Second explosion at Mitsui plant — FNN confirms depleted uranium — Kyodo: 3,400 drums with radioactive materials — “Did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels” (VIDEOS)

Published: April 22nd, 2012 at 11:17 am ET
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UPDATED HERE: NHK: Another Mitsui chemical plant had trouble BEFORE multiple explosions -- All plants were halted at time of blasts (VIDEO)

UPDATE II: AFP: Officials "waiting for combustible materials to burn out" after Japan explosions -- Fire not extinguished -- May take days to determine cause

UPDATE III: Kyodo Gets Suspicious? Mitsui "claimed" radioactive agent is harmless to people -- Radiation mentioned 4 times -- Explosions began while shutting down plant

Follow-up to: Explosion at Japan chemical complex, still burning -- 3,379 containers of nuclear waste onsite -- Reports of depleted uranium -- Gov't says no release of toxic material (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Title: One dead, 11 hurt as glue factory blows
Source: Kyodo
Date: April 22, 2012

One employee was killed and 11 others were injured early Sunday as flames and explosions ripped through a glue factory in Waki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, police said. [...]

There has been no confirmation that toxic gases were emitted. [...]

The plant had 3,400 drums of used catalytic agent that contained radioactive materials on the premises, but the explosions did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels.

The radioactive agent is harmless to people, Mitsui Chemicals said.

Via EXSKF: FNN News says there are about 3,400 containers of depleted uranium at the plant, but according to Mitsui Chemical there is no damage to the containers. [...] The second explosion took place at 8AM on April 22.

Press Release from Mitsui

Published: April 22nd, 2012 at 11:17 am ET
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29 comments to Second explosion at Mitsui plant — FNN confirms depleted uranium — Kyodo: 3,400 drums with radioactive materials — “Did not appear to have any effect on radiation levels” (VIDEOS)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    f311wdogs "There's uranium stored at the Mitsui Chemical Plant. Here's a status update from somone who called on the Hofu Municipal Council.
    Translated
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  • lam335 lam335

    "The radioactive agent is harmless to people, Mitsui Chemicals said."

    Yeah, sure … but only if they are smiling.


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  • aigeezer aigeezer

    The Japan Today story about the explosions has some interesting facets.

    The headline says 15 injured, but the text says at least 22. I infer that the situation is chaotic, both at the plant and at media offices.

    Among the commenters at the JT site, one person seems to be shilling: "Depleted uranium, is, as the name indicates, depleted. It is not radioactive, there is nothing to be "released". It is simply U238, which in fact can be used as shielding against radiation."

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/1-dead-15-injured-in-chemical-plant-blast-in-yamaguchi

    That claim made me double-check details, and of course he is lying by means of omissions and half-truths. From Wiki I found (among other things) "The chemical toxicity of depleted uranium is about a million times greater in vitro than its radiological hazard".

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depleted_uranium

    You may want to brush up on U238 details to prepare for your next banana dialog with a shill.


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  • More lies and omissions of truth !
    These people will not admit to anything, They would love to convince people they didn't see what they saw !
    It's all poison and there will be negative affects far and wide !
    This was one nasty explosion that resembles a mushroom cloud coming to a town near you !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxRddIOMLU8&feature=player_embedded

    Duck and Cover Folks !


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  • Best get ready to spend some time indoors, gather supplies today if you need then, the chemicals and any nuke puke will not be disclosed for you !


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  • Blown Camaro

    I sure hope they don't find more bodies but with the magnitude of that explosion, it will take some time to find the pieces.

    The glue factory made me think of this:

    http://youtu.be/lyhaTQseKTQ


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  • maax maax

    I have read that depleted reprocessed uranium is more harmful than depleted uranium made from natural uranium. Does someone know what kind of uranium was stored in these containers?

    Should we reasonably worry about pollution near Tokyo area in the coming days? The wind is blowing in that direction at a speed of 10-15 km/h..


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    • ITSNOTABANANA

      maax, Tokyo is going to become a ghost town… Pollution of this magnitude will have nearly immediate consequences for anyone subjected to it…


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  • Myme

    A JP blogger listed a link to this PDF on JP Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). It is a list of the radioactive waste storage and volume at the locations that use nuclear fuel but are not governed by the (nuclear?) regulations No. 41 (Does this mean the facilities other than nuclear power plants, maybe?)

    " http://goo.gl/gqeOu " (PDF file)

    All data are as of 2008. Save the PDF on you hard drive or somewhere because it may be taken offline when they realize we're visiting them… Here is a summary:

    Page 1 is an overview of the subsequent pages. One part says "Table 2-3: The amount of radioactive waste storage (as of the end of 2008) is 77,000 drums in total across 191 facilitites, with each drum having 200 Litter capacity.

    Table 2-1 (page 2) is a list of number of workers who are exposed to radiation, sorted by the location and exposure dosage.

    Table 2-2 (page 3) records the radiation exposure of female workers, sorted by the location and dosage.

    Table 2-3 (page 4) lists the status of the nuclear waste managed by the facilities where use nuclear fuel is but are not governed by the regulation No. 41). The data is as of 2008.


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    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      Myme, you're a star. Thanks! So the waste is spread over 191 facilities? Do you think that means 191 places within the exploded compound, or in 191 facilities spread over Japan on different company sites?
      So we're talking about 15.400 metric tons of waste in 2008, am I correct?

      Damn.


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      • Myme

        You're Welcome… Doing my little part to help


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      • Myme

        It is a list of 191 facilities across Japan. 3,379 drums at Mitsui Chemical in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture is the only one that is in the proximity to this particluar explosion. But you know, in Japan, businesses and plants are often mingled with residential areas. The Mitsui explosion was said to have damaged nearby residents' homes.

        Really scary to find out there are other sites across Japan that store higher volume and who knows how well they are managed, given the track record of Fukushima, etc.

        I grew up in JP but had no idea that there was even one place that stored nuclear waste. Gotta email to my folks in Kyoto and Osaka.


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  • Hundreds Of Dead Birds and Fish Wash-Up On Georgian Bay

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBmTt3xp0PM

    Apr 16, 2012
    The Ministry of Natural Resources is investigating after hundreds of birds and fish washed up on the shores of Georgian Bay near Wasaga Beach.
    Police say that the wildlife is scattered along a nearly three-kilometre stretch north of Wasaga Beach.
    "You just want to cry," resident Faye Ego told CTV Toronto.
    Locals said they noticed some dead fish on the beach a few weeks ago and a few dead birds earlier in September.
    "But now this is just multiplied," Ego said, adding that the situation is "absolutely devastating."
    Ontario Provincial Police Const. Peter Leon said that the number of dead birds is estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000.

    Cindy Parkin, a resident of the area, …


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    • TraderGreg

      Dr – interesting. I know that area quite well and spent countless weekends there. The Georgian Bay is mostly recreational area and I do not have recollection of any industry there. The Wasaga Beach is usually overcrowded with Toronto crowds during hot summer weekends but the areas a bit north are very beautiful with crystal clear water, granite boulders and rich forests. The nearest NPP (Bryce NPP) is on the Lake Huron side about 60 miles away from the Wasaga beach.


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  • goathead goathead

    This looks like it could be Japan's very own Bopal!!


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  • Myme

    (continueing the nuclear waste list PDF above…)

    According to "Table 2-3" on page 4 of the PDF, the high volume storage sites are:

    58: Mitsubishi Material (Omiya, Saitama) = 30,910 drums

    41: Hitachi Ltd., Energy & Environmental System Research (Kunitachi, Ibaraki) = 1,063.7 drums

    57: Nuclear Development Corp., Control Departments (Omiya, Saitama) = 9,196 drums

    190: Asahi Kasei (Nobeoka branch in Miyazaki) = 8,030 drums

    44: Mitsubishi Material (Energy Business Center in Ibaraki) = 4,011 drums

    177: Mitsui Chemical (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi) = 3,379 drums [this is the one that is near the explosion]

    ……

    Again, these are facilities that use nuclear fuel outside the regulation No. 41 (maybe non power plants?) and the data are as of 2008. Each drum is 200 L.


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    • arclight arclight

      a struggling and reforming company

      The Mitsubishi Materials Group

      “…The fact that we were able to continually supply our customers with products of sufficient quality, in spite of pressure on the shop floor to maintain supply levels, was also thanks to our commitment to ongoing CSR activities on a daily basis….”

      “…Local authorities and a whole host of other people have consulted with us about restoration and reconstruction support activities for the future, including clearing rubble from the earthquake, examining and surveying damaged facilities such as bridges and ports, and decontaminating radioactive soil….”

      “…we established the Mineral Resources & Recycling Business Unit in April 2011. We decided to integrate our mineral resource and recycling businesses because we recognize that securing both natural and recycled resources is a key priority for the future….”

      http://www.mmc.co.jp/corporate/en/csr/index.html


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      Let's hope this plant still has the lowest number of barrels of this drek ….


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Now, there's a RAVE review!-"The fact that we were able to continually supply our customers with products of sufficient quality.

    'sufficient quality'. Just for the record,….'Whom' determines what is, or is not,….sufficient?

    I guess 'it' depends on what 'is'is, eh? Slimy legal-eze!


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  • arclight arclight

    Iwakuni-Ohtake Works
    Major Products
    PTA
    PET resin
    TPX
    MILLION
    APEL
    Wax
    Hydrocarbon resin
    LUCANT
    Gas pipes
    Pelicles
    Hydroquinone
    Resorcinol
    Meta/Para-cresol

    http://www.mitsuichem.com/corporate/ds/works.htm

    Feb. 8, 2012, 2:43 a.m. EST

    Mitsui Chemicals to Expand Hydroquinone Production at Iwakuni-Ohtake Works

    “The Iwakuni-Ohtake Works of Mitsui Chemicals claims to be the world's largest production facilities for hydroquinone, and the company holds Asia's top market share.”

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mitsui-chemicals-to-expand-hydroquinone-production-at-iwakuni-ohtake-works-2012-02-08

    EU classification
    Harmful (Xn)
    Carc. Cat. 3
    Muta. Cat. 3
    Dangerous for
    the environment (N)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroquinone


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Storage of depleted uranium…where was it headed?
    Lots of depleted uranium about..turn it into weapons..
    Well thought out.(sarc)
    I don't care what gains are supposedly to be found by the governments and their shining heroes…the military.
    All gains are foul..if it is at the expense of the health and welfare of the children.
    They are innocent…innocent.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9WG1EFyV3c


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "Using Depleted Uranium as a Weapon"(1-3)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvCmthsTEGA&feature=relmfu
    An older set of vids..still relevant…
    Use of DU needs to end.


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