“Biggest radiological cleanup the world has ever seen” — Worker in Fukushima: “Radiation levels just won’t go down” (VIDEO)

Published: March 21st, 2013 at 12:59 pm ET


Title: On Location: The dirty work of cleaning up Fukushima (Video)
Source: GlobalPost
Author: Justin McCurry and Michael Condon
Date: March 21, 2013 06:01

Tamura, 15.5 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi plant

[…] The biggest radiological cleanup the world has ever seen […]

“The worst part about this job is that the radiation levels just won’t go down,” said Shigeru Watanabe, a decontamination worker. “Sometimes we have to dig 5 cm [2 inches], sometimes 10 cm. We have to get the readings down to 0.23 microsieverts per hour … but achieving that will be really tough. […]

One laborer who asked to be identified only by his last name, Nakamura […] worries about radiation. He underwent a check using a full body counter at the start of his two-month contract, and then again when it ended. But the company has yet to tell him his readings, despite repeated requests. When he left, the dosimeter Nakamura had worn around his neck to measure cumulative external exposure was taken away. He still doesn’t know the readings stored inside the device.

“If I become ill at some point, I’ll have no evidence of my cumulative radiation dose to offer as proof that I worked in a dangerous environment,” he said.

Nakamura said he and the other members of his crew – protected only by thick surgical masks, regular overalls and gloves – worked long days collecting leaves and feeding them into a huge cutting machine. Radiation levels near the machine were almost four times higher than the 0.23 microsievert an hour target the government has set for members of the public. […]

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Published: March 21st, 2013 at 12:59 pm ET


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9 comments to “Biggest radiological cleanup the world has ever seen” — Worker in Fukushima: “Radiation levels just won’t go down” (VIDEO)

  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    “If I become ill at some point, I’ll have no evidence of my cumulative radiation dose to offer as proof that I worked in a dangerous environment,” he said.

    Yes, many victims of exploitation have that same complaint. Isn't there an on-line petition somewhere? Corporations are terrified of those things. That should bring your employer to your front door, begging on his hands and knees for you to accept the secret results (with their most sincere apologies, of course).

    • Busby did recommend taking a hair sample, dating it and keeping it in an envelope – about a year and half ago [?].

      Busby: Japanese, refrigerate Your hair samples if You dont evacuate!
      [Uploaded on Sep 30, 2011
      "Date the samples, and write at what length from the scalp it was cut, and where You lived under the period the hair grew! "]

      I'd probably get it notarized and stamped as well, with a witness.

  • Radiation levels will not go down because fissioning is ongoing

    In March 2011, physicist F. Dalnoki-Veress of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies posted his analysis of, and warnings over, the possibility of ongoing and uncontrolled fission activity at the plant. Dalnoki-Veress concluded from data on 13 neutron beam detections at Daiichi that pockets of melted fuel were producing transient criticalities, or nuclear fission events, significant enough to create the observed beams. He argued that the transient criticalities producing the beams are distinct from normal radioactive decay.

    F. Dalnoki-Veress (28 March 2011) ‘What Was the Cause of the High C1-38 Radioactivity in the Fukushima Daiichi Reactor #1,’ http://lewis.armscontrolwonk.com/files/2011/03/Cause_of_the_high_Cl38_Radioactivity.pdf.

    ADDITIONALLY, water being used to cool melted fuel is continuously ending up in the atmosphere and ocean…

    An unstoppable nuclear volcano….

    • We Not They Finally

      "Radiation levels will not go down because fission is ongoing" probably says it all. So why are they endangering the lives of those poor workers — and then confiscating their dosimeters? Is this cosmetic, to make it SEEM like they are doing something? Or is it just wanton criminal cruelty?

  • weeman

    I am sorry but I can not allow this to be, something must be done basic human right are being broken with no regard for life, this is criminal on many counts, it is a givin.

    To all Judges uphold the law, you are meant to be the protectors of the masses and uphold the constitutions of your country, as well as international laws that bind you.
    Take a deep look at yourselfs and ask yourself is this right, it should take you about 1 second to decide, by the letter of the law.
    Now get up of your bench and make it so, if you are unable resign and let someone who will.
    You do not want to know what I think of 99.9 of lawyers, there is always variables.

  • pure water

    These masks are no protection. Buy some real ones! It is the best investment at this crazy job. Eye glasses, or better – goggles, are needed. Keep your skin intact, oil it. And wear clothes 2 sizes larger. I do not need to remaind wasing after work – in Japan people have this habit. Just hang these clothes outside together with the thick soled shoes for work.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Melted reactor literally ruins the planet for good, because it's impossible to clean up radiation.

  • Johnny Blade Johnny Blade

    Rectum hell(?)!!~ They damn dear kilt 'em!!! 😐 ~**

  • Mad Scientists Mad Scientists

    This explains the media blackout and constant minimizing of the dangers at Fukushima:

    "On April 18, 2007, Japan and the United States signed the 'United States-Japan Joint Nuclear Energy Action Plan,' aimed at putting in place a framework for the joint research and development of nuclear energy technology.

    Each country will conduct research into fast reactor technology, fuel cycle technology, advanced computer simulation and modeling, small and medium reactors, safeguards and physical protection; and nuclear waste management."