News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 27 June 2011

  • Utilities face 'denuclearization' motions as shareholders gather

    TOKYO — Six of the country’s nine electric power companies with nuclear power plants are facing “denuclearization” motions at their regular shareholders’ meetings next Tuesday or Wednesday, with eyes on how many votes such motions will collect amid growing public concerns over the safety of such plants.

  • Yamaguchi Governor suspends nuclear plant project

    The governor of Yamaguchi Prefecture in western Japan says he won't extend a permit for a land reclamation project to build a nuclear power plant. This, in effect, means the power plant project will not go ahead.

  • Covers for Fukushima reactors to combine building skills

    A combination of Japanese traditional post-and-beam construction methods and cutting-edge dome stadium technologies will be used in building giant covers for three damaged reactor buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex, Kyodo News learned Monday.

  • A Cure for Cancer?

    A must see video in this troubled, radioactive times.

  • RPT-SPECIAL REPORT: Japan's 'throwaway' nuclear workers

    But in 1997, the effort to save the 21-year-old reactor from being scrapped at a large loss to its operator, Tokyo Electric, also included a quiet effort to skirt Japan's safety rules: foreign workers were brought in for the most dangerous jobs, a manager of the project said.

    "It's not well known, but I know what happened," Kazunori Fujii, who managed part of the shroud replacement in 1997, told Reuters. "What we did would not have been allowed under Japanese safety standards."

  • 70% of Japanese oppose restarting closed reactors: poll

    TOKYO — A poll suggests most Japanese oppose restarting nuclear reactors closed since the tsunami disaster.

    Before the March 11 tsunami, about 30% of Japan’s electricity was provided by 54 reactors across the country. But since the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, 35 remain closed after maintenance and safety inspections.

  • Health checkups of Fukushima Pref. residents start

    As the first group to be examined, 10 people from the town of Namie visited the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in the city of Chiba to check the amount of radioactive materials inside their bodies through urine tests and measurements by whole-body counters.

  • Mountains Of Radioactive Rubble Pile Up In Fukushima

    IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture – Rubble, some of it potentially radioactive, continues to be a headache for municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture although the government has finally come up with standards to deal with it.

  • Quake-hit Tohoku area hit by heavy rain

    TOKYO — The Japan Meteorological Agency warned Sunday that the quake-hit Tohoku region can expect more heavy rain after the region suffered downpours on Sunday.

  • Berkeley Nanoscale Nuclear Test Reveals Material Damage From Radiation on Macroscale

    Now scientists at Berkeley Lab, the University of California at Berkeley, and Los Alamos National Laboratory have devised a nanoscale testing technique for irradiated materials that provides macroscale materials-strength properties. This technique could help accelerate the development of new materials for nuclear applications and reduce the amount of material required for testing of facilities already in service.

  • Gov't seeks local consent to restart Genkai reactors

    Despite the government’s safety assurances, the local residents voiced concerns in the program as to why the state has requested only Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture to suspend operations

  • Citizens dissatisfied with nuke safety meeting

    The Japanese government held a meeting in Saga Prefecture, western Japan, on Sunday to explain to local residents about safety measures being taken to resume operations of a nuclear power plant in the area. But most of the people were strongly dissatisfied with the government report.

  • Radiation quick reference guide (PDF)

    Contamination: Deposition of radioactive material in any place where its presence is undesirable. If you are contaminated it means that you have the radioactive material itself on you (you are not contaminated by the alpha particles or gamma rays that are emitted from the radioactive material). Therefore, if you have the radioactive material on you then you are being exposed to the ionizing radiation emitted from the radioactive contamination, and will continue to be exposed until the radioactive material is removed.

    Criticality: A term used to describe the state of a given fission system when the conditions are such that the number of neutrons produced equals the number of neutrons that escape from the system.

    Sub-critical: The number of neutrons produced is less than the number of neutrons that escape the system.
    Super-critical: The number of neutrons produced exceeds the number of neutrons that escape the system.


  • Cancer-Detecting Dogs

    At the June 2010 meeting of the American Urological Association in San Francisco, two French researchers presented results from a year they spent training a Belgian Malinois shepherd to sniff out prostate cancer. The dog successfully classified 63 out of 66 urine samples.

  • #Radiation in Japan: Government Wants to Offer Japan's Seafood to Developing Nations

    As part of the ODA (Official Development Assistance) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a host of aid programs for developing nations around the world, the Japanese national government is going to buy up processed seafood [canned fish, for example?] from the earthquake-affected areas and offered them to developing nations.

  • Liquid Nitrogen Injections at Fukushima

    Earlier this week, TEPCO tried to fill the reactor 2 containment with water. That did not work. So they OPENED the containment and released BILLIONS of lethal doses of radiation. Now they are wondering whether there is any water left in the bottom of the containment.

    Let’s help them. Since the bottom of the reactor is hot enough to melt concrete, and IS melting concrete, and no steam is coming out of the reactor, here’s why:

  • Emerging green technology to capture 'waste' heat and turn it directly into electricity

    (NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of Minnesota's (UM) College of Science and Engineering are working with a new alloy material that they say is capable of turning waste heat -- like the kind emitted from vehicle exhaust pipes or from air conditioning units -- directly into electricity. Though still in its infancy, the technology has the potential to revolutionize the way heat is recycled, and it may one day offer individuals the ability to recycle an unlimited amount of heat into free energy.

    "This research is very promising because it presents an entirely new method for energy conversion that's never been done before," said Richard James, head of the research team and professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at the college. "It's also the ultimate 'green' way to create electricity because it uses waste heat to create electricity with no carbon dioxide."

    Webmasters comment:
    Turning the heat directly into electricity is the ultimate solution to electricity production and efficiency since heat represent the largest energy loss. This is a project that after many many years actually deserves a Nobel Prize.



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