On 5/7/2013, Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters of Cabinet office announced they are going to lift the hazard area in Futaba machi Fukushima as of 5/28/2013. There will be no hazard area in Fukushima. The town will be in “Evacuation order lifting preparation area” and ”Hard to return area”. The annual doses are less than 20mSv/y and over 50mSv/y. As to “Evacuation order lifting preparation area”, the regulation will be lifted after decontamination.
Japanese government is performing decontamination in Fukushima. Through this endless attempt, they produce extremely radioactive waste. They are planning to build the interim storage facility in Futaba machi.
The former town mayor, Idogawa was opposing to accept the interim storage facility before resigning.
He commented, “Like in Auschwitz camp, our DNA is massacred in Fukushima prefecture just like guinea pigs
Tokyo, May 6 (Jiji Press)--Workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant got used to very high levels of radiation at the early stage of the nuclear crisis there in March 2011, a TEPCO teleconference video footage has shown.
This is apparently because of growing perception among the staff that being concerned too much about radiation exposure would prevent progress in work to contain the crisis at the nuclear plant, which was heavily damaged by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
According to the footage, it was reported on the night of March 14, three days after the start of the crisis, that the level of gamma ray at the main gate of the plant had reached 3.2 millisieverts per hour.
Masao Yoshida, then manager of the plant, commented that the reading had been equal to some 3,000 microsieverts.
Sakae Muto, then executive vice president of TEPCO, who was at the company's headquarters in Tokyo at that time, said, "The reading is the highest ever, isn't it?"
But Yoshida brushed aside Muto's concerns, saying, "We have already seen readings like 1,500 and 2,00 microsieverts." "Now, we don't care about (radiation levels) at all."
On the morning of March 22 the same year, the nuclear plant's medical team said that emergency health examinations would be carried out on workers whose cumulative radiation doses had topped 100 millisieverts at the instructions of the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry's regional labor bureau in the northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, home to the crippled TEPCO plant.
The team went on to say that any worker with cumulative doses of over 100 millisieverts needed to undergo eight rounds of health checks in four weeks, according to the footage. A member of the team said that conducting such frequent health checks could help impede the work to contain the nuclear crisis.
The team also reported that it was talking with the Fukushima labor bureau so that the number of such health examinations would be reduced.
At that time, there was no doctor at the nuclear plant, and workers there had to go to TEPCO's Fukushima No. 2 nuclear plant, which is about 10 kilometers south of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, to take health examinations.
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FUKUSHIMA—Two parking lots in the city of Fukushima were declared off-limits to the public on May 7 after high concentrations of radioactive cesium were detected in the exposed soil there. Local authorities shut down the parking lots for emergency decontamination operations after a nonprofit organization found a maximum of 430,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium during a survey conducted between April 29-May 2 at the behest of local residents. The Citizen’s Radioactivity Measuring Station also detected a maximum level of airborne radiation at 3.8 microsieverts per hour, above the benchmark for evacuation, at the two sites. “It's the first time that soil with cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels was found on the grounds of an urban area, not in sludge accumulated in ditches," said a city official in charge of decontamination work. The CRMS measured exposed soil radiation levels at three locations in a parking lot for a municipal library and public hall in Matsuki, and at four locations in a parking lot for a prefectural library and museum in Moriai. The exposed soil had accumulated to a height of 1 to 3 centimeters around the edges of the parking lots or in sunken parts of the surface, mixed with fragments of dead leaves and other material. The survey at the Matsuki parking lot found radioactive cesium concentrations of 220,000 or more becquerels per kilogram of soil, with the highest level at 433,772 becquerels. The survey at the Moriai parking lot detected concentrations of 120,000 or more becquerels per kilogram, with the maximum level of 289,144 becquerels. Airborne radiation levels at a height of 1 meter ranged between 0.6 and 3.8 microsieverts per hour at the two sites. The CRMS was established in July 2011 after complaints were raised that the central and local governments were not offering sufficient monitoring systems. According to the Environment Ministry, the central government plans to dispose of sludge, incinerator ash and other substances with radioactive levels of more than 8,000 becquerels caused by the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. It plans to keep those containing radioactive levels of more than 100,000 becquerels at a temporary storage facility. After the nuclear disaster, decontamination operations were conducted in gutters and other areas at the Matsuki site and on grass at the Moriai site. But the parking lots themselves at the two sites were not decontaminated. In addition to visitors to the facilities, local residents, including students, usually enter the sites for walking and extracurricular activities. Ikuro Anzai, professor emeritus at Ritsumeikan University versed in radiation protection, has been involved in decontamination operations at nursery schools and other facilities in Fukushima city. Anzai warned that radiation hotspots still remain that were overlooked after decontamination work was conducted. “The public and private sectors must cooperate to keep people's exposure to radiation to a minimum by frequently measuring radiation levels and removing radioactive materials,” he said.
Originally posted by Wertwog
reply to post by Alekto
Lemmie guess, your method of entertainment is to come on forums like this and laugh at people who actually care about something. How hypocritically excellent of you. Speaking AS a girl, you are entitled to die by your own opinion so eat all the fuku-food you want. I hear the peaches and strawberries are excellent is you don't mind the basal-cell lymphoma.
Originally posted by qmantoo
False alarm, sorry!
edit on 7 May 2013 by qmantoo because: (no reason given)
What numbers are these isotopes found in the black stuff?
Yttrium isotopes are among the most common products of the nuclear fission of uranium occurring in nuclear explosions and nuclear reactors. In terms of nuclear waste management, the most important isotopes of yttrium are 91Y and 90Y, with half-lives of 58.51 days and 64 hours, respectively. Though 90Y has the short half-life, it exists in secular equilibrium with its long-lived parent isotope, strontium-90 (90Sr) with a half-life of 29 years.
If that figure of 400 tons is correct, then 1 cubic meter of water weighs 1 tonne ( cubic metre thats 400 cubic metres of water per day they have to dump somewhere...
TEPCO officials apparently never considered 400 tons of groundwater would flow into the reactor buildings on a daily basis.