Radiation risks from Fukushima ‘no longer negligible’ | EurActiv

The risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible,” according to CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity. The NGO is advising pregnant women and infants against “risky behaviour,” such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves.

In response to thousands of inquiries from citizens concerned about fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Europe, CRIIRAD has compiled an information package on the risks of radioactive iodine-131 contamination in Europe.

CRIIRAD says its information note is not limited to the situation in France and is applicable to other European countries, as the level of air contamination is currently the same in Belgium, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, for instance.

Data for the west coast of the United States, which received the Fukushima radioactive fallout 6-10 days before France, reveals that levels of radioactive iodine-131 concentration are 8-10 times higher there, the institute says.

via Radiation risks from Fukushima ‘no longer negligible’ | EurActiv.

So, again, not to get all Chicken Little about this whole thing, but it’s definitely a good idea to really give up fresh dairy and certain other foods for awhile, and go get some brown rice and miso soup — the older the better. The good news is that Iodine-131 has a very short half life, so it should only last for around a month past whenever they can get this plant to stop gushing radioactive alpha particles into the air. No need to take those Iodate pills yet of course, but it is time to do SOMETHING.

And btw, this article was found for you courtesy of Usenet, via alt.survival. Yea, it’s still around, and it still has uses if you know where to look. See http://www.eternal-september.org if you’re looking for a free NNTP server to set up…chances are, you already use software that supports it.

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