September 13, 2007
Radiation tragedy in Brazil - 20 years onPosted by Jo Kuper at 11:09 PM
Greenpeace activists in Brazil today chained themselves to the gates of the National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN), placing a memorial plaque in tribute to the victims of the Goiânia Cesium-137 tragedy, the worst radiation accident in an urban area, in history.
Twenty years ago workers at the Goiânia scrapyard took apart a metal machine, found abandoned in an old radiotherapy institute. The scrapyard owner, fascinated by the glowing blue powder stone inside, took it home to give as presents to his family and friends. His daughter ate some, sprinkled on bread.

The stone was Cesium-137, a highly radioactive element. 60 people died, 628 were contaminated, and over 6,000 exposed to radiation, which spread so far it was found in areas 100 miles away.
A week later the junk dealer's wife, suspicious of the sudden illnesses afflicting her friends and neighbours, went to the doctor. The diagnosis was acute radiation poisoning, for her and hundreds of others. The homes of the Cesium-137 victims had to be demolished, and their pets exterminated, 4 people died in the early days. Altogether 60 people died, among them the police and firemen left to clean up with no protection or training. Hundreds of others still live with the contamination. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . .THE STORIES THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . .THIS OCT 10-07 IN ONTARIO, CONSIDER VOTING FOR THE CANDIDATE THAT PROMOTES CLEAN GREEN ENERGY, NUCLEAR IS NOT CLEAN OR GREEN OR SAFE AS THIS STORY NOTES.


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