TV: Fukushima nuclear waste increasing off West Coast each year since 2012 — Fish tested “fairly high for radiation” — It’s around for next century, even if reactors stop gushing into ocean now — “A danger to people living here?… Are officials purposefully holding back info?” (VIDEO)

Published: October 25th, 2014 at 2:22 pm ET
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Unfiltered with Jill Krop, Global BC (Transcript excerpts with emphasis added):

  • Jill Krop, host: For months now, we’ve been seeing conflicting reports of radiation in our water and arriving on our shores. So, how do you determine fact from fear-mongering?…
  • Karen Wristen, Living Oceans: Dept. of Fisheries & Oceans (DFO) has [monitored] off the west coast of Vancouver… since June 2012 and they found in each subsequent year, increasing levels of radiation… it’s increasing but the highest levels they found are some 20,000X less than ‘safe levels’ for drinking water… certainly not a cause for concern [“This is a major concern” -Vancouver scientists]… There are a lot of people deeply concerned about this, and there is controversy over what is a ‘safe limit’there are all kinds of questions about the science behind that… There have also been reports of certain fish testing fairly high for radiation, certainly higher than background…
  • Host: Dr. Frank, do you think that at some point enough radiation could make its way from Fukushima to BC to be a danger to people living here?
  • Dr. Erica Frank, MD, Univ. of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine: The question is, at what point in this unfolding tragedy are we? We know that the plants are continuing to gush radiation. We know that the isotopes have half-lives of 30 years, so they’re around for the next century, even if they were stop right now. So yes, we are not at the end of this, we are probably only at the beginning of this story.
  • Host: That means radiation potentially will become much greater in BC in water, in soil?
  • Dr. Frank: Hopefully not. But the issue is that the gov’t needs to monitor and to report it, and that’s part of the problem. They haven’t been doing the reporting, even though they promised they wouldThe Canadian food inspection agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada saidyes, they will publish — but they haven’t
  • Host: Do you think they are purposefully holding back any information?…
  • Wrest: I don’t think it’s purposeful… When you know where to look, they [DFO] will release it, it’s not like it’s under wraps… [Their funding had] such deep cuts in 2011.

“When you know where to look, [DFO] will release it”? So one has to ‘know where to look’ to have them ‘release it’? If anyone has found results published by DFO, please share the link.

The public was first informed of DFO’s detection of Fukushima-related cesium by an ENENews report quoting scientist Ken Buesseler’s Oct. 2013 KPFA interview where he revealed, “I’ve seen some Canadian data that the front edge of that plume is starting to show up.” ENENews was also the first to publish data related to the DFO testing in a Dec. 2013 report, “Fukushima ocean plume hit Canada 6 months ago” — which cited information from a little known presentation by a DFO scientist. Nearly one year later, this presentation appears to still be the only publicly available information regarding DFO’s Fukushima-related test results.

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Published: October 25th, 2014 at 2:22 pm ET
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