[ RadSafe ] Japanese Local Governments Unsure of Future Nuclear Plans
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RRGWNYEnviro at aol.com
Mon Apr 25 09:57:51 CDT 2011
Japanese Local Governments Unsure of Future Nuclear Plans
By Helena Zhu
Epoch Times Staff : Apr 24, 2011 Last Updated: Apr 24, 2011
World > Asia Pacific
Japan's local governments are a lot less sure they want their communities
to live near nuclear power plants than before the Fukushima crisis. In a
recent poll by Kyodo News, out of 46 local governments, 19 said they are
undecided about whether to condemn or embrace existing or planned nuclear plants
in or near their jurisdictions.
A Kyodo News poll published Saturday shows that the governments want
further public and government input, before taking a decided stance on the
Thirty-seven percent of local governments said they would allow nuclear
plants to continue to operate, as long as certain conditions are met.
Only one government said Japan’s nuclear plants should be decommissioned,
according to The Mainichi Daily News.
The poll came out one day before Sunday’s nationwide local elections took
place, putting the spotlight on Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ruling
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the country’s 55 nuclear power plants.
DPJ fared poorly in elections two weeks ago, mainly over Kan’s handling of
the nuclear crisis. Calls for Kan to step down, after the crisis is
stabilized, have increased, including calls from DPJ members.
On Sunday, DPJ members ran for 10 mayoral and ward chief positions in the
elections. The outcome of these elections will affect Kan’s standing within
his own party, according to the report.
4 Trillion Yen Extra Budget
Kan’s Cabinet on Friday adopted a preliminary extra budget of 4.02
trillion yen (US$49 billion) for fiscal year 2011.
The government is struggling to come up with the funds needed for the
initial phase of reconstruction and cleanup from the natural disasters,
including stabilizing the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Kan is expected to draft a second supplementary budget to fund the
reconstruction, which began this month. Government officials said that the budget
could amount to more than 10 trillion yen (US$122 billion), which would
compel the government to issue new debt to pay for it, Kyodo News reported.
To handle the aftermath of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which was deemed
the worst crisis in Japan since World War II, Japan’s first extra budget is
already bigger than the three special budgets effectuated after the 1995
Kobe earthquake, which totaled 3.23 trillion yen.
Worker Radiation Exposure (dose)
Workers cleaning up the damaged Fukushima plant are being exposed to
increasingly higher levels of radiation with 30 workers having been exposed to
100 millisieverts of radiation, the Mainichi reported.
Police Begin First Search Near Japan's Nuclear Plant
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plants operator, released a nuclear
contamination map Saturday that shows significant radiation in 150 places around
the plant’s four reactors, Kyodo reported.
30 Japanese Workers at Fukushima Exposed to High Radiation
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Once again, no specific dose provided so what the workers have been
exposed to is anyone's guess. And what is the definition of safe? Is this
a dose that meets the regulatory limits in Japan? Is it a dose within the
250 mSv the workers are allowed for saving life? Are these whole body
exposures or extremity exposures, where there are higher limits? There is
nothing learned from this one sentence in the article. It is meaningless.
Sander C. Perle
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On 4/24/11 2:13 PM, "_RRGWNYEnviro_
(http://health.phys.iit.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/radsafe) > wrote:
>30 Japanese Workers at Fukushima Exposed to High Radiation
|April 23, 2011, Saturday
>Thirty workers at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan have been
>exposed to levels of radiation higher than the ones determined as safe.
>The news was reported Saturday by the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
>the NPP operator TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co).
>TEPCO further announced plans to build underground walls surrounding the
>damaged reactors in order to stop contaminated water from spreading in
>Workers will have to dig 15 meters down in the ground to reach dirt which
>is not permeable and build the walls from this point up.
>The Fukushima NPP sustained severe damage from the March 11 9-point
>magnitude on the Richter scale earthquake and following tsunami. TEPCO
>tons of sea and fresh water on the reactors in a cooling effort which
>leaks of contaminated water in the soil and the Pacific.
Very truly yours,
RRG: Ryokan Route Gento (Grand Mali Park)
WNY: West Noga (area) Yokohama
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