Saturday, March 24, 2012

Disaster Debris Is Radioactive, Ministry of the Environment's Own Data Shows

Goshi Hosono's Ministry of the Environment has set up a special website to promote and sell the wide-area disposal of the disaster debris in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures.

In it, there is a page about radiation levels of the debris. The Ministry, which is sounding more and more like a religious ministry preaching safety of disaster debris, says the radiation coming off of the debris once it's burned and buried deep should be no more than 0.01 millisievert per year. On the right side, there is a table showing the radioactivity of the debris in becquerels, without specifying what types of debris. However, below the table, there's a link to the PDF document with far more details, which I reproduced below.

The debris from Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture that was used in Hosono's propaganda demonstration on the street corner of Kawasaki City the other day was wood chips, which has the least amount of radioactive cesium. If they had picked fabrics, it would have contained 540 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium, and if they had picked small debris less than 5 millimeters in diameter, it would have been 390 becquerels/kg. (See Page 4 below.) Not that the radioactivity would have been picked up by a survey meter that they were using.

From the Ministry of the Environment, radioactivity of disaster debris in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures (debris with more than 200 becquerels/kg is marked in red):

That video of politicians demonstrating the "safety" of disaster debris in Kawasaki is really infuriating. Goshi Hosono says "People may be thinking disaster debris from Fukushima is coming to them, hahahahaha" (I'm paraphrasing.) No they don't. They know better than him, much better.

Besides, Fukushima disaster debris may be coming out of Fukushima after all. Iwaki City will burn the disaster debris starting April, and Iwaki City had a long standing contract to ship the ashes to Saitama Prefecture where the ashes were burned again in the melting furnace into slag to be recycled as road substrates. The contract was carried out until late last year. That contract may be renewed, and disaster debris from Fukushima, in the form of ashes, may be shipped outside Fukushima.

It's also worthwhile to recall that the so-called safety standard of disposal of 8,000 becquerels/kg (for debris, ashes, sludge to be buried without any treatment to the final disposal sites) was originally meant for Fukushima Prefecture alone. Before anyone noticed it, it became the de facto national standard.

With the no-entry zone and the planned evacuation zone around Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant to be renamed, it may not be very long before the debris from Fukushima Prefecture starts to spread (if not already - there have been "baseless rumors").


Anonymous said...

baseless rumors,
/japan's GONE!

Anonymous said...

A rumor is always baseless, otherwise it would be a fact.
So a baseless rumor is nothing more than a fact... and they don't want to spread that, obviously.

Anonymous said...

Why oh why don't they just bring all the debris to the evacuation zone near the damaged nuclear plant?

Darth3/11 said...

Anonymous@2:26. Why? Because some swine can make a hell of a lot of money by spreading it around. Thus lowering the bar on "human behavior" to the mud they wallow in. I'm so depressed.

Anonymous said...

Look at this photo of JP Environmental Minister Goshi Hosono in the middle of this page:

The web master writes (in Japanese), "the scintillation device that Hosono, et. al. are holding here is useless for detecting the radiation levels of 500Bq/kg (or below), and it is a common sense knowledge in the nuclear industry... How dare you're trying fool everyone with such inferior equiment"

This web master used to be a nuclear safety engineer at TEPCO and Fukushima Daini. He quit after a decade or so and now is a doctor of internal medicine.

The EX-SKF artcle here corresponds with the photo. Hosono was an incredibly incompetent strategic officer under Kan administration, he did nothing to save Japan and Japanese people when Fukushima blew up, he only saved his political aXX. Today Minister Hosono continues the snake charmer business, his only known talent.

Atomfritz said...

@ anon 6:10

Thank you very much for these interesting insights!
Sometimes I feel really sad for the loss of honestness and ethical behavior which has befallen (not only) Japan.
I think if similiar things happened 100 years ago there would have been a (imho justified) bloodbath of seppukus.

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