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Posted on 03/29/2011 8:11:59 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
General: Military taking precautions to protect troops from radiation
By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 29, 2011
TOKYO, Japan The U.S. military constantly is monitoring radiation levels in Sendai to ensure its troops are not receiving dangerous doses of radiation from the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, the commander of the American military effort said Monday night.
There are no U.S. ground forces operating in the city of Fukushima. Instead, the bulk of U.S. forces are based at Camp Sendai, about 58 miles to the north, just outside the U.S. government-ordered exclusion zone.
Radiation readings are taken every two hours and reported back to military commanders, said Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division and Joint Force Land Component Commander for Operation Tomodachi.
We are conducting constant observation and monitoring of all the sites we are working at, and the levels of detected radiation are negligible, Brilakis said during in a telephone interview with Stars and Stripes. We have been very fortunate.
Some parts of northern Japan that are closer to the nuclear plant have recorded levels of contamination, Brilakis said, but radiation levels in the areas where U.S. personnel are working have been barely detectable.
All eyes remain on the condition and future solutions to the issues at the Fukushima reactors, Brilakis said. While that is not part of our mission set, it is one of these things that remain a constant over-riding concern.
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Yes, it is still a holy mess. Just saw news reporting that it would take a year to cool the reactors on the safe level(if everything goes well, I guess,) according to some expert in Japanese nuclear agency.
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