Tepco Additional Compensation for Fukushima Voluntary Evacuees

Fukushima Tepco Compensation

Tepco Additional Compensation for Fukushima Voluntary Evacuees

Press Release (Dec 05,2012)

Additional Compensation for the Voluntary Evacuees

Fukushima Tepco Compensation

We deeply apologize to the people who live near the nuclear power stations and broad society for the tremendous anxiety and inconvenience caused by the nuclear accident at our Fukushima Daiichi and Daini Nuclear Power Stations

 (hereinafter referred to as “the accident”).

We are currently in the process of providing compensation for losses due to voluntary evacuation to those afflicted by the accident in accordance with the “Supplement of the Interim Guidelines on Criteria for Determining Nuclear Damage Indemnification Coverage (Losses due to Voluntary Evacuation)” (hereafter the “supplement of the interim guidelines”). We would like to announce that additional compensation will be provided as follows based on the supplement of the interim guidelines mentioned above and the “Secondary Supplement of the Interim Guidelines on Criteria for Determining Nuclear Damage Indemnification Coverage (Losses due to the Redefinition of the Evacuation Zone)”.

1. Compensation for Individuals in the Voluntary Evacuation Zone*1 (Refer to Attachment 1)

(1) Compensation for mental damages

a. Those entitled to receive compensationThe individuals who had the main residence in the voluntary evacuation zone at the time of the accident who apply to either of the following. Those who were born from the individuals above during the period from March 12, 2011 to August 31, 2012 are also eligible for application.

-Those who were 18 years old or younger sometime during the period from January 1 to August 31, 2012 (Those who were born during the period from January 2, 1993 to August 31, 2012).-Those who were pregnant during the period from January 1 to August 31, 2012.

b. Damages covered by compensation

The compensation will cover the following damages during the period from January 1 to August 31, 2012.

-Emotional distress caused by normal daily life being disturbed due to voluntary evacuation, increase in the living expenses, transportation fee incurred at the time of evacuation or going home-(In the case of remaining in the voluntary evacuation zone) Emotional distress caused by the fear or anxiety for radiation exposure and restricted freedom of action which leads to normal daily life being disturbed. The increase in the living expenses if any.

c. Compensation amount

Fixed amount of 80,000 yen per person to cover both mental damages and increase in living expenses.

(2) Compensation for additionally incurred costs

a. Those entitled to receive compensationThe individuals who had the main residence in the voluntary evacuation zone at the time of the accident. Those who were born from the individuals above during the period from March 12, 2011 to August 31, 2012 are also eligible for application.

b. Damages covered by compensation

Part of the following costs incurred due to the accident will be covered by compensation.

-Additionally incurred costs while living in the voluntary evacuation zone (cleaning costs, etc.).-Amount exceeding the previous compensation amount due to an increase in the living expenses, transportation fee incurred at the time of evacuation or going home, etc.

c. Compensation amount

40,000 yen per person

(3) Dispatch and acceptance of application forms

The application forms will be sent out to the address provided at the time of the previous application on December 12, 2012 and will be accepted starting from December 17. If you have a change of address, please contact the “Fukushima Nuclear Compensation Office (Voluntary Evacuation Helpline)” below.

2. Compensation for Individuals in the Southern Region of Fukushima Prefecture*2 and Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture (Refer to “Attachment 2”)

(1) Compensation for mental damages

a. Those entitled to receive compensationThe individuals who had the main residence in the southern region of Fukushima Prefecture or Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture at the time of the accident who apply to either of the following. Those who were born from the individuals above during the period from March 12, 2011 to August 31, 2012 are also eligible for application.

-Those who were 18 years old or younger sometime during the period from January 1 to August 31, 2012 (Those who were born during the period from January 2, 1993 to August 31, 2012).-Those who were pregnant during the period from January 1 to August 31, 2012.

b. Damages covered by compensation

The compensation will cover the following damages during the period from January 1 to August 31, 2012.

-Emotional distress caused by normal daily life being disturbed due to voluntary evacuation, increase in the living expenses, transportation fee incurred at the time of evacuation or going home-(In the case of remaining in the southern region of Fukushima Prefecture or Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture) Emotional distress caused by the fear or anxiety for radiation exposure and restricted freedom of action which leads to normal daily life being disturbed. The increase in the living expenses if any.

c. Compensation amount

Fixed amount of 40,000 yen per person for mental damages and increase in the living expenses.

(2) Compensation for additionally incurred costs

a. Those entitled to receive compensationThe individuals who had the main residence in the southern region of Fukushima Prefecture or Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture at the time of the accident who apply to either of the following. Those who were born from the individuals above during the period from March 12, 2011 to August 31, 2012 are also eligible for application.

b. Damages covered by compensation

Part of the following costs incurred due to the accident will be covered by compensation.

-Additionally incurred costs while living in the southern region of Fukushima Prefecture or Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture (cleaning costs, etc.).-Amount exceeding the previous compensation amount due to an increase in the living expenses, transportation fee incurred at the time of evacuation or going home, etc.

c. Compensation amount

40,000 yen per person

(3) Dispatch and acceptance of application forms

We will make an announcement about the dispatch and acceptance of application forms once they are prepared.

*1 Voluntary evacuation zone: Municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture specified in “Clause 2: Damages Arising from the Voluntary Evacuation etc.” stipulated in the Supplement of the Interim Guideline excluding the evacuation zone (Fukushima City, Nihonmatsu City, Date City, Motomiya City, Koori Town, Kunimi Town, Kawamata Town, Otama Village, Koriyama City, Sukagawa City, Tamura City, Kagamiishi Town, Tenei Village, Ishikawa Town, Tamakawa Village, Hirata Village, Asakawa Town, Furudono Town, Miharu Town, Ono Town, Soma City, Shinchi Town, Iwaki City).

*2 South region of Fukushima Prefecture

Shirakawa City, Nishigo Village, Izumizaki Village, Nakajima Village, Yabuki Town, Tanagura Town, Yamatsuri Town, Hanawa Town, Samegawa Village

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<Contact Info for Compensation for Damages due to Voluntary Evacuation>

Fukushima Nuclear Compensation Office (Voluntary Evacuation Helpline)

Telephone: 0120-993-724

Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Researchers On Alert To Find Dangerous Mutated Viruses

Researchers Warning Of New Mutant Viruses

Researchers On Alert To Find Dangerous Mutated Viruses

SAN FRANCISCO —

Researchers Warning Of New Mutant Viruses

As new evolving viruses becoming more dangerous, local researchers are in a race against time to discover the mutations and protect the human race.

There is a new flu virus on the east coast that is attacking seals and sea lions. This virus — called H3N8 — was discovered after taking blood specimens from about two hundred seals on the east coast. Researchers say it evolved from the bird-influenza virus.

Veterinarian Dr. Bill Van Bonn from the Marine Mammal Center is vigilant when any animal arrives at the center. Viruses can adapt and jump from animal to humans.

“They are really good at adapting to the environment and changing over time,” explained Dr. Van Bonn.

Virologist Dr. Charles Chiu runs UCSF’s Diagnostic and Discovery Center. He and colleagues are detectives searching the globe for unknown killers.

Last Thursday he reported finding a completely new intestinal virus in sick California children, called the M-X Polyoma Virus.

Because similar viruses cause chronic diseases including cancer, researchers are now beginning to screen for M-X Polyoma Virus.

“There may possibly be an association with g-i cancers such as colon cancer,” said Dr. Chiu.

Just six weeks earlier, they reported finding a new African virus that may be responsible for widespread deaths. The BAS Congo Virus looks like rabies, but causes horrific rapidly fatal hemorrhagic fever, like Ebola. And it is passed from person to person.

Chiu and colleagues are right now examining samples from Yosemite’s deadly Hantavirus outbreak. That incurable mouse virus may have mutated making it even more dangerous to people.

“Because we can’t predict when the next pandemic or next epidemic, it’s really important we maintain constant vigilance,” said Dr. Chiu.

UCSF’s Diagnostic and Discovery Center does that with powerful high-speed DNA sequencing and computers. Finding tiny strings of virus DNA and RNA, which are virtual needles in the haystacks of biological samples and comparing them to known viruses.

“Because we know very little about the spectrum of viruses that cause disease in animals, I think we’re always at danger of having emerging viruses that can cross species,” said Dr. Chiu.

Every flu pandemic, SARS, the mysterious Heartland Virus discovered this summer in ticks, plus all the others we discussed emerged from animals to infect people.

Viruses have existed for at least 200 million years. Bits of viral DNA and RNA are in fact, in all human cells. It’s believed that viruses have likely shaped human evolution.

“I don’t think we should fear them, but we ought to respect them and understand them as much as possible,” said Veterinarian Dr. Van Bonn.

It’s estimated 95 percent of viruses are unknown. So make no mistake about viruses; scientists say we’re in a war for survival.

Mutant Black Eyed Susan Flower

Mutant Black Eyed Susan Flower

A #mutation is an accidental change in an #organism’s heredity #genetics. Mutations occur in plants as well as animals. Mutations are often difficult to discover and verify. Sometimes they are easy to see.

Mutant Black Eyed Susan Flower

A mutation is an accidental change in an organism’s heredity genetics. Mutations occur in plants as well as animals. Mutations are often difficult to discover and verify. Sometimes they are easy to see.

I discovered the black-eyed Susan flowers pictured here on Oct. 31. I do not know whether the stress of our severe summer drought endured by this black-eyed Susan has caused the mutation that is so easy to see here. Black-eyed Susans normally look like the yellow petaled one on the left in this photo. The two “green-eyed” ones with green petals and “hairy” eyes are mutants.

Mutations have many causes ranging from chemical and radiation stress to environmental trauma and man induced changes. Some mutations are beneficial to the survival of an organism. Some are not.

Fukushima worst confirmed, radiated children need evacuation

Japanese Children Radiation Exposure

Evidence has been released Friday showing new radiation is leaking at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant as its operator #TEPCO disclosed more video recordings of its in-house teleconferences in the early phase of the 2011 catastrophe, showing employees’ tense communications before radioactive water was released into the sea. The UN calling for TEPCO and the government to observe health rights earlier this week has prompted an urgent international petition to evacuate radiated children.

 

“We have confirmed a worst situation — Water containing extremely high levels of radiation flowing into sea,” Masao Yoshida, then manager of the plant, says in new video footage of early days of the Fukushima catastrophe.

President of The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Arjun Makhijani told NBC News TODAY that the Japanese government has not been forthcoming about the amount of radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant and that new radiation is being released.

Japanese Children Radiation Exposure

As many as 300,000 Japanese children are being radiated daily. The radiation level is increasing.

Responding to the right to health being violated in Japan, the World Network for Saving Children from Radiation is circulating two urgent petitions for action involving children and radioactive contamination from the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster as the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health released a statement saying the Japanese government and TEPCO must do more to help radiation victims from the Fukushima triple meltdown.

The United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health, Anand Grover, operating in a position not established until this century, reports that Japan and TEPCO must do more to help those exposed to radiation from the Fukushima triple meltdown.

Grover urges Japan “to heed people’s voices in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster,” and to expand monitoring of nuclear radiation effects on people’s health.

The right to health report recommendations include: reducing contamination to within background levels, strengthening food contamination monitoring, and allowing full participation by citizens by using contamination data they generate, giving them money to leave contaminated areas for safer ones, and giving them their own and their children’s medical records.

A final report will be issued in June, 2013.

“Now, more than one and a half years after the nuclear accident, 260,000 Japanese children are still living in the catastrophe’s radioactive contamination,” Beyond Nuclear says.

One petition is directs Japanese authorities to evacuate children to non-contaminated areas of Japan. The other calls for justice and accountability following the widely recognized “man-made” nuclear disaster for which to date not one single person has been held accountable.

To learn more and to lend your signature in support of a more healthy future for Japanese children caught in the Fukushima contamination, visit http://www.save-children-from-radiation.org/petitions/

Radioactivity Continues in Fukushima

Fukushima Still Radioactive

Tokyo, Dec 5 –

Fukushima Still Radioactive

The Japanese Environment Ministry reported that more than 80 percent of the homes in #Fukushima prefecture suffered radioactive contamination as a result of the accident which occurred at the nuclear plant by the same name.

 

A study carried out by specialists in 58 Japanese cities of seven prefectures, determined that of about 100,000 homes affected by that event, only 18,000 have been decontaminated, according to a report by NHK television.

The report explains that the decontamination of open access areas, such as parks (38 percent), or roads and bridges, (51percent) has been more efficient.

It also informs that nearly 69 percent of schools (nurseries, primary and secondary schools) have been cleaned up.

Government and Industry Still Denying Science at Fukushima

Fukushima Reator 4
Deception Confirmed by UN

Government and Industry Still Denying Science at Fukushima

Fukushima Reator 4

Deception Confirmed by UN
Government and Industry Still Denying Science at Fukushima

by JOHN LAFORGE

When the Fukushima-1 reactor complex in Japan went into radioactive apoplexy on March 11, 2011, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. — like the Russians at Chernobyl before them — began minimizing the risks of radiation and the known and potential effects of radiological disasters.

The principle mouthpiece for this well-rehearsed minstrel show was Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano who told the world that evening, “Let me repeat that there is no radiation leak, nor will there be a leak.”* Edano is now the Trade and Industry Minister and oversees federal cleanup and recovery efforts.

Independent observers like Dr. Chris Busby, scientific secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk and a founder of the Low-Level Radiation Campaign in England, warned four days into the disaster: “Reassurances about radiation exposures issued by the Japanese government cannot be believed.” Likewise, physicist Nils Bøhmer, with the Oslo-based environmental foundation Bellona, insists that throughout the crisis Japan has been withholding information about radiation dangers.

Even the New York Times reported Nov. 30 on “The gap between the initial assurances given by company and government officials, and the ultimate scale of the nuclear disaster…”

Deception confirmed by UN

Now 20 months later, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health has issued a draft report charging that Japan “has adopted overly optimistic views of radiation risks and has conducted only limited health checks” among contaminated populations, the AP and CBC reported. According to Anand Grover, the UN investigator, “Japan hasn’t done enough to protect the health of residents and workers affected.”+

Previous investigations found that monitoring data from the federal system that tracks plumes of radiation during disasters — called  “Speedi,” for System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information — was kept secret when it was needed most. News reports in August 2011 said that the system forecast that Karino Elementary School in the town of Namie would be directly in the path of the radiation plume spewing from the smashed reactors. Yet the warning never reached decision-makers and neither the school nor the town was evacuated. Instead, they became evacuation centers where families even cooked and ate meals outdoors.

Bellona reports that documents obtained by the AP and the New York Times, its own interviews with key officials, and a review of other newly released data and parliamentary transcripts show that “…Japan’s system to forecast radiation threats was working from the moment its nuclear crisis began on March 11, after an earthquake and tsunami pummeled the Fukushima” reactor site.

The UN’s Grover severely criticized the government’s commitment to health care for exposed workers and people in contaminated areas, and complained that its ongoing health checks are “too narrow in scope because they are only intended to cover Fukushima’s two million people.” Surveys of health effects should extend to “all radiation-affected zones” Grover said, a vast area including much of the north-eastern half of Honshu, Japan’s main island.

But so far, only one-fourth of Fukushima’s population has been surveyed. Grover thinks it’s unwise to check only children for thyroid damage. Indeed, Dr. Helen Caldicott told Business Insider last summer that even when lesions are found on a child’s thyroid, they aren’t being biopsied. The lesions “should all be biopsied,” Caldicott warned.

Further minimizing the actual numbers of affected persons, thousands of reactor site workers with short-term contracts “have no access to permanent health checks,” Grover said, and Fukushima residents complain that they have not been allowed access to their own health-check results.

Last March, Human Rights Watch leveled the same charge.^ “We are really not seeing basic health services being offered in an accessible way and we are not seeing accurate, consistent, non-contradictory information being disclosed to people on a regular basis” Jane Cohen, a researcher at the New York-based rights group, told Reuters. Of the 24,228 workers who risk radiation exposure at the reactor complex, only a mere 904 are eligible for free cancer screenings being provided by the government and Tepco, the daily Asahi Shimbun reported Nov. 22. The authorities have limited the scope the $600 checkups to workers who were exposed to over 50 millisieverts between March 11 and mid-December 2011, but thousands of workers are demanding that the time limit be abolished.

Disinformation and denials confounded by science

Official lullabies, denials and attempted cover-ups are desperate shields against the enormous economic and legal liability that would follow any acknowledgment of the depth and breadth of radiation’s likely effects. Tepco said Nov. 6 that it may need 11 trillion yen, or $137 billion, to cover its damages. Tokyo already set aside ¥9 trillion in July as part of the federal bailout and takeover of the utility. Minister Edano hinted last May that the government may cover some of the costs of decontaminating certain limited areas. Comprehensive decontamination is not even being considered because, as the science ministry reported in Nov. 2011, radioactive fallout from the triple meltdowns was found in every one of its 57 prefectures.#

The journal Science reported this fall that 40% of the fish caught off the coast of NE Japan are contaminated with radioactive cesium at levels well above what the government allows.** Author Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution concluded that there is either a source of cesium on the seafloor, or it is still being dumped into the ocean by Tepco.

Referring to the millions of gallons of cooling water still being poured into the three destroyed reactors and their waste fuel pools, Buesseler told Radio Australia Nov. 20, “Some of that water is getting back into the ocean, either actively being pumped out after some decontamination or through leaks in the building, so [Tepco’s] not able to contain all of the water that they use to cool.”

The government and Tepco moved quickly to deny Science. The federal fisheries ministry claimed that cesium from Fukushima’s wrecked cooling systems — about 16,000-trillion becquerels, what Science called “by far the largest discharge of radioactivity into the ocean ever seen”— is “sinking into the seabed” and no longer entering the food chain. (A becquerel is one subatomic disintegration per second) Tepco representatives just said contaminated water was not leaking from any of its wreckage.

Oceanographer Kanda at Tokyo University told the journal Nature that his analysis indicates the site itself is leaking about 300 billion becquerels into the sea every month.

John LaForge is on the staff of Nukewatch, a nuclear watchdog and environmental justice group in Wisc., and edits its Quarterly.

Original article here: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/05/government-and-industry-still-denying-science-at-fukushima/

Japanese Aluminum is Mixed with Radioactive Aluminum from Recycled Cans

Radioactive Aluminum Cans

Japanese Aluminum is Mixed with Radioactive Aluminum from Recycled Cans from Fukushima

Also affect the shift in product export processing bases in central and western Japan in the radioactive contamination also harm

Radioactivity due to the Fukushima nuclear accident problem, but are beginning to be close-up as a factor of general stagnation logistics products from renewable resources. For export, such as thin wires made of copper and aluminum, the cost factor for the problem of testing the reference value of the amount of international radiation tangled appearance. Movement as a new shift of production bases to Kansai and Chubu region to avoid contamination have begun to surface in terms of production. In response to this, we also present a dramatic change in distribution of western Japan East In-sided raw material products, industry wholesaler raw material that is in the range of the East that may be contaminated, substantial amount of work that falls to ensure have emerged in the form of damage from spreading such. Radioactivity problem has cast a dark shadow on the entire industry in the form of stagnation of logistics that are linked to raw materials from scrap copper wire stainless steel products, copper and copper alloy products, aluminum die-casting and product-related, up EAF product.

“Industry” aluminum 
alloy manufacturers from some of the secondary aluminum ingots playing serious problems such as the following have surfaced. Some corporation with a plant close to the nuclear power plant, which manufactures the two alloy ingots by melting aluminum cans, shows a number slightly higher radioactivity dose of aluminum cans which had been in stock.You were dissolved as a stock for this purpose been driven to the situation that you must dilute the radioactivity to obtain a new aluminum cans that are not contaminated for numbers greater than or equal to regulations as appear to the product, suppress the number are. In order to avoid the influx of cash over the regulated value and prove the soundness of aluminum scrap to get a new, for yards acceptance Sako capital investment and ensuring personnel inspection and installation of gate monitor, to the cost factor up a new if it were is the reality. Has spread to all industries was not necessary facilities of the gate monitor ever aluminum, and copper, wire or the like, this flow, the problem of radioactivity as harm is far from being harmful rumor industry is renewable resource industries of various I have spread.

In addition, aluminum die-casting industry has begun to be a new movement of the workpiece with respect to logistics.For tasks that flow to type using the raw materials that may be contaminated, many direction to shift the manufacturing process in the region West central and no fear of pollution, serious a decrease in the absolute amount of logistics market East as a result current situation is that they are starting out damage as well. Although the current situation but ahead of full-scale operation of automobile manufacturers is expected to come in here, the absolute amount of the amount of work that is still at a low level Haritsui completely under the unstable supply of parts and breakdown by process . Industry would be forced to introduce a pair of radioactivity as well as testing equipment for aluminum deoxidation.

“Thin copper wire” 
for radiation damage of the raw material itself, a clear form of regulation in a manner that exceeds the value does not seem so far out. However, exports 
for the product, you will need to clear international standards, it is likely to be forced to the introduction of new capital investment, such as testing equipment at the stage of product exports. But the problem of radioactive scrap material copper alloy, copper, you have not become a problem at the moment, the problem of the influx of materials recycled from local radioactive contamination is not only inevitable, by the pace of reconstruction in the future, testing equipment ever also non-ferrous metal raw material industry wholesalers that did not border on, it is likely to be another problem eliminate the introduction of equipment versus radiation detection equipment such as Geiger counters.By region segmentation problem brought radioactivity will advance to ensure, ahead of the summer to monsoon changes, the problem is the possibility of contamination even for cash inflow (Yamagata, Akita direction) from the northeastern district so I’m facing a situation that must be considered.

White deer looking animal found in Hyogo, Japan

White Albino Mutant Goat Deer

There have been many reports of white #mutant animals in Japan since the earthquake and subsequent #Fukushima #Nuclear #Disatster 

White Albino Mutant Goat Deer

In the mountains of Tatsuno, Hyogo, found #white animals. 
White animals, but also looks like a goat, like the angle you look well and grows. 
In the mountains of Hyogo Prefecture, discovered a white lump that rises in the vegetation. 
I thought Masahiro Fujiki living in Tatsuno, Hyogo taken this picture and I have caught in a white cloth. “If you look a little, because it was deer white, I was surprised. (Deer white) because I hear or messenger of God , I said, “I hope if there is a good thing. 
That’s wild deer inhabit, but many on this mountain, and if that very rare white deer.

Original post with video of the mutant animal http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00236464.html

Please feel free to comment with your stories, and send any photos to photos@mutantcorn.org.

Japan’s Earless Mutant Rabbit

It’s no Godzilla, but an earless rabbit allegedly born near Japan’s severely-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has become the latest poster child for the side-effects of radiation exposure.

The bunny — purportedly captured on video just outside the crippled plant exclusion area and posted on YouTube on May 21 — has become big news in Japan and, to a lesser extent, elsewhere, stoking fears that contamination from the damaged facility could cause genetic mutations.

Though the long term environmental effects remain unclear, there’s no denying that the radiation emitting from Fukushima Dai-ichi, about 140 miles northeast of Tokyo, poses a major health risk.

However it’s hard to say whether this earless bunny’s strange appearance can be blamed on radiation, according to F. Ward Whicker, professor emeritus at Colorado State University’s Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.

“Yes, radiation can cause mutations that can be occasionally expressed as obvious birth defects, such as shown in the video,” Whicker wrote in an e-mail. “However, to say this is the result of contamination from the Fukushima accident is a stretch, because natural radiation, as well as many other chemical substances in the environment and other factors, can also be mutagenic.”

In most cases, the cause of congenital birth defects in humans and other animals cannot be determined, he said.

“So far as science has shown, there have never been mutations produced by ionizing radiations that do not occur spontaneously as well.”

News reports from around the world have cast the bunny as a “nuclear rabbit” or a “mutant rabbit,” citing the fact the animal and was born and raised on “possibly contaminated” outdoor grass in the Fukushima prefecture’s Namie City.

But nuclear historian Richard Rhodes says a link between the earless rabbit and radiation “is highly unlikely.”

The evidence, Rhodes says, can be found in research conducted in the aftermath of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

“In the years after World War II, there was a major American commission that looked into the health ramifications of the atomic bombings, and it found no genetic changes in the populations of Hiroshima or Nagasaki,” said Rhodes, who has written extensively on the bombings. “There were no birth defects attributed to the bombing, and no genetic consequences.”

In fact, the earless rabbit’s strange appearance may not be caused by genetic factors at all.

Far removed from radiation concerns in Japan, Mary Cotter, a licensed veterinary technician and New York City chapter manager for the House Rabbit Society, has had two run-ins with earless rabbits.

“I’ve never encountered a rabbit that is born with no ears, but mother rabbits are assiduous groomers,” Cotter said. “A mother can enthusiastically over-groom and chew off a baby’s ears.”

Maternal over-grooming can leave young rabbits looking like they were born without ears, though close investigation could reveal jagged edges of flesh surrounding their auditory canals.

Cotter believes that was the case for two earless rabbits — fittingly dubbed “Stubs” and “Nubbins” — that she has taken into her care.

With only one video as evidence, it’s impossible to know why the bunny has no ears, said Dana Krempels, a rabbit expert and University of Miami biology professor.

“It is pretty much impossible to say whether this anomaly is due to radiation. But it’s very unlikely, in my opinion, that a failure to develop ears could be due to a single mutation,” said Krempels, who heads the Miami chapter of the House Rabbit Society.

Mutations and epigenetic changes are hard to track, varying greatly between subjects.

“But if more baby bunnies with physical anomalies show up in this area, it’s certainly a red flag,” she said.

Baby boy born without arms in Washington State

Baby boy born without arms in Washington State

A Spokane couple is looking for help to give their baby boy prosthetics.

Jameson is a miracle to the Davis family. After two miscarriages, Brooke and Jim Davis were thrilled to find out they were pregnant with Jameson in 2011.

However, at their 20 week ultrasound it was clear that something wasn’t right with the Davis’ baby.

“I could see his face. His kicking heart was great and at the end they told us that there was something wrong with our baby. They couldn’t really elaborate on it, so that was tough,” Brooke said.

Additional ultrasounds revealed Jameson did not have arms. Doctors still can’t seem to explain why Jameson was born without arms and they are afraid they may never be able to.

“They warned us he may not survive, but when he was born he came out screaming. He was pink as can be. Everyone was like ‘he was adorable,'” Brooke said.

Just as Jameson is beginning to teeth, he is also beginning to get frustrated that he can’t crawl and hold a bottle. That is why Jameson’s parents are now trying to raise money to buy him prosthetics.

“He’s trying to grasp things. He wants to hold the pacifier to his mouth. He wants to hold the teather,” Jim said.

The Davis’ are heading to Portland at the end of the month to get Jameson fitted for prosthetic arms. However, insurance will only cover 44 percent of the cost for the arms. The family will need $13,000 to cover the rest.

“The prosthetics will allow him to crawl and they will have interchangeable hands so one will be cosmetic, one will be for crawling and one will be for grasping,” Brooke said.

Doctors expect Jameson will need new prosthetics every 18 months. Friends and family came together Saturday morning to raise money over pancakes and coffee.

“We love him and we want to do everything we can,” Brooke said.

Jim and Brooke need $5,000 dollars in the next two weeks as a down payment and then they will need to come up with another $8,000 by the end of the year.

http://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-news/Baby-boy-born-without-arms-needs-help/-/101214/17460000/-/3wyj4pz/-/index.html