Radioactive news 10 April 2011

  • China Takes Lead in Race for Clean Nuclear Power

    China has officially announced it will launch a program to develop a thorium-fueled molten-salt nuclear reactor, taking a crucial step towards shifting to nuclear power as a primary energy source.

    Source: wired.com
  • In the zone

    "Fukushima is now synonymous with one thing only: nuclear accident," says Tadanori Miura, who chose to remain in his home in Minamisoma, 25 km from the Fukushima No. 1 plant, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co., despite the danger warnings. "I feel angry and deceived. I'd like to throttle the Tepco president," he adds.
    Another resident, who requested he not be named, said he had heard of several local farmers who have already thrown in the towel. One, a producer of cabbages in Sukagawa, took his own life last week.
    "He had spent years tending to his land so that he could grow his produce organically," my anonymous informant explained. "It's such bad luck."

    Source: japantimes.co.jp
  • High radiation levels found beyond 30-km radius

    A study of soil samples has revealed that as much as 400 times the normal levels of radiation could remain in communities beyond a 30-kilometer radius from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, where explosions spewed radioactive materials into the atmosphere.

    The study was conducted by a team of experts from Kyoto University and Hiroshima University.

    Source: asahi.com
  • Companies nix higher radiation dose limit

    Companies dispatching workers to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are refusing to enforce the government's raised limit on radiation exposure, saying it would not be accepted by their workers, it was learned Saturday.

    The limit was increased from 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts in a March 15 announcement by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp
  • 17,500 Gather For Tokyo Rallies Against Nuclear Plants

    About 17,500 people gathered Sunday for two rallies held in Tokyo against nuclear power plants amid the prolonged crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station some 220 kilometers to the northeast.

    Around the JR Koenji Station in Suginami Ward, some 15,000 people took part in a demonstration march organized by local shop owners and reported online as a call for joining the event had spread on Twitter, organizers said.

    ''I learned of the event on Twitter. Now is the time to stop nuclear plants,'' said Takashi Kamiyama, who took part with his 2- and 6-year-old children among participants. ''I want to do what I can do for these kids.

    Source: e.nikkei.com
  • Soil cesium limit set for rice / Some farmers won't be allowed to plant this season, possibly longer

    The crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has spurred the government to restrict rice planting in soil with more than 5,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, the first time maximum radiation levels have been set for soil.

    Radioactive cesium levels exceeding 5,000 becquerels per kilogram have been detected in farmland close to the nuclear plant and farmers in these areas will likely be barred from growing rice this season, government sources said.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp
  • Cobalt 60 found; Fukushima Has Long Since Passed the Level of Three Mile Island

    TEPCO, the Japanese government, and other organizations have been getting more open with data, but many important documents are not being translated quickly and there is little effort to bring the findings together in an easily understood way. See here for TEPCO’s analysis of the radioactive water in the No. 3 reactor building. Satoko Norimatsu has provided English translations of the compounds being measured.
    Cobalt 60
    Technetium 99m
    Iodine 131
    Cesium 134
    Cesium 136
    Cesium 137
    Barium 137
    Lanthanum 140
    Cerium 144

    Source: japanfocus.org
  • Lured to work with radiation

    At the Fukushima Daiichi plant, 89 per cent of the 10,303 workers during that period were contractors. In Japan's nuclear industry, the elite are operators like Tokyo Electric and the manufacturers that build and help maintain the plants like Toshiba and Hitachi. But under those companies are contractors, subcontractors and sub-subcontractors — with wages, benefits and protection against radiation dwindling with each step down the ladder.

    Source: hindu.com
  • Plutonium and Uranium Detected – April 10 2011

    This has been one of the most difficult blog entries we’ve written. In order to gather the most thorough evidence to date, we poured through countless news stories from Japan and the World, as well as official press releases from TEPCO, NRC documents, Areva status documents, and a JAIF report in order to determine the truth at Fukushima.

    We had assumed that since the IAEA is an international organization, it would have the most honest report, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. What you’re reading took numerous hours of research over many days to discover the theoretical timeline of Plutonium radioactive isotope leakage at the Fukushima Daiichi facility.

    Source: theintelhub.com