Independent Real-Time Rad Monitoring Petition

Join us today! If you had a nuclear waste dump near you do you think it should have an Independent Real-Time Radiation Monitoring system? We do right here at San Onofre, less than 4 miles from town.
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SAFECAST DEVICES USED FOR FIRST READINGS INSIDE A US NUCLEAR PLANT

SAFECAST DEVICES USED FOR FIRST READINGS INSIDE A US NUCLEAR PLANT Thursday, July 5th, 2018 by MARC PROSSER

GENE STONE (LEFT) AND DARIN R. MCCLURE (RIGHT) FROM ROSE INSIDE THE SAN ONOFRE SITE WITH THEIR SAFECAST BGEIGIE NANOS.

Safecast-collaborators from the NGO Residents Organized for a Safe Environment (ROSE) recently used a bGeigie Nano when visiting the site of the San Onofre nuclear plant in California. It was the first time that Safecast’s devices have been used to make measurements inside a US nuclear plant facility.

The group, which also hosts a Solarcast, has been volunteering with Safecast for a while now, and their strong, local efforts combined with Safecast’s reputation and standing could lead to several Solarcasts finding a more permanent home on the grounds of the San Onofre Plant.

“Our collaboration has the potential to lead to the creation of the first monitoring system of its kind in the US, which would be really exciting, and show the value of local groups having open, accessible tools to work with, rather than having to rely solely on equipment and measurements from companies and government organisations,” Sean Bonner of Safecast says.

Potential real-time monitoring system

ROSE is looking to use Solarcast Nano-devices as a permanent first-alert system for the San Onofre, nuclear waste dump. The plan is to place the Solarcast Nanos close to the heat vents of the 72 Holtex and 51 Areva canisters at San Onofre.

This would enable better monitoring of the canisters and a quicker response in case of leakage.

PICTURE TAKEN BY ROSE DURING THEIR VISIT TO THE SAN ONOFRE SITE.

“If the CPM numbers measured at the vent stay stable over a given period, that would indicate that there were no leaks. However, if this same canister’s numbers moved up significantly for an extended period, that would be an indication that a leak had begun. Some of those cans – which is probably a more correct way of describing them – are already 15 years old,” Gene Stone of ROSE, says.

He also notes that while South Californian Edison (SCE), which oversees the nuclear waste site, has monitors on the site, they are located on the fence surrounding the area, meaning that they are more than 50 feet away.

“We believe that is too far away to pick up subtle shifts, in part because they are monitoring in Rems instead of CPM’s,” Darin McClure of ROSE says.

SCE monitoring is closed, single source and requires people to trust that a company is checking itself, whereas Safecast is independent and open and doesn’t have a financial stake. Having both Safecast and SCE data available to the public would lead to higher degrees of trust and assurance of the situation.

ROSE is currently in negotiations with SCE regarding putting Solarcast Nanos near the heat vents.

Quicker warnings for the public

Real-time data from the Safecast Solarcast Nanos located at the heat vents would be crucial in creating a warning system, which could dramatically lower the response time to any leaks and make it possible for locals to receive real-time alerts in case of any leaks.

“I think there are something like 70 million people living within a 100-mile radius of the site. I think that only a small percentage of people in the area are aware of what could happen if there was a serious leak. Today, you can’t sell a house in California without carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors. An early warning system would provide the same kind of information but for radiation,” Darin McClure says.

He notes that the system would also enable SCE to respond quickly to any leaks.

“Currently, SCE carries out measurements, but it happens infrequently,” Gene Stone says.

Safecast has been working with ROSE in relation to the system and believes that, while funding and details still need to be worked out, the Solarcast Nanos would be a good fit.

“The Solarcast, the new Solarcast Nano, and the earlier Pointcast system were designed specifically for that kind of always-on-always-connected purpose. So, a real-time first alert system is a good idea. We’d love to work with ROSE and South Californian Edison to put together an appropriate system though, and honestly, the new Solarcast Nano’s might be perfect for this,” Sean Bonner says.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARC PROSSER
Marc is British, Danish, Geekish, Bookish, Sportish, and loves anything in the world that goes ‘booiingg’. He is a freelance journalist and researcher living in Tokyo and writes about all things science and tech. He started volunteering for Safecast after writing articles about their work following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami – and because he believes that data and technology should be open and readily available.

Reposted with permission from Safecast.

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Independent Rad Monitoring/Symposium on Radiation for San Onofre Nuke Dump

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Independent Rad Monitoring/Symposium on Radiation for San Onofre Nuke Dump

Below is an action alert that ROSE is sending to some members of the CEP. I hope you may want to join us in this action for our community. We need 1000 people to send an email to the CEP. If you are willing please send them a note, copy and paste or write your own text. Then send it to these email addresses: david.victor@ucsd.edu,
manuel.camargo@sce.com,Tom.Palmisano@sce.com, danstetson@me.com,garry@coastkeeper.org,marnimagda@gmail.com, genston@sbcglobal.net,

The subject line should read “Independent Rad Monitoring/Symposium on Radiation”

Community Engagement Panel members,

I am asking each of you as CEP members to support and to take action ASAP along with SCE for a public CEP meeting on “Independent Real-time Radiation Monitoring” for San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump, and a second CEP meeting for an “Educational Symposium on Radiation” with “independent” radiation experts along with experts from SCE and the NRC. This a necessary step for all the stakeholders to understand what is in and what could come out of these canisters now or in the future. Thank you for your consideration of these two programs for the safety of our community.

Sincerely,(your name here)

Here at ROSE, we are working hard to understand the full effects of radiation that is now setting on our beloved “Old Mans Beach” in cans above and below ground, and how to provide the best early warning system with today’s technology for the safety of our community. Thank you for your help to achieve this goal.

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Is a First Alert System at San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump Possible?

Is a First Alert System at San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump Possible?

Darin and I took some radiation readings June 12 at SONGS waste dump on the ISFSI pad of 324 CPM’s and talked to Tom Palmisano about Safecast and the setup of a real-time independent radiation monitoring system with free public access.

I posed several questions to Sean Bonner of Safecast and Arnie Gunderson of Fairwinds and Dan Sythe of Medcom International about how a first alert system at San Onofre nuclear waste dump should be implemented. Below is their combined answers.

If SCE would place a Solorcast nano (using the CPM option} and a thermocouple were to be placed at each of San Onofre Holtex canisters right at the heat vent for monitoring like Darin and I did on Jun 12 (see picture) we know that there will be some differences between each of the 72 canisters. As long as the CPM numbers on a particular canister stayed close to that same number, say 324 CPM’s over a period of time, that would indicate “no leak”. However, if this same canister’s numbers moved up more than 100 CPM’s or more (or any of the other canisters numbers changed), that higher number if it stays up for 24hrs or so would be an indication that a leak has begun, therefore being an early warning system. We would also have to do the same monitoring at the 51 Areva canisters that some of them are already 15 years old.

SCE monitors are on the fence more than 50 ft away and 30 ft high in the air and are too far away to pick up these subtle numbers because they are monitoring in Rems instead of CPM’s.

The use of CPM will give us quick action and notification time we would need to warn the public, if, of course, we have real-time public radiation monitoring.

“The Solarcast (and the new Solorcast nano) and the earlier Pointcast system were designed specifically for that kind of always-on-always-connected purpose. So, a real-time first alert system is a good idea. We’d love to work with you to put together an appropriate system though, and honestly, the new Solarcast Nano’s might be perfect for this.
Yes, our system was designed with that in mind, the final coding on that isn’t done but the idea is you can specify all sensors within X area and if they increase by more than a certain % you can be notified.” Sean Bonner

The answer is “YES” it is possible to have a First Alert System at San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump! Please join us and support our efforts for this system at the next CEP meeting on Wednesday, June 27, it will be at the Casino in San Clemente, from 5:30-8: 30 pm.

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The Critical Facts You Need To Know About The Clean Water Crisis


There is a clean water crisis affecting billions of people around the world. What causes it and what can you do to help? Here’s what you need to know.

The Critical Facts You Need To Know About The Clean Water Crisis

Water is essential for life. Not only does it connect every aspect of life, it’s a fundamental human need.

Every person requires at least 20-50 liters of clean, safe water daily for drinking, cleaning, cooking and more. And despite scientific advancements, about 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source, with an estimated 2.5 billion people lacking access to improved sanitation.

That’s more than 35 percent of the earth’s population.

As chef Marcus Samuelsson says:

Clean water and access to food are some of the simplest things that we can take for granted each and every day. In places like Africa, these can be some of the hardest resources to attain if you live in a rural area.

Without clean, potable water, or ways to sanitize water, people are left with dirty, deadly water that can make them seriously ill or have fatal outcomes.

Millions of people find themselves in the midst of a clean water crisis.

Much of the world’s population get their water from rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water, and the vast majority of those people are the world’s poorest people.

According to The Nature Conservancy, about half of the world’s 500 most important rivers – the water sources for hundreds of millions of people – are either seriously polluted or seriously depleted. In other words, millions of people have no option but to draw their water from sources that are rampant with pollution.

In this article, we’re going to give you the what, why, and how of the clean water crisis. In order to make a difference, you need knowledge. Here’s what you need to know.

What Is the Clean Water Crisis?

Put simply, the clean water crisis describes the global epidemic of freshwater pollution and depletion. Every single day, people around the world die from a lack of water, lack of access to sanitation, lack of clean and potable waters, and other waterborne diseases.

Freshwater supplies are limited, water sources are vulnerable, and the poor are often disadvantaged in that many of them live in water-deficient countries.

It’s estimated that about 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation and that about 780 million people don’t have access to an improved water source. Even more:

Approximately 801,000 children younger than 5 years of age perish from diarrhea each year, mostly in developing countries.

Unsafe drinking water, polluted water used for hygiene, and inadequate sanitation together contribute to a staggering 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases.

Trachoma, the world’s primary cause of preventable blindness, is the result of poor hygiene and sanitation.

Want it put even more starkly? Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease that could have been prevented simply by providing access to clean water.

As Sanjay Wijesekera, global head of UNICEF’s water, sanitation, and hygiene programme says:

If 90 school buses filled with kindergartners were to crash every day, with no survivors, the world would take notice.

According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, the regions with the lowest coverage of sanitation and potable water are sub-Saharan Africa (at about 31 percent), Southern Asia (at about 33 percent), and Easter Asia (at 65 percent).

Why sub-Saharan Africa? The answer is complicated, just as the water crisis is.

First, Africa is a predominantly arid continent, with little rainfall in many areas. Because of this, atmospheric conditions regularly refresh the water supply.

Additionally, many of the freshwater bodies in Africa are controlled and restricted by governments or hopelessly polluted.

Furthermore, the infrastructure required to bring water from the Congo River (the largest supply of fresh water) to the population at large is incredibly expensive. The countries who need this infrastructure most simply can’t afford it.

Finally, the lack of education regarding the sanitary and hygienic use of water results in many people consuming filthy water without being aware of the consequences.

The Effects of Contaminated Water

As briefly noted above, unsafe or polluted water doesn’t just account for fatalities. In fact, unsanitary water can cause numerous waterborne diseases that result in millions of deaths every year.

Over 800,000 children under five years old will die from diarrhea each year that’s been contracted from waterborne illnesses. This amounts to waterborne, diarrheal diseases causing a staggering 11% of the 7.6 millions deaths of children under the age of five.

Millions of people worldwide are also infected with Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) through their water sources. These diseases, like Buruli Ulcer, Trachoma, and Guinea Worm Disease, are most often found in areas with unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation, and insufficient hygiene practices.

Make no mistake, however. Drinking, cooking with, showering with, and using contaminated water doesn’t just make people sick: using contaminated water is a dangerous, deadly practice.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water-related diseases. Most of the fatalities are young children who die of illnesses caused by organisms that thrive in water sources contaminated by raw sewage.

Because there’s no access to sanitation and no modern plumbing, human waste often mixes with local water systems, as well as things like animal waste, fertilizers, and industrial by-products. All of this leads to immense pollution of potable water sources.

How Can You Help The Clean Water Crisis?

If you have access to clean, drinkable water, you might feel too far removed from this issue to help bring about change. But that’s not the case. There are dozens of things you can do to help with the clean water crisis.

It’s possible that simply by going about your daily routines, you’re unknowingly contributing to the pollution of our struggling waterways. Educating yourself on how you can change this and what behaviors you can implement to help will go a long way in helping to solve the clean water crisis.

Some simple things to consider are:

If you have a dog, pick up after him. Animal waste can leak into storm drains and water supplies, polluting the water supply.

Consider how you treat your toilets and sinks. Sewage treatment processes can be hugely affected by flushing non-degradable products and by draining paint, oil, or chemical cleaners into sinks.

Check your faucets and pipes for leaks so as to not waste water, and even check your water meter for hidden leaks. You can even go as far as installing water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators.

Other simple things like not letting the faucet run, minimizing garbage disposal units, and taking shorter showers can help conserve clean water, too.

On a larger scale, there are bigger things you can do to help conserve clean water, such as donating to programs that are fighting for clean water in these areas. You can also get involved with these programs and offer your services to help people find access to clean water.

Investing in companies and organizations that are fighting for clean water in these regions can help fund reliable water projects that will serve villages and schools.

The Clean Water Crisis: What it Means

Water is a fundamental human need, and each person needs liters upon liters of clean water daily to survive. Unfortunately, people around the world are suffering from lack of clean, potable water. Bodies of freshwater are constantly being depleted and polluted.

This, in turn, leads to millions of illnesses and fatalities every year. Tens of millions of people are made seriously ill or killed by a host of water-related ailments every single year. The saddest part? These illnesses and deaths could be prevented.

The excessive amounts of microbes and chemicals in freshwater sources make it impossible and dangerous to drink, and the contamination is only getting worse.

Because our freshwater sources are limited, it’s absolutely essential that we learn how to conserve and clean our existing water.

We agree wholeheartedly with the World Health Organization, which noted:

In 2010, the UN General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. Everyone has the right to sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use.

Clean water is precious. Don’t take it for granted.
Article reposted with permission from: https://connectforwater.org/critical-facts-about-clean-water-crisis/

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Will SCE and CEP support a Real Time Radiation Monitoring System?

CEP members,

Decommission San Onofre, ROSE, and San Clemente Green on the 7th Anniversary of Fukushima have offered Southern California Edison a SAFECAST radiation monitor for the San Onofre facility that will monitor 24/7/365 and will be live-streamed in the public domain for all to see. We have provided to each CEP member an information sheet about SAFECAST with links to the complete articles. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster on 3/11, there was no information coming from Tepco or the Japanese government. There was much confusion between agencies, local governments and the Japanese people. They were afraid and couldn’t get any accurate and truthful information. The real-time radiation monitoring done by SAFECAST provided the accurate and truthful information to the public, which relieved much fear and confusion for the citizens of Japan and their government. It is my belief that if SCE allows and takes part in the online radiation monitoring program we are setting up it will go a long way to calm fears of the people of Southern California. And, if God forbid, there is ever a nuclear accident at San Onofre we, the citizens, will have the real and accurate information the public needs and deserves.

In fact, we should not expect anything less from SCE and our state and local governments for our communities of Southern California than a Real-time Radiation Monitoring accessible to the public. After all, no one, not even SCE, ever wanted the San Onofre site to become a Nuclear Waste Dump.

To get more information about the SAFECAST program, CEP and SCE could invite co-founder Sean Bonner to speak at the next CEP meeting or a special event as the CEP has done in the past that could be planned soon to gain more knowledge on this very important topic.

Many of our local environmental groups are already working together in conjunction with SAFECAST to do a baseline study of the surrounding communities to provide the information needed in case there ever is a problem at San Onofre.

For the CEP members who represent City councils and local governments we believe it is important that all local cities spend some of the funds given to them by Southern California Edison for nuclear preparedness for a real-time radiation monitoring system. What I’m suggesting is that Southern California Edison and our local governments and state agencies such as the “hazmat units” and our local environmental groups combine our efforts for an interlocking baseline study that will provide invaluable information in case of a future accident at San Onofre Nuclear Waste Dump. We invite us all to start immediately to find a way to sit down at the table together and begin to work out a process to ensure a real-time radiation monitoring system is provided for our communities. Our local environmental groups, along with SAFECAST, will continue to working towards this goal. Gene Stone, founder ROSE

Safecast is an international, volunteer-centered organization devoted to open citizen science for the environment. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck eastern Japan on March 11, 2011, and the subsequent meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, accurate and trustworthy radiation information was publicly unavailable. Safecast was formed in response, and quickly began monitoring, collecting, and openly sharing information on environmental radiation and other pollutants, growing quickly in size, scope, and geographical reach. Our mission is to provide citizens worldwide with the tools they need to inform themselves by gathering and sharing accurate environmental data in an open and participatory fashion. To read more about Safecast to go https://blog.safecast.org/about/ to read about Safecast history go to https://blog.safecast.org/history/. You will find interesting News from Safecast at https://blog.safecast.org/news/ .

Safecast data map: map.safecast.org

Safecat Calibration addressed it in a short article here: https://blog.safecast.org/faq/about-calibration-and-the-bgeigie-nano/
Validating Safecast data by comparisons to a U. S. Department of Energy Fukushima Prefecture aerial survey. Coletti M1, Hultquist C2, Kennedy WG3, Cervone G4.Author information Our objective was to validate Safecast data by comparing Safecast data with authoritative data collected by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U. S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) gathered in the Fukushima Prefecture shortly after the Daiichi nuclear power plant catastrophe. We found that the two data sets were highly correlated, though the DOE/NNSA observations were generally higher than the Safecast measurements. We concluded that this high correlation alone makes Safecast a viable data source for detecting and monitoring radiation. Source: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0952-4746/36/2/S82/meta Or https://www.osti.gov/pages/biblio/1393887-validating-safecast-data-comparisons-department-energy-fukushima-prefecture-aerial-surve

A “Global Sensor Network”
As one of the post-Fukushima DIY networks, Safecast has significantly contributed to generating information on nuclear risks in Japan and beyond. Safecast sees itself as “a global sensor network for collecting and sharing radiation measurements to empower people with data about their environments14” and offers online space on which volunteer Geiger counter users can upload their collected data. Based on the idea of Creative Commons, its highest priority is aggregating data on nuclear radiation around the globe and making them available to the public for free:
Safecast supports the idea that more data-freely available data-is better. Our goal is not to single out any individual source of data as untrustworthy, but rather to contribute to the existing measurement data and make it more robust. Multiple sources of data are always better and more accurate when aggregated.15 Source: https://apjjf.org/2014/12/7/Yasuhito-Abe/4077/article.html

IAEA REPORT ON RADIATION PROTECTION AFTER THE FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI ACCIDENT: PROMOTING CONFIDENCE AND UNDERSTANDING

2.4. IMPACT OF RADIOACTIVE RELEASES: FOODSTUFFS AND MARINE BIOTA Lessons Learned: The Fukushima Daiichi accident highlighted the need for radiation monitoring programmes in all Member States to measure radionuclide concentrations in environmental samples and foodstuffs in order to provide transparent and accurate information to members of the public. Of particular concern to the Japanese public were the levels of radioactivity in food and whether or not locally produced food was fit for consumption. In response, the Japanese authorities initially set the limit for 134Cs and 137Cs in foodstuffs at 500 Bq/kg. Approximately one year later, this was reduced to 100 Bq/kg. At the same time, the limit for milk and infant food was reduced from 200 to 50 Bq/kg. The Japanese limit is about a factor of four to ten lower than the national standards applied in other Member States. These values were established to ensure that no individual received an annual dose above 1 mSv. Dose assessment studies in Japan showed that, one year after the accident, the highest annual doses were of the order of 0.02 mSv, compared with an average annual dose of 2.1 mSv from natural background radiation. This indicates that a highly conservative approach to protecting the public has been adopted. Source: https://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Publications/PDF/te_1092_web.pdf

Atmospheric Modeling and Radiation Monitoring and Analysis
Dr. Daniel Blumenthal, program manager, Consequence Management, Office of Emergency Response, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), talked about his experience related to NNSA’s radiation monitoring during the initial response to the Fukushima Daiichi accident in Japan. An NNSA team of radiation monitoring experts was dispatched to Japan the day following the accident. It had data collection, analysis, and assessment capabilities (see Chapter 1 for a description of Department of Energy (DOE) NNSA assets) which were coordinated with those from other federal agencies through the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC).24
Initially, the NNSA team focused on atmospheric dispersion modeling. This modeling was used to predict the path of radioactive material released from the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, and from that, provide initial guidance on protective actions and locations for sampling of products to assess contamination levels.
The FRMAC received many requests for modeling support during the Fukushima accident from the United States and Japan. In particular, there were requests for modeling hypothetical scenarios: What if the reactors and spent fuel pools released 100 percent of their inventories? What if this happened when the wind was blowing toward Tokyo for 24 hours? Some of the scenarios that the FRMAC was asked to model were not realistic according to Dr. Blumenthal.
Atmospheric dispersion models can be refined once there is information from environmental measurements and used to project into the future, taking into account some model assumptions on weather conditions and other factors. Environmental monitoring can be both aerial and ground based. Aerial monitoring is conducted by aircraft and typically occurs first because it can cover wide areas quickly and cost-effectively. Also, it is considered to be a safer way to collect information because it does not require physical entry into potentially contaminated areas or, in the case of the Fukushima region, to areas that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Dr. Blumenthal said that some measurements from DOE’s Aerial Measuring System were available within 1 day of the NNSA team’s arrival at Fukushima. Products from the environmental monitoring could be framed in terms of EPA Protective Action Guides (PAGs) to inform protective actions or agricultural protective action guides.
Dr. Blumenthal provided the following lessons learned relevant to emergency planning for environmental monitoring within the United States:
During a nuclear emergency, there is a need for fast, accurate, and comprehensive information when data about the nuclear reactor status are incomplete and conditions (e.g., nuclear reactor status and prognosis, weather) change with time.
Confirming the lack of radioactive contamination in an area is as important as providing information on contamination levels in a different area. In both cases, the information on contamination needs to be updated with time.
Federal capabilities for radioactive contamination data collection are large. However, there is not enough subject-matter expertise to perform the needed quality controls and integrate and interpret the data.
Information on radioactive contamination acquired from nongovernmental organizations needs to be formally integrated in the national response to a nuclear reactor accident. Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK268804/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK268804/#sec_000026

Radiation monitoring group formed during Fukushima nuclear disaster now a source of global data BY NAOMI SCHANEN
For months after the nuclear disaster began, the government released only very limited information about the spread of radiation. The first informative map of radiation levels in Fukushima, based on aerial surveys, was not available until May 2011. The first map with an adequate level of detail to show contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including infamous “hot spots” in cities such as Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, was not released until October that year. As confusion spread and triggered panic among citizens, Safecast was determined to commit itself to one thing: openness. “What Safecast proves is that all the preparation in the world — all the money in the world — still fails if you don’t have a rapid, agile, resilient system,” explains Joi Ito, Safecast co-founder and director of MIT Media Lab, on Safecast’s website.
In 2012, Safecast began working with municipal governments in Fukushima to put Geiger counters on postal delivery cars and collect data. As international attention on the group’s activities grew, Safecast was invited to present its findings at an expert meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency in February 2014. Source: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/09/national/radiation-monitoring-group-formed-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-now-source-global-data/

DISCOVER & VALIDATE

The exercise of using quality equipment and consistent methodology clearly helped in confirming the nature and extent of the contamination reaching an area far away from the Fukushima plant. In this case the discovery was by several academics and publicly pointed out Professor Takeda, but the validation by Safecast was invaluable for me and other residents in the area. Source: https://blog.safecast.org/2011/06/discover-validate/

SAFECAST attends an IAEA expert meeting which starts Monday. SAFECAST was invited to make a presentation about our methods and results, and I’ll be the one giving the talk, which is on Tues. afternoon, Feb. 18.
Information about the meeting can be found here: IAEA International Experts’ Meeting on Radiation Protection after the Fukushima Daiichi Accident (IEM6), 17-21 February 2014, Vienna, Austria
We debated quite a bit about whether we should participate or not, for a number of reasons. There’s the possibility that our participation would only serve to make the IAEA look good, as in “inclusive and open-minded,” without leading to any constructive dialog. We recognized that it could also be counterproductive for us, if people felt that we had compromised our independence by agreeing to participate. But our communication with the IAEA staffers who contacted us has been surprisingly candid and gave us the strong impression that many people within the organization are truly interested in what SAFECAST has been doing, and feel that specialists who are unaware of our methods and results would benefit from learning about them. They were also hoping we would have a lot of critical things to say. At the same time, the organizers opened themselves up to criticism by including us, because we are not “established” as legitimate experts in the field. Source: https://blog.safecast.org/2014/02/safecasting-the-iaea/

SAO/NASA ADS Physics Abstract Service
Abstract
Citizen-led movements producing scientific hazard data during disasters are increasingly common. After the Japanese earthquake-triggered tsunami in 2011, and the resulting radioactive releases at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants, citizens monitored on-ground levels of radiation with innovative mobile devices built from off-the-shelf components. To date, the citizen-led SAFECAST project has recorded 50 million radiation measurements worldwide, with the majority of these measurements from Japan. Finally, the GPS located points were selected within overlapping extents at multiple spatial resolutions. Quantitative measures were used to assess the similarity and differences in the observed measurements. Radiation measurements from the same geographic extents show similar spatial variations and statistically significant correlations. The results suggest that actionable scientific data for disasters and emergencies can be inferred from non-traditional and not vetted data generated through citizen science projects. This project provides a methodology for comparing datasets of radiological measurements over time and space. Integrating data for assessment from different Earth sensing systems is paramount for societal and environmental problems. Source: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016AGUFMNH22B..02H

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