TEPCO group contracts Kyoto firms to incinerate Iwate debris

KYOTO —

The Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) group has contracted companies in Kyoto to dispose of rubble and debris from disaster-struck Iwate.

The rubble is to be disposed of by incineration by four Kyoto-based companies, Fuji TV reported. It said that the group which contracted the companies is Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp, in which TEPCO owns a 95.5% stake.

News of the incineration of potentially radioactive waste is almost certain to cause a public outcry. A spokesperson for the corporation was quoted by Fuji TV as saying: “The TEPCO group did contract the companies to incinerate waste from the tsunami-hit region, but safe disposal of said waste was stipulated in the contract.”

Japan Today

  • 1

    wanderlust

    • It said that the group which contracted the companies is Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp, which owns a 95.5% stake in TEPCO.*

    Shouldn't this be TEPCO has a 95.5% stake in Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp? No-one has a 95.5% stake in TEPCO.

    Moderator: Yes, that has been corrected.

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    zichi

    from the EX-SKF blog,

    Tokyo Rinkai (Waterfront) Recycle Power Company is a subsidiary of TEPCO. Located on the very landfill on Tokyo Bay that the radioactive debris and ashes will be buried from Miyako City, Iwate.

    It's a joint venture of 5 large corporations:

    TEPCO.

    TEPCO Environmental Engineering.

    Shimizu Corporation (one of the biggest general construction companies in Japan).

    Ebara Environmental Plant Co. (subsidiary of Ebara Corp., major manufacturer of pumps, compressors, wind and water turbines).

    ORIX Eco Services Corp. (subsidiary of ORIX, the largest leasing company in Japan).

    It receives subsidies from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and sells electricity generated from the waste processing to TEPCO. Now it will make profit burning radioactive debris for the recovery of Iwate Prefecture.

    Tokyo Rinkai (Waterfront) Recycle Power Company is seeking to send the Iwate debris to other prefectures too, like Kyoto.

  • -1

    cactusJack

    The "sweep it under the rug" campaign continues.

  • -1

    NuckinFutz

    I have a suggestion as to where TEPCO should put the radioactive debris but it would be extremely painful! CactusJack, this ain't sweeping it under the rug, this is slinging the crap around the whole country! TEPCO is basically paying ITSELF to burn the stuff!

  • -1

    goinggoinggone

    So instead of a large chunk of Japan being radioactively polluted for the next x thousand years, Tepco are aiming to pollute all of it. This should be illegal. Japan is finished if it carries on in this way.

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    zichi

    The Iwate government have made an agreement with the Tokyo Met government to accept disaster debris. The non burning part will be placed in the Tokyo Bay landfill. The burning part could have been be done by three or four companies but awarded the contract to Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp. Maybe there's too so it is looking for other companies, like the ones in Kyoto to help with the disposal. Tokyo Rinkai Recycle Corp will make money from it and in turn TEPCO will also make money.

    The debris is not from the power plant so whether its radioactive or not, I don't know. Recently, a second hand car brought for export from Fukushima was found to have radiation greater than 20 mircosieverts per hour, so the export was banned. Again burning the debris does not mean it will have radiation.

    Please note, the debris is from Iwate Prefecture not from the power plant.

  • 1

    zichi

    oop's! some spelling errors in my last comment. woke up from a long nap?

  • -2

    Notthesame

    I would think there are more important things to do and spend money on right now. Just pile that crap up in one of Iwate's many remote mountain regions and worry about it later.

    But no. This country runs on a cash and carry system.

  • 2

    zichi

    Notthesame,

    I don't think you are understanding the massive debris problem, about 25 million tons. Iwate is also a very small prefecture. But I don think it should be separated into metal and non metal. Metals sent to steel works for melting down. Separate the burning from non burning. Crush the non burning.

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    zichi

    Notthesame,

    Iwate isn't so small, but according to the latest government standards for radiation contamination, in Iwate only 440 sq kms are contaminated. The same for Miyagi. So most of the debris will not have radiation.

  • 2

    zichi

    The science ministry plans to release a map by the end of the year that will show an expanded view of radiation contamination in 22 prefectures.

  • 0

    taj

    I note that this article is written by Japan Today, not AP or Kyodo, etc.

    This helps explain the inclusion of a statement of the likes of: "News of the incineration of potentially radioactive waste is almost certain to cause a public outcry. "

    Is that a newsworthy fact?

  • -2

    YongYang

    The stupidity is beyond. Ship the debris to one of the thousands of islands unoccupied and start the process from there. Dragging it through population centers, burning it within populations centers and then burying it in population centers is DETRIMENTAL to said population centers. BAD. BAD. And... BAD AGAIN. STOP THE MADNESS!

  • 0

    mitoguitarman

    Disgustingly, TEPCO is going to make money off this disaster, that was largely of their own making. What kind of madness is this!?!?

  • 0

    zichi

    mitoguitarman,

    TEPCO will make money from disposing of debris from the earthquake and tsunami which it didn't cause, nature did that.

  • 0

    Papa_will_preach

    So most of the debris will not have radiation.

    He did not say it would be. He said its a waste of time and money to ship it all that way at a time when time and money are needed for more important things. Piling that junk up somewhere in Tohoku would be cheaper and faster in the short term. We can worry about a pile of junk later.

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