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Comments made by TorgenJohnson

High Radiation Readings At San Clemente May Be False

I was present when the Japanese visitors, both Umi and Hiro, were taking reading of the area just to the south of the power plant on Sunday and their radiation readings were what they described as above the legal safe limit for Japan. They asked me through their translator if the public was aware of the radiation they were detecting at the moment. They checked the ground in several locations and there were several people around them watching this take place.

I did not see Murray Jennex standing near to the Japanese while they were taking their readings, and I don't believe he was even present at the event on Sunday so I don't understand how Jennex can make any credible comments about the Japanese readings in San Clemente based on radiation readings he has been taking "off and on" many miles away in Oceanside. Rather than dismiss the presence of radioactive contamination, I think it would be more prudent to take radiation readings throughout San Clemente before discrediting the readings taken by Umi and Hiro.

The lesson from Fukushima is that radiation readings of nuclear fallout contamination across a wide region can vary widely from property to property depending on how the radioactive fallout precipitated out of the atmosphere and which way the wind was blowing the radioactive release. This unpredictability of fallout dispersion makes a nuclear disaster even more frightening above and beyond the fact that radioactive contamination is undetectable to our human senses.

San Clemente and surrounding communities need publicly accessible real-time radiation monitoring of the releases that are regularly discharged from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Anything less is unethical given the health risks of ionizing radiation secretly and regularly released into an unsuspecting population.

March 15, 2012 at 11:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )