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福島県の観光をPR 中国・広州で県上海事 via 福島放送

博覧会を訪れる世界各国の観光・旅行関連関係者に本県の観光資源をアピールし、本県への観光誘致につなげる考え。
県の担当者がパネルやパンフレットで温泉、食、文化など県内観光地の魅力を紹介している。
併せて、本県の復興状況や食品の放射性物質対策も説明している。
県によると、来場者から「中国では福島県一帯で放射線量が高いように思われているが、実際はそうではないことが分かった」「福島には日本の原風景が残っている。
ぜひ訪れてみたい」などの声が寄せられているという。

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British scientists tested dead Australians for nuclear radiation via Australian Times.co.uk

Startling evidence that British scientists secretly tested up to 21,830 dead young Australians, without the knowledge of their parents, for radiation contamination following nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s.
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The author of Maralinga, Frank Walker, laid his hands on minutes of a top secret UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment meeting in England on 24 May 1957 approving a program to determine the long-term effects of the tests on Australia and its citizens.

In his book, Walker describes how officials at the meeting, chaired by Professor Ernest Titterton, decided to first obtain soil samples from pasture regions near Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to check for fallout from the nine nuclear bombs detonated at Maralinga in the Australian Outback and the Monte Bello Islands, off WA.

The group also sought to collect animal bones from the regions around where the nuclear explosions were carried out.

In the document, the professor says that the final phase of testing would be to determine if Strontium-90 was being absorbed by the Australian population – most likely through the food chain.

“We have to find out if Strontium-90 is entering the food chain and getting into humans,” says the document.

The scientists then agreed to start testing the bones of dead Australian infants and children for radiation contamination.

Acting on these orders, hundreds of bones from the bodies of 21,830 dead babies, infants, children, teenagers and young adults across Australia were collected without the knowledge of their parents, according to Adelaide newspaper, The Advertiser.

In a 2001 report to then federal health minister, Michael Wooldridge, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency said it had detected varying levels of Strontium-90 in the bone ash samples it had collected from hospitals in Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.
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“Two major test series were conducted at the Maralinga site: Operation Buffalo and Operation Antler. The site was also used for hundreds of minor trials, many of which were intended to investigate the effects of fire or non-nuclear explosions on atomic weapons.

“The site was contaminated with radioactive materials and an initial cleanup was attempted in 1967. The McClelland Royal Commission, an examination of the effects of the tests, delivered its report in 1985 and found that significant radiation hazards still existed at many of the Maralinga test areas. It recommended another cleanup, which was completed in 2000 at a cost of $108 million. Debate continued over the safety of the site and the long-term health effects on the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land and former personnel. In 1994, the Australian Government paid compensation amounting to $13.5 million to the local Maralinga Tjarutja people.”

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Fukushima governor accepts ‘temporary’ radioactive waste storage via ABC News

The governor of Fukushima has agreed to accept the “temporary” storage of radioactive waste from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Yuhei Sato has been cajoled with the promises of subsidies if he accepts a Japanese 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,” Mr Sato told central government ministers in Tokyo.

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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 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.

Mr Sato’s acquiescence came after prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government offered subsidies worth more than 300 billion yen ($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 power plant.

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.

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Fukushima governor gives go-ahead for intermediate storage facility for radioactive waste.(from The Asahi Shimbun)
Fukushima okays nuke waste storages in return for almost $3bn in subsidies (from the Los Angeles Times)

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Russian scientists to develop technology to develop nuclear waste removal technology for Fukushima via Ria novosti

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) – Russian nuclear scientists are developing the technology to clear Fukushima’s radioactive waste of tritium, Sergei Florya, project manager at radioactive waste management enterprise RosRAO told RIA Novosti.
“We offer unique combined technology, unlike our western colleagues. Thanks to this, we are able to achieve better production economy. The Radium Institute will develop the technology and RosRAO will build and operate the installation. The location has not been chosen yet. We are currently working on an agreement with the project’s office in Japan and we’ll get to work as soon as we’ve discussed all the details,” he said, adding that the project is expected to be finished within a year and a half.
Japanese authorities have chosen RosRAO as one of three companies to help treat and dispose of the radioactive waste accumulated after the Fukushima disaster, the others being US company Kurion and nuclear alliance GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada.
Each company is expected to receive 1 billion yen ($9.6 million) for their work, which they are due to submit by the end of March 2016.
“For the first time in history, we have a situation where such a high volume of radioactive liquid – 800,000 cubic meters – is concentrated in one place. The level of tritium here is 10,000 times greater than the maximum limit set by the World Health Organization. The cleanup technology currently used in Fukushima makes it possible to clean the waste of cesium and strontium, but not of tritium,” Florya said.

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自民党のIPアドレスでWikipediaの原発津波対策に関する記述を書き換えていたことが判明 via Livedoor News

自民党のIPアドレス「210.226.6.11」で、Wikipediaの原発に関する記述が編集されていたことが明らかになった。

自民党のIPアドレスで編集されていることが判明したのは、自民党の二階俊博氏に関するページで、二階氏が経産相在任中だった2006年3月の国会で福島第一原子力発電所などにおける津波対策の不備を指摘されたときの二階氏の対応に関する記述。

Wikipediaの編集履歴によれば、二階氏が質問者の日本共産党の吉井英勝氏に原発の安全対策を約束したとの記載に加え、「どのような対策を行ったのかは定かではない。その5年後、2011年に福島第一原子力発電所事故が発生した」と、当初は記述されていた。

し かし、2011年9月に自民党のIPアドレスでこの記述は消され、代わりにに「2010年6月、自民党は津波対策法を国会に提出するが、民主党の無関心か ら審議に入らないまま、2011年に福島第一原子力発電所事故が発生。震災後与野党が合意し、法案が成立。二階が中心的役割を果たした」と書き加えられて いる。

続きは自民党のIPアドレスでWikipediaの原発津波対策に関する記述を書き換えていたことが判明

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Nuclear Waste Is Allowed Above Ground Indefinitely via The New York Times

As the country struggles to find a place to bury spent nuclear fuel, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has decided that nuclear waste from power plants can be stored above ground in containers that can be maintained and guarded indefinitely.

The decision, in a unanimous vote of the commission on Tuesday, means that new nuclear plants can be built and old ones can expand their operations despite the lack of a long-term plan for disposing of the waste.

The chairwoman of the commission, who voted with the majority but dissented on certain aspects, said Friday that the vote risked allowing Congress to ignore the long-term problem.

“If you make the assumption that there will be some kind of institution that will exist, like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, that will assure material stays safe for hundreds or thousands of years, there’s not much impetus for Congress to want to deal with this issue,” the chairwoman, Allison M. Macfarlane, said Friday. “Personally, I think that we can’t say with any certainty what the future will look like. We’re pretty damned poor at predicting the future.”

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The commission approved a generic environmental impact statement, under which nuclear activities can continue, but did not address the impact to the environment if the stored nuclear waste were abandoned, which would leave it vulnerable to attack or allow the containers to break down.

Ms. Macfarlane said it was wrong to predict institutional control indefinitely. “Best not to say anything about something so uncertain,” she said, “and just to work with what we can know for sure.”

For decades the commission has allowed nuclear plants to operate under what it called its waste confidence rule, which said that although there was no repository, there would most likely be one by the time it was needed, and in the interim, the storage of the highly radioactive waste in spent fuel pools or in dry casks would suffice. But in June 2012, a court ruled that the commission had not done its homework in studying whether the waste could be stored on an interim basis. As a result, the commission froze much of its licensing activity two years ago.

On Tuesday, however, the commission approved a finding by its staff that waste could be stored — as opposed to disposed of — indefinitely. The vote was 4-0.

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In coming years the agency will need to reconfigure its staff to handle a different problem: an increased number of plants shutting down and entering the decommissioning process, Ms. MacFarlane said. And, she said, the commission needs to rewrite its rules for decommissioning plants. For example, she said, once the nuclear fuel has been removed from a reactor core, the security requirements at the plants should probably be relaxed because the risk is reduced.

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原発作業員 待遇改善求め東電を初提訴へ via NHK News Web

福島第一原子力発電所で事故対応の工事などに携わっている作業員たちが、待遇が被ばくの危険を伴う業務に見合っていないと主張して、東京電力などに改善を求める訴えを起こすことになりました。
廃炉に向けて長期的な人員の確保が課題になるなか、現場の作業員の待遇について東京電力の責任が初めて司法の場で争われることになります。

訴えを起こすのは、福島第一原発で事故対応の工事に当たっている下請け企業の従業員の男性ら4人です。
男 性らは放射能に汚染された水をためるタンクの配管工事などに携わってきましたが、賃金などの待遇が被ばくの危険を伴う業務に見合っていないと主張して、東 京電力などに1人当たりおよそ1000万円の支払いを求める訴えを、今月3日に福島地方裁判所いわき支部に起こすことを決めました。
現場の作業員の待遇を巡って、東京電力は去年11月、元請け企業に支払う人件費を日額で1万円増やす対策を発表しましたが、下請け企業で働く男性らの賃金は今も変わっていないということです。
廃炉に向けた作業には1日当たり3000人から6000人の作業員が必要とされ、長期的な人員の確保に向けて待遇の改善が大きな課題となるなかで、東京電力の責任が初めて司法の場で争われることになります。

作業員「言いたいことが言える環境に」

訴えを起こすことを決めた30代の作業員の男性は、「汚染水を入れる配管の交換などをすると被ばく量が1か月で4ミリシーベルトを超え る時もあり、将来、病気にならないか不安だ。待遇に不満があっても勤め先の会社から仕事をもらえなくなると思い、これまでは主張できなかった。裁判をきっ かけに作業員が言いたいことが言える環境にしたい」と話しています。

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中間貯蔵施設受け入れ首相に伝える 福島知事が面会 via 朝日新聞

東京電力福島第一原発事故に伴う除染で出た福島県内の汚染土などを保管する中間貯蔵施設をめぐり、佐藤雄平県知事は1日午後、首相官邸で安倍晋三首相と会い、同県大熊、双葉2町での建設を受け入れる考えを伝えた。その上で搬入開始から30年以内に汚染土を県外で最終処分することの法制化などを強く求めた。

佐藤知事は「地元に大きな負担を強いるが、県の一日も早い環境回復と復興実現のため、苦渋の決断をした」と述べた。安倍首相は「苦渋の決断と十分認識している。皆さんと一丸となって福島の復興に全力を尽くしたい」と応じた。

佐藤知事は同日午前に福島市内で石原伸晃環境相と根本匠復 興相に建設受け入れの方針を伝えた。ただ、その際に「搬入を受け入れるかどうかは別の判断だ」と指摘。①30年以内に汚染土を県外で最終処分する法案の成 立②総額3010億円の交付金の予算化③搬入ルートの維持管理や周辺対策の明確化④施設と輸送の安全性の確保⑤政府が県と大熊、双葉2町との間で安全協定 を結ぶ――の5点が確認できて初めて搬入を認める考えを示した。石原環境相は「国としてしっかり対応する」と答えた。

政府は来年1月の搬入開始を目標としている。

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Fukushima governor gives go-ahead for intermediate storage facility for radioactive debris via Asahi Shimbun

FUKUSHIMA–Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato said on Aug. 30 that his prefecture will accept the central government’s plan to construct an intermediate storage facility in Okuma and Futaba for radioactive debris from cleanup work due to the nuclear disaster.

He made the announcement after meeting here with mayors of the two towns that are jointly hosting the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

“I made a painful decision. I decided to accept the construction,” Sato told reporters after the meeting.

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When the facility is completed, radioactive soil and debris, which have been temporarily placed in various parts of the prefecture at present, will be transported there. This will allow the decontamination efforts to be accelerated, since local opposition to temporary storage sites has impeded the buildup of the contaminated materials.

However, of the more than 2,000 landowners who will be contacted in regards to the storage facility, some are reluctant to sell or lease their land. Therefore, the focus from now is whether they will accept the government’s offers.

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原発避難者へ初の復興住宅 福島市 via 朝日新聞

東京電力福島第一原発事故で全村避難中の飯舘村民のための復興公営住宅が福島市飯野町に完成し、31日に落成式があった。復興庁によると、原発事故避難者の復興公営住宅は初めて。

 「飯野町団地」は木造2階建て住宅23戸で、高校生以下の子を持つ「子育て世代」が対象。総事業費9億3378万円のうち、7億4570万円は国の交付金をあてる。すでに16世帯65人の入居が決まっている。
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居住制限区域の飯樋町地区から福島市吉倉の借り上げ住宅に避難している会社員佐藤隆一さん(38)は、妻と小中学生の娘3人とともに団地に移り住む。いまよりも部屋が一つ増え、村立小中への通学時間も半分以下になるという。佐藤さんは「不安もあるが、楽しみ。子どもと安心して暮らせると思う」と話した。

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