Paper: Japan raising radiation limit to 20 millisieverts/year leads to 160,000 lifetime cancers per million people

Published: August 25th, 2011 at 3:48 pm ET


“Safe” radiation levels after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster challenged by citizens, Georgia Straight, August 25, 2011L:

In April, the Japanese government raised its maximum limit for children from one to 20 millisieverts per year, a level that leads to 2,270 cancers annually per million people (or 160,000 lifetime cancers per million), according to data in a landmark 2006 U.S. National Academy of Sciences report on radiation cancer risk. A massive outcry later forced the government to reverse the move.

About a fifth of the 1,600 schools in Fukushima prefecture were exposed to at least 20 milliseiverts of radiation this year, according to a Bloomberg story in July. […]

Canadian Math

The Canadian ceiling for radiation is set at a level that causes 7.3 cancers per million people each year, according to Health Canada’s website—or 511 lifetime cancers over 70 years of exposure per million people. Spread over 33 million Canadians, that’s 17,000 lifetime cancers. (About half are fatal.) […]

[…] Canada’s radiation ceiling is 50 to 500 times more permissive than Health Canada guidelines for carcinogenic chemicals. Those generally are restricted to a level that causes a maximum of one to 10 lifetime cancers per million people.

“The nuclear industry has taken upon itself the ability to set its own standards independent of how we get them for other carcinogens,” [Gordon Edwards, president of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility] said.

h/t Anonymous tip

Published: August 25th, 2011 at 3:48 pm ET


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21 comments to Paper: Japan raising radiation limit to 20 millisieverts/year leads to 160,000 lifetime cancers per million people

  • bmurr bmurr

    Why not just make it a limit of 1 seivert and call it a day, that will save a lot of time calculating how many poeple will get cancer because they will all be dead. I’m just glad that I’m safe here in America where my government protects me from my own breath, I.e CO2…

    also. Good luck to my fellow new englanders. I hope we all make it through the hurricane safely.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    If there are 300,000,000 people living in Japan their entire lives, that means 48,000,000 more cancers or 16% of the population. How many here believe that the residents of Japan will ONLY receive that 20 millisieverts/year? I sure don’t.

    • jonjon

      300 millions? Japan has a population of 125 millions and forecasted to be 80 millions by 2050 even before Fukushima. This nuclear crisis might even bring this number much lower, due to reluctance and fear of procreation in a contaminated area.

  • WindorSolarPlease

    They can raise the limit of radiation that a person can take, but won’t raise the pay wage, so that people can live a little better.
    Makes no sense to me.

  • Anthony Anthony

    WORLDbytes – After Fukushima: The Fear Factor
    Posted August 25, 2011 by Rod Adams with 81 reads

    • Steven Steven

      Yeah just ignore that clown. If the best he can come up with these days is some poor tsunami survivor who (quite understandably) is way more concerned with the very immediate problems of that disaster than a radiation threat which she can’t even see, hear or smell, then he’s reached the bottom of his barrel.

      Always amuses me though, how he constantly whines about the bias against nuclear power in the MSM.

      • Steven Steven

        oooops my bad… she’s not some poor tsunami survivor, just some trainee reporter lookng for a new angle.

  • jwfuki

    That’s only one in six people, what’s the big whoop!!!!!!?

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  • StillJill StillJill

    “No deaths so far” is a BOLD faced lie!
    What about the 143 missing first responders?

  • StillJill StillJill

    Yes, I remember. That is right about the same time I heard, (But could not substantiate), that a female RN, working in two local hospitals, reported she knew of 5 deaths between the two hospitals she worked at. But, the cause of death, she was reported to have said, was covered up as heart attacks or strokes, as I recall.

    We will never know the truth,….just like in the Chernobyl numbers. But, we KNOW!

    • Been a lot of that Heat Related illness’s there and all around the country for that matter !

      You know the doctors have been told to keep things on th QT if they like working !

      We have seen these tactic’s before, Agent Orange, Big Tobacco, Gulf War Syndrome, Dioxins, Exxon Alaska spill sickness, GOM TILT, Gulf Crud and the list is forever long with always a Big Company manufacturer behind it !

    • Sickputer

      This is really the time for computer crunchers and applied statisticians to step up to the plate and prove their worth. Just like Bobby1’s figures on increased mortality rates…that is the ticket to having some meaningful excess deaths that can be attributed to radiation.

      The government agencies and industry fatcats are indeed liars and will never be willing to admit 90% of the deaths, but the numbers may be so huge in Japan that 10% may be enormous and will be impossible to deny. The tipping point in favor if truth will happen in this age of Digital Information…it has to or we are all doomed.

      The tragedy that is Japan’s misfortune may save the human race if their decimation gets country leaders to realize that toxins can destroy human habitats for so long that a region or country may cease to exist in a civilized fashion. There’s no sense in being a dictator if all you control is deformed mutant citizens and your own children may be mutants also.

      As an Eskimo leader mused over the bigshots decisions to drill oil in the Arctic he said: “You know the whales and the Eskimos have been here for thousands of years, and yet the oil you may find will be gone in 400 years. But if you make a mistake you will ruin the Arctic Ocean under the icecap and it cannot be cleaned.”

      The same argument must be made for nuclear plants. The old deteriorating plants and ALL the MOX plants need to be shut down yesterday. All the plants need to go away regardless of how much energy they produce. People will survive with other forms of energy. They did before the plants and they will do it after they are gone.

  • bigisland bigisland

    May have no other choice than survive with whatever forms of energy available after the plants have looong gone on unstable and uncontainable with more unfolding disasters at other plants yet to come… in whatever way of adapting to a “fukushima habitat” in this nuclear delusional age.
    knowledge is prerequisite to survival. ….. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some …Carl Sagan