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Fukushima to maintain radiation monitoring budget

August 23, 2018
Japan’s nuclear regulatory body has reversed a plan to remove some of the radiation monitoring posts in Fukushima Prefecture.
Shoji Takeyama, a section chief of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, revealed this at a meeting of residents of Miharu Town in Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday.
He also said the body will demand the same budget for the monitoring posts in the fiscal year that begins next April.
About 3,000 monitoring posts were set up across the prefecture after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011.
About 600 million yen, or roughly 5.4 million dollars, has been earmarked annually to maintain the posts.
The authority said in March that it would remove 2,400 monitoring posts over the next 3 years from locations where radiation levels have dropped, except for areas where evacuation orders remain in place.
But local residents protested the plan, and none of the monitoring posts have been removed so far.
If the budget demand is approved, all the posts are expected to be retained through the next fiscal year.

August 27, 2018 - Posted by | Fukushima 2018 | ,


  1. Do the monitors measure hot particles or just general background?
    If just general background is measured, the risks are underestimated, as hot particles represent a particular risk in the Fukushima region (e.g. Caesium hot particles).

    Comment by Dr Timothy Norris | August 27, 2018 | Reply

    • They measure only general background.

      Comment by dunrenard | August 27, 2018 | Reply

  2. Such nonsense. If you breathe or ingest any radionuclides you are screwed. You must be a doctor of bullshit timmy norris. If a detector is going off there are to much radionuclides in the soil and it is getting in the air. It only takes 100 billionths of a gram of cesium 137 or radioactive iodine to biocvumulate and kill u. What a dumn cluck. Fukushima spewed hundreds of tons of uranium, plutonium, and radioactice isotopes like cesium 137 into the environment. A fuel pool caught fire too. Cobalt 60, cesium134/137, strontium 90, plutonium and many more of the worst radionuclides are omnipresent in northern japanese soil, water, food air. What an ass. Typical health physics nonsense.

    Comment by Harriet McDonald | August 27, 2018 | Reply

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