New: Ongoing Fukushima leaks into groundwater and ocean admitted; severity upgraded (CBC)
March 18, 2013–2 years and 1 week after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools experience a prolonged Cooling System Failure:
This is serious. If Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools are compromised, this may not only have serious health consequences in Japan, but world-wide.
Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools contain 85 times the amount of Cesium of Chernobyl, acccording to Bob Alvareez, Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy.
For excellent back-ground information on Fukushima, including risks associated with Spent Fuel Pools, check out: http://fairewinds.com/
Summary of Testing Results and Updates
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)
What is the Canadian Collaborative for Radiation Awareness and Monitoring?
This is a collaborative initiative born out of concern over the lack of comprehensive, publicly available radiation monitoring data in Canadian air, water, soil and food following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which is resulting in the transport of radioactive materials to Canada, particularly the west coast.
What are we doing?
The objectives of this initiative are to:
- request comprehensive, coordinated government radionuclide monitoring and reporting in Canadian air, water and food and in Japanese imports, including screening for Cesium, Plutonium, Strontium and Uranium
- collect and test food, seafood, soil, water and rain samples from across British Columbia, Canada and beyond for the presence of man-made radionuclides through a certified lab
- share results and related information
- increase public information and awareness on the health and environmental impacts of radiation
- support the Japanese people in highly contaminated areas
Who do we work with?
This is a highly collaborative initiative open to participation and contributions by any individuals, organizations, government agencies, First Nations, universities and businesses concerned with health and environmental effects of radiation, and/ or research, protection and promotion of public health and overall sustainability (e.g., by supporting healthy life styles and nutrition, clean air and water, renewable energies and sustainable food production).
What are the reasons for this initiative?
Since the Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011, the damaged Fukushima nuclear reactors have released radioactivity into air, soil and water, including groundwater and the Pacific Ocean. Radiation concentrations of over 10 Sievert per hour (exceeding instrument scales) were measured at the crippled Fukushima power plant. The massive cooling and radioactive water storage and treatment problems at the plant remain unresolved, and radioactively contaminated water continues to leak into the ground, rivers and Pacific ocean.
For months, residents from beyond the Fukushima evacuation zone have been pleading with the Japanese government to be evacuated from highly contaminated areas and justly compensated. Japanese children continue to be exposed to high levels of radiation, have been diagnosed with thyroid irregularities and display other symptoms of radiation sickness. The greatest industrial accident of global proportions of this century (if not in history) continues to unfold while most of the world—including Canada—has chosen to look away, ignoring the need to support the Japanese people and to carefully examine the global, national and local health and environmental impacts of radionuclides carried to and beyond our shores by the jet stream and ocean currents.
As the Japanese are now incinerating their radioactive waste and high smokestacks will be venting the tent-shields over the reactors’ highly radioactive remains, it is likely that radionuclides continue to reach the Canadian west coast with the jetstream (http://www.fairewinds.com). Also, there are concerns over the ongoing potential for hydrogen explosions, further damage by future earthquakes, and the integrity of the spent fuel pool at reactor #4 at the crippled plant.
We are deeply concerned about the lack of awareness, research and monitoring data regarding radiation effects on the health and well-being of the people, especially children, who may be impacted by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan or by future nuclear accidents that could strike in Canada or the US.
We are concerned over the apparent lack of comprehensive radionuclide monitoring and reporting data in Canada. On August 4, the Georgia Straight ran an article on “Fukushima Fallout”, reporting, among other concerns, that air radiation measurements in several Canadian cities exceeded legislated maximum concentrations after the Fukushima disaster; that Canadian radionuclide monitoring and reporting is lacking transparency and consistency; and that there are many concerned health professionals, including those interviewed in the article (http://www.straight.com/article-415211/vancouver/fukushima-brings-big-radiation-spikes-bc).
Canadians need to know whether the air they breathe contains highly carcinogenic “hot particles” from Fukushima, and if toxic radionuclides have seeped into Canadian soils during three months of heavy rains this spring and are taken up by locally grown food crops, including leafy greens, fresh fruit and mushrooms. Canadians need to know if such radionuclides are present in goat and cow’s milk from animals grazing on fresh grass; in our rain and drinking water; or in Pacific seafood and seaweed. And if so, Canadians need to know if the concentrations or future bio-accummulations pose any long-term health risks to them, particularly children and unborn generations.
What can YOU do?
There are quite a few things you can do, such as:
- get informed and share information with others about the Fukushima disaster by checking out the pertinent information on the side-bar of this site, including resources, what’s new and recent and archived posts
- write a letter to government (see Sample Letters)
- take and ship a sample (sampling guidelines can be found here)
- sponsor a sample (contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- donate (donation function to come soon)
- view and leave comments here
Please contact us at email@example.com if you are willing to participate in or contribute to this initiative, so we can incorporate you into our roster of testers and supporters.We truly appreciate your concern and assistance. Please consider sharing this information with interested colleagues, family or friends–thanks!
PS: Don’t forget to check for international news updates under “Recent Posts” and “What’s New”!
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
(Jack Layton, Aug. 20, 2011, 2 days before his passing)