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.