With the typhoon season close at hand,people are wondering whether the Japanese can get it together fast enough to cover their leaking nuclear plants.They talk about entombing the whole mess, in a sarcophagus like structure which has been compared to building a pyramid. At Chernobyl, the Russians dumped concrete in 600 helicopter runs. Numerous pilots died after doing a dump. God knows how long this will take in Japan even with assists from a big pump the US is sending. Does this mean Japanese radiation will be spewing skyward for months or years or what? God forbid, in a typhoon?
The French, as previously noted, are sufficiently concerned to warn women and infants not to drink milk,soft cheeses,and to keep clear of tap water coming from open reservoirs.They don’t want gardeners to water leafy vegetables with rain water.
The US attitude appears to be– no problem. A little radiation isn’t going to hurt anyone.The CDC says not to worry. It’s insignificant.
How do they know how much iodine,cesium 137 or strontium 90 is in the fish caught out of the currents running north past the Fukushima plant up to the Bering Sea, and then down the coast of Alaska where much of our commercial fishing is done.
The answer is they don’t.The FDA,charged with protecting us, isn’t even bothering to test the fish.
As Washington’s Blog asks,is this some sort of slick way of raising the radiation standards–by looking the other way. Or,my guess is it’s just business as usual by the people who have not been regulating food and drugs over the years
Thanks to the Anchorage Daily News we have a not so pretty picture of our hot shit government in action. Here are a few excerpts:
DeLancey, the FDA spokeswoman, said those Japanese fishermen were disrupted by the tsunami and are no longer fishing anyway.
As for U.S. fish, she said, “We have not been doing any testing. We’ve been working with NOAA to keep an eye on U.S. waters, to see if there is any cause for alarm, and we do have the capability to begin testing if that does occur.”
Asked to explain what kind of monitoring was taking place in the ocean, DeLancey said, “You would have to talk directly to NOAA … I don’t really want to speak for another agency.”
But NOAA fisheries spokeswoman Kate Naughton declined to answer questions and referred a reporter back to DeLancey and the EPA.
DeLancey said that so far, there’s no reason for concern about Fukushima. The radioactive materials in the water near Fukushima quickly become diluted in the massive volume