Miyagi Residents File Claim Radiation Exposure, The Data Behind The Issue

Radiation doesn’t respect borders. People living in parts of Miyagi along the plume path from Fukushima Daiichi experienced worse conditions than many in Fukushima did but have been denied any assistance. Marumori Town and the Hippo district were among the areas where contamination was high. A group of people from the area have now filed a claim against TEPCO for compensation.

The area in Miyagi received a significant plume on March 20th as we previously reported. There are also some known discrepancies with the monitoring stations in the area where many were placed too high up to be accurate representations of living conditions. A multitude of food products and soil have been showing as considerably contaminated in the area. Rice in the area was found to be double the government radiation limit in late 2012 and beef from the area was found to be over the government limit in late 2012.

ACRO found elevated levels of cesium in the urine of children in Miyagi that was connected to the consumption of local vegetables. Marumori town did their own thyroid testing and found elevated levels of nodules & cysts.

The people in Miyagi have not been just fighting TEPCO over these issues but also the prefecture and national government.



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