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» IAEA: 1 millisievert standard cannot be achieved in a short time

The head of the IAEA team, Juan Carlos Lentijo, director of the IAEA Division of Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, told a press conference in Tokyo on Oct 21st that the Japanese government should communicate well to the public that the country’s goal to reduce annual individual radiation exposure to 1 millisievert in areas contaminated by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis cannot be achieved in a short time.

“The government should strengthen its efforts to explain to the public that an additional individual dose of 1 millisievert per year is a long-term goal.In the end, we are deciding where we would like to allocate our resources to maximize the benefits. In other words, we have to make decisions on how much are we going to spend in decontamination, how much in reconstruction of infrastructure etc.,” he said.

He also mentioned that Japanese institutions are encouraged to increase efforts to communicate that a dose in the range of 1 to 20 millisieverts per year is “acceptable” and “in line with the international standards.”

Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster that resulted in the release of massive amounts of radioactive substances outside the plant, the Japanese government is aiming to scale down areas where over 20 millisieverts of annual exposure is measured to help evacuees return to their homes.

There are split opinions among mayors from the evacuation zone, Mr. Iizawa,mayor of Futaba town said that the government must seek the lower level of ratiaion for health of the residents and we cannot accept the higher standard without debate.” On the other hand, Mr. Endo, mayor of Kawauchi village, said that seeking 1 millisivert costs a lot in terms of time and money but clear explanation is nessesary from the government to implement higher radiation level.

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Japan must improve message on ‘long-term’ decon goal: IAEA (Japan Times)

IAEA calls for more communication on Japan’s decontamination goal (Mainichi Newspaper)




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