Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

One Fukushima Resident Receives 14.5 Millisieverts over 4 Months


  • One Fukushima Resident Receives 14.5 Millisieverts over 4 Months

    Fukushima, Dec. 13 (Jiji Press)--One resident in Fukushima Prefecture received cumulative external radiation doses of 14.5 millisieverts in the four months after the start in March of the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501>disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the prefecture said Tuesday.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


   

Gov't panel sees renewable energy costs dropping to level of nuclear energy by 2030


  • Gov't panel sees renewable energy costs dropping to level of nuclear energy by 2030

    Technological innovations will help reduce the cost of renewable energy to a level near that of nuclear power plant energy by 2030, a government cost-examination panel has estimated.

    The cost-examination panel, formed under the government's Energy and Environment Council, has been reviewing the costs of generating various types of energy over the next two decades. According to panel figures made available on Dec. 12, the expenses stemming from the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant are expected to boost the cost of nuclear energy to at least 8.9 yen per kilowatt-hour -- about 50 percent more than the current 5 to 6 yen.

    webmasters comment:

    Alternative energy allready is cheaper then nuclear since nuclear cost doesn't include alarming high costs of decomissioning the nuclear plants and nuclear waste storage. When that is put into account, nuclear power is the most expensive type of electricity production even without blowing up.

    Instead of investing billions in this deadly industry if alternative energy inovators would be working with those funds and decentralization of electricity distribution would take place, the world would have every means of survival and prosperity.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Fire breaks out at waste facility of Tsuruga nuclear plant


  • Fire breaks out at waste facility of Tsuruga nuclear plant

    TSURUGA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A fire broke out Monday evening at a waste disposal facility of a nuclear power plant in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, but no one was injured and there was no environmental impact, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

NRC 'Coup' Leader, Bill Magwood, Consulted For Fukushima Parent Company


  • NRC 'Coup' Leader, Bill Magwood, Consulted For Fukushima Parent Company

    WASHINGTON -- Bill Magwood, the man at the center of an effort to overthrow the chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and his most likely successor if the move is successful, served as a consultant for Tepco, the Japanese company that owns the Fukushima nuclear power plant, according to information provided by Magwood as part of his nomination and confirmation process, which was obtained by The Huffington Post.

    On Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) released a letter signed by Magwood and three other commissioners attacking the panel's chairman, Gregory Jaczko, setting off a firestorm in the energy industry. Issa and the four commissioners framed the dispute as personal and managerial, but emails released by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) show a political and ideological battle underway over post-Fukushima safety standards.

    Source: huffingtonpost.com


 

Nuclear utilities face ¥50 billion disaster fee


  • Nuclear utilities face ¥50 billion disaster fee

    Nuclear power utilities might be ordered to chuck about ¥50 billion into the entity that's financing Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s compensation payments for the Fukushima disaster, government sources said Monday.

    The utility known as Tepco is expected to be the largest contributor to the state-backed Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund, tossing in about ¥17 billion toward its own cause.

    The annual contributions are designed to make utilities that run nuclear power plants in Japan share some of the burden of the Fukushima disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

    webmasters comment:

    Make them pay for everything, nationalize all their wealth as a collateral for radioactive coutry.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp


 

No Monju test runs in FY12, govt says


  • No Monju test runs in FY12, govt says

    Nuclear power utilities might be ordered to chuck about ¥50 billion into the entity that's financing Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s compensation payments for the Fukushima disaster, government sources said Monday.

    The utility known as Tepco is expected to be the largest contributor to the state-backed Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund, tossing in about ¥17 billion toward its own cause.

    The annual contributions are designed to make utilities that run nuclear power plants in Japan share some of the burden of the Fukushima disaster, the world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp

 

Radioactivity in Japanese waters thousands of times higher than normal


  • Radioactivity in Japanese waters thousands of times higher than normal

    With recent reports that there have been further radioactive leaks from the Fukushima nuclear power plants, a new study has assessed the level of radioactivity in the ocean in the first months after the disaster.

    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution chemist Ken Buesseler and two Japanese colleagues report that discharges from the power plants peaked a month after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and continued through at least July.

    The disaster was the largest accidental release of radiation to the ocean in history. Concentrations of cesium-137 at the plants' discharge points to the ocean peaked at more than 50 million times normal levels.

    The team found that releases to the ocean peaked in April, decreasing in May by a factor of 1,000 thanks to ocean mixing and a dramatic fall in emissions.

    But while concentrations of some radionuclides continued to decrease, by July they were still 10,000 times higher than levels measured in 2010 off the coast of Japan.

    Source: tgdaily.com


   

Confirmed: Fukushima disaster contaminated ocean with 50 million times normal radiation, leaks still ongoing


  • Confirmed: Fukushima disaster contaminated ocean with 50 million times normal radiation, leaks still ongoing

    (NaturalNews) Things are suddenly heating up again with Fukushima. As we reported yesterday, the southern wall of Fukushima reactor #4 apparently collapsed over the past few days, calling into question the structural integrity of the remainder of the containment building (http://www.naturalnews.com/034387_F...).

    The mainstream media has said absolutely nothing about this development, continuing its pattern of downplaying news involving Fukushima, radiation or the flawed structure of nuclear power plants. This is hardly surprising, given that many of the largest media outlets (such as NBC and MSNBC) are owned by corporations such as General Electric, the designer of many of the world's nuclear power plants. (http://www.freepress.net/ownership/...)

    Photos of the failed structure have emerged on Enenews.com, where a report explains that a once-intact wall is now essentially "missing" and that further degradation of the structure could lead to mass evacuations in Japan (http://enenews.com/report-confirmed...). As this report is still not confirmed by other sources, we continue to take this with a sense of caution here at NaturalNews. We will continue to monitor the situation and report any relevant developments.

    webmasters comment:

    The outer wall of the reactor no.4 started collapsing after the quake on 23. nov. 

    Here is a frame from the video i recorded after the quake.

    reactor4-23-11

    Notice the big red glowing pile, + you can see into the back of the reactor building.


    Here is the still taken the same day / (night japan time).

    reactor4a-23-11

    That glow was still there. Actually it looked like boiling soup.

  • Source: naturalnews.com


 

Areva suspends raft of nuclear power projects


  • Areva suspends raft of nuclear power projects

    One of the world's leading nuclear power developers, Areva, has today confirmed a major reorganisation that will see a series of projects suspended in the wake of significant financial losses.

    The company announced yesterday that operating losses for this year could reach €1.6bn, primarily as a result of the Fukushima disaster on the value of its uranium mining operations.

    The news was followed today by confirmation that Areva will suspend planned "capacity extensions" at four nuclear sites in France, halt work to extend its Eagle Rock enrichment plant near Idaho Falls in the US, and scale back planned investment at uranium mines in the Central African Republic, Namibia and South Africa.

    webmasters comment:

    Australia went on with a fire sale of its mines, now Areva is jumping the wagon. This only means that demand is going down, beacuse i don't see an increased supply anywhere. It looks like the markets expect a worldwide phaseout.

    Not yet time to celebrate, but as Gargamel would put it... " cautiously excited"...

    Source: businessgreen.com via enformable.com


 

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 9th –December 12th, 2011


  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 9th –December 12th, 2011

    Japan’s Parliamentary Secretary of the Environment, Satoshi Takayama, has advised local municipalities to monitor radiation levels of rubble coming from disaster stricken areas, rather than accepting central government assurances of safety, because “the state is not trusted”. The remarks have been met with considerable controversy.

    Source: greenpeace.org


 

UPDATE 2-Nuclear group Areva lowers ambitions post-Fukushima


  • UPDATE 2-Nuclear group Areva lowers ambitions post-Fukushima

    Expects deals for 10 new generation nuclear reactors by 2016

    * Seeks partner for mines but wants to keep majority, no talks yet

    * Hopes to win 35 pct of available market for safety work post Fukushima

    By Caroline Jacobs and Benjamin Mallet

    PARIS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Areva's new Chief Executive Luc Oursel set out a new strategy, with plans to rein in investments and sell assets to bolster its balance sheet while chasing contracts for nuclear reactors in an industry rocked by the Fukushima disaster.

    Source: reuters.com


   

Blast hits another plant in Iran


  • Blast hits another plant in Iran

    JERUSALEM — A mysterious explosion in Iran this week, the third in a month, has stirred speculation that an invisible hand once again has struck at Iran’s nuclear program.

    Sunday’s explosion occurred at a steel plant in the city of Yazd, killing seven people and seriously wounding 12 others. Several of the victims were foreigners, according to Iranian officials.

    Officials initially attributed the blast to water accidentally coming into contact with heated implements.

    Source: washingtontimes.com


 

The world's smallest steam engine measures a few micrometers


  • The world's smallest steam engine measures a few micrometers

     
    A Stirling engine in the microworld: In a normal-sized engine, a gas expands and contracts at different temperature and thus moves a piston in a cylinder. Physicists in Stuttgart have created this work cycle with a tiny plastic bead that they trapped in the focus of a laser field. Credit: Fritz Höffeler / Art For Science


    The world's smallest steam engine measures a few micrometers













    Source: physorg.com


     

Japanese professor reprimanded for drawing links between Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents


  • Japanese professor reprimanded for drawing links between Fukushima and Chernobyl accidents

    Here's another item of interest for those who believe that the Japanese government is covering up the impact of the Fukushima nuclear-power-plant meltdown.

    The Ex-SKF blog has a post about a formal reprimand issued to Gunma University professor Yukio Hayakawa for creating a radiation-contour map.

    The map, which was posted on Hayakawa's blog showed similarities between the spread of radiation from reactors in Fukushima and what happened after the reactor explosion in Chernobyl, Ukraine in 1986.

    Source: straight.com


 

Editorial: Decommissioning of Fukushima plant will need cooperation and vigilance


  • Editorial: Decommissioning of Fukushima plant will need cooperation and vigilance

    Experts of a Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) committee have drawn up a report on the procedures to decommission the stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

    According to the schedule mapped out by the JAEC team, workers will remove spent nuclear fuel from the plant within three years, and start the removal of melted fuel from the reactors within 10 years. The entire decommissioning procedure is expected to take at least 30 years.

    After all, we're talking about dealing with the damage caused by a disaster of unprecedented proportions, including nuclear meltdown in three reactors. In fact, the whereabouts and the state of the melted fuel are still unknown. Cleaning up after this disaster will undoubtedly be an extremely difficult task.

    As varying levels of new technology will be necessary for the removal of nuclear fuel, it's hard to believe that the work will progress according to plan.

    webmasters comment:

    By my modest opinion some serious ass whooping of the folks in the Diet, Tepco and various nuclear agencies in Japan is the first prerequisite that needs to be fullfilled in order for things to move forward.

    Nothing will get solved untill people in Japan stand up and demand the end of nuclear power for good. Untill then the dirty industry will play its dirty tricks via their peons in the government and Japan will inevitably turn into radioactive graveyard. Today we learned that they intend to start "decon" in march next year, while gov. guidelines have also predicted substantial decrease in radioactivity by that time and have forced people to their radioactive homes on the basis of that  idiotic government presumption backed by fresh new experts drawn right out the first nuclear gutter.

    We heard nothing but bullshit from japan gov and their officials, with actions suitable to be prosecuted in accordance to those in Nurnberg, with various pro-nuclear propagandists around the world equally complacent.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp

 

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