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3. Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Worse than Anticipated

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.

SimplyInfo.org” “US Radiation Monitoring May Have Been Handed Off to Nuclear Industry Lobbyists,” Fukushima Update, November 4, 2011 http://houseoffoust.com/group/?p=3920

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.

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/03/26/14000-u-s-deaths-tied-to-fukushima-reactor-disaster-fallout/

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/04/10/what-are-officials-hiding-about-fukushima/

http://www.mediafreedominternational.org/2012/02/27/epa-and-nrc-turn-to-nuclear-industry-lobbyists-for-radiation-monitoring/

http://www.radiation.org/reading/pubs/HS42_1F.pdf

Student Researchers: Lyndsey Casey, Morgan Womack, and Josh Crockett (Sonoma State University); Alyssa Barbieri (Florida Atlantic University)

Faculty Evaluators: Sheila Katz, Peter Phillips, and Heather Flynn (Sonoma State)

  • john November 26, 2012

    do you realise that this article is unreadable as its been hacked in some way….are you aware?

  • john November 26, 2012

    do you realise that this article is unreadable as its been hacked in some way….are you aware?

  • Pieter Lee November 28, 2012

    Going nuclear might have its risks but it is still better than coal and more feasible than solar,wind and hydro. Hydro also has the drawback of blocking a mass amounts of water and damaging the farmers and fauna/flora downstream directly and semi-indirectly by messing up the ground water table that flora for kilometers on both sides tap into. Also if you actually look at the amount of nuclear reactors worldwide versus the amount of incidents then its quite a safe technology.

    • EnviroPoisons December 24, 2012

      It is commonly known that corporations pay shills to promote their agenda on comment sections such as this one. Nuclear power which is outdated, dangerous, and taxpayer-subsidized because it is not efficient. Furthermore there is STILL no safe storage, and contamination is ongoing from most plants. At minimum Thorium should have been developed and in use by now, but for the nuclear lobbies, their shills, and main stream media which covers up what is happening. In addition to Thorium nuclear, Hydrogen is far cleaner and more efficient alternative. Chinese corps are making adapters now for automobiles for instance. No amount of shilling is going to change the facts, and the fact is, it’s time for the old nuke industry to be thrown out of the congressional pig trough and forced to clean up the dire contamination that is happening.

      • EnviroPoisons December 24, 2012

        Also congress is guilty of failing to acknowledge and deal with the ongoing dangers to the US from Fukushima reactors 3 and 4. enenews is a good site for more information. See doctored photos from Fukushima and also photos of US plants being doctored to hide the facts.

      • Joshua Vorderman December 28, 2012

        Juist a quick note: ALL energy is subsidized. Wether it is windmills, nuclear, or oil, all those companies recieve pax tayer money.
        Saying that an energy source is ineffecient because it is taxpayer subsidized is not a valid argument, since it applies to everything.

    • judgedredd January 6, 2013

      Germany actually produces more energy than it needs from solar now it has phased out nuclear. The real reason is weapons a handy by-product of this lunatic technology. So safe they censor news and put the nuke lobby in charge of investigating “accidents”

      • Rick August 16, 2013

        I just read an article from a European newspaper about half an hour ago about Germany building a new coal power plant.

        • darin taylor March 15, 2014

          I have family in Germany and they told me that last year the use of “brown coal” is at its highest in decades since they turned away from nuclear.

    • JustMe March 17, 2014

      The 80s called, they want their opinions on solar back. Seriously, the panels today aren’t your grandma’s solar panels.

  • Pieter Lee November 28, 2012

    Going nuclear might have its risks but it is still better than coal and more feasible than solar,wind and hydro. Hydro also has the drawback of blocking a mass amounts of water and damaging the farmers and fauna/flora downstream directly and semi-indirectly by messing up the ground water table that flora for kilometers on both sides tap into. Also if you actually look at the amount of nuclear reactors worldwide versus the amount of incidents then its quite a safe technology.

    • EnviroPoisons December 24, 2012

      It is commonly known that corporations pay shills to promote their agenda on comment sections such as this one. Nuclear power which is outdated, dangerous, and taxpayer-subsidized because it is not efficient. Furthermore there is STILL no safe storage, and contamination is ongoing from most plants. At minimum Thorium should have been developed and in use by now, but for the nuclear lobbies, their shills, and main stream media which covers up what is happening. In addition to Thorium nuclear, Hydrogen is far cleaner and more efficient alternative. Chinese corps are making adapters now for automobiles for instance. No amount of shilling is going to change the facts, and the fact is, it’s time for the old nuke industry to be thrown out of the congressional pig trough and forced to clean up the dire contamination that is happening.

      • EnviroPoisons December 24, 2012

        Also congress is guilty of failing to acknowledge and deal with the ongoing dangers to the US from Fukushima reactors 3 and 4. enenews is a good site for more information. See doctored photos from Fukushima and also photos of US plants being doctored to hide the facts.

      • Joshua Vorderman December 28, 2012

        Juist a quick note: ALL energy is subsidized. Wether it is windmills, nuclear, or oil, all those companies recieve pax tayer money.
        Saying that an energy source is ineffecient because it is taxpayer subsidized is not a valid argument, since it applies to everything.

        • 1555 July 4, 2013

          Nuclear is subsidized disproportionately to the other industries. – Nuclear is NOT dependent in hot weather when most needed for cooling (see Diablo just now july 2013 and France this past winter in cold weather).
          The deathly results are a PART of the above mentioned inefficiency.
          I see some geeks here and there sitting in their ivory towers and thinking about the THEORY of nuclear power.
          When that THEORY hits the REALITY of what is going on in the field – falsifying safety records included (TEPCO and also in the US) can give one giant goosebumps.
          A few good proctologist would be really helpful to locate some folks’ heads.

    • judgedredd January 6, 2013

      Germany actually produces more energy than it needs from solar now it has phased out nuclear. The real reason is weapons a handy by-product of this lunatic technology. So safe they censor news and put the nuke lobby in charge of investigating “accidents”

    • 1555 July 4, 2013

      Your point of view is lacking common sense. – In the world of logic many things make sense, yet in the real world they are insane in their impact.

      Real evidence is being carefully hidden, and safety level guidelines quickly re-written to fit what is ‘on the street”. It happen with our EPA in conjunction with Fukushima. Until Fukushima the NRC allowed 1/2 of the nuke power plants to operate with wiring INSUFFICIENT to prevent a meltdown such as Fuku – why ? -The reason given it would cost the operators money..

      Yes, accidents of that magnitude do not happen very OFTEN, but WHEN they do the result is catastrophic.
      The 2 recent nuclear accidents = Fukushima and Chernobyl have caused devastation far and wide for year for majority of the planet !

      After Chernobyl 1,200 miles away 2 headed horses and cattle were being born…while nobody EVER saw one of those before. My family personally observed this. Then came the human birth defects all over Europe.

    • Peter July 11, 2013

      Pieter, please come to Japan (where I live) and enjoy a delicious cesium contaminated meal of rice, fruit, vegetables and sea food compliments of this “safe technology”.

  • lilbear68 March 25, 2013

    so far in 3 of the reactors the fuel rods have totally melted to liquid

  • lilbear68 March 25, 2013

    so far in 3 of the reactors the fuel rods have totally melted to liquid

  • kropotkin June 24, 2013

    All governments have always lied or downplayed such incidents. Money comes before public safety. I live about 300 meters from Fukushima Prefectural offices. There is a hot spot, small, but hot nonetheless, about 20 meters from where I now sit. Last week the measurement was around 17.5. I’ve told city officials at least 3 times to come and clean it up, and nothing.

  • ducn-n-cover June 26, 2013

    We were lied to???? I don’t believe it.

  • Oggatha Christie July 17, 2013

    Don’t eat Pacific Tuna…or any other fish that migrates to mate & breed in Japan’s waters. Yipes…

  • Rob Cherwink January 4, 2014

    #nonukes :: #OccupyNuclear :)

  • Rob Cherwink January 4, 2014

    NO NUKES • #RE_TOOL NOW

    Nukes are NOT clean, #CO2/#carbon-free, #green, safe, or affordable! Put #PandorasPromise back in the box >> • #BustTheMyth

    Nuclear Power is a Crime Against Humanity and can be No Solution to Climate Change

    – nuclear power is poisoning our biosphere, and is so dangerous that it should not be an option – its use is immoral and criminal and can be no “cure” for climate change

    nobody has the right to shackle future generations with nuclear waste and inevitable radioactive pollution for any reason whatsoever, nor to take the risk of catastrophic accidents which are known to happen

  • Tricia Tran March 27, 2014

    Hello,

    My name is Tricia Tran and I attend the SRJC. We are doing a project with this site, and I was wondering if I can talk to the author further regarding this article? I would like to get some things cleared up, it possible.

    Thank you

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