Fukushima Nuclear News Roundup

TEPCO cuts the compensation levels for tourism businesses claiming there are no longer “harmful rumor” issues for tourism businesses in the region.

The UK has had a problem recently with dodgy “professors” making outrageous claims about science and the nuclear industry. Many of them call themselves professors but in reality are “visiting Professors”, a title given out to pretty much anyone. The BBC outlines here how someone became a “visiting Professor”, grabbing the credibility of a university for someone with little or no academic experience and in reality is just an industry insider.  Beware of any UK expert riding on their “professor” status, the devil is in the details.

Highly radioactive wild mushrooms were found in Nagano http://www.nhk.or.jp/lnews/nagano/1013528161.html 

Government commissions in Japan are discussing dropping
the annual internal dose limit to 1.25 mSv down from 5 mSv a year.

A roasting technique could remove cesium from soil  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ2011102715893 

High radiation readings outside the evacuation zone. http://radioactivity.mext.go.jp/en/monitoring_around_FukushimaNPP_monitoring_out_of_20km/2011/10/19405/index.html 

Japanese govt. and TEPCO waffle on new report showing double the radiation was released from Fukushima than previously reported. Both NISA and minister Hosono had no explanation for the large discrepancies and mentioned they might need to adjust their figures.  http://news.businessweek.com/article.asp?documentKey=1376-LTPBCX6KLVRJ01-52BJRHOFJD1SGCBUBVM7BIK146

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