Radioactive Cloud will not affect Viet Nam

Mr. Ngo Dang Nhan, a Director at the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Control (VARNSAC) who expressed his viewpoints through several websites yesterday, said that the Radioactive Cloud from Reactor No. 4 at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima – Japan would reach Vietnam by March 25.

However, the leader of the national Center for Hydrometeorological Forecast (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment) said that it was impossible for the wind to bring any dust or hazardous waste (including radioactive dust) to the West and South-West of Asia in the next couple of days of March or in the next months of April and May.

According to the geographical location, Viet Nam is far from Japan to the South-West and located way below the location of the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant on the latitude direction.

The National Center for hydrometeorological Forecast indentified that after analizing the wind direction in the near future; the radioactive dust from the nuclear power plant in Japan will hardly affect Viet Nam.

Mr. Vuong Huu Tan, chief of Viet Nam Atomic Energy Commission has also said that Radioactive Measuring Stations in Southeast Asia have not found any radionuclide yet.

The two stations in Ha Noi and Da Lat (Vietnam) have not reported any strange signs.

Besides, VARNSAC has examined 3 Vietnamese who have returned from Japan (1 lived in Tokyo, 1 lived in Yokohama and a student in Sendai) for radioactive contamination. The results showed that they were unaffected.

Mr. Phung Huu Hao, Deputy Director of National Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that the imported water and food from Japan is showing contamination by radionuclide after examination by authorities.

From now to July 1, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will cooperate with the   Ministry of Health to take Japan’s food samples for testing and find solutions for preventing food contaminated with radioactive waste to come to Vietam.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Products Quality Control, we are importing a large amount of poultry meat from Japan, beside vegetables and seafood for our food processing industry.

Mr. Hao also added that in order to import Japan’s food into Vietnam, a Food Safety Certification is required.

By Thanh Nam-Translated by Hai Minh

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