Japan Gov’t: “System must be established to deal with long-term public health effects” of Fukushima disaster — Grave concerns about radiation exposure

Published: July 5th, 2012 at 4:22 pm ET
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Continuing public health and welfare issues

The Commission recognizes that the residents in the affected area are still struggling from the effects of the accident. They continue to face grave concerns, including the health effects of radiation exposure, displacement, the dissolution of families, disruption of their lives and lifestyles and the contamination of vast areas of the environment. There is no foreseeable end to the decontamination and restoration activities that are essential for rebuilding communities. The Commission concludes that the government and the regulators are not fully committed to protecting public health and safety; that they have not acted to protect the health of the residents and to restore their welfare. (see Recommendation 3) [...] It is estimated that as much as 1,800 square kilometers of land in FukushimaPrefecture has now been contaminated by a cumulative radiation dose of 5 millisieverts orhigher per year.

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Recommendation 3: Government responsibility for public health and welfare

Regarding the responsibility to protect public health, the following must be implemented as soon as possible: 1. A system must be established to deal with long-term public health effects

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Damage from the nuclear power plant accident The effects of the accident, of course, are still being felt, and will continue to affect the country. [...] Residents are greatly concerned about their radiation exposure levels.

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Those medical institutions with capacity for emergency radiation treatment did not function as anticipated.

Current and future health damage from radiation

One of the biggest concerns among residents is the impact of radiation on their health. Nevertheless, the government and Fukushima Prefecture have yet to make a proper response to the pressing concerns of residents regarding radiation doses in their neighborhood, its impact on their health, and other radiation issues. What the government needs to do is convey detailed information to the residents and provide options for informed decision-making.

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Radiation exposure not only causes thyroid cancer in infants, but affects the whole body.

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The Commission places the mental and physical health of the residents as the first priority, and concludes that action needs to be taken urgently. Surveys that monitor the health conditions of residents of Fukushima are necessary, but an adequate inspection system with inspection equipment is urgently needed. Measures need to be taken with a priority on public health. Unfortunately, we see few signs of anything being done.

Prolonged environmental and decontamination issues

Once radioactive substances are released, they continue to affect the environment, and must be effectively dealt with. Of all the issues from the accident, the Commission considers the problem of environmental pollution to be the least addressed. As is apparent from the Chernobyl accident, radioactive fallout that spread over a broad area remains in mountain and forest areas for many years, and their levels do not naturally diminish for many decades. Wildfires, floods and other causes can spread contamination further.

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Published: July 5th, 2012 at 4:22 pm ET
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18 comments to Japan Gov’t: “System must be established to deal with long-term public health effects” of Fukushima disaster — Grave concerns about radiation exposure

  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Shutting nuke plants down, and keeping them from restarting IS an option. Removing radiation from mountains and forests once it has been released is NOT an option. The efforts at decontamination have, by and large, been abandoned as futile. If TEP.gov has anything to say about it, no local testing equipment will be forthcoming. No monitoring of health condition of the people will be done. This entire report will be universally attacked and repudiated by TPTB. If anything is to be done, the Japanese people will have to do it for themselves. They will have to buy the equipment, train the operators, and maintain the records. You watch: doctors, hospitals, and medical examiners are being paid under the table to attach a fictious cause of death to nearly every Fukufatality. Numbers will not be kept. There is no system in place to collect this data, even after a year and a half, and there never will b. TEP.gov has a vested interest in disguising the coming reality as thousands sicken and die of Fukuexposure. So, go back to your comtaminated little homes, sheeple. And remember to "Support By Eating" to help the farmers of Fuku. This sounds harsh, and is so, so sad. :( . Best rise up and take care of business, Japanese people!


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    • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

      "The Commission concludes that the government and the regulators are not fully committed to protecting public health and safety."

      On the other hand, the miracle is that this "Government report " was ever written the first place. Cudos to the brave souls on this Committee, to those untainted by the millions of dollars in nuke industry bribes, who wrote, and authorized, and published such a document. Certainly, the PM and the nuke industry are finished now. Aren't they? (But isn't it funny how much the new TEPCO officials sound exactly like the old TEPCO officials?). This Fukumess has made me SO cynical!


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      • MaidenHeaven MaidenHeaven

        Brave Brave souls & so wonderful to hear a report that actually takes the human factor into account.

        I truly hope that these reports will *encourage others to speak out & speak up about what really goes on behind those closed doors.

        Also hoping that the recommendations will be put into effect. With an Independent group monitoring every detail. Maybe a way for some to save face.

        I know….how things work in the real world…but in order for things to change we must first ~HOPE~ …then take the steps necessary to make the changes needed.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiation contamination is spread way beyond Fukushima. And can't be cleaned up. And the effects are beyond doctors help. And the nuclear industry can't stop radiation from spewing for years and years after a meltdown. And it's only a matter of time until the next meltdown, based on recent history.


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  • "The effects of the accident, of course, are still being felt, and will continue to affect the country. As a result of the accident, approximately 900PBq of radioactive substances were emitted, 1/6 the amount of emmissions from the Chernobyl accident when converted to
    iodine."

    Another whitewash. IRSN estimated 7,180 PBq were released by July. The Japanese government agency NISA estimated 11,000 PBq of just Xe-133 was released in the first few days.

    Nothing about continuing emissions. The report assumes the "accident" (not catastrophe) was over a year ago. The emissions started increasing again in August 2011. It seems that this panel accepts the cold shutdown theory.


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    • Sickputer

      +100 Bobby. That's exactly my view of this two-faced report.

      The "no end to decontamination" is a lame way of saying "the shit is still spewing out of the meltdowns at Fukushima and we are screwed!"


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  • cococoncerned

    Too many people know the facts of radiation exposure for this to be our current situation. Even I said that the Japanese needed to take a page from Chernobyl's book and build lead containment vessels for the reactors. Nobody believes the cold shut down theory.
    If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, it must be mass genocide.
    It is up to us to spread the word about the effects of radiation and preventative measures to take.


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  • richard richard

    "The Commission concludes that the government and the regulators are not fully committed to protecting public health and safety; that they have not acted to protect the health of the residents and to restore their welfare"

    This is the criminal actions of TEPCO and japan.gov written into an independant report.

    These monsters have poisoned a community (and possibly the world) and no legal action is being brought to bear on them. The monsters installed this shyte, they mismanaged it and then they turn their backs on the victims.

    Too much.. just sheer and outrageous too much… I'm disgusted and fed up with this whole global facist world – people, we must take action.

    I've just reduced my workload. I will no longer be working full time. I want to spend more time on this – whether it be writing more songs or whatever. Going to work has become so irrelevant and causes me internal conflict these days. I'm so over it all.


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    • "TEPCO must undergo fundamental corporate changes, including strengthening its governance, working towards building an organizational culture which prioritizes safety, changing
      its stance on information disclosure, and establishing a system which prioritizes the site. In order to prevent the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) from being used as a route for negotiating with regulatory agencies, new relationships among the electric power companies must also be established – built on safety issues, mutual supervision and transparency."

      How about arresting ALL of them, putting them on trial for crimes against humanity, and shutting ALL the reactors down permanently???

      "Ohhh, let's improve the government/corporate structure". BS!!! It CANNOT be improved. Get rid of the whole damned thing.


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  • islandboy9

    hey everyone,SFP4 building is GONE!!!!! checkout http://www.youtube.com/user/jnnlivecam yes,that is reactor3 in the far left of the screen. the sudden takedown happened 06/25 so you can search through the archives on the jnnlivecam from MAY to see the erosion!!!!!


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  • arclight arclight

    NORWAY STILL RADIOACTIVE 26 YEARS AFTER CHERNOBYL

    26 years have passed since the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Many countries in Europe were affected of the radioactive fallout, including Norway which is roughly 2500 kilometers away from Chernobyl.

    On May 18, 2012 The Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) reported about a new helicopter survey (covering 3000 square kilometer) of the mountainous area in central Norway called Jotunheimen (home of the giants) which contains the highest mountain in North Europe (Galdhopiggen 2469m / 8100feet) and a large high-mountain plateau called Valdresflye which is the feeding area for about 7500 reindeer.

    Over the years, reindeer have been monitored for radioactive content, and animals that were considered to have a too high radioactive content for food consumption were omitted from being slaughtered.

    The helicopter survey published in May 2012 was actually performed in the fall of 2011, and the eastern part of the Valdresfly plateau was found to contain 70 kilobequerel cesium-137 per square meter. This is a level considered too high and unfit for food production.

    The researchers also did a back-calculation (estimation) to the time when the actual fallout occurred in 1986 taking into consideration the halflive of cesium-137 being 30 years, and also that the original fallout had a cesium-134 component with a halflife of 2 years, ….cont
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  • arclight arclight

    "… and also that some of the fallout has been washed away, and also that reindeer feeding from the surface has removed some of the fallout. It was therefore concluded that the actual surface contamination in 1986 was around 300 kilobequerel cesium-137 per square meter. Researcher Lavrans Skuterud commentet that these are the highest radiation values mapped for a large area in Norway (with the exception of smaller hot-spots).

    Researcher and team leader Jan Steinar Rønning said that parts of the same mountainous area had been surveyed immediately after the Chernobyl Nuclear Distaster happened in 1986, but at this time there was no equipment available to discern the cesium fallout from natural radiation sources in the earth’s crust like thorium, calium, and uranium. The new map gives much more presise information that both confirms and in some cases disconfirm earlier knowledge concerning the radioactive fallout.

    In the summer of 2012 additional research will be done regarding vegetation and types of crust since it is known that even limited amounts of fallout may cause more pollution of vegetation in areas with crust that is more vulnerable (sensitive) to radiaoactive fallout.

    The research organization also stated their wish that further helicopter surveys will be financed for other areas of Norway (like North Trondelag and South Nordland) that also were exposed to large amounts of cesium fallout after the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster… cont


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  • arclight arclight

    and this

    "26 years have passed since the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Many countries in Europe were affected of the radioactive fallout, including Norway which is roughly 2500 kilometers away from Chernobyl."

    http://blog.safecast.org/2012/05/en-norway-still-radioactive/#more-2475

    long term contamination effects should be look at too!


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  • chrisk9

    Several interesting points in the report, 1800 square kilometers would be an area that barely included Namie (which was highly contaminated), 5 millisevets a year or higher could mean anything, and not having proper measuring or survey equipment means that very little has been done to measure internal and external exposure. This report may seem hard hitting towards the government, and may not appear to be a whitewash, but may be a "pinkwash"

    Why aren't there survey teams out in the affected area at least identifying hot spots or areas to avoid. They may not be able to decontaminate very much, but there are areas where the contamination is more concentrated like storm drains.

    There is also no reason not to be measuring internal radiation to the residents. They may not of had enough whole body counters 16 months ago, but there is no reason not to have them now, and be using them. Except that TEPCO's interests are more important than the people of Japan.

    And all the reports that come out always do not mention internal radiation exposure. If you live in a contaminated area you are getting continual internal exposure, and that is a much bigger issue than whole body dose.

    Inside a normal operating nuclear plant a workers whole body and internal dose is measured,recorded and available to the worker. Contamination areas are clearly marked, and access is limited. Eating ,drinking and smoking is prohibited and people must wear protective equipment. Why is all this…


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