The sane response to danger isn’t to stop paying attention.
For anyone suggesting that we shouldn’t be concerned about radiation from Fukushima as a health hazard, I strongly suggest listening to Dr. Helen Caldicott while you surf.
or right click on this link to downloan mp3 file. http://ia600405.us.archive.org/8/items/ESCaldicott3/ES_Caldicott_110325_LoFi.mp3
Interestingly enough, the statement on the official government website about turning off monitors has been deleted, leading us now not to information, but this 404 error message:
But a blog copied it while it was up, so we can still see it here. The pertinent passage is this: “Please note that as of March 25, 2011, the frequency of data collection by NRCan using the mobile surveys has been decreased.” Decreased?
Here’s another link on that:
Oh, and we also stopped monitoring radiation levels in fish only three months after the disaster began. The fact that it’s still ongoing and in fact worsening doesn’t seem important enough for Canada’s public health officials to be bothered.
Of course, we could always take the US EPA’s route and simply massively increase what we consider the ‘safe’ level of radiation exposure. What yesterday was cause for major concern is today not worth mentioning: problem solved.
Of course, part of why we’re ignoring nuclear industry devastation there is because we don’t want to draw attention to the way we protect the industry from virtually all risk here at the public expense. In Canada, if the ailing Pickering power plant near Toronto were to melt down, residents in the devastated area would be entitled to a maximum of about $15 of compensation apiece under Canadian law. Here’s the details on the act:
If reading a long .pdf seems like too much, here’s Greenpeace being eloquent on the subject in a mere minute and twelve seconds.
“What really aggravates me though is that they say the levels of radiation are low. You know, no immediate harm, no. But if you inhale or ingest these radioactive particles of Strontium 90, Cesium 137, radioactive Iodine, etc., you won’t get Leukemia for five years. So there is no immediate danger ‘per se’. …the most important thing for everyone to understand is you inhale Plutonium, or Americium, or Curium, or radioactive Iodine, if the elements become bio-concentrated at each step of the food chain – algae, crustaceans, little fish, big fish, humans – or in the plants, the lettuce, the spinach, into the milk from the grass and the cows – then you are getting inside your body these elements that locate, for instance, on bones Strontium 90, where just a very, very tiny amount can mutate a single regulatory gene in a single cell to give you Leukemia five years later, or cancer fifteen years later.”