- Expert: People on West Coast right to be concerned about Fukushima plume — Things “could get much worse” — Lots of radioactivity flowing into ocean — Gov’t not testing water or fish (AUDIO) (ENENews, Dec 1, 2013):
The following three nearly identical Letters-to-the-Editor are signed by a John Lewallen of Philo, California. According to the www.johnlewallenforcongress.org website, “my wife [...] Barbara and I own and operate the Mendocino Sea Vegetable Company devoted to hand-harvesting [...] seaweed”:
- Times-Standard, Dec. 1, 2013 (emphasis added): Fukushima rads won’t hurt us here [...] “The situation is of concern near Japan coast where fisheries remain closed,” [WHOI Senior Scientist] Ken Buesseler wrote in an email to me on Nov. 17. “There is a lot of radioactivity left in the tanks (they have removed much of the cesium, but strontium-90 is still very high), contaminated groundwater that flows to the ocean, and spent fuel pool. Something could get much worse“
- Anderson Valley Advertiser, Nov. 28, 2013: Scientific team finds no harmful radiation from Fukushima on West Coast
- Sonoma Index-Tribune, Nov. 21, 2013: No Fukushima radiation on West Coast
Here is what Buesseler said on the radio two days ago (at 10:00 in): “I completely agree that no radiation has been seen in the regards that we’re not really testing for it ((laughter)) in any organized way [...] We have very few data; it’s not really being organized. The government says we don’t really need to do that because we’re predicting very low levels. On the other hand, you could argue I’d very much like to see study on our side of the ocean just to confirm these values and build some confidence with the public that’s been concerned about this. They’re right to be concerned — as scientists we’re telling them they shouldn’t be, but it’d be nice to have a few more data points to fill that gap […] I’ve been told that there’s very little testing going on.”
Buesseler statements on Friday give new meaning to headlines like ‘No Fukushima radiation on West Coast‘ and ‘Scientific team finds no harmful radiation from Fukushima on West Coast‘.