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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Audit Confirms EPA Radiation Monitors Broken During Fukushima Crisis

A reporter in February receives help in putting on protective gear ahead of entering reactor structures at the shuttered Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. A new report critiques the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's capacity to monitor radiation levels in the United States linked to the Japanese facility crippled by an earthquake and tsunami last year (AP Photo/Kimimasa Mayama). By Douglas P. Guarino
Global Security Newswire
WASHINGTON – An internal audit has confirmed observers’ concerns that many of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radiation monitors were out of service at the height of the 2011 Fukushima power plant meltdown in Japan, a finding one critic said raises “serious questions” about the federal government’s ability to respond to nuclear emergencies and to alert the public of their consequences (see GSN, Dec. 21, 2011).

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