Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Radioactive Iodine in Water Plant in Tokyo, Twice the Limit for Use for Babies

From Yomiuri Shinbun (in Japanese; 2:57PM JST 3/23/2011):

Tokyo Municipal government announced that radioactive iodine twice the safety limit for the use for babies was detected at Kanamachi Water Purification Plant in Katsushika-ku in Tokyo.

The municipal government is asking citizens not to feed babies with tap water.

The affected areas are: all 23 wards ("ku") of Tokyo, Musashino City, Machida City, Tama City, Inagi City, and Mitaka City.

Water at Kanamachi Water Purification Plant was sampled at 9:00AM on March 22, and 210 Becquerel radioactive iodine was detected. The limit for the safe use for babies is 100 Becquerel.

The municipal government is advising citizens not to use tap water to make infant formula. However, the guideline is based on the continuous use, and if there is no other source for drinking water it is OK to feed babies with tap water, the government says.


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