Day 227 Trickle-down radiation, literally

Healing thoughts going out to folks in Turkey and Thailand.

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News: JP Gov will stock radioactive waste in river head area

Posted by Mochizuki on October 23rd, 2011

Forestry Agency will lend the national forests to local government as disposal area of radioactive waste, where is source of tap water.

Having decontamination be a huge business chance, they are making heaps of radioactive sludge.

Including the massive amount of contaminated hay, sewage sludge,and radioactive incineration ash, local governments are looking for a place to stock them “temporarily.”

To solve the problem,forestry agency has decided to lend the national forests for the place to stock.

This is to keep the radioactive waste away from the city area, but it’s near the source of tap water.

They are just to cover the radioactive waste with concrete and waterproof sheet.

Because Japan is a country of water / rain, it is highly likely that radiation leaks into the river.

As it’s said in this article, even within Fukushima, they made 100 million cubic meters of contaminated soil in the first 6 months.

Now it’s becoming the matter that if we die of radioactive tap water sooner or national forests get full of radioactive waste sooner.

Published: October 23rd, 2011 at 09:15 AM EDT

Gov’t confirms 57.7 microsievert/hr near Tokyo is linked to Fukushima meltdowns — “Highly likely” it came from rain tainted with radioactive fallout

Oct. 23 — According to Kyodo, the “Kashiwa hot spot [is] linked to Fukushima” and Japan’s Science Ministry “reverses government claims after [an] on-site survey finds high amounts of cesium.”

When the local government received a report about the 57.7 microsieverts per hour measurement at the site, it said the radiation was unlikely to be related to the Fukushima disaster.

However, “On Sunday, the science ministry and the city government […] said it is highly likely that rain tainted with fallout from the Fukushima plant was running into nearby soil,” reports Kyodo.

“The ministry has confirmed that rain water is leaching out of the ditch and into the soil at the spot, ministry officials said at a new conference Sunday,” the article notes.

More details at:

No-brainer here (from yesterday):

TEPCO to sell off 400 billion yen in assets this year



Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s consultation center for issues concerning nuclear damage compensation in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, was flooded with residents on Sept. 19. (The Asahi Shimbun)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Oct. 21 decided to sell off 400 billion yen ($5.2 billion) in assets this fiscal year. While the utility plans to sell off some 700 billion yen in assets within three years, it plans to sell more than half that amount before this fiscal year ends in March.

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and from today…

Edano tells TEPCO to cut ‘at least’ 2.5 tril. yen in costs

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Industry minister Yukio Edano on Monday instructed Tokyo Electric Power Co. to commit to cutting “at least” 2.5 trillion yen in costs over 10 years before receiving funds to help it pay compensation over the nuclear crisis at its Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

The target was included in a third-party panel report submitted to the government on Oct. 3, which would be reflected in Tokyo Electric’s special business plan to be compiled as a precondition to receive financial aid from a state-backed body set up to help it meet its massive compensation obligations.

Tokyo Electric President Toshio Nishizawa told reporters after his talks with Edano, “We will take the minister’s words sincerely and steadily implement (what we are told to do).”

The economy, trade and industry minister is in a position to approve the special business plan, which would include cost-cutting and other restructuring measures. It would be compiled in two stages, with the first called an “emergency” plan, and the second a “comprehensive” plan.

While the emergency plan is to be compiled as early as in October, the comprehensive plan is expected to be worked out next spring, and will cover issues needing more time for consideration, such as a possible hike in electricity bills.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi)

In relation to damages payments, the utility known as TEPCO requested to the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry 120 billion yen in government compensation, the maximum amount set by a contract between the government and TEPCO for an accident at one nuclear power plant.

The request came as the utility’s compensation payments to people and companies affected by the crisis, triggered by the devastating March 11 earthquake and disaster, have exceeded 150 billion yen.

(Mainichi Japan) October 24, 2011

Residents to file suit seeking halt of Tsuruga reactors

A photograph shows the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture.(Mainichi)
A photograph shows the Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture.(Mainichi)

OTSU, Japan (Kyodo) — A group of residents from Shiga and nearby prefectures plan to file a lawsuit to suspend the restart of two nuclear reactors at the Tsuruga plant in neighboring Fukui Prefecture, arguing an accident at the plant would contaminate Lake Biwa, their water source, and be life-threatening, according to sources involved in the suit.

Among the plaintiffs’ lawyers is former judge Kenichi Ido, who in 2006 issued the first and only ruling in Japan to order the suspension of a nuclear reactor. The group plans to file for an injunction at the Otsu District Court in Shiga probably by the end of this month.

The plaintiffs argue that Tsuruga’s Nos. 1 and 2 reactors, which have been halted for routine checks, must not be restarted until lessons are learned from the crisis at the radiation-spilling Fukushima Daiichi power plant and inspections are completed under a set of new standards and regulations, the sources said.

They believe residents will face life-threatening dangers if Shiga’s Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake and the water source for the region including the Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe metropolitan areas, suffers radioactive contamination.

Any leakage of radioactive cesium from the nuclear plant operated by the Japan Atomic Power Co. will have immeasurable impact on the ecosystem given its relatively long half-life.

The plaintiffs also plan to stress the aging of the No. 1 rector, which has been running for over 40 years since March 1970, as well as the earthquake dangers given the multiple active faults within the vicinity where the plant stands.

In August, members of the group filed for a similar injunction to prevent the restart of seven nuclear reactors run by Kansai Electric Power Co. in Fukui Prefecture. The case is being heard at the Otsu District Court.

To date, none of the lawsuits filed by local residents in various parts of Japan over the years over the risk of critical damage to nuclear plants in an earthquake has led to the actual suspension of the plants.

The rare decision in 2006 handed down by Ido at the Kanazawa District Court that ordered the suspension of the No. 2 reactor of Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nuclear plant in Ishikawa Prefecture was reversed in an appellate ruling, which was finalized by the Supreme Court.

(Mainichi Japan) October 24, 2011


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