<<Last month, NHK rebroadcast the striking documentary „Into Eternity,” about a spent fuel disposal facility currently being built in Finland. The first of its kind, the plan for the facility is to bury nuclear waste 500 meters underground, and isolate it from human life for the 100,000 years stipulated by EU safety rules.>>
<<Spent fuel is much more dangerous than nuclear fuel that has not yet been used, and has the potential of reaching recriticality unless its temperatures are continually kept cool. Because spent fuel continues to emit radiation even after the rate at which it releases heat diminishes, it must be isolated from human life for hundreds of thousands of years.>>
<<scientist Keiko Yanagisawa argues that nuclear power plants must not be operated as long as we do not know how to dispose of highly radioactive nuclear waste>>
<<We don’t know what sort of civilization will exist in Finland or the rest of the world tens of thousands of years from now. Advanced civilizations may have fallen by then. At any event, how can we help our descendants understand that they must not dig into the ground? There’s no really good way to go about it.>>
<<When talks between Japan and the U.S to establish a waste disposal facility in Mongolia came to light, some people said that it was acceptable as long as Mongolia was all right with it. >>
(Mainichi Japan) June 13, 2011
Novelist Murakami raps Japan’s nuke policy during award speech
<<BARCELONA, Spain (Kyodo) — Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami received the 2011 International Catalunya Prize at a ceremony Thursday in Barcelona, criticizing his country’s pursuit of nuclear energy during his acceptance speech.
In his speech at the office building of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Murakami said the Japanese people, who had experienced devastation through atomic bombings, should have continued saying „no” to nuclear power, in reference to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster and subsequent accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
He described the ongoing Fukushima crisis as the „second” instance of major nuclear damage for Japan, in an apparent reference to the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as the first.
The Japanese people should have continuously rejected nuclear power after World War II, but those who questioned the safety of nuclear power were marginalized as being unrealistic by the policy of the utility firms that put efficiency first, he said.
Japan should have pursued the development of effective energy sources replacing nuclear power on a national level, and doing so could have been a way of taking collective responsibility for the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he said.
The prize is given annually by the Catalonia government to a person whose creative work has made a significant contribution to the development of cultural, scientific and humane values.>>
(Mainichi Japan) June 10, 2011
Nasz Sejm uchwalił właśnie nowe prawo atomowe przy…. jednym (!) głosie sprzeciwu.
I to byłoby na tyle w kwestii… konsultacji społecznych…