Sunday, 10 April 2011

France Detects Radioactive iodine in Rainwater, Milk

After the radioactive cloud eminating from Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant reached Europe last week, French authorities have detected radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater and milk.

CRIIRAD, an independent French research body on radioactivity, said it had detected radioactive iodine-131 in rainwater in south-eastern France.

A sample analysed on 28 March showed radioactivity levels of 8.5 becquerel.

In parallel testing, the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN), the national public institution monitoring nuclear and radiological risks, found iodine 131 in milk.

According to the institute, concentrations from a sample collected on 25 March showed levels of less than 0.11 becquerels per litre.

In normal times, no trace of iodine-131 should be detectable in rainwater or milk.

Cumulative effect

The rates detected are said to be extremely low – particularly in comparison to rates observed after Chernobyl in 1986 – and the authorities are stressing that there is no cause for panic.

Nevertheless, according to CRIIRAD, contamination of the air, and consequently of rain water, will continue for at least the next two weeks.

This post is to show that the extent of the fallout is very widespread ...

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, April 10th, 2011.]

1 comment:

steven andresen said...


What it might do is demonstrate the point made in your next post. You made the argument that the authorities were telling us about iodine isotopes and saying we were not in danger because these isotopes had short half life's. The question we are invited to ask is, if it is demonstrated that this iodine isotope has travelled to France, has there been any evidence that the more long lasting isotopes of cesium, and others, have travelled? Have they gotten merely to the United States, say?

The problem with the oil blowout in the Gulf was that with the chemicals they could spray on the oil it would sink out of site. Then, the government charged with scrutinizing this catastrophe could say that everything was fine because no oil was seen.

In thie case of the exploding nuclear reactors in Japan, they only look at a tiny fraction of the array of possible problems wafting into the environment...the iodine isotopes...and tell us if it's only that, then we are O.K.

The mechanism of the cover-up seems similar. Control the agencies that are assigned to detect problems and enforce regulations and the offending industries will not be tarnished as the result of their negligence or corruption.

The same with the financial industry.