Aug
12
2011

Karl Grossman & Steve Wing on Fukushima

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This week on CounterSpin: Japan's Foreign Minister has told officials to stop claiming Japanese food is safe. This after beef contaminated by radiation from Fukushima’s No. 1 nuclear power plant was sold and consumed around the country. Meanwhile a devastating report from Associated Press reveals that a system to forecast radiation threats did function but was ignored by top officials who didn’t understand its significance. One result: the Karino Elementary School, which the system predicted would be directly in the plume coming from Fukushima’s nuclear plant, was not evacuated, but instead used as temporary shelter for people fleeing their homes.

Clearly there are many questions still to be answered about the Fukushima nuclear nightmare and its lessons, but we’re right to be concerned that they will be pursued inadequately by the corporate press. Steve Rendall discussed some of the issues recently with journalist and author Karl Grossman and with Steve Wing, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina.