Fukushima Radiation Found In Canada

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Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 9:47 am  //  John Servais

The Vancourver Sun reports Fukushima radiation has been found on the lower Fraser River only 20 miles from Whatcom County farmland. It may have been carried there by rain, air pollution, salmon going up the Fraser River to spawn, or some other means.

Simon Fraser University scientists confirmed they found Cesium 134 last November in the soil along the Fraser River at Kilby Provincial Park, about 4 miles from Chilliwack. More research is being done to determine if there is radiation in the salmon, what other types of radioactive elements may be here from Fukushima, and how it is getting here.  

Fukushima continues to rage out of control, spewing radiation on the world and contaminating water faster than the Japanese can contain it. And now, the first radiation from Fukushima has been found in local soil.  We can be fairly sure it will get worse. But we may not be informed by U.S. agencies.

Here in the U.S, we only have reports that soothe and reassure us, insisting the danger of any Fukushima radiation reaching us is remote or non existant. Yet I do not know of any systematic studies being done by any state, federal or university programs to check for the radiation.  If it is present 40 miles from Bellingham, up the Fraser River, the chances seem very good chance that it is also present in Whatcom County.  But if we don't look for radiation, we can safely say we found no radiation.  Seems simple enough.  

I welcome any other links to further reliable sources of information about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and how it may be impacting us here.  This topic is almost forbidden on Japanese news and has been dramatically downplayed by U.S. and state environmental agencies - in what appears to be an overt act of blindness and denial. 

Further, we have not seen this mentioned in the Bellingham Herald and sincerely hope they will start to cover this important local issue. Our thanks to Scott, a commenter on NWCitizen, for the above link to the Vancouver Sun article.

Ryan M. Ferris  //  Mon, Mar 17, 2014, 1:50 pm

There’s very little reliable information because very few institutions are systematically testing ocean water, plant life, marine mammals, etc. The anecdotal reports and the predicted spread (by some number of academic papers) and the ginormous amount of radiation that Fukushima has released so far is terrifying. Cities like Fairbanks and Berkeley have passed ordinances that support, request or establish more monitoring. Good luck having that happen here.  As an example, where are the radio-isotope detection readings for our drinking water? We sure worry a lot about phosphorous. A small gamma emitting particle lodged in your tissue or radioactive iodine, cesium, or strontium absorbed through your drinking water constitutes a much worse contaminant and a much greater risk to the general health of our population in my humble opinion.

The EPA RADNET is collecting GAMMA GROSS counts (from air monitoring) that are downplayed for their significance. I put a snapshot here:

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Keep in mind there are literally hundreds of anthropogenic radioisotopes that are created from nuclear fission. The release of radioactivity from Fukushima is measured in Terra-Becquerels. (TBq)


Fukushima Radiation Found In Canada

Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 9:47 am  //  John Servais

Fukushima radiation has been found 20 miles from Whatcom County farmland along the Fraser River in British Columbia.

1 comments; last on Mar 17, 2014

Whatcom Watch Editor Resigns

Sun, Mar 02, 2014, 2:22 pm  //  John Servais

The editor of the Whatcom Watch, Richard Jehn, has resigned effective today. Chalk up a victory for Craig Cole and Pacific International Terminals.

8 comments; last on Mar 05, 2014

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The full text of Craig Cole's threatening letter of libel against the Whatcom Watch. And the emptiness of the threat.

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Craig Cole Threatens Libel Suit

Wed, Feb 19, 2014, 4:48 pm  //  John Servais

Craig Cole, the local contact for the proposed Cherry Point coal port has threatened the Whatcom Watch with a libel lawsuit.

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Sun, Feb 09, 2014, 9:13 am  //  John Servais

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The Marijuana Bowl

Sun, Jan 19, 2014, 8:39 pm  //  John Servais

Super Bowl ... Weed Bowl ... This bud's for you ... Bong Bowl ... Marijuana Bowl ... whatever. It is on!

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Gary Jensen Not Running for State Senate

Mon, Dec 16, 2013, 12:30 pm  //  John Servais

Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen has decided not to file for the 42nd state Senate seat currently held by Doug Ericksen.

5 comments; last on Dec 24, 2013

Video Exposes City Council Dysfunction on Waterfront Plan

Thu, Dec 05, 2013, 11:58 am  //  John Servais

The Political Junkie has posted a 3 minute video showing Bellingham City Council members explaining their idiocy for all of us to watch.

2 comments; last on Dec 06, 2013

Cascadia Weekly Blasts Waterfront Plan

Wed, Dec 04, 2013, 10:53 am  //  John Servais

Bellingham City Council and Port of Bellingham finalize the waterfront plan. In his weekly Gristle, Tim Johnson blasts the corrupt public process.

4 comments; last on Dec 05, 2013

Election Results - November 2013

Tue, Nov 05, 2013, 8:21 pm  //  John Servais

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11 comments; last on Nov 09, 2013

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6 comments; last on Nov 01, 2013

Ken Bell and Renata for Port

Sun, Oct 20, 2013, 7:07 pm  //  John Servais

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Government is Good

Sat, Sep 28, 2013, 2:20 pm  //  John Servais

As the right wing radicals seek to shut down our national government this week, we need to push back with common sense.

8 comments; last on Oct 01, 2013

Syrian War Perspectives: Jon Stewart

Wed, Sep 04, 2013, 8:37 am  //  John Servais

An attempt at linking to one or more writers who can help us make sense of going to war with Syria. An alternative to Kerry-Obama.

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We Citizens Get a Say on War

Wed, Sep 04, 2013, 12:36 am  //  John Servais

Contacting Rick Larsen and Susan Delbene is actually a viable citizen exercise just now. Tell them to vote NO on bombing Syria.

1 comments; last on Sep 04, 2013

Riley Covers Anti Syria War Demo

Sat, Aug 31, 2013, 2:10 pm  //  John Servais

Saturday afternoon - and a rally is taking place in downtown Bellingham against bombing Syria. Riley Sweeny and his Political Junkie site cover it.

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To Obama:  No.  Do Not Bomb Syria

Fri, Aug 30, 2013, 11:08 am  //  John Servais

Gee, can we make it any clearer? Publisher opinion. So sad that we have to write this to Obama - who got our vote in 2008 because he…

4 comments; last on Aug 31, 2013

Privacy Story of Feds Stripping All

Wed, Aug 14, 2013, 11:24 am  //  John Servais

The Feds gag an Email service owner - so he cannot even tell us why he is gagged.

2 comments; last on Aug 15, 2013

So Long Lawrence O’Donnell

Thu, Aug 08, 2013, 12:05 am  //  John Servais

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2 comments; last on Aug 08, 2013

Advertising Rates & Specs

Tue, Jul 30, 2013, 11:59 pm  //  John Servais

Ad rates are in the norm of Internet rates and reach a well educated local audience.

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Celebrations More Racist than Verdict

Sun, Jul 14, 2013, 10:25 am  //  John Servais

The explosion of hate and racist rhetoric is the saddest aspect of the verdict. The evidence was complicated and the verdict difficult to make.

2 comments; last on Jul 16, 2013

Zero Public Process for New Jail

Fri, Jul 12, 2013, 8:29 am  //  John Servais

Riley Sweeney has a short but important expose over at the Political Junkie today.

1 comments; last on Jul 12, 2013

The Irony of City Council Attitudes

Wed, Jul 03, 2013, 11:06 am  //  John Servais

Public process ignored. Citizen commenting castigated. Paranoid city legal department. Our city council merrily goes through another session.

6 comments; last on Aug 06, 2013

Greenways Levy Money Used for AstroTurf

Sun, Jun 30, 2013, 10:28 am  //  John Servais

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15 comments; last on Jul 02, 2013

NWCitizen Stands With Edward Snowden

Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 12:53 pm  //  John Servais

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Sun, Jun 09, 2013, 9:37 pm  //  John Servais

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1 comments; last on Jun 15, 2013

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1 comments; last on Jun 10, 2013

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Mon, Jun 03, 2013, 9:05 pm  //  John Servais

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Fri, May 31, 2013, 4:43 pm  //  John Servais

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Who is filing for elective offices???

Fri, May 17, 2013, 4:44 pm  //  John Servais

Tuesday morning and nothing in today's Bellingham Herald. Nor online. We provide the basics to fill in this latest omission by our "daily" newspaper.

9 comments; last on May 23, 2013

Coal Trains and Unhealthy Air - Any Connection?

Sun, May 05, 2013, 2:45 pm  //  John Servais

Help fund a scientific study looking for links between diesel locomotives, coal trains and unhealthy air.

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Krugman Spells It Out In Plain English

Sun, Apr 28, 2013, 9:30 pm  //  John Servais

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3 comments; last on May 23, 2013

Cascadia Weekly Tribute to Paul de Armond

Wed, Apr 24, 2013, 10:58 am  //  John Servais

The Gristle in today's Cascadia Weekly is devoted to a tribute to Paul de Armond. Tim Johnson gets it right.

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Paul de Armond has passed away

Sun, Apr 21, 2013, 12:59 pm  //  John Servais

Well known political writer has died.

5 comments; last on Apr 23, 2013

No City Housing Hearing on March 20

Tue, Mar 19, 2013, 9:05 am  //  John Servais

The Bellingham Herald article today is wrong. There is no hearing tomorrow, March 20

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Valuable Article in the Whatcom Watch

Sun, Mar 17, 2013, 8:42 pm  //  John Servais

Wendy Harris writes about the proposed $8 million concrete bridge along the Bellingham waterfront - using Greenways funds to build.

3 comments; last on Mar 20, 2013

Senator Ericksen Displays His Colors

Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 3:01 pm  //  John Servais

Riley Sweeney has posted a great video clip of Sen. Doug Ericksen flouting rules and legal procedures at a Senate hearing in Olympia.

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City Controls Chuckanut Park - Not New Park District

Fri, Feb 22, 2013, 2:47 pm  //  John Servais

The election created a new park district with taxing power - but with NO control over Chuckanut Ridge - the 100 acre woods.

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Wed, Feb 13, 2013, 3:42 pm  //  John Servais

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6 comments; last on Feb 19, 2013

Time to Vote on Park District

Sat, Feb 09, 2013, 12:14 am  //  John Servais

The proponents have avoided the issues on the Park District as the close of voting nears this weekend.

2 comments; last on Feb 12, 2013

Check the Protect Bellingham Parks Website

Wed, Feb 06, 2013, 10:42 pm  //  John Servais

When is a vote No the most positive and common sense action? Check the park district opponents website to learn why.

15 comments; last on Feb 10, 2013

Ironies With the Park District

Tue, Feb 05, 2013, 12:59 pm  //  John Servais

This Park District proposal has several ironic twists and facets - some involving the advocates.

10 comments; last on Feb 07, 2013

A note from the publisher

Sat, Feb 02, 2013, 11:18 am  //  John Servais

The Chuckanut Park District ballot issue has another 10 days to run. A few notes about NWCitizen and this issue.

11 comments; last on Feb 05, 2013

Why I am voting NO on the Park Disttict

Wed, Jan 30, 2013, 9:40 am  //  John Servais

The Park District is a panic action that over taxes a small group. A city wide solution is by far the better way to proceed.

13 comments; last on Jan 31, 2013

Feb 12 election:  Bham Southside Only

Thu, Jan 24, 2013, 4:09 pm  //  John Servais

Updated Sat, Jan 26. A primer on the special Parks District election - and where to find more info.

15 comments; last on Jan 31, 2013

Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks

Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 11:23 am  //  John Servais

A digression from politics. Checking with Green Bay relatives turns up an unexpected hope by fans there.

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Correction of Error

Wed, Jan 02, 2013, 11:31 am  //  John Servais

A needed correction and apology for an error in a story that has been pulled.

3 comments; last on Jan 02, 2013

Skiing, Avalanches, and Internet Media-

Fri, Dec 21, 2012, 1:18 pm  //  John Servais

The Tunnel Creek avalanche and three skiers' deaths last February was a confusing tragedy. Experts killed. How did it happen?

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Video of Mudslide Derailing Train Monday

Wed, Dec 19, 2012, 11:12 am  //  John Servais

A dramatic video of yet another mudslide near Everett - and what will be coming down on coal trains. Amtrak service to Bellingham is shut down.

4 comments; last on Dec 20, 2012

Are you in foreclosure?

Wed, Dec 12, 2012, 11:04 am  //  John Servais

If you or a friend are in foreclosure, or an attorney defending someone, then hopefully you already know about this. If not... here it is.

2 comments; last on Dec 19, 2012

Coal Ship Wrecks Vancouver Terminal

Sat, Dec 08, 2012, 1:43 pm  //  John Servais

A giant coal freighter went right through the long dock early Friday morning. Nothing in print edition of Herald

3 comments; last on Dec 11, 2012

Riley teases us with 2016

Sat, Nov 24, 2012, 11:09 am  //  John Servais

Wherein that local political junkie, Riley Sweeney, has written up a comprehensive analysis of 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Election Night at the VFW

Wed, Nov 07, 2012, 12:21 am  //  John Servais

A light and short take on the Democratic Party celebration at the VFW Post meeting hall. And a heavy bit on national politics.

18 comments; last on Nov 10, 2012

Lummi Nation Opposes Coal Terminal

Fri, Sep 21, 2012, 8:53 am  //  John Servais

Bellingham Business Journal breaking story - Lummi's to hold meeting today at noon to speak against the Cherry Point project.

7 comments; last on Nov 04, 2012

Feds Should Delete Anti-Islam Video

Mon, Sep 17, 2012, 9:45 am  //  John Servais

Precedent is plentiful of the Feds censoring free speech and videos - but double standard is protecting anti-Islam film.

6 comments; last on Sep 20, 2012

All we need do is vote

Sun, Sep 09, 2012, 4:24 pm  //  John Servais

Voting intelligently seems too hard for many Americans. But in other countries they wish self government was so easy.

9 comments; last on Sep 12, 2012

The Costco Letter - Full Text

Wed, Sep 05, 2012, 9:37 pm  //  John Servais

The Bellingham city attorney today released the full letter from mayor Kelli Linville to Costco in June.

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Riley interviews Rep. Rick Larsen

Thu, Aug 23, 2012, 3:16 pm  //  John Servais

Over at the Political Junkie, Riley Sweeney has posted a long and interesting interview with our U.S. Congress Rep Rick Larsen

2 comments; last on Aug 25, 2012

The Plea of Julian Assange

Sun, Aug 19, 2012, 10:09 pm  //  John Servais

Wikileaks founder spoke from a safe open window to the people of the world. His words are important to the future of democracy and freedoms.

4 comments; last on Aug 21, 2012

Efforts to save the Granary building

Fri, Aug 03, 2012, 11:18 pm  //  John Servais

Graphics projected on building each night in effort to bring attention to threatened building

3 comments; last on Aug 11, 2012

 

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