Intelligence agency pressured researchers to withhold info on spread of Fukushima radiation

Published: October 3rd, 2012 at 3:24 am ET
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Title: Government body pressured to withhold info on Fukushima radiation
Source: The Hankyoreh (S. Korea)
Author: Lee Keun-young
Date: Oct. 3, 2012 13:05 KST

Government body pressured to withhold info on Fukushima radiation

The National Institute of Environmental Research (NIER) abruptly halted its inquiry last year into the dispersion of radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster after contacting the National Intelligence Service, it was belatedly revealed on Oct. 2.

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lawmaker Chang Ha-na [...] said on Oct. 2 that an examination by the Ministry of Environment inspector’s office at the [sic] showed NIER research to predict the spread of radiation from Fukushima, and its effects on South Korea, was halted immediately after a report to the NIS.

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The inspector’s office examination took place in the immediate wake of March reports from the Hankyoreh and other news outlets alleging NIS involvement in the decision to suspend NIER research indicating that trace amounts of radiation were reaching the Korean Peninsula.

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The inspector’s office requested a “stern warning” to [the NIER director] to ensure no similar incidents occurred in the future.

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“This is as good as an admission that there was pressure from the NIS,” [lawmaker Chang] added.

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