Mainichi reporter: Seeing mountains of radioactive waste in Yokohama, I felt the ominous weight of the nuclear crisis, which had seemed a distant affair to me until then

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 2:39 am ET
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Radiation-tainted sludge, ash continues to pile up at Yokohama treatment centers, Mainichi Shimbun, Nov. 17, 2011:

[...] At the beginning of this month, I visited the southern sludge treatment and recycling center in Yokohama’s Kanazawa Ward, where some 4,000 tons of [ash contaminated with radioactive materials] — over 70 percent of the city’s total — is stored. [...]

As I was photographing workers transferring ash into bags, one worker warned me, “Don’t get too close.” [...]

Bags of ash covered with plastic sheets formed mountains on the premises. The amount of ash is increasing at a rate of 20 tons a day at the center. Seeing them up close, I felt the ominous weight of the nuclear crisis, which had seemed a distant affair to me up until then. [...]

h/t Australian Cannonball

Published: November 17th, 2011 at 2:39 am ET
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11 comments to Mainichi reporter: Seeing mountains of radioactive waste in Yokohama, I felt the ominous weight of the nuclear crisis, which had seemed a distant affair to me until then

  • kintaman kintaman

    How could anyone of sound mind think that there will not be severe consequences from the burning of the radioactive waste?


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  • Cindy

    I think they don’t care !! The Japanese burn everything !!

    Maybe they could build a high tech incinerator plant to make electricity ? and do away with nukes for power, since they are burning anyway ??


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  • arclight arclight

    “In May, the amount of radioactive cesium detected in ash at the southern treatment center exceeded 5,000 becquerels per kilogram, but by the end of October the level was below 2,000 becquerels per kilogram. Cement businesses are expected to consider receiving shipments again if the level falls below 300 becquerels per kilogram, but this will take time.”

    huh? this cant be right!! is this stuff stoked up with iodine 131 because cesium does not disintegrate that quickly????

    need tea!! scratches head!


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    • arclight arclight

      other theory

      not plastic but porous bags and cover… are they leeching the cesium out with the rainwater? hmmm??`


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    • Steven Steven

      Hi arclight. My two cents.. add clean ash and repeat test. Dilute to personal preference. Easy.

      Someone will save a fortune on heating once that stuff gets mixed into cement. Buildings that keep themselves warm in winter… is it just me or have things become progressively more ‘screwy’ as the year passes? I’m almost ready to believe the radiation is sending everyone loopy.


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  • Sun Rising

    Hi, not directly related to this post:

    What could be done at an individual level to protect your body from internal contamination of any kinds:

    Some products to look for:

    _Spirulina
    _Chlorella
    _Coal powder (the finest powder possible, the bamboo one preferably)
    _Zeolite Clay
    _Bentonite Clay
    _Potassium Iodine
    _Dandelion (tea)

    Here also for free download:
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    http://meditationexpert.com/RadiationDetoxDraft.pdf

    Cheers

    _Sweat a Lot


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