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Tepco refuses to fund outside cleanup (Japan)
Japan Times ^ | 10/29/2013 | Kazuaki Nagata

Posted on 10/30/2013 12:48:30 AM PDT by TexGrill

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is refusing to reimburse the Environment Ministry for more than ¥30 billion that was spent to decontaminate land hit by radioactive fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the ministry said Tuesday.

Under the special decontamination law adopted in August 2011, the state is responsible for leading and initially financing the decontamination effort, but it can ask Tepco, responsible for the Fukushima crisis, to pay the bill later.

Tepco has paid ¥6.7 billion so far, while the Environment Ministry has sought ¥40.4 billion.

The ministry said Tepco is unwilling to pay for work not directly involving decontamination. For instance, the bill includes costs related to public relations and research and development.

The ¥6.7 billion Tepco has paid covers direct decontamination work such as washing road surfaces and removing tainted soil.

According to a document presented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to senior ruling party officials this month, Tepco is insisting that shouldering the cost for decontamination as damages will be “duplicate payments” because it is already compensating for land and buildings.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: japan; japaneconomy
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1 posted on 10/30/2013 12:48:30 AM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

Their “decontamination” efforts included giving workers power washers and no protective gear and having them spray down houses. Since Japan has authorized the buring of radioactive debris, the ash carries more contaminates far and wide.
Some schools had parents groups gathering the top few cm of schoolyard dirt, then putting them in big plastic trashbags and then, having no place to put them, stacking the bags on the playground, where they remain, decomposing in the sunlight. Weather continues to shift contaminants around - rain washes the radioactive “black dust” into gutters. Several gutters in Tokyo and various portions of landscaping were tested and found to be radioactive but there is no “decontamination effort” in Tokyo.

2 posted on 10/30/2013 1:01:24 AM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

Interesting article. Puts things in perspective. Some excellent comments there too.

3 posted on 10/30/2013 4:33:28 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Manipulative and distorted propaganda is of no interest to me. Given his credentials, he isn’t merely mistaken or failing to read the reports from TEPCO, Japan and international experts - he is flat out lying and he’s not good at it.

4 posted on 10/30/2013 10:40:40 AM PDT by ransomnote
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I suggested you read the comments. There are several very informative posters. US Nuke guys who were there, did testing, etc. They seem to back up the writer’s assessment. But,,, I don’t take anything on the net for granted. Read the comments though. You will, at the least, find them interesting.

5 posted on 10/30/2013 11:07:10 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

The comments are as bad as the article.
David McFarland’s long, detailed, fake scientific post is typical of the distortion and flat out ignorance of nuclear power “experts.” And he “impressed” people on the thread with his so-called facts and “science.”
He kept stressing his education and training - yet his education is worthless. The nuclear power industry has trained its ‘experts’ that “Dose is Dose!” so they routinely conflate bananas and air travel with exposure at Fukushima. This “expert” can’t comprehend the difference between sunbathing and ingesting cesium. He seems blissfully unaware of information he’d need to evaluate the readings he brags about taking with his radiac. The people he laughs at for fleeing in “fear” are the smart ones because they don’t display the arrogance and pretend that they know enough so they avoid until they do know.

Nuclear power plant engineers et. al. are trained to employ dosimetry calculations that are literally blind to the differences among isotopes (hint: bananas are safer than plutonium) but they are always bragging that they have the facts, unlike the “scared” populace. Ask people living in the Ukraine (Chernobyl) if the real problem with radioactive waste is their emotions about it.

The writer of the article is unaware that TEPCO has reluctantly admitted to knowing that 300+ tons of radioactive water have been flushing into the ocean daily, every day since March 2011. TEPCO is reporting astonishingly high levels of radiation in GROUND WATER near the plant (6000 times above fake safety limits). 40 children in Fukushima have cancer and the government is intentionally limiting reportage - preventing medical doctors to examine Fukushima residents without government permission and now, enacting a secrecy law to penalize bloggers who report on the ongoing medical concerns resulting from Fukushima.

6 posted on 10/30/2013 11:32:18 AM PDT by ransomnote
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Thank you! I’ll take your word for it over something I just stumbled upon on the net. I’m in the Public Water Supply field, and have become somewhat inured to “scares.” The “pharma in the water” scare was overblown, IMO. Certainly the issue must be addressed, but one would have to drink about 700,000 gallons of water daily to even get a day’s dosage of the indicated drug. Our testing lab can now detect fractions of a part per billion.
Again, thanks for the information!

7 posted on 10/30/2013 12:21:17 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Like your screen name, by the way.

Two good websites if you want to explore further.

The first is the website. It’s a Japanese blogger who translates documents and video into English and focuses on Fukushima. He is balanced and quick to dispel exaggerations or hyperbole. He archives his articles so searching back to the early reporting, you can see that he provided translations and cultural explanations unavailable anywhere else on the web or MSM.

The second website is a mixed bag (good sources mixed in with conspiracy nut sources). It’s This site seems to be reacting to the reputation it earned for spotty reporting because lately, almost all the articles cited are legitimate (fewer conspiracy nut links). These have lately been translations of Japanese articles and international documents. The site does have a “position” and it is opposite the one in the OP.

8 posted on 10/30/2013 12:36:36 PM PDT by ransomnote
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