Senator Ron Wyden wants to make sure everyone knows today is National Agriculture Day, as he took to Twitter earlier for some shameless self-promoting to those suffering from a rad or media-induced lobotomy:
Eat up, sheep!
Having visited Fukushima in March of 2012, he should know better than most that the accident is far worse than stated, as he personally attested to shortly after his return. I wrote about this in an article a month after his trip, which got a fair amount of press:
Apparently “Big Trouble” has been replaced by “Big Denial.” Either that, or the rads are affecting his brain. In fact, let’s revisit his glowing statements he made after returning from Japan.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Washington, D.C. – After an onsite tour of what remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facilities decimated by last year’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki looking for ways to advance and support clean-up and recovery efforts. Wyden’s principal concern is the relocation of spent fuel rods currently being stored in unsound structures immediately adjacent to the ocean. He strongly urged the Ambassador to accept international help to prevent dangerous nuclear material from being released into the environment.
“The scope of damage to the plants and to the surrounding area was far beyond what I expected and the scope of the challenges to the utility owner, the government of Japan, and to the people of the region are daunting,” Wyden wrote in the letter. “The precarious status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear units and the risk presented by the enormous inventory of radioactive materials and spent fuel in the event of further earthquake threats should be of concern to all and a focus of greater international support and assistance.”
“What we learned the first time is that radioactivity leaks out quickly,” he told The Oregonian Friday. “If (No. 4) ruptures now, it gets into the air, and that’s very troubling to us in Oregon. This must not happen.” Well Ron, it’s been happening for 3 years and you witnessed it first-hand.
“Prevailing winds pushed insignificant quantities of radioactive iodine-131 from Japan across the Pacific to the United States following the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami. The delivery capacities of the ocean have been efficient as well“, as The Oregonian’s Charles Pope reported a California researcher discovering radioactive iodine in sea kelp reaching the U.S. coast after the incident.” Yes we are aware, we measure it almost daily. And, we await the dense plume forecasted to hit the west coast any day now, which will add to the mix.
The article continues: “Neither Wyden nor U.S. officials can tell Japan what to do. But they can urge Japan’s leaders to consider not only the welfare of their own citizens — thousands of whom were endangered by official deceits in the first weeks of the disaster — but also their international neighbors.”
Oh what a difference 2 years can make in the realm of politics. When concern and compassion is replaced by economics and the bottom line.
So Ron Wyden would like to remind his state that you should eat your potatoes and blueberries, because supporting your states agriculture is of utmost importance. Just forget about the rads, because the EPA raised allowable levels so high it shouldn’t be an issue in the public eye, right? That is, for items they are testing, which isn’t many (just milk).
I am sending him some data showing Fukushima fallout has been detected in honies as far away as Poland, as just one example.
Should I sent him a map to remind him where Oregon is? In case he forgot that too?
“From March to June 2011, the global radionuclide network of the CTBTO, detected radionuclides emitted from the Fukushima nuclear power plant for a period of more than 6 weeks at all of the monitoring stations in the northern hemisphere. Very high concentrations were observed which in some cases even exceeded the functional capabilities of the high sensitivity monitoring systems.
Data from the CTBTO network showed that radioactivity from Fukushima was first detected on 12 March at the Takasaki CTBTO monitoring station in Japan indicating that the radioactive plume initially travelled in a south westerly direction. Several gaseous fission products like Cs-134, Cs-136, Cs-137, I-131, I-131, I-133, Te-132, Ba-136m and Xe-133 were detected. Due to the early observation of Te-132 it can be concluded that the fuel in the reactor core was damaged shortly after the earthquake and tsunami
Within 2 weeks the whole northern atmosphere was affected. The radioactive plume next travelled to eastern Russia (14 March) and then crossed the Pacific towards the North American continent to Europe and to Central Asia. The dominant radionuclides were xenon isotopes and especially Xe-133 together with I-131, Cs-134, and Cs-137, and further short-lived radionuclides like Te-132 and I-132 were also detected.
Radioactive material released from Fukushima was detectable all across the northern hemisphere 12 to 15 days after the accident. A CTBTO monitoring station in Iceland detected radioactive isotopes indicating that the plume had reached Europe on 20 March. This was confirmed by European monitoring networks (Masson, et al., 2011). For the first four weeks, the radioactive materials remained confined to the northern hemisphere but by 13 April was detected at stations located in Australia, Fiji, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea indicating that it had reached the southern hemisphere (CTBTO, 2011).”
Now shut up and eat your potatoes, because it’s good for the economy. But just remember this bottom line: you can not claim food is safe, if you aren’t testing it.