Day 258 TEPCO’s unmitigated gall knows no bounds


TEPCO: Radioactive substances belong to landowners, not us – AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Radiation Levels at Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club, 45 km west of Fukushima meltdowns, on Aug. 10

  • 2.91 microsieverts per hour was recorded 10 centimeters above ground at the tee of the sixth hole
  • 51.1 microsieverts per hour near a drainage ditch in a parking space for golf carts, similar to level 2.4 km from the plant

A radiation testing agency checked the course on Nov. 13

  • 235,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of grass was detected, a level that would put the area into a Chernobyl no-entry zone (235,000 Bq/kg = 15,275,000 Bq/m²; After Chernobyl above 1,480,000 Bq/m²  required migration, 555,000-1.48 million Bq/m² was for temporary migration)

On Nov. 17

  • Radioactive strontium at 98 Bq/kg was detected in the grass and ground

TEPCO’s Answer to Golf Course’s Lawsuit

  • “Radioactive materials that scattered and fell from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant belong to individual landowners there, not TEPCO”
  • “There is room for doubt about the ability of the measuring equipment the city used and the accuracy of the records”
  • “There are sites overseas with an annual reading of 10 millisieverts of natural radiation”

District Court Decision on Oct. 31

  • Rejected TEPCO’s argument that radioactive fallout belongs to individual landowners
  • Deemed the city’s radioactivity measurements credible
  • Ruled that companies have the right to demand decontamination work by TEPCO
  • Yet it said central or local governments should be responsible for the decontamination work, given efficiency of cleanup operations so far
  • Rejected companies’ demand for compensation, saying the golf course operations could have been resumed because the radiation levels were below 3.8 microsieverts per hour, the yardstick set by the science ministry in April for authorizing the use of schoolyards

h/t Anonymous tip (Thanks to all those anonymous tippers out there)

TEPCO denies responsibility for hot spring customer loss after March 11

IBARAKI — The first oral proceedings of a lawsuit filed by a hot spring facility here that seeks compensation from Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for a drastic drop in customers since March 11 ended on Nov. 24 with TEPCO denying any responsibility for the situation.

“The reason why customers have declined since March 11 is because of damage the facility suffered in the earthquake and tsunami. It is not related to the crisis at the Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant,” TEPCO representatives argued in a written statement that requested the court dismiss the facility’s claims.

The hot spring facility “Shiosai no Yu” says that it suffered a major loss of customers since March 11 due to fears that the ocean and seafood — the facility’s main attractions — are polluted by radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The facility is located in the port town of Oarai approximately 130 kilometers from the nuclear plant.

A TEPCO assistance center, where a two-hour waiting line formed after just 30 minutes, is pictured in the city of Fukushima on Sept. 20. (Mainichi)

A TEPCO assistance center, where a two-hour waiting line formed after just 30 minutes, is pictured in the city of Fukushima on Sept. 20. (Mainichi)

“Due to the nuclear crisis we have lost our main sales point. With radiation still spreading from the nuclear plant and no clear sign of an end, it is understandable that prospective customers fear for their health. Their anxieties are not caused by simple rumors,” the plaintiff asserted.

The hot spring facility has demanded that TEPCO pay approximately 47 million yen in compensation that would cover their financial loss for the period between March and June 2011.

(Mainichi Japan) November 25, 2011

Over 80 percent of nuke reactors to be shut down

Another nuclear reactor in Japan will be shut down for regular inspection on Friday.

With this addition to the list, more than 80 percent of the nuclear reactors in the country will not be operating.

The shutdown procedure for the reactor at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, will begin in the evening. The reactor will come to a complete halt before dawn on Saturday.

The latest shutdown means 44 of Japan’s 54 nuclear reactors, or more than 80 percent, will not be generating power.

Some of the idle reactors are now undergoing stress tests, a prerequisite for deciding whether to resume operation.

Authorities from Fukui Prefecture, which has 11 nuclear reactors, say they will not approve resumption unless the central government provides them with new safety standards which take into account the findings from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

Other reactors also face a similar situation in considering whether to restart operations.

All nuclear reactors in Japan which are currently operating are scheduled to undergo regular inspection by next spring, at the latest. If the present stalemate in safety persists, the country will see all 54 nuclear reactors shut down.

Friday, November 25, 2011 07:50 +0900 (JST)

Radiation in Japan: Tokyo Will Burn Miyagi’s Disaster (and Radioactive) Debris in Incineration Plants in 23 Special Wards

The Tokyo Metropolitan government simplyannounced on November 24, 2011 that it will be accepting the disaster debris from Onagawa-machi in Miyagi Prefecture starting early December and lasting till March 2013, and the debris (which is radioactive, by the way) will be burned in the waste incineration plants operated by the 23 Special Wards and by municipalities in Tama District (western Tokyo). The agreement has already been signed.

In my November 15 post, I wrote about this deal. But I apparently forgot to write about my speculation at that time (I did in my Japanese blog) that the only reason I could think of as to why the Assembly of the Special Ward Mayors was being consulted in accepting the Miyagi debris was that the debris would be burned in the regular incineration plants in the 23 Wards. I was exactly right, and I don’t enjoy having been right on this.

From NHK Kabun tweet:



Debris from Onagawa-machi, Miyagi Prefecture will be brought to Tokyo by the Tokyo 23 Special Wards and municipalities in Tama District of Tokyo starting early next month till March of 2013. 100,000 tonnes of debris will be processed. It will be burned in the waste incineration plants operated by the municipalities, and the ashes will be buried in the landfill on the Tokyo Bay. (November 24)

All over.

They are confident that bag filters will reduce or eliminate the radioactive materials on the debris, which will be flammable wood debris, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Environment.

How radioactive it can be? The Bureau of Environment’s announcement has a link to the test result of burning the debris and measuring the radiation in Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture. The number is 2300 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in the ashes. Since it is so far below the 8000 becquerels/kg safety standard set by the Ministry of the Environment, there is no problem burning and burying, in the minds of the Tokyo Metropolitan governor and politicians and bureaucrats (and their celebrity supporters…).

By the way, the document from Onagawa-machi makes it clear that the debris may be burned in the private incineration plants in addition to the municipal incineration plants, and that the ashes may be used in “eco-cement”.

Again, the only private incineration plant that would meet the spec (more than 100 tonnes per day capacity) is that TEPCO subsidiary, Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Power.

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