I thought up this (above) “got milk” ad when I poured a lovely bit of organic half and half “from pasture-fed cows” into my delicious morning coffee at work this morning… With the EPA truly having shown they don’t particularly care about this issue, it’s anyone’s guess how little (or how much!) is in my milk nowadays… Makes me feel Soooo good just having paid taxes.
The half-life of radionuclide Cesium-137 is about 30 years, leaving it dangerous for 300 to 600 years. Fukushima-Daiichi continues to leak radioactive gasses and particles. And yet the US EPA just announced they call it quits on monitoring beyond their substandard slacker activities. Cs-137 does not occur in nature, except as a result of manmade nuclear fission. UC Berkeley’s latest data, incorporated in the above spoof ad clarify further that the EPA is choosing negligence.
Straight from the EPA’s mouth: “In accordance with normal RadNet protocol, EPA will be analyzing milk and drinking water samples on a quarterly basis and precipitation samples as part of a monthly composite. The next round of milk and drinking water sampling will take place in approximately three months.” SOURCE: MAY 4, 2011: http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/data-updates.html Grrrr… So messed up…
SOURCES for created image: Mashed together using GIMP (Linux) software, photos & data I used came from:
- Cesium in Milk data from UC Berkeley: http://www.nuc.berkeley.edu/node/2174 (image annotated by me) Check source for latest, most accurate and important scientific nuances.
- nuclear sign: http://www.corrosioncost.com/government/nuclear/index.htm (through Google search for ‘nuclear’ (images))
- EPA limit of 3 pCi/L come across at http://stretchingminds.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/as-the-forced-national-security-news-blackout-of-japanese-radiation-continues-so-does-the-steady-stream-of-radiation-that-pours-into-the-u-s-daily/ and found stated as such everywhere else too (though where on the EPA website it is located escaped me – they’re new to being public, I suppose…).
- Used Google Translate (Dutch-Japanese, Japanese-English, etc) to hopefully have the correct Japanese for “Delicious Cesium” (in red).
- PS: fake ad, real data. (Saying this just in case – apparently some people are uninformed enough to buy the bs that Obama killed Osama, so…)
[July afterword: In the SF Bay Area Cesium-levels in dairy dropped well below danger levels (for the few samples in the very few locations at the very few moments tests were done). ]