So much for Sykes “Radiation is good for you” Hormesis & adaptive response is crap:

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Radium-filled bottles removed from Tokyo home; local radiation levels drop
A worker carries a drum containing bottles filled with radium 226 out of a home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward on Oct. 14. (Mainichi)
A worker carries a drum containing bottles filled with radium 226 out of a home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward on Oct. 14. (Mainichi)

Bottles of radium-226 found under the floor of a home in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward are in the hands of a radioactive materials processing organization after the government removed the toxic vessels on Oct. 14.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology put the bottles in the care of the Japan Radioisotope Association, which will store them for now in a specialized warehouse. The bottles were discovered on Oct. 13 after local residents measured high airborne radiation levels on the sidewalk outside the home, sparking fears that the neighborhood had been contaminated by fallout from the crisis-stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

After the bottles’ removal, ward officials confirmed that radiation emissions on the sidewalk had dropped to safe levels of between 0.062 and 0.118 microsieverts per hour, allowing barricades around the area to be taken down.

Science ministry examinations of the glass bottles revealed some had what are thought to be manufacturer’s labels reading “Nihon Yako,” or “Japan luminescence.” Officials said the radium was likely originally intended for use in making glow-in-the-dark watch numbers and hands — a common practice until the 1950s. According to the Radioisotope Association, watch makers switched to the cheaper and far less radioactive element promethium around 1960. Meanwhile, in 1958, the government implemented a law requiring a government license to store or use radioactive substances including radium.
A box found under a house with multiple glass containers believed to contain radium is seen in this photo. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
A box found under a house with multiple glass containers believed to contain radium is seen in this photo. (Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

“It’s certainly possible the owner of the substance did not know that the law requiring a license had gone into effect, and then simply forgot the material in the bottles was radioactive,” an official with the science ministry’s radiation regulation section told the Mainichi.

(Mainichi Japan) October 15, 2011

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