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The Mercury紙:放射能汚染のリスクを減少させることについて

2011-09-06 | 震災・原発 | By: sorakuma

下記は、8月18日のThe Mercury紙 の記事 『Reduce risk of radiation poisoning』 の邦訳です。


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Reduce risk of radiation poisoning

The Japan nuclear disaster is the worst catastrophe in the history of mankind, but little is discussed about documented radioactive impacts to U.S. air, water, and food. A U.S. nuclear engineer calculated that Fukushima meltdowns could release as much as 20 times more radiation than Chernobyl. Still, EPA limited meaningful testing and the media pays little attention. Most states aren’t testing. Others attempt to minimize risk.

依然として、アメリカ合衆国環境保護庁(Environmental Protection Agency)では重要な検査は限られた形での実施にとどまり、メディアは、ほとんど注意を払っておりません。

Radiation leaked unabated since March 12, 2011. Radiation continues to spew into the air and ocean from Fukushima with no end in sight. A Japanese nuclear engineer admitted meltdown began hours after the disaster started and the situation hasn’t been contained. Three Fukushima nuclear reactors melted down and could emit radiation uncontrolled for another year or longer. A fission event and fire also occurred in fuel pool #4.


Jet stream air currents flowing across the Pacific Ocean from Japan resulted in the U.S. receiving a steady flow of radiation. One week after the disaster, radiation was found in California rainwater. April 6, 2011 rainwater samples showed an 18,100 percent increase above federal standards. Radiation was found in Pennsylvania rainwater 181 times normal limits.

日本から太平洋を横切って流れるジェットストリームは、結果としてアメリカへ着実に放射能をもたらしました。災害から一週間後、放射能は、カリフォルニアの雨水から発見されました。 2011年4月6日の雨水のサンプルでは連邦の基準を上回る、18100パーセントの増加を示していました。つまるところ、通常の基準の181倍の放射線がペンシルベニア州の雨水から検出されたのです。

U.S. labs detected radiation from Fukushima in our air, precipitation, milk, drinking water, fruits, and vegetables. Airborne radioactive particles were detected in U.S. soil. Broad-leaf vegetables including spinach and kale are accumulating radiation from rain and dust. In California, spinach, arugula, wild-harvested mushrooms, and strawberries tested positive for cesium 134 and 137. Comprehensive testing of imports is imperative. Even tea and cows in Japan are highly radioactive.


When radiation is in milk, the entire food supply is at risk. One month after Japan’s nuclear disaster started, radiation showed up in California milk. Milk sold in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont and Washington also tested positive for radiation. In Hawaii, it was detected 2,033 percent above drinking water safety limits.


Drinking water in some U.S. municipalities shows radioactive contamination from Japan’s fallout. Philadelphia drinking water had the highest radiation levels (reported April 10, 2011). Hardly surprising, since Philadelphia is only about 20 miles downstream from Limerick Nuclear Plant’s continuous radioactive wastewater discharges into the Schuylkill River, 365 days a year.


Tons of highly radioactive water poured into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima. Fish, shellfish and sea vegetables are absorbing the radiation. April 21, 2011 testing found radiation into the sea at 20,000 times above the limit. Radionuclides include cesium, iodine, plutonium and strontium. They accumulate in sea life and the sea bed.

何トンもの汚染水が、福島県から太平洋に流出しました。魚や貝類、海藻類は放射能を吸収しています。 2011年4月21日の検査では、基準の20,000倍を超える放射能が海中に含まれていることが明らかになりました。放射性核種は、セシウム、ヨウ素、プルトニウムおよびストロンチウムが含まれています。それらは海の生物や海底に蓄積されていきます。

Living in the region around Limerick Nuclear Plant, we’ve long been exposed to routine radiation emissions into our air and water. Exelon’s own records show radiation is in soil, vegetation, milk, and drinking water. Japan’s radioactive plumes add to our total exposure.


According to Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), no amount of manmade radiation in water and food is safe. “There is no safe level of radionuclide exposure, whether from food, water or other sources, period,” said Jeff Patterson, DO, past president of PSR. “Exposure to radionuclides, such as iodine 131 and cesium 137, increases incidence of cancer. For this reason, every effort must be taken to minimize the radionuclide content in food and water.”


This is no time to stick your head in the sand or panic. Get the facts. Take action to minimize risk, especially to those most impacted, children.

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