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Fukushima Underground Zeolite Wall Explained

Fukushima Underground Zeolite Wall Explained

TEPCO and the team of contractors that worked on the underground zeolite wall have released more detail about the validation process for the project. A pairing of materials was used in the underground bundles installed downstream from the leaking water tanks. Apatite and clinoptilolite ( a type of zeolite) were combined along with some crushed rock to achieve what they think will be a better filtration of the strontium 90 in the ground water. Clinoptilolite was used … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Worker Electrocuted, 3 Power Issues At Plant

An electrician was electrocuted while working on the new office building at Fukushima Daiichi. The worker was taken to the Iwaki hospital and is expected to be there for a number of days. Two apparently unrelated power issues also happened at the plant the same day. A low voltage alarm went off repeatedly in the common pool building. No reason could be found so workers reset the system. The RHR cooling system for unit 5 was also shut off while workers inspected a power panel and replaced some equipment. No abnormalities were documented in either case. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140930_05-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 … Read entire article »

Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

We reported last week on the response failure of radiation injury capable hospitals during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The government has announced that the number of hospitals designated as radiation response hospitals has about doubled. Kyodo News discovered that these newly designated hospitals lack the needed human resources and equipment to actually operate at radiation response hospitals. This of course sets … Read entire article »

Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

JAEA has announced it will decommission the Tokai nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Needed safety upgrades would be too costly so the plant built in the 1980′s will be shut down. This removes another portion of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling program. The Monju fast breeder reactor has been in forced shutdown after thousands of safety violations were found there. This leaves … Read entire article »

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Asahi Shimbun continues to investigate Japan’s nuclear evacuation plans. This time they looked at the availability of buses to evacuate those who can’t flee in their own vehicles. The evacuation plans rely on chartered buses. Some of the prefectures could only find half the buses needed, at least one could only find one fourth of the needed buses. Some areas would … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Sept 28, 2014

Govt. drafts bill on Fukushima radioactive waste http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140927_13.html Atomic Energy Agency finds more effective way to measure radiation in reservoirs http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sci_tech/technology/AJ201409210005 New industry minister vows to overcome nuclear crisis as Fukushima governor urges intervention http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/25/national/new-industry-minister-vows-overcome-nuclear-crisis-fukushima-governor-urges-intervention/#.VCVRShYZOpB Tochigi town passes water-protection ordinance to block nuclear waste plans http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201409200104 >Watchdog warns nuke weapon sites at risk from natural disasters http://thehill.com/regulation/218496-nuclear-watchdog-warns-of-danger-at-government-facilities TEPCO begins test run of the portable strontium filter http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu-news/2014/1242178_5878.html Quicker way found to test for radiation in water http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201409250023 Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan Earthquake http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201409250001 Energy Transition may proceed without electricity storage for 20 years – transport, heat and chemicals markets will drive growth http://energytransition.de/2014/09/energy-transition-may-proceed-without-electricity-storage-for-20-years/ Vietnam postpones construction work of first nuclear plant http://www.power-technology.com/news/newsvietnam-postpones-construction-work-of-first-nuclear-plant-4380582 Japan emphasizes plan to restart nuclear plants https://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/09/313187.html EU Regulators Approve New U.K. Nuclear Plant http://online.wsj.com/articles/eu-set-to-approve-new-u-k-nuclear-plant-1411400226 China’s nuclear expansion threatened by … Read entire article »

Researchers Find Radiation Hot Spots Off Coast Near Fukushima

Researchers Find Radiation Hot Spots Off Coast Near Fukushima

Japan’s nuclear regulator and a team of researchers completed a set of sea floor monitoring earlier this summer. They found that areas of the sea floor where there is more muddy soil in low spots tended to concentrate cesium 137. The cesium is assumed to have bonded to the mud particles. The research corridor was roughly up to 25km out to … Read entire article »

Two Quakes Hit Offshore Of Fukushima Daiichi

Two moderate quakes hit offshore of Fukushima Daiichi today. “The Japan Meteorological Agency says the first earthquake struck at 9:45 p.m. JST (8:45 a.m. EDT in the U.S.) and registered a magnitude of 5.0. The second quake, a slightly stronger magnitude-5.2 tremor, struck 46 minutes later.” The quakes were about 50km deep, no tsunami alerts issued. Both monitoring cameras at the plant didn’t show any obvious signs of anything changed. No clear reports of conditions at the plant have been released by TEPCO. The quake strength isn’t unusual, the close time frame is.   http://www.weather.com/news/fukushima-two-earthquakes-one-hour-20140924 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140924/m50-quake-jolts-fukushima-japan   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. … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

TEPCO’s report on contaminated dust dispersal that ended up contaminating rice fields north of the damaged nuclear site may indicate more about the accident events. The dates where they were removing the sections of the crane and underlying debris from directly over the reactor well coincide with the contamination dates. TEPCO additionally cited that those days lacked rain that otherwise … Read entire article »

Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Nuclear restarts in Japan have taken a political turn. Japan’s industry minister revived previous administration’s claims that Japan “needs” nuclear power, citing claims of energy independence. Japan has no domestic uranium resources so even their nuclear program is dependent on importing nuclear fuel materials. The country has long tried to make a fuel reprocessing program work but has run into … Read entire article »

Frustration Reigns Around WIPP Incident

Frustration seems to be the general response by both government officials and the public regarding WIPP and the response by DOE. A legislative meeting held last week included the frustration of senators who felt the effort to find the root cause of the explosion has dragged on without answers. The public showed their frustration at the most recent town hall meeting. DOE representatives stated they will not give the public any information without first sending it to the Washington DC DOE office for prior approval. This flies in the face of previous claims of transparency and informing the public by these same DOE officials. Multiple times information was refused to be disclosed claiming needing approval for … Read entire article »

Second Barrel At Risk At WIPP As Explosion Cause Investigated

Second Barrel At Risk At WIPP As Explosion Cause Investigated

Los Alamos has narrowed down what they think is the risk scenario that lead to the barrel explosion at WIPP. A combination of the waste being handled, the absorbent used and a lead glove may have created the conditions that caused the barrel incident. The representative from Los Alamos explained the reaction they are considering as this: “We also see that there … Read entire article »

Groundwater Bypass May Be Lowering Contaminated Water At Fukushima Daiichi

Groundwater Bypass May Be Lowering Contaminated Water At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO thinks the groundwater bypass system they are operating at Fukushima Daiichi may be reducing the contaminated water outflow by up to 80 tons of water per day. This is based on a mathematical calculation of water readings and rainfall. TEPCO also reported that groundwater levels had dropped by about 20 centimeters. It may be too early to completely declare … Read entire article »

TEPCO Gets Approval To Concrete Tunnels At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Gets Approval To Concrete Tunnels At Fukushima Daiichi

As part of the ongoing work to install the frozen wall around the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi, concreting some of the tunnels has now been added to the list. The tunnels on the sea side have been a specific problem as they try to install the frozen wall. NRA has approved the use of concrete to instead block these tunnels … Read entire article »

Fukushima Fisherman Balk At New Contaminated Water Release Plan

Fukushima Fisherman Balk At New Contaminated Water Release Plan

Fishermen have raised concerns with TEPCO’s new plan to dump treated water into the sea. The group is not convinced at this point that TEPCO can be trusted to conduct this new program without potentially causing more harm to the fishing industry. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140918_35.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All … Read entire article »

New Fukushima Evacuation Revelations From First Responders

This information was found buried in a HiCare conference report from later in 2011. They explained their response as radiation health professionals along with what they saw and learned during the Fukushima Daiichi evacuations. Japan developed a radiation emergency response system after the Tokai criticality incident in 1999. This system set up hospitals that could treat those with radiation exposure and related injuries. This system did not take into account a natural disaster involved with a nuclear incident or one of the compounded challenges that happened with the Fukushima disaster. There are a total of 92 hospitals around Japan involved in this response system. The number of these hospitals prepared to handle more challenging radiation exposure … Read entire article »

What Yoshida Said

What Yoshida Said

Various news outlets have dripped out bits of information from the now released testimony of the late Fukushima Daiichi plant chief. Additional information has come from a Kyodo News series from interviewing workers. Wall Street Journal showed Yoshida’s frustration with politicians and the head office in Tokyo: He made plain that in his view, essential personnel remained on site. “The head branch of … Read entire article »

ALPS 2.0 Begins Test Operations At Fukushima Daiichi

ALPS 2.0 Begins Test Operations At Fukushima Daiichi

The new and improved version of ALPS has begun test operations. TEPCO announced the first of the two units has begun test operations. The second will go into testing mode in October. These new units build on the lessons learned from the ongoing failures of the initial ALPS systems. Better materials, coatings and safety systems have been used to try … Read entire article »

1254 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Fukushima Unit 4

1254 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Fukushima Unit 4

TEPCO reported that as of September 16, 2014 they have removed 1254 fuel assemblies from unit 4′s fuel pool. This leaves 279 assemblies remaining for removal. 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 conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights … Read entire article »

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 … Read entire article »

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 »