Thursday, 23 February 2012

Low levels of fallout from Fukushima. Now they tell us.

Tiny amounts of fallout from Fukushima were detected at one fifth of the US metering stations.  Reported Feb 22nd at Science Daily News.   Remember the non-stop panic when it was all about us, after parts of Japan were devastated by the tsunami?  Disclosure:  I grew up next door to AECL's nuclear research centre at Chalk River and all our neighbours made a living from it.  People wore radiation-sensitive badges at work which were returned, un-clouded, every day at 5pm. They didn't panic so easily and expected  information about how much, where, when and for how long.    Will this be widely reported in the same media that were on scare alert a year ago?
Fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power facility in Japan was measured in minimal amounts in precipitation in the United States in about 20 percent of 167 sites sampled in a new nationwide study. The U.S. Geological Survey led the study as part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). Levels measured were similar to measurements made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the days and weeks immediately following the March 2011 incidents, which were determined to be well below any level of public health concern.

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