- Report From Tokyo: Living With Radiation
For those of us who reside anywhere near the Daiichi Fukushima nuclear facility, living with radiation has become an undesired way of life. It is the topic of daily conversation and for good reason.
In Tokyo, we continue to face not only the threat of a sudden spike in radiation due to the unstable nature of the Fukushima plant, but also the constant issue of food contamination.
For now, the water and air are largely at normal levels here. I say "largely" because there are clearly some exceptions to the rule. We also know that sewage treatment facilities continue to show above-normal releases of Iodine 131 and Cesium 134 and 137. Food contamination remains unclear as no centralized, large-scale, and consistent system for radiation measurement exists.
Up north, the situation is clearly more dire as residents are closer to the radiation released into the air which is growing in volume on the soil. There is also increasing evidence pointing to groundwater penetration. On June 27th, a report was released showing accumulated external exposure to radiation to nearby residents was between 4.9 and 13.5 millisieverts, putting the grand total between 4.9 to 14.2 millisieverts over about two months. While these figures are within the 20 millisieverts per year target, I am sure some people from the test region will now be thinking of a move somewhere farther south.
- New nuke accident radiation map released
A report estimates accumulated radiation exposure of more than 1 millisievert in eastern Fukushima Prefecture for the two months following the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident.
- Municipalities cautious about restarting plants
Nearly 80 percent of Japanese municipalities with nuclear power plants have expressed caution about resuming operations of suspended reactors.
NHK asked 29 such municipalities except those in Fukushima Prefecture whether they would allow such resumptions. 28 responded.
5 municipalities said they would not do so for the time being, while 17 others said they cannot decide now.
Only 2 municipalities -- the western town of Genkai and the village of Kariwa in central Japan -- said they would do so soon.
- Debris removal, recycling daunting
According to the Environment Ministry, roughly 24 million tons of disaster waste was generated from the three hardest-hit prefectures: For Miyagi the total runs to 16 million tons, while Iwate faces 4.5 million tons and Fukushima 2.8 million tons. Together it easily exceeds the 14.5 million tons Hyogo Prefecture had to deal with following the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.
- Radiation-contaminated waste standards in the works
The decision came after 9,740 becquerels of cesium were found by June 27 in ash at an incineration plant in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward.
- TEPCO's water decontamination plan
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has released an estimate of the amount of highly-radioactive water it expects to decontaminate in the next 3 months.
Tokyo Electric Power Company said Wednesday it plans to reduce the amount of contaminated water at the facility by some 34,000 tons. At this point, 120,000 tons have accumulated at the plant.
- Roppongi Hills to provide electrical power to TEPCO
TOKYO —Mori Building Co Ltd said Wednesday that it will pass on electrical power from the generation facilities in Roppongi Hills operated by Roppongi Energy Service Co, a Mori Building subsidiary, to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) out of concern over the power supply shortage stemming from the Tohoku Region Earthquake.
Roppongi Hills is supplied with electrical power onsite from its own energy plant. The plant uses municipal gas as fuel and can therefore provide an extremely stable supply of power without being affected by electricity restrictions.
- M5.4 quake jolts Nagano; 7 hurt
TOKYO — A magnitude-5.4 earthquake has rattled central Japan and at least seven people are hurt.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake hit Thursday in Nagano, some 170 kilometers northwest of Tokyo. The quake was just four kilometers deep. No tsunami warning was issued, the agency said.
- Los Alamos dry, state also suffers
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) - Los Alamos has been no exception to the severely dry conditions.
The city on a hilltop has had an abysmal winter and almost no rain this spring and summer.
Albuquerque National Weather Service Meteorologist Ed Polasko has not seen conditions like this in a long long time.
"This is the driest start to any year on record, and our records go back into the late 1800's," he said about state drought conditions.
New Mexico is the driest state in the country so far this year according to rankings by federal and academic scientists.
- TEPCO starts using megafloat to store low-level radioactive water
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- Super-efficient, low-cost inkjet system to revolutionize solar energy technology
Published in the journal Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, the findings explain how CIGS solar devices -- CIGS being short for the copper, indium, gallium and selenium elements that compose them -- drastically reduce waste, significantly improve efficiency, and summarily revolutionize the way solar cells are produced, as well as how they perform.
- As Long As A Dam Doesn't Break Upstream Everything Should Be Fine If One Fails All Bets Are Off!
28.6.2011 - CNN interview featuring Arnie Gundersen.
- Gundersen: Water boiling up from hole in floor at Unit No. 1 (AUDIO)
Arnold Gundersen with the latest on the Fukushima meltdowns, Interview by Helen Caldicott, June 17, 2011:
At 15:40 in: There is a picture of scalding hot water boiling up through a hole in the floor at Unit No. 1… that room was 400 rem per hour, lethal in one hour.
- “Very high concentrations” of hot particles in Pacific NW during April, May — Includes plutonium and americium (AUDIO)
Arnold Gundersen with the latest on the Fukushima meltdowns, Interview by Helen Caldicott, June 17, 2011:
At 5:20 in
The air over Seattle was loaded with hot particles, as it was over Tokyo, in April and May.
At 6:10 in
Hot particles have made their way across the Pacific, and at least the data for the Pacific NW indicates very high concentrations, the average person in Tokyo breathed about 10 hot particles a day, and the average person in Seattle breathed in 6.
Despite the ocean in between there wasn’t really much difference.
We’re seeing plutonium and americium… strontium and cesium.
- Fox News: “U.S. is receiving a steady flow of radiation from Fukushima” — Media paying little attention to radiation in food, as if problem only involves Japan
[...] Milk, fruits and vegetables show trace amounts of radioactive isotopes from the Fukushima Daichi power plants, and the media appears to be paying scant attention, if any attention at all. It is as if the problem only involves Japan [...]
Radiation tests conducted since the nuclear disaster in Japan have detected radioactive iodine and cesium in milk and vegetables produced in California. [...] Milk sold in Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Vermont and Washington has also tested positive for radiation since the accident.
- EPA Monitoring Smoke From Wildfire At Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Facility For Radiation
The EPA is monitoring smoke from the wildfire near the Los Alamos nuclear weapons facility for radiation after a whistle-blower revealed that up to 30,000 barrels of plutonium contaminated nuclear waste stored at the site is at risk.
The director of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons facility in New Mexico, Dr. Charles McMillan, has repeatedly assured the public that the stockpile of US nuclear weapons and the inventory of between 20,000 to 30,000 barrels of nuclear waste at the facility is secure against a raging wildfire which threatens the facility.
- TEPCO having trouble injecting nitrogen to avoid explosion at Reactor No. 3 — Expert concerned about possible explosion at No. 3
[...] Tepco has also made little progress in injecting nitrogen into reactor 3′s containment vessel to prevent an explosion...
- EPA On Radiation Alert As Fires Reach 50 Feet From Los Alamos Nuke Plant
The wildfire that threatens to consume the Los Alamos nuclear lab in New Mexico is now approaching the perimeter of the facility, with the Environmental Protection Agency on radiation alert for the deadly consequences of 20,000 barrels of nuclear waste going up in flames.
- Nuclear materials expert: Los Alamos lab is potentially vulnerable to this wildfire — “Just hope to hell that the wind blows in the right direction”
Interview with Peter Stockton, expert on nuclear materials and a senior investigator for the independent watchdog Project on Government Oversight (POGO)
- 18 facts about Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory 'Area G'
5. It's a permanent waste disposal in shallow unlined pits and shafts covered with dirt
6. There is enough buried radioactive and chemical wastes there to fill 1.4 million 55 gallon drums -- plus 60,000 drums' worth of temporarily- stored waste
7. It is expected to recieve 54,000 drums' worth more waste each year, mostly from nuclear weapons production and testing
- Viscous fire scorches Los Alamos atomic bomb lab Tech Area 49
Las Conchas, that Associate Press calls a "viscous fire," is being battled to keep it from the nation's most secretive and sensitive nuclear lab that birthed atomic energy, Los Alamos National Laboratory. The fire has scorched the facility's Tech Area 49. It burned an additional 20,000 acres in the past 24 hours, 60,000 now in a situation so serious, officials are monitoring air quality around the facility for radionuclides and particulate matter.
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- Gundersen: Intake Structure that cools reactor and spent fuel pool is probably most vulnerable part of Ft. Calhoun nuke plan — Critical that it stays dry
Arnie Gundersen on Five O’clock Shadow with Robert Knight, WBAI, June 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm EDT:
Intake structure probably the most vulnerable, not auxiliary and containment buildings… Intake structure draws in river water that cools reactor and spent fuel pool… critical that it stay dry… If gets water in it and emergency service water pumps fail then you’ve got a case where you’re going to cause fuel damage… Probably the most vulnerable at Ft Calhoun…
- Nightline from ABC News: Dated Evacuation Plans: Nuclear Crisis?
Two natural disasters threaten two nuclear facilities in heavily populated areas
Source: ABC News