EEV: Please review bottom links also… Getting mixed reports on the severity, from serious to of no concern.
Radioactive water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown is expected to reach the West Coast by next month, according to one recently publicized scientific model, which will be the 3rd anniversary of the catastrophe, said Kevin Kamps, Radioactive Waste Specialist, at Beyond Nuclear, anti-nuclear group.
The Fukushima meltdown scared millions of people across the world who were afraid that the radiation would spread to their shores. How valid do you think their fears are, and how much of it is just hysteria?
It is ironic that here at the 3rd anniversary of the beginning of this nuclear catastrophe just now the scientific models are showing the liquid plume in the ocean reaching the shores of North America, but there were the atmospheric discharges that reached North America within just days actually. And probably 75% of those atmospheric discharges actually sail onto the Pacific Ocean. So, this is an unprecedented radioactive catastrophe for the world’s oceans. So, I would say, it is healthy to have fear of radioactivity because it is a hazard to substance. We do need those measurements. It is incredible that there is election of duty by the US federal government on that score and I just command folks like Buesseler and other academics to take it upon themselves to try to get the bottom of this question.
What needs to be done now?
I think it is a good idea for Americans to take their democracy seriously, contact every level of representative government that we have and if you live on the west coast, that would certainly include your local and state governments. But the federal government is supposed to be taking care of this matter on behalf of the American people, the food and drug administration, the national oceanographic and atmosphere administration, the environmental production agency, so certainly both senators and representatives and president Obama and White House need to be active on this issue.
What do politicians need to do?
They have the bottomless coffers of the US treasury to take care of this work that should have been started 3 years ago, when this catastrophe first began and any emergency radiation monitoring that was set up at that time was very quickly dismantled. I think it has more to do with the political and economic power of the nuclear power industry in the US than anything else.
Does the international community need to somehow offer help to demand that the Japanese government allow them in to see what is going on? Because there is a lot of information that hasn’t really come out until very much after the events 3 years ago. It is much bigger disaster than people thought it was.
Yes, it calls for international involvement, and something to keep in mind is that these discharges did not end on March or April 2011, in fact the discharges to the ocean are a daily occurrence. We are talking 300.000 leaders per day of radioactive ground water flowing into the ocean. So, this is an international catastrophe, the oceans do not belong to Japan of course, and so, yes, there should be the best minds and independent monitors sent to Fukushima to try to get the truth as to how bad this is, where the radioactivities are going.
Many Americans are becoming more focused on their health and what they put into their bodies. How likely is it that the radioactive plume will irradiate the Alaska and the West Coast’s fisheries and pose an invisible threat to consumers?
We knew as early as August of 2011 that tuna carrying radioactive cesium from Fukushima were swimming off the shores of North America. They had simply migrated across the ocean with this contamination in their flash. So, sea food contamination is a serious issue especially because of bio-concentration of radioactivity in the food chain and we sit at the top of food chain. So, the testing of sea food is essential. It is not happening, except on a voluntary basis by concerned citizens for the most part. So, that needs an urgent priority placed upon it at the federal level.
- How much radiation from Fukushima will hit the West Coast? (mnn.com)
- Scientists Expect Traces of Ocean Radiation Soon (sci-tech-today.com)
- Fukushima radiation tracess expected on West Coast (foxnews.com)
- Radioactive Fukushima Waters Arrive At West Coast Of America (forbes.com)