Saturday, July 20, 2013

Tepco: "Around 2,000 Fukushima workers at risk of thyroid cancer due to radiation"  

Nuclear worker Fukushima Dai Ichi nuclear power plant 
©Joel Legendre-Koizumi 2013/06

Tepco said 1,973 people are believed to have been exposed to enough radiation to cause potential health diseases "exposed to enough radiation to cause potential problems." Problems such as cancer, leukaemia, cardiovascular diseases, genetical consequences... This amazing confession from Tepco is a 10 fold increase on previous estimate of the number of possible thyroid cancer victims and comes after the utility was told its figures were too conservative. Each individual worker in this group was exposed to at least 100 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation. These are the first estimates in spite of the former denials of the Tepco industry and authorities  reassuring statements. This information reveals a possible development of increased cancer risk for the "Fukushima brave cleaners."

 Yury Bandazhevsky. Middle. FCCJ Tokyo

Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky was our guest yesterday at the press club to talk about the impacts of Fukushima nuclear accident on people of Japan, adults, workers, children and impacts for all social infrastructures, agriculture, and medical effects on the organism. There were concerned Press, TV and Radio reporters at the press club for the event as the subject is of prior importance. Japanese TVs were filming the event for the question of the day which is: "Will the Fukushima disaster ultimately take a terrible toll in the years ahead through cancer and genetic mutation?"

Amazing answer came from our Guest speaker Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky: "We don't know yet the exact situation on and around Fukushima!" Bandazhevsky confirmed yesterday what Japan watchers have doubted for months, there is no information and no definition of the risk at stake. Exit the AIEA, WHO, UNSCEAR reassuring statements. Facing the conservatives assessment on risk by Japan, Tepco was forced to admit the truth. Minimising the implications though according to nuclear specialists scientists.

Is it one reason why Luc Oursel the French president of Areva nuclear company just said in an interview with the Nikkei: "We have proposed (for the decommissioning of Fukushima) technology remote-controlled robots, technologies of fuel withdrawing, tools for measuring radioactivity and other equipments" (Interview in French

Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky is a well known scientist working on sanitary consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. He founded the Gomel State Medical Institute and published in 1999 the results of years worth of research on the clinical consequences of caesium-137, one of the most radioactive elements released by the disaster, and the impacts on human organism. He showed us all his researches and answered to our questions.

Children highly victims of Cs 137 concentration in the organism

His results showed that it leads to heart disease, cataract, early ageing and other maladies. But his research jeopardised the Belarusian authorities' intention to restart farming lands contaminated by Chernobyl. Bandazhevsky was arrested soon after his report was published under a presidential decree N21 "‘On Urgent Measures for the Combat of Terrorism". Just before his arrest in 1999, Bandazhevsky criticised official researches, sponsored by the Belarusian government. Prior to Bandazhevsky studies, increases of caesium-137 concentrations from 10 to 30 times in vital human organs were considered insignificant. He proved, however, that such concentrations lead to pathological abnormalities.

As a Corresponding Member of Belarusian Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr. Bandazhevsky has been awarded three prestigious international prizes, including the Albert Schweitzer Golden Medal. In February 2003 he was declared a honorary citizen of France. The European Parliament has issued him a Liberty Passport, entitling him to free entry to any of the European Union states.

Therefore if I understand the explanations of Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky and others, problems will start to appear 4 to 5 years after March 2011.

- Tepco statements:
- Information about Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky: (New Russian English translation, 2013)

Yury Bandazhevsky

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