Radiation contaminated rubble subject of new gov’t law

07/28/2011
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Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

TOKYO (majirox news) — The government is poised to enact a new law giving it direct responsibility for handling radiation-contaminated rubble as existing legislation only extends authority to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and not the surrounding areas, government source said July 27.

Huge quantities of tainted rubble is lying around the areas bordering the plant that has continued leaking radiation since the March 11 disasters that caused meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, but this rubble cannot be handled legally under existing laws.

Existing laws did not envisage large-scale radiation contamination such as has occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

The ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and opposition Komeito will jointly submit a bill to create a law giving the government authority to remove the radiation contaminated materials from outside of the plant. It is expected the bill will be passed and law enacted during the current session of the Diet, which continues until the end of August.

Removal of the radiation contaminated materials is essential if the evacuation zone around the Fukushima plant is ever to be made inhabitable again.

robert@majiroxnews.com

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One Response to Radiation contaminated rubble subject of new gov’t law

  1. Karl on 07/28/2011 at 1:48 pm

    Where, oh where, will this contaminated rubble go? It’s one thing to enact a law giving the Government permission to dispose of it, but if the existing laws lacked the ‘vision’ for such a large scale disater and resultant contamination, what will the new laws ‘envision?’ It’s quite another thing to put the stuff someplace, which will not do further contamination. No wonder they have been hedging on this matter. Don’t send it to Mongolia! Don’t send it to the Antarctic! As far as the vacinity of Fukushima Daiichi is concerned, the sooner the area is cordoned off in perpetuity, the sooner the people of the Prefecture will be able to get unhinged from the fantacies of relocatiing in those contaminated areas. Also, the sooner the scientific community might come back down to reality and address itself to the task at hand, and speak with necessary candor to the politicians who, it seems, would rather bicker over the language used by other politicians, or over the best time to resign!

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