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China, Macau -19 government departments participate in nuclear accident exercise

“..While China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Brunai still ban the import of Fukushima produce,…”

Macau Daily Times

Grace Yu

14/11/2012 07:47:00

What would the government do if nuclear radiation occurs in Macau? Yesterday, a nuclearexercise directed by the Fire Services Bureau (FSM) and joined by 19 government departments took place simulating emergency procedures in the event of a nuclear accident.

The four-hour simulation started with a nuclear accident occurring at a mainland nuclear power plant 70 miles from Macau. At about 8:30 a.m. the authority informed the population that the region might be affected within three hours and instructed residents to remain indoors. Nineteen official departments, involving some 200 people, participated in the simulation.
At the Nam Yue market in the northern area, cargo load full of vegetables from the mainland had just arrived. Staff from the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) inspected the produce with a nuclear radiation detection device before the food was distributed to wholesale markets. After that IACM also examined the quality of water supplied from Zhuhai. The authority declared the existence of an emergency plan if any abnormality is detected in data.

The Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) introduced the tools and methods used to detect nuclear risk. Besides these, the exercise covered emergencies concerning food supply, examination of the quality of the environment, checks for imported visitors at border gates, amongst others.

As presented by the authorities, if Customs detects signs of nuclear radiation they will inform IACM who then attends the site and conducts inspections on the suspect goods. Irradiated goods will be sealed and contained by IACM. Meanwhile, the Health Bureau arrives and examines the vehicle that carried the goods and also the people involved in transporting the product from the affected area. The Environmental Protection Bureau collects the polluted goods and transfers them to a waste storage area maintained underground.
FSM Commissioner Ma Io Weng, who also oversees the nuclear accident group, told journalists that the simulation aims to improve the communication and response required to nuclear accidents, “especially in coordination”. Kong Iat Fu, spokesperson of the FSM assured the media that the personnel and facilities of Macau are sufficient to handle nuclear accidents.
The command center is equipped for a “nuclear accident” and Head of the Secretariat for Security took part in the simulation to monitor the center’s operation.
A follow-up evaluation meeting will be held today with each of the participating departments present to review the simulation exercise.

Apples from Fukushima to Be Exported to Thailand -EXSKF

I think I know why Fukushima has targeted Thailand. While China, Hong Kong, Korea, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Brunai still ban the import of Fukushima produce, Thailand only requires certificates of radiation testing. In the same category as Thailand are Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. (See the PDF from the Ministry of Agriculture, cache captured by this blog.)


November 14, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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