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Japan is Poisoning Other Countries By Burning Highly-Radioactive Debris

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Fukushima to Burn Highly-Radioactive Debris

Fukushima will start burning radioactive debris containing up to 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. As Mainchi notes:

The state will start building storage facilities for debris generated by the March 2011 tsunami as early as May at two locations in a coastal area of Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Environment Ministry and town officials said Saturday.


About 25,000 tons of debris are expected to be brought into the facilities beginning in the summer, according to the officials.


If more than 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium are found per kilogram of debris, the debris will be transferred to a medium-term storage facility to be built by the state. But if burnable debris contains 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium or less, it may be disposed of at a temporary incinerator to be built within the prefecture, according to the officials.

Within the 20-km-radius no-go zone spanning across Naraha and five other municipalities along the coast, debris caused by the magnitude 9.0 quake and the subsequent tsunami has amounted to an estimated 474,000 tons, much of remaining where it is.

How much radiation is that? It is a lot. Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen has said that much lower levels of cesium - 5,000-8,000 bq/kg (20 times lower than what will be allowed to be burned at Fukushima) - would be sent to a special facility in the United States and buried underground for thousands of year. See this and this. It is comparable to the levels of radioactivity found within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. See this and this. And even the Japanese - who have raised acceptable levels of radiation to absurd levels - would normally demand that material with this radioactivity be encased in cement and buried:

According to plans by the Ministry of Environment, if the radioactive cesium concentration is less than 8,000 Bq/kg, then it is possible to dispose of it by burying it. Rubble that has 8,000 ~ 100,000 Bq must be encased in cement in order to prevent contact with water before being dumped. For rubble that exceeds 100,000 Bq, it must be encased in concrete walls and stored temporarily. The disposal place must be approved of by the Prefectural Governor.

In addition, some allege that debris surpassing 100,000 bq/kg of cesium will be burned, after being mixed with less-radioactive materials. And many of the incinerators are located smack dab in the middle of crowded cities, and are not equipped to contain radiation.

Other Parts of Japan Are Also Burning Radioactive Debris

And it's not just Fukushima. Tokyo and many other areas in Japan are burning radioactive debris as well. And see this.

Burning to Continue for for Years

Mainichi reports that the radioactive debris will be burned for years ... through at least March 2014.

Poisoning Other Countries

Burning radioactive debris does not destroy the radioactivity. It merely spreads it. Gundersen says that radioactivity from the burnt debris will end up not only in neighboring prefectures, but in Hawaii, British Columbia, Oregon, Washington and California. Gundersen said that burning radioactive debris is basically re-creating the Fukushima disaster all over again, as it is releasing a huge amount of radioactivity which had settled on the ground back into the air. Steven Starr – Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, who has advised numerous countries on issues of nuclear non-proliferation – writes:

Burning radioactive debris will only serve to further randomly spread radiation across Japan, as well as the rest of the world. Not only will this lead to more morbidity and mortality within Japan, but it will further complicate epidemiological studies of the Fukushima disaster. Raising “acceptable” levels of radioactive fallout is a false solution to a serious problem. It is possible for the government authorities to do this because radiation is invisible to us, and at lower doses, the consequences of exposure do not manifest themselves for some time . . . thus it is a poison that is easy to hide and ignore. Sadly, the children of Japan will be those most seriously affected by this man-made environmental catastrophe.

It is bad enough that radiation from Fukushima is spreading across the Pacific to the United States through air and water, that the Japanese are underplaying the enormous threat posed by the spent fuel pools, and that the Japanese have engaged in a massive cover-up of the severity of the Fukushima crisis. But intentionally burning radioactive debris to try to cover up the problem - and spreading radiation worldwide in the process - is an entirely separate affront. Postscript: In addition to burning radioactive debris, Japan intends to build tents over the leaking Fukushima reactors. While this sounds like a way to contain the radiation, it would actually funnel it straight up and spread it globally:

My reaction [to the announcement that the Fukushima nuclear operator would build giant tents over the reactors] was hope that the tents would at least keep radiation from spreading worldwide through the air, even if they didn’t do anything to prevent contamination of Japan’s groundwater or the Pacific Ocean.

But nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that the tents – while helping to protect workers at Fukushima – will actually increase the dispersion of radioactive gases. Specifically, Tepco will pump radiation out through stacks, which will push radiation up to a higher elevation, dispersing it even further around the world.

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Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:30 | 2329714 Bob
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How are they defining chemtrails?

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:56 | 2330379 benb
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The show must go on.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:25 | 2329035 goldnguns
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Lived just outside Tokyo for 4 years.  Near an incinerator that pumped out noxious crap 24/7.  They burned batteries, industrial and chemical waste, dead bodies, dead animals, and anything else you can imagine.  The American embassy protested, tested the soils, tested the air, and demanded they close it down.  Typical Japanese reaction of sucking teeth, followed by "oh so very sorree, prant owned by yakuza, and they pay rots and rots of taxes.  no can crose it down- you just move".  so we did.  Back to the US.  They lie to your face, they lie to their own people, they lie to themselves shaving in the morning.  Pox on em all.  WHEN the next quake hits, and WHEN the spent storage pool cracks and goes dry, japan may be the first governmental recipient of the Darwin award.  They did it all to themselves.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:04 | 2330278 Freddie
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Yakuza had their hand in Fukashima too.  They had the maint contract.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:09 | 2329936 nowhereman
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And, do you think it's any different here?


I didn't think so.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:09 | 2328981 Hexagon Sun
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The cascading catastrophe of death continues. We must put an end to it, starting with saving Spent Fuel Pool #4, currently the only thing separating us from a global radiological nightmare of unimaginable proportions.

I ask you all to please sign the following petition demanding that President Obama commission the Fukushima International Scientific Advisory Team, save Spent Fuel Pool #4, and stop Fukushima. It only takes a couple of minutes: you just need to register a WhiteHouse.Gov account using your name, email, and phone number. We need 25,000 signatures in the next 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Administration. Please, take a moment to sign the petition and share the link widely on social networks and other websites. The future depends on you.


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:01 | 2330267 Freddie
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Obama and an advisory team?  LOL!  A blue ribbon panel.  A Commission like the Warren Commission or the 9/11 Commission. 

This administration?  Good luck with that.  If you voted for the ***k then you are getting your reward now.  The USA is f***ed now thanks to Hope & Change - so let the world go down in a blaze of Jap MOX Plutionium.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:36 | 2330046 benslawyer
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Thanks for the link - I'm coming out of the paranoid closet and signing it.  The FEMA camps are probably for protection of government employees...

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:10 | 2329943 nowhereman
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Like all we need is another Czar.  That'll do the trick.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:33 | 2329721 Big Corked Boots
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Yeah. I'm going to surrender what little privacy I have by telling Obama who I am, where I can be reached, and demanding he do something for the rest of the world instead of something for his masters.

Then you sign off with a pollyanna bromide.

Newsflash for you: You're gonna get the future, good and hard. It'll be the same future for 99% of the global population. Don't waste everyone's time, your time, and my time by expecting the government to give a shit about you.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:37 | 2330051 FreeNewEnergy
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I have a friend who says he can small the future. Calls himself Nostrildamus.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:10 | 2328977 nothing can go wrogn
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George Carlin appears to be right...humans are a closed-end biological mistake. An evolutionary cul-de-sac.

The amount of mutations from Fukushima (and whatever the next plant to melt down is) will likely distort human DNA to a point where we simply go extinct.

Reminds me of that scene from Falling Down, with the guy standing in front of a bank carrying a sign that says "Not economically viable." Except in this case the sign would read "Not gentically viable."

Having a baby now becomes a form of russian roulette. Will you get a human or a monster?

"The planet'll shake us off like a bad case of fleas. A surface nuisance.”

That seems to be our reward for, like prometheus, stealing fire from the gods.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 21:08 | 2329931 Andy Lewis
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The Fly - not just a movie anymore.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:14 | 2329186 non_anon
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I recommend watching "A Boy and his Dog" from the '70's. Fallout. the game, is based on this movie.

A Boy and His Dog (full film)


also on Netflix

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:45 | 2329285 Jim in MN
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Harlan Ellison.  Read it all.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:36 | 2329244 Normalcy Bias
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The very funny ending alone, makes that one worth watching...

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:10 | 2329366 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The ending is pure genius.


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 19:12 | 2329668 non_anon
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yeah, I loved the ending too!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:11 | 2328990 Hexagon Sun
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"Having a baby now becomes a form of russian roulette. Will you get a human or a monster?"

Truth. +1


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:56 | 2329143 Gully Foyle
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I had a conversation with the BIL recently. He is moving from SOCAL to Bend Oregon.

I explained that Fukushima put a stop to house hunting in Washington for us. That Cancers from the radiation would increase during the next 20 years.

He then asked me how old I would be in 20 years. I am not young and already have Cancer.

I asked him how old his year old daughter would be in 20 years.

End of conversation.



Mon, 04/09/2012 - 20:33 | 2329852 non_anon
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yeah, I plan on moving from Cali to SD in a couple of months, not only this, but my business is no longer viable. I've tried to warn family and friends here in Cali, but they don't seem to care as radiation is not an immediate threat and invisible.

There is a saying in Japan that this is fate and nothing can be done about it.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:48 | 2330368 Freddie
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There is already higher traces of radiation in grapes in California.  I will not buy any food from there and thank goodness I am about as far away as I can be from CA. 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:16 | 2329208 DollarMenu
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Maybe it is Cosmic/Karmic payback for all the DU we've spread around Iraq.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:05 | 2328966 pitz
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Good thing SUKI (tm) RELIGION (SUKI (tm), The New World Religion (tm)) has spent the past 10-20 years making a big effort to diversify outside of Japan.  SUKI (tm) (motherfucking religion) now has almost 3 million members, and nearly half are outside of Japan. 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:34 | 2329423 sablya
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SUKI (tm) religion....lol...an urban legend in the making.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:52 | 2329132 WillyGroper
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Never have I heard anything sum this situation better!


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:57 | 2328934 Kassandra
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"On a long enough timeline.." Looks like the timeline's been irradiated.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:56 | 2328928 apberusdisvet
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The elite agenda of global depopulation is on schedule.  Within a mere 10 years, Japan will be toast, and the life expectancy on the US west coast will drop to 50.  Certainly will solve the unfunded liabilities of SocSec and Medicare.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:52 | 2328911 Westcoastliberal
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Meantime the U.S. Government will do NOTHING and say NOTHING (just like Sgt Shultz) because they're captive to the nuclear energy industry.  The only expert speaking out on this is Arnie Gundersen and if he starts getting too much MSM coverage I fear he'll go the same route as Matthews Simmons when he revealed the true problems beneath the Gulf caused by the BP disaster.

Thanks again, GW for bringing this to everyone's attention.  It's damn tragic.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:00 | 2329153 Gully Foyle
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Dude, Gunderson pointed out at the start of this crisis that those reactors would be vented into the air daily.

We have had daily release of radioctive materials in the air for over a year now.

Of course you can't measure that, hell it isn't even mentioned.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:48 | 2328902 TradingTroll
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Canadian asshat PM Harper wants free trade agreement with Japan. Forget the fact that all the other free trade agreements he has signed are secret. As he is an ex-economist let's try to see the value proposition.
1. Canada sells uranium to Japan, getting a few bucks
2. Instead of storing spent uranium, Japan burns and spews back to Canada, causing megabucks in pollution.

Genocide and crime against humanity is too light a definition

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:36 | 2329422 oddjob
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Free trade is for corporations and nobody else. Just shut up and pay your duties to deviants.


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:47 | 2328890 Arnold Ziffel
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But Al Gore said we should focus on global warming and leave our friend, Japan, alone.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:04 | 2329165 Bicycle Repairman
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The silence of Al Gore and his cohorts regarding this issue speaks volumes.  It is clearly the greatest man-made ecological disaster in history.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:50 | 2329457 hmmtellmemore
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A bit of a low blow.  Uranium reactors are an idea that just won't die fast enough, I think all of us can agree.  OTOH, Thorium reactors are safer and provide more energy.  So, I'd imagine Al Gore would say "Do as the Indians & Chinese are doing, and build thorium reactors & solar PV plants."  Or at least, thats what he should say.

Tue, 04/10/2012 - 07:37 | 2330126 Bicycle Repairman
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It isn't a low blow, because "Mr. Eco" says NOTHING.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:46 | 2328883 Curt W
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Dr. Yamashita of the Atomic bomb research center tells local people of northern Japan "Effects of radiation don't come to happy people, they come to the weak spirited"

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 23:30 | 2330331 Diogenes
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See how happy Dr. Yamashita looks with a fuel rod shoved up his ass.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:48 | 2329119 vato poco
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All they gotta do is take up Ghost Dancing, and *believe*!! Them bullets'll pass right through 'em, cause they gots FAITH!

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:39 | 2328858 Bunga Bunga
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The solution for polution is dilution.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:50 | 2329459 Stuck on Zero
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Government definition of cleanup: collect all the material and dump it somewhere else.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:37 | 2328844 AnAnonymous
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Man made disaster. What sheer propaganda. Just like global warming.

Signed: a US citizen

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 16:15 | 2329205 Normalcy Bias
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Chinese citizenism slave, what do your masters pay you for your 3rd rate trolling? A small bowl of rice and a little dog meat?


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:41 | 2329092 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Natural disaster. Just like pollution of Yellow River and Yangtze River. Just like pan-continental blobbing up of Chinese citizenism.

Signed: a Chinese citizenism citizen


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:47 | 2329111 AnAnonymous
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The increased pollution in China has the same causes as the Japanese radiation spread.

That is the sign indeed that US citizenism is spreading in China as chinese citizenism leads to the same conclusion as US citizenism.

Hey, that is the key, chinese citizenism is the same as US citizenism.

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 18:45 | 2329593 Bob
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Yes.  Assholism is eternal. 

Finally you've made sufficient progress to stop calling it american citizenism. 

Unless you just gotta be an asshole.

This may be that now or never moment, ananonomous buddy. 

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:56 | 2329145 TheFourthStooge-ing
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AnAnonymous said:

Hey, that is the key, chinese citizenism is the same as US citizenism.

That is why I see through your charade. You actually embrace US citizenism, and are a big proponent of it. The only difference is that when you benefit from it, it is Chinese citizenism, otherwise, condemn it as US citizenism.

Very can kicking indeed...


Mon, 04/09/2012 - 14:36 | 2328841 Everybodys All ...
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anyone wonder what our EPA is doing ???

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 15:30 | 2329048 lakecity55
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Yes, they are raising the "safe" level of radiation exposure.

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