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IRID Admits Fukushima Unit 1 Fuel May Be Outside Of Containment

IRID Admits Fukushima Unit 1 Fuel May Be Outside Of Containment

The head of IRID made this interesting admission during the fall meeting of Atomic Energy Society of Japan last week. He admitted that the melted fuel for unit 1 is outside the pedestal and could possibly be outside of containment. He cited this situation as being one of the reasons they are looking into alternative methods of fuel extraction, not just TEPCO’s initial idea of extraction through the reactor vessel. He did state that they think … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Sept 14, 2014

Three years later, Fukushima radiation leaves towns eerily empty http://www.cbsnews.com/news/three-years-later-fukushima-radiation-leaves-towns-eerily-empty/ Fukushima nuclear plant chief feared catastrophe for eastern Japan http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140830/fukushima-nuclear-plant-chief-feared-catastrophe-easte Japanese govt. only now admitting possession of filter samples from Fukushima Daiichi, admit a second plume hit Tokyo in 2011. http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140905p2a00m0na012000c.html Testimony of Fukushima plant director Masao Yoshida has been made public http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/11/national/yoshida-transcripts-on-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-released/#.VBG3wfmwJkB 146,000 tons of radioactive rice straw remains stored right where it was in 2011 despite govt. promises to move it http://en.ria.ru/world/20140912/192887713/Fukushima-Radioactive-Waste-Still-Kept-in-Temporary-Storage.html Fukushima sake imported to S. Korea causing dust up http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/09/319_164508.html 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 … Read entire article »

TEPCO Found Liable For Deaths Of Fukushima Hospital Patients

TEPCO Found Liable For Deaths Of Fukushima Hospital Patients

A Japanese court found TEPCO to be 75% liable for the deaths of some of the hospital patients from Futaba that died during the evacuation of Fukushima. The ruling came as part of an individual lawsuit by a family over the death of their family member. This court statement could bring on more lawsuits or cause TEPCO to be established … Read entire article »

Abe Approves Of Non Existent Evacuations Plans For Sendai

Abe Approves Of Non Existent Evacuations Plans For Sendai

Prime minister Abe said that he approves of the evacuation plans around the Sendai nuclear plant and that he considers them “concrete and reasonable”. There is currently no agency or authority to evaluate evacuation plans in Japan. Multiple news reports outlined how plans do not exist in most locations or are insufficient near Sendai and around the country. Minamata City, expected … Read entire article »

Underground Zeolite Wall Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Underground Zeolite Wall Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO announced the completion of the installation of an 80 meter wide underground zeolite wall at Fukushima Daiichi. This wall’s purpose is to block strontium 90 that leaked into the soil from migrating to the sea. A leak of highly contaminated water from the H4 tank farm caused the problem. We submitted a plan to IRID in their first round of … Read entire article »

Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Japan’s NRA is expected to give restart approval for the Sendai nuclear plant this week. The reactors still would not restart before winter as a number of tasks still need to be completed including obtaining local consent. A volcano risk committee is still working through the risk factors to nuclear plants. Sendai is one of major concern with a nearby active … Read entire article »

Japan Govt. May Financially Help Nuclear Utilities Cover Losses From Decommissioning

Japan Govt. May Financially Help Nuclear Utilities Cover Losses From Decommissioning

The Japanese government is considering giving some sort of financial assistance to nuclear power utilities that decide to scrap their aging reactors. The decommissioning process would require the companies to move the value of those plants from assets to losses. This could cause some of the utilities that over invested in nuclear power to become insolvent or financially at risk. The … Read entire article »

KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

Asahi Shimbun announced via the Facebook page that KEPCO would be decommissioning two of the three units at Mihama nuclear plant. The two oldest units are PWR reactors built in the late 1960′s. PWR units have been considered to have a higher potential to pass a restart review. Most older BWR reactors have been considered less likely to be considered … Read entire article »

Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Japan’s NRA declared that they would not revisit their ruling that the fault under the Tsuruga #2 reactor is active. Japanese law forbids the operation of any nuclear reactor if it sits above an active fault line. Due to this, Tsuruga #2 will not be allowed to restart. The fate of the #1 reactor remains undecided. Reactor #1 is planned for … Read entire article »

Tritium Filtration To Be Tested For Fukushima Daiichi

Tritium Filtration To Be Tested For Fukushima Daiichi

This is a considerable development. Tritium is a considerable contamination problem at Fukushima Daiichi, with hundreds of billions of becquerels of it leaking to the sea each day. The big problem with tritium is that it can not be easily removed from contaminated water. METI has been holding meetings all summer to look at possible ways to deal with the tritium … Read entire article »

Fukushima Workers File Suit Over Missing Pay

Fukushima Workers File Suit Over Missing Pay

Workers have taken the unusual step of suing TEPCO for unpaid wages, even though the four workers are employed by TEPCO contractors. The issue surrounds danger pay that is supposed to be issued to all workers at the plant including contract workers. For these four workers, their contractors have been skimming off the extra pay rather than giving it to the … Read entire article »

TEPCO Admits High Radiation Readings In Fukushima Port

TEPCO Admits High Radiation Readings In Fukushima Port

TEPCO began a second round of concrete covering of the port at Fukushima Daiichi in June 2014. As they began work to cement the main area of the port, reporters extracted more information out of TEPCO. Radiation levels in the central port in the silt were: 167,000 bq/kg Radiation levels out to sea near the port were: 2,200 bq/kg *both readings are for cesium only … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 4 Fuel Removal Work Resumes Tomorrow

Fukushima Unit 4 Fuel Removal Work Resumes Tomorrow

TEPCO is reporting that work to remove fuel from the unit 4 spent fuel pool will resume tomorrow. Removal work had been suspended while an annual crane inspection was completed, according to TEPCO. 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 … Read entire article »

NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

Without saying how this might impact the potential restart of the Sendai Nuclear Plant, NRA said it would take about a year to determine a plan for dealing with volcano risk. Current laws state that plants at risk from volcanos must take steps including removing nuclear fuel from the plant. We previously documented the known risks of volcanoes to nuclear … Read entire article »

Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Wild boar exceeding the German limit of 600 bq/kg were found in the region of Saxony. The boar have been being tested since 2012 with some dozens of times over the limit. In a year more test over the limit than below even decades after Chernobyl. The Saxony region is 700 miles from Chernobyl yet still harbors this ongoing problem. … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup, Aug 31, 2014

20 tons of fish returned to Japan from South Korea http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140821-00000035-yonh-kr&pos=3 Whitebait fishing resumes off Fukushima Pref. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140826_31.html TEPCO bypass operation failing to have an impact http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html Yoshida transcripts to be released soon, some question that the full transcripts may be different than the leaked excerpts in conclusions drawn. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/25/national/leaks-government-release-interviews-deceased-fukushima-plant-boss/#.U_yST_ldUrk 3 overseas firms picked to help tackle Fukushima plant toxic water http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/308805.html Don’t bank on nuclear restarts http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/08/24/editorials/dont-bank-nuclear-restarts/#.U_ygp_ldUrk Japanese Public Seen as Biggest Obstacle to Nuke Restart http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-26/japanese-public-seen-as-biggest-obstacle-to-nuke-restart.html Fukushima nuclear crisis estimated to cost 11 tril. yen: study http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/308785.html Tsunami risk in Sea of Japan region just as high as Pacific coastline http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201408270056 8 billion yen earmarked for Fukushima Daiichi research http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/26/national/ministry-seek-%C2%A58-1-billion-outlay-study-fukushima-1-reactor-dismantlement/#.U_vb5WNHSpB Major budget cut planned for radiation forecasting tool for nuclear accidents … Read entire article »

Fukushima Refueling Machine Portion Falls In Spent Fuel Pool

Fukushima Refueling Machine Portion Falls In Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO is reporting that the console portion of the refueling machine that fell into the spent fuel pool of unit 3 during the initial explosion has now fallen further into the pool. Workers were attempting to remove the section of the refueling machine from the pool when it broke loose and fell into the pool. TEPCO thinks it fell into a section … Read entire article »

WIPP; Cause Still Unknown, Missing Records, State Radiation Monitoring Lapsed

The LA Times covers the ongoing issues at WIPP. Their findings match with ours in our efforts to follow the events after the explosion in the mine. Records kept at WIPP have many missing records in the public inventory system. We have asked WIPP and DOE officials multiple times through multiple channels why the inventory system has so many blank and missing record files. They have repeatedly refused to provide an explanation for the blank barrel records or to explain when that would be corrected. The Times also points out during the initial incident there was no radiation protection staff at the plant and they were unable to locate the on call person. It also took … Read entire article »

Fukushima Disaster Interviews Clear Up Evacuation Of Daiichi Question

Fukushima Disaster Interviews Clear Up Evacuation Of Daiichi Question

A new report released by Kyodo News seems to clear up what transpired and who may have wanted to abandon Fukushima Daiichi at the height of the meltdowns. The series of events are outlined as far as who said or did what during those hours, these are in time order based on either a date/time stamp or Kyodo’s narrative: 1. Susumu Kawamata (TEPCO) … Read entire article »

2nd ALPS Decontamination System Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

2nd ALPS Decontamination System Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

A second ALPS decontamination system is being installed at Fukushima Daiichi and will begin test operations in early September. NRA announced the new system yesterday. The first ALPS system, designed by Toshiba has been plagued with problems that required around a year of testing operations to make it work properly. Another system in testing phases at the plant is a new … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Yesterday we reported on TEPCO’s admission of ongoing daily sea releases of contaminated water to the Pacific. The TEPCO rep in the press conference cited the tritium level as being 1 billion becquerels per day. The graph submitted by TEPCO to METI showed a quite different amount for the tritium readings. The journalists at the conference prodded TEPCO for actual readings … Read entire article »

TEPCO Drops Bombshell About Sea Releases; 8 Billion Bq Per Day

TEPCO made the startling admission today at a press conference that the plant is leaking 8 billion bequerels per day. (8 gigabequerels) 5 billion bq of strontium 90 2 billion bq of cesium 137 1 billion bq of tritium * (later corrected to 150) This is the ongoing daily release to the Pacific. These release numbers are also within the realm of what some oceanographers have been warning about since last year, that there was an ongoing and considerable leak to the sea. According to journalist Ryuichi Kino TEPCO said this may be due to failings of some sort within the “glass” wall at the sea front. This is an underground wall made in the soil by injecting a … Read entire article »

TEPCO To Begin Unit 3 Crane Removal From Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO To Begin Unit 3 Crane Removal From Spent Fuel Pool

A brief note in the daily reports mentioned that TEPCO will be pausing cooling to the unit 3 spent fuel pool again. This time it is to begin work to remove the refueling crane that fell into the pool during the blast. This work is obviously risky to an extent as they try to remove the heavy refueling crane from … Read entire article »

TEPCO Failed To Deliver Needed Equipment To Fukushima Daiichi At Height Of Disaster

TEPCO Failed To Deliver Needed Equipment To Fukushima Daiichi At Height Of Disaster

NHK is reporting this new admission as coming from the late plant manager Masao Yoshida. He discussed problems with getting desperately needed equipment to the plant during the meltdowns. TEPCO sent batteries needed to try to operate control room equipment without any notice of the size or voltage of the batteries. Most batteries were too heavy to carry. Workers had to … Read entire article »

Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

NHK reported today that an 820 million USD agreement was reached to allow the towns of Futaba an Okuma to be used to store nuclear debris from Fukushima Daiichi. The government insists the effort isn’t a permanent dump and will still need to buy or lease land from the landowners. TEPCO was found liable and ordered to pay 900,000 USD in … Read entire article »

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA began their review of nuclear safety related to volcano’s this week. This would be considered a good thing for a country full of volcanoes. The first meeting exposed some inconvenient problems with the notion of nuclear power plants and volcanoes peacefully co-existing. “The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, guidelines require nuclear power plant operators to take specific actions if volcanic activity … Read entire article »

Muon Detection Tests Begin In Japan Towards Fuel Detection at Fukushima Daiichi

Muon Detection Tests Begin In Japan Towards Fuel Detection at Fukushima Daiichi

A sample testing box set was tested at JAEA’s Tokai reactor in late July. The tests helped them come up with what they think will be proper shielding for the detectors. IRID reports that they think about 10cm of shielding should be enough to enable detectors to be installed at Fukushima Daiichi. There will still be considerable challenges to an actual … Read entire article »

More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer

More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer

Another periodic report from the Fukushima Health Survey has found more thyroid cancers in children. Another 14 cancers were confirmed since the last report in May 2014. This brings the total number of thyroid cancers (confirmed or suspected) at 103. Some news outlets were reporting it as 104 but one case was confirmed during surgery to have not been a … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 24, 2014

TEPCO began treating contaminated groundwater pumped up from around the reactor buildings to see if they can reduce levels low enough to dump in the Pacific. The work will last 3 months. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140820_29.html Testing has begun on a new decontamination system that can remove radioactive silver and ruthenium. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140818_07-j.pdf Fukushima resumes rice exports, first one goes to Singapore http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/19/business/first-export-fukushima-rice-since-nuclear-crisis-started-2011-reaches-singapore/#.U_KLG_ldUrk A Fukushima decontamination sub contractor of Kajima failed to get workers required radiation exposure screenings http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/19/national/firm-rapped-for-neglecting-to-get-fukushima-decontamination-workers-health-checks/#.U_NW7fldUrk 17,000 people sent in technical complaints about the possible restart of the Sendai nuclear plant in Japan to the country’s regulator http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140819/17000-comments-sent-regulator-nuclear-plant-screening- Europe struggles with cost of caring for its elderly nuclear plants http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/18/world/europe-struggles-with-cost-of-caring-for-its-elderly-nuclear-plants/#.U_NbgfldUrk US nuclear regulator hit by two foreign cyberattacks in three years http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/18/us-nuclear-regulator-hit-by-hacks/ New volcanic isle may collapse, create tsunami: study http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/new-volcanic-isle-may-collapse-create-tsunami-study?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-08-20_AM Los … Read entire article »

Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster

Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster

The Japanese government has announced that all 20 hours of Masao Yoshida’s testimony about the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be made public in September. Previously, Fukushima officials said they would sue to force the disclosure of the testimony. Yoshida is the one person who truly knew what transpired at Fukushima Daiichi during the height of the disaster. This article would not be … Read entire article »

Cracked Belgian Reactors May Be Retired, Same Risk at 22 Nuclear Plants Worldwide

Cracked Belgian Reactors May Be Retired, Same Risk at 22 Nuclear Plants Worldwide

Two Belgian reactors are receiving continued investigations into the structural cracking problems of their reactor vessels. The steel reactor vessels in question were all made by the now defunct Rotterdam Steel Company. Problems with the fabrication and steel quality lead to unusual cracks that were discovered during routine ageing inspections. A 22 US, European and South American reactors were made by this … Read entire article »

Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan’s NRA has established a panel to investigate volcano risks to nuclear plants, on the heels of their claim that the volcano risk to the Sendai nuclear plant is “negligible”. While establishing the panel, the NRA also began to back peddle on their claims of safety against volcanos at Sendai. NRA later called the risk negligible “at the moment” and … Read entire article »

Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis

Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis

“Father, Mother, please forgive me for dying before I could fulfill my duty as a son. After the earthquake, I would have wished to hear your voices even once.” “I did not give up on life until the very end.” As portions of the hundreds of testimonies given to the government investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News … Read entire article »

TEPCO To Try Two New Tactics To Stem Radioactive Tide At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO To Try Two New Tactics To Stem Radioactive Tide At Fukushima Daiichi

Efforts to freeze a trench near unit 2 in order to remove highly radioactive water has continued to have problems. The ice wall system wasn’t working so TEPCO dropped ice and then dry ice into the trench via a small pipe. They then discovered that the dry ice was clogging in the small pipe they were using to drop ice … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup August 17, 2014

Kepco: the monstrous 500-pound gorilla of Kansai http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/16/national/kepco-monstrous-500-pound-gorilla-kansai/#.U_Db4PldUrk Work on the trench freezing operation stopped at Fukushima Daiichi. Dry ice froze inside a pipe being used to drop ice into the trench. Workers couldn’t determine how to solve this problem. http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/08/fukushima-i-npp-progress-report-on-ice.html Anti-tornado facilities at nuclear plant unveiled http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140812_27.html Shika nuclear plant operator applies for screening http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140812_26.html No. of dead and missing from 2011 disaster stands at 21,586 http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/no-of-dead-and-missing-from-2011-disaster-stands-at-21586?utm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2014-08-11_PM LDP to field BOJ official for Fukushima governor race http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/09/national/politics-diplomacy/ldp-to-field-boj-official-for-fukushima-governor-race/#.U-iuaPldUrk EDF shuts down 4 reactors after discovering boiler flaw http://www.bbc.com/news/business-28738074 S. Korea to return imported scrap metal with radioactive traces back to Japan http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/08/11/88/0301000000AEN20140811007600320F.html French pro nuclear power labor union urges shutting down of Fessheim http://energytransition.de/2014/08/french-labor-union-openly-opposes-nuclear/ South Carolina electricity customers facing 8th rate hike due to delays and cost over runs for construction of new nuclear … Read entire article »

New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

Kyodo News is running a series of articles based on some of the official testimony of Fukushima Daiichi workers. These workers tell important details TEPCO didn’t always disclose along with their personal stories of battling the disaster. Some of the more disturbing and new revelations include efforts to vent unit 1 by workers at the plant on March 12 as the … Read entire article »

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Part of the plan in Japan to attempt to restart reactors including trying to establish evacuation plans based on what was learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The reality of the cost and difficulty of doing so is coming crashing down around the government plan to restart reactors. Minamata City, near the Sendai nuclear plant can not deal with what is … Read entire article »

NHK Admits Fukushima Daiichi Ejected Fuel After Multiple Studies Document It

NHK Admits Fukushima Daiichi Ejected Fuel After Multiple Studies Document It

A rough translation of the NHK article tells something almost unbelievable to see admitted by the state news agency. “It is a result, in addition to the radioactive cesium, zirconium material of the fuel rods and uranium, and iron of the material of the pressure vessel, material that matches the structure of the nuclear reactor and nuclear fuel has been detected.” NHK … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 10, 2014

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 10, 2014

Japan’s central government to offer 300 billion yen over 30 years for towns near Fukushima Daiichi to host nuclear debris dumps http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/306069.html Taiwan will shut down construction & operation of their new nuclear plant for 3 years to allow time for a public referendum that could permanently shut down the plant. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/taiwan-shut-down-nearly-completed-nuclear-plant-after-public-protests-2014 Nuclear bomb travelling across the UK suffer 70 safety lapses http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/nuclear-bomb-convoys-travelling-across-the-uk-suffer-70-safety-lapses.24939186 Japan Subculture Research … Read entire article »

Fukushima Contaminated Water Problems Worsen

Fukushima Contaminated Water Problems Worsen

TEPCO announced this week that they wanted to begin pumping up water from the sub drains near the reactor buildings. This comes as they were also admitting the efforts to freeze the trench were not going well. TEPCO’s plan would included decontaminating this water before dumping it into the sea. The disaster site has struggled with water decontamination for years and … Read entire article »