CBC News, Nov. 2, 2013: Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast […] Scientists at the University of Alaska are concerned about radiation leaking from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and the lack of a monitoring plan. Some radiation has arrived in northern Alaska and along the west coast. That’s raised concern over contamination of fish and wildlife. More may be heading toward coastal communities […]
John Kelley, professor emeritus at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks: “The data they will need is not only past data but current data, and if no one is sampling anything then we won’t really know it, will we? The general concern was, is the food supply safe? And I don’t think anyone can really answer that definitively.”
Douglas Dasher, researcher at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks: “The levels they are projecting in some of the models are in the ballpark of what they saw in the North Pacific in the 1960s.”
You’ve bought the propaganda from the nuclear industry. They say it’s low-level radiation. That’s absolute rubbish. If you inhale a millionth of a gram of plutonium, the surrounding cells receive a very, very high dose. Most die within that area, because it’s an alpha emitter. The cells on the periphery remain viable. They mutate, and the regulatory genes are damaged. Years later, that person develops cancer. Now, that’s true for radioactive iodine, that goes to the thyroid; cesium-137, that goes to the brain and muscles; strontium-90 goes to bone, causing bone cancer and leukemia. It’s imperative … that you understand internal emitters and radiation, and it’s not low level to the cells that are exposed. Radiobiology is imperative to understand these days.”
There is a lot more information on the effects of low-level radiation below (Scroll down until: ‘There are no safe levels of radiation:’)
Former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel (Belarus), is a scientist working on sanitary consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. He was the first to create an institute in Belarus, in 1989, specially dedicated to scientific work on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In 1978 he married Galina Bandazhevskaja, a medical doctor specialized in pediatrics.
From 2001 to 2005, he joined the United Nations Secretariat, serving as the sixth Secretary of UNSCEAR. He has also served on the Inter-Agency Committee on Radiation Safety (IACRS; which sponsored the International Basic Safety Standards), the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl, the IAEA’s (International Atomic Energy Agency) Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC), Observer to ICRP (the International Commission on Radiological Protection) Committee 1 and the NEA’s (the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency) Committee on Radiation Protection and Public Health (CRPPH), and Corresponding Member to the ICRP Task Group on Protection of the Environment.