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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Tests begin on radiation data publication system

Japan's nuclear regulators have begun testing a new radiation data-publicizing system for residents near a power plant.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says it has begun to test-run the system it has developed in an area surrounding the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, western Japan.

Kyushu Electric Power Company aims to bring the plant back online next month.

The new system enables the central government and municipalities to provide their radiation data online for other organizations as well as for local residents during emergencies.

The system will allow users to access a special site on the Authority's website to obtain such data in the event of a nuclear accident.

In the case of the Sendai plant, the website provides updated figures from 73 observation points within a 30-kilometer radius from the plant, as well as from cars equipped with radiation-monitoring equipment.

Figures are colored in red or yellow when they exceed government standards.

New nuclear emergency guidelines call for the evacuation of residents within a 5- to 30-kilometer radius from a power plant if radiation levels exceed the government limit.

The government reviewed the guidelines following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident.

The regulators say they will fully launch the system in August after one month of testing. They say they will also set up web sites for other nuclear power plants. 

Source: NHK

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