Wednesday, October 19, 2011

TEPCO's Subsidiary Selected to Burn Disaster Debris from Iwate on Tokyo Bay

I forgot to write about it in the English blog, but the readers of my Japanese blog knew. Now everyone will know that the contractor who will burn the burnable part of the disaster (radioactive) debris from Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture is a subsidiary of TEPCO, called "Tokyo Rinkai (Waterfront) Recycle Power Company" located on the very landfill on Tokyo Bay that the radioactive debris and ashes will be buried.

Here's the brief background:

The Tokyo Metropolitan government signed an agreement with Iwate Prefecture on September 30 to accept disaster debris from Iwate Prefecture, starting with that of Miyako City, without much consultation at all with the Metropolitan Assembly or the residents of Tokyo. Then, it did the public solicitation to line up the waste disposal companies who would take the debris, smash them into small pieces and bring them to the landfill in Tokyo Bay. One of the stipulations (link is in Japanese, PDF) by the Tokyo government was that the applicants must select a contractor who could burn the burnable part of the disaster debris with the daily capacity of 100 tonnes and above.

Well, my quick search on the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Environment showed that there was only ONE company that could burn 100 tonnes of debris or more per day, and that was TEPCO's subsidiary, Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Power Company.

Sure enough, on October 19, the Tokyo Metropolitan government announced the 4 companies it selected to handle the disaster radioactive debris from Iwate, and these 4 companies all selected the TEPCO subsidiary to handle the burnable portion of the debris. Of course they did because that was the only choice.

From the October 19 announcement:


As to the facility to burn the burnable debris from this pilot project, the companies are required to select a facility which satisfies the condition specified in the application form. All the companies have selected Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Power Company (Aomi, Koto-ku).

That stipulation was probably put in just to make sure the TEPCO subsidiary would have a cut in the juicy job.

The company is a joint venture of 5 large corporations:

It receives subsidies from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and sells electricity generated from the waste processing to TEPCO. Now it will make profit burning radioactive debris for the recovery of Iwate Prefecture.


Anonymous said...

circular logic, used widely these days.

Anonymous said...

What a criminal act to burn this radioactive waste, shame on you japan and the world for allowing the burning of RADIOACTIVE waste that should be buried not thrown into the atmosphere again. Last I checked out of the 2000 incinerators, only 1 experimental incinerator has the ability to remove heavy metals via acid leaching, the other 1999 don't, so at 70% recovery, at least 30% of waste will become fly ash and will rain over japan as radioactive rain and dust, BAD plan. You should be stopped.

Anonymous said...

Iodine still around:

Anonymous said...

You could not make it up! Tepco profits from debris it itself has contaminated, burned on a landfill of its own creation. lol! It would be a very weak plot in a cheap novel. Meanwhile taxpayers pay for it and are slated to pay more for their electricity.

Japan, Zombie country, is eating itself like the picture of the snake swallowing its own tail.

Anonymous said...

"It would be a very weak plot in a cheap novel. "

And is the only first world country that would conceive that doing it is ok.

Viola said...

Well, that's really smart of TEPCO...
Thinking logically, they should produce even more nuclear waste to increase their income.
That's insane

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