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There are reports of radiation being found in the water and milk in the USA, much higher than the EPA allowable levels.

http://www.naturalnews.com/032048_radiation_milk.html

Don't know how they know it's from Fukushima, as they don't point out a baseline date, but take it for what it's worth.

Karen in Bischofswiesen

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by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 11:56:10 AM EST
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Iodine-131 has a half-life of 8 days (that is, half the radioactive atoms will remain after 8 days, only a fourth after 16 days, only a thousandth after 80 days...), so there ain't much of it around unless there was some major man-made release in the recent past.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:10:59 PM EST
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In addition, if
in Hilo, Hawaii, a milk sample collected on April 4, 2011, tested at 18 pCi/l, a level six times the EPA maximum safety threshold
that milk won't be "not unsafe" to drink for 3 weeks.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:27:38 PM EST
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Some of my favourite cheeses have a curing time of 12 to 18 months.

I bet they don't make them in Hawaii, though.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Wed Apr 13th, 2011 at 10:32:28 AM EST
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I tried to find the EPA allowable levels, but failed so far. The unit of the data in the table for milk is pico-Curie per litre (equal to 0.037 becquerels per litre), however, Iodine-131 is a beta emitter, and for those, I found an EPA limit that (1) applies to all isotopes combined, (2) is a dose limit (4 millirem a year).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:29:40 PM EST
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I saw something somewhere a claim that the EU has increased the allowable amount of radiation in food imports from Japan by a factor of 20, but, I haven't seen a reliable source for that claim.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:39:13 PM EST
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I think that happened after Chernobyl, what I saw now was that the opposite happened. EUobserver / EU plans tougher radiation limits for Japanese food

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Union is preparing to tighten radiation limits on Japanese food and animal feed imports, as low-level radioactive seawater used for cooling reactors at the crisis-stricken Fukushima plant is returned to the sea.

The lower permissible thresholds will bring the EU into line with tougher domestic limits in Japan, and are likely to be agreed by member states this Friday (8 April).

...The tougher limits would see caesium-134 and caesium-137 thresholds reduced from 1,250 becquerels per kilogramme at present to 500 becquerels per kilogramme.

The new limit for iodine-131 would be 2,000 becquerels per kilogramme and for strontium-90 it would be 750 becquerels per kilogramme, a spokesman for European consumer affairs commissioner John Dalli told AFP.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:49:49 PM EST
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How come the limit was OK before?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Wed Apr 13th, 2011 at 10:33:43 AM EST
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Methinks it has more to do with concern about consumer concern (heh), after the difference vs. the Japanese limits was highlighted in the media (it was, in the German-language one at least). And Japanese exporters will surely not have problems with selling stuff abroad to the same standards at home.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Wed Apr 13th, 2011 at 05:33:12 PM EST
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It appears to come from Alex Jones of Prison Planet.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:50:14 PM EST
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ah so definitely bollox then

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 01:36:35 PM EST
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America and EU Agree: Raise Radiation Levels for Food
Which brings us to the new EU mirror of EPA policy.  Actually set as far back as 1989 (by amending standards set in 1987) for the purpose of responding to a nuclear or radiological emergency, the EU ordinance 297/2011 was implemented on March 25, 2011, which finally enacted the standards that were set back in 1989.

I don't know why he has to link to the Google translate of the German versions rather than the English versions; but it's not "finally enacted".

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 01:57:40 PM EST
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Ah, here I found more limits and explanation.

The 4 millirem per litre per year limit is said to be equivalent to 3 pCi/l (0.1 Bq/l) of continuous exposure. This appears to be the limit referenced by the source, but they forgot that this applies only to an average for a whole year. Meanwhile, the NRC has a limit of 1×10^-6 µCi/ml (in effluent water), that's 1,000 pCi/l if I made all conversions correctly.

(By the way, why can't American government authorities use proper SI symbols? Litre with capitalised L!?...)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Tue Apr 12th, 2011 at 12:41:51 PM EST
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I have seen reports that the EPA in the USA is reviewing standards and plans to raise the levels by a couple of orders of magnitude for some exposures. This review was begun in May, 2010, IIRC.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 14th, 2011 at 05:58:44 PM EST
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