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Experts warn against radiation levels in Japan

Japan’s Nuclear Safety Agency confirmed that radioactive iodine-131 in seawater samples taken near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex is 4,385 times the level permitted by law.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, the company that operates the crippled plant, has begun releasing more than 11,000 tons of radioactive water that was used to cool the fuel rods into the ocean. The water being released is about 100 times more radioactive than legal limits.

Meanwhile, water that is vastly more radioactive continues to gush into the ocean through a large crack in a six-foot deep pit at the nuclear plant. Water leaking from the pit is about 10,000 times more radioactive than water normally found at a nuclear plant.

So scientists and activists question the government and nuclear industry “safe” limits of radiation exposure.

“The U.S. Department of Energy has testified that there is no level of radiation that is so low that it is without health risks,” Jacqueline Cabasso, the Executive Director of the Western States Legal Foundation. “Nobody is talking about the fact that there is no safe dose of radiation,” Cabasso added.

And the sum of several very small exposures to radiation has the same effect as one large exposure, since the effects of radiation are cumulative.

Source: Al JazeeraRead more

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2 Responses to “Experts warn against radiation levels in Japan”

  1. […] from the Fukushima reactor are radioactive isotopes including those of iodine (I-131), strontium (Sr-90) and cesium (Cs-134 and Cs-137) all of which are taken up in food and water. […]

  2. […] levels were higher in Tokyo’s Setagaya ward than in the evacuation area around the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to ward Mayor Nobuto […]


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