Greenpeace radiation monitoring team begins Fukushima assessment

Media Advisory

Press release - 26 March, 2011
Fukushima, March 26, 2011: A group of Greenpeace radiation experts has today started monitoring locations around the evacuation area that surrounds the crisis-stricken Fukushima/Daiichi nuclear plant, in order to assess the true extent of radiation risks to the local population.

“Since the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the authorities have consistently appeared to underestimate both the risks and extent of radioactive contamination. We have come to Fukushima to bear witness to the impacts of this crisis and to provide some independent insight into the resulting radioactive contamination”, said Greenpeace team leader and radioactivity safety advisor Jan van de Putte. 

“By providing honest, transparent and independent analysis of the threats to public health, we aim to provide an alternative to the often contradictory information released by nuclear regulators in the two weeks since the Fukushima disaster began unfolding.”

“Any attempt by authorities to play down the effects of the current crisis should be considered a dangerous deceit. In addition to coming clean on the true dangers of nuclear power, the smartest move for governments around the world is heavily invest in energy efficiency, and redouble their efforts to harness safe and secure renewable energy sources.”

The team are also making contact with and documenting the impacts on communities that have been evacuated from the area around the Fukushima nuclear plant.

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Contacts:

For more information about Greenpeace radioactivity monitoring work in Fukushima please contact:

Kaoru Narisawa, Greenpeace media, in Japan, +81 (0) 80 6558 4446 

Greenpeace International Press Desk Hotline, Amsterdam, , +31 (0) 20 7182470 

Photography and video from the radiation monitoring will be made available as soon as possible. For more details contact Kaoru Narisawa (above) in Japan, or

Greenpeace Picture Desk (Amsterdam): +31 624 941 965

Greenpeace International Video Desk (Amsterdam): +31 6 46 16 2015

Notes:

Scope of the monitoring: This preliminary monitoring work sees the team spend several days documenting radioactive contamination and dose rate levels in the areas north-west of the Fukushima evacuation zone (20km radius from nuclear plant) that have been most affected by the radioactive releases. 

The team is lead by Jan van de Putte (Belgium), an experienced radiation expert who qualified at the Technical University of Delft, and has participated in environmental surveys of radioactive contamination in Russia, Ukraine, Spain, Belgium and France. 

Also in the team is radiation expert Jacob Namminga (Netherlands), who also qualified at the Technical University of Delft, and has taken part in environmental surveys of radioactive contamination in Ukraine, Spain, and France.

As part of the monitoring work, the team will be using a selection of standard radiation monitoring equipment: 

- Gamma spectrometer: GEORADIS Identifier RT-30 (Super Ident)

- Geiger counter: Radex RD 1503

- Contamination monitor: RADOS MicroCont