Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:
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There’s a denial of the severity of the accident by the business community and government in Tokyo… they are ignoring and denying severity of problem… Some towns in the NW corridor received 50 rem of radiation, . . . → Read More: Almost 500 millisieverts of radiation for some in corridor NW of Fukushima meltdowns — Around 50/50 chance of cancer, says nuclear engineer
“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 . . . → Read More: Paper: Japan raising radiation limit to 20 millisieverts/year leads to 160,000 lifetime cancers per million people
Fukushima radiation alarms doctors, Dahr Jamail, August 18, 2011:
Japanese doctors warn of public health problems caused by Fukushima radiation.
[...] Doctors in Japan are already treating patients suffering health effects they attribute to radiation from the ongoing nuclear disaster.
“We have begun to see increased nosebleeds, stubborn cases of diarrhoea, and flu-like . . . → Read More: Doctor near Tokyo attributes symptoms to radiation exposure: We have begun to see increased nosebleeds, stubborn cases of diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms in children
Governor ‘very concerned’ as radioactive hydrogen leaks from nuclear power plant in Connecticut, Daily Mail, August 18, 2011:
A radioactive form of hydrogen has leaked from a U.S nuclear plant into soil and groundwater has reached the nearby Connecticut River, according to health officials.
State Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen said water samples . . . → Read More: Governor “very concerned” about radioactivity found in shoreline water sample
There have been 15 deaths from thyroid cancer attributable to Chernobyl so far, but Thomas says there probably won’t be a single death in Japan . . . → Read More: New Scientist: Japan’s radioactive children will be fine, thyroid glands only emitting 35 millisieverts — Anything under 100 millisieverts not dangerous
Vermont finds contaminated fish as nuclear debate rages, Reuters, August 2, 2011:
Vermont health regulators said on Tuesday they found a fish containing radioactive material in the Connecticut River near Entergy’s (ETR.N) Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant which could be another setback for Entergy to keep it running.
The state said it needs to . . . → Read More: Radioactive fish found in Connecticut River — State officials trying to determine source of Strontium-90
Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?”, EX-SKF, July 28, 2011:
Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama, head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo testifying in Japan’s Lower House committee
So, using our knowledge base at the Radioisotope Center, we calculated. Based on the thermal output, it is . . . → Read More: “I am shaking with anger” says head of University of Tokyo’s Radioisotope Center before testimony about internal radiation (VIDEO)
Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit, Mainichi Daily News, July 27, 2011:
Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers’ compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. [...]
According to Health, . . . → Read More: Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite radiation exposure below legal limit — As little as 5 millisieverts
Fukushima Teacher Muzzled on Radiation Risks for School Children, Bloomberg by Takahiko Hyuga, July 28, 2011:
Radiation can damage human cells and DNA, with prolonged exposure causing leukemia and other forms of cancer, according to the World Nuclear Association. Children are more susceptible as their cells grow at a faster rate.
“It’s . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: “Everyone is being bitten by invisible snakes that will eventually kill them” says professor visiting Fukushima
Cancer patients’ urine suspected in Wissahickon iodine-131 levels, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 21, 2011:
Since [early April], officials have found more iodine-131 in the Wissahickon, and at several sewage treatment plants along the creek. [...]
The source they now suspect was a surprise. Iodine-131 is used to treat thyroid cancer, and they suspect it’s coming . . . → Read More: Iodine-131 also found in Philadelphia-area sewage plants; Sludge set off radiation detectors at landfills — Experts skeptical it’s from cancer patients’ urine
45% of kids in Fukushima survey had thyroid exposure to radiation, Kyodo, July 5, 2011:
Around 45 percent of children in Fukushima Prefecture surveyed by the local and central governments in late March experienced thyroid exposure to radiation, although in all cases in trace amounts that did not warrant further examination, officials of the . . . → Read More: 45% of kids in Fukushima survey had thyroid exposure to radiation — Up to 50 millisieverts per year equivalent for 1-year-old
Q&A: Is New Mexico’s Los Alamos National Laboratory Really Safe?, Time.com, June 29, 2011:
Peter Stockton, expert on nuclear materials and a senior investigator for the independent watchdog Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
[POGO] got tipped off in 2009 by a whistleblower that in PF-4—where the six metric tons of plutonium is [...] they’ve . . . → Read More: Time.com: Is Los Alamos Lab really safe from wildfire? — Additional plutonium problems?
High level of strontium found at Fukushima plant, Kyodo, June 13, 2011:
Radioactive strontium up to 240 times the legal concentration limit has been detected in seawater samples collected near an intake at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday.
The utility said the substance was also found in . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Strontium detected in groundwater — Says 240 times max limit was actually found in seawater
Former adviser says government worsened radiation exposure, DPA, June 11, 2011:
A former adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan accused the government of aggravating the radiation exposure of local residents during the nuclear crisis, news reports said Saturday.
Toshiso Kosako, professor of radiation safety at the University of Tokyo’s graduate school [...] said the . . . → Read More: Prime Minister’s former adviser: Gov’t worsened radiation exposure — Says thyroid cancer expected in children from Fukushima and nearby prefectures
No confidence in the International Atomic Energy Agency, Greenpeace, June 3, 2011:
[T]he IAEA draws up nuclear safety standards. These are used as benchmarks in virtually all nuclear countries. In the European Union they are even enshrined in law.
[I]t controls research on health issues surrounding radiation that should then feed into its safety . . . → Read More: IAEA is mandated to “accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy” — “Like expecting a tobacco company to prevent lung cancer”
‘There’s no safe radiation level’, Free Malaysia Today by Tashny Sukumaran, June 2, 2011:
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today admitted there is no such thing as “safe” levels of radiation. [...]
CAP vice-president Mohideen Abdul Kader told reporters after meeting the IAEA panel that they had agreed to carry out a cost-benefit analysis . . . → Read More: “IAEA today admitted there is no such thing as ‘safe’ levels of radiation” — Allowable radiation standard based on ‘benefit’, not safety
‘Fukushima – gross miscarriage of radiation science’, RT, April 28, 2011:
Radioactive Strontium Found in Hilo, Hawaii Milk, Forbes blog, April 27, 2011:
A radioactive isotope of strontium has been detected in American milk for the first time since Japan’s nuclear disaster—in a sample from Hilo, Hawaii—the Environmental Protection Agency revealed yesterday. [...]
EPA found 1.4 picoCuries per liter of strontium-89 in a milk sample . . . → Read More: Radioactive Strontium Found in Hawaii Milk
Nuclear apologists play shoot the messenger on radiation, Helen Caldicott for The Age (Australia), April 26, 2011:
[...] Their [proponents of nuclear power] first piece of disinformation is to confuse the effects of external and internal radiation. The former is what populations were exposed to when atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima . . . → Read More: Disinformation by nuclear proponents tries to confuse public about effects of external and internal radiation
Epidemiologist, Dr. Steven Wing, Discusses Global Radiation Exposures and Consequences with Gundersen, Fairewinds Associates, April 21, 2011:
Epidemiologist, Dr. Steven Wing and nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen, discuss the consequences of the Fukushima radioactive fallout on Japan, the USA, and the world. What are the long-term health effects? What should the government(s) do to protect . . . → Read More: Fairewinds: US news outlets said there’s “no threat to health” from Fukushima… The opposite of what all the studies say about radiation and cancer (VIDEO)
UC Santa Cruz nuclear expert warns of possible meltdowns, San Jose Mercury News, April 20, 2011:
… [Daniel] Hirsch, a renowned expert on nuclear policy often quoted by major media outlets, spoke at the Stevenson College Event Center on the tragedy at the Fukushima plant and how the U.S. can prevent a similar meltdown . . . → Read More: Renowned nuclear policy expert: “Every amount of radiation exposure increases your risk of cancer… There is no safe level of radiation”