EPA Only Monitoring For Iodine Not Cesium In Drinking Water And Refusing To Answer Why Monitors Are Offline


The EPA is monitoring drinking water only for iodine, but not for cesium or other radioactive isotopes and is refusing to answer questions from the press on why so many radiation monitors are offline.

The EPA is – apparently – monitoring drinking water only for radioiodine, but not for radioactive cesium or other radioactive isotopes:

I previously noted that the San Jose Mercury News reports:

EPA officials, however, refused to answer questions or make staff members available to explain the exact location and number of monitors, or the levels of radiation, if any, being recorded at existing monitors in California. Margot Perez-Sullivan, a spokeswoman at the EPA’s regional headquarters in San Francisco, said the agency’s written statement would stand on its own.

Kepr TV reports today:

There have been no readings in our area for two weeks now. And those readings are critical to making sure our radiation levels aren’t up.


It’s only one of four stations in Washington watched by the state and feds.

And KEPR told you, you could track those readings online as well. But after KEPR checked back we noticed something wrong.

In April, the readings stop. Seattle, Spokane and Tumwater still have readings. So why not Richland?

KEPR started by making calls to the Washington State Department of Health. They’re the ones that post the data. But KEPR was told the monitor is actually owned by the feds. The EPA owns and operates it.


An EPA spokesperson told KEPR fixing the air monitor is not a priority.

Here’s the EPA’s statement: “Since the gamma and filter/cartridge information is still being provided consistently, we are confident that this RADNET monitor is offering us a comprehensive, real-time picture of what’s happening, radiation-wise, in the Tri-Cities.”

But after the Tri-Cities just tested positive for radiation in our drinking water, it’s important to keep tabs on how our environment

It’s not just Washington state. The EPA previously pulled 8 of its 18 radiation monitors in California, Oregon and Washington because (by implication) they are giving readings which seem too high.

No wonder nuclear engineer Arnie Gunerson says that the U.S. government is not doing enough to monitor radiation (and publicly disclose the results):

This is disappointing … but not surprising, given that the American government has a history of covering up negative information about nuclear power and underplaying damage caused by nuclear accidents. See this and this.

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