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Professor in Oregon Paper: Radiation from Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl — Now at level unknown to humans or machines — Human rights violations?

Global resources needed to combat radiation levels, Statesman Journal (Oregon), September 25, 2011:

[...] TEPCO and the Japanese government remain unable to control the nuclear emergency that continues to unfold.

Radiation levels exceed the Chernobyl disaster and now reach a level that is unknown to humans or machines. Radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was so high in August it exceeded the monitoring equipment’s maximum measuring capacity.

Radiation experts estimate that more than 1 million people will die from Fukushima’s radiation. [...]

Despite these life-threatening levels of radiation contamination, the majority of pregnant women and children in Fukushima have not been evacuated and they occupy facilities that are unsafe. [...]

The United Nations Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights should accept the invitation to investigate the violation of children’s rights in Fukushima [...]

Warren Binford of Salem is an associate professor of law at Willamette University College of Law where she teaches international children’s rights. She previously lived in Tokyo, Japan. She can be reached at wbinford@willamette.edu.

h/t Anonymous tip

W. Warren H. Binford, Associate Professor of Law; Director of the Clinical Law Program, Willamette University College of Law:

J.D. Harvard University
Ed.M. Boston University
B.A. Boston University, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with distinction

wbinford@willamette.edu

SOURCE: willamette.edu

Professor Binford was appointed to the Willamette University College of Law faculty and became director of Willamette’s Clinical Law Program in 2005. Since her arrival, she has expanded the law school’s clinical offerings from one clinic to six, including the International Human Rights Clinic, the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, the Trusts and Estates Clinic, the Business Law Clinic, the Law and Government Clinic and the Sustainability Law Clinic.

 

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85 comments to Professor in Oregon Paper: Radiation from Fukushima exceeds Chernobyl — Now at level unknown to humans or machines — Human rights violations?

  • Warren Binford is a very brave person. Universities are not always very happy about faculty taking public stances on political issues…

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  • Lacsap Lacsap

    People will die TEPCO will deny..

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  • kintaman kintaman

    When will the people of Japan rise up to take down the criminals responsible for this global terror? Where are the heroes, true samurai? I hope some remain alive today.

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  • kx kx

    Human Rights violation is to say little, genocidal criminals, ignorance they will pledge.

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  • [...] Workers in shoe and clothing factories have reported feeling fatigued, dizzy and nauseated. Most claimed that they felt faint, though none actually fainted. After some rest and medical attention, the women quickly recovered and went back to work; few if any reported lingering symptoms. So far no one has found any toxin or environmental contamination that could cause the symptoms. [...] ????
    http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/large-number-of-female-workers-plagued-with-mystery-illness-in-cambodi

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    • I have to wonder where all the radioactive cow hides went after the slaughter of all that beef that was feed to the children in schools and restaurants ?
      Made into shoes ???

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    • Bobby1

      If the Cambodian chemical measurement people can’t find the cause, it must all be in the worker’s heads, huh? It’s not because their chemists are incompetent or bought off, nooo.

      Same way with radiation. “We couldn’t find any strontium or plutonium”… maybe because you didn’t look for it? No, it must be that all the nosebleeds and other symptoms are due to “hysteria”.. silly Japanese who imagine these things because they are so upset, blah blah.

      What a crock.

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      • Bobby1,
        And The FDA could find no oil or Corexit on any eatable sea-life in the GOM while/after the BP oil gusher !

        Processing of the leather with chemicals may have reacted with more releases of radiation ?

        We know how cramped and closed these sweat-rooms are and the endless hours these poor people have to work !

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    • Sickputer

      Re: Workers in Cambodia fatigued, dizzy and nauseated

      As the crow flies:

      http://www.freemaptools.com/how-far-is-it-between.htm

      Fukushima to Cambodia: 2800 miles

      A lot closer than San Francisco: 5009 miles

      Or maybe they got some canned beef or beef hides from Japan.

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      • Green Turtles Stranded on Pattaya Beach, And a LOT of GARBAGE, from Japans Disaster ??

        [...] a of lot garbage had washed up on the beach. The local people said that they never had seen so much garbage on the beach. [...]

        http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/838/124/Green_Turtles_Stranded_on_Pattaya_Beach,_And_a_LOT_of_GARBAGE,_from_Japans_Disaster.html

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      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        My children, in Spokane WA, complain of slight nausea everytime they go to eat… maybe we can’t see or smell it…but maybe we can sense it…

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        • StillJill

          I think you’re onto it there Cataclysmic,…’We’ are all ‘sensing things’,..we here at ENENEWS, anyway! I have certainly noticed my ’6th sense’ rather INVIGORATED, rather than dampened down,…like most others,…as well as other capabilities I, we, seem to be experiencing. Nothing wrong with our, ‘spiritual senses’, I call it. I think my smelling/tasting radiation in 1963, at the age of three,…was a ‘spiritual cognition’, and every time I had that sensation again over the years,…has hearkened me IMMEDIATELY back to all those ‘other times’ I’ve smelled that ‘matalic smell’, taste. As a small child,…I thought I had coined the phrase, “Metalic taste”, because that is how I described it. Every time I experienced it, I said to myself,…this is VERY consequential to my life. I swear I knew that! Too weird!

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    • midwestern midwestern

      Mass hysteria often begins when individuals under stress convert that stress into physical ills. Co-workers, family and friends may also begin exhibiting the symptoms through contagion. Outbreaks are most common in closed social units (such as schools, hospitals and workplaces) and where afflicted individuals are under pressure and routine stress. Mass hysterias tend to afflict girls and women more often than boys and men, probably because the illness spreads through social ties, and females tend to have stronger social bonds than males.

      Often the physical complaints are accompanied by reports of a strange smell, sound or lights. One of the most famous cases of mass hysteria occurred in 1997 Japan, when thousands of people claimed to suffer symptoms caused by flashing lights in the cartoon Pokémon. Only a small percentage of those afflicted actually had seizures; the rest were victims of mass hysteria.

      So 19th century and disturbing. The extent of collusion is mind-boggling.

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      • midwestern midwestern

        last comment is response to xdrfox’s link above about the worker’s in cambodian shoe and clothing factories…don’t know how it travelled down here…must have been under the influence of “mass hysteria”…watch out, it’s contagious.

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        • midwestern,
          I just raised the possibility of the Japan radioactive hides being in the same room, Japan products and by products WILL turn up everywhere !
          Enjoy your peaches and tea !

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          • midwestern midwestern

            xdrfox, I bet you’re right. I was just commenting on how they still try to push the old “mass hysteria” diagnosis instead of telling us where the hides are from. And saying that it’s more common in women than men and is also contagious!!! If it wasn’t so pathetic and deceitful it would be funny.

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          • With many countries being able and willing to check for radiation and sending products back to Japan, there are many country’s that will allow the radioactive foods and products in their country, such as this one and The U.S. to make a buck and prop up a falling country while it kills others of their own !
            Dis-speakable ! Have some tea Hillary !

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    • Wonder if they also make vest and chaps/other apparel for bikers, always in high demand for sale at events ?

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  • Anthony

    Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Research Debunks Radiation Phobia
    Research on Low Dose Radiation Actually Shows a Protective Health Effect

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Sep 26, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Radiation phobia, the belief that exposure to a small dose of radiation is dangerous, persists because media outlets and government agencies continue to fan the flames of fear in the public despite a wealth of research to the contrary. Radiation phobia-related harm is a significant risk that should be considered during radiological emergencies such as the incident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/lovelace-respiratory-research-institute-research-debunks-radiation-phobia-2011-09-26

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  • ocifferdave ocifferdave

    Professor Binford aka The Joan of Arc for the Fukushima Children. Nice to have a hero step forward and brandish their shinning war sword…now if she would swing it at the enemy of these children (ultimately, the polititians that allowed this to even happen and let it perpetuate).

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    • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

      @ocifferdave (and all other enenews fans).
      I sent Professor Binford an email thanking her for the article, the absolutely welcome coverage of anything Fukushima by any media and commending her for her bravery in getting some info in print. If anyone wants to do the same, her email address is:

      wbinford@willamette.edu

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      • ocifferdave ocifferdave

        I just told her I made a positive comment about her efforts here at enenews.com. I also said some of us would probably be happy to sign any petition she needs signatures for.

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  • arclight arclight

    two questions
    1/ was she one of those who developed the pettition to the UN under the human rights for children, i wonder? sounds plausible!
    2/ is she married (purely out of journalistic enquiry, you understand?)

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    • ocifferdave ocifferdave

      Awesome point on number 2 if your name is arclight! Good luck, bro! :)

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      • arclight arclight

        •Saving Haiti’s Children from Hell, 6 Intercultural Human Rights Law Review 11 (2011).
        •”Croatia’s Deadly Legacy: Landmines and a Misguided Embargo Threaten Economic Recovery,” Toward Freedom, 20 (August 1996).
        •”Child Soldiers and Other Child Victims of Armed Conflict,” Children in Armed Conflict, 23-47 (October 1995).
        •”The Rights of Children in Armed Conflict,” Children in Armed Conflict, 62-64 (October 1995).
        •”Lessons from One School: Children at Tuol Sleng Torture Prison and the Rise of International Protections for Children in War,” 16 Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution 28 (Spring 2008).

        This lady has covered some harrowing material… im impressed shall we say!! :)
        still cant find out if shes married :)

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      • arclight arclight

        oh and as iwas searching through the UN website…like ya do…looking for signs of this plea from the parents of fukushima on behalf of thier and other children.. i came across this instead…well done UN lol

        Human Rights Council holds interactive dialogue with Special Rapporteur on human right to safe drinking water and sanitation

        Does the UN care?

        15 September 2011

        Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Presents Reports by the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights
        And buried in that report I found this
        “In Japan the Special Rapporteur noted that government and international humanitarian response to the Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear disaster was crucial for ensuring access to water, although concern about contamination had to be taken seriously. To Japan’s credit the Special Rapporteur did not meet with any community that completely lacked access. The Special Rapporteur commended a system of public toilets for the homeless as that standard of cleanliness was above what was seen in other developed countries. A lack of access to showers remained a problem for the homeless. The ethnic Korean community of Utoro was below standards of neighbouring communities, none of the homes were connected to the sewerage network. In spite of the complex ongoing dispute over ownership of the land, urgent measures were required. “……

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    • Sickputer

      Sorry arclight…she has two daughters and a husband. (see below) Quite an accomplished lady and scholar…formerly a teacher then turned lawyer.

      http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20110911/OPINION/109110400/Still-speechless-after-ten-years

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  • TheWorldIsBlind

    How many reactors “melted out” 3, or 4??

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  • Professor overlooks the obvious facts.

    …Fukushimal radiation rises like steam then falls back straight down because is heavier than air. Only North Japan people gonna die.

    …Farmland in North Japan already dead because of typhoons and cold Fall temperatures.

    …Fish hanging around Japan coast, now after many months dying from local radiation. But be careful, do not eat Japanese imported fish scales or yellow seaweed.

    …Soon, all Japanese import cars will be banned for export…has radiation inside engines and on tires.

    …Soon, Japanese people will be banned from leaving Island….so gonna be large Refugee Cruise Ships coming to North America…the land of the free, the home of the brave, where men are men and the sheep are nervous.

    Otherwise, all is safe for North America.

    red red wine

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  • I forgot one more thing

    …Party like its 1999

    r r w

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  • americancommntr

    The best thing which could happen post-Fukushima would be for lawyers in the US, to take the nuclear industry apart.

    California got soused with fallout. One would think the litigation would begin there.

    Fukushima deserves to be called what it is, essentially, in spite of what little Tepco has been able to do: an unmitigated nuclear supercatastrophe, destroying Japan and contaminating the world.

    Unless there is some kind of time-space-matter technology for taking the radioactivity out of all the radioactive elements in a geographic area, or an act of God, it would now appear to be all downhill for Japan.

    We are bascically going to have the same thing happen to some plant here in the US at some point. The law of averages would say the US is overdue, or has been supremely blessed. Would it not be better to shut the industry down, beginning with the most dangerous reactors first, before something happens here?

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    • “Some” realities of nuclear decomissioning

      http://www.iaea.org/Publications/Magazines/Bulletin/Bull206/20604642428.pdf

      …. sounds like a piece of cake to me!

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      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

        @chemfood

        Thank you for the link! I read the paper and have extracted a few lines below:

        Decommissioning: “…measures taken at the end of the facility’s operating lifetime to assure the continued protection of the public from residual radioactivity…”

        “Decommissioning plans are required just as are operating plans.” [Question: do all nuclear power plants in the US have such plans?]

        “Radiation protection in a decommissioning operation calls for…
        (2) a physical description of each area of the facility,”…. [Didn't I just recently watch a video of someone associated with the TVA who said that "as built" drawings were a joke?]

        “DECOMMISSIONING COSTS:
        Estimates for dismantling large nuclear power stations show that these costs are important but not exhorbitant (generally about 10—15% of initial capital investment, escalated to current dollars).” [Question: With construction costs now in the billions of dollars, this is a more than substantial amount of money. This paper was written in 1978]

        “There is some concern that where nuclear facilities are owned and operated by private corporations, a mechanism must be in place to ensure that financing is available for decommissioning when it is needed, and that responsibilities for financing and decommissioning are well defined.” [So, am I to assume that this has been done and that ALL US plants have such financing assured?]

        “Good records of station construction and materials used can assist in decommissioning.” [Again, I assume this refers to the laughable "as built" drawings.]

        If you have time, read the document. It’s interesting.

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    • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

      @americancommentr

      “Would it not be better to shut the industry down, beginning with the most dangerous reactors first, before something happens here?”

      Absolutely!! Please, join the October 1 protests around the country against nuclear and keep protesting until this is done.

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  • jobert jobert

    why haven’t we deployed any of the drones and robots our military is so proud of, can’t think of a more urgent front in the good fight – oh, I forgot, “we” is a relative term…

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  • stock@hawaii.rr.com stock@hawaii.rr.com

    The
    radiation scott.org
    is actually the independent shill arm of Lovelace corporation. The Dr B Scott is shown here in this photo.

    http://screencast.com/t/9lHzubDR

    The links at the marketwatch website to their supposed “whitepaper” did not work. Repeated efforts to contact them directly were met with non-information, and then a “who are you”

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  • Atlantis

    JAPAN
    NAPAJ : Nuke Activ Pacific Area Jeopardized

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  • Elenin Velikovsky Elenin Velikovsky

    Around Albuquerque, and most all NM, excepting
    Fanta Se, where they are rich enough to be “Liberal”,
    folks kinda stay quiet, because we are “Newk Mexico”.
    Air Force guys drive around with a bumper sticker
    saying “We Saved Your Ass Today” and the new
    folded-wing logo for the AF.
    Even real bright military guys- You can’t talk truth to them.
    LOVELACE is the big “healthcare provider” around here.
    They are dedicated to staying in business.
    Besides all the rad pollution and potential, just the
    terrible fuel leaks to groundwater at Kirtland AFB are
    hush-hushed. We sit on a big valley full of sand and gravel.
    There’s no bedrock. We have allowed “development” of
    ticky-tacky-lame-ass “Homes”, in some cases with only
    ten feet of clearance between buildings, a dog-poop strip of
    a dead dirt yard. Congratulations on your new “Home”.
    There have been instances of fire trucks arriving, hooking up
    to the hydrant, and finding no pressure for the hoses.
    Congratulations! Your ol’lady really liked the brand-new
    drywall and carpet…but the whole capitalist model, the
    opportunist model, the no-responsibility model, has left her
    with a fantasy broken, but a real mortgage payment.
    No Water.
    Military Murderers manning the Roadblock on the way
    to the grocery store. Now it’s time for your Enforced Vaccine.
    Jesus Christ is Lord…Learn of Him.
    Call on His Name and be Saved. HalleluYah!

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  • I remind you that you Earthmen are only a tiny minority in this galaxy.

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  • ocifferdave ocifferdave

    I dropped Warren Binford an email thanking her and she wrote back. Encouraging to have someone with her legal intellect and scholarly weight behind the effort to help the children of Fukushima.

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  • Thinking of the bomb testing. Clouds of radiation crossed the US nation. They knew people would die from cancers and leukemia but how many? Experiment successful. People died but life went on.

    New experiment on Japanese children and country. Children will grow up and die young but will they really stop building Honda’s?

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  • It is amazing that with these developments solar energy stocks are being traded down to zero in the last couple of months. A war is being waged. Can we do something?

    Can you imagine a future where all the existing political arguments no longer exist? In a future when people and businesses are relying on the sun for its energy the human population will no longer be arguing over resource access. Threats to sea life and plant life and human life from wars and from accessing hard to get fossil fuels resulting in environmental degradation will be a concern of the past. Our nation instead will turn to new urgent concerns such as health and education with plenty more financial resources from the dramatic savings in energy expenditures to pay for them. Relationships between countries and our fellow countrymen will transform dramatically more positive.
    Solar technology and other clean energy technology is here and ready for explosive growth. With the full backing of our political leaders we can quickly move forward towards a better existence. Please join me in petitioning our leaders in Washington to devote more investment spending in the area of clean energy. Thank you.

    http://www.signon.org/sign/increase-government-support.fb1?source=c.fb&r_by=548645

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