Spreading contamination in west coast- radioactive food is distributing, contaminated sludge is recycled to be cement

Niigata prefecture is one of the largest rice producing districts located in the west coast of Japan, but they are aggressively taking radioactive material for some reason.

Fukushima Diary has been reporting “450 Bq/Kg from mushroom in west coast of Japan [Link1]” and “54 Bq/Kg of cesium from wild boar in west coast of Japan [Link2]”
According to Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 4.9 Bq of Cs-137 was measured from spinach sold in Niigata on 12/30/2012 again. The spinach was from Saitama prefecture.
Also, 2.8 Bq/Kg of Cs-137 was measured from dried potato on 12/31/2012. 7.2 Bq/Kg of Cs-137 was measured from lotus roots on 12/31/2012. Both of them are from Ibaraki prefecture.
Niigata prefecture is forward to sell food produced in the main contaminated area.

It’s not only food.

As an evidence that fallout reached west coast, the water purification plant produces radioactive sludge. On 1/9/2013, they started recycling it to cement.
30 tones of the radioactive sludge was shipped from Niigata city to the cement maker “Denka” in Itoigawa city and another batch of 20 tones was shipped from Nagaoka city to Myojyo cement in Itoigawa city.
The highest reading was 46 and 56 Bq/Kg, they are not supposed to recycle it if they measure more than 100 Bq/Kg, but they are to continue shipping this amount of radioactive sludge to recycle every weekday.
13 other waterworks bureaus hold 53,800 tones of radioactive sludge produced in the purification plants and they all plan to recycle the sludge to be cement as well. 28,784 tones of the sludge is supposed to be processable.

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Français :

Dispersion de la contamination sur la côte ouest – on distribue des aliments radioactifs, les boues contaminées sont recyclées en ciment

La préfecture de Niigata est une des plus grandes régions productrices de riz de la côte ouest du Japon mais ils y amènent des matières radioactives avec frénésie.

Le Fukushima Diary avait rapporté les “450 Bq/kg dans des champignons de la côte Ouest du Japon” [Lien1] et “54 Bq/kg de césium dans un sanglier sauvage de la côte Ouest du Japon” [Lien2].
Selon le ministère de la Santé, du Travail et des Affaires Sociales, 4,9 Bq de Cs-137 ont encore été relevés dans des épinards vendus à Niigata le 30 décembre 2012. Ils provenaient de la préfecture de Saitama.
Le 31 décembre 2012, on a eu aussi 2,8 Bq/kg de Cs-137 dans des patates séchées et 7,2 Bq/kg de Cs-137 dans des racines de lotus, les deux provenant de la préfecture d’Ibaraki.
La préfecture de Niigata vend dorénavant de la nourriture provenant de la principale zone contaminée.

Il n’y a pas que la nourriture.

Comme preuve que la côte ouest a été touchée par les retombées, les stations d’épuration d’eau produisent des boues radioactives. Le 9 janvier 2013, ils ont commencé à les recycler dans du ciment.
30 tonnes de boues radioactives ont été envoyées  de la ville de Niigata au fabricant de ciment “Denka” de la ville d’Itoigawa et une autre lot de 20 tonnes a été expédié de Nagaoka aux Ciments Myojyo, à Itoigawa aussi.
Le plus haut relevé était de 46 et 56 Bq/kg, Ils ne sont pas supposés recycler si ça fait plus de 100 Bq/kg mais ils vont continuer à envoyer ces quantités de boues radioactives tous les jours ouvrables.
13 autres gestionnaires des eaux possèdent 53 800 tonnes de boues radioactives issues de leurs stations d’épuration et tous prévoient de les recycler en ciments eux aussi. 28 784 tonnes de boues sont soi-disant exploitables.

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January 2013