Washington Governor: No “immediate” health risk from radioactive leak — Could be first of many to come — Going on for years, not weeks? (VIDEO)

Published: February 17th, 2013 at 11:50 am ET
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KGW: “I can report that there is no immediate health risk,” Governor Jay Inslee said during a news conference Friday [...]

NHK WORLD (h/t anonymous tip): A department official [...] did not disclose how much liquid nuclear waste was gone as a whole nor the cause of the loss. [...] Speaking to reporters, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee expressed concern. The governor said there is no immediate health risk to residents [...] Plutonium manufactured at the site was used in the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, western Japan, in 1945.

KING5:  Inslee said the amount of radioactive waste leaked does not pose an immediate public health threat, and Hanford has seen bigger leaks before, but what concerns the governor’s office is this could be the first of many leaks. [...] “There’s some suggestion that this leak has been going on for years rather than weeks,” said Inslee. [...] “We cannot leave 149 single-shelled tanks with high level radioactive liquid and sludge in the ground for decades after their design life.” [...] “Two-hundred gallons a year times 200 question marks is really the question,” said Keith Phillips, Washington state energy policy advisor.

The Guardian, April 2011: “When you hear ‘no immediate danger‘ [from nuclear radiation] then you should run away as far and as fast as you can.” -Alexey Yablokov, member of the Russian academy of sciences and adviser to President Gorbachev at the time of Chernobyl

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Published: February 17th, 2013 at 11:50 am ET
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31 comments to Washington Governor: No “immediate” health risk from radioactive leak — Could be first of many to come — Going on for years, not weeks? (VIDEO)

  • yogda yogda

    “I can report that there is no immediate health risk,” Governor Jay Inslee said during a news conference Friday

    I've never heard that sentence before…


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    • We Not They Finally

      Years ago Jules fieffer did a series of cartoons with regards that black specks are good for you…Well now apparently radiation is good for us all.Just as long as the wealthy can make billions over the worlds dead body…Thats what i refer to as idiotic.


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  • ML

    Will the Governor kindly discuss the less immediate health risks?


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  • yogda yogda

    He is only qualified from a legal perspective to comment on Immediate health risks.


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  • natano natano

    Does someone have a gun to the heads of the kids of these people? Hold it….. i have a prediction. The next time there's a major nuclear accident or radioactive leak discovery i have an inkling that the headlines will include the "no immediate health risk" line.
    It's like going to a school where a chunk of asbestos pipe insulation has fallen into the ducting and the whole school has been breathing deep for a week. How reassuring that there too will be no IMMEDIATE health risk. Absolutely bizarre that this meme has become so popular as if radiation is no longer harmful.
    Prepare for less traffic, empty airports, and plenty of open space in about 20 years if you are downwind or downstream of any of these places.


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  • natano natano

    in 1959 the world health organization (WHO) was instructed that if they presented any papers on health effects of radioactive contamination they had to have it OK'd by the Atomic Energy Association. Here's the source. Strong accent but pertinent info.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-hHTFWXr90


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    • We Not They Finally

      That was the Cold War then (since nuclear plants have ALWAYS been handmaidens of the defense industry). This is the Hot War now — radioactively hot all over. So we have been the targets — all of us. Apparently, it's US that has been "the enemy." Anyone who can relate to this with any humanity, or even any logic, please speak up.


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  • gnomesang gnomesang

    are people really falling for that "no immediate health risks" still? has the majority of americans become that dumbed down? its shocking.


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    • Sickputer

      Gs sez: "has the majority of americans become that dumbed down?"

      SP: Yes they are… Dumber than a toad.

      Blame it on the vast array of diversions… Video games, cable TV pablum, cell phone mania, frenetic speed of big city life. Good people…but dumber than a stump.

      Then you have the third world countries where 99.99% have never been told of Japan's nuclear issues, but they do want pickup trucks, SUVs, modern kitchens, cell phones, and all that jazz the spoiled folks take for granted.


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    • We Not They Finally

      And way more shocking that we do not seem to have any way to reverse it. I hope better generations are stepping up from the younger folk. But they will have to do it in the face of the huge disadvantage of being nuked ongoing. Sad, sad, sad.


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  • jec jec

    NO IMMEDIATE HEALTH RISK. Well peachy keen..just remember, now we can ID the cancer tumors in Thyoid cancer..and tell if caused by radioactivity. Guess next they will ask to PROVE its THEIR radiation that caused the illness..However, since EPA has consistently said, NO RADIATION from Japan..guess who is the only other candidate..Hanford leaking..or at least USA radiation. Will have to tell my daughter who has thyroid cancer that its "no immediate health risk"..just 10 years later. If I was a parent, I would be doing ultrasounds on my child's thyroid as a baseline..some day we will be able to prove the dangers to health..thyroid, diabetes, blood disorders, heart issues..just wait. No immediate health risk…hope Gov. Jay remembers what happened to "experts" with bad advice in Italy..JAIL TIME. It can happen here as well..government is just hoping there is no proof..some day..we will have it..soon.


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  • jec jec

    Well..just keep an eye out on birth statistics..like this report..
    http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/2012/12/19/report-infant-mortality-in-japan-after-fukushima/

    When this kind of thing happens, then maybe the "immediate" part is important..to parents at least.


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  • Max1 Max1

    My mother's thyroid did not develop as a little girl.
    She grew up in Spokane Washington and was born in 1940.
    She died several years ago from complications that can be attributed to her lack of a thyroid. Bone loss due to the inability to process vitamin D. I always considered her a "down winder".


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  • We Not They Finally

    All "immediate" means is that probably, no one will die of this tomorrow. They will just die big-time down the road. But tragically, the West Coast is already fatally contaiminated, Shortly after 3-11, Seattle registered 100,000 (yes, that number is correct) times the "acceptable" level of xenon. Xenon is an interim gas, quickly decaying into cesium, which is notorious for causing heart failure and other deadly ailments. Seattle, and possibly Washington State itself, is ALREADY into an unmanageable health crisis. It has just perhaps not shown up yet in the people's health. That's one of the most insidious aspects of radiation. Almost like "You're already dead, you just don't know it yet." Because radiation cannot be seen or physically detected with our normal senses. I think that the Washington Governor actually cares, but what CAN he say? Best though to try and educate people, and then evacuate them. Washington State is not safe ANYWAY, Hanford or no Hanford.


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  • CB CB

    The Washinton governor can go #$%& himself. Obviously
    this is a preplanned response. Preplanned. Obviously a text book written rule.


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  • CB CB

    Fix it, your state is dying.


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  • irhologram

    This is a rolic read…probably written by two potheads…but it has some interesting points, I.e., radiation, or radiative particles are heating the atmosphere…heating the planet…and that a rise in sea level of just 5 feet would be catastastrophic to NPP on coastlines, and result in extinction. Whether humans can be infected with a parasite that causes behavior changes is an interesting concept, too, considering that cats carry a parasite that makes rats oblivious to danger… So such parasites do exist… Just thought you might enjoy a lighter view for a laugh today…or depending on the little bit of truth in the story…it might make you "think,"as it did me. In my case it made me wonder why, if we KNOW all this, and we on this site do… Why are we not even more proactive? Maybe we have the parasite. Lol


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  • irhologram

    Funny read, as in fof lol


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  • CB CB

    Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone. ~ gammma. Just thought i would roll with it.


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  • CB CB

    The apple never falls to far from the tree. lol, ~ gramma
    I know now why she was always mad, lol.


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