US Nuclear Expert: I’ve been told by people in the State Dept. that U.S. gov’t said to downplay health effects of radiation after Fukushima — I think we’ve really gone out of our way not to measure (AUDIO)

Published: June 29th, 2012 at 3:51 pm ET


Five O’Clock Shadow with Robert Knight
June 28, 2012

At ~18:45 in

Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates: Here in the United States we have this ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’. We don’t ask the Japanese what’s in it, and they don’t tell us. But the South Koreans are banning imports of Japanese seafood…

I’ve been told by people in the State Department last year that they were told by the U.S. government to downplay the health effects of radiation. And so I think we’ve really gone out of our way not to measure.

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Published: June 29th, 2012 at 3:51 pm ET


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47 comments to US Nuclear Expert: I’ve been told by people in the State Dept. that U.S. gov’t said to downplay health effects of radiation after Fukushima — I think we’ve really gone out of our way not to measure (AUDIO)

  • Well, that's one way to 'downplay' the health affects of radiation. Just don't measure it or test for it.

    Would you go so far as to say it's criminal Arnie?

    I would. The pregnant women and the innocent children in my neighborhood would.
    (central foothills California)

      • Net

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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Chas, would you please state where you are (give or take 20 miles or so)? Am in CA Central Valley — Fairfield, CA. It helps over time to know where people are, geographically.

      Am sure we got lots of rads here last year. A dairy farmer I recently spoke to has been testing for radiation in his milk. He said he had the hay he was feeding tested. The hay he got from Dixon, just east of here, was very high in Cesium. (Feed from last summer.)

  • Max1 Max1

    Because IF the general public knew the extent of the dangers…
    … Shareholders would be a little less richer about now.
    Can't have that happen, now can we?

    • jec jec

      Or SHAREHOLDERS would have time to dump their stocks….kind of insider trading..HUH? And criminal as well (put an H where the w is in well for my REAL comment).

    • Bingo. You win the prize. Precisely correct. That's why we should all boycott ALL Japanese corporations until they renounce nuclear power forever.

  • norbu norbu

    I told U.P.S. driver a few days ago, he had no Idea. But now he is ENENEWS to find out the truth.

    • Well done norbu.

      One by one, we shall tell them – despite the Nuclear Energy Institute and its penchant for non-truth-telling.

      Next they're going to tell us how good Plutonium is and how to make sure and get our daily allowance.

      And, people will believe them.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Good going Norbu. I like to give people my spiel when I go shopping at Costco and fill up a couple of boxes with 12 lb. bags of baking soda (for cleaning and detoxifying). Someone asks why I'm buying so much almost every time I go there …. Have gone through 300-400 lbs. of the stuff over the last 18 months (with no end in sight). And lots of Boraxo. Love to give those spiels when anyone will listen.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    Quote from the article: radioactivity continues to be released daily into the Pacific from the doomed Fukushima Daichi nuclear power stations.

    Notice the words: "doomed" Fukushima Daichi nuclear power stations

    The wealthy with their beach front property welcoming the radiation pouring in, won't like that. Wait until they find out they didn't know it was downplayed on purpose.

  • Jean-Pierre Dalles Jean-Pierre Dalles

    We are not far from hearing something like that radiation is good for health,being after all a natural process from the beginning of the evolution of the species…That's the Way of the Death !

    • ML

      No funding for actual health effects of ionizing radiation, only funding to promote the view of no health effects, using fuzzy math.
      The government lets Monsanto poison us with GMO foods and high fructose corn syrup, and they don't inform us of dangers from TEPCO/Japan nuclear accident, or our own nuclear "accidents" and fall out. Yes, you know where you stand as an American citizen. Just vehicles for commerce.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


        So true.It isn't that they hate us, it's just that they don't care one way or the other if they kill us.

        • or-well

          @NoPrevarication – great statement!
          "It isn't that they hate us, it's just that they don't care one way or the other if they kill us."

          Remember these from poster "aigeezer":

          "There are 'other considerations' than the law, you know."

          "You didn't elect me. You can't fire me. I can kill you."

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Ann Coulter said it's good for you. Who would argue with her?

  • iwunder007

    Yes, it's nice to see some efforts by a country banning some foods but there has no ban on seaweed in South Korea….it's probably even more dangerous….

    I see students eat it all the time which I have recommended not to do….

    Radiation south korea

  • nedlifromvermont

    one by one we will let them know … and steer them here to the truth-telling of enenews ….

    and they will spread it out from there …

    kind of like a radioactive release of truth …

    GE must pay for destroying Japan


  • NoMoreBlackout

    Is anybody here from Canada ? I am going to try my hardest to get the word out, I am in BC and would like to hook up with Vancouverites to get the word out like stop eating anything from the Pacific. It's not gonna be easy but we have to do it. Also getting our Provincial Gov't to do radiation testing from Vancouver Island, Vancouver and further North. Also the Debris is already coming and to make sure it is not touched by civilians, children, only gov't. It's not hard to do but i need help from other Canadians so we can contact the Energy Minister in BC and get it done. Who's with me ? contact me on my email

    • vital1 vital1


      Get the message out there on how serious the Fukushima nuclear disaster is
      quickly, and efficiently. You don’t need to explain anything just distribute the lifesaver.pdf or podcast below. (or create your own), hand it out, mailbox it, or email it.

      This informative podcast on New Zealand radio station GreenPlanetFM carries more weight when trying to convince friends and relatives. It has with mine. So if you can use it as a resource please do.

      In the Interview I point people to enenews,Fairewinds, Dr Busby and Dr Caldicott. The podcast link is at the top of the page, and the interview starts after a bit of an introduction on synchronicity.–NZ.html#00000193

    • RichardPerry

      Have you seen connectingdots1, do a search. The reporter is from Vancouver Island and did a good job of measuring radiation in rain as far as Atlantic to Pasific. He has done this with all his savings and some donations. He has used most of his own money and needs a few dollars to pay for meters, expenses etc.
      maybe donate $10.00 or more to help him out.

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      Blackout get ahold of the news dept at StraightTimes they did some good work last Aug. but nothing since.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      You may want to do some research on the co-founders of your Greens Party. One of them is decidedly anti-nuclear. If you can locate him, you can probably get him in your corner. You can write to me at to discuss. (Note: that's not, thanks.)

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      'Suggest you try Weston Price Foundation in your area. There are Weston Price user groups at Yahoo Groups online. They are very pro-active on food issues, and well connected with farmers and food producers. Also share interest with Farm to Consumer Foundation, etc. They advocate consumption of seafood for the health benefits. There is starting to be awareness among people in groups like this — on the dangers of eating irradiated foods.

      At issue — safety of dairy products, meat, and fish. All are a big part of a Weston Price type of diet (emphasizing traditional foods).

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      There is at least one person from somewhere near Toronto. You might post your question in the forum area. I'm thinking the person is someone with background in nuclear energy — nuclear physics or nuclear engineering? Or knows a lot about it. Wish I could remember who it was ….

  • Sharp2197 Sharp2197

    Tacoma is from Washington and there is somebody from Vancouver

  • How do you downplay death?

  • winonatacoma

    I am in Tacoma

  • sonnen.blum.239 sonnen.blum.239

    Insist that food you buy is labelled with place of origin. Took forever to find out the rice sold in Sam's Clubs here in St louis is actually distributed by an Arkansas company which uses only USA grown rice…but where in the US and when??

    Whenever possible buy local from farmers you know. I live in a rural area and you'd think that would be easy, but no, it's easier in Wsh DC or Detroit MI to find a farmers' market with locally grown/

    Become a locavore. Google it.

    • lam335 lam335

      And if you happen to live in a place where significant fallout landed locally, what good does being a "locavore" do?

      I don't doubt there are benefits to local eating insofar as it's fresher and better for the environment, but unless you live in a place that you know dodged the worst of the fallout "bullet," local isn't going to make a difference for radiation contamination.

  • weeman

    With all the nuclear accidents that has occurred in USA since 50,s, they relly don't want us common people to know the amount of radioactive contamination and hot spot located throughout the country and never informed public of the risks and areas to avoid.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Not to mention all the DU that's being burned all over the country at some 35 different sites ….