Potassium Iodide Purchased by U.S. for Fukushima Leak-Unproven! & Conspiracy Theory!
Potassium Iodide Purchased by U.S. for Fukushima Leak-Unproven! & Conspiracy Theory!Summary of eRumor:
This is an article that alleged that the U.S. Government has purchased 14 million doses of Potassium Iodide, a drug used for the treatment of radiation sickness. The article alleged that the drug acquisition is because more radiation could be escaping from the crippled nuclear reactor in Fukushima, Japan.The Truth: The U.S. Government did send out a bid request for 14 million doses of Potassium Iodide on December 06, 2013. It is not known at this time if anyone won the bid or if the product has been delivered. We have also not found any evidence that the disabled nuclear reactor at Fukushima is the reason for drug purchase. The source for this eRumor is a conspiracy theory from the Infowars.com website of radio talk show host Alex Jones that alleged that the "U.S. was stockpiling Iodine if preparation for Fukushima meltdown." It is unknown how the government expects 14 million doses of the drug to help 313.9 million people living in the U.S.
TruthOrFiction.Com is investigating this further and will post findings here when we get them.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), "Potassium iodide is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine that can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland, thus protecting this gland from radiation injury." The CDC also said that potassium iodide "cannot protect the body from radioactive elements other than radioactive iodine. Taking the potassium iodide when radioactive iodine is not present would not be considered a preventative measure and may cause harm.
On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, which caused permanent damage to the forty year old Fukushima reactor that is located about 180 miles NE of Tokyo. The reactor was shut down and in the following April the Japanese government evacuated a 20 km surrounding area and declared a no-go zone. Once the reactors were decommissioned the treat level for the plant was 1 on a seven point scale. Problems at the Fukushima reactor may not be over, according to a 20 February 2014 article by the BBC that said, One hundred tons of "toxic water may have overflowed after a valve was left open by mistake." They also said that the nuclear power plant, "which was damaged by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, has faced multiple problems including leaks and power cuts since the disaster." The radio active water did not make its way to the ocean and workers are in the "process of recovering the leaked water and the earth it has contaminated." Since this most recent leak, according to the LiveScience website the threat level was elevated to 3, pending approval of the United Nations' nuclear agency.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
US Government Orders 14 Million Doses of Potassium Iodide. Huge purchase linked to ongoing Fukushima crisis?
Paul Joseph Watson
January 1, 2014
UPDATE: Plumes of mysterious steam rise from crippled nuclear reactor at Fukushima
The Department of Health and Human Services has ordered 14 million doses of potassium iodide, the compound that protects the body from radioactive poisoning in the aftermath of severe nuclear accidents, to be delivered before the beginning of February.
Image: Potassium Iodide (YouTube).
According to a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the DHHS asks contractors to supply, “potassium iodide tablet, 65mg, unit dose package of 20s; 700,000 packages (of 20s),” a total of 14 million tablets. The packages must be delivered on or before February 1, 2014.
Potassium iodide helps block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland and is used by victims of severe nuclear accidents or emergencies. Under current regulations, states with populations living within 10 miles of a nuclear plant are encouraged, but not required, to maintain a supply of potassium iodide.
A search of the FedBizOpps website returns no other results regarding the purchase of potassium iodide from any government agency, suggesting that the DHHS bulk buy of the tablets is unprecedented in recent times.
The ongoing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has prompted concerns that the purchase is connected to the threat posed by radioactive debris washing up on the shores of the west coast or the potential for another natural disaster occurring in Japan which could impact the U.S.
“Governments usually respond to disasters very similarly; first move is to avoid panic,” writes The West Wire. “The Japanese didn’t want to panic the world, or tarnish their honor and now, as a consequence of their reluctance, Japanese citizens and international aid personal find themselves in a horrible state of being.”
“Panic is usually avoided by keeping their citizens as blind to the truth as possible, until confrontation with the truth becomes inevitable. The crucial question at this juncture; “would our government be reluctant about warning us of potential disaster, in an attempt to avoid panic?” 14 million doses of Potassium Iodide say that might just be the case.”
Last month it was revealed that 71 U.S. sailors who helped during the initial Fukushima relief efforts are suing the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) after they returned with thyroid cancer, Leukemia, and brain tumors as a result of being exposed to radiation at 300 times the safe level.
TEPCO has repeatedly been caught lying in their efforts to downplay the scale of the disaster. In September it was confirmed that radiation readings around the power plant were 18 times higher than previously reported by TEPCO. After a tank leaked 300 tonnes of toxic water in August, groundwater radiation readings at the plant soared to 400,000 becquerels per litre, the highest reading since the nuclear accident occurred in March 2011.
Top scientists have warned that if another major earthquake hits Fukushima, which is almost inevitable, it would mean “bye bye Japan” and the complete evacuation of the west coast of North America.
Now that radioactive debris is hitting the West Coast of North America, numerous different animals and sea life are suffering from mysterious diseases, including 20 bald eagles that have died in Utah over the last few weeks alone.