Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sobre o aumento do limite de tolerancia de radioatividade depois de Fukushima. Um absurdo!!!

And, in case you missed it (not surprising because so little news reporting remains focused on Fufkushima radiation and fallout issues), yesterday a key academic advisor to the Japanese government Toshiso Kosako, a professor at the University of Tokyo's graduate school and an expert on radiation exposure, resigned over the public health ramifications of the government's radiation permissibility policies. At issue: raising permissibility levels for workers to 250 milliseverts, 5 times the annual rate allowed for industry workers in the US; and the government's decision to allow children living near Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to receive doses of radiation equal to the international standard for nuclear power plant workers (20 milliseverts per year).

Here in the US, in early April the US EPA announced their intent to raise permissibility levels for radiation in food, water and soil after radiation events, and permit long-term cleanup levels that are thousands of times more lenient than the current standards. Read more:

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