S. Korea to return imported scrap metal with radioactive traces back to Japan
SEJONG, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has found radiation-contaminated metal imports from Japan and will return them, the country's nuclear safety commission said Monday.
The contaminated products were included in a 20-ton shipment of scrap metal that arrived at a seaport in South Korea's southeastern Gyeongsang Province on Thursday, according to the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission.
Miniscule traces of cesium-137 were detected in about 20 kilograms of scrap metal, which are being kept at a quarantine facility.
"The commission has installed radiation detectors at all major ports to prevent an inflow of contaminated materials," it said in a press release, adding that the Japanese scrap metal will soon be returned to Japan.
South Korea has intensified its monitoring against radioactive imports following a nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant in March 2011.
The country currently maintains an import ban on all fishery imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, where a meltdown of reactors had led to the massive leak of radioactive materials and contaminated water.