While there are those who think too much is made of the nuclear situation in Japan, I continue to have concerns.
That the soil levels of cesium 134 and 137 are more than 100 times the levels in the Mandatory Evacuation Zone around Chernobyl seems significant.
That wild monkeys rather than humans are being sent into a forested region near the failed and irreparable Fukushima nuclear facilities I think tells us something.
The fact that both the Japanese and the US nuke folks have “solved” the health issues by raising the “safe levels” drastically seems a desperate measure to fool most of the people most of the time. It seems to be working.
Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.