Vancouver Paper: Health Canada detected massive amounts of radioactive material from Fukushima — Iodine-131 spiked above maximum allowed limit at 4 of 5 sites

Published: August 4th, 2011 at 8:58 am ET


Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe brings big radiation spikes to B.C., Georgia Straight (Vancouver) by Alex Roslin, August 4, 2011:

After Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe, Canadian government officials reassured jittery Canadians that the radioactive plume billowing from the destroyed nuclear reactors posed zero health risks in this country.

In fact, there was reason to worry. Health Canada detected massive amounts of radioactive material from Fukushima in Canadian air in March and April at monitoring stations across the country.

The level of radioactive iodine spiked above the federal maximum allowed limit in the air at four of the five sites where Health Canada monitors levels of specific radioisotopes. […]

Monitoring stations catch a fraction of Fukushima fallout, Georgia Straight (Vancouver) by Alex Roslin, August 4, 2011:

[…] You have to scroll down to the bottom of Health Canada’s radiation webpage to find the more striking data from the five stations monitoring specific radioactive substances.

This data shows the air at the five stations contained an average of 33.3 millibecquerels of radioactive iodine per cubic metre during 30.4 days of elevated radiation.

That works out to double the 16.7 millibecquerels per cubic metre of iodine-131 that would be permitted over those 30.4 days, according to the maximum limit set by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. (The commission’s ceiling is 200 millibecquerels per cubic metre of exposure in the air on a daily basis for an entire year. That equates to 16.7 millibecquerels per cubic metre over 30.4 days.)

The station in Sidney, B.C., detected 19.4 millibecquerels per cubic metre of iodine-131 in the air during a 22-day-long spike in radiation. That was 61 percent higher than the maximum dose of 12.1 millibecquerels per cubic metre permitted for 22 days.

h/t Pu239


Published: August 4th, 2011 at 8:58 am ET


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32 comments to Vancouver Paper: Health Canada detected massive amounts of radioactive material from Fukushima — Iodine-131 spiked above maximum allowed limit at 4 of 5 sites

  • goatherdjim

    Again, profits over people trumps the mandate of government to the welfare of their citizens.
    Without democratic institutions dedicated to the protection of the planet and it’s ability to sustain our lives within the environment that supports us we are all doomed to a slow, degraded existence until the cancer of capitalist growth is removed.
    Sad evaluation early in the morning but we have met the enemy and he is us.

    • Pallas89juno


      Right on and bottom line correct. This event means that half measuring and complicity in our own self destruction must end now. A corporativist status quo can NOT be worked within.

  • Pallas89juno

    Is there something wrong with the TEPCO cam? The night is clear as a bell, but the graininess is worse than ever. It looks like pixelation or a reduction of the number of pixels per square whatever. It looks like a digitally manipulated image. The night images were never of the highest quality; but they were way better than right now on clear nights.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Digital pick up of radiation..heavy permeation.

    • Sickputer

      I think they are keeping some of the foreground night lights turned off because they know it looks so damn freaky from the radiation waves!

  • radegan

    The truth wells up past the boulders they’ve tried to damn it with. Now, take what Canada has just admitted to and compare it to the appropriate NILU animations. Do they now agree?

  • Bobby1

    The amount of beta radiation in the US was 5 times normal in the second half of March, according to EPA data:

    That’s the whole country, not just the western half.

    Potrblog proved that the EPA was manipulating data to make the radiation levels look lower than they were:

    So maybe the radiation was 10 times normal or more, who knows.

  • westcoast

    The Georgia Strait is the only media outlet in British Columbia with the guts to print this story and it is only the beginning of the bad news that will be delivered.

    All levels of government in Canada have suppressed the information.

    In the Lower Mainland we have been subjected to the brunt of all radiation pathways from Fukushima. It comes straight across the Pacific to us, it follows the fault along the Gulf of Alaska and down to us as well as the path over Hawaii, up the California coast to us.

    We are at the nexus of radiation and our government is as fair as sin and clean as black rain.

    Plutonium and Strontium have been found in Seattle which is just a couple of hours south of here. How long before they let us know it is here as well.

    With the Tepco admission that the cores may be on the loose and may join together, we have the appalling prospect of this going on for years at an accelerated rate.

    Decades ago the Canadian government regularly issued acid rain warnings, later it issued UV warning. Since March 11th 2011 there have been no radiation warnings. Either there is no radiation problem or there is less damage from radiation than either UV or acid rain. Yanqui Harper and his Yes Hombres do not issue wimpy radiation warnings.

  • Darth

    This year’s returning sockeye are just starting to be caught off Vancouver Island’s west coast (August 2011). So far, there is no word as to whether or not these fish will be tested. According to an April 17 story in the Anchorage Daily News, U.S. federal officials have already stated that there is no need to even test Alaskan salmon.

    Can some fisherman spend the $200 to have the amount of Bq/kg test performed?

    Well, I guess any of us can. Just start buying canned salmon – it will have the date canned on it. Then have some of it measured at a professional lab. Maybe Arnie Gundersen will do it.

    • Sickputer

      The wheels are beginning to come off for the whole censorship charade…far uglier disclosure of things to come for the entire Northern Hemisphere.

      They hoped the disaster would quietly go away and now that it hasn’t…they can’t hire spin doctors smart enough to stop the truth. They must really detest the Internet. Go Net!

    • Pallas89juno

      I am not a biologist. However, to all the points made about blowing the lid off the censorship and blackouts, I think testing the radioactivity of tuna, especially but not exclusively of course, would be a sensible thing to do. Unlike the debris that will be arriving from Fukushima contaminated or not beginning to trickle in by January 2012 on the Central Californian western U.S. coastline, the Tuna and other marine organisms which bioaccumulate will tell the tale of widespread contamination more eloquently than static readings on even contaminated flotsam could being analyzed for contamination by itself. Tuna’s at the top of the food chain and in case anyone missed it from months earlier reports, there are populations of it that swim back and forth each year in migrations across the latitudes of the Pacific carrying the most radionuclide contaminated seawater, or, roughly, along the Kuroshio current, which sweeps past the Northern prefectures of Honshu before heading to the east eventually blending with the Alaska current to make the California current. I believe the first such potentially contaminated tuna have already arrived off the Central and Northern California coastlines or are very soon to do so. As to the migrations of other fish who might also be at the top of the food chain, I am not yet educated about that. Being at the top of the food chain, Tuna will be among those marine organisms with the highest potential concentrations of radionuclide contamination in their tissues. Of course, over a longer time frame we will find it useful to also keep track of Tuna spawning success and failure rates. We’ll have to work to prevent minimizing of such events through non-separation of the topic from the fishing industry fishing out populations of such species in our reportage.

      • Bobby1

        The radioactivity in Pacific fish is not limited to the areas where the Tepco radiation dumping occured. The atmospheric contamination over the ocean also contaminated the surface waters to some extent. Fish who reside there or who eat other fish who feed at the surface also have elevated radiation levels. I am avoiding all north Pacific fish.

  • nohobear nohobear

    Great. we now have official corroboration of the iodine levels for back in March and April. And the news was bad then. THIS IS Fricking AUGUST!!! Where’s the official government (not activist citizen) monitoring data for the last 30 days? Where’s the goddamn outrage over lack of monitoring and reporting IN THE MIDDLE OF AN UNPRECEDENTED NUCLEAR CRISIS OF THREE SIMULTANEOUS REACTOR CORE BREACHES?

    In a small related victory, I turned two more people on to enenews, one of whom had been contemplating a 4 week visit to Tokyo for a recording job. This bright guy had been having his doubts anyway, but after my prodding him to dig a little deeper than mainstream media reporting, decided it was not wise to accept the work at this time.

    We all need to do our part to educate and inform friends, family, co-workers. If we can arouse enough people, we can begin to combat the nuke industry control of information and allow people to make personal choices that may protect themselves to a degree from what is coming down the irradiated road.

    • You communicate well! Thats my reading! There are others too who have been writing so incisively about the goings on in the Fukushima area and have been joined by some with more clear headed explanations. Think ENENEWS contributors as a team can do a round enenews tete a tete so when new people see the whole story unwinding in single thread dedicated to make the whole attractive a tsunami breaks out!

    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      I agree with you about this…it’s like they are saying, “Well, you all were exposed to dangerous, potentially deadly amounts of radiation in March, but of course there’s nothing you can do about it now…” NOW you tell us!?!?!

      Luckily I was pretty freaked out about it when it first happened, so I stayed indoors a lot. At one point I was ready to pack my bags and flee, although it seems like it might not have made much of a difference; the whole country got hit…

    • alasanon

      Amen! It’s AUGUST!!! We all know there are at least three (3) full nuke meltdowns ONGOING with NO containment or mitigation whatsoever. Simply put, PUBLIC TESTING IS MANDATORY under these unparalleled emergency circumstances. And this requires a testing frequency on par with the nuke releases 24/7/365!!!

      • 1984

        alasanon and everyone,
        totally agree, we need 24/7 testing. i may not be the only one who has observed this. the results say for example in los angeles the last few days, gross beta counts has been off the charts in 100’s 200’s a few 300’s. i monitored both and eparadnet, and and lo and behold, the comparable stats are like night and day. i’m beginning to think radiationnet and at west l.a. are windaided background figures. you’d think the eparadnet figures would be the one to dumbdowned, afterall the govt. runs it. is it me or am i nuts ? i’m not of financial means right now, but it would be great if us followers here could purchase a cpm counter and pass it around place to place for a month at a time. then i’d feel a little more informed. this gas isn’t going anywhere soon, so we have time to set it up. its prety easy to set up a stream. make sense ?

  • Novamind

    I’m surprised that the truth is coming to light so soon. Remember that we have all been lied to by the PTB. Also most of us knew it at the time.
    Fish testing will happen soon and the news will not be good. The contamination of fish by Radiation will increase over the next few years. The first test results as shocking as they will be, will prove to be low in comparison to furure testing.
    Expect tighter control of the Internet to come soon.

  • alasanon

    We need the outcome of those FOIA requests for full results from EPA in the USA. There’s a deadline and expectation of a prompt, complete response pursuant to Federal Law.

    As an aside, it looks like the market took a dose of Plutonium, too! :/

  • alexa

    Comment from Green Party’s Elizabeth May BC MP. Quote from Twitter:

    “@ElizabethMay replied to you:

    ElizabethMay Elizabeth May MP
    @JuliaDanalache @kady @RosieBarton Very disturbing news of iodine 131 spike from Fukishima measured in Sidney BC.

    Aug 04, 12:23 PM via Twitter for BlackBerry®
    In reply to…
    .@ElizabethMay @kady @RosieBarton Comment re. Health Canada radioactive BC ?
    Aug 04, 11:44 AM via web “

  • bigisland bigisland

    Aloha, I’m able to obtain a 25 lb bag of the sweet PDZ horses’ zeolite in hilo-town for $13 next week. Someone mentioned being on shoestring budget this was a cheap and rough way to go about detoxing with zeolite and to ask for the video on how to make it yourself. So please, I’m now asking for such. BIG M A H A L O S!!!

  • Quote from article “Of all the B.C. sites, the biggest spike was in Victoria, where the level rose from 0.23 to 0.25 microsieverts per day between March 19 and 25—an increase of 9.9 percent. Vancouver saw a four-percent increase, from 0.43 to 0.45 microsieverts.

    The worst-hit city in Canada was Regina. It saw a 90-percent spike in its radiation level, from 0.36 to 0.69 microsieverts per day. Yellowknife was second-highest with a 31-percent jump, followed by Toronto with a 26-percent rise.”

    I don’t understand how hardest hit city is Regina (middle of continent) second hardest hit Yellowknife (far north) followed by Toronto (great lakes area) Are they under-reporting West Coast?

    Doesn’t make sense to me. Why is hardest hit city in the prairies and not by Pacific Ocean?

    Or is this Orwellian double speak?

  • Also what is mcS per day? Connecting dots measured background radiation 22 mcS per hour.

    Tepco spin doctors working for Canuck gov?

    Its like a veiled admission that yes you got radiated eh.

  • StillJill StillJill

    Mark,..”Are they under-reporting West Coast?” Ah, in a word,..YES! Butte County California,…I can speak for,….terrible fallout has to explain the infant mortality, dead and dying pets,…the elderly croaking in record numbers,….plants and produce are in terrible conditions!

  • bigisland bigisland

    Thanks again StillJill for zeolite video., looks like I’ll be baking next week. Now I remember some speak of baking zeolite cookies. Anyone have a recipe for those?

  • Alex2245

    The only sites that were reported this when it was happening were THIS SITE, THE INTEL HUB, and Alexander Higgins! Remember that folks!