Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nuclear Cleanup Staff Told Japanese Survivors to Run and Reveals Governments Lie

One of the scientists in Chernobyl’s nuclear accident cleanup staff (that involved 13 scientists and about 800,000 “cleaners” or “liquidators”) bravely revealed astonishing facts when asked on her reaction on the latest nuclear accident – the Fukushima I nuclear accident that is still a series of ongoing nuclear equipment failures that releases radioactive materials brought about by the March 11, 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Natalia Manzurova, then 35, is one of the 13 scientists who was directly involved in the long cleanup of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster in Northern Ukraine. She and her colleagues were summoned just four days after the Chernobyl nuclear accident that forced 100,000 people to evacuate from what is still called the dead zone.
It was April 26, 1986 when this second from the latest nuclear radiation accident occurred. However it is still considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. This tragedy happened during a systems test at Chernobyl’s reactor number four. A sudden power output surge suddenly took place. When an emergency shutdown was tried a more severe spike in power output occurred. This led to a reactor vessel rupturing followed by a series of explosions.
Nuclear plants help provide electricity. The U.S., France and Japan provide the world’s 50% supply of nuclear-generated-electricity. Though proven to reduce carbon emissions there are still many who are opposed to nuclear power plants’ existence due to the potential risks it poses to the people.
Now, at 59, Manzurova considers herself the luckiest among her 12 colleagues who already died. She only had her thyroid removed and is now living on thyroid hormones. She also suffers from quite a number of health problems after spending 4 ½ years doing Chernobyl radiation cleanup. Though, as part of the cleanup crew, they wore dosimeters that measure radiation which they regularly submitted to their boss they were never told of the results.
A tumor was found during one of the routine medical checkups during her Chernobyl work. She would feel like having the flu, get a hight temperature and start to shiver. At 43 she would get epileptic-like fits that even made doctors consider putting her in a psychiatric ward. In the long run they admitted that her radiation exposure was the reason.
This tumor didn’t deter her from continuing her work in Chernobyl. She said the government passed a law that states that the retirement benefits of scientists like her doing the radiation cleanup would only be made availabe if they have worked not a day less of 4 ½ years.

Pressed by AOL news regarding the Japanese government’s statement saying that the Fukushima accident is not as bad as the Chernobyl accident Manzurova stated that governments do not always tell the truth. Governments “wouldn’t even compensate what the people involved had lost”. She also added that the impact of such catastrophes that involve the “powerful” nuclear industry cannot be measured for years and it’s better if people would just “run away as quickly as possibe” and “not (to) wait”.
She praised the great sacrifices of the Fukushima workers but disclosed the reality that the nuclear industry is developed in such a way that its executives cannot be held accountable to those who would cleanup the mess after such disaster.

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