Program: If You Love This Planet
Date Aired: Nov. 11, 2011
Description: This week, Dr. Caldicott once again chats with Arnold Gundersen, a nuclear energy consultant with Fairewinds Associates, about the ongoing situation at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. [...]
At ~20:00 in
- The xenon cloud bombards people with external gamma rays which are really powerful x-rays… as they decay, they turn into iodine, cesium.
- Dramatic increase, a measurable statistically meaningful increase in lung cancer in people that were in that cloud [during Three Mile Island]. That shows up about 3-5 years after the accident.
Most, if not all, reports on this subject did not mention that xenon posed a health risk. In fact, it was the opposite:
- “Xenon 133 has a half life of 5.2 days and is relatively harmless, Tetsuo Ito, the head of Kinki University’s Atomic Energy Research Institute, said by phone.” -Bloomberg
- “Xenon itself is harmless as it’s not absorbed by organisms or by the environment, and is dispersed in the atmosphere.” -Nature.com
Download or listen to the program here: http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/?p=5219
Published: November 14th, 2011 at 5:07 am ET