Fukushima-exposed children and workers ‘OK for now’
May 25, 2012
“For the time being, we don’t see anything of major concern,” says Wolfgang Weiss, chairman of the [UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)].
The committee has demanded more information and data on how the doses were assessed, and UNSCEAR should have detailed ultrasound thyroid scans on 300,000 children from the hotspots around Fukushima within the coming weeks. But Weiss says, “The data we’ve seen for the children is reassuring.”
The committee has also demanded more information on how worker doses and exposures have been established, and what assumptions were made in calculating them. For instance, Weiss says that in the early days of the disaster, some workers may have been exposed to high-energy neutrons as fuel melted and went critical, but there’s no exposure data because their dosimeters can’t detect neutrons.
Published: May 25th, 2012 at 10:50 am ET