Day 312 Burying the stuff under where the kids are playing is just plain stupid

File this under, “Just plain wrong.”

Nuclear reactor operation period could be up to 60 years

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Japanese government said Tuesday nuclear power plant operators could extend the operational life of a reactor by up to 20 years beyond the 40-year limit to be newly introduced under the planned revision of nuclear regulations.

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120118p2g00m0dm046000c.html

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Anger spreads as radioactive gravel traced to schools, public road

NIHONMATSU, Fukushima — Anger and anxiety are spreading here after highly radioactive gravel from inside the Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuation zone was traced on Jan. 17 to several construction projects in the city, including at local schools. Article continues at: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120118p2a00m0na012000c.html

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Ministry of Economy to Investigate Other Bldg Materials for Radiation

It has finally occurred to the elite bureaucrats at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry that maybe, just maybe, all the building materials that were stored outdoors since the March 11 Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident may have been contaminated with radioactive fallout from the broken reactors, and not just the crushed stone from the stone pit in Namie-machi, Fukushima Prefecture.
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If beef, rice hay, leaf compost are any indication, the contaminated building materials may have spread far and wide already, outside Fukushima Prefecture. Andwhat about the building materials stored outside in places like Tochigi, Ibaraki, and Gunma Prefectures? Or southern Miyagi where the high level of radioactive cesium was detected from the rice hay, and where radioactive cesium in raw milk has seen a spike recently?

For now, those are none of the concerns for the Ministry for now.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/duh-ministry-of-economy-to-investigate.html

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This, from the Wall Street Journal Japan, explains how the pile of rocks got where it is:

Fukushima Radiation: In With the Bricks

By Yoree Koh
Fukushima prefecture has become all too familiar with radioactive hot spots since the March 11 disasters overwhelmed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. But the discovery of one particular concentration of radiation in Nihonmatsu, a town in the prefecture where many people displaced after March 11 have sought refuge, has provided an unexpected cause for alarm: In a six-month-old apartment development, unusually high radiation levels were detected not in surrounding air or soil, but inside the building itself. The reason for the aberration? Rocks used to make the cement for the building’s construction originated from a quarry in the town of Namie, a coastal village that at its closest point is situated as little as five kilometers from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Article continues at: http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/01/16/fukushima-radiation-in-with-the-bricks/

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The latest from Arnie Gundersen:

Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated

 

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Bury the radioactive debris in the elementary school playground to get it out of contact with the air. Never mind that it will probably seep through the plastic bags it’s in and get into the ground, the ground water, and eventually back into the chain of life. Open a bottle of milk in your bathtub and then try getting it back in the bottle.

Rare Look Inside Japan’s Nuclear ‘No Go Zone’

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FRONTLINE: Nuclear Aftershocks

Watch at: http://video.pbs.org/video/2187854464

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