Fukushima Radiation Turns Into Alaska’s Tragedy
We know we are being lied to about Fukushima. Even amateurs with little academic training in reading equipment know that the levels of radiation hitting Alaska are in excess of those experienced in the cold war era of the 1960s. The radiation in the North Pacific due to above ground nuclear testing were regarded as fairly high. The levels being experienced now is higher than that, at least as measured by local residents.
In July of 2013, the Representatives in the Japanese Diet learned that the amount of radiation from the Fukushima was 20 times the amount of radiation of Hiroshima every day. The situation in Japan has become worse rather than better, and that is having an impact on radiation levels in Alaska. Japan has asked for help from anyone in the world, and so far, there are no takers.
Just before the Tsunami and earthquake in 2011, spent fuel rods were placed 6 stories high in one of the buildings. The building those fuel rods are in is now in a building that is “listing” or leaning like the tower of Pisa. A typhoon and an earthquake this past week has made the situation critical. If the building collapses, the situation will become grave, not just for Japan, but for most of the Pacific Rim and North America.
The mainstream media has been a deadly silent on Fukushima and its impact on the west coast. Part of that silence is from a lack of official data. Monitoring of radiation by our government of our own lands appears to be nonexistent.
While Alaska is part of the United States, the only agencies that seems to recognize this is the Internal Revenue Service, the National Park Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA does a fabulous job policing the emissions of a drop of water from the sluice boxes of gold miners in places like Chicken, Alaska. They do a wonderful job ensuring that no one can burn wood or coal to heat their homes on cold winter nights because of elevated PM2 levels but you can burn all the diesel and cook all the meth your heart desires as far as the EPA is concerned. Monitor radiation? Fat chance.
The EPA stopped monitoring the radiation a while back. They would rather get their jollies from harassing locals over burning a stick of wood trying to stay warm than monitor radiation levels. Monitoring radiation levels is far beneath their dignity and offers no hope of amusement for them.
John Kelley, a professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, told CNBC that he’s not sure contamination has reach dangerous levels for humans but says without better data, who will know?
“The data they will need is not only past data but current data, and if no one is sampling anything then we won’t really know it, will we? The general concern was, is the food supply safe? And I don’t think anyone can really answer that definitively.”
The issue is critical in Alaska because so many people live off the land for their sustenance. Since nobody is measuring, nobody know for certain if the food is safe, indeed if anything is safe. The federal government seems far more interested in what time what kid left what bus stop, and the voting records of parents but doesn’t seem to care about the radiation levels to which the child and parent is being subjected to daily.
At the beginning of the Fukushima crisis, Alaska state officials discovered there wasn’t any sort of radiation measuring equipment or supplies to handle such a crisis. The state learned that Federal officials during the Bush era moved radiation detection equipment to the lower 48. Since Alaska had no nuclear power plant or nuclear weapons, there seemed little need for the equipment. Air samples are periodically mailed to the EPA lab in Alabama for evaluation, but somehow got lost the mail during the first weeks of the Fukushima crisis.
When Fukushima happened, there was no way to measure anything in the state.
At the end of March of 2011 the environmental agency established radiation testing centers in key locations in response to citizens asking about the impact of Fukushima. The EPA set up a monitoring station in Dutch Harbor, Alaska roughly 2,700 miles away from Fukushima. It attempted to set up one in Nome, but the equipment arrived damaged and unusable. Anchorage Daily News reported two weeks after the disaster began,
Dutch Harbor also reported the highest levels of cesium-137, more than three times any other reporting station in the United States and twice the level of the next highest station, in Guam. Dutch Harbor’s reading on quickly decaying but dangerous tellurium-132, though tiny, was more than 100 times higher than any place else that reported.
The state kept assuring everyone that all was well, everywhere else appeared fine. Then the story went away as far as the media was concerned. Ridicule was aimed at anyone who asked. The radiation website for Alaska seemed to eventually disappear. Locals began to monitor things on their own out of frustration.
Evidence of problems continue to be obvious, yet it is presented with strange excuses. There have been disastrous years of low fish runs that have no explanation. It is only in editorials where the obvious is posited and quickly ridiculed until recently. As the editors of the Juneau paper finally wrote,
We are concerned our Alaska salmon are being slowly tainted with nuclear waste. We are worried about the impact this waste could have on our resources, and especially the people who consume them…
We urge scientists in Alaska to be proactive about conducting research and monitoring our salmon species. And we urge them to be vocal about their findings.
Fat chance of that happening. The Food and Drug Administration only recently put a warning out on eating sea food from Fukushima, and appears to have done nothing to monitor food elsewhere. The state of Alaska would rather promote salmon than worry about a few locals biting the dust. As early as October of 2011, reports of elevated thyroid cancer of Alaska’s children were squashed from the news by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. They did what they could to hide reports from Freedom of Information Act requests.
There are issues now with killer whales who seem to have greatly diminished in number with “no known cause.” Seals with hair loss and lesions from no known origin. Star fish through the west coast appear to have a strange disease all along the Pacific coast that cause them to disintegrate. Yet the denial continues by Republican and Democrats alike.
And while the EPA continues to monitor the smoke stack of every home in Alaska for PM2.5 down to a city block, there seems to be only volunteer amateurs monitoring radiation with their own equipment in the interior of Alaska. The federal government has held multiple hearings on PM2.5, but none on the impact of radiation from Fukushima. There is no official source measuring radiation, and it is all through voluntary efforts. If levels rise, it is up to volunteers to notify friends, and be ridiculed by others. Further, since Alaska is far from any medical help for radiation poisoning, citizens are on their own to take precautions and stockpile their own iodine or other resources. Radiation levels are at or have exceeded the levels experienced in the North Pacific during the era of nuclear testing in the 1960s. Those high radiation levels spurred many of the testing treaties in later years.
Perhaps someone who is somebody can get the EPA to actually do the job they are supposed to do and monitor.