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NEWS RELEASE · 11th April 2011
Old Massett Village Council
Old Massett Village Council is doing water testing to make sure we are not exposed to radiation from the events in JAPAN. I will post the latest test results on the band office bulletin board and on the HEALTH CENTER bulletin board as soon as the results come in.

We are testing the rainwater, the stream water (near Rivtow) and the tap water. In addition this time we tested some goat’s milk to see if the levels were higher in milk.

We are testing for: Cesium 134, Cesium 137, Iodine 131 & Ruthenium 103

TEST DATE: April 8th. 2011.

RESULTS:

We are seeing an increasing presence of one radiation component (Iodine -131) in RAIN WATER. The Iodine-131 reading has decreased since April 6th and is now at a low level again. However, as expected this reading fluctuates with the weather and events in Japan. As this reading can very quickly increase, the following notice remains in effect for now:

WE ARE ADVISING COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO STOP DRINKING RAIN WATER.

The readings from the goat’s milk were all higher than the rainwater readings by approximately 3/100 of Bq/L but are still at a low level. (Bq/L=becquerels/Liter which is the unit of measurement the lab uses).

Both tap water and stream water continue to show absolutely no signs of any radiation contamination and therefore are safe to drink from this viewpoint.
Canadian Coalition for Awareness and Action on Fukushima Emi
Comment by Jay on 30th May 2011
A Vancouver based citizen is launching a group to deal with the Fukushima effects on the west coast. Her name is Isabel. If you wish to join her efforts contact her at changeagents2011,,,yahoo.ca

The Situation

Despite the conspicuous international and national media and government silence on the issue, dangerous radionuclids continue to be emitted from the crippled Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan, with no end in sight. They may include highly toxic plutonium and uranium and are being carried by the jet stream to Canada, especially the west coast.

These radionuclids are washed out of the atmosphere by rain, with the potential of getting into open drinking water sources and bio-accumulating over time in soil, plants and seafood. Thus, they can have potentially serious long-term health effects on Canadians. Yet, ongoing, systematic monitoring of rain and drinking water, soil and food by government agencies in Canada is not taking place (or test results are not published).

Since early May, Health Canada only reports weekly on air measurements and to date has not made any analysis of rainwater or soil available. No information on radionuclide monitoring of Canadian-grown foods in relation to Fukushima emissions is available from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and it is unclear whether all food imports from Japan are tested for radioactive contamination.

Since early May, Metro Vancouver is no longer monitoring radionuclids in drinking water. But this data is needed not only to monitor radiation concentrations over time, but to protect citizens from potential long-term health effects from internal exposure to carcinogenic radionuclids.

Response

Establish a citizen-based group, including experts, to create awareness and take action to request and/or carry out essential radionuclid monitoring in water, soil and food, with a focus on the west coast.

Purpose of Group

• develop awareness of potential long-term environmental and health impacts and the need for systematic, ongoing monitoring of radiation emissions from Fukushima in Canada

• request systematic, ongoing monitoring and public reporting of radionuclids in air, water (rain and drinking water), soil, foods and milk (locally produced and imported from Japan) by responsible government agencies

• pursue independent testing of water, soil and food items

• research and disseminate information for mitigating potential health effects of radioactive emissions

• research and disseminate information about risks of and viable alternatives to nuclear energy production

Approach

• develop website/ blog with pertinent information, monitoring data and public forum

• identify and draw on knowledge of experts (public health, sustainable food production/ agriculture, energy, soil, water, meteorology)

• approach media, political leaders, governments (including municipal councils and regional governments), industry and NGOs as an organized group

• fundraise for independent testing

Getting Involved

Send an email to: changeagents2011,,,yahoo.ca if you are interested in:

• helping shape and/ or getting involved in this group

• obtaining or sharing more information

Relevant Data and News

• EPA monitoring data: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/rert/radnet-data-map.html

• Health Canada air radiation monitoring (now weekly reporting only):
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/ed-ud/respond/nuclea/data-donnees-eng.php

• US Petition for continued radionuclide monitoring: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/774/petition-to-reinstate-ongoing-testing-for-radiation-from-fukushima/#

• Plutonium and Uranium in reactor 3: http://www.vancourier.com/Japan+nightmare+progress+overshadowed+media+mush/4811218/story.html

• Germany preparing to exit nuclear power generation http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/may/09/angela-merkel-green-energy

Additional Background Information

• The situation at Fukushima is far from being over and could still escalate: large quantities of radioactive emissions continue to be released into the air (last estimated at 154 terabecquerels on April 5), sea and ground. Three reactor cores have experienced melt-downs and the so-called China Syndrome (melted fuel making its way into the earth and toward the groundwater table) is feared to be in progress.

• In the past two weeks, EPA air monitoring data for Seattle showed the highest spikes of gamma radiation since March 22, 2011 But since early May, Health Canada only reports weekly on air measurements and makes no rainwater analysis available, leaving Canadians guessing as to if and how they are impacted by spikes in Fukushima emissions in air, rain, drinking water or foods.