Helicopter landed on Japanese command ship after Fukushima disaster people came back with elevated counts on feet and clothing

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Sunday, March 13, 2011


ADMIRAL DONALD: Who are you and who do you work for?

MR. WEBER: I am Michael Weber. I am a deputy executive director for operations. I work for Bill Borchardt and currently I am the acting team director here at the NRC designated by the Chairman.

ADMIRAL DONALD: Yes, okay. I am trying to put together a conference call between you guys and the deputy secretary of energy to discuss an issue that has come up during our monitoring of the situation overall in Japan.

We have detected some activity out at sea on the USS Ronald Reagan that we think you need to be aware of and probably need to be addressing with the Japanese government.

So, it might be best if I can wait until I get the energy folks on and then I’ll give you the whole thing.

MR. WEBER: Okay.

ADMIRAL DONALD: Hang on just a minute.

MR. WEBER: All right.

MR. GUNN: Admiral?


MR. GUNN: We are trying to reach the deputy secretary now.

ADMIRAL DONALD: Okay. Thank you.

MR. WEBER: Admiral Donald, I think we heard something about this from the earlier call with the Ambassador.

ADMIRAL DONALD: I’m not sure. What did you think you heard?

MR. WEBER: We heard that helos making ferry runs back and forth from the Ronald Reagan came back and were discovered to be contaminated.

They were in the vicinity of the Fukushima reactors and personnel on those helos also were contaminated, but we did not have any of the specifics on what they were contaminated with, what level, etcetera.

ADMIRAL DONALD: Yes. We will give you some more information on that. The other — the issue is that — that’s a concern, certainly and we are addressing that piece of it, but also the — one of the helicopters had landed on the Japanese command ship and people — the people who stepped on the decks of that command ship came back with some elevated counts on their feet and clothing.

ADMIRAL DONALD: The second thing — the second thing  that has happened is we have had some helicopters conducting operations from the aircraft carrier and one of the helicopters came back from having stopped on board the Japanese command ship in the area, and people who had been on — were on the helicopter who had walked on the deck of the ship, were monitored and had elevated counts on their feet, 2500 counts per minute.

MR. PONEMAN: Yes, 5,000 d m.

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