testified that “It is not credible to expect the NRC [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] staff to perform an unbiased review of its own past failings,” or that U.S. nuclear plants with obsolete designs should be phased out rather than have their licenses routinely extended.
However, there should serious concerns about the organization’s release of the report co-authored by Cochran titled The Collective Effective Dose Resulting from Radiation Emitted During the First Weeks of The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident.
This report could very likely be used by the media to imply that there will only be 84 excess cancer deaths as a result of the disaster! Here’s what Cochran/NRDC has done and why it is such a concern.
The Study relies soley upon The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s (MEXT) prefecture dose rate posts. Even in summary they acknowledge that their finding’s contain major uncertainties, they have gone ahead, using MEXT’s report as the basis for coming up with a projected impact of just 84 excess cancers.
A major part of what they fail to mention is that they are only basing their report on air-born radiation. Once this radiation settles into fish, water and plants another major ingestion pathway of radiation is from food and liquids like milk. Nor of course as they acknowledge do they even know where these readings are coming from or do they represent high or low averages for where they are coming from. The report does clearly lay out that there are very large unknown factors in their numbers. There are many reasons for this group to realize that this is a moment when anti-nuclear sentiment is clearly to be found.
NRDC’s role in undermining the campaign to kill Indian Point is crucial to understanding this organization. One of its former founding members also happened to become the chairman of Southern California Edison the owner/operator the San Onofre nuclear facility.
The fact that the report could very well likely be used as a beacon by the nuclear industry and the media to make claims that the Fukushima disaster is minimal in terms of real harm comes to mind. On the west coast, whenever PBS or other major media outlets want an “environmentalist’s view” of the nuclear story, it will always be NRDC that is interviewed with no other viewpoints open for discussion or debate. Thus more “radical” findings like those of Chris Busby from the European Committee on Radiation Rish who has predicted cancer impacts from Fukushima in the hundred’s of thousands. What we will be seeing is a big violin story (gatekeeping from NRDC and the media, using this clearly biased and uncertain set of numbers as a way to downplay the real impacts from the disaster in Japan.
In my opinion, there needs to be very serious preparation for this surely to come scam that the NRDC will more than certainly be willing to play into!