Wednesday Apr 06, 201112:42 PM GMT
Radiation found in San Francisco, CA tap water
Mon Apr 4, 2011 3:1PM
Share | Email | Print

University of Berkley in California reports that rainwater in San Francisco water has now been detected at levels 18,100% above federal drinking water standards.


This comes despite countless reassurances that no harmful levels of radiation from the Japan nuclear fallout would hit the U.S. from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).


Again, with just about all other news of the radiation hitting the U.S., the news is once again reported to the public over a week after it was first detected.


Iodine-131 was measured in a rainwater sample taken on the roof of Etcheverry Hall on UC Berkeley campus, March 23, 2011 from 9:06-18:00 PDT. The 3 Liters of rainwater collected contained 134 Becquerels of Iodine for an average of 20.1 Becquerel per liter, which equates to 543 Picocuries per liter.


The report however still contains a lie – that there is no radiation in the drinking water – while the original University of Berkeley study clearly detected radiation in the drinking water.


The University of Berkeley also detected radiation in milk bought off local store shelves and in the drinking water taken from a tap water sample from a sink in Etcheverry Hall, UC Berkeley campus.


The tap water sample contained 0.024 ± 0.014 Becquerels per liter which is must lower than the latest rainwater samples. Milk samples also contained radiation which again is  lower than the rainwater samples.


The following are results for tap water samples taken from a sink in Etcheverry Hall, UC Berkeley campus. The only isotope we have detected besides background is I-131, at low significance: 0.024 ± 0.014 Becquerels per liter. This level is much lower than our rain water measurements by a factor of approximately 500, and lower than our milk measurement by a factor of 3.

Three weeks after the Fukushima nuclear power plant began spewing radiation into the world's air; the U.S. government has still not published any official data on nuclear fallout from the Fukushima meltdown. The amount of iodine-131 or other radioactive elements that have fallen as precipitation or made their way into milk supplies or drinking water has not yet been fully revealed. Scientists say an absence of federal data on the issue is hampering efforts to develop strategies for preventing radioactive isotopes from contaminating the nation's food and water. The Bay Citizen, San Francisco



The federal drinking water limit for Iodine-131 is 3 Picocuries per liter, putting the rainwater sample (from Berkeley) at 18,100% above the federal drinking water limit.


Radiation from Japan rained on Berkeley, California, during recent storms at levels that exceeded drinking water standards by 181 times.


A rooftop water monitoring program managed by the University of California at Berkeley's Department of Nuclear Engineering detected substantial spikes in rain-borne iodine-131 during those torrential downpours.


The levels exceeded federal drinking water thresholds, known as Maximum Contaminant Levels -- or MCLs -- by as much as 181 times or 18,100%.


Iodine-131 is one of the most cancer-causing toxic radioactive isotopes spewed when nuclear power plants are in meltdown.


Radiation falling with rain can cover grass that is eaten by cows and other animals. It can also fall on food crops or contaminate reservoirs that are used for irrigation or drinking water.


Potentially cancer-causing radiation from Fukushima has been encircling the world, traveling quickly on jet streams high in the atmosphere and falling with precipitation like rain and snow.


It is already being detected in air, water and milk in some parts of the United States by local and state agencies.


A radioactive isotope, such as iodine-131, is supposed to have a half-life of eight days. This is inferred to mean that it breaks down quickly, and it quickly dissipates in the environment.


However, the 8 day half-life can be a misnomer because radioactive iodine can really persist in the environment for many months and has a 100 day biological half-life once inside the human body.



Add Comment Click Here
  • Latest News
  • Top Hits
© Copyright 2010 Press TV. All rights reserved.