[Mainichi] Saitama city builds temporary storage for radiation-contaminated soil

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MISATO, Saitama — The municipal government here began building a temporary storage site in August for soil contaminated by radioactive materials released in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster, it has emerged.

The city had briefed nearby residents and the city council on its plans, but had not made a more public announcement.

According to the Misato Municipal Government, the temporary storage site is on the grounds of a municipal athletic facility in the city’s Kobo district. This month, the contaminated soil is set to be transported to the storage site from the city’s general waste disposal plant located south of the athletic facility’s parking lot.

There is approximately 700 cubic meters of soil that had been removed from 27 locations around the city in fiscal 2011, packed into 675 synthetic fiber bags. At the time the soil was collected, their radiation levels were on average 0.25 microsieverts per hour.

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[Mainichi] La ville de Saitama fabrique des dépôts provisoires de stockage de sols contaminés

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MISATO, Saitama — La municipalité a commencé en août la construction d’un centre de stockage provisoire de  sols contaminés par les matières radioactives libérées par la catastrophe de la centrale nucléaire N°1 de Fukushima.

La ville a mis au courant de ses plans les habitants alentours et le conseil municipal  mais n’a pas encore fait d’annonce publique plus large.

Selon les autorités municipales de Misato, le site provisoire de stockage est sur des terres d’un équipement sportif dans le quartier Kobo de la ville. Ce mois-ci, le sol contaminé est prêt à être transporté au site de stockage depuis la décharge municipale générale située au sud du parking de la structure sportive.

On a approximativement 700 mètres cubes de sol récupérés en 27 endroits autour de la ville durant l’année fiscale 2011, ils sont empaquetés dans 675 sacs en fibres synthétiques. Au moment où le sol a été ramassé, son niveau de radioactivité moyen était de 0,25 microsieverts par heure.
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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


December 2012