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Fukushima: young women at 5 times greater cancer risk than general population

Nuclear Expert: Fukushima risk underestimated ENE News, — 5% of young girls will get cancer living in 20 milliSv/y for 5 years — “Actually worse than that” — Hot particles NOT included & only counts cancers, not other effects  : Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated Source: Fairewinds Associates, Inc Author: Arnie Gundersen   Transcript Excerpts That gets me to the issue of BIER, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. [...]

Now in Japan, the Japanese government is allowing people to go back into these radiation zones, when the radiation exposure is 2 rem. What that means is that they are willing to say that your chances of getting cancer are 1 in 500 if you go back into these areas that are presently off limits, and the exposure levels are 2 rem or 20 milisieverts in a year.

But it is worse than that. The number that we are using in the BIER Report is for the entire population, old people and young. And old people are going to die of something else before a cancer gets to them, whereas young people have rapidly dividing cells and they live a longer time, so they are more likely to get cancer. So if you go into the BIER Report and you look at Table 12-D, you will see that young women have a 5 times that number chance of getting cancer than the population as a whole. So young girls in the Fukushima Prefecture are going to get 5 times the exposure they would get from 2 rem. That means that about one in 100 young girls is going to get cancer as a result of the exposure in Fukushima Prefecture. And that is for every year they are in that radiation zone [at 20 milliSv/y]. If you are in there for 5 years, it is 5 out of 100 young girls will get cancer.

Now the BIER Report only addresses cancer, and of course, there are other effects of radiation that are not included in BIER, so it is actually worse than that.

Two more items: The first is that the BIER Report does not address hot particles. Now we have been over that extensively on the site, and you will see that imbibing it (a kid gets radioactive cesium on their hands and they swallow it, or breathing it in), is not included in the BIER Report.

And the last piece brings us over to Ian Goddard’s video, and that is this assumption by the Japanese and International Atomic Energy Agency, that at some point, this radiation is really so hard to measure that it does not count anymore. Well, the data indicates that just the opposite is happening…… http://enenews.com/gundersen-fukushima-cancer-risk-underestimated-5-of-young-girls-will-get-cancer-living-in-20-millisvy-for-5-years-actually-worse-than-that-hot-particles-not-included-only-counts-cance

May 1, 2012 Posted by | Japan, women | Leave a comment

Video – girls at greater cancer risk from Fukushima radiation

VIDEO    http://vimeo.com/35212151   Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated   Fairewinds analyzes cancer rates for young children near Fukushima using the National Academy of Science’s BEIR (Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation) VII Report. Based on BEIR VII, Fairewinds determines that at least one in every 100 young girls will develop cancer for every year they are exposed to 20 millisieverts [millisievert (1 mSv = 0.001 Sv)] of radiation.

The 20-millisievert/ year figure is what the Japanese government is currently calculating as the legal limit of radiological exposure to allow habitation of contaminated areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

In this video, Fairewinds introduces additional analysis by Ian Goddard showing that the BEIR VII report underestimates the true cancer rates to young children living near Fukushima Daiichi. Looking at the scientific data presented by Mr. Goddard, Fairewinds has determined that at least one out of every 20 young girls (5%) living in an area where the radiological exposure is 20 millisieverts for five years will develop cancer in their lifetime.

May 1, 2012 Posted by | Resources -audiovicual | Leave a comment

Migrating birds from Japan to be tested for radiation

Kamchatka testing migrant birds for radiation Zee News, India, April 30, 2012, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: Migrant birds arriving in Kamchatka from the side of Japan will be tested for radiation, the Kamchatka government said..

.. Up to 1,00,000 geese and about 1 million ducks come to Kamchatka in spring. Many of these birds might have nested on Japanese islands or flown over lands polluted with radiation in the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident in spring 2011, which makes the tests necessary.

The Kamchatka territory already tested migrant birds for radiation in 2011. No radioactive birds were found back then. http://zeenews.india.com/news/eco-news/kamchatka-testing-migrant-birds-for-radiation_772517.html

May 1, 2012 Posted by | environment, India | Leave a comment

Don’t let’s attack Iran, let USA do it – says former Israeli Prime Minister

Former Israeli PM calls for U.S. to lead any Iran strike April 30, 2012 – (CNN) — If international efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear program fail, any military action against Tehran should be led not by Israel, but by the United States, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said this week. Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

USA’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s pro nuclear enthusiasts, in turmoil

The NRC review, published last July, made about a dozen safety recommendations.

 But the nuclear regulators chose not to enforce those same safeguards before granting a licence to two new reactors at an existing plant in Georgia.

Jaczko – the sole commissioner to object to the licence – argued the new project should have been built to the higher standard.

Republicans in Congress have been gunning for Jaczko since then.

The infighting that threatens to undermine US nuclear safety The Nuclear Regulatory Commission became more powerful post-Fukushima, but it has been beset by division and dissent, Guardian UK, 30 April 12,, , US environment correspondent “……….the real drama, going largely unseen amid the infighting at the regulator, is over the future of America’s nuclear industry after the Fukushima disaster in Japan last year, nuclear experts say.
“All of this in my opinion is a sign of a desperate struggle going on involving the NRC,” said Robert Alvarez, a nuclear expert at the Institute for Policy Studies. “The majority of commissioners were put there largely with the blessing of the nuclear industry, and are now pushing back over potentially expensive upgrades to the reactor fleet after Fukushima.” Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | safety, secrets,lies and civil liberties, USA | Leave a comment

USA’s nuclear regulators put costs above safety

“If filtered vents are good enough for Sweden, if they are good enough for Germany, if they are good enough for France and for Switzerland,”   “they should be good enough for us.”

Nuclear Safety Advocates Accuse Industry And Regulators Of Foot-Dragging On Basic Safety Measure HUFFINGTON POST, Tom Zeller Jr.04/30/2012  “……  one seemingly straightforward emergency feature: Requiring a filtered vent in the concrete containment buildings surrounding nuclear reactors like the one at Pilgrim.

Such a vent would come into play in only the worst sort of emergency, when the usual means for keeping the reactor core cool are lost and things inside are heating up to the point of becoming explosive. Operators can then open the vent and exhale the pressure directly into the air. The filter would capture dangerous radioactivity, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area.

Until now, vents have been an optional feature for American plant operators, but in March, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its first orders since undertaking a review  of safety systems and procedures at American plants in the aftermath of the disaster in Japan. Among the orders was a requirement  that reactors of similar pedigree to those used at Fukushima should have containment vents installed. For reactors that already have them, steps should be taken to ensure they operate in an emergency, officials declared.

To the dismay of Lampert and others, however, regulators have not required filters, Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | Reference, safety, USA | Leave a comment

Nuclear balance of terror makes India and Pakistan less safe

Nuclear missiles don’t give security The Daily Star, Praful Bidwai, 1 May 12“…….Nuclear weapons have made India and Pakistan more, not less, insecure. Millions of civilians in both are vulnerable to, but defenceless against, attacks by nuclear-capable missiles. Both are stockpiling large quantities of bomb fuel. Pakistan is building new plutonium facilities even as it expands its uranium enrichment programme. Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | history, India, Pakistan, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Japan wants India to sign the Nuclear non Proliferation Treaty

Sign nuclear non-proliferation treaty, Japan tells India The Hindu, 30 April 12, SANDEEP DIKSHI  Japan on Monday asked India to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) even as the two sides decided to reopen talks on a bilateral civil nuclear agreement…..
“We have instructed our negotiators on the way forward,” Mr. Krishna said and added the two countries understood the “concerns” of each other which were related to their historic experiences. Officials explained this to mean that while India says its clean non-proliferation record was good enough to restart civil nuclear talks, Japan feels that since India is not a signatory to the NPT, it should demonstrate its commitment to a ban on testing in words…. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3371546.ece

May 1, 2012 Posted by | India, Japan, politics international, weapons and war | Leave a comment

Safety shortcomings at Hanford nuclear waste site

The radioactive waste is currently stored in 177 aging, underground tanks, many of which have leaked into the groundwater, threatening the neighboring Columbia River.

Energy Department audit finds nuclear plant vessels procured to 2005 fail to meet requirements The Republic, SHANNON DININNY, 30 April 12  YAKIMA, Wash. — The Energy Department and a contractor building a waste treatment plant at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site procured and installed tanks that did not always meet requirements of a quality assurance program or the contract, a federal audit concluded Monday. Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | USA, wastes | Leave a comment

Japan could and should cut energy consumption and move to renewables

“…..Opponents of nuclear power power are saying that the way to avoid another disaster is to move on to cleaner energy. Adding renewables and energy efficiency measures would deliver, they say, and cost effectively. Japan, in
fact, showed last summer in the early months falling the March nuclear disaster that it could cut its consumption by 15 percent. – Energy Biz Apr 30, 2012

May 1, 2012 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Cut your nuclear weapons drastically – China urges USA and Russia

China wants ‘drastic’ US, Russia nuclear arms cuts, Daily Times, 1 May 12 A senior Chinese diplomat told a nuclear meeting in Vienna that the development of missile defence systems which ‘disrupt’ the global strategic balance should also be abandoned, in a possible reference to US plans that have angered Russia

China called on the United States and Russia on Monday to make “drastic” cuts in their nuclear arsenals, saying countries with atomic weapons should pledge not to be the first to use them. Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | China, weapons and war | Leave a comment

India at international Clean Energy Ministerial meeting

When the recession-hit coalition [UK] government tried to cut the subsidies – known as Feed In Tariffs – green energy producers and the environmental group Friends of the Earth took it to court. And won

Montek’s message on clean energyHindustan Times, 1 May 12 The Planning Commission Deputy Chairman was in London last week for the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting – leading the Indian delegation in the absence of Dr Farooq Abdullah, the Minister for New and Renewable Energy. It was an important conference to attend, as India is a major partner in this 23-nation initiative.  The CEM is a forum of 23 governments: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

So that’s pretty much most of the G-20, plus a few green worthies such as Sweden and Denmark. India’s importance is underscored by the fact that the summit in 2014 will be held in India. And that’s not a day too soon in a country that Montek Singh Ahluwalia estimates is on course to notching up a long-term economic growth rate of 8 to 9%. With a billion plus population, the environmental implications of India’s energy consumption are enormous…….

the two major clean energy sources India is looking at are solar and wind. There’s good news on both fronts: recent assessments of available resources in India are that they are much larger than previously estimated. And costs are coming down. Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | India, renewable | Leave a comment

India’s pointless and dangerous nuclear sabre rattling

Nuclear missiles don’t give security The Daily Star, Praful Bidwai, 1 May 12India’s Agni-V missile launch, followed by Pakistan’s Hatf-IV-Shaheen-1A launch, were greeted with deplorable machismo and sabre-rattling in both countries. But the missile race will destabilise this region.

In India, praise was lavished on Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) personnel for their “scientific achievement,” without asking how replicating a 1950s-vintage technology constitutes something original, and why such “achievements” are confined to
mass-destruction weapons. Continue reading

May 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

   

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