Ian Fairlie

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Ian Fairlie is a professional anti-nuclear power activist.[1] At one stage he was secretary of Committee Examining Radiation Risks of Internal Emitters (CERRIE),[2] which included such illustrious anti-nuclear power campaigners like Christopher Busby among its members. He flaunts his status as a science graduate[3] to lobby government against nuclear power.[4] He speaks passionately at anti-nuclear power rallies (for example: just after the Fukushima tsunami, he spoke in Berlin)[5]

He has been very influential in promoting radiophobia within the UK government and beyond as he had been the head of the Secretariat of the UK Government’s CERRIE Committee on internal radiation risks from 2000 to 2004, and after retiring from his post acted as a consultant on radiation matters to regional, domestic and international European governing bodies.[1]

He has been accused of cherry-picking data. As an example he referred to the atomic bomb survivor study in 2011[6] because it appeared to support the linear no-threshold (LNT) or no-safe dose hypothesis of radiation harm he supports. Newer atomic bomb survivor data however no longer support the LNT model (and its no safe dose),[7] because the dose-response data are no longer linear, having significant curvature. He just ignores the newer data.

False claims made by Ian Fairlie:[8][edit]

"I think that Fukushima is already more serious than Chernobyl"

"We have already seen fuel cladding fires in the fuel ponds"

"There's been huge amounts of air emissions to the point whereby, in children's playgrounds and schools about 60 to 70 kilometres away we seeing annual doses — hourly doses (which if you worked it up to an annual dose) would be 250 mSv per year"

"despite what the IAEA and the WHO and UNSCEAR have said in their denials of the effects of Chernobyl and Fukushima"

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