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[视频]High-level pollution at ‘open space’ Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant 11 years after radioactive waste accident: Tokyo Shimbun Tokyo Network

During the confluence work of the Tepco Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, various radioactive wastes were continuously produced. Vehicles and equipment used in the past, sludge and storage containers associated with sewage treatment. On March 2, the nuclear power plant reporting team will report on what they have seen and heard about the waste at the site. (Yamakawa Ken, ground photo)

This time, we especially strongly request TEPCO to add at the interview site that two years after the accident, countless abandoned vehicles accumulated on the north side of the site and the underground reservoir that caused the leakage of high-concentration polluted water.

(1) Heavy equipment such as fire trucks used in the nuclear power plant building at the time of the accident. About 1,200 units have accumulated at the northern site and have not been removed due to contamination (air doses of 0.6 to 13.4 microsieverts/hour near the firing site).

(1) Heavy equipment such as fire trucks used in the nuclear power plant building at the time of the accident. About 1,200 units have accumulated at the northern site and have not been removed due to contamination (air doses of 0.6 to 13.4 microsieverts/hour near the firing site).

(1) Probably because it was used around buildings, when the dosimeter was near a fire truck, it jumped to 13.4 microsieverts per hour.

(1) Probably because it was used around buildings, when the dosimeter was near a fire truck, it jumped to 13.4 microsieverts per hour.

Abandoned vehicles have stickers “Vehicles for the Premises” affixed to them, indicating that the vehicle was originally used on the premises. The air dose (0.6 microsieverts per hour) increases or decreases outside the collection site as the sensor portion of the dosimeter extends and approaches the vehicle. Fire trucks supported by Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Yokohama Thermal Power Plant can reach 13.4 microsieverts per hour.

② Workers at the northern construction site put garbage into containers

② Workers at the northern construction site put garbage into containers

(2) Garbage bins and sandbags stacked in North Station

(2) Garbage bins and sandbags stacked in North Station

③ Protective suit incinerators on the north side of Units 5 and 6.Protective clothing containers stacked in the foreground

③ Protective suit incinerators on the north side of Units 5 and 6.Protective clothing containers stacked in the foreground

Containers of rubbish piled up around and I realized what I thought was a huge rubbish area getting smaller and smaller over time.

④ The suction devices used for debris disposal of Units 1 and 3. There is also a machine that measures 22.5 microsieverts per hour even at remote locations (air doses of 4.3 to 22.5 microsieverts/hour near the firing point).

④ The suction devices used for debris disposal of Units 1 and 3. There is also a machine that measures 22.5 microsieverts per hour even at remote locations (air doses of 4.3 to 22.5 microsieverts/hour near the firing point).

The suction device for cleaning small debris in the steam turbine building of Unit 3 (commonly known as the elephant) = photographed in January 2020

The suction device for cleaning small debris in the steam turbine building of Unit 3 (commonly known as the elephant) = photographed in January 2020

The subterranean reservoir, which once caused the problem, looks like a gravel clearing when standing on site in the dark. However, as of April 2013, a pool made of a simple impermeable layer and resin structure contained a total of about 23,600 tons of high-concentration strontium-contaminated water.

⑤ Although most of the bolted tanks have been removed, high-concentration sludge remains at the bottom, and some tanks have not been removed (the air dose near the firing point is 2.6 microsieverts/hour).

⑤ Although most of the bolted tanks have been removed, high-concentration sludge remains at the bottom, and some tanks have not been removed (the air dose near the firing point is 2.6 microsieverts/hour).

⑥ Bolt fastening tanks for sewage storage of Units 5 and 6. A leak occurred last year and was used to repair the steel plate joint (air dose near the firing point was 1.7 microsieverts/hour).

⑥ Bolt fastening tanks for sewage storage of Units 5 and 6. A leak occurred last year and was used to repair the steel plate joint (air dose near the firing point was 1.7 microsieverts/hour).

⑦ Treated water tank that moved and left traces due to the effects of the February 2021 earthquake (air dose 0.4 microsievert/hour near the firing point)

⑦ Treated water tank that moved and left traces due to the effects of the February 2021 earthquake (air dose 0.4 microsievert/hour near the firing point)

TEPCO said it would “add repurified water (such as strontium),” but due to a shortage of storage tanks, it added highly contaminated water without prior notice. Part of it leaked, and the scene was a mess. For example, a tank was suddenly built and moved.

⑧ The underground reservoir with high pollution and leakage occurred in April 2013. Although the water was drained, it could not be removed due to contamination and was left unattended (air doses of 0.9 to 3.1 microsieverts/hour near the firing point).

⑧ The underground reservoir with high pollution and leakage occurred in April 2013. Although the water was drained, it could not be removed due to contamination and was left unattended (air doses of 0.9 to 3.1 microsieverts/hour near the firing point).

Nine years later, radioactive material was attached to the complex structure and the work was dangerous, so it has not been demolished.

⑨ A facility to store concentrated waste liquid after evaporating high-concentration sewage. There is a light blue tank behind the concrete wall (air dose 4.0 microsievert/hour near the firing point)

⑨ A facility to store concentrated waste liquid after evaporating high-concentration sewage. There is a light blue tank behind the concrete wall (air dose 4.0 microsievert/hour near the firing point)

⑩ Containers and adsorption tower storage areas containing sludge from sewage treatment (the air dose near the injection point is 0.6 microsievert/hour)

⑩ Containers and adsorption tower storage areas containing sludge from sewage treatment (the air dose near the injection point is 0.6 microsievert/hour)

The hills on the south side of the site have relatively low radiation doses, but around the building there are many equipment for work and filters for the treatment of contaminated water. As work progresses, this radioactive waste will increase.

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