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TEPCO’s debris cleanup work last year at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have led to the contamination of rice crops in nearby areas, farm ministry officials said on July 14th.

Radioactive cesium exceeding a government-set limit of 100 becquerels per kilogram was detected in rice cropped in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, last year, including areas located more than 20 kilometers from the nuclear plant.

The farm ministry officials said they cannot deny the possibility that radioactive dusts were stirred up when TEPCO cleaned up debris at the No. 3 reactor in August last 2013 and flew to Minamisoma, located to the north of the plant.

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TEPCO’s rubble removal at Fukushima plant likely spread cesium to rice paddies (Asahi Newspaper)

 


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