Published: October 25th, 2011 at 08:22 PM EDT | Email Article Email Article
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“Just the tip of the iceberg”: Van emitting 110 uSv/hr — Ended up 370 miles from Fukushima in Kobe — “Dangerously radioactive” vehicles must be resold within Japan

Oct. 26 — The only flaw with these vehicles? They are “dangerously radioactive”, writes Richard Lloyd Parry for Australia’s The Times.

Though barred from export, used car dealers have resorted to re-registering vehicles to disguise the origin, and selling them to customers “who have no idea of the risk to which they are being exposed”.

One van was so radioactive that “sitting inside it for two hours a day will expose the occupant to more than the government’s recommended maximum dose over the course of a year”. It “emitted radiation at a level of 110 microsieverts an hour,” according to a reporter for the Asahi Shimbun.

A car dealer told Asahi, “It is just the tip of the iceberg. If high radiation is detected, decontamination is too difficult. This is why such vehicles are auctioned within Japan.”

The van’s owner said, “I decontaminated repeatedly after the test, and retested the filter of the air conditioner, the wipers and tyres, replacing them thoroughly, but the radiation level dropped only to 30 microsieverts per hour. I decided to sell the vehicle in Japan because I couldn’t afford to lose the money.”

“The vehicle eventually sold at auction in Kobe, 370 miles from Fukushima,” according to The Times.

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