Greenpeace Expands Radiation Team to Investigate Fukushima Fallout

Feature story - April 4, 2011
Today we resume our radiation monitoring outside the evacuation zone surrounding the stricken Fukushima nuclear complex. Adding a second field team of radiation experts, our investigation into radiation health threats to the local population will offer food tests of milk and vegetables.

Workers wearing protective suits spray adhesive synthetic resin over the the ground at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Last week we called on the Japanese government to evacuate contaminated areas lying outside the official zone. Our radiation investigations confirmed the authorities' radiation data for the town of Iitate, where staying for just a few days could mean exceeding the annual allowable dose of radiation.

“More then three weeks have passed since the tsunami wreaked havoc at the Fukushima nuclear complex, yet the official response to the radiation risk continues to be sporadic and contradictory, leaving local populations confused and at risk. We hope to be able to provide independent analysis and clear advice to effected populations,” said Rianne Teule, Greenpeace International radiation expert.

“It’s crucial for people here to be kept informed, and for their voices to be heard; this will make it harder for the operators, the government and the international nuclear industry to keep playing down the consequences of this disaster."

"Those responsible for this crisis must take responsibility for protecting the affected populations, and for ensuring that people are properly compensated for the destruction of their livelihoods”.

“People need to be put before politics and business, no matter where contamination is found. If the radiation levels pose a serious risk to the population, then people should be protected and evacuated.”

“Nuclear power has no place in a modern safe and secure energy system. Japan must take last week’s statement on making renewables a part of reconstruction a step further, and commit to a future based on energy efficiency and renewable energy, by dropping plans for nine new nuclear reactors by 2020.”