EPA having issues with monitoring radioactive clouds passing west coast

I guess they did not think anyone would notice if they took the west coast monitors that were showing higher numbers offline.

EPA officials, however, refused to answer questions or make staff members available to explain the exact location and number of monitors, or the levels of radiation, if any, being recorded at existing monitors in California. Margot Perez-Sullivan, a spokeswoman at the EPA’s regional headquarters in San Francisco, said the agency’s written statement would stand on its own.

Critics said the public needs more information.

“It’s disappointing,” said Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California. “I have a strong suspicion that EPA is being silenced by those in the federal government who don’t want anything to stand in the way of a nuclear power expansion in this country, heavily subsidized by taxpayer money.”

That being said, go to this site and look for yourself, they are monkeying with the data and that makes me sad. Is this my tax money at work or is this private interest in the nuclear industry? (please don’t turn off my power if it is nuclear)

EPA Radiation Monitoring Project

Japan Cites Radiation in Tap Water, Milk, Spinach Near Nuclear Plant

Radioactive milk found near the Fukushima reator.(AP/Foxnews)FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Japan has reported trace amounts of radiation in tap water, spinach and milk in several areas amid concerns about leaks from a damaged nuclear power plant.

A government ministry reported Saturday that small amounts of the iodine was found in tap water in Tokyo and five other prefectures. The ministry says the amounts did not exceed government safety limits but usual tests show no iodine.

Earlier Saturday, Japan reported elevated radiation levels in spinach and milk from farms near its tsunami-crippled nuclear complex, as emergency teams scrambled Saturday to restore power to the plant so it could cool dangerously overheated fuel.

Firefighters also pumped tons of water directly from the ocean into one of the most troubled areas of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, the cooling pool for used fuel rods at the plant’s Unit 3, which are at risk of burning up and sending a broad release of radioactive material into the environment.

The first word on contaminated food in the crisis came as Japan continued to grapple with overwhelming consequences of the cascade of disasters unleashed by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11. The quake spawned a tsunami that ravaged Japan’s northeast coast, killing more than 7,200 people, and knocked out backup cooling systems at the nuclear plant.
Just outside the bustling disaster response center in the city of Fukushima, 40 miles (60 kilometers) northwest of the plant, government nuclear specialist Kazuya Konno was able to take only a three-minute break for his first meeting with his wife Junko and their children since the quake.

“It’s very nerve-wracking. We really don’t know what is going to become of our city,” said Junko Konno, 35. “Like most other people we have been staying indoors unless we have to go out.”
She brought her husband a small backpack with a change of clothes and snacks. The girls — aged 4 and 6 and wearing pink surgical masks decorated with Mickey Mouse — gave their father hugs.

The tainted milk was found 20 miles from the plant while the spinach was collected between 50 miles and 65 miles to the south, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano told reporters in Tokyo.

While the radiation levels exceeded the limits allowed by the government, Edano said the products “pose no immediate health risk” and that more testing was being done on other foods. If tests show further contamination, Edano said food shipments would be halted from the area.
“It’s not like if you ate it right away you would be harmed,” Edano said. “It would not be good to continue to eat it for some time.”

Edano said the amount of radiation detected in the milk would as much as one CT scan if consumed continually for a year while for spinatch it would be a fifth of one CT scan. A CT scan is a compressed series of X-rays used for medical tests.

Low levels of radiation have been detected well beyond Tokyo, which is 140 miles (220 kilometers) south of the plant, but hazardous levels have been limited to the plant itself.

Nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant began overheating and leaking radiation into the atmosphere in the days after the March 11 quake and the subsequent tsunami overwhelmed its cooling systems. The government admitted it was slow to respond to the nuclear troubles, which added another crisis on top of natural disasters which left an estimated more than 10,000 dead and displaced more than 400,000 others.

Why people in the US panic and go buy radiation treatment drugs before doing research

Potassium iodide pill for radiation exposure from radiation cloudsIn the United States right now there is a run on potassium iodide. Why potassium iodide you ask? Well the answer should not surprise you at all. It happens every time the weatherman says there might be a storm. As a society we go out and get milk and bread or whatever you call a necessity. Potassium iodide is the new milk to many. As a society we have been taught to panic, media sells their news to you using panic. We have been taught to react to before we know what we’re reacting too. Today’s panic is the radiation coming from Japan. Potassium iodide is not going to save you, but, in the same respect, the radiation cloud is not going to kill you in the USA.

As funny as this is going to sound, this takes me back to my childhood. A story that I was told over and over again by my mother and father, ‘The boy who cried wolf’.

As the story goes…A boy got bored watching sheep, and wanted excitement. So he called “Wolf!” The villagers came running, got mad at the boy because it was a prank, and left. The next day the boy did the same thing. The villagers got really mad at the boy, because it was a trick. The next day, a wolf came and attacked the sheep. The boy cried, “Wolf!” but the villagers didn’t believe him, and no one came to help. The wolf gobbled up all the sheep

So now we watched radioactive clouds approached the west coast of the united states. And we know that these radioactive clouds are not enough to cause long-term health risk. Yet, for our entire lives we have been taught that radiation is bad and that we need to run from radiation or seek shelter from it. Potassium iodide is tangible; you can hold it in your hand. This gives you a sense of comfort and a feeling of being prepared. And for some, that security blanket is enough. We see reminders in old buildings of the nuclear era and fallout shelters signs that tell us that those buildings are safe if we are attacked.

So what does one do know when the government is telling you it is fine. CNN is telling you there is no radioactive plume, nuclear agencies say otherwise. We are left to decipher what we hear and therefore we go for the worst case scenario in our minds and potassium iodide sounds good.
I call it the “media knee-jerk” effect. They report something, we mistranslate and a new market is created and disbelief then runs rampant. An effect entirely created by our media’s inability and sometimes unwillingness to decipher anything before going “live”. Their willingness to shift to the scariest story first with nothing other than ratings on the mind of the producers.
Now the scene is set for our “media knee-jerk”.
To the store we go buying what we needed to solve this problem.
“ wolf “ has been yelled one too many times by the media.

Potassium iodide used for radiation treatmentNo longer do we are operated as one united states, on the contrary we operate as groups, right or left, I believe or I don’t believe, Jewish, Catholic, atheist, Muslim or your own god …. We are no longer operating on a consolidated front anywhere. What happened to the United States of America and you being the US citizen.
Go and buy your potassium iodide, let me know how it works out for you. Maybe you should be less selfish and send your money to Japan instead.
My 2 cents…

Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station as of 11:00 PM Mar 17th

Press Release (Mar 17,2011)
Plant Status of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (as of 11:00 PM Mar 17th)

All 6 units of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have been shut down.

Unit 1(Shut down)
– Reactor has been shut down. However, the explosive sound and white smoke
were confirmed after the big quake occurred at 3:36PM Mar 12th. It was
assumed to be hydrogen explosion.
– We have been injecting sea water into the reactor pressure vessel.

Unit 2(Shut down)
– Reactor has been shut down and Reactor Core Isolation Cooling System has
been injecting water to the reactor. However, the level of reactor
coolant had dropped and the reactor pressure had increased because
the system stopped. The national government instructed that measures are
taken to lower the pressure within the Reactor Containment Vessel and
to inject sea water into the Reactor while carefully confirming safety.
The level of reactor coolant and the pressure of the Reactor had resumed.
– At approximately 6:00AM on March 15, 2011, an abnormal noise began
emanating from nearby Pressure Suppression Chamber and the pressure
within this chamber decreased.
– While we continue sea water injection operations, we temporarily moved
TEPCO employees and workers from other companies not directly involved
in this work to safe places.

Unit 3(Shut down)
– Reactor has been shut down. However, the explosive sound and white smoke
were confirmed at 11:01AM Mar 14th. It was assumed to be hydrogen explosion.
– Fog like steam was confirmed from the reactor building at 8:30AM on
March 16th,
– We continue monitoring as it was reported that the pressure of
the Suppression Chamber has been temporarily increasing since
approximately 6:15AM on March 17th.
– We have been injecting sea water into the reactor pressure vessel.

Unit 4 (outage due to regular inspection)
– Reactor has been shut down. However, at approximately 6AM on March 15th.
we have confirmed the explosive sound and the sustained damage around
the 5th floor rooftop area of the Nuclear Reactor Building.
– On March 15th and 16th, we respectively confirmed the outbreak of fire
at the 4th floor of the northwestern part of the Nuclear Reactor
Building. We immediately reported this matter to the fire department and
the related authorities. TEPCO employees confirmed that each fire had
already died down by itself. We will continue to carefully monitor
situations.
– Currently, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
the reactor containment vessel.

Unit 5 (outage due to regular inspection)
– Reactor has been shut down and the sufficient level of reactor coolant
to ensure safety is maintained.
– Currently, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
the reactor containment vessel.

Unit 6 (outage due to regular inspection)
– Reactor has been shut down and the sufficient level of reactor coolant
to ensure safety is maintained.
– Currently, we do not consider any reactor coolant leakage inside
the reactor containment vessel.

Cooling spent fuel pools
•On Unit 3, water discharge by Self-Defense Force’s helicopters had been
conducted since 9:48 AM in the morning on March 17th.
•On Unit 3, water discharge by the riot police’s high-pressure water
cannon trucks and Self-Defense Force’s fire engines had been conducted
since approximately past 7PM on March 17th and they had finished water
discharge at 8:09PM.
•We are considering further water discharge at Unit 3 and others subject
to the conditions of spent fuel pools when we get ready.

Casualty
– 2 workers of cooperative firm were injured at the occurrence of
the earthquake, and were transported to the hospital.
– 1 TEPCO employee who was not able to stand by his own holding left chest
with his hand, was transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
– 1 subcontract worker at the key earthquake-proof building was
unconscious and transported to the hospital by an ambulance.
– The radiation exposure of 1 TEPCO employee, who was working inside
the reactor building, exceeded 100mSv and he was transported to
the hospital.
– 2 TEPCO employees felt bad during their operation in the central control
rooms of Unit 1 and 2 while wearing full masks, and were transferred
to Fukushima Daini Power Station for consultation with a medical advisor.
– 4 workers were injured and transported to the hospital after explosive
sound and white smoke were confirmed around the Unit 1.
– 11 workers were injured and transported to Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power
Station etc. after explosive sound and white smoke were confirmed around
the Unit 3.One of the workers was transported to the FUKUSHIMA Medical
University Hospital at 10:56AM
– Presence of 2 TEPCO employees at the site is not confirmed.

Others
– We measured radioactive materials (iodine etc.) inside of the nuclear
power station area (outdoor) by monitoring car and confirmed that
radioactive materials level is getting higher than ordinary level.
As listed below, we have determined that specific incidents stipulated
in article 15, clause 1 of Act on Special Measures Concerning Nuclear
Emergency Preparedness (Abnormal increase in radiation dose measured
at site boundary) have occurred.
•Determined at 4:17 PM Mar 12th (Around Monitoring Post 4 )
•Determined at 8:56 AM Mar 13th (Around Monitoring Post 4 )
•Determined at 2:15 PM Mar 13th (Around Monitoring Post 4 )
•Determined at 3:50 AM Mar 14th (Around Monitoring Post 6 )
•Determined at 4:15 AM Mar 14th (Around Monitoring Post 2 )
•Determined at 9:27 AM Mar 14th (Around Monitoring Post 3 )
•Determined at 9:37 PM Mar 14th (Around main entrance )
•Determined at 6:51 AM Mar 15th (Around main entrance )
•Determined at 8:11 AM Mar 15th (Around main entrance )
•Determined at 4:17 PM Mar 15th (Around main entrance )
•Determined at 11:05 PM Mar 15th (Around main entrance )

– The national government has instructed evacuation for those local
residents within 20km radius of the periphery and evacuation to inside
for those residents from 20km to 30km radius of the periphery, because
it’s possible that radioactive materials are discharged.
– At approximately 10AM on March 15, we observed 400mSv/h at the inland
side of the Unit 3 reactor building and 100mSv/h at the inland side of
the Unit 4 reactor building.
– We will continue to take all measures to ensure the safety and to
continue monitoring the surrounding environment aroud the Power Station.

US aircraft carrier sails into radioactive cloud-sailors exposed

Washing down a aircraft carrier deck in radiation contamination testThe US Pentagon was expected to announce that US sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan, an aircraft carrier were exposed to radiation when the carrier sailed into a radioactive cloud off the coast of Japan, according to a New York Times report.

US government officials told the NY Times that sailors and other military personnel onboard were exposed to a month’s worth of radiation in an hour’s time. They added that US helicopters flying humanitarian missions some 60 miles north of damaged Japanese reactors were coated with particulate radiation. The aircraft were washed off.

Despite the scare, officials said there was no indication that any of the military personnel experienced ill effects from the exposure, comparing it to “natural background radiation” that all people are exposed to daily.

A second hydrogen explosion rocked a stricken nuclear power plant in Japan where authorities have been scrambling to avert a meltdown after last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The big fear remains the continuing major radiation leak from the complex in Fukushima, 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo, where engineers have been battling since the weekend to prevent a full meltdown in at least three reactors.

Radiation countermeasures on an aircraft carrierUPDATE: The US aircraft carrier is quickly repositioning due to the winds around Japan, however is continuing to provide assistance in relief efforts.

Radioactive clouds being tracked from two of Japan’s nuclear plants[updated]

Chernobyl meltdown and the silent radiation clouds that killRadioactive clouds have been detected over the pacific near Japan. The radioactive clouds are just now reaching deadly levels, they are starting to move towards the Pacific, leaving them roughly 500 miles from the west coast of the United States. The aftershocks have caused massive failures at these two plants and the meltdown has begun. All around the world the radioactive modeling systems, usually used to predict nuclear fallout from nuclear weapons, have been turned towards helping to predict the next country that will have to start evacuations. Depending on where the cloud goes, large scale evacuations could start in a matter of hours for close neighbors to Japan and in the coming days for people like you and me. We have heard that California EMA has requested immediate evaluations of contingency plans surrounding the radioactive clouds but this is only reported, not confirmed. No California evacuation plan has been set into action.Any significant radiation cloud heading toward the USA would be tracked and would probably trigger more localized ervacuations.

Experts are trying to downplay the radiation leak as a “ground level” leak although radiation has been detected in the higher altitudes, down wind, by spotter planes. Radiation sickness is being treated in the surrounding areas. The Japanese government is running a cartoon explaining to Japanese residents what symptoms to expect with radiation sickness. Up to 160 people, including 60 elderly patients and medical staff who had been waiting for evacuation in the nearby town of Futabe, and 100 others evacuating by bus, might have been exposed to radiation, said Ryo Miyake, a spokesman from Japan’s nuclear agency. The severity of their exposure, or if it had reached dangerous levels, was not clear. They were being taken to hospitals but it further confirms that the invisible clouds have begun to take shape downwind fromt he plants.

The two main sites that I am concerned about are (you should be too, we share this world):

The Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) nuclear plant

Six reactors at the two Fukushima nuclear power plants (seawater pumping operations have been halted due to aftershocks, meltdown underway, radioactivity levels rising)

As for what to do…. The next 24 hrs and the weatherman have become everyone’s best friend…. As for the things that are going on in the background, find someone that knows, the USA’s government is very slow to react to anything (at least publicly) and you must be proactive in a global crisis such as this. The food you eat comes from somewhere else, the stuff you drink has water from somewhere…The air you breath, well you get the point. Basically, I am saying that you need to be very aware that someone is going to say “it is no big deal, it happened over 500+ miles away… for me that is a 6 hr drive or a two-three hour flight and you can’t SEE radiation and thus don’t know when to hide from it. If the dose is great enough, radiation sickness will start quicker the higher the dose and if it is only a low dose, cancer will show up years later

In another weird event, a trusted resource asked me this…

If you have a fire at your house but aren’t able to get to it because of another fire next door, How do you think Japan is going to save all the rest of the reactors at Fukushima plant when they can’t get near it. Yea, it is that bad

My prayers go out to all affected so far from the earthquakes and radiation :/

UPDATE 2:
Officials in Japan are starting to publicly admit that they have no idea how large the initial radioactive rich ventings were as no measurement devices were active in the near region, only on site.  They continue to vent without updating the world under the premise that the radioactivity going out over the pacific will dissapate before it reaches the USA and other countries.  Other explosions continue to occur and the reporters on the ground are admiting that they are concerned for their safety as the lies continue.

Nuclear reactor containment roof blown offUPDATE 3: Japan is asking the world for assistance in cooling all of the reactors in critical situations.  A new explosion at one of the reactors prompted wider evacuations and an immediate “shelter in place” order for residents too close to get out of the way of the radiation cloud that was released.  Officials are speculating on amount of radiation released but reading at the plant suggest it was massive.  These secondary explosions are crippling the remaining staff’s ability to cool the rods.  Top officials in Japan have warned of more releases in the near future.