Title: Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US
Source: Fairewinds Associates
Date: March 25, 2012
Transcript Excerpts with Emphasis Added
Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Chief Nuclear Engineer: [...] Couple of weeks ago though, I was in Tokyo and when I was in Tokyo, I took some samples. Now, I did not look for the highest radiation spot. I just went around with five plastic bags and when I found an area, I just scooped up some dirt and put it in a bag. One of those samples was from a crack in the sidewalk. Another one of those samples was from a children’s playground that had been previously decontaminated. Another sample had come from some moss on the side of the road. Another sample came from the roof of an office building that I was at. And the last sample was right across the street from the main judicial center in downtown Tokyo. I brought those samples back, declared them through Customs, and sent them to the lab. And the lab determined that ALL of them would be qualified as radioactive waste here in the United States and would have to be shipped to Texas to be disposed of.
Now think about the ramifications for the nation’s capital, whether it is Tokyo or the United States. How would you like it if you went to pick your flowers and were kneeling in radioactive waste? That is what is happening in Tokyo now.
Tokyo soil in some places, the ones I just happened to find, would qualify as radioactive waste here in the United States.
How would we feel if our nation’s capital were contaminated to that degree? So I agree with Chairman Jaczko, new nukes and old nukes that are being re-licensed should include as a cost in their analysis what we have learned to be happening in Tokyo and in Japan.
Thank you very much and I will keep you informed.
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Note that samples are tested wet. Drying out the samples would most likely result in higher radioactivity readings on a per kilogram basis.
Cobalt-60 @ 40 pCi/g = 40,000 pCi/kg = 1481.48 Bq/kg
Published: March 26th, 2012 at 6:23 am ET