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Radiation Detected In Drinking Water In 13 More US Cities, Cesium-137 In Vermont Milk
Posted By admin On April 10, 2011 @ 5:46 am In Featured Stories,Sci Tech | Comments Disabled
April 10, 2011
Radiation from Japan has been detected in drinking water in 13 more American cities, and cesium-137 has been found in American milk—in Montpelier, Vermont—for the first time since the Japan nuclear disaster began, according to data released by the Environmental Protection Agency late Friday.
Milk samples from Phoenix and Los Angeles contained iodine-131 at levels roughly equal to the maximum contaminant level permitted by EPA, the data shows. The Phoenix sample contained 3.2 picoCuries per liter of iodine-131. The Los Angeles sample contained 2.9. The EPA maximum contaminant level is 3.0, but this is a conservative standard designed to minimize exposure over a lifetime, so EPA does not consider these levels to pose a health threat.
The cesium-137 found in milk in Vermont is the first cesium detected in milk since the Fukushima-Daichi nuclear accident occurred last month. The sample contained 1.9 picoCuries per liter of cesium-137, which falls under the same 3.0 standard.
Radioactive isotopes accumulate in milk after they spread through the atmosphere, fall to earth in rain or dust, and settle on vegetation, where they are ingested by grazing cattle. Iodine-131 is known to accumulate in the thyroid gland, where it can cause cancer and other thyroid diseases. Cesium-137 accumulates in the body’s soft tissues, where it increases risk of cancer, according to EPA .
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 Forbes: http://blogs.forbes.com/jeffmcmahon/2011/04/09/radiation-detected-in-drinking-water-in-13-more-us-cities-cesium-137-in-vermont-milk/
 conservative standard: http://www.epa.gov/radiation/japan-faqs.html#rainwater
 EPA: http://www.epa.gov/rpdweb00/radionuclides/index.html
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 Japan radiation detected in at least 15 states and in milk samples in Washington state: http://www.prisonplanet.com/japan-radiation-detected-in-at-least-15-states-and-in-milk-samples-in-washington-state.html
 NY Times contributor confirms California rainwater 181 times above drinking water standards for radioactive iodine-131: http://www.prisonplanet.com/ny-times-contributor-confirms-california-rainwater-181-times-above-drinking-water-standards-for-radioactive-iodine-131.html
 Fukushima radiation taints US milk supplies at levels 300% higher than EPA maximums: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fukushima-radiation-taints-us-milk-supplies-at-levels-300-higher-than-epa-maximums.html
 EPA: Radioactive Iodine Exceeding Maximum Contaminant Levels for Drinking Water Found in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts … But It’s Safe: http://www.prisonplanet.com/epa-radioactive-iodine-exceeding-maximum-contaminant-levels-for-drinking-water-found-in-pennsylvania-and-massachusetts-but-its-safe.html
 Cesium 137 Threat Grows While Corporate Media Remains Mute: http://www.prisonplanet.com/cesium-137-threat-grows-while-corporate-media-remains-mute.html
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