Forbes: Biophysicist casts critical light on gov’t assurances that Americans were never at risk from Fukushima fallout — I watched officials attempt to minimize public alarm
Published: July 10th, 2011 at 7:23 am ET
Harm from Fukushima Radiation: A Matter Of Perspective, Forbes, July 9, 2011:
A leading biophysicist has cast a critical light on the government’s reassurances that Americans were never at risk from Fukushima fallout, saying “we really don’t know for sure.”
When radioactive fallout from Japan’s nuclear disaster began appearing in the United States this spring, the Obama Administration’s open-data policy obligated the government to inform the public, in some detail, what was landing here.
Covering the story, I watched the government pursue what appeared to be two strategies to minimize public alarm:
1. It framed the data with reassurances like this oft-repeated sentence from the EPA: “The level detected is far below a level of public health concern.” The question, of course, is whose concern.
2. The EPA seemed to be timing its data releases to avoid media coverage. […]