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Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation helping Japan to study radiation

It’s interesting that ANSTO will be studying ‘naturally occurring radiation” and will be “supporting Japan  in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster “.   They don’t seem to be showing much interest in monitoring nuclear-power-caused radiation, and I can’t help wondering about that support for Japan.  Could it be support for the Japanese government and nuclear industry minimising the real impact of the Fukushima disaster?    After all, ANSTO’s main business is in keeping the door open for nuclear power in Australia.

Centre gauges radiation St George and Sutherland Shire Leader BY KATE CARR 27 Apr, 2012 AFTER months of searching for the perfect concrete and pre-World War II steel, ANSTO’s new $8.7 million radioactivity measurement centre officially opened on Tuesday. Federal Science and Research Minister Chris Evans helped ANSTO chief executive Adi Paterson cut the red ribbon and opened the centre, where scientists can accurately measure naturally occurring radiation…..
Dr Paterson said the centre would give ANSTO the tools to monitor the amount of radiation in the environment and undertake research which could support Japan in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed an earthquake and tsunami.

The new centre needed to be built using specialised materials so that it had such low background radiation that equipment could detect tiny amounts of radiation which might otherwise be drowned out. The centre also includes the only ITRAX core scanner in Australia, a piece of equipment used to measure the composition of sediment core samples taken by drilling.

April 28, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, spinbuster, technology

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