Title: Japan’s nuclear dilemma: What to do with all that nuclear waste?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
Author: Winifred Bird
Date: November 5, 2012
[...] On a recent weekday morning [in a Koriyama public park], a group of children played on the swings while the retired dentistry professor strolled under the trees.
Beneath the soil in one unmarked, unfenced corner, however, lie hundreds of bags packed with radioactive dirt, sludge from drainage ditches, and other contaminated debris. [...]
What to do with nuclear waste?
[...] With no other choice, residents, school administrators, and local park departments are burying bags of debris on their property or piling them outside under plastic sheets.
[...] Koriyama’s public parks have ended up as scantily regulated repositories for radioactive waste, marked only by a few traffic cones or nothing at all. [...]
In December, Tokiko Noguchi went to city hall with five other mothers from Koriyama to ask officials why signs were not posted at storage sites in parks. Ms. Noguchi, who runs a parents’ group dedicated to protecting children from radiation, was concerned about children playing above buried waste. She says officials told her signs might lead to discrimination against nearby residents, or might cause people to throw more garbage in the park. “I’m very angry,” she says. “The city isn’t protecting us.” [...]
“Without an organized and comprehensive system for safely collecting, accounting for, labeling, and storing all of this waste, it may well become a major environmental hazard” -Edwin Lyman, nuclear power safety expert
Published: November 5th, 2012 at 1:56 pm ET