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2013 Fukushima Dust Release May Have Caused Fallout At Regulator

In the summer of 2013 researchers from Kyoto University began finding evidence of new radiation releases from Fukushima Daiichi. By March of 2014 they took their findings to the environment ministry and NRA but it took six months before the government informed the public. The environment ministry may have known about the problem on their own as early as September 2013 when they began finding unusual contamination patterns in rice harvested in Minamisoma.

After proof of the releases was announced, NRA tried to explain away the problem claiming it was kicked up dirt in the local area. NRA provided no evidence to back up their statement. Now the Kyoto University researchers and a team of international researchers have proven the releases did come from the demolition work at Fukushima Daiichi. Using isotope ratios they were able to prove the contamination was not the older local contamination but instead matches the contamination ratios found on site at Fukushima Daiichi.

This has been an ongoing pattern where academic researchers in fields not influenced by the nuclear industry have debunked government claims about the extent of the disaster.

The public announcement of this contamination by NRA in July 2014 came soon after the turn over of committee staff in June.

The full study can be found here:
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1021/acs.est.5b03155

 

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