Japanese govt's radiation monitoring posts 'flawed': Greenpeace

Last Updated: Wed, Oct 24, 2012 11:21 hrs

Tokyo: Environment group Greenpeace has said that many of the official radiation monitoring posts set up by the Japanese government after the Fukushima nuclear crisis provide lower readings than nearby locations.

The group also said that it has urged the government to disseminate more accurate data to the public.

A survey conducted by Greenpeace showed that 30 of the 40 government-set monitoring posts recorded lower radiation levels than the environmental group found in spots just 5 to 40 meters away.

According to the Japan Times, the report said that one monitoring post in a park showed less than one-twelfth the radiation levels seen in nearby areas in the same park.

Greenpeace pointed out that the differences might be a result of land at the monitoring posts being decontaminated when they were set up.

A Greenpeace official said that the government 'should not offer a wrong sense of security to citizens.' 

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