Chile says the radioactivity was found in 21 of nearly 2,500 cars that arrived in Iquique aboard the Hyundai 106 cargo ship. About a hundred port workers have protested, saying their health was at risk.
But the Chilean deputy treasury secretary said Monday that the Chilean nuclear commission has confirmed that the radioactivity is too low to cause damage to humans. He says the cars will be hosed down on board and any radioactivity will be contained inside inside the ship. (More at Associated Press)
Workers were concerned and asked for testing, said Moises Chavez, a spokesman for the stevedores.
The 83 workers who had contact with the vehicles ‘were tested by customs at their request,’ the customs dirctor said, adding that none of them showed any ill effects. (More at AFP)