Thursday, March 31, 2011

Further increase in the rate of radioactive iodine in Fukushima

A rate of radioiodine up, 4,385 times the legal limit, was measured in seawater collected at 300 meters south of the nuclear accident in Fukushima, TEPCO said, Thursday, March 31. This is the highest measured level of iodine 131 from the beginning of the disaster. This rate of radioiodine was 1 250 times the standard Saturday 1850 times Sunday, and then dropped earlier this week before rebounding sharply on Wednesday at 3355 times the legal limit.

Since the beginning of the accident is still ongoing, the Japanese central dismissed many radioactive materials, mainly from iodine and cesium, carried by thousands of tons of water which had been dumped by the rescue to cool facilities and part of which necessarily runoff in the nearby Pacific.

Technicians who are fighting for nearly two days to avoid a major disaster in Fukushima are hampered in their operations with highly radioactive water bodies that have invaded the halls and galleries. Naoto Kan, the Japanese prime minister, said Thursday that Fukushima Dai-Ichi needs to be decommissioned.

The head of government, heavily criticized in public opinion for his handling of the nuclear crisis, also said that the construction project by 2030 fourteen new plants would probably be reviewed in the archipelago. According to the operator Tepco reactors Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 Fukushima will be scrapped and the issue of decommissioning reactors Nos.

5 and 6 arises because of damage to cooling systems facilities by the earthquake and tidal waves. But the group's honorary president, Tsunehisa Katsumata, hinted Wednesday that the two reactors, less affected, could be retained. The president of Areva, Anne Lauvergeon, arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday with a small team of experts to meet with Japanese officials to manage this unprecedented crisis, and explore solutions with them.

"It works with Tepco as support and we respond to their demands, which tend to increase," said Remy Autebert, president of Areva, Japan. "This will require some time, but our actions are likely to grow," he added. Autebert says, the most pressing concerns the treatment of contaminated water that must be evacuated from the buildings of several reactors, having been in contact with highly radioactive material.

The Japanese authorities do not plan to immediately expand the evacuation perimeter of 20 km around the plant in Fukushima, said the spokesman of the government after the announcement by the IAEA to high radiation levels 40 km distance, exceeding the recommended levels. "The IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] has informed us that the radiation level in the soil exceeded the limits set by the IAEA and asked us to monitor the situation on the basis of this information," said the spokesman, Yukio Edano.

Asked about a possible expansion of the scope of evacuation, Mr. Edano replied: "I do not think this is something likely to require such action. But the fact that the radiation level in the soil is inevitably high to raise the possibility that an accumulation of long-term radiation can be hazardous to health ".

A marine unit specializing in nuclear emergencies was to leave the United States on Thursday for Japan to help the Japanese authorities to manage the crisis caused by the accident at the plant Fukishima.

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