3 workers suffer cardiac arrest at Japan waste incineration plant — 49 microSv/hr found in scrap last month — Doctor associates with Cesium-137 exposure

Published: July 11th, 2012 at 1:37 pm ET


July 10, 2012 report in Yahoo Japan translated by Dissensus Japan:

3 out of 7 workmen who was taken to a hospital from the waste incineration in Akita City suffers cardiopulmonary arrest, according to Kyodo News Service.

2 of them recovered consciousness.

Later, Kyoto corrected the number of workmen who was taken to a hospital was 9.


According to Akita Sakigake Shimbun, about 16:30 on July 10, the workmen fainted and the city’s environmental center called ambulance.

The local police said that the workmen fell down on the floor when they wiped off the soot on the 6th floor of facility in the center.


High level of radioactivity detected last month

  • In the incineration, the high level of radiation was detected in the lead container in a scrap about a month ago, according to Mainichi Shimbun
  • June 8, Akita City announced the high level of radiation was detected in the lead container in a scrap
  • According to the city’s environment department, the container measured 48.86 microSV/h
  • The container was sealed and content hasn’t been identified
  • Possible it contains radioactive material of some thousands Bq

July 10, 2012 Tweet

According to Dr. Hida’s tweet, recently published Russian lucubration says that Cesium 137 is not slow-acting, but immediately damages the heart muscle. “I came to consider this can be associated with the cause of death of the workman who died of cardiac infarction. He was one of the first workmen who worked at the accident site, and died after 2 days.”

Published: July 11th, 2012 at 1:37 pm ET


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21 comments to 3 workers suffer cardiac arrest at Japan waste incineration plant — 49 microSv/hr found in scrap last month — Doctor associates with Cesium-137 exposure

  • arclight arclight

    you have to wonder about the more active cesium 134 which has another 8 months to disappear!

    Cesium: Radioactive Cesium & Nuclear Disasters in Japan & Chernobyl
    Posted on March 19, 2012

    "..Exposure to Cs-134 and Cs-137 also raise neonatal and infant health risks:
    Dancause KN, Yevtushok L, Lapchenko S, Shumlyansky I, Shevchenko G, Wertelecki W, Garruto RM. Chronic radiation exposure in the Rivne-Polissia region of Ukraine: implications for birth defects. Am J Hum Biol. 2010 Sep-Oct;22(5):667-74.

    Busby CC. Very low dose fetal exposure to Chernobyl contamination resulted in increases in infant leukemia in Europe and raises questions about current radiation risk models. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2009 Dec;6(12):3105-14.

    On March 31, 2011, March 11, 2011, a Magnitude 9.0 earthquake & tsunami in Japan caused several nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to fail. In the first 100 hours after the earthquake an estimated 520 tons of radioactive water leaked into the sea — including 940 Terabequerels (TBq) of Cs-134 and 940 TBq of Cs-137…"


    • Actually, only half of the C134 will be gone in 8 months. It will not be FAPP [For All Practical Purposes] gone-gone for another 19 years and some months. Per the adage that it takes 10 half-lives to decay away, FAPP.

      The heart issues of workers at Daiichi (particularly the older ones, whose hearts no doubt suffered some wear and tear due to having lived that long), and now at this incineration plant, are quite likely associated with cesium exposure. Plus exposures to isotopes close to cesium on the scale, which may in a rush of intaken isotopes, forming temporary bio-bonds which would normally be eliminated much quicker than the cesium would be.

      Remember hearing 'rumors' of school kids suffering sudden and surprising heart issues in the area? It's all related. And further related to the 30-40% of children in the worst exposure areas now having thyroid nodules. It will get worse, day by day, week and month and year… 'everybody' in the nuclear world and its regulatory lapdogs knows it. They have always known it.

      • arclight arclight

        thanks for the correction joyb

        i think the japanese guvcorpiaea know the effects of radiation and are covering up all the diseases connected with it too…

        • Even worse, they're 'encouraging' doctors NOT to treat anyone for radiation, or report anyone's illnesses as radiation-related. The Japanese culture doesn't deal much in actual 'orders', on any level. Rather, they get 'suggestions' and 'encouragement'.

          In all the years of the American NRC's existence, they too seem to have been infected by the 'no orders' bug. For all the good it's done, which amounts to precisely zip. Our turn will come.

  • or-well

    Soot wipers? Expendable?
    By Yakuza contracted?
    In plant burning debris
    A lead container
    sealed, showing hi rads –
    "Toss it in with rest –
    no special care, Lads!"

    Spread contamination,
    wait for earthquakes,
    deny rad treatment
    at hospital gates,
    kids clean swimming pools,
    gather leaves, play in dirt,
    deathdealing fools
    don't care who they hurt,
    with meats and produce –
    the fruits of hot soil
    and wet with hot rains,
    served in daycare and
    on national trains,
    compress hot fly-ash,
    use in block meant to build,
    how many unknowing
    must be made ill
    to honor false duty
    assisting the nation
    when it aids and abets
    Japans' Nuclear damnation.

    • I hate to love your ever so accurate, biting poetics, or-well. But damn if they aren't always spot-on. Japan may be the first nation to win its collective soul back from the Beast. But only because it must. How do we make sure the rest of us get our collective souls back?

      • or-well

        Hi JoyB
        I don't know.
        They're coming at us from every front,
        from top and sides and up the rump,
        so Human by Corporate Rights are trumped,
        the Tree of Freedom to be a short stump,
        as on the worlds' face Powers' boot stomps.

        Maybe we do it by keeping our spirits intact,
        helping one other and then going all cell-division with purpose.
        Today, yesterday, difficult stories here.
        I will need to enter chocolate-space soon.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Because of the fiction that only high radiation is dangerous, many in the nuke industry could very easily convince themselves that any deaths were minimal or very long term. They could tell themselves that the person who died from radiation at 70 would have died from something anyway. So why not burn it, build with it, eat it, wear it, breathe it they say.

    • pacific

      Yes, Vic!

      and what about my grandpa who's alive at 94? He didn't deserve to have died at 70 by some convenient formula of acceptable exposures.

      or my Hanford-downwind grandma who lived way past 70 but had to go thru 2 radical mastectomies over the years, that's no good by any formula either.

  • richard richard

    The way the article reads suggests that 5 of the workers have not recovered consciousness, is that right? That's not good at all.

  • arclight arclight

    also from the faqs section

    Q7. Are there any population groups not included in the Dose Assessment Report?

    "Estimates of doses within 20 km of the Fukushima site: most people in the area were rapidly evacuated. Some exposure may have occurred prior to evacuation but the assessment of this requires more precise data than those available to the panel.
    Estimates of doses received by workers: radiation doses received by workers at the site of the Fukushima Daiichi NPP were not assessed by the panel because the evaluation of occupational radiation exposure requires a different dosimetric approach from the one used for evaluating doses to members of the public. Information on workers’ exposures will be included in the Health Risk Assessment report…"


    and this

    "..Q9. Where did the data come from and how were they used?

    For the dose estimates for Japan, the primary source of data was official reports published by the Government of Japan. Environmental monitoring data were not generally available for the rest of the world and so the expert panel used computer simulations to estimate doses outside Japan .."?? lol! nuclear censorship hits the world health organisation…

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Folks,
    Could someone please do ekg's on the children? Could this be funded by a charity? Does anyone at GE still have a heart?
    'Children Heart Attacks Fukushima' (12min, C. Busby)


    Thank you ENEnews. Aloha.

    • richard richard

      hi andagi. I think you'll find that the japanese guv and nukers will not permit any health analysis, or even charity support, because either of those are an admission that there is a problem.

      The nuke house of cards is on a precipice. The nukers are holding back information because once the world realises how close to death we all are then their jobs (and more) will no longer be secure.

      As for anyone at GE with a heart, not at all likely. Don't even hope for it. They are culpable in this whole event and should be prosecuted just as much as tepco and the japanese government for their death machines.

      All in my not so humble opinion, of course.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Dr. Chris Busby; Consequences of Burning Radioactive Waste In Japan; via A Green Road Blog

    Nuclear Plants And Radioactive Water Contamination; via A Green Road Blog http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/nuclear-plants-and-radioactive-water.html

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Richard,
    Thank you for your words. I'm having a lot of trouble (as I'll bet many people are) – not having some hope. Better let it go now. It's getting late here. By the way, whatever happened to your head? 🙂 Maybe I'll stop hoping tomorrow…

    • richard richard

      andagi, there's strength and endurance to be found from things other then simply hope. Awareness and curiousity are a good example of a sustaining energy. Use what you have on hand 😉

      ( oh, my head. well, i've been doing caricatures. i think the last one was obvious (bugs bunny), and darth vader was spotted. daffy duck was difficult to see, i think. the latest is another cartoon character 🙂 any guesses, or do you want me to say?)

  • andagi andagi

    Dear Richard,
    Thank you for your advice.
    ?Jetsons? Just a guess 🙂 -Nite!

  • RJ Rodney

    Fitting in well with a person's needs, activities, and plans.

    Winds were blowing to the northwest today over Akita city. Wonder if the Russians, Chinese, Koreans knew about this. For certain, hokkaido didn't. Boy are these scum playing fire! That's it! New Zealand for me folks