Radioactive milk not that radioactive

March 31, 2011

Radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has blown over to the Central Coast and turned up in milk from Cal Poly’s dairy.

On Thursday, the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department reported trace amounts of radiation found in locally produced milk.  The amounts are 5,000 times below the danger threshold and 4,000 times lower than a typical banana, which naturally contains radioactive potassium.

Local health officials stress that the level of radiation is to low to be dangerous.


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10 Comments

  1. mrcyberdoc says:

    I hear radioactive milk won’t spoil as quickly. If it turns to cottage cheese in two day though, watch out!

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  2. R.Hodin says:

    Would be helpful to know what the milk radiation levels from Diablo are and how they compare to Japan’s.

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  3. Nancimeek says:

    CLOSE DIABLO. Myself and several 1000’s years ago marched to close Diablo in the early 80’s Noone listened Maybe now people will listen. But of course we should all trust PG&E right? They wouldn’t hurt anyone right?

    Just ask the citizens of Hinckley near Barstow or the folks up north in Daly City who lost homes during the recent gas explosions……………………….

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    • mrcyberdoc says:

      Before throwing the baby out with the bath water, please offer the alternatives to nuclear power that would give us the same QUANTITY of electricity needed to supply all the homes in California. Take the nuclear power plants off the grid and revolving blackouts would become a daily occurance, no matter what time of the year.

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  4. San Simeon Frank says:

    If this is true ? why are the cows on Hearst ranch glowing at night.

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  5. Typoqueen says:

    What if one or even more of these reactors has a real melt down? My gosh this is just a small amount released into the atmosphere, one can only imagine if it were a large amount. For what must be a first I agree with danika, are we really supposed to trust any of these people to be honest with us (govt. or corp reps)? The reps and govt. from Japan have already down-played what happened out there a few times.

    What has me nervous about the current situation is what’s going in the ocean. The fish are getting this radiation and we are eating them it’s kinda scary. Tuna are already toxic with mercury, now a little plutonium with that mercury, ummm yummy.

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    • danika says:

      Thank you, Typoqueen. If it’s any conselation, I rarely agree with my other 32 personalities too! ; )

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    • amusselm says:

      If you had any idea how toxic Methyl-Mercury was, you would be begging for radioactive contamination instead. Of course, we can reduce our emissions of both by replacing older coal plants with new nuclear reactors. Remember, at some coal plants the release of radioactive material is standard operating procedure. That is not permitted from any nuclear reactor except in case of emergency.

      Oh, where has TEBSCO and the Japanese government been playing down the situation? If you were downplaying concerns about the reactor status, would you use this much red ink in your status reports? I most certainly have been downplaying the concern, sure. But, I’m a self-declared pro-nuclear activist (largely as a result of this disaster). I’m not the Japanese government nor am I the power company.

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  6. danika says:

    Let’s see what happens in, say, 20 years. Remember, trust those “experts”; they ONLY have YOUR best interest at heart.

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