Radioactive news 27 July 2011

  • Japan's never ending nuclear nightmare

    (NaturalNews) Lauren Moret told us that, "On the night of June 14, a nuclear incident occurred in the Reactor 3 building in the spent fuel pool when huge bursts of gamma ray fluorescence lit up the night sky and turned the reactor building as bright as the sun, indicating the spent fuel rods and melted uranium and plutonium were boiling off, vaporized along with the rest of the fission products."
    Source: naturalnews.com

  • 'Radiation turns up in all kinds of food products in Japan'

    After visiting the Fukushima nuclear plant and meeting with Japan's prime minister, the head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, has promised to provide all necessary expertise to complete the second phase of containing the crisis by early next year. For more on what's happening in Japan RT's joined live from Hiroshima by nuclear energy expert Doctor Robert Jacobs.
    Source: RussiaToday

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Fukushima long ranked Japan's most hazardous nuclear plant

    One of 5 worst nuclear plants in world for exposure to radiation * Tepco prioritised cost-savings over radiation standard * Tepco says old plants like Fukushima have high radiation * Foreign workers used to avoid exposing staff to high radiation * Improvements made at Fukushima before disaster hit
    Source: reuters.com

  • Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit

    Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers' compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. The revelation comes amid reports that a number of workers battling the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were found to have been exposed to more than the emergency limit of 250 millisieverts, which was raised from the previous limit of 100 millisieverts in March.

    According to Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry statistics, of the 10 nuclear power plant workers, six had leukemia, two multiple myeloma and another two lymphatic malignancy. Only one had been exposed to 129.8 millisieverts but the remaining nine were less than 100 millisieverts, including one who had been exposed to about 5 millisieverts.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Mongolia expresses reservations about nuclear fuel repository plan

    TOKYO, July 27 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Mongolia has reservations about a plan to build a facility there to store or dispose of spent nuclear fuel from other countries, Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said Wednesday.

    Matsumoto told a parliamentary session that when he met with his Mongolian counterpart Gombojav Zandanshatar last Saturday, the Mongolian minister said his country would find it difficult under domestic law to take in nuclear waste from overseas.
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Croatia, Poland govts host disaster-hit kids

    The Croatian government will invite several Sendai primary school students and their parents to visit Croatia for two weeks next month in a gesture of support for residents of the city hit hard by the March 11 disaster.

    Accompanied by several interpreters, the group of 30 will stay in a facility operated by the Croatian Red Cross in the coastal city of Split, and visit the historic city of Trogir and other tourist spots.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Booting Kan out proves harder than expected

    The two other conditions that Kan says must be met before he steps down are passage of a bill promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and a bill allowing the government to issue deficit-covering bonds in the current fiscal year through next March.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Reuters: - Fukushima Contract Workers Radiation Screening Was Delayed Until Testing Was Almost Meaningless

    (Reuters) - Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant ranked as one of the most dangerous in the world for radiation exposure years before it was destroyed by the meltdowns and explosions that followed the March 11 earthquake.For five years to 2008, the Fukushima plant was rated the most hazardous nuclear facility in Japan for worker exposure to radiation and one of the five worst nuclear plants in the world on that basis. The next rankings, compiled as a three-year average, are due this year.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Business As Usual For Nuclear Energy In The USA

    webmasters comment:

    Each time nuke supporter opens his mouth BS is spewing out in crazy amounts.

    Its so absurd that nuke industry claims that u need their "24 hour" energy that gives "no environmental pollutants", while nuclear power plants provide 5% smth of worlds energy needs and approx 12% of world electricity needs.

    For comparison, windpower which is sadly still in its beginnings as ofc many other alternative energy sources, is providing 20% of what nukes are making right now, with 100% increase in output in 3 years. And nuclear power had 60 smth years headstart.
    Source: revolutionarypolitics.tv

  • #Radiation in Japan: 60 Becquerels/Kg Cesium from Eggs in Fukushima

    A chicken farmer in Kawamata-machi in Fukushima Prefecture has brought his eggs to a volunteer testing station in Fukushima City. After 20 minutes of testing, 60 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium is detected from the eggs.

    Disappointed, the farmer says, "I don't know what to say to my customers. It's much lower than the provisional safety limit in Japan, but if I compare the number to the safety limit in Ukraine it is extraordinary..."

    The reporter asks the farmer, "What is the safety limit in Ukraine?"

    6 becquerels/kg, he tells the reporter.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • TEPCO seeks new ways to reduce contaminated water

    TEPCO hopes to eventually send workers into the buildings to find a way to pour water directly onto the fuel rods.

    webmasters comment:

    That means that currently they are just pouring water into the building randomly, hoping its reaching the rods and wondering where all the water is going. Cold shutdown timeline at its best.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Radioactive cesium found in compost in Akita

    According to a report on NHK, 11,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram were detected in compost sold in one store in Akita Prefecture. However, the government said the level of cesium does not pose a health risk.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • #Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Quince Entered Reactor 3, Now Humans' Turn to Brave 75 Millisieverts/Hr Radiation

    so that TEPCO can conserve water that is being injected into the RPVs.

    The robot "Quince" went to the 2nd floor of Reactor 3's reactor building at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on July 26 and measured the radiation. It was as high as 75 millisieverts/hour on the 2nd floor. To help "Quince", 6 TEPCO employees went to the reactor building (I don't think they were inside the building), and received maximum 2.22 millisieverts of radiation.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Workers to inspect No.3 reactor building

    TEPCO injects a total of around 390 tons of water daily into reactors 1 to 3 to cool them down, but most of it becomes highly contaminated. The No. 3 reactor is the largest source of contamination as it needs double the amount of water because of leaks and other problems.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Oceanographers urge more stringent monitoring of radioactivity at sea

    For example, the detection threshold for cesium-137 is currently about 9 becquerels per liter, and any value below this limit is labeled "not detectable."

    The oceanographers called for more highly sensitive analysis methods because even radioactivity on the order of a few becquerels per liter could accumulate in fish and shellfish, and thus the food chain.

    "If fish and shellfish live long spans of time, they could come to contain several hundred becquerels of cesium per kilogram in their body tissues," the oceanographers warned.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Japan scientists say gov’t testing may be missing radiation threats

    “Depending on the species, fish have been known to accumulate as much as 100 times the amount of pollutants in the environment,” Jota Kanda, a professor at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology specializing in marine environment, said by phone yesterday. [...]
    Source: enenews.com