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Off by 27 times? UC Berkeley study authors claim EPA’s limit for iodine-131 in drinking water is 81 pCi/liter — Actually only 3 pCi/liter

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Observations of Fallout from the Fukushima Reactor Accident in San Francisco Bay Area Rainwater, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley:

the US EPA limit on 131I allowed in drinking water of 3 Bq L−1 (81 pCi L−1) [5]

Citation 5: US Environmental Protection Agency website. Available: http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/​index.cfm#Radionuclides Accessed 2011 Aug 30 and . . . → Read More: Off by 27 times? UC Berkeley study authors claim EPA’s limit for iodine-131 in drinking water is 81 pCi/liter — Actually only 3 pCi/liter

EPA radiation monitoring exists so Feds can say they have a system — Not to report data that would undermine public support for nuclear power, thinks watchdog

“The easiest way to not have any concern over data is to have no data at all,” said Hirsch . . . → Read More: EPA radiation monitoring exists so Feds can say they have a system — Not to report data that would undermine public support for nuclear power, thinks watchdog

Idaho Paper: EPA’s “RadNet monitors were shipped out of Boise Tuesday” — Don’t expect an update any time soon

\Nuclear radiation in Teton Valley?, Teton Valley News, June 23, 2011:

[...] Boise rainfall samples [were] measuring by far the highest concentrations of radioactive nuclides in the country [...]

[...] A RadNet surveillance of radiation in precipitation, drinking water, milk and air cartridges, instituted in the wake of the nuclear event, was halted in . . . → Read More: Idaho Paper: EPA’s “RadNet monitors were shipped out of Boise Tuesday” — Don’t expect an update any time soon

Radioactive tritium has leaked from 75% of U.S. nuke plants — Drinking wells were contaminated in Illinois and Minnesota

75 percent of nuke sites have leaked tritium, AP, June 17, 2011:

Radioactive tritium has leaked from three-quarters of U.S. commercial nuclear power sites, often into groundwater from corroded, buried piping, an Associated Press investigation shows. [...]

At three sites – two in Illinois and one in Minnesota – leaks have contaminated drinking wells . . . → Read More: Radioactive tritium has leaked from 75% of U.S. nuke plants — Drinking wells were contaminated in Illinois and Minnesota

EPA posts latest radiation data: Cesium-137 in Delaware drinking water above “Maximum Contaminant Level”

Drinking Water RadNet Laboratory Analysis, EPA, June 2, 2011: . . . → Read More: EPA posts latest radiation data: Cesium-137 in Delaware drinking water above “Maximum Contaminant Level”

“A Massive Cover-up”: Texas officials directed staff to change test results that showed drinking water exceeded EPA radiation limits

Texas politicians knew agency hid the amount of radiation in drinking water, KHOU, May 19, 2011:

Newly-released e-mails from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality show the agency’s top commissioners directed staff to continue lowering radiation test results, in defiance of federal EPA rules. [...]

“It’s a conspiracy at the TCEQ of the highest . . . → Read More: “A Massive Cover-up”: Texas officials directed staff to change test results that showed drinking water exceeded EPA radiation limits

Watchdog: Inexplicable that EPA shut down Fukushima radiation monitoring after finding high levels of radiation in drinking water

Watchdog criticizes feds for pulling back on radiation monitoring, California Watch, May 10, 2011:

“With the Japanese nuclear situation still out of control and expected to continue that way for months and with elevated radioactivity continuing to show up in the U.S., it is inexplicable that EPA would shut down its Fukushima radiation monitoring . . . → Read More: Watchdog: Inexplicable that EPA shut down Fukushima radiation monitoring after finding high levels of radiation in drinking water

Physician: US should continue monitoring milk, rain because of Fukushima — It “always” turns out that radiation is higher than first thought

Canada and U.S. cut back radiation reporting, CBC News, May 9, 2011 . . . → Read More: Physician: US should continue monitoring milk, rain because of Fukushima — It “always” turns out that radiation is higher than first thought

Nuclear expert: “I really am horrified” that Feds abandoned Fukushima radiation monitoring

Feds Abandon Extra Radiation Monitoring of Milk, Water — Routine measurements will resume; nuclear expert calls decision “staggering”, Bay Citizen by John Upton, May 5, 2011

The U.S. government has abandoned efforts to monitor elevated levels of radiation that infiltrated the nation’s water and milk in the wake of a nuclear catastrophe in Japan. . . . → Read More: Nuclear expert: “I really am horrified” that Feds abandoned Fukushima radiation monitoring

EPA will no longer conduct radiation monitoring related to Fukushima — Results have not been updated for almost a week

Daily Data Summary, EPA’s Japanese Nuclear Emergency: Radiation Monitoring, May 03, 2011 at 3:24 pm EDT:

Due to the consistent decrease in radiation levels across the country associated with the Japanese nuclear incident, EPA will update the daily data summary page only when new data are posted. Historical daily data summaries will continue to . . . → Read More: EPA will no longer conduct radiation monitoring related to Fukushima — Results have not been updated for almost a week

Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk

Radioactive Strontium Found in Hilo, Hawaii Milk, Forbes blog, April 27, 2011:

A radioactive isotope of strontium has been detected in American milk for the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster—in a sample from Hilo, Hawaii—the Environmental Protection Agency revealed yesterday. [...]

EPA found 1.4 picoCuries per liter of strontium-89 in a milk sample . . . → Read More: Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk

New EPA radiation tests show Cesium in California rainwater at highest level since crisis began

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Precipitation RadNet Laboratory Analysis, EPA, April 25, 2011:

Richmond, California [San Francisco Bay Area], posted on April 25, collected April 14:

Cesium-134 @ 8.9 picoCuries/liter Cesium-137 @ 7.9 pCi/l

In the EPA’s previous four tests of California precipitation, there was no Cesium-134 or 137 detected:

Areas in US with highest Cesium levels detected . . . → Read More: New EPA radiation tests show Cesium in California rainwater at highest level since crisis began

New EPA data shows iodine-131 in Los Angeles tap water — Still no testing for radioactive cesium

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Drinking Water RadNet Laboratory Analysis, EPA, April 21, 2011:

State and city NOT testing drinking water for radioactivity because of EPA — EPA is “taking the lead”

Radiation traces in nearby water supply, Cleveland Daily Banner, April 15, 2011:

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… Whether the Cleveland area’s drinking water supply includes any traces of iodine-131 is unknown because the national sampling initiative is being led by EPA, according to Craig Mullinax, manager of Cleveland Utilities’ Water Division.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . . . → Read More: State and city NOT testing drinking water for radioactivity because of EPA — EPA is “taking the lead”

EPA: Florida rain has third most Cs-134 and fifth most I-131 of 72 samples taken in US

Precipitation, EPA RadNet Laboratory Data, April 13, 2011 . . . → Read More: EPA: Florida rain has third most Cs-134 and fifth most I-131 of 72 samples taken in US

Top Hawaii health official calls out Forbes’ journalist for reporting Hilo milk exceeds EPA radiation level… then admits he is “technically correct”

Honolulu Star Advertiser, April 12, 2011 . . . → Read More: Top Hawaii health official calls out Forbes’ journalist for reporting Hilo milk exceeds EPA radiation level… then admits he is “technically correct”

Amount of radiation in 3 gallons of milk from Hilo, Hawaii surpasses annual maximum contaminant level set by EPA

Comments from EPA: New Radiation Highs in Little Rock Milk, Philadelphia Drinking Water, Forbes blog of Jeff McMahon, April 11, 2011:

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… EPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL, so if you’re seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level] is 3.0 . . . → Read More: Amount of radiation in 3 gallons of milk from Hilo, Hawaii surpasses annual maximum contaminant level set by EPA

Cesium and iodine both at least 600% above EPA’s maximum contaminant level in Hawaii milk

Milk sample in Hilo, Hawaii collected April 4, 2011 . . . → Read More: Cesium and iodine both at least 600% above EPA’s maximum contaminant level in Hawaii milk

Arkansas milk 300% above EPA’s maximum contaminant level for radioactive iodine-131… 11 days ago

EPA: New Radiation Highs in Little Rock Milk, Forbes blog . . . → Read More: Arkansas milk 300% above EPA’s maximum contaminant level for radioactive iodine-131… 11 days ago

Cesium-137 levels in Vermont milk at 66% of maximum contaminant level allowed by EPA

“Cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began” . . . → Read More: Cesium-137 levels in Vermont milk at 66% of maximum contaminant level allowed by EPA

Phoenix milk sample exceeds EPA’s maximum contaminant level for radioactive iodine-131

“Milk Contamination At EPA Maximum” . . . → Read More: Phoenix milk sample exceeds EPA’s maximum contaminant level for radioactive iodine-131

Mystery? Washington air monitor shows sustained radiation spike on March 31, then goes out of service… Same city where iodine-131 found in drinking water

EPA finds radiation in Richland tap water… One of only two spots in the whole country . . . → Read More: Mystery? Washington air monitor shows sustained radiation spike on March 31, then goes out of service… Same city where iodine-131 found in drinking water

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