Fukushima timeline - July 2011
- Pest exterminators mobilized to help in quake-hit regions
The three prefectures hardest hit by the March earthquake and tsunami are now waging a major battle against swarms of flies and mosquitoes that have emerged out of filthy puddles and waste left in the wake of the disaster.
Squads of professional pest exterminators and volunteers have mobilized to get rid of the pests in 13 coastal municipalities of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. ‘‘Precautionary measures must be taken to prevent an outbreak of food poisoning or encephalitis,’’ one expert said.
- Cracks found in Bern nuclear plant: report
The protective shroud around the nuclear core of the Mühleberg power plant in the canton of Bern is cracked, according to a report.
The Beobachter magazine said an ultrasound test detected a crack in the shroud.
- Cruel Medical Radiation
(NaturalNews) With radiation levels increasing accross the entire northern hemisphere the radiation your doctor uses takes on a new dangerous meaning. Physicians know that radiation is dangerous but they cannot help themselves, they love to use radiation both in testing and in treatment. Modifying physician behavior is hard thing to do but we have to do it and do it now in the radiation departments. How doctors and hospitals relate to and use radiation in both diagnosis and treatment of disease needs to come under full review and in most cases be brought to a halt.
- Germany: A cleantech case study for a post-Fukushima world
In the wake of the worst nuclear disaster in a generation, Germany doubled down on a decade of success, pledging to eliminate nukes by 2022 and switch almost exclusively to renewable power by 2050. A report from the front lines.
- Japan Sets Radiation Limits For Infant Drinks Twice The International Legal Limit For Nuclear Waste
Calls grow for the resignation of a Japanese official caught lying to the public about the safety of radiation limits that have been “temporarily” increased to shockingly high levels.
The “temporary safe limit” for radiation in food and beverages in Japan has been set to levels higher than the international legal limits for nuclear waste. Infant beverages have been set twice as higher as the nuclear waste limit and for children and adults between 3 to 4 times the nuclear waste limit. In food the limit has been set up to 20 times international nuclear waste limits and of course all of these levels are hundreds of times higher than legal limits allowed in food in beverages of other nations around the world.
Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com via WRH
- Unbelievable Comment by Dr. Yamashita - He has to go!
Source: femalefaust.blogspot.com via WRH
- Kyushu Electric sought to distort local views over reactors restart
Kyushu Electric Power Co said Wednesday that companies linked to the utility ordered their employees to post online comments in favor of the resumption of the utility’s two nuclear reactors for a local cable television program aimed at seeking support for the resumption.
- Can a weakened nuclear industry survive its deadly repeating history?
Lucas Whitefield Hixson article republished on JapanToday.com
The nuclear industry is a global affair, especially when something goes wrong, requiring transparency to ensure the safety of children and families around the world. History has shown that significant releases of radiation that effect the environment and population can be released long before any hope of containment or control can be expected. Nuclear disasters can not only threaten the health of first responders, but also cripple critical systems that allow complex situations to be analyzed and reported effectively.
- Poisoned Recovery: Kids radiation positive in Fukushima zone
Summary: Some 45 per cent of 1,080 children under 15 from the Japanese Fukushima Prefecture have tested positive for thyroid exposure to radiation, a nuclear watchdog report says. The screening was performed by Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission between March ...
- Some Asian countries delay nuclear programs in wake of Fukushima incident
JAKARTA (Kyodo) -- The 12-member Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia ended two days of talks Wednesday with some delegations having said their governments would delay the implementation of their nuclear power programs due to decreased public support in the wake of Japan's nuclear disaster....
Although the view of the governments with regards to the viability of nuclear power is unchanged, "there are cases of delay of implementation plan or reconsideration of safety requirements for nuclear power in the light of Fukushima accident," the draft says.
- Japan Nuclear Stress-Test Plan Clouds Outlook For Plant Restarts, Politics
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--An unexpected plan for "stress tests" to gauge the safety of Japan's nuclear plants has thrown confusion over plans to restart the first reactors since the Fukushima Daiichi crisis erupted in March. It has also baffled local governments as to where the central government is headed with its nuclear energy policy.
The governor of Saga Prefecture, the home of the Genkai nuclear power plant in southern Japan, said after a meeting with the government's top spokesman Thursday that he wouldn't agree to resuming operations of the plant's two reactors if government is going to require additional tests. Genkai has been shut down for regular safety inspections and was scheduled to resume operations soon.
- UPDATE 2-Japan nuclear restart in doubt as test plan provokes fury
TOKYO, July 7 (Reuters) - An attempt by Japan's government to reassure a sceptical public by ordering stress tests on all nuclear reactors backfired on Thursday, casting doubt over the first restart of reactors since the March 11 earthquake triggered a radiation crisis.
The announcement of tests provoked a furious response from the mayor of the southern town of Genkai, who had accepted earlier safety assurances, prompting him to call off a planned restart of two reactors at a local plant run by Kyushu Electric Power .
- Solar Power Rises Out Of Fukushima's Ashes
The Japanese government has directed high-volume electricity users serviced by embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. to reduce electricity demand by 15% in the face of the ongoing nuclear crisis at Fukushima, giving rise to on-site renewable energy production.
It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good they say and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima has seen Japan seriously reconsidering how it sources its energy; including possibly making solar power systems mandatory on all new buildings. Companies in affected areas are already responding to the current shortfall in electricity production by implementing more energy efficiency strategies and turning to wind and solar power....
While the Fukushima nuclear power station crisis may not occupy front page news as frequently these days, it has by no means subsided and the knock on effects continue to be felt throughout the world. Radioactive cesium-137 was recently discovered in Tokyo's tap water and agricultural products have been found to be contaminated with cesium and iodine as far as 360 kilometres from the stricken power plant.
- #Japan Utility Admits Tried to Mislead Mayor of #Genkai and Saga Town About Restarting Genkai #Nuclear Power Plant
On Monday, most of Japan was shocked to hear that Saga City had approved the restarting of the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant. This after the end of June when Japan's trade and energy minister Banri Kaieda, undeterred by several dozen anti-nuclear protesters, tried to persuade local governments in the Saga prefecture that it was safe to restart nuclear reactors. Kaieda said the Genkai nuclear power plant has implemented adequate measures to secure safety even in the event of a serious accident. He asked for the mayor's support in restarting operations, saying he knows that it's not an easy decision to make.At the time, Mayor Hideo Kishimoto of Genkai Town said he was convinced that the utility had emergency safety measures in place.
- Greenpeace Battles Slovakian Government over Nuclear Power Plant
A major battle between Slovakia’s environmentalists and the government is emerging as Greenpeace charges that the country’s recently completed nuclear power plant at Mochovce in Nitra has in fact violated the public’s rights.
Greenpeace claimed that signatory countries of the Aarhus Convention have confirmed that Slovakia has violated the rights of the public regarding the dispute surrounding the completion of the Mochovce NPP, Tla?ová agentúra Slovenskej republiky new agency reported.
Aarhus Convention member nations met in Kishinev, Moldova to discuss the Greenpeace complaint, which was filed in conjunction with VIA IURIS and other Slovak and Austrian NGOs, alleging that Slovakia's Nuclear Supervisory Authority refused to allow them to take part in the certification process which approved the completion of the third and fourth reactor complexes at the Mochovce NPP.
- More Bad News For Embattled Nuclear Power Industry: Reactor Proponents Are Batting 0-6 in State Legislatures in 2011
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by NuclearBailout.org:
Deep-pocketed nuclear power lobbyists may pack a big punch in Washington, D.C., but they are getting knocked out altogether at the state legislative level. So far in 2011, the nuclear power industry has a record of zero wins and six losses in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.
The nuclear power industry's dismal track record is in keeping with its history of state legislative failures in 2010 (when it went 0-8) and 2009 (0-6).
- Appeals court dismisses nuclear waste suit
The Obama administration won a legal battle Friday in the long-standing fight over where to bury the nation's nuclear waste, but it's not likely to be the last.
The federal appeals court in Washington ruled against South Carolina, Washington state and others that want to ship radioactive spent nuclear fuel they are temporarily storing to a repository 90 miles from Las Vegas at Yucca Mountain.
- Water treatment system operates below target rate at Fukushima plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The radioactive water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operated at about 76 percent of its capacity over the week through Tuesday, slightly lower than the 80 percent initially targeted, the plant operator said Wednesday.
- Corps of Engineers seeking land along Mo. River
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - The Army Corps of Engineers sent letters to landowners in Missouri and Iowa asking if they wanted to sell land in the Missouri River basin after flooding began along the river.
David Kolarik, corps spokesman in Kansas City, said the timing of the letter was a coincidence, and a mistake. He said most of the letters went out before the flooding began in May. The St. Joseph News-Press reports that some of the letters, however, went out June 6, after the flooding began.
- Brownback says flooding should prompt review of Corps
TOPEKA | Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is questioning whether flood control is a high enough priority for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as it oversees the Missouri River system.
Brownback called Wednesday for the creation of a special commission to examine Corps oversight of the system and its reservoirs. His comments were prompted by concerns among downstream states about the ongoing potential for flooding.
- Report: Thyroid radiation found in 45% of children in Japanese province
Japanese nuclear safety officials say 45% of children in the prefecture where three nuclear reactors melted down had thyroid exposure to radiation, Kyodo news agency reported.
None of the 1,080 children surveyed was exposed to more than 0.2 microsievert per hour, the threshold for pursuing further examinations, and most were far less, officials told Kyodo, as reported in Japan Times.
That amount is not considered a health risk, officials said.
Meanwhile, soil at four locations in the city of Fukushima was contaminated with radioactive cesium at levels 1.5 to 4.5 times the legal limit, Kyodo reported. The city is well outside 12.5-mile evacuation zone around the stricken plant.
- Signs of summer absent as radiation fears grip Fukushima
FUKUSHIMA-- Certain scenes seem synonymous with summer, such as beer gardens and children playing in fountains.
But this year, such scenes are hard to find on the streets of Fukushima city, the capital of Fukushima Prefecture, some 60 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, as concerns over radiation increasingly grip the city's 290,000 citizens.
- Project to monitor spread of cesium in the Kanto region begins
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A project to track the spread of radioactive cesium in the Kanto region is under way.
The National Institute for Environmental Studies in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, hopes to create a model by gathering data on the impact of cesium released by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the ecosystem and humans.
Radioactive substances released in the atmosphere reach the ground mainly in the form of rainfall and are carried by rivers to the sea.
Cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years, so the contamination will be present for a significant period.
- Two reactors ran at full capacity for months without final clearance
Two reactors shut down for regular inspections have now been running at full capacity for months despite not receiving the final clearance from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA).
The No. 3 reactor at the Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido and the No. 1 reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture are still technically in "control operation," the final procedure for regular safety maintenance.
- Kauai Station Suspects New Traces of Fukushima Radiation
After some investigation, we can now confirm that the Kauai Monitoring Station in Hawaii broadcast yet another Radiation Alert recently (see graph at right), commencing toward midnight of June 29th and continuing into the early morning hours of June 30th.
Source: hawaiinewsdaily.com via WRH
- BLAZE IN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN TOKAI, JAPAN
09:23 06 LUG 2011
(AGI) Tokyo - Almost four months after the Fukushima disaster, a fire started in the nuclear waste disposal plant near reactor No. 2 in Tokai, in the East of Japan
Source: agi.it via WRH
- Another reactor incident in France?
Source: next-up.org via WRH
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