Mainichi: Japan’s spent fuel cover-up — “Lying” gov’t officials

Published: January 2nd, 2012 at 1:28 pm ET


Cover-up of estimated costs to dispose of radioactive waste raises serious questions, Mainichi Shimbun by Tadashi Kobayashi, Kenji Shimizu and Seiichi Ota, Jan. 2, 2012:

  • Officials from the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy concealed the estimated costs of disposing of spent nuclear fuel
  • Highlights the distorted logic of government officials who stick to reprocessing radioactive waste even by lying
  • Now that it has recently come to light that the data was deliberately concealed, the ministry is obliged to reinvestigate the case and reconsider punitive measures against the officials involved

Masaya Yasui, now responsible for safety measures at nuclear plants after Fukushima

  • Masaya Yasui […] instructed his subordinate in April 2004 to conceal the data
  • Matter is serious all the more
  • Currently serves as counselor in charge of reform of nuclear power safety regulations
  • In other words, the official who ordered the cover-up of the data is now responsible for working out safety measures at nuclear plants following the accident at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant
  • Yasui is deeply involved in preparations to split the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency from the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry and reorganize it into a new entity in April
Published: January 2nd, 2012 at 1:28 pm ET


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23 comments to Mainichi: Japan’s spent fuel cover-up — “Lying” gov’t officials

  • arclight arclight

    Promotion of nuclear power and the nuclear fuel cycle

    “Nuclear power is a key source of electricity, accounting for about 30% of Japan’s total power generation. Furthermore, the promotion of nuclear power, including the nuclear fuel cycle, is vital for integrating the strategic issues of establishing Japan’s energy security while addressing global warming. This is because, compared with petroleum, a more stable supply of uranium can be expected and because nuclear power is a clean energy that does not emit CO2 in the electricity generation process. In addition, spent fuel can be recycled, so nuclear power can supply energy over the long term.

    Genkai Nuclear Power Plant, Kyushu Electric Power Co.
    The Nuclear Energy National Plan aims to generate a higher percentage of energy from nuclear power after 2030 than is generated today. In accordance with the Plan, with safety as the initial premise, the Agency is working to obtain public understanding and cooperation. In specific terms, it is steadily working to build and expand nuclear power plants, quickly establish the nuclear fuel cycle including plutonium-thermal plants, swiftly make the fast breeder reactor cycle practical, and promote measures to handle radioactive waste.”

    from around 2004 .. check out the organisational chart!!

    • Jebus Jebus

      “This is because, compared with petroleum, a more stable supply of uranium can be expected and because nuclear power is a clean energy that does not emit CO2 in the electricity generation process.”

      Wrong, Very wrong….

      Carbon 14 has never been included in the greenhouse mix. All NPP’s emit carbon 14 while operating.
      Also in the spent fuel reprocessing.

      Continental-scale enrichment of atmospheric 14CO2 from the
      nuclear power industry: potential impact on the estimation of fossil
      fuel-derived CO2

      Partial abstract
      The 14C-free fossil carbon added to atmospheric
      CO2 by combustion dilutes the atmospheric 14C/C ratio
      (114C), potentially providing a means to verify fossil CO2
      emissions calculated using economic inventories. However,
      sources of 14C from nuclear power generation and spent
      fuel reprocessing can counteract this dilution and may bias
      14C/C-based estimates of fossil fuel-derived CO2 if these
      nuclear influences are not correctly accounted for.

      • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

        This is very interesting.. I knew that the industry relies heavily on carbon based technologies/polluters for things like mining, transportation, etc.. but this I did not realize.. nice piece of data! Thank you.

  • Conclusion – Fukushima really blew up, launching TONS of Uranium and Plutonium into the atmosphere.
    My max estimate is 286 TONS of Uranium, and it may certainly be less based on assumptions made, but the bottom line is that a huge amount of Uranium was exploded and aerosolized.
    The quantity of tons aerosolized can be estimated by using official Government data, in particular Exhibit F-1 which is a 4/5/2011 publication of the EPA Radnet. Their website is very complicated to navigate, and I can no longer find this PDF file on their website, I have archived a copy to my computer.
    Exh F-1 Shows 190 aCi/M3 of URANIUM in air, in Honolulu, with similar amount in Kauai, and even more in Guam.
    The “Background” amount of Uranium in Air in Honolulu is around 5 aCi/M3, 3800% higher than “normal”. See Table 9 from the EPA for this data.
    Using a dispersion simulator, printout attached as Exh G-1, and with help of Google Earth (Exhibit G2 and G3) I calculate an affected area, which is about 2800 miles by 4900 miles.
    Here is the simulator.
    Now to make an estimate of affected volume of air, we need to select a height, I selected 8 miles.
    The meat of the calculations are on Exhibit C-1
    286 Ton Of Uranium.
    Lets do a sensitivity analysis on the assumptions. What if the affected area is 50% of the size the simulator shows, then use a multiplier of 0.5.
    What if the height of the affected air is only more like 2 miles instead of 8, uses a multiplier of 0.25
    286 tons *.5*.25= 36 Tons (Conservative Estimate)
    Under the Conservative Estimate, and using .89% Plutonium per Table 1, this would be 640 pounds of Plutonium aerosolized.

    Truth is not the friend of Nuke, no wonder this stuff has to be covered up.

    I took quite a few hours to even pull this stuff together in a decent enough way, check it out


    January 2, 2012 – NORWAY – The inhabitants of Troms could hardly believe their eyes on the morning of New Year’s Eve, a very large amount, an estimated 10 to 20 tons of dead herring washed up on the beach, writes Northern Lights. Tromsø city is the ninth largest urban area in Norway by population. The city is warmer than most other places located on the same latitude, due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream which originates at the tip of Florida. Various theories abound for the incident but no one knows for sure what’s happened in the popular hiking area in Nordreisa municipality. However, various theories have been tossed around, explains Jan-Petter Jorgensen (44), who stumbled upon the mass death in sight on the beach with his dog Molly. People say that something similar happened in the 80′s, and there is speculation among others on the river which flows into the ocean behind a promontory on the site, may have had something to do with it. Maybe the fish have been caught in a deprived oxygen environment, and then died of fresh water? Jorgensen estimates each individual fish to be of 100-150 grams, and that the total might be about up to 20 tons. Now he’s worried about what might happen if no one comes and removing carcasses. -Dagbladet -translated

  • Jebus Jebus

    Dispatch #2 of Stop the Flows focuses on the burgeoning anti-nuke movement in Japan, following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Truth be told I had larger plans for this dispatch. But with time and resources lacking, I could only scratch the surface of not just the anti-nuke movement, but of the anarchist and activist scene in Japan. So what you see here is nearly a glimpse into the world of the folks who will end nuclear power in Japan for good.

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I find it highly remarkable to hear words like “government officials lying” from Mainichi. They have published some critical articles in the past, but I feel things have reached a new level, or not?
    Very good.
    Bravo Japan!