A recent report from Fairewinds Energy Education (FEE), reveals that the multi-core, ongoing nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima plant has lead to thyroid cancer rates in the area to skyrocket. Their assessment supports an earlier study that revealed cases of children’s cancer in the county have shot up from 1-2 per million children to 650 per million.
According to the new report, data provided by a group of esteemed Japanese medical professionals and TEPO, confirm a direct link of numerous cancers in Japan to the triple meltdown.
Arnie Gunderson, the Chief Engineer at Farewinds stated:
“It’s been almost 5 years from the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, and the news from Japan is still not good. Two reports recently released in Japan, one by Japanese medical professionals and the second from Tokyo Power Corporation – TEPCO – acknowledged that there will be numerous cancers in Japan, much greater than normal, due to the radioactive discharges from the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi… I believe, as do many of my colleagues, that there will be at least 100,000 and as many as one million more cancers in Japan’s future as a result of this meltdown… [T]he second report received from Japan proves that the incidence of thyroid cancer is approximately 230 times higher than normal in Fukushima Prefecture… So what’s the bottom line? The cancers already occurring in Japan are just the tip of the iceberg. I’m sorry to say that the worst is yet to come.”
In researching this article, we were struck by how many reporters ended their coverage with uplifting sections asking what we as a people who need ongoing access to electricity can do to prevent future fallouts. We believe that this approach belies the seriousness of the situation. And while it may be too late for the people of Fukushima (or for those who live on America’s west coast), the issue of nuclear power is still ongoing. More are being built all over the world.
In some ways, we treat our earth like we treat our bodies — going as far as we can to harm it and waiting for a clear “diagnosis of disease” before even beginning the conversation about whether we should change.
Just as an earthquake-torn, Fukushima-style nuclear meltdown is not the time to ask ourselves whether nuclear energy should be abandoned, so too is waiting to get sick before deciding to change your life around and get healthy again.