Monday, September 8, 2014

Endless Tritium in Our Environment

I am experiencing anxiety. I reflect on the source.  I believe the lake I love swimming in may be contaminated with tritium and other radionuclides. My dear friend, Clyde Stagner, demonstrated scientifically how tritium evaporation from the spent fuel pools at Palo Verde nuclear power plant ends up in swimming pools and lakes in Maricopa County:

Tritium in Swimming Pools

EPA Censorship and a Failure of Transparency in Government

Hidden Tritium

I suspect that with the additional Fukushima radiation my lake water must be quite contaminated.  We always feel terrible for a couple of days after going to the lake, where we take precautions to avoid dehydration. I hope I’m wrong. I love going to the lake.

Fukushima never ends. It just keeps spewing human-created radionuclides into the atmosphere and ocean.Here is the latest TEPCO admission about ongoing contamination:

Two trillion becquerels of radioactive material may have escaped No. 1 JIJI Sep 7, 2014

Some 2 trillion becquerels of strontium-90 and cesium-137 may have flowed into the bay of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant during the 10 months to May this year, it was learned Sunday.

The amount exceeds by 10 times the limit of radioactive material releases Tepco set before the March 2011 meltdown accident at the power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

At the plant, tainted groundwater may be flowing into the bay, and highly radioactive water may be leaking into the bay from reactor buildings through trenches…[end]
I’m sure this is a gross under-estimate of ongoing ocean contamination.

Majia's Blog: How Much Fukushima Fuel is IN the Ocean?

The Fukushima saga may be worsening again. The TEPCO webcam focused on Unit 1 shows CONTINUOUS atmospheric emissions from unit 3 and the Common Spent Fuel Pool. Unit 1 is also spewing but there is some sort of filter that shields our view of emissions by units 1 and 2. 

Webcam watchers have seen quite a bit of spiderweb activities over the last couple of months. I’ve posted about them extensively. I conclude that radiation does increase at the site in tandem with sightings of spiderwebs. I have no idea what is happening but those spiderwebs coincide with some light source that makes the entire Daiichi site glow, as viewed from the Futaba cam view. Is the light source a plasma? Is it a neutron burst? Is it high gamma emissions? I don’t know….

The other day I witnessed the TBS cam RE-WIND after a flock of crows headed right towards emissions from unit 1. The re-wind was very obvious. Bad edit there.

Who knows if any cam is really live right now. If we are watching a re-run, I cannot imagine what current conditions must be like because the re-run is showing OBVIOUS and SIGNIFICANT atmospheric emissions. 

I'm tired.