U.S. Nuclear Emergency Response Team begins worst-case contingency preparations

So apparently* Nuclear Power plants are allowed to discharge water with radioactivity levels of (180,000/4385): 41 Bq/L.  The water currently gushing out of Fukushima Daiichi’s #2, straight into the Pacific Ocean is (at least) 180,000 Bq/L.  But anyhow “nothing to worry about”, says the Japanese government.  Thank goodness for the assurances…

April 4, 2011 (JPN-time): Makes me wonder why a 155-member “U.S. nuclear emergency response team“, assisting the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, “will also prepare for unexpected contingencies, such as a large-scale radiation leak from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.”   If they’re truly not expecting a deterioration that could release much larger amounts of radiation, then why do they choose to put these resources exactly into such contingency planning right now?   Is the reported “U.S. government’s growing concern” due to something that’s not being shared with the press?

READ FULL STORY: April 4th – Daily Yomiuri Online: http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110403002770.htm

*”Radioactive iodine-131 at a level 4,385 times the government-set limit“, based on an ocean water radioactivity measurement of 180 Bq/ml taken near the Fukuchima Daiichi #2 plant last week.

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