Japan Government Quietly Raised Safety Levels On Drinking Water

On March 17th the Health Labor and Welfare Ministry significantly raised the safety levels of drinking water.  The change came days after the explosions at Fukushima Daiichi. 

It is very concerning not just that they raised levels but that they did so with no real public notice. The previous level was 10 bq/liter for both cesium and iodine. The new levels are 200 bq/liter for cesium and 300 bq/liter for iodine.

By contrast here are levels for the WHO, Germany and the US:

WHO=1Bq/liter
Germany=0.5 bq/liter
US=0.111 bq/liter

Ministry document of new levels

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