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What!?

From this ABC news article:

Fukushima’s operator TEPCO said the water seeped out from the turbine building of reactor No. 2 and was found in a trench.

It was discovered to be highly radioactive, being measured at 1,000 millisieverts per hour – a dose that can cause temporary radiation sickness with nausea and vomiting for people who are exposed.

“temporarily”?! What do you mean “temporarily”? Ok, they’ll probably get better but, uh, they’ll have a higher risk of cancer for the rest of their lives too. That’s hardly “temporarily”.

Maybe they mean “temporarily” as “you’ll be dead” therefor it’s truly temporary.

Then there’s this:

Plutonium has also been detected in soil at five locations near the crippled plant, but TEPCO says the radioactive metal is not harmful to humans.

Ok, from what I’m reading Plutonium is not as toxic as we were led to believe growing up, but it’s still nasty ass crap that you don’t want anything to do with. If it’s not dangerous, then why put in a containment vessel with gobs of concrete around it?

Granted it’s an anti-nuke site, but nothing here sounds particularly pleasing. I’m sure TEPCO execs will happily clean the plutonium up with their bare hands right?

I mean, we put this stuff in kid’s crayons now to give their writing that special “glow”?

UPDATE:

I assume they used a registered “medium” to find the plutonium as opposed to a Geiger counter, hence why it’s “not harmful to humans”.

UPDATE 2:

Why bother having news organizations if they’re just going to regurgitate the press releases without fact checking or commentary? Why not just give TEPCO direct access to their web site to file their own reports?

Wait – it wouldn’t seem as legitimate then would it?

UPDATE 3:

So this AP article says:

Highly toxic plutonium [emphasis added] was the latest contaminant found seeping into the soil outside the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.

and:

Plutonium is a highly toxic substance which breaks down very slowly, remaining dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years.

“If you inhale it, it’s there and it stays there forever,” said Alan Lockwood, a professor of Neurology and Nuclear Medicine at the University at Buffalo and a member of the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility, an advocacy group.

So which is it?

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