And when the rain comes down
Would you choose to walk or stay
Would you choose to walk?
Would you choose to stay?
Walk walk walk walk walk away ?
– Blogpost Soundtrack: The Sisters Of Mercy – Walk Away
The United States’ EPA Radiation Monitoring Network (Radnet)’s has only 140 listed public monitors…
- 136 monitors show data for the past month (which barely constitutes ‘a network’ given the vast area left unmonitored. In contrast, The Netherlands has more monitors than all of North America combined)
- Of these operational monitors, even just for the first half of May 2016, about 1/3rd show substantial data gaps, likely hiding highly unusual measurements.
- Of those 136, only 14 monitors still report Beta radiation data. Since Canada and Mexico’s networks are even worse (or non-existant / not viewable to the public in near-real-time), that’s it for all of North America.
- Since Alaska’s Beta monitoring was cut last month, and Arizona’s and Texas’ Beta Monitoring were axed this May 2016, that only leaves Olympia, WA; Albuquerque, NM and Grand Junction, CO as the only 3 remaining Beta monitors in the entire Western United States.
!-> See also, (May 18-20, 2016 – Completed!) US EPA Radnet data: First Half of May 2016, All Monitors, Graphed
Pure Beta emitters include: Strontium-89 & -Strontium-90, Tritium, Carbon-14, Krypton-85, Ruthenium-106, Sulphur-35, Bismuth-210 (which decays to alpha-emitter Polonium-210), etc. (Noteworthy: The EPA quit testing for Tritium in 2012; also: Strontium-90, skyrocketing in Fukushima’s groundwater is practically left unmonitored downwind/downcurrent);
Significance of Cutting Beta Monitoring
Besides the fact that a significant aspect of nuclear fallout consists of pure beta emitters, which go completely undetected by the gamma monitors, many radioisotopes decay in more than one step, often including involving a mix of gamma, beta and/or alpha decay pathways. The radioactive decay of Iodine-131, for instance, is majority-beta-decay. Tellurium-132, detected in Northern Germany less than a month ago, is also primarily a Beta-emitter. Even the radioactive decay of Cesium-137 occurs for 95% through Beta decay. (Because it also emits 5% gamma, it can be detected in a gammasprectroscopy, and if the fallout cloud is dense enough also affect gamma monitors).
In short: Nuclear fallout, from a meltdown accident or bomb detonation, emits mainly BETA radiation. This makes it far more dangerous when inhaled or ingested, where it can cause localized mutations in cells and various other effects that can express themselves, often years even decades later, as leukemia, cancers, heart diseases, immune system disruptions, etc.
By cutting Beta radiation monitors on the one hand, and redacting the remaining data on the other, we the people are left in the dark on the current fallout realities.
We’re on our own.
Run around in the acid rain
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