Radiation Monitoring Data from Fukushima Area 04/07/2011

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On March 15, 33 experts from the Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) arrived in Japan along with more than 17,200 pounds of equipment. After initial deployments at U.S. consulates and military installations in Japan, these teams have utilized their unique skills, expertise and equipment to help assess, survey, monitor and sample areas for radiation. The 33 team members joined another six DOE personnel already in Japan.

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  • I suppose these data were taken with a sodium-iodide detector. Is it possible to obtain the spectra? Please reply to Dr Michael McNaughton, Los Alamos, mcnaught@lanl.gov
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Radiation Monitoring Data from Fukushima Area 04/07/2011

  1. Radiological Assessment - of effects from -Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power PlantApril 7, 2011<br />
  2. Operations Summary<br /><ul><li>Aerial Measuring Systems have totaled more than 262 flight hours in support of aerial monitoring operations
  3. NNSA’s Consequence Management Response Teams have collected approximately 100,000 total field measurements taken by DOE, DoD, and Japanese monitoring assets
  4. 240 total air samples taken at US facilities throughout Japan undergoing lab analysis in the US </li></li></ul><li>Guide to Interpretation<br /><ul><li>US radiological assessments are composed of aerial and ground measurements and indicate radiation levels from material that has settled on the ground
  5. Each measurement corresponds to the radiation a person receives in one hour at that location. AMS data is presented as exposure rate 1 meter from the ground at the time the measurements occurred
  6. All measurements outside the Fukushima power plant site boundary are below 0.013 REM per hour – a low but not insignificant level</li></li></ul><li>DOE/NNSA Monitoring<br />
  7. 5<br />
  8. 6<br />Assessment<br />An assessment of measurements gathered through April 6 continues to show:<br /><ul><li>Rapid decay of deposited radiological material indicating Radioiodine is the most significant component of dose
  9. Radiation levels consistently below actionable levels for evacuation or relocation outside of 25 miles; and levels continue to decrease
  10. No measurable deposit of radiological material since March 19
  11. US bases and facilities all measure dose rates below 32 microrem/hr (32 millionths of a REM) – a level with no known health risks
  12. Agricultural monitoring and possible intervention will be required for several hundred square kilometers surrounding the site:
  13. Soil and water samples are the only definitive method to determine agricultural countermeasures
  14. Ground monitoring can give better fidelity to identify areas that require agricultural sampling</li></li></ul><li>
  15. Context<br /><ul><li>The Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates that the average American absorbs 620 mRem a year* (or 0.071 mRem/hour)
  16. An average transatlantic flight produces an exposure of 2.5 mRem*
  17. A typical chest x-ray produces 10 mRem per image
  18. EPA guidelines call for public health actions if exposure exceeds 1000 mRem over 4 days</li></ul> * Source: NRC: http://nrc.gov/images/about-nrc/radiation/factoid2-lrg.gif<br />

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