Most of the official reports about radiation have said that there have been no significant findings. There was a recent report of one high school student in Canada likes her sushi, but wanted to be safe. She convinced her father to buy her a Geiger Counter and she started testing her food.
Armed with a $600 Geiger counter bought by her dad, Delacruz studied a variety of seafoods – particularly seaweeds – as part of an award-winning science project that she will take to a national fair next month. “Some of the kelp that I found was higher than what the International Atomic Energy Agency sets as radioactive contamination, which is 1,450 counts over a 10-minute period,” she said. “Some of my samples came up as 1,700 or 1,800.” Delacruz said the samples that “lit up” the most were products from China that she bought in local grocery stores. Her results caught the attention of judges at the Peace River Regional Science Fair, who moved her project along to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Windsor, Ont., in May.
If a high school student can find evidence of radiation over 100 cpm, which is regarded as a danger level, how hard can it be to find such problems? Maybe the officials who report no increased radiation do not want to find increased levels of radiation.
For a clear discussion of the dangers of nuclear power read this essay by Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland. In part he says:
Today mankind faces a crisis of civilization. The true cause is lack of ethics. Fundamental ethics would prohibit the abuse and exhaustion of natural resources leaving, permanently poisonous waste and enormous debt in its wake. Global ethics requires maternal culture, respecting the environment and interests of future generations.
There is a conflict now between the forces of destruction and the forces of life. The atom was split to create a powerful weapon of destruction. Although the promise was that nuclear reactors were to be safe, the reality of Mayak, Chernobyl, Three Mile Isalnd, and Fukushima has been that are not safe.
There was a report in Evacuate Fukushima about thyroid cancer in young people:
By February 2014, a whooping 75 children out of roughly 270 000 are either confirmed or suspected to have contracted the disease. Toshihide Tsuda, a professor of epidemiology at Okayama University: “The rate at which children in Fukushima Prefecture have developed thyroid cancer can be called frequent because it is several times to several tens of times higher” [Based on Japan’s cancer registration statistics from 1975-2008 which show an annual average of 5-11 people in their late teens/early 20s developed thyroid cancer for every 1 million people] “Because there is the possibility that the number of cases could increase in the future, there is a need to implement measures now.”
Seventy-five per quarter million works out to about 300 per million. Registry data shows one should predict about 10 per million. The observed rate is then 30 times normal. These findings are just three years after the event. The rate is likely to climb for years.
There was a recent report of followup of the disaster at Three Mile Island.
A professor with the University of North Carolina School of Public Health led a study of cancer cases within 10 miles of the facility from 1975-85. Dr. Steven Wing’s findings were published in the Journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in November 2003.
According to his report, hundreds of local residents questioned the NRC’s position that high-level radiation exposure as a result of TMI was impossible. People who lived near TMI reported metallic taste, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, erythema, hair loss, deaths of pets and farm and wild animals and damage to plants………………………..Lung cancer and leukemia rates were two to 10 times higher downwind of the TMI reactor than upwind…………………….
The article said that the NRC has said that no one was injured at TMI. Hundreds of residents have reported illnesses consistent with radiation sickness occurring at the same time. This seems to be one more example in which the government is willing to collude with industry to lie to the people.