via / September 1, 2014 / The governor of disaster-struck Fukushima agreed on Monday (Sep 1) to accept the “temporary” storage of nuclear waste from the Japanese accident, paving the way for an end to a years-long standoff.workers-move-waste-containing-radiated-soil-leaves-and-debris-from-the-decontamination-operation-at-a-storage-site-in-naraha-town-near-the-fukushima-nuclear-campus

Yuhei Sato has been cajoled and lavished with the promises of subsidies if he accepts a central government plan to build a depot on land near the battered Fukushima Daiichi plant.

“I have made an agonising decision to accept plans to construct temporary storage facilities in order to achieve recovery in the environment as soon as possible,” Sato told central government ministers in Tokyo.

The worst nuclear accident in a generation erupted in March 2011 when a huge tsunami swamped the plant on Japan’s northeast coast, flooding cooling systems and sending reactors into meltdown.

The resulting plumes of radiation contaminated areas far and wide, rendering a swathe of Fukushima uninhabitable, perhaps for generations, and forcing tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Tokyo’s solution has been to try to scrub the radiation from the affected areas, often by lifting topsoil in the hope that contamination levels will go down. This has left the thorny problem of what to do with all the waste, with no community in Japan prepared to accept its permanent storage.

The government’s answer has been to seek a temporary fix while it works on getting a long-term plan in place. While observers have long said the area around Fukushima is the only viable option, people already displaced have seen it as unacceptable because it would in effect finalise the abandonment of their communities.

Sato’s acquiescence came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government offered subsidies worth more than ¥300 billion (US$2.9 billion), including land rent for the facility location. Under the plan, the government will build storage units on an area of 16 square kilometres near the still-fragile power plant.

SOURCE: Channel News Asia

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  1. A bribe is a bribe is a bribe.

    “””Yuhei Sato has been cajoled and lavished with the promises of subsidies if he accepts a central government plan to build a depot on land near the battered Fukushima Daiichi plant.”””

  2. Frankly, close the the source IS the best place to put this waste. As close as possible to the melted-down plants. Concentrate the contamination as much as possible.

    Of course, we all know they aren’t going to find a solution to their nuclear waste problem after the thirty year lease is up, or ever. But they might as well store it where it is already uninhabitable, rather than rendering another area useless.

  3. Fukushima Crisis Continues, Was Worse Than First Reported
    By William Boardman, Reader Supported News
    01 September 14

    Nobody in the world knows how to dispose of radioactive waste safely and permanently. That’s a given. The Japanese central government is presumably aware that anything it does with still the unmeasured but vast amount of radioactive waste from Fukushima’s six nuclear power generators will be temporary. Leaving it in place is not an option. So Tokyo announced on August 29 that the Fukushima waste would be stored for 30 years in Fukushima prefect, in an “interim facility” to be built probably in nearby Okuma or Futaba (now evacuated).

    continued …

  4. I am still amazed how the mainstream me f is has just forgotten about trustworthy disaster. Now my neighboring idiotic state of Utah continues to pursue a nuclear plant only 100 miles from where I live and we need to do all we can to stop it whatever it takes!

  5. why are we even still messing with this stuff when we don’t even know how to dispose of it
    safely? For years back in in the 60’s thru the 90’s I was watching documentaries on how they were just dumping drums of this crap into the oceans world wild in just metal 55 gal drums. !
    We are all dying a slow miserable death because of the greed of the goverments nad companies that run these deathtraps—–the bad thing is there is NO WHERE TO HIDE from it all.

  6. All is well, not to worry, just believe what they tell you, “that all is well, and not to worry.” And then comes along a story where Tokyo was nearly evacuated on 9/5/2014 because of an UNNOTICED heavily contaminated high concentration of radiation from the Fukushima disaster. Hey, all is well, not to worry.

    • You need to work on your reading comprehension.

      The unnoticed “second plume” was on 3/21/11 not 9/5/2014. The news article is from 9/5/2014.

      • Really Diemos do you think I am about to engage in a trading of insult for insult match with you?

        3 years later they are reporting on an unnoticed second plume. So just how many other unnoticed “events” have not been reported from Tepco or the media either MSM or alternate between 3/11/2011 and now? The Pacific Ocean is dying, yet they want us to believe all is well, no fallout from Fukushima … I also refuse to be brain trained by the big wigged owned news media.

        Japan’s economy is contracting, Fukushima cleanup workers are not being paid.

        Had to wear masks in the courtroom for fear of “”reprisals”” from their employers. If everything was just fine and dandy why would these workers fear for their lives in the courtroom? Why is it, since the “”mind controllers”” want us to believe there is no danger from the fallout, does Japan have that vile secrecy law/s threatening anyone in Japan who reports any malady from the Fukushima coverup nuclear disaster, with jail time? Why is that, if everything is just peachy like the controlled media want the brain controlled public to believe?

        3/11/2011 and still out of control as of 9/10/2014 with no plausible fix on the table – no resolution in sight – and they want to propagandize the dumbed downed mere commoner world citizenry that everything is just peachy keen, fine and dandy. Really Diemos.

        • I think you should retract your completely false statement, “Tokyo was nearly evacuated on 9/5/2014”.

          • How does quoting the Brisbane Times make ** Tokyo was nearly evacuated **: ( A ) how is it my statement? ( B ) how can I retract a statement that former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan told the Queenslanders in Australia on 8/28/2014?

            And I’m going to believe former Prime Minister Kan’s statement and emphasize it even more, rather than retracting that quote of of Kan’s. How many other unknown instances will become known in the future?


          • Ah. I see. You didn’t mean to say that “Tokyo was nearly evacuated on 9/5/2014″ you meant to say that an article was published on 9/5/2014 saying that tokyo had nearly been evacuated on March 2011.

            That’s very different.

          • @Diemos get a life or bugger off no one wants to hear the rubbish you spout

  7. Senior Scientist: Fukushima reactors like Swiss cheese; No one knows how far melted nuclear fuel has spread — Newspaper: Highly radioactive water thought to be coming up from ground and directly into open ocean, bypassing plant’s bay; ‘Other substances’ making contamination more serious.

    Nothing to fret about, no-sir-ee-bob.

  8. The Terminal Madness of the End Times

    A Jeff Rense video interviewing Australian Dr. Joseph Chiappalone, that in my humble opinion is spot on. You’ve got 15 minutes, think it will be well worth your time.


    September 11th, 2014

    TEPCO announced the completion of the installation of an 80 meter wide underground zeolite wall at Fukushima Daiichi. This wall’s purpose is to block strontium 90 that leaked into the soil from migrating to the sea. A leak of highly contaminated water from the H4 tank farm caused the problem.

    We submitted a plan to IRID in their first round of public requests for ideas towards dealing with the challenges at Fukushima Daiichi. One of our submissions included using this technology to contain underground strontium 90 leaks at the plant. The original concept was based on a similar underground wall at the West Valley nuclear site. Details about our plan design can be found here.

    TEPCO mentions a combination of zeolite and apatite, a mineral similar in composition to teeth and bone as being used to fill the underground wall. Work on the full wall began in June of this year and has just been completed. A process of drilling holes, packing them with zeolite then concreting over the top was done to complete the wall. TEPCO will monitor the zeolite to check for exhaustion of the material. If it becomes too saturated with strontium 90, it can be removed and replaced.

    More details and diagrams can be found in the English machine translation below: (insert mine: pdf file)

  10. We can do lots of things with the waste. We can use the waste into our gardens and we can use it for the purpose of producing power.

    • You can put it in your garden if you want but it won’t stay there….It has a tendency to just bio-acumulate into whatever you grow
      So any foodstuff grown will be tainted and thus harmful at the atomic level….causing all sorts of ailments not just cancers…..

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