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   Are you having difficulty finding a place to dump your nuclear waste? Japan has a solution for you: public playgrounds

08 Nov 2012 02:32 AM   |   5373 clicks   |   Christian Science Monitor
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Bontesla     
Glad we've all planned ahead for this.

07 Nov 2012 10:48 PM
Aarontology     
Like I'm going to give up my precious, precious uranium.

07 Nov 2012 10:50 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk     
I hear Fukushima Funland is getting glowing reviews

07 Nov 2012 10:57 PM
Asa Phelps    [TotalFark]  
or they build an olympic stadium over them

08 Nov 2012 12:04 AM
Practical_Draconian     
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Somebody just decided the plot and memorable scene of Kurosawa's "Ikiru" was worth extending to future Japanese.

08 Nov 2012 12:37 AM
The more you eat the more you fart     
Next we'll have immortal "Chernobyl Farms" brand chicken. You can cut off the parts u wanna eat, and they grow right back.

08 Nov 2012 02:35 AM
Haliburton Cummings     

Asa Phelps: or they build an olympic stadium over them


AKIIIIIRRRAAAAAAAA!!!!

ding...

or Seascales /Windscales /Sellafield..

they got's lotsa room...

08 Nov 2012 02:36 AM
What_Would_Jimi_Do     
is anyone going to question the japanese about nuclear waste?

08 Nov 2012 02:38 AM
Foxxinnia     
Well I'd rather have that over a schoolgirl encased in concrete.

08 Nov 2012 02:39 AM
Gyrfalcon     
What doesn't kill them makes them stronger, bigger, and candidates for special schools for mutants.

08 Nov 2012 02:39 AM
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves     
They could use those areas as bukakke temples.

08 Nov 2012 02:41 AM
phrawgh     
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08 Nov 2012 02:44 AM
Apos     
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08 Nov 2012 02:45 AM
fusillade762    [TotalFark]  
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08 Nov 2012 02:50 AM
Public Savant     
By now the japanese ought to have developed some sort of immunity towards radiation... maybe it's part of some secret government eugenics program.

08 Nov 2012 02:50 AM
ShannonKW     
I am honored to accept your waste.

08 Nov 2012 02:57 AM
farkingismybusiness    [TotalFark]  
Just park it outside of health clubs like they did in the 80's. 
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08 Nov 2012 03:01 AM
L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  
This should end well.

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08 Nov 2012 03:02 AM
sjcousins     
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So that's where the Japanese get all their monorails from.

08 Nov 2012 03:10 AM
puffy999     
Don't worry, a guy running for Congress (who lost for the second time, this time by a larger margin) already had a similar idea.

/and he's a "respected scientist"
//!

08 Nov 2012 03:12 AM
Snapper Carr     
This will not end well

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08 Nov 2012 03:26 AM
phrawgh     
This place is a message...and part of a system of messages...pay attention to it!

Sending this message was important to us. We considered ourselves to be a powerful culture.

This place is not a place of honor...no highly esteemed deed is commemorated here...nothing valued is here.

What is here is dangerous and repulsive to us. This message is a warning about danger.

The danger is in a particular location...it increases toward a center...the center of danger is here...of a particular size and shape, and below us.

The danger is still present, in your time, as it was in ours.

The danger is to the body, and it can kill.

The form of the danger is an emanation of energy.

The danger is unleashed only if you substantially disturb this place physically. This place is best shunned and left uninhabited.

/much like Detroit

08 Nov 2012 03:30 AM
bikkurikun     
I think there is a reason the article doesn't even mention the radiation level of the "contaminated" soil. A bunch of citizens got paranoid, collected soil that didn't have dangerous radiation levels to begin with and buried it under a playground, where it is still not a dangerous level.

08 Nov 2012 03:36 AM
Ted Kennedy's Brain Tumor     
Gentlemen, let me propose the entirely unrealistic yet fundamentally more awesome engineering solution to nuclear and by definition waste in it's entirety: pack that shiat onto our newly constructed space elevator and get it the fark our of Earth orbit. USA USA USA.

08 Nov 2012 03:36 AM
maxheck     
Meh... This sounds like very low level stuff. Japan sells it's high-level waste back to the French, who refine out what fuel they can and then pay the Russians to take care of the leftovers in the way the Russians have always dealt with environmental problems... Bury it in a hole in Siberia.

08 Nov 2012 03:41 AM
ShawnDoc     
Look, if you don't expose little boys to radiation early, they won't grow tentacles when they get older. And without tentacles, they'll never satisfy a Japanese woman and be forced to be one of those sad people who marry anime pillows.

08 Nov 2012 03:44 AM
moothemagiccow     
The last tree held 7 barrels

08 Nov 2012 03:47 AM
tinfoil-hat maggie    [TotalFark]  
I heard it's no worse than bananas, would you be upset by banana trees around you're playground : )

08 Nov 2012 03:52 AM
Precision Boobery     

sjcousins: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]
So that's where the Japanese get all their monorails from.


Bald children don't arouse nearly as much suspicion there.

08 Nov 2012 03:55 AM
Nrokreffefp     
It just sounds entirely counterproductive. They don't have enough of a birth rate to continue their culture. Why would they endanger their small population of children?

08 Nov 2012 04:03 AM
Sociopath     

tinfoil-hat maggie: I heard it's no worse than bananas, would you be upset by banana trees around you're playground : )


Bananas net zero rads.

08 Nov 2012 04:07 AM
moothemagiccow     
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08 Nov 2012 04:21 AM
mikaloyd    [TotalFark]  
Japanese radiation is no more dangerous than a Cthulu of bananas on your kitchen counter

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08 Nov 2012 05:28 AM
Pribar     

maxheck: Meh... This sounds like very low level stuff. Japan sells it's high-level waste back to the French, who refine out what fuel they can and then pay the Russians to take care of the leftovers in the way the Russians have always dealt with environmental problems... Bury it in a hole in Siberia.


Actually they have been dumping it in the Kara sea, there are at least eighteen reactor cores there and a sub so contaminated they filled it with concrete and sunk it there, unfortunately they sunk it in water so shallow they had to ram its stern several times to get it completely submerged...

08 Nov 2012 05:42 AM
lucksi     
Ah, the Germans have been doing it wrong it seems. Trying to store it in barrels deep underground in a salt mine (which leaks and the barrels are in unknown condition)

Wrap it in plastic and it's ok. Wonder if it is at least doublewrapped.

08 Nov 2012 06:26 AM
maxheck     
Pribar:

maxheck: Meh... This sounds like very low level stuff. Japan sells it's high-level waste back to the French, who refine out what fuel they can and then pay the Russians to take care of the leftovers in the way the Russians have always dealt with environmental problems... Bury it in a hole in Siberia.

Actually they have been dumping it in the Kara sea, there are at least eighteen reactor cores there and a sub so contaminated they filled it with concrete and sunk it there, unfortunately they sunk it in water so shallow they had to ram its stern several times to get it completely submerged...


Didn't know about that. Yikes! I did know about the French "closed cycle" that isn't exactly closed, given that they're fobbing the stuff off on Russia.

Yeah, we have a plan for this stuff. The fact that the French are trying and having about as much success as the US in creating a "Yucca Mountain" type dump makes me wonder if they really know what they're doing. They're supposed to be the poster children for fuel recycling.

08 Nov 2012 06:27 AM
PunGent     

bikkurikun: I think there is a reason the article doesn't even mention the radiation level of the "contaminated" soil. A bunch of citizens got paranoid, collected soil that didn't have dangerous radiation levels to begin with and buried it under a playground, where it is still not a dangerous level.


If that was the case, the town in TFA wouldn't have objected to a public hearing.

Whenever a politician turns down an opportunity to hear himself talk...he's hiding something.

08 Nov 2012 06:35 AM
maxheck     
Here in the US, we have our decommissioned military reactors arranged in trenches alongside the Columbia River. You can probably find them on Google Earth, just look up Hanford. I'm pretty sure that has more to do with SALT verification than any sane containment scheme. There's also some humongous tanks full of even the engineers don't know what there. Millions of gallons worth.

Eventually, the fisheries around Seattle and Vancouver are going to get a big radioactive surprise. A few billions of tax dollars go towards keeping it all contained, and sooner or later something has to fail, whether the money or the dikes.

08 Nov 2012 06:50 AM
Onkel Buck     
So Japan doesnt have any hippies to stop this sort of thing?

08 Nov 2012 06:58 AM
SkunkWerks     
You know, putting the whole "OMG! KIDS PLAY ON PLAYGROUNDS!" panic aside, burying radioactive waste is just about the absolute worst thing you can possibly do with it because there's no real way to monitor the stuff once it's interred.

The only possible "reason" I can think of to do so is ye olde "out of sight, out of mind" edict.

And yes, I'm aware- Japan has issues with real-estate. Specifically that there's a lot of people and very little real estate. I'd still like to keep my nuclear waste where I can damn well see if it's leaking or not, and not underground where the only way I'm apt to learn that it leaked is twenty years after the fact when two out of every five kids in my neighborhood is being born with some sort of fatal leukemia.

Seriously, whoever came up with the idea of burying nuke waste needs a punch in the babymaker so hard that his ancestors feel it four generations back.

08 Nov 2012 07:01 AM
maxheck     
Onkel Buck:

So Japan doesnt have any hippies to stop this sort of thing?

They do, but they also have experience with shutting hippies up tuit suite.

08 Nov 2012 07:03 AM
maxheck     
SkunkWerks:

You know, putting the whole "OMG! KIDS PLAY ON PLAYGROUNDS!" panic aside, burying radioactive waste is just about the absolute worst thing you can possibly do with it because there's no real way to monitor the stuff once it's interred.

The only possible "reason" I can think of to do so is ye olde "out of sight, out of mind" edict.

And yes, I'm aware- Japan has issues with real-estate. Specifically that there's a lot of people and very little real estate. I'd still like to keep my nuclear waste where I can damn well see if it's leaking or not, and not underground where the only way I'm apt to learn that it leaked is twenty years after the fact when two out of every five kids in my neighborhood is being born with some sort of fatal leukemia.

Seriously, whoever came up with the idea of burying nuke waste needs a punch in the babymaker so hard that his ancestors feel it four generations back.


You'd think that a people who could build an entire city on reclaimed garbage could find a less contentious place, but...

08 Nov 2012 07:07 AM
pkellmey     
This is a really good idea. How else are you going to get the anime eyes in the next generation without a little radiation?

08 Nov 2012 07:22 AM
Onkel Buck     

maxheck: Onkel Buck:

So Japan doesnt have any hippies to stop this sort of thing?

They do, but they also have experience with shutting hippies up tuit suite.


It sounds like a paradise, tell me more.

08 Nov 2012 07:39 AM
thespindrifter     

08 Nov 2012 08:20 AM
WordsnCollision     
What a Japanese public playground might look like:

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/Come at me bro

08 Nov 2012 08:44 AM
ArkAngel    [TotalFark]  

sjcousins: [sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 403x403]
So that's where the Japanese get all their monorails from.


What's it called?

08 Nov 2012 09:31 AM
Medic Zero     

maxheck: Here in the US, we have our decommissioned military reactors arranged in trenches alongside the Columbia River. You can probably find them on Google Earth, just look up Hanford. I'm pretty sure that has more to do with SALT verification than any sane containment scheme. There's also some humongous tanks full of even the engineers don't know what there. Millions of gallons worth.

Eventually, the fisheries around Seattle and Vancouver are going to get a big radioactive surprise. A few billions of tax dollars go towards keeping it all contained, and sooner or later something has to fail, whether the money or the dikes.


The Columbia river is pretty far from Seattle, and getting from there to Seattle via the ocean means doing three sides of a square...

08 Nov 2012 09:55 AM
thebigfarker     
I keep tell you - they are trying to breed Godzilla.
May an all powerful sky fairy help us all when they do.

/Unless a Republican president finishes the Mecha Godzilla project in area 51 in time.

08 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
m1ke     
I'm no nuclear scientist and I'm also not being snarky....but why not just dump it in a really deep part of the ocean?

08 Nov 2012 10:25 AM
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