Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Cost $257 Billion


  • Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Could Cost $257 Billion

    by Energy MattersFukushima nuclear crisis

    Nuclear power generated electricity may appear cheap, but like fossil fuel electricity generation much of the real cost is hidden in subsidies and other forms of support. Add to that a nuclear accident or even just other associated environmental impacts under normal operations and suddenly any savings quickly evaporate, like water on overheated nuclear fuel rods.
         
    According to a report from Reuters, based on data from the Nikkei, it's been estimated cleaning up after the Fukushima nuclear disaster and compensation costs could be as high as 20 trillion yen - USD$257 billion.

    Source: energymatters.com.au


 

Japan military sent to nuclear no-go zone for decontamination work


  • Japan military sent to nuclear no-go zone for decontamination work

    Tokyo - The Japanese government dispatched some 900 troops Wednesday to areas around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station for decontamination efforts.

    The troops started to clean up municipal offices in the no-go zone and neighbouring areas.

    webmasters comment:

    Oh, send the army to clean up municipal offices? All while Tepco is raking in billions for "decontamination".

    Source: monstersandcritics.com


 

Colossal Nuclear Cleanup Challenges Japan


  • Colossal Nuclear Cleanup Challenges Japan

    FUTABA, Japan — Futaba is a modern-day ghost town — not a boomtown gone bust, not even entirely a victim of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that leveled other parts of Japan’s northeast coast

    ....

    The roadway arch at the entrance to the empty town almost seems a taunt. It reads:

    Nuclear energy: a correct understanding brings a prosperous lifestyle.

    webmasters comment:

    You can easily skip this article, posting for the above quote only.

    Source: theledger.com


 

China says import ban on milk powder from Japan remains after contamination report


  • China says import ban on milk powder from Japan remains after contamination report

    China has banned milk powder imported from Japan since last year, the country's quality watchdog said Wednesday after radioactive cesium was found in baby formula produced by a major Japanese food company.

    The import ban, which was imposed in April last year after the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in cattle in Japan and extended due to radiation leaks from crippled nuclear power plants caused by the March earthquake, remains in place, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) said in a statement.

    Source: globaltimes.cn


 

Complacency a danger at nuclear sites, official warns


  • Complacency a danger at nuclear sites, official warns

    Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said recent instances of human error and other problems have endangered workers and threatened safety at a handful of the 65 nuclear power plants in the United States.

    Workers at nuclear plants in Ohio and Nebraska were exposed to higher-than-expected radiation levels, Jaczko said, while three other plants were shut down for months because of safety concerns -- the first time in more than a decade that several plants have been shut down at the same time.

    The Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida and Fort Calhoun in Nebraska remain shut down, while the earthquake-damaged North Anna plant in Virginia reopened last month after being shut down for three months.

    Jaczko said he was not ready to declare a decline in safety performance at U.S. plants, but said problems were serious enough to indicate a "precursor" to a performance decline.

    webmasters comment:

    i never thought i would post Jaczko quote...

    Source: pittsburghlive.com


 

Worldwide Nuclear Energy Generation Falls in 2011


  • Worldwide Nuclear Energy Generation Falls in 2011

    Global nuclear energy production fell in 2011 due to the disaster that befell Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, a weaker demand for electricity, and increasing production costs, according to a report released on Tuesday.

    The Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research group based in Washington, D.C., commissioned the annual report.

    Nuclear generation capacity—the potential for nuclear power plants to generate power—rose to record levels in 2010, only to tumble this year, the report said. Power generation from existing plants fell to 366.5 gigawatts (GW) by the end of October from 375.5 GW in all of 2010. In 2009 the world’s capacity was 370.9 GW.

    Germany alone took 8 GW of nuclear capacity offline in 2011.

    webmasters comment:

    Note that this calculation talks about generation capacity not actual generation. If actual production would be considered they would also have to exclude 40 nuclear power plants in Japan that are now currently on hold and that would bring the total number of nukes in operation bellow 400.

    If nuclear power contributed 12% to worlds electricity production before Fukushima, that number is certainly below 10% at this point in time.

    Did the world fall apart? Has the candle industry flourished as mr. Sarkozy would suggest? The world can easily go without nuclear power. Anyone claiming that its necessary, clean or safe is mentally challenged.

    Source: theepochtimes.com


 

Booming Brazil wind power market draws foreigners


  • Booming Brazil wind power market draws foreigners

    SALVADOR, Brazil - Already blessed with huge hydro and fossil fuel resources, Brazil is seeing a wind power boom as production prices fall and government incentives lure in a growing number of foreign suppliers.

    The country's wind power sector has a current capacity of around 1,400 megawatts, and is expected to grow nearly eight-fold by 2014, according to the Brazilian Association of Wind Energy ABEEolica.

    And a study by IHS Emerging Energy Research says Brazil, already Latin America's leading wind energy market, is expected to have 31.6 gigawatts of installed capacity by 2025.

    At a government-organized power auction last August, developers of 44 wind farms in Brazil won 39 percent of the total capacity contracted an average price of 99.58 reals ($62.91) per megawatt-hour, offering for the first time a price below the average for two gas projects (103.26 reals) and a hydroelectric one (102 reals).

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

India's uranium mines cast a health shadow


  • India's uranium mines cast a health shadow

    JADUGUDA, India - Gudiya Das whines as flies settle on her face, waiting for her mother to swat them while she lies on a cot in Ichra, one in a cluster of villages around India's only functioning uranium mines.

    The 12-year-old, whose skeletal frame makes her look about half her age, was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy when she was a year old.

    "Back then there were 33 disabled kids here, now there are more than a hundred," her father, Chhatua Das told AFP in his home in Jaduguda valley in the eastern state of Jharkhand.

    For Das and his wife Lakshmi, who have lost six children before the age of one, there is only one possible culprit -- the nearby mines run by the state-owned Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL).

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 2nd –December 5th, 2011


  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for December 2nd –December 5th, 2011

    State of Nuclear Politics in Japan

    A Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) memo has revealed a 2002 secret meeting between METI officials and Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)’s Chairman, President, and Vice President, in which participants discussed abandoning the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant in Aomori Prefecture. METI was concerned about several problems with the plant, including major budget issues. Costs for the project were originally estimated at 760 billion yen, but estimates bloomed to more than two trillion yen (25 billion USD), plus another trillion in demolition costs. A follow up meeting was scheduled but never took place, because TEPCO’s president and chairman resigned over a cover up regarding damaged equipment. The Rokkasho project - combined with similarly crippled Monju fast breeder reactor - played a central part in Japan’s nuclear fuel plan, and these revelations may influence the Japan Atomic Energy Commission as it establishes new nuclear policies this summer.

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    Source: greenpeace.org


 

FAREWELL TO NUCLEAR POWER - A Lecture on Fukushima Daiichi by Takashi Hirose


  • FAREWELL TO NUCLEAR POWER - A Lecture on Fukushima Daiichi by Takashi Hirose

    Takashi Hirose is a leading anti-nuke activist/author in Japan for the past three decades. He was invited by citizens of Tsuchiura on September 11, 2011, six months from the earthquake.

    In this 3-hour-long lecture, he talks about the Fukushima Daiichi disaster: its cause, current condition, contamination and health effects.

    0:00:00 Opening remarks by the organizers

    Hirose's Lecture

    0:06:10 Introduction

    0:11:50 Truth about the nuclear accidents

    1:43:10 Earthquakes and nuclear plants in Japan

    1:59:40 Contamination and health effects

    2:42:20 Alternative energy

    2:54:40 Appeal and closing remarks by organizers

    Updates since the lecture:

    1. In early December 2011, Mr. Mitsuhiko Tanaka will be appointed as one of the ten members of the parliamentary committee to investigate on the Fukushima nuclear accidents.

    Source: 611tsukuba1


 

BISOL PV MODULES NOW WITH SALT MIST CORROSION CERTIFICATE


  • BISOL PV MODULES NOW WITH SALT MIST CORROSION CERTIFICATE

    BISOL photovoltaic modules have passed salt mist corrosion test with above average results. The newly obtained IEC 61071 certificate confirms that BISOL premium quality PV modules are suitable for installations in coastal areas or areas with higher salt mist concentrations.

    Salty air in coastal areas can reduce the performance of PV modules. BISOL Group, one of the leading European producers of PV modules, has proven the high quality of its PV modules by submitting them for the salt mist corrosion test.

    Source: bisol.com


 

The American Spectator Magazine: "Let the People of Fukushima Go Home and Get Back to Work"


  • The American Spectator Magazine: "Let the People of Fukushima Go Home and Get Back to Work"

    In an article written by Dr. Theodore Rockwell and posted on December 6, 2011, the conservative monthly magazine says "Let the People of Fukushima Go Home and Get Back to Work: The science doesn't support the panic".

    For a moment, I thought I was reading Professor Wade Allison of Oxford University.

    I couldn't get past the 2nd paragraph, though. I started laughing hysterically when I read:

    other people are living carefree in places like Norway, Brazil, Iran, India where folks have lived normal lives for countless generations with radiation levels as much as a hundred times greater than the forbidden areas of the Fukushima homes.

    A hundred times greater??

    The author of the article is saying people have lived happily in those areas with radiation levels exceeding 90 sieverts per year, then. That should be news to those people.

    In a location in Okuma-machi, within 3 kilometers from the stricken plant, the air radiation level at 1 meter off the ground was 103.66 microsieverts/hour according to the measurement conducted by the town on September 13 and 14. The cumulative annual radiation exposure, if simply multiplying this number by 24 (per day) and then by 365, would be 908 millisieverts.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

2011 Worst Year in History for Natural Disasters


  • 2011 Worst Year in History for Natural Disasters

    webmasters comment:

    I very much detest the religious tone of the video, but  it does give a good overview of the environment that is suppose to be safe to host nuclear power plants.

    Source: encrypt777


 

Fukushima 45 ton radioactive water leak poisons ocean


  • Fukushima 45 ton radioactive water leak poisons ocean

    About 45 tons of radioactive water has reportedly leaked out of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, that was badly damaged in March's earthquake and tsunami. Some of the toxic water may have found its way into the ocean during the weekend. RT talks to David Wagner from Country Risk Solutions in Tokyo.

    webmasters comment:

    RT altough considered quite objective among msm has quite a few pro nuke reports published, that reflect the official russian stance towards nuclear energy.

    Source: RussiaToday


 

Panel doubts TEPCO claim tsunami caused nuke accident


  • Panel doubts TEPCO claim tsunami caused nuke accident

    It is close to a common understanding that it would not be good to trust as is TEPCO's analysis that tsunami was the cause of the accident."

    The conclusion reached by the panel could have ground-shaking ramifications for other nuclear power plants in Japan.

    If the March 11 earthquake is viewed as the main culprit behind the Fukushima nuclear accident, that would mean that other nuclear plants are also vulnerable to large earthquakes.

    Such a possibility is not small since about 10 percent of the world's earthquakes occur in Japan.

    webmasters comment:

    It is well documented that the emissions from Fukushima started before the tsunami hit.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


 

Plutonium brings no real chance of prosperity


  • Plutonium brings no real chance of prosperity

    Some readers appear to wonder why I recently write only about nuclear power generation in this column. I do so because I believe that it is a crucial issue that will determine the fate of Japan as well as the whole world.

    In this April 28, 2011 image from video footage released Friday, April 29, 2011 by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), top parts of fuel rods are seen about 6 meters (20 feet) from the surface of water in the spent fuel storage pool at the damaged Unit 4 reactor building at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
    (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

    There have recently been various news reports that offer valuable insight into the future of nuclear power generation. The Dec. 2 morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun ran an article reporting that in 2002, the then administrative vice minister of economy, trade and industry and the chairman and president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) were nearing an agreement to withdraw from a nuclear fuel recycling project.

    Nuclear fuel recycling refers to a process of treating spent nuclear fuel from nuclear power stations with chemicals and extracting reusable uranium and plutonium from it. This project has so far been unsuccessful and there are no prospects that the project will work. It was only natural that the government regulator and the power supplier were negotiating a withdrawal from the project.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Fukushima sets 'no cesium' goal for farm products


  • Fukushima sets 'no cesium' goal for farm products

    Fukushima prefectural government officials plan to remove radioactive materials from farmlands and forests until no radioactive cesium is detected from agricultural, livestock and forestry products.

    The officials set the ambitious goal on Dec. 5, fearing that consumers will continue to reject rice, vegetables, beef, timber and other products from the prefecture as long as cesium remains.

    "We need to remove radiation promptly because our products have suffered tremendous damage from shipment restrictions and negative publicity," an official said, referring to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

    The officials will introduce specific measures to remove radioactive materials from rice paddies, fields and trees to municipal governments and agricultural cooperatives.

    But they did not commit themselves to when the decontamination goal will be achieved.

    webmasters comment:

    Officials are out of touch with reality. The story reads like a fairytale.

    Source: ajw.asahi.com


   

Japan sees atomic power cost up by at least 50 pct by 2030 -Nikkei


  • Japan sees atomic power cost up by at least 50 pct by 2030 -Nikkei

    TOKYO Dec 6 (Reuters) - The cost of nuclear generated electricity in Japan is set to skyrocket due to the Fukushima disaster but will remain cheaper than alternative energy sources, according to government estimates quoted by the Nikkei newspaper.

    The government panel has estimated that nuclear generated electricity will soar by at least 50 percent and perhaps by as much as 70 percent by 2030 compared to 2004 levels, the Nikkei said, quoting a draft of the report.

    The projections from the panel will help Japan formulate a new energy policy by next summer as its reassesses the role of nuclear power in the wake of the world's worst atomic disaster in 25 years.

    webmasters comment:

    nuclear generated electricity is actually the most expensive even without Fukushima. The only reason  why nuclear is advertised as cheap is beacuse the calculation doesn't include the price of decomissioning and nuclear waste storage. When that is put into account, nuclear generated electricity is by far the most expensive.

    Source: af.reuters.com


 

Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula


  • Radioactive cesium found in Meiji baby formula

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radioactive cesium of up to 30.8 becquerels per kilogram has been found in baby formula manufactured and sold by Meiji Co., sources familiar with the matter said Tuesday, citing a sampling by the major food company.

    While it is unclear how the isotope got into the powdered milk, retailed as "Meiji Step," the company suspects a link with the radioactive leaks from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant damaged by the March earthquake and tsunami, they said.

    Radioactive cesium has been found in baby formula for the first time since the disaster, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The level of the isotope contained in the product remains below the government-set allowable limit of 200 becquerels per kilogram.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

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