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P.S.A.'S · 10th April 2011
Merv Ritchie
A reader has complained we are fear mongering, that we have no data to back up claims Fukushima could be worse than Chernobyl. This is partially true. We do not have data nor does anyone. The Japanese, like the Russians before them, like the Americans and like the BP Oil spill in the Gulf and the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, all the initial reports are deceptive and attempt to minimize the hazards. In the months and years that follow some undeniable findings are released and others remain covered up. The medias traditional role was to uncover the issues governments and corporations attempt to hide. We lament the loss of this tradition with the mainstream media.

In our previous report 'Chernobyl was a drop in the bucket compared to Fukushima' we demonstrated how the Federal Government of Canada was complicit in ignoring the hazards, downplaying and, in fact lying, stating they were testing when they were and are not. A small island towns Native leader has been paying for the testing. The misrepresentation of the truth continues while we cannot even take nail clippers or a bottle of juice with us when we board a plane due to an absolutely unreasonable fear, with no foundation whatsoever.

We have reliable, credible sources in Japan, close to the government that completely support the claims made in this report from Dr. Helen Caldicott from Australia. The situation is much worse than is being reported and the industry and governments are holding back the truth. Caldicott is someone who has spent years, 35, researching and tracking the nuclear industry. Her website can be found by clicking here.

The following is a report taken directly from her website, which was written by Independent Australia. Click here to read the entire report posted March 15, 2011.

‘The situation is very grim and not just for the Japanese people’

One person who is in no doubt about the seriousness of the incident is prominent anti-nuclear campaigner, Dr Helen Caldicott. Independent Australia spoke exclusively to Dr Caldicott yesterday as she was in transit to Canada to speak at a hearing into a proposal to build four new power plants in Darlington, Ontario.

Dr. Helen Caldicott is perhaps most influential environmental activist in the past 35 years.

She called the situation in Japan was an “absolute disaster” that could be many, many times worse than Chernobyl. Dr Helen Caldicott raised the possibility of cataclysmic loss of life and suggested the emergency could be far more severe than Chernobyl.

“The situation is very grim and not just for the Japanese people,” said Dr Caldicott.

“If both reactors blow then the whole of the Northern Hemisphere may be affected,” she said.

“Only one reactor blew at Chernobyl and it was only 3 months old, with new cores holding relatively little radiation; these ones have been operating for 40 years and would hold about 30 times more radiation than Chernobyl’s.”

Dr Caldicott cited a report from the New York Academy of Sciences, which said that over 1 million people have died as a direct result of the 1986 melt-down at Chernobyl, mostly from cancer. She said authorities had attempted to “hush up” the full scale of the Chernobyl disaster. The official 2005 figure from the International Atomic Energy Agency was just 4,000 fatalities.

The NYAS is a credible 200 year-old scientific institution. Their précis of the report is as follows:

This is a collection of papers translated from the Russian with some revised and updated contributions. Written by leading authorities from Eastern Europe, the volume outlines the history of the health and environmental consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. According to the authors, official discussions from the International Atomic Energy Agency and associated United Nations’ agencies (e.g. the Chernobyl Forum reports) have largely downplayed or ignored many of the findings reported in the Eastern European scientific literature and consequently have erred by not including these assessments.

When asked whether the disaster in Japan could be, say, 30 times worse than Chernobyl, Dr Caldicott said it could be even most catastrophic than that.

“It could be much, much, worse than that,” said Dr Caldicott.

“This could be a diabolical catastrophe—we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Dr Caldicott said any fall-out was unlikely to affect Australia, though the death toll in the northern hemisphere could be severe.

“Australia is probably not going to be affected by fall-out because the northern and southern air masses don’t mix.”

“But in the northern hemisphere, many millions could get cancer”.

Dr Caldicott said that despite the best efforts of nuclear energy campaigners, the Japanese disaster is likely to spell the end of the industry not just in Australia but worldwide.

“We’ve had earthquakes in Australia before—no-one will want to risk this happening in this country.”

“But I think the nuclear industry is finished worldwide.”

“I have said before, unfortunately, the only thing that is capable of stopping this wicked industry is a major catastrophe, and it now looks like this may be it.”

End note: There is no history of billions of litres of radioactive water being dumped into the ocean and this accident is far from over. We pray things get under control yet this is clearly not yet the case. The disaster is still unfolding. As Caldicott states, we will just have to wait and see. This is not fear mongering, it is information. Fear mongering is the new rules for getting on a plane, worries about Gaddafi or an economic meltdown. These are fantasies, our information is based on reality.