Government must protect citizens from harmful radiation
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
There really ought to be better care taken of the general citizenry so we won’t feel the need to question our government’s interest in its people at every turn. We have all heard about the nuclear disaster that took place in Japan back in 2011 and about the radioactive contaminants spread across the Pacific. Some have heard that testing a year ago off the coast of British Columbia reported contamination levels four times higher than the safe parameters. Have any of you followed the story further and become lost between the truths and the lies?
Alternative news sources are telling us that the Environmental Protection Agency pulled out some of their radiation monitors from the West Coast as readings have sustained high results. Then, instead of working to protect consumers, the government has allowed the EPA and the Federal Drug Administration to raise the levels considered safe for daily consumption. Moreover, although Japan has stopped testing its seafood for radioactive contaminants, the US is still purchasing said goods from them. The new safe levels are thousands of times more laid back than what had previously been decided on. In addition, scientists who had been testing the Pacific waters following the Fukushima catastrophe had their government funding pulled and were forced to find private investors in order to find the true, hair-raising results.
Now, similar sources tell us not to get too comfortable thinking this merely means not eating Japanese and Pacific seafood is the only necessary preventative measure. Cow milk tested the area have been found to show levels of radiation varying from 3.2pCi/L to 18pCi/L when the EPA had previously set 3.0pCi/L as the maximum safety threshold. The milk is important as cows feed on grass and consume the same essentials as our water supplies and food crops. Once cow milk starts to test high in radiation levels it means a contamination of the entire food supply.
At this point it seems only obvious that our food and environmental protection companies would do something, and our government would act to ensure the safety of our nation, correct? This is where it starts to get muddy. The companies we count on and trust to have the public’s best interest on hand when it comes to our health have started down a path seemingly of failure. The government we so adamantly believe in to keep us safe from external and internal threats has chosen to abandon that notion for their own selfish economic reasons.
This is how we are being forced to look at the situation when we have all of this information thrown at us. We are in serious need of strict laws that cannot be overwritten or overlooked and will be enforced without prejudice. No more making light of a situation that could be even more severe in the long run. The reasoning behind this seemingly laid back approach to the situation is the United Nations Scientific Committee of the Effects of Atomic Radiation’s statement that it may not be statistically detectable what health effects could result from this incident. We are also being advised not to worry about these radiation amounts which are low compared to what we are exposed to naturally on the daily. Yet, it might be noted that there is a difference between external exposure and internal intake of radiation.
Nonetheless, we can apparently feel confident that what we are consuming lies at safe levels and while it might increase our chances of getting related diseases; the increased rate is still very low. While there is no known time-frame of when this radiation will cease to matter, it’s advisable to understand that at this point Pacific seafood is indeed contaminated and radiation has continued to spill out into the water as recently as this month. As complicated as it may sound, we should have a government that shows enough worry to have our goods tested so we can choose for ourselves how much contamination we are comfortable with consuming.
If these levels of radiation we are being exposed to are truly so safe then it should be an open forum where it doesn’t seem like the government is trying to hide facts from its citizens. Put our worries to rest by being highly involved and active in providing the general public with undisclosed information since this matter is clearly intensifying.