Greenpeace to monitor Japanese radiation levels

Greenpeace to monitor Japanese radiation levels
# 26 March 2011 16:52 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Nuclear experts from environmental watchdog Greenpeace started monitoring radiation near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 atomic power plant in north-east Japan on Saturday, the group said, Straits Times reported.
Greenpeace said it believed Japanese authorities may have been underplaying the scale of the disaster at the quake- and tsunami-hit plant and wanted to assess the radiation levels and risks to the local population for itself.
’Since the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the authorities have consistently appeared to underestimate both the risks and extent of radioactive contamination,’ Greenpeace’s Jan van de Putte said in a statement.
’We have come to Fukushima to bear witness to the impacts of this crisis and to provide some independent insight into the resulting radioactive contamination,’ said Mr van de Putte, the group’s radioactivity safety adviser.
The campaign group said it would provide ’an alternative to the often contradictory information released by nuclear regulators’.
The statement came as Japan’s nuclear safety agency said the operator of the Fukushima plant, which has seen a series of blasts since the March 11 quake, had detected radioactive iodine 1,250 times the legal limit in seawater nearby
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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED