Local Fukushima residents seek compensation for decontamination gear, costs
FUKUSHIMA — Residents battling radioactive contamination in and around their houses, who purchased high-pressure water sprayers, are seeking compensation for their independent decontamination campaigns.
The residents are frustrated because such water sprayers bought by individuals are not covered by a compensation scheme carried out by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. Furthermore, the central government stipulated in late September that the state will shoulder decontamination costs when local governments conduct such decontamination work.
But the residents reacted angrily to the government policy, saying, “It is natural for individual expenditures for decontamination work to be compensated in light of the cause” of radioactive contamination. Municipalities concerned are joining the residents in asking the central government to change its policy.
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First, read this from Mochizuki at fukushima-diary.com – Second, watch the video – Third, read the article just below the video, remembering that there are 54 nuclear reactors in a country that is overdue for some large earthquakes within the plates on which it stands. I would like to know 1) what these people were thinking when they built them in the first place, and 2) how the hell do we get out of this mess alive?
What must be done for melt out.
Currently,at least 3 reactors are having melt out.
Even Mr.Koide from Kyoyo University,who has been the most insightful advisory of us says,
there is no major risk of explosion as long as the fuel rods are underground.
Tepco announced they started building the impermeable wall on the sea side of reactor 1~4 on 10/28/2011. They say it takes 2 years to build.
However,in Chernobyl,the biggest concern was the explosion underground after melt out.
They put tons of human robots to settle it down.
They assumed if melted fuel touches the underground water vein,it would cause hydrovolcanic explosion so the entire area of Europe would be uninhabited.
Soviet union was also afraid of the contamination of river.
They ended up putting 800,000 people to settle it down and they suffer from severe health damage.
In Japan,everything is concealed and nobody seems concerned about hydrovolcanic explosion and water contamination though it is likely to be going on already.
Though Fukushima had container vessel,now that all of them were destroyed,the situation is similar to Chernobyl.
Roughly estimating,Chernobyl needed 800,000 people.
In Fukushima,reactor 1~6 are in crisis,which means 800,000×6=4,800,000 people are needed to dedicate their lives.
The video below is very insightful.
It explains what Soviet did to avoid hydrovolcanic explosion.
600 pilots died.
10,000 coal miners were put (all in 20s or 30s) into digging the hole under the reactor,and at least 2500 of them died before 40s.
In short,we must pay 6 times more price for Fukushima.
Yes,nuclear is cheap,and environmentally friendly.
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File this under “idiots”:
Monju chief says fast breeder reactor project to shift focus
TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which runs the trouble-hit Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture, will shift the project’s focus on research from the current goal of generating power with a fast breeder reactor, its president has indicated.
In a recent interview with Kyodo News, JAEA President Atsuyuki Suzuki said the plan to build a demonstration fast breeder reactor and subsequently a commercial one after Monju “will find it hard to be understood by the public.”
“It would benefit not only Japan but the world that it (Monju) will be used as a reactor for trying various new technologies,” Suzuki said, reacting to growing calls in Japan for decommissioning Monju, which is already shut down due to a series of troubles.
The Monju reactor and related research have been regarded as key to realizing the country’s nuclear fuel cycle, in which spent nuclear fuel from Japanese power plants would be reprocessed for reuse as plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel. A fast-breeder reactor is aimed at producing more fuel than consumed by using MOX, with practical use planned for around 2050.
But the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry said last month that it has decided to postpone a trial run of Monju to allay public concern over its safety in the wake of the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
The government is poised to “discuss every possibility” about Monju, including its decommissioning, at the Government Revitalization Unit’s screening of wasteful spending to be held in late November, a government source said separately.
Noting that resource-poor Japan could run out of energy in the future, the JAEA chief said, “If we can master the use of a fast-breeder reactor, it will enhance our national strength. So we should do the minimum needed (to establish fast-breeder technology).”
“At this point, I think there are more factors concerning research and development in the way we use Monju,” Suzuki said, mentioning possible new research purposes such as burning new types of fuel and reducing the amount of waste generated.
On the country’s nuclear fuel recycling program, Suzuki stressed the need for Japan to continue reprocessing nuclear fuel in a transparent manner as the world’s only nonnuclear weapons nation capable of large-scale reprocessing.
It is undesirable to allow only countries with nuclear weapons to monopolize reprocessing technology, he said.
By cultivating the basics for using a fast-breeder reactor in the future, Japan can also provide technological cooperation to countries like Russia, India and China which are eager to develop a fast breeder reactor, he also said.
Suzuki, who was professor at the University of Tokyo, assumed the top JAEA post in August last year after serving as chairman of the government’s Nuclear Safety Commission.
(Mainichi Japan) October 31, 2011
By ENENEWS STAFF
Japan Gov’t on Containing Radiation: “We don’t have experience in this field” — “We’re talking about such a vast area” — Using methods not seen in U.S. for 5 decades
KORIYAMA, Oct. 31 — “Japan still is struggling to figure out how to clean up the mess, exacerbating fears about health risks and fanning mistrust of the government,” reports Yumiko Ono in today’s Wall Street Journal.
In fact, government policies may be increasing the spread of radioactive particles: According to the article, “Some experts say some ad hoc cleanup efforts risk spreading radiation further.”
For example, Ono says schools “are temporarily storing contaminated soil in holes dug within the school compounds and lined with plastic sheets.”
Of this ‘storage’ method, Kimberlee Kearfott, a University of Michigan nuclear-engineering professor who has served on U.S. government panels for nuclear cleanups, says:
- Plastic isn’t a long-lasting seal against radioactive substances leaking.
- If radioactive materials get into the ground water and are concentrated there that could be worse than soil contamination because it could spread rapidly.
- “This type of shallow-pit burial has not been used in the U.S. since the 1960s.”
- “This is definitely not a good idea.”
Officials at Japan’s environment ministry “concede the task is daunting,” according to the Journal article.
During an interview, Vice Minister Hideki Minamikawa said:
- “We don’t have experience in this field.”
- “We’re talking about such a vast area.”
- “Currently, there are no clear signs yet on what needs to be done to make decontamination a success.”
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Wall Street Journal article here:
- OCTOBER 31, 2011
Radiation Cleanup Confounds Japan
110 micro Sv/h in Setagaya may be caused by a flown piece of control rod.
Following up the article,http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/10/breaking-news-110-micro-svh-in-setagaya/
from the further investigation,there is a possibility that europium-152 is under the ground.
Europium-152 is a material of control rod in a reactor. If that is true,a piece of the control rod flew from reactor 3 and got into sewage pipe in Setagaya.
After they measured 110 micro Sv/h,they measured higher radiation level of 170 micro Sv/h at 60cm away from the boarder to the next area.
They also suggested the possibility that highly radioactive sewage water is stocked under the supermarket.
If it it europium-152, it proves the reactor 3 had a nuclear explosion as it has been suggested.
Disaster-area temple offers volunteers place to rest for winter
RIKUZENTAKATA, Iwate — A temple in this tsunami-hit area is offering volunteers a place to rest as approaching winter cold reduces the number of buses offering same-day returns.
“People who are complete strangers are coming to help us, so we felt we had to do what we could to repay them,” said the chief priest of the temple Koshoji.
With cold temperatures making mountain roads more dangerous, bus services that made it possible to go to a disaster-hit area and return the same day are starting to be put on hold for the season. Without cold weather it takes around two hours to travel to coastal Rikuzentakata from the main nearby inland cities, but with blizzards and frozen roads in winter, it will take longer to safely make the journey. Volunteer groups have been moving or removing their bases of operation because of this.
Koshoji was not directly hit by the disaster, but around 80 percent of the 450 or so families who support it with contributions lost their homes to the tsunami. For months after the disaster the temple was busy performing services for the deceased. Donations came in from friends and temple supporters, and those at the temple were trying to decide what to do with the money. They then heard about how volunteers needed a place to stay for the winter.
They opened up a building on the temple grounds that can hold about a dozen or so people, and they are putting up bunk beds to allow about a dozen more to be accommodated.
A 68-year-old woman who came from Hamamatsu to volunteer says she had spent some nights in her car, but with the temple facilities “winter will be alright as well.”
The number of volunteers heading into disaster areas per day by way of the Rikuzentakata Volunteer Center has already fallen far from the peak in Sept. 24 of 1,215 to around 180, but help is still needed to remove small debris in preparation for crop planting in the spring and to help prepare marine farms to resume operations.
Rumi Yasuda of Rikuzentakata’s social welfare council says, “It’s true that we are coming to a point where we need to get by on our own without help, but there are still many cases where help is needed, such as for the very elderly who have lost their spouses to the disaster. Projects like the one by Koshoji are very helpful for keeping volunteer help coming.”
(Mainichi Japan) October 31, 2011
A rather artistic rendition of daily updates of radiation levels in the Kanto area of Japan: