Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 31 July 2011

  • Pacific waters off Japan's Fukushima clearly affected by nuclear crisis: China's oceanic administration

    BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Waters in the Western Pacific region east and southeast of Japan's Fukushima are "clearly affected" by the radioactive materials leaked from the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, according to a statement from China's State Oceanic Administration on Sunday.

    Initial tests of samples collected from these areas show that radioactive cesium-137 and -134, as well as strontium-90 can be found in all water samples, the statement said.

    The statement said that under normal conditions, cesium-134 cannot be detected in sea waters, and that the maximum amounts of cesium-137 and strontium-90 detected in the samples are 300 times and 10 times, respectively, of the amounts of natural background radiation in China's territorial waters, the statement said.
    Source: news.xinhuanet.com

  • Strong quake shakes Fukushima

    Tokyo - A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan's Fukushima prefecture, home to a crippled nuclear power plant, early on Sunday, but there was no risk of tsunami, seismologists said.
    Source: news24.com

  • M6.5 quake hits Fukushima, no impact on nuclear plant

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 jolted Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity early Sunday morning, but it did not cause further trouble at the already crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

    No tsunami warning was issued in the wake of the 3:54 a.m. quake, which measured upper 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Naraha and Kawauchi in Fukushima and lower 5 in several other parts of the prefecture as well as in parts of Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Over 680,000 hotel bookings canceled

    FUKUSHIMA--Over 680,000 guests canceled reservations at inns and hotels in Fukushima Prefecture through the end of June due to the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Veteran actress Yoshinaga urges scrapping of nuclear plants

    "I hope there will be no nuclear plants in Japan as we have many earthquakes," Yoshinaga, 66, told a peace event in Hiroshima. "People often use the phrase of peaceful use of atomic power and I accepted it only vaguely knowing what it means."
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Kan repeats pledge to reduce reliance on nuclear power

    CHINO, Japan, July 31 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Sunday repeated his pledge to lower Japan's dependence on nuclear power as a national policy, standing firm on his push for the country's exit from nuclear power generation.

    "We cannot take a risk that could destroy the Earth even if it is a one in a hundred million chance," Kan told an energy symposium in Chino, Nagano Prefecture.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: One Step Forward, One Step Back, and One Enigma

    Now, according to NHK News Japanese (7/31/2011), TEPCO is going to conduct a test run of the heat exchanger that it also finished installing for the SFP. The company hopes to lower the temperature of the SFP from the current 87 degrees Celsius to about 30, just like in Reactors 2 and 3.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • #Radioactive Beef: Cesium Is Not Evenly Distributed in a Cow

    Ooops. Amateur hour at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare who thought testing one sample from the meat of one cow would be enough.

    According to Mainichi Shinbun, the Japanese authorities are finding out that the different parts of the same cow have different concentration of radioactive cesium. Not only that, the same part of the meat from the same cow can yield two different test results. That means even the meat that was tested and deemed "safe" (tested below 500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium) may not have been safe after all.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Iwate to join cattle ban; hundreds more suspected tainted

    SAGA — The government decided Sunday to issue an order to stop shipment of all beef cattle from Iwate Prefecture after cesium above the government limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was found in the meat of a sixth animal, government sources said.

    The government order, based on a special law on nuclear power plant-related accidents, is expected to be officially issued on Monday.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Govt drafts path to less reliance on nuclear energy

    A government panel has decided on a draft policy guideline aimed at giving direction to the process of reducing the nation's dependence on nuclear power.

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan and other members of the energy and environment panel agreed to continue utilizing nuclear energy while enhancing safety, during a meeting held at the Prime Minister's Office on Friday.

    In its interim draft for innovative energy and environment strategy, the panel outlined a policy of reducing dependence on nuclear power by increasing the use of renewable energy, promoting energy conservation and introducing cleaner, more efficient fossil-fuel technologies.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Fukushima protesters urge end to nuclear power

    TOKYO — An estimated 1,700 people rallied in the capital of Japan's Fukushima region, home to a crippled atomic power plant, on Sunday, calling for an end to nuclear energy, local media reported.

    "Abolish all the nuclear power plants!" and "Give radiation-free Fukushima back to us," the demonstrators chanted as they marched in Fukushima City, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the nuclear plant.
    Source: google.com/hostednews


Radioactive news 30 July 2011

  • Torrential rain hits Niigata, Fukushima

    Torrential rain has caused rivers to overflow in Niigata and Fukushima prefectures in northern Japan.

    About 207,000 people in 15 municipalities of the 2 prefectures are taking shelter, as of 8 PM on Saturday, following authorities' evacuation orders or advisories.

    At least 3,000 houses have been flooded in the prefectures.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Hundreds more cattle found shipped after being fed tainted straw+

    TOKYO, Japan, July 30 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Hundreds of more beef cattle were confirmed Saturday to have been shipped after being fed rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium, with 290 from Fukushima Prefecture and 103 from Miyagi Prefecture, local officials said.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • 67% of hibakusha believe Japan should reduce nuclear power: survey

    OSAKA, July 30 Kyodo - Some 67.1 percent of survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 believe Japan should reduce the number of nuclear power stations, according to results released Saturday of a Kyodo News survey taken after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.
    Source: oananews.org

  • Japan Ending Nuclear Age Risks $5 Trillion Economy as Komatsu, Sharp Walk

    apan’s Fukui prefecture helps Sharp Corp. make solar cells, generates cash for BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and keeps the lights on in the Kansai area, which has an economy the size of Mexico’s and is home to Panasonic Corp.

    What makes Fukui key to production of global brands is the reason it got the nickname “Nuclear Ginza.” The prefecture on the Japan Sea coast north of Osaka is home to 14 reactors in atomic plants, the highest concentration in the world.
    Source: bloomberg.com

  • Japan Could Miss Nuclear Plant Decontamination Goal

    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power has battled to prevent radioactive contaminants from escaping the six-reactor facility following a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing in Japan. The firm has pumped water into the plant on an ongoing basis in an effort to cool components, resulting in radiation-tainted liquid flooding large portions of the site.
    Source: globalsecuritynewswire.org

  • Nuclear safety agency under fire over fake questions

    SHIZUOKA — The mayor of Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday criticized the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency after revelations continued to emerge that several electric power companies had been asked by the agency to have local residents pose questions in favor of Japan’s nuclear projects at symposiums.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Contaminated beef served in Gifu school lunches

    GIFU — Gifu prefectural authorities said Friday that beef thought to be contaminated with radioactive material has been served in children’s school lunches in 52 schools throughout the city of Gifu. City authorities told a news conference that mincemeat from 14 head of cattle was used in croquettes served with children’s school lunches, and that the serial number of one of the cows matches that of an animal believed to be contaminated.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • 1 dead, 5 missing as floods hit Niigata, Fukushima

    TOKYO — Floods claimed their first victim in Japan and nearly 300,000 people were urged to flee their homes Saturday as a weather system that killed dozens on the Korean peninsula swept the country.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Japan denies censorship over nuclear crisis

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan on Friday denied that a government project to monitor online news reports and Twitter posts about the Fukushima nuclear crisis was an attempt to censor negative information and views.
    Source: news.yahoo.com

  • Gov't denies online, Twitter censorship over nuclear crisis

    TOKYO — The Japanese government on Friday denied that a government project to monitor online news reports and Twitter posts about the Fukushima nuclear crisis was an attempt to censor negative information and views.

    Some Western online reports have charged that Japan had passed a law with the intent of “cleansing” the Internet of negative reports and commentary about the accident at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Nuclear regulator scandal may further delay restart of idled reactors

    The accusations of attempts by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) to manipulate public opinion to favor "pluthermal" nuclear projects at government-sponsored symposiums held in 2006 and 2007 have further dented public confidence in Japan' nuclear policy and may further delay the restart of idled nuclear reactors across the country.

    They also show the problem with NISA, a nuclear regulatory body existing under the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, which has been keen to pursue and promote nuclear power generation.
    Source: mainichi.jp

  • NRC Working To Prove Meltdown in American Reactors Far Less Lethal Than Previously Thought

    ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is approaching completion of an ambitious study that concludes that a meltdown at a typical American reactor would lead to far fewer deaths than previously assumed. A draft version of the report was provided to The New York Times by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nuclear watchdog group that has long been critical of the commission’s risk assessments and obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request. Since the recent triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, such groups have been arguing that the commission urgently needs to tighten safeguards for new and aging plants in the United States.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com


Radioactive news 29 July 2011

  • Utility says NISA sought 'plants' to talk up MOX bid

    Chubu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was asked by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency to set up supportive or neutral questions from the audience at a 2007 symposium about a plan to use a controversial fuel mix at the Hamaoka nuclear plant.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Kyushu Electric Also Had Employees Tamper With Previous Public Debates Regarding MOX Fuel

    When Saga sponsored panel discussion about a pluthermal generation plan of the unit No. Kyushu Electric Power Genkai Nuclear Power Plant (Genkaicho, Saga) 3 in December, 2005, the employee and members of associated company whom Kyushu Electric Power called out understood that I amounted to a little less than several odd numbers of the whole participant (782) that was almost half of one hundred thirty six, officials found the testimony of Kyushu Electric Power.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Japan drops promotion of nuclear power from 5-year science plan

    The governmental Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) on July 29 dropped plans to expand nuclear power generation from its newest five-year science program.

    The program for fiscal 2011-2015, the fourth in a series, calls for new research and development as Japan plots its future energy and nuclear power policies.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Utilities, LDP long held cozy ties

    The recent findings that current and former power company executives have been making huge political donations to the Liberal Democratic Party since the 1970s show the industry and party have long had cozy ties.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Japan PM Announces Nuclear Reduction Plan

    Responding to concerns raised by the March 11 tsunami, Naoto Kan on Friday announced a plan for investment in renewables, a re-examination of the national policy promoting the private development of nuclear power and a reworking of the control regional power companies have over their markets.
    Source: foxnews.com

  • (Part 2) Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: "What Are You Doing?"

    Part 2 of Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama's testimony on July 27 to the Committee on Welfare and Labor in Japan's Lower House in the Diet.

    Professor Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo.

    Professor Kodama's anger is now directed toward the government's non-action to protect people, especially children and young mothers, from internal radiation exposure. His specialty is internal medicine using radioisotope, so he says he has done the intense research on internal radiation:
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Japan PM pledges 'revolutionary' energy shift

    TOKYO - JAPAN'S Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday pledged a 'revolutionary' shift away from atomic power and towards renewable energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
    Source: straitstimes.com

  • Japan widens ban on radioactive beef

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan widened a ban on beef to cattle from a second tsunami-hit region Thursday, citing elevated radiation levels in the meat of animals because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.

    Almost 3,000 cattle feared tainted with radioactive caesium have been shipped nationwide, slaughtered and sold after the animals were fed rice straw exposed to fallout from the more than four-month-old nuclear crisis.
    Source: news.yahoo.com

  • IAEA Chief Urges TEPCO To Ensure Information Transparency

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano on Friday urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. to ensure information transparency over the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • UPDATE 2-Japan vows to skirt nuclear shutdown, watchdog embarassed

    * Government sees 10 pct power shortage, 20 pct cost spike if all reactors halted

    * Government to seek reactor restarts once safety confirmed

    * Share of nuclear power to fall, but public debate needed on nuclear-free option

    * Utility implicates regulator in attempt to manipulate public opinion

    * Kan says nuclear regulator's existence questions (Adds trade minister comments, details)
    Source: reuters.com

  • Gov't unit sought to manipulate symposium on nuclear power

    TOKYO, July 29 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Chubu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was asked by the government's nuclear safety agency to have local residents pitch questions favoring the firm's so-called pluthermal nuclear power generation project at a related symposium.

    The electricity firm serving central Japan said an official of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency asked the utility to bring in participants for the government-sponsored symposium to reduce the number of vacant seats and have them raise questions to make it appear that not everyone was opposed to the project.

    Chubu Electric drafted a list of questions, but eventually rejected the request, considering it was inappropriate.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Two nuke crisis compensation bills set to pass Diet don't clarify gov't responsibility

    One of the bills is aimed at establishing the legal basis for the creation of an organization to pay compensation for nuclear accidents, while the other pertains to the provisional payment of crisis compensation.

    However, it remains to be seen how much of the compensation burden plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will be required to shoulder as discoveries of radioactive cesium contamination of beef cows continue to swell in number.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Stuxnet virus 'could be adapted to attack the West'

    Power and water and other vital services in the West could be crippled by adapted versions of the Stuxnet virus, which was originally developed to disrupt the Iranian nuclear programme, the US government has warned.
    Source: telegraph.co.uk via WRH


Radioactive news 28 July 2011

  • #Radiation in Japan: How the Brainwashing Was Done in Fukushima

    An article appeared in the local (Ishikawa Prefecture) version of Mainichi Shinbun on July 25. The article was about the anti-nuke demonstration in Kanazawa City in Ishikawa on July 24, and it contained this passage: ...

    Among the participants was Mr. Takumi Aizawa, a school worker at Kusano Elementary School in Iitate-mura in Fukushima Prefecture, which has been designated as "planned evacuation zone" by the national government. Mr. Aizawa told the demonstrators, "After the earthquake there was no information. Then a university professor sent by the government came to the village and said, "You can eat vegetables harvested in the village if you wash them". Children, who had been evacuated, then started to come back [on that reassuring word] and they got irradiated."

    What? And who was this professor? I suspected Dr. "100 millisieverts" Yamashita, but it turned out to be his younger sidekick, Dr. Noboru Takamura of Nagasaki University.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Solar power plants to start operation in Kawasaki

    A solar power plant is to start operation in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, in mid- August.

    Kawasaki City and Tokyo Electric Power Company have jointly built the plant on 11 hectares of reclaimed land in the Ukishima district along Tokyo Bay.

    The plant, which has 38,000 solar panels -- each measuring 1.3 meters by 1 meter -- is expected to generate 7.4 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough to supply to 2,000 average households.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Fukushima ranchers fear summer heat will kill cattle

    MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Unable to ship their beef, ranchers in Fukushima Prefecture are increasingly worried that their beef cattle, fattened to the limit, will not survive the sweltering heat this summer.

    The government banned shipments of beef cattle in the prefecture last week after tests on some meat from the animals revealed levels of radioactive cesium exceeding government safety standards.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Japan slow to close door on nuclear food

    TOKYO - Somehow, when much of the world was worried about nuclear fallout from Japan, it never occurred to thousands of farmers and government officials that radioactive particles spewing into eastern Japan since March might end up in the food chain via rice straw left outside to dry.

    Either that, or after the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant farmers and officials knowingly ignored public safety concerns to profit from the sale of straw, cows and other perishable food items before they would have to be thrown out, slaughtered or burned.
    Source: atimes.com

  • Nagasaki mayor: shift from nuclear power needed

    The mayor of Nagasaki City will for the first time call for a shift away from nuclear energy in his annual peace declaration on August 9th, amid the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • UPDATE 1-Japan cattle shipment halt expands amid radiation scare

    * Govt bans Miyagi beef shipments due to radiation worries

    * Excessive radiation found in vegetables, tea, seafood (Adds government confirmation, quotes, rice info)

    (Reuters) - Japan extended on Thursday its ban on beef cattle shipments to include Miyagi prefecture after finding radiation levels exceeding safety standards in some cattle, adding to worries over food safety as the country grapples with the world's worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.
    Source: reuters.com

  • Areva warns future unclear after Fukushima

    Areva, the world’s biggest maker of atomic reactors, has warned that it remains “extremely difficult” to assess the long-term impact on the industry of the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster but said orders were only €1bn ($1.4bn) lower than before the event.

    Source: ft.com

  • #Radioactive Compost Has Already Spread Wide

    From the press release by Akita prefectural government on July 25:

    A resident in Akita Prefecture alerted the authorities when the bag of leaf compost that he purchased from a local garden/home center measured high in radiation with his portable survey meter. The authorities tested the content of the bag, and it had 11,000 becquerels/kg of cesium.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • UPDATE: Areva Profits Drop, Warns Of Deeper Long-term Fukushima Hit

    PARIS (Dow Jones)--French state-controlled nuclear engineering firm Areva SA (AREVA.FR) Wednesday reported a large drop in quarterly earnings and warned that it is still too soon to assess the full consequences of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on its long-term financial outlook.

    In the first half of 2011, Areva's net profit stood at EUR351 million, down from the EUR843 million a year earlier. Operating income excluding special items fell to EUR62 million in the period from EUR213 million a year earlier.

    But Areva's earnings statement was even more noteworthy as an articulation of the new uncertainty that shadows the nuclear business following Fukushima. Areva has touted its 3rd generation EPR reactor as the world's safest nuclear source.
    Source: online.wsj.com

  • IAEA Hopes To Review Japan's Nuclear 'Stress Tests': Amano

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said Thursday that the nuclear watchdog hopes to review the outcome of Japan's so -called ''stress tests'' on nuclear reactors, saying that an international viewpoint would help to increase the credibility of the safety checks.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Professor: Claim That "Radiation Is Good For You" Is "An Incredible Lie"

    A Professor From The State University of New York Says That The Nuclear Industry Propaganda That 'Radiation Is Good For You' Is 'An Incredible Lie'

    Karl Grossman, a professor at State University of New York College gave an interview to Press TV on the effects of Japan nuclear radiation on the people in Japan and the United states.

    Source: examiner.com via WRH

  • 310 children transferred to schools outside Fukushima city

    FUKUSHIMA--In Fukushima city, 310 schoolchildren were transferred to schools elsewhere by the end of the first semester due to radiation fears, according to a survey by the city education board.

    Fukushima, whose center is about 60 kilometers from the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is currently not included in any designated evacuation zones.

    The survey is the first revelation that schoolchildren in areas under orders to evacuate are being relocated over radiation fears.

    Among the 310 children, many were transferred by their parents or guardians to schools in areas of relatives or acquaintances residing outside Fukushima Prefecture. Many mothers accompanied the children, while the fathers remained in Fukushima city, education board officials said.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Documents in nuclear sector, missing, others burn down

    Economy Minister asks for an investigation in the missing documents case.

    A new scandal is brewing after some documents related to the nuclear sector went missing. According to HotNews, several documents from the Autonomous Direction for Nuclear Activities vanished, while other documents from the National Nuclear Activity Watch Commission (CNCAN) archive burned down. Vajda Borbala, the chair of the commission, confirmed that documents from the archive had burned down, but claims this has not affected in any way the activity, as they are saved in electronic format as well. “This wasn’t the classified archive. These were documents also available in the electronic archive,” Vajda stated, for the aforementioned source. Asked what had caused the fire, the chair claimed it had started “from a computer, from a socket, there was a problem with the electronic system”.
    Source: nineoclock.ro via WRH

  • 'Radiation hormesis an incredible lie'

    The nuclear theory 'radiation hormesis' - the hypothesis that low doses of ionizing radiation are beneficial - is "an incredible lie."

    "A lot of nuclear scientists … actually have the nerve to claim that radiation is good for you, and they have this theory called 'radiation hormesis' and they claim that radioactivity exercises the immune system and it's a healthy thing for people. Essentially what they are doing is promoting their technology with this incredible lie," Karl Grossman, a professor at State University of New York College told Press TV's U.S. Desk in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
    Source: weeklyintercept.blogspot.com via WRH


Radioactive news 27 July 2011

  • Japan's never ending nuclear nightmare

    (NaturalNews) Lauren Moret told us that, "On the night of June 14, a nuclear incident occurred in the Reactor 3 building in the spent fuel pool when huge bursts of gamma ray fluorescence lit up the night sky and turned the reactor building as bright as the sun, indicating the spent fuel rods and melted uranium and plutonium were boiling off, vaporized along with the rest of the fission products."
    Source: naturalnews.com

  • 'Radiation turns up in all kinds of food products in Japan'

    After visiting the Fukushima nuclear plant and meeting with Japan's prime minister, the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, has promised to provide all necessary expertise to complete the second phase of containing the crisis by early next year. For more on what's happening in Japan RT's joined live from Hiroshima by nuclear energy expert Doctor Robert Jacobs.
    Source: RussiaToday

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Fukushima long ranked Japan's most hazardous nuclear plant

    One of 5 worst nuclear plants in world for exposure to radiation * Tepco prioritised cost-savings over radiation standard * Tepco says old plants like Fukushima have high radiation * Foreign workers used to avoid exposing staff to high radiation * Improvements made at Fukushima before disaster hit
    Source: reuters.com

  • Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit

    Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers' compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. The revelation comes amid reports that a number of workers battling the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were found to have been exposed to more than the emergency limit of 250 millisieverts, which was raised from the previous limit of 100 millisieverts in March.

    According to Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry statistics, of the 10 nuclear power plant workers, six had leukemia, two multiple myeloma and another two lymphatic malignancy. Only one had been exposed to 129.8 millisieverts but the remaining nine were less than 100 millisieverts, including one who had been exposed to about 5 millisieverts.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Mongolia expresses reservations about nuclear fuel repository plan

    TOKYO, July 27 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Mongolia has reservations about a plan to build a facility there to store or dispose of spent nuclear fuel from other countries, Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said Wednesday.

    Matsumoto told a parliamentary session that when he met with his Mongolian counterpart Gombojav Zandanshatar last Saturday, the Mongolian minister said his country would find it difficult under domestic law to take in nuclear waste from overseas.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Croatia, Poland govts host disaster-hit kids

    The Croatian government will invite several Sendai primary school students and their parents to visit Croatia for two weeks next month in a gesture of support for residents of the city hit hard by the March 11 disaster.

    Accompanied by several interpreters, the group of 30 will stay in a facility operated by the Croatian Red Cross in the coastal city of Split, and visit the historic city of Trogir and other tourist spots.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Booting Kan out proves harder than expected

    The two other conditions that Kan says must be met before he steps down are passage of a bill promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and a bill allowing the government to issue deficit-covering bonds in the current fiscal year through next March.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Reuters: - Fukushima Contract Workers Radiation Screening Was Delayed Until Testing Was Almost Meaningless

    (Reuters) - Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world for radiation exposure years before it was destroyed by the meltdowns and explosions that followed the March 11 earthquake.For five years to 2008, the Fukushima plant was rated the most hazardous nuclear facility in Japan for worker exposure to radiation and one of the five worst nuclear plants in the world on that basis. The next rankings, compiled as a three-year average, are due this year.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Business As Usual For Nuclear Energy In The USA

    webmasters comment:

    Each time nuke supporter opens his mouth BS is spewing out in crazy amounts.

    Its so absurd that nuke industry claims that u need their "24 hour" energy that gives "no environmental pollutants", while nuclear power plants provide 5% smth of worlds energy needs and approx 12% of world electricity needs.

    For comparison, windpower which is sadly still in its beginnings as ofc many other alternative energy sources, is providing 20% of what nukes are making right now, with 100% increase in output in 3 years. And nuclear power had 60 smth years headstart.
    Source: revolutionarypolitics.tv

  • #Radiation in Japan: 60 Becquerels/Kg Cesium from Eggs in Fukushima

    A chicken farmer in Kawamata-machi in Fukushima Prefecture has brought his eggs to a volunteer testing station in Fukushima City. After 20 minutes of testing, 60 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium is detected from the eggs.

    Disappointed, the farmer says, "I don't know what to say to my customers. It's much lower than the provisional safety limit in Japan, but if I compare the number to the safety limit in Ukraine it is extraordinary..."

    The reporter asks the farmer, "What is the safety limit in Ukraine?"

    6 becquerels/kg, he tells the reporter.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • TEPCO seeks new ways to reduce contaminated water

    TEPCO hopes to eventually send workers into the buildings to find a way to pour water directly onto the fuel rods.

    webmasters comment:

    That means that currently they are just pouring water into the building randomly, hoping its reaching the rods and wondering where all the water is going. Cold shutdown timeline at its best.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Radioactive cesium found in compost in Akita

    According to a report on NHK, 11,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram were detected in compost sold in one store in Akita Prefecture. However, the government said the level of cesium does not pose a health risk.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Quince Entered Reactor 3, Now Humans' Turn to Brave 75 Millisieverts/Hr Radiation

    so that TEPCO can conserve water that is being injected into the RPVs.

    The robot "Quince" went to the 2nd floor of Reactor 3's reactor building at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on July 26 and measured the radiation. It was as high as 75 millisieverts/hour on the 2nd floor. To help "Quince", 6 TEPCO employees went to the reactor building (I don't think they were inside the building), and received maximum 2.22 millisieverts of radiation.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Workers to inspect No.3 reactor building

    TEPCO injects a total of around 390 tons of water daily into reactors 1 to 3 to cool them down, but most of it becomes highly contaminated. The No. 3 reactor is the largest source of contamination as it needs double the amount of water because of leaks and other problems.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Oceanographers urge more stringent monitoring of radioactivity at sea

    For example, the detection threshold for cesium-137 is currently about 9 becquerels per liter, and any value below this limit is labeled "not detectable."

    The oceanographers called for more highly sensitive analysis methods because even radioactivity on the order of a few becquerels per liter could accumulate in fish and shellfish, and thus the food chain.

    "If fish and shellfish live long spans of time, they could come to contain several hundred becquerels of cesium per kilogram in their body tissues," the oceanographers warned.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Japan scientists say gov’t testing may be missing radiation threats

    “Depending on the species, fish have been known to accumulate as much as 100 times the amount of pollutants in the environment,” Jota Kanda, a professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology specializing in marine environment, said by phone yesterday. [...]
    Source: enenews.com


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