Nuclear plume to reach West Coast

The BBC recently reported that a nuclear plume is about to reach the West Coast of the United States. Image

There are at least two different computer models, and soon there will be sampling to determine which is correct…One of these models anticipates a maximum concentration by mid-2015 of up to 27 becquerels per cubic metre of water; the other no more than about two becquerels per cubic metre of water…Bedford’s Dr John Smith told BBC News that further measurements being taken in the ocean right now should give researchers a fair idea of which model is correct….And he emphasised again: “These levels are still well below maximum permissible concentrations in drinking water in Canada for caesium-137 of 10,000 becquerels per cubic metre of water – so, it’s clearly not an environmental or human-health radiological threat.”

Measurable levels are being detected, but the levels are “safe.”   However, if one looks carefully at the graph, it shows that much of the Pacific has levels around 100 microseverts per cubic meter.   However,  the only truly safe level of radiation is none.  Maximal permissible concentrations are a fiction.  Who is giving the permission, and on what basis?


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