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|Chapter 16 - Introduction to environmental radiation monitoring||
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2. U.S. Radiation Monitoring Networks: Old Radnet
3. New Radnet
4. Tiered data-review
5. Greater NTS coverage
6. Where do we go from here
'Environmental radiation monitoring is the political prisoner of the nuclear age.'
What few people understand about the first atom bomb detonation, dubbed 'Trinity,' is that when the U.S. internationally admitted to the Trinity blast in New Mexico days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the fallout issue was not mentioned. U.S. government officials in July 1945 had collected measurements of unusually high radioactivity in air and soil over central and northeast New Mexico in the hours and days after the Trinity A-bomb explosion and although Trinity 'workers' were instructed in and followed radiation safety protocols, citizens of the state of New Mexico were left in the dark (and high levels of radioactivity); they were never told they were being exposed to harmful levels of radiation in their air, their cistern water, and their livestock (Chupadera Mesa, an area used then (and now) for livestock grazing and perhaps the hardest hit off-site area from Trinity, wasn't subject to a soil survey whose data wasn't classified or made secret until the 1980s). Through the present, residents of New Mexico have been confronted with mysterious cancer clusters stemming from exposures in the days and years after Trinity from an underestimated cause: lingering 'Trinity fallout'.
As we now know, the same story of censorship and downplaying of lingering fallout has played out over and over again in our nuclear age, from the downwind areas of the Nevada Test Site to southern Japan. Although the A-bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki unleashed an eye-blinding, skin-burning, fire-breathing, debris-crushing, shockwave-pounding, and ionizing-ray-shooting hell on Earth for those unfortunate persons who happened be within several miles of the blasts, one cause of short- and long-term ailments in the affected areas, dangerous levels of radioactive debris on the ground, was never fully recognized by official scientific committees who investigated the total health effects of the atomic explosions. Although Trinity created more widespread and greater depositions of local and regional fallout than 'Fat Man' or 'Little Boy' on account that the 'Gadget' was detonated on a tower (the A-bomb attacks were airbursts), 'black rain' and other atmospheric processes formed significant hotspots of fissile and fission materials in the nearby outskirts. American, British and some Japanese scientists conspired to cover up both the presence of residual alpha-radiation dangers in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as the nature and threat of the hotspots in the suburbs caused by the 'black rains'. All people would learn - then and through history - was that beta and gamma levels in the urban areas were slightly elevated but far from levels of concern. The fallout levels, especially the urban alpha deposits and black rain hotspots, were censored and access to or accumulation of data on the environmental radiation levels in even the most fallout-impacted zones - the 'black rain' areas such as Koi, Takasu (3300 yds from hypocenter) and Nishiyama - was denied by the occupying military regime for decades and decades. The intended (or unintended) result was that citizens of A-bombed cities and even entire prefectures in Japan were kept in the dark about dangerous levels of plutonium and uranium and other radioactivity in their reservoirs, city streets, food supply, etc... Another intended (or unintended) result is that researchers and scientists across the world and through the present have been kept from knowing what happens to people who are exposed to the lingering radioactive debris from the atom bomb. Such myths that hotspots are fiction, fallout quickly dilutes to safe levels in the environment, and fallout causes no biological harm at minor levels have become a believable truth to most educated persons.
The above account is a prime reason why our global radiation monitoring networks are not in great shape and remain a low priority in relative terms to other issues. Few intelligent people understand that 'anthropogenic radiation' in the environment is as worrisome a threat to wildlife and humans as DDT was to these entities in the eyes of pesticide truth-seekers like the late Rachel Carlson. Few people realize that health studies on fallout were sabotaged by such coverups throughout history in order to fashion an apathetic and carefree public 'take' on environmental radiation.
As events like Fukushima are cultivating a new awareness in global citizens that governments cannot be relied on to state the true nature of radiation emergencies, the gap between actual environmental radiation levels and the public's knowledge of these levels is seeing a reversing trend, from widening to narrowing; such citizens are arming themselves with dosimeters and using social network-enabled radiation monitoring to coerce corrupt government officials to reverse claims that places like Tokyo were spared from the meltdowns. Hopefully, these awakened citizens will come to realize that if their governments easily engaged in a cover-up over Fukushima then past radiation events, which potentially already harmed or killed their own relatives or friends, may have been covered up too.
Although this analysis focuses on U.S. radiation monitoring and two success stories of grassroots change, we hope the technical knowledge herein will help educate the global citizen and hopefully lead to a further narrowing of the gap between the actual radioactive state of our environment and the public's possession and stewardship of this knowledge.
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