Oldspeak:” “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water, or other sources. Period.” –Dr. Helen Caldicott and Dr. Chris Busby At what point will this acute ongoing threat to public health be acknowledged? It’s clear, a year later that radiation levels are rising, in major population areas in the U.S. How many extremely vulnerable to contamination children are drinking this radioactive milk? 18,000 have already died as a result of exposure to Fukushima radiation. When will people be given the information to protect themselves and their children?
Title: UCB Milk Sampling Results
Source: UCB Department of Nuclear Engineering
Date: April 9, 2012
4/9/2012 (5:45pm): Three recent milk test results have been posted on the milk sample page with “best by” dates of 3/12, 4/9, and 4/16. Very low levels of Cs-134 and Cs-137 were detected in the samples — the amounts are so small that it would require drinking over tens of thousands of liters of milk to receive the small dose that one receives from a cross-country airplane flight. These isotopes can still be detected in milk because they have long half-lives (2 years and 30 years, respectively) and therefore trace amounts will remain in the grass and hay that the cows feed on.
Best Buy Date of 04/09/2012:
- Cs-134 @ 0.068 Bq/L
- Cs-137 @ 0.141 Bq/L
- Total Cs = 0.209 Bq/L or 5.67 pCi/L (27.1 picocuries = 1 becquerel)
Best Buy Date of 04/16/2012:
- Cs-134 @ 0.073 Bq/L
- Cs-137 @ 0.079 Bq/L
- Total Cs = 0.152 Bq/L or 4.12 pCi/L
The EPA Maximum Contaminant Level for radioactive cesium in milk is 3 picocuries/L:
“EPA lumps these gamma and beta emitters together under one collective MCL [Maximum Contaminant Level], so if you’re seeing cesium-137 in your milk or water, the MCL is 3.0 picocuries per liter; if you’re seeing iodine-131, the MCL is 3.0; if you’re seeing cesium-137 and iodine-131, the MCL is still 3.0.” –Forbes.com
These are the highest cesium-137 levels detected by UCB since last June (Far right column is Cs-137)