Help Congress Understand Dangers of Radioactive Contamination of Food and Water

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On Monday, July 15, 2024, our partners at Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network, will assemble a panel of experts, including Citizens for Health’s President and Senior Policy Advisor, James Gormely to brief Congress about the ongoing problem of radioactive contamination of our food and water and what steps our legislators can take to mitigate contamination. Join us for an online briefing with key experts and legislators as we discuss ways to keep consumer health at the forefront for Congress! You’ll gain a better understanding about this under recognized, but growing problem we need to confrontradioactive contamination of our food and water.

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About the Briefing

Radioactive contamination stands to get worse due to planned ongoing releases of radioactive wastewater from Fukushima into the Pacific Ocean. Despite this, there are currently no binding FDA standards, very little testing or monitoring that has been made public, a lack of transparency about any such testing, and no labeling or other information available to U.S. consumers about radioactivity in their food that can guide their choices. 

Food from Japan that exceeds Japan’s radioactivity standards and can’t be sold there is nonetheless sold and served to U.S. consumers here and to U.S. service men and women overseas. Congress can and should use its oversight of the FDA and other powers to confront and ameliorate this growing public health threat.

Expert Panel

Join a distinguished experts and leaders presenting at the briefing:

  • U.S. Rep. Cori Bush – (D-Missouri), District 1 117th-118th (Invited)
  • James Gormley — President and Senior Policy Advisor of Citizens for Health, and a leading consumer health advocate
  • Cindy Folkers — Radiation and Health Hazard Specialist with Beyond Nuclear (Moderator)
  • Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D. — Engineer specializing in nuclear fusion, is President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER);  author of Exploring Tritium’s Dangers, and member of an independent scientists’ panel commissioned by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to review radioactive dumping from Fukushima into the Pacific ocean
  • Bob Richmond, Ph.D. — University of Hawaii Marine Biologist; expert in biological uptake of radiation in the oceans, and member of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat panel on Fukushima
  • Kimberly Roberson— Project Director, Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network (FFAN). She served on the board of National Association of Nutrition Professionals and helped organize the FFAN Coalition which petitioned FDA for better food regulations following the Fukushima disaster

How to Participate
The briefing will be held via Zoom on Monday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m, EST. Registration is required. A link will be sent after registration. For additional information and to register, visit https://nislappdc.org/ffan-congressional-briefing/.

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