On Sunday, 2 workers from the power company were exposed to beta rays, which are another type of radiation. The incident revealed that the utility had not set exposure limits for beta rays.
Source: NHK News
The agency instructed TEPCO to improve safety measures, saying the company failed to make use of past experiences with radiation exposure. It also said the utility company was late in reporting the latest incident.
TEPCO has routinely provided monitoring reports ONLY on I-131, Cs-134 and Cs-137 for months now. One thing is now understood – there were significant nuclear excursions long after the reactors were SCRAMMED following the earthquake on March 11th.
[quote]This should be alarming to readers, as many comments have been made about TEPCOs radionuclide releases, which only include a few the most internationally recognized isotopes, no full reports of all radionuclides have been published.
It seems that the worlds experts are content to be kept in the dark, along with everyone else. TEPCO is setting a dangerous (and potentially liable) precedent here, and should not be allowed to get away with these actions that many around the world view as criminal.
The problem is that the actions taken and information released today, sets the precedent for how future nuclear disasters are handled. This is not acceptable, and alarmingly, no international body has stepped up to bring the point into contention.
In the future government authorities and regulating agencies must not be allowed to point to TEPCO’s example as justification for limited reporting.
There has also been questions raised about a sizable emission of plutonium/neptunium from the crippled nuclear power plant, which would suggest that the melted fuel rods were possibly releasing larger amounts of radiation in the vapors than previously considered. To some this implies that the emissions from a meltdown are even more lethal than the relatively short lived cesium contamination.
As long as the cores are liquid, there remains the chance of something happening to cause a new release of radioactive contaminants to the environment.
As the world watches the events at Fukushima, it clearer now more than ever, that many questions are unanswered, and Fukushima will be a real risk to the world for decades.
- Fukushima Updated: 3 Fukushima nuke plant workers blasted with beta radiation (enformable.com)
- Mainichi: Fukushima nuke plant workers blasted with beta radiation (enenews.com)
- TEPCO Blames Fukushima nuke plant workers irradiated on job (enformable.com)
- Japan to Spend $2.9 Billion to Clean Up Tepco Radiation Spills – 16 of 22 Incinerating Facilities Contain Radioactive Waste Exceeding Standards (enformable.com)
- TEPCO Releases Mysterious Worker Death Information (enformable.com)
- TEPCO admits to at least 94 errors in reported radiation measurements – In one location actual levels 800 times reported measurements (enformable.com)
- Worker Died of Acute Leukemia, TEPCO Said in Aug 30 Press Conference (ex-skf.blogspot.com)
- After Reports of Smoke After Earthquake – TEPCO Workers Entered Fukushima II (Daini) Reactor 4 | EX-SKF (enformable.com)
- France Releases Map of Cesium-137 Deposition Across the Pacific – Shows the US More Contaminated Than Western Japan | EX-SKF (enformable.com)