Am 241 (gamma tracer for Plutonium 241) readings, Taranaki. Area today remains off limits due to inhalable plutonium, despite repeated cleanups. Will remain unfit for human habitation for the foreseeible future. (Source: Burns et al, “Radioactive Contamination at Maralinga”, Australian Radiation Laboratory).
First we had assurances in March that radiation like that of a CT scan was emitted by Fukushima reactors. Perfectly safe. Then, after some dribble and reluctance, the statement that only Iodine 131 and Cesium 137 were being emitted and that these were of no health threat. Meanwhile, peole began compiling lists of radionuclides found in Japan and around the world as a result of the Fukushima reactor supposed glitch. Then we had weird J-Gov statements re Neptunium and Americium being found off site. Weird they did not admit to plutonium, seeing as Neptunium decays to Plutonium and plutonium decays to Americium. We had a cover up of the triple meltdown, an admission of the triple meltdown, temperature claims about the now emptry broken reactor vessels. (some cold shut down – the fuel is 17 feet below the bottoms of the reactors.) And the day after the compulsory and insane cancellation of an evacuation order, and the return of people to homes, many against their will, we have an announcement of the identification of plutonium and strontium in inhabited areas.
The government assures people the plutonium flecks are perfectly safe. Not for the people who inhale them they are not. This multiple sourced admission of plutonium off site allows the use of the full technical and health physics data on inhaled plutonium to be focussed upon the Fukushima Diiachi situation. Civilians in peace time have the right to expect that their government will protect them from harm, not force them into harm’s way.
At the very beginning of this disaster, industry hacks have denied any harm, that things were perfectly safe. The lie has been plain all along. The people who raised concerns for the safety of the people of Japan and of the world were called alarmist by industry hacks. In fact, those people giving early warning are proven right, the “experts” have been proven wrong, and the people trapped in hotspots are sacrificed so that nuclear industry can “keep up appearances”.
Noone can deny that the uncontrolled release of plutonium into populations is safe. GE promised in March 2011 to “stand by its customers”. Rightly, this will now mean GE buys up all the contaminated properties which exist as a result of its exploits in Japan. The people paid at pre March property values. GE, TEPCO and J-Gov should fully compensate these afflicted people and set them up where ever they want to live. Anywhere they they want to live. It wont happen. The old arguments will rise up again and for that reason I will now repost plutonium information. From the Beagle tests, the Hansford workers, the Rocky Flats workers and the Rocky Flats property owners. And then there are all the other plutonium affected people, including Australian Aboriginal people and Australian veterans. I aint going to stop.