Well, hello, Michael and Anonymous. Thank you for dropping me a note to let me know two humans (besides yours truly) think this site is worth reading.
By now, you must have heard about the cesium in Meiji baby formula. If not, it will be the lead story today.
Anonymous: about the 47 project, if the other million-minus-one readers aren’t familiar with it, they can read about it here: http://sokuteiki.exblog.jp/15412185/.
They are working with CRIIRAD (Commission for Research and Independent Information o Radiation, France) which has an interesting pdf on its website on the magnitude of the problem of radiation (in English) http://www.criirad.org/actualites/dossier2011/japon_bis/en_anglais/11-07-07_cpcriirad_eng.pdf and a statement of their mission at: http://www.criirad.org/actualites/dossier2011/japon_bis/en_anglais/criirad11-47ejapan.pdf
If you like visuals, here’s a video about CRMS (Citizen’s Radioactivity Monitoring Station):
Will keep an eye open for more info on Project 47.
Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Radioactive cesium of up to 30.8 becquerels per kilogram has been found in baby formula manufactured and sold by Meiji Co., the major food company said Tuesday, citing an internal inspection.
The company suspects a link with the radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, saying that raw milk for its “Meiji Step” powders may have come into contact with airborne radioactive cesium when it was being dried.
Radioactive cesium has been found in baby formula for the first time since the disaster, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, which has begun looking into the matter.
The level of cesium-134 and cesium-137 contained in the product remains below the government-set allowable limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram. Meiji said in a statement that the level “is said to be one that does not influence health even if (the formula) is drunk every day.”
The company nonetheless plans to offer customers free replacements, a move that affects about 400,000 850-gram cans of the Meiji Step formula, a company official said.
Amid concern that babies are more susceptible to the harmful effects of radioactive materials than adults, the ministry has planned to set a new limit for food products for babies.
Replacements will be offered for batches whose recommended consumption deadlines are Oct. 3, 4, 5, 6, 21, 22, 23 and 24 next year, according to the manufacturer. The deadline is printed on the bottom of each can.
The formula in question was manufactured at a company plant in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture. It came from cow milk produced before the March 11 disaster, according to the company.
“Because the cesium gets diluted to 3 to 4 becquerels (per kg) when the powders are put into hot water, we don’t think it will have an impact on health. But we still want to address the anxieties of those who bought the product with replacements,” the official said.
Prior to the latest discovery, the company had said no radioactive cesium was found in its product samples. The cesium found in the latest case was detected in stocks not subject to sampling tests.
Meiji commands roughly a 40 percent share of the domestic baby formula market.
(Mainichi Japan) December 6, 2011
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More details and commentary from EX-SKF at:
Fast forward of total quakes in Japan from Jan through Oct 2011. Hold on to your hat.
Video shows tsunami gushing from manhole
New video footage illustrating the force of Japan’s March tsunami shows seawater spewing from a manhole in a coastal area.
The scene was shot in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, one of the worst-hit areas. A local resident took the footage from the rooftop of a building when the first tsunami wave struck the city center on March 11th.
The video shows water spouting from a flooded intersection, reaching as high as the second floor of a house.
City officials say they believe tsunami waves gushed into a sewer system, blowing off a manhole cover. They say a similar phenomenon likely affected at least 10 manholes in coastal areas of the city.
Torrential downpours are also known to blow off manhole covers as water floods sewage pipes and pressure rises. Two people died in the past after falling into flooded manholes that had lost their covers.
A new type of manhole designed to withstand high pressure has already been introduced in some places.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 10:29 +0900 (JST)
More rice shipment bans in Fukushima city
The government has banned rice shipments from part of Fukushima City following the discovery of radioactive contamination in the area.
Last week, inspections found up to 590 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram in rice harvested at 3 farms in the city’s Watari district. That is over the government’s provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram. The district is about 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
On Monday, the government ordered the prefecture to halt shipments of rice harvested this year in the part of Fukushima City that includes the Watari district.
The prefectural government says the new shipment ban affects 406 rice farms in the area.
Bans on rice shipments have already been imposed on another district of Fukushima City and 2 districts of Date City in the prefecture.
Monday, December 05, 2011 20:54 +0900 (JST)
Japan may announce Fukushima cold shutdown on Dec. 16: Yomiuri
TOKYO | Thu Dec 1, 2011 8:26pm EST
(Reuters) – Japan may announce on December 16 that tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima are in a cold shutdown, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday, an important milestone in its plan to bring under control the worst nuclear accident in 25 years.
The Fukushima Daiichi plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, was wrecked by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, which knocked out reactor cooling systems, causing meltdowns of nuclear fuel rods.
A cold shutdown is when water used to cool nuclear fuel rods remains below its boiling point, preventing the fuel from reheating.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda may declare a cold shutdown because a November 30 analysis by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co showed that temperatures for the nuclear fuel lying at the bottom of the containment vessel have stabilized, the paper said.
Radiation levels at the reactors have also fallen significantly, it said.
Declaring a cold shutdown will have repercussions well beyond the plant as it is one of the criteria the government has said must be met before it begins allowing 80,000 residents evacuated from within a 20 km (12 mile) radius of the plant to return home.
But even if a cold shutdown is declared, Tokyo Electric has acknowledged before that it may be unable to remove the fuel from the reactors for another 10 years, and experts say the cleanup at the plant could take several decades.
(Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
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Does changing the wording change our impression of the danger?”
Japanese scientists are suggesting abandoning contaminated soil into the sea
Government is in charge of decontamination where it’s over 1 mSv/y.
They have already taken it into consideration that Japan is accused by the world but they find it the most realistic solution for some reason.
They are supposed to pack the soil into a shelter, which is protected against corrosion and high water pressure, and leave it in 2000 meters depth of the sea.
The city mayor of a hotspot had a sudden death of thoracic aortic aneurysm rhexis
The city mayor of Nasushiobara Tochigi, Mr. Kurikawa Hitoshi (67) died of thoracic aortic aneurysm rhexis on the night of 12/4/2011.
On the last day of his life, he joined mochi tsuki festival of Shiobara Onsen from 1PM. Then he helped street donation charity.
At 6:20PM, he started having agonizing pain while he got a phone call from a city officer. He was having dinner at home.
He was sent to the hospital by ambulance but passed away at 7:59PM.
He was hospitalized for bacterial enteritis for 2 weeks in October too.
TEPCO’s Solution to Leaking Strontium-Contaminated Water: Sandbags
The next task would be to mop up the water that’s sitting inside the building for the evaporative condensation apparatus with diapers and make Packbots pick up the diapers after they soak up water with 100,000 becquerels/cubic centimeter of strontium.
As far as I know, this building for the apparatus was built recently. But the side of the concrete foundation has already cracked? Some workmanship.
Read the entire article and view photos at:
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University Researchers: Let’s Dump Contaminated Soil into the Ocean!
Scholars who participated in the Ministry of Education’s radiation mapping are proposing dumping the contaminated soil removed as the result of utterly useless “decontamination” efforts into the depth of the Pacific Ocean, 2000 meters deep.
(Along with some Russian nuclear subs, I guess.)
The researchers will propose their plan to the government as a practical solution to literally mountains of soil contaminated with cesium, plutonium, tellurium, radioactive silver, strontium…
And don’t worry, the researchers did propose putting the soil in containers first.
Read the rest at: