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Rice grown near crippled Fukushima nuclear plant served to govt officials

Published time: December 10, 2013 16:57
Covers are installed for a spent fuel removal operation at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's unit 4 reactor building (R), in Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Covers are installed for a spent fuel removal operation at Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant's unit 4 reactor building (R), in Okuma town in Fukushima prefecture on June 12, 2013. (AFP Photo)

Rice from fields in the Fukushima prefecture, evacuated after the worst nuclear disaster in Japan, will be served to government officials for 9 days in a bid to demonstrate the safety of the country’s most-beloved crop, a local broadcaster reported.

The rice cultivated in several decontaminated fields in the Yamakiya District in Kawamata Town and Iitate Village, two areas designated as evacuation zones after the March 2011 nuclear catastrophe, will be served in a government office in Tokyo from Monday.

Over half a ton (540 kilograms) of rice will be part of a test to prove the effectiveness of the decontamination process. Officials from the Fukushima prefecture have given assurances that the rice contains no radioactive substances.

The rice balls tasted especially good after the great effort put into cultivating the crop, said Senior Vice Environment Minister Shinji Inoue on Monday. Parliamentary Vice Environment Minister Tomoko Ukishima also joined the tasting.

A farmer from Kawamata Town told NHK that he will continue to cultivate the rice now that he knows it tastes good. Because the zone was evacuated after the nuclear crisis, he said that he had traveled from his temporary home to the paddy fields to tend the crops.

Some 160,000 people escaped the vicinity of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after an earthquake in March 2011 triggered a tsunami that hit Japan’s coast, damaging the plant’s three nuclear reactors. The catastrophe that hit Fukushima became the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

Several months after the accident at the power plant in November 2011, samples of rice grown in Onami town in Fukushima Prefecture showed radioactive contamination above the safety limit. The grain contained caesium – a radioactive isotope - that was measured at 630 becquerels per kilogram, while the government-set safety limit is 500 becquerels.

The rice from Onami, situated 57 kilometers northwest of the stricken nuclear power plant, was banned and shipments of the product were restricted in November 2011.

Yamakiya District in Kawamata Town and Iitate Village, the areas from which the decontaminated rice is currently being served to officials, are located some 40 to 50 kilometers northwest of the stricken plant.

Comments (24)

 

siyousyanamae 15.12.2013 17:53

In this report, Tokyo Electric admitted the possibility that the injected coolant water wasn’t sufficient from 3/13/2011. Based on this assumption, the actual molten fuel debris that melted through the reactor pressure vessel may be more than what used to be simulated.

They evaluate the fire-engines injected the sufficient volume of water, but possibly it reached the condensers etc.. instead of the reactor pressure vessel.

 

siyousyanamae 15.12.2013 17:53

Tokyo Electric “More fuel debris possibly melted through to reactor3 primary containment vessel than expected”
Dece mber 13th, 2013 Fukushima Diary

It may be more than originally simulated the volume of molten fuel debris that melted through the reactor pressure vessel in reactor3, according to Tokyo Electric.

T okyo Electric published the investigation report about the unverified events on 311.

 

DETOXIFYISASCAM 15.12.2013 05:55

Of course There Will Be cover ups people generally fear the True facts and once eased in by a cover up You accepte and move forward. We think were smart lol we think were doing good lol Japan should have to compensate anything That has been affected including the northwestern hémisphère cancer Is not random cause and effect

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