Censored US gov’t emails reveal proposed plan to test West Coast residents for Fukushima radiation — “Many cases of cancer may end up being attributed to exposures” — Doses could exceed EPA’s emergency levels — UC Berkeley Nuclear Dept.: “Prompt action should be taken”

Monday, June 1, 2015
By Paul Martin

ENENews.com
June 1st, 2015

FOIA Document — Excerpts from email by Per Peterson, Chair of Dept. of Nuclear Engineering at Univ.of California Berkeley & scientific adviser to Energy Secretary Steven Chu , Mar 23, 2011 at 1:35pm (emphasis added):

[Sent to John Holdren, senior adviser to Pres. Obama on science and technology, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and other DOE, NRC officials, as well as several recipients whose names were redacted]
I would like to raise another issue which now merits expeditious, near term action. There is a short time window… during which it will remain possible to… measure any I-131 that members of the public may have ingested…
Collecting this data… would be very valuable… UCB faculty [is in] general agreement that prompt action should be taken in this area…
Many cases of thyroid cancer, and other health problems, may end up being attributed to exposures from the Fukushima accident, both in Japan and on the U.S. west coast…
It is possible that we will find that some people have received doses of I-131 and other radionuclides that could exceed the levels that current Protective Action Guidelines are designed to prevent. This could provide a basis for immediate action to change PAG’s…
It could identify individuals who have had significant exposure to I-131 or other radionuclides, and alert them and their medical care professionals to monitor for potential health effects…
There are very strong reasons to gather data, but it must be done in a way that is broadly viewed as being in the interest of the public and the individuals involved…
I would recommend that we look at making facilities at the national laboratories… available to the public… Thoughts?

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