross(CPM): 469
    Gamma Energy Range 5 Gross(CPM): 222
    Gamma Energy Range 6 Gross(CPM): 132
    Gamma Energy Range 7 Gross(CPM): 172
    Gamma Energy Range 8 Gross(CPM): 87
    Gamma Energy Range 9 Gross(CPM): 34
    Gamma Energy Range 10 Gross(CPM): 40

    https://cdxnode64.epa.gov/radnet-public/showMap.do


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  • ConradN

    Hi guys,

    I’m not sure what the real situation is out there in the States, but I agree with Afu that the EPA data in CPMs are uselesss: they must be converted into some meaningful radiaction protection units like Sieverts/h or Rads/h.
    Problem is: the CPM conversion radiation depends on the GM scale, and I just can’t find any meaningful information on the GM scales used by EPA. These data must be analyzed by some guy who knows their equipment to make any sense of all the EPA trash data…


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  • Helena

    TUESDAY UPDATE:

    PROTECTION FROM RADIATION – ARTICLE IN 2 PARTS
    by Dr. Len Horowitz

    March 13, PART I:
    http://www.healthyworldmessage.com/archive.php?id=134

    March 16, PART II:
    http://www.healthyworldmessage.com/archive.php?id=135


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  • Afu

    Just don’t spend a dime on those useless drugs advertized by Helena.
    There is no radioactivity at all and no need for ingesting that snake oil thing.

    Wash your hands with soap after going to the bathroom and put on a condom. This is Priority0 for your health and that of others. Avoid over-fat food, strong drinks, etc. Walk at least a continuous 15mn walk a day. Enjoy a good laugh at least once a day. The rest is BS.


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  • xdrfox

    Fukushima nuclear plant’ radiation found at UK sites
    29 March 2011

    Low levels of radioactive iodine believed to be from the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been detected in Glasgow and Oxfordshire.

    Health protection officials said the concentration of iodine 131 detected in air samples …

    The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) said it had been informed that an air sampler in Glasgow, almost 6,000 miles from Japan, had recorded the presence of radioactive iodine.

    The agency said the value reported was consistent…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-12892383


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  • @AFU
    Your comment “there is no radioacticity at all”
    Where have you been. Go to california berkleys site. Go to norwegian air site, go to scottish epa, go to HPO inGlasgow.
    There is radioactivity here from Japans reactors and it is still being released.
    Please be responsible for your comments and base them on fact not your wishful thinking.


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  • mikael

    A chart over differnces in measuring radiation.
    http://www.stevequayle.com/ARAN/rad.conversion.html
    and other implications, incl types of exposure.
    http://www.ndt-ed.org/EducationResources/CommunityCollege/RadiationSafety/theory/Measures.htm

    But remember it accumulates, and overtime, the exposure will be a risk.
    Whatever the actions taken in Japan, its Time that matters. If this goes on for a perion of 6 – 12 mon. and maybe several years.
    Then whatt.


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