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About the Incineration of Fukushima Decontaminated Soil and Debris

From 2011 to 2014, decontaminated soil and debris were incinerated all over Japan. Informations about the quantity incinerated nationwide during those years in various locations are hard to get. As of today incineration is still ongoing in Eastern Japan, but we do no know if it is still ongoing or not in other parts of Japan as somehow nothing is being published about it.

Incineration is never a solution for  radiation contaminated waste, it reduces the volume of the contaminated waste but at the same time redistributes its contained radionuclides into the nearby environment, thus endangering the health of the people living there.

However, this article from September 2014 gives a list of the incineratition locations and of the disposal companies involved, among those Japan Environmental Safety Corporation (JESCO) was the most prominent, as JESCO was the company already handling most of the PCB waste disposal.

JESCO Hokkaido Office (Muroran City) JESCO北海道事業所(室蘭市)
Ecosystem Akita (Odate city)
エコシステム秋田(大館市)
Kureha environment (Iwaki City, Fukushima prefecture)
クレハ環境(福島県いわき市)
Tokyo Seaside Recycle Power (Koto Ward)
東京臨海リサイクルパワー(江東区)
JESCO Tokyo Office (Koto Ward)
JESCO東京事業所(江東区)
Toyama Environment Improvement (Toyama City)
富山環境整備(富山市)
JESCO Toyota Plant (Toyota City, Aichi) J
ESCO豊田事業所(愛知県豊田市)
JESCO Osaka Plant (Osaka City)
JESCO大阪事業所(大阪市)
KEIO GEORE (Amagasaki City, Hyogo)
関電ジオレ(兵庫県尼崎市)
Kobe Environment Creation (Kobe City)
神戸環境クリエート(神戸市)
Ecosystem Sanyo (Misaki Town, Okayama Prefecture)
エコシステム山陽(岡山県美咲町)
Sanko (Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture)
三光(鳥取県境港市)
Fuji Clean (Ayagawa Town, Aya Gun, Kagawa Prefecture)
富士クリーン(香川県綾歌群綾川町)
Ehime Prefecture Waste Treatment Center Toyo Works (Niihama City)
愛媛県廃棄物処理センター東予事業所(新居浜市)
Lightwork refining tobata manufacturing plant (Kitakyushu city, Fukuoka prefecture)
光和精鉱戸畑製造所(福岡県北九州市)
JESCO Kitakyushu Office$
JESCO北九州事業所

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November 14, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | , , | Leave a comment

Fukushima Bags of Trouble

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Torn bags containing radioactive soil from decontamination work are seen dumped on a beach devastated by the March 11, 2011 tsunami in Naraha, near Tokyo Electric Power Co’s (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

The level of incompetence and irresponsibility displayed by the government is staggeringly awful.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/bags-of-trouble

March 4, 2016 Posted by | Fukushima 2016 | , , | Leave a comment

Tochigi town residents rally against selection as candidate site for final disposal of radiation-tainted waste

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UTSUNOMIYA – About 2,700 residents of Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture, gathered Saturday to oppose the central government’s choice of the town as a candidate site for the final disposal of some of the radiation-tainted waste resulting from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The residents adopted a resolution urging the plan be scrapped. Among those taking part was Mayor Hirobumi Inomata from Kami, another candidate site in Miyagi Prefecture.

In Tochigi Prefecture, designated waste that contains more than 8,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram is currently stored at about 170 different locations on a temporary basis.

For final disposal, the Environment Ministry selected state-owned land in Shioya at the end of July, but the plan has since met strong local opposition.

In 2012, another city in Tochigi Prefecture, Yaita, which borders Shioya, was selected as a candidate site for final waste disposal. However, the government was later forced to reconsider the decision due to fierce local opposition.

The state is planing to build landfill facilities for final disposal in five prefectures — Tochigi, Miyagi, Chiba, Gunma and Ibaraki prefectures — which lack the capacity to dispose of such waste at existing facilities.

In a related move Friday, three nuclear plant makers denied responsibility for the March 2011 Fukushima meltdown at the first hearing on a lawsuit seeking damages from the companies.

Representatives from Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and General Electric Co. sought to dismiss the damage claims in Tokyo District Court.

The claims were lodged by about 1,400 people in Japan, including Fukushima residents, and 2,400 people from other places with nuclear plants, such as South Korea and Taiwan.

According to the plaintiffs, the plant makers insisted they have no obligation to compensate for damage from the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, referring to the law on nuclear damage compensation, which stipulates that only power suppliers have responsibilities for nuclear accidents.

The plaintiffs claim that the law, which gives nuclear plant makers immunity from compensation claims, violates the Constitution and therefore is invalid. Under the product liability law and other laws, they are demanding payment of ¥100 each.

Meeting with the press after speaking in court, Kazue Morizono, a 53-year-old resident of Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, said she hopes the lawsuit will clarify responsibility for the nuclear accident.

Source: Japan Times

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/08/29/national/plant-makers-deny-responsibility-court-fukushima-nuclear-accident/#.VeHRspeFSM9

August 31, 2015 Posted by | Japan | , , | Leave a comment