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TEPCO group contracts Kyoto firms to incinerate Iwate debris

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The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) group has contracted companies in Kyoto to dispose of rubble and debris from disaster-struck Iwate.

The rubble is to be disposed of by incineration by four Kyoto-based companies, Fuji TV reported. It said that the group which contracted the companies is Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp, in which TEPCO owns a 95.5% stake.

News of the incineration of potentially radioactive waste is almost certain to cause a public outcry. A spokesperson for the corporation was quoted by Fuji TV as saying: "The TEPCO group did contract the companies to incinerate waste from the tsunami-hit region, but safe disposal of said waste was stipulated in the contract."

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It said that the group which contracted the companies is Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp, which owns a 95.5% stake in TEPCO.*

Shouldn't this be TEPCO has a 95.5% stake in Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp? No-one has a 95.5% stake in TEPCO.

Moderator: Yes, that has been corrected.

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I note that this article is written by Japan Today, not AP or Kyodo, etc.

This helps explain the inclusion of a statement of the likes of: "News of the incineration of potentially radioactive waste is almost certain to cause a public outcry. "

Is that a newsworthy fact?

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Disgustingly, TEPCO is going to make money off this disaster, that was largely of their own making. What kind of madness is this!?!?

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So most of the debris will not have radiation.

He did not say it would be. He said its a waste of time and money to ship it all that way at a time when time and money are needed for more important things. Piling that junk up somewhere in Tohoku would be cheaper and faster in the short term. We can worry about a pile of junk later.

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The "sweep it under the rug" campaign continues.

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I have a suggestion as to where TEPCO should put the radioactive debris but it would be extremely painful! CactusJack, this ain't sweeping it under the rug, this is slinging the crap around the whole country! TEPCO is basically paying ITSELF to burn the stuff!

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So instead of a large chunk of Japan being radioactively polluted for the next x thousand years, Tepco are aiming to pollute all of it. This should be illegal. Japan is finished if it carries on in this way.

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The debris should be BURIED not burned. By burning it they are making the radioactive particles go airborne again and further contamination other areas. Do they not have any sense whatsoever or is this intentional?

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I would think there are more important things to do and spend money on right now. Just pile that crap up in one of Iwate's many remote mountain regions and worry about it later.

But no. This country runs on a cash and carry system.

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The stupidity is beyond. Ship the debris to one of the thousands of islands unoccupied and start the process from there. Dragging it through population centers, burning it within populations centers and then burying it in population centers is DETRIMENTAL to said population centers. BAD. BAD. And... BAD AGAIN. STOP THE MADNESS!

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