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Radiation Monitoring Data from Fukushima Area 05/13/2011

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In March, the U.S. Department of Energy released data recorded from its Aerial Measuring System as well as ground detectors deployed along with its Consequence Management Response Teams. Today, the …

In March, the U.S. Department of Energy released data recorded from its Aerial Measuring System as well as ground detectors deployed along with its Consequence Management Response Teams. Today, the Department provided the following update on the information gathered by the AMS. This is the second round of data that was collected and analyzed jointly with the Government of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). For a link to the joint monitoring data posted on May 6, visit the MEXT webpage: http://www.mext.go.jp/component/english/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2011/05/10/1304797_0506.pdf


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  • 1. Radiological Assessment - of effects from -Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power PlantMay 13, 2011
  • 2. Monitoring Results: Sendai to Tokyo
    Results show radiation levels along Tohoku Shinkansen Bullet Train
    The integrated dose was measured with a calibrated electronic dosimeter by a field team member riding the train as a passenger, and includes external exposure but not inhalation.
    The dose rate was recorded every 3 seconds with a calibrated scintillator.
    All measurements were made inside the train.
    The dose rate in some stations is significantly lower than along the tracks outside the station; possible evidence of decontamination.
    The dose rate measured in the train is expected to be different from that measured by AMS because the train is often elevated (further from deposited activity) or in tunnels (unaffected by released activity).
    The contamination on track beds may weather differently than on other surrounding ground material.
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  • 3. Monitoring Results: Sendai to Tokyo
    Note: 1 milliRem (mRem) = 10 m(micro)Sieverts; 1 milliRem (mRem) = 1000 m(micro)rem
  • 4.
  • 5. AMS Operations Summary
    • DOE/NNSA Aerial Measuring Systems have totaled more than 507 flight hours in support of aerial monitoring operations
    • 6. NNSA’s Consequence Management Response Teams have collected over 269,500 total field measurements taken by DOE, DoD, and Japanese monitoring assets
    • 7. More than 514 air samples taken at U.S. facilities throughout Japan undergoing lab analysis in the United States
    • 8. 148 total in situ ground spectra taken throughout Japan for lab analysis in US
    • 9. 115 Japan soil samples received, in-processed, and undergoing analysis
  • Joint US-Japan AMS Data
    • These results are from a joint MEXT, DOE/NNSA and USFJ survey
    • 10. Data based on 42 fixed wing and helicopter survey flights at altitudes ranging from 150 to 700 meters between April 6 and April 29
    • 11. Exposure rates are averaged over areas 300 m to 1500 m in diameter
    • 12. There is no data near the Town of Inawashiro because it is mountainous and not easily accessible by low-flying aircraft
    • 13. The cesium deposition was determined from aerial and ground-based measurements
    • 14. The ratio of the amount of Cs-137 to Cs-134 is uniform across the survey region
    • 15. There is no aerial survey data directly over the nuclear power plant itself
    • 16. The survey boundary was chosen based on many preliminary measurement that showed the extent of the deposition
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    Joint US-Japan AMS Data
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    Joint US-Japan AMS Data
  • 18. Assessment
    An assessment of measurements gathered through May 13 continues to show:
    • Radiation levels continue to decrease
    • 19. No measurable deposit of radiological material since March 19
    • 20. US bases and facilities all measure dose rates below 32 microrem/hr (32 millionths of a REM)** – a level with no known health risks
    • 21. Agricultural monitoring and possible intervention will be required for several hundred square kilometers surrounding the site:
    • 22. Soil and water samples are the only definitive method to determine agricultural countermeasures
    • 23. Ground monitoring can give better fidelity to identify areas that require agricultural sampling
    ** Note: 1 milliRem (mRem) = 10 m(micro)Sieverts; 1 milliRem (mRem) = 1000 m(micro)rem
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  • 24. Context
    • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission estimates that the average American absorbs 620 mRem a year* (or 0.071 mRem/hour)**
    • 25. An average transatlantic flight produces an exposure of 2.5 mRem*
    • 26. A typical chest x-ray produces 10 mRem per image
    • 27. EPA guidelines call for public health actions if exposure exceeds 1000 mRem over 4 days
    * Source: NRC: http://nrc.gov/images/about-nrc/radiation/factoid2-lrg.gif
    ** Note: 1 milliRem (mRem) = 10 m(micro)Sieverts; 1 milliRem (mRem) = 1000 m(micro)rem
  • 28. ** Note: 1 milliRem (mRem) = 10 m(micro)Sieverts; 1 milliRem (mRem) = 1000 m(micro)rem