Gallery: Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at ...


Within weeks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the EPA reported that radiation levels in their specialized air, water, and milk monitoring systems had slightly risen above normal levels. Now, a group of activists are claiming that the slight rise in radiation levels killed thousands of American citizens this year* even though the EPA has repeatedly noted that though the levels rose, they didn’t jump enough to cause panic. As the government in Japan declares the disaster solved, against the wishes of many nuclear specialists worldwide, there is a huge push from both sides of the nuclear power debate to decide whether or not it is a truly safe sustainable energy. We are open to ideas from both sides of the spectrum — nuclear disasters are surely dangerous but the emissions-free energy is tempting — we’re just not open to the idea that anyone can throw out numbers without backing up their own research.

* This is the opinion of a group of independent activists.

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  1. Brit Liggett December 21, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for your feedback everyone. We thank you for your watchful eyes and hope you find the updated article to be a great source of information about the holes in the argument of the activists that released this study. Thanks for reading Inhabitat and we apologize for the initial oversight.

  2. Mike Chino December 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Thank you all for writing in with these comments – upon conducting further research into Janette Sherman and Joseph Mangano’s study we have found that it lacks evidence to prove that 14,000 US deaths were caused by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant. As the editor of this article I apologize for for the oversight and I have amended the article accordingly.

  3. Inhabitat December 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Everyone – we see your comments and we want to apologize for our oversight. When we originally reported on this story, we didn’t do enough research but further investigation into the study conducted by Janette Sherman and Joseph Mangano shows that it lacks evidence to prove that 14,000 US deaths were caused by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant. We have adjusted this article accordingly. Thank you for your understanding.

  4. mercurydan December 20, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Nuclear Energy is NOT renewable its a finite source

  5. mercurydan December 20, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Nuclear has never been called renewable till now as uranium is a finite source thus not renewable. The debate is to whether or not its safe. Please get your facts right.

  6. perks December 20, 2011 at 3:13 am
  7. Len 1 December 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I am a nuclear engineer. The Fukushima was indeed a very serious accident, but to say that it had ANY effect on the US is totally bogus.

    This article is 100 percent false.

  8. fudgebudget December 19, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Did I miss something super obvious, or is the peer reviewed study mentioned and not cited? When making claims of this significance, it’s important to have the publishing info obvious, otherwise it’s easy to dismiss as exaggeration. does not cite the article either, although they also mention it.

  9. jsong123 December 19, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Where are the 14,000 bodies?

  10. Leyla December 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Can you please cite the study you base this on? Thank you.

  11. shosan December 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Where are your sources for the peer reviewed studies/papers? Where’s the proof?

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