China/Japan – The Chinese coastal city of Ningbo has intercepted 9.26 tons of radioactive scrap metal, China Central Television (CCTV) has reported. The source of contamination is said to be Fukushima in Japan where the nuclear accident occurred in March 2011.
Radiation levels soared 28% above those allowed by the Chinese government, CCTV reported. This information contradicts a previous on-line claim that over 1000 tons of contaminated metal had entered the port city with a radiation level roughly 200% over the national limit.
According to the television network, the metal was imported by Ningbo Huanjin Recycling Metal Co. Ltd, which belongs to Japan’s Taiwa Trade Co Ltd. Putting the date of arrival at around May 13, CCTV states it was then discovered by the Ningbo Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. It was due to be re-directed to Japan – together with 1117 tons of non-contaminated material that had accompanied the shipment – on June 23.
The possibility that Taiwa Trade Co Ltd had intended to ship contaminated metal to China was dismissed out of hand by a company official. It was added that the scrap originated in Chiba, a sub-national jurisdiction in the Tokyo area, and that the contaminated material might have come from dismantled car parts from Fukushima which happened to ‘slip through’ the screening process.
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