TEPCO has not set worker exposure limits for beta radiation almost 6 months after Fukushima Disaster

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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.

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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.

Strontium is a dangerous beta radiation emitter, than attacks the bones in the body, and has a half life longer than Cesium.

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.

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