Fukushima Fallout: U.S. Health Impact to be Revealed

Fukushima Dai-ichi Japan Damaged Nuclear Reactor

The authors of a major new peer-reviewed medical journal article linking radioactivity from the March 2011 Fukushima reactor disaster to several thousand U.S. adult and infant deaths will discuss their findings during a live phone-based news event (with full Q&A) at 11 a.m. EST/1600 GMT Monday, December 19, 2011.

Just six days after the disastrous meltdowns struck four reactors at Fukushima on March 11, scientists detected the plume of toxic fallout had arrived over American shores. Subsequent measurements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found levels of radiation in air, water, and milk up to 200 times above normal across the U.S. The new medical journal article contrasts the health impact of Fukushima on the U.S. with excess deaths associated with the earlier Chernobyl nuclear reactor crisis.

News event speakers will be:

Epidemiologist Joseph Mangano, MPH MBA, executive director, Radiation and Public Health Project, and the author of 27 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and letters.

Internist and toxicologist Janette Sherman, MD, adjunct professor, Western Michigan University, and contributing editor of “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” (2009);

Nuclear expert Robert Alvarez, former senior policy advisor, U.S. Secretary of Energy, where he coordinated the effort to enact nuclear worker compensation legislation.

TO PARTICIPATE: You can participate in a related live, phone-based news conference (with full, two-way Q&A) at 11 a.m. EST/1600 GMT on December 19, 2011 by dialing 1 (877) 270-2148 in the U.S., 080-823-89062 in the United Kingdom or +1-412-905-6510 for callers outside the U.S./United Kingdom. Ask for the “Fukushima fallout/U.S. health impact” news event.

CAN’T PARTICIPATE?: A streaming audio replay of a related news event will be available on the Web at http://www.radiation.org as of 4 p.m. EST/2100 GMT on December 19, 2011.

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