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+++« Alaska Marine Expert: We really need to look at what’s happening to ecosystem from Fukushima radiation — Models don’t address ongoing releases at plant — “A lot of unknowns, a lot of uncertainties” — Ships are sampling for everything but radionuclides — Could be affecting animals (AUDIO)
Alaska refuses to test radiation levels in fish, says banana is riskier…”and who doesn’t love bananas?” — Officials: It’s forecast to hit U.S. right about now; People are concerned; We absolutely need cautious monitoring
Published: January 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET
Juneau Empire, Jan. 23, 2014: The Department of Environmental Conservation isn’t actively testing fish for radiation, Commissioner Larry Hartig told the Senate […] Hartig said the state is relying on data and analyses from other coastal states, British Columbia and federal agencies […] Still, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said her constituents have come to her with concerns. Hartig said in an interview that the department tests fish regularly, just not for radiation. […] Hartig said it would be too expensive for the state to undertake a testing program that would be “statistically valid.” […] he’s concerned that people are being misinformed […]
Cesium-137 emits 10 million times more radiation per unit volume than does potassium-40 found in a banana. (SOURCE: Steven Starr, Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri)
Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Alaska House of Representatives (Sitka), Alaska Dispatch, Jan 22, 2014: […] Fukushima radiation is a classic example for which the solution to pollution is in fact dilution. The vast Pacific Ocean is diluting Cesium-137 radioactivity by nearly 200 percent by the time the Kuroshio Current carries Fukushima water to our side of the Pacific. Water contaminated by the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant is forecast to arrive on the West Coast, well … right about now. Computer models predict that Fukushima-contaminated water washing up on the West Coast has between 1 Bq/m3 and 30 Bq/m3 of Cesium-137. (Remember, 7,400 Bq/m3 is the EPA limit, and 2 Bq/m3 is the naturally occurring level.) Early data gathered up and down the West Coast corroborates these predictions. […] To be clear: there may well be more radiation in a banana (and who doesn’t love bananas?) than off our Alaska coast. […] But we absolutely need to cautiously monitor the situation. There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about Fukushima, and the Department of Environmental Conservation should play a visible, proactive leadership role. It has not. […]
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Jan. 23, 2014: […] Hartig said the state has not seen concerning radiation levels […] and has no plans to launch its own radiation monitoring […] “you get more radiation risk from eating a banana” [He] said that monitoring in the Lower 48 and by the federal government have not shown there to be radiation meeting dangerous levels […] Radiation from the disaster has been a lasting concern for many, including Interior residents. People have worried that water-based and airborne radiation will contaminate food sources and pose a health risk to people. University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Douglas Dasher [said] modeling that showed radioactive cesium-137 would begin hitting Alaska soon, although he said researchers said it is still many times smaller than accepted federal guidelines. Dasher did, however, point out a concern about the lack of research and monitoring being done in Alaska.
More from Dasher here: Alaska Marine Expert: We really need to look at what’s happening to ecosystem from Fukushima radiation — Models don’t address ongoing releases at plant — “A lot of unknowns, a lot of uncertainties” — Ships are sampling for everything but radionuclides — Could be affecting animals (AUDIO)
Published: January 23rd, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET
- Nuclear Expert: Fukushima contamination that will soon hit U.S. has people very concerned, and I think rightly so — Gov’t should be regularly monitoring seafood, seawater (VIDEO) September 5, 2013
- Expert: People on West Coast right to be concerned about Fukushima plume — Things “could get much worse” — Lots of radioactivity flowing into ocean — Gov’t not testing water or fish (AUDIO) December 1, 2013
- NPR Affiliate: Fukushima cesium detected in Alaska salmon sample — Radioactive plume has already reached West Coast — Concerned fishermen forced to pay for tests since officials not doing it — “People don’t trust gov’t… they don’t trust corporations” (AUDIO)January 16, 2014
- Physician: Statement by Canadian officials indicates Fukushima contamination was detected in fish at levels that are “difficult to explain without undue alarm” — Huffington Post: “Sockeye Salmon Sushi: Use a Geiger Counter” September 6, 2013
- People in Albuquerque more concerned over black Rio Grande water from Los Alamos-area fire — State officials don’t believe any test results have come back (VIDEO) July 26, 2011
With my first underwater breath, I knew instantly, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that i’d found my place… More than 20 years later, i am truly thankful for the opportunities that this wonderful sport has allowed me. My goal is to give back by inspiring divers and non divers alike to look “Beneath the Looking Glass”, to see our waters as a reflection of humanity itself. I believe by furthering people’s understanding and connection to our water-planet, we can encourage everyone to become stewards, to take action, to protect and preserve what we hold so dear for the future generations…
Whether its helping educate school kids with the Marine Science Afloat™ program as one of their ‘diver scientists’, or shooting video for sharing with the world at large, my hope is to help influence a greater awareness of our underwater world.
People will protect what they love, but they have to know it to love it…
Please report on the starfish you see on dives… (and on the beach)
Upload a picture of the beach (topside) where you saw sick stars to instagram with the hashtag #sickstarfish This will put it on a map we are putting together. You will need to make sure geolocation is “on” and you are uploading from the site (not from your house). We are also working on a manual add for the site, but that is not up and running yet. If you dive at a site that has no sick seastars please upload #nosickstarfish that way we can get a baseline as well, and actually see spread over time. Tidepool walkers are also encouraged to become involved as the purple and orange starfish are often visible on low tides and you will be able to see both healthy and sick sea stars, as it is sometimes hard to tell the difference out of water, just take a picture of the starfish and upload it to instagram/twitter/facebook with the #beachstarfish and we’ll forward the picture on to the experts. All data collected will be made readily available to researchers.
This is where data will be showing up in real time at sickstarfish.com
Enter more data at the MARINe (Multi Agency Rocky Intertidal Network) page
(Pick one as they are sharing information)
Site: Cove 1, Seacrest, West Seattle, Washington State.
Video: Laura James
Dive Buddy: Jan Shaw
Lights: Light & Motion SOLA 2000 X 2