NYT: Gov’t not leveling with public about seriousness of radiation predicament, suggests Tokyo Prof. — Forested areas may be clear-cut and literally scrapped clean

Published: December 7th, 2011 at 3:30 pm ET
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Japanese Split on Fukushima Radiation Cleanup, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2011:

The Long Road to ‘Decontamination’

[...] The roadway arch at the entrance to the empty town almost seems a taunt. It reads: “Nuclear energy: a correct understanding brings a prosperous lifestyle.”

Dangers Dismissed, Size of Catastrophe Minimize

  • So far, the government is following a pattern set since the nuclear accident, dismissing dangers, often prematurely, and laboring to minimize the scope of the catastrophe
  • Even evacuated communities have refused to accept [contaminated soil]
  • Even forested mountains [...] might necessitate clear-cutting and literally scraping them clean

Tatsuhiko Kodama, director of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo

  • A vocal supporter of repatriation
  • Suggests that the government has not yet leveled with its people about the seriousness of their predicament
  • “I believe it is possible to save Fukushima
  • “But many evacuated residents must accept that it won’t happen in their lifetimes

Tomoya Yamauchi, radiation expert from Kobe University

  • Performed tests in Fukushima City [60km from meltdowns] after extensive remediation efforts
  • Found that radiation levels inside homes had dropped by only about 25 percent
  • Parts of the city [had] levels of radiation four times higher than the recommended maximum exposure
  • We can only conclude that these efforts have so far been a failure

Hope?

Soothing pronouncements by local governments and academics about the eventual ability to live safely near the ruined plant can seem to be based on little more than hope.

No one knows how much exposure to low doses of radiation causes a significant risk of premature death.

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14 comments to NYT: Gov’t not leveling with public about seriousness of radiation predicament, suggests Tokyo Prof. — Forested areas may be clear-cut and literally scrapped clean

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Good morning everyone,

    Happy Wed to you all.

    “Suggests that the government has not yet leveled with its people about the seriousness of their predicament”

    Sooner or later this is going to hit the reality zone of how bad this is and there will be no more hiding the truth. No more teeter-tottering back and forth, or should I stay, or should I go?

    What do you think the people will do, or how will they react when they find out how bad it is?


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  • jimbojamesiv

    I refuse to read the NYT, but I am interested if they’re speaking of Japan or the US of A?


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  • stock stock@hawaii.rr.com

    Actually, the negative effect of low dose radiation are well known. 1/2 of all women and 2/3 of all men get cancer, and radiation is a huge factor in those cancers.


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    • Grampybone Grampybone

      Low dose radiation has been documented since the 50′s the fact they are ignoring reality and known science is absurd but they continue on. They could scrape the ground a thousand feet down and still not get rid of radiation because it would just drop down again after Xenon releases.


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  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    A small corner of the media veil is being lifted in this NYT article, describing some of the disturbing situations in the zone.

    However they completely fail to address the fact that the whole clean-up effort is futile because the source of the contamination is continuing without end in sight. A bit like painting the walls to cover the soot marks in a house that is still burning.

    We are still far away from an unbiased article without the usual pro-nuke misinformation about the minute dangers of radiation, Fukushima being 2nd to Chernobyl and all that, but still it just might awaken a few readers to do a search on the internet to learn more, which we can hope will lead them here to Enenews.


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  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    @hemisfear…
    “the whole clean-up effort is futile because the source of the contamination is continuing without end in sight. A bit like painting the walls to cover the soot marks in a house that is still burning.”
    Words of Truth and Wisdom. Fatalistic and Real as Death.


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    • Captain Quark Captain Quark

      Good analogy. But a very accurate description of the Japanese Government. The reason this clean up is not going to work? the Japanese don’t have a procedure to follow to the letter….


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  • Ummmmm, let’s see now…

    The trees are all that is left holding back the radiation in the soil from washing into the rivers.

    Now they are going to clear cut the trees and do WHAT with them?

    Sell this radioactive wood to make houses?

    Burn it and release even more radiation into the air?

    It sounds like a gigantic FUBAR… with no end in sight, and no way out yet.

    Better bring in some FUBAR specialists…

    A suggestion, if I may?

    Stop pretending. Stop lying. Deal with reality as it exists and let the chips fall where they will, or rather, the radiation in this case.

    Everyone will thank you for it in the end, and your legacy will give you some credit for being honest and straightforward, despite the FUBAR..

    If not, my prediction is that future generations, (if any are left over) will curse your name for thousands of years or longer.


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  • Once the trees are logged (for a profit), now the soil and all of the intense radiation in it is going to wash into the rivers and drinking water of all Japanese cities, raising the radiation levels of all drinking water. This water then ends up in the sewer systems, making that even more radioactive than it is now. That will make all problems they are facing now, MUCH WORSE.

    In the end, all of that radiation going down the rivers will also end up going into the ocean, as it is already. That is where the rest of the world will pay, for thousands of years.

    I doubt that they thought this through all the way, or this idea would never has seen the light of day…

    Ooopppssss, I forgot, it is all about the money.. This is a good time to sneak in and take out all of the trees for wood, and make a bundle. Maybe they are thinking of selling it overseas, to some poor unsuspecting shmuck who does not have a Geiger Counter, while ignoring all environmental laws on the Japanese books..

    Better yet, let’s cut down ALL THE TREES, ALL AROUND THE WORLD. They are full of deadly radiation. Scare the people into thinking the trees are DANGEROUS, OMINOUS. Trees will come out and EAT people while they sleep.. kind of like terrorists. Kill them all, and let God sort them out. Cut them all DOWN, DOWN, DOWN.

    Is there anyone in charge of this insane asylum?

    HELLLOOOOOOOO out there?


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  • Yeah ! Good Luck with that !!!

    “Forested areas may be clear-cut and literally scrapped clean”


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  • bc

    If we all live long enough we may run out of edible food. Thats something people will pay attention too.


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    • James2

      Nope people won’t pay attention to their food, because radiation doesn’t smell and doesn’t taste.

      In fact, we may all be eating food with fuku radiation in it right now – I bet we are – and don’t know about it.

      And we will continue to until the end of our lives.

      The Genie is out of the bottle – it can’t be put back in. All of those trillions of Bequerels will continually cycle through the system until the base materials have decayed..

      From the Japanese point of view all this is understandable. The challenge is to keep humans away from radioactive materials while the decay happens.

      Allowing the radiation to continually spew into the atmosphere and the ocean is about the dumbest thing anyone has ever done to the planet – if you are elsewhere on the planet from Japan.

      If you are in Japan – the more radiation you export – the better. If you are in Fukushima prefecture – then the more radiation you get out of your area and into other prefectures – the better.

      This is a dilution and stay strategy instead of a containment and evacuation strategy. Send as much of the radiation to other places as possible.

      It’s hard for me to believe that other governments haven’t caught onto this yet – but they must be as stupid as we think they are and are incapable of understanding.


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  • karaa karaa

    scrapped CLEAN? What does clean mean in that case? It will totally erode and be naked and CLEAN? this is a strange mental confusion on what is clean or dirty…


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  • Ruffcut

    The way they like to do it is, dig a big hole, put a cheap glad wrapper liner in it. Bury all the goodies. Fill with area topsoil, so its a little hot and then build a school on it.


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