I was in Southern Arizona around Spring Equinox 2018 – DISCLAIMER
This plant is called, a ‘Palo Verde’:
IF you have a decent Geiger Counter and are within driving distance of any potential leaking suspect(s), I would like to encourage you to “1)” become familiarized with the natural dose fluctuations in your region (particularly take note of different dose rates changing with elevation, geology, how high spikes can go from [mainly radon progeny] rain-outs, off the ground versus on the ground, horizontal versus vertical, etc.), so that you could go do “2)”: gather data within the 10-mile zone around a potential leaking source, particularly in drainages, in near-horizontal gutters, dried-up rain puddles, by rain pipes, and such. The abnormalities would be obvious if the leak was major.
There were the odd radiation data from the EPA last Summer, and aside from my own medical issues, the spike in major flu-like symptoms seemed unusual for no signs of actual winter in these parts, and not even a new virus strain either; and there was that rumor I was told, that “something BAD” had gone down at this ‘generating station’ west of Phoenix, AZ. And so forth.
Since it is overly clear that the nuclear establishment is practically incapable of telling the complete truth on any ‘bad PR’ situation, and investigative journalists seem to keep their distance from the nuclear mafia…, those of us aware of many more facts (see some of ’em in the data recap, below) than the ones that make the news are left to wonder about the false narratives. Wild speculation doesn’t fill the void, but it did leave me wondering if the Palo Verde NPP had a massive radioactive leak. If that were actually the case, that wouldn’t be so hard to confirm in person. All I have to do is drive to that area west of Phoenix and check all over the place with my Geiger Counter.
Short story: I did not find evidence to support the suspicion.
The best data emerged from monitoring sites in Europe, but if it’s an INES-7 (very large release of artificial radionuclides, such as Chernobyl 1986, or Fukushima 2011-[ongoing]), then that does not per se mean the source was in Europe. It could -for real – be just about anywhere, including in the US…
Core data recap:
- Widespread detections Ru-106 (Nov. 12, 2017) A Lot More than Ruthenium-106 in that Radioactive Cloud (DATA),
- as well as upticks in Cs-137, I-131 and Cs-134 (Nov. 15. 2017), Oct. 2017 Ru-103 Detections Highest since 2011 + Record High MDCs @ Switzerland Radiation Monitoring stations; + Czech Republic I-131 & Cs-134 Measurements During “Ru-106 Cloud” compared to 2011.,
- and the highly unusual spike of Cesium-137 (March 19, 2018) Largest Concentration of Cesium-137 in Northern European Air Since Chernobyl, with I-131 Uptick [Estonia, Late Sept. 2017], EXACTLY when Ruthenium-106 Cloud drifted over Europe: 200,000 % higher than previous [Helsinki, 2015) Record Spike!
Some signals from ‘the South-West region’ strengthened “the case”, yet other ones I heard, such as from someone posting on ENEnews that he drove by the Palo Verde NPP with a Geiger Counter long before I did, and noted nothing unusual… DIDN’T.
There are so few monitors that it is practically impossible, or meaningless, to deduct anything from the tiny bit of data the public has access to… Some 2017 data that had me wondering, though, particularly the difference between Phoenix and Tucson, as well as at St. George in Southern Utah:
–> Note that the data gap of the gamma ranges was already here, but the “fallout pattern” with lower-than-average data points began here at the end of September, early October, exactly around the same time as the mystery detection in Europe.
-> Tucson in contrast only saw a data gap in early October.
–> Saint George’s data gaps were followed by a doubling a background, definitely “somewhat suspect”.
New records were set in early October, but the ‘baseline shift’ of early August 2017, then blamed on forest fires, never fully came back down longer after the fires were put out…
So, as far as Palo Verde goes, I now think*, “Highly likely that the mystery nuclear accident took place somewhere else entirely…” Given I trust practically no one anymore, one account of someone having driven by doesn’t cut it.
Only one way to actually find out…
So off I went… with my Medcom Inspector Alert on audible & horizontal on the passenger seat, I started driving… Left very late, near sunset, and slept in my car a little past the Four Corners in Arizona.
Wherever I stopped, I would put the GC on the ground, and by rain pipes and in gutters. The background varies widely, mostly with elevation, and a bit with geology, but would generally be somewhere between 0.100 and 0.250 µSv/hr (horizontal). Basically: a bit lower than where I live at 8200 ft elevation in Southern Colorado.
A spot south of Sedona but before Prescott that went over 0.3 briefly turned out to be an anomaly, likely from granite pieces… All the rest in the area was perfectly normal. And pretty here and there:
Uneventful monitoring, while enjoying the scenery…
One spot went high enough that would consider it “promising”, almost as high as by a Crestone rain pipe drain…:
Same: likely combination of elevation and geology. It did not climb further in dried-up puddles or gullies nearby.
Came with a nice sunset view, though:
I did the rest at night, driving around the Palo Verde NPP at various distances in nearly every direction. Nothing abnormal at all the places I checked in that west-of-Phoenix area.
(I skipped the city itself, though; to go rest closer to Tucson)
If I had found evidence, such as hot spots in dried-out puddles or gutters, I would have stuck around, and even gone right up to the gate for many more measurements. And in that case I would included the hundreds of photos of measurement sites. But I didn’t find anything hinting of a major accident having occurred here. Nothing.
That of course doesn’t mean nothing-covered-up happened there, but I don’t think that it would have been on the kind of scale that you can get a 8 Bq/m^3 air measurements of Cesium-137 half-way around the planet. If it came from that far, it would have been on a scale to leave rather obvious signatures in the region of the spewing source.
That’s the only nuclear reactor site that’s “within driving distance” for me and big enough to be a possibility. Not much of a team (me, myself and I), but I followed-up on my own (March 19, 2018) request, “I am requesting that investigative teams to be sent to all nuclear sites across to world to figure out WHERE the major nuclear meltdown(s?) of 2017 took place.
(!-> Why ‘WHERE’ matters)”
Check. Been there. Done that. More nature time it is. ;-) Next blogposts include photos from Saguaro NP, White Sand NM and the ruins by Chaco.
At one spot in New Mexico, around Magdalena, inside the car (at around 6500 ft elevation), measurements went notably over 0.3 µSv/hr, and on the ground even as high as 0.5 µSv/hr, but – again – with no difference in dried up puddles, by rain pipe drains, nor even inside a very clean grocery story, leaving me convinced it was again the combination of elevation and likely mostly the geology there.
An employee asked what I was doing and I explained it. She immediately said, “I’m not surprised. We’re very close to that bomb site [Trinity Site, northern end of the White Sands Missile Range].”
True, but… I explained that I thought the bombing fallout from back in 1945 was unlikely, ’cause not only was that too long ago to be measurable like this, the wind blew the fallout towards Carrizozo back then [the other direction], and even at the Trinity Site itself there no detectable higher radiation anymore, just like in Hiroshima. I thought it was likely mainly geology, ’cause if it was from pollution, the levels would drop inside the store. (That was very obvious in Japan).
Unless they built it on similar “gravel…” She seemed less convinced than myself:
“Well, A LOT of people are getting cancer here lately, though.”
It’s striking: People start about thát themselves.
She had never heard of ‘Fukushima’. Striking levels for indoors, though…
A little further along my drive I saw a sign that read, “Welcome to Uranium Country”.