News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011
- Corporations are psychopaths - with zero degrees of empathy
(NaturalNews) Corporations play a big role in our day-to-day activities and they are constantly making decisions that have a profound effect on our daily lives. For example: a corporation makes the decision to empty its chemical vats into a nearby river - the water supply is poisoned and residents of the adjacent town fall sick; or a corporation makes the decision to cut costs to increase profits and initiates a round of layoffs - the community that was formed around the corporation is decimated.
- Law To Require Origin Of Rice In Processed Foods To Be Displayed
TOKYO (Kyodo)--Products made from rice including rice crackers, rice balls and Japanese sake will be required to display the rice's country of origin from July 1..
- Close-Up Missouri River Flooding at Cooper Nuclear Plant in Nebraska June 22, 2011
- Kyocera grows 'green curtains' of foliage to help meet energy reduction targets
KYOTO — As part of its ongoing environmental protection activities, and to help meet foreseeable 15% energy reduction targets around Japan due to the effects of the March 11 earthquake, the Kyocera group is planting “green curtains” which are grown on trellises to shade windows and outer walls of manufacturing and office buildings at 19 locations in Japan.
The foliage creates a screen, preventing direct sunlight and heat radiation from raising the internal temperature of buildings — thus reducing the load on energy-intensive air-conditioners during the hot summer months.
- Radiation results in Fukushima City
Responding to residents' demands for more information, Fukushima City released on Friday the results of radiation checks conducted on June 17th and 20th at more than 1,000 sites, including public facilities and roads in residential areas.
Six locations, including a park in a municipal housing complex, registered radiation levels of over 3.4 microsieverts per hour when measured one meter above ground. This exceeds the prefecture's threshold for re-checking.
- Simulation model projects radiation diffusion
Researchers say radioactive substances leaked from the Fukushima Daiichi plant will reach ocean waters 4,000 kilometers away from the plant within a year of the nuclear accident.
Using a computer simulation model, Japan's science ministry predicted how the radioactive cesium 137 that leaked from the Fukushima plant will spread in the Pacific Ocean.
- TEPCO President's Golden Parachute: Over 7 Million Dollars
TEPCO's President Masataka Shimizu will resign on June 28 when TEPCO holds the annual shareholders' meeting with a very rich severance package, if what's circulating on Twitter in Japan is correct.
The message is that the TEPCO's president will receive about 600,000,000 yen, or about US$7.46 million.
- Reports on Fukushima reactors made public
Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has made public on its website documents "revealing what happened" at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
- Mountains of rubble remain a headache in Fukushima
"Some people are concerned even about rubble generated in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures," a senior ministry official said. "It will be difficult to bring rubble from Fukushima Prefecture to other prefectures for disposal."
- TEPCO unable to gauge No.2 reactor water level
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it still cannot obtain accurate data on the water level and pressure of the Number 2 reactor. ???
- Survey shows disappointment, anger among Fukushima evacuees
Only 12 percent said they either did not want to return or only wanted to return somewhat.
Having young children was an obvious reason for not wanting to return to Fukushima.
- Rebuilding to cost ¥16.9 trillion
Rebuilding of infrastructure, housing and other facilities ravaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami will cost around ¥16.9 trillion, not including damage from the nuclear crisis, the Cabinet Office said Friday.
- Search for salt-resistant rice strains kicks off
SENDAI--Attempts to find salt-resistant rice strains began June 15 on the Sendai Plain, a major rice-producing area devastated by the March 11 tsunami.
Thirty-six strains, including those for staple use and animal feed, are being cultured on a trial basis to provide data for disaster-stricken farmers and other regions inundated by high tides
- Merkel briefs Crown Prince on nukes
"In Japan, too, interest in renewable energy is growing," the Crown Prince said in response to Merkel's briefing, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
- Update on nuclear reactor vessel of Monju
TSURUGA, Fukui Prefecture--The Japan Atomic Energy Agency on June 24 completed the retrieval of a device, weighing about 3.3 tons, that had fallen into the nuclear reactor vessel of Monju, a prototype fast- breeder reactor located in Tsuruga on the coast of the Sea of Japan. The device had been left in the reactor for about 10 months.
- The TEPCO B*stards At Fukushima
ALL of the reactor cores AND the fuel pool at reactor 4 are back in, and out, of criticality because there was no place to store more of the water they need to keep pumping over the whole mess just to keep it from getting horribly worse - and the water is just a band-aid as everyone knows. It's not a long-term fix. There ISN'T a long term fix.
While the world is looking at Ft. Calhoun, TEPCO dumped - or is still dumping all its radioactive water into the ocean. The radiation from the melted reactor cores is so bad that even the small drone 'helicopter' they tried to fly over the plant to 'gather air samples' was cooked by the radiation and crashed onto the roof of reactor 2. Not a surprise.
- Fort Calhoun - Fuel Storage and Flood Alert
Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant encircled by a giant rubber barrier against the water (photos)
- U.S. Regulators Lowered Safety Standards to Accommodate Aging Reactors
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