Australias radiation test on cars scientifically negligent

Longshore & Shipping news 24th June 2011

A leading anti-nuclear figure has cast doubts over the integrity of radiation screening in Port Kembla, saying the tests were grossly inadequate.

Dr Helen Caldicott made the comments after tests on a ship full of cars from Japan returned negative readings.

Two Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) inspectors boarded the Trans Future 7 yesterday morning to test 102 of the ship’s 800 new and used vehicles.

The tests were conducted only after Port Kembla dock workers raised concerns they could be exposed to radiation from the earthquake and tsunami-ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Nobel Peace Prize nominee said the best way to properly detect radiation in vehicles was to remove and test engine and passenger compartment air filters.

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