The water in the Navajo Nation area of Four Corners, where Colorado meets New Mexico, Arizona and Utah has been poisoned since the 1950s, first as a result of uranium mining, then by coal mining, and most recently by dirty coal-fired power plants.
National Institutes of Science Notices the Unsurprising: Denied for Decades, Now Confirms: People Living in Areas of High Background Radiation are at Higher Cancer Risk, Downs Syndrome Increased 300%, etc. Why Did It Take Decades? For years, “official’ scientists have insisted that the risk of cancer or birth defects while living in areas with high radiation levels was negligible. In an example of bought-and-paid-for science, they refuted, ignored or distorted the independent and contradictory science that thwarted their assurances that radiation was not bad for you, it was fine for you and in fact, was actually good for you. … Read the rest
Arnie Gunderson, Chief Engineer for FaireWinds Energy Education, reports onsite from Fukushima prefecture, giving us a sorrowful, but precise, picture of what a post nuclear site looks like*: Abandoned homes no one will ever live in again 3″0 million plastic bags of radioactive debris weighing a total of 30 million tons dotting the farms and fields, front yards and roads 19 counts per second of plutonium in a square meter of earth, a deadly radioactive compound which does not occur in nature of which a single molecule can, and does, cause cancer Cesium levels 25,000,000 Bequerels per kilogram of material (2.2 pounds) New high tech radiation control incinerators with a capacity so small, 10 tons per day, that combustion of the radioactive debris will take a thousand years “Monkey poop” collected from monkeys that live in the hillsides with 50,000 Becquerels (1 Bequerel = 1 radioactive decay per second) “Decontamination” of areas that are re-contaminated because cleaning takes place only within 20 feel of the roadside so any rainfall or movement of dirt or dust recontaminates the area “Towns” opened during the day for decontamination workers which are closed at night because it is too dangerous to stay that many hours in the area Background counts in Fukushima City of 40 counts per minute but 10 times higher in the hills.… Read the rest