TO STOP BURNING OF RADIOACTIVE DISASTER DEBRIS IN KITAKYUSHU
  • Petitioned Kenji KITAHASHI

This petition was delivered to:

The Mayor of Kitakyushu City
Kenji KITAHASHI

TO STOP BURNING OF RADIOACTIVE DISASTER DEBRIS IN KITAKYUSHU

    1. H K
    2. Petition by

      H K

      Brooklyn, NY

ACT NOW TO PROTECT the safe and clean air, water and soil of the Japanese city of Kitakyushu and the island of Kyushu from further radioactive contamination.

SIGN BELOW TO STOP BURNING OF RADIOACTIVE DISASTER DEBRIS. Tell Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi to stop spreading radioactive particles into the Kitakyushu and Kyushu air, land and water.

HERE IS THE STORY:

Radioactive debris from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 is being transported to the relatively clean island of Kyushu. Even though citizens protested, on May 24, 2012, Kitakyushu City in Fukuoka Prefecture started incinerating tsunami disaster-related debris from Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures to test the “safety” of the incineration in the city’s two incinerator plants. 

We call for stopping further acceptance and incineration of more debris because neither the transport of such radioactive materials nor the burning of it is safe or sound public policy.  Spreading radioactivity to “clean” areas is dangerous. 

If such debris is incinerated, health-threatening dangerous radioactive particles will be emitted into the atmosphere and around the world.  Other radioactive particles will be in the incinerator ash.  Even if the incinerator ash is only used for landfill, the radioactive cesium in the soil will eventually move to the ocean because it is soluble in water. Plants and animals can intake the contaminated water and then this harmful contaminant is in food ingested by humans.  As well, it can be air-born transported and breathed into human lungs.

After the Fukushima Dai-ichi disaster, Japanese government standards were changed to allow people to be exposed to much more radioactivity than was considered “safe” before the disaster. Before, industrial waste with radioactive cesium concentration of 100 becquerels per kilogram (Bq/kg) and higher had to be carefully handled and stored as “radioactive waste” only at designated facilities. Now, if radioactive cesium concentration in waste is lower than or equal to 8,000 Bq/kg that debris can be used for landfill as regular waste.  There is no scientific health data to justify this 80 times increase in allowable radiation.

An November 2011 IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) report about findings on radioactive waste states: “Large volumes of contaminated material will be generated from massive clean-up activities in urban, agriculture, forest and aquatic areas that are affected mostly by radioactive cesium releases.    The material would include soil, organic material, vehicles, buildings, road material, aqueous liquids, trees and stumps contaminated with Cs-134 and Cs-137.  The radioactivity content of the contaminated material ranges from a few to several tens of thousands of Bq/kg.”  It is hardly possible to measure with accuracy the radioactive cesium concentration in debris to be transported to other parts of Japan, including Kitakyushu. 

We should never leave such a dangerous and long-lasting legacy to our offspring.  We should stop spreading radioactive contamination and preserve the land, air, and water of Kyushu.  We can help people who more directly suffered from the terrible disaster to recuperate in the “clean” environment of Kyushu. 

Accordingly, we call for Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji KITAHASHI to :

1. Please stop accepting and incinerating the disaster-related debris immediately since  the safety of the people and future generation on Kitakyushu and the world cannot be ensured.

2. Please support and reinforce measures to help the people of Tohoku (areas near Fukushima Dai-ichi with high radioactive contamination), such as continued admission of evacuees for respite and recuperation. 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Kitakyushu City Proceeds Burning Radioactive Disaster Debris

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      The Mayor of Kitakyushu city, Kenji KITAHASHI announced today at the city council that the city will proceed burning radioactive disaster debris from August 2012 through March 2014. It is expected that 130 ~ 140 tons of the debris are burned each day, in total of 60,000 ~70,000 tons through March 2014. The debris in Ishinomaki-shi Miyagi prefecture in Northern Japan “Tohoku,” will be transported to Kitakyushu City in the south island of Japan, “Kyushu” by a caring vessel. There are three incinerator plants, and will be buried in Wakamatsu Ward landfill in Kitakyushu City.

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. 震災がれきの受け入れと焼却の拒否を北橋健治北九州市長に求める署名

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      震災がれきの受け入れと焼却の拒否を北橋健治北九州市長に求める署名
      (英語嘆願書和訳)
      http://wp.me/p2g4rK-6F

    5. STOPPEN SIE DIE VERBRENNUNG RADIOAKTIVEN MÜLLS IN KITAKYUSHU

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      STOPPEN SIE DIE VERBRENNUNG RADIOAKTIVEN MÜLLS IN KITAKYUSHU
      (German Translation)
      http://wp.me/p2g2dl-bp

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. We have posted the petition in Spanish

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      Acabar con la incineración de desechos radiactivos del desastre de Fukushima, en la ciudad de Kitakyushu
      http://wp.me/p2g2dl-be

    8. We have posted the petition in Italian!

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      STOP ALL’INCENERIMENTO DELLE SCORIE RADIOATTIVE DEL DISASTRO NUCLEARE
      http://wp.me/p2g2dl-b5

    9. 被災地からの声にも耳を傾けてこの問題を考えてみませんか?(Sorry only in Japanese)

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      がれき広域処理反対の方々へのお願い、被災地からの声 by Shogo Kajiwara
      反対の我々も被災地の現状、被災地の人々の心情を十分理解認識した上でこの大きな問題を世界市民と一緒に考える契機にしていきませんか?

      https://www.facebook.com/notes/shogo-kajiwara/がれき広域処理反対の方々へのお願い/396384870385701

    10. We have posted the petition in French

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      Pétition contre l'accueil et l'incinération de déchets radioactifs à Kita-Kyushu et Kyushu (extreme sud-ouest du Japon)

    11. Reached 750 signatures
    12. Please see more updates and past posting at CFF Blog

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      Cinema Forum Fukushima
      http://cinemaforumfukushima.org

    13. Reached 100 signatures
    14. Next Town Hall Meeting The City of KITAKYUSHU

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      June 6th 2012 from 18:30

    15. Reached 50 signatures
    16. Arnie Gundersen talks about Radioactive Rubble Relocation & Incineration

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      Arnie Gundersen talks about Radioactive Rubble Relocation & Incineration in Tokyo, recorded on Dec. 29th 2011

    17. Why Radioactive Rubble Relocation & Incineration are dangerous?

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      Radioactive Rubble Relocation & Incineration in Japan / Warning from the US & UK Scientists

    18. Ma 22nd 2012 / Geiger Counter Detection at the Radioactive Truck Blockade

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      From unconfirmed resident’s tweet said that the Geiger counter at the gate was recorded in a sharp increase 0.05uSv/h→0.612uSv/h

    19. May 22nd 2012

      H K
      by H K
      Petition Organizer

      The YouTube footage at the Radioactive Trucks blockade & Police action on May 22nd 2012.

    20. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • beth murphy ST PAUL, MN
      • 3 months ago

      Radio active material is hitting the atmosphere and affecting the global population, this is way beyond just rescuing Japan, this is about helping rescue the lives of countless millions across the globe

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    • Gary Gary JAPAN
      • 3 months ago

      I am disgusted with how the Japanese government has handled the Fukushima clean up. I am equally disgusted with the Japanese people for not making a stand and demanding a better clean up strategy.

      I've lived in Japan for over ten years with my Japanese wife and am now seriously questioning the benefits of staying in Japan or cutting out loses and getting out while we still have our health! It's really come to this... I feel I'm living in a country of half wits. Most Japanese people I talk to are oblivious of the dangers facing society here, and continue to feed their children fish caught in these polluted oceans and vegetables, rice from polluted earth.. Just sit down and watch the next bloody variety show on tv and everything will be alright!!

      I'd like to say there is hope for Japan, but honestly, with the level of ignorance from the general public I would be lying if I said there was true hope. Sort it out people and wake up before it's too late! And that's not too far in the distance.

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    • Julie Wert CAMDEN, MI
      • 9 months ago

      Radioactive contamination is murder.

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    • Timothy Smith RICHLAND, WA
      • 9 months ago

      There is no rug big enough to sweep this shit under.

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    • khary Kingly TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      It's important to everyone. The world's health and state of well being is at risk we can;t afford to be taking such harsh actions.

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