SAN FRANCISCO—Questions have been raised about contamination and radiation levels of electronics parts from Japan as the country continues to struggle to stabilize nuclear reactors damaged after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, according to a trade group.
The Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) said in a statement Friday (April 1) the U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency continues to measure radiation levels of cargo coming from Japan and has received no positive alert for radiation deemed to be at harmful levels.
The CBP said in a statement March 17 that it employs several types of radiation detection equipment in its operations at both air and sea ports to address radiological and nuclear risks. According to ECIA, CBP reports that air and sea cargo is currently being monitored for evidence of radiation and that there is no current risk related to electronic component shipments from Japan.
ECIA said it is monitoring developments in Japan and will provide updates as it receives information about component shipment radiation risks for electronic industry supply chain members.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said it was unaware of any contamination from cargo or packages entering the U.S.
According to ECIA, other organizations, including the World Health Organization and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, have agreed that there is little or no cause for concern about cargo or packages arriving from Japan.
"Based on the monitoring and testing being conducted by these various agencies, it is unlikely that the authorized components supply chain is contaminated," ECIA said in a statement.
Japanese authorities and Tokyo Electric Power Co. continue to monitor elevated radiation levels near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that authorities were set to use a giant sport-fishing platform and 60,000 liters of sticky resin in a new effort to control radiation and toxic runoff from the plant.
On Thursday, the New York Times reported that radiation readings taken at Fukushima Daiichi as well as miles away remain troublingly high.