Steve Watson
April 1, 2011

The operators of the crippled nuclear power plant at Fukushima have once again been ordered to “review” and retract their radiation findings where appropriate because Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says they are too high.

Reporter Alex Kerr says it is “absolutely baffling” that the Japanese governemnt has not expanded the evacuation zone around Fukushima, adding that he can only assume they are “unwilling to accept reality” and are attempting to save face.

While the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has workers on the ground at the facility taking readings, some of whom are thought to only now have hours to live due to radiation exposure, the NISA still maintains that the levels of radiation are too high and that there must be some “mistake”.

TEPCO announced late yesterday that levels of radiation had been recorded in groundwater at TEN THOUSAND times higher than standard safety limits.

The findings have raised fears that underground waterways and drinking water supplies could become contaminated.

Earlier this week, the company also recorded dangerously high levels of radiation in seawater, soil and air concentrations.

Levels double those found after the Chernobyl disaster have been recorded OUTSIDE the evacuation zone.

Elevated levels of radiation have also now been found in beef, as well as vegetables, milk and other food stuffs in the vicinity of the plant.

Despite the findings, officials maintain that there is little risk to public health, repeating ad infinitum that the radiation will “dissipate”.

“We have suspected their isotope analysis, and we will wait for the new results,” said Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Japanese safety agency, adding that the agency thinks TEPCO’s numbers may be too high.

In response TEPCO has said that it is possible that there may be an error in the computer program used to analyze the data, however the company also says it is equally possible that their readings are indeed accurate.

TEPCO has been routinely pressured to downgrade it’s findings since the crisis began on March 11.

A d v e r t i s e m e n t

Last Sunday officials retracted an announcement that radiation levels in the containment building of reactor number 2 had soared to 10 million times above normal.

The retraction came hours after the initial announcement, however, and was corrected to 100,000 times over normal.

It was not made clear what the error was, with TEPCO reporting on its website there was a “mistake in the assessment of the measurement of iodine-134.”

With the discovery of three different types of plutonium in the soil this week, some experts believe that reactor 3 has been in full meltdown ever since it was hit with a massive explosion on March 14th, and that the Japanese authorities are withholding details of the true extent of the crisis.

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Fresh reports emerged today that huge concrete pumps are on their way to Japan and that the plant will be buried, an eventuality that was considered the last resort option at Chernobyl some 25 years ago.

Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, and He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham in England.

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