Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 20 July 2011

  • Brittleness factor of aging reactors key restart criterion

    In the world of nuclear reactor science and safety, the ductile-brittle transition temperature, which is used to measure the strength of the inner wall of a reactor pressure vessel, is a critical factor.

    The steel walls of a reactor vessel wear out through years of direct exposure to neutron irradiation, and when they are weakened they can become brittle with sudden temperature drops.

    A high DBTT means the walls can shatter at a relatively high temperature when the vessel is going through the cooling process, similar to pouring ice-cold water into a hot glass, causing it to shatter.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Typhoon may spare Fukushima

    Typhoon Ma-on slowed Tuesday as it approached southwestern Japan and was forecast to pass south of Tokyo on Wednesday night on a track that would take it away from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

    The eye of the storm, categorized as "strong" by the Meteorological Agency, was about 60 km southwest of Cape Muroto, Kochi Prefecture, at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • Panel: TEPCO should compensate for indirect damage

    Business indirectly hurt by the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant should also be compensated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. for damages, according to a government panel.

    The screening panel, which is tasked with drawing up guidelines for TEPCO's crisis compensation, included the provisions in a draft for interim guidelines published July 19. The drafting will decide the TEPCO's compensation payment amounts.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Typhoon Ma-on heads off into the Pacific

    The Meteorological Agency said heavy rain and strong winds could continue for a long period in Pacific coastal areas from the Kinki to Kanto regions, given the slow speed of the typhoon.

    It warned people be on alert for mudslides and flooding.

    In the village of Umaji, Kochi Prefecture, accumulated precipitation measured 851.5 mm Tuesday, a single-day Japanese record, the agency said.

    As of Wednesday morning, torrential rain and strong winds due to the typhoon had injured at least 55 people in 16 prefectures and one person was reported missing, according to local police and officials.
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • 240 Children in 3 Nursery Schools in Yamagata Prefecture Ate Cesium Beef

    This must be the first confirmed case of small children having been fed with the beef contaminated with radioactive cesium.

    These small children ate beef from a meat cow in Asakawa-machi in Fukushima Prefecture, and the cow had been fed with the rice hay that contained the maximum 97,000 becuerels/kg of radioactive cesium.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • One dead, 60 injured as typhoon sideswipes Japan

    TOKYO — Typhoon Ma-On swerved away from Japan’s Pacific coast Wednesday, leaving one person dead and dozens of others injured and damaging a centuries-old castle in Kyoto, officials and reports said.

    The storm system, packing winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour, was located 140 kilometers offshore late Wednesday, slowly heading east and further from Honshu.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Nuclear foe who won now 'I told you so' hero

    Toshinobu Hatsui's protest over construction of a nuclear plant split friends and families in his hometown. After the biggest atomic accident in 25 years, resentment has turned to gratitude.

    "Those of us who opposed the plant can finally be proud of what we did," said Hatsui, a 62-year-old fisherman, recalling the anger among nuclear supporters in Hidaka, Wakayama Prefecture, who missed out on an economic windfall when the town rejected the plant in the 1970s. "Since the accident, people called to express their relief that it wasn't built."
    Source: search.japantimes.co.jp

  • DoCoMo plans green-energy cell phone towers

    TOKYO — Japan’s largest mobile phone operator, NTT DoCoMo, plans to start powering its cell phone tower network with renewable energy such as solar, wind or biomass. The move could one day allow the company to feed excess electricity back into the grid, and would also act as a safeguard during power grid outages caused by natural disasters such as the March 11 quake and tsunami.

    DoCoMo, which has 90,000 cell phone relay stations, said it will start the project by building some 10 renewable energy facilities in fiscal year 2012 to supplement the conventional electricity supply.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Kan hints at reviewing Japan's nuclear fuel recycle policy

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Wednesday referred to the possibility of reviewing the country's nuclear fuel recycling policy, casting a cloud over the future of Japan's Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor.

    "We should hold discussions without making any prejudgment on whether we will proceed with the existing plan or review it," Kan told a House of Representatives Budget Committee session.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Daihatsu develops high fuel efficiency technology

    TOKYO — Daihatsu Motor Co said Tuesday it has developed a high fuel efficiency technology that will be at the heart of production of future motor vehicles with high fuel efficiency, low prices, and resource-saving features. The technology is branded “e:S Technology,” which stands for Energy Saving Technology, the company said.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Fukushima city sows sunflower seeds to decontaminate 'hot spot'

    FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Fukushima city officials sowed sunflower seeds Wednesday at a plaza in the city as part of efforts to remove radioactive materials from the soil.

    Sunflowers are said to absorb radioactive substances, and the 6,000-square- meter plaza, located on a hillside about 1 kilometer away from the prefectural government offices, is one of the so-called "hot spots" where radiation levels are sporadically higher than other areas.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • EDITORIAL/ Seeking a society without nuclear power generation: Let consumers regain leadership in developing energy policy

    This is the last of a five-part editorial series proposing ways for Japan to achieve a society that does not depend on nuclear power generation for its energy supply.

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    Two key factors for producing necessary electricity while reducing our reliance on nuclear power are "distributed generation" and "the separation of generation and transmission."

    For decades, Japan has been building giant nuclear power plants near the seashore that send electricity over long distances to large cities that consume huge amounts of power.

    The disastrous accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has dramatically demonstrated that such centralized power generation, which was promoted as the best approach to ensuring a stable power supply, could cause widespread power disruptions and enormous economic damage when a major disaster takes place.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Agriculture Ministry under fire over contaminated rice straw

    The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has come under fire for failing to take prompt action to prevent rice straw contaminated with radioactive substances from being marketed as livestock feed shortly after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Fukushima Agricultural Dead Zone

    CNN’s Sanjay Gupta concerned about food in Japan, first the spinach, then the milk, tea leaves around Tokyo, hay and cows. What’s next, chicken and pigs? Nobody was controlling the feed or what cows outside Fukushima might be eating it. Some folks leaving comments say they’re still going to be eating Kobe beef because it’s hundreds of miles away, but is the world going to eat Japanese anything at this rate?

    What about radioactive cow manure, is it going to be allowed to be used as fertilizer? I’m stilling seeing people say that death-wise the meltdown was still a big zero compared to tsunami deaths. But this is rapidly is turning into an ecological catastrophe that’s going to turn the Fukushima region if not most of Japan into an agricultural desert / dead zone once they get done banning selling of milk, meat, eggs, vegetables, animal feed, fish, processed sewage for concrete and whatever else might be produced besides electricity.
    Source: asianweek.com

  • Fukushima: measures rushed and incomplete, and crucially needed actions to protect people still not in place

    The Japanese minister Goshi Hosono announced today that Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the government have successfully completed phase 1 of the plan to bring the Fukushima nuclear crisis under control. Unfortunately, it seems we are witnessing another wishy-washy spin, while the urgently needed actions to protect citizens are not happening..

    The Fukushima nuclear crisis is not under control. TEPCO and the government have failed to meet several of its own objectives by rushing to meet deadlines and give the impression of normality instead of accepting that this nuclear crisis will take decades to resolve. For example, see the ongoing problems with stabilising the reactors at Fukushima, continued leaks of contaminated water and failures of its clean up system. Even worse is the delivery against another objective - proper radiation measurement and transparency - where the action so far is completely inadequate, as we can most recently see at the contaminated cattle scandal.
    Source: greenpeace.org

  • Dangerous Levels Of Radiation Recorded In Canada As Fukushima Radiation Dangers Continue

    Multiple videos have been released showing high levels of radiation in Canada as the corporate media continues to cover up the real dangers posed by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

    The tests were taken in multiple places in Canada including Lake Louise BC, Kelowna BC, Red Deer/Edmonton, and Hope BC.

    The radiation tests that were taken near Lake Louise Alberta clearly showed harmful radiation levels up to 1.66 mcSv/hr .
    Source: theintelhub.com

  • Japan Issues Belated Ban On Radioactive Fukushima Beef After Allowing To Be Sold In Stores

    After Highly Radioactive Beef Was Detected Over A Week Ago, The Shipped All Over The Country And Sold In Supermarkets All Over The Country, Japan Finally Issues A Ban On Radioactive Fukushima Beef.

    As I previously reported, beef in Japan has been detected with high levels of radioactivity.

    But that didn’t stop Japanese officials from lying to the public about the threats of the radiation risks and continuing their mind control campaigns to control the masses, such as forcing school children to clean radioactive dirt from swimming pools and telling the public if they keep smiling radiation will not affect them.
    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com

  • Fukushima-type disaster inevitable in U.S.?

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was to meet Tuesday to discuss sweeping new safety recommendations, after having just finished inspecting all 104 U.S. nuclear plants in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster.

    On "The Early Show," CBS News Chief Investigative Correspondent Armen Keteyian spotlighted one of those facilities' post-Fukushima inspection reports.
    Source: cbsnews.com via WRH

  • Sharp rise in Iodine-131 levels at three Tokyo sewage plants (CHART)

    The chart below is created by me from the data provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Sewerage regarding radioactive iodine and cesium at the 12 sewage treatment plants in Tokyo. The chart only shows iodine-131, in the dehydrated sewage sludge. The unit is becquerels/kg.

    After nearly 4 months since the last known large discharge of radioactive materials from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant (March 21), you would think radioactive iodine would be undetectable by now. [...]
    Source: enenews.com


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