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