Sunday, June 12, 2011

Arnie Gundersen: Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable When Inhaled or Swallowed

Arnie Gundersen's latest video talks about "hot particles". He mentions a metallic taste experienced by some people in Japan and on the west coast and says it is a sign of radiation exposure.

Hot Particles From Japan to Seattle Virtually Undetectable when Inhaled or Swallowed from Fairewinds Associates on Vimeo.

To defend TEPCO somewhat, though, it was not TEPCO who doubled the estimate of the radioactive materials released from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant; it was the government agency, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.


Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

Like I said in an earlier post a car air filter can be used to track relative radiation densities if enough drivers can give a decent account of where, when and how long the vehicle was driven. Unfortunately neither TEPCO or the JGOV are interested in finding out. Another thing to keep in mind is many newer vehicles have a separate filter for cabin air. People may want to change this filter more often if they drive in contaminated areas. I would change air filters with a plastic bag nearby if possible put the bag opening against the filter as you remove it. If the filter is really dusty you can lightly mist the filter with a spray bottle of water. Don't soak it use just enough keep the dust from getting resuspended when you remove it. Of course a pair of rubber gloves and a proper respirator isn't a bad idea either.

One other thing if you drive on dusty roads in the contamination zones try to avoid kicking up dust it is a major contamination transport mechanism. If you have access to a Geiger counter you may want to survey your car from time to time pay special attention to the wheel wells and undercarriage. During the Mayak disaster and Chernobyl vehicles picked up hard to remove contamination accretions that made the vehicles dangerous to drive after awhile. Some radioisotopes can adhere to surfaces through adsorption and they can be hard to remove. During the early stages of the Fukushima disaster helicopter missions were having contamination adsorption issue that standard decontamination procedures failed to remove. There may be a few "hot" cars driving around and people don't even know it.

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