Nuclear Controversies/International pressure on Fukushima - repeat of Chernobyl?
By Wladimir Tchertkoff (2004), Source: Vimeo
International pressure on Fukushima - repeat of Chernobyl?
The Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety will be held from the 15th to the 17th of December. It will take place in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture and is organized jointly by the Japanese government and by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The objectives of the conference are highly significant: to share the knowledge and the lessons learned from the nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi; and thereby to contribute to the strengthening of nuclear safety worldwide. About 1,000 people from more than 120 countries and organizations are expected to attend.
In addition, during the conference, Fukushima Prefecture and the IAEA are planning to sign a co-operation agreement for the establishment of two joint research centres in Fukushima: these centres will focus on decontamination, radiological protection and the safety of nuclear facilities.
IAEA has been closely involved with Fukushima in the aftermath of the disaster.
While IAEA has been playing a lead role in the international response to the catastrophic accident, IAEA is essentially a nuclear power promoting agency. In September 2011, they had a prominent presence in the conference held in Fukushima called “the International Expert Symposium on Radiation and Health Risks”. Only six months after the accident, the conference already offered its conclusions that "the physical health impact of radiation on the general public is likely to be limited and to be lower than that from Chernobyl, where the only validated cancer was thyroid cancer." This year, IAEA sent one of its management staff to Fukushima Medical University as a visiting professor. The University is in charge of the highly criticized Fukushima Residents' Health Management Survey. A serious question arises regarding the involvement of the nuclear power promoting agency in this heath survey. In addition, Fukushima prefecture declared itself for a future with no nuclear power. This is not IAEA's position. More on this at Asahi Shinbun News
One needs to understand in this respect what the pro-nuclear international organizations have done about Chernobyl. It is vital that this tragedy is not repeated in Fukushima. The film “Nuclear Controversies” depicts how the World Health Organisation (WHO) was made powerless in publishing its own assessment of the health impact of radiation, through a long-previous 1959 agreement with the IAEA. The footage taken from the 2001 WHO Congress in Kiev actually shows heated arguments between representatives of IAEA, ICRP and UNSCEAR and the researchers and the medical doctors from Chernobyl. The scientific evidence provided by the latter on the effect of low-level radiation and internal exposure to radiation was denied outright by the nuclear promoting agencies. Dr. Yablokov makes reference to the study done by Dr. Bandazhevski – whose stated findings led to his imprisonment! Please refer to: "Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment"
World Network for Saving Children from Radiation