– Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update / Aileen Mioko Smith on rising radiation levels in Japan and government denial (Dr. Helen Caldicott, Sep. 2, 2011):
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This week, Dr. Caldicott gets an update on the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan from Arnold Gundersen, a consultant with Fairewinds Associates. Two recent items from the Fairewinds website: Too Close For Comfort – Floods, Earthquakes & Tsunamis and Newly Released TEPCO Data Proves Fairewinds Assertions of Significant Fuel Pool Failures at Fukushima Daiichi. Listen to our earlier programs featuring Gundersen here and here. As background for today’s program, read the recent news articles Greenpeace: Fukushima Schools Unsafe After Clean-Up, Cesium in Incinerator Dust Across East Japan and Japan’s Cesium Leak Equal to 168 ‘45 A-Bombs.
Later in the program, we hear from Japanese nuclear activist, Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Japan, based in Kyoto, on the alarming increase in radiation levels in Japan and government inaction. First, Smith discusses her research into health effects from the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The conversation moves to rising radiation levels in Japan citizens are reporting, the lack of government testing, Japanese protests about the high levels of contamination in Fukushima prefecture, and Smith’s concerns about high radiation exposures in children.