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Tests negative for radiation leak

Apr 7, 2011 10:49:45 AM - itnnews.lk

The Atomic Energy Authority has emphasized that Sri Lanka is not affected by the radiation leak due to the explosion in Japans Fukushima Nuclear plant.

Chairman of the Authority Prof. Wimaladharma Abeywickrema said over 215 persons who had arrived from Japan had been tested for radioactive substances but none were contaminated. Sri Lanka also tested five types of food being imported from Japan, in addition to the four ships of vehicles which were subjected to radioactive substances tests. The Atomic Energy Authority Chairman noted that thirteen samples of air collected from February 19th to April 05th were also analyzed and the results were negative. He said there were no signs of radioactive substances. 33 samples of water was also tested negative with, the rain water samples gathered from March 03rd to the first of this month. Mr. Abeywickrema was addressing a news conference in Colombo today He emphasized that in this process it had been revealed that the country was not affected by the radiation leak in Japan. Chairman of the Geology and Mines Bureau Dr. N.P. Wijayananda and Chairman of the Marine Pollution Authority R.S. Abeywickrema were present at this news briefing.