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Mud in Fukushima

Dear Reader,

It has come to my attention that mud at the bottom of swimming pools at Fukushima has been found to contain cesium. A film has appeared on another blog which claims to be a reading of the work of a Masakazu Honda. In this film and the text it points out that the mud at the bottom contains lots of cesium while the film suggests that nothing was noted when the water was tested.

This is perfectly reasonable in terms of chemistry, I have been saying since the accident occurred that the cesium will stick to soil minerals. I would say that it is important to consider both the water in the pools and the mud at the bottom. I think that the best thing might be to use a swimming pool vacuum cleaner to suck out the mud. The mud will then have to be sent away as radioactive waste. It may be best to condition the mud with cement (plus put it into plastic drums) before sending it away as these actions will make a release of radioactive muck less likely during transport.

The cement will not bind the cesium, but it will hold the radioactive soil particles in a solid which will not form mobile dust. The best thing may be to put the waste into a waste store. If this is left for 300 years then the cesium will decay away and the drums will be giant paperweights.

Be careful of two groups of people, one lot to watch out for are the professional doomsayers. They seem to be unable or unwilling to find a real and useful job and then they make their money by scaring the wits out of people. They will tell you that the Fukushima accident has extinguished all hope and that there is nothing which we can do to protect ourselves or clean up our environment. The second lot are those who claim that there is absolutely nothing to worry about and that you should ignore the results of the Fukushima accident. My advice is do not trust either of these “friends”, they are false friends who will lead you into different but equally bad places.

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