Explosion at Japan chemical complex, still burning — 3,379 containers of nuclear waste onsite — Reports of depleted uranium — Gov’t says no release of toxic material (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Published: April 21st, 2012 at 10:12 pm ET
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UPDATED I: Second explosion at Mitsui plant -- FNN confirms depleted uranium -- Kyodo: 3,400 drums with radioactive materials -- "Did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels" (VIDEOS)

UPDATE II: NHK: Another Mitsui chemical plant had trouble BEFORE multiple explosions -- All plants were halted at time of blasts (VIDEO)

UPDATE III: AFP: Officials "waiting for combustible materials to burn out" after Japan explosions -- Fire not extinguished -- May take days to determine cause

UPDATE IV: Kyodo Gets Suspicious? Mitsui "claimed" radioactive agent is harmless to people -- Radiation mentioned 4 times -- Explosions began while shutting down plant

Title: (UPDATED) Explosion at Petrochemical Complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Radioactive Waste Stored at the Complex
Source: EXSKF
Date: April 21, 2012

UPDATE: One of the two missing workers was found dead. 9 workers injured, 3 residents in the area were also injured (cuts from broken glass). It looks like part of the complex is still burning. The prefectural government does say the depleted uranium is stored at the complex, but there has been no release of toxic materials from the fire, according to the prefectural government. [...]

Someone on Twitter has dug up information from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) that lists companies that have radioactive waste on the premise. Mitsui Chemical’s complex in Yamaguchi Prefecture is one of them. According to the MEXT data from 2009, the complex has 3,379 containers of nuclear waste. [...]

h/t Fukushima Diary

Published: April 21st, 2012 at 10:12 pm ET
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