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Fukushima Two Years Later

March 5, 2013

Global symposium in NYC addresses mounting medical and ecological consequences, critiques WHO report

Press conference highlights radiation exposures of U.S. military personnel and lawsuit against plant owners

March 11-12 – New York Academy of Medicine

NEW YORK, March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two years after the March 11, 2011 triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, important new research and new information is emerging about continuing biomedical and ecological impacts in Japan and worldwide. This information was largely omitted from the methodology of a recent World Health Organization report on Fukushima. But a unique public symposium, “The Medical and Ecological Consequences of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident,” March 11-12 at the New York Academy of Medicine will explore it, and draw its implications for the public’s health and safety in Japan, the U.S. and globally. A project of The Helen Caldicott Foundation, the symposium is co-sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Press conference: 1:00 pm Monday, March 11 there will be a press conference at the symposium with U.S. Navy Quartermasters (retired) Maurice Enis and Jaime Plym. They suffered radiation exposure and health damage while serving aboard the USS Ronald Reagan during a Fukushima aid and rescue mission. 150 mission participants are reported to have developed tumors, tremors, internal bleeding, hair loss and other health problems they attribute to radiation exposure. Enis and Plym will discuss the lawsuit they joined against Fukushima nuclear plant owner TEPCO for misleading U.S. officials about the extent of radiation released.

Symposium: 9:00 am on March 11 the symposium opens with special videotaped messages from Naoto Kan, Japan’s Prime Minister during the Fukushima crisis, and Hiroaki Koide, Master of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Safety and Control Specialist at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI). Then an international group of leading experts including Dr. Ken Buesseler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; Dr. Hisako Sakiyama of the Japanese Diet’s Fukushima Accident Independent Investigative Commission; Dr. Alexey Yablokov, Russian Academy of Sciences and many others will present and participate in panels (the full list of presenters is here).

In addition to reassessing Fukushima’s impacts, it will also critique the recent WHO report claiming fallout from the disaster increased cancer risks only minimally. “The Fukushima crisis is far from insignificant; it’s a globally important public health issue,” said symposium organizer Dr. Helen Caldicott. “The WHO report ignores critical data and sends the wrong message to the public. Increased incidence of thyroid abnormalities in children in the Fukushima Prefecture may be an early indicator of eventual increased incidence of thyroid cancers. Plumes of radioactivity from Fukushima are migrating in the Pacific towards the U.S. West Coast.”

The symposium takes place March 11 – 12 at the New York Academy of Medicine, at Fifth Ave and 103(rd) St (enter on 103(rd) St), beginning 9am March 11. Journalists and bloggers are invited to attend and cover free of charge. Please RSVP to the media contacts listed below.

Media Contacts:
Josh Baran, jcbaran@gmail.com 917-797-1799
Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com 914-589-5988

SOURCE Helen Caldicott Foundation

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