“Shameless”: New World Health Organization report shockingly downplays health risks after Fukushima — “WHO and other organisations must stop hiding the impact”

Published: February 28th, 2013 at 1:55 pm ET
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Title: World Health Organisation Downplays Health Impacts of Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Source: Greenpeace
Date: February 28 2013

Greenpeace today criticised the World Health Organisation for releasing a flawed new report that hides crucial information on the health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

“The WHO report shamelessly downplays the impact of early radioactive releases from the Fukushima disaster on people inside the 20 km evacuation zone who were not able to leave the area quickly,” said Dr. Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International nuclear radiation expert.

“The WHO should have estimated the radiation exposure of these people to give a more accurate picture of the potential long-term impacts of Fukushima. The WHO report is clearly a political statement to protect the nuclear industry and not a scientific one with people’s health in mind.”

The people inside the 20 km zone have possibly been exposed to significant radiation doses of hundreds of mSv, according to the work of German nuclear expert Oda Becker. She used modelling based on the data from Fukushima plant operator TEPCO on radioactive releases to calculate potential doses for people 10, 15, 20 and 40 km from the reactors.

The WHO report and its PR spin shockingly downplay the likelihood that thousands of people are at risk of cancer from the Fukushima disaster. They hide the cancer impacts by emphasising small percentage increases in cancers. Those small percentages actually translate into thousands of people being at risk.

“The WHO’s flawed report leaves its job half done,” said Teule. “The WHO and other organisations must stop downplaying and hiding the impact of the Fukushima disaster and call for more emphasis on protecting the millions of people still living in contaminated areas.”

The WHO only releases reports on the impact of radiation releases on a population with the approval of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

See also: Film: World Health Organization beholden to nuclear interests -- Physician: "Like having Dracula guard the blood bank" (VIDEOS)

Published: February 28th, 2013 at 1:55 pm ET
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18 comments to “Shameless”: New World Health Organization report shockingly downplays health risks after Fukushima — “WHO and other organisations must stop hiding the impact”

  • We Not They Finally

    The comment cited above says it all: "It's like having Dracula guard the blood bank."


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  • nedlifromvermont

    the greatest lie of all time: "The Safety of Nuclear Power" … the lie behind today's Holocaust … the greatest managerial failure in the history of capitalism; the Great Hoax …

    Why, in the United States of Nuclear Fascism … nuclear power is so safe, you are not allowed to talk about it!! How doggone, gosh darn STUPID is that …

    Who passed that law … the Question of safety of nuclear power plants is to remain the sole purview of the perverted and co-opted Nuclear Regulatory Commission … can you smell whitewash … can you say, "Cover Up"?

    Whom do we thank for this egregious mistake? A castrated, greedy Congress? The evil geniuses behind nuclear power at GE in the 40's and 50's? The bald general-President Eisenhower? The murky forces which killed JFK? Why is this all buried? I want to know whom to be angry with?

    Hanford, Chernobyl, Fukushima … it is past time to put this flawed, corrupt industry to bed, so we may continue to inhabit the surface of the planet. Now …

    Brother Barack, are you listening??

    Duty calls.

    peace!


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    • VanneV anne

      Four things you should know about the Fukushima nuclear disaster
      Laura Kenyon, Greenpeace International – February 28, 2013
      “…4. Two of the Fukushima reactor makers: Toshiba and Hitachi, are now making money from the disaster clean up process.
      “Toshiba and Hitachi are, in effect, being paid to clean up their own nuclear mess. That’s right, these companies have now made money from Fukushima twice, first from building and maintaining reactors, and then again for cleaning up after those reactors failed. What an interesting business model.
      “How do these companies get away with this?
      “They are protected by dusty, old nuclear liability laws established in the 1950s, which place the burden of paying for nuclear disasters on the operators of nuclear power plants (in this case TEPCO), while companies that design or supply nuclear reactors are protected from paying, no matter what the circumstances of their involvement. After Fukushima TEPCO could not afford the cost of the nuclear disaster and was nationalised, shifting the majority of the costs onto the government, and therefore the Japanese public. This is the situation in Japan and nuclear liability laws are the same in almost all other countries.
      “When nuclear companies are not liable for the huge costs of nuclear risk, what incentive is there for them to avoid it? None.


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    • We Not They Finally

      I can tell you who to be angry at….You also understand that this hoax is very widespread.Anyone who profits from the nuclear industry. Those who dont care about this planet cause they are going to Make a vast fortune and take it under ground and try to survive in the deep underground cities that they built over the last 50 years…That is a very foolish thing to hope for as the entire planet faces extinction…So what are they going to do with their fortune eat it?? Gold with yogurt?


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  • +1

    for Greenpeace!

    "When I hear the words 'safe' and 'Nuclear Power' in the same sentence, it makes me want to explode."
    – ChasAha

    "The reactor that is my soul has reached criticality."
    - enenews user johnnyo


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    CNN quotes the WHO Report in their own whitewash of Fukushima.
    "…any increase in human disease after the partial meltdown triggered by the March 2011 tsunami is "likely to remain below detectable levels," the WHO said in its report." CNN Report
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/28/world/asia/japan-who-radiation/index.html?hpt=hp_bn2
    Now, it will be up to local and national government of Japan to keep the actual health impacts of Fukushima hidden. They will still be fighting the reality if 50 years, when Japan is a 3rd world nation.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    diabolical.
    "The reactor that is my soul has reached criticality."
    - enenews user johnnyo


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    I guess we have another uneducated group (NWHO) that can not read and or do what was once called "Critical Thinking"!

    Comprehension skills must be at an all time low for our educated!

    1500% increase!
    The International Baccalaureate Organization

    Before and after Nuclear Bombs were dropped! Cancer rates skyrocketed!
    http://www.jcancer.jp/english/cancerinjapan/


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Radiated crops and seafood can't be hidden. Radiation in filters, snow, and rain can't be hidden. Leaking nuclear storage tanks can no longer be hidden. And the truth can't be hidden, thanks to the internet.


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  • Mack Mack

    "IAEA – Agreement WHA 12–40"

    "In 1959, the WHO signed Agreement WHA 12–40 with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agreement states that the WHO recognises the IAEA as having responsibility for peaceful nuclear energy without prejudice to the roles of the WHO of promoting health. However, the following paragraph adds: "whenever either organization proposes to initiate a programme or activity on a subject in which the other organization has or may have a substantial interest, the first party shall consult the other with a view to adjusting the matter by mutual agreement".[92] The nature of this statement has led some pressure groups and activists (including Women in Europe for a Common Future) to believe that the WHO is restricted in its ability to investigate the effects on human health of radiation caused by the use of nuclear power and the continuing effects of nuclear disasters in Chernobyl and Fukushima. They believe WHO must regain what they see as "independence"."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Health_Organization


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  • We Not They Finally

    The real problem is the world health organization is actually the world death organization….


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  • non hiv aids

    Allied NATO Government is hiding millions of infectious NON HIV AIDS cases (like mine) under the "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" ICD-code.

    UK PROGRESSIVE published one of my letters about NON HIV AIDS.

    This marked it’s 11th publication on 4 continents. This topic has been censored from mainstream media since 1992

    w ww.ukprogressive.c o.uk/the-aids-like-disease-seldom-mentioned/article20891.htm l

    Chapter 33 of Hillary Johnson's: Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Epidemic is "HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS."

    Neenyah Ostrom's book "America's Biggest Cover-up: 50 More Things…CFS & Its Link To AIDS" cites: "Some CFS Patients May Be Non-HIV AIDS Cases."

    Will CFS ever make any progress unless we acknowledge this fact?

    Or simply google “NON HIV AIDS”


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