June 8, 2011
Former nuclear power industry executive and chief engineer of energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates told CNN earlier this week that residents of Seattle, Washington, are breathing ten “hot particles” per day of Fukushima radiation.
Hot particles are small, highly radioactive, and contain large amounts of radionuclides. They present significant health hazard when they enter the human body and are several orders of magnitude more dangerous than the same amount of radiation emitted from a large source over the whole body because if ingested or inhaled, they do damage to cells at close proximity, according to the Journal of Radiological Protection.
Radiation Protection Dosimetry, an Oxford Journal, notes that at intermediate distances the probability of lung cancer from so-called hot particles is high. “Ru hot particles might, indeed, exceed that from all other exposure pathways of the Chernobyl fall-out,” the journal wrote in 1988.
In addition to radiation in the atmosphere, the deadly substance is now working its way into the food chain.
Gunderson warns that by 2013 radiation will bio accumulate in top of the food chain animals like tuna and salmon.
“I am concerned that the FDA is not monitoring fish entering the United States because sooner or later a tuna is going to set off a radiation alarm at some part and people are going to think it’s a dirty bomb or something like that,” he said recently. “So that’s not here yet because the tuna haven’t migrated across the Pacific. But I am thinking by 2013 we might see contamination of the water and of the top of the food chain fishes on the West Coast.”
TEPCO and the Japanese government are responsible for this catastrophe. In the U.S., the government and the corporate media are responsible for downplaying the significance of the Fukushima event.
Early on, we said it would be worse than Chernobyl while the corporate media protected the nuclear industry and said the massive amounts of radiation escaping the crippled nuclear plant did not pose a threat to Americans.