News about nuclear accident in Fukushima in June 2011

Radioactive news 29 June 2011

  • UPDATE 1-Radioactive water leaks from Japan's damaged plant

    (Reuters) - Tonnes of radioactive water were discovered on Tuesday to have leaked into the ground from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, the latest in a series of leaks at the plant damaged in a March earthquake and tsunami, the country's nuclear watchdog said.

  • TEPCO starts covering No.1 reactor building

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has begun building a giant polyester shield over the damaged Number 1 reactor building to contain the spread of radiation.

    One of the largest cranes in Japan has been brought to the site for the construction. It has a 140 meter-long arm that can lift up to 750 tons.

    The crane will be used to install a fabric cover around the reactor building. Before that, it will be used to remove debris from the top of the building, which was shattered by a hydrogen explosion one day after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th.


  • Anti-nuclear proposals shot down at shareholders' meetings of utilities

    Angry shareholders lashed out at Tokyo Electric Power Co. on June 28, demanding a retreat from nuclear power and the chairman's resignation over the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    But at the end of the TEPCO shareholders' meeting, attended by a record number of people, motions to cease operations and decommission reactors were voted down, and Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata retained his post.


  • Nuclear facilities in the US at risk of disaster this week

    (NaturalNews) Are you worried about nuclear facility safety? Could the US have a disaster similar to Japan? Just this week three nuclear facilities have been threatened by the power of nature. The Fort Calhoun nuclear reactor 19 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska has been overtaken by floodwaters of the Missouri River, which reached 33 feet above flood stage and left the facility under two feet of water.


  • Shareholders hammer Tepco over nuclear fiasco

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. faced a six-hour barrage of heavy flak from shareholders Tuesday at their annual meeting, with management blasted over how it has handled the world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.


  • Kan hints at playing nuclear energy card

    "Which direction we will take in energy policy will be the biggest issue in the next national election," Kan told DPJ lawmakers from both chambers of the Diet.

    "I hope we can show a certain direction regarding nuclear power administration to remove the sources of trouble for future generations."


  • 38 years of nuke profit up in smoke?

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. faces a potential damages bill exceeding its profits from nuclear power generation over a 38-year period beginning in 1970, the year it opened the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 plant, according to a recent study.


  • TEPCO injects nitrogen into No.2 reactor

    As the reactor continues to be cooled, reaction between hydrogen and oxygen can result in an explosion, in the worst case scenario.

    The utility firm has been pumping nitrogen into the No.1 reactor. But there's no knowing yet when it can start doing so at the No.3 reactor, because the plumbing work for nitrogen injections cannot be undertaken due to high-level radiation inside the reactor.


  • Fukushima in Nebraska? Raging Flood Waters Threaten Nuclear Catastrophe

    Once again, the corporate media is ignoring a potentially deadly nuclear situation, this time right here in the United States.

    The Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska is now inundated with flood water from the Missouri River. A berm protecting the plant collapsed on Sunday. Prior to the failure of the berm, there was a fire at the facility.

    The official story was that the fire was contained in an electrical switchgear room.


  • Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Lab for the Second Time, Nevertheless Nuclear Weapons Production is to be Expanded

    Santa Fe, NM - In less than 24 hours the Las Conchas wildfire has burned 43,000 acres of forest and has raced 12 miles to the southwestern boundary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) where a number of sensitive tritium facilities are located.

    In the year 2000 the Cerro Grande Fire took nearly two weeks to burn ~48,000 acres in the same general vicinity of the east side of the Jemez Mountains, including ~5,000 acres within LANL boundaries.


  • Protective flood berm collapses at Ft Calhoun nuclear plant; KSU has radioactive leak

    Overwhelmed by the rising Missouri River, a 2000-foot stretch of a protective water balloon, surrounding the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska, collapsed at 1:25 AM on Sunday, June 26.

    Two days earlier, Kansas State University reported an emergency when radiation leaked at 149 times the Derived Air Concentration (DAC) limit for Iodine during a trial run of its reactor.


  • Greg Mello on US Nuclear Weapons Renaissance & Wildfire Threatens Los Alamos Nuclear Lab

    Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, told the Associated Press that the fire appeared to be about 3.5 miles from a dumpsite where as many as 30,000 55-gallon drums of plutonium-contaminated waste were stored in fabric tents above ground. The group said the drums were awaiting transport to a low-level radiation dump site in southern New Mexico. Democracy Now! interviews Greg Mello, the director of the Los Alamos Study Group, a citizen-led nuclear disarmament group based in New Mexico. "Los Alamos National Laboratory is becoming the center of plutonium manufacturing for the country," Mello says, even though "it is a place with a lot of natural hazards, not just fires, but also earthquakes."



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