Fukushima Fear-mongering: The Party’s Over

Search “Fukushima” in Google Images, and you’ll see the top 4 hits aren’t even Fukushima. Indeed, the first 3 are an entirely different industrial accident involving the oil refinery in Chiba, which wasn’t really useful for the anti-nuclear narrative, yet it looked so awful that it was repurposed anyway.

NotFuku

This is a clear symptom of the belligerence and desperation the world has been subjected to from nuclear opponents for the last five years. They are determined to convince folks that the limited, localised and non-fatal impacts of a triple nuclear meltdown will insidiously reach over the oceans and in to their homes. Here-in is provided a concise list of authoritative information for public use in response to tiresome, relentless fear-mongering.

 

What actually happened, written clearly by a radiation professional and teacher, Les Corrice

Putting Health Risks from Radiation Exposure into Context: Lessons from Past Accidents
Professor Geraldine Thomas, Imperial College London, April 2011
Also quoted in New Scientist

The D-shuttle project comparing negligible radiation doses internationally in 2014, and its published open access paper

Real-time radiation monitoring network for Japan. See if you can find a reading higher than this

Internal radiocesium contamination of adults and children in Fukushima 7 to 20 months after the Fukushima NPP accident (all below detection limit in 2012)
in Proceedings of the Japan Academy

Radiation dose rates now and in the future for residents neighboring restricted areas (after 2012, will not cause detectable health impacts)
in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Fukushima Daichi on the coast, surrounded by Japanese countryside. Photo by Tomoki Imai

Will Boisvert confirms that wild claims of Japanese thyroid cancers in 2015 are based on bad science. Dr Jonathan Kellogg summarises the academic criticism

Tim Worstall confirms that wild claims of a single Tepco worker developing radiation cancer is mere anti-nuclear opportunism

Articles on the mental health impacts of long term evacuation in Medical News Today and Tech Times, and the cited 2015 Lancet study

Ocean contamination in 2012 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and in 2015 (Scientific Reports) – already comparable to natural radioactivity

Clear debunking of the dishonest claims of impacts on nature, regardless

Everything you need to know about Fukushima’s “radioactive” whales, in particular, by Sarah Keartes

There’s up to 244 becquerels per kg of naturally occurring Ra-226 in brazil nuts. This decays much faster than Pu-239, with an alpha particle of similar energy.

With Fukushima’s fifth anniversary approaching, we can probably start to relax about radioactive seafood – The Washington Post reporting on negligible estimated radioactivity in seafood with the clear discussion of becquerels so often neglected in the media.
The cited paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Pacific radionuclide monitoring at Fukushimainform.ca

Negligible radioactivity finally detected on the US coast (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Local media outlet for Fukushima residents, Fukushima Minpo News

Rachel Pritzker’s 2015 visit to the accident site

Ben Heard’s 2015 visit

Interviews with qualified industry professionals regarding the details and lessons learned around the 2011 accident at Forum on Energy

The nuclear plant that was closer to the quake epicenter and which shut down safely, Onagawa. Independent journalist coverage here. Journal article here

Excerpts from Climate Gamble, spelling out how anti-nuclear opportunism has been the driver behind the global impact of Fukushima

The Canadian nuclear industry set about reinforcing the security of its reactors following Fukushima. A recent study into a similar hypothetical accident revealed the prospect of negligible harm to residents of Ontario.

Canadastudy

Annual doses and limits in Canada

 

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10 thoughts on “Fukushima Fear-mongering: The Party’s Over

  1. One thing to also point out is that the seventh picture you can see the top of in your intro was an image crated by someone to scare American’s into thinking they were about to be severely irradiated. It also fraudulently used a legitimate organizations logo to add legitimacy. It is debunked here:

    http://www.snopes.com/Photos/technology/fallout.asp

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  3. What is badly needed is a nuclear event media correction team or unit tasked with immediately responding to FUD and “erroneous” reporting of nuclear events. Here in New York City we have the nearby Indian Point nuclear plant (among two others) under constant assailing by NY Governor Cuomo and local media (which figured greatly in the demise of the freshly completed Shoreham nuclear plant) to the point that the media has just recently raised alarms that bird droppings are imperiling Indian Point (wish this was a joke!). Yet there are ZERO rebuttals or mass public nuclear education on the media by the company running Indian Point — zit! Ditto for other nuclear plants in our area. Anti-nukers have a clear totally unchallenged field st sow FUD, and the solution is playing on that same field — NOT selling nuclear via Girl Scout gathers or TupWhat is badly needed is a nuclear event media correction team or unit tasked with immediately responding to FUD and “erroneous” reporting of nuclear events. Here in New York City we have nearby Indian Point nuclear plant under constant assailing by NY Governor Cuomo and local media (which figured greatly in the demise of the freshly completed Shoreham nuclear plant) to the point that the media hear has raised alarms that bird droppings are imperiling Indian Point (wish this was a joke!). Yet there is ZERO mass public nuclear education on the media by the company running Indian Point — zit! Ditto for other nuclear plants in our area. Anti-nukers have a clear totally unchallenged field at sowing FUD to media ans schools, and the solution is playing on their same field — NOT selling nuclear via Girl Scout gathers or Tupperware Party nuke-ins. The best way to de-Vader nuclear is to tap top Ad agencies that will wield fact and proof against the slurs and lies of the antis. It CAN be done — quickly as the oil and gas industry found! Can you spell Deepwater Horizon? Heck, does anyone REMEMBER Deepwater Horizon — even after workers fried and Gulf of Mexico polluted and the international hysteria? There’s no excuse, with all the merits nuclear has and its stunning industrial safety/mortality tally/environmental damage record, that this can’t be done!

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

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