Day 220 New Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell = where we’re going to store radioactive debris

Thoughts going out tonight for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Thailand – that the people remain safe through the rains and flooding.

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Children return to schools in Fukushima amid radiation concerns

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/10/120685.html

MINAMISOMA, Japan, Oct. 17, Kyodo

Children returned to their original schools in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, amid radiation concerns Monday after the government lifted its evacuation advisory for the city over the Fukushima nuclear crisis late last month.

Of the 12 municipal junior high and elementary schools located in what had previously been designated an evacuation preparation zone subject to the advisory, five reopened Monday at their original locations.

The municipal government had conducted cleanup work at the schools since August, decontaminating school buildings, yards and commuting routes for children within 200 meters of the schools. But radiation concerns are still lingering.

Radioactive debris in our backyard? Yes, if the Ministry of Environmental Destruction, er, Environment has anything to say (or not say) about it.

Radioactive Debris: Ministry of the Environment to Municipalities – Don’t Tell Anyone, Don’t Say No

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/10/radioactive-debris-ministry-of.html

As reported here a number of times, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment under Goshi Hosono (who is also in charge of the Fuku I nuclear accident) is more than ever eager to spread radiation throughout Japan by forcing the municipalities (except one – Tokyo – who will be happily burning the debris from Iwate after a bogus test of mixing radioactive debris with regular garbage to reduce the density of radioactive materials in the ashes) to accept disaster debris from Tohoku.

Someone in Japan uploaded the notice from the Ministry to the people in charge of waste disposal in the municipalities, dated October 7, 2011. It is a questionnaire that the Ministry wants the municipalities to fill and send back to the Ministry via email, asking about the current status in the municipalities on their effort to accept disaster debris. The Ministry wants to know how much debris they can take in, what types of debris, what type of disposal available. The similar survey was done several months ago, but since then the local oppositions have grown. So the Ministry wants to persuade the wavering municipalities.

The notice is not what the Ministry would put up on their website as “press release” because it is not a press release. Rather, it is a document only seen by local officials.

The notice is an outrage for anyone who oppose moving the radioactive debris to their cities and towns, particularly those in the western Japan where the radioactive fallout from Fukushima I Nuke Plant has been close to zero. (Internal radiation exposure is another matter, which is happening in the western Japan also.)

Why?

First:

なお、本調査の結果について、個別の地方公共団体名は公表しないこととしています。

When we announce the result of the survey, the names of the individual municipalities will not be disclosed.

Unlike the earlier survey where all the names of the municipalities were disclosed and which led to the citizens’ oppositions in those municipalities, the Ministry is assuring them their names won’t be disclosed this time.

Second, in the multiple choices on the current effort level at the municipalities, there is no choice to say “No” to the debris. There are three choices, and they are:

A:既に受け入れを実施している
A: Already accepting the debris

B:被災地への職員派遣や検討会議の設置等の具体的な検討を行っている
B: Effort already ongoing such as sending the personnel to the disaster area and setting up the committee to discuss the acceptance

C:被災地への職員派遣や検討会議の設置等は行っていないが、受入れに向けた検討を行っている
C: Hasn’t started sending the personnel to the disaster area or setting up the committee, but ongoing discussion toward accepting the debris

There should have been D: No plan to accept any debris from the disaster area, period.

To top it off, when it actually comes to bringing the disaster debris to those municipalities who will have secretly said yes, the residents may or may not be consulted if the case of Aichi Prefecture is any indication:

Chunichi Shinbun (10/15/2011; don’t expect the link to remain long for this paper. If it is gone, go here for the full copy of the article) reports a comment from the Ministry of the Environment:

「実際に受け入れる時は、市町村側が住民に説明することなどを検討したい」

“When the actual acceptance of the debris happens, we may consider having the municipalities explain to the residents.”

Doing the rudimentary reading-between-the-lines exercise, I think the Ministry is saying it does not require that the municipalities explain the debris acceptance to the residents, and it certainly does not require that the explanation be done beforehand.

Some on the net call the Ministry as “The Ministry of the Environmental Destruction”. That’s about right.

[Read all of EX-SKF’s entry at:]

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/10/radioactive-debris-ministry-of.html

Here is the article he refers to, published in the Chunichi News on 15 Oct 2011:

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/article/2011101590090305.html

【社会】

愛知県、がれき受け入れ市町村 公表せず

2011年10月15日 09時03分

 東日本大震災で発生した岩手、宮城両県のがれき処理で愛知県が県内市町村に受け入れ可能な量を再調査している問題で、環境省と県は14日、調査終了後も、受け入れ可能な自治体名や数、処分できるがれきの量を公表しない方針を示した。

がれき受け入れに関しては、環境省が4月に調査した後、福島第1原発事故による放射性物質の付着を懸念する住民感情が高まり、実施されなかった。このため、同省の再調査の要請を受け、愛知県が13日に市町村などの担当者を集めて情報連絡会を開き、21日までに環境省に回答を報告することにしていた。県環境部の担当者は、再調査の結果を公表しない理由を「県は国の調査を仲立ちするだけ。国の非公表の方針に従いたい」と説明した。

環境省は今回の再調査を、個別の地方公共団体名を公表しない前提で行っているという。同省廃棄物対策課は「今回はあくまで調査の段階。全国の受け入れ可能量など一定の情報は公表するが、県ごとの受入量までは出すつもりはない」と説明。「実際に受け入れる時は、市町村側が住民に説明することなどを検討したい」と話した。

全国市民オンブズマンの新海聡事務局長は「地域の安全と被災地支援のバランスをどう取るか難しい問題だが、がれきはどこかで処理しなければならない。困難な問題だからこそ、住民に情報を公開し、議論していくことが大切で、非公開にするのは、間違いだ」と国や県の対応に疑問を呈した。

(中日新聞)

 

This last entry from Fukushima Diary can be read in its entirety at:

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/bn-heli-rad-survey/

Breaking News: Latest J-Gov radiation scans of Japan’s rice basket

Posted by nika on October 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has published the latest helicopter radiation survey results (document publish date 10-12-11). I have included a mirrored copy of the document below.

The most salient point at the moment is that the rice basket of Japan is included in this survey (Niigata Prefecture and Akita Prefecture, according to the note I got from Mochizuki-san).

I have also pulled out some of the maps as image captures to make it a bit easier to see. Remember to not hot link to these images to save our servers from a sorry overload fate. (thanks ahead of time!)

This is aimed to measure the radiation level attache to the ground.

The helicopter scanned 1m high from the ground.(Beta ray flies only for 1m)

Date

Niigata 8/30~9/23/2011

Akita 9/14~9/28/2011

Now in Japan,it is the season to sell newly harvested rice in the market.

This therefore is to kill “harmful rumor” politically.

The map on the bottom is made by Mr.Hayakawa,from Gumna uni,who is a specialist of volcanic ash.

He has been contributed to the world by making his independent contamination map.

Comparing his map to the newly published map,contamination of south part of Niigata can be manipulated on the government’s map.

Also,on the map of government,Sendai area,which is the biggest city in North Japan is unnaturally “clean” unless plume jumped to avoid Sendai.

[snip]

 

Route that radiation followed through Tohoku area according to Professor Hayakawa, Gunma University:


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2 comments
    • From that article:

      “If realized, it would give children in disaster-hit areas dreams and hopes,” he said.

      How about giving the children the dream and hope of living a healthy life to a ripe old age of, say, 50?

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