Fukushima timeline August 2011

Radioactive news 4 August 2011

  • Failing Sellafield fuel plant shuts after losing Japan order

    Britain is to close a nuclear fuel processing site at Sellafield, after losing orders from Japanese companies in the wake of the Fukushima earthquake and meltdown.

    Around 800 jobs will be lost at the Mox plant, which opened in 2002 to renew fuel from Britain's huge stockpiles of civil plutonium. It takes the spent fuel from Sellafield's Thorp plan and recycles it into "mixed oxide fuel" which can be then be re-used.
    Source: telegraph.co.uk

  • Strong typhoon expected to approach Okinawa Friday

    A powerful typhoon is expected to approach Okinawa Prefecture's main island Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency Thursday. At 9 a.m. Thursday, Typhoon Muifa was traveling westward at a speed of about 15 kilometers per hour some 250 km southeast of Naha on Okinawa Island with an atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals at its center and a maximum wind velocity of 216 kph. The maximum wind velocity might reach 144 kph on the island Friday, splashing seawater as high as 11 meters. High winds could buffet the island for a prolonged time because the typhoon is moving slowly, the agency added.
    Source: newsonjapan.com

  • Japan to sack top officials over nuclear disaster

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will replace three senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy, the minister overseeing energy policy said on Thursday, five months after the world's worst atomic crisis in 25 years erupted at Fukushima.

    The move comes as Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls for enhanced nuclear safety accountability and an overhaul of Japan's energy policy, with the aim of gradually weaning it off its dependence on nuclear power as public safety concerns mount.
    Source: news.yahoo.com

  • Uranium producer Cameco reports 23% profit fal

    CALGARY (MarketWatch) -- Cameco Corp.'s CCJ -3.21% profit dropped during the second quarter due to lower sales and higher costs, as uranium deliveries were shifted to later this year.
    Source: www.marketwatch.com

  • Fukushima parents fret for kids

    FUKUSHIMA--The degree of concern among parents in Fukushima Prefecture is reflected by the revelation that as many as 2,300 children have left private kindergartens in the prefecture due to worries over the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    Two thousand of the children in question have either transferred to kindergartens outside the prefecture or stopped attending kindergarten altogether, according to an association of private kindergartens in the prefecture.
    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

  • Japan to sack top nuclear energy officials over Fukushima

    Tokyo: Japan will sack three top energy officials over their handling of the Fukushima atomic plant disaster and scandals that have fueled public mistrust in nuclear policy, the government said on Thursday.

    Banri Kaieda, the minister of economy, trade and industry, told a press conference that he was planning a sweeping personnel change at his powerful ministry, which both promotes and regulates the nuclear industry.
    Source: ndtv.com

  • Magnitude 6.3 quake off Russian Pacific coast

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck on Thursday in the Pacific Ocean south of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, near the Kurile islands claimed by Russia and Japan, the U.S. geological survey reported.
    Source: reuters.com

  • Japan should free up electricity distribution network in reforms to power system

    In Japan there were hardly any power cuts. The power voltage and frequency was stable, and people could use as much electricity as they wanted. Then the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear crisis hit the nation.

    In the wake of the disaster, nuclear power plants were brought to a stop one after another, and despite the full mobilization of thermal power stations, requests to conserve power arose not only in eastern Japan, which suffered the brunt of the disaster, but also in western Japan.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Japan's Minister of Education Visits Monju, Says Fast Breeder Is Necessary for Japan

    Minister of Education and Science Yoshiaki Takagi, a former union official at a shipyard in Nagasaki before he ran for office, visited Monju, the troubled fast breeder reactor in Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture where Governor Nishikawa may be jockeying for an advantageous position vis a vis the national government on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) project and opposing the re-start of the reactors in his prefecture.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Rice farmers, wholesalers worry about radioactive cesium tests

    Rice farmers and wholesalers are uneasy about tests for radioactive cesium in rice crops and how those tests will affect shipments following the government's announcement of testing standards on Aug. 3.

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) announced on Aug. 3 standards for cesium tests on this year's rice crop in 14 eastern prefectures that together produced 3.5 million metric tons of rice last year, about 40 percent of the country's total yield of 8.48 million metric tons.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Fukushima Prefecture to Test Wild Mushrooms Harvested in Fukushima

    Is it even an issue at this point?

    There was absolutely no information in March and April warning against radioactive fallout in the countryside in Fukushima, where many residents ate the wild mountain vegetables - seasonal delicacy. On the contrary, as we all know now throughout the world (I hope), the national government and the Fukushima prefectural government were busily dispatching the two Nagasaki University professors (Yamashita and Takayama) to brainwash the residents.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • TEPCO struggling to treat contaminated water at crippled nuclear plant

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is struggling to treat a massive amount of water contaminated with radioactive substances at its crisis-stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

    The problems stem from persistent instability in a system that went into full operation on July 2 to purify highly radioactive water and use it to cool down the plant's reactor cores. As a result, the amount of radioactive water in the reactor buildings and other areas of the plant grounds is in fact increasing.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Alcoholism, suicides rising among farmers hit by nuclear crisis

    TOKYO — The food safety crisis, which is worsening as a result of the March 11 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is having a devastating effect on farmers in the region.

    “A growing number of people are killing themselves in Fukushima,” said Toshihide Kameda, 63, who is a rice and vegetable farmer from the Prefecture. He was one of about 300 farmers from the Tohoku region who attended a rally outside the Tokyo headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) on Wednesday. “We are suffering from mental agony. We don’t know when we can return home, and we can’t work even though we want to,” he said. Kameda said orders this year were less than 20% of normal levels and gloom was spreading, with alcoholism on the rise among dispirited farmers.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Documents reveal U.S. plan in mid-1950s to deploy nuke arms in Japan+

    TOKYO, Aug. 4 (AP) - (Kyodo)—The U.S. government sought to promote the peaceful use of atomic energy vis-a-vis Japan in the mid-1950s to pave the way for eventually deploying nuclear weapons in the country by easing the antinuclear sentiment of the Japanese people, according to top-secret U.S. government documents found at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

    The declassified documents included a letter, dated Nov. 18, 1955, to Reuben Robertson, deputy secretary of defense at that time, from Acting Secretary of State Herbert Hoover Jr., acknowledging that the Joint Chiefs of Staff had "reviewed the requirement for the deployment of nuclear components of atomic weapons to Japan."
    Source: breitbart.com

  • Farmers protest outside TEPCO's Tokyo headquarters

    TOKYO — About 300 farmers came to Tokyo on Wednesday, some bringing dairy cows in trailers, to stage a noisy protest outside the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), near the capital’s central government district.
    Source: japantoday.com

  • Nagasaki mayor pitches for nuke free zone in Northeast Asia

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue on Wednesday called on the government to consider working toward creation of a nuclear weapon-free zone in the Northeast Asian region including North Korea, submitting to the Foreign Ministry signatures of 103 municipality heads in support of the idea.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • TEPCO finds more areas with dangerous radiation levels

    Extremely high radiation levels were detected in a second area on the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Aug. 2.

    The area is close to the spot where radiation levels of 10 sieverts or more per hour were found on Aug. 1, the highest levels recorded since the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis.

    TEPCO said levels at the second area could possibly exceed 10 sieverts per hour.

    The second spot, 10 meters above ground and only a few meters from the first spot, is along piping used to vent gases to lower pressure within the containment vessel in case of emergency.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Top Japanese Nuclear Officials To Be Axed: Kaieda

    TOKYO (Kyodo)--Industry minister Banri Kaieda said Thursday he plans to sack three top officials in charge of nuclear power policy to hold them responsible for the handling of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    Source: e.nikkei.com

  • Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe brings big radiation spikes to B.C.

    After Japan’s Fukushima catastrophe, Canadian government officials reassured jittery Canadians that the radioactive plume billowing from the destroyed nuclear reactors posed zero health risks in this country.

    In fact, there was reason to worry. Health Canada detected massive amounts of radioactive material from Fukushima in Canadian air in March and April at monitoring stations across the country.
    Source: weeklyintercept.blogspot.com via WRH


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