‘Extremely Regrettable’: Fukushima workers report dumping radioactive waste from the beginning

Published: January 7th, 2013 at 10:53 am ET
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Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Government to investigate Fukushima decontamination
Source: THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Date: January 07, 2013

The government will investigate decontamination work around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant following reports that potentially radioactive debris has been dumped into the environment, even during the preparatory stage of the program.

“It is extremely regrettable,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Jan. 7. [...]

DUMPING OCCURRED IN EARLY PHASE

Some cleanup crews said they were told to dump potentially radioactive debris into rivers even during preparations to establish bases for full-scale decontamination efforts around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. [...]

Some of them said they dumped branches, leaves and water after cleaning local government offices and other places that would serve as bases for the full-scale decontamination [...]

See also: Gundersen: Truly appalling nuclear event in Japan -- A lot of people are very, very concerned (AUDIO)

Published: January 7th, 2013 at 10:53 am ET
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8 comments to ‘Extremely Regrettable’: Fukushima workers report dumping radioactive waste from the beginning

  • m a x l i

    >>>[...]radioactive debris has been dumped into the environment[...]<<<
    •Exactly! That went on beginning in the days following March 11, 2011, when 3 nuclear reactors exploded, which was bound to happen, because short-sighted people built them in a known earthquake/tsunami zone.

    >>>“It is extremely regrettable,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on Jan. 7. “We will take stern measures after fully investigating it.”<<<
    •Finally! I'm looking forward to that stern measures. How stern will it be, considering the damage and suffering it caused?

    >>>[...]workers must properly store collected debris and water used for cleaning buildings for proper disposal.<<<
    •Perhaps the government needs to explain, what the big plan is, whenever they use the word "decontamination". How does "proper disposal" look like? Where is the place, where the upper 50 centimetres of northern Japan and an equal amount of tainted water will be disposed of? Moon? Mars? Jupiter? Pluto?

    Any normal 5-year old child can understand these are things worth thinking about, before Japans prime minister or anyone else on this planet dreams of building more nuclear reactors.


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  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    It's not extremely regrettable, it's extremely criminal.


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  • or-well

    I expect the new Task Force to focus on "…find ways to restore public trust in the work." more than disciplining anyone or "strengthening management".
    As in more PR contracts.
    Maybe more security, to keep reporters off.
    Maybe recommending hiring another layer of corporately-connected "remediation specialists".
    Hey, the new admin wants jobs and a restored economy.
    What deeper hole than decon to pour public works spending into?

    I wish I could gauge Japanese public reaction to these stories.


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  • weeman

    They can't even make common sense decisions, the stresses on them is making them neurotic due to the fact their is no clean up that will ever be effective and only can be mitigated once the escape of radioactive isotopes into the environment has been stop at source and we are years from that if ever completely.
    How do you capture microscopic particals of highly radioactive fuel rods in the atmosphere,.

    Have no fears I am presently working with anti matter and hope to have a workable anti matter reactor shortly if everything goes well this will solve everything and reduce everything to the molecular level and we can start again and try to get it right next time.


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  • 6feetunder 6feetunder

    Russians could send these two and help japan.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=173zxfh9pNk IRRADIA Couple from Russia


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    The perfect tune for this, can't find an appropriate word. :http://youtu.be/EHjkMeuCFVA


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