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Fukushima; Radiation Spike In Unit 1 Discharge Canal

Fukushima; Radiation Spike In Unit 1 Discharge Canal

TEPCO hasn’t released radiation readings for the set of discharge canals for well over a year. This location has been historically quite high when they sampled it before. TEPCO announced that the sampling location in the discharge canal was again quite high while a downstream location was not. They provided no explanation where they assume the highly contaminated water is migrating to. Beta radiation:  120,000 bq/liter Cesium 134:  31,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 95,000 bq/liter TEPCO closed off the end of the discharge … Read entire article »

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What May Be Causing The New Reactor Building Leak At Fukushima Daiichi

What May Be Causing The New Reactor Building Leak At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO admitted last week that some subdrain pit wells at the Fukushima Daiichi plant showed a large increase in contamination. These wells were originally a system used to remove groundwater from the reactor building basements, similar to a sump pump system. After the disaster these wells were largely ignored until this year. TEPCO began sampling them and later came up with this idea to pump water out of the subdrain pits, decontaminate it and dump … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Spike In Norwegian Reindeer & Sheep

Radioactive Spike In Norwegian Reindeer & Sheep

Annual testing of sheep and reindeer for cesium 137 contamination found an abrupt spike this year. Ongoing testing still finds considerable amounts of radioactive contamination throughout Europe in mushrooms, wild berries, game and field grazing livestock. Earlier this year we reported on the wide variety of commercial jam products still contaminated with cesium 137, thought to be mostly from Chernobyl. Researchers are assuming the spike in contamination in Norway is due to a bumper wild mushroom season. … Read entire article »

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Vongfong Aftermath At Fukushima Daiichi; Leaks & Rising Radiation

Vongfong passed over Fukushima Daiichi as a fairly sedate tropical storm. This didn’t leave the plant completely unscathed. We reported earlier on the spike of cesium, beta radiation and tritium at monitoring well 1-6 on the sea front. An updated TEPCO report now shows significant spikes in manganese 54 and cobolt 60 in the same groundwater well. MN54: 700Bq/L Co60: 3,600Bq/L TEPCO now states that they will sample the sea front monitoring wells daily to track what is going on. These additional readings may help determine where this plume of highly contaminated groundwater may be going. TEPCO also cited a number of rainwater leaks into the reactor and turbine buildings. These are somewhat expected due to the damaged nature of the buildings. Unit 1: First floor south side electric equipment room of the turbine building. Water is … Read entire article »

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New Radiation Spike At Fukushima Daiichi

Cesium levels in well 1-6 near the port jumped on today’s readings. Readings taken at 9:44am JST October 13 (before Vongfong hit in earnest) Cesium 134: 61,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 190,000 bq/liter Readings a few days before on Oct 9th were previous record highs and were considerably lower than these new readings. Cesium 134:  17,000 bq/liter Cesium 137:  51,000 bq/liter Monitoring well 1-6 is near the unit 2 intake canal and is part of a cluster of monitoring wells that have seen the worst of the sea front contamination. Source http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2014/images/2tb-east_14101302-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

TEPCO’s report on contaminated dust dispersal that ended up contaminating rice fields north of the damaged nuclear site may indicate more about the accident events. The dates where they were removing the sections of the crane and underlying debris from directly over the reactor well coincide with the contamination dates. TEPCO additionally cited that those days lacked rain that otherwise could have helped keep dust from flying away in the wind. The events combined with … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Yesterday we reported on TEPCO’s admission of ongoing daily sea releases of contaminated water to the Pacific. The TEPCO rep in the press conference cited the tritium level as being 1 billion becquerels per day. The graph submitted by TEPCO to METI showed a quite different amount for the tritium readings. The journalists at the conference prodded TEPCO for actual readings due to the graph having wide ranges and exact numbers were not published along side … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

A new study of Japanese snow monkeys shows that they may be suffering from damage from radiation exposure. Researchers found that the blood pathology of the contaminated monkeys showed reductions in white and red blood cells and other parameters. “Fukushima monkeys had significantly low white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, and the white blood cell count in immature monkeys showed a significant negative correlation with muscle cesium concentration” The study also showed that the … Read entire article »

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Minamisoma Never Informed Of New Contamination From Fukushima Daiichi

Minamisoma Never Informed Of New Contamination From Fukushima Daiichi

The rice fields were contaminated in August of 2013, the Agriculture Ministry didn’t inform TEPCO until March 2014 and never informed the farmers or the town of Minamisoma. After the news was finally made public this week, residents and the town’s mayor are outraged. A brief review yesterday of the radiation stations in Minamisoma showed no detectable radiation spike between August 16 and 20th at the central library station. Either the levels had been elevated for … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO has admitted to re-contaminating the area around Minamisoma after being confronted by the agriculture ministry. Rice in Minamisoma was found to be over the government radiation limit of 100 bq/kg. Upon further inspection the ministry found it was the outside of the rice plants that had the most contamination rather than the rice kernel itself. This indicated contamination fell on the plants rather than being taken up from the soil. Now TEPCO is admitting on … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Deep Groundwater Contamination & Leak To Sea

TEPCO Admits Deep Groundwater Contamination & Leak To Sea

TEPCO has been doing further groundwater investigations at the plant including testing for contamination at various depths to understand what layers are carrying most of the contamination. They now admit that contamination can make it into the deep groundwater layer and could be leaking out to sea. This is something both the NRA and various researchers have speculated since early this year. TEPCO noted that the pressure in the deep layer is less than the water … Read entire article »

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High Radiation Found On Seabed South Of Fukushima Daiichi

High Radiation Found On Seabed South Of Fukushima Daiichi

Contaminated soil on the sea floor was found a few kilometers south of Fukushima Daiichi. The samples were collected in late 2013 by NRA and found to have 2000 bq/kg of contamination. NRA cites that the currents run from north to south making contamination along the coast south of the plant likely. The same areas showed fairly low levels of contamination when the sea water itself has been tested. This adds to the concern that … Read entire article »

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US Pacific Kelp; Fukushima Radiation Testing Results

US Pacific Kelp; Fukushima Radiation Testing Results

Kelp Watch has released their first batch of testing results. The program is a mash up of university, national lab and citizen efforts to test Pacific sea kelp for radiation. The main focus is on cesium contamination but also has been screening for natural sources of radiation. This first batch of test results are considers a “control” set. This establishes the radiation readings considered to be before any Fukushima related radiation would make it to the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Groundwater Wells Contaminated From Leaking Tanks

Fukushima Groundwater Wells Contaminated From Leaking Tanks

This was bound to happen and TEPCO had to have known this at the time they pushed for permission to use the groundwater wells. The big radioactive water leak at the H4 tank farm where highly radioactive sludge leaked out of the tank enclosure, contaminated the surrounding soil and groundwater and eventually made way to the sea is impacting the nearby groundwater bypass. Well #12 of the groundwater bypass has been found to have levels of … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Cesium Found On Vancouver Beach

Fukushima Cesium Found On Vancouver Beach

The Vancouver Sun is reporting that cesium 134, an identifier of the Fukushima nuclear disaster was detected on a local beach. The finding was tested by Simon Fraser University. They were surprised by the finding and confirmed it as evidence of ongoing contamination from Fukushima. The sample was collected by a local citizen who took it to the university. The newspaper report did not cite the exact level found in the sample. Juan Jose Alava from … Read entire article »

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Researchers Confirm “Black Substance” Is Fukushima Reactor Fuel

Researchers Confirm “Black Substance” Is Fukushima Reactor Fuel

In a peer reviewed paper released this week by the journal Environmental Science & Technology, a Japanese team of researchers has concluded that portions of the “black substance” found in Japan is nuclear fuel fragments from Fukushima Daiichi. Discoveries of the black residue along roadsides in and near the evacuation zone have been going on since at least 2011. Most were initially found by local citizens doing radiation monitoring. Some of these black substance sightings have … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Is Here! Contamination Found Off Vancouver Coast

Fukushima Is Here! Contamination Found Off Vancouver Coast

Scientists from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography have found levels of cesium in sea water off the Vancouver Canada coast that can be attributed to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The levels are low, but the presence of cesium 134 confirms the contamination to be from Fukushima Daiichi. They cited the levels as such: “less than one becquerel per cubic metre of water ” Recent readings off the US coast did not find traces of cesium 134 in their … Read entire article »

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Living With Radiation In Japan

Living With Radiation In Japan

Local food coops that carefully select and test their food have become a go-to source for people concerned about contamination in the food supply. Food vendors that source from safer regions or direct from farm sales from these safer areas have become popular ways to compensate for the uncertainty in the food supply. This non profit called Project Food is sourcing foods from safer areas, testing them then offering them for sale. They recently sent some … Read entire article »

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Fukushima & The Controversy Of The Pacific

Fukushima & The Controversy Of The Pacific

There were big concerns thrown around about the situation in the Pacific related to Fukushima in the last year. Oceanographers raised concerns that the plant was still leaking, something TEPCO denied at the time. Newer testing had shown that contamination levels in sea life had not decreased as it should have indicating that the plant was continuing to leak over two years after the initial meltdowns. TEPCO later admitted this to be true. Testing further out … Read entire article »

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23 Tbq Water Leak At Fukushima Caused By Multiple Human Errors

23 Tbq Water Leak At Fukushima Caused By Multiple Human Errors

100 tons of water leaked from a contaminated water tank at Fukushima Daiichi after workers incorrectly aligned valves. They then ignored the alarm that alerted them to a tank that was not supposed to be filling, had overfilled. After the tank spilled out over the top flange the water then leaked out through a failure in the water weir that is supposed to catch any leaks. This water is highly radioactive water left over from … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Brings New Awareness Of Contaminated Food Worldwide

Fukushima Brings New Awareness Of Contaminated Food Worldwide

The concerns about food contamination from Fukushima has also increased awareness of the lingering problems of world wide food contamination from various sources. Fukushima was not the first major radiation release to the environment. Atomic testing in the Pacific contributed to considerable amounts of radioactive contamination of the sea that can still be found in sea life today. Chernobyl contaminated a wide swath of Europe and Russia, this contamination is still routinely found in foods … Read entire article »

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New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

People in Japan early on realized they needed to take things into their own hands if they wanted to know the conditions around them and what their risk factors were. Citizen labs have been set up in Japan to allow people to test their own food. These labs were modeled after the labs set up in Europe after Chernobyl. This has provided an independent confirmation against government testing and a more diverse set of readings. … Read entire article »

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More Record High Radiation Readings At Fukushima Daiichi

More Record High Radiation Readings At Fukushima Daiichi

After the recent admission of record high strontium 90 readings being found at the sea front at Fukushima Daiichi, more record high readings have been admitted this week. At the same time the record high strontium 90 readings were admitted, data for record high cesium readings were quietly included for a nearby well. Now last night even higher cesium readings were found in yet another well. Well 1-3 was previously found to have: 11,000 bq/liter of cesium 134 22,000 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fish Tales; US Fish Marketing Deceptive To Consumers

Fukushima Fish Tales; US Fish Marketing Deceptive To Consumers

This article is a good example of the motivations and biases in play related to Fukushima food contamination in North America. The article from an Alaska fishing promotion group proclaims “Alaska Fish Factor: Seafood Free of Radiation Following Fukushima“. Since that is simply not true it caught people’s attention. First, fish in the Pacific has been showing up with low levels of radiation even before Fukushima due to the long lived left overs from Pacific atomic testing. … Read entire article »

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5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released readings for two seafront wells that have not been published before. Wells 1-2 and 1-3 were not on any older reports from before January.These are the first strontium 90 readings for these wells. The strontium 90  reading for well 1-2 was 5,000,000 bq/liter dated July 5, 2013. The “all beta” reading for the same date was actually lower than the strontium 90 alone at 900,000 bq/liter. TEPCO gives no explanation for how they … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

In an unexplained change of plans TEPCO and the Japanese govt. are back to trying to sell the fishing groups and the public on their plan to use a failed water bypass system. In late 2013 IRID directed TEPCO and the Japanese govt to begin work on a wide scale bypass project that would create diversion wells far outside the plant grounds. This would reroute groundwater before it has a chance to flow into the plant … Read entire article »

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Unit 1 Scans Find Highly Contaminated Vent Pipe

Unit 1 Scans Find Highly Contaminated Vent Pipe

Robots with sophisticated gamma scanning cameras were sent in to unit 1 to establish contaminated areas as decontamination efforts take place. One area that has been of particular concern since 2011 is a section on the 1st floor that had unusually high radiation. The same area had steam coming out of the floor in 2011 through the pipe penetration. This area is above the torus room in a section over the #8 downcomer pipe. This … Read entire article »

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Groundwater Well At Fukushima Daiichi Hits 3.1 Million Bq

Groundwater Well At Fukushima Daiichi Hits 3.1 Million Bq

Groundwater well 1-16 at Fukushima Daiichi has hit 3.1 million bq of beta radiation. This is a new high for this well. TEPCO still has not provided an explanation for this rising problem. The levels began soaring when this section had impermeable wall installed. well 1-16 at 3.1 million bq beta http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2014/images/2tb-east_14012101-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Alaska & Washington Salmon Tested For Radiation

Alaska & Washington Salmon Tested For Radiation

A Seattle fish company had some of their fish privately tested in late 2013. With all the US government agencies refusing to test anything and growing consumer anxiety due to the lack of information, Loki Fish company paid for private testing. This is some of the only North American seafood testing done. While the current findings of these limited samples is somewhat good news, more testing is needed to have a better understanding of the situation … Read entire article »

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NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

The NRA has released new radiation “fly over” maps. The newest scans were done in September of 2013. They showed a slight reduction in the highest level zones. This is likely due to the decrease in shorter lived radiation like cesium 134 and migration of contamination by natural processes. NRA cited the more recent changes in the shape of the highest zones was due to more detailed scanning flights. Read the report here: http://www.nsr.go.jp/english/library/data/special-report_0114.pdf   This article would … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Groundwater Well Hits 2.4 Million bq/liter

Fukushima Groundwater Well Hits 2.4 Million bq/liter

Well 1-16 at the seafront has again hit a new high. 2.4 million bq/liter was found in the water of the well. The cause has not been confirmed. http://www.jiji.com/jc/eqa?g=eqa&k=2014011400896   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Activists Want Lower Food Radiation Levels, Show Loophole In System

Taiwan Activists Want Lower Food Radiation Levels, Show Loophole In System

Activists in Taiwan are trying to further lower the allowed level of radioactive contamination in food allowed for sale in the country. The current standard is 370 bq/kg, set soon after the Chernobyl disaster. There is a push to lower it to 100 bq/kg the same as Japan’s. The loophole pointed out is that Taiwan may already have a somewhat lower standard compared to other countries but actual testing results are not disclosed. In Hong Kong … Read entire article »

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60 bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Deep Well Near Reactors At Fukushima Daiichi

60 bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Deep Well Near Reactors At Fukushima Daiichi

60 bq/liter of strontium 90 was found in the 3/4 deep permeable layer well near the unit 4 turbine building. Earlier TEPCO admitted contamination in the two deep layer wells, the new reading shows a growing trend of contamination in water deep below the plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi ALPS Water Treatment System Hits Big Problem

Fukushima Daiichi ALPS Water Treatment System Hits Big Problem

Lack of planning again foils efforts at Fukushima Daiichi. Ex-SKF found the very bad news in a METI report from a closed meeting. The report explains how the ALPS treatment system is unable to properly filter out the radioactive contamination properly in the state it exists in. The portion of the system capable of extracting that contamination does so but makes a huge amount of waste in the process. So now Toshiba, TEPCO and Energy … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Groundwater Well Hits 2 Million Bq Beta Radiation

Fukushima Daiichi Groundwater Well Hits 2 Million Bq Beta Radiation

Well 1-16 in the sea front area at Fukushima Daiichi has hit another new record. 2,100,000 bq/liter of beta radiation was found in the well. TEPCO has yet to explain why this particular well is so high in beta radiation without related increases in other types of radiation. They have also provided no explanation why this specific well has been consistently much higher than any of the surrounding wells. The well does sit adjacent to the … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Water Found Deep Beneath Unit 4

Radioactive Water Found Deep Beneath Unit 4

TEPCO announced today that contaminated water was found in deep groundwater 25 meters (82 feet) below the unit 4 reactor well. NHK reported this but did not elaborate how TEPCO had tapped a well so deep beneath the building. “In a water sample taken on Tuesday of last week, 6.7 becquerels per liter of Cesium 137 and 89 becquerels per liter “ Unit 4 was under maintenance to replace the shroud at the time of the disaster … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Strontium 90 And Radioactive Silver Found In Fukushima Fish

Radioactive Strontium 90 And Radioactive Silver Found In Fukushima Fish

TEPCO tested fish within 20km (fish hauled 1-3 km offshore) of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for cesium, strontium 90 and radioactive silver. This appears to be some of the first testing for isotopes other than cesium or iodine 131. Seventeen samples were tested, five fish were found with strontium 90 levels. There appeared to be a weak connection between the cesium levels in the fish and the strontium 90 levels in the fish. The cesium … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

A government trip to research how the response to the Chernobyl disaster was conducted but the report was never made public. The officials looked at what was done after Chernobyl and declared it to be too expensive and complicated for the Japanese government so they suggested it be ignored. They declared there was little benefit to evacuating people but it was admitted the report ignored more critical evidence of the actual damage done to the … Read entire article »

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Tokyo Suburb To Be Decontaminated, 70% Of Town Marked For Clean Up

Tokyo Suburb To Be Decontaminated, 70% Of Town Marked For Clean Up

Toride City, a suburb of Tokyo was declared in need of decontamination after 70% of the city was found to potentially be contaminated above allowable levels. Surveys are being conducted to determine what homes require decontamination. Hot spots were found around Chiba, also considered to be a suburban part of Tokyo, requiring response from the government to do clean up there. PM Abe and other government officials have insisted Tokyo is not contaminated at all and … Read entire article »

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US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

US Group Calls For Radiation Monitoring Of Food Supply

A US grassroots group is urging the public to support a set of efforts to improve food monitoring in the US against radioactive contamination. The fallout from Fukushima that fell on the US and that which has been crossing the Pacific has been an area of concern with residents of the US and Canada. Government agencies have declared the issue to be a “non-issue” and either have opted to do no testing or rely on premature … Read entire article »

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