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Good news from Fukushima

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Bags Mon 17-Dec-12 10:45:24

Info from the Report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation
Fifty-ninth session (21-25 May 2012)

(a) To date, there have been no health effects attributed to radiation exposure observed among workers, the people with the highest radiation exposures. To date, no health effects attributable to radiation exposure have been observed among children or any other member of the population;
(b) As of 31 January 2012, a total of 20,115 occupationally exposed people, comprising company workers (17 per cent) and external contractors (83 per cent) of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), were involved in the on-site mitigation activities. About 66 per cent of the workforce are reported to have received effective doses equal to or below 10 millisieverts (mSv). In addition, rescuers and volunteers were occupationally exposed. Six TEPCO workers received effective doses above 250 mSv (the maximum reported dose as of 31 January 2012 was 679 mSv); the largest part of those doses resulted from intakes of 131I, 134Cs and 137Cs. About 170 occupationally exposed people received effective doses above 100 mSv. It should be emphasized that there are no data available in the open literature that allow estimates to be made of thyroid dose for occupationally exposed people. The Committee has requested further information from the Japanese authorities on worker doses and monitoring data;
(c) A system was established on 20 May 2011 for the management of radiation exposures and medical monitoring of occupationally exposed people involved in dealing with the emergency situation. As of 10 March 2012, none of the six deaths noted since 11 March 2011 had been attributed to exposure to ionizing radiation;
(d) Although there were several cases of occupationally exposed people with exposure to radiation from documented skin contamination, no clinically observable effects were reported.

Full report here (top link on the page):

Granny23 Mon 17-Dec-12 11:30:43

I do not pretend to understand the detail of this report any more than if it were published in Japanese, but it does appear to be good news indeed and that prompt and thorough decontamination has been effective. It is good to know that UNSCEAR are monitoring the situation on behalf of the whole World. Always sceptical, (especially where the nuclear industry is concerned) I am aware of the 'they would say that wouldn't they' factor, however this is tempered by the knowledge that Japan is a very 'internet savvy' nation and I am convinced that we would have heard about individual cases or any attempts at a cover-up.

whenim64 Mon 17-Dec-12 12:07:10

It's occurred to me from reading this report that any worker exposed to radiation would have had enforced separation from their families for specific periods of time after they had been clearing up. Some standard radiation treatments on the thyroid mean partners have to sleep in separate beds for a whiie and not go near children. Presumably, if their thyroids were being tested, other precautions would be taking place, too.

AlieOxon Mon 17-Dec-12 12:12:19

Wait 25 years and see what happens.....

carboncareful Mon 19-Aug-13 15:07:09

carboncareful Mon 19-Aug-13 15:07:28

carboncareful Mon 19-Aug-13 15:14:24

So sorry, that's twice I've posted the wrong link.....trouble is can't delete like on, here goes, try again: -

Nelliemoser Mon 19-Aug-13 17:18:54

Just what kind of website is that?? What planet is it run from? shock confused

Ariadne Mon 19-Aug-13 17:25:43

The articles recommended at the side of this one are interesting, and do give, maybe, some insight into the direction of the publication. "Homosexuality is a sin." for example, and one or two proselytising headlines. Is it funded by a fundamentalist religious organisation, maybe? if so, there may be an axe to grind that is not of a scientific origin.

Will investigate.

Ariadne Mon 19-Aug-13 17:30:39

A copied bit from a reader of said publication, about an article denying the reality of the moon landing:

The sun, as a single albeit huge light source millions of miles away, can’t cast shadows at opposing angles from 2 objects a couple of yards from each other. The pictures of the moon landings simply cannot be real. The question therefore is why was it all set up and faked, and this video does a pretty good job in answering that. Well made film. Bravo.

Ariadne Mon 19-Aug-13 17:47:24

What I am pointing out, after my amazement and incredulty at "The Vine of Life" articles, is that this particular article does not appear to constitute the sort of rigorous intellectual enquiry that the topic deserves.

Nelliemoser Mon 19-Aug-13 18:10:37

To say I was a little taken aback was something of an understatement! I felt, for a moment as if I had hit a pornographic site.
Whew! #mopsheadinshock.

MiceElf Mon 19-Aug-13 18:12:42

It makes the monster raving loony party look very sane. I've just followed a few links around the web and whoever runs this outfit is seriously deranged.

JessM Mon 19-Aug-13 19:06:21

I believe the leakage from Fukushima continues to get worse.
It is also the case that any long term damage from radiation is just that, and may cause cancers in the future. However the verdict on the Belarussian disaster in Chernobyl is that worrying about the effects of radiation seems to have done more harm than the radiation itself.

Ariadne Mon 19-Aug-13 20:34:55

Yes, Jess it is a serious matter!

FlicketyB Mon 19-Aug-13 20:49:42

I read the article on 'Vine of Life'. I started to list all the unsubstantiated statements in it - and then I stopped and decided just to give a big sigh and move on.

I find James Lovelock's (the environmentalist that developed the theory of the earth as Gaia) analysis of the results of Chernobyl much more convincing.

Jendurham Tue 20-Aug-13 00:05:14

I seem to remember just recently that the man in charge of Fukushima has died of cancer. But I cannot find any reference to it any more. Can anyone else find it?

FlicketyB Tue 20-Aug-13 07:55:45

I saw an article abut him that suggested that it was a great danger to him, but not that he had died.

NfkDumpling Tue 20-Aug-13 08:39:56

I give a report from the United Nations Scientific Committee far more credence than anything published by governments or reliously biased organisations. Cancers and other problems may come to light in the future but it looks as if the precautions the Japanese put in place are paying off at present - and this is excellent news.

Oldgreymare Tue 20-Aug-13 09:04:09

For now! hmm

Ariadne Tue 20-Aug-13 09:56:53

It is indeed, Nfk and I agree with you on where to place credence.

carboncareful Tue 20-Aug-13 18:50:17

Suggest you watch the news today; and read your papers tomorrow. Radioactive water has been leaking into the sea around Fukushima.....and, as is usual with governments, the true facts have been kept from the public.
Nuclear power is dangerous. full stop. Those in power want it because that's how they make plutonium to make bombs.....full stop

Ariadne Tue 20-Aug-13 19:02:34

I for one, am not suggesting that there isn't a potentially serious issue here. I was just surprised by the information source - "The Vine of Life" - cited, which did not seem to be particularly credible given the contextual issues on the same page.

Oldgreymare Tue 20-Aug-13 22:26:42

Well, that didn't last long!
I've just watched the news and it seems that there is still a major problem!
I do wonder whether we are drip fed 'good' news in the hope that we will ignore the bad news when it is reported or is that being far too cynical?

FlicketyB Tue 20-Aug-13 22:38:08

I think the continuing critical state of the plant has always been well publicised. The information about radioactiveleakage into the sea has been known for some months.

Carbon How would you structure the energy industry to provide adequate 24/7 power for the next 15 years? I mean from 2015 - 2030?