[ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] Concerns of mothers and children inFukushima
Brennan, Mike (DOH)
Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Mon Mar 30 11:22:00 CDT 2015
I am afraid I must disagree on two points. The first is that I do not believe that Cristina MacPherson is paranoid, but rather that she is a cynical liar, fully aware that she is trying to get people to believe things she knows are not true, because it leads to more money and power coming her way.
The other is, sadly, some of what people like MacPherson says comes around at me, or at least my Office, from other directions, so it is useful to know what might be coming down the road at us. Now, if we could just prepare responses that shoot down the misinformation, THAT would be useful, but sadly we usually dither.
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Franz Schönhofer
Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:13 AM
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Roger et al.,
We have now read dozens or rather hundreds of messages of an obviously paranoid (mentally ill) person Christina MacPherson, who does not even use her real name, forwarded to RADSAFE. Isn`t it time to refrain from it? I guess that most all of the RADSAFE-community are aware of the nonsense distributed by the "expert" Mac Pherson so no further proof of it seems to be necessary. Would anybody like to be informed about similar nonsense distributed by Austrian or European papers? I would not forward any single one because this would be a waste of time for both you and me.
Some time ago I asked about a comment from a psychologist of psychiatrist on those antinulear groups - no response.
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] Concerns of mothers and children inFukushima
Note the comments about radiation level made by person from Belarus - the black bags of soil clearly do not weigh one ton - they are not big enough.
They might weigh at most about 100 pounds. Big difference, but hype is
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Christina MacPherson posted: "Mako Oshidori in Düsseldorf "The Hidden Truth about Fukushima", Fukushima Voice version 2E 28 May 2014 "........ Next, I would like to talk about mothers in Fukushima. These mothers (and fathers) live in Iwaki City, Fukushima. They are active on
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Oshidori in Düsseldorf "The Hidden Truth about Fukushima", Fukushima Voice version 2E 28 May 2014 "........ *Next, I would like to talk about mothers in Fukushima. These mothers (and fathers) live in Iwaki City, Fukushima.
They are active on school lunch issues. Currently, Fukushima produce isn’t selling well due to suspected contamination. So the prefectural policy is to encourage the use of Fukushima produce in school lunches, in an attempt to appeal its safety. As a large municipality, Iwaki City had been purchasing produce from distant prefectures instead of Fukushima produce, but after the accident, the policy changed to use Fukushima produce in school lunches in order to appeal safety of Fukushima produce by showing it’s safe enough to give to children.
They are collecting signatures for a petition to oppose the use of Fukushima produce in school lunches. Some say stricter radiation testing (in food used in school lunches) could help, but the mothers claim that currently in Japan only cesium is measured and they have no idea if there is any strontium. They oppose the use of Fukushima produce in school lunches for fear of finding out, ten-plus years down the road, that there was actually plutonium in the food that children ate.
Their concern is not so much if it’s safe or not, but it should not be a scientific issue but an ethical issue to use children as a way of appealing for safety. However, currently, about 70% of the municipalities within Fukushima Prefecture use Fukushima produce to children in school lunches as a way of appealing for safety. These mothers constitute a minority group, and therefore, they are pressured and harassed. They are told to leave Fukushima if they are worried about the contamination. I investigated details of these harassments, but I have been asked not to write about it and disseminate it. It’s because they are afraid the harassment might worsen once it becomes clear which specific harassments bother them.
This is a photo [in original] from the October 2012 Fukushima visit with Mr. Nesterenko, the director of BELRAD Institute in Belarus. The most surprising moment for him came when he took measurements in this area of Oguni Elementary School.
It says 27.6 μSv/h. He asked me then if all the students had evacuated. I said they were in class as we spoke. He said the radiation level qualified for immediate mandatory evacuation in Belarus. He told me that he thought Japan was a wealthy country but that he was apparently wrong. At the time, some Date City government workers happened to come by, so I told them there was a spot with a very high radiation level. They told me they already knew about it. This spot has really a very high radiation level, but the inside of the elementary school has been decontaminated and deemed safe. However, Mr. Nesterenko kept asking what it was that they meant by saying it was safe inside as there is no air filter for school buildings and air from the high radiation spot still flows inside. I was shown by the mothers the radiation level for the spot was 179 μSv/h in September 2012, which was a month before our visit. The principle of the school sent a letter to families stating everything was okay because the radiation level came down to 3.9 μSv/h after decontamination.
The mother who showed me the letter said she wanted the children evacuated immediately with the radiation level of 179 μSv/h. However, the evacuation never happened and the school remained in normal operation, so her family evacuated voluntarily at their own expense. During my 2012 visit there, out of 200 families at this school, only 2 families were concerned about radiation exposure. Now those 2 families moved away. Even after the move, they are constantly talking about they don’t know if they are just crazy, worried about nothing, or if it’s actually dangerous.
By the way, the current measure to deal with areas contaminated with a high level of radioactive material is to remove the soil, put it in bags, and place them in an empty lot. It’s not just Fukushima Prefecture. Neighboring prefectures in eastern Japan, such as Ibaraki Prefecture, Gunma Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture also have a lot of areas with contamination where people live. They decontaminate, put the soil in bags, and stack them in an empty lot. By the way, these bags look small, but each bag actually weighs 1 ton. It’s rather large. ......
Translation by @YuriHiranuma <https://twitter.com/YuriHiranuma>
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