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French System For Cleaning Fukushima Water Blamed For Leukemia, Polluted Beaches In Europe


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Radioactive waste: Dumped and Forgotten – Chris Busby, John Large, Greenpeace – Contamination in Europe [Posted by arclight2011]
Tuesday, 1 October 2013

French System For Cleaning Fukushima Water Blamed For Leukemia, Polluted Beaches In Europe フランスによる福島原発汚染水の浄化システムは、ヨーロッパでは(多数の)白血病を生じさせ、浜辺も汚染してしまっている。

訳出 gungho-dynamoApr. 25 2011

The process a French firm will use to clean Fukushima’s radioactive water has been blamed for a leukemia cluster in France and for polluted beaches and irradiated waters from the English Channel to the Arctic Sea.


 Areva SA has promised to remove up to 99.99 percent of the radioactive contaminants in 67,500 tons of water flooding the crippled Fukushima-Dai-ichi nuclear plant. It will use a co-precipitation method employed at its La Hague nuclear fuel reprocessing facility in Normandy.


That process has been documented in detail by a French nuclear expert and by the U.S. government, which has shunned France’s fuel reprocessing method because of “a non-proliferation concern and environmental concerns,” in the words of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko.

フ ランスの原子力専門家および米国政府によって、そのプロセスの詳細が文書化されているが、米国のNRC委員長グレゴリー・ヤツコの言を借りれば、「拡散抑 止の有効性に疑問があり」また「周囲の環境汚染にも懸念あり」という理由で、米国においては、そのフランスの燃料再処理法は忌避されている。

The water treatment process has been deplored by environmental groups including Greenpeace and Physicians for Social Responsibility in part because of the quality of cleaned water it produces:


France reprocesses reactor fuel at the vast La Hague facility on the Normandy coast. The so-called low-level liquid wastes from reprocessing are discharged into the English Channel and into the air. However, these “low-level” wastes still contain highly radioactive and often long-lived isotopes. Dumping these same wastes into the sea in containers would violate the 1970 London Dumping Convention.”

ア レヴァ社は、ノルマンディー沿岸にある大規模なラ・ハーグ処理施設で核燃料の再処理を行っている。再処理の結果、いわゆる低レベル廃棄物が英仏海峡と空気 中に放出されている。しかし、この低レベルの廃棄物には依然として高い放射能を持ち、往々にして半減期の長い放射性同位体が含まれているのだ。これらと同 じ廃棄物をコンテナにつめて海洋に投棄したら、1970年のロンドン(海洋投棄)条約に抵触することになるだろう。

Areva treats contaminated water from reactor cooling systems by injecting chemicals that bind to radioactive isotopes and settle out.


Areva has not revealed which chemicals it will use at Fukushima, but a 1995 report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy (pdf) details the process it uses at La Hague. According to DOE, Areva uses:


nickel and potassium ferrocyanide to capture cesium


barium sulfate to capture strontium


cobalt sulfide for ruthenium


titanium sulfate for antimony and other emitters of alpha radiation


Areva also uses hydroxides of sodium, manganese, titanium, and iron, according to other sources. The chemicals and radionuclides are removed from the water in a highly radioactive chemical sludge.



English Documentary on the Fukushima exclusion zone

Radioactivity in the trees – Fukushima forests found to be radioactive  9 Mar 2013

Two years after the triple calamities of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster ravaged Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast, forests that cover 70 percent of the Fukushima Prefecture have been found to contain high concentrations of radioactive cesium.

With traces revealed not only in the fallen leaves and soil, but in the trees themselves, the findings suggest that radiation has permanently found its way into the ecosystem.

The government has been already spending billions of dollars in decontaminating various towns in Fukushima, but the forests continue to emit radioactivity, putting the residents at risk. Scientists suggest cutting down the trees as soon as possible because the cesium will gradually be transferred to the earth itself.

Decontamination is a fallacy, as real decontamination is fully impossible. A Japan’s Government false promise made just to appease all the people living on those contaminated lands, to keep them hoping and not leaving. Those lies are quite criminal actually because it means publicly denying that a sanitary time-bomb exists from which many will slowly become hurt.

That decontamination comedyplay is huge money wasted in vain whereas such money could be put to more vital use, such as informing the citizens properly of the existing dangers, teaching them the needed safety measures, and implementing the necessary evacuations and resettlements.

And it is  aggravating also the dangers of contamination, by piling up anywhere waste and by moving those unwanted waste here and there and everywhere  and thus scattering the radiation wider and deeper with consequently added risks to the population.

Many residents are now suing TEPCO, the nuclear plant’s operator, for the impact the disaster has had on surrounding communities. It is estimated the power company will pay some about $400bn in cleanup costs and compensation. Al Jazeera’s Steve Chao reports from Fukushima.

Japanese Govt, today finally realizing the quagmire they are in, are now backtracking, but at the same unwilling to admit their own past lies and falses promises to the affected endangered population.

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TEPCO to raise electricity rates for corporate users by 17% from April 1

NationalJan. 18, 2012 – 07:15AM JST


Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on Tuesday announced that it will hike electricity bills for corporate users, starting April 1, to cover costs of switching to other forms of power.
TEPCO also said the extra revenue will be needed to compensate those evacuated for radiation risks, as well as the massive costs for shutting down the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant….
…Compensation for victims, decontamination expenses and costs for scrapping the plant are likely to balloon to trillions of more yen, and some taxpayer money has already been earmarked for a part of that bill…

Full Article and Comments Here….

building built with radioctive cement has 12 families living in it 1.24 m/serv

Gov’t to probe radioactive apartment block

National Jan. 17, 2012 – 06:43AM JST ( 24 )
Radiation fears have become part of daily life in Japan AFP
The government on Monday said it would investigate how an apartment had been built with radioactive concrete in the latest scare from the country’s ongoing nuclear crisis.
Radiation cesium levels of up to 1.24 microsieverts per hour were recorded in the building in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, 55 kilometers from the crippled power plant, local authorities said Sunday.
Local media reported that 12 families were living in the block.

how many more buildings were built around the same time?
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