Radioactive news 30 July 2011

  • Torrential rain hits Niigata, Fukushima

    Torrential rain has caused rivers to overflow in Niigata and Fukushima prefectures in northern Japan.

    About 207,000 people in 15 municipalities of the 2 prefectures are taking shelter, as of 8 PM on Saturday, following authorities' evacuation orders or advisories.

    At least 3,000 houses have been flooded in the prefectures.

  • Hundreds more cattle found shipped after being fed tainted straw+

    TOKYO, Japan, July 30 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Hundreds of more beef cattle were confirmed Saturday to have been shipped after being fed rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium, with 290 from Fukushima Prefecture and 103 from Miyagi Prefecture, local officials said.

  • 67% of hibakusha believe Japan should reduce nuclear power: survey

    OSAKA, July 30 Kyodo - Some 67.1 percent of survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 believe Japan should reduce the number of nuclear power stations, according to results released Saturday of a Kyodo News survey taken after the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster.

  • Japan Ending Nuclear Age Risks $5 Trillion Economy as Komatsu, Sharp Walk

    apan’s Fukui prefecture helps Sharp Corp. make solar cells, generates cash for BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP) and keeps the lights on in the Kansai area, which has an economy the size of Mexico’s and is home to Panasonic Corp.

    What makes Fukui key to production of global brands is the reason it got the nickname “Nuclear Ginza.” The prefecture on the Japan Sea coast north of Osaka is home to 14 reactors in atomic plants, the highest concentration in the world.

  • Japan Could Miss Nuclear Plant Decontamination Goal

    Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power has battled to prevent radioactive contaminants from escaping the six-reactor facility following a March 11 earthquake and tsunami that left more than 20,000 people dead or missing in Japan. The firm has pumped water into the plant on an ongoing basis in an effort to cool components, resulting in radiation-tainted liquid flooding large portions of the site.

  • Nuclear safety agency under fire over fake questions

    SHIZUOKA — The mayor of Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday criticized the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency after revelations continued to emerge that several electric power companies had been asked by the agency to have local residents pose questions in favor of Japan’s nuclear projects at symposiums.

  • Contaminated beef served in Gifu school lunches

    GIFU — Gifu prefectural authorities said Friday that beef thought to be contaminated with radioactive material has been served in children’s school lunches in 52 schools throughout the city of Gifu. City authorities told a news conference that mincemeat from 14 head of cattle was used in croquettes served with children’s school lunches, and that the serial number of one of the cows matches that of an animal believed to be contaminated.

  • 1 dead, 5 missing as floods hit Niigata, Fukushima

    TOKYO — Floods claimed their first victim in Japan and nearly 300,000 people were urged to flee their homes Saturday as a weather system that killed dozens on the Korean peninsula swept the country.

  • Japan denies censorship over nuclear crisis

    TOKYO (AFP) – Japan on Friday denied that a government project to monitor online news reports and Twitter posts about the Fukushima nuclear crisis was an attempt to censor negative information and views.

  • Gov't denies online, Twitter censorship over nuclear crisis

    TOKYO — The Japanese government on Friday denied that a government project to monitor online news reports and Twitter posts about the Fukushima nuclear crisis was an attempt to censor negative information and views.

    Some Western online reports have charged that Japan had passed a law with the intent of “cleansing” the Internet of negative reports and commentary about the accident at the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi atomic plant.

  • Nuclear regulator scandal may further delay restart of idled reactors

    The accusations of attempts by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) to manipulate public opinion to favor "pluthermal" nuclear projects at government-sponsored symposiums held in 2006 and 2007 have further dented public confidence in Japan' nuclear policy and may further delay the restart of idled nuclear reactors across the country.

    They also show the problem with NISA, a nuclear regulatory body existing under the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, which has been keen to pursue and promote nuclear power generation.

  • NRC Working To Prove Meltdown in American Reactors Far Less Lethal Than Previously Thought

    ROCKVILLE, Md. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is approaching completion of an ambitious study that concludes that a meltdown at a typical American reactor would lead to far fewer deaths than previously assumed. A draft version of the report was provided to The New York Times by the Union of Concerned Scientists, a nuclear watchdog group that has long been critical of the commission’s risk assessments and obtained it through a Freedom of Information Act request. Since the recent triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, such groups have been arguing that the commission urgently needs to tighten safeguards for new and aging plants in the United States.