Fukushima Four Years Later Part 2
April 28, 2015
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The San Francisco BayView newspaper published a very sobering interview with Dr. Janette D. Sherman, MD on April 17. Dr. Sherman worked for the Atomic Energy Commission as a radiological monitor at the University of California in Berkeley, and at the U.S. Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory.
“The nuclear industry is very powerful and it exerts control of the collection – and dissemination – of information,” she said. “Following the Chernobyl meltdown in the former USSR, there was a block on diagnosing illnesses as a result of exposure to radioactivity, and it was three years before health data were released.
“Since Fukushima, there has been a dearth of funds for research into the effects of the on-going radioactive releases worldwide and barriers to publishing papers that look for associated effects.
“Chernobyl, which melted down in 1986, is still leaking and the sarcophagus being built to cover it is not finished. But the most critical site is Fukushima – so radioactive and unstable that it may never be contained.
“Four years after the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown, radioactive materials continue to flow into the air and ocean. Given that it takes 10 half-lives for an isotope to completely decay, for sr-90 and cs-137, that will be nearly three centuries.