Radioactive news 3 June 2011

  • Nagasaki staffers exposed to Fukushima radiation

    Nagasaki University Hospital says that at least 40 percent of local people sent to Fukushima Prefecture, host to the crippled nuclear plant, suffered internal radiation exposure.

    The hospital checked staffers and medical experts sent to Fukushima by Nagasaki's prefectural government. They spent around a week helping local government offices and medical institutions in Fukushima after the nuclear plant accident in March.

    The hospital says radioactive iodine was detected in the bodies of 34, or about 40 percent, of 87 examinees. Some were also detected for radioactive cesium. Neither substance occurs naturally in human bodies.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • State, not internal veteran exec, should run Tepco: critics

    Tepco has sought government aid to help cover compensation costs from the disaster at its Fukushima No. 1 plant that was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The utility, which had admitted to faking hundreds of safety reports in the past, was criticized by Prime Minister Naoto Kan for a slow response to the accident that caused radiation leaks and forced the evacuation of about 50,000 families.
    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • TEPCO needs to store 100,000 tons of "tainted" water

    TEPCO says 16,200 tons of water has been leaked outside Number One, 24,600 tons at Number 2, 28,100 tons at Number 3 and 22,900 tons at Number 4. It says another 13,300 tons of water has already been moved to a storage facility.

    It says the 105,100 tons of water contains an estimated 720,000 terabecquerels of radioactive substances. Tera stands for one trillion.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • IAEA Admits - 'There Is NO Safe Level Of Radiation'

    PUTRAJAYA: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today admitted there is no such thing as “safe” levels of radiation.

    However, it told the Consumer Association of Penang that some radiation levels could be justified.

    The nine-member IAEA panel is here to gauge the safety of the Lynas rare earth refinery in Kuantan.
    Source: activistpost.com

  • Parents flunk ministry over soil-removal policy shift

    The move came after a barrage of criticism from parents in the prefecture who fear radiation leaking from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant could increase their kids' chances of developing leukemia or cancer. Some, supported by activists, lodged a protest outside the ministry on May 23.

    But the new limit is only a "best effort" target, and an earlier — and binding — radiation limit is still intact. In April, the ministry set a limit of 3.8 microsieverts per hour for playground use at schools in the prefecture. Together with estimated exposure from outside of school grounds, total annual exposure could grow to 20 millisieverts.
    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • TEPCO plans to plug all potential leaks

    The Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, plans to plug all potential leaks of highly radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in June.

    TEPCO submitted its plan to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency after finding in April and May that highly radioactive water was flowing into the sea via seaside concrete maintenance pits. The water apparently came from turbine buildings of the plant's No.2 and 3 reactors.

    The utility says it identified 5 concrete tunnels and 39 pits around the plant as possible points from which radioactive water could flow out to the sea.

    That means Fukushima is leaking in 44 places!

    Source: nhk.or.jp