Skip to comments.Radiation estimates for No. 1 workers likely 20% too low: U.N. (Japan)
Posted on 10/13/2013 11:06:54 PM PDT by TexGrill
NEW YORK The radiation doses workers received in the initial phase of the Fukushima disaster may have underestimated by 20 percent, a report by a U.N. panel says.
The U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation said in a summary report on its website that the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., known as Tepco, used tests that failed to take into account some types of radiation released by the three meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in March 2011.
The report said the committee analyzed the doses received by some 25,000 people working at the plant on or before October 2012, using data from Japan, Tepco and others to assess the amount of substances discharged during the crisis after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
It also noted that workers were tested for radioactive iodine absorbed by their thyroid glands after a significant delay, with no account taken of the potential contribution from intakes of shorter-lived isotopes of iodine, in particular iodine 133, which have a short half-life of 20 hours.
It said that as a result, the assessed doses from internal exposure could have been underestimated by about 20 percent.
Increased exposure to such iodine is linked to increase risk of cancer and thyroid disorders.
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“It was the uptick in kaiju attacks that tipped us off!” -UN inspector.
Sorry for asking, but what does ‘kaiju’ mean?
Kaiju usually refers to those monsters from the movies.
Mother, Godzilla, rodan, etc.
Darn smartish phone doesn’t know what “mothra” is.
I need to put it in quotes.. Yeesh.
Thanks for the answer. I know some Korean and Chinese slang, but not too familiar with Japanese slang.
20%? Big deal.
Why should a government get to lie to tax payers at all? If it wasn’t a big deal, why lie?
In fact the gov under reported by much more than 20% (e.g., they waited until it was “too late” to measure radioactive iodine (short half life) and didn’t keep database records on approximately 1/3 of the workforce in the early days of the disaster). The IAEA reported only 10% of what the Soviets reported re Chernobyl (and Hans Blix is on video admitting that) and the SOviet workers routinely reported that their dosage rates were under reported by 90%. The nuke industry lies through its teeth and then ridicules anyone who points out the lies - well if it wasn’t important, why were they so intent on lying about it?
It’s standard operating procedure. The nukies under report radiation in official records and then use those “official” low values to deny responsibility for harm done (”We have scientific proof it couldn’t have been our fault, we never released THAT MUCH radiation from the plant. Here, look at the official records.”)
Japanese monster movie creatures.
My sister would disagree to an extent!
But she is also better versed in k pop and j pop than I’ll ever hope to be.
Side note, my phone’s autocorrect is rather touchy tonight for some stupid reason.
KPOP is real popular in China. A few months ago, young Chinese women could be seen wearing Crayon Pop helmets when going to the nightclubs.
Sounds like a situation ripe for epic level international trolling.
But I doubt the Korean music industry would do that.
Low level radiation is beneficial. It stimulates cellular repair mechanisms which prevent cancer.
Low level radiation causes cancer. You can check this information against state-of-the-art medical science (I recommend BEIR VII) or the fact that you have to sign a medical release in order to get dental xrays in order to acknowledge that you understand that slight exposure increases risk of cancer slightly. There is no evidence that these people had cancer that needed to any intervention. Their exposure contributed to their lifetime levels which accumulate and therefore exposure pushed them that much closer to accumulating an higher lifetime dose (i.e., increased their chances of developing cancer).They are eating, drinking and breathing (living) in a an environment heavily contaminated (the “dosing” continues).
These people signed no consent form permitting the government to irradiate them. Cutting edge medical science indicates low level irradiation causes cancer.
The government is hard at work under reporting their exposure so it’s probably not a low dose to begin with. No one has delivered a measured “dose” to these people - they were simply subjected to it and it defeats the usefulness of scientific treatment to lie about their dose. Under reporting their dose means that they, as employees of a nuke plant, will be cleared to accept more radiation than the company policies indicate before they are excused from working (yearly dose). There is no indication that their exposures were considered “low” to begin with - they are nuke workers at a nuclear disaster. Your response is absolutely pathetic.