Tokyo Parents Told Not To Let Babies Drink Tapwater Due to Radiation

Japan is still struggling down the long road to normalcy after a devastating earthquake which killed tens of thousands and triggered an ongoing nuclear crisis. Here's some sobering news from Tokyo, from Kyodo news:

The Tokyo metropolitan government warned Wednesday that infants should not drink tap water as radioactive iodine exceeding the limit for them was detected in water at a purification plant.

While the amount of radiation in the water was less than the danger threshold for children who are not infants and adults, and the amounts found at other water processing plants were less or nonexistent, this news is likely not going to encourage folks in Tokyo to drink water from their faucets.

Other news out of Japan continues to be grim. The AP reports, unsurprisingly, that recovering from this disaster will be the most costly such operation in history: "Japan's government said the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast could reach $309 billion, making it the world's most expensive natural disaster on record."

Meanwhile, more and more reports about lack of oversight at the Fukishima Daichi plant continue to surface.

NPR interviewed a worker at the plant whose feelings for his employer have done a 180:

"Now I just feel hatred towards TEPCO," he says. "It is very difficult for me to say this since I have worked for them for 18 years. But I just think they should come clean with all the information they have."

 The New York Times noted earlier this week that there were safety concerns that were ignored in the plant's relicensing:

Just a month before a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi plant at the center of Japan’s nuclear crisis, government regulators approved a 10-year extension for the oldest of the six reactors at the power station despite warnings about its safety.


AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at March 23, 2011, 3:22am

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