Radiation Detected In Drinking Water Across The U.S. | Disinformation

 

 

Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday.

Milk samples from Phoenix and Los Angeles contained iodine-131 at levels roughly equal to the maximum contaminant level permitted by EPA, the data shows. The Phoenix sample contained 3.2 picoCuries per liter of iodine-131. The Los Angeles sample contained 2.9. The EPA maximum contaminant level is 3.0, but this is a conservative standard designed to minimize exposure over a lifetime, so EPA does not consider these levels to pose a health threat.

The cesium-137 found in milk in Vermont is the first cesium detected in milk since the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear accident occurred last month. The sample contained 1.9 picoCuries per liter of cesium-137, which falls under the same 3.0 standard.

via Radiation Detected In Drinking Water Across The U.S. | Disinformation.

So, Cesium-137 has been detected…but in VT first? Either that indicates strange weather patterns, VERY little actual testing going on, or that it didn’t actually come from Japan in the first place, but rather from the notoriously under-maintained Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, where they’ve been known to do things like not report leaks through official channels despite being detectable TO THE TONGUE from the faucet.

Anyway, not saying this isn’t from Japan for sure either, because that would make plenty of sense. Just saying VT is a strange place to find it first. Also, if you really must freak out about this, just avoid milk or any fresh cheese for a little while (I’m sure the vegans out there will be psyched about that) and you should be completely fine. But honestly, I’d say that with levels that low, you really don’t have much to worry about if this is your biggest source of radiation. If you’re getting 10 CT scans a year as well, you might want to consider soy milk. And of course, miso soup and noori.

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One Response to “Radiation Detected In Drinking Water Across The U.S. | Disinformation”

  1. So, there’s more data to back up this being locally “grown” Cesium-137: http://www.nuclearcounterfeit.com/?p=2022

    From April 5, 2010:
    “Tests on the silt and debris in an underground pipe tunnel at Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor confirmed that the source of the cesium-137 is failed fuel rods at the reactor, and not fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster or above-ground weapons testing, both Entergy and the Department of Health said Friday.

    The silt in the pipe tunnel tested at 2,600 picocuries per kilogram, while the highest concentration of cesium-137 was 10,260 picocuries per gram, although there were varying concentrations in the excavation pit near the tritium leaks, according to Jeff Hardy, chemistry manager for Entergy Nuclear.

    Cesium-137 is a much more dangerous radioactive isotope than tritium, which has been the focus of a months-long search by Entergy Nuclear.

    Hardy said the background level of cesium-137 at the Vermont Yankee site was 150 picocuries per kilogram. Hardy said the cesium-137 was a product of fission when the uranium pellets in a fuel tube come in direct contact with water because of a defect in the fuel tube’s cladding.

    According to Entergy Nuclear, the last time Vermont Yankee had failed nuclear fuel was in 2001-2002, but William Irwin, radiological health chief for the Department of Health, said that did not mean that Yankee was leaking cesium since then.”

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