Supporters of atomic power, who are not scientists, have been able to broadcast their opinions to the public with hellacious titles such as Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics: Putting Indian Point Hysteria in Perspective by attorney and lobbyist Jerry Kremer for the Huffington Post. In an effort to combat misinformation and keep you informed, Fairewinds reached out to international radiation expert Dr. Ian Fairlie to clear up the false assurances and scientific denial spread by the nuclear industry and its chums.
Tritium, the radioactive isotope and bi-product of nuclear power generation, is making headlines with notable leaks at 75% of all the reactors in the United States, including Indian Point in New York, and Turkey Point in Florida. Speaking with renowned British scientist, Dr. Ian Fairlie, the Fairewinds Crew confirms the magnitude and true risk of tritium to the human body in its three various forms: tritiated water, tritiated air, and organically bound tritium.
Dr. Fairlie is an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment. He has a degree in radiation biology from Bart’s Hospital in London and did his doctoral studies at Imperial College in London and Princeton University, concerning the radiological hazards of nuclear fuel reprocessing. Ian was formerly with the United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs specializing in radiation risks from nuclear power stations. From 2000 to 2004, he was head of the Secretariat to the UK Government’s CERRIE Committee examining radiation risk of internal emitters. Since retiring from government service, he has acted as consultant to the European Parliament, local and regional governments, environmental NGOs, and private individuals.
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“What Gundersen has to say is worth closely attending to,” writes Vincent Di Stefano, a natural medicine practitioner and author of the book, Holism and Complementary Medicine. History and Principles. Di Stefano eloquently frames five years of Fairewinds’ efforts in a beautifully written synopsis of Fairewinds’ work to educate the public of the nuclear crisis at Fukushima Daiichi. Titled, The Slow Bleed: Fukushima Five Years On, Di Stefano’s piece is featured in Countercurrents.org. A well known blog for providing news, views, and analysis of all the important issues threatening the very existence of life systems on Earth, Countercurrents.org publishes reports, analyses, experiences, and academic debates.
Two Earthquakes in Japan within 50 mi. of Sendai Nuclear Power Plant
Back to back earthquakes in Japan occurred Thursday and the in the middle of night on Friday. Thursday’s earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2, followed by what has now been confirmed as a 7.3 earthquake late Friday night/Saturday (approx. 1:05am). Both of these earthquake epicenters were roughly only 40-mi from the recently restarted Sendai Nuclear Power Plant.
It is well known that the island of Japan is one of the most seismically active areas on Earth, and accounts for about 20% of global quakes of magnitude 6.0 or greater according to The Japan Times. Following Friday night’s tremor, a tsunami warning was issued and ultimately lifted fifty minutes later. Earthquakes, tsunami warnings… all this sounds way too familiar, and as Fairewinds has mentioned in previous news updates, the currently operating Sendai Nuclear Power Plant sits on the western sea coast of Japan.
Despite popular nuclear power opposition from the Japanese people, Japan’s government has pushed for the restart of their atomic fleet since shutting them down post-Fukushima Daiichi. During October 2015, the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant was the first reactor to restart and has now experienced multiple threats from Mother Nature. The first threat came in the form of volcanic eruption. Only four months after Sendai became 100% operational, neighboring active volcano, Sakurajima, erupted. This eruption was declared “average” in comparison to Sakurajima’s past explosions. According to the INQUISTR:
The Sakurajima volcano enjoys the distinction of having erupted over 200 times in one year and is possibly on the verge of unleashing another major catastrophe any time soon.
These most recent earthquakes and their subsequent tsunami warning follow closely on the heels of the Sakurajima eruption and predict a dangerous pattern. Although the Japan Times reported that Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed that there were no abnormalities at any nuclear facilities in the area, atomic power poses a massive risk and there is far too much at stake.