Radioactive news 25 September 2011

  • Japan Pledges 21-M.-Dollar Food Aid for Horn of Africa

    New York, Sept. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba said Saturday that Tokyo is set to extend food aid worth 21 million dollars to four drought-hit African countries--Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

    webmasters comment:

    This was allready announced and predicted by EX-SKF. Japan is sending radioactive produce from Fukushima as an "aid" to people in Africa.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • Tokyo: High Levels Of Radiation Found In Rice Crop

    The Fukushima nuclear disaster is not over, as food crops will be threatened for years to come.

    It has been over 6 months since the Japanese tsunami and earthquake ravaged the region, and now radiation (high levels) is being found in the food crops.
    Source: theintelhub.com

  • 28 million cubic meters of 'hot' soil in Fukushima / Ministry aims to set storage site guidelines

    Up to 28 million cubic meters of soil contaminated by radioactive substances may have to be removed in Fukushima Prefecture, according to the Environment Ministry.

    In a simulation, the ministry worked out nine patterns according to the rates of exposure to and decontamination of radioactive materials in soil, mainly in forests.

    The ministry found if all the areas which were exposed to 5 millisieverts or more per year were to be decontaminated, 27.97 million cubic meters of contaminated soil would have to be removed. The calculation covered 13 percent of the prefecture's area.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Residents near Fukushima nuclear plant make own radiation map, clean contaminated areas

    MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- Residents in this city, some areas of which fall within the 20-kilometer no-entry zone from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, have organized a council to measure radiation levels and remove radioactive material spread from the power plant.

    The council has also published a radiation map that is twice as precise as the one released by the government, making it the most up-to-date and detailed radiation map available for the area.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Small Wind Turbine Market Growing Strong in U.S.

    he American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is going to release a report on 2010 growth of the small wind turbine market soon, the AWEA 2010 U.S. Small Wind Turbine Market Report. I got to take a sneak peak at some of the data and charts and, with permission, am sharing a few key points and a couple graphs with you here on CleanTechnica. Check out the following and let us know what you think about the small wind turbine market and its strong growth.
    Source: cleantechnica.com

  • Quake prompts questions, testing at Palisades Nuclear Power Plant

    South Haven — The rare earthquake in Virginia last month rattled more than nerves along the East Coast. The temblor touched off a lowest-level emergency warning at the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant along the shores of Lake Michigan.

    The plant was not listed in a recent federal review citing facilities needing quake upgrades, and it received sufficient ratings in an April inspection after the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan a month earlier.
    Source: hollandsentinel.com

  • AQ Khan on Pakistan: Bastards first used us and now playing dirty games with us

    WASHINGTON: In an angry, bitter, self-exculpatory letter he wrote to his wife, Pakistan's nuclear architect A Q Khan has seriously implicated the Pakistani military and the Chinese government in proliferation of nuclear technology and material, and instructed her to take a "tough stand" if Pakistani establishment "plays any mischief with me."

    webmasters comment:

    spin and tensions rising against nuclear armed Pakistan.

    Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

  • Armenian Nuclear Plant Workers Demand Better Pay

    YEREVAN -- More than 140 workers at Armenia's nuclear power station at Metsamor have threatened to quit their jobs if their wages are not raised, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports. Metsamor Director Ashot Markosian told RFE/RL on September 23 that each worker has sent him a letter with such a threat. He would not say if the demands will be accepted. He said that the plant currently lacks the funds for a salary increase.
    Source: rferl.org

  • Insider cites sloppy work at Iranian nuclear plant

    WASHINGTON -- A Russian engineer who worked on Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant during the final stages of construction says inexperienced workers, poor oversight and layers of bureaucracy contributed to a rash of equipment failures that delayed the reactor's startup for almost a year.
    Source: forbes.com

  • Burying of radioactive household waste challenging

    The ministry has set guidelines for disposing of the ashes. They say that if the level is 8,000 becquerels per kilogram or lower, the ashes can be buried. For ashes with cesium levels between 8,000 and 100,000 becquerels, the ministry says they must be deposited in cement and put in concrete vessels.

    The ministry recently surveyed waste incineration facilities in the regions to see how the ash disposal is proceeding.

    Of 410 facilities where cesium levels of ashes were 8,000 becquerels or lower, 22 sites mainly in the Tokyo Metropolitan area have been storing the ashes. They say they cannot bury the ashes due to residents' objections.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Cesium exceeding safety threshold detected in Fukushima rice

    Because the paddy contained 3,000 becquerels of cesium per kilogram of soil, the prefectural government suspected that soil may have mixed into the rice sample. But a reanalysis turned up about the same value.

    "We have no idea why so high a concentration was detected," said Kazuhiko Kanno, head of the prefectural government's rice paddies and farmland section.
    Source: asahi.com