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.
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/