Japanese Nuclear Emergency – babies as canaries in the coalmine?

OK, so this is difficult, because there’s always the accusation that you are being “emotive” when you talk about children’s health. But then you read such utter bollocks from clueless journalists who think that attack is the best form of defence (“Fukushima is actually proof that Nuclear Power is definitely safe” stuff). I wonder what the writers would do if they lived in Tokyo?

Tokyo Parents Told Not To Let Babies Drink Tapwater Due to Radiation
Japan is still struggling down the long road to normalcy after a devastating earthquake which killed tens of thousands and triggered an ongoing nuclear crisis. Here’s some sobering news from Tokyo, from Kyodo news:
The Tokyo metropolitan government warned Wednesday that infants should not drink tap water as radioactive iodine exceeding the limit for them was detected in water at a purification plant.
While the amount of radiation in the water was less than the danger threshold for children who are not infants and adults, and the amounts found at other water processing plants were less or nonexistent, this news is likely not going to encourage folks in Tokyo to drink water from their faucets.

One is reminded of Tom Lehrer’s song “Pollution”
“If you visit American city
You will find it very pretty
Just two things of which to be aware
Don’t drink the water and don’t breath the air.”
Only more so…

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