June 27, 2011
Too Little Too Late
From Fukushima to Fort Calhoun nuclear facilities, distrust of government and industry is increasing as are human rights to health, safety, and security violations according to recent reports in Japan and the United States.
In the Fukushima area, pregnant women and children are now being provided radiation monitors to wear, after not told about the danger they were in, nor provided sufficient ways to flee harm’s way. Likewise, Americans have been denied easy access to radiation data, information about the threat of nuclear fallout from the Fukushima atomic catastrophe, and it’s own nuclear facilities’ threats.
In the Fukushima area, approximately 300,000 children aged 14 or younger, including children evacuated out of the prefecture and approximately 20,000 pregnant women will be given wearable radiation meters.
The government is giving to each municipality up to 15,000 yen ($186) per dosimeter for those eligible, according to a recently released “extra budget proposal” reported in the Asahi.com.
Also being provided are 10 dosimeters for each of the 500 elementary school zones in the Fukushima prefecture to gauge radiation in school buildings, on routes to schools, in local parks and other locations plus five “whole-body counters,” to measure children’s internal exposure to radiation.