Blessed Island is the one of the meanings for Japan’s Fukushima. In the next few weeks, the radioactive wast from Fukushima will return to the US-home and birth of the nuclear industry. The US is world’s largest producer of nuclear power. What some may say is an irony. Like a prodigal child who comes home. Would not call this a blessed event.
According to the Huffington Post:
“Radioactive contamination from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster may reach the U.S. West Coast within weeks, according to a report released Monday. But researchers said the low contamination levels would likely cause no environmental or human harm.
The new findings were presented in Hawaii by Ken Buesseler, a chemical oceanographer at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, during a meeting of the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section. The research followed a 2013 paper predicting that a plume of radioactive water could reach the West Coast by April 2014. The plume is fallout from the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown that followed a tsunami and earthquake.
Buesseler’s research indicates that the prediction was correct. But, like California health officials, he said he doesn’t think the radioactive material will cause harm in the U.S. “I worry about the health hazards around Fukushima, but those fisheries have been closed,” Buesseler told The Huffington Post. “By the time that material gets across the ocean, it’s been so diluted.”
Still, he said, there’s no way to be sure without waiting and testing. “We are not predicting that the levels will be a direct human health concern, but we can’t confirm that without samples,” Buesseler said.
To do so, Buesseler founded Our Radioactive Ocean, a citizen-fueled research project that collects water samples along the West Coast and tests them for radioactivity. Buesseler launched the project after learning that there is no federal or state water testing planned.”