Marin Independent Journal, Dec. 3, 2013: Concern that a radioactive plume is headed for the West Coast from the crippled Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant has prompted Marin County officials to monitor the situation. [...] fears about toxic pollution have prompted supervisors Susan Adams and Steve Kinsey to ask that public safety, health and coastal staff track the issue. [...] While county officials point out that while concern is justified, there is no reason for alarm pending scientific study. But even experts do not know what, exactly, to expect when ocean waters carrying nuclear contaminants reach the West Coast in two or three years. How much of a threat will it pose? Will waves contaminated with cesium and strontium pollute the coast? [...] radioactive water has been leaking from damaged reactors [since disaster began in March 2011].
Susan Adams, Marin County Supervisor and head of the Marin County Disaster Council: “Obviously, from a public health and environmental perspective, the risks to Californians from radioactive contamination if the Fukushima facility is not repaired to the highest standards remains of concern. [...] I will also be contacting our state and federal representatives to learn more about what is being done to ensure the health and safety of our people and our resources from any future nuclear incident at the Fukushima plant.”
Steve Kinsey, California state coastal commissioner: “The water quality of our ocean is critical for both ecologic and food supply purposes [...] Relying on the assurances of the nuclear plant operator or an embarrassed Japanese government is not sufficient. [...] [I'm] pleased that California’s science-based organizations are stepping up to monitor and test our water quality, because the public needs neither fear-mongering nor wishful thinking at this time.”
ABC 7 News, Dec. 3, 2013: Marin County will begin monitoring a radioactive plume that may be drifting toward the West Coast. That plume is from the crippled Fuksuhima nuclear plant [...] Two Marin County supervisors have directed the county’s Public Health, Safety and Coastal staff to track this. Experts say they don’t know when contaminated ocean water might reach the West Coast and there is no threat now — Apparently. There is concern because of the importance of the ocean, obviously, to our food supply. Radioactive water leaking from the reactor is being kept in storage bins, but experts say it will eventually be released into the sea and they want to monitor it to make sure that at the very least if it comes this way they know about it.
Published: December 6th, 2013 at 12:53 am ET
- PBS Reporter Miles O’Brien: “No one likes to see ocean filled with cesium and strontium and so forth” — It’s arriving on West Coast of U.S. as we speak — “Nobody likes the idea of eating cesium from Fukushima” — “Tainted water dumped into Pacific as we speak” (AUDIO) April 25, 2014
- NBC: Up to 30 Bq/m3 of Fukushima cesium to hit U.S. and Canada — Contamination transported to coast for next 6 years — Concern about impact of strontium-90 (VIDEO) September 2, 2013
- “Alarming Numbers”: Over 15,000 baby sea lions may have died off California coast — “Marine biologists warn it could deplete an entire generation” — “Heralding the demise of something else beneath the waves”? (VIDEO) February 15, 2015
- Fukushima nuclear waste detected off U.S. West Coast, from California to Canada — “There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now” — Test results will not be revealed to public for several weeks (VIDEO) October 17, 2014
- Gov’t Expert: West Coast will soon be hit by 800 Trillion Bq of Fukushima Cesium-137 — Nearly equal to amount of fallout deposited on Japan — Levels in Pacific “higher than expected” — “Main body of surface plume has reached off coast of US” — Never slowed down while crossing ocean, contrary to prediction June 7, 2015