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Date: 19 October 2012

Assessment of the impact on Australia from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant accident

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has assessed that the impact on the health of people living in Australia from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant (NPP) accident is negligible. This is based on measurements and studies undertaken by ARPANSA since March 2011.

ARPANSA has published the technical report Assessment of the impact on Australia from the Fukushima Dai‑ichi nuclear power plant accident.

This Technical Report summarises ARPANSA’s assessment of the impact of the releases of radioactive materials from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP on Australia’s people and environment.

Following environmental monitoring and testing of people, wildlife, shipping, aircraft, and imported food and vehicles, ARPANSA found that:

  • very low levels of radioactive xenon were detected in Darwin during April 2011 and were assessed to have no impact on the health of any person living in Australia. No other radioactive material/gas from the Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP accident was detected at any Australian monitoring station
  • at the time of publication no foods tested have exceeded the internationally accepted limits
  • no vehicles or ships were found to have radioactive contamination that exceeded natural background radiation levels
  • radioactive contamination screening of migratory Mutton Birds found no contamination, and
  • for a family returning from Japan It was estimated that the radiation doses received while living 60 km north-west from the Fukushima Dai‑ichi NPP during the accident were minimal.

ARPANSA will continue testing food imported from Japan and monitoring the ocean and atmosphere in Australia for radioactive materials in order to provide accurate and current advice to the Australian Government and the public.

Australia is also supporting a number of international programs to assess the impact of the Fukushima Dai‑ichi NPP accident on people and the environment.

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