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Monday, August 19, 2013

Canadian official publicly claims ‘no concern’ over new Fukushima leak info… Yet privately requested tests on salmon, due to “great public concern about potential radiation contamination in these fish”

Sun News, August 14, 2013: Fukushima radiation leak not a concern to Canada, officials say [...] Increased levels of radiation pouring into the Pacific Ocean from the fractured Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan do not concern Canadian officials. [...] In recent weeks the situation has worsened and been declared an emergency. An estimated 300 tons of radioactive water is pouring into the ocean each day. But in Canada, officials said they don’t believe there are any concerns with the increased levels of radiation. [...] “We don’t believe there’s any radiation being carried across the Pacific.” [B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall said.] [...] Health Canada also said it doesn’t consider the radiation a threat [...]
The Tyee, April 27, 2013 (Emphasis Added): [British Columbia public health officer Dr. Perry Kendall] became so concerned about calming the public fears that he considered unfounded that he urged the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to carry out a special round of testing [...] Last December, Kendall’s office said that such testing was no longer necessary [...] But then last month [March 2013] it appeared to reverse itself a second time, telling The Tyee that, due to “continuing misinformation on the internet,” it would ask Ottawa yet again to conduct new fish testing in 2013. [...] Last June [2012 ... Kendall] privately asked federal officials to test migrating salmon and tuna for possible radiation after the quake. But the federal government declined his request [...] He began by writing that British Columbians were worried about decisions [...] to not do any more testing of Pacific salmon or other migratory fish [...] “There remains great public concern about the potential for radiation contamination in these fish species because of the emergency at the Fukushima Diiachi nuclear power plant in Japan,” wrote Kendall. “[...] we are officially requesting that CFIA and DFO revisit their decision to not test salmon or tuna returning to British Columbia shores this coming season,” urged Kendall.
Gordon Edwards, Canadian Coalition for Nuclear ResponsibilityEdwards said to test the fish for only the first year after Fukushima is wrong because radiation builds up in food chains over a long time, even centuries. “I’m very sad if they have the attitude that if they found low levels only in the first year, then more testing is a waste of time. That is Alice in Wonderland science.” After all, he added, the mercury level of fish in northern Quebec was not considered a risk until it had already affected people. [...] You must realize that all governments have a vested interest in reassuring the population.
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