News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011
- A nuclear-free future for America
The US's ageing stock of nuclear reactors only grows more unsafe as it gets older. Renewables offer clean, green energy
- Best Chernobyl Documentary 2006 The Battle of Chernobyl (HQ) 1hr 32min 1 clip
THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to "liquidate" the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth "sarcophagus." These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.
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- Newspaper Reports Massive Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Testing Blackout In Canada
Following recent reports of radiation saturation doubling private companies, government agencies and universities in Canada are refusing to get involved in Fukushima nuclear radiation fallout testing at any level.
The Canadian newspaper The Beacon is reporting that following recent media reports that radiation saturation has doubled local farms attempted to get their soil tested for nuclear fallout to be sure that the food that they are selling is safe.
- Fukushima Nuclear Fuel Leaking Into Groundwater, Tepco Says Barrier Too Expensive, Will Hurt Stock Price
Japan is reporting that Fukushima nuclear fuel has burned through the containment vessel and is sitting on the concrete foundation of the plant leaking into the groundwater. TEPCO says an underground barrier needed to stop the molten lava from spreading in groundwater will cost too much money and will hurt their stock price.
Hiroaki Koide, an assistant professor at the Kyoto University says melted fuel from inside the Fukushima nuclear reactor has melted through the containment vessel and is lying on the concrete foundations, sinking into the ground below. Japanese government officials have echoed this statement and have called on TEPCO to build an underground concrete barrier beneath the reactor which would be the only way to stop the molten fuel that is now leaking into the groundwater.
- CNN: “They lied to us” Fukushima Radiation Release Comparable To Chernobyl, 100% Meltdown In 3 Reactors
CNN reports “They lied to us” as Japan the Fukushima radiation release is comparable to the amount released from Chernobyl and reporting 100% nuclear meltdown has occurred in 3 reactors calling the disaster the worst industrial accident in history.
In a news report on the latest official story on the Fukushima nuclear disaster CNN and famed physicist Michio Kaku blasts Japan, TEPCO and the IAEA for covering up the truth about the nuclear disaster in Japan. This subtitle reads that it is not only the radiation still leaking out, but “The truth keeps leaking out”.
- Fukui gov. resists state's call for resuming nuclear plant operations
Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa reiterated Wednesday his intention to reject the central government's request to resume operations of nuclear power plants in Fukui Prefecture whose operations are now suspended.
''There's no change in our position of not allowing the resumption of operations at nuclear plants undergoing regular checkups because the government hasn't seriously addressed local residents' anxiety,'' Nishikawa said at the outset of a prefectural assembly meeting.
- Toshiba Vows To Do Utmost To Settle Nuclear Crisis
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Toshiba Corp. (6502) pledged at its annual shareholders meeting Wednesday to do its utmost to help resolve the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where some of the reactors were supplied by the company.
All 20 of the proposals submitted by shareholders, including one for amending the corporate charter, were voted down.
- Rainy season adds to troubles at Fukushima plant
More than 110,000 tons of highly contaminated water is believed to have accumulated in the basements of reactor and turbine buildings at the plant. The water is increasing by about 500 tons a day, as fresh water must be injected into reactors to cool them down.
- Municipal heads go anti-nuclear
Municipal heads and reconstruction experts are discussing ways to reduce the use of nuclear power after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Japan has 54 reactors, which accounted for 29 percent of the country's electricity generation in 2009. Thirty-five, or about two-thirds of them, have suspended operations because of the March 11th disaster, regular inspections or government requests.
- Tsutenkaku Tower to get LEDs
Hitachi Ltd. will replace most neon lights for its advertisements on Osaka's signature Tsutenkaku Tower with light-emitting diodes in a bid to cut electricity consumption by half and contribute to nationwide energy-saving efforts.
- Tokyo Sky Tree set to save energy
The 634-meter Tokyo Sky Tree communications tower will be equipped with an environmentally friendly heating and cooling system that circulates cold and hot water stored underground.
The operating body, Tobu Railway Co., and its subsidiary, Tobu Energy Management Co., last Thursday unveiled one of four huge water tanks around 20 meters underground capable of storing a combined 7,000 tons of water, equivalent to 17 25-meter swimming pools.
- Temperature at No.3 reactor rises
The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says temperatures at the No.3 reactor have started to rise after it reduced the injection rate of cooling water.
- Clearing rubble under a scorching sun
Residents and volunteers are clearing rubble under the scorching sun in a disaster-stricken town in Miyagi Prefecture.
About 20 local residents were working hard in the town of Minamisanriku on Wednesday. They wore straw hats under their helmets and cold towels around their necks to avoid heatstroke, as the mercury rose above 30 degrees Celsius before noon.
- No prospect to resume operation of 11 reactors
No prospect has emerged for the resumption of operations of suspended nuclear reactors in Japan even after their regular checks come to an end.
There are 54 reactors in Japan. 35 have suspended operations due to aftereffects of the March 11th earthquake, regular check-ups or government requests.
Eleven of the 35 reactors will complete their regular safety checks by the end of August, but they have not yet obtained consent from the local communities for resuming operation.
- TEPCO can't find 69 plant workers for radiation checks or... nuclear plant workers are suspected terrorists
The whereabouts of 69 people who had worked at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant remain unknown, including 30 who have not even been identified, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said June 20.
Government officials are criticizing TEPCO's sloppy management of paperwork on the workers, saying it is now hampering follow-up radiation checks and allowed potential terrorists to enter the plant's site.
- Tea exporter disputes French cesium measurements
SHIZUOKA--Exported tea that the French government says contained double the European Union's safety standard of radioactive cesium has been tracked down to a company in Omaezaki city, Shizuoka Prefecture.
The firm told The Asahi Shimbun that the French inspection results were flawed.
A company representative said six rounds of voluntary inspections had found a maximum of only about 400 becquerels of radioactivity per kilogram of tea leaves. The European Union maximum is 500 becquerels per kilogram
- Three Mile Island Meltdown May Have Led to Rise in Miscarriages, Still Births, Down Syndrome Children
During the nuclear crisis at Japana's Fukushima plant, there have been endless comparisons to both Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. But there have been fewer good, in-depth pieces that examine the fallout of through the lens of the communities that suffered through them. Yet this is surely the best way to gain insight into the potentially incipient health crises that may affect the communities surrounding Fukushima -- and insight into the risks nuclear power poses to human health in general.
- Oceans in distress foreshadow mass extinction
Dying coral reefs, biodiversity ravaged by invasive species, expanding open-water "dead zones," toxic algae blooms, the massive depletion of big fish stocks -- all are accelerating, they said in a report compiled during an April meeting in Oxford of 27 of the world's top ocean experts.
Sponsored by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), the review of recent science found that ocean health has declined further and faster than dire forecasts only a few years ago.
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