Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan (and beyond) is worse than reported

From Robert Cringely on Cringely.com:

Note — I have written previously about other aspects of this subject hereherehere, and here.  I am not by nature an alarmist about nuclear power or even particularly anti-nuclear. But sometimes truth just has to be told.

Photo of Japanese baby being monitored via"I Cringely"

Nobody died following the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. I should know because I was there. But this fact can’t be attributed to any wisdom of the U.S. nuclear industry, but simply to dumb luck.  The two TMI reactors were (and still are) the only such devices ever built deliberately on the approach path to a U.S. Air Force base, now Harrisburg International Airport. An extra 18 inches of reinforced concrete was added to the TMI containment buildings to protect them if hit by a fully laden B-52. No other reactors in the USA had (or have) such thick containment vessels. Had Unit 2 been built to the standards of all its sister reactors like Rancho Seco in California, hydrogen explosions would have breached the containment just as they have in Japan and many people would have died just as they will in Japan.

Notice my emphasis in that last paragraph?  Japanese people, probably hundreds and maybe thousands, will probably die as a result of the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear accidents following the tsunami earlier this year. This is according to old nuclear safety contacts of mine from TMI days currently working the accident in Japan. Those sources tell me there is a coverup.

Why there might be a coverup is pretty obvious. It will take years for people to die as a result of the accidents yet political parties want to remain in power right now and the Japanese nuclear industry wants to remain key to that nation’s energy plan. So men with gray hair who are nowhere near Fukishima and are not themselves in any physical danger are downplaying the accident still and apparently keeping the truth from reaching those who are endangered.

The public health situation at Fukishima Daiichi and beyond is apparently far worse than we have been told.

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7 responses to “Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan (and beyond) is worse than reported

  1. “Nobody died following the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979.”

    That’s the official version.

    University of Pittsburgh Medical School Professor of Epidemiology, Ernest Sternglass, disagreed, using public health records to document “430 excess infant deaths” in the period following the TMI melt-down.

    Of course, the NRC and atomic industry buried him in bad press and criticism, but still…

  2. Oh I just read Jan’s link about the babies that died in Three Mile Island and all of the twisted cover-ups going on there. I feel so sorry for the pregnant women in Japan right now. My father-in-law was just putting the pressure on for me to get pregnant, but I can’t say I think it is a very good idea right now, and at this rate probably never. I keep hearing how much radiation is coming down whenever it rains in Vancouver–which is often 😦

    • Although I’m an advocate of reduced population, I would not advise anyone to forgo carefully choosing to have a very wanted baby. Statistics mean that a few more children than usual will die. But a few more of a very small amount is still a very small amount.

      But don’t do it for your father-in-law! Do if if it’s what you really want. And then, do the best you can. That’s all life can ask of any of us.

      • Thanks for your reply Jan. I am glad to hear that you think that women can have healthy babies even in our dirty world. You are right about not to get pregnant for anyone else, that might end up putting some undercurrent resentment on both the kid and the in-law which wouldn’t be helpful to anyone.

  3. Julie

    great raw milk blog here I was recently on a blog that had an article about raw milk I left a long comment but the blog must be new cuz they don’t have much for comments so we should help them out here is the link http://organicallythought.com/milk

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