Day 451 1BF: 100Bq/kg nuclear waste. 1AF: 100Bq/kg safe to eat

Hunger Strike Launched at Antinuclear Tent City

By Eleanor Warnock

The eventual restart of two Japanese nuclear reactors may now look almost certain, but some concerned citizens still insist the fight against nuclear power isn’t over yet.

Eleanor Warnock/The Wall Street Journal
Iseko Shirai, left, and Junichiro Yamada on the second day of their hunger strike.

To protest the likely reactor restarts, demonstrators started a hunger strike on Tuesday at a camp outside the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in an area in downtown Tokyo similar to Zuccotti Park.

Iseko Shirai, a sunny 76-year-old protester, has already taken her post outside the tent village even though it is 8 a.m. on a Wednesday. She makes her principled stand on the nuclear issue with a cheery smile. But black-suited businessmen bustling past hardly seem to notice her or her “Let’s Have Zero Nuclear Power!” sign as they seek the more pragmatic goal of arriving to work on time.

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From ENENEWS at:

“Please send out SOS signals to the world!” — Levels of bio-concentration of radioactivity have not been imagined or have been ignored daringly — Tried to tell officials many times and always denied

June 4, 2012 message from Koichi Oyama, Minamisoma city councilor, posted (and translated?) by Dissensus Japan:

I am now making a map with becquerel of algae types.

Near the end of this week with 100 samples,

On the Sea of Japan side : Yamagata, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa

On the Pacific side : Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tokyo, Gunma, Tochigi

I plan to bring together the informations of the widespread area.

This biological concentration is one of the environmental indication.

This is an element which is as dangerous as the level of elevated concentration of radioactive isotope which have not been imagined or have been ignored daringly.

The clearance level of ICRP for cesium 134 and cesium 137 are 100 becquerels / Kg.

But in Minamisoma City and in Fukushima Prefecture, there’s 100,0000 [100,000 or 1,000,000?] becquerels that are left uncontrolled.

And there’s a danger that children step up on it and they also may touch it.

Although I went to see the police so many times to talk about it and also talked to public health institute and talked with the city administration every time my demand were just refused.

Please send out SOS signals to the world!

Thank you for your help.
Koichi Oyama

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From ENENEWS at:

Before Fukushima: 100 Bq/kg of cesium is nuclear waste — After: 100 Bq/kg of cesium is safe to eat

Japan’s Latest Nuclear Crisis: Getting Rid of the Radioactive Debris
The Atlantic
Michael McAteer
Jun 4 2012, 8:14 AM ET

[…]The [Japanese] government has raised the limit for how radioactive something can be before requiring special disposal by a factor of 80.


The government insists that its radiation limits ensure that the program will pose no health risks to surrounding residents. Those limits, however, have been significantly relaxed since the disaster at Fukushima. Radioactivity is measured by becquerel per kilogram, or bq/kg. Previously, Japanese regulations required nuclear waste with 100 or more bq/kg of Cesium to be monitored and disposed of in specialized containers. […] The new government limit for material headed for landfills is 8000 bq/kg, 80 times the pre-Fukushima limit.


Panel OKs lower cesium limit for food
Feb. 17, 2012

[…]The new limits, which come between one-twentieth and one-quarter of the present tentative limits depending on the food category, are set at 100 becquerels per kilogram for regular food items such as rice and meat, compared with the current 500 becquerels , 50 becquerels for milk and infant food, and 10 becquerels for drinking water.


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Good news for UK farmers (not so good for the sheep, baa). So, all we have to do here in Japan (except for the areas with the highest levels) is wait for 26 years and then eat all the sheep we want.

Post-Chernobyl disaster sheep controls lifted on last UK farms

Restrictions covering sheep movements after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster have finally been lifted from all farms in England and Wales after 26 years.

After the 1986 disaster, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) placed controls on 9,800 UK farms, but these were gradually removed.

The final eight in Cumbria and the last 327 in Wales are now free of them.

Adam Briggs, from the NFU, said it meant an end to the “sorry situation” of the Chernobyl legacy.

As a result of the explosion, radioactive particles became locked in upland peat and accumulated in grazing sheep.

‘Eat with confidence’Under the “mark and release” restrictions, the animals had to be tested for levels of Caesium-137 prior to being moved down from the fells for sales.

Farmers were paid £1.30 per animal, to compensate for the cost of holding them before monitoring.

The controls were lifted in Northern Ireland in 2000 and in Scotland in 2010.

Adam Briggs, policy advisor for the NFU in the North West, said: “I’ve spoken to a number of farmers in the area and they are all very happy with the decision.

“It gives them a bit of flexibility of when they can market the stock.

“The main thing is that research shows the meat is safe.

“People can now eat Cumbrian lamb with confidence.”

 (h/t “J”)
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TEPCO to deny inadequate response in final Fukushima nuclear crisis report

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, will deny in its final report on the crisis that its response to trouble involving the plant’s No. 1 and 3 reactors was inadequate, it has been learned.

“Realistically, it was difficult to grasp the conditions of the reactors and respond to their problems,” the draft of the final report partially reads. The government’s investigative panel on the Fukushima nuclear crisis has said that TEPCO’s response to the trouble with these two reactors was inappropriate.

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Editorial: Diet should pass Fukushima child victims’ law and hold gov’t responsible

Lawmakers in both the ruling and opposition parties are in the final stages of composing a draft bill supporting victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, with an emphasis on providing support for children and pregnant women, who are said to be especially sensitive to radiation.

One of the pillars of the proposed legislation is the reduction or exemption of medical expenses for children and expecting mothers living in areas where radiation levels exceed a certain standard.

Many lives, especially those of Fukushima prefectural residents, have been turned upside down due to the nuclear disaster. A large number of people not under government orders to evacuate have done so anyway on their own volition, with many families being torn apart. The anguish of parents with young children, in particular, is immeasurable.

As local residents agonize over the lack of progress in decontamination efforts and any guarantees of health and food safety in the coming years, they face a basic question: will the national government continually enforce the measures and policies they seek?

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I think he means “a FALSE sense of security…”

Fukui governor asks why Oi reactors should be restarted


FUKUI — Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa on Monday asked Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to directly explain why two idled reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant in the prefecture should be restarted.

“It will lead to creating a sense of security among the public if the prime minister directly declares to citizens that the reactivation (of the reactors) is necessary,” Nishikawa said in a meeting with nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono, who visited the prefecture to win local consent for the reactors’ restart, which the government and Kepco have been pushing to avert a summer power shortage.

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More on this over at EX-SKF at:

PM Noda: “Ooi Nuclear Power Plant Restart Is Necessary for the Growth of Japanese Economy”

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Will be adding a new URL to the Blogroll today…. DISSENSUS JAPAN. It is a site that has articles translated from Japanese freelance journalists and bloggers about the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. Check it out at:



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