Japanese anti-nuclear activist Aileen Mioko Smith and nuclear engineer Arnie Gundersen question whether Japanese officials are doing enough to protect civilians from radiation, including proper monitoring and widening the evacuation zones. Some 70,000 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes, and another 140,000 people have been ordered not to step outside.
“You can’t protect the people from reality,” Smith says.
And Gundersen says, “If I were in Japan, I would at least get the children away from the reactor, because their bodies are growing faster and their cells are more susceptible to radiation damage. I would go out to 50 kilometers and at least get the children away from those reactors.”
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Eileen Mioko Smith & Arnie Gundersen: "Get the Children Away from the Reactors": Japan Urged to Expand Evacuation as Radiation Spreads
Democracy Now! interview with Eileen Mioko Smith & Arnie Gundersen:"'Get the Children Away from the Reactors': Japan Urged to Expand Evacuation Area Around Nuclear Plants as Leaking Radiation Spreads"