A government trip to research how the response to the Chernobyl disaster was conducted but the report was never made public. The officials looked at what was done after Chernobyl and declared it to be too expensive and complicated for the Japanese government so they suggested it be ignored. They declared there was little benefit to evacuating people but it was admitted the report ignored more critical evidence of the actual damage done to the public by their exposures. This report was the basis for pushing for far more lax standards in Japan. Chernobyl’s evacuation levels were 5 mSv/year and 1 mSv/year for mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Japan’s current standard being used is around 20 mSv/year and has been widely criticized as being unsafe. Mainichi cited this report as an example of things that would become a state secret under the new law being proposed in Japan. The UN Human Rights Council has denounced Japan’s response to the disaster.
The IAEA has been promoting the idea of allowing TEPCO to dump more contaminated water into the Pacific. The head of the IAEA tried to make it sound better by declaring it to be just tritium they wanted to dump into the sea. Earlier reports show the post treatment water doesn’t just have tritium in it but also iodine 129 and cobalt 60. Iodine 129 has a 15.7 million year half life and is mostly created by nuclear power or atomic bombs. Iodine 129 can cause thyroid damage and cancer. It is harder to detect in the body than other istopes like iodine 131. Cobalt 60 has a shorter half life at 5.27 years. Cobalt 60 is a potent isotope that can cause cancer. What is not known is how much of these two additional isotopes remains in the contaminated water after treatment.
The IAEA made two other rather telling admissions. They admitted that all nuclear power plants release contamination to the environment and that they plan to “dilute” the water to dump it.
“Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world”
While those in the know already knew this it is a very public admission that nuclear power is not a “clean” energy source and is polluting the waterways. The efforts to “dilute” the contaminated water at Fukushima to get it under legal dumping limits is just a slight of hand. The volume of water and the contamination level of that water remains the same. Some additional water is simply added as a formality to pass a legal test. Heavily contaminated water will be dumped in the Pacific if this is allowed to take place.
Beyond the carefully chosen words, these sources of political power are purposely exposing the public because it is convenient for them to do so.
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