Independent French radiation commission warns Europe that health risk from Fukushima fallout is “no longer negligible” — Says US west coast has 8-10 times more contamination

Published: April 11th, 2011 at 6:36 am ET
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Radiation risks from Fukushima ‘no longer negligible’, EurActive, April 11, 2011:

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The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible,” according to CRIIRAD [Commission de Recherche et d'Information Indépendantes sur la Radioactivité], an independent French research body on radioactivity. …

The document, published on 7 April, advises against consuming rainwater and says vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid consuming vegetables with large leaves, fresh milk and creamy cheese.

The risks related to prolonged contamination among vulnerable groups of the population can no longer be considered “negligible” and it is now necessary to avoid “risky behaviour,” CRIIRAD claimed. …

[This] is applicable to other European countries, as the level of air contamination is currently the same in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, for instance.

Data for the west coast of the United States, which received the Fukushima radioactive fallout 6-10 days before France, reveals that levels of radioactive iodine-131 concentration are 8-10 times higher there, the institute says.

What level of radiation can be a risk?

The Euratom [European Atomic Energy Community] Directive of 13 May 1996 establishes general principles and safety standards on radiation protection in Europe. …

Beyond [ten micro sieverts per year], possible measures should be considered to reduce exposure, it says. …

CRIIRAD notes that the amount of iodine-131 capable of delivering a dose of 10 [microsieverts] varies greatly depending on the age of consumers. Children up to two years old are the most vulnerable and ingestion of 50 becquerel (Bq) is enough to deliver to the body a dose of 10 [microsieverts], according to the institute.

If the foods (leafy vegetables, milk etc.) contain between one and 10 Bq per kg or more, it is possible that the reference level of 10 [microsieverts] may be exceeded within two to three weeks, the institute added. …

Read the article here.

Read the CRIIRAD report here.

Published: April 11th, 2011 at 6:36 am ET
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12 comments to Independent French radiation commission warns Europe that health risk from Fukushima fallout is “no longer negligible” — Says US west coast has 8-10 times more contamination

  • Thanks for sharing … and I thought I knew what was going on in Europe!


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  • Afu

    The Criirad is a bunch of leftist clowns who are trying to parade as a real “thing”.
    The only thing they can really do is paste and copy what real organizations do.


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    • Afu is about to propose a more reliable monitoring site: NRC? TEPCO? IAEA? WHO? NISA? Or even the EPA.

      We lefties up here in Canada have something called the Radiation Protection Bureau. But,it’s only for lefties because research has shown that radiation is good for people who are wired with right-leaning brains. Theory has it that a little burst of radiation might turn them into human beings, but we’re very early in the study yet.

      As far as I can surmise, our Radiation Protection Bureau might be somehow related to the EPA since they (the RPB, Health Canada) too have failed to publish any figures.

      There’s a video on YouTube which explains how the same thing happened at Chernobyl – the figures were always held back. In fact, during the biggest radiation spike there were hundreds of schoolkids gathered nearby for MayDay celebrations.

      The authorities were panicking over an Italian article that came out warning of things to come. Imagine how they must be panicking now, with the Internet!

      I wish they would stop panicking and give us some figures. After all, we’re all in this together.

      Even Afu is being irradiated. ☺


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  • TG

    Afu – what a good shill you are


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  • Great article. Terrific compilation of information. Thank you. I’m reposting some of it on my blog today, in an effort to further good information.


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  • Truth is free; deceit costs lives and liberty


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  • Fred

    As French (leftist or not if you want) I know the criirad since my childhood, they are really independant and well equiped. It’s serious people.

    They’ve done a great job during Tchernobyl : informing people, even if regular media don’t followed them.

    Governments never inform people during nuclear accident for 3 reasons: People are scaried, they have to admit anybody can protect you (even us), and it’s very bad for business.


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  • Fred

    Today on the french news: “Chernobyl – after 25 years of investigation the case have been dismissed”

    The big lie in 1986, on TV by officials people, was “the cloud stopped at the frontier”, an now the court gives reason to liers.

    You know now what will happen :(

    DON’T TRUST ANY GOVERNMENT!


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  • StillJill StillJill

    B&B,…has anyone ever told you that you are a breath of fresh air? I am telling you now. You always know what to say, in multi-languages.
    Thanks!


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