By Jeremy Bloom The Wall Street Journal reports that scientists investigating the Fukushima power plant have confirmed a third of its reactors had a serious meltdown when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant. Part of the problem: The plant is such a disaster that the only way they can tell what the hell happened, […]
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From the lips of Japan’s Prime Minister: It will take decades to clean up the meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Meanwhile, our worst fears are being realized as reports come in of radioactive cesium contaminating beef raised downwind of the plant.
In the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster – in which both Japanese and American authorities have consistently downplayed the dangers – it’s worth taking a look at where we have come from.
For the past 60 years, our government has over and over again insisted that there was nothing to worry about, that radiation levels were too low to cause any harm, and there was no cause for alarm.
Years later, often after battles in the courts, it has turned out that they were lying through their teeth. Their priority wasn’t public health and well-being – it was to preserve their atomic program at all consts and to prevent panic – justifiable panic, as it turns out.
As the crippled reactors in Japan continue to emit radiation into the environment, the risk grows that it will appear in our food. Radiation has already been detected in trace amounts in milk across the U.S., and in strawberries, kale and other vegetables in California.
Why is it bad that they’re now finding radioactive water leaking out of the reactor? 1) They have no idea where it’s coming from. If that doesn’t disturb you, nothing else will. But do keep in mind that every assurance about the safety of nuclear power revolves around “We know what we’re doing, we have […]
As radiation from Japanese reactor hits west coast, US government says “Don’t take iodine or kelp”. That’s wrong.
For more than 6o years, government officials have downplayed the dangers of radiation.
The truth is: radiation can kill you – slowly, through cancer. And you can avoid that with some simple measures, right now, such as increasing your intake of Iodine and Iodide.