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First, if it seems to be trying to catch your attention by sensationalizing and instilling fear, be skeptical. I’m astounded how many fake news stories I’ve seen about things getting worse at Fukushima. No, they aint! One can no longer trust news sources. One must find multiple sources and evaluate each one. It is generally difficult. Do the hard work, or be duped. Sadly, fake news seems to be more abundant than actual factual reporting now.

Source: Radiation Levels Not “Soaring” At Fukushima Daiichi | ANS Nuclear Cafe

Good article here at The Breakthrough

My summary is that the scare over the nuclear incident harmed many immediately and long-term, the data and facts show little danger ever existed from the nuclear plant problems and long-term danger is too little to detect. The reaction was the problem, not the nuclear fallout. Fukushima was tragic for several reasons. The nuclear problems were minimal, and our engineering was sound. It was simply overwhelmed by the forces of nature, forces which we are now accounting for better. The net result is this nearly inconsequential contribution to the horrific disaster will be even less in the future.

Journalist Will Boisvert said of the forced evacuations and initial restrictions imposed by officials, “another instance of alarmism that causes more harm than the risk it’s trying to avert.”

That statement is particularly important. The ancient truism, “First, do no harm.” Don’t make matters worse when there is no real and quantifiable likelihood of making matters better in the long run.

Not only were people directly and immediately harmed by the forced evacuations, substantial resources were diverted from obvious use in alleviating immediate suffering of thousands. We really need better education in these matters. The information is available. We don’t need research and grants. The information is already accumulated. It is a matter of personal initiative. And I’ll state frankly that LNT is false and its use and imposition causes harm, harm that cannot be justified.

We live in a radiation filled environment. Millions of years, and we are going strong. There is a threshold for all types of radiation, and most of what we encounter with all sorts of radiation exposure are simply not dangerous. We will live longer and die happier if we just don’t worry about it.

Of course, yes, that can be taken too far, but we have a long way to go from where we are before we need to start worrying about not worrying enough.

“Tepco is working to control a leak of radioactive water from a storage tank at Fukushima Daiichi. Water escaped from the tank and then reached the soil through a rainwater valve in the surrounding dam.”

World Nuclear News provides this low-detail summary:

Leak from Fukushima tank.

The pointer to this article on facebook pointed out that the beta emissions are most likely from tritium. One cannot filter hydrogen-3 out of H2O. Accordingly, filters don’t work for it. Tritium is relatively innocuous.  (Just don’t be stupid.)

Given that the radiation was almost entirely beta, and that beta is not dangerous unless directly ingested, this really is no big deal. It is significant that the drain valve was apparently inadvertently left open. That is, the rain-puddle drain for the containment dam apparently was left open after the last release of uncontaminated rain accumulation in the retention pond. They are reporting that the leak did not reach the ditches, so would seem contained.

Overall, Fukushima is still not negatively affecting human well-being. The natural results of the natural disaster most certainly still are.

It seems to me reasonable to wonder if more harm (of a lesser, more widespread nature) has resulted from the widespread shutdown of nuclear power production than from the entire natural disaster itself.

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