From "fire" to frivolous. So easily sold.
Just presume that "thousands of times below the Level of Concern" is good. Surely, our Environmental Protection Agency would reach a Level of Concern if the radiation would cause cancer in 30 years, right?
Wrong! EPA's DEFINITION for LEVEL OF CONCERN is: "The concentration in air of an extremely hazardous substance above which there may be SERIOUS IMMEDIATE HEALTH EFFECTS TO ANYONE EXPOSED TO IT FOR SHORT PERIODS. If a short burst doesn't make you immediately sick, it is not a level of concern!
We're getting smaller doses over longer periods of time, and no risk statements relative to that!
Can anyone find any actual numbers for radiation detected locally? Consider some rather shocking travel of U.S. fallout from the Nevada nuclear tests. (http://rex.nci.nih.gov/massmedia/fig1.html) in Study Estimating Thyroid Doses of I-131 (radioactive iodine) Received by Americans From Nevada Atmospheric Nuclear Bomb Test, National Cancer Institute 1997. Many counties in Vermont, 2,500 miles away, had as high I-131 radiation as the test site (406 rads)! Many counties in Idaho, Montana, and heading into Canada (which was not studied) had 3 to 4 times as much radiation (12 to 16 rads) per capita as those at the Nevada test site! Grant you, Nevada was probably dry and the release of radiation mushroomed high so it was mostly blown away from the site, but likewise the wind is blowing away from Japan to here (see www.atmos.umd.edu/... University of Maryland Dept. of Atmospheric & oceanic Science, Atmospheric Chemistry . It is a crap shoot as to where it rains down. We hope it rains a lot over the ocean before it is washed down by rains here.
The public deserves some real, day by day. numbers for normal background radiation in our area and whatever range of increase, if any, is being detected since the nuclear accident, not yet contained, began. If none is detected, great! If 0.00002 to 0.00004 rad per hour increase is detected, great as well! If .001 to .01 rad, maybe not so great. I'd like to see some real investigative reporting here.
In Print This Week:
Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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