Radioactive news 25 July 2011

  • Workers Speak Out Against TEPCO: No Warnings of Radiation Dangers and Not Paying Promised Amounts

    From NHK: Workers involved in the restoration of the areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant say their working conditions have been harsh.

    About 1,500 temporary workers of subcontractors hired by leading construction companies gathered in Tokyo on Sunday to discuss the situation.

    A man who took part in the construction of emergency housing in Iwate Prefecture said he had been promised 20,000 yen, or 250 dollars, per day, but received only about one-third of the amount.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Workers at Fukushima plant report harsh conditions

    A man who took part in the construction of emergency housing in Iwate Prefecture said he had been promised 20,000 yen, or 250 dollars, per day, but received only about one-third of the amount.

    He said there were inadequate meals and workers had to sleep together 40 per room.

    There were also reports about the conditions for those engaged in treatment of radioactive water and piping construction at the Fukushima plant.

    The workers were forced to work without any explanation about the risk of radiation or any measures against heat strokes.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • #Contaminated Water Treatment System Is Stopped, Nth Time, at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

    I totally lost count. So much for the successful "step 1" of stable cooling using the treated water. Instead of the performance improving after the initial kinks of a hastily assembled system, it has gotten worse.

    The latest stoppage information from the tweet of a journalist who still regularly attend TEPCO's press conferences:
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Contaminated water on increase at Fukushima plant

    TEPCO halted the process of removing salt from contaminated water after an alarm went off around noon on Sunday due to a problem with the installation of the desalination equipment. It resumed the operation in the evening after installing another device.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Gov. releases radiation forecast system data

    The System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information, or SPEEDI, calculated 6 days' worth of data, from March 12th through 17th.

    The results show the amount of radioactive substances in the atmosphere, external exposures and accumulation on the ground.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Another 626 cattle shipped from Miyagi

    The Yomiuri Shimbun SENDAI--Another 626 beef cattle fed rice straw tainted with high levels of radioactive cesium were shipped from 16 farms in the prefecture to Tokyo and four prefectures, the Miyagi prefectural government announced Saturday.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Trouble continues at Fukushima nuclear plant's AREVA water treatment system

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A desalination device that forms part of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's key water decontamination system halted for a number of hours Sunday in the latest glitch at the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said late Sunday.

    The plant operator said it resumed desalinating decontaminated water to be recycled as coolant for troubled reactors with a backup device about seven and a half hours after the halt occurred around noon, while continuing to cool the reactors with water supplemented from a nearby dam.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Turmoil over radiation-contaminated beef spreads to luxury brands

    MORIOKA (Kyodo) -- Turmoil caused by the recent detection of cesium contamination of beef shipped from Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, is spreading to hurt producers of high- quality beef in other parts of the country.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Mayor of Naraha-Machi Wants Fukushima II Back Online

    Now that Fukushima I Nuke Plant went bust, Fukushima II is all we've got, says Mayor Takashi Kusano of Naraha-machi, Fukushima Prefecture where Fukushima II Nuke Plant is located. He says "We'd better get the best use of it."

    Naraha-machi is located in Futaba-gun ("gun" is a bigger region), which has both Fukushima I and Fukushima II.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Tepco's fight for distribution

    The entire industry, especially Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), the operator of the stricken plant, is becoming increasingly scared of political initiatives aimed at reforming the present system under which each of the 10 regional utilities has a monopoly on both the generation and distribution of electricity in its respective territory.
    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • Govt Has Responsibility For Being Unable To Prevent Fukushima Accident: Edano

    TOKYO (Dow Jones)--Japan's top government spokesman said Monday the government has responsibility for being unable to prevent the Fukushima nuclear accident after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

    "In a broad sense, the government certainly has the responsibility for having promoted nuclear power policy along with nuclear power operators," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said during a parliamentary session Monday. "The government also has the responsibility for not being able to prevent this accident," Edano said.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Fukushima mobilizes 3,900 to help decontaminate 'hot spots'

    FUKUSHIMA — Decontamination efforts began at several “hot spots” – areas where especially high radiation levels were detected - in and around Fukushima City on Sunday and continued Monday. Some 400 experts and 3,500 residents are participating in the effort. Residents worked to haul mud and debris from gutters and deweed the area.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • The Long Road Ahead: A Fukushima Policeman Talks About Life After the Disaster in Japan

    THIS letter, written by Ha Minh Thanh Vietnamese Immigrant working in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam, was posted on New America Media on March 19. It is a testimonial to the strength of the Japanese spirit, and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japan's crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It was translated by NAM editor Andrew Lam, author of "East eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres." Shanghai Daily condensed it.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • M.6.2 Quake hits Miyagi and Fukushima

    An aftershock from the March 11th earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 6.2 hit Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures in northeastern Japan at 3:51 AM local time on Monday.

    The depth of focus of the earthquake, which occurred off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, was 40 kilometers.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Japan Passes Law To Cleanse Internet Of "Bad" Fukushima Radiation News

    apan has passed a law that will enable the police and contractors to monitor internet activity without restriction to "cleanse" the Internet of any "bad" Fukushima radiation news.

    As I previous reported, Japan has officially ordered the censorship of any reporting of the truth about the Fukushima nuclear radiation fallout by ordering telecommunications companies and web masters to scrub any stories negative stories from the about the disaster

    webmasters comment:

    Good luck with that!
    Source: examiner.com via WRH

  • Japan’s Food-Chain Threat Multiplies as Fukushima Radiation Spreads

    Radiation fallout from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant poses a growing threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were also detected in more vegetables and the ocean.

    More than 2,600 cattle have been contaminated, Kyodo News reported July 23, after the Miyagi local government said 1,183 cattle at 58 farms were fed hay containing radioactive cesium before being shipped to meat markets.
    Source: bloomberg.com