This headline should read, “All The Best, Scientifically Verified, Information on the Impacts on the US West Coast from the Fukushima Incident of March 2011”.
Note how often the sources cited mention “the incident”, “were released”, etc. And most of them date before TEPCOs July 2013 “revelation” (love that word) of continuous groundwater seepage. So any study design – modeling or monitoring – that doesn’t take that in to account must be called out.
Deep Sea’s selection of scarmongering articles to debunk is like shooting fish in a barrel [heh] – I agree, most of them are hooey. But they only address that one issue.
But as a water quality specialist with experience in both surface runoff and groundwater, and persistent toxics, I have sought reliable information on impacts on the food web (not confined to Californians’ sushi concerns). And I’m not findining it. We can’t count on journalists to analyze this.
The melted reactors are so dangerous they can’t get humans, or even robots, near enough to assess them, but there’s no danger to the marine environment?
The groundwater flowing through the melted reactors and to the sea – along with freshwater seeps on the sea floor – can’t be measured, aren’t being controlled, are invisible – and yet they could go on for decades and dilution will take care of it? Heard anything about the ice wall planned to surround the plant and route the groundwater around it recently? Me neither. Maybe it’s because disrupting that hydrological regime would cause the entire site to sink?
We know little about radiological health and epidemiology of the entire marine food chain (see: Sellafield). Dr. Buessler says, well, maybe in the future you won’t want to eat sardines because the Strontium 90 accumulates in their bones. What about what the sardines eat, and what eats the sardines? What morbidity, mortality, and mutagenic effects can be expected on all these species?
They have to continue to flood the cores with cooling water. There is a water storage crunch at the (shoddily constructed and operated) tank farm. They can’t get the ALPS (advanced liquid processing system) to work. The plan was to discharge treated water (of all but tritium) in to the sea. As of now, the pumped cooling water plus as much additional leaking groundwater as they can get is going in to the tanks. But they are running out of space.
The entire site is contaminated of course (see personal protection equipment worn by workers), so every time it rains – a little or a lot – that surface runoff flows into the sea.
I don’t believe the melting starfish stories, poor old Dr. Caldicott (sorry), Russia Today, or Dr. Y from FAS. The potential criticality at Reactor 4 is above my pay grade. But I do know there is plutonium at Reactor 3. This needs the attention of skilled and unbiased scientists and engineers. Adults only, please. The nuclear engineers can go home; your job is done. We need hydroglogists and marine biologists – and Kim, I tried to correspond with you, and your and Dr. M’s subsequent work is not reflecting these issues. (Stop citing from 2011 reports! They didn’t have the full scope of the situation.)
I’m starting to believe in the international nuke media suppression. Someone, please, provide me wrong by referring me to a good resource who is addressing these issues!