New WHO study claims even highly exposed Fukushima Daiichi workers will be fine… a few might end up with thyroid disorders — U.N. made similar statements after Chernobyl

Published: February 28th, 2013 at 7:22 pm ET
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Los Angeles Times, 6:21p ET: Although emergency workers had some of the highest levels of radiation exposure, they had yet to demonstrate acute radiation effects, [according to a new report from the World Health Organization]. The only effects that are expected in this group are “possible thyroid disorders in those few workers who inhaled significant quantities of radioactive iodine,” they wrote. Six Fukushima plant workers died during or soon after the March 2011 disaster. A United Nations report last year determined that none of them perished due to the effects of radiation and attributed their deaths and injuries to physical trauma, cardiovascular stress and heat stress. One reported leukemia death could not be attributed to the meltdown due to the short time between radiation exposure and death, the U.N. said.

New York Times, 6:53p ET: “Because scientific understanding of the radiation effects, particularly at low doses, may increase in the future, it is possible that further investigation may change our understanding of the risks of this radiation accident,” the report said.

U.N. agency’s similar response to Chernobyl:

Norman Gentner, Secretary of United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation: The risk of leukemia does not appear to be elevated, even among recovery operation workers, and that there is no scientific evidence for increases either of overall cancer incidence or of other non malignant disorders that could be related to the [Chernobyl] accident.

See also: UN official back from Fukushima exposes nuclear cover-up: "Large number of different cancers and other diseases" after Chernobyl are not reported -- Tells Japan to pay attention (AUDIO)

Published: February 28th, 2013 at 7:22 pm ET
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21 comments to New WHO study claims even highly exposed Fukushima Daiichi workers will be fine… a few might end up with thyroid disorders — U.N. made similar statements after Chernobyl

  • Mack Mack

    1. Lie & deny

    2. Plausible deniability

    3. Protect the nuclear industry and their hefty paychecks/funding and nepotistic careers at all costs.

    That's what this is all about.

    None of the reports from the UN, the IAEA, WHO, DOE, etc. on the deaths and cancers from Fukushima will be based on reality or science.

    They will all be based on protecting the nuclear (corrupt) family.


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    • Mack Mack

      Here is yet another reason why the WHO study is incorrect and incomplete:

      Read this article —->

      "TEPCO fails to submit dose data on 21,000 Fukushima plant workers"

      "Tokyo Electric Power Co. failed to submit radiation dose data to an industry database, compromising the health of 21,000 people who worked at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant after the March 2011 disaster.

      The development shows that Tokyo Electric Power Co. remains lax about protecting the safety of workers, many of whom are employed by subcontractors. It also underscores flaws in the private records system to prevent nuclear plant workers from being exposed to dangerous accumulated doses.

      A big problem is that many nuclear plant workers often switch companies—including unscrupulous ones–and they can be exposed to more radiation than legally allowed unless the dose data are kept at a centralized database."

      http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201302280086


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      • Mack Mack

        "Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA —
        A 50-year-old agreement with the IAEA has effectively gagged the WHO from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation"

        http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/may/28/who-nuclear-power-chernobyl

        "…the IAEA's main role has been to promote the interests of the nuclear power industry worldwide, and it has used the agreement to suppress the growing body of scientific information on the real health risks of nuclear radiation."

        "…the 2005 report of the IAEA-dominated Chernobyl Forum, which estimates a total death toll from the accident of only several thousand, is widely regarded as a whitewash as it ignores a host of peer-reviewed epidemiological studies indicating far higher mortality and widespread genomic damage."


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  • It just seems IMPOSSIBLE to me.

    I think of the large number of 'liquidators' who lost their lives in Chernobyl.

    Then, I think, how can Fukushima (3 meltdowns etc…) not of caused more liquidator-like fatalities?

    I watch the web cam periodically and I know I see heavily suited people on top of Unit 4. (almost daily) They are there for longer than 15 minutes at a time. Those still working in areas of Chernobyl can only be suited and remain exposed for up to 15 minutes at a time.

    So, why is Fukushima different? …or is it?

    I know this is complete 'speculation', but I get a real gut feeling there are many dead and dying.

    If the WHO would spew the rhetoric, as released in articles we've seen today, about the consequences of Fukushima, which is criminal in my opinion, then what's going to stop them from covering up the deaths of Fukushima's Liquidators?

    Probably nothing. Then, when the truth does come out, they will say it was because they did not want to create a panic, or whatever, and that it was regrettable.

    In the meantime new Nuclear Plants are being built around the globe. That's why the TRUTH should be told NOW.

    ;) I posted most of comment just minutes before this article came up.
    (a partial re-post from Discussion Thread Nuclear Issues)


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  • Sickputer

    It doesn't require a crystal ball to understand that the lack of many worker radiation deaths may be attributed to three major factors. One is the poor record keeping of workers who may be ill and yet are off the books.

    The second and most significant factor for a low worker death rate is that the methods used to try and stop the nuclear disaster have been a 180 degree difference from repair methods at Chernobyl. The reluctance to use human workers in dangerous areas has saved many worker lives. This has come at the cost of prolonging the deadly emissions and endangering the entire globe. If they were to use human kamikaze waves to consolidate the fuel debris for entombment it is likely all the 30,000 workers who have been used sparingly so far would be dead.

    The third factor is the time lapse for deadly diseases to develop for the levels of exposure the workers have experienced. Cancers and blood disorder diseases may take 5-40 years to become life-threatening. Older workers may not experience a tremendous loss in lifespan. Younger workers may find deadly diseases will end their lives 25 years before the pre-2011 average lifespans.

    It must also be noted that non-lethal effects of radiation poisoning may be exhibited in sterility, incontinence, and body pains from internal poisoning. Those effects are going to be something to watch for in the future medical histories of Fukushima workers.


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    • Jebus Jebus

      The personal protective devices have come a long ways since chernobyl too.

      Just preventing internal emitters and mitigating contamination spread, from those suits and respirators they wear, is life saving.

      Radionuclide contamination is deadliest internally.


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    • Hope you're right.

      How long, after Chernobyl, did it take before the public knew the true number of liquidators there?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidator_%28Chernobyl%29

      Countries wouldn't force or coerce people into working there… would they?


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    • We Not They Finally

      A few things it might be helpful to understand: ONE is that the Russians KNEW they were sending tens of thousands to their deaths, as did the workers, but they took some responsibility and aimed for the greater public health, which meant capping the deadly reactors best they could, soon as they could. (Even though there have been, apparently, millions of death in the wake ANYWAY.) TWO is that the workers at Fukushima are given NO honor, just treated like garbage, with low wages, contaminated food, and no follow-up medical care. They just get fired when they start to get ill, and it's like "so what." THREE is that TEPCO and the Japanese government lie at all times — it's way beyond "denial" on THEIR parts — they just lie to save the industry, and human life seems to mean nothing to them. FOUR is that they have not even had the human decency to realistically set an evacuation zone. FIVE is that they keep MANY medical results off the book, including deformed babies that they just kill and don't record as deformed. Then there is six, seven, eight….. They have killed off the Japnese genome ALREADY. So they are preserving WHAT? They plan on eating and breathing MONEY?


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    • We Not They Finally

      Why do you even take the story about "low worker deaths" as REAL? This is a buttoned-up culture, with officialdom massively concealing the damage, heavy social sanctions for speaking out, and even the doctors turned into Doctor Mengeles. They are not even permitted to MENTION radiation to patients. It is obviously from your comments that you mean well, but do not take ANYTHING they say as true. OF COURSE there have been worker casualties!!


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  • Anthony Anthony

    Only slight risk of cancer after Japan tsunami, WHO says
    By Maria Cheng, Associated Press
    People exposed to the highest doses of radiation during Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011 may have a slightly higher risk of cancer but one so small it probably won't be detectable, the World Health Organization said in a report released Thursday.

    …Wakeford said the increase in such cancers may be so small it will probably not be observable.
    For people beyond the most directly affected areas of Fukushima, Wakeford said the projected risk from the radiation dropped dramatically. "The risks to everyone else were just infinitesimal."
    http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/28/17132930-only-slight-risk-of-cancer-after-japan-tsunami-who-says?lite

    Even tying it to the tsunami (in link) INSTEAD of the reactors. Sick sick sick people. No soul. No honor.


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    • Anthony Anthony

      **Gerry Thomas, a professor of molecular pathology at Imperial College London, accused the WHO of hyping the cancer risk.
      "It's understandable that WHO wants to err on the side of caution, but telling the Japanese about a barely significant personal risk may not be helpful," she said.**


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    • Wasn't Wakeford the 'go to' guy before when the British press was doing the story about how no one had been physically harmed from the disaster?

      I wonder whether people like Wakeford and Thomas really believe the risk tables, which fail to consider:

      individual vulnerabilities because the reference model is a middle-age adult male

      developmental vulnerabilities because children are at least 10X as vulnerable, particularly the youngest

      Bioaccumulation of radioisotopes and toxic loads

      Biomagnification across species, with humans at the top of the food chain

      Synergistic effects of chemicals and radionuclides

      The risk-models do not adequately address these factors.

      Moreover, nearly all the risk models are based on clinical effects rather than genetic changes.

      Genetic changes may cause health problems beyond cancer that are not so easily traced to the radionuclide exposure

      finally, there are no true controls given Japan's practice of incinerating radioactive debris

      I have a migraine.


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  • snowwy snowwy

    the WHO is normally an independent organisation. up to the point where nuclear power/pollution is involved. the WHO has to bow down to the chain of command. in other words, the military is in command when it comes to nuclear affairs ….

    …. makes you wonder when nuclear power is supposedly only used for "peaceful" means. maybe this contradiction points towards what nuclear power is really for … maybe

    and maybe, just maybe minimising the risks of radiation means that the US has to pay much less in compensation to victims of radiation. think the endless wars and the illnesses caused by weapons encased in depleted uranium ….

    another question is obviously where does this depleted uranium come from? oh yeah, i remember now, that is what "peaceful" nuclear power stations are for.

    maybe?


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  • weeman

    The WHO is a puppet and the strings are being pulled by IAEA and NRC and the WHO is doing the dirty dance, complete waste of time and money, the WHO is paper pushers with no back bone.
    How do you come out with a statement like that when there is no definitive assessment on low level radiation, should you not then act on the the premise that any radiation is harmful and keep the recommended levels low, until such time as you have a full understanding or is that to logical.
    Like Al Capone was put in jail for tax evasion and not murder, we must look outside the box, would it be possible to sue the WHO for not complying to their charter, any rich people out there, any lawyers want to make a name for themselfs.


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  • We Not They Finally

    I'd like to propose new headquarters for WHO. We could call it "The Fukushima Hotel," with easy access to all the exploded reactors that they think are so safe. Oh, but they would die? And should the rest of the world GIVE a ____ by now?


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  • We Not They Finally

    Everyone, please log into the Fukushima Medical Symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine this coming March 11-12. It is free and in real time — the two whole days. Organized by Helen Caldicott and available through The Helen Caldicott Foundation or just google the conference directly.


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  • stopnp stopnp

    I like to go on Facebook and harass the WHO as much as possible


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  • stopnp stopnp

    Most of the idiots on the WHO's Facebook page have no idea how corrupt they are.


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