Reports from Fukushima continue raising alarms about nuclear energy
Here's some news about the Fukushima disaster that you're not likely to read in the mainstream media:
• The CounterPunch website has an article called "Fukushima's Radiation Gusher: Why the Entire Pacific Fishery Could be Tainted", by John LaForge of Wisconsin-based Nukewatch. "The radiation dumped by Fukushima into the environment has exceeded that of the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe, so we may stop calling it the second worst nuclear power disaster in history," LaForge writes. "Total atmospheric releases from Fukushima so far are between 5.6 and 8.1 times that of Chernobyl, according to the 2013 World Nuclear Industry Status Report."
• Greenpeace's Justin McKeating wrote a blog post saying the Tokyo Electric Power Company is "no closer to solving the contaminated water crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant". A recent typhoon brought heavy rainfall. According to McKeating, protective barriers failed to contain radioactive water around 11 storage areas. He noted: "In a further development, TEPCO stated that water found in a monitoring well last week that was last found to contain record levels of contamination (400,000 Becquerel per liter of beta ray sources, including strontium) may have taken two months to travel the ten meters to the well."
• The iStockAnalyst website features an article citing concerns from doctors that the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation got it wrong. UNSCEAR downplayed the health consequences of radiation from the crippled Fukishima power plant. The UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur on the right to health, on the other hand, takes a different point of view, according to the website. Tomorrow morning, experts will discuss both UN reports in New York City.
According to an Associated Press report, the Japanese government has concluded there have been 44 confirmed and suspected cases of thyroid cancer among kids 18 years old and younger in Fukushima Prefecture.
The normal rate among children is one in a million.