Hearst Newspaper: Bad news, Fukushima radioactive releases may be “far greater than originally stated” — Bloomberg: Levels ‘significantly’ undercounted — Fairewinds: Data they reported for nearly 3 years is wrong — Asahi Interview: “Politicians are hiding the dangers of radiation” (VIDEO)

Friday, February 28, 2014
By Paul Martin

February 28th, 2014

Channel 17 (Burlington, VT), published Feb. 26, 2014 — Maggie Gundersen, Founding director of Fairewinds Energy Education (at 21:00 in): “Tepco just announced that all the data it collected for almost 3 years is wrong, and that they had miscalculated how much radiation was released.”

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Hearst Newspapers), Feb. 25, 2014: […] only bad news comes out of Fukushima […] Bloomberg reported the amount of radiation that leaked from Fukushima could have been far greater than originally stated.

Bloomberg, Feb. 25, 2014: Tepco Says Fukushima Radiation ‘Significantly’ Undercounted — [Tepco] is re-analyzing 164 water samples collected last year at the wrecked Fukushima atomic plant because previous readings “significantly undercounted” radiation levels. […] Shinji Kinjo, leader of a disaster task force at Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, said his office hadn’t been aware of the measurement errors. The regulator’s oversight of the utility is based on Tepco’s measurements, he added. […]

TEPCO, Feb. 25, 2014: […] improvement needs to be made in the reliability of the sampling and testing of water for radioactivity at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station […] TEPCO President Naomi Hirose said, “Public confidence in our reports on radiation levels is essential to everything we are doing” […] “gross beta” density [including Strontium-90] in water samples taken in the period between April and September 2013 was significantly under-counted […] On February 24, TEPCO has published a list of 164 samples for which it believes radiation was undercounted. […]

Asahi Shimbun, Feb. 26, 2014: [After being exposed to fallout from a US nuclear bomb test, Matashichi] Oishi married, but their first child was stillborn. He also was diagnosed with liver cancer. […] His former crewmates began dying when they were still in their 40s and 50s. […] “Politicians are hiding the dangers of radiation,” he says. […] “What happened on Bikini Atoll 60 years ago is being quietly repeated in Fukushima,” he says.

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