Radioactive news 4 May 2011

  • Stabilizing cooling systems in Daiichi not easy
    A team of workers will enter the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Thursday for the first time since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

    The workers will set up a purifier for the radioactive-tainted air in the building. This is being done ahead of work to build a system to restore the cooling functions in the reactor.

    Source: NHK
  • EPA stops monitoring radiation
    Most American states are not doing their own radiation monitoring, because - they say - the EPA is monitoring the situation.

    But as EPA writes today:

    Due to the consistent decrease in radiation levels across the country associated with the Japanese nuclear incident, EPA will update the daily data summary page only when new data are posted.

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    After a thorough data review showing declining radiation levels related to the Japanese nuclear incident, EPA has returned to the routine RadNet sampling and analysis process for precipitation, drinking water and milk.

    In fact, radiation levels are not decreasing, and top independent scientists are calling for increased monitoring.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com
  • TEPCO checks radiation levels in seabed near plant
    Radiation levels 100 to 1,000 times above normal have been detected in the seabed near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

    The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, conducted its first contamination analysis of the seabed near the plant using samples from 2 points 20 to 30 meters deep on Friday.

    Source: NHK
  • The Future Children of Fukushima
    Children in Belarus, Ukraine and certain provinces of Russia tell us what to expect from a massive radiation contamination such as Japan is currently experiencing. Radiation attacks the young to a harsher degree than it does adults, and yet we do know that it kills adults. Radioactivity causes numerous illnesses including terminal cancers, and not just from a large initial dose but over time from absorbed emitting particles inside the body.

    A senior nuclear adviser to the Japanese Prime Minister, professor Toshiso Kosako resigned in protest from his government. This as the Japanese government raised the level of permissible exposure to schoolchildren twenty fold, from 1mSv/year to 20mSv.

    The atomic power industry, it can be proved, has been an unprecedented catastrophe for mankind.

    Source: counterpunch.org