Top Radiation Expert: ‘Extremely dangerous’ situation in Japan — 14,000 km² of land contaminated by Fukushima — Mayor: Country will be dealing with this for generations to come — Officials thought hot spots would diminish with distance from plant… Why didn’t they?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Paul Martin
February 5th, 2014

Professor Vsevolod Kortov, prominent scientist and leader of the school of solid-state radiation physics, Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Feb. 5, 2014: “I spoke at a press-conference in Fukushima City and offered explanations and some criticism. 20 millisievert a year is the occupational radiation dose for adults. I mean people employed at nuclear power plants 6 hours a day who afterwards go to a clean environment. And here it was planned to send both youngsters and old people to spend 24 hours in such radioactive zones. The results of the research carried out in Ukraine for 25 years after the Chernobyl disaster prove that living even in slightly contaminated areas for long periods of time is more harmful than receiving a one-time large radiation dose […] living on territories with even weak radioactivity for decades is extremely dangerous because internal radiation develops, immunity suffers and genetic problems occur. I said that this does not comply with standards accepted in Russia and Europe. […] Even the distance of hundreds and thousands of kilometres from nuclear stations is no security guarantee. Accidents of this kind outstep the borders of one state and clearly demonstrate the need for international cooperation […]”

Voice of Russia, Feb. 5, 2014: Due to serious problems with radioactive water leaks, the issue of reclamation of infested soils was recently ignored both by the local and international media. The area contaminated with radionuclides is about 14,000sq km […] The Japanese seem to have ignored the Chernobyl experience, Professor Kortov believes. […]

Emmett Messenger-Index, Feb. 4, 2014: […] Japanese public television producer Hideki Sasaki […] brought a team to America to document what’s happened since the above-ground nuclear tests over 50 years ago. The film crew said they are amazed how people from Japan are not troubled by the long-term effects of the fallout […] Japanese officials thought the fallout hot spots would diminish the farther away one got from the plant, Midori Yanagihara, researcher and translator from the team said. There are hot spots miles away from the plant. A big topic in Japan is finding out the age-old question, “Why?” In their research, the team found Emmett [Idaho] was the third hardest hit with fallout from the tests in Nevada, 800 miles away. […] They spent a couple of days visiting with Bill Reynolds, an Emmett downwinder with several medical issues he says were caused by exposure to the multitude of particles in the fallout. […] “It seems Japan cares more about what’s happening here in America to our people than our government does,” Reynolds said. Emmett Mayor Bill Butticci told the visitors, “We’ve seen this go down for generations in our country. For Japan, you’ll be dealing with it for generations to come.”

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