Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011
- Tepco is sued for Act for the Punishment of Environmental Pollution Crimes
A citizen’s association “Protect sanriku sea from nuclear contamination” from Miyagi, Iwate and Aomori sued Katsumata, the chairman of Tepco, Tepco and 2 other people for Act for the Punishment of Environmental Pollution Crimes relating to Human Health.
The reason is “Knowing the risk of Tsunami before 311, Tepco did not take any prevention for the nuclear plants to cause a risk of human lives.”
- Solar Cheaper Than Diesel Making India’s Mittal Believer: Energy
India is producing power from solar cells more cheaply than by burning diesel for the first time, spurring billionaire Sunil Mittal and Coca-Cola Co. (KO)’s mango supplier to jettison the fuel in favor of photovoltaic panels.
The cost of solar energy in India declined by 28 percent since December 2010, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The cause was a 51 percent drop in panel prices last year as the world’s 10 largest manufacturers, led by China’s Suntech Power Holdings Co. (STP), doubled output capacity.
“Solar is going mainstream in India, helped by Chinese pricing,” said Ardeshir Contractor, founder of developer Kiran Energy Solar Power Pvt. Kiran, whose investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, an early financier of Skype Technologies SA, won one of the largest projects auctioned by India last month.
- Setagaya decontamination work continues 3 months after radioactive radium found
Efforts to remove highly radioactive radium from the premises of a supermarket in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward still continue three months after two bottles containing radium 226 were discovered in underground soil there.
The Central Union of Agricultural Co-operatives, which has leased the supermarket land to its operator, has to pay for the decontamination work. But it remains unclear when the operation will finish, and the total costs for the work are expected to reach hundreds of millions of yen.
- Village in Fukushima no-go zone to call for residents to return permanently by March
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima -- Authorities in this village, part of which still stands in the no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, plan to call on all evacuated residents to return by the end of March, it has been learned.
The local government organized a meeting for residents in January, during which officials explained plans for decontamination procedures and actions that have been taken to secure employment after residents return to the village.
"Most residents seemed to agree with our explanations and plans to a certain extent," said a senior town official, who attended the meeting. Therefore, the municipal government has decided to encourage all residents to return to their homes. After consulting with the municipal assembly and others, the village will report its decision to Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato.
- A-bomb survivors embark on voyage to spread antinuclear message
YOKOHAMA (Kyodo) -- Survivors of the U.S. atomic bombings during World War II departed from Yokohama port in Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday for a 100-day trip to relate their experiences to the world and share lessons from the Fukushima nuclear crisis, aiming to highlight the need to eliminate both nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons.
Around 950 participants on the voyage, organized by Japanese nongovernmental organization Peace Boat for the fifth time, will visit Ukraine for the first time and meet with people affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the wake of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.
- IAEA team, NISA hold first talks on stress tests
An International Atomic Energy Agency delegation tasked with evaluating the adequacy of the nation's reactor stress tests held its first meeting Monday with the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.
At the Tokyo meeting, Shinichi Kuroki, NISA deputy director general for nuclear power, told the 10- member IAEA delegation that the stress tests being carried out at the nation's nuclear plants, initiated in light of the triple-meltdown crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 plant, are modeled after nuclear safety reviews conducted by the European Union.
... EU stress tests... many countries have allready passed without any additional investements and then french said they need to spend almost a billion $ per NPP in safety upgrades. Enough said.
- Cesium pollen will increase the radiation level up to the last April level
Though Japanese government stated cesium pollen won’t affect your body, Ibaraki University and other laboratories are studying the effect of cesium pollen.
Prof Kita from College of Science, Ibaraki University assumes it is possibility that radiation level goes up to the level of April in 2011.
From the research of Forestry Agency in last December, pollen from Namiemachi contains 253,000 Bq/Kg of cesium.
- Nuclear testing fallout victims recognized this week
Commemorative events are set for Friday in Salt Lake City to mark more than six decades of nuclear weapons tests and the impacts they had on people around the West.
Gov. Gary Herbert, local leaders in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Kane County and Springdale have designated Jan. 27 as a Day of Remembrance for Downwinders.
Events are planned in conjunction with a U.S. Senate resolution, sponsored by Idaho Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, to honor "Americans who, during the Cold War, worked and lived downwind from nuclear testing sites and were adversely affected by the radiation exposure" from above ground nuclear weapons tests.
- Nuclear Radiation Levels from Fukushima Are RISING
Fukushima Operator Admits 20% Increase In Radiation
JiJi Press – one of Japan’s largest news sources – reports:
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday reported an increase in radioactive materials leaking from damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima … plant.
The total amount of radioactive cesium that leaked from the containment vessels of the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors reached 70 million becquerels per hour, up 12 million becquerels from the December level, the power firm said.
It seems that radioactive dusts were stirred up because plant workers went inside reactor buildings and removed rubble, TEPCO officials said.
While it is possible that the increased radiation is simply due to dust being stirred up, there is some evidence that the increase in radiation corresponds with recent earthquakes.
- Gov't seeks removal of anti-nuclear activists' tents from gov't land
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano said Tuesday the ministry plans to present later in the day a written request to anti-nuclear activists who have pitched tents within the precincts of his ministry to take then down and leave the site, citing fire safety.
Edano said at a press conference that a small fire occurred late last year caused by a gasoline- powered generator used by the activists. The ministry is located in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district, where many government offices are located.
- Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for January 20th – January 23rd, 201
State of Nuclear Politics in Japan
Records show that Japan concealed Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) data that predicted there would be no energy shortage for this coming summer, and instead reported that there would be a 10% shortage. In addition, the report stated that no renewable energy would be available, when in actuality, the METI data showed that 7.59 million kilowatts of renewable energy could be produced. The revised estimate predicts a 6% surplus, not a shortfall. An official from the Energy and Environment Council has denied that the information was withheld in order to promote nuclear power and restart reactors.
The government’s nuclear task force, which met in the days following the Fukushima disaster begun and included then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, members of his cabinet, and officials from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), has revealed that it kept no minutes or records for any of its 21 meetings. Failure to do so is a violation of Japan’s Public Records Management Act. The group was responsible for determining evacuation policies, restrictions on food shipments, and decontamination guidelines. A NISA official was supposed to keep records, but said he was “too busy.” Additional queries show that the joint taskforce between Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the government also kept no records or minutes of their meetings. Osamu Fujimura, Chief Cabinet Secretary, said the government will attempt to reconstruct what happened at the meetings, in spite of the fact that they happened almost a year ago.
- Philips develops efficient solar powered LED street lighting
Philips’ latest Solar Gen2 innovation is developed together with NXP Semiconductors N.V. and presents a total solution for highly sustainable and efficient street lighting that is a serious alternative to grid connected systems, cutting back energy costs and CO2 emissions.
Solar Gen2 offers a highly energy-efficient LED solution which is superior to any conventional lighting and allows for a lamp post spacing of up to 50 meters, much wider than with other solutions, while at the same time complying with stringent EU road lighting standards (ME3). By charging street lighting during the day, Solar Gen2 can supplement the capacity of the conventional electricity grid.
- Govt. Mulls Sparation of Thermal Plants from TEPCO
Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is examining the idea of separating thermal power plants from Tokyo Electric Power Co. , informed sources said Monday.The government is also considering the option of spinning off the entire thermal power division of the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, the sources said.
They allready sold the cable TV and wind power units. Bailing out the shareholders, the ones financing this corrupt industry, while "nationalized" Tepco will be left with fukushima nukes only.
- Noda to Drop Free Medical Fee Plan for Fukushima Children
Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to give up a plan to offer children in Fukushima Prefecture free medical services amid the nuclear crisis, it was learned Monday.
The prime minster was eager to realize free medical services for those who are 18 years old or younger in the northeastern prefecture, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501>crippled nuclear plant, as requested by Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato.
- Researchers boost solar concentrator efficiency
The advancement could be an important breakthrough for solar energy harvesting, said UC Merced physics professor Sayantani Ghosh, who led the project.
"We tweaked the traditional flat design for luminescent solar concentrators and made them into cylinders," Ghosh said. "The results of this architectural redesign surprised us, as it significantly improves their efficiency."
The main problem preventing luminescent concentrators from being used commercially is that they have high rates of self-absorption, Ghosh said, meaning they absorb a significant amount of the light they produce instead of transporting it to the solar cells.
The research team showed the problem can be addressed by changing the shape of the concentrator. They discovered a hollow cylindrical solar concentrator is a better design compared with a flat concentrator or a solid cylinder concentrator. The hollow cylinders absorb more sunlight while having lower self-absorption losses.
- Japan asks nuclear agency to set up outpost in Fukushima
Tokyo - Japan asked the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to open a local office near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in the north-east of the country, local media reported Monday.
'We are calling on IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano for the international agency's constant presence' in Fukushima prefecture, Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told locals in a speech on Sunday, Jiji Press reported.
I m calling on IAEA to move their HQ to Fukushima.
- No Fukushima disaster management meeting records
The body set up to manage Japan’s unfolding atomic catastrophe at Fukushima kept no records of its meetings, an official said.
The government’s nuclear disaster task force, headed by then prime minister Naoto Kan and including all of his ministers, has no minutes of the meetings that approved the evacuation of people living near the exploding reactors.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, which has served as the secretariat for the task force launched on March 11, said it kept no minutes of the meetings, which also decided on the banning of foodstuffs from the area.
“Yes, it is true,” said an agency spokesman, without elaborating.
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