Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

India's Singh says Russia to provide credit for nuclear plant


  • India's Singh says Russia to provide credit for nuclear plant

    Moscow (dpa) - Russia will provide India with a loan to help it construct a controversial nuclear power station, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said during a visit to Moscow on Friday.

    The money is to be used for the completion of reactors number 3 and 4 at the Koodankulam plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Singh was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

    webmasters comment:

    told you so?

    Source: en.europeonline-magazine.eu


 

Kansai Electric Nuclear Reactor Halted for Maintenance


  • Kansai Electric Nuclear Reactor Halted for Maintenance

    Fukui, Dec. 16 (Jiji Press)--Kansai Electric Power Co. suspended operations at the No. 2 reactor at its Oi nuclear power station in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui for routine checks on Friday.Maintenance work at the reactor, which has an output of 1,175,000 kilowatts, is slated to last for four months.

    webmasters comment:

    hum, what is it now.. only 8 or 9 left?

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Decommissioning Fukushima plant to take max. 40 years


  • Decommissioning Fukushima plant to take max. 40 years

    It will take 30 to 40 years for Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and the government to decommission the No. 1-4 reactors at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, according to a road map made available to the Mainichi Shimbun on Dec. 15.

    webmasters comment:

    --- or else we will just draw another road map. Japgov Shill

    But srsly doesn't it make you mad, that your children and grandchildren will look in disbelief into nuclear ruins, rightfully asking, how is it that we have hated them so much to inflict this upon them.

    Even if this deadly sludge crap would actually be cost effective and cheap, and it is not, it is utterly perverse to even think of a word "cost" in the light of what we are doing to the youngest and yet unborn.

    "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing." by Edmund Burke comes to mind.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Broken pump shaft found in coolant system at Genkai nuclear plant


  • Broken pump shaft found in coolant system at Genkai nuclear plant

    About 1.8 tons of coolant water containing radioactive materials was found to have leaked on Dec. 9 from a joint in a pump used to purify primary coolant water for the reactor of the seaside plant in the southwestern Japan prefecture.

    But the operator, Kyushu Electric Power Co., did not disclose the incident immediately, only reporting to the local government that a rise in temperature at the base of one of the pipes in the purification system to 80 C or above had triggered an alarm.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Gov't panel finds breakdown in chain of command in nuclear crisis response


  • Gov't panel finds breakdown in chain of command in nuclear crisis response

    A coolant injection system meant to serve as a last defense against an explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor had been disabled at the discretion of workers on site, suggesting that a possible breakdown in the chain of command led to the severity of the ongoing nuclear crisis.

    webmasters comment:

    This is the high drive propaganda i m talking about in the comments to ex-skf post bellow. They are not waisting their time.

    *update. posted bellow is rss-printscreen of an agency feeding news about / from the nuclear industry into MSM, which is usually very informative. Please look at the various titles that will be distributed today around the world :/

    **hint, retype the titles into google to get the orig articles at various sources for proof check.

    rss-prntscr

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


   

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Iceland recognises Palestinian state


  • Iceland recognises Palestinian state

    Iceland has become the first west European country to formally recognise a Palestinian state, three months after the Palestinians began to seek full membership of the United Nations with peace talks with Israel frozen indefinitely.

    "Iceland didn't only talk the talk, we walked the walk," Icelandic Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphedinsson said on Thursday at a news conference in Reykjavik.

    "We stood by our word, we have supported the Palestinian cause and today will not be the end of that, we will continue to do so," he added.

    Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said: "[This] will surely have positive influence on other states to follow the same steps."

    webmasters comment:

    Congratulations to Palestine and GW Iceland!

    Altough not related to the topics of this website, i am posting this article in the hope that other european countries will follow the lead, beacuse true democracy can never exist in Europe with it tolerating Palestine under siege.

    It is also the 1st right step in decades that actually has the potential to bring the peace to middle east.

    Source: aljazeera.com via WRH


 

Japan's PM Noda Declares a Cold Shutdown "State" and the End of Nuke Accident


  • Japan's PM Noda Declares a Cold Shutdown "State" and the End of Nuke Accident

    Declaring a cold shutdown, even with "state", is a joke, but Noda went further and declared the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident to be over.

    Why did he do that? Asahi Shinbun (12/16/2011) reports that:

    「事故の収束」という、より強い表現に置き換えることで、風評被害など国内外に根強い原発事故への不安を払拭(ふっしょく)したいという狙いがある。政権は今後、放射性物質の除染を進めていく方針。避難区域の縮小も行い、住民の帰還へとつなげたい考えだ。

    By using the word "the accident is over", the government wants to dispel fears of the nuclear plant accident that are still strong both inside and outside Japan, resulting in baseless rumors. The administration will proceed with decontamination and shrinking the evacuation zone to have the residents return.

    webmasters comment:

    We can't say it wasn't anticipated.

    Well here is my thoughts on what's going on, and i belive such was the gov. plan from the very beginning. Yesterdays video from Fairewinds has confirmed my observations published on Nov 4th - "Cold Meltdown" in reactor no.5? 

    What if fuel pellets were carried all around the place? What if the above video recorded melted fuel that came from reactors 1-4?

    We have known for awhile that ground water is breaking into the plant, if i remember correctly the official number stated by Tepco was 500 tons per day. No one really knows whats happening under the surface, the surface it self is to dangerous to cope with, but that selfperpetuating radioactive molten soup underneath is taking its own path and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it.

    Here is the problem.  This fresh underground water breaking into the plant is very likely connected to the sea and most probably was also the fresh water source required for plants cooling. This water breaking into the plant is carrying melted fuel all around the place and it will in majority end up in the sea. Beacuse there will be no big kaboom, and the radioactive molten soup will disperse over a wider area, the government propaganda will hit new gear.

    Take a look at the nuclear power plants around the world. Not only they are the worst water polluters, but many  are built as a rule on the shorelines, usually right above where there used to be a fresh water source flowing in the ocean. The engineers are ofc not stupid and accidents such as Fukushima do get anticipated. Just look at the designs of the NPP's. They are built like this intentionally, so if an accident occurs and there is a meltdown, the fresh water source will push the melted fuel into the oceans and the industry will declare the problem solved.

    This is not paranoia. Look at the building sites and designs around the world. We are being screwed in the worst possible manner. There never was any sollution to the problem. The only problem for TEPCO and japan government was to prevent another blow up, so the fuel can disperse quietly. For everything else, there is nothing that few million in donations to various mainstream media outlets won't solve, as seen with BP oil spill, where 500 mio to MSM, silenced them completly.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


   

Fukushima - Could it Have a China Syndrome?



   

Radiation doses vary with evacuation patterns


  • Radiation doses vary with evacuation patterns

    FUKUSHIMA--Evacuation patterns affected the differing levels of external radiation to which residents of Fukushima Prefecture were exposed in the first four months of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to the prefectural government.

    The difference was seen in interim results released Tuesday of health checks on all residents of the prefecture.

    Just after the crisis began, the government initially failed to disclose data from the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI), which was used to analyze how radioactive substances would spread from the nuclear plant.

    The latest data renewed the anger of affected residents, who said they would have evacuated elsewhere had they been aware.

    webmasters comment:

    There we go. They had all the information, they knew it was melting, they knew where it was going and yet they decided to withhold the information from the public, not to distribute iodine, etc, so the facade of  safe and clean nuclear power could continue.

    The exposure values stated are "external exposure" values and they don't reflect the actual effect on the health of these people .

    The japgov actions were deliberate following the implementation of the information act, where all of the info was first to be confirmed from the japanese government.  All the people suffering from radioactive fallout were left in the cold intentionally, served as offerings on the altar of Holy Uranium Cultists.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

China scales up solar power capacity plan by 50 pct - report


  • China scales up solar power capacity plan by 50 pct - report

    Solar power capacity by 2015 to be 50 pct over previous plan

    * Solar power generation to hit 20 bln kWh in 2015

    * Overall wind power capacity target unchanged from previous plan (Recasts, adds details, background)

    BEIJING, Dec 15 (Reuters) - China has further revised up its solar power development target for 2015 by 50 percent from its previous plan, state media reported on Thursday.

    The government has set a target for installed solar power generating capacity to reach 15 gigawatts by 2015 and wind power capacity to hit 100 GW, China National Radio reported, citing an announcement from the National Energy Administration.

    The ambitious move may have been encouraged by a rapid increase in solar power installation in recent months after the government unified grid feed-in tariffs for solar projects for the first time in July, and offered a higher price for projects that would be put into operation before the year end.

    China had doubled its 2015 solar power goal to 10 GW after the Japanese nuclear power crisis.

    Source: in.reuters.com


 

Japan May Declare Control of Reactors, Over Serious Doubts


  • Japan May Declare Control of Reactors, Over Serious Doubts

    Experts say that if it does announce a shutdown, as many expect, it will simply reflect the government’s effort to fulfill a pledge to restore the plant’s cooling system by year’s end and, according to some experts, not the true situation.

    If the task force declares a cold shutdown, the next step will be moving the spent fuel rods in nearby cooling pools to more secure storage, and eventually opening the reactors themselves.

    However, many experts fear that the government is declaring victory only to appease growing public anger over the accident, and that it may deflect attention from remaining threats to the reactors’ safety.

    Source: nytimes.com


 

Foreign ownership issues halt nuclear expansion review


  • Foreign ownership issues halt nuclear expansion review

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has suspended its review of the foreign ownership portion of the application to expand the South Texas Project nuclear plant over concerns that the owners haven't done enough to ensure domestic control of the plant.

    Toshiba Corp., based in Japan, could obtain an 85 percent ownership stake in the two nuclear plants proposed for the site outside of Bay City, the NRC found, meaning the company could have "the power to exercise ownership, control or domination over NINA," or Nuclear Innovation North America.

    webmasters comment:

    Japan is disgustingly aggressive in its nuclear proliferation. I believe this article reveals the true nature of the recent disputes and allegations inside NRC. It seems some would want nuclear power regardless of who owns it, while a branch of folks in the NRC is committed to keeping it in the U.S. hands.

    Source: chron.com


 

Radioactive spill at N.B. nuclear plant prompts calls for more details


  • Radioactive spill at N.B. nuclear plant prompts calls for more details

    A conservation group says there are too many unanswered questions about a spill of radioactive water at Atlantic Canada’s only nuclear power plant.

    David Coon, policy director at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, said on Wednesday that he wants more information about Tuesday’s spill at the Point Lepreau nuclear facility.

    “They need to release the actual information on the radiation levels and exposures that might have resulted in this case,” Mr. Coon said.

    “Simply giving us the volume of the spill doesn’t tell us anything.”

    webmasters comment:

    Mr. Coon is right on the spot. The nuclear power industry in general doesn't seem obliged to report what emissions and how much were released. In reality they try their best to cover up every leak possible.

    On the side note, this is yet another NPP that they want to extend by another 25-30 years.

    Fukushima blew up exactly the same month its projected lifespan ran out.

    Source: theglobeandmail.com


 

Japan, IAEA discussing large amount of unaccounted-for nuke materials


  • Japan, IAEA discussing large amount of unaccounted-for nuke materials

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan has started backstage talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the discovery of unaccounted-for or unreported enriched uranium and plutonium in large quantities of nuclear waste disposed of by Japanese facilities, hoping to ward off international criticism with an early report to the IAEA, senior government officials said Wednesday.

    In October last year, nuclear substances, unaccounted for at that time, were found in waste at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Oarai Research and Development Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, the officials said.

    The waste was disposed of before the 1977 effectuation of a safeguard agreement between Japan and the IAEA.

    In a follow-up investigation, the government found some 2.8 kilograms of highly enriched uranium solidified with cement and a total of 636 grams of plutonium at the JAEA's Nuclear Science Research Institute in Tokaimura, Ibaraki.

    webmasters comment:

    from the previous article:

    The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology then conducted a probe in August of nuclear energy facilities subject to the IAEA's safeguard program and also found nuclear substances unaccounted for in facilities other than the agency's.

    Killos of weapons grade materials unaccounted for in several facilities? And they are not even joking.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Gov't admits nuclear substances found in waste, unreported to IAEA



 

Fukushima Plant Should Be Nationalized, Former PM Says


  • Fukushima Plant Should Be Nationalized, Former PM Says

    (Updates with Tokyo Electric response in last paragraph.)

    Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear station should be taken over by the government to ensure a full account is given of the events that led to the worst atomic crisis in 25 years, a former Japanese prime minister said.

    Many questions remain unanswered about the disaster nine months ago when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling and power at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Tomoyuki Taira, a Japanese parliamentarian, wrote in a commentary in the journal Nature today. The two are members of a parliamentary committee probing the accident.

    The legislators, both members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said it’s particularly important to establish whether self-sustaining reactions are continuing in the damaged cores and whether explosions that rocked the station in the days after March 11 were nuclear in origin.

    webmasters comment:

    ... and it will get nationalized, right after Tepco sells off all of the healthy assets, like windpower units, cable tv and so on and leaves the taxpayers with a bill for raging meltdowns.

    Source: businessweek.com


 

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