By toby aronson
Do children worldwide suffer from atomic power? Absolutely. Join CCTV host Margaret Harrington, and from Fairewinds Energy Education: President Maggie Gundersen, Program Administrator Caroline Phillips, and Board Director Chiho Kaneko, for Part 2 of their discussion on the health risks to children around the world from operating atomic power reactors and their burgeoning waste. Highly radioactive waste from the meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi has been left for “interim storage” in a schoolyard, Japan’s Environment Ministry has approved the use of radiated soil to be recycled for use under paved roads, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has introduced new radiation limits for the public that are at least 25 times higher than current exposure limits. Learn more by watching this episode of Nuclear Free Future as the women of Fairewinds lend their voices to protect the children.
MH: This is Burlington and here we are in the Channel 17 newsroom at the Center for Media and Democracy in Burlington, Vermont. This is our series Nuclear-Free Future Conversation. I’m your host, Margaret Harrington. And viewers, let’s welcome back the women of Fairewinds Energy Education. On my right is Chiho Konako, Caroline Phillips is next. Maggie Gundersen is here. And Maggie, you’re the CEO and Founder of Fairewinds Energy Education. Caroline, you’re the Program Administrator; and Chiho, you’re the very active and engaged member of the Board of Fairewinds. So our subject is part 2 of Children Suffer Nuclear Impact Worldwide. And Maggie, just lead us into this conversation again. It’s a continuation of all of the facts that were brought up on our last show. So tell us what comes to mind first for you with the nuclear impact on children.
MG: Thank you, Margaret, for having us, first, and thank you for looking at this subject, because the media is not covering it. And we appreciate your bringing the truth forward. Children are much more radio-sensitive than adults. And what that means is that the children are more susceptible to radiation. They get ill more quickly, they absorb it more quickly in their bodies, and it’s really a major concern. And all the standards for radiation are based upon a male of 160 pounds or more. So it’s really a tragedy that children aren’t considered – how close they are to the ground where the radiation is in the dirt, that they tie their shoes and often lick their fingers. And so all of that radiation is getting right on the inside and on the outside.
CK: I can also add that on top of the physical impact of radiation on people, there are some social impacts as well. And recently, I was reading news that the Fukushima Prefecture government did research survey of evacuee families, and they said 47 percent of responders are now having two households. In other words, fathers living in some area, and it may be the same area …read more