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Water, Radiation, Fukushima: Facing Facts and Our Future

Updated December 22nd, 2015: Health Canada has just released (Dec 2015) a Summary Report on Fukushima Accident Contaminants in Canada (link to Health Canada, PDF available on page) and a technical report Special Environmental Radiation in Canada Report on Fukushima Accident Contaminants (links to PDF hosted by Fukushima InForm. For additional copies see instructions on Health Canada’s Summary Report page). Fukushima InForm has commented as follows (Dec 21st, 2015) regarding this report:

The Impact of the Fukushima on Canada: Health Canada Reports

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It is time to take a candid look at how ongoing radionuclides escaping from Fukushima are affecting the Pacific West Coast and our water and food supply in Canada. All attempts to improve water quality pale in the face of not confronting this issue.

Ocean currents have started to wash up radioactive debris from Fukushima onto Canadian shores. Radioactive contamination is showing up in migratory fish populations. This is the beginning of visible damage. Clearly the situation is not going away.1

Where is the ongoing monitoring of this situation? So far most of the available information is only coming from academics or concerned individuals struggling for funding.2

Meanwhile federal, provincial and local officials continue to deny there is a problem, make feeble references to ‘background radiation’, fail to answer phone calls and emails, or re-direct concerns to other government entities with equally unsatisfactory responses. This intellectual dullness in the face of a potential extinction level threat is one the scariest aspects of our collective dilemma.

It is well known that the current situation at Fukushima is far from stable. In fact, as David Suzuki recently reported, the statistical probability of another and even greater catastrophe, as fuel rods are being removed at Fukushima, is extremely high.

At a symposium on water ecology held at the University of Alberta on October 30 2013, Suzuki said “Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine… The fourth [Fukushima reactor] has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there’s another earthquake of a seven or above, that that building will go and then all hell breaks loose.” He went on to say “And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 per cent.” 3

Canadians are deeply concerned about this situation which, in all probability, involves ongoing invisible damage coming from Fukushima. The public is keenly aware of lack of data and responsiveness from the Canadian government, provincial disease control agencies and regional public works departments.

Here in Metro Vancouver and Victoria, BC residents wonder how much atmospheric radiation is being rained down on us and into our large open drinking water reservoirs. Twice yearly test results from institutions with questionable testing procedures is insufficient information for a population that is living in what could become a nuclear evacuation zone.

It is time to get the facts and to stop passing off this topic as fear mongering or hearsay. Our future requires genuine, intelligent and courageous engagement with this state of affairs from all levels of government, our scientific community and the general public.

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein

1  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/japanese-officials-sifting-through-tsunami-debris-on-bc-coastline/article14561217/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/radiation-from-japan-nuclear-plant-arrives-on-alaska-coast-1.2335668

3 http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/11/04/david-suzuki-fukushima-warning_n_4213061.html