Day 456 Cleanup here, there, and everywhere

 Cars collide with roaming cattle in zone around Fukushima plant
Roaming cattle in the no-entry zone are seen in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, in March. (Mainichi)
Roaming cattle in the no-entry zone are seen in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, in March. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — Several collisions have been occurring between cars and roaming cattle in the no-entry zone around the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, it has been learned.

According to the Futaba Police Station, of the 25 cases it has processed, 23 were at night. With street lights in the zone out, cars appear to be not noticing black cows and running into them. No injuries to people have been reported.

The first collision between a car and a cow in the zone was in Kawauchi in early July, 2011. Recently, there were collisions on National Route 6 in Tomioka between a car and two cows on May 31, and another collision there on June 1. According to police, there have been eight collisions in Okuma, seven each in Tomioka and Naraha, two in Namie, and one in Kawauchi. Nineteen have been on National Route 6. In all cases, the cars were driven by nuclear plant-related workers. Most of the cattle were black-haired, and half of them died immediately in the collisions.

According to the Fukushima Prefectural Government, after the nuclear disaster began, around 2,000 cattle in the no-entry zone were euthanized or otherwise disposed of. Prefectural workers and others have been catching cattle that escaped from barns or otherwise ended up roaming, but as there are also cattle that have been born amongst roaming cattle, the prefecture estimates there are over 200 cattle roaming in the zone. There was one case of a police car with its red light on being surrounded by cattle and attacked by bulls with horns.

With the help of local municipalities, the prefecture has set up signs warning to be careful of roaming cattle. An official of the Futaba police station said, “Even though there are not many people in the zone, we want people to stay alert and obey the speed limit.”

June 10, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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Former Tokyo Police Chief: Tepco wanted to withdraw from

Fukushima Daini, not only Daiichi

Subscription Only: INSIGHT: Diet panel’s conclusion on TEPCO defies evidence
Asahi AJW
June 9, 2012

[…] the hearing on June 8 revealed exchanges on the teleconferencing system between TEPCO’s main office in Tokyo and the crippled Fukushima plant on March 14 and March 15 that showed the company was in the process of giving up the recovery efforts and abandoning the plant.

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18% of Fukushima evacuees might be unable to go home even after 10 yrs

TOKYO, June 9, Kyodo

Nearly 20 percent of evacuees might not be able to return to their homes in evacuation areas near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant even 10 years after the disaster, according to an estimate the government made available Saturday.

According to the estimate, 18% of the residents in 11 municipalities in the government-set evacuation zones may have difficulties returning to their homes on the assumption that effects of ongoing work to get rid of radioactive materials in the communities are not taken into consideration.

In the towns of Okuma where part of the nuclear plant stands, for example, 81 percent of the residents may have difficulties returning home and the figure came to 49 percent for the town of Futaba, which hosts the remaining part of the plant.

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NY Times: Japan’s Premier Seeks Support for Using Nuclear Power

New York Times writes about it politely, as if Noda’s (supposedly) direct plea with the Japanese meant anything (“a testament to the deep public distrust gripping the nation“). The readers of this blog knows it was just a ceremony, and it was not even addressed to the Japanese people whose way of life he said he was going to protect by restarting a nuclear power plant that sits on top of an active fault. The press conference was held to please the governor of Fukui Prefecture and the mayor of Ooi-cho where the plant is located, and his speech was addressed to them. Probably New York Times knows, too. But it has to play the game, as the newspaper of record.

From New York Times, by Martin Fackler (6/8/2012):

TOKYO — In a rare personal appeal on national television, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda asked for his nation’s support on Friday in restarting the first of Japan’s idled nuclear plants, saying that keeping the plants offline could cause blackouts and economic chaos at a time when the country’s struggling economy can least afford it.

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National Diet’s Independent Commission on #Fukushima Accident Agrees with TEPCO’s Shimizu that TEPCO Had No Intention of “Withdrawing Completely” from the Plant

The independent investigation commission of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident set up by the National Diet called TEPCO’s ex-president Masataka Shimizu as witness on June 8 in an open hearing, and on June 9 held a commission meeting (also open to public) to summarize the main findings so far.

Unlike the private independent investigation commission whose report was released in March this year, the Diet’s commission concluded that TEPCO did NOT intend to “withdraw completely” from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant when President Shimizu was trying frantically to reach the top officials from late March 14 till early hours of March 15 last year.

From Jiji Tsushin (6/9/2012):


National Diet’s Independent Investigation Commission of Fukushima Nuclear Accident acknowledges that TEPCO didn’t intend to “withdraw completely”, criticizes the excessive intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office

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From ENENEWS at:

NHK broadcast filmed last spring: “Over 250 microSv/hour, severer than the Red Forest — Over 300 microSv/hour, we going ahead?” (VIDEO)

Real Fukushima. more severely contaminated area than Red Forest
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Upload date: June 9, 2012

Broadcast by NHK. Filmed last spring.

1:15 in

Over 250 microSv/hour, severer than the Red Forest [formerly the Worm Wood Forest, refers to the trees in the 10 km² surrounding the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant].

Over 300 microSv/hour. We going ahead?

Over 300 microSv/hour, even inside the car.

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This, from the Safecast listserv:  did a two part, in-depth, investigative report some years ago on the Santa Susanna mountain disaster, about a year after it was unclassified. Also, there is a web site maintained by nearby neighbors that has 10 to 100 times more information. They are really informed, fully.
The ‘biggest’ problem (of many) is the top 6-12 inches of top soil needs to be removed over 50 square miles, and the dust released from bulldozing would spread radiation over the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Valley, out to Riverside, covering 3 million plus people with radiation. Some places 2 feet of top soil needs to be removed. The worse is said to be 12 to 20 feet. Fact is, it might be 50 feet deep.
Or 200. No one knows. No one is allowed in, even to test drill.
Another key element preventing clean up is where to store all that top soil, where it will not re-enter the environment. A half cubic mile?
Less or more?
Another key delay element is all the equipment used, trucks, trailers, must be also be quarantined. Likely melted down, and quarantine the furnace, as well as the fumes from the melting (impossible to do).
And the worse delay element is how to move that much soil through crowd suburban areas. Moving it to the nearby ocean, and putting it barges has been proposed. Instead of several hundred miles on crowd freeways and the chance of an accident causing a major spill, and closing the freeway for several years, to remove and rebuild the freeway that was contaminated, along with all the homes and businesses downwind.
The cost of leaving the soil alone, untouched, for another 200-500 (20,000?) years is the most “economical” route. But continues the blown dust exposure of tens of millions of Southern California residents.
The biggest fear is a reverse Santa Ana wind, 70-120 mph, will go over that area, and really take up so much dust, to make the SFV unlivable.
That’s 1-2 million people being moved out in a matter of days. Maybe 3-5 million, out to Riverside. Moved where? By whom?            Feeding and clothing?
One proposed emergency plan, in the event of a wind storm, is to water it all down, using tankers pulled by bulldozers in this rough mountain terrain. However, by the time the equipment is in place, the wind storm will be over, damage done.
My goal in posting to raise to public awareness, and especially preparedness of your loved ones, to drive out, north or south, by coastal routes, before the freeways are jammed to a halt.
Is there anything else you can think of that might be done? A coating over 50 square miles, that is wind proof? A different prep plan?
So, the burden on the LA area, of Chernobyl and Japan, is of future concern – even immediate concern, due to **constantly increasing** radiation, and accumulated low level health hazard in my home area.
Both of those are “unknowns” – risking a lot. A risk many are not aware of. A risk the powers that be has passed judgment on, to delay, and delay more.
And here’s an article the writer may be referring to:

Nuclear cleanup at Santa Susana facility would finish by 2017 under settlement

The plan would remove soil contaminated with carcinogenic dioxins, heavy metals and radioactive materials. Local activists say the site has been a health risk since a partial meltdown in 1959.

September 04, 2010|By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
In a major victory for community activists worried about health risks linked to a contaminated former nuclear research facility overlooking the west San Fernando Valley, state and federal authorities on Friday proposed a settlement agreement to clean up the site by 2017.

Under the proposal by the U.S. Department of Energy and NASA, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control will oversee what is expected to be among the most intensive cleanup programs in the country.




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