Citizens of Fukushima Seek Help to Stop Burning High-Level Radioactive Waste
On July 18th, 2013, MOE(Ministry of Environment) made test-run of high-level radioactive waste incinerator in Samegawa village, Fukushima prefecture. According to MOE, the incinerator, the world's first experimental facilty, is to burn high-level radwaste “safely”. But there is no data to support their claim.
They burnt 150kg of rice straw (about 5800Bq/kg) mixed with 1350kg of grass (about 100Bq/kg) that day, but the result will be shown only after they check and assess the readings. MOE says if there would be no problem, they will officially start burning, perhaps around middle of August.
On the same day, some local residents gathered at the Samegawa government office with posters and banners to oppose the project. Among them there was the landowner, Mr. Horikawa, who refused to sign the contract to admit the incinerator. Horikawa confronted Mr. Inoue, the Deputy Minister of MOE who paid a sudden visit to Samegawa on the 18th and criticized that MOE's conduct is illegal and unacceptble. Inoue, however, rushed to the worksite, ignoring Horikawa.
People in Fukushima are too depressed to speak out their thoughts and feelings. The situation is worse than 2011, especially in rural area like Samegawa. Many including children still obliged to live in contaminated area. This is the violation of Human rights.
This project is dangerous and with this unproven technology large amounts of pollutants may be released into the air, which could lead to further global contamination on top of seawater contamination. Our battle is not only for Fukushima residents, it is for all of us on our planet as well as future generation!
We need your help, we need strong voices from overrseas. Please send your comment, criticism, request or message to the following:
LDP, ruling party https://ssl.jimin.jp/m/contact
Prime Minister's office https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/forms/goiken_ssl.html
Mr. Ishihara, Minister of MOE https://www.env.go.jp/en/moemail/
For questions, contact Setuko Yamamoto: hanghau @ hotmail.com
Anti-Samegawa Incinertor Mothers
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