This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
Maybe radioactivity needs a better PR firm. The radioactive particles leaking from Japan’s stricken nuclear plants are dangerous, but not remotely as dangerous as many people think they are.
Terror of nuclear fallout is rampant in Japan – which is understandable, given that it’s the only country to suffer a nuclear attack. Americans have less reason for panicking over the radioactive releases from the Fukushima reactors.
Every competent scientific authority in the United States has been assuring the public that those releases pose absolutely no threat to the health of anyone this side of the Pacific Ocean.
People up and down the West Coast have still cleaned out retailers’ supplies of potassium iodide pills, desperately trying to protect themselves against a nonexistent threat – thyroid cancer from Japanese radiation.
The pills themselves are potentially harmful to a few people, which makes them a bigger danger in this country than the Fukushima reactors.
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