Milton Caplan - Following the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima accident, it is good to see there is less emphasis on the nuclear accident and more discussion of the significant natural disaster – the tsunami and earthquake that killed some 20,000 and destroyed so much, leaving 300,000 homeless. It is now clear that the nuclear accident will not be a cause for radiation-induced cancer, food is not contaminated, and most people can return to their homes should they so desire.
On the other hand, in Germany a decision to shut down some nuclear units in 2011 immediately following the Fukushima accident and to close the rest by 2022 has led to a large new build construction program of lignite-fired units to meet short term energy needs. With several under construction and some now in operation, coal is producing about half of Germany’s electricity.
Wade Allison, Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Oxford, United Kingdom explains the science of low dose radiation and the disastrous consequences of existing radiation regulations.
Jerry Cuttler - Social concerns about the safety of all nuclear technologies is caused by ideological linkage of any (human-made) radiation exposure to an excess risk of health effects, namely cancer and genetic harm, using the LNT model to calculate excess health risks. This link, created in the 1950s to stop the development and production of nuclear weapons, is maintained in spite of the extensive biological evidence of beneficial effects from low dose or low dose rate exposures. .. .. .. The remedy is to discard this politicized science.
Jerry Cuttler - Cuttler & Associates, Inc. Toronto, Ontario, Canada explains the science of low dose radiation.