Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news November 2011
- Hokkaido gov't tied to public opinion manipulation on pluthermal nuke reactor: panel
The Hokkaido Prefectural Government was involved in attempts to manipulate public opinion in favor of an experimental pluthermal nuclear reactor project, a prefecture-appointed panel stated on Nov. 23.
In a report submitted to Hokkaido Gov. Harumi Takahashi, the third-party investigative panel said, "The then chief of the (Hokkaido Prefectural Government's) nuclear power safety section asked for the presentation of opinions in favor of the project" at the No. 3 reactor of the Tomari nuclear plant operated by Hokkaido Electric Power Co. The panel also stated, however, that "it is difficult to conclude the prefecture was systematically involved."
- Decontamination work at homes in Fukushima not going well as radiation lingers
FUKUSHIMA -- Work to decontaminate homes and yards in a district here is not proceeding as hoped, as radiation levels persist and decontamination workers worried about their health stay away.
can someone pls tell the japanese gov that water doesn't make the radiation go away?
- Gov't officials hid Russia's offer to store nuclear waste to protect Rokkasho plant
Senior government officials withheld from reporting Russia's offer to store and reprocess spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power plants in Japan to other relevant government bodies in a bid to thwart any unfavorable move toward the operation of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Aomori Prefecture, it has been learned.
- Nuclear stress tests – Commission Interim Report
What are nuclear stress tests?
The "stress tests" are a set of comparative criteria drawn up in the light of the nuclear accident in Fukushima. These EU wide tests will be in addition to existing the framework already applied at national level. Their aim is to assess whether the safety margins used in the licensing of nuclear power plants were sufficient to cover also extreme unexpected events.
Their aim is to assess whether the safety margins used in the licensing of nuclear power plants were sufficient to cover also extreme unexpected events.
If this would be true, the possibility of a plane hitting a nuclear power plant would not be excluded along with other types of terrorist attacks.
- Japan Set to Impose Emergency Disaster Tax
Japan is readying an emergency tax hike to help pay for reconstructing the disaster-struck part of the country.... Passage of the reconstruction funding bill by the Upper House, which is controlled by the opposition, is expected as soon as next week. It will include a personal income tax hike for a 25-year period starting in 2013.
25 years of extra taxes... Keen on hosting a nuclear power plant in your country?
- France delays nuclear train amid demo threats
France - French authorities on Thursday ordered a train carrying reprocessed nuclear waste to be delay crossing into Germany for 24 hours to try to avoid mass protests from anti-nuclear demonstrators.
Riot police battled protesters when it began its journey in northern France on Wednesday and thousands more demonstrators are expected to try to block it once it crosses the border.
The train was halted at Remilly junction 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the border while nuclear company Areva, French rail firm SNCF and police decided which of three possible routes it can now take, a security source said.
Check out enenews.com article to see how clashes look like: WATCH: Nuclear protest goes very wrong -- Violent battle of police vs. anti-nuclear grou…
- Is the U.S. About to Invade Syria … and Pick a Fight with China and Russia?
Is the U.S. Gearing Up for a Syrian War?
“The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart “immediately,” and Turkey’s foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.”
Military analyst Statfor reports (as summarized by Zero Hedge):
For the first time in many months, [the aircraft carrier] CVN 77 George H.W. Bush has left its traditional theater of operations just off the Straits of Hormuz, a critical choke point, where it traditionally accompanies the Stennis, and has parked… right next to Syria.
- TEPCO gets 120 bil. yen as government insurance over nuclear crisis
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crisis-stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant, said Tuesday it has received 120 billion yen from the government under an existing insurance program for nuclear accidents.
The funds will be used by the company to pay massive compensation to people and companies affected by the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years. The utility, known as TEPCO, has separately received 558.7 billion yen from a state-backed funding entity.
Why does the government 1st have to pay TEPCO and then TEPCO transfers the money to the evacuees? It would be much easier to compensate everyone directly since government allready has all the tax and bank account numbers...
Beacuse the money never reaches the people.
workers don't get paid, evacuees are broke and tepco is handing out applications that are nothing short of a mockery of all of the peoples suffering.
- Government's nuclear policy 'lacking credibility', according to House of Lords
British hopes of seeing a raft of shiny new nuclear power stations coming online by 2025 have suffered another blow after peers denounced the government’s plans as ‘simply lacking credibility’.
The coalition has become ‘complacent’, with an ‘absence of leadership and strategic thinking’ over the programme, the House of Lords science and technology select committee has found.
In a forthright report, it said low spending on research and development into the technology risks putting Britain’s future nuclear aspirations in jeopardy.
- Russia to grant $8 bln loan to Vietnam to build first nuke plant
Russia will provide an $8-billion loan to Vietnam to build its first nuclear power plant, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Wednesday.
"Russia will grant a loan worth $8 billion," Shuvalov told Vesti TV channel.
The Ninh Thuan Nuclear Power Plant will have two energy units with a capacity of 1.2 GW each.
Nuclear lease? WTF will they come up with next? Buy 2 get 1 free?
- Does Nuclear Energy have a Future in Europe
The game has changed for the nuclear industry post-Fukushima, at least in the Western world, if not globally. After previous nuclear incidents, there usually was a pause while national bodies reviewed the reasons for the event and upgraded safety standards, but the Fukushima incident seems to be impacting Europe much like Three Mile Island did the US.
Germany, one of Europe’s biggest operators of nuclear power, used to run 17 reactors until Berlin closed four of them in July and committed to closing the rest by 2022. Belgium is looking to accelerate the closure of its seven plants and Switzerland is going the way of Germany. Even in France, where nuclear power generates more than 75 percent of electricity, the new socialist contenders for next year’s elections campaign on a platform that includes a drastic drop in nuclear-generating capacity to below 50%.
- High-level whistleblower: Plutonium may cause explosion at Washington nuclear facility — Design manager warns of ‘dire’ consequences
The U.S. Energy Department may not have adequately responded to safety questions and allegations of retaliation against whistle-blowers at a nuclear-waste treatment plant in Washington state, Representative Edward Markey said. [...]
Walt Tamosaitis, a research manager at the treatment plant, was demoted after alerting Energy Department contractors in 2010 about his concerns that improper treatment of high-level waste might cause plutonium to settle and hydrogen-gas bubbles might form, leading to an explosion, according to Markey’s letter.
- IRSN warns Tepco released highly contaminated water to the sea 28 times much as reported
In April ,Tepco released highly contaminated water to the sea. In May,Tepco announced the leaked Iodine and Cesium are ONLY 4700 trillion Bq ,which is less than 5200 trillion Bq leaked from Sellafield in England. However,this assumption does not include the leakage in March. If they include it,it may be the worst sea contamination in history.
- Massive Protests And Blockades Of Nuclear Shipment In France And Germany
People from all walks of life and age groups in Germany and France are protesting the Castor nuclear shipments from Valogne France to Gorleben Germany. Farmers blockade tracks with farm equipment and lifestock. Protesters chain themselves to the tracks in large numbers to block or at least delay the shipment to make it as difficult as possible in a clear sign that the public does not support the nuclear power policy their countries have thrust upon them.
Over the 1000 km journey people wait as word of the trains trip gets out. Areva does not announce the exact date and time the train will leave in the hopes to avoid protesters. While some of the protest points are relatively peaceful others are rather aggressive clashes with police.
- Massive Hydrovolcanic Explosion Inevitable at Fukushima
On November 17, the architect of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3, Uehara Haruo, was interviewed in Japan. He warned that a “China Syndrome” situation is inevitable at the plant. Haruo said that considering eight months have passed since the tsunami and the crippling of the nuclear plant without any improvement in the condition of the reactors, it is likely melted fuel has escaped the container vessel and is now burning through the earth. On September 20, 2011, Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, estimated that material from the nuclear fuel rods may be twelve meters deep underground at reactors one and three.
Source: theintelhub.com via WRH
- Now They Tell Us: Fukushima Rice Was Tested at 2 Locations Per Town, Says Yomiuri
Nothing new, I hope, for the readers of this blog. Now that radioactive cesium exceeding the national provisional limit has been detected from the rice in the area that passed the test with flying colors, the Fukushima prefectural government will test rice in select locations in 4 cities with relatively high radiation.
In reporting that news, Yomiuri Shinbun finally writes:
The Fukushima prefectural government conducted the survey at 1174 locations in 48 cities, towns and villages [in Fukushima] in September and October before the shipment of rice. However, the survey was done on 2 samples per old cities, towns, and villages before the merger.
- Greenpeace seafood analysis finds more Fukushima radioactive contamination
As our team in Japan continues to monitor the radioactive contamination of land and sea that resulted from the destruction of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, we’re still finding very disturbing evidence.
The results of another round of analysis of seafood caught in Japanese waters are in (you can read about the last round of results here), and show us once again that the Japanese government and retailers are still not doing enough to protect people from the contamination.
- Medvedev Goes Ballistic: Russian missiles in West's backyard?
Responding to Washington's failure to bring Russia on board the European missile defense system, President Dmitry Medvedev announces sweeping plans to address what Moscow deems to be a threat to national security.
- Vindicated Seismologist Says Japan Still Underestimates Threat to Reactors
Dismissed as a “nobody” by Japan’s nuclear industry, seismologist Katsuhiko Ishibashi spent two decades watching his predictions of disaster come true: First in the 1995 Kobe earthquake and then at Fukushima. He says the government still doesn’t get it.
The 67-year-old scientist recalled in an interview how his boss marched him to the Construction Ministry to apologize for writing a 1994 book suggesting Japan’s building codes put its cities at risk. Five months later, thousands were killed when a quake devastated Kobe city. The book, “A Seismologist Warns,” became a bestseller.
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- New Containment Flaw Identified in the BWR Mark 1
- TEPCO has paid 229.2 billion yen in damages for nuclear crisis
- NRC Approves First New U.S. Nuclear Reactors in 30 Years … Fatal Flaws In Fukushima Design NOT Fixed
- #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2 RPV Temperature Remains Near 70 Degrees Celsius Despite Increased Water Injection
- [Part 1-1] Nuke Plants and Radiation Seen through the Eyes of Children (Jan. 2012)
- For The First Time In Over 30 Years U.S. To Build New Nuclear Power Plant
- The US: Beyond Stupidity - NRC Grants License to Two New Vogtle NPP AP1000 Reactors!
- Fukushima No. 2 plant was 'near meltdown'
- Enough Signatures Collected to Seek Nuclear Vote in Tokyo: Group
- Checkups to Start March 26 for TEPCO's Only Active Reactor