[ RadSafe ] Sr-90 in Maple Syrup, Ra-226 in mineral waters, Cs-137 in woodash, etc. was: Re: Re. Tritium found near VT Yankee (panic time!)
Michael E. Kitto
mek14 at health.state.ny.us
Thu Sep 15 07:20:21 CDT 2011
I know this is not news to many readers here, but Sr-90 is still measurable
in milk (at least by my lab), and the Sr-90 is not from Fukushima. Maybe
we should ban milk consumption by children <grin>; after all they are
drinking hundreds of gallons during childhood. And just think of how much
K-40 (1300 pCi/L) that the milk contains !! <grin again>. One of my goals
before retirement is to show, based on 50 yrs of environmental measurement,
the absurdity of claims, such as with the Tooth Fairy Project. I'd reveal
how, but I don't want to play my hand openly here.
If I recall, in addition to the wood ash, dried solid waste sludge is
scattered on fields also. I've analyzed some, it is nasty from all angles.
Lastly, if VT politicians read some of the annual environmental
surveillance reports coming out of states (DOH or DEP) across the US,
they'd realize H-3 is detectable (our MDL is <100 pCi/L) nearly everywhere,
and its not from VT Yankee. There are huge sources/emitters of
environmental H-3, and they are commercial companies (e.g., self-luminous
exit signs) not NPPs.
My personal viewpoints.
Michael Kitto, PhD
Nuclear Chemistry Laboratory, NYS DOH
>-- Sr-90 in commercial VT maple syrup due to bomb testing,
>-- or Ra-226 in commercial VT bottled waters due to God & the Big Bang
>-- or Cs-137 due to bomb testing [ present in 10,000 or so cubic meters of
>ash from small VT wood burning power plants] at levels up to 9,000 or so
>pCi/kg ash [300+ Bq/kg ash] being spread on home gardens and on large
>commercial organic farming co-op farms in Northeastern Vermont, on the
>table, as it were, for honest evaluation.
>It's totally amusing [on a certain level] that stores like Whole Foods or
>other Organic food product retailers are almost consistently strongly
>anti-nuclear power, and against food irradiation but are selling Organic
>produce being fertilized with wood ash with elevated levels of Cs-137 from
>nuclear test fallout. Organic food and organic product sales is now a $27
>billion a year market in the US. How much radioactive wood ash is used as
>fertilizer in organic farming to replenish depleted potassium, and how
>would many consumers like to know woodash spread on the fields where their
>crops are grown contain elevated levels of Cs-137 [and Sr-90]? I doubt
>Organic food consumers would be terribly thrilled with knowing this fact.
>How fast would VT agencies or politicians be to criticize a trivial level
>of H-3 in river water with essentially zero dose implications, or in a
>trivial amount of groundwater flowing into the CT river, if applying the
>same standards to commercial products in their State were put under the
>same microscope? It would be fascinating to witness politicians and
>certain State agencies scramble to minimize the significance of the above
>sources of nuclear test and natural radiation exposure from their
>commercial products if the public knew what they were consuming.
>Stewart Farber, MS Public Health
>Farber Medical Solutions, LLC
>Bridgeport, CT 06604
>SAFarber at optonline.net
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