The levels of exposure to radiation following the leaks and explosions at the earthquake-damaged in 2011 were so low that they led today to this important conclusion from experts convened in Vienna by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effect of Atomic Radiation:
It is unlikely to be able to attribute any health effects in the future among the general public and the vast majority of workers.
Scientists had met all week to make final adjustments to a report on Fukushima radiation and health that will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly later this year. The findings are even more definitive on the lack of risk than those in a World Health Organization report on the nuclear incident in February. An Associated Press account from a news conference following the meeting describes the difference:
Wolfgang Weiss, a senior member of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, …suggested the UNSCEAR study, carried out by 80 experts and with the involvement of five international organisations including the United Nations health agency, was based on information covering a longer period after the accident. “So they (the WHO) didn’t have the full picture. We don’t have the full picture either but we have more than one year in addition,” he said.


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