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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup, Jan 26, 2015

Kagoshima residents drop restart lawsuit on the Sendai nuclear plant after power company threatens harassment lawsuit http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/18/national/some-residents-drop-petition-to-halt-restart-of-sendai-reactors-in-kagoshima/#.VL0k9EfF_Cs TEPCO blames increase in worker injuries and deaths on workers. Govt. officials and workers cite issues such as the inability to communicate while wearing face masks and the large volume of untrained workers being brought in. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201501210064 TEPCO has stopped work at Daiichi and Daini to investigate causes of worker deaths http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/22/national/tepco-suspends-fukushima-no-1-cleanup-to-probe-fatal-accidents/#.VMEoL0fF_Cs Energy experts point out the poor decision making of Japan’s government on an energy future http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/01/24/environment/words-wise-energy-future/#.VMRr4EfF_Cs METI published a new radiation map using a monitoring car to take readings in the Fukushima evacuation zone http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/pdf/141226/monitor00_all_R19n.pdf A citizens group in Fukushima expressed their outrage that prosecutors again failed to indict TEPCO executives for their role in the nuclear disaster http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150122_33.html Radiation in rice lowered to below govt. limit but still may contain radioactive contamination http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/18/national/all-2014-fukushima-rice-cleared-radiation-tests-thanks-to-fertilizer/#.VLv38EfF_Cs Government … Read entire article »

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Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

A drill was held that included three prefectures near the Genkai nuclear plant. The drill included a scenario where the plant had a power loss and coolant water leak. The NHK report didn’t specify to what extent the actual damage to the plant was considered to be for this drill. The scenario from the description sounds nothing like the extent … Read entire article »

TEPCO Gains Permission To Dump Contaminated Water Into Ocean

TEPCO Gains Permission To Dump Contaminated Water Into Ocean

TEPCO has gained approval to dump contaminated groundwater into the ocean. The water is being pumped up from the subdrain pits around the reactor buildings. News reports cited that “most” of the radiation would be removed. NHK’s report clarifies that they will only remove most of the cesium before dumping it into the ocean. TEPCO’s own testing shows that the … Read entire article »

Ceiling Collapse In Wipp Underground Nuclear Storage Site

An 8 by 8 foot section of ceiling in the panel 3 access drift has collapsed at WIPP. The area of the collapse is also in the contaminated areas of the mine. Officials announced it today but the collapse happened January 15th. A larger problem was admitted earlier this month. WIPP contractors had been saying that doing ceiling bolting activities were their priority, even above dealing with the at risk storage rooms and unstable barrels in room 6 and 7. Seven ceiling areas were found to be unsafe and are now labeled as restricted. The effort to try to resume ceiling bolting activities was also stymied earlier this month when an oversight inspection found errors in … Read entire article »

3rd Worker Injury In Two Days At TEPCO Nuclear Plants

3rd Worker Injury In Two Days At TEPCO Nuclear Plants

After two workers were injured then died of their injuries, TEPCO has admitted a third incident that lead to serious injuries. A worker at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant fell down a shaft in the turbine building. TEPCO reported that the worker has been hospitalized but described his injuries as scratches. http://www.tepco.co.jp/kk-np/data/publication/pdf/2014/27011901.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

2nd Fukushima Worker Dies In 2 Days

A second worker has died in the last two days. The second death happened at the Fukushima Daini plant. The worker in his 40′s was inspecting a piece of equipment in the waste handling building when it rotated, crushing his head. He is the third worker to die at TEPCO’s Fukushima plants in less than a year. TEPCO has been criticized repeatedly for the poor oversight and horrible labor conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi site. TEPCO handout of the incident: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150120_02-j.pdf 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 … Read entire article »

Worker Who Fell Into Tank At Fukushima Daiichi Has Died.

The worker who fell into an empty tank under construction at Fukushima Daiichi has died from his injuries. We reported earlier today on the initial accident where the workers injuries were outlined by TEPCO. The male worker in his 50′s was not named and the specific cause of his death due to his injuries was not mentioned This is the second worker to die in less than a year and is among a growing number of injuries at the plant. TEPCO does not release the names of injured workers citing privacy concerns. If anyone sees the name of the worker who lost his life published in the press, please let us know.     This article would not be … Read entire article »

Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

A 50 year old worker at the plant sustained serious injuries yesterday when he fell into a empty tank. The worker sustained a number of injuries from his fall. Left pneumothorax, left 4-5_6 rib fractures, sciatica right side, Fractures, unstable pelvic fracture, left thigh, trochanter The worker was responsive but unable to move when they evacuated him from the work area. The hospital helicopter was unable to transport him due to bad weather but was eventually taken … Read entire article »

The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

A number of events have transpired in the last week as the disaster continues to evolve even years later. The town of Futaba, one of two towns that host the remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has agreed to allow the town to be used as a “temporary” nuclear waste dump. Radiation levels continue to be extremely high in the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Work Updates January 14, 2015

Fukushima Daiichi Work Updates January 14, 2015

TEPCO announced they have started a new reverse osmosis system to filter contaminated water. Based on the tank labels, the new system appears to have been constructed by Hitachi/GE. From TEPCO’s handout to the press: Facilities overview • Processing operation start date: 1/10/2015 • Capacity: 500-900 m 3 per day • Removal capacity: strontium reduces to 1/100 to1,000 (goal) Kurion announced new work to develop a robot that could plug leaks in the reactor containment structures. The effort is a partnership with Japan’s IHI company. Kurion … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Seafront Well Radiation Skyrockets

Fukushima Daiichi Seafront Well Radiation Skyrockets

Well number 1-12 experienced an over 50 times increase in radiation this week. The well sits between the unit 1 and unit 2 intakes. This reading is the highest to date for this well. It is currently unclear exactly what is causing the increase since no nearby wells increased before or in conjunction with this one. There are three possible reasons … Read entire article »

7 More Japanese Nuclear Reactors May Close Permanently

7 More Japanese Nuclear Reactors May Close Permanently

A total of 7 reactors are being considered for decommissioning in Japan. Each unit is at or nearing the 40 year operational limit and would be required to pass additional safety screenings in order to continue operation. This is on top of meeting the new standards enacted after the Fukushima disaster. The main reason for considering shutting down these plants is … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup Jan 11, 2015

NRA bracing for reactor restarts http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150105_16.html Permanent radioactive waste disposal facing significant hurdles http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/05/national/permanent-radioactive-waste-disposal-facing-significant-hurdles/#.VKtXfCvF_Cs U.N. disaster conference scheduled for Sendai in March http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/05/national/u-n-disaster-conference-scheduled-for-sendai-in-march/#.VKtXhyvF_Cs Local governments was legal framework for reactor restart approvals http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2015/01/07/western-japan-demands-legal-framework-for-reactor-decisions/ NRA: 2015 will be critical for new regulator role in safety http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150107_29.html An evacuee explains how people fall through the cracks http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20150107p2a00m0na003000c.html Savannah River was diverting clean up funds to the SMR promotion program http://www.srswatch.org/uploads/2/7/5/8/27584045/news_smr_funding_stopped_by_omb_january_7_2015.pdf Illinois realized they don’t really need any of their nuclear plants. Another US plant need to double electricity rates to stay in business. http://safeenergy.org/2015/01/09/illinois-report-deals-unexpected-blow/#more-10716 The Zion nuclear plant in Illinois is expected to run out of decommissioning funds even though they have just started the process http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-zion-plant-111-biz-20150109-story.html?track=rss&dssReturn#page=1&z=57106 Russia’s unsafe and unreliable nuclear reactor program http://www.dianuke.org/russian-reactors-are-unsafe-and-unreliable-india-shouldnt-buy-them-russian-environmentalist-vladimir-slivyak/ TEPCO to buy renewable power from evacuation zone http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150109_30.html         This article would not be … Read entire article »

New Easy To Use US Radiation Readings

New Easy To Use US Radiation Readings

So many have expressed their utter frustration with how US EPA’s Radnet serves up information. While EPA has refused to do anything to make their site more functional (they have actually made things worse and removed features) we found a way to quickly get national radiation readings with less effort. This page on our site lists all the available beta and … Read entire article »

3.11 Quake Was 9 Years In The Making

3.11 Quake Was 9 Years In The Making

The Great East Japan earthquake that started the Fukushima nuclear disaster and caused tsunami damage to large portions of north east Japan was slowly building for 9 years.  The build up on the fault in the Japan trench was a slow build. Researchers were able to identify it after the fact by tracking GPS stations. They did say not every massive … Read entire article »

Governor Shuts Down Talk Of Restarting TEPCO Nuclear Plant

The governor of Niigata has shut down any discussion of restarting TEPCO’s massive 7 unit nuclear plant. His main point of issue is that TEPCO has not investigated seriously the causes of the disaster. TEPCO’s response was to offer a tour of the facility and to open an office to staff people who would work on trying to gain local consent for the restart. As usual TEPCO ignores what might solve criticism and applies more window dressing. Even as the company faces more insolvency in 2016 without the plant they refuse to take any real action on changing their ways. With newer revelations like the 2014 admission that the plant has been leaking considerable amounts of … Read entire article »

US Nuclear Plant Would Have To Charge Double To Stay Profitable

US Nuclear Plant Would Have To Charge Double To Stay Profitable

Bloomberg has an interesting article about the major problem for US nuclear reactors. The economics are killing them. They blame subsidies other power generation gets (conveniently avoiding mention of the considerable subsidies nuclear power receives) and other (cheaper) power sources. What was so startling in this Bloomberg article is that Ginna nuclear plant would have to charge consumers double the current … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 To Begin Muon Scan In February

Fukushima Unit 1 To Begin Muon Scan In February

Work to install the muon scanners at Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 should be underway by February 2015. A number of research projects leading up to this have been taking place. These include efforts to determine the proper amount of shielding required so the detectors can function at the plant among the high levels of radiation and test scans of a … Read entire article »

Japan Nuclear Utilities Ironically Protest Safer Fuel Storage

Japan Nuclear Utilities Ironically Protest Safer Fuel Storage

Asahi Shimbun ran an article recently explaining that some of the nuclear power companies in Japan were resisting a move to make them store more of their spent fuel in casks. Cask storage is a much safer solution than leaving fuel in spent fuel pools, as clearly documented in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. While the spent fuel pools at Daiichi became … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Jan 5, 2015

A telling look into the fourth year of many being nuclear refugees. http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/01/the-fourth-winter-of-fukushima Japan may export nuclear reactors to Kazakhstan http://www.timesca.com/news/14827-kazakhstan-may-buy-reactor-for-its-nuclear-power-plant-from-japan Areva in death spiral and money runs out http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/28/areva-debt-idUSL6N0TH31X20141128 Another Ukraine reactor goes offline http://www.kyivpost.com/content/kyiv-post-plus/moscow-offers-to-sell-kyiv-stolen-coal-as-nuclear-shutdown-adds-to-ukraines-energy-woes-376304.html Auditors find Bechtel overbilled TVA for nuclear work http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2014/dec/27/auditors-find-bechtel-overbilled-tvnuclear-wo/279946/ Mae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies At 107 http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373510029/saved-by-a-bad-taste-the-last-radium-girl-dies-at-107 Russia: Ukraine’s import of U.S. nuclear fuel poses meltdown risk http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/31/world/russia-ukraines-import-u-s-nuclear-fuel-poses-meltdown-risk/#.VKP_NivF_Cs Japan declares all rice set for sale from Fukushima to be below 100 bq/kg http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201501030034 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 … Read entire article »

TEPCO Admonished For Corner Cutting That Caused Massive 2014 Fukushima Radiation Release

NRA has issued an administrative order over the misuse of spray dust inhibitors. While the subject sounds benign, this corner cutting caused the massive release of contaminated dust from the plant that was the biggest release from the plant since the initial disaster. The dust inhibitor liquid used at the plant was supposed to have a 10 part dilutions. TEPCO was diluting it by 100. NRA also found that they were not using it often enough. Instead of spraying it daily or right before work they were only spraying it every few days or few weeks and at these highly diluted rates. This effort to cut corners caused twelve workers at the plant to be contaminated, … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Dec 29, 2014

Sendai nuclear plant could restart in March http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141225_06.html 400 items declared state secrets in Japan under new law http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/27/national/politics-diplomacy/government-entities-designate-400-state-secrets-under-new-law/#.VJ7V014AKA Ministry, TEPCO seek to end compensation for Fukushima businesses in Feb. 2016 http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20141227p2a00m0na007000c.html 3 S. Korean nuclear plant workers die from apparent nitrogen gas inhalation http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/12/26/3-s-korean-workers-die-after-apparently-inhaling-toxic-gas-at-nuclear-plant/ Japan discusses the need for an evacuation plan for residents being returned to live near Fukushima Daiichi http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141223_07.html Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on storing 3/11 debris http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201412120062 NRA head signals massive release of tainted water to help decommission Fukushima site http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201412130042 Former Fukushima governor blasts central govt. for delaying evacuations http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/12/26/world/fukushima-ex-governor-slams-government-tardy-radiation-evacuation-orders/#.VJy-yV4AKA NHK reports that more radioactive contamination could have been released in the latter portion of March 2011 than previously admitted. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141221_16.html Japan Atomic … Read entire article »

TEPCO Admits Unit 2 Trench Concrete Work May Be Failing

TEPCO Admits Unit 2 Trench Concrete Work May Be Failing

NHK reports that the work to concrete in the unit 2 trench may not be working as planned. The work so far concreted the tunnels but not the four vertical shafts that go down to the tunnels. When water was pumped out of one of the shafts the water level changed in another shaft. The immediate assumption was that the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 1 New Photos Reveal Additional Damage

Fukushima Unit 1 New Photos Reveal Additional Damage

Photos taken during the removal of the cover on unit 1 showed some additional conditions on the refueling floor that had not been apparent until now. A section of the concrete reactor cover was dislodged during the events at unit 1. The other end of the cover section is not visible, this would give a better idea of how the … Read entire article »

TEPCO Gets Off On Fukushima Responsibility Twice In One Week

TEPCO Gets Off On Fukushima Responsibility Twice In One Week

First, the press announced that prosecutors probably won’t indict TEPCO executives for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Second, they were absolved from blame in a worker death at the plant. A citizen panel could still indict the TEPCO executives, but it may be next year before that could be known. The second case of the workers death is slightly more complicated. The … Read entire article »

TEPCO Not Disclosing Worker Injuries At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Not Disclosing Worker Injuries At Fukushima Daiichi

Journalist Ryuichi Kino has documents a large number of injuries to workers in 2014 that TEPCO has not made public. The information was submitted to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. TEPCO’s excuse seemed to be, if the workers didn’t require an outside ambulance ride or helicopter, they were not going to disclose the injury. But some of these injuries … Read entire article »

More Suspected Cancers Found In Fukushima Children

More Suspected Cancers Found In Fukushima Children

A leak to the media ahead of the next Fukushima Health Survey meeting indicated that there are four new suspected cancers recently found. These four children had clean screenings on the first round of screening. This means the suspected cancers developed between the first and second screening. The number of total confirmed cancers has also been raised to 84. For more information, … Read entire article »

IRID Part 5; Fuel Debris Research

IRID Part 5; Fuel Debris Research

The current working plan is still to try to plug leaks via the torus and torus room, flood containment and remove fuel from the top of the reactor well, similar to Three Mile Island. Part of the plan for spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi would be to reprocess the spent fuel after it has been put into storage (assumed to mean … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 »