Fukushima timeline - October 2011

Radioactive news 27 October 2011

  • 100-Millisievert Radiation Dose from Food Seen to Affect Health

    Tokyo, Oct. 27 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government's Food Safety Commission said in a report Thursday that a cumulative radiation dose from food of some 100 millisieverts or more would affect an individual's health.

    The figure is based on an assumption that external radiation exposure does not increase substantially.

    Source: jen.jiji.com

  • This Is What Passes as "Decontamination" in Fukushima (for That Matter, in Japan)

    Date City in Fukushima Prefecture, 60 kilometers northwest of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant and with high radiation areas and spots all over the city, has started the city-wide "decontamination" effort on October 26, according to Fukushima Minyu newspaper (10/27/2011). According to the article,

     この日の除染作業では、市が委託した清掃業者が、民家の雨どいにたまった泥などを取り除いたほか、軒先を高圧洗浄機で洗い流した

    In today's decontamination work, the cleaning contractor hired by the city removed the sludge in the rain gutter at a residence, and washed the frontage of the house with a power washer.

    That's called "decontamination" in Japan, instead of "yard cleaning".

    So I looked for any video footage of "decontamination" in Date City. I didn't find the latest effort, but I did find the ones from this summer, when the city carried out decontamination with the help of volunteers and the advice from Dr. Shunichi Tanaka, former acting commissioner of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (under the Cabinet Office) and current decontamination advisor to Date City.

    Much touted (by the Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono) new Japanese decontamination technology amounts to hand-scraping the soil by volunteers with hardly any protection.

    webmasters comment:

    must see vids.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com

  • China environment minister says nuclear safety risks climbing

    (Reuters) - China is facing increasing safety risks from its nuclear power plants as existing facilities age and a large number of new reactors go into operation, the country's environmental minister said in comments published on Wednesday.

    "The safety standards of China's early-phase nuclear facilities are relatively low, operation times are long, some facilities are obsolete and the safety risks are increasing," said Zhou Shengxian in a speech published on the website of China's parliament, the National People's Congress (www.npc.gov.cn).

    webmasters comment:

    Truth of the matter is that nuclear power plants represent the most likely and most devastating targets in war scenarios. Any country with a nuclear power plant is hosting a nuclear bomb to which an enemy country just needs to add a fuse.

    Source: reuters.com

  • Wind Turbines With Telescopic Arms?

    What about a wind turbine with telescopic arms? Rajnish Sharma of the University of Auckland in New Zealand calculated that such a turbine could generate twice as much power over a year as an ordinary one, and be safe to run at high wind speeds. To test the idea, he built a prototype based on a small 1.5-kilowatt turbine. In strong winds it generated the same power as a standard turbine, while in gentler conditions it easily beat its rival.

    Source: care2.com

  • BISOL PLANS 100 MW OF ITS PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES TO BE INSTALLED IN GREECE IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS

    BISOL signed an important contract with the Greek company Avdira Solar and thus increased its market share and strengthened its position in Greece. Avdira Solar have committed themselves to distribute 25 MW of BISOL premium quality photovoltaic modules next year. Both companies have additionally strengthened their relationship by setting a plan of selling 100 MW of BISOL modules in the Greek market in the next three years.

    Mr Polyvios Poulios, CEO of Avdira Solar: “I am very pleased to be able to work together with BISOL in the Greek market. After visiting the production facilities in Slovenia we are even more convinced about the high quality of BISOL products and the dedication of BISOL’s employees. We strongly believe that the European made BISOL modules will be very successful in Greece due to their outstanding quality and high energy yield.”

    webmasters comment:

    BISOL is an outstanding Slovenian company and i m thinking of getting their PV modules my self. Highly recommended if you are planning to get your home or your company off the grid.

    They are also recycling their used PV modules as a rule.

    BISOL COMMITTED TO RECYCLE ITS END-OF-LIFE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

    BISOL signed a contract with French association CERES, which is set to implement the solar industry voluntary commitment to collect and recycle the end-of-life products and production waste.

    Source: bisol.com

  • Geothermal Energy Could Power Entire U.S. (Maybe)

    Google is dipping its toes in renewable energy – according to Science Daily, it provided a grant to SMU Geothermal Laboratory which indicates a pretty hefty amount of geothermal power lurking across the United States. The total amount of available power is claimed to be more than three million megawatts (current coal power plants produce 300,000 megawatts, for the curious). Maps are viewable on Google Earth (where else?) and SMU believes that they are accessible with current technology.

    Source: cleantechnica.com

  • Mad Men: Nuclear Pasts, Human Futures

    In August 1945, the Hiroshima bomb killed over 100,000 people. Yet many later tactical nuclear weapons were to be far bigger than the bomb dropped on this Japanese city. The B53 was one. Its destructive power was truly massive: measured in nine megatons (millions of tons of TNT equivalent), and thus 600 times as powerful as that dropped on Hiroshima.

    Even the B53, however, was far from the world's biggest: the Soviet Union had a twenty-five-megaton warhead on its SS-9 intercontinental ballistic missile (which was given the appropriate Nato code name of "Satan").

    Source: isn.ethz.ch

  • Japan ignored nuke safety iodine advice

    Japanese media is reporting the government repeatedly ignored advice from the country's Nuclear Safety Commission to issue iodine tablets to residents affected by the Fukushima meltdowns.
    Source: abc.net.au

  • Fukushima Station Discharged More Radiation Than Estimated

    The amount is about 42 percent of that released at Chernobyl in 1986, the worst civil atomic disaster in history, according to the study. The plant north of Tokyo may have also started releasing radioactive elements before the tsunami arrived about 45 minutes after the magnitude-9 quake struck, contradicting government assessments.

    webmasters comment:

    I don't trust NILU one bit. If they had honest intentions they would leave the projections available to the public.

    Source: businessweek.com

  • Temelín nuclear plant bidder Areva: ‘We don’t do geopolitics’

    Nevertheless, none of the bidders have their so-called “generation 3+” reactors up and running, which makes comparative study of the safety of the three competing reactor designs a largely theoretical exercise, open to subjective evaluations of the differing types of technologies harnessed in the respective reactors.

    Indeed, the Czech state’s plenipotentiary for the Temelín expansion, former special energy secuirty envoy Václav Bartuška, recently said it would be advantageous for the bidders — and for the contractor, Czech state- controlled power major ČEZ — to have at least one of their new reactors up and running prior to the Czechs making a final decision on the tender.

    webmasters comment:

    all are pushing around newest safest models and they have none to show in practice. Nuclear industry is the same as any other and it should be foreved banned that such devastating power can be marketed around as latest hair products.

    Source: ceskapozice.cz

  • A-bomb survivors question world's reliance on nuclear energy

    "Thus hibakusha, the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, who witnessed the atrocities of the first two uses of nuclear weapons 66 years ago, now confront the horror that sufficient nuclear fuel exists in dozens of countries" to make more bombs, she said.

    webmasters comment:

    Nuclear energy represents 12% of worlds electricity production and is not by far something that world depends on. Nuclear energy is something the world can easily go without.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Abnormal smoke from reactor 2

    Being abnormal is normal for Fukushima.

    However, extra ordinary smoke/steam was emit from around reactor 2.

    It was 10/22/2011 17:24.(JST)

    In the video below,it starts spreading at 1:05.

    When it started emitting smoke,it was already dark,so light has nothing to do with the phenomena.

    It’s becoming winter. Steam is more visible in this cold air.

    Source: fukushima-diary.com

  • Tokyo to accept rubble from quake-hit Iwate Pref. from Nov. 2

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said Wednesday it will accept from Nov. 2 rubble resulting from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit prefectures.

    The rubble will be transported by Japan Freight Railway Co. to Tokyo's Koto and Ota wards where it will be crushed. It will then be incinerated in Koto and the remnants used as landfill in Tokyo Bay, the metropolitan government said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

  • Radioactive leaks reported from nuke plant in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture

    Tokyo, Oct 27 (ANI): Water containing radioactive material has reportedly leaked from a pressure vessel inside a reactor at a nuclear power plant in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture.

    According to the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant, which is operated by Japan Atomic Power Co. and located just north of Tokyo, might have lost around 64 tons of water from its pressure vessel. The water escaped into an outer container housing its boiling water reactor.

    The plant's operator said workers mistakenly loosened a screw on the lower side of the vessel, which led to the water leaking and dousing four workers, Xinhua reports.

    Source: in.news.yahoo.com

 

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