Blog: Glenn BrooksAussie port screening cars for radiation

Glenn Brooks | 21 June 2011

The Maritime Union of Australia has won a battle with the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency over a demand that cars landed from Japan must be screened for radiation.

So far, the ruling only applies to vehicles which come ashore at Port Kembla, a port in New South Wales. The union says it is working towards radiation screening for all Japanese cargo entering Australia. The safety agency, meanwhile, is yet to state what it intends to do should it find irradiated vehicles.

It is now more than three months since the fuel rods at reactors within the Fukushima Daiichi complex were fully exposed following a hydrogen blast, with resulting radiation leaking into the air and water surrounding the facilty.




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