Sad state of affairs
I'm very appreciative of all the efforts of the Berkley Nuclear Dept to take these measurements and post there data. The fact that you're also managing to answer some questions is amazing. So many pats on the back to everybody there.
The sad thing is this shouldn't be your job. This should be the job of Homeland Security, the EPA and probably FEMA, you know, the Federal Government. The fact that we only had a couple low level radiation detectors in place in California is kinda scary to me. Then some of them didn't work and when they do they have to send the filters to a lab with a five day turnaround to get readings. Basically there is no instant warning system in place for low levels of dangerous radiation. And looking at the maps there are huge holes in the system. It seems to me that a plume of radiation could come in between Oregon and Northern California and not even get detected.
So with all the fear the Homeland Security has tried to instill with story's of dirty bombs and with the nice protected budget, how come we don't have a better detection system. It can't be to expensive for them. We have more nuclear reactors than any other country and 23 of them are the same design as the Fukushima reactors. They have said to be targets of terrorist and some could easily suffer the same triple treat the Japanese reactors did. If we can't even get detectors in place and working with a one week warning, imagine what would happen if there was an accident here in the states.
Having grown up through the cold war I naively assumed the US would have an advanced system for fallout and radiation detection. I assumed wrong.