“Fukushima radiation worse than feared” — Gov’t and Tepco ‘ignore’ effects of radioactive iodine (VIDEO)

Published: October 13th, 2013 at 11:14 am ET
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NHK WORLD, Oct. 12, 2013: UN panel: radiation dose may be underestimated [...] Investigators from the UN Scientific Committee of Atomic Radiation [...] raised doubts about estimates by the Japanese government and [TEPCO] [...] The UN committee found the Japanese government and TEPCO ignored the effects of radioactive iodine. [...]

Reuters (via Al Jazeera), Oct. 13, 2013: UN: Fukushima radiation worse than feared [...] the tests used on workers did not take into account some types of radiation. In particular, workers were tested for thyroid gland doses from radioactive iodine after a significant delay, through procedures that failed to account for iodine-132 and iodine-133, which have half-lives of two hours and 20 hours respectively. [...] Increased radiation exposure has been linked to greater rates of cancer and thyroid disorders.

Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 12, 2013: The Japanese government may have underestimated by 20 percent the internal radiation doses in workers [...] But the possible underestimates are just one problem [...] many companies involved have failed to conduct medical examinations or file reports [...] A government database on workers’ health conditions is still not running, making it impossible to check whether workers have suffered health problems. [...] companies had failed to submit basic examination data on 4,297 workers, more than one-third of all the people who should be covered. [...] Some companies are believed to have not even conducted the health examinations. A more serious problem is that experts cannot check all thyroid examination results. The database [...] does not cover thyroid dose data, and only part of the thyroid examination results is included. [...]

See also: Absorbed radiation dose of iodine-132 was 10 times higher than iodine-131 in Northern Japan after Fukushima meltdowns -- Plus iodine-132 is 9 times more 'effective' at irradiating thyroid

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