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Radioactive cesium detected in condo in city in Fukushima

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Radioactive cesium has been detected in a 3-story reinforced concrete condominium built in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima, last July.

Currently, 12 families are living in the condominium, including one family that moved there from the evacuation zone shortly after the March 11 nuclear disaster, TBS reported.

Officials say the cesium was detected in concrete made of stones that were left outside at a facility in Namie town within the 20-kilometer no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, TBS said.

The level of radioactive cesium was 1.24 microsieverts per hour in the wall of the first-floor apartment. The radiation level was lower on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

The company that operates the crushed stone facility said that after the March 11 disaster, it shipped crushed stones to 20 construction firms in Fukushima Prefecture last April and May, TBS reported.

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And this is how it works. If nobody takes the time to look for it then we can expect it to show up everywhere/anywhere. I realize this happened in the early days. Hopefully more people, more industries are wiser now. Just because you can't smell it, can't feel it and can't see it does not mean it is not there. Now we know disposal of much of the tsunami debri will be a touchy process. Especially if there is not public and or private oversight.

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Man this is horrible, out of the frying pan and into the fire. how can they decontaminate something like this?

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so, what is the news? cesium in fukushima? give me a break.

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so, what is the news? cesium in fukushima? give me a break.

true, may be they should re-name fukushima and call it "Cesium Fukushima."

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I remember this happening after Chernobyl as well. There the contractors/officials tried to blame it on residents bringing contaminants into the house on their shoes.

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So the stones were retrieved from the no-go zone (how was that allowed to happen?) then crushed and sold to 20 construction firms to make concrete for buildings, which means however low the ground or air contamination might be, those people living or working there will ALWAYS be exposed to radiation - almost 24/7, which obviously is much worse than walking past a localized hotspot for 30 seconds every day or whatever. Niiice.

I'll look forward to a follow-up story on how those construction firms have decided to demolish those buildings and re-house people in new ones.....or not.

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What is so bad is all these construction workers working with this stuff and breathing it in. Living with it in your home is just as bad.

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Crushed stone contaminated with cesium is most likely already being used for concrete in other areas of the country. We can expect more of these stories in the future, as contaminated material has already been spread all over Japan without any true understanding of the consequences.

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uh, why is this news? Fukushima should have been completely evacuated. Again, for the government workers: Fukushima should have been completely evacuated.

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And you thought it was safe? And you think the food you eat and alcohol you drink is safe?

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Your missing the very important word 'part' from your argument.

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You're

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From very early on, dodgy contractors (let's just assume they are Yakuza) have been charging people for decontamination work which involves ferrying contaminated debris and the like out of properties and then illegally dumping it. This is what happens when you have money being thrown at 'decon' work willy nilly and the same decon 'firms' are the same concrete firms and building firms..this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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and wasn't radioactive sludge turned into ash and used for cinder blocks and concrete quite openly from the beginning? As I understand it, that was one of the first ideas touted to get rid of contaminated sludge?

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From now on, developers need to bring a geiger counter and show the result to their clients before selling any buildings.

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built in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima, last July

So stones taken from a no go zone and used in an area that is supposed to be safe? Why is the government not being proactive - or now, reactive - and banning EVERYTHING from the area? Be it cars (huge problem with these cars being sold all over the country), food, animals... This has got to stop. Idiots.

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Hurry up, we have to re-construct, no matter where the materials come from.. there's deadlines to be met and money to be made!! What a shame!! What about the poor families living in the condos?? They spent their life savings to buy a contaminated building... they need to go get checked out... especiall for the children!!! Obviously that whole building will have to be torn down.

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Moving material from within the evacuation zone and using it all over Japan probably. Sorry but the few brain cells I do have, have just been blown out.....

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The news now says the gravel was used in over 200 projects including temporary housing up in the disaster area, bridges and roads.. Also nursing homes.

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Radiactive stuff all over japan, food, gravel, cars, grain, feed, straw, fish, water, everything made using water, all sorts of things, Fukushima should have been evacuated and sealed off , too late now we all sharing the suffering with the brothers up north east japan. Shogunai desu !

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crap, 200 projects is a lot to be checked. Hosono has got to get his teams to checking those projects out.

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stones that were left outside at a facility in Namie town within the 20-kilometer no-go zone

Not NO-GO ZONE, according to other media(Mainichi, NHK, Yahoo...) The stones were left in an EVACUATION ZONE. I have been skeptical about those zone things; no-go zone, evacuation zone, emergency evacuation preparation zone, planned evacuation zone.

The ministry investigated the gravel industry in areas near the plant in May of last year, but after being told that "the businesses have evacuated and no one is making shipments," it took no special measures.

The company president, Kenkichi Konno, said, "I was not told anything by the government. If I had been told not to ship them, I wouldn't have. I had no knowledge about radiation then."

Someone's lying?

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120116p2a00m0na015000c.html

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20120116-00000049-jij-soci

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The company president, Kenkichi Konno, said, "I was not told anything by the government. If I had been told not to ship them, I wouldn't have. I had no knowledge about radiation then."

Someone's lying?

You ain't lying Someone's lying and it sounds like Kenkichi Konno is the one. He saying he had no knowledge about radiation then. He would have had too be blind and deaf not to hear about it, it was all over the news, youtube everywhere.

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The news now says the gravel was used in over 200 projects including temporary housing up in the disaster area, bridges and roads.. Also nursing homes.

All the while showing kids PLAYING of the area where they say rocks were used. Idiots.

This company had no business being in the no-go zone. I hope the building owners sue the pants off of them for violating that - and probably making a nice, tidy profit. Just when you think people can't get any dumber and greedier, they do. Ban everything from that area. Christ, does that really need to be said 10 months later?? Sadly in this country, it does. Pathetic.

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All we can do now is hope that the company that operates the crushed stone facility is bankrupted. Small consolation though for the 200 projects built with the contaminated materials - unfortunately, they cannot be "de-contaminated". They all have to be demolished now. There's more of your taxes gone, people.

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Nothing to discuss here. We all know that Fukushima is doomed with cesium contaminants and will sooooooooo many years for Fukushima to recover.

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Baj, that's the thing though, it isn't just Fukushima - it this crap is allowed to happen, which it currently is, this will be a wide spread problem. Like I mentioned, there are no regs on cars and many contaminated ones are being sold and driven all over the country. We've already had food and straw. Now thing. And someday someone will bother to look at the fish - that gets caught in the area and packaged in the south of Japan so gets labeled from the south of Japan.. See the problem? I do. Pretty sure you do. Why the government and these greedy business owners don't is beyond me.

Personally I think the owners of this company need to be brought up on charges. No go means no go. Why are they allowed to go in and distribute contaminated goods without punishment? I hope the owners of all these buildings and the governments of all these roads sue. As someone said, they need to be ripped down/torn up and that will cost US and those who paid in the first place.

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