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Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Begins Freezing Operations

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Begins Freezing Operations

TEPCO’s contractors have begun the process of freezing the completed sections of the frozen wall. Blocks 1-8 are currently in the freezing process. Other sections are either still under construction or in the process of having the plumbing installed. The sections currently being frozen include the land side and north sides of the reactor building areas. TEPCO handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150423_01-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Port Concreting Completed

Work to put down a coat of concrete across the entire port floor at Fukushima Daiichi has been completed. Initial work in 2012 did sections closer to the reactor building. Efforts that just wrapped up this week covered the remaining sections of the port floor. Since this last round of concrete work began operation we have seen the level of contamination in fish in the port decrease. There is some skepticism that TEPCO’s fish testing has not been 100% accurate, but the fish readings could be tied to this port work. TEPCO never clearly said what mechanism they were attempting to seal off. If this was to seal in sediment that contained contamination and potentially fuel … Read entire article »

Radioactive Drone Lands On Japan Prime Minister’s Roof

Radioactive Drone Lands On Japan Prime Minister’s Roof

A drone carrying a radioactive substance in a vial (assumed to be cesium) was discovered on the roof of the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo. No one is sure how long the drone had been on the roof. It was not detected by security systems, but was instead found by a maintenance crew. The vial gave off low levels of radiation … Read entire article »

Taiwan Upgrades Fukushima Food Import Regulations For Japan

Taiwan Upgrades Fukushima Food Import Regulations For Japan

Taiwan has instituted new food import regulations after a recent scandal where mislabeled foods were imported and sold. It also appears some of these food items were contaminated. Japanese food imports must include an origin certificate and certain foods will require test results from radiation testing of that food product. Those regulations will go into effect May 15th. The only authorities that … Read entire article »

TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

Japan’s NRA has publicly urged TEPCO to upgrade computer systems used at Fukushima Daiichi, and possibly company wide. NRA pointed out the lack of current security updates in Windows XP created a significant security risk. The regulator urged TEPCO to stop being cheap and do the needed computer upgrades. After the public flogging a TEPCO representative said the company would … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Drainage Canal Leaked To Sea

Fukushima Daiichi Drainage Canal Leaked To Sea

The contained drainage canal system intended to capture contaminated water before it could leak out to sea has leaked. The “K” drainage canal that had been spliced into the larger system used for controlling contaminated water runoff from up on the hill leaked to the sea. “K” drainage is the system that handles rainwater from the buildings in the reactor … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Inspection Work Completed

Fukushima Unit 1 Inspection Work Completed

TEPCO has announced that they have completed all of the work they can do on the unit 1 containment robot inspection (phase B1). The second robot’s did complete the planned inspection circuit and then took a look at the first robot that remained stranded. The crew did manage to obtain photos of the first robot and now have a better … Read entire article »

Second Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Investigation Complete

Second Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Investigation Complete

TEPCO/IRID released a very small selection of video clips from the second investigation that took place over two days along with some photos and handouts. Previous work that included inserting a scope into containment estimated the water level was just below the catwalk level. Images and video from the new robot inspections hint that they may have seen a visual of … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; WIPP REPORT April 2015

SimplyInfo.org; WIPP REPORT April 2015

1. Radiation survey of the underground No complete radiation survey of the underground areas has been released to date. These have been asked for multiple times by various parties. Both the contractor and DOE have refused to make them public. This data is key towards both public accountability and for fully understanding the disaster. 2.WIPP vent system The HEPA filters were originally scheduled … Read entire article »

Fukushima Bird Populations Continue To Decline

Fukushima Bird Populations Continue To Decline

A new study tracking the bird populations in Fukushima found a decline in population and in diversity. An even more curious finding was that bird populations continued to decline over years even as the radiation levels began to drop. ‘We know that there were hundreds in a given area before the disaster, and just a couple of years later we’re only … Read entire article »

2nd Robot Enters Fukushima Unit 1 Containment

2nd Robot Enters Fukushima Unit 1 Containment

TEPCO is reporting that the second robot has been put into containment and made 6 of the 11 data stops on the second inspection route. This is roughly half way through the distance of the second route, noted in red on the graphic below. They plan to resume work tomorrow morning.   Rough translation of the report in TEPCO’s daily press handout.: 4 / … Read entire article »

Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Hitachi’s shape changing robot (at least one of them, they have more) is abandoned and dead inside the containment of unit 1. The robot did manage to transmit quite a bit of information and was still working two days later when they cut the cord. This is a small bit of good news as it proved that the robot model … Read entire article »

Japan Court Blocks Takahama Nuclear Plant Restart

Japan Court Blocks Takahama Nuclear Plant Restart

One of the nuclear plants favored for an early restart has been barred by the courts. The reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant are prevented from restarting with the court order issued today. The ruling cited that safety can not be assured and questioned Japan NRA’s standards, saying they lacked rationality. Another court hearing is expected to happen soon regarding a … Read entire article »

Fukushima Containment Robot To Be Abandoned Inside

Fukushima Containment Robot To Be Abandoned Inside

TEPCO announced that the robot stuck in containment will not be recovered. They will send a team into the reactor building today to cut the cable for the robot and leave it in containment. Entry of the second robot was postponed. TEPCO has not made the data collected by the first robot public yet. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Still Transmitting Data

Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the robot stranded inside unit 1 containment is still transmitting data. This rules out radiation damaging the controls. From Asahi Shimbun: “According to an IRID official, the operators tugged on the robot’s cable and sent instructions for it to change shape, but it still would not move. The robot’s camera, dosimeter and temperature gauge were not damaged, and the robot was still capable of transmitting data.” They also stated that the actual travel time was between 11:20 to 2 pm. The remaining hours of the work effort was the time needed to insert the robot into containment. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Failure, What We Know So Far

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Failure, What We Know So Far

Per Yahoo News Japan, the robot died about 2/3 of the way through the planned route. Specifics about what kind of failure the robot had were not available yet but Kyodo News reports that workers tried to tug on the data cable but were unable to move the robot. Workers are currently working on an effort to retrieve the robot … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Dies In Containment During Inspection

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Dies In Containment During Inspection

Kyodo News is reporting the robot died inside unit 1′s containment during the inspection. It stopped functioning part way through the inspection. TEPCO has provided no other information about this yet. 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 … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection Conducted

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection Conducted

TEPCO reports that the work is underway and released three images of the robot being inserted into the containment structure. The images of the robot were taken with a scope camera and confirm the robot was inserted into containment, made it down to the catwalk and successfully rearranged itself for the inspection work. No additional information was given by TEPCO at … Read entire article »

IRID Fukushima Fuel Debris Research Progress Reports

IRID Fukushima Fuel Debris Research Progress Reports

IRID published English language versions of their fuel debris removal and other new technology research reports. Various contractors were hired to conduct research towards the best way to remove the melted fuel inside the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi. The reports all showed dry methods for removing fuel both from the top and from the side of the containment vessels. The ATOX/Areva plan … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Inspection To Start October 2015

Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Inspection To Start October 2015

TEPCO  and IRID recently published details on the first efforts to probe the unit 3 reactor at Fukushima Daiichi. In October 2015 we should see the first images from inside the containment structure. Unit 3 was the site of the massive explosion during the reactor meltdowns. High radiation levels in the building have so far prevented workers from conducting any … Read entire article »

US Lax Regulations On Japan Food Imports Raise More Concerns As TPP Close To A Vote

US Lax Regulations On Japan Food Imports Raise More Concerns As TPP Close To A Vote

A recent Japanese food mislabeling scandal in Taiwan showed the differing levels of oversight between countries when it comes to food imports. The US has refused to do any meaningful testing and has clung to an unusually high limit before any product would be taken off the market if it was even tested at all. While China insists any food imported … Read entire article »

Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

TEPCO is making an effort to lower the water level in some of the basement rooms of the unit 1 reactor buildings. As groundwater has been pumped up via the outdoor subdrain pits, this has created a situation where the standing water in the basements could end up higher than the surrounding groundwater. This could lead to more contaminated water … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Containment Inspection Starts April 10th

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 Containment Inspection Starts April 10th

According to a recently released handout from TEPCO and IRID the robot inspection of unit 1′s containment should commence around April 10th with the second inspection on April 13. Scope inspections to install monitoring instruments into containment will happen roughly around the same time frame.  This 3D map of containment shows where the two robot inspection routes are planned to take place. … Read entire article »

Fukushima Contamination Hits US & Canada, Readings Near Peak Estimate Range

Fukushima Contamination Hits US & Canada, Readings Near Peak Estimate Range

Woods Hole announced some recent findings of Fukushima identified radioactive contamination found offshore in the US and Canada. The test samples were collected seven months ago, with the exception of sample CS109 that remains undated. The press release provided no actual data except the undated CS109 sample, but insisted it was “trace” amounts. and “well below internationally established levels of … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Inspected

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Inspected

The unit 3 spent fuel pool gate was inspected further after concerns that the fuel handling crane could have damaged the gate. The inspections produced a number of photos of the condition of the gates.   This overhead view shows the two gates for the spent fuel pool along with the concrete reactor cover from above. The G2 gate is clearly dislodged from … Read entire article »

TEPCO Unleashes Series Of Dodgy PR Announcements

TEPCO Unleashes Series Of Dodgy PR Announcements

TEPCO’s paid consultant from the US, Dale Klein is pushing TEPCO’s continuing quest to dump contaminated water into the ocean. The reason given today is that he claims it is harmless if you dilute it with other water. A ton of highly contaminated water is a ton of highly contaminated water, even if you add another ton of cleaner water … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

NHK is reporting that TEPCO has admitted that two spent fuel pool gates at unit 3 are damaged. They described the first gate as being shifted out of position and that it likely was caused by the refueling crane when it fell into the pool during the blast. The utility considers the second gate to also be shifted but didn’t elaborate. They are … Read entire article »

Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

A recent discovery of banned Japanese foods being sold in Taiwan is causing considerable concern about the actual safety of the food supply. This comes only weeks after contaminated Japanese tea was reported as being found in Hong Kong. Taiwan has fairly rigorous food safety standards. In 2011 Taiwan banned the sale of all foods from Fukushima and four other prefectures. … Read entire article »

Failed Projects, Skyrocketing Costs, TEPCO Urged To Sue Fukushima Daiichi Contractors

Failed Projects, Skyrocketing Costs, TEPCO Urged To Sue Fukushima Daiichi Contractors

A board of audit overseeing the Fukushima disaster is urging TEPCO to sue some of their contractors over failed projects. They specifically cited the frozen wall project, an early cesium adsorption filter system and the bolt together tanks. This may become interesting as there have been some informal accusations that TEPCO pressured contractors to cut corners on projects. The Associated Press … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Information Found

Fukushima Unit 2 Muon Scan Information Found

Information for the unit 2 muon scan has been found. Still not released as information through any of the official channels dealing with the disaster. The handout from Nagoya University shows unit 2 on the left and unit 5 (with fuel in the core) on the right. Researchers assume “very little” fuel is left in the reactor vessel of unit 2. They … Read entire article »

University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

These scans were never mentioned in any TEPCO literature, none of IRID’s documents nor METI’s reports on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Kyodo News announced today that Nagoya University conducted five muon scans on reactors 2 and 5 between April and July of 2014. They compared the two reactors and concluded that unit 2 “melted down”. This has been common knowledge … Read entire article »

Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

TEPCO published the results of the muon scan done by IRID and their cooperating partners. No fuel was found in the reactor vessel of unit 1 Fukushima Daiichi. The handout in Japanese can be found here A very rough English translation can be found here This was as expected by many (including us) who have been documenting the other evidence that indicated this … Read entire article »

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

When Yuji Onuma was in 6th grade he wrote a phrase. What started as part of a homework project, won an award and eventually became the slogan on large signs as you enter Futaba Fukushima. “Nuclear power the energy of a promising future“ The now ironic signs are to be torn down. The town claims the signs are a safety risk as … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

The Japanese government has decided to allow RERF  (Radiation Effects Research Foundation) to do an epidemiological study on the workers from Fukushima Daiichi. This would be a study only, it would not include giving them any needed medical care. RERF is an incarnation of the A-bomb commission that investigated the human damage from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

We previously reported about increases at the unit 1 discharge canal back in February. The highs back then were in the 4 digit range. More recent testing in the last week has seen much higher readings. Readings taken: 3.13.2015 Beta radiation: 110,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 84,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 24,000 bq/liter The highest readings in February that raised concerns were: Beta radiation: 8,200 bq/liter Cesium 137: 2,000 … Read entire article »

Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s government Center For Food Safety, found a series of radioactive Japanese tea samples in 2014. The findings are just slightly lower than findings from previous years of 2012 and 2013 by the same agency. Hong Kong officials seized the tea shipments from the importers for disposal so these products found did not make it to market. It does not … Read entire article »

45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 people attended rallies around Taiwan Saturday in an effort to reform the country’s energy policy. Among the issues in Taiwan are a permanent closures of a new nuclear plant being built and a promise to shut down existing plants by their end of life dates. A newer issue also being fought is a plan to ship Taiwan’s nuclear waste to … Read entire article »

Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

A new study looked into the media behavior in reporting on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The study found that key media outlets based on their readership and reach, systematically downplayed the impact of the disaster while ignoring critical aspects of the disaster. The study also pointed out a significant bias in who has access to the media and controls the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Japan’s NRA has released a series of sea soil and sediment readings taken off the eastern coast of Japan. The readings cover the near shore areas of Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. The highest cesium readings were south of the nuclear plant site in Ibaraki prefecture, south of Iwaki City. High strontium 90 readings were found both north and … Read entire article »

TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO admitted that water recently leaked from the H4 tank farm is loose in the groundwater at the plant. Monitoring wells installed downstream after the first major leak from these tanks, found a spike to 11,000 bq/liter in well E-9. Earlier in the last month, a drainage canal nearby alarmed when highly radioactive water was found in it but TEPCO insisted … Read entire article »