'RIG, RAD, RUN' is a hard-hitting citizen-scientist analysis about the U.S. radiation monitoring response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The book shares the author's research discoveries on a wide range of failures and manipulations in the radiation monitoring activities of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal health agencies in the Fukushima aftermath. Because of better monitoring done elsewhere on the globe, the disappointing results of this weakened or corrupted U.S. monitoring data are clear: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to find in the United States any airborne plutonium emitted from the Japanese disaster, yet plutonium linked to the nuclear crisis was detected in the air over Lithuania in 2011. The same thing happened with radioactive strontium--another significant nuclear pollutant associated with the Japanese accident. While the EPA didn't pick up any of the stuff east of Hawaii in the spring of 2011, strontium linked to Fukushima was readily detected a hemisphere away downwind--in Russia!
In the months following the Fukushima nuclear accident, Americans were assured by their federal agencies that there was no health threat from the airborne plumes or from imported or wild-caught seafood, but laboratory analyses and testing protocols at the EPA and other agencies during the Fukushima era were far from adequate. Attributable to faulty federal monitoring and critical weaknesses in the EPA's national radiation monitoring network, hazardous plumes linked to the Japanese nuclear disaster may have crossed into the U.S. undetected--potentially creating radioactive hotspots on land, even farmland.
Written by a self-described 'environmental radiation activist,' 'RIG, RAD, RUN' is a scientific and activist retrospective oriented to the world's largest--and ongoing--nuclear disaster. Author Andrew Kishner shares many personal and activist experiences shaped by Fukushima and prior nuclear events. Drawing on his depth of knowledge as a radiation watchdog and deep library researcher on the nuclear age, Kishner gradually widens the scope of 'RIG, RAD, RUN' beyond Fukushima to explore a set of harsh and unthinkable realities including a historical pattern of nuclear lies and manipulations in society. Fans and followers of the author's former website, NuclearCrimes.org, which Kishner used to chronicle radiation cover-ups and reluctantly shuttered in 2014, will find familiar terrain in his discussion of 'nuclear dystopia.' In the conclusion to this disturbing, visionary book, 'RIG, RAD, RUN' presents a solution to our nuclear dystopia that will challenge citizens with its revolutionary simplicity.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in preparing for future or worsening nuclear disasters by learning to deconstruct distortions of truth in radiation monitoring and nuclear communications. Until 'RIG, RAD, RUN,' and since it came out in 2015, this side of the Fukushima story has not been told. Some understanding of nuclear history or radiation basics is helpful in reading this book.
In 2017, 'RIG, RAD, RUN' was re-released as a Kindle e-book with a new introduction to the original 2015 version.