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Fukushima Unit 4 100% Emptied Of All Fuel

Fukushima Unit 4 100% Emptied Of All Fuel

As of Saturday evening JST, unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi has been emptied of all nuclear fuel. Workers had removed all of the spent nuclear fuel earlier this month that had created a severe risk at the plant. The risk from the damaged spent fuel pool had caused international criticism that eventually prompted TEPCO to fast track the removal. The spent fuel pool had been found to have cracks and other damage in April of 2011. With all … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Dec 15, 2014

Takahama could restart in spring http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20141213p2a00m0na012000c.html Ikata nuclear plant is one step closer to obtaining restart approval https://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/12/326990.html Taiwan set to defer new nuclear plant construction for 3 years http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/12/327432.html The US resists a new Convention on Nuclear Safety agreement, complaining the cost to operators vs. human lives are inconvenient to operators. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-10/russian-concessions-on-nuclear-safety-put-focus-on-u-s-reactors.html Japan’s steel manufacturers complain about nuclear reactors not being turned back on. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-09/nuclear-poised-to-be-winner-as-abe-eyes-broader-japan-majority.html Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on storing 3/11 debris http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201412120062 The world’s largest solar power plant is now up and running http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/28/topaz-solar-power-plant/ Saskatoon scientists make medical isotopes without nuclear reactor http://saskatoon.ctvnews.ca/saskatoon-scientists-make-medical-isotopes-without-nuclear-reactor-1.2102945#ixzz3KZj74PpB Kepco inspects aging Takahama reactors for chance at 20-year extension http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/01/national/kepco-inspects-aging-takahama-reactors-for-chance-at-20-year-extension/#.VH0wMjHF_Cs Feds: Both Indian Point units need full quake analysis http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2014/12/02/nrc-requires-extensive-eathquake-risk-assessment-indian-point/19785695/ school students in Montana send in water sample to test for fuku contamination http://www.fairfieldsuntimes.com/news/article_bc96fb00-7e56-11e4-893b-4b95f9514844.html Protest in … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 4; 26 fuel assemblies left to go

Fukushima Unit 4; 26 fuel assemblies left to go

Unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi has had 1507 fuel assemblies removed. The remaining fuel assemblies in the pool are all unused assemblies that are being transferred to unit 6 for temporary storage. Once the remaining 26 assemblies are removed there will be no remaining fuel in unit 4. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the … Read entire article »

Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

The US company that supplied a mobile strontium 90 filtration system is saying it met target goals of performance at Fukushima Daiichi. The company also mentions that TEPCO has now ordered a second unit. The mobile system is installed in a shipping crate and is able to be moved from place to place. The system then filters the contents of a … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 4; Fuel Debris Study

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 4; Fuel Debris Study

JAEA and IRID have been working on various project for removal and storage of the corium (melted fuel) in the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The projects are tied together since understanding the composition of the melted fuel will impact how it can be safely removed and eventually stored long term. Efforts to understand the debris look at: -Mechanical properties: hardness, … Read entire article »

WIPP & LANL Fined By State, More Unanswered Questions

WIPP & LANL Fined By State, More Unanswered Questions

The state of New Mexico has fined Los Alamos National Lab and WIPP a total of 54 million dollars for safety failures at both facilities. Watchdog groups in the area pointed out that fining the DOE without stipulating that the contractors responsible for the hands on safety failures pay the actual fines, would ultimately leave taxpayers paying the fines. Public meetings … Read entire article »

4158 bq/kg Mushrooms Found In Tochigi Prefecture

4158 bq/kg Mushrooms Found In Tochigi Prefecture

Mushrooms from Tochigi prefecture tested and found to have 4158 bq/kg of cesium. The test was recently completed and shows that the problems of radioactive foods it not “over” and not isolated to Fukushima prefecture. Mushrooms absorb considerable amounts of radiation. Many wild mushrooms in parts of Europe are still banned from consumption or sale due to high levels of … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Well Cover Dislodged

Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Well Cover Dislodged

TEPCO showed in a handout that got little attention that the concrete reactor well cover for unit 1 is dislodged. The concrete cover sits on top of the reactor containment cap to provide both radiation shielding and some level of blast shielding. TEPCO has admitted in the past that there is at least some leakage out the top of unit 1 … Read entire article »

Incident At Ukraine Zaporizhia Nuclear Plant

Incident At Ukraine Zaporizhia Nuclear Plant

The international press reported today that there was an incident at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. Most reports were light on actual information. We have compiled what we were able to find out about the incident. Zaporizhia is a 6 unit  VVER-1000 pressurized light water nuclear reactor plant, making it the largest in Europe and on par with Fukushima Daiichi in size. Greenpeace reports that … Read entire article »

German Energy Company Dumps All Conventional Power For Renewables

German Energy Company Dumps All Conventional Power For Renewables

In a big move German energy company Eon announced they would dump all of their nuclear, coal and gas business and focus on renewables. Eon had been suffering losses year after year as Germany’s move to renewables has lowered power prices and demand. The company sold off a number of divisions already and will now focus solely on expanding renewables. … Read entire article »

1419 Fuel Assemblies Removed Fukushima Unit 4

1419 Fuel Assemblies Removed Fukushima Unit 4

1419 fuel assemblies have been removed from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. 114 assemblies left to move, with these being unused assemblies. These are being moved to the spent fuel pool at unit 6. TEPCO has made 65 fuel transfers from unit 4 to date. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup, Nov 30, 2014

Transformer explosion in switching yard takes down Tihange nuclear reactor in Belgium http://www.lameuse.be/1159492/article/2014-11-30/tihange-des-cables-electriques-en-feu-a-cote-de-la-centrale-nucleaire-une-explos Fukushima workers still in murky labor contracts: Tepco survey http://www.chicagotribune.com/bluesky/technology/sns-rt-us-fukushima-workers-20141127-story.html Radioactive water may still be entering tunnels http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141114_05.html Fukushima Gov. seeks Daini plant decommissioning http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141117_40.html UK top scientist & nuclear advocate turns to renewables http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/nuclearpower/11244499/Nuclear-power-may-not-be-needed-says-top-atomic-advocate.html TEPCO gives up on trying to freeze contaminated water in unit 2 trench http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141121_36.html Poll loss might trigger meltdown in LDP’s reactor restart campaign http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/22/national/politics-diplomacy/poll-loss-might-trigger-meltdown-in-ldps-reactor-restart-campaign/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+japantimes+(The+Japan+Times%3A+All+Stories)#.VHFUyovF8rk A new meta-study showed that even low levels of radiation can be harmful http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121113134224.htm In Tokyo’s sake bars the mood turns grim as weary workers brace for more pain http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/23/-sp-tokyo-sake-bars-japan-snap-election-shinzo-abe Poll loss might trigger meltdown in LDP’s reactor restart campaign http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/22/national/politics-diplomacy/poll-loss-might-trigger-meltdown-in-ldps-reactor-restart-campaign/#.VHIe74vF8rk JAEA seeks to resume research on new type of nuke reactor it says is safer http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sci_tech/technology/AJ201411280055 This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO has made multiple attempts to deal with the unit 2 trench full of highly contaminated water. In 2011 they tried to block leaking water in the area. After it was admitted in 2013 that the tunnel still contained highly radioactive water, plans were put in place to empty the tunnel of water. First TEPCO tried to freeze it, then they … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 3; Testing The Goo

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 3; Testing The Goo

IRID has made some progress on their research to find ways to seal the containment structures at Fukushima Daiichi. The plan has been to flood the containment structures in order to provide shielding during the fuel removal procedures. Concern has been raised about the ability of these structures to hold the weight and pressure of that much water or how … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 2; New Robots & Work

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 2; New Robots & Work

As part of reviewing IRID’s updates on work progress for Fukushima Daiichi, new information about robots to be used and their proposed work has been released. First Floor Robots, Floor Decontamination Three robots are being tested for floor decontamination inside the reactor buildings. Robot #1 uses a high pressure water jet to decontaminate by removing the top layer of concrete Contaminated surface removal rate: … Read entire article »

TEPCO Declares Effort To Drain Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Trench Futile

TEPCO Declares Effort To Drain Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Trench Futile

TEPCO drained 200,000 liters of water out of the unit 2 trench after they declared the end near the turbine building to be sealed. After the water level only went down a fraction of the level they assumed it should have, they declared that the water must be coming from somewhere else. Where they don’t seem to know. The new … Read entire article »

TEPCO Begins Draining Unit 2 Trench Of Radioactive Water

TEPCO Begins Draining Unit 2 Trench Of Radioactive Water

TEPCO has finally begun draining the Unit 2 trench of highly radioactive water. The trench was found to contain highly radioactive water soon after the initial meltdowns. Some minor effort was made at that time to plug some holes that allowed water to drain into the trench. Since that time nothing was done for years. Only in 2013 when the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 1

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 1

IRID released a number of progress updates in recent weeks. In this part we cover what is new information about efforts to reduce radiation levels in the reactor buildings and progress to understand the conditions inside the unit 2 refueling floor. Check back, as we will be doing additional reports as we go through IRID’s updates. Radiation level reduction work: This is the effort … Read entire article »

Greenpeace Survey Finds Unsafe Radiation Levels In Fukushima

Greenpeace Survey Finds Unsafe Radiation Levels In Fukushima

A new Greenpeace radiation survey done in Fukushima prefecture, outside the evacuation zone, showed unsafe levels of radiation. Various locations around the prefecture including Fukushima City still show with hot spots that are above the safety limits. Places with unsafe levels included in front of a hospital, on roads and other locations. Levels in less traveled locations such as forests were … Read entire article »

Metropolis Uranium Leak Worse Than Initially Admitted

Metropolis Uranium Leak Worse Than Initially Admitted

The leak has now been admitted to have been worse than initially claimed. A new set of reports via the NRC showed that the event was worse and may have traveled off site. NEIS also documents a number of major failures in public safety at the plant that came into play. The facility does not have any designated evacuation zone … Read entire article »

Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg

Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg

I report from late September showed that mushrooms cultivated for home consumption were still very high in cesium contamination. Mushrooms ranged from 85 bq/kg up to the high reading of 102,900 bq/kg. Most were in the thousands to tens of thousands of becquerels of cesium. Foods like mushrooms, wild berries (including wild strawberry & blueberry) and wild game are still highly … Read entire article »

Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

The first nuclear disaster drill in Niigata in 2013 resulted in a considerable failure. This year another supposedly easier drill also failed. The 2013 drill involved a large number of volunteers to evacuate the area near the plant by bus. This ended up taking evacuees not to safety but right into the path of the simulated radiation plume. For 2014 the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns

Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns

A presentation given at a recent American Chemical Society meeting outlined the discovery of Fukushima radioactive contamination in food soon after the disaster. Private sector testing done for food importers in the US did find contamination in some food items sent in for testing. Since this work was done with a private lab by a food company there was no … Read entire article »

TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima

TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima

As news came out about yet another finding of Fukushima radioactive contamination offshore of North America, TEPCO published a rather bizarre press release. The corporate statement insists the contamination “Level raises no concern for human or animal health”. This is a bit like taking healthy food advice from McDonalds. They go on to misrepresent statements made by Woods Hole for their own … Read entire article »

43 Groups Request Revision Of UNSCEAR Fukushima Report & New UN Mandate For UNSCEAR

43 Groups Request Revision Of UNSCEAR Fukushima Report & New UN Mandate For UNSCEAR

43 groups from around the world delivered a formal letter to the UN during the UN general assembly. The letter requested that UNSCEAR revise their highly criticized 2014 report on Fukushima. The report claimed no discernible effect on the Japanese population from Fukushima, yet a considerable body of research has shown otherwise. The letter also requested the UN change the … Read entire article »

Details Of Fukushima Unit 4 Damaged Fuel Removal

Details Of Fukushima Unit 4 Damaged Fuel Removal

TEPCO cites that they have removed the last of the damaged fuel from unit 4′s spent fuel pool. They provided a few photos and videos of the work. The assembly was hoisted with a cable out of the fuel rack then moved to the cask. The assembly shown in the videos and photos had large scrape marks showing how distorted … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1, 2nd Cover Section Removed

Fukushima Unit 1, 2nd Cover Section Removed

TEPCO has removed a second section of building cover from unit 1. As the first section was removed TEPCO claimed to take readings to prove no contamination was blowing away. There was no offsite dust monitoring done and no 3rd party monitoring done. TEPCO declared things “safe” and removed another cover section. This work is being done after demolition work on … Read entire article »

Fukushima Contamination Found 150km Off Eureka California

Fukushima Contamination Found 150km Off Eureka California

Woods Hole’s radiation mapping program has found Fukushima identified cesium 150km off the shore of Eureka California. A press release mentioned that the reading was “below 2 bq per meter” but didn’t give the exact reading. Previous findings of Fukushima identified cesium include 2013 readings north of Hawaii and one earlier this year offshore further north near Canada. This article would not … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Nov 9, 2014

8 Countries With Nuclear Power Plants Most At Risk Of Tsunamis http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/8-Countries-With-Nuclear-Power-Plants-Most-At-Risk-Of-Tsunamis.html Japan’s nuclear industry group delays decision on MOX program amid growing delays http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201411030039 Cash-strapped nuclear power company secretly donates 1.54 billion yen to city http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201411020032 Kagoshima Pref. assembly debates reactor restart http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html Minamata disease group opposes restart of Sendai nuclear plant http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201411090008 President of Asahi Shimbun reportedly to resign http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/06/national/president-asahi-shimbun-newspaper-resign/#.VFuB3PnF8rk Storage site for radioactive debris near Fukushima No. 1 is one step closer http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/kagoshima-governor-positive-meti-briefing-reactor-restart/#.VFjbovnF8rk Japan conducts nuclear disaster drill http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141102_10.html NRA member tries to claim Fukushima Daiichi didn’t contaminate nearby rice paddies, even TEPCO admits they did http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html Japan’s timid coverage of Fukushima led this news anchor to revolt — and he’s not alone http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-10-16/frustrated-japans-coverage-fukushima-crisis-japanese-news-anchor-started Nuclear arms cuts could produce huge savings, says report http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/10.1063/PT.5.1032 Foundation of US nuclear system showing cracks http://wane.com/2014/11/08/foundation-of-us-nuclear-system-showing-cracks/ City to feds: Get … Read entire article »

3 Workers Injured At Fukushima Daiichi, 1 In Critical Condition

Three workers were injured when steel construction materials for tanks at Fukushima Daiichi fell on them. One is in the hospital in critical condition. One with a possible broken leg. Details available here http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/11/07/Fukushima-construction-workers-hurt-operator/ This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. 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 … Read entire article »

Other At Risk Barrel In WIPP Has Lead Glove

Other At Risk Barrel In WIPP Has Lead Glove

Over a series of statements and presentations from Los Alamos officials, information has come out regarding some of the other “at risk” barrels that have the same waste as the barrel that exploded. A second at risk barrel has a lead glove inside it. These gloves are considered by Los Alamos to be a risk factor, a lead glove is considered … Read entire article »

IRID Documents Detailed Plans For Fukushima Daiichi

IRID Documents Detailed Plans For Fukushima Daiichi

IRID released a new report recently (the English translation was released after the Japanese version). In this report the explain in some detail where they think each reactor is leaking contaminated water at least in part based on inspections. They also give more detail on the technical plans for future removal of the melted fuel. The leak location information came from … Read entire article »

TEPCO Demands Family Pay Back Compensation Because Daughter Goes To College

TEPCO Demands Family Pay Back Compensation Because Daughter Goes To College

This tactic has already been used on some TEPCO employees that are also evacuees. Now TEPCO is harassing the general public that was evacuated due to their nuclear disaster. In the employee case TEPCO declared the employee was no longer evacuated after they rented an apartment in Iwaki. Their previous apartment is in the evacuation zone, they can not return to … Read entire article »

Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple significant safety issues are being ignored while Japan appears to be rushing into a restart of their nuclear power plants. Evacuation plans are not approved or rejected by any government body yet the national government has had a hand in running evacuation drills. Each of these evacuation drills run has had major breakdowns and failures. One saw residents evacuated into … Read entire article »

All Spent Fuel Out Of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

All Spent Fuel Out Of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

TEPCO announced they have removed all of the spent fuel from unit 4. They did not provide details about the removal of the damaged assemblies in the pool but claim only the unused fuel assemblies remain. Those unused assemblies will eventually be moved to the unit 6 spent fuel pool for storage. This ends the tense issue of the unit 4 … Read entire article »

Worker Sues WIPP Nuclear Site For Negligence In Fire, Facility Operation

Worker Sues WIPP Nuclear Site For Negligence In Fire, Facility Operation

The first worker from WIPP has filed a lawsuit claiming widespread negligence at WIPP by the Department of Energy and the network of contractors that operate the facility. Among the things listed as negligence in the lawsuit: Lack of maintenance to the vehicle that started on fire in the underground due to a build up of flammable materials Onboard fire suppression system on … Read entire article »

IRID Shows New Robot To Inspect Fukushima Unit 2 Pedestal

IRID Shows New Robot To Inspect Fukushima Unit 2 Pedestal

IRID reports progress on the new robot that will be used to attempt to look inside the reactor pedestal of unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi. The tiny robot would be fed in through the X6 pipe penetration in the containment vessel wall onto the control rod drive rail and into the pedestal. Earlier investigations into the containment structure of unit 2 … Read entire article »

How Fukushima Daiichi Could End Up Fueling Cars In Japan

How Fukushima Daiichi Could End Up Fueling Cars In Japan

One of the funded research projects towards the response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster may have an unusual side effect if the project eventually goes into operation. The Kurion tritium removal system being developed for use at Fukushima Daiichi could provide hydrogen fuel for cars in Japan. If this technology works as claimed and can be put into operation two of … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Subdrain Has Larger Problem

Fukushima Unit 2 Subdrain Has Larger Problem

In recent weeks TEPCO began reporting about high radiation readings in subdrain pits near the reactor buildings. TEPCO’s original intention was to begin using these to draw out contaminated water, treat this water and release it to the sea. The subdrain pits existed before the disaster to keep groundwater from infiltrating the reactor building basements. TEPCO noted that the subdrain pit wells in … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Nov 2, 2014

Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap http://www.trust.org/item/20141031005413-ux955/?source=leadCarousel OPPD employee raked in 1.2 million while the plant failed including OPPD paying his kids college tuition  http://www.ketv.com/news/iteam-former-oppd-employee-made-more-than-1-million-in-three-years/29222858 Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant had opening delayed for the 22nd time, this one due to NRA safety screening http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/10/319950.html Office workers in Tokyo protest possible restart of the Sendai nuclear plant http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201410300075 Radioactive soil stored at Fukushima schools not covered by recent disposal law, has nowhere to go http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/29/national/radioactive-soil-stored-fukushima-schools-covered-recent-disposal-law-nowhere-go/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20japantimes%20(The%20Japan%20Times:%20All%20Stories)#.VFA0x_l4pkA Taiwan may increase Japan food screening for radiation http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/30/2003603270 Efforts to restart the reactors at Sendai in Japan have had local resistance. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141020_45.html Japan tries to use WTO to pressure South Korea to accept radioactive fish exports http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/15/national/japan-pressure-south-korea-lift-ban-seafood-fukushima-seven-prefectures/#.VEBX0vnF8rl UK wind generated more power than nuclear this week http://www.bbc.com/news/business-29715796 NRA to start inspection work at Kashiwazaki … Read entire article »