21 Jun '11, 9am

Australia to test Japan cars for radiation

SYDNEY: Australian nuclear inspectors on Tuesday said they were to examine a shipment of cars arriving from tsunami-hit Japan following fears a number of the vehicles might be contaminated with radiation. ARPANSA, Australia's nuclear safety agency, said it would board the cargo ship Trans Future 7 when it docked south of Sydney on Thursday after a request from port workers. "This inspection is being made to reassure stevedores after concerns from the Maritime Union of Australia that as 30 of the cars are used vehicles they may possibly have originated from the tsunami and nuclear affected areas," an ARPANSA spokesman told AFP. "These concerns have arisen after the discovery of low levels of radioactivity in cars recently shipped from Yokohama (to Chile)." The 800-car shipment was being tested "simply as a precaution," the spokesman added. "ARPANSA advises that the risk to ...

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