Developing evidence from a number of independent sources suggests that the negative consequences of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster are far greater than first acknowledged or understood. An estimated 14,000 excess deaths in the United States are linked to the radioactive fallout in Japan, according to a December 2011 report published in the International Journal of Health Services. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation-detection network (RadNet) has serious drawbacks, including a lack of maintenance and equipment that is often improperly calibrated.
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Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman, “14,000 U.S. Deaths Tied to Fukushima Reactor Disaster Fallout,” International Journal of Health Services, December 19, 2011, http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medical-journal-article–14000-us-deaths-tied-to-fukushima-reactor-disaster-fallout-135859288.html
Alex Roslin, “What Are Officials Hiding about Fukushima?” Straight.com (Vancouver), October 20, 2011, http://straight.com/article-491941/vancouver/what-are-officials-hiding-about-fukushima?page=0,1.
Danny Schechter, “Beyond Fukishima: A World in Denial about Nuclear Risks,” Common Dreams, March 21, 2011, http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/03/21-0.
“RadNet or SadNet? The EPA’s Failed Radiation Detection System,” PSTUPH (blog), April 4, 2011, http://pstuph.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/radnet-or-sadnet-the-epas-failed-radiation-detection-system.
“Enformable Nuclear News“, “The EPA Took RadNet Down Because They Were Getting Data From ‘Other’ Sources,” March 23, 2011, Enformable Nuclear News, http://enformable.com/2011/11/march-23rd-2011-the-epa-took-radnet-down-because-they-were-getting-data-from-more-reliable-sources.
Michael Kane, “Fallout,” Collapse Network, March 24, 2011, http://www.collapsenet.com/free-resources/collapsenet-public-access/item/723-fallout.
Alexander Higgins, “Confirmed: EPA Rigged RADNET Japan Nuclear Radiation Monitoring Equipment To Report Lower Levels of Fukushima Fallout,” Alexander Higgins Blog, May 19, 2011, http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2011/05/19/confirmed-epa-rigged-radnet-japan-nuclear-radiation-monitoring-equipment-report-levels-nuclear-fallout-22823.
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