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Japan Cities Face Growing Radioactive Ash, Troubles Ahead

By Kiyoshi Takenaka – (Reuters) – “In the Japanese city of Ohtawara, more than 100 km (62 miles) southwest of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, 400 tones of radioactive ash have piled up at a garbage incineration plant, which will run out of protected storage space in two weeks.

Further south, the city of Kashiwa has been forced to temporarily shut a high-tech incinerator because its advanced technology that minimizes the amount of ash produced has the side-effect of boosting the concentration of radiation.

Ohtawara and Kashiwa are just two of a growing number of municipalities across northern Japan that face similar problems after the Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant, devastated by a huge March quake and tsunami, began spewing radiation into the atmosphere in the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

Although the government aims to bring the Fukushima crisis under control by December, researchers say that problems arising from the radiation, scattered over mountains, rivers and residential areas, are set to persist for years.” Read more.

Fukushima Government to Push Fukushima Rice in Restaurants and Schools – “Now that the rice from all districts and cities in Fukushima Prefecture are declared ‘safe’ (i.e. below the provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium), the Fukushima prefectural government is gearing up for the PR campaign it plans to mount to promote Fukushima rice in restaurants and school lunches and to consumers in the Tokyo metropolitan area… The NHK article has an accompanying news clip, where you get to see how the ‘testing’ was done at the Fukushima prefectural government. A government worker is waving a scintillation meter over a plastic bag that contains a small amount of brown rice. He spends about 2 seconds at most for each bag. If you recall, waving a scintillation meter over the meat cow was how they were testing the meat for radiation at first. We know how that ended up.” Read more.

Radioactive roadside mud in Tokyo measured at 3.60 uSv/hr – “On 16 Oct., 2011, I measured radiation in MIZUMOTO PARK, in Katsushika ward, Tokyo, Japan. The monitoring place is only 15 km from the center of Tokyo, 220 km from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear power plant. The monitor indicates 0.29 or 0.30 micro Sievert per hour in air at chest hight, 3.60 micro Sievert per hour at ground level, on roadside mud. Measuring instrument is made of Ukraine, ECOTEST MKS-05.” Source.

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