Monday, March 21, 2011

Full fledged radioactive contamination

So, after all this, what's an appropriate risk assessment and risk management program in defining what's acceptable when planning the construction of a nuclear power plant?

Amplify’d from

Nuclear Plant's Fuel Rods Damaged, Leaking Into Sea

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said fuel
rods at its Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant have been damaged,
releasing five kinds of radioactive material and contaminating
seawater nearby.

The acknowledgements from the utility indicate poisons
emanating from the plant may be spreading through the air and
sea, raising concern over the safety of seafood from the coast
of northeastern Japan and agriculture in the region.

The decay of radioactive fuel rods, composed of uranium and
plutonium, was suspected by company officials five days after
the March 11 magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami off the main
island of Honshu.

The disclosures on the spread of radiation were made in a
press briefing after midnight Tokyo time and in a press release
this morning.

Iodine-131 was detected at 127 times normal levels from
sample water taken at 2:30 p.m. yesterday, while cesium-134
levels were 25 times normal and cesium-137 was at 17 times
normal, Tepco said on its website.


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