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EPA Finds Japan Nuclear Radiation In Milk ABOVE EPA Limits And In Drinking Water In 13 US Cities
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Nuclear Radiologist: Don't Be Fooled By Paid Industry "Consultants" -- Low Doses of Ionizing Radiation Do Cause Cancer
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Japan Nuclear Radiation Found In Food Bought In California Stores
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Plutonium found in the soil, radioactive fallout reaches Florida and the Carolinas
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 04:21:09 -0500

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As the dreadful truth about the Fukushima catastrophe slowly unfolds, it turns out this disaster is far worse than we were ever told.
For starters, the total radiation ultimately released from Fukushima may soon surpass that of Chernobyl. Reactors No. 2 and 3 are still out of control, with pumps not working and radiation levels too high to allow workers to even function there. (So how are they supposed to repair the coolant pumps, anyway?)
Here's the breakdown of the latest news from Fukushima, including a summary of the status of all six reactors:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031882_plutonium_soil.html
I've also posted a 7-minute video news update on the Fukushima incident at YouTube, viewable here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ktAEMqZTvc

Detectable amounts of radiation from Fukushima have now reached both Florida and the Carolinas:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031881_radiation_Fukushima.html

Here's a story about the ongoing "virtual rally" to demand the honest labeling of GMOs in our food supply:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031880_GMOs_labeling.html

On the good news side of things today, scientists claim to have developed an "artificial leaf" (really just a new type of solar cell) that can power a small home on a gallon of water a day (plus sunlight, of course):
http://www.naturalnews.com/031879_artificial_leaf_solar_cell.html

Want to know about some foods that protect against radiation exposure? Here's some helpful advice:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031878_radiation_protection.html

P.S. Coming soon: More details about the class action lawsuit against a large cereal company, an interview with Gov. Jesse Ventura about his new book, and more news about GMOs (stay tuned to NaturalNews for all sorts of exciting breaking news throughout April...)

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Fukushima radiation plumes have now struck the Carolinas and Florida, say reports
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Radiation detected in Massachusetts rainwater as Fukushima crisis worsens
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Radiation Found in U.S. Milk found low readings only because of the NEW higher limits (by the thousands) set by EPA ! gives super low radiation readings .

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/government-responds-nuclear-accident-trying-raise-acceptable-radiation-levels-and-pretending

Miniscule’ Amounts of Radiation Found in U.S. Milk

By Alex Johnston
Epoch Times Staff Created: Mar 30, 2011 Last Updated: Mar 30, 2011

A dairy farmer empties out raw milk onto his pasture in the city of Nihonmatsu in Fukushima prefecture on March 27, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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A dairy farmer empties out raw milk onto his pasture in the city of Nihonmatsu in Fukushima prefecture on March 27, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. officials on Wednesday said that radiation emitted from the devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor in Japan is present in milk products.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) evaluated milk products in Spokane, Washington, on March 25, detecting 0.8 pCi/L of iodine-131, which is “5,000 times lower than the Derived Intervention Level set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration," the EPA stated.

“These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are far below levels of public health concern, including for infants and children.”

The EPA is taking “steps to increase the level of nationwide monitoring of milk, precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes.”

The agency said that the U.S. ramped up its radiation detection after the Fukushima complex was compromised during the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit on March 11 as well as the accompanying tsunami that followed.

“Radiation is all around us in our daily lives, and these findings are a minuscule amount compared to what people experience every day,” said Patricia Hansen, an FDA senior scientist.

Citing examples, one could be exposed to radiation from watching television, being around construction materials, or on a round-trip flight across the U.S., Hansen added.

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Monitoring Stations CLOSED - NEW Radiation Guidelines thousands of times more lax than EPA has EVER judged safe in the past.

http://www.zerohedge.com/article/government-responds-nuclear-accident-trying-raise-acceptable-radiation-levels-and-pretending

Government Responds to Nuclear Accident by Trying to Raise Acceptable Radiation Levels and Pretending that Radiation is Good For Us



When the economy imploded in 2008, how did the government respond?


Did it crack down on fraud? Force bankrupt companies to admit that their speculative gambling with our money had failed? Rein in the funny business?

Of course not!

The government just helped cover up how bad things were, used claims of national security to keep everything in the dark, and changed basic rules and definitions to allow the game to continue. See this, this, this and this.

When BP - through criminal negligence - blew out the Deepwater Horizon oil well, the government helped cover it up (the cover up is ongoing).

The government also changed the testing standards for seafood to pretend that higher levels of toxic PAHs in our food was business-as-usual.

So now that Japan is suffering the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl - if not of all time - is the government riding to the rescue to help fix the problem, or at least to provide accurate information to its citizens so they can make informed decisions?

Of course not!

The EPA is closing ranks with the nuclear power industry:

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.

Critics said the public needs more information.

"It's disappointing," said Bill Magavern, director of Sierra Club California. "I have a strong suspicion that EPA is being silenced by those in the federal government who don't want anything to stand in the way of a nuclear power expansion in this country, heavily subsidized by taxpayer money."

The EPA has pulled 8 of its 18 radiation monitors in California, Oregon and Washington because (by implication) they are giving readings which seem too high.

Remember, for the sake of context, that the government has covered up nuclear meltdowns for fifty years to protect the nuclear power industry.

And now, the EPA is considering drastically raising the amount of allowable radiation in food, water and the environment.

As Michael Kane writes:

In the wake of the continuing nuclear tragedy in Japan, the United States government is still moving quickly to increase the amounts of radiation the population can “safely” absorb by raising the safe zone for exposure to levels designed to protect the government and nuclear industry more than human life. It’s all about cutting costs now as the infinite-growth paradigm sputters and moves towards extinction. As has been demonstrated by government conduct in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of Deepwater Horizon and in Japan, life has taken a back seat to cost-cutting and public relations posturing.

The game plan now appears to be to protect government and the nuclear industry from “excessive costs”… at any cost.

In 1992, the EPA produced a PAGs manual that answers many of these questions. But now an update to the 1992 manual is being planned, and if the “Dr. Strangelove” wing of the EPA has its way, here is what it means (brace yourself for these ludicrous increases):

 

  • A nearly 1000-fold increase for exposure to strontium-90;
  • A 3000 to 100,000-fold hike for exposure to iodine-131; and
  • An almost 25,000 rise for exposure to radioactive nickel-63.
The new radiation guidelines would also allow long-term cleanup thresholds thousands of times more lax than anything EPA has ever judged safe in the past.

And see this.

Indeed, some government scientists and media shills are now "reexamining" old studies that show that radioactive substances like plutonium cause cancer to argue that prevent cancer.

It is not just bubbleheads like Ann Coulter saying this. Government scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and pro-nuclear hacks like Lawrence Solomon are saying this.

In other words, this is a concerted propaganda campaign to cover up the severity of a major nuclear accident by raising acceptable levels of radiation and saying that a little radiation is good for us.


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 3300% above federal drinking water

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Radioactive Iodine-131 in Pennsylvania rainwater sample is 3300% above federal drinking water standard

Governor Corbett Says Public Water Supply Testing Finds No Risk to Public From Radioactivity Found in Rainwater, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, March 28, 2011:

[Emphasis Added]

… The [Iodine-131] numbers reported in the rainwater samples in Pennsylvania range from 40-100 picocuries per liter (pCi/L). Although these are levels above the background levels historically reported in these areas, they are still about 25 times below the level that would be of concern. The federal drinking water standard for Iodine-131 is three pCi/L. …

On Friday, rainwater samples were taken in Harrisburg, where levels were 41 pCi/L and at nuclear power plants at TMI and Limerick, where levels were 90 to 100 pCi/L.

Corbett emphasized that the drinking water is safe and there is no cause for health concerns. …

“Rainwater is not typically directly consumed,” Corbett said. “However, people might get alarmed by making what would be an inappropriate connection from rainwater to drinking water. By testing the drinking water, we can assure people that the water is safe.” …

Read the release here.

See also: EPA: Radioactive Iodine-131 levels in PA & MA rainwater “exceed maximum contaminant level permitted in drinking water”

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.URGENT - USA / Europe - Radiation and Jetstream FORECAST UPDATE - march 27, 2011

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Moderate levels of CESIUM 137 ON THE SURFACE in the United States – much more….

  Rainwater Across Entire US Contanimated With Japan Nuclear Radiation

  Posted by Alexander Higgins - March 27, 2011 at 11:01 pm - Permalink - Source via Alexander Higgins Blog

Rainwater across the entire United States is now testing positive for nuclear radiation contamination from Japan’s nuclear fallout.

 

Rainwater Across Entire US Contains Japan Nuclear Radiation

 
Clicking on the individual stories quickly reveals that Japan nuclear radiation is being detected in rainwater across the entire United States.
For example:

Radiation In Massachusetts Rainwater Likely From Japan

Japan Nuclear Radiation Detected in Massachusetts Rainwater

BOSTON — Health officials said Sunday that one sample of Massachusetts rainwater has registered very low concentrations of radiation, most likely from the Japanese nuclear power plant damaged earlier this month by an earthquake and tsunami.
John Auerbach, the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, said that radioiodine-131 found in the sample – one of more than 100 that have been taken around the country – has a short life of only eight days. He said the drinking water supply in the state was unaffected and officials do not expect any health concerns.

Before I continue with more from the article, are you serious Mr, John Auerbach? You mean to tell me that Radioactive iodine is being found in the rainwater yet the drinking water is unaffected? Who, just WHO!? in their right mind is seriously going to believe that? Our drinking water comes from the rainwater. WOW!!!! Doublespeak at it’s finest.

And what in the world has happened to objective journalism? An official says something that is totally nonsensical and it is printed and echoed to every news outlet in the country without even being questioned for validity.
Continuing on…
Nevada and other Western states also have reported minuscule amounts of radiation, but scientists say those presented no health risks.
State officials said similar testing was done in California, Pennsylvania, Washington and other states, and showed comparable levels of Radioactive Iodine in the rain.
Here is a snippet The Huffington Post’s story of the radiation hitting Nevada.

Nevada Radiation: Tiny Amounts Reach State From Japan Nuclear Disaster

RENO, Nev. — Nevada has joined several western states in reporting that minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant are showing up. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk.
Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring station by Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Institute’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program.
Hartwell said he’s certain the isotopes came from Japan because they’re not usually detected in Nevada. But he said the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks.
“Unless you have an accident like this (in Japan) you wouldn’t expect to see this. No doubt it’s from Japan,” Hartwell told The Associated Press.
California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington have also reported tiny amounts of radiation from the Japan accident. Officials have said those levels also are not harmful
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Tiny amounts of the radioactive isotope cesium-137 were detected at a University of Nevada, Las Vegas laboratory between March 17 and 21, but haven’t been reported since then, Hartwell said.

WTF – They have been detecting this in the rainwater for over 1 1/2 weeks and they just tell us now!!

The Baltimore Sun reports on the radiation detected in Pennsylvania. But here is the ticker, the story is buried in The Baltimore SunEntertainmentFood & DiningDining@Large
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Wait a minute, Food & DiningDining@Large
!? What does radiation in the water have anything to do with dining? Didn’t government officials say this wouldn’t have any effects on the drinking water?
Hmm….

Elevated radiation levels in Pennsylvania rainwater

Elevated levels of radiation in Pennsylvania’s rainwater?
“These detections were expected and the levels detected are far below levels of public-health concern,” says the EPA.
Here’s the statement.
While short-term elevations such as these do not raise public health concerns – and the levels seen in rainwater are expected to be relatively short in duration – the U.S. EPA has taken steps to increase the level of nationwide monitoring of precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes to continue to verify that.
The official Baltimore Sun response:

State officials say radiation traces detected in air no concern

Monitoring finds very low levels in air, but none in water or milk

Anyone with the smallest amount of critical thinking can see right through this.
Seriously, instead of downplaying this whole fiasco the government should be more responsible and arm people with knowledge to prevent against serious adverse health effects.
For example, the simplest measure you can take is buying a
 
BUY A WATER PURIFIER – NOT A WATER FILTER – BUT A WATER PURIFIER.
Start here, do your research, and buy a good one.
There is more that you can do… but let me do some more research and save that for another article.
Here is a nuclear cloud spread simulation of caesium based on 1/10th of Chernobyl levels.

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ALERT!! : USING EARTH FILTERING TO REMOVE NEAR 100% FALLOUT PARTICLES AND DISSOLVED RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL FROM WATER [HOW TO DO IT]

 

[CH 8] SCROLL TO AND READ LAST SECTION AND RELAY IT !

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Filtering through earth removes essentially all of the fallout particles and more of the dissolved radioactive material than does boiling-water distillation, a generally impractical purification method that does not eliminate dangerous radioactive iodines. Earth filters are also more effective in removing radioactive iodines than are ordinary ion-exchange water softeners or charcoal filters. In areas of heavy fallout, about 99% of the radioactivity in water could be removed by filtering it through ordinary earth. p.73

 March 27, 2011

Elevated radiation levels in Pennsylvania rainwater

Elevated levels of radiation in Pennyslvania's rainwater?

"These detections were expected and the levels detected are far below levels of public-health concern," says the EPA.

Here's the statement.

While short-term elevations such as these do not raise public health concerns – and the levels seen in rainwater are expected to be relatively short in duration – the U.S. EPA has taken steps to increase the level of nationwide monitoring of precipitation, drinking water, and other potential exposure routes to continue to verify that.

Here is the FDA's most recent statement of food safety.

UPDATE: Here's Tim Wheeler's story in the Baltimore Sun on the Maryland response

 
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The Fukushima situation is unfortunately looking like it's not going to be resolved in weeks or months, but rather years. And in the mean time, radiation keeps leaking (from Reactor No. 2 at the moment) while the nuke plant engineers are running out of space to dump all the radioactive water from the cooling tanks!
Radiation levels in the water there are now 100,000 times higher than normal (confirmed). Here's the latest on Fukushima, including a confirmed fact that radioactive fallout has now been detected in Massachusetts:
http://www..naturalnews.com/031871_radiation_rainwater.html

A sixth study now links mercury in vaccines to brain damage and autism. The evidence of harm from vaccines just keeps pouring in:
http://www.naturalnews.com/031870_flu_shots_brain_damage.html

P.S. Check out this great video from Christian Bates called "anti-radiation elixirs":
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P.P..S. I want to thank everyone who participated in the Health Freedom Expo event that just wrapped up in Long Beach, and I also want to give a shout out to all those who joined the nationwide GMO protests to demand honest labeling of GMOs in our food. You are making a difference! (And the crowds will only get larger as the truth about GMOs spreads this year...)

More news continues below on how to empower yourself for improved health, the dangers of microwave ovens, what to eat to prevent acne and much more (see below)....

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Sixth study in recent months links mercury in flu shots to brain damage, autism
(NaturalNews) The toxic effects of the mercury, also known in vaccines as Thimerosal, have once again been confirmed, this time by researchers from the University of Brazil. Marking the sixth major study in recent months to condemn the use of mercury...

 

 

Fukushima update: False radiation readings, radioactive water and anti-nuclear protesters
(NaturalNews) Here's the latest on the Fukushima nuclear power plant situation as it is unfolding in Japan: • Yesterday Japanese nuclear power officials announced that radiation levels in Reactor No.. 2 had risen to 10 million times the "normal...

 

First sign of radioactivity
reaches the county

By Keith Darcé

Originally published March 25, 2011 at 7:40 p.m., updated March 25, 2011 at 8:40 p.m.

What’s coming from Japan?

Of the hundreds of types of radioactive atoms that may have escaped, scientists are generally concerned about five:

·         Iodine-131

Half-life: 8 days

Effect on people: The thyroid slurps up iodine, including the radioactive kind, which immediately kills and mutates cells and can cause thyroid cancer. Its short half-life means that very little, if any, would make it across the Pacific.

Measurement in San Diego: 0.13 picocuries per cubic meter of air detected on March 18

·         Plutonium-239

Half-life: 24,000 years

Effect on people: It is very toxic and dangerous if inhaled because lungs are particularly sensitive to radiation. (Oddly, it’s not very harmful if you ingest it.)

Measurement in San Diego: None detected

·         Cesium-137

Half-life: 30 years

Effect on people: Radioactive cesium easily enters the food chain through milk and vegetables. If inhaled or ingested, it acts like potassium but continues to emit radiation inside the body. It can increase the risk of many forms of cancer.

Measurement in San Diego: None detected

·         Strontium-90

Half-life: 29 years

Effect on people: Like cesium, this form of strontium stays in the environment. It mimics calcium if ingested, becoming part of bones and teeth. It can increase the risk of bone cancer and leukemia.

Measurement in San Diego: None detected

·         Tellurium-132

Half-life: 3.2 days

Effect on people: This isotope is dangerous at high levels, but can be easily washed off the skin if there’s external exposure. It would be more dangerous if ingested or otherwise absorbed into the body. The levels being detected in the U.S. are in very small amounts, and the short half-life reduces the risk.

Measurement in San Diego: None detected

Sources: News service and staff reports

Harmless traces of radioactive iodine have been detected in San Diego County, suggesting that the plume of nuclear material spewing from the damaged reactors in Japan finally has reached the region, state public health officials said Friday.

The measurement was recorded on March 18 by an air monitoring device operated by the state.

State officials said their devices also detected iodine at seven California locations outside San Diego County and tellurium-123 at two of those sites.

Earlier this week, EPA officials reported that their own network of monitors had detected tiny amounts of iodine-131 as well as cesium-137 and tellurium-132 in Anaheim, Riverside, San Francisco and Seattle.

The delay in the San Diego County detection points to surveillance systems that appear to do a good job of spotting immediate radiation spikes but require more time, sometimes as much as a week, to identify the specific nature of the radioactive particles.

The lag time is a factor of the numerous stages of collecting and analyzing samples, said Gary Butner, chief of the radiologic health division of the Department of Public Health.

A state worker removes sample filters from the San Diego County device, whose location is kept secret for security reasons, every 48 hours then mails them overnight to the state’s laboratory in Richmond where they are analyzed.

The testing stage of the process has been streamlined to 24 hours since the March 18 sample was analyzed, Butner said.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency also operates a monitor in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego, but it was out of commission from November until last week, EPA officials said Friday.

Its device, like the state’s, takes about a week to analyze specific particles, but it also has a probe that delivers hourly reports of radioactive levels to the National Air and Radiation Environmental Laboratory in Montgomery, Ala.

Two of the EPA’s other 10 monitors in California also required repairs this week, said Ron Fraass, director of the Alabama laboratory.

All of the devices were functioning normally Friday, said agency spokesman Brendan Gilfillan.

One agency critic said the long duration of the San Diego County malfunction raised serious questions about the agency’s ability to properly manage the nationwide network of 124 monitoring stations.

“It’s deeply troubling,” said Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California Santa Cruz and president of anti-nuclear organization Committee to Bridge the Gap.

“The purpose of those monitors is to be available in an emergency, and (the San Diego device) was unavailable for nearly half a year,” he said.

An EPA spokesman wasn't able to say why the monitor outage occurred or why it lasted so long.

Aside from iodine, no other unusual radioactive particles have been found in the county since a 9.0 earthquake and tsunamis wrecked parts of Japan two weeks ago and damaged four reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station located along the country’s northeastern coast.

All of the radioactive particles discovered in Southern California are typically produced by the atomic reaction that powers nuclear electricity generation stations.

Exposure to high levels of radiation can cause burns and illness. If the particles enter the body through breathing or eating they can become lodged in the lungs, bones and other tissue for years.

The radiation from the molecules can cripple or kill surrounding cells, said Stephen Steuterman, the radiation safety officer for the Scripps Health hospital and clinic system in San Diego County. More serious damage can occur if the radiation causes cells to mutate into potentially deadly cancers.

Federal and state officials continued to stress Friday that all of the levels of radioactive material detected in California and other parts of the country so far have been thousands of times below any threshold for being potentially dangerous to humans.

“There really is no impact on human health,” said Ken August, a spokesman for the California health public department.

At least three air monitoring devices are currently operating in San Diego County — the two run by the state and the EPA, and another one run by Southern California Edison at the utility’s San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station in the North County.

Others could be conducting their own radiation surveillance on a less official level.

Murray Jennex, a former nuclear engineer from Vista, said he has been carrying around a hand-held radiation detection device for the last week.

All of his readings have been within the range of so-called “background” radiation that would normally be expected from the sun, rocks, minerals and other everyday sources, he said.

His latest measurements, taken Friday in Vista and Thursday along the beach in Oceanside, fell within a range of 12 to 15 microrads per hour, far below the 571 microrad-per-hour exposure rate allowed for nuclear power plant workers, he said.

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Breaking: Low-level radiation found in Bay State rainwater

This just in to the City Desk … the state Department of Public Health announced today they have detected low levels of radiation in Massachusetts rainwater, likely from the nuclear fallout from Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.
As you can read below, there’s no public health threat, but it does illustrate the severity of the nuclear crisis in Japan. Here’s the release …
 
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that very low concentrations of radioiodine-131 (I-131), likely associated with the Japan nuclear power plant event, have been detected in a precipitation (i.e. rainwater) sample.  The sample location is one of more than 100 locations around the country that are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Radiation Network (RadNet) monitoring system that routinely monitors for radioactivity in environmental media.  Air samples at the same location have shown no detectable radiation. There is no health impact to state drinking water supplies as a result of these findings, and state and federal health officials emphasized that there are no anticipated public health concerns.
The concentration of I-131 was 79 pCi/L (picocuries per liter). The precipitation sample was taken during the past week, with results available today following analysis and confirmatory testing by the DPH Radiation Control Program. Similar testing in other states, including California, Pennsylvania and Washington, has shown comparable levels of I-131 in precipitation samples. Federal officials have indicated that such findings would likely be found in multiple locations across the country, with some variation due to weather patterns.
DPH Commissioner John Auerbach emphasized that the sampling results show no risk to state drinking water supplies. “The drinking water supply in Massachusetts is unaffected by this short-term, slight elevation in radiation.  However, we will carefully monitor the drinking water as we exercise an abundance of caution.” he said.
I-131 has a short half-life (the time that it takes for half of the radionuclide to break down) of eight days.  Detecting a concentration of approximately 79 pCi/L in precipitation would mean that the element becomes undetectable in a relative short time, assuming no continuing source.
It is important to note that any I-131 concentrations detected in rainwater samples are significantly higher than might be detected in a surface water body, such as a lake or pond, because anything falling with precipitation would be greatly diluted once in the water body.  In addition, standards that are established for the group of radionuclides, including I-131, are based on a lifetime of daily exposure.  Given the short half-life of I-131 and the likely significant dilution of any precipitation that may contain I-131 once falling into a water body, health officials do not expect health concerns associated with levels currently being reported.  Nonetheless DPH has worked with the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) to collect raw drinking water samples from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs last week as part of an expanded monitoring system. Results of this testing showed no detectable levels of I-131 in either body of water.
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr.  directed the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to collect additional samples for testing for radioiodine from several water bodies across the state today (Sunday), and results will be available on a rolling basis over the next several days.
“The initial result of DPH tests on water samples from the Quabbin and Wachusetts Reservoirs - the source of drinking water for 2.5 million Massachusetts residents - is good news,” said Secretary Sullivan, who chairs the board of the MWRA. “In an abundance of caution, however, MassDEP is sampling additional areas today so that we can be confident that water bodies across the Commonwealth have not been impacted by the nuclear incident in Japan.”
USEPA also reported this week that four RadNet sites on the West Coast (Riverside. CA; San Francisco, CA; Anaheim, CA; Seattle, WA) had levels of I-131 in ambient air ranging from 0.003 to 0.01 pCi/m3. USEPA characterized these results as hundreds of thousands to millions of times below levels of concern. In a typical day, Americans receive doses of radiation from natural sources like rocks, bricks, and sun that are about 100,000 times higher than what has been detected coming from Japan.  In Massachusetts, all measured air samples have had undetectable radiation levels.
DPH will continue to monitor precipitation and ambient air samples for the presence of radionuclides that may be associated with the Japan event and to assess trends, whether increasing or decreasing.  As an added precaution, DPH will also work with the state Department of Environmental Protection to collect and analyze additional drinking water samples (where the drinking water source is a surface water body) for the presence of I-131.

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 European Parliament issues warnings on HAARP

March 22, 2011

“HAARP is a project of which the public is almost completely unaware, and this needs to be remedied.”

Toronto, Canada – [ZNN] The daily lives of people seem blissfully unaffected by events about which they know little or nothing. Daily news reports unfold with no mention as to why and how the powerful operate behind the scenes. We pay our mortgages, book our vacations and school our children, as a corporate and government elite engage in projects beyond our wildest imaginations.

Conditioned to accept that ‘all is well’ or, that we are powerless to affect change in a world dis-integrating before our eyes – we conduct our lives until one day it affects us directly – unfortunately by then it’s far too late.

Ask the people of northern Japan how they feel about the last three sentences and the answers they now seek in the aftermath of unimaginable loss and yet another future generation desecrated and ravaged by nuclear radiation.

European Parliament document may provide a few answers for the inquiring mind. This parliamentary document is not some conspiratorial rant but an official governmental perspective describing authentic concern that a terribly grave technology, which the document calls a weapon, has been unleashed over many years without any public knowledge.

The technology is called HAARP and the European Parliament has put NATO, the US Air Force and Navy on notice, demanding an explanation about their involvement.

One of the most damning statements in the document reveals an American refusal to account for itself regarding HAARP research:

“[The European Parliament]… regrets the repeated refusal of the United States Administration to send anyone in person to give evidence to the public hearing or any subsequent meeting held by its competent committee into the environmental and public risks connected with the high Frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) programme currently being funded in Alaska.”

Caveat – For those among you who feel all is ‘right and true’ with the world and everything you need to know about is in newspapers, or, that those in power have our best interests at heart – you’ve probably read enough by now. There is almost certainly a soap opera or celebrity awards program on TV that you are missing. Or, perhaps you simply do not want to be confused by the facts… You are excused.

However, for those among you who have an inquiring mind or the patience and concern to read about such furtive things as the demise of civilization and geo-political ethics, the document below is very instructive if not despotically frightening.

The document outlines why the strange frequency of bizarre global weather and geo-tectonic disasters appear to be on the rise and why NATO, the US Air Force and US Navy have been held accountable for their knowledge and shrouded use of HAARP technology.

High Frequency Active Auroral Research (HAARP) has been deliberated upon by world governments – but none of them – including the Canadian government have commented on what it is, what it does or how it affects life on the planet.

HAARP may well be the most silent and deadly weapon of all time – primarily because it is invisible to the naked eye and thus, its existence can be denied by government and readily dismissed by media. Those in the forefront of probing and exposing this kind of government behaviour have issued warnings about HAARP for many years. Few pay any heed. The question remains – will anyone listen now?

The European Parliament document

“The European Parliament:

- having regard to the hearing on HAARP and Non-lethal Weapons held by the Foreign Affairs Subcommitee on Security and Disarmament in Brussels on 5 February 1998,”

and

“T. whereas, despite the existing conventions, military research is ongoing on environmental manipulation as a weapon, as demonstrated for example by the Alaska-based HAARP system,”

and

“Legal aspects of military activities -

26. Calls on the European Union to seek to have the new ‘non-lethal’ weapons technology and the development of new arms strategies also covered and regulated by international conventions;

27. Considers HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project) by virtue of its far-reaching impact on the environment to be a global concern and calls for its legal, ecological and ethical implications to be examined by an international independent body before any further research and testing; regrets the repeated refusal of the United States Administration to send anyone in person to give evidence to the public hearing or any subsequent meeting held by its competent committee into the environmental and public risks connected with the high Frequency Active Auroral Research Project (HAARP) programme currently being funded in Alaska;

28. Requests the Scientific and Technological Options Assessment (STOA) Panel to agree to examine the scientific and technical evidence provided in all existing research findings on HAARP to assess the exact nature and degree of risk that HAARP poses both to the local and global environment and to public health generally;

29. Calls on the Commission, in collaboration with the governments of Sweden, Finland, Norway and the Russian Federation, to examine the environmental and public health implications of the HAARP programme for Arctic Europe and to report back to Parliament with its findings;”

and

“HAARP – a weapons system which disrupts the climate

On 5 February 1998 Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Disarmament held a hearing the subject of which included HAARP. NATO and the US had been invited to send representatives, but chose not to do so. The Committee regrets the failure of the USA to send a representative to answer questions, or to use the opportunity to comment on the material submitted.(21)

HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project) is run jointly by the US Air Force and Navy, in conjunction with the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Similar experiments are also being conducted in Norway, probably in the Antarctic, as well as in the former Soviet Union.(22) HAARP is a research project using a ground based apparatus, an array of antennae each powered by its own transmitter, to heat up portions of ionosphere with powerful radio beams.(23) The energy generated heats up parts of the ionosphere; this results in holes in the ionosphere and produces artificial ‘lenses’.

HAARP can be used for many purposes. Enormous quantities of energy can be controlled by manipulating the electrical characteristics of the atmosphere. If used as a military weapon this can have a devastating impact on an enemy. HAARP can deliver millions of times more energy to a given area than any other conventional transmitter. The energy can also be aimed at a moving target which should constitute a potential anti-missile system.

The project would also allow better communications with submarines and manipulation of global weather patterns, but it is also possible to do the reverse, to disrupt communications. By manipulating the ionosphere one could block global communications while transmitting one’s own. Another application is earth-penetrating, tomography, x-raying the earth several kilometres deep, to detect oil and gas fields, or underground military facilities. Over-the-horizon radar is another application, looking round the curvature of the earth for in-coming objects.

From the 1950s the USA conducted explosions of nuclear material in the Van Allen Belts(24) to investigate the effect of the electro-magnetic pulse generated by nuclear weapon explosions at these heights on radio communications and the operation of radar. This created new magnetic radiation belts which covered nearly the whole earth. The electrons travelled along magnetic lines of force and created an artificial Aurora Borealis above the North Pole. These military tests are liable to disrupt the Van Allen belt for a long period. The earth’s magnetic field could be disrupted over large areas, which would obstruct radio communications. According to US scientists it could take hundreds of years for the Van Allen belt to return to normal. HAARP could result in changes in weather patterns. It could also influence whole ecosystems, especially in the sensitive Antarctic regions.

Another damaging consequence of HAARP is the occurrence of holes in the ionosphere caused by the powerful radio beams. The ionosphere protects us from incoming cosmic radiation. The hope is that the holes will fill again, but our experience of change in the ozone layer points in the other direction. This means substantial holes in the ionosphere that protects us.

With its far-reaching impact on the environment HAARP is a matter of global concern and we have to ask whether its advantages really outweigh the risks. The environmental impact and the ethical aspect must be closely examined before any further research and testing takes place. HAARP is a project of which the public is almost completely unaware, and this needs to be remedied.

HAARP has links with 50 years of intensive space research for military purposes, including the Star Wars project, to control the upper atmosphere and communications. This kind of research has to be regarded as a serious threat to the environment, with an incalculable impact on human life. Even now nobody knows what impact HAARP may have. We have to beat down the wall of secrecy around military research, and set up the right to openness and democratic scrutiny of military research projects, and parliamentary control.

A series of international treaties and conventions (the Convention on the prohibition of military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques, the Antarctic Treaty, the Treaty on principles governing the activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space including the moon and other celestial bodies, and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) casts considerable doubt on HAARP on legal as well as humanitarian and political grounds. The Antarctic Treaty lays down that the Antarctic may be used exclusively for peaceful purposes.(25) This would mean that HAARP is a breach of international law. All the implications of the new weapons systems should be examined by independent international bodies. Further international agreements should be sought to protect the environment from unnecessary destruction in war.”

[This document was written 13 years ago.]

Although there seems to be no official or current governmental and scientific confirmation of the effects of HAARP technologies in your local newspaper or on the 11:00 o’clock news – the people of Japan might want an update.

Sources -

Entire Text of European Document -http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+REPORT+A4-1999-0005+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN

Other References:

Government Briefings -

UK: http://www.policestateplanning.com/uk_parliament.htm

European: http://www.policestateplanning.com/briefings.htm#european_parliament

Other: http://www.policestateplanning.com/briefings.htm

CBC’s Wendy Mesly TV coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkLTzesBxGE

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