Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

Japan to Pick New Nuclear Watchdog's Head from Private Sector


  • Japan to Pick New Nuclear Watchdog's Head from Private Sector

    Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to select the first head of a new nuclear regulatory agency not from among bureaucrats but from the private sector, the minister in charge of the nuclear crisis said Tuesday.

    While noting that the new agency's head "should be an expert in nuclear regulations and technologies," Goshi Hosono told a press conference, "a break with the past is needed now."

    webmasters comment:

    right, a private sector expert in nuke technologies overseeing nuke plants is "a break with the past". Unless they intend to ask mr. Gundersen to help them out...

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Village near Fukushima N-Plant Declares End to Evacuation


  • Village near Fukushima N-Plant Declares End to Evacuation

    Fukushima, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--The village of Kawauchi near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant declared an end to evacuation on Tuesday and called on residents to return.

    Kawauchi is the first among municipalities located in evacuation zones designated after the nuclear accident to take such a step.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Proof that the cancer industry doesn't want a cure - even if it's a pharmaceutical


  • Proof that the cancer industry doesn't want a cure - even if it's a pharmaceutical

    (NaturalNews) A safe and effective cure for cancer has been discovered with a drug that was once used for unusual metabolic problems. Yet, the cancer industry shows no interest with following up on dichloroacetate (DCA) research from University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, reported in 2007. That's because DCA is no longer patented. (1)

    That research also confirmed cancer as a metabolic malfunction, not a weird mutation of cells often explained away as a genetic issue. But the medical mafia doesn't want you to hear about it. But it confirms what most alternative cancer therapists already know.

    Since Nixon declared the "war on cancer" in the 1970s, the cancer industry has succeeded with raising money for researching very expensive chemo substances at $50,000 to $100,000 per round or more for toxic therapies that rarely work. (2)

    Source: naturalnews.com


 

UN nuclear agency approves Japan's stress tests


  • UN nuclear agency approves Japan's stress tests

    Jan 31 (Reuters) - U.N. nuclear experts on Tuesday gave their backing to stress tests aimed at showing Japan's nuclear plants can withstand the sort of disasters that devastated the Fukushima plant last year, potentially bolstering a government campaign to restart idled reactors and avoid a summer power crunch.

    webmasters comment:

    And if this tests were conducted before Fukushima happened, UN "experts" would approve Fukushima Daiichi as well.

    Source: reuters.com


 

NRC wants U.S. nuclear operators to adopt new seismic model


  • NRC wants U.S. nuclear operators to adopt new seismic model

    (Reuters) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday the agency wants nuclear plant operators in the central and eastern United States to use a new seismic model to reassess the potential for earthquakes in their area.

    The study comes almost a year after the disaster in Japan in March when an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, causing reactor fuel meltdowns and radiation releases.

    Source: reuters.com


 

Crisis at US Nuclear Power Plants: Illinois Nuclear Power Plant Loses Power … Vents Nuclear Steam


  • Crisis at US Nuclear Power Plants: Illinois Nuclear Power Plant Loses Power … Vents Nuclear Steam

    Illinois Nuclear Plant Vents Tritium

    Exelon nuclear power company – the largest nuclear operator in the U.S. – issued a press release today stating:

    Operators at Byron Generating Station declared an Unusual Event at 10:18 a.m.CT, due to the loss of offsite power and Unit 2 coming offline.

    The nuclear facility’s diesel generators activated as designed to provide power to the facility when there is a loss of offsite power to the facility. The facility remains in a safe condition. Station engineering experts are looking into the cause of the loss of offsite power.

    Byron Station is designed to depressurize to reduce steam pressure as part of the many redundant safety systems built into the facility. Steam from the unit is released through safety relief valves that are specifically designed for this purpose. The steam, which will evaporate quickly, contained expected levels of tritium. Local residents may see or hear the steam release in progress, which will continue throughout the day until the unit cools down. These types of station releases are regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    There is no health or safety impact to workers or to the public from the release, and Exelon Nuclear has notified all appropriate local, state and federal officials of the Unusual Event.

    Source: globalresearch.ca


 

Ill. nuclear reactor loses power, venting steam


  • Ill. nuclear reactor loses power, venting steam

    A nuclear reactor at a northern Illinois plant shut down Monday after losing power, and steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators.

    Unit 2 at Byron Generating Station, about 95 miles northwest of Chicago, shut down at 10:18 a.m., after losing power, Exelon officials said. Diesel generators began supplying power to the plant, and operators began releasing steam to cool the reactor, but from the part of the plant where turbines are producing electricity, not from within the nuclear reactor itself, officials said.

    The steam contains low levels of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, but federal and plant officials insisted the levels were safe for workers and the public.

    Source: businessweek.com


 

Japan Utilities Losses Reach $6 Billion After Fukushima Crisis


  • Japan Utilities Losses Reach $6 Billion After Fukushima Crisis

    Kansai Electric Power Co. (9503) and six other Japanese nuclear operators reported losses of 463.89 billion yen ($6 billion) in the first ninth months of the current financial year, highlighting the cost of thermal generation to replace atomic plants idled after the Fukushima disaster.

    Kansai Electric Power Co. today reported a loss of 118 billion yen for the nine months to Dec. 31, compared with a 108 billion yen profit a year earlier. Chubu Electric Power Co. (9502) had a loss of 71 billion yen for the same period, the company also said today.

    Source: bloomberg.com


 

Cyber-attack disrupts website of nuclear crisis panel


  • Cyber-attack disrupts website of nuclear crisis panel

    The website of the government-appointed panel probing the Fukushima disaster was hit by a cyber- attack Saturday night that lasted until Sunday morning.

    The content of the website was replaced with a black background and an English sentence reading, "DR. MTMRD from K.S.A. f——- your site," said Shinji Ogawa, the panel's secretary general.

    Source: japantimes.co.jp


 

Drive-by Scanning: Officials Expand Use and Dose of Radiation for Security Screening


  • Drive-by Scanning: Officials Expand Use and Dose of Radiation for Security Screening

    We're seeking anyone who has had personal experience with certain X-ray devices. Please see the bottom of the story for information on how you can contribute.

    U.S. law enforcement agencies are exposing people to radiation in more settings and in increasing doses to screen for explosives, weapons and drugs. In addition to the controversial airport body scanners, which are now deployed for routine screening, various X-ray devices have proliferated at the border, in prisons and on the streets of New York.

    Source: propublica.org via WRH


 

Japan losing hope for its pricey ‘dream reactor’


  • Japan losing hope for its pricey ‘dream reactor’

    TSURUGA, Japan — Japan’s long and expensive pursuit of a super-efficient nuclear reactor — a model once touted as the key to its energy future — now teeters on the brink of failure amid new government concerns about its runaway costs.

    The four-decade project to develop a so-called fast-breeder reactor has consumed more than $13 billion in funding, so far producing only accidents, controversies and a single hour of electricity. The government last month decided on sharp budget cuts for the project, and one top nuclear official in November raised the possibility of scrapping the plan.

    Source: washingtonpost.com


 

Japan Revises Up Long-Term Fertility Rate Forecast


  • Japan Revises Up Long-Term Fertility Rate Forecast

    Based on the latest medium-variant projection, Japan's population is expected to decrease by 41 million to 86.74 million in 2060 from the 2010 level of 128.06 million.

    webmasters comment:

    So a government institute is predicting 30% decrease in population. Fukushima impacts included?

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Radiation testing on school lunches differs


  • Radiation testing on school lunches differs

    FUKUSHIMA--Municipalities are carrying out tests for radioactive substances on ingredients used in school lunches, but parents are worried whether their children are adequately protected as the tests are conducted in various ways.

    According to data compiled by the Fukushima prefectural board of education, 33 of the 59 municipalities in the prefecture test school lunches for radiation.

    Using two radiation measuring instruments, the Koriyama municipal government checks school lunches only once a week, although ingredients left over from lunches on the other four school days also are tested. This means that some tests are carried out after the schoolchildren have eaten their lunch.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

Fukushima Reactor 6 has lost 7 tons of water. Reactor 4 water pipes burst from being frozen


  • Fukushima Reactor 6 has lost 7 tons of water. Reactor 4 water pipes burst from being frozen

    Now, there is a problem at Reactor 6 it seems, though that one was suppose to be in very stable condition.

    7 tons of water has leaked from the reactor. They don't say where it leaked to in the article on NHK.

    Besides the revelation 7 tons of water has leaked from Reactor 6. TEPCO did not properly maintain the water pipes for the reactors for cold weather. I am at a loss for words in how could they possibly not take care of the pipes. TEPCO needs to be put out of business immediately! If they can not take care of winterizing pipes and taking precautions for winter weather at a Nuclear Power plant that is already in melt down mode, what are they doing with all their other nuclear power plants in Japan?

    You have to wonder if the "Three Stoogers" are in charge of the plant.

    Source: sherriequestioningall.blogspot.com


 

Farm Group Cuts Fukushima Rice Prices


  • Farm Group Cuts Fukushima Rice Prices

    Fukushima, Jan. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations on Monday cut the wholesale prices of rice harvested in Fukushima Prefecture last year.

    Through the move, the federation, better known as Zen-Noh, aim to shore up sales of the prefecture's rice that have slumped due to a radiation scare stemming from the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501>Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Earthquake Map of Japan in the 1st Month of 2012


  • Earthquake Map of Japan in the 1st Month of 2012

    From the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention website, "Hypocenter map".

    {IMAGES at source}

    A lot of Magnitude 4 quakes, and a good number of Magnitude 5 quakes. M5 is moving to the central Japan, right near Mt. Fuji. Numerous small, shallow quakes in western Japan.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Israel Asks Japan to Ban Oil Imports from Iran


  • Israel Asks Japan to Ban Oil Imports from Iran

    Jerusalem, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)--Israel has asked Japan to ban crude oil imports from Iran as part of international sanctions against the nation's nuclear development programs, visiting Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Foreign Minister Ryuji Yamane said Sunday.

    Yamane made the comment to reporters after his talks with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon here earlier in the day

    Israel has been calling for tough economic sanctions against Iran to pressure the country into giving up its nuclear programs.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

'Worst scenario' on Fukushima crisis shared only by a few lawmakers


  • 'Worst scenario' on Fukushima crisis shared only by a few lawmakers

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono has said "the worst scenario" on development of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima complex, which was compiled two weeks after the crisis began, was shared only by a few lawmakers, including then Prime Minister Naoto Kan, due to fears it might cause confusion among the public.

    "The scenario was not a possibility in fact. If it had been made public at that time, it was likely that no one would have remained in Tokyo," Hosono told Kyodo News in a recent interview. "It would have caused trouble regarding the government's handling of the nuclear crisis."

    webmasters comment:

    Millions exposed to radiation so that government could maintain a facade of control.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Water leaks at 14 points at Fukushima complex


  • Water leaks at 14 points at Fukushima complex

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday water leaks from 14 points at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's facilities have been found, leading the operator to suspend the cooling of the spent fuel pool at its No. 4 reactor for two hours.

    The leakage is believed to have been caused by freezing due to cold weather, and the leaked water included radioactively contaminated water that has been purified, the utility known as TEPCO said, adding the contamination level is low.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Another Strong Quake Rocks Yamanashi Pref.


  • Another Strong Quake Rocks Yamanashi Pref.

    The latest shake followed two quakes in the same prefecture in the morning, one of which registered lower 5 on the Japanese scale in Fujikawaguchiko and Oshino. After the morning tremors, the agency warned there could be strong aftershocks.

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

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