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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 the US they receive two years of training. IAEA also expressed concern that the current “improved” … Read entire article »

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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 Restored

 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 »

TEPCO Admits To Fukushima Meltdown Coverup

TEPCO Admits To Fukushima Meltdown Coverup

TEPCO has admitted that they failed to officially notify the government of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi and that they knew by at least March 14th of 2011. The official required notification would have made denying the meltdowns impossible. It took TEPCO until May of 2011 to even admit publicly there was any meltdown at all and years before they … Read entire article »

Fukushima Ice Wall To Begin Freezing Early March

Fukushima Ice Wall To Begin Freezing Early March

TEPCO should begin freezing the sea side of the ice wall in early March according to Asahi Shimbun. That should take roughly two and a half months. TEPCO cited a total of about eight months to freeze the entire ice wall. This indicates they may make a pause after freezing the sea side to check for unwanted changes to the … Read entire article »

Details On Fukushima Tritium Removal System

Details On Fukushima Tritium Removal System

Kurion’s tritium removal system is inching closer to implementation. Bloomberg has some information on how the system will work. A prototype is apparently in operation at Hanford Washington.   The system operates by separation using an electrolyzer to split the oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen and tritium are then separated through a catalytic exchange column. It is not mentioned what they intend … Read entire article »

TEPCO And NRA Agree On Fukushima Frozen Wall Plan

TEPCO And NRA Agree On Fukushima Frozen Wall Plan

TEPCO and NRA have come to an agreement to being operation of the frozen wall. TEPCO wanted to freeze the land side first, NRA the seaside first. NRA’s concern was that TEPCO’s method could cause groundwater levels to drop too fast causing leaks of highly contaminated water from the reactor buildings. TEPCO said they would make adjustments to deal with dropping … Read entire article »

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Controversy Hits Stalemate

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Controversy Hits Stalemate

The NRA in Japan has put a stop to implementation of the frozen wall. Our ongoing reporting on the frozen wall can be found here. The work began in 2013 yet NRA did not raise concerns at that time that we were able to find. Work progressed since then with Kajima providing the construction and METI the financing as we … Read entire article »

A Fukushima Evacuee’s Story; Who Represents Us?

A Fukushima Evacuee’s Story; Who Represents Us?

We try to present the first hand experience of those impacted by the Fukushima disaster whenever possible. Those who have survived the disaster struggle to have their voices heard and it is rarely reflected in the official record of events. This piece by Toshinori Shishido is republished with permission. Translation to English by Sloths Against Nuclear State. This version originally appeared here: https://jfissures.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/on-fukushima-prefecture-and-hiroshi-kainuma/   FUKUSHIMA, VOICES OF … Read entire article »

Strontium 90 Rises Between Units 1 And 2 At Fukushima Daiichi

Strontium 90 Rises Between Units 1 And 2 At Fukushima Daiichi

Strontium 90 has risen in a number of wells between unit 1 and 2 at Fukushima Daiichi to record levels. Since our research team documented the changes that have taken place after the September 2015 closing of the metal sea front wall a number of changes have taken place that we have documented in previous articles on SimplyInfo.org. This may be … Read entire article »

New Meltdown Byproduct Found Far From Fukushima Daiichi

New Meltdown Byproduct Found Far From Fukushima Daiichi

Another type of material has been found by researchers that is tied to the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. We have reported extensively over the years on the finding of “black stuff” around mainland Japan. This is a highly radioactive black sand like material that had gathered in gutters and roads as far away as Tokyo. Analysis of materials of that … Read entire article »

New Plan To Inspect Fukushima Unit 1 Unveiled

New Plan To Inspect Fukushima Unit 1 Unveiled

IRID has published a new plan to complete phase 2 of the robot containment inspection of unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi. The initial plan involved dropping the shape changing robot down to the basement level of the containment structure. Due to brackish water and small debris in the water they have opted to not attempt to drop the shape changing … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 2 Containment Inspection Postponed Further

Fukushima Unit 2 Containment Inspection Postponed Further

TEPCO is reporting that the effort to put a robot into unit 2′s containment has been delayed further. Work to decontaminate around the CRD hatch is taking longer than hoped. No solid completion date was given. There is also a note that they will drill a hole into the CRD hatch to insert the robot. Opening the hatch would be … Read entire article »