More Leaking Water, Contaminated School Lunch And Hosono Runs Out Of Excuses

12 tons of water contaminated with stronium leaked from the water handling systems at Fukushima Daiichi and some may have flowed into the Pacific. The water had already been through one of the filtering systems but still contained stronium and anything else not removed by the filters that mainly target cesium. TEPCO has photos here.

Dried shitake mushrooms from Aichi prefecture with 1400 bq/kg of cesium were used in udon and served to 530 faculty and students at a kindergarten in Okazaki City. Officials declared there would be no immediate affect on health.

Goshi Hosono, the disaster minister who has been trying to pressure cities into burning contaminated disaster debris has officially run out of excuses to give the media. An independent journalist questioned Hosono about the testing of contaminated disaster debris and why only cesium is tested for or disclosed to the public. Suwa is the journalist.

Suwa: You believe measuring cesium-134 and cesium-137 is enough. Why?

Hosono: What can be measured by measuring cesium-134 and cesium-137, of all the measurements we have done so far, if we measure using cesium, then the rest of the nuclides, more than that to a great degree, in so-called radioactive materials, or in becquerels, on the level of radioactivity, there is no concern.”

Hosono strung together a bunch of words, but managed to not really say anything. He doesn’t have a clue, but take his advice, there is no concern. Hosono is apparently a lawyer, before he became a politician. He certainly isn’t a scientist. Ex-SKF provided the translation of the discussion along with his story on this.

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