Fukushima fallout

THE way high profile anti-nuclear campaigner Dr Helen Caldicott sees it, the public health risk posed by nuclear power is worse than that from smoking or polio – and this year’s tragic events in Japan have gone some way to proving her point.

Dr Caldicott, an Australian paediatrician who has devoted the past 35 years to educating the public about the medical consequences of nuclear power and nuclear weapons, will tell the International Integrative Medicine Conference in Sydney this weekend that fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in March could produce more deaths long-term than Chernobyl.

Though the Japanese government says no-one outside the vicinity of the Fukushima plant is likely to suffer ill health from radiation, Dr Caldicott’s concern is that radioactive waste released into the sea and air will linger for eternity – and there is no safe dose. 

She says the multiple meltdowns at Fukushima,