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TEPCO’s Two Tales About Fukushima Missing Melted Fuel

TEPCO’s Two Tales About Fukushima Missing Melted Fuel

Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning chief, Naohiro Masuda spoke with Australia ABC TV this week about where the melted fuel is. Masuda gave this explanation: “In Reactor 1, all of the fuel has melted down from inside the pressure vessel,” Mr Masuda said. “In reactors 2 and 3, about 30 per cent to 50 per cent remains in the pressure vessel and the rest has melted down. But unfortunately, we don’t know exactly where [the fuel] is.” This is what the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Appears To Make Progress

Fukushima Frozen Wall Appears To Make Progress

NHK reports that the frozen wall at Fukushima Daiichi is making progress. They cite that 80% of the 6000 monitoring points are showing temperatures below zero. TEPCO also released a report on the frozen wall progress today. It does appear to show significant progress. That doesn’t mean the project isn’t completely resolved. Sections of the sea side frozen wall are not … Read entire article »

Three Companies Raided, Fined Over TEPCO Bid Rigging

Three Companies Raided, Fined Over TEPCO Bid Rigging

Three electronics companies were raided by Japan’s Fair Trade Commission last year and now face steep fines for bid rigging in contracts with TEPCO for communications equipment. The same three were previously raided in February over bid rigging with Chubu Electric, operator of the Hamaoka nuclear plant. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

Fukushima Decontamination Company Employees Arrested For Murder

Fukushima Decontamination Company Employees Arrested For Murder

A decontamination worker went missing in the fall of 2015. A recent tip given to police implicated six workers for the decontamination company and indicated the body was buried at the construction company offices in Iwaki City. Police discovered the body yesterday and arrested the six workers that includes the president of the construction company on murder charges. Tokyo Reporter has … Read entire article »

TEPCO To Stop Fukushima Work During G-7 Summit

TEPCO To Stop Fukushima Work During G-7 Summit

TEPCO announced they will halt all decommissioning work at Fukushima Daiichi during the G-7 Summit. The summit will be held in Mie Prefecture, roughly 700 km from Fukushima Daiichi. So why the precaution? If there is work at the disaster site that is so dangerous it would potentially impact foreign dignitaries 700 km away, what kind of risk is the population of … Read entire article »

Japan Citizen Radiation Testing Labs Join Forces To Show Data

Japan Citizen Radiation Testing Labs Join Forces To Show Data

Various citizen based radiation testing labs that have been established since the 2011 Fukushima disaster have joined forces to make their data available, all in one place. The website includes multiple languages and a search tool to look for various types of food along with location and other details to provide radiation testing results. The current database includes food testing. The … Read entire article »

Fukushima Pacific Contamination Will Show Back Up In Japan 2-3 Years

Fukushima Pacific Contamination Will Show Back Up In Japan 2-3 Years

Oceanographer Michio Aoyama presented an estimate at an international conference recently showing that the cesium 137 contamination in the Pacific will begin to show back up in Japan. The releases from the initial disaster in 2011 are flowing with the strong ocean currents and are expected to begin showing back up in Japan in the next two to three years. He did not … Read entire article »

IRID Completes Full Scale Fukushima Torus Model

IRID Completes Full Scale Fukushima Torus Model

IRID has completed a full sized model of the torus (suppression chamber) based on the damaged reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The model will be used to test various techniques to plug the torus and the related piping in a later attempt to flood the reactor containment vessels. This work is one attempt towards removing the melted fuel from the reactor containment. The … Read entire article »

Greenpeace Develops Innovative Way To See Radiation

Greenpeace Develops Innovative Way To See Radiation

Greenpeace has developed an innovative yet fairly simple way to visualize radiation. “We found our answer in a custom built LED light stick which, when connected to a Geiger counter, allows radiation levels to be measured and displayed in real-time. Take a long exposure photograph of a contaminated area and walk through it with this tool, and suddenly you have an undulating wall … Read entire article »

Fukushima Frozen Wall Not Solid, What You Need To Know

Fukushima Frozen Wall Not Solid, What You Need To Know

Last week TEPCO admitted that the frozen wall would not fully contain groundwater flowing through the plant. Original estimates of groundwater flowing through the plant were about 600 tons per day. The frozen wall will allow 50 tons per day to flow through the reactor block area. While this is a significant reduction, it isn’t water tight. This is the first … Read entire article »

Kyushu Earthquake Showed Japan’s Govt. Still Flounders With Truth

Kyushu Earthquake Showed Japan’s Govt. Still Flounders With Truth

There has been a bit of a shake up at Japan’s nuclear regulator, the NRA. The IAEA issued a report last week with a fairly scathing criticism of the new Japanese nuclear oversight program. In response Japan said it would double inspection staff and send some to the US for additional training. Currently Japanese inspectors receive two weeks of training, in … Read entire article »

30 Years After Chernobyl, Reporters Find Milk With Banned Levels Of Strontium 90

An Associated Press report found Strontium 90 levels in commercial milk to be over both the Belarus and Russian limits allowed in food. The milk sample came from a farm that supplies milk for a popular cheese product in the region. That farm is located outside the Chernobyl evacuation zones yet still has radiation levels in the milk so high they exceed government restrictions. When the AP reporters looked further they found no functional system to actually screen food products and nobody in in the govt. or the dairy system who was willing do anything when alerted to the finding. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … Read entire article »

Kyushu Earthquakes Expose Unaddressed Nuclear Reactor Risks

Kyushu Earthquakes Expose Unaddressed Nuclear Reactor Risks

The Kyushu region of Japan has been hit by a series of major earthquakes and aftershocks since late last week. The epicenter of most of these has been centered around Kumamoto, roughly 75 miles from the Sendai nuclear plant that is currently operating. Equipment at the plant that would force it to shut down due to an earthquake has not … Read entire article »

Fukushima Workers Removing Tanks Receive High Radiation Exposures

Fukushima Workers Removing Tanks Receive High Radiation Exposures

Workers dismantling bolt together tanks at Fukushima Daiichi received high radiation doses to the eye during their work. TEPCO did not announce this finding, reporter Mako Oshidori questioned TEPCO officials at a recent press conference and obtained the admission. This began as an inquiry about workers found on a recent report to have over 75 mSv equivalent dose to their eye … Read entire article »

Sludge Solidification Technology Gets Trial Run At Fukushima Daiichi

Sludge Solidification Technology Gets Trial Run At Fukushima Daiichi

A geopolymer technology from UK company AMEC Foster Wheeler will have a trial run at Fukushima Daiichi to solidify radioactive sludge produced at the disaster site. The technology has already been in use at nuclear sites in Europe. The trial at Fukushima Daiichi is a partnership between Fuji Electric, JAEA and AMEC Foster Wheeler. This article would not be possible without the … Read entire article »

Two Days Of Earthquakes Near Japan’s Operating Reactors

Two Days Of Earthquakes Near Japan’s Operating Reactors

UPDATE: Mt. Aso near the fault line generating these earthquakes has had a small eruption. Strong earthquakes have been hitting southern Japan in the Kyushu region. Considerable damage to buildings, infrastructure, hundreds injured and a rising death toll as the second day of constant aftershocks has passed. This brought immediate concern that the quakes could cause problems at the three nearby … Read entire article »

Fukushima Tritium Dumping Plan More Dangerous Than Advertised

Fukushima Tritium Dumping Plan More Dangerous Than Advertised

An Associated Press story made the rounds this week quoting various experts regarding potential tritium dumping at Fukushima Daiichi. Some of these expert statements are giving the public a misleading understanding of the situation and the risks. One statement by NRC head Shunichi Tanaka claimed that “Tritium is so weak in its radioactivity it won’t penetrate plastic wrapping,” This is a deceptive statement, though … Read entire article »

Someone At TEPCO Knew The Meltdown Standard

Someone At TEPCO Knew The Meltdown Standard

Asahi Shimbun has reported that Yuichi Okamura, the senior director of nuclear power generation knew. In a recent press conference he said that it was his personal knowledge as to what was the meltdown standard. Mr. Okamura has worked in the industry for 20 years. He did not elaborate about TEPCO’s manuals or the knowledge of others. At the time of the … Read entire article »

TEPCO Begins Installing Unit 3 Defueling Building

TEPCO Begins Installing Unit 3 Defueling Building

TEPCO began installing the first sections of the defueling building this week. The decking is the first portion of what will be a cover building to allow the removal of spent fuel from unit 3′s spent fuel pool. The defueling building is built in a modular fashion to allow for mostly remote assembly. The actual removal will also be done … Read entire article »

US Think Tank Urging Japan Keep Nuclear Funded By Japanese Govt & Nuclear Industry

US Think Tank Urging Japan Keep Nuclear Funded By Japanese Govt & Nuclear Industry

A report by The Intercept this week provided a missing piece of the puzzle from 2012 and Japan’s attempted nuclear exit. Back in 2012 then PM Noda established a policy for Japan to phase out nuclear power by 2030. This of course brought protest from Japan’s nuclear industry but more curiously brought protest by various parties claiming to represent the … Read entire article »

TEPCO Curiously Avoids Prosecution On Contaminated Water Leak

TEPCO Curiously Avoids Prosecution On Contaminated Water Leak

A court case that went after TEPCO for causing a major contaminated water leak, part of which leaked to the sea, was dismissed last week. Prosecutors claimed there was no proof contaminated groundwater leaked to the Pacific. The water that did immediately reach the sea did so through the existing drainage canal systems at the plant. After Japan’s NRA slapped an … Read entire article »

Fukushima Workers With Maximum Exposure Could Come Back To Work

Fukushima Workers With Maximum Exposure Could Come Back To Work

TEPCO announced that workers who exceeded 100 mSv in exposure during the initial disaster could soon return to work at the plant. Government rules require those workers to not work in radiation environments for five years following such an exposure. They did not clarify how this would impact workers who received over 250 mSv during their work. TEPCO claims they would not … Read entire article »

TEPCO Starts Frozen Wall, What You Need To Know

TEPCO Starts Frozen Wall, What You Need To Know

Full operation of the frozen wall at Fukushima Daiichi has begun. The entire process should take about 8 months to complete. Concerns remain that the wall could cause unintended consequences as water inside the reactor buildings draws down. NRA cited this as their major concern and ceased full operation for months while the issue was discussed with TEPCO. The wall … Read entire article »

Nuclear Accident In India Worse Than Reported

Nuclear Accident In India Worse Than Reported

The nuclear accident that occurred at the Kakrapar nuclear plant in India on March 11th is much worse than the press has been reporting. Dr. Surendra Gadekar writes over at DIAnuke.org about what has actually happened at the plant. A detailed technical explanation of the reactor failure is explained along with a number of key pieces of information that prove the accident … Read entire article »

Two New Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

Two New Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

Two new leaks happened at Fukushima Daiichi recently. Both were contained within the buildings where they happened. The first was a leak within one of the ALPS filtration buildings. A flange on a pipe containing highly radioactive water began to leak. Tightening of the bolts on the flange solved the leak. TEPCO states that the small amount of water remained within the … Read entire article »

Research Towards High Radiation Robots For Fukushima

Research Towards High Radiation Robots For Fukushima

One of the largest challenges in the effort to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site is developing robotic technology to remove melted fuel. Radiation levels in certain areas of the reactors and reactor buildings remain so high that they damage electronics and components. Research has been ongoing through IRID and JAEA to attempt to develop new materials and technologies that … Read entire article »

Japan Sees Another Reactor Permanently Shut Down

Japan Sees Another Reactor Permanently Shut Down

The Ikata unit 1 reactor will be permanently shut down. The nearly 40 year old reactor needs 200 billion yen in upgrades and repairs if it were to ever be allowed to restart. The fuel savings the power company claims it would gain from running the plant is only 10 billion yen. The repairs would also take up to five years, … Read entire article »

Interim Fukushima Contaminated Soil Storage Won’t Start Until 2020

Interim Fukushima Contaminated Soil Storage Won’t Start Until 2020

Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting that the effort to establish an interim soil storage site for the mountains of contaminated soil collected around Japan and in Fukushima Prefecture would not be able to open until 2020. The delay involves obtaining contract or sale of the land needed near the power plant disaster site. The bags used for soil storage have a … Read entire article »

3 Incidents Show High Stakes Game Of Nuclear Chicken

3 Incidents Show High Stakes Game Of Nuclear Chicken

Three serious incidents came to light in recently that show a disturbing level of risk to the public from nuclear power plants around the world. The Kakrapar nuclear plant in India had a serious incident that is ongoing. A serious near miss at Fessenheim nuclear plant in France happened in 2014 but is just now coming to light. Then today, … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Gets Mini Muon Detector

Fukushima Unit 2 Gets Mini Muon Detector

Unit 2 already had one muon scan done by Nagoya University that found no fuel to likely be in the reactor vessel. They did have a small level of uncertainty because they were unable to image the very bottom of the reactor vessel. This caused them to say there was a chance some fuel debris could remain in the bottom … Read entire article »

Fukushima; What Will The Future Be?

Fukushima; What Will The Future Be?

Many media reports tried to document the 5th anniversary of the 3-11 disaster. Some gave it superficial coverage. Others tried to grasp the situation. Some tried to erase the problems it had created. Few looked at what will happen over the next five years. Friday in Tokyo, the 187th nuclear protest rally was held. Friday protests have been ongoing since the … Read entire article »

Japanese Court Forces Takahama Nuclear Plant To Shut Down

Japanese Court Forces Takahama Nuclear Plant To Shut Down

A district court in Shiga prefecture has forced Kansai Electric to shut down unit 3 at Takahama Nuclear Plant and keep unit 4 offline. Unit 4 was given restart permission but suffered a mechanical failure when it attempted to send power to the grid. The court cited lacking emergency response plans and insufficient upgrades to reactor systems. The ruling cited “There … Read entire article »

Fukushima Disaster Costs Taxpayers $100 Billion So Far

Fukushima Disaster Costs Taxpayers $100 Billion So Far

The Financial Times reports the estimate, based on work by Ritsumeikan University professor Kenichi Oshima. This includes what taxpayers have paid through taxes or TEPCO electric bills for compensation and disaster related work to cover disaster costs. It highlights how a nuclear disaster is largely burdened back on society. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the … Read entire article »

Fukushima Documentary; 88 Hours Inside The Disaster

Fukushima Documentary; 88 Hours Inside The Disaster

NHK is broadcasting a documentary throughout the week called 88 Hours – The Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown. It is based on the testimony and interviews with workers who were involved in the response at the plant during the first 88 hours as the meltdowns unfolded. The documentary views more like a disaster movie than a documentary yet captures the gravity of … Read entire article »

Fire At Namie Nuclear Waste Site

Fire At Namie Nuclear Waste Site

Loose branches and dead grass being prepared to be loaded into the iconic black bags used for nuclear soil and debris storage caught fire in Namie Fukushima. The fire burned for 5 hours on March 5th before fire fighters were able to put it out. The fire can be seen in the ANN video burning in close proximity to the … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5th Year Report

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5th Year Report

Our research team’s 5th year report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is out. Full of technical details rarely covered by the press, the report shows the new understanding of the disaster. The social and environmental impacts are also covered in this 40 page report complete with diagrams, illustrations and images covering the past year. Read the report online or download … Read entire article »

IAEA Says Feature Key To Controlling Fukushima Disaster Not Used Elsewhere

IAEA Says Feature Key To Controlling Fukushima Disaster Not Used Elsewhere

The head of the IAEA talked about this with Kyodo News recently. The seismic “isolated” building, sometimes referred to as the bunker building at Fukushima Daiichi was a critical component to being able to fight the disaster at the plant. The building was built to resist earthquakes and to deal with a number of disaster scenarios. Equally important was the … Read entire article »

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 Chat service has been intermittent for the last 4 hours. It should be corrected now. If you continue to have login problems please contact us via the website email address for support assistance. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. … Read entire article »

3 TEPCO Execs Indicted On Criminal Negligence Charges

3 TEPCO Execs Indicted On Criminal Negligence Charges

Three TEPCO executives were successfully indicted on Monday in Tokyo. The three are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, chairman of TEPCO at the time Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69, both former vice presidents Unfortunately none were arrested after the indictment and the first trial date has not yet been set. The indictments come after a years long struggle by a citizens group to force … Read entire article »

Takahama Reactor Fails Days After Restart

An issue in the turbine systems caused unit 4 at the Takahama nuclear plant in Japan to automatically shut down just days after it was allowed to restart. The same unit had a problem 9 days earlier when a pipe leak caused a problem. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved 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 www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full … Read entire article »