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The release quotes Dr Angelika Tritscher, Acting Director for WHO's Food Safety and Zoonosis Department, saying that: "In addition to strengthening medical support and services, continued environmental monitoring, in particular of food and water supplies, backed by the enforcement of existing regulations, is required to reduce potential radiation exposure in the future." 

 

And the WHO report "notes that the psychosocial impact of Fukushima] may have a consequence on health and well-being. These should not be ignored as part of the overall response."

 

If decommissioning of Fukushima ever starts, it will take decades. 

 

According to Natural News reporter Ethan Huff, the lack of reliable information -- at least in Japan -- may be less the fault of government than mainstream media: 

 

"New data released by Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) shows once again that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is far from over. Despite a complete media blackout on the current situation, levels of Cesium-137 (Cs-137) and Cesium-134 (Cs-134) found in produce and rice crackers located roughly 225 miles (~ 362 km) away from Fukushima are high enough to cause residents to exceed the annual radiation exposure limit in just a few months, or even weeks.

"According to Fukushima-Diary.com, which posts up-to-date information about the Fukushima disaster, rice crackers and tangerines produced in the Shizuoka prefecture are testing high for both Cs-137 and Cs-134."   

Meanwhile in recent weeks, TEPCO reportedly dumped contaminated groundwater into the Pacific, then announced that radiation levels in the seawater near Fukushima had reached record levels, probably because the radioactive water "leaked." 

 

At the Fukushima site, Energy News reports, workers are expecting the situation with all four reactors to get worse.  While there are somewhat credible contingency plans for three of the reactors, the fourth -- reactor #2 -- has radiation levels that are already so intense, one worker said, that in an emergency, "a prepared squad is likely to perish before it accomplishes its mission." 

 

Another said, "We are clueless about reactor #2." 

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