Annotated critique of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) October 2013 Fukushima Report to the UN General Assembly
|Author||PSR, IPPNW, MedAct|
|Classification||188.8.131.52/12 (JAPAN - FUKUSHIMA (DAI’I CHI ACCIDENT))|
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Annotated Critique of United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) October 2013 Fukushima Report to the UN General Assembly by Physicians for Social Responsibility, USA Physicians for Global Survival, Canada MedAct - Health professionals for a safer, fairer & better world, UK Dutch Association for Medical Polemology, The Netherlands International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Germany Physicians for Social Responsibility / IPPNW, Switzerland Association of Doctors for the Prevention of Nuclear War, France Association of Doctors for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Italy Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, India Physicians for Social Responsibility, Malaysia Physicians for Social Responsibility, Egypt Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind, Nigeria Independent WHO – Health and Nuclear Power October 18thth, 2013 I) Introduction II) 10 important issues to consider 1) It was mainly the direction of the wind that prevented a larger catastrophe in Japan 2) The nuclear catastrophe is ongoing and continues to be a source of radioactive emissions 3) Estimates of radiation emissions and exposure should be based on neutral sources 4) The endorsement of Fukushima produce increases the risk of radioactive exposure 5) Whole Body Counters underestimate the extent of radioactive exposure 6) TEPCO's employee dose assessments cannot be relied upon 7) The special vulnerability of the embryo has to be taken into account in regards to radiation 8) Thyroid malignancies and other cancers have to be monitored for several decades 9) Monitoring should also occur for non-cancer diseases and genetic radiation effects 10) Comparisons between nuclear fallout and background radiation are misleading III) Conclusion IV) Citations
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