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Radioactive cesium exceeding the designated limit has been detected in shiitake mushrooms grown in greenhouses at a farm in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, the prefectural government said Saturday. The prefectural government has asked the city of Soma and dealers to stop shipment of the mushrooms, and a local agricultural cooperative has begun recalling them after they were found to contain 850 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, exceeding the 500-becquerel limit set by the state.
Thousands of people angered by Japan's nuclear power plant accident have rallied in Fukushima to demand full compensation for victims of the crisis, and swift decontamination of their neighbourhoods. Sunday's rally was attended by about 10,000 people, organisers estimated.
The question is, if agreement can't be reached on sites for interim storage facilities, let alone a permanent repository, how can a place be found for a reprocessing plant?
Q. The article on 79% seems to leave the impression that the Pacific took the brunt of the fallout and that very little made it to N. America.
The study also suggests that, contrary to government claims, pools used to store spent nuclear fuel played a significant part in the release of the long-lived environmental contaminant caesium-137, which could have been prevented by prompt action. The analysis has been posted online for open peer review by the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.
Andreas Stohl, an atmospheric scientist with the Norwegian Institute for Air Research in Kjeller, who led the research, believes that the analysis is the most comprehensive effort yet to understand how much radiation was released from Fukushima Daiichi. "It's a very valuable contribution," says Lars-Erik De Geer, an atmospheric modeller with the Swedish Defense Research Agency in Stockholm, who was not involved with the study.
Yes, but you have to realise that the problem wont go away even if we have dumping grounds. The waste just keeps on coming and every country will use the dump so there will never be an end to it. Each year new radioactive materials will be dumped there and they will need more and more space until the whole island is uninhabitable because there is so much nuclear waste dumped there.
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but if we already have many highly contaminated places such
as Chernobyl & now Fukushima why can't they be used for a so called "dumping station"?
“The people who come here are furious — furious — about what happened,” Muto said. “They have a thorn stuck in their heart. A lot of people tell me, ‘I want to go home as soon as possible. I want my life back.’ . . . What can I do?
Well, the best way to help is to let them vent their anger.” So Muto bows to the evacuees, dropping to his knees and apologizing. “This is the first step for us to then have a conversation about compensation.”
Government guidelines provide scant detail about the $14-billion-plus effort. A new cleanup law doesn't take effect until January. Cities across Fukushima prefecture are scraping contaminated topsoil off school grounds and parks, but Tokyo hasn't yet decided where to store the tainted material.
Frustrated residents of some towns have planted sunflowers in a fruitless effort to suck radioactive cesium out of the farmland. Here in this city of 332,500 nearly 40 miles from the crippled reactors, local volunteers regularly hose down sidewalks where radiation readings are high, even though that could spread contamination into sewage systems.
"Everybody is groping in the dark," says Hiroto Nishimaki, a 48-year-old executive of a gardening company near here.
Two shelters constructed for workers handling the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are not listed as being in radiation management zones despite radiation levels at the shelters exceeding the legal limit, it has been learned.
As a result, shelter workers are not being paid an extra "danger allowance" that is provided to workers in the zones.
Originally posted by Ektar
Sorry guys I forgot to mention that I want the world to do away with nuclear power & etc
so that we don't keep adding to the problem. I realize that it's never going to go away but was thinking
more on the lines of having the waste in as least areas possible instead of all over the place.
It will be the first time that researchers have drilled into an underwater fault soon after a quake. The aim of the exercise is to solve a decades-old mystery about the part that friction plays in such an event. This should help scientists to understand why some faults are more likely than others to cause tsunami
"It would be a great disservice to society if we did not learn as much as possible from the fault zone heated by this huge earthquake," says Kiyoshi Suyehiro, president and chief executive of the management group of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Following its initial approval of the proposal in September, the IODP has now confirmed that funding is available for the Chikyu to set sail in April and drill at a site south of the quake's epicentre
When asked if he could wipe away public concern about the water, Sonoda said he drank the water because he was asked to, but he does not think his act can ensure the water's safety.
There is an axiom in Japanese: uso mo hōben — "lying is also a means to an end." It sums up the general attitude in Japan of tolerance of — even justification for — not telling the truth.
First — defining "telling the truth" as divulging the truth (not a lie), the whole truth (full disclosure) and nothing but the truth (uncompounded with lies) — consider how lies are deployed in everyday personal interactions. Let's start with good old tatemae (charitably translated as "pretense").
By basically saying something you think the listener wants to hear, tatemae is, essentially, lying. That becomes clearer when the term is contrasted with its antonym, honne, one's "true feelings and intentions."
Residents battling radioactive contamination in and around their houses, who purchased high-pressure water sprayers, are seeking compensation for their independent decontamination campaigns.
The residents are frustrated because such water sprayers bought by individuals are not covered by a compensation scheme carried out by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. Furthermore, the central government stipulated in late September that the state will shoulder decontamination costs when local governments conduct such decontamination work.
US navigational satellite “Transit 5BN-3” with a SNAP-9A radioisotope generator containing 630 TBq of 238Pu metal failed to achieve orbit and re-entered the atmosphere at 120 km altitude and burned up over the West Indian Ocean north of Madagascar in 1964. The nuclear fuel was vaporized during re-entry and was dispersed worldwide. The North Pacific appears to have received 0.0345 PBq of 238Pu as of year 2000, calculated from Aarkrog (1988).