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Elevated levels of radioactive material in rainwater have been expected as a result of the Japanese nuclear incident. Since radiation is known to travel in the atmosphere - precipitation data collected in several states show elevated levels of radiation in recent precipitation events. In all cases these are levels above the normal background levels historically reported in these areas. While short-term elevations such as these do not raise public health concerns – and the levels seen in rainwater are expected to be relatively short in duration - the U.S. EPA has taken steps to increase the level of monitoring of precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes to continue to verify that.
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
MSM has picked up Japan again on the local stations.
Fox local this morning reported this:
Arkansas milk 300 percent above EPA's maximum contaminant level 11-days ago
Milk from Little Rock… contained the highest levels of Iodine-131 from Japan yet detected by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to data released by EPA Saturday. …
[T]he Little Rock sample is [8.9 picoCuries per liter,] almost three times higher [than the EPA’s maximum contaminant level (MCL)].
Nonetheless, the EPA does not consider the milk dangerous because the MCL is set for long-term exposure…
The EPA’s MCL for iodine-131 is 3 picoCuries per liter.
Also Philadelphia's drinking water is a concern in the report.
This test was done at least 11 days ago based on the link info. I imagine we will see more of these reports now. I am buying powdered milk today.
The anchor's quote regarding the EPA not considering the milk dangerous because the MCL is set for long-term exposure was, "Ya, but who wants to drink THAT?" She is a mother and sees the warning signs too.
Also...the weirdest thing....the traffic cams this morning had an intense rainbow colorization on everything in the rain we are getting. I have NEVER seen this affect before on the cams. Is this related to the higher radiation in rainfall? Could it create this affect?
On a heavier note: my kids run their first track meet of the season today...in the RAIN. Suddenly my insides are screaming, "NO...I don't want the rain to touch them." How crazy is that???
Thanks for all on this thread. Caught up in record time this morning on reading.
Nucleardoom I am so sorry about the loss of your father. I lost mine two months ago to pancreatic cancer that hit him out of nowhere. I am so sorry for your loss. Stay strong.
ETA: It should not take 11 days or longer to get this report out to citizens.edit on 11-4-2011 by DancedWithWolves because: Fixed that linkey thing...maybe.
Originally posted by DancedWithWolves
Editors Note: We are well aware that the EPA levels are gauged for yearly exposure but the idea that it is somehow safe to be way above accepted levels for at least 2 weeks is ludicrous.
New EPA milk samples in Hawaii show radiation in milk at 800% above limits for C-134, 633% above limits for C-137 and 600% above EPA maximum for I-131 for a total of 2033%, or 20.33 times, above the federal drinking water limits.
Engineers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant north of Tokyo said on Sunday they were no closer to restoring the plant's cooling system which is critical if overheated fuel rods are to be cooled and the six reactors brought under control.
Japan plans to extend the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high radiation levels, local media reported on Monday
(Reuters) - Japan has ordered nuclear plant operators to put in place new safety measures by April 28 in addition to steps imposed late last month that are soon due for checks by authorities to confirm implementation, the trade ministry said, as another series of aftershocks on Monday jolted the eastern region.
The order came after a 7.4 magnitude aftershock on Thursday, the biggest since the deadly March 11 quake, had temporarily disabled all three power lines supplying offsite power to Tohoku Electric Power Co's Higashidori plant, which has been shut for regular maintenance since February.
The ministry's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) on Saturday ordered nuclear power companies to install at least two emergency diesel engines even at reactors that are not in operation and are kept at low temperatures, such as at the Higashidori plant. www.reuters.com...
A nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, also lost all outside power and is operating on emergency diesel generators at the moment. No irregularities have also been reported at the Tokai Daini nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture. All these nuclear power plants had suspended power generating operations at their reactors after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami. www.democraticunderground.com...
This Sunday, April 10 image taken by T-Hawk drone aircraft and released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shows the damaged reactor building of Unit 4, left, of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The American drone aircraft T-Hawk made by Honeywell was used by TEPCO to inspect hard-to-access areas of the plant. The drone can be operated from six miles (10 kilometers) away and transmit video and still images.
This Sunday, April 10 image taken by T-Hawk drone aircraft and released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shows the damaged reactor building of Unit 3 of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The American drone aircraft T-Hawk made by Honeywell was used by TEPCO to inspect hard-to-access areas of the plant. The drone can be operated from six miles (10 kilometers) away and transmit video and still images.
Japan's ambassador to Germany Takahiro Shinyo shows a graphic of readings at monitoring points out of the Fukushima nuclear power plant during a news conference about the situation in his country after last month's earthquake and tsunami, in the Japanese embassy in Berlin, April 11, 2011.
Originally posted by MedievalGhost
Fukushima just got hit with another quake- 4.7 magnitude. [/quoteearthquake.usgs.gov...[/url]
There have been a swarm of quakes off the east coast of Japan in the last 24 hrs, 6 in the last 12 hrs around Fukushima Daiichiedit on 11-4-2011 by Tworide because: link
Originally posted by mrbillshow
reply to post by Kailassa
"His verdict on nuclear power:
People make money from owning reactors. People who want to make money tell lies and don't care about other people. You can't make reactors safe when they are owned by liars who just want money and don't care about other people."
Wow, that came from someone with an IQ of 60? Interesting that it's the same exact opinion of several people on this board.
Originally posted by MedievalGhost
Apparently all Japanese nuke plants are currently reporting no damage or power failures. I wonder how they could inspect everything in just 20 minutes?