Dutch find radioactivity in container from Japan, AFP, May 6, 2011:
‘Traces of radioactivity were detected on the exterior of the container, but none in the cargo itself,’ [Dutch] customs spokesman Gera van Weenum told AFP, adding the levels exceeded the maximum authorised of four becquerel, but were not dangerous.
‘There were spots of radioactivity of up to 33 becquerel, but the average was six becquerel,’ said the spokesman. [...]
The container was cleaned on its arrival there, after which the importer sent it to First Safety, a Dutch company that specialises in tracing dangerous substances, for a further check. [...]
First Safety head Hans Jansen told AFP an average level of 40 becquerel was measured, and spots of up to 200 becquerel, which ‘could be dangerous’.
Notice that the private sector specialists found about 6 times more radioactivity than the Dutch customs officials on both the peak and average measurements.
Published: May 6th, 2011 at 12:06 pm ET
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