[Marxism] ANS Fukushima Report available

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Mar 9 13:43:47 MST 2012

On 3/9/2012 3:23 PM, DW wrote:
> http://fukushima.ans.org/report/Fukushima_report.pdf
> American Nuclear Society, a professional organization of 11,600
> professionals and students in the nuclear engineering, health and planning
> fields.
> 40 pages long including graphics, citations and bibliography.

 From this report:

News producers sought people with expertise, but producers often 
have little experience in judging credentials and weighing the 
technical expertise of different people. In the crushing demand 
for experts, news producers naturally turned to people who had 
previously commented on nuclear or science matters to aid their 
interpretation of the news from Japan. Well-known personalities 
from nuclear nonproliferation policy organizations confidently 
predicted increased cancers in Alaska and the West Coast of the 
United States. A popular theoretical physicist and media 
personality made dozens of television appearances ridiculing the 
Japanese effort to cool the reactors and predicting the loss of 
the entirety of northern Japan unless the reactors were 
immediately entombed. There was no sustained counter view or 
strong challenge to these claims—and perhaps, none was wanted.



Besides blowing in the wind, the radioactive poisons from 
Fukushima have been spread in food, which is why several countries 
have restricted food imports from Japan.

Moreover, the sea along the Fukushima site provides a vast pathway 
for spreading radioactivity. When radioactive poison gets into the 
marine environment a “concentration factor” kicks in as the 
radiation moves up the food chain. Small fish eat 
radiation-contaminated seaweed, and medium-size fish eat the small 
fish. Then big fish eat the medium-size fish and radioactivity 
becomes increasingly concentrated. Some of the fish are migratory, 
so it’s not just sushi in Tokyo that’s imperiled.

Meanwhile, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry 
trade group, continues to insist:  “No health effects are expected 
among the Japanese people as a result of the events at Fukushima.” 
  The American Nuclear Society proclaims on its website that “no 
public ill effects are expected from the Fukushima incident.”


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