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Fukushima Radiation

Fukushima Radiation

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Chris McCarthychris@stars.sfsu.edu Dear NPR,Your coverage of the radiation releases by the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster was inadequate and slanted.Your so-called expert was either woefully uninformed or simply lying when he claimed that there wereno health effects among residents an plant workers from the radiation released into the environment bythe multiple meltdowns. You should at least have presented a nuclear expert with a different option,and also fact-checked the claims your "expert" made.As reported in the press, the known health effects of radiation include:1.) Two workers hospitalized with serious radiation burnshttp://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20110326x1.html 2.) An estimated 1,000 deaths due to cancer caused by radiation. This estimate, by nuclear expert Frankvon Hippel, was based on early reports of radiation release. TEPCO and independent observers nowadmit real radiation release was much higher than their initial estimate.http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/4764/fukushima-cancer-toll-one-tenth-chernobyl 3.) More than 100,000 cases of non-lethal cancer according to early (low) estimates of radiation release,using the standard models of the European Committee on Radiation risk:http://fairewinds.com/content/health-outcome-fukushima-catastrophe-initial-analysis-risk-model-european-committee-radiatio 4.) Potentially numerous unreported injuries. As this CNN report indicates, people who have healtheffects from Fukushima will probably not go public with them:http://edition.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c3#/video/world/2012/03/08/pkg-lah-japan-nuclear-workers.cnn Nor will TEPCO or the Japanese Government report the health effects on workers, per their policydesigned to protect worker's medical privacy. In fact the head of TEPCO fell so ill that he disappeared fordays and then resigned...for reasons that have still not been disclosed.So a correct description of the situation is: "Some Fukushima workers have had confirmed healtheffects, and many others may have unreported health effects.While reported health effect among the general population are minimal, thousands are likely to developcancer due to the radiation, some presumably small fraction of which will be fatal.Regards,
 
Chris McCarthyAdjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy San Francisco State University.city : San Franciscostate : CAiwantto : Contact a Shownprstation : KQEDsubject : Fukushima Radiation Storycountry : United Stateszipcode : 94132----Nathan Househouselmbr@yahoo.com This is why I no longer support PBS. This mornings story on " the harm that cigarettes do to the workersat Fukushima is worse than the radiation exposure" is at its worst bad journalism. I have been followingalternative media, Fukushima Diary and Enenews. Just to name two. The people of Japan are in RealTrouble and you have a fluff piece like this. I want the old NPR of the 70's, real journalistic prowess, notmore corporate shilling. Shame on Morning Addition.city : Newmanstate : ILiwantto : Contact a Shownprstation : WILLsubject : Richard Harris this morning bad journalism country : United States-----Erik Planternollaraf@gmail.com Not "one of the worst..." nuclear disasters, but by far THE worst. Ever. At least one (probablythree) total core melt-throughs took place! And the spent fuel pool above reactor 4 is on the knife edgeof structural failure.Also, the situation is far from "stable". The core(s) are likely in the ground (not in the reactor vessels)and CONTINUING to spew massive amounts of radiation into the biosphere. Steaming ground fissuresaround the plant have been reported by eye witnesses (but remain unreported by any main stream"news" organizations) indicating that melted core(s) are underground, reacting with ground waterand/or cooling water being pumped in.I doubt this type of information will ever see the light of day, even if to debunk it, because the questionsit would raise threaten the nuclear industry to the core, and this industry seems to wield an inordinateamount of power over the free flow of the truth.city : Palo Altostate : CAiwantto : Submit a Correction
 
nprstation :subject : Fukushima 1 year anniversarycountry : United Stateszipcode : 94304---Joy LaClaireforthrightradio@gmail.com Shame on you for your coverage of the health outcome of the nuclear disaster at the TEPCO Fukushimanuclear reactors. Your downplaying of the problems, and in fact assurances that there are few or noneis unconscionable.The period of time before the earliest cancers will appear is just beginning, i.e. 1 -3 years for leukemia,and longer for the other cancers, which will undoubtedly result. You should find scientists andepidemiologists, who are knowledgeable about what is really going on, and not be so bent on promotingnuclear energy as "safe and clean", which it is neither. And this is an ongoing danger, although yourcoverage made it sound like it was over.I am not sure if I heard this on Morning Edition or All Things Considered, or both.city : Boulderstate : COiwantto : Submit a Correctionnprstation : KCFRsubject :country : United States---Gina K Mills Millsgina.k.mills@gmail.com 
“Release of “any” food with excessive radiation was “prohibited”
 
They prohibited the release of any food that had had increased levels of radiation in them,” (Boice
Statement)This was aired on March 9, 2012.In fact, the Japanese government failed to keep radiation-contaminated food out of the marketplace.Bloomberg Business News reported that officials failed to ban cattle shipments from Fukushima untilJuly 19
 –
after some beef from the area had been shipped to shipped to supermarkets. At that time, the
government reported finding beef with “as much
 
2,300 becquerels of cesium a kilogram,” well over the government’s limit of 500 becquerels per
kilogram.Rice contaminated with cesium also made it into the marketplace, and inspectors in Singapore detected
radiation “nine times the limit in cabbages imported from Japan” (Reuters). “Spinach, mushrooms,
bamboo shoots, tea, milk, plums and fish have been found contaminated with cesium and iodine as faras 360 kilometers from Dai-
Ichi” (B
loomberg). Those, surely, were just the tip of the iceberg because

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