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EPA Info on Radiation Levels in Hawaii Shows No Change

We have gotten a number of questions lately from friends and clients who are planning to visit Hawaii as to whether there is any radiation reaching Hawaii from the Japan. Looking for some objective analysis we came across this EPA site.

The following chart from the site is up-to-date and seems to tell the story. So, enjoy Hawaii life!

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mele ma'i mahina

March 31, 2011

Your EPA Chart is only for Gamma Radiation. If you go to EPA site, you will see the Beta Data Chart is Blank. Beta covers iodine 131, cesium,and Tellurium…. Of course there will be little change in those radioactive isotopes, as the EPA reports the Beta Monitor has ‘Mechanical’ Problems and has had such problems throughout the Nuclear disaster in Japan. Or is it ehy just don’t want to report that data? There are over twenty other EPA monitors not working ion the U.S. It might be nice to show we have no radiation tio speak odf in Hawaii, but that is a cover-up. We cannot continue to bury our head in the sandn and lie to the citizens of Hawaii and visitors that Hawaii has no problems. We do.

mele ma'i mahina

March 31, 2011

Your EPA Chart is only for Gamma Radiation. If you go to EPA site, you will see the Beta Data Chart is Blank. Beta covers iodine 131, cesium,and Tellurium…. Of course there will be little change in those radioactive isotopes, as the EPA reports the Beta Monitor has ‘Mechanical’ Problems and has had such problems throughout the Nuclear disaster in Japan. Or is it ehy just don’t want to report that data? There are over twenty other EPA monitors not working ion the U.S. It might be nice to show we have no radiation tio speak odf in Hawaii, but that is a cover-up. We cannot continue to bury our head in the sandn and lie to the citizens of Hawaii and visitors that Hawaii has no problems. We do.

Dan Fumento, R(S) and Marion Fumento R(S)

April 1, 2011

Thanks for your comment. I cannot speak for the EPA. It seems as if at any time many of their RadNet monitors are off line. There is a private radiation monitor in Kona, folks from Los Alamos who now live here. Here is their blog and recent post.

http://hiloliving.blogspot.com/2011/03/monitoring-radiation-in-kona-hawaii.html

“Thanks for the information and questions Y. We agree that it is a concern when key instruments are not working and it does not promote public confidence.
Our detectors are very simple, they do a count per minute for total alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. We do not have a gamma spectrometer to tell which isotopes are causing the counts.
Fortunately our detectors are all showing low levels consistent with the same background levels we have seen for year. In the past on the mainland, we found these simple detectors very sensitive to releases of all types as well as contamination on the ground.
We will continue to measure the radiation levels in Kona and write about what we see. Thanks again for your interest and comments.”
March 29, 2011 7:02 AM

Dan Fumento, R(S) and Marion Fumento R(S)

April 1, 2011

Thanks for your comment. I cannot speak for the EPA. It seems as if at any time many of their RadNet monitors are off line. There is a private radiation monitor in Kona, folks from Los Alamos who now live here. Here is their blog and recent post.

http://hiloliving.blogspot.com/2011/03/monitoring-radiation-in-kona-hawaii.html

“Thanks for the information and questions Y. We agree that it is a concern when key instruments are not working and it does not promote public confidence.
Our detectors are very simple, they do a count per minute for total alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. We do not have a gamma spectrometer to tell which isotopes are causing the counts.
Fortunately our detectors are all showing low levels consistent with the same background levels we have seen for year. In the past on the mainland, we found these simple detectors very sensitive to releases of all types as well as contamination on the ground.
We will continue to measure the radiation levels in Kona and write about what we see. Thanks again for your interest and comments.”
March 29, 2011 7:02 AM

Diane Chavez, RS

April 8, 2011

I wonder about the Ocean. I am really upset about all the radiation being pumped into the Ocean. Is there now going to be some current with radioactive stopping points. They say they are tracing it. Great and when they find out later… oops it went a lot further and killed a lot of unexpected things, then what?
Our atmosphere also is finite and fragile and no matter what this disaster will have an impact on every living plant and animal on the planet. We need to get all Nuclear reactors away from coastal water ways to avoid the “dilute it in water” mentality.
The Ocean should not be a convenient depository for radioactive materials just because you can disperse things in liquid.

Diane Chavez, RS

April 8, 2011

I wonder about the Ocean. I am really upset about all the radiation being pumped into the Ocean. Is there now going to be some current with radioactive stopping points. They say they are tracing it. Great and when they find out later… oops it went a lot further and killed a lot of unexpected things, then what?
Our atmosphere also is finite and fragile and no matter what this disaster will have an impact on every living plant and animal on the planet. We need to get all Nuclear reactors away from coastal water ways to avoid the “dilute it in water” mentality.
The Ocean should not be a convenient depository for radioactive materials just because you can disperse things in liquid.

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