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NRA calls for more monitoring of radiation...

February 10, 2016

More radiation monitoring in evacuation areas



Feb. 10, 2016 - Updated 12:11 UTC+1

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is planning to step up radiation monitoring in evacuation zones caused by the Fukushima Daiichi accident. This is part of efforts to help residents return to the areas after radiation levels drop.

In the wake of the 2011 accident the NRA now has about 3,000 radiation monitoring posts across Fukushima Prefecture.

The new policy was disclosed at its meeting on Wednesday.

It calls for setting up more monitoring posts in zones where evacuation orders have already been lifted or will be lifted in future.

The regulator says more information on radiation would promote the residents returning to the areas or be helpful for those who are considering returning.

The NRA plans to reduce the number of monitoring posts in other areas.

As for areas which received the highest doses of radioactive fallout from the crisis, it plans to introduce mobile monitoring facilities.

The regulator says it will finalize detailed plans after hearing from local governments and related central-government's ministries.

Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said there has been some lack of monitoring in some high-radiation zones. He notes he wants to focus on such areas because decontamination work may be changing the radiation levels in these places.

He also said he believes the state is responsible for creating an environment where people can return.


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