Mainichi: Massive radioactive waste buildup in Tokyo suburbs like Kashiwa, Abiko, Inzai — First time center over capacity since September

Published: January 5th, 2012 at 3:19 pm ET
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Kashiwa stops operation of incinerator again as radioactive ash fills up storage – The Mainichi Daily News

The Municipal government [in Kashiwa] suspended the operation of one of its main incinerators again on Jan. 5 as a storage facility at the waste disposal factory was filled up with incinerated ash contaminated with radioactive substances emitted from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant

  • The operation of the city’s Nambu (south) Clean Center had previously been suspended for about two months from last September
  • [Now] storing about 200 metric tons (about 1,049 waste drums) of incinerated ash whose radiation levels are higher than the national limit of 8,000 becquerels per kilogram for landfill
  • There is also about 30 tons of incinerated ash left in the incinerator
  • Radiation levels in the city are higher than those in surrounding areas, and therefore up to 70,800 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram — higher than the national limit — have been detected
  • Municipalities around the city of Kashiwa are also storing massive quantities of incinerated ash contaminated with radiation
  • Chiba Prefectural Government proposed to its neighboring cities of Abiko and Inzai that they store incinerated ash temporarily
Published: January 5th, 2012 at 3:19 pm ET
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