Fukushima Disaster Will Never End, Dr. Caldicott Warns

OpEdNewsby Sherwood Ross, OpEdNews

The Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown disaster “is not over and will never end,” warns Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and holder of 21 honorary doctorate degrees.

“Radioactive fallout which remains toxic for hundreds to thousands of years covers large areas of Japan and will never be ‘cleaned up,'” asserts Dr. Caldicott, a medical doctor who has been showered with honors and awards for her long-time campaign against the dangers of nuclear power production and nuclear war.

Instead, “It will induce an epidemic of cancer as people inhale the radioactive elements, eat radioactive food and drink radioactive beverages,” the anti-nuclear authority said. “It is the greatest industrial accident in the Earth’s history,” she points out. Dr. Caldicott formerly taught pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and founded the Nuclear Power Research Institute of Washington, D.C.

In 1986, she recalled, a single meltdown and explosion at Chernobyl covered 40% of the European land mass with radioactive elements”and over one million people have already perished as a direct result of this catastrophe, according to a 2009 report published by the New York Academy of Sciences.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg, because large parts of Europe and the food grown there will remain radioactive for hundreds of years,” Dr. Caldicott adds.

No dose of radiation is safe, she noted. Each dose received by the body is cumulative and adds to the risk of developing malignancy or genetic disease.

What’s more, “Children are 10 to 20 times more vulnerable to the carcinogenic effects of radiation than adults, Dr. Caldicott says. “There are medical homes near Chernobyl full of grossly deformed children, a situation that has never been seen before in the history of medicine.”

Early findings of thyroid cancer, thyroid cysts, and/or nodules, among Fukushima’s children compared to Russian children at Chernobyl, suggests the former have almost certainly received a high dose of radioactive iodine.

Each nuclear reactor manufactures 30 tons of deadly radioactive waste a year and there are more than 400 reactors globally. This high-level waste must be isolated from the environment for one million years—but no container lasts longer than 100 years.

“The isotopes will inevitably leak, contaminating the food chain, inducing epidemics of cancer, leukemia, congenital deformities and genetic diseases for the rest of time,” Dr. Caldicott points out.

“The Japanese government is desperately trying to ‘clean up’ radioactive contamination but in reality all that can be done is collect it, place it in containers and transfer it to another location. It cannot be neutralized and it cannot be prevented from spreading in the future.”

The Great Eastern Earthquake of March 11, 2011, measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale, triggered the massive tsunami on Japan’s East Coast that induced the meltdown of three of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO) reactors at Fukushima within hours.

“The radioactive contamination and fallout from nuclear power plant accidents will have medical ramifications that will never cease, because the food will continue to concentrate the radioactive elements for hundreds to thousands of years,” Dr. Caldicott states. “This will induce epidemics of cancer, leukemia and genetic disease.”

Dr. Caldicott urges that all 440 nuclear power plants around the world be closed down and replaced with alternative (solar, wind, tidal) plants and that all atomic weapons be dismantled.

Originally published: http://www.opednews.com/articles/Fukushima-Disaster-Will-Ne-by-Sherwood-Ross-Cancer_Catastrophe_Chernobyl_Disaster-Preparedness-140710-599.html

3 Responses to Fukushima Disaster Will Never End, Dr. Caldicott Warns

  1. Kate Park 12 May 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Dear Dr. Caldicott,

    Thank you for your amazing & tireless efforts to save the entire world from the immoral, insane behavior of a psychopathic few…please never give up!! There are too few of you & too many of them.

    May God save us all…we need it.

    Sincerely,

    Kate Park

  2. Luther R. Norman 3 October 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    This is all very disturbing news since the Japanese government has never leveled with the Japanese people nor enlisted aid from other Western nations in the Fukushima clean-up. Fukushima was attempted to be covered up because no one was willing to deal with the seriousness of it all, actually the disaster itself being worse than a thousand Cherynobyls! All this contamination has been constant since March 2011.

    Today, the contamination hass reached the US West Coast and it is not disclosed how serious it all is. A recent report from http://www.infowars.net has stated that the contmaination is California is one thousand times worse than predicted! What about contamination in Oregon and Washington State? Sea cucumbers and starfish are dissolving all along the coastline, and no one is saying anything about it!

    I believe the damage is done and can never be rectified unless the right steps are used. once a safe renewable energy source is utlilized, but the radiation is present for hundreds or thousands of years! Nuclear power has not worked nor is it safe! The Obama-Bush administration has ensured the corporations can dump as many pollutants into the atmosphere as they want, still taxpayers are the ones blamed for all the greehouse gases? I don’t think so, but people still even believe lies like small amounts of radiation are not harmful (they also say the same about mercury, but it’s in fish and other foods!).

    Many of us are so sick of the lies and want them to stop but we are determined to fight them and do what’s right. I believe that we can reverse most of the contamination, but we have to act fast and must be thorough. Dr. Helen, we need your savy and introspection to listen to our hearts and stop the nuclear menace in its tracks.

    Pleaase continue guiding us to find the real answers to the survival dilemma now faced by the human race! Keep up the good work…

  3. Peter Brent 15 September 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Hello Dr. Caldicott, I recently saw a video titled Fukushima will Kill all sea life. It was saying that the Japanese were planning t remove spent fuel rods out of a pool with a crane. Do you know if they did that yet. Is there something we can do to get the help the Japanese safely remove the rods?

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