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AMY GOODMAN: And you say Japan is equal to or worse than Chernobyl, the Fukushima Daiichi plant?

ROBERT ALVAREZ: That's correct, because if--the Soviet Union and Russia basically have claimed that about 50 million curies of radioactivity were released to the environment--this is roughly comparable to what the Japanese government has currently admitted--and that this site continues to release significant amount of radiation in the atmosphere, nowhere near as large as it did during the first week or two, but it's still quite significant.

The other issue here is the workers on the site. I was astounded to learn that some 5,000 workers have positive evidence of internal exposure to radioactive materials. This is a huge number of people to be exposed over such a short period of time. In the U.S. nuclear weapons program, which operated at a sort of a brisk pace for nearly 50 years, this is roughly comparable to what all workers at nuclear weapons sites during that period were recorded to have received from internal exposures.

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/10/as_japan_nuclear_crisis_worsens_citizen

by asdf on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 11:31:34 AM EST

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