Fukushima timeline - September 2011

Radioactive News 7 September 2011

  • Deer in Tochigi Pref. tainted with cesium exceeding gov't limits

    About 590 to 2037 becquerels per kilogram of the radioactive substance were detected in the meat of three deer culled between late August and early this month to protect farms, the officials said, adding that they will ask hunters not to eat deer meat.
    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Video: Fukushima nuclear crisis, six months later

    The meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima power plant has led to an ongoing crisis in Japan. Nature Video provides an update on efforts to stabilize the reactors, and the consequences of the emergency for Japan and nuclear power worldwide
    Source: NatureVideoChannel

  • Radioactive Waste May Be Stored Temporarily at TEPCO Plants

    Fukushima, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> President Toshio Nishizawa suggested Wednesday his company will positively consider a proposal that radioactive waste from the ongoing nuclear crisis be stored temporarily at its Fukushima No. 1 and 2 plants.
    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • #Radioactive Chestnut from Fukushima, 2,040 Bq/Kg

    The harvest season is starting, and one by one minor food items that most people can do without are being found with high levels of radioactive cesium.

    We'll see soon enough if Professor Kosako's "chaos" in the harvest season occurs when they start harvesting the major crop - regular rice (not the early varieties) in Tohoku.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Amount of Radioactive Cesium in Urine Increased in a Boy Who Remained in Fukushima

    A citizen's group (福島老朽原発を考える会) announced the result of the second testing of the 10 children in Fukushima City and other locations whose urine had been tested 2 months earlier. In one child who did not evacuate from Fukushima, the amount of radioactive cesium didn't decrease but increased slightly.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Bugs generate power while cleaning nuclear waste

    Researchers have figured out how a class of bugs can deliver double benefit — generate power while cleaning up nuclear waste and other toxic metals.

    “Geobacter bacteria are tiny micro-organisms that can play a major role in cleaning up (nuclear fuel) polluted sites around the world,” said Michigan State University microbiologist Gemma Reguera, who led the study.

    Their effectiveness was proven during a cleanup in a uranium mill tailings site in Colorado. Researchers injected acetate into contaminated groundwater, the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports.

    Since this is geobacters’ preferred food, it stimulated the growth of the bug’s community already in the soil, which in turn, worked to remove the uranium, Reguera said, according to a Michigan statement.
    Source: news.bioscholar.com

  • (Guest Post) How to Source Radioactive Material-Free Food in Japan: Food Co- Op

    Not all co-ops (grocery stores operated as cooperatives) are equal, but some are decidedly more customer-friendly (as opposed to producer-friendly) and take care in sourcing the food that are not contaminated with radioactive materials AND disclosing the detailed information of their testing.
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Fukushima to destroy all nuclear reactors in Japan

    The country has 54 nuclear reactors. Now only 12 are operating. Some units have already passed the inspection, but none of them run again because of the protests of the locals. Experts estimate that if the situation is not changed, by April of next year the nuclear program in Japan will be frozen.
    Source: english.pravda.ru

  • Radioactive Iodine in Sewer Sludge in Oshu City, Iwate

    The city says it has stopped the shipment of sludge cakes from this plant because of the high radioactive iodine concentration detected from the August 25 sample, but that the sludge cakes have been used as fertilizer material because the amount of radioactive cesium has been below the provisional safety limit for composts and manures (400 becquerels/kg).
    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • Japan firm creates radiation-detecting plastic

    Japan's Teijin Chemicals Limited said Wednesday it had created a plastic that emits a blue light when exposed to radioactivity, which it says will lead to cheaper radiation detectors.

    webmasters comment:

    seems they are set to make us all glow...

    Source: bangkokpost.com

  • COMMENT: Brainwashing Russia at its own expense: Rosatom’s post-Fukushima PR carpet bombing

    The recent – and still ongoing – nuclear crisis in Japan came as a frightening reminder of the dangers of nuclear energy, something that the world, once staggered by the horrors of Chernobyl, was starting to let fade into the distant past. But if in most countries Fukushima triggered safety enhancement measures at nuclear power plants – and in such atomic heavyweights as Germany and Japan, prompted a strategy of nuclear phase-out – in Russia, the disaster did little more than serve as a cue for the Nuclear Corporation Rosatom to boost its investments into nuclear PR. On the taxpayers’ dime, no less.
    Source: bellona.org

  • Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update / Aileen Mioko Smith on rising radiation levels in Japan and government denial

    Later in the program, we hear from Japanese nuclear activist, Aileen Mioko Smith of Green Action Japan, based in Kyoto, on the alarming increase in radiation levels in Japan and government inaction. First, Smith discusses her research into health effects from the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear disaster. The conversation moves to rising radiation levels in Japan citizens are reporting, the lack of government testing, Japanese protests about the high levels of contamination in Fukushima prefecture, and Smith’s concerns about high radiation exposures in children.
    Source: ifyoulovethisplanet.org

  • More families leave Fukushima over radiation fears

    As of August 11, at least 51,576 people had left Fukushima , whose population is about 2 million, prefectural officials said.

    Citizens groups are concerned about some symptoms appearing more frequently in children.

    'Some children got diarrhoea or nosebleeds repeatedly and others developed a sore throat,' said Chieko Shiina, who works at the Fukushima Network for Saving Children from Radiation. 'Some children also say they feel listless and tired.'
    Source: monstersandcritics.com

  • Germany Sets New Renewable Energy Record in 2011

    Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) systems on rooftops of home, farms, and factories generated 3.5 percent of national supply, exceeding for the first time the amount of electricity produced by conventional hydroelectric power plants of 3.3 percent.

    Wind produced 7.5 percent of German supply, and biomass 5.6 percent.
    Source: renewableenergyworld.com

  • Blocked rivers feared to burst in western Japan

    The land ministry is conducting an emergency survey of rivers in western Japan blocked by landslides triggered from tropical storm Talas.

    Concern is rising that pooled water may burst, causing extensive damage downstream.
    Source: nhk.or.jp

  • Nobel winner urges Japan to abandon nuclear power

    Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe urged Japan's new prime minister on Sept. 6 to halt plans to restart nuclear power plants and instead abandon nuclear energy.

    Oe cautioned Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda against prioritizing the economy over safety. Noda has said he will allow idled nuclear plants to resume operation when their safety is confirmed.

    "The new prime minister seems to think that nuclear power plants are necessary for Japan's economy, and how to resume their operation is one of his key political agendas," Oe said. "We must make a big decision to abolish all nuclear plants."
    Source: asahi.com

  • Japan Embraces Wind, Solar Power

    What's the Latest Development?

    With 70 percent of Japanese now saying they want to phase out atomic energy, legislators have passed a bill to subsidize wind and solar power.
    Source: bigthink.com

  • French offered to take Fukushima fuel, Kan says

    France offered to dispose of spent fuel from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant following the nuclear disaster, but Japan has yet to reply to the proposal, Naoto Kan told The Asahi Shimbun on Sept. 5 in his first interview since stepping down as prime minister.
    Source: asahi.com

  • Kan calls Fukushima 'manmade disaster'

    Kan said TEPCO didn't follow his instructions to vent vapor from the nuclear reactor containers.

    And he said staff at an off-site emergency-response center near the plant -- designed to function as a front-line communications center in a crisis -- vacated soon after the accident.

    "As a result, arrangements that had been assumed in accident simulations hardly worked at all," said Kan
    Source: upi.com

  • Kan: I couldn't let TEPCO withdraw from Fukushima disaster

    Kan: Everyone involved, including officials of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and TEPCO, all agreed that venting should be conducted since pressure in the core was increasing. I gave instructions to TEPCO officials to conduct the venting. When I subsequently asked TEPCO officials, "How did it turn out?" I was told, "It has not yet been conducted." There was no explanation for why they did not carry out my instructions.
    Source: asahi.com

  • More on “Second Fukushima” in progress for Japan and Pacific Northwest (AUDIO)

    Arnold Gundersen with a Fukushima update, Helen Caldicott MD podcast, September 2, 2011:

    At 25:40 in (Transcript Summary)

    What I see now is a second Fukushima occurring from burning radioactive waste… Basically the radioactive gases that settled on the ground are going to be thrown into the air and waft into other places in Japan and across the Pacific to British Columbia, Oregon and Washington…
    Source: enenews.com

  • Magnitude 5.1 earthquake hits Hokkaido

    A magnitude 5.1 earthquake has hit Hokkaido in northern Japan.

    The Meteorological Agency says the quake occurred off the coast of Urakawa Town, southern Hokkaido, at around 10:29 PM on Wednesday, Japan Time.
    Source: nhk.or.jp


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