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Japan decontamination is a failure – “”No Repeat of Decontamination”

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

The Japanese Government announced in Fukushima “No More Repeating of Decontamination”, “Giving up reducing to 0.23uSv/” 自己管理を提案 福島で政府説明会 再除染応ぜず

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政府が福島県田村市の除染作業完了後に開いた住民説明会で、空気中の放射線量を毎時0・23マイクロシーベルト(年1ミリシーベルト)以下にする目標を 達成できなくても、一人ひとりが線量計を身につけ、実際に浴びる「個人線量」が年1ミリを超えないように自己管理しながら自宅で暮らす提案をしていたこと が分かった…
(Translation by Mia)Government officials held a meeting in Tamura-city in Fukushima prefecture to explain to residents that they need to look after themselves from now on. Originally they were aiming to reduce the level of contamination down to 0.23uSv/h (=added ionizing radiation 1mSv/y). However, they have now abandoned this aim and are not going to repeat any more decontamination.
The officials have suggested to residents that it’s ok to live there even if the level of radiation doesn’t go down below 0.23uSv/h as long as they monitor their exposure level by wearing the dosimeter and manage to live carefully inside their house so as not to be exposed to more than 0.23uSv/h.

http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The myth of ‘decontamination’ (pat 4 of 5)

The ‘decontamination’ effort in Fukushima continues despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, among which are:

1.  After a specific property (or school) is ‘decontaminated’, it is nearly impossible to prevent it from becoming re-contaminated with radiation from neighboring properties that have yet to be ‘decontaminated’ when it rains or when the wind blows.2.  Short of actually cutting down all the forests and shaving the topsoil (both large sources of radiation) off the surface of the mountains in the entire contaminated area, true ‘decontamination’ will be impossible.

3.  Many companies in charge of ‘decontamination’ are simply small, local construction companies that have no experience or expertise in ‘decontamination’ and offer employees nearly no specialized training and even less personal protection.

4.  During ‘decontamination’, which often takes place around schools and homes where children live, the actual act of cutting down trees and removing contaminated dirt in and of itself causes radiation to become airborne once again and causes danger to people, and especially to children, breathing in the contaminated dust.

5.  ‘Decontamination’ is viewed by many citizens of Fukushima as a way for the government to make residents “feel safe”, therefore terminating the discussion of evacuation and, more importantly, the associated cost to the government of providing financial compensation to those affected.

A worker fills sacks with contaminated dirt during the ‘decontamination’ of a home in Date City, Fukushima.
Today I met with Date City council member Mr. Yoshiaki Kanno to discuss the concerns of the citizens living in the area.  We met on the property of one of his constituents whose home is currently undergoing ‘decontamination’.  He told me that like the people he represents, he too, thinks ‘decontamination’ is impossible, and that the people should at least be given the option to evacuate and receive compensation.  Mr. Kanno did make it clear that this needed to be an “option” as there are people, including some elderly, who have expressed their desire to remain in their homes and on their ancestral land.
Mr. Yoshiaki Kanno, a Date City council member, visits the decontamination site of one of his constituents.
I spoke with one of the ‘decontamination’ workers and asked him where all the radioactive dirt was being taken.  He told me that the government hadn’t been able to figure that out yet, so individual municipalities were required to find local places to “temporarily” collect the sacks of contaminated soil until a long-term solution could be found.  I asked him how long “temporarily” meant, and he said his guess would be “somewhere around 10 years”.  The mountains of bags containing contaminated soil are exposed to the air and are, in some cases, just hundreds of meters away from homes where children are currently living.
A “temporary” holding site for sacks containing radioactive soil in Date City, Fukushima.
Later in the day, I again met with Mrs. Sugano, the mother of 9-year-old Koutarou and his two younger siblings.  She was worried about the levels of the radiation around the elementary school Koutarou attends.  The school is planning to re-start outdoor athletic activities including PE, which takes place three times a week.  Although the school administration assured Mrs. Sugano that the school building and grounds have been ‘decontaminated’ and that there is nothing to worry about, she decided to check the radiation levels of the surrounding property.
Mrs. Sugano measures the radiation level outside Oguni Elementary School in Date City, Fukushima.
The first place Mrs. Sugano measured was in the field just beyond the school’s fence.  The area is literally next to the school pool, which the children had used all summer and which the parents had been assured was “decontaminated and safe”.
Mrs. Sugano measures the radiation in the field next to the elementary school her son attends (seen in the background).
The area turned out to be a radioactive hotspot that measured 38.54 microsieverts!  I immediately felt nauseous and thought I would be sick, though not from any physical effect from the radiation; although extremely high, this level would not bring about acute radiation sickness but rather long-term illness (such as cancer) if exposure was extended.  No, it was the emotional effect of the radiation; I felt sick standing in a radiation hotspot next to a school that had the windows open, where the contaminated air was pouring in and the sound of laughing children was pouring out.

http://ianthomasash.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/the-myth-of-decontamination.html

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  1. […] Japan decontamination is a failure – “”No Repeat of Decontamination” « nuclear-news […]

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  2. Takeshi Ichimura, General Manager
    TEPCO, Public Relations
    ichimura.takeshi@tepco.co.jp

    Comment by Takeshi Ichimura | July 3, 2013 | Reply

    • hi ichimura san
      glad to see you avoiding the main stream media and reading some real challenging media outlets..
      how is sir martin (WPP)and his exceptionally large bonus sheme?
      i hear hes now aiming for japans 1 trillion dollar pension pot!! wow!!
      clever guy but his news outlets suck.. you know what i mean?
      namaste
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      Comment by arclight2011part2 | July 3, 2013 | Reply

    • cont …heres a breakdown of the pension (you and your families pension) scheme only in english presently..

      Abe reforms take aim at Japan’s $1 trillion pension fund – Pension scam?

      …Sir Martin’s maximum annual bonus opportunity was 435% of his base salary in 2012, with 50% of the award deferred for two years and subject to clawback provisions. The proposed new long-term incentive plan provides for long-term awards of up to 9.74 times salary in the case of the CEO….

      https://nuclear-news.net/2013/07/02/abe-reforms-take-aim-at-japans-1-trillion-pension-fund-pension-scam/

      Comment by arclight2011part2 | July 3, 2013 | Reply

  3. What really happened to Fukushima?

    http://www.jimstonefreelance.com/fukushima1.html

    Comment by I agree with Ben Fulford. | July 3, 2013 | Reply

  4. Fukushima – 27 children have developed thyroid cancer so far!

    First of all, let me give you the latest data of thyroid cancer test in Fukushima as of June 2013. Though we do not know the exact number since the examination is still underway and especially the 2nd tests had not been completed with many of the suspected subjects, we can tell that the incidence rate has already jumped dozens of times compared to the 2005 statistics of 1 thyroid cancer out of 100,000 among Japanese minors.

    https://nuclear-news.net/2013/07/01/fukushima-27-children-have-developed-thyroid-cancer-so-far/

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | July 3, 2013 | Reply

  5. Former Futaba mayor, Mr. Idogawa sternly criticized the Japanese Government and Tepco for their cheap compensation for evacuees
    Saturday, 29 June 2013

    http://fukushimaappeal.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/former-futaba-mayor-mr-idogawa-sternly.html

    Former Futaba mayor, Mr. Idogawa sternly criticized the Japanese Government and Tepco for their cheap compensation for evacuees 井戸川前双葉町長国と東電を痛烈批判、「国は避難者を兵糧攻めにして安い賠償金で泣き寝入りさせようとしている」、

    https://nuclear-news.net/2013/06/30/former-futaba-mayor-mr-idogawa-sternly-criticized-the-japanese-government-and-tepco-for-their-cheap-compensation-for-evacuees/
    🙂 just saying!!

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | July 3, 2013 | Reply

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