Fukushima timeline - July 2011
- Utility says NISA sought 'plants' to talk up MOX bid
Chubu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was asked by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency to set up supportive or neutral questions from the audience at a 2007 symposium about a plan to use a controversial fuel mix at the Hamaoka nuclear plant.
- Japanese Government NISA Caught Promoting Manipulation of Nuclear and MOX Focused Public Symposiums
The revelation came after Kyushu Electric Power Co. recently became embroiled in a scandal in which it admitted to an attempt to fake public backing for the resumption of a halted nuclear power plant at a similar event.
- Kyushu Electric Also Had Employees Tamper With Previous Public Debates Regarding MOX Fuel
When Saga sponsored panel discussion about a pluthermal generation plan of the unit No. Kyushu Electric Power Genkai Nuclear Power Plant (Genkaicho, Saga) 3 in December, 2005, the employee and members of associated company whom Kyushu Electric Power called out understood that I amounted to a little less than several odd numbers of the whole participant (782) that was almost half of one hundred thirty six, officials found the testimony of Kyushu Electric Power.
- Japan drops promotion of nuclear power from 5-year science plan
The governmental Council for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) on July 29 dropped plans to expand nuclear power generation from its newest five-year science program.
The program for fiscal 2011-2015, the fourth in a series, calls for new research and development as Japan plots its future energy and nuclear power policies.
- Third US nuclear official rejects quick overhaul
* Three of five NRC commissioners agree on slower approach
* Effectively kills Jaczko plan for rapid decisions
* Ostendorff-"significant reservations" on shift in rules
- Utilities, LDP long held cozy ties
The recent findings that current and former power company executives have been making huge political donations to the Liberal Democratic Party since the 1970s show the industry and party have long had cozy ties.
- Over 1,550 tons of highly radioactive sludge found in 5 prefectures
Over 1,500 metric tons of radioactive sludge requiring controlled handling has been found in five prefectures across Japan amid the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, the government announced on July 28.
- Japan PM Announces Nuclear Reduction Plan
Responding to concerns raised by the March 11 tsunami, Naoto Kan on Friday announced a plan for investment in renewables, a re-examination of the national policy promoting the private development of nuclear power and a reworking of the control regional power companies have over their markets.
- Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: "What Are You Doing?" (Part 1)
Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo. On July 27, he appeared as a witness to give testimony to the Committee on Welfare and Labor in Japan's Lower House in the Diet.
- (Part 2) Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: "What Are You Doing?"
Part 2 of Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama's testimony on July 27 to the Committee on Welfare and Labor in Japan's Lower House in the Diet.
Professor Kodama is the head of the Radioisotope Center at the University of Tokyo.
Professor Kodama's anger is now directed toward the government's non-action to protect people, especially children and young mothers, from internal radiation exposure. His specialty is internal medicine using radioisotope, so he says he has done the intense research on internal radiation:
- (Part 3) Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: "What Are You Doing?"
Testimony by Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University continues. He goes back to Minami Soma City where his Radioisotope Center has been helping to decontaminate.
- Japan PM pledges 'revolutionary' energy shift
TOKYO - JAPAN'S Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Friday pledged a 'revolutionary' shift away from atomic power and towards renewable energy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
- Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Reference Materials
- Japan widens ban on radioactive beef
TOKYO (AFP) – Japan widened a ban on beef to cattle from a second tsunami-hit region Thursday, citing elevated radiation levels in the meat of animals because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Almost 3,000 cattle feared tainted with radioactive caesium have been shipped nationwide, slaughtered and sold after the animals were fed rice straw exposed to fallout from the more than four-month-old nuclear crisis.
- IAEA Chief Urges TEPCO To Ensure Information Transparency
TOKYO (Kyodo)--International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano on Friday urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. to ensure information transparency over the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
- UPDATE 2-Japan vows to skirt nuclear shutdown, watchdog embarassed
* Government sees 10 pct power shortage, 20 pct cost spike if all reactors halted
* Government to seek reactor restarts once safety confirmed
* Share of nuclear power to fall, but public debate needed on nuclear-free option
* Utility implicates regulator in attempt to manipulate public opinion
* Kan says nuclear regulator's existence questions (Adds trade minister comments, details)
- Gov't unit sought to manipulate symposium on nuclear power
TOKYO, July 29 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Chubu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was asked by the government's nuclear safety agency to have local residents pitch questions favoring the firm's so-called pluthermal nuclear power generation project at a related symposium.
The electricity firm serving central Japan said an official of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency asked the utility to bring in participants for the government-sponsored symposium to reduce the number of vacant seats and have them raise questions to make it appear that not everyone was opposed to the project.
Chubu Electric drafted a list of questions, but eventually rejected the request, considering it was inappropriate.
- Two nuke crisis compensation bills set to pass Diet don't clarify gov't responsibility
One of the bills is aimed at establishing the legal basis for the creation of an organization to pay compensation for nuclear accidents, while the other pertains to the provisional payment of crisis compensation.
However, it remains to be seen how much of the compensation burden plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will be required to shoulder as discoveries of radioactive cesium contamination of beef cows continue to swell in number.
- Stuxnet virus 'could be adapted to attack the West'
Power and water and other vital services in the West could be crippled by adapted versions of the Stuxnet virus, which was originally developed to disrupt the Iranian nuclear programme, the US government has warned.
Source: telegraph.co.uk via WRH
- AFP: Fukushima parents extremely worried for children’s health — I want to know if my baby’s illness is from radiation (VIDEO
- NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will extract air from troubled reactors at the plant to measure the amount of radioactive substances. [...]
The operation is intended to obtain accurate data on what kind of radioactive substances are being released and in what quantity.
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