The genetic effects observed in both humans and rodents has led Professor Hillis, at the University of Texas, to conclude in his editorial in the review Nature, 25th April 1996: « We know today that the mutagenic effect of a nuclear accident can be far more serious than we ever suspected, and the eucaryotic genome can present levels of mutation that, up to now, would not have been considered possible. "
It was almost incomprehensible that at Fukushima there was no distribution of stable iodine to the population that would soon be under threat. Such a preventive measure would have been welcomed, as Keith Baverstock showed in Poland after Chernobyl.
"Some lawmakers and activists have said Tanaka's past affiliation puts him too close to the industry. They also have criticized the nomination process as murky.
Tanaka, 67, is a native of Fukushima. He has helped efforts to decontaminate radiation which leaked from the Fukushima plant. But he is unpopular among some local residents who say he has downplayed the potential risk of low-dose radiation exposure."
"The majority wished to speak in support of scrapping all atomic energy generation, while 11 percent wanted to talk about the 15 percent option and 16 percent of them about the 20 to 25 percent option, the agency said. Five percent wanted to challenge all three options."
Just reading the chat responses: Quoting 'Grace': People are still in denial. That time is about to end.
Earlier this month Caldicott was interviewed by David Bernstein of Consortium News. Read these excerpts from that interview. But, fair warning, they may cause you to lose some sleep.
“The situation in Fukushima is dire. They are now looking at children under the age of 18 in the Fukushima prefecture, and they've examined 38,000 so far. And 36 percent of them, over one-third, have thyroid nodules, cysts and nodules, almost certainly related to their exposure to both external radiation, gamma radiation, but also to inhaling and ingesting in their food, radioactive iodine.
“You would expect solid tumors not to occur, for another, hmmm, 10 to 15 years---and this data is coming within the first year after the accident. So it clearly indicates these children got a whopping dose of radioactive Iodine-131.
“The theta pollen in Fukushima was so full of cesium it was almost unbelievable. And that was blown all over the place. Someone tested some dust in a tenth floor apartment in Tokyo recently and there was a lot of cesium 137, 134 in it, uranium 238, 235, and the like, from the Fukushima accident, tenth floor of a Tokyo apartment.
“And the food is radioactive, much of it. The rice, much of the rice grown in Japan is grown in the Fukushima prefectures. It's being harvested with cesium in it so they're mixing it with non-radioactive rice. Doesn't matter, you know, it reconcentrates back in the body.
“Sixty-three percent of the fish caught 100 kilometers from Fukushima have cesium in them. Tuna being caught off the coast of California is carrying cesium from Fukushima. Spinach, the mushrooms are full of cesium and other isotopes, but they're only just measuring cesium.
...so much more...
The team was cautiously positive towards agriculture, saying "for the next cropping season there is room for reducing some of the conservatism." One factor here could be that ploughing at some farms has already moved the contaminated upper part of the topsoil to levels not reached by crop roots. Agriculture is another area that IAEA stands ready to support Japan in considering a new strategy, based on results from experimental areas.
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