Assessing potential radiological harm to Fukushima recovery workers, Bobby R. Scott Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, June 2011: A radiological emergency exists at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan as a result of the March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the massive tsunami [...] News media misinformation related to the emergency triggered enormous social fear worldwide of the radioactivity that is being released […] For down-wind populations, hormetic effects (activated natural protective processes) are much more likely than are deleterious effects. […] hormetic (beneficial) effects may occur for doses up to and exceeding 250 mSv and are expected to be orders of magnitude more likely than radiogenetic cancer. This may be especially relevant for down-wind populations relative to the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, including persons residing in Hawaii and on the West Coast of the United States. [...] This research was supported by the Office of Science (BER), U.S. Department of Energy, Grant No. DE-FG02-09ER64783.
Besides funding studies like the one above, what else is the DoE doing in response to the Fukushima ‘radiological emergency’?
Bahamas Tribune, Feb. 12, 2014: US concern over lack of radiation detection tools — US officials are working with the government and the Port Authority to insure radiation detection equipment are operational [...] Jamaican Customs authorities have recorded “higher-than-normal” levels of radiation in two shipments from Japan [...]
Bahamas Tribune, Feb. 19, 2014: [...] According to The Gleaner in Jamaica, the Jamaica Customs Agency has been on “high alert” since the March 2011 earthquake-triggered meltdown [...] JCA has been conducting the checks through a partnership with the United States Department of Energy [...] A statement from the US Embassy confirmed last week that officials are working with the government and the Port Authority to insure radiation detection equipment is operational. US Energy Department officials visited the Bahamas in the week of January 27 to “review a radiation detection programme”, according to US public affairs officer Neda Brown, who said the potential for contamination is a “concern”. [...]
Published: February 21st, 2014 at 10:17 pm ET