NY Times Contributor Confirms High CA Rainwater Radiation – But Lies About Tap Water Radiation
In a report that blasts the Federal Government for not reporting this to the public The New York Times affiliate, The Bay Times, confirms levels of radiation in San Francisco rainwater samples were measured at levels 18,100% above federal drinking water standards.
This confirms the story as reported here which many refused to believed.
The report however still contains a lie – that there is no radiation in the drinking water – while the original University of Berkeley study clearly detected radiation in the drinking water.
I first wrote about Japan Nuclear Radiation being detected in San Francisco area tap water several days ago:
University of Berkley scientists are reporting the detection of radioactive iodine in the rainwater at levels 18,1000% above federal drinking water limits. Cesium and TE-132 have also been detected.
Scientists have also detected radiation in San Francisco tap water and milk.
Since then I have been hammered for misreading the data and even outright lying about it, and many outright refused to believe it because there hasn’t even been a mention of it in the corporate media.
Finally The Bay Citizen, a New York Times affiliate, has confirmed the high levels of radiation in the rainwater in a story that blasts the Federal Government for not reporting it to the public.
Government Under Fire as Radiation Is Found in Milk, Rain
Federal officials have still not published any official data on nuclear fallout from Japan disaster
The EPA’s tardy response to widespread alarm about radiation in rain and the air has been sharply criticized by Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
“It’s troubling that the EPA has to date not provided any precipitation data of its own, while measurements that have been made by states and others across the country are indicating somewhat surprising elevations of iodine-131,” Hirsch said Friday.
As shown in the graph below, published by UC Berkeley, Iodine-131 peaked at 20.1 becquerels per liter, a measure of radioactivity, on the roof of Etcheverry Hall during heavy rains a week ago. The federal maximum level of iodine-131 allowed in drinking water is 0.111 becquerels per liter.
… Radiation from Japan rained on Berkeley during recent storms at levels that exceeded drinking water standards by 181 times and has been detected in multiple milk samples…
Radiation falling with rain can cover grass that is eaten by cows and other animals. It can also fall on food crops or accumulate in reservoirs that are used for irrigation or drinking water. Seafood can also be affected. …
A rooftop water monitoring program managed by UC Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering detected substantial spikes in rain-borne iodine-131 during torrential downpours a week ago. …
The levels exceeded federal drinking water thresholds, known as maximum contaminant levels, or MCL, by as much as 181 times. …
Patty Lovera, assistant director at the nonprofit Food and Water Watch:
“The official mantra from a lot of folks in government is, ‘Oh, it’s OK in low levels.’”
“But low levels add up. We would like to see a more coherent strategy for monitoring air and water in agricultural areas and then using that data to come up with a plan, if you need one, to go look at the food system.”
Energy News first reported high levels of radiation in San Francisco rain water 18,100% being above federal drinking water standard.
I however was the first and only person to report that the UCB Berkeley tests found the radiation in the San Fransico California drinking water. However, the Bay Citizen article is still inaccurately reporting that there is no radiation drinking water.
Again from the Bay Citizen
The levels exceeded federal drinking water thresholds, known as maximum contaminant levels, or MCL, by as much as 181 times. However, the material has a half-life of eight days, meaning it breaks down quickly, and it quickly dissipates in the environment. Drinking water safety standards are based on prolonged exposures.
“Now, it isn’t drinking water, and the MCL can be averaged for a period of up to a year,” Hirsch said. “But it is striking that rainwater could be measured in Berkeley with radioiodine that is that far above the level you would generally be permitted to drink.”
However as I originally reported, the 8 day half-life is a misnomer because iodine really persists in the environment for many months and has a 100 day half-life inside of the human body.
Again, despite the claim in the Bay Citizen Article claiming that the radiation is not in the drinking water IT IS A LIE!.
Here is snippet from the original UCB result log which clearly shows that radiation has been detected in the drinking water.
Results Log3/31 (8:00pm): Our first preliminary tap water samples have been analyzed. The only isotope we have detected besides background is I-131, at low significance: 0.024 ± 0.014 Becquerels per liter. This level is much lower than our rain water measurements by a factor of approximately 300, and lower than our milk measurement by a factor of 30. We will be continuing measurements of tap water to confirm this result; the level is so low it is approaching the threshold of detection.
Since, I first posted my report UCB has suddenly stopped publishing updated sample results on their web site. It is possible that a gag order has been issued and the data may be scrubbed altogether. So here is a screen shot of the University of Berkeley results log.