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Why The IAEA Claim Of No Harm In Fukushima Is Wrong

Why The IAEA Claim Of No Harm In Fukushima Is Wrong

Portions of the new IAEA report on Fukushima have been criticized by the media and roundly slammed by Greenpeace. Much of the dispute is around a contradictory statement about the potential thyroid cancers in evacuees. IAEA admits that the exposure data being used is limited and unclear but went on to give a solid prediction there would be no thyroid cancers from Fukushima related exposures. UNSCEAR and IAEA have been relying on outdated estimates done by … Read entire article »

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First Fukushima Worker Files Cancer Lawsuit

First Fukushima Worker Files Cancer Lawsuit

A contract worker who operated heavy equipment at Fukushima Daiichi from July 2011 to August 2011 has filed a lawsuit against TEPCO and Taisei Corporation. The worker found his first cancer in 2012 with two more cancers found in 2013. The worker’s recorded exposure was 56.41 mSv but the worker said his exposures were frequently not recorded because he frequently … Read entire article »

Fukushima Radiation Found In Hospital Imaging Equipment

Fukushima Radiation Found In Hospital Imaging Equipment

Radiologists at Iwaki Kyoritsu General Hospital found something unusual in March of 2011. Black spots began appearing on xrays taken at the facility. Particle fallout from the melted reactors at Fukushima Daiichi found its way into the imaging cassettes used for computed radiography images.  The black spots began in 2011 soon after the meltdowns and still show up on imaging done with … Read entire article »

Mutations Found In Fir Trees Near Fukushima Daiichi

Mutations Found In Fir Trees Near Fukushima Daiichi

A new study has documented a positive correlation between the radiation levels near the disaster site and growth mutations in Japanese fir trees. The study looked for mutated branching in the trees using the horizontal rows of branches that indicate a growth year. There was a significant increase in these kinds of mutations after 2011 and in higher numbers where radiation … Read entire article »

Cracked Condenser Pipes Found In Sendai Reactor

Cracked Condenser Pipes Found In Sendai Reactor

Workers at the Sendai nuclear plant have found cracked tubes in the condensers that allowed seawater to migrate into the secondary cooling loop. The five cracked tubes found so far have been plugged to prevent their use. Sendai’s reactor has three condensers with 26,000 tubes each. Sendai’s design has a secondary cooling loop that acts as a “go between” to … Read entire article »

Sendai Nuclear Plant Could Be Hit By Typhoon Goni

Sendai Nuclear Plant Could Be Hit By Typhoon Goni

The weather predictions for Typhoon Goni have it making a direct hit on the Sendai nuclear plant around Monday. It would only be a category 1 storm but could still cause problems due to heavy rain and winds. As we have documented previously, the roads in and out of the plant area are frequently near sea level and along river … Read entire article »

Sendai Reactor Has Condenser Malfunction, Volcano Risk Increases

Sendai Reactor Has Condenser Malfunction, Volcano Risk Increases

The only operating reactor in Japan has developed a problem with its condenser system. Detection of conductivity was found in the secondary loop system indicating sea water was leaking from the condenser. In pressurized water reactors of the type at Sendai there is a middle piping loop to transfer heat so that the sea water is never in direct potential … Read entire article »

Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

UPDATE: Volcanic gas found bubbling up in the water 5km from the volcano. Image of the eruptions below from FNN. NHK is reporting that officials have raised the alert level around Sakurajima to level 5. They have urged those living near the two craters to evacuate. There were five volcanic earthquakes by 9am on the 19th, JST. They also observed swelling … Read entire article »

Sakurajima Has Small Eruption

UPDATE: The local volcano observatory urged vigilance but said the eruption was not a sure indication of more activity. Per a news flash on Kyodo News there was a small eruption on Sakurajima. More information as we find it. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a … Read entire article »

Taiwan May Ease Japanese Food Restrictions

Taiwan May Ease Japanese Food Restrictions

Taiwan is considering easing current restrictions on Japanese imports of food products from areas hit by radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The easing would allow some food products to be imported and would lower Taiwan’s maximum allowed radioactive contamination to 100 bq/kg. Watchdogs have called the effort deceptive after a public poll was done to try to prove public … Read entire article »

Japan NRA Begins Restart Checks On Reactor Under Court Injunction Not To Run

Japan NRA Begins Restart Checks On Reactor Under Court Injunction Not To Run

NRA is doing pre-restart inspections on Takahama unit 3, even after the potential restart of the reactor was blocked by a court injunction earlier this year. This comes a day after the NRA made a startling claim that they considered the nearby volcano to the Sendai nuclear plant to be of no concern even as it began erupting. This article would … Read entire article »

Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Scientists have tried to warn Japan’s NRA and other decision makers of the high risk for volcano danger to impact the Sendai nuclear plant. Just days after the nuclear plant was allowed to restart the nearby Sakurajima volcano has gone into a high level alert. People within 3km of the volcano have been told to evacuate. The nearby volcano has the … Read entire article »

Japan NRA Moves TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa To Front Of The Restart Line

Japan NRA Moves TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa To Front Of The Restart Line

Japan’s NRA has put two reactors at the Kashwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant on their “priority” list for restart screenings. The plant is owned by TEPCO and consists of newer boiling water reactors similar to unit 6 at Fukushima Daiichi or the units at Fukushima Daini. That doesn’t mean Kashiwazaki Kariwa has not been plagued by the same kinds of neglect … Read entire article »

Sendai Prepares To Restart Amid Protests And Concerns

Sendai Prepares To Restart Amid Protests And Concerns

UPDATE: AP has reported that Sendai has restarted. One of the reactors at Sendai nuclear plant prepares to restart Tuesday morning. The process should take about a day as long as nothing goes wrong. About 2000 people protested outside the plant grounds on Sunday. Asahi Shimbun was the only media source to even mention the large protest in rural Kagoshima prefecture. We … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org: Chat Server Should Be Up Now

The chat server was having issues over the weekend. It appears the problem has been resolved. If you continue to have issues getting into the system please let us know. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Worker Died From Accident Injuries Saturday

Fukushima Daiichi Worker Died From Accident Injuries Saturday

Another worker at Fukushima Daiichi has died. The worker was doing some sort of work involving small tanker trucks used in building the impervious walls. TEPCO didn’t clarify if this was the frozen wall or a different structure. The worker somehow had his head caught in the rear hatch of a truck like this. TEPCO’s report mentions that the ER doctor … Read entire article »

Sendai Restart Now Planned For Tuesday

Sendai Restart Now Planned For Tuesday

NHK is reporting that the first reactor restart in Japan is now planned for Tuesday. Control rod tests are planned for Monday. This is a one day delay from the previous schedule. Sendai’s reactors have been down since 2011. Any long term outage can create problems with operation due to corrosion and other degrading factors. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

Banned Fukushima Baby Formula Found In China

Banned Fukushima Baby Formula Found In China

Regulators in China found the banned product after it had been imported into the country. Food products from Fukushima prefecture are under a blanket ban in China. Officials said the product had no “excessive” radiation but didn’t say if it was free of radiation or was found with contamination that was below their govt. limits. The 400kg of formula has been … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Containment Inspection Rescheduled For November

Fukushima Unit 2 Containment Inspection Rescheduled For November

The containment robot inspection of unit 2 has been rescheduled for November. Efforts to remove shielding blocks around the X-6 penetration where they need to send the robot in has been confounded by a row of stuck shield blocks. The final row of blocks were corroded into the concrete due to rust but need to be removed remotely due to … Read entire article »

Muon Scanners For Fukushima Unit 2 Are The Wrong Size

Muon Scanners For Fukushima Unit 2 Are The Wrong Size

This project was years in the planning to put a higher resolution set of muon scanners into unit 2′s buildings to look for remaining reactor fuel. The set intended for unit 2 are a higher resolution set of equipment than unit 1. Unit 2 did have a previous muon scan done by Nagoya University using their own equipment. This scan found … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi One Worker Dead, Radiation Spike on August 1

A worker reported to the onsite office saying he felt unwell. He was transported to Iwaki hospital and died soon after arriving. TEPCO has given no further details about what kind of work he was doing or his cause of death. On the same day dust monitoring at monitoring post 2 alarmed then went back down to normal. TEPCO is trying to dismiss it as being caused by “noise”. They also reported no work at unit 1 was underway at the time and that monitoring posts 1 and 3 did not alarm. Other incidents later found to be significant included brief and isolated monitoring alarms. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Crane Removed From Spent Fuel Pool

Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Crane Removed From Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO successfully removed the fuel handling crane from the spent fuel pool on August 2nd amid problems with fog. The work began around 11am where crane could be seen working in the pool. The machine was finally pulled and set on the ground around 1:18pm JST. The work was already challenging and high risk without adding fog into the complexity. … Read entire article »

TEPCO Will Face Criminal Indictment Over Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

TEPCO Will Face Criminal Indictment Over Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

TEPCO executives will face indictment for their roles in negligence that lead to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They may not be convicted in the end but they would be forced to give testimony in court about the case. The indictments only came after a citizen panel forced prosecutors to take up the issue. Art by 281 antinuke This article would not be … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Probe Delayed By Stuck Shielding Blocks

Fukushima Unit 2 Probe Delayed By Stuck Shielding Blocks

A row of shielding blocks were rusted to a floor rail, causing a delay in the work at unit 2 to send a robot into containment. The current robots tasked with this work have not been able to dislodge this group of shielding blocks that need to be removed to put the containment robot in through the X-6 hatch. The … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Seawater Trench Concreting Completed

Fukushima Unit 3 Seawater Trench Concreting Completed

TEPCO announced that they have completed the concreting of the unit 3 seawater piping trench system. Two vertical shafts are being filled currently to complete the last of this project. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150730_01-e.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Contamination Rising

Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Contamination Rising

A report released on July 26th showed that contamination levels in the unit 1 discharge canal at the end closer to the building have risen significantly. Cesium 137 was at 91,000 bq/liter Beta radiation was at 110,000 bq/liter Both readings taken July 24th. Cesium 137 was at 79,000 bq/liter Beta radiation was at 94,000 bq/liter Both readings taken July 22th. Cesium 137 was at 28,000 bq/liter Beta radiation … Read entire article »

Japanese Companies In Taiwan Fukushima Food Scandal Banned From Importing

Japanese Companies In Taiwan Fukushima Food Scandal Banned From Importing

Taiwan has announced that those companies that falsified origin labels to bypass importation regulations on Japanese foods will be banned from future importation. They could also face $100,000 USD fines for their law violations. It was also mentioned by the same source that Hong Kong is currently one of the largest importers of Japanese food products. This article would not be possible … Read entire article »

Fukushima Power System Failure Takes Down Ice Wall & Nitrogen Injection

The power system to operate the freezing of the ice wall and also the nitrogen interting system for the damaged reactors failed early in the morning of July 28th. Ten hours later NHK reported that the two systems were back online using a different power system.  The frozen wall takes a longer time frame to begin thawing out. It isn’t clear yet if the halt of nitrogen injection impacted the reactors. TEPCO now reports that a landscaping pin was the cause of the power failure. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Crane To Be Removed From Pool August 2nd

Fukushima Unit 3 Crane To Be Removed From Pool August 2nd

The remains of the unit 3 fuel handling crane will be removed from the spent fuel pool August 2nd. TEPCO has not released further information on the decision to do this work on a weekend during a traditional summer holiday time. They have claimed to be taking worker safety more seriously. TEPCO has not specifically cited any expected radiation release … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Partially Removed, Remaining Work Delayed

Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Partially Removed, Remaining Work Delayed

TEPCO removed one panel of the cover building roof of unit 1 early in the morning on July 28th. After the first panel was removed a crane could be seen extending something down into the area of the opening. No further panel removal work took place during the work day. Asahi Shimbun is reporting that further removal work for the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Crane To Be Removed This Week

Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Crane To Be Removed This Week

TEPCO plans to remove the remains of the fuel crane from the pool this week using a special pair of hooks this week. Other work will be suspended at the plant while this takes place. TEPCO halted work on the unit 3 spent fuel pool when it was discovered that the crane was close to the fuel gate. Additional work … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Airflow Blocking Door Completed

Fukushima Unit 1 Airflow Blocking Door Completed

A door to block airflow through unit 1 has been installed. The plastic and steel door was installed to help prevent air from flowing through the contaminated building once the roof of the cover structure is removed. The door was a more recent concept enacted after an inflatable plug in the large equipment shaft partially failed. Work to remove the … Read entire article »

Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

NHK is reporting that Sendai nuclear plant may restart as early as August 10th. This also happens to be around the time of the Obon holiday season when many are on vacation. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from … Read entire article »

Lasers Being Researched For Use At Fukushima Daiichi

Lasers Being Researched For Use At Fukushima Daiichi

GE-Hitachi and Sugino Machine signed a deal to work on research for creating lasers to be used for melted fuel removal at Fukushima Daiichi. Sugino Machine is already working on remote controlled equipment that can work in high radiation environments. The two companies working with JAEA hope to develop a small remote controlled laser that can be put into small … Read entire article »

This Week’s Japanese Nuclear Industry Scandals

This Week’s Japanese Nuclear Industry Scandals

As Japan’s current government tries to force through reactor restarts, the process is running into some harsh reality. The NRA has found two major problems and it came out that Toshiba has been significantly falsifying their financial statements to hide major losses. Japan’s NRA determined for a second time that faults under the Shika nuclear plant may stop it from being … Read entire article »

Fukushima Residents Warned TEPCO About Tsunami Risk At Plant In 2004

Fukushima Residents Warned TEPCO About Tsunami Risk At Plant In 2004

A citizen panel made up of residents near Fukushima Daiichi had warned TEPCO in 2004 about the tsunami risk at the plant. The group had heard from workers at the plant about the dangerous location for emergency diesel generators and the lack of other tsunami defenses. TEPCO never acted on these requests. This article would not be possible without the extensive … Read entire article »

Rosatom Begins Tritium Removal Project At Fukushima Daiichi

Rosatom Begins Tritium Removal Project At Fukushima Daiichi

Plans for a demonstration system based off of the Russian Triton tritium removal technology will begin construction early next year. Plans for the system were given approval by Japanese officials recently. If the demonstration unit proves useful a full scale system could be built at Fukushima Daiichi to remove the massive amounts of tritium from contaminated water. GE-Hitachi and Kurion also … Read entire article »

Japan’s Nuclear Restarts; BWR Restart Following Extended Shutdown Report

Japan’s Nuclear Restarts; BWR Restart Following Extended Shutdown Report

BWR RESTART FOLLOWING EXTENDED SHUTDOWN By Dean Wilkie All of the reactors in Japan were shut down subsequent to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi site on March 11, 2011. Since that time there have been extensive efforts addressed at recovering from the worst nuclear accident in the history of commercial nuclear power.  Since the accidents the question was and has … Read entire article »

Typhoon Nangka Could Cross Fukushima Daiichi

Typhoon Nangka Could Cross Fukushima Daiichi

Typhoon Nangka is expected to run across the main Japanese island of Honshu over the weekend. The storm is currently a category 1 storm and not expected to intensify but it could bring heavy rains. The Fukushima Daiichi disaster site is within the possible path. Recent rains have shown that there is a clear mechanism for contamination to migrate when there … Read entire article »

TEPCO To Resume Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Removal Work In Late July

TEPCO To Resume Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Removal Work In Late July

TEPCO announced work to remove the unit 1 cover will resume on July 28th and take about 4 months to remove the six roof panels. Work was stopped in part when they discovered the balloon plug for the equipment hatch had been dislodged by concrete rubble. Engineers decided to let work resume without a major change to the balloon. TEPCO … Read entire article »