Jun 19 2014
It has been more than 3 years since the devastating nuclear accident at Japan’s Fukushima plant, sparked by a tsunami and earthquake. While Japanese authorities have dismissed claims of health impacts on residents and minimized surrounding contamination, the New York Times this week explained in a report entitled, “Assessing Fukushima Damage Without Eyes on the Inside,” how little is really known.
Reporter Matthew L. Wald wrote in the Times, “nobody has yet examined many of the most important parts of the wreckage. Though three and a half years have passed, it is still too dangerous to climb inside for a look, and sending in a camera would risk more leaks.”
What we do know about Fukushima in a disturbing new report is that there are tangible health impacts – on children living in and around Fukushima. The Fukushima Medical University recently tested hundreds of thousands of children and found that nearly half of them have “pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules, and cysts.”
GUEST: Harvey Wasserman, author of Solartopia! Our Green Powered Earth. He edits www.nukefree.org, and his Green Power & Wellness Show can be heard at prn.fm. With Pete Seeger and David Bernz he co-wrote the Grammy-winning SOLARTOPIA SONG which can be found here.
Click here to read Wasserman’s article.