Earlier Sunday news came out that a condo building in Nihonmatsu had been found to be radioactive. The gravel facility is in Namie, within the evacuation zone. Gravel was still being used from this location and given to as many as 20 construction companies. The building had cesium detected as high as 1.24 microsieverts in one of the first floor apartments. The condo building was built in July of 2011. 12 families are currently living in the building including one family that escaped the nuclear disaster.
It was later found that as much as 16 thousand tons of gravel may have been distributed from the contaminated site.
The Japan Ministry of Industry was asked by NHK and they admitted that there are no radiation standards for gravel. The ministry is now looking into shipments from other suppliers in the area to see if they too shipped radioactive gravel to construction companies. So there may be even more out there. Anything built in the region between March 2011 to now could be suspect. As with the contaminated beef problem, this shows how widespread the problems of a nuclear disaster are and how ill equipped we are to understand and deal with them.
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