The Daily DoubleSpeak – April 5th, 2011

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Daily double speak for April 5th, 2011 – To the media, and thus the public, the Feds say that the radiation levels being found in the rainwater and milk are safe. But under oath, before congress, the Feds say there is no “safe” levels of radiation.

Be sure to check back later, as I will add more doublespeak as I come across them.
Feds Under Oath: “No Safe Levels” of Radiation”

‘No Safe Levels’ of Radiation in Japan

By Dahr Jamail*

Under Oath Feds Admit "No Safe Levels Of Radiation"

TOKYO, Apr 4, 2011 (IPS/Al Jazeera) – In a nuclear crisis that is becoming increasingly serious, Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed that radioactive iodine-131 in seawater samples taken near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex that was seriously damaged by the recent tsunami off the coast of Japan is 4,385 times the level permitted by law.

Airborne radiation near the plant has been measured at 4-times government limits.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, the company that operates the crippled plant, has begun releasing more than 11,000 tons of radioactive water that was used to cool the fuel rods into the ocean while it attempts to find the source of radioactive leaks. The water being released is about 100 times more radioactive than legal limits.

Meanwhile, water that is vastly more radioactive continues to gush into the ocean through a large crack in a six-foot deep pit at the nuclear plant. Over the weekend, workers at the plant used sawdust, shredded newspaper and diaper chemicals in a desperate attempt to plug the area, which failed. Water leaking from the pit is about 10,000 times more radioactive than water normally found at a nuclear plant

Thus, radiation from a meltdown in the reactor core of reactor No. 2 is leaking out into the water and soil, with other reactors continuing to experience problems.

Yet scientists and activists question these government and nuclear industry “safe” limits of radiation exposure.

“The U.S. Department of Energy has testified that there is no level of radiation that is so low that it is without health risks,” Jacqueline Cabasso, the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation, told Al Jazeera.

Her foundation monitors and analyses U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies and related high technology energy, with a focus on the national nuclear weapons laboratories.

Source: IPS

Feds To Media: Radiation Levels In Rain, Milk Safe Feds Say Again:

Washington state milk is safe, health officials say again

By VANESSA HO, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
Published 12:11 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Days after announcing the finding of a trace amount of radiation in some Spokane milk, state health officials said Tuesday that tests of other local milk samples have turned up clean.

“EPA monitoring confirms that Washington milk is safe to drink,” Dan Newhouse, the state’s Department of Agriculture director, said in a statement Tuesday. “These results raise no concerns for food safety or public health. Milk and other dairy products remain a healthy choice in your diet.”

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it had found miniscule levels of Iodine-131, a short-living radioactive element, in milk at a Darigold plant in Spokane. The agency said a cow in Washington or Idaho likely consumed grass or rainwater tainted with radioactive fallout from Japan. But health officials repeatedly emphasized the levels were minimal and did not pose a hazard to consumers.

“Drinking a pint of milk with these levels of radiation would be less than half the radiation exposure that occurs during a five-hour airplane flight,” the state Department of Health said


Source: Seattle PI

Japan raises radiation levels for seafood because people don’t want to worry about radiation in their food after radiation is found in fish caught in Japan.

Japanese Government sets new radiation safety levels for seafood because people don’t want to worry about radiation in seafood.

Japan Nuclear Meltdown: Japanese Government Sets New Radiation Safety Levels for Seafood

April 05, 2011 01:40 PM EDT

Japan Nuclear Meltdown: Japanese Government Sets New Radiation Safety Levels for SeafoodIn the wake of the Japan nuclear meltdown, the Japanese government has set new radiation safety levels for seafood.

Tepco has dumped 13 million gallons of radiation contaminated water into the sea near the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power complex.

The March 11, 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami triggered the Japan nuclear meltdown worries. While things appear to be stabilizing somewhat, there is still radiation that is millions of times over the legal limit in the sea near the beleaguered plant. This makes it scary to eat the fish that are caught in the region. People do not want to have to deal with worries about radiation contaminated seafood.

Source: Gather News

Radioactive Fish Caught Off Japan’s east coast.

Radioactive fish caught off coast of Japan spark fears over sushi stocks

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:16 PM on 5th April 2011

Sushi supplies in Japan could be at risk after radioactive fish were caught off its east coast.

Officials in the tsunami-striken nation said they had detected high levels of radioactive iodine and cesium in sand lace fish caught in the Pacific ocean near the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Fishing has been banned near the plant since the earthquake and tsunami which left thousands dead and caused four of the six nuclear reactors to overheat.

Mayor of the Urashuku First Ward Fumio Hiratsuka, 76, inspects a destroyed fish product storage unit in the tsunami-devastated coastal town of Onagawa, northeastern Japan. Radioactive fish have been found off the coast
Mayor of the Urashuku First Ward Fumio Hiratsuka, 76, inspects a destroyed fish product storage unit in the tsunami-devastated coastal town of Onagawa, northeastern Japan. Radioactive fish have been found off the coast

The latest discovery casts doubt over the future of fishing in the region and whether fisherman will be banned from a wider area which could put the price of seafood at a premium.

The Japanese government has now imposed new radiation level standards for seafood for the first time and all fishing of sand lace has been suspended.

Local fishermen are calling on the plant’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to compensate them and to stop dumping contaminated water into the sea.

On Monday officials detected  more than 4,000 bequerels (Bq) of iodine-131 per kilogram in sand lance caught less than three miles offshore of the town of Kita-Ibaraki.

The young fish also contained 447Bq of cesium-137.

The World Health Organization said there is a risk of radioactive exposure from contaminated food but it would have to be consumed over a prolonged period of time.

Source: The Daily Mail

 

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