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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Radiation News

As Americans focus on March Madness and Dancing With the Stars instead of the radioactive plume spreading all across the country, the US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is attempting to make the mainstream media cover up of the Fukushima cloud a bit easier.

The agency now notorious for its infamous claim that the air was safe to breathe after 9/11 is now seeking to raise the PAGs (Protective Action Guides) to levels vastly higher than those at which they are currently set allowing for more radioactive contamination of the environment and the general public in the event of a radioactive disaster. (snip)

According to PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility), the new standards would drastically raise the levels of radiation allowed in food, water, air, and the general environment. PEER, a national organization of local, state, and federal employees who had access to internal EPA emails, claims that the new standards will result in a “nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90, a 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and an almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63” in drinking water. This information, as well as the emails themselves were published by Collapsenet on March 24.

In addition to raising the level of permissible radiation in the environment, PEER suggests that the standards of cleanup after a radioactive emergency will actually be reduced. As a result, radioactive cleanup thresholds will be vastly lowered and, by default, permissible levels of radiation will be vastly increased in this manner as well.

And check out the 33 along with this bad news:
Earlier on Wednesday, Japan’s nuclear safety agency said seawater tested near the Fukushima Daiichi plant was found to contain sharply increased levels of radioactive iodine.

The sampling, taken on Tuesday about 300 yards off the coast from the plant, was found to contain iodine 131 at 3,355 times the safety standard, said Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director general of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. He said the readings posed no immediate threat to public health, and no fishing was being conducted in the area.

In recent days, the announcements of mounting contaminated water in the plant, as well as the discovery of plutonium traces in the soil outside the facility and an increasingly dangerous environment for plant workers have forced government officials to acknowledge the dangerous side effects of measures taken to keep nuclear fuel cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

relax folks, radiation is actually good for you! that is the word from ann coulter.

3:56 PM  

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