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article imageOp-Ed: What the world does not know about Fukushima could kill us

By Karen Graham     Aug 26, 2014 in Environment
How big does a cover-up have to get, and how many children have to die before the world wakes up to the truth about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Almost from the onset of the earthquake and resulting tsunami, the world has not been told the truth.
It has been forty-one months, almost three -and-a-half years since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and devastating tsunami that caused the meltdown of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The people of Japan and for that matter, the world have since been duped into believing the dangers of radiation have been overplayed and that the world is safe, even though many sources tell a far different story.
This writer has to ask, why is there still at least 80,000 gallons of contaminated water being released directly into the Pacific Ocean every day from the disabled power plant site? It wasn't until July, 2013 that TEPCO officials finally admitted they had been unable to stop the flow of contaminated water from the basements and trenches of the power plant.
To make matters of worse, TEPCO managed to keep harmful levels of Strontium-90 in the groundwater, only 80-feet from the shore of the ocean, from Nuclear Regulatory Authorities for four months this year. What happened to TEPCO when this was discovered? They were "censured" for a lack of "fundamental understanding of measuring and handling radiation."
But there is one issue that really makes me angry, and tells me there is a cover-up of the harmful effects of radiation poisoning from the Fukushima disaster being purposely foisted on the public. It has come to light that the number of children in Japan being diagnosed with thyroid cancer has skyrocketed to nearly forty times (40X) the normal.
Of the 378,000 young people tested by the Fukushima Medical University who were 18-years of age or younger in 2011 when the meltdown occurred, 200,000 or 48 percent are now suffering from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, including nodules and cysts, and the rates are accelerating.
Joseph Mangano, the executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project says that over 120 childhood cancers have been identified, where in the average population, only three should be seen. Despite these findings, some officials continue to deny any "public health threat" exists. What more will it take for these people to believe there is a threat, and it is ongoing?
Japanese government officials are saying the 104 actual cases of thyroid cancer diagnosed in children since the 2011 meltdown are not related to the disaster.They overlook, purposely, perhaps the average of four-years after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 that it took for thyroid cancer to appear in children. They don't accept the fact that this is a slow-growing cancer.
Joseph Mangano MPH MBA, executive director of the Radiation and Public Health Project says: “The rising number of thyroid cancer cases in Fukushima area children exposed to the meltdown is disturbing. The 104 cases either confirmed or very likely to be confirmed is far greater than the expected number of seven for a population of children that size over a three year period. Thyroid cancer is only one of the many diseases whose risk increases after a meltdown, and researchers must conduct studies, both in Japan and other affected nations.”
You would think the world has learned something, even a little bit, from the Chernobyl disaster and even the Three Mile Island disaster. Harvey Wasserman, editor of and author of SOLARTOPIA! says, “A parallel tragedy has been unfolding at Chernobyl for nearly 30 years, and at Three Mile Island since 1979. There is no doubt people—especially children—have been maimed and killed by these releases. But the nuclear industry has been very good at covering them up. Hopefully at Fukushima independent researchers can tell us the real story.”
So how high up does the cover-up go? How about all the way to the United Nations? Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Helen Caldicott was interviewed by Vice News reporter, Johnny Magdaleno, who asked her why the irregularities and cover-ups of information are going unreported. Caldicott responded in a very short, but to the point answer, saying, “Because money matters more than people.”
Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician  author and anti-nuclear advocate. Following the Three Mile Islan...
Dr. Helen Caldicott is a physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate. Following the Three Mile Island accident in 1978, she left her medical career to concentrate the world's attention on the insanity of our reliance on nuclear power.
Last year, in September, Caldicott organised a symposium at the New York Academy of Medicine entitled, “The Medical and Ecological Consequences of Fukushima.” She also has a book on the subject coming out in October this year. Her knowledge and expertise is based on academic research and her position as a doctor of preventative medicine. She said: "Japan produces parts for nuclear reactors, like reactor containment vessels. They're heavily invested in nuclear power, even though they actually have access to nine times more renewable energy than Germany."
"The Japanese government took three months to tell the world that there had been three meltdowns, even though the meltdowns had taken place in the first three days," she said. "They're not testing the food routinely. In fact, they're growing food in highly radioactive areas, and there are stories that the most radioactive food is being canned and sold to third-world countries." She also pointed out the really big, and disturbing difference between Chernobyl and Fukushima: Radiation is still pouring out of Fukushima.
"Some doctors in Japan are starting to get very worried about the fact that they're seeing an increase in diseases, but they're being told not to tell their patients that the diseases are related to radiation," she continued. "This is all because of money. Bottom line."
Let's look at the United Nations and their role in the Fukushima cover-up. The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) issued a comprehensive report in 2013, detailing the findings of an international committee of experts in studying the impacts on the population to the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdowns of three of the six reactors.
UNSCEAR works very closely with the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA has one mandate, and that is to promote atomic energy. The IAEA also has a long-standing gag order on any adverse findings about health impacts due to reactors or power plant failures. According to Oped News, the World Health Organization and UNSCEAR have run interference for the Nuclear industry, helping to downplay any impacts to the population from nuclear power plant accidents.
The list of problems with the Fukushima power plant has been well documented in Digital Journal. From primates in the region having abnormal blood counts, to numerous accidents associated with the plant itself, but life and the shoddy attempts at cleaning up something that is beyond the scope of TEPCO's expertise, goes on.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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