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Fukushima Officials ‘Outraged’: A grave problem — Workers dumped waste “because they removed more radioactive materials than expected” (PHOTOS)

Published: January 10th, 2013 at 6:33 am ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: CROOKED CLEANUP: Environment Ministry failed to act on Asahi tip-off
Source: Asahi
Author: Compiled from reports by Toshio Tada, Tamiyuki Kihara and Miki Aoki
Date: January 10, 2013

[...] The office representative [for the Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration] said it is a matter of “manners.”

“It appears that workers (dumped vegetation) not out of malice but because they removed more radioactive materials than they had expected,” the representative said. [...]

Asahi Shimbun reporters visited the Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration again on Dec. 26 and showed director Takashi Omura a photograph of a site supervisor kicking fallen leaves into a river in Tamura.

“It is a grave problem if it is true,” Omura said. [...]

Local government leaders in Fukushima Prefecture expressed outrage after reading The Asahi Shimbun’s report on Jan. 4. Omura called them and apologized for “causing worries.” [...]

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Published: January 10th, 2013 at 6:33 am ET
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17 comments to Fukushima Officials ‘Outraged’: A grave problem — Workers dumped waste “because they removed more radioactive materials than expected” (PHOTOS)

  • or-well or-well

    "…a grave problem…if true"
    a picture won't do,
    oh no, not enough,
    he needs someone "higher"
    to tell him that stuff.
    "I'm only Director
    not Site Inspector,
    nor Official Corrector
    or Spin Ejector.
    "Im sorry YOU worry -
    HAHA I don't!
    Shit can't stick to me
    in my bureaucrat coat.
    You're just a Reporter,
    lower in the order,
    so you missed the boat!
    You must wait for Statement,
    from the Nameless and Blameless,
    so in the meantime
    please show proper tameness!"


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  • Pitfalls of human fallibility, more radionuclides than the pit can take!


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Oh I'm sorry we dumped radioactive debris into the river contaminating it and everything downstream, my apologies.

    These "apologies" just drive me nuts.


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  • pcjensen

    It is solid evidence of *gross negligence of the highest order (because it's so globally deadly) and arrests need to occur.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Regret is not good enough.


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  • Songie Songie

    "manners" are a HUGE problem, and not just for the Japanese. Even I am sometimes hesitant to bring up the topic of Fukushima in "polite conversation," due to some sort of social etiquette or "manners"–or due to past reactions of people either thinking I need a straightjacket or am just ruining their cocktail party…..gees


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  • ftlt

    Blame the workers – right!!! They were most likey commie terrorists anyways…


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  • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

    Fukushima cleanup crews cut corners
    “Two construction joint ventures hired to wash radioactive substances off buildings in two Fukushima Prefecture communities in December allowed the tainted water to run off into street gutters, an Environment Ministry official said Tuesday.

    “Although not illegal, the conduct of Taisei Corp., Maeda Corp. and other firms involved in the venture illustrates the types of corners that contractors cut in doing cleanup work….”
    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/rss/nn20130109a1.html


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  • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

    Radiation cover-up at Fukushima exposed
    “Contractors could be illegally dumping radioactive soil, vegetation and water into rivers and open areas near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Japan's Environment Ministry admitted Jan. 4. The ministry said it will summon senior officials from companies contracted by the Fukushima Office for Environmental Restoration to answer questions on how they manage contaminated waste following claims of illegal dumping in the coastal town of Naraha, the evacuated village of Iitate, and the inland in the city of Tamura. Under a law passed in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, illegal dumping of contaminated substances may be punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of up to ¥10 million. "It is very regrettable if that is true," Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato said of the suspected dumping at his first news conference of 2013. (Kyodo, Jan. 5)

    “The charges came to light when a young worker for one of the contractors, Dai Nippon Construction, alerted the Environment Ministry after repeated complaints to management were apparently met with such replies as ‘Yeah, yeah, it's OK. It can't be helped.’ The young man, who was recruited at a job placement center in Tokyo, even reported that contaminated vegetation was being dumped loose, rather than being collected in bags. (Asahi Shimbun, Jan. 4)


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    • PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha) anne

      [cont.]
      ) Local residents also reported witnessing radioactive mud being dumped directly into Fukushima prefecture's major river, the Abukuma. (Fukushima Diary, Jan. 5)

      "Citizen journalism also brought to light that workers as young as 18 were sent to the Fukushima site without adequate training. Some reported that they were told to write resumes with fictitious work experience. The new citizen media site 8bit uploaded a video interview with a worker in September who had applied for a job entitled "backup logistics support," but was actually dispatched to the stricken plant, and exposed to high doses of radiation. (Global Voices, Sept. 20)…"
      http://www.ww4report.com/node/11855


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  • Somebody, somewhere, has got a lot of apologizing to do – for a lot of human-generated and accumulating worries.

    Looks like hot particles, buckyballs and tuna again for supper.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We're forced to ingest radiation as long as nuclear reactors exist.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    40,000 trillion becquerels may have been released. Of course, decontamination workers are finding too much contamination for them to deal with.
    http://enenews.com/mind-boggling-far-more-cesium-released-from-fukushima-than-previously-thought-says-japan-govt-agency-40000-trillion-becquerels-estimated-asahi

    1 quadrillion becquerels has been dumped into the Pacific Ocean!
    http://enenews.com/massive-spike-in-oceans-strontium-levels-many-months-after-311-1-quadrillion-becquerels-into-pacific-from-fukushima-wastewater
    Pacific Seafood is a gigantic industry. One 2000 report put world annual seafood sales at $400 million. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seafood#Consumption
    Better make that: Pacific Seafood WAS a gigantic industry. In a few years, as people get sick from eating contaminated Pacific Seafood, the FDA may be forced to put out a warning that people should "limit" their consumption of Pacific Seafood. "But", they always insist, "Itis perfectly safe to eat once a month or so." Those among us who are "quick" have already given up those Tuna Steaks and King Crab Claws we used to love so much. A word to the wise: Order something else. If they won't tell you (or don't know) where the seafood came from, don't eat it.

    TEPCO: Announced that reactors at Fukushima were in "cold shutdown" in December, 2011.


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  • Responsible, information packed scholarly experience-based comments.
    If only also those priceless comments previous to the present were to open at Non-Nuclear Issues at enenews at least with Firefox! Open sesame! Vie to the Forty thieves tormenting us Ali Babas.Morgiana where are you? Did you find the oil?


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  • Responsible, information packed scholarly experience-based comments.
    If only also those priceless comments previous to the present were to open at Non-Nuclear Issues at enenews at least with Firefox! Open sesame! Vie to the Forty thieves tormenting us Ali Babas.Morgiana where are you? Did you find the oil?A


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