Fukushima-1 NPP Radiation 8 Times Above Safety Levels

World | January 13, 2014, Monday // 12:40|  views

A TEPCO employee wearing a protective suit and a mask walks past storage tanks for radioactive water at the Fukushima NPP. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Nuclear radiation at Japan's Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant has reached 8 times above the acceptable government safety guidelines.

According to reports of the operator of the plant, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the levels of nuclear radiation around Fukushima NPP have risen to 8 millisieverts per year, surpassing the government standard of 1 milliseviert, reports ITAR-TASS.

TEPCO officials told the press that the main reason behind the drastic increase in radiation were X-rays coming from storage tanks holding radioactive water that has been leaking from the Fukushima facility.

The State Nuclear Regulation Authority held a meeting on Friday aimed at curbing the rising levels of radiation at the plant.

According to the nuclear regulator, TEPCO must indicate specific deadlines for the reduction of radiation exposure in the area of the plant under 1 milliseviert.

Another leak of water with high content of radioactive substances was registered at the Fukushima plant on December 22.

The Japanese government has so far granted USD 473 M to contain the fallout from the stricken plant.

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Tags: Fukushima NPP, radiation, TEPCO, Japan, State Nuclear Regulation Authority


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