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Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US

While traveling in Japan several weeks ago, Fairewinds’ Arnie Gundersen took soil samples in Tokyo public parks, playgrounds, and rooftop gardens. All the samples would be considered nuclear waste if found here in the US. This level of contamination is currently being discovered throughout Japan. At the US NRC Regulatory Information Conference in Washington, DC March 13 to March 15, the NRC’s Chairman, Dr. Gregory Jaczko emphasized his concern that the NRC and the nuclear industry presently do not consider the costs of mass evacuations and radioactive contamination in their cost benefit analysis used to license nuclear power plants. Furthermore, Fairewinds believes that evacuation costs near a US nuclear plant could easily exceed one trillion dollars and contaminated land would be uninhabitable for generations.



3 Comments on "Tokyo Soil Samples Would Be Considered Nuclear Waste In The US"

  1. Kenz300 on Tue, 27th Mar 2012 12:00 am 

    The disaster at Fukishima continues today. We will not know the final cost of this disaster for decades to come. It is time to end this nuclear experiment and move to safe, clean alternative energy sources. Wind, solar, wave energy, geothermal and second generation biofuels made from algae, cellulose and waste are the future.
    Japan has shut down 53 of 54 nuclear power plants in the country. They have been getting along without them thru energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy sources.

  2. Ken Nohe on Tue, 27th Mar 2012 12:03 am 

    The problem of Japan is in Fukushima, not minute traces of radioactivity in Tokyo. Seeing risk everywhere, we’ll end up doing nothing useful.

    Over the last year, we’ve learned that the design of nuclear plants is not acceptable for Japan where the risk strong shaking and tsunami is almost everywhere. The result is that the country will get its first nuclear free summer. I am not looking forward to it!

  3. SilentRunning on Tue, 27th Mar 2012 12:37 am 

    I wonder if this Arnie Gundersen traveled with a radiation suit all the time in Japan – or more likely, they just wore regular clothes.

    The real problem areas in Japan are very, very bad. I expect the core area around Fukishima won’t be inhabited for 50 years. But even there, eventually radioactive decay and diffusion will gradually make it inhabitable.

    The worst part of this is that hundreds of billions of dollars in damage could have been prevented by spending a few tens of thousands of dollars.

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