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Radiation in Japan: Practically Any Radioactive Debris Will Be Burned and Buried(Fukushima) ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Ex-SKF

Posted on 08/11/2011 12:57:30 PM PDT by ransomnote

when the Ministry of the Environment decides on the base plan after it runs the plan with the so-called experts that the ministry relies on (i.e. rubber-stamp).

Great leap forward in recovery and reconstruction.

From Yomiuri Shinbun (1:38AM JST 8/10/2011):

On August 10, the Ministry of the Environment made public the base plan for the ashes from burning the debris and sludge that contain radioactive materials from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. The plan would technically allow all the ashes to be buried.

The plan was given on the same day to the ministry's committee of experts to evaluate the safety of disaster debris disposal, and the ministry hopes to finalize the plan before the end of August.

In June, the ministry announced that the ashes that test up to 8,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium can be buried in the final disposal facilities. It called for the temporary storage of the ashes that exceed 8,000 becquerels/kg but didn't specify the final disposal procedure. In the base plan announced on August 10, to bury the ashes whose radioactive cesium exceeds 8,000 becquerels/kg, some measures need to be taken to prevent radioactive cesium from making contact with ground water, or to process the runoff appropriately. For the ashes that measure 8,000 to 100,000 becquerels/kg, the plan calls for: 1) processing facilities with roofs; 2) durable containers; 3) mixing the ashes with cement to solidify.

The whole plan is moot, because, on the side, the ministry has already told municipalities that they can "mix and match" - burn radioactive debris and sludge with non-radioactive debris and sludge to lower the radiation below whatever the limit the ministry sets, which has been 8,000 becquerels/kg and now 100,000 becquerels/kg if the plan gets an approval from the expert committee.

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KEYWORDS: fukushima; japan; nuclear; radiation
More at the link *sigh* It's not enough the US is downwind of molten cores pouring radioactive contaminants into the air for ...oh who knows how the Japanese have formally authorized the mixing of radioactive waste and then burning it? I think the limits placed on burning radioactive waste were not intended to be the long-term, routine means of disposal (just how much radioactivity will they redistribute over the years?) and that people would methodically mix radioactive waste with other materials so they could get below the 'limit' and burn it. By that I mean it wasn't supposed to be a long method used to transfer radioactive waste from Japan to other countries via the air. Or from contaminated regions of Japan to non-contaminated regions of Japan. 'Dilution is the Solution to Pollution' therefore we all get to breath radioactive waste?
1 posted on 08/11/2011 12:57:33 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

Dear Japan, try not to bury it near a volcano. Thanks very much, California

2 posted on 08/11/2011 1:06:13 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: blueplum

I come across the term ‘nuclear volcano’ on blogs where people are describing the molten cores that way because they continue to give off radiation and there is still fear that if a core goes through the cement slab and contacts the water table, there could be a nuclear ‘eruption’ as the superheated steam blows the molten radioactive fuel high into the sky. It was a fear that the Russians faced and sacrificed many lives to avoid by digging under the foundation of the basement and putting another slab under there. The Japanese have not done this so it’s a waiting game - they keep pouring water down the ‘volcanoes’ and hope they don’t erupt.

3 posted on 08/11/2011 1:13:41 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: ransomnote

Do you suppose that they think the smoke won’t be radioactive?

4 posted on 08/11/2011 1:44:37 PM PDT by GingisK
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While some may beleive that, they have the nuke industry advising them and the nuke industry people would know differently, as would their scientists. I believe the Japanese have embarked on the expansion of the nuke industry’s primary excuse for irradiating the rest of us which is “Oh...stop’s just a little bit and it won’t hurt you!” They keep upping the ‘oh stop complaining limit’ but since the nuke industry worldwide has been getting away with it for years -the Japanese are gonna run with it. So the short answer is - no, I think they know it is still radioactive.

5 posted on 08/11/2011 1:52:49 PM PDT by ransomnote
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