Arnie Gundersen/ Fairewinds Energy Education & Christopher Busby/ scientific advisor to the Low Level Radiation Campaign (LLRC)
Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear power industry executive, warns that radioactive contamination is spreading by distribution of tsunami debris to other regions in Japan. He states that radiation level allowed by the Japanese government for incineration is what is considered to be “radioactive waste” by the US government, which is to be disposed in the underground for thousands of years.
Christopher Busby, a scientist and a former member of the British government sponsored Defence Oversight Committee on Depleted Uranium, states that distribution and incineration of radioactive rubble will increase cancer rate in Japan.
“Moving Rubble to Western Japan is a Mistake”
Tomoya Yamauchi, Radiation Physicist, Professor, Kobe University
(2012/03/16 Asahi Shimbun)
”Moving radioactive material is a mistake. I think it most important for the future of Japan to preserve uncontaminated areas and to protect as many people as possible from radiation exposure. However small quantity radioactive substances in rubble is, they will be concentrated and turned into contaminated ashes if incinerated.
Their diffusion through exhaust fumes is another concern. The Japanese government says incineration facilities are equipped with dioxin filters that remove almost 100% of radioactive substances from exhaust fumes and that we do not need to worry about their emission in the atmosphere. It also states that the concentration of radioactive substances in fumes was not detected.
However, the reason it was not detected was because the measurement time was inadequately short. Even if as much as 99.9% of the substances could be removed, as the Japanese government says, it does not mean that their emission has been completely prevented. Even though the concentration might be small, the amount of exhaust fumes coming out from the incinerator could be in large amounts. Therefore, a significant amount of radioactive substances could be discharged. The level of radiation exposure to surrounding populations might be small at first, but it will lead to spreading the contamination.”
Safety Standard for Tsunami Debris Disposal
According to Ministry of the Environment Japan
“If radioactive cesium concentration is lower than or equal to 8,000 becquerel/kg, debris can be used for landfill as regular waste…If it is lower than or equal to 240 becquerel/kg, it can be incinerated in the stoker furnace. If it is lower than or equal to 480 becquerel/kg, it can be incinerated in the fluid bed furnace.”
“It was confirmed that 99.92 – 99.99% cesium would be removed by a bug filter equipped with the furnace and 96.65 – 99.62% by an electric dust collector.”
Update on Distribution of Tsunami Debris in Japan
as of May 22nd, 2012 /Ministry of the Environment Japan data.
Prefectures Which Started Receiving Tsunami Debris: Tokyo, Yamagata, Aomori, Akita, Shizuoka, Fukuoka (where Kitakyushu city is located in the south island of Japan)
Prefectures Which Decided to Receive Tsunami Debris: Hokkaido, Niigata, Ibaraki, Gunma, Tochigi, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Osaka, Shiga, Kyoto, Hyogo, Tottori, Yamaguchi, Ehime, Okinawa
More prefectures are considering to accept tsunami debris.
Please voice your opinion & concern to the City of Kitakyushu, the Mayor, Kenji KITAHASHI. The local residents who are at the front line to stop further radioactive contamination in the south island of Japan. The local residents definitely appreciate your support from outside of Japan like you. The Mayor will have the town hall meeting with the local residence in May 25th 2012. Cinema Forum Fukushima will keep you posted progress of this ongoing event.
**Please send your voice to the mayor of Kitakyushu, Kenji KITAHASHI , at the Mayor office phone number +81-93-582-2127, or +81-93-582-2411. Leave your comment to the Kitakyushu Mayor’s office website, and see English translated instruction. To fax the mayor at +81-93‐562-0701 via internet free fax services!
*** Kitakyushu City Town Hall Meeting Flyer in May 25th 2012 from 18:30 to 20:30.