NYTimes: Suspicions increased after Tepco banned experts from testing waters in 20km zone — Japan Professor: Radioactive substances could enter ocean for years to come, Fukushima event not over
June 25th, 2012
Fears Accompany Fishermen in Japanese Disaster Region
New York Times
By HIROKO TABUCHI (Hisako Ueno contributed reporting)
June 25, 2012
It is unclear whether a public that is jittery about radiation generally will trust fish caught off Fukushima. Many Japanese are wary of the government’s assurances about test results, and Tokyo Electric has made people more suspicious by refusing to let independent experts survey waters inside the roughly 12-mile exclusion zone around the plant.
Contaminated water still escapes from the nuclear plant — about 12 tons of water containing radioactive strontium leaked in April, Tokyo Electric said — and rain that falls on the area washes radioactive cesium into local rivers that empty into the sea.
“The bottom line is that it’s too early to tell how much the sea, or sea life, has been contaminated,” said Yosuke Yamashiki, associate professor of environmental engineering at Kyoto University. “And the event is not over. Radioactive substances could enter the ocean for some time, perhaps even years.”