[ RadSafe ] Fukushima’s doses tallied

Trevor H Thayer tht03 at health.state.ny.us
Thu May 24 08:43:24 CDT 2012


Few people will develop cancer as a consequence of being exposed to the
radioactive material that spewed from Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear
power plant last year — and those who do will never know for sure what
caused their disease. These conclusions are based on two comprehensive,
independent assessments of the radiation doses received by Japanese
citizens, as well as by the thousands of workers who battled to bring the
shattered nuclear reactors under control.

The first report, seen exclusively by Nature, was produced by a
subcommittee of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of
Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) in Vienna, and covers a wide swathe of issues
related to all aspects of the accident. The second, a draft of which has
been seen by Nature, comes from the World Health Organization (WHO) in
Geneva, Switzerland, and estimates doses received by the general public in
the first year after the accident. Both reports will be discussed at
UNSCEAR’s annual meeting in Vienna this week.

Trevor Thayer

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