TOKYO — October 4, RIA Novosti reported. The high content of radioactive cesium in the ashes, obtained by burning debris from areas near the Japanese nuclear power plant emergency, "Fukushima-1", led to the closure of one of the incinerators in the east of the country, local media reported.
Recycling plants in Kashiwa (Chiba Prefecture) was the first company that has been stopped because it exceeded the maximum permissible limit for stored on it with radioactive waste. According to local law, the ash, which contains the radioactive substance can be used to spray on fields as a fertilizer and should be stored in tanks.
Beginning in July of this year, the monthly checks at waste incineration plants, and storage facilities, the level of radioactive cesium in the ashes of incinerated fixed at up to 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or more. Maximum permissible levels of radioactive cesium in the soil of farmland in Japan previously set level of 5,000 becquerels per kilogram of land.
As the broadcaster Fuji TV, now the government is considering the possibility of waste recycling in new plants with modern equipment that will significantly reduce the concentration of radioactive elements in the ash.
In addition, as noted in the report, the authorities intend to demand from Kashiwa telco plant "Fukushima-1" TEPCO compensate for the extra costs.
As a result of what happened on March 11 in the north-east Japan earthquake and 15-meter tsunami on the nuclear power plant "Fukushima-1" has failed cooling system of reactors and pools of spent nuclear fuel. This caused a meltdown of fuel in the first and third reactors. Occurred in the first hours and days after the accident, hydrogen explosions leakproof units, resulting in a radiation into the atmosphere. At the same time, they found several leaks of radioactive substances in the water.
For six months after the accident, the high content of radiation found in many kinds of vegetables, mushrooms, meat and milk not only in Fukushima Prefecture, but in remote areas it. All within a radius of 30 kilometers or more from the station was evacuated about 80,000 residents. In late September, the Japanese government abolished the standby for emergency evacuation in a radius of 20 to 30 kilometers from the plant.