TV: Most shocking thing is how US gov’t was “very concerned” about Fukushima radiation hitting West Coast and affecting Americans — Public told that everything fine (VIDEO)

Published: February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 pm ET
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JapanFocus, Kyle Cleveland, Temple U. (Japan), Feb. 17, 2014: Nuclear disaster in Fukushima [...] has given rise to one of the most significant public health crises in modern world history [...]

Democracy Now!, Feb. 26, 2014 (at 54:30 in) — AMY GOODMAN, host: What most shocked you when you were doing research for this book? — EDWIN LYMAN, Sr. Scientist at Union of Concerned Scientists: Being in Washington for a long time, very little shocks me. But [...] while the US government was telling the American people there was nothing to fear from Fukushima [...] internally [...] there was a much different story. So we’ve learned from a lot of FOIA documents that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the White House were actually very concerned about the potential impact of radiation from Fukushima affecting [...] Americans on the West Coast. They were furiously running calculations to try to figure out how bad it could get, but there was no sense of this in what they were telling the public.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 17, 2011: There was a DITTRA and NARAC dose estimate that was done for California [...] estimating what we believe to be very high doses to children, and a thyroid (inaudible) dosage. [...] Q: Is this information being considered for releasing publicly [...] A: No. No, we’re not planning any press release [...] DITTRA and DoE runs for California may have been prompted by queries from the state [...] but there is some background that is politically sensitive that I can share with you offline. [...] DITTRA result was four rem [40 millisieverts] to the thyroid of a one year-old child based on one year integration [...]

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 17, 2011: DoE current model status – they are going to reduce ground shine effects in models and use a much less conservative source term prediction [...] no significant dose. DoE models- 42 millirem [420 microsieverts] to thyroid in Hawaii based on ground deposition (i.e. no release above background). 4rem is off the table for CA (California). Weather forecast has not changed from what was predicted yesterday. Emphasis on model peer review [...] emphasis on one set of Federal government assumptions. Governors concerned that they are not being briefed by Feds but by industry representative.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 18, 2011: Shine dose would be 80mR [800 microsieverts] way west in the islands of AK (Alaska) [...] Working on summary for Congressionals. [...] Call last night was just western states. Today expanded to all of them. Communicating with states: been trying to funnel information to RSLOs. MJ: what about pushing state communications to DoE since they are responsible now [...] Want to emphasize with team – just met with Japanese ambassador [...] There is not a lot of time. It’s very serious in Japan. [...] They are in a very difficult situation right now.

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, March 19, 2011: What’s the worst case [for] the West Coast? We were talking now we got Reactor 3 today, if Reactor 3. Tepco has come to our staff in Japan, they’re worried about the bottom of the core vessel.

Watch the full interview with Lyman here — (h/t missingsky102)

 

Published: February 26th, 2014 at 11:12 pm ET
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