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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 possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

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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 »

US Nuclear Regulators Suppressing Reactor Tsunami Study

A study of the tsunami risk at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California has been raising questions about NRC’s honesty and if they are even taking the risks to US nuclear plants seriously. A 2005 report that found multiple scenarios involving tsunami could kick off a major reactor accident. So where is this report? The NRC has suppressed it since 2005. When they did their review of US reactor safety post Fukushima, surely they included that in their determination and public disclosure? Nope. Various watchdog groups found out about the 2005 only after it was mentioned in an email that was caught up in an MSNBC FOIA request. Multiple attempts have been made to obtain this … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Reactor Vessel Failure Preceded Explosion

As part of TEPCO’s admission that 100% of the unit 3 core has melted and left the reactor vessel, they included this new information seen in the graph below. The graph shows the times of events related to the melted fuel. TEPCO now estimates the reactor vessel failed just after about 7 am on March 14th. The pedestal line shows a very rapid shift from the reactor vessel to the pedestal. Not the gradual transition seen between the core and the lower plenum. It also shows between about 6 am on March 14th and 1 pm on March 14th that the molten fuel mass significantly migrated from the pedestal to the drywell of the containment … Read entire article »

Hiroshima & Nagasaki 69th Anniversaries

Yesterday was the 69th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the Nagasaki bombing took place on August 9th. Each year many events take place in these cities to remind the world of the tragedy of these events and to push for peace and a nuclear free world. While the US over time has done much to try to sanitize the history of these events, it was highly criticized at the time. The US suppressed much of the information about the aftermath for years with some of the images and film not being seen until the 1970′s. Soon after the bombings there was considerable criticism in the US calling it barbaric, not needed and criminal. This criticism came … Read entire article »

TEPCO Admits Unit 3 Had Total Melt Through

TEPCO Admits Unit 3 Had Total Melt Through

TEPCO has admitted that the fuel at unit 3 had a complete melt through. This is where 100% of the fuel melts and drops into the containment vessel. TEPCO previously estimated 60% of the fuel melted through. They now claim that the HPCI (cooling system) ceased working at 5:30 am March 13, 5 hours earlier than the previous estimate. This … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Room Inspection

Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Room Inspection

Hitachi GE conducted robot investigations into unit 2′s torus room on July 17th. The main focus of the work was to look at the pipe penetrations between the torus room wall and the turbine building. The swimming and also the crawling robots did the work together. It was noted that the layer of debris and sediment in the bottom of … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.Org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup 8.3.2014

Gov’t raises max allowable ambient radiation level in nuclear disaster cleanup zones http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140731p2a00m0na022000c.html TEPCO is now dumping 15 tons of ice per day into the trench at unit 2 to try to get the frozen wall to work. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140730_29.html The disaster compensation office has come under fire for ignoring opinions of evacuees doctors when considering compensation for disaster related health problems. http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140721p2a00m0na010000c.html Court rules against Barnwell nuclear waste dump http://www.thestate.com/2014/07/30/3592960/court-rules-against-barnwell-nuclear.html?sp=/99/132/ Hokkaido Electric applies for additional 17% rate hike http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/31/business/corporate-business/hokkaido-electric-applies-for-additional-17-rate-hike/#.U9pn2fldUrk Public demands the truth about Fukushima accident http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201408010021 Fukushima farm ships 1st produce cultivated in evacuation zone http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/life_and_death/AJ201408010041 NAGASAKI PEACE SYMPOSIUM: Panelists urge Japan to break away from U.S. nuclear umbrella http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201408020049 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

TEPCO Outlines Plan To Remove Damaged Fuel At Unit 4

TEPCO Outlines Plan To Remove Damaged Fuel At Unit 4

TEPCO released a short handout this week that explains their plan for removing the damaged fuel at unit 4. One assembly is considerably bent, both the body of the assembly and the lifting handle are damaged. TEPCO cites this as being from a work error before the disaster. Two additional assemblies have known leaks. TEPCO plans to remove the damaged assembly using … Read entire article »

TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO hopes to have two new installations of ALPS completed in September and October of this year. The company is also now claiming that the current system has been able to remove considerable amounts of additional types of radiation down to below regulatory limits, though amounts of these isotopes still exist in the water. The water would also still contain … Read entire article »

TEPCO Finally Repairs Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling

TEPCO Finally Repairs Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling

After weeks of unit 5 not having an operational spent fuel pool cooling system, TEPCO has finally replaced the leaking valve. The valve interior showed considerable corrosion that lead to the leak. TEPCO failed to explain why it took them so long to repair the system. While the repair was delayed the spent fuel pool and reactor vessel that still … Read entire article »

3 TEPCO Executives To Stand Trial For Fukushima Disaster

3 TEPCO Executives To Stand Trial For Fukushima Disaster

A citizen inquest panel has determined that 3 TEPCO executives and possibly a 4th should stand trial for their decision to not take steps to protect the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from tsunamis. The company had known about the risk for years and had taken action to prevent regulators from requiring them to make changes at the plant. The prosecution declined … Read entire article »

Last Hiroshima Bomb Crewman Dies

Theodore Van Kirk died the 29th in a retirement home in the US at age 93. He was the last of the crew of the Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In a 2005 interview Van Kirk advocated for abolishing nuclear weapons. Another of the crew appeared in a TV episode of This Is Your Life in the 1950′s that featured a doctor known to have helped many of the victims of the Hiroshima bombing. A number of the women the doctor helped also appeared on the episode in what is probably one of the most surreal moments in TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_58byuLBu0   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

A former Kansai Electric (KEPCO) executive came forward to admit the nuclear company had been giving huge amounts of secret cash to prime ministers and other government officials. Prime ministers had been receiving about 20 million yen a year for about 18 years while he was involved. The secret money was delivered as cash to the government officials. This was … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org WIPP Update; July 28, 2014

The Albuquerque Journal discovered that the contractor for WIPP received a 1.9 million dollar performance bonus… after the WIPP fire in February. This raises serious questions about the contractor system and oversight. If such a laundry list of now discovered failures and two major incidents, including a release to the environment would still qualify a contractor for a performance bonus.  In March the DOE inspector general cited systemic problems with the contractor system. A report from Los Alamos on the barrel explosion at WIPP cites an unusual possible event. Page 10 cites a “green burst” as a possible event under broader issues but fails to explain what the “green burst” might be or the potential of … Read entire article »

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

The US department of Energy has granted billions in guarantees to get these projects off the ground. The promised efficiency and quality from making components offsite hasn’t happened. A new Associated Press report shows they may even be worse than the cost and quality of building plants on site. Since these factors were reasoned by the nuclear industry for why … Read entire article »

Potassium Iodide Pills Handed Out Near Nuclear Plant Hoping To Restart In Japan

Residents within 5km of the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima were given potassium iodide tablets to keep on hand in case there is an accident at the plant. The NRA new rules expect these tablets to be pre-distributed to residents. After the Fukushima nuclear disaster most people did not receive this tablets due to government confusion and the inability to get the stockpiles to the impacted areas in time. The NHK report appeared to show residents being given only 2 tablets. One is needed per day per person. Two days may not be enough time to get residents to safety depending on traffic and road damage. It was also not reported how the use of the … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup July 27, 2014

METI considering opening some evacuation areas over Bon holiday http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/20140722_01.html Iitate Residents File For Arbitration http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140722_28.html Former Tomioka mayor dies at 74 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140720/ex-fukushima-town-mayor-dies-at-74 Japan to consider not reprocessing spent nuclear fuel http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html A new type of drone will be used inside Fukushima Daiichi to inspect buildings http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html High pressure injection system at Oconee had failure due to bad welds and cracks http://www.wyff4.com/news/nrc-undetected-crack-leak-at-oconee-nuclear-plant-caused-shutdown/26997798#!bhIriT Japan’s test site for nuclear waste storage could become national nuclear waste dump http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Underground-lab-tackles-Japan-nuclear-waste-issue-5619430.php#page-1 Chubu Electric built 250 million yen slush fund to win over politicians http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201407200021 Fukushima evacuees traveled average 273 km in search for shelter http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407130019 US House tries to prevent the Department of Energy and Defense Department from acting on climate change http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/house_bans_the_department_of_energy_from_acknowledging_climate_change/ How a new evolution of battery storage could totally change the US power market and energy for … Read entire article »

Fukushima Groundwater Bypass Not Working As Planned

Fukushima Groundwater Bypass Not Working As Planned

NHK is reporting that the groundwater bypass system being used by TEPCO isn’t making a significant change in groundwater levels near the reactors. Monitoring wells showed only about a 10 centimeter drop over the last two months. Regulators asked TEPCO to gather more data. The current bypass system is quite small, removing only 100 tons of the daily 400 tons of … Read entire article »

Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

A new study of Japanese snow monkeys shows that they may be suffering from damage from radiation exposure. Researchers found that the blood pathology of the contaminated monkeys showed reductions in white and red blood cells and other parameters. “Fukushima monkeys had significantly low white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, and the white blood cell count in immature … Read entire article »

TEPCO’s Bolt Together Tanks Were Known To Leak Before Installation

TEPCO’s Bolt Together Tanks Were Known To Leak Before Installation

The manufacturer that sold TEPCO used bolt together tanks for use at Fukushima Daiichi said that the tanks were known to not be leak proof. The tanks, made to hold construction mud were not made for holding dangerous liquids. Instead they were used as temporary solutions on construction sites for holding mud. TEPCO purchased a number of both used and … Read entire article »

Fukushima Trench Freezing Failures & Tactics Technical Report

Fukushima Trench Freezing Failures & Tactics Technical Report

Update: Added table of sea water data at the end and another TEPCO handout on the work released this week. TEPCO admitted a few weeks ago to METI that the trench freezing operation underway for units 2 and 3 was not working. TEPCO initially provided few details but did give a detailed report to METI. Today TEPCO released some ideas for … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

TEPCO admitted today that the plant is still releasing 10 million becquerels per hour to the atmosphere. This is in addition to all the initial and over time releases from the early phases of the disaster. TEPCO also claimed that the incident during unit 3′s demolition only released one trillion becquerels, much lower that the 4 trillion becquerels release estimate … Read entire article »

Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

TEPCO has announced their plan to remove the cover of unit 1 so that debris on the refueling floor can be cleaned off. This work will enable viewing of the spent fuel pool and the condition of the reactor well. The work has come under increased scrutiny after it was discovered that similar demolition work at unit 3 had caused … Read entire article »

Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Japanese PM Abe made a statement over the weekend that he would restart Japan’s nuclear plants “by some means or other”. Hinting that he would ignore the rule of law or the will of the people as he already has in other unpopular political power grabs this year. He made the statement at a meeting with business executives in Fukuoka. This article … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi; Work Begins To Concrete Port A Second Time

Fukushima Daiichi; Work Begins To Concrete Port A Second Time

Work has begun, to concrete over the port at Fukushima Daiichi for a second time. Initial work to concrete over the port floor was initiated soon after the disaster was brought partially under control. This work will be completed in March of 2015 with monitoring of the work to continue for some time after the work is completed to … Read entire article »

Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan’s NRA gave an initial approval towards the Sendai nuclear plant meeting government “safety standards”. There are still other aspects of safety and equipment that NRA would need to approve but there is much more that would have to happen before any reactor was to restart operations. NRA also mentioned they are close to giving an approval to the Takahama … Read entire article »

Dr. Robert Jacobs Will Be Speaking At Event In Tokyo July 19th

Dr. Robert Jacobs Will Be Speaking At Event In Tokyo July 19th

Nuclear historian at Hiroshima University (and SimplyInfo.org member) Dr. Robert Jacobs will be speaking in Tokyo July 19th at an event at the Lucky Dragon Museum. The museum houses the Lucky Dragon fishing ship, exposed to massive amounts of radiation during the US Castle Bravo nuclear test. The crew returned to Japan sick from radiation exposure, some of the crew … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 3 Demolition Spread Contamination 50km, Multiple Instances

Fukushima Unit 3 Demolition Spread Contamination 50km, Multiple Instances

More information has come out about the contamination caused by the demolition work on unit 3. It was not the government, or TEPCO who found this was happening. Researchers from Kyoto University confirmed the problem in March 2014 and alerted the government. Had the university not been operating dust monitors on a regular basis, this issue likely would not have … Read entire article »

French Polynesia To Destroy Atomic Testing Victims Memorial

The current president of French Polynesia intends to destroy a national monument to the victims of atomic testing. France conducted 193 atomic bombings of the islands between 1966 and 1974. French President Chirac approved two more bomb tests in 1996, right before the international test ban treaty went into effect. The current president of French Polynesia wants to replace the bomb victims memorial with a site dedicated to president Chirac. The French atomic tests have left the area contaminated with some of the worst contamination located in a crumbling coral reef that could further contaminate the area. You can read more about the memorial and sign a petition here https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/To_Mr_Gaston_Flosse_president_of_French_Polynesia_Dont_destroy_the_monument_of_all_victims_of_nuclear_tests_in_FR_Polyne/?cziZUeb More on the history of atomic testing in French … Read entire article »

4 Trillion Becquerels Released Over 4 Hours From Unit 3 During Demolition

4 Trillion Becquerels Released Over 4 Hours From Unit 3 During Demolition

Yahoo News is reporting that over a 4 hour period of demolition work on unit 3 in August 2013, 4 trillion becquerels of contamination were disbursed into the air. Monitoring stations at Futaba, Namie and at the plant were used to make the estimate. It was estimated that a radiation rate of .04 bq/cm was deposited on nearby lands. Plant … Read entire article »