Radiation fallout likely to reach PH, say two foreign institutes

(SPOT.ph) The radiation fallout from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan will "most likely reach the Philippines," University of the Philippines Professor Romeo Quijano said yesterday, reports Inquirer.net. At a Senate inquiry on the local radiation impact, Quijano cited projections by the French Institute for Radiation Protection and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research.

"The Norwegian Institute for Air Research had a more alarming projection," Inquirer.net quoted Quijano. "This is the worst-case scenario. Initially there’s no effect on the Philippines. But it will go all over the world. Because of (the) change in wind direction, the Philippines and parts of Asia will be hit. It will be difficult to avoid the fallout."

Quijano also said soil deposition will yield better information compared to air tests, and that radionuclide accumulation in the soil is a useful measure of radiation, PhilStar.com reports.

ABS-CBN News quoted Quijano: "There is no safe dose for radiation exposure. In fact even the International Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP) admits that."

Local agencies should test food products not just from Japan but also from other countries that may have been hit by contamination, he said.

According to PhilStar.com, Philippine National Research Institute Director Alumanda de la Rosa said they are looking at data from the radionuclide monitoring station in Tanay, Rizal every day. Local authorities are also constantly testing food imported from Japan and checking the products through portal monitors at the Port of Manila.

For more on this story, log on to Inquirer.net, ABS-CBN News and PhilStar.com.

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