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RADIOACTIVE IODINE leaking from the Fukushima I nuclear plant has been found in three Irish milk samples, the nation's food standards authority confirmed this evening.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said tests carried out by the national radiological institute had confirmed trace levels of iodine-131, a radioactive isotope, in three individual samples.

The amounts were only a tiny fraction of the level of iodine presence permitted under European law, however, with the authority's chief executive Professor Alan Reilly indicating that even the legal limit was set on a precautionary basis.

"Consumers should have absolutely no concerns in relation to this finding. A person would have to drink some 96,000 litres of milk with Iodine-131 at current levels to exceed the annual safe limit set to protect consumers," he said.

The readings had been taken by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), the national agency charged with monitoring radiation in the atmosphere.

Those three readings saw recordings of 0.13, 0.19 and 0.18 becquerels (Bq) per litre, well below the maximum level of 500 Bq per kilogram of dairy produce permitted by the European Union.

"We had expected that such traces could occur given recent weather conditions, as it was already detected in the air," Reilly said, adding that similar findings had been recorded in milk samples from France and Greece.

The RPII separately said that radiation levels in Irish air samples had continued to fluctuate over the last few days, with those levels consistent with the known pattern of radioactive releases from Fukushima.

Those fluctuations, the institute elaborated, were also consistent with those recorded by other national authorities where Japanese radiation had been observed.

Samples of radiation were also observed in a sample of rainwater collected in Dublin between March 22 and April 4, though that level - of 2.6 Bq per litre - was of "no concern from a public health perspective," the RPII statement read.
 

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QUOTE (Neilo @ Apr 6 2011, 08:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It's all scaremongering, even the workers at the plant had less radiation exposure then they would get during a chest x-ray.
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I dought this very much,
once the led or concreate was breached radioactive gasses got out, these can then form with water droplets and get into ground water.

It just changes the whole outlook on life between banks and the bail out. At least Ireland is some what safe to live in. Just to note of all the billions to bail out the banks just think we could have 5 lane moterway roads to every major city/ town in Ireland. Or even just basic flat pot hole free single lane road...
guess I should of put that in a seperate post/ thread

Still worring news about the radioactive milk... Was it green
 

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QUOTE (Neilo @ Apr 6 2011, 08:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It's all scaremongering, even the workers at the plant had less radiation exposure then they would get during a chest x-ray.
Media love this crap

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Background radiation exists in our food anyway. When the fire happened in Sellafield in the 50's radiation turned up in milk (and other foods).

The levels in the atmosphere are purely trace, as said above, you have more radioactivity in your smoke alarm.
 

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Yeah but scaremongering sells, in fact I have just come up with a cunning plan to corner the market in lead lined smoke alarms
 

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Dont panic!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously its nothing to worry about, its like the pork issue 3 years ago which led to a mass slaughter for no real reason whatsoever.

BAckground radiation in parts of Ireland pose a bigger risk to people than any background fallout from Japan. If the plant blows up and dumps its contents into the atmposphere then there would be a bigger issue.

The workers have received a touch more than an x ray in fairness, several have started suffering radiation sickness. Like Ive said before I worked in the nuclear industry for several years, it makes you respect radiation but also see the panic created by people with a little knowledge or those who want to get rid of nuclear power
 
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