Thursday, December 8, 2011

Radioactive Debris: Tomakomai City in Hokkaido Says "Yes!" to Accepting and Burning

Goodbye Hokkaido. Goodbye Japan, on its time-tested path of self-destruction.

The Tomakomai City committee for safety unanimously voted down the petition asking the city not to accept the debris. What's next, residents?

From Tomakomai Minpo (12/8/2011):


The special committee for safety and security of the Tomakomai City Assembly was held on December 8, and the committee voted down unanimously the petition not to accept the disaster debris from the March 11 earthquake/tsunami. The City Assembly thus made it clear that it supports the city government's willingness to accept the disaster debris.


In the question and answer session, Vice Mayor Kazumi Kikuchi said about the petition that called for refusal of the debris regardless of the radiation standard, "Basically, my impression is that we have different ideas." He emphasized the city's position that it will accept the debris as long as it is safe and secure.


Board of directors [a panel of experts??] commented on the standard in the wide-area disposal guideline set by the Ministry of the Environment that if the density is 100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium and below, it is not considered as radioactive material. "It is not possible to have zero radiation [in the debris]. Ultimately, 100 becquerels/kg [of radioactive cesium] could be used as one standard, since it is already specified in the waste disposal law."


The committee members asked about the effect on the environment when the ashes from the debris with 100 becquerels/kg or less of radioactive cesium are buried. Board of directors explained that the structure of the incinerators at two locations in Tomakomai City is such that the fly ash and the bottom ash are not separated. They added, "The level of radiation [of the ashes??] would be lower in Tomakomai. We don't think there will be any effect on the atmosphere after the ashes are buried" if the radiation standard is observed.


As to the concern over [the radiation on] the ashes, Vice Mayor Kikuchi said, "We cannot experiment by burning (the debris) in Numanohata District [where they plan to burn the debris]. The Hokkaido government is sending officials to Tokyo to investigate. We will wait for the result", indicating the city will decide based on the data from Tokyo.

So, they really don't know how radioactive the debris is, their incinerators don't even separate fly ashes and bottom ashes, they think 100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in the debris is safe.

100 becquerels/kg of cesium in the debris will result in 3300 becquerels/kg of cesium in the ashes. Hokkaido's contamination from the Fukushima accident is low to ND so far, and yet the officials who run the show think nothing of burying the ashes that have 3300 becquerels/kg of cesium. To help Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. Right.

The adjacent city north of Tomakomai, Chitose City, is opposed to accepting disaster/radioactive debris. It doesn't matter much, does it, if the city right next to it is burning the debris?


Anonymous said...

i just feel sorry for all those little jap kids getting sick.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for posters like the above.

Anonymous said...

@anonymus 03:16

Why do you feel sorry for the poster above you?

All the same it is independend from your or from my opinion: no one can accelarate the half-time of the fucking isotopes... their essential future is only this: exist up to decay... and the circle begin again.

What stupid people can negotiate physics?

kintaman said...

Ex-skf. I wanted to thank you personally for your many months of coverage regarding Fukushima. All our lives have been greatly affected by this disaster. I reluctantly left Japan for the safety of my family.

I have been somewhat curious all this time, are you still in Japan or have you personally also left (with family)? Thank you and please continue with your great work!

Mauibrad said...

America is going to be suckin' down low level fallout from this for as long as the Japanese government re-burns that radioactive debris. Not only in Japan, but also in the U.S., Canada, and Europe you are going to see cancer, esp. lung cancer skyrocket in the next few years. This is an international crime of the highest degree.

Anonymous said...

This is INSANITY!. Does the people not know that:

1) The fumes will spread radiation all over their city, thus doing nuclear kamakazi to all ?.

2)The government in future cannot be sued for radiation poisoning becuase they can claim that all radioactive levels are more or less even in Japan. Yes, high but even. {Face saving and money saving tactic}

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