CBS Evening News: Radioactive waste from ‘decontamination’ buried in elementary school playground (VIDEO)

Published: January 17th, 2012 at 11:42 am ET
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Title: A rare look inside Japan’s evacuation zone
Source: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
Date: Jan 16, 2012

The Japanese government has started an ambitious clean-up effort to make the area around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant safe for humans to return. Lucy Craft got a rare look inside the project.

Published: January 17th, 2012 at 11:42 am ET
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33 comments to CBS Evening News: Radioactive waste from ‘decontamination’ buried in elementary school playground (VIDEO)

  • jahdesm jahdesm

    those [REMOVED] what a bullshit


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    • Whoopie Whoopie

      You need a Avatar like mine. :(


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      • Mack Mack

        In the video, she says 3 microsieverts per hour is 75 times higher than acceptable levels.

        So, that means .04 is the acceptable level?

        Aren’t the ENENEWS radiation monitoring folks in the U.S. and abroad finding 2 and 3 and sometimes more than that?


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        • James2

          I don’t think the 75 number would be correct.

          3 micro per hour translates to 26,280 micros per year, or 26 milliseverts per year.

          I think the revised Japanese annual limit is 20 milliseverts/year, which means this is slightly higher than the limit – not 75 times.

          now there’s some controversy on whether 20 is too high or not – I think the old number was 1 – but that’s another topic.

          I don’t think you’d want to live in a 3 micro area for very long. The real challenge is that there are hot spots much higher than 3 micro.

          You can bet the Japanese did not take a TV reporter to a really high radiation area.


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          • matina matina

            I remember busby saying that when it hits 0.3 microSievert/hour, thats when you start running away from the source and you dont trun back. For One microSIevert/hour to occure you will have about a contamination of C-137 of 308KBq/squermeter (where 1KBq equalls 1000 Bq and 1kg of C-137 = 420.000 Bq)


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    How can you decontaminate while it’s still spewing increasing levels of contamination. They should be focused on the plant at this juncture and just the reactors. cooling, injections, etc. JMHO


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    • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

      I think the government is trying to keep it’s people/sheeple busy…idle hands are the devils workshop…no I’m not real religious but grammy used to say that all the time. I truly wish the nuclear industry would just fall idle…

      “News reports said that evacuees from Fukushima prefecture, where nuclear plant accident occurred, were refused to provide service at hotels or gas stations. According to other news, elementary school students who evacuated from Fukushima were bullied at school.
      It can be human rights infringement to discriminate people by unreasonable bias or prejudice, even if it is motivated by anxiety for radiation effects.
      How do you feel if you were a victim of the earthquake and experienced discrimination at the place you moved to?
      We should be considerate of feelings of others with tenderness and overcome this adverse circumstance together.”

      http://www.moj.go.jp/JINKEN/jinken04_00010.html

      Let us be kind, one to another, for we are each of us together in our pain!


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      • Mack Mack

        The nuclear industry has been busy lately:

        The IAEA (and the UAE) were in Abu Dhabi giving presentations on the “national implementation” of a NUCLEAR “international legal framework.”

        Do you think that “legal framework” will protect people or protect the industry? Do you think you’ll have any rights against an International Treaty?

        http://enformable.com/2012/01/3-day-conference-in-abu-dhabi-to-discuss-international-and-national-nuclear-energy-laws/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Enformable+%28Enformable%29

        The IAEA gets over $100 million dollars a year from U.S. taxpayers.

        And they want more $$, and the US wants to give it to them:

        “Leaked diplomatic cables show US diplomats were frustrated with Canada’s refusal to increase the IAEA budget…”

        http://embassymag.ca/page/view/tp4-12-07-2011

        Where does the $$ go ?

        “Nine months after the worst nuclear disaster in decades, the world’s atomic-energy watchdog has yet to dedicate additional money to improve reactor safety.”

        http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-12-08/un-s-atomic-regulator-funds-terror-fight-while-fukushima-response-starved


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        • Mack Mack

          While we’re keeping busy, so is the nuclear industry:

          a. Georgia and S. Carolina plan to build 3 to 4 new nuclear reactors

          b. 1 new nuclear reactor is almost completed and will be online next year in Tennessee

          c. Land prepping began for another reactor at North Anna in Virginia

          d. Plans are in full swing for a reactor to be built in Levy County, Florida

          e. Progress Energy in Florida wants to re-open their Crystal River nuclear plant that has cracks in it

          f. “Modular” reactors are being promoted

          g. 60 new reactors are being built in 14 countries

          h. The Nuclear Energy Institute believes the U.S. will need “hundreds” more nuclear reactors

          i. Exelon gets sweet China nuclear consulting contracts

          The nuclear industry is laughing all the way to the bank.


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          • Mack Mack

            Who gives your $$ to the nuclear industry?

            The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development.

            In 2010, they approved $25 billion for 2011 loan guarantees for building new nuclear power plants.

            Who are the members of the Subcommittee:

            Rodney Frelinghuysen, New Jersey, Chairman

            Jerry Lewis, California

            Mike Simpson, Idaho

            Dennis Rehberg, Montana

            Rodney Alexander, Louisiana

            Steve Womack, Arkansas, Vice Chair

            Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi

            Pete Visclosky, Indiana, Ranking Member

            Ed Pastor, Arizona

            Chaka Fattah, Pennsylvania

            John Olver, Massachusetts

            Ex officio:

            Hal Rogers, Kentucky

            Norm Dicks, Washington

            If you are in their districts, please vote not to re-elect them.

            https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/United_States_House_Appropriations_Subcommittee_on_Energy_and_Water_Development


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      • matina matina

        This just reminded me one which side of the 2nd world war the Japanese had been………..that kind of explains it all really, I mean when you support the guy who makes soap out of people after he gases them to death! this are the same people who were able to convince young man to through themselves with their airplanes on the enemy target…….this is the same japan, nothing seems to have changed in regards to their view as to what is right, wrong, inhuman and WHO IS DISPOSABLE (US INCLUDED) or not and so on………..


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  • the yeoman the yeoman

    *SHOCK* CBS Evening News does ethnocentric smear piece.

    That piece is meant to produce a warm, fuzzy, “that could never happen here, our culture is smarter then that” feeling.

    Remember that old, most relible tool of governence, “divide and rule”.

    That Lucy Craft sure looked embedded didn’t she?

    Steady crew: ethnocentrism is rude, untoward, and unattractive.


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    Please post comments under the CBS video on YouTube also. They only allow for a sentence or two of commentary.

    I commented…
    The Nuclear Reactor is still releasing radiation. There was a series of Earthquakes on starting Jan. 1st. A lot has been happening there.
    1) What is the point of decontaminating when the nuclear reactors are still contaminating the area?
    2) Putting the hazardous waste underground at the playground looks more like hiding it than decontamination. When you sweep at your house do you lift up the rug and sweep the dust under it?
    3) The Japanese government continues to try and hide contamination everywhere. They are burning it, dumping it in Tokyo Bay and now burying it in playgrounds. They are building buildings with it too. What they can’t hide they deny.
    4) They are committing crimes against humanity
    5) Japanese returning to such areas, which is insane, will have to play hide-n-seek trying to figure out where waste is buried.


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  • americancommntr

    She’s probably embedded with uranium nanoparticles if she was actually there. Did her mask prevent them from getting in? Any splitting headaches yet?

    CBS News has to appear like its doing its job, for its
    thirteen thousand viewers.

    CBS has got to do what its government managers and pharmaceutical advertisers tell it to.


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    • americancommntr

      They apparently okayed a small story. Were they feeling guilty? Getting pressure from outside the information control machine? Baby steps toward ramping up the public for the truth?

      At 3 microsieverts per hour, that is 26.28 millisieverts a year. This is reminescent of the enenews article about the 6 or 7 nuclear workers exposed to from 1 to several millisieverts.

      They all died of cancer.


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  • Whoopie Whoopie

    On the subject of that Documentary tonight http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/nuclear-aftershocks/ the The Pro-Nuke Trolls keep posting it. So what does that tell us? Yep, it’s gonna be a Pro-Nuke piece, I bet.


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    • Mack Mack

      Thank you, Whoopie. Now I won’t bother watching it. One less viewer, one less donor to PBS.


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    • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

      I would not count out PBS…yet. Let’s watch and see.. if only because we may have information that contradicts.. or they may have news for us… it really could go either way.. Trolls not always right… right? so,perhaps they do not want us to watch, which is why they are touting it. PBS is the only half way source of info on the television, so I suggest we tune in and have a great discussion of it’s merits here tomorrow :) recently, they were running a nuke piece that was far from pro-nuke.


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      • Whoopie Whoopie

        GOOD POINT CAT. We’ll wait and see. If we thinks it HITS THE NAIL, we’ll know FOR SURE the Pro-Nukes were trying to divert us.


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        • Cataclysmic Cataclysmic

          That and we may get a sense of the next Pro-nuke line of Bull Shit that we will be having to decipher and regurgitate, the realities of, to those that ate their “pablum” like good little faux news viewers.. or trolls.. as I shared, I was totally surprised by the recent Nuke piece they played and repeated a number of times.. saw it twice myself, very historical, and they talked about the rain..


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  • Dogleg Dogleg

    I believe all of the burning, burying and spreading of material is part of a long term strategy. When people start dieing in these areas they can say OOps, we shouldnt have burried that there, it has since been removed and all is well now.


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  • bmurr bmurr

    This is so sad to watch. Their government and media are trying to legitimize these efforts, but what we are watching is an act of utter desperation by a hopeless people.


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    • Alice Alice

      I agree. With the rest of the world watching, it must be excruciating for a proud people to be seen as so terribly helpless.

      In that sense, I feel for them, as fellow humans, totally overwhelmed by the enormity of the task but putting on a brave front.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    These are CLEARLY diversion pieces. The worker that died, they ‘coped to’,….are you asking yourselves WHY they admitted to it?

    Any ‘hunches’, guesses,…?


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  • 3C

    Lucy Craft is sooooo cute.
    Such a pretty spokesperson for the death
    of so many children. Reminds me so much
    of Germany of the 30′s.


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  • James2

    These people must have bought the propaganda on Fuku. There’s no possible way the ambassador would go into the plant area if he knew what was really going on. It also shows the US government is complicit and has no intention of letting the truth get out.

    I actually didn’t think the story was bad. Obviously the visit was staged for the camera.

    Looks like they spent a couple days on that school.

    Conneticut is 5543 square miles there are 650 acres per square mile – and that school was probably 1 acre (assuming fairly high density) . And, what a crew of about 25 doing the work?

    OK, by my calculation it will take a crew of 10,000 people – or 400, 25 man crews – it will take them approximately 49 1/2 years to complete the job – working 365 days a year.

    So you folks in Fukushima – everything will be ready for you to move back about 2062 or so.

    It always amazes me that TV reporters say stuff like “an area about the size of connecticut” without having any comprehension on what that is.


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  • Bones Bones

    Oh hey guys! Yeah, we just moved most of the contaminated stuff into one huge pile under your feet. Your welcome! Oh yeah, maybe you don’t want to drink from your well after a good rain. It’s fine for now though. (= No immediate health effects.)

    In this world, you find the truth by finding the lies first.


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