Day 393 Debris solution? Mix and burn. And mix and burn. And…

Omaezaki mayoral race starts, focus on resumption of Hamaoka plant

April 08, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120408p2g00m0dm056000c.html

HAMAMATSU (Kyodo) — The mayoral race in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, commenced Sunday with three candidates focusing on whether to restart the Hamaoka nuclear power station, which has been suspended at the request of the government in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The three candidates are incumbent Shigeo Ishihara, 64, who is seeking a third term, travel agent Haruhisa Muramatsu, 60, who is backed by the Japanese Communist Party, and former city councilor Katsuhisa Mizuno, 58.

In their campaign speeches, Ishihara said he would decide whether to restart the power plant through discussions with city residents and by taking into account lessons learned from the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, while Muramatsu said the Hamaoka plant should be decommissioned.

The voting and count will take place next Sunday.

Mizuno pledged he would not accept resumption of the plant during his term, saying, “Everybody hopes the plant will not be resumed.”

The Hamaoka power station in the city, operated by Chubu Electric Power Co., has been suspended since last year after an unprecedented request from the government following the March 2011 disaster, based on a prediction that a magnitude 8-class quake could hit the region in the first half of this century.

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Long post over at EX-SKF about the “mix and burn” philosophy of the current administration.

Japanese Government to Start Clearing Disaster Debris Inside 20-Km No-Entry Zone in Fukushima, Burn Debris If Cesium Is Less Than 100,000 Bq/kg

Kahoku Shinpo, a local paper in Fukushima, reports that the national government will build the first debris storage areas in Naraha-machi, which lies inside the 20-kilometer radius no-entry zone around Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, to store the disaster debris to be collected from inside the no-entry zone as the zone gets reorganized into three new zones.

All of Naraha-machi’s no-entry zone will be newly designated as “zone preparing for the lifting of the evacuation order (避難指示解除準備区域)” which allows the residents to come back freely.

The government will (or hopes to, I should say) build an incinerator to burn the burnable debris in a nearby town of Hirono-machi, as long as the density of radioactive cesium on/in the debris is 100,000 becquerels/kg or less.

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Municipalities that has the no-entry zone inside their cities and towns are: Minami Soma City, Namie-machi, Okuma-machi, Futaba-machi, Tomioka-machi, Naraha-machi, Kawauchi-mura, Hirono-machi, Katsuragi-mura, Tamura City.

While the concentric circles on which the Kan administration based their evacuation decision didn’t make sense, it is also true that the most severe contamination fell on the area inside the 20-kilometer radius no-entry zone and the planned evacuation zone in Iitate-mura and Namie-machi. Naraha-machi fared better than most, if the MEXT map is to be believed.

From the Ministry of Education and Science (MEXT) map on May 6, 2011, cesium deposition (in Bq/square meters):

Read the entire article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/japanese-government-to-start-clearing.html

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Storage space to be built at 2 sites in Fukushima for tsunami debris

April 08, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — The state will start building storage facilities for debris generated by the March 2011 tsunami as early as May at two locations in a coastal area of Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Environment Ministry and town officials said Saturday.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120408p2g00m0dm055000c.html

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Radioactive Japan: Commercial-Use Skim Milk Powder Found with 23 Bq/kg of Radioactive Cesium

Item: skim milk power in 1kg bag, commercial use
Manufacturer: Zenrakuren (all-Japan federation of dairy industry)
Manufactured in: Kita Fukuoka Factory in Iwate Prefecture

Iodine-131: ND
Cesium-134: 10 Bq/kg
Cesium-137: 13 Bq/kg
Total cesium: 23 Bq/kg

Read the entire article at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/radioactive-japan-commercial-use.html

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Fukushima Radiation Moving Steadily Across Pacific

Concentrated levels found as scientists sample the Pacific for signs of Fukushima

– Common Dreams staff

Teams of scientists have already found debris and levels of radiation far off the coast of Japan, one year after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. Reports are now suggesting that nuclear radiation has traveled at a steady pace. That contaminated debris and marine life could reach the US coast as soon as one year from now, depending on ocean currents.

Radiation from Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is appearing in concentrated levels in sea creatures and ocean water up to 186 miles off of the coast of Japan. The levels of radiation are ‘hundreds to thousands of times higher than would be expected naturally’ according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Researchers are questioning how the radioactive accumulation on the seafloor will effect the marine ecosystem in the future.

“What this means for the marine environment of the Northwest Pacific over the long term is something that we need to keep our eyes on,” said the WHOI.

Article continues at:

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/04/03-2

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/report-japan-fukushima-doctors-express-anxieties-about-radiation-against-medical-leaders-decide-make-public-audio

Report from Japan: Fukushima doctors can’t express anxieties about radiation or say things that are against what medical leaders decide to make public (AUDIO)

Title: Fukushima Disaster – One Year Later 
Source: The Radio Ecoshock Show
Date: March 13, 2012

Wataru Iwata of CRMS (Citizen’s Radioactivity Monitoring Station)

At 53:40 in“We started health consultations with physicians from the other parts of Japan, as doctors from Fukushima Medical University cannot express their anxiety or they cannot say something that is against something that Fukushima Medical University or the Doctors’ Association of Fukushima decide that they will communicate with the residents.”

This recording by Alex Smith comes from the conference “The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster One Year Later” held in Vancouver, Canada on March 11th, 2012

Listen to the one hour report here

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