Fukushima timeline | Radioactive news December 2011

TEPCO Eyes Big Compensation for Homes in Heavily Polluted Areas


  • TEPCO Eyes Big Compensation for Homes in Heavily Polluted Areas

    Tokyo, Feb. 9 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. intends to offer sizable compensation packages to owners of homes in areas heavily contaminated by radioactive material following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a TEPCO executive said Thursday. Homes, land and other property will be treated as being entirely lost if they are in areas where annual cumulative radiation doses are estimated to exceed 50 millisieverts, TEPCO Managing Director Naomi Hirose said.

    webmasters comment:

    We are sorry, your house only shows 48 milisieverts per year sir...

    Source: jen.jiji.com


 

Radioactive waste disposal site unveiled to reporters


  • Radioactive waste disposal site unveiled to reporters

    temporary storage site for radioactive waste generated under a model decontamination project around the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was unveiled to reporters on Feb. 9.

    To prevent radioactive materials from contaminating groundwater, temporary disposal sites are lined with waterproof sheets. Materials produced in the decontamination operation -- including earth and plant matter -- are categorized, packed into thick bags and lifted into the disposal site by crane.

    webmasters comment:

    translation: dig a hole, cover it with plastic and voila, you have a model radioactive waste disposal site that can be "unveiled" to reporters.

    * on the side note.

    Reading jap. media is starting to damage my brain. Because of that and other reasons (busy working, i got a couple of web sites to build) i will end the fukushima timeline on 11.2.2012., 11 months since 11.3. disaster. I am not able to spare regular 3 -4 hours per update any more and i believe anyone following the site knows where to look for their daily news regarding the subject.

    This doesn't mean that the website will remain idle, i do have few changes in mind so stay tuned or follow me up on twitter to be notified of when new content comes up.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Pilgrim power station seen as threat to herring


  • Pilgrim power station seen as threat to herring

    Opponents of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station may have found their spotted owl.

    In a letter sent Monday to the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration, the Jones River Watershed Association argued that federal agencies have not consulted with each other on the effects of the nuclear plant's operations on North Atlantic right whales, river herring and several other species, as required by law, and that a biological assessment of the plant's impacts was inadequate.

    While the Kingston environmental group is not anti-nuclear per se, members have concerns about the effects of the plant drawing more than 500 million gallons of water each day from Cape Cod Bay for cooling, said Margaret Sheehan, an attorney who volunteers for the group.

    Source: capecodonline.com


 

Nuclear safety agency calls for dispersal of power sources at plants


  • Nuclear safety agency calls for dispersal of power sources at plants

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency on Wednesday drafted a package of 30 measures to prevent nuclear accidents similar in scale to the Fukushima crisis, including the dispersal of power sources used in cooling reactors.

    The package includes multilayered and decentralized installation of facilities in combination with different mechanisms to prevent electrical equipment and reactor cooling systems from breaking down as a result of tsunami or other disasters.

    Source: mdn.mainichi.jp


 

Bird populations near Fukushima are more diminished than expected


  • Bird populations near Fukushima are more diminished than expected

    (PhysOrg.com) -- Low-level radiation in Fukushima Prefecture appears to have had immediate effects on bird populations, and to a greater degree than was expected from a related analysis of Chernobyl, an international team of scientists reported today in Environmental Pollution.

    Source: physorg.com


 

Tokyo Elec says to shut last nuclear reactor on March 26


  • Tokyo Elec says to shut last nuclear reactor on March 26

    Feb 9 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co , the owner of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility, said on Thursday it would start planned maintenance on its last active reactor in late March.

    The utility, known as Tepco, said it would close the 1,356-megawatt No.6 reactor at its Kashiwazaki- Kariwa nuclear plant on March 26.

    Source: reuters.com


 

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opening Today


  • World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opening Today

    The world’s largest offshore wind power farm, Walney Farm, is opening off the coast of Cumbria in the UK today.

    The £1.2-billion ($1.9-billion), 367.2-MW offshore wind farm includes over 100 wind turbines and can produce power for up to 320,000 UK homes. (Note: it doesn’t compare to the 1,000-MW offshore wind farm I wrote about on Tuesday, the London Array, which just had its first two wind turbines installed… but give Walney Farm its 15 minutes of fame.)

    The wind farm is composed of two projects, Walney 1 and Walney 2 (surprise, surprise), and to be more specific, is off Barrow-in-Furness.

    Aside from being the largest in the world, this is also the fastest-built and cheapest offshore wind farm in place today, according to the British power company SSE and Denmark’s Dong Energy. And it is also the first wind project in the UK that was built with money from foreign, institutional investors.

    Source: cleantechnica.com


 

Radiation Contamination of Tokyo Bay Already Happening


  • Radiation Contamination of Tokyo Bay Already Happening

    A survey by Kinki University has revealed that radioactive cesium has reached the depth of 20 centimeters of the ocean mud in Tokyo Bay. More than 90% of radioactive cesium stays within 5 centimeters from the soil surface on land, but on the ocean floor there are spots where the deeper soil contains more radioactive cesium.

    Source: ex-skf.blogspot.com


 

Nuclear plant's neighbors want radiation monitors


  • Nuclear plant's neighbors want radiation monitors

    A week after a reported 'tiny' leak at the San Onofre nuclear plant, several people ask the San Clemente City Council to set up independent monitoring of radiation levels around town. They also request a study to determine cancer risks.

    Residents worried about leaks from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station asked San Clemente's elected leaders Tuesday night to have sensors installed around town to monitor radiation levels.

    "We believe with recent events at the San Onofre Waste-Generating Station that it is necessary for the citizens' safety and well-being to have a monitoring system," San Clemente resident Gene Stone told the City Council.

    Source: ocregister.com


 

Bird numbers drop around Fukushima


  • Bird numbers drop around Fukushima

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Bird populations near Japan's damaged Fukushima nuclear plant have dropped more than expected from a related analysis of the Chernobyl disaster, scientists say.

    Researchers counting birds at 300 locations in Fukushima prefecture from 15 to 30 miles from the Fukushima nuclear power complex damaged in last year's earthquake and tsunami said they found bird communities were significantly diminished in the more contaminated areas.

    Source: upi.com


 

California Nuclear Plant Suffered Steam Tube Rupture & Radioactive Leak Last Week … “Very Significant” Event Which Almost Caused a Melt Down


  • California Nuclear Plant Suffered Steam Tube Rupture & Radioactive Leak Last Week … “Very Significant” Event Which Almost Caused a Melt Down

    A Meltdown was Averted … This Time

    The San Onofre nuclear power plant leaked radioactive gas last week when steam generating tubes ruptured. Indeed, hundreds of tubes at the San Onofre nuclear plant are experiencing problems.

    (To add insult to injury, a worker also fell into a nuclear refueling pool at San Onofre. He may have swallowed fuel particles in radioactive water.)

    James Chambers – a licensed nuclear reactor operator and whistleblower from San Onofre – says that the tube rupture was very significant.

    Nuclear activist Kevin Kamps says that there were a number of tube ruptures at San Onofre, which could have led to a cascade failure and a meltdown.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


 

Foreign Troops Enter Syria


  • Foreign Troops Enter Syria

    We’ve repeatedly noted that the U.S. government planned regime change in Syria at least 20 years ago.

    Indeed, carrying out acts of violence and blaming it on the Syrian government as an excuse for regime change was discussed over 50 years ago by British and American leaders.

    We noted in December that foreign troops were amassing on the Syrian border.

    We noted yesterday that an independent report by the Arab League found that “rebels” were attacking government buildings and innocent civilians with armor-piercing projectiles and other heavy weaponry.

    Source: washingtonsblog.com


   

Solar start-ups set new efficiency records


  • Solar start-ups set new efficiency records

    (PhysOrg.com) -- Although Alta Devices and Semprius make different types of solar panels, both start-ups have been breaking records in the past few days. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Alta Devices announced that its solar panels have achieved an efficiency of 23.5%, which has been verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the highest solar panel efficiency to date. And Semprius, based in Durham, North Carolina, has announced that its concentrated solar panels have achieved an efficiency of 33.9%.

    Source: physorg.com


 

Czechs to curb nuclear expansion plans-IndMin


  • Czechs to curb nuclear expansion plans-IndMin

    Feb 8 (Reuters) - Czech nuclear expansion should be much more moderate than originally thought, including only an enlargement of one of the two existing nuclear plants and extending the life of the other, Industry and Trade Minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

    The original policy draft from the Industry Ministry said the country, an exporter of electricity to neighbouring Germany which announced a complete retreat from nuclear power after the March disaster in Japan, should boost reliance on nuclear to 80 percent of all energy needs by 2060.

    webmasters comment:

    LOL. 80% nuclear by 2060... Who comes up with such bs.

    Source: reuters.com


 

Emails reveal panic at U.S. nuclear agency as experts were kept in the dark following Fukushima disaster


  • Emails reveal panic at U.S. nuclear agency as experts were kept in the dark following Fukushima disaster

    Emails posted on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission website after the Fukushima disaster last March have revealed the agency was kept in the dark about the scale of the crisis.

    The correspondence, posted after the earthquake and tsunami caused catastrophic damage to the nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan, reveals experts in the U.S. disagreed over how to deal with the disaster.

    And while assuring the U.S. population that there was no danger, the NRC did not disclose a worst-case scenario which could have seen high levels of radiation affecting Alaska if Fukushima could not be brought under control.

    Source: dailymail.co.uk


 

N-safety unit to be housed with METI


  • N-safety unit to be housed with METI

    The Environment Ministry is likely to start operations of a new external nuclear regulatory agency to be launched in April at an annex of the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry that oversees the current nuclear safety body, sources said.

    The government wants to establish the new watchdog at a new location to rule out any conflict of interest that the body might have by being associated with METI, a promoter of nuclear power.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

Anti-Nuclear Campaign in Japan Moves Forward, Acknowledges Struggles


  • Anti-Nuclear Campaign in Japan Moves Forward, Acknowledges Struggles

    A citizen's group in Japan says it has collected five million signatures - halfway to its goal - on a petition calling on the government to permanently shut down all nuclear power plants in the country. But amid traditional apathy among Japanese toward political movements and longstanding strong ties between power companies and lawmakers in a resource-poor country, anti-nuclear campaigners are acknowledging an uphill struggle.

    The meltdowns of three reactors at a Japanese nuclear power plant 10 months ago have helped energize millions of people here to sign a petition calling for an end to reliance on atomic energy in the country.

    Source: voanews.com


 

"Backup" Tokyo (Capital of Japan) to Be Considered Somewhere in Japan to Preserve Government Functions in Case of Disaster



 

Air radiation drops after snowfall / But decontamination necessary, levels will rise once snow melts, experts say


  • Air radiation drops after snowfall / But decontamination necessary, levels will rise once snow melts, experts say

    The Fukushima prefectural government has received many inquiries because air radiation levels across the prefecture following the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant declined considerably late January and have since remained constant, perhaps due to fallen snow blocking radiation above the ground.

    According to monitoring by the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry and others, the rate of decline was particularly large in the Akougi district in Namie and the Nagadoro district in Iitate, located in the expanded evacuation zone around the nuclear plant.

    Source: yomiuri.co.jp


 

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