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  •  we all know cancer takes a while... (1+ / 0-)
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    to develop & kill.  one year out is far too early to say there's been no health impact....the truly horrific is yet to come...

    and, btw, fukushima was at least as well run as us reactors.  it was the earthquake, not the tsunami, that did the real damage, and we have plenty of vulnerability here....not to mention diablo canyon & san onofre, both vulnerable to tsunamis...

    •  But wrt Fukushima - virtually no one (1+ / 0-)
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      received a dose of radioisotopes remotely high enough to increase the risk of cancer measurably.

      So, based on actual science, there is not expected to be any increased incidence of cancer because of the Fukushima meltdown.

      •  whose science? it's an absurd idea... (0+ / 0-)

        nearly 30X as much cesium escaped as at hiroshima

        •  If you go to Pubmed, all of the peer reviewed (1+ / 0-)
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          literature is available in searchable form upon entering the appropriate keywords.

          For example, here is a recent study that is relevant:  
          Radiation epidemiology: a perspective on Fukushima

          A few highlights:

          Much is known about radiation and its risks. The major unanswered question in radiation epidemiology, however, is not whether radiation causes cancer, but what the level of risk is following low dose (<100 mSv) or low dose rate exposures. Paracelsus is credited with first articulating that the 'poison is in the dose', which for radiation epidemiology translates as 'the lower the dose, the lower the risk' and, an important corollary, the lower the dose, the greater the difficulty in detecting any increase in the number of cancers possibly attributable to radiation.

          In contrast to the Chernobyl reactor accident, the Fukushima reactor accident has to date resulted in no deterministic effects and no worker deaths.

          Estimates to date of population doses suggest very low uptakes of radioactive iodine which was a major determinant of the epidemic of thyroid cancer following childhood exposures around Chernobyl.

          The estimates to date of population doses are also much lower (and the distribution much narrower) than the doses for which cancer excesses have been detected among atomic bomb survivors after 60 years of follow-up.

          •  let's hope this proves true....but there's (0+ / 0-)

            much evidence that low doses can also kill.  what's clear is that we can't afford any more of these "impossible" disasters.  all nuclear reactors must shut as soon as possible.

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