Senior Scientist: US West Coast had radiation dose estimated at 5 microsieverts from Fukushima; I’m not going to say it’s low, risk of health effects ‘not zero’ — CBC: There’s more radiation in potato chips than fish around Fukushima plant… so of course there’s nothing to fear on West Coast (VIDEO)

Published: June 7th, 2014 at 4:40 pm ET


Vancouver Aquarium: Fukushima – A View From The Ocean, June 5, 2014 (h/t Deep13th Nuclear Waste Info): The triple disaster of the March 11, 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent radiation releases at Fukushima Dai-ichi were unprecedented events for the ocean and society. […]  Across the Pacific, ocean currents carrying Fukushima cesium will be detectable along the west coast of North America at some point in 2014, and though models predict levels below those considered of human health concern, measurements are needed. A report will be given on Our Radioactive Ocean, a citizen scientist website launched to monitor the arrival of Fukushima cesium along the west coast over the coming 2-3 years.

  • At 44:00 in — Dr. Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution oceanographer: Recently specific numbers form the California Coastal Commission released in April — what they were doing was taking the peak value in the air in San Francisco and in the water and calculating doses, if someone were to be exposed for an entire year… What they did was they added up the internalizing — drinking water and breathing those peak concentrations — and they came up with a dose of 5 microsieverts… That’s equivalent to a dental x-ray. Not to trivialize and say it’s low, it was not as high – I always look to Japan if I’m going to expect health effects… I am more concerned about the health effects in Japan… Not to say it’s zero, but it’s much higher there… You can’t control groundwater, there’s groundwater flowing everyday into those buildings, into the ocean.
  • Watch Buesseler’s presentation here

CBC News, May 16, 2014: CBC science contributor Dr. Torah Kachur compares the levels of radiation in fish near Fukushima and in everyday foods, such as potato chips.

  • CBC Host: If I told you there was more radioactivity in a bag of chips than a fish caught off the coast of Fukushima, you probably wouldn’t believe me. But you don’t have to take my word for it, a new report from a UN body says that naturally occurring radiation in the foods we eat like potato chips exceed the levels of most fish in the waters around the nuclear disaster. […] So I guess on this side of the ocean of course, then nothing to fear.
  • Dr. Torah Kachur, science contributor: Nothing to fear on this side, have your Pacific salmon.
  • Host: So what’s this about potato chips and radiation?
  • Kachur: Just the idea to remind ourselves that radiation is all around us. Three’s different types of radiation, some dangerous some not… a small bag of chips and a lot of the foods we eat contain radiation so a small bag of chips is 129 becquerels of radiation, so thinking oh my gosh Ive got to call my doctor…. Radiation that’s naturally coming from food is potassium-40. … it’s naturally occurring… it’s obviously not dangerous to our cells. So this 129 Bq actually means it’s 20,000 times less than what a dangerous dose is, So radiation sounds terrible but again we’re always exposed to a little bit. […]
  • Host: Why were there so much concern in the first place?
  • Kachur: The concern really stemmed from the scale of this and the potential for a disaster more than anything… a potential nuclear meltdown.
  • Host: So the bottom line here then — The fears about radiation from Fukushima are unfounded then.
  • Full CBC broadcast here
Published: June 7th, 2014 at 4:40 pm ET


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169 comments to Senior Scientist: US West Coast had radiation dose estimated at 5 microsieverts from Fukushima; I’m not going to say it’s low, risk of health effects ‘not zero’ — CBC: There’s more radiation in potato chips than fish around Fukushima plant… so of course there’s nothing to fear on West Coast (VIDEO)

  • rogerthat

    ''LANL director Charlie McMillan stopped operations to address nuclear criticality safety concerns back in June of last year.''

    – The first criticality event in a Standard Waste Box at PF-4 happened a year ago. Before kitty litter. So maybe there are more than 500 barrels out there with this problem?

  • It's so hard to break through the news blackout but I'm predicting there will be more field reporters with "human interest stories" that bit by bit add actual info into the general public's awareness.

    C'mon young gutsy journalists….go, go, go!!! Get on camera…. Offer up a bag of chips next to a 6 foot cube of lead and cement that has a sign on it. "Contains a speck of plutonium and whatever else the fish ate" as it followed the food chain across the currents."

    • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

      Lastchants- The highest bidder dictates what news will be shown, and/or discussed. A young gusty journalist by the name of Michael Hastings found out what happens these days when a reporter goes rogue and actually tries to inform the public about a real issue.

  • RIP Michael….yeah, I know. 🙁 Too many "suicides too".

  • @ MoonlightEmpire
    June 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    I admire you fellow earth resident. I am for it 100%.

  • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

    "a new report from a UN body"

    You mean this one?

    "According to the report, drafted last year but only recently finalized by the U.N., “The doses to the general public, both those incurred during the first year and estimated for their lifetimes, are generally low or very low. No discernible increased incidence of radiation-related health effects are expected among exposed members of the public or their descendants.
    Increased rates of detection of [thyroid] nodules, cysts and cancers have been observed during the first round of screening; however, these are to be expected in view of the high detection efficiency [using modern high-efficiency ultrasonography]. Data from similar screening protocols in areas not affected by the accident imply that the apparent increased rates of detection among children in Fukushima Prefecture are unrelated to radiation exposure.”

    (from )

    …if it sounds too good to be true, even from the UN…well, you know the rest.

  • demise demise

    The lies, cover-up and blackout continue and you may ask why?
    Everything in life is about money. The US and Japan governments are terminally broke. If they admit there is a problem, then they have to pour resources into it or have public uprisings. The alternative is to stonewall the facts and do not admit there is a problem. They are not ignoring it. They are working hard to hide it and prevent the truth from becoming wide spread. That is the whole plan and Obama is the king of deception and stonewalling.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    It's all about the money. Always follow the money!

    But with Nuclear it is much more than just money and it's very, very, dirty money, since Nuclear is about gaining power and greed and then more continual power and more continual greed… and all of it is by force. 🙁

    Our world is now in very serious trouble, not only from Nuclear Power failures leaking this invisible poison into our environment, but also from a growing list buttons. 🙁

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    No Risk? According to Kevin Kamps every single reactor needs to be shut down. Great video but skip the first minute.

  • isogoodhumans

    I hate the CBC. They take my tax dollars and spew back lies in return.

  • WesternKyMan

    your friendly banana/potato chip/lima bean/brazil nut etc conversion numbers.

    based on an average of 500 milligrams pf potassium per serving.

    If you ate 204 million bananas every 16 days for 80 days (over 1 billion bananas) you MIGHT achieve the radiation equivalent of 1 milligram of cesium-137.

    If you take it down 2 more steps,

    If you ate 500,000 bananas every 16 days for 80 days, (2.5 million nanner) you MIGHT achieve the radiation equivalent of one trillionth of a gram of cesium-137.

    Bon appetite….

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Yes, Bon appetite! 🙂

  • ruppert

    Wouldn't it be funny if a whole bunch of people flooded customer service lines of chip manufacturers inquiring about the radiation content in their products from that article?

    Just say'n