Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

Russia halts Japan radioactive container


  • Russia halts Japan radioactive container

    Russian police in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok have confiscated a shipping container from Japan holding dozens of radioactive car tires.

    According to a port official a total 29 tires in the shipment were emitting high levels of gamma and beta rays, the Interfax news agency reported on Thursday.

    "There's a good chance the radioactive tires are a result of the Fukushima accident," said a safety inspector, Ivan Skogorev.

    Source: presstv.ir


 

Japan Widens Fukushima Area under Rice Shipment Ban


  • Japan Widens Fukushima Area under Rice Shipment Ban

    ... The government instructed the prefectural government to halt shipments of rice harvested this year from an area straddling the border of the city of Fukushima.

    The decision came after the prefectural government said Friday that cesium above the limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram had been discovered in rice from three farms in the city's Watari district. The newly designated area includes 406 rice farms with combined paddy fields of 165 hectares.

    webmasters comment:

    That adds up to 4728 destroyed rice farms.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Excessive cesium levels detected in rice from more farms in Fukushima


  • Excessive cesium levels detected in rice from more farms in Fukushima

    FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Excessive levels of radioactive cesium have been detected in rice harvested at more farms in Fukushima city, the Fukushima prefectural government said Friday.

    In response, the central government plans to impose an additional ban on shipments of rice from newly affected areas as early as next Monday, after having taken such measure twice following the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the prefecture, severely damaged by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

ABB wins $38 million substation order in India to improve grid reliability


  • ABB wins $38 million substation order in India to improve grid reliability

    Zurich, Switzerland - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $38 million from Powergrid Corporation of India Ltd. to supply equipment for the Champa transmission substation in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

    The Champa substation will be a pooling station receiving power at 765 and 400 kilovolt (kV) and is part of Powergrid's plan to build a stronger national grid in India.

    webmasters comment:

    A friend (electrical engineer) that visited India told me that sights as featured bellow are completly common.  He also said that that since fuses oftenly burn out (because of obvious reasons), people simply insert the largest nail to connect the wires.

    india-grid

    It is more than clear that India could save more electricity by fixing their power grid than with all their nuclear power plants combined. 

    Savings that would emerge by fixing faulty transmission lines would far outreach them few % that nuclear power plants contribute to their grid.

    This is also a clear sign that the only real India's interest are nuclear weapons, not nuclear power.

    Source: globalenergywatch.com


 

Low-cost solar heating material found


  • Low-cost solar heating material found

    CHITTOOR, India, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Researchers in India say they've come up with an inexpensive material that can store heat energy from the sun during the day and release it slowly overnight.

    The material based on paraffin wax and stearic acid -- a fat commonly used to make soap -- could help provide warmth in homes in sunny parts of the world that get very cold at night, without the need to burn wood or fossil fuels, an article in the International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology said.

    Source: upi.com


 

Japan to Bury Ash with Radioactive Cesium Over 100,000 Bqs


  • Japan to Bury Ash with Radioactive Cesium Over 100,000 Bqs

    Tokyo, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Environment Ministry drew up rules on Friday that will allow incineration ash with radioactive cesium levels exceeding 100,000 becquerels per kilogram to be buried at final disposal sites shielded by concrete walls.

    The rules demand that appropriate measures be taken to prevent contamination of groundwater by the ash stemming from debris polluted by radioactive substances from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power complex, informed sources said.

    The ministry already allowed such ash with radioactive cesium levels of 100,000 becquerels or lower to be buried in general landfill sites after the implementation of anticontamination measures, such as solidification with cement.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

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Japan may announce Fukushima cold shutdown on Dec 16


  • Japan may announce Fukushima cold shutdown on Dec 16

    (Reuters) - Japan may announce on December 16 that tsunami-damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima are in a cold shutdown, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday, an important milestone in its plan to bring under control the worst nuclear accident in 25 years.

    webmasters comment:

    Source: reuters.com


 

Report: Russia delivers supersonic cruise missiles to Syria


  • Report: Russia delivers supersonic cruise missiles to Syria

    Military source confirms delivery of missiles, according to an AFP report; second official says missiles will protect Syria from 'possible attack from the sea.'

    Russia has delivered supersonic cruise missiles to Syria, AFP reported on Thursday.

    A military source told the Interfax news agency, “The Yakhont supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles have been delivered to Syria," although it was not made clear exactly when the shipment was made. A Yakhont missile.

    A second Russian official speaking to Interfax said the missiles "will be able to protect Syria's entire coast against a possible attack from the sea."

    webmasters comment:

    "Unlike subsonic Western anti-ship missiles such as the Harpoon and Exocet, the Moskit (yakhont or ss-22-sunburn) is a supersonic sea-skimmer. It can be programmed to fly a high altitude trajectory at Mach 3, or a sea-skimming trajectory at Mach 2.2. If the sea skimming mode is chosen, the missile will be first detected by a warship under attack when it emerges over the horizon at a distance of about 15 to 25 nautical miles. This provides the defences on the ship with about 25-60 seconds of warning time before impact. The raw speed of the Moskit makes it a challenging target for most shipboard defences."  (ausairpower.net)

    Source: haaretz.com via WRH


 

Chinese Government Official: ‘US Threat To Pakistan Is Threat To China’


  • Chinese Government Official: ‘US Threat To Pakistan Is Threat To China’

    Chinese military stages massive wargame exercise near Pakistan in response to build-up of U.S. troops

    The Chinese military has staged a massive wargame exercise near Pakistan in response to a build-up of U.S. troops in the region as a top Chinese government official warned that any threat to Pakistan would be taken as a direct threat to China.

    Chinese Government Official: US Threat To Pakistan Is Threat To China DF 15B missiles

    Citing a report by China’s Central Television, Junshijia reports that an unnamed government official warned, “Any threat to Pakistan is a threat to China,” in response to increasing hostility directed towards Pakistan by both the US and NATO in the aftermath of a NATO bombing that killed 26 Pakistani soldiers last week.

    Source: prisonplanet.com via WRH


 

Australia: No Uranium sales to India


  • Australia: No Uranium sales to India

    Greenpeace activists along with others from leading environmental and medical groups greet delegates to the annual Labor party conference with a message to not change their longstanding policy of no nuclear trade with India. Labor policy opposes the sale of uranium to nations like India who have not signed the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

    Source: australiancannonball.com


 

France's Election Heats Up over Nuclear Power


  • France's Election Heats Up over Nuclear Power

    For decades the French political elite has agreed that nuclear energy is the best way to power the nation, and today France gets nearly three-quarters of its electricity from its 58 reactors—a far greater share than any other country. In the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan last March, though, unified support for nuclear power is crumbling.

    On Nov. 15 the opposition Socialist and Green parties issued a joint pledge to close 24 reactors by 2025. The statement was a compromise between the Socialists, who seek to boost use of renewable energy, and the Greens, who want to ban nukes. Under the proposal, the country’s oldest plant, 33-year-old Fessenheim near the Swiss border, would be shut down immediately if the Socialists win the presidential election next spring. The plan is “about moving progressively away from all-oil for transport and all-nuclear for electricity,” Socialist leader François Hollande wrote in an opinion piece in Le Monde.

    President Nicolas Sarkozy, who faces a strong challenge from Hollande in the election, says the plan would lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses, higher electricity rates, and an exodus of heavy industry. “We should not return to an era of candlelight,” Sarkozy told reporters on Nov. 25

    webmasters comment:

    Nuclear power plants or candles, according to little wannabe Napoleon...

    Source: businessweek.com


 

First radiation limit set for school meals


  • First radiation limit set for school meals

    Threshold set at 40 becquerels for food, drinks in 17 prefectures

    The government has instructed the boards of education of 17 eastern and northeastern prefectures to set the upper limit on radioactive substance exposure for food and drink served in school meals at 40 becquerels per kilogram, officials said Thursday.

    The directive on meals offered at elementary and junior high schools is the first issued by the central government since the Fukushima nuclear crisis was triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    The threshold is one-fifth of the current provisional limit on radioactive cesium for items of general consumption — 200 becquerels per kilogram for drinking water, milk and dairy products.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp


   

TEPCO pulls plug on N-plant / Utility unable to secure funds due to huge compensation payouts


  • TEPCO pulls plug on N-plant / Utility unable to secure funds due to huge compensation payouts

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. has decided to discontinue construction of the No. 1 reactor at its Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, as it cannot secure sufficient funds due to compensation payments it is making in connection with the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, sources have said.

    It is the first time a power company has scrapped such a plan since the government adopted its tough stance on building new nuclear plants or adding reactors to existing ones, in the wake of the Fukushima Prefecture nuclear crisis.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

Fukushima Pref. to ask TEPCO to shut N-reactors


  • Fukushima Pref. to ask TEPCO to shut N-reactors

    FUKUSHIMA--The Fukushima prefectural government will ask Tokyo Electric Power Co. to decommission all 10 reactors of its nuclear power plants in the prefecture, prefectural officials have said.

    The prefecture has borne the brunt of the nuclear crisis resulting from accidents at the utility's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 11.

    Nuclear safety agreements between TEPCO and prefectural and municipal governments hosting nuclear plants require TEPCO to seek prior consent from local governments before operations are resumed.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

Japan looks to giant washer to clean Fukushima debris


  • Japan looks to giant washer to clean Fukushima debris

    Japan is looking to launder tsunami debris in a giant washing machine to get rid of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident, a researcher said on Friday.

    In a scheme they hope will result in finally being able to dispose of contaminated waste left by the waves that crushed towns on the country's northeast coast, a cleaning plant will be built near the Fukushima Daiichi power station.

    Shredded waste - including the remains of houses and cars destroyed by the tsunami - will be put inside a huge water-filled drum where steel attachments will scrub away radioactive particles, the researcher said.

    The plan is a joint scheme between Tokyo-based construction company Toda Corp. and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

    webmasters comment:

    Steel attachments to scrub away radioactive particles...

    This is officially backed by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency.

    Question that pops to mind... If Russia, USA or China for example would put chimpanzees  in their nuclear weapons control rooms as official personnel, would that be a declaration of war?

    What makes Japan nuclear lobby any different than any other country with nuclear weapons?


    Source: asianage.com


 

All N-fuel may have fallen to outer vessel / TEPCO: Up to 68 tons likely melted in No. 1 reactor, eroding concrete of containment unit


  • All N-fuel may have fallen to outer vessel / TEPCO: Up to 68 tons likely melted in No. 1 reactor, eroding concrete of containment unit

    Almost all the nuclear fuel inside the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has melted, damaging the pressure vessel and eroding the concrete bottom of the containment vessel by up to 65 centimeters, the plant's operator has found.

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. released its latest analysis Wednesday on the cores of the plant's Nos. 1 to 3 reactors, based on temperature, water levels and other data. TEPCO said the fuel inside the reactors has melted to various degrees following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

    The No. 2 reactor's fuel is up to 57 percent melted, while that of the No. 3 reactor is up to 63 percent melted, TEPCO's analysis has shown.

    TEPCO has made the latest analysis to judge to what degree the fuel has cooled, as well as to ascertain if it can achieve its year-end target of a cold shutdown of the reactors, as stipulated in the timetable the utility company and the government have compiled to bring the nuclear crisis under control.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

After Fukushima: Enough Is Enough - by Helen Caldicott


  • After Fukushima: Enough Is Enough - by Helen Caldicott

    The nuclear power industry has been resurrected over the past decade by a lobbying campaign that has left many people believing it to be a clean, green, emission-free alternative to fossil fuels. These beliefs pose an extraordinary threat to global public health and encourage a major financial drain on national economies and taxpayers. The commitment to nuclear power as an environmentally safe energy source has also stifled the mass development of alternative technologies that are far cheaper, safer and almost emission free — the future for global energy.

    Source: nytimes.com


 

Tepco Says Fukushima Reactors Withstood Earthquake Jolt


  • Tepco Says Fukushima Reactors Withstood Earthquake Jolt

    (Updates with comment from company in sixth paragraph.)

    Dec. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said critical units of its Fukushima nuclear plant withstood shaking from the March 11 earthquake, Japan’s strongest on record, before being swamped by the tsunami that followed.

    The surge knocked out cooling systems that led to meltdowns in three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant and the worst radiation release since Chernobyl in 1986, Tepco concluded in a report on the disaster.

    webmasters comment:

    Releases started before the tsunami hit. Besides isn't the cooling system also a critical part of the "critical units"?

    But what do you expect from a company that has 13 page long disaster plan for 40 year old nuclear power plant and comes out with 160 page long compensation form?

    Source: businessweek.com


 

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