Fukushima timeline - July 2011

Radioactive news 4 July 2011

  • New Analysis of Unit 3 Fuel Pool Video Reveals Top of Fuel Bundle

    A video first released by TEPCO in April has been re-analyzed by Ian Goddard and appears to reveal a handle found atop a single nuclear fuel bundle. This raises more questions about the condition of any fuel still remaining in the Unit 3 fuel pool.
    Source: fairewindsenergy

  • New nuke minister inspects radiation monitoring

    Hosono, who assumed the new position just last week, was guided to see how the Science Ministry carries out the survey.

    He saw the figure was 13.9 microsieverts per hour, far exceeding the legal limit forcing the evacuation of local residents.

    He was told that the data are collected at one meter above ground level. He asked officials to keep as accurate a record as possible for the safety of the people
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Work underway for nitrogen injection

    Work is underway at the damaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima to reduce radiation levels in the Number 3 reactor container. .
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Tsuruga reactor lacks emergency vent

    The No. 1 reactor at the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture does not have a vent to release excess pressure during a reactor emergency, sources said Sunday.
    Source: japantimes.co.jp

  • Panasonic opens first European fuel cell R&D center

    WIESBADEN, Germany —

    Panasonic has opened the Panasonic Fuel Cell Development Office Europe in Langen, Germany. The facility, situated in Panasonic’s European R&D center in Germany, will focus on developing residential fuel cells for the European market in close collaboration with leading European utility companies.

    Panasonic has been developing residential fuel cells (micro CHP1) since 1999 and launched the world’s first system, the ENE FARM, in May 2009 in Japan. Following on from the success that it has had in the Japanese market, it now plans to extend its operations into Europe and the R&D center will be a key part of realizing this aim.

    The center in Langen will focus on developing and adapting the fuel cells to reflect the different operational conditions between Europe and Japan. As the operation of fuel cells depends on the composition of natural gas, it is necessary for the fuel cell to be adapted to European gas conditions.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • The End of Nuclear Power: Can a Weakened Nuclear Industry Survive its Deadly Repeating History

    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.
    Source: news.lucaswhitefieldhixson.com

  • Ibaraki tourism body seeks 1.8 bil. yen in damages from TEPCO

    A tourism body in Ibaraki Prefecture sought about 1.8 billion yen in compensation Monday from Tokyo Electric Power Co. for losses stemming from people's fears of radiation even though such damages are not covered in a government guideline on the matter.

    The compensation, demanded in a letter filed with the utility's local branch, is based on estimated damage to tourism up to the end of May, and the body formed of nine local organizations plans to lodge claims for losses from June as well, it said.
    Source: english.kyodonews.jp

  • Japan to give dosimeters to children living near Fukushima

    "There have been fixed-spot radiation measurements but parents and citizens are concerned about individual exposure," the official said. "We also believe the distribution of dosimeters will help ease parents' worries if they confirm their children's exposure does not pose health risks."
    Source: naturalnews.com

  • Guardian: Leaked Emails Reveal Government Conspiracy To Downplay Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

    The British newspaper The Guardian has obtained emails showing that government officials conspired with the nuclear industry to downplay and coverup the Fukushima nuclear disaster to prevent damage to the nuclear power industry. The Alexander Higgins Blog, by Alexander Higgins The British newspaper the Guardian has written a series of investigative articles revealing government officials reached out to top nuclear industry officials following the Fukushima disaster to plan a PR campaign to cover upthe Fukushima nuclear disaster.
    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com

  • ABC News Says They Made An Error In Reporting Fort Calhoun Evacuation, Demands Story Be Scrubbed From Internet

    ABC says they made an error in reporting that an evacuation zone was issued around the Fort Calhoun Nuclear power plant and have since redacted the story and they have now issued a take-down order demanding that all references to the story be removed from the internet.

    After ABC news initially reported that a 10 mile mandatory evacuation zone was issued at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear plant the story was scrubbed from all online news sites.
    Source: blog.alexanderhiggins.com

  • Fukushima Cover Up Unravels

    As I've repeatedly noted, the Japanese government, other governments and nuclear companies have covered up the extent of the Fukushima crisis.

    Asia Pacific Journal reports:

    Japan’s leading business journal Toyo Keizai has published an article by Hokkaido Cancer Center director Nishio Masamichi, a radiation treatment specialist.


    Nishio originally called for “calm” in the days after the accident. Now, he argues, that as the gravity of the situation at the plant has become more clear, the specter of long-term radiation exposure must be reckoned with.


    Former Minister for Internal Affairs Haraguchi Kazuhiro has alleged that radiation monitoring station data was actually three decimal places greater than the numbers released to the public. If this is true, it constitutes a “national crime”, in Nishio’s words.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


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