UN committee chairman studying Fukushima radiation impact: “We wouldn’t expect to see health effects” in children, workers, or anyone else

Published: May 23rd, 2011 at 4:26 pm ET
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U.N. body to probe Fukushima radiation impact, Reuters by Fredrik Dahl, May 23, 2011:

[...] The United Nations Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), which has published reports about the 1986 Chernobyl accident, said it would take at least two years to produce a full report on the issue.

“Everybody wants answers tomorrow or next week … but this is not possible. We need time,” UNSCEAR Chairman Wolfgang Weiss told a news conference [...] “So far what we have seen in the population, what we have seen in children with thyroid screening, what we have seen in workers … we wouldn’t expect to see health effects,” he said. [...]

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68 comments to UN committee chairman studying Fukushima radiation impact: “We wouldn’t expect to see health effects” in children, workers, or anyone else

  • hawkeye

    seating still available in hell
    move along


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  • charlie

    as the UN shows itself to be yet another corrupt and unimportant “official” office.


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    • cossack55

      To some extent, yes. However, the UN is very useful in providing cover for NATO to bomb civilians and destroy nations that won’t play the game of the IMF, ECB and Federal Reserve. The central banks rule the world. Get used to it, slave.


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    • JWS

      IMO, we are just guinea pigs to them!


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    • radegan

      “Also today, the UN Committee on Tobacco presented it’s findings on the healthful benefits of smoking and recommended that all school children be issued cigarettes and taught to smoke.”


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  • mark V

    I have first hand confirmation of what you’ve said


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  • ocifferdave

    “Over one thousand nuclear workers have internal radiation of 10,000+ cpm after visiting Fukushima” Banana’s in rediculously high amounts aren’t good for you…so how can radiation have no bad health effects?


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    • Anthony

      Maybe the UN should join this site and keep better informed? Its like authorities involved or expected to be involved (and are not) are losing massive credibility with their handling of this situation…


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  • I hope this goes viral

    FREE online version of the Yablokov report:

    http://www.strahlentelex.de/Yablokov%20Chernobyl%20book.pdf

    http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/04/85736.html
    OPINION: How to minimize consequences of the Fukushima catastrophe
    By Alexey V. Yablokov
    MOSCOW, April 15, Kyodo

    http://counterpunch.org/nader04272011.html
    April 27, 2011
    Concealing the Consequences
    Chernobyl 25 Years Later
    By RALPH NADER


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    • mothra

      Thank you for the links.


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      • I hope this goes viral

        Thanks. Also recommended:

        1. Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (Author), Keith Gessen (Translator) -

        This is the book I hope is available in Japan, searing and bewildering but IMO essential for historical hindsight into current events.

        Includes anecdotal firsthand accounts from an extremely wide strata of Chernobyl witnesses. By contrast, in their report published primarily for the professional scientific community, biologist Yablokov and co-authors compiled and analyzed more than 5,000 articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals (translated from Belorussian, Ukrainian and Russian).

        2. Chernobyl Heart by Adi Roche (available used or from AMAZON UK) -

        Graphic. Strongly recommended for industry sychophants.

        3. Chenobyl: Forbidden Truth by Alla Yaroshinskaya (Author), Michell Kahn (Translator), Michele Kahn (Translator), Julia Sallabank (Translator), David R. Marples (Introduction), John Gofman (Foreword) -

        Yaroshinskaya and Gofman first met when each independently won the 1992 Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternate Nobel Prize.

        ***

        Back to thread topic, related articles found today,

        http://www.thailandoutlook.tv/tan/ViewData.aspx?DataID=1043397
        Dying for TEPCO
        UPDATE : 4 May 2011
        By Paul Jobin
        This is the first of two reports offering a worker-centered analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Cites Yablokov report, footnote #7.

        http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/ME05Dh01.html
        This interview concludes a two-part account of the use of contract workers in the Japanese nuclear power industry and particularly at the Fukushima power plant largely destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

        Also published here with some interesting comments:
        http://www.truthout.org/work-fukushima-you-have-be-ready-die/1302159600


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  • Buck-O

    It should become clear now the officals in the U.N. cannot be considered “Human” in any form.


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  • On a side note: Japan’s economy has fallen into recession again:

    “Clearly the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis had a major impact in Q1 2011, but it is intriguing that the drop in that quarter was not that much greater than in Q4 2010. It is very possible that the Q1 figure will be revised to an even greater decrease.

    The eastern half of the country will have to deal with severe electricity shortages for quite a while, as electric power is difficult to shift from other parts of the country due to incompatible transmission systems as shown in this chart of the country’s power grid:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M2TlRUEatnI/TdbJX3tp2WI/AAAAAAAAAQc/qRIxnRYhAFs/s1600/632px-Power_Grid_of_Japan.PNG

    The power shortages may last quite a long time; some experts are predicting that
    Japan’s shortage of electricity may last two or three years and that production slowdowns will continue in many sectors such as automotive, semiconductors, electronics, special chemicals, machinery, and precision equipment. This seems likely to reduce the chances that GDP growth in Q2 2011 will be positive year on year.


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  • This is exactly happening how I described, the china syndrome, then full abandoment, then chaos. At what point will one choose, to take precaution in advance. Yet there is no press conference to the country. No huge international effort, and support. If the world would take this situation more seriously. The problem would have been fixed by march. We are a planet topping at roughly 7 billion. We have 7 billion reasons to fix this situation today. And everyday we waste, that number drops… Maybe its time cnn got back on the story.


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  • Anthony

    “It remains our view that when there is an unknown then it is always better to err on the side of caution,” said Gideon Ewers, spokesman for the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations.
    ************************************************
    Hmmm, now if we could just get the UN Committee and the Nuclear Industry to embrace and bring such sound thinking to their profits, safety would be a natural byproduct process.


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  • Wouldn’t screening the workers and finding internal radiation exposure be your first real indicator that there are indeed effects that are going to be caused on their healths by the radiation?

    I mean It being inside them is an effect right? Did anyone miss that in the headline? T

    Like Isn’t this a way of saying, no worries we monitored them; and while you may express a concern for their health we assure you that 10,000+ internal radiation counts per-minute, is absolutely nothing to be concerned of?

    How many counts is a concern?


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    • Lill

      the whole thing stinks of a stall campaign, and has from day #1. this is one HUGE committee under-action. any evidence that this UN “Scientific Committee” (UNCLEAR – my name for it) hasn’t ‘analyzed’ for themselves will be off-handed as either inconclusive or incorrect by any of a million creative ‘explanations’ of their own concoction. try getting two doctors to agree on what’s wrong with you and see how far you get. this is like that, but by committee, and that’s a whole other level of hell.


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      • mothra

        I believe you are correct. Legally speaking this strategy is called causation burden shifting to the affected victims. It’s a tough threshold to meet for disempowered individuals suffering the effects, but the strategy has worked effectively for industry in the past. Clearly.


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  • hawkeye

    …………………………….
    …………………………….


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  • hawkeye

    this planet is an embarrassment too the rest of the universe


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  • Major Domo

    We’re in over our heads. That’s why no main stream media, no Government, Nuclear agency, or Electric utility like Tepco will acknowledge the seriousness of this disaster. We’re simply in over our heads, without a viable solution, without a paddle. It’s not some world-wide evil plan to control population by “letting her burn”, it’s simply too much, too impossible, too grand in scope, to deal with. An affront to the whole human race, and to life itself. I thought we were better than this. Who the hell thought this was a great idea?

    What can we do? Start a grass roots movement. Everyone here has access to local news, local papers. Everyone, wherever you are, write your paper! Write the paper’s editor, get the word out. Get the truth out. If we all do it, it WILL get to the main stream media. Don’t fear looking like a nut. Fear only the future if we do not act now. Write your paper, write your congressman, write your M.P., write today, and write often. If everyone, we, all did this, the sleeping masses will awaken, and we ca gain some control over this monster!


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    • fuckyoushima

      head of house,

      correct. there is no banker family on a hill in switzerland eating hydroponically grown organic and drinking defluoridated water counting their gold bars. there is no conspiracy to kill billions.

      there is however, a bunch of ants running around doing their friends favors in high places and cutting corners by bribing leaders; and over many many decades, the observer looks at the anthill to see nothing but inefficient disprogress and disgrace.

      and so it goes…

      …when money was made debt, and man was made god, we abdicated our humanity, and resigned ourselves to hell.

      hepa. reverse osmosis. polimaster 1208/ terra mks 05.

      soon to add a whole lot of faith that the filter of Time will cleanse this planet from the scum seeping through every crack.

      as it always has.

      as it forever and ever will.


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      • nyc

        there is no banker family on a hill in switzerland eating hydroponically grown organic and drinking defluoridated water counting their gold bars

        True, they’re in Paraguay.


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    • mothra

      And, organize and sue. It’s all they know or respond to.


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  • lode

    LOL what utter BS. They must be smoking some good stuff over at the UN.


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  • midwestguy

    ive been wondering somthing.
    here in the midwest we’ve been getting almost constant rain, right now it doesnt go more than a day or 2 without rain. plus heavy wicked thunderstorms, with powerful tornadoes.
    with all the releases from fukushima im wondering if all the heavy elements in the atmosphere have been producing a “cloud seeding” effect. this never ending deluge of rain started about the same time as the accident.


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    • Anna

      There has been a lot of HAARP shenanigans going on on top of you. I was thinking that “thunder snow” and “thunder sleet” were from so much metal in the air via chemtrail aluminum because it was happening before fuku.

      It is a point to ponder on…the radioactive particles influencing the weather.


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  • charlie

    midwest guy, I’ve been thinking the same thing.


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  • Japan raises permissible radiation levels for children

    Mark Willacy reported this story on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 08:24:00
    *or the protestors, the meltdown at Fukushima is an ominous warning that the government must heed.

    (Sound of Tsutomu Une speaking)

    “This is an opportunity to get rid of nuclear energy and to switch to renewable energy,” says Tsutomu Une. “If we let this chance pass us by we’re wasting all the sacrifices made by the victims of this disaster,” he says.*

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3225020.htm


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  • Rica E

    I’m gonna assume people have read the webbot report by Cliff High. Or this gem from the Oraibi, Arizona Hopi Nation concise as it is….
    You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell people this is the Hour.
    And there are things to be considered…………….
    Where are you living?
    What are you doing?
    What are your relationships?
    Where is your water?
    Know your garden
    It is time to speak your truth.
    Create your community.
    Be good to each other.
    And do not look outside yourself for the leader.
    Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said.
    “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
    Know the River has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water.
    And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.
    The time of the lone wolf is over, gather yourselves!
    Banish the word struggle from your vocabulary.
    All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
    We are the ones We’ve been waiting for!


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  • I find this topic, the data revealed on high dosed workers, and this excerpt to be disharmonious in the extreme.

    *He says unless the radiation levels at the stricken Fukushima power plant can be reduced soon more workers will be needed to replace those already badly exposed.

    JOHN PRICE: The exhaustion of the workers, the radiological exhaustion of the workers is clearly already started.

    What happens is that they are allowed to work in the space until they get 100 millisieverts. By the way these levels would produce no perceptible harm. They are allowed to work until they see 100 millisieverts and possibly up to 250 millisieverts if they are potentially saving life.

    So after they get over 100 millisieverts they are supposed to be retired. That is they never work in a nuclear power station again. That’s the way it happens. *

    Radiation could be carried across the Pacific
    David Mark reported this story on Friday, March 18, 2011 08:06:00

    http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3166353.htm


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  • xdrfox

    UN opens probe into Japan’s crippled nuke plant
    The new revelations indicate that earlier official assessments may have been too optimistic, said Goshi Hosono, director of Japan’s nuclear crisis task force.

    “We should have made a more cautious damage estimate based on a worse scenario,” he said.

    Fuel in three of the plant’s six reactors started melting after the March 11 tsunami knocked out cooling systems, prompting huge releases of radiation into the atmosphere — about one-tenth of the radiation released from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, according to a government estimate.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110524/ap_on_bi_ge/as_japan_earthquake

    “We should have made a more cautious damage estimate based on a worse scenario,” he said.
    But they still beleive it released only about one-tenth of the radiation released from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, according to a government estimate.

    Japanese officials hope to bring the entire plant into “cold shutdown” — halting all radioactive leaks — by January at the latest.


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  • xdrfox

    Naoto Matsumura, a 51-year-old rice and vegetable farmer who has stayed at his home despite radiation concerns and a lack of electricity and running water.

    “Certainly, the life is not comfortable at all,” he said. “But I will not give up.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110524/ap_on_bi_ge/as_japan_earthquake


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  • Uh No

    UNSCEAR is utterly compromised. They are the UN wing of the nuclear industry. Somehow they managed to sly their way in to gain UN imprimatur for their pro-nuclear declarations. Even people in the UN have a problem with them.


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  • 3rd-party panel must get to bottom of nuclear crisis

    The Yomiuri Shimbun

    ****How could such a serious accident happen at one of Japan’s nuclear power plants, which were touted as being absolutely infallibly safe? This question must be answered clearly.

    The government on Tuesday decided to set up a third-party expert panel to investigate the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. The panel is expected to compile a midterm report by the end of this year.Detailed record needed

    Meanwhile, the government has apparently not kept detailed records of discussions that were held to decide how to deal with this historic crisis. This is cause for grave concern.****


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