Japanese Environment Ministry spreading “objective data” about debris in brochures

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Many  local governments need to tackle the difficult task of obtaining the consent of local residents, who fear the debris may be contaminated with radioactive substances.  So to help assist the Environment Ministry created a brochure that said residents will be exposed to radiation dosages of 0.01 millisievert or less per year. The figure is one one-hundredth of the annual dose limit for the general public, even for residents living near a disposal site where ashes from incinerated debris are buried.

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“There’s no other way but to obtain [residents’] understanding by showing objective data,” a senior ministry official said.

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Residents have continued to voice concerns over health risks posed by the potentially contaminated debris and the possible impact that safety worries may have on demand for locally produced tea, the prefecture’s principal export.  It is understandable that a community known for exporting would not want to potentially risk the penalties and shame that would come after finding that their products had in fact been affected and they were after all deceived.

“Nuclear power plants have been considered safe. Nevertheless, a major accident [in Fukushima Prefecture] broke out. We can’t believe the central government’s safety standards,” one resident said.

 

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Source: Yomiuri

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  1. The biggest risk now with nuclear power is almost anyone can cause a meltdown. WE know from TMI that a switch out of position can cause a meltdown; it is easy for a person with basic electronics to get hired on at a plant and screw with switches and relays. A person spending about $5,000.00 could wire in wireless remote controls to change readings at will. Also I have read about sun surge in 1860’s that was so massive that the electrical surge was so high that it will take out all electrical power including battery, generators and main power grid. This was many times greater than the surge that hit the Quebec power grid several years ago that toke it out. This could mean that all the plants in the world facing the sun when the surge hits will go into a meltdown all at the same time could be over 50 plants involved. These plants are vulnerable to cosmic events including comet showers. But this does not stop the industry I do not know what will other then demanding the leaders of each country shut them down no courts involved.

  2. Note: They knew of high tsunami:
    If they had to upgrade for higher tsunami, would they have built them because of the cost. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4_gSFrxvPM&feature=youtu.be
    Arnie Gunderson states that to make these plants safe enough would make them none compatible in the industry. The General contractor for building of a plant should be held responsible for all aspects of the construction and safety to the public. They claim there is no history of tsunami as large as the one on March 11, 2011, well are they not allow for a comet hitting the ocean and causing a tsunami of almost any size physically possible. In June 15, 1896: A tsunami with waves up to 30 metres high pounds the east coast of Japan around Yoshihimama, leaving about 27,000 dead.

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