Kyodo Gets Suspicious? Mitsui “claimed” radioactive agent is harmless to people — Radiation mentioned 4 times — Explosions began while shutting down plant

Published: April 22nd, 2012 at 9:18 pm ET
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Title: One dead, 22 hurt as glue factory blows
Source: Kyodo
Date: 9:00a JST Monday, April 23, 2012

Mitsui Chemicals plant racked by explosions while shutting down; radiation risks dismissed

[...] There was no confirmation that toxic fumes were produced by the blaze.

The plant, run by Mitsui Chemicals Inc., was attempting to suspend operations because of technical problems when explosions started breaking out around 2:15 a.m., killing 22-year-old employee Shota Sunakawa, police said.

The plant had 3,400 drums of used catalytic agent containing radioactive materials on the premises, but the explosions did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels.

The radioactive agent is harmless to people, Mitsui Chemicals claimed.

The final sentence above had one word changed from Kyodo’s previous report on the explosions:

The radioactive agent is harmless to people, Mitsui Chemicals said.

UPDATE: WSJ: Police raid Mitsui office after explosions -- Inspection of site delayed due to flammable gas -- Confiscation of documents expected

Published: April 22nd, 2012 at 9:18 pm ET
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