The difficulty of finding accurate, current information about the science and the level of risk involved has exacerbated confusion and worry among some in the public.
Saying that Californians are concerned and seeking information about potential health risks caused by contaminated water coming to the state from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) is urging the state’s Department of Public Health to post updated information on the issue to its homepage.
“With newspaper reports, on-line videos and a number of stories about the possible radiation dangers to our beaches, residents are concerned and seeking information from a source they can trust,” Wieckowski said. “I think a lot of people’s questions can be answered if the department would conduct a study or post the results of other studies and monitoring that are already completed to its homepage. The difficulty of finding accurate, current information about the science and the level of risk involved has exacerbated confusion and worry among some in the public.”
Wieckowski said the federal government has suggested Fukushima’s problems pose no risks to California’s coastal and estuarine lands. However, online speculation about contaminated water traveling to California, and higher than normal radioactivity levels on a California beach have increased the public’s concerns.
“Tourism, fishing, agriculture and outdoor recreation are among our most important assets,” Wieckowski said. “Millions of Californians live in communities that are directly impacted by contamination in the ocean. That’s why I think it’s important for the state Department of Public Health to put what information it has in layman’s terms onto its homepage so the public can see it and understand what, if any, risks or concerns are out there.”
The following statement was issued Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, by the California Department of Public Health Radiologic Health Branch and their Office of Public Affairs:
From all the years of nuclear studies done since Hiroshima and Nagasaki till the present one would think that our Government agencies would have a better than average idea of what to expect as a result of such an occurrance. Of course, the results of such information would be highly suspect as to its validity considering our government's culture of lying their way out of any given situation. Would you believe anything our government had to say? I don't!
why bother , the beach dwellers in california are so burnt out they dont read anything not on the internet or even know who the president is, they probably would blame Bush.
Equip school students with Geiger counters and set it up as a class project, a club project or a science fair project. All information should be recorded on paper :
DATE TIME LOCATION WEATHER CONDITIONS RAD READING OBSERVATIONS(ODOR,DEAD FISH….)
Project could be expanded to test drinking water, seafood, milk, other foods included source of drink or food
Students should probably test themselves……… You do not need a PhD to use a Geiger counter and record the information and it will be a good learning opportunity for students. My tenth graders made a movie, wrote their report into a book and then testified to the state Assembly and Senate ( not on this project but on Insulating the windows in the classroom for 6 weeks to test different materials for insulating properties, the production of methane gas for heating and wind energy…. )
The youth of today will be the adults of tomorrow and they need to know that they can have an important part in their future.
Problem is, if the information posted is honest and accurate, it will say: NO DANGER. But nobody who currently believes that the Pacific is glowing in the dark and all our food is contaminated will believe that statement, even though it is true. Waste of time and taxpayer money. Let people believe what they want. Maybe some of the zaniest alarmist fruitcakes will leave California and improve life for the rest of us.
I certainly hope you are right, but do you have any explanations or knowledge to back your statement?
Because last time someone told me what you are saying, he was telling me how no one died as a result of the meltdowns at Fukushima. I then pointed out Masao Yoshida. But that was the only person I knew of.
Now we have 70+ American sailors with serious cancers filing a lawsuit, and not all of them are going to survive their cancers.
High radiation readings on California beach seems to be due to naturally occuring thorium and radium, which knowledgeable folks have known about for a long time. http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2014/01/ot-no-fukushima…