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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 funded ultimately by consumers who paid for the “donations” through higher utility bills. Chubu Electric had … Read entire article »

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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 »

Minamisoma Never Informed Of New Contamination From Fukushima Daiichi

Minamisoma Never Informed Of New Contamination From Fukushima Daiichi

The rice fields were contaminated in August of 2013, the Agriculture Ministry didn’t inform TEPCO until March 2014 and never informed the farmers or the town of Minamisoma. After the news was finally made public this week, residents and the town’s mayor are outraged. A brief review yesterday of the radiation stations in Minamisoma showed no detectable radiation spike between August … Read entire article »

TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO has admitted to re-contaminating the area around Minamisoma after being confronted by the agriculture ministry. Rice in Minamisoma was found to be over the government radiation limit of 100 bq/kg. Upon further inspection the ministry found it was the outside of the rice plants that had the most contamination rather than the rice kernel itself. This indicated contamination fell … Read entire article »

Unit 5 Fukushima Remains On Shared Cooling, No Repair Stated; July 14, 2014

Unit 5 Fukushima Remains On Shared Cooling, No Repair Stated; July 14, 2014

TEPCO again has posted no information about the needed repair of the spent fuel pool cooling system on unit 5 again today. The reactor and pool remain on shared cooling using the RHR system. While this is keeping both within safe temperatures it is not a situation that should become permanent. Graphs below from hourly data feeds. This article would … Read entire article »

Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Workers for TEPCO have been leaving at a rapid pace. Between cuts in pay and the social stigma of working for the company, many have chosen to leave. What is more interesting is how many have left the nuclear industry all together and are now working for new solar power companies. This could become an even larger trend as other … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 5 Alternate Cooling, No ETA For System Repair; July 13, 2014

Fukushima Unit 5 Alternate Cooling, No ETA For System Repair; July 13, 2014

TEPCO still has not given any further information about the needed repair of the leaking valve for the main cooling system used by the spent fuel pool of unit 5. Alternate cooling by sharing the RHR system for the reactor vessel continues as can be seen in the hourly data feeds. Previously reported, the RHR system was having a minor … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; July 13, 2014

Some Okuma residents have given up on the idea of returning home and are requesting compensation for their property. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140704_04.html The Sendai nuclear plant in Japan may restart without a functioning offsite emergency center. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407070029 A German bank invests $1 billion for solar power in Japan. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-07/deutsche-bank-lends-1-billion-in-japans-solar-gold-rush Residents of a district in Iitate wonder about the future of their community with the area designated “difficult to return”. Many residents have been returning to maintain their homes and even mow lawns. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140706-00000518-san-soci Japan’s nuclear regulator may increase safety rules for Fukushima Daiichi http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140709_28.html The governor of Niigata fears for his life over his opposition to TEPCO restarting the Kasiwazaki Kariwa http://saigaijyouhou.com/blog-entry-942.html Journalist finds secret Chinese underground nuclear power plant using Google maps and social media. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/08/the_untold_story_of_chinas_forgotten_underground_nuclear_reactor_yichang_827_plant TEPCO has begun surveying … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 5 Continues Alternate Cooling

Fukushima Unit 5 Continues Alternate Cooling

Unit 5 continues to operate on shared cooling with the reactor vessel. Graphs of hourly temperature data pulled today show again, the back and forth trend in temperature changes as they shift cooling between the vessel and the pool. The high temperature seen in the RPV graph is 42.5c. Also mentioned today in TEPCO’s daily reports, unit 6 has returned … Read entire article »

Saturday Quake, Aftershock of 3-11 Quake

The 6.8 quake in Japan on early Saturday morning generated tsunami warnings and caused a few evacuations. So far no significant damage has been reported from the quake. It has however been classified as an aftershock of the 3-11 quake that kicked off the massive disaster in Fukushima. The Saturday quake was closer inland and more south than the epicenter of the 3-11 quake.     This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or … Read entire article »

6.8 Quake Off Fukushima Coast, Tsunami Warning Issued

A shallow 6.8 quake off the Fukushima coast triggered a tsunami warning. No initial visible damage was noted at Fukushima Daiichi via the video monitoring system. A tsunami warning was issued with an estimated height of 1 meter. Some areas on the coast were asked to evacuate by local authorities. http://www.focus.de/panorama/welt/japan-tsunami-warnung-nach-starkem-erdbeben-nahe-fukushima_id_3985062.html http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/07/11/japan-issues-tsunami-advisory-after-another-strong-earthquake-rattles-fukushima/   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 5 Experiences Additional Cooling Problem

Fukushima Unit 5 Experiences Additional Cooling Problem

    TEPCO switched the unit 5 spent fuel pool over to sharing the cooling system for the reactor (the RHR system) earlier this week after the valve failure. The reactor and spent fuel pool have been sharing cooling in an alternating fashion for at least two days. Today TEPCO admits that the replacement pump installed for the RHR system in 2012 … Read entire article »

39,000,000 Bq/liter Of Beta Radiation Found At Fukushima Daiichi

39,000,000 Bq/liter Of Beta Radiation Found At Fukushima Daiichi

The July 9th reading for monitoring well 1-2 at the sea front had this startling reading. 39,000,000 bq/liter of beta radiation (strontium 90 and other beta emitters) found in the water samples taken. The readings appear to possibly be adjustments or delayed reporting of data from last summer as many of the readings have August and September dates but no year … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 5 Reactor Temperature Rises

Fukushima Unit 5 Reactor Temperature Rises

TEPCO’s statements earlier this week that they would use a back and forth method of cooling the spent fuel pool by sharing the reactor cooling system appears to be underway. The reactor temperature has risen 12 degrees Celsius since July 8th. Spent fuel temperature rose but fell down closer to normal over the same time frame. While these changes are … Read entire article »

TEPCO Prepares For Tropical Storm At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO reported to NHK that they are preparing for the incoming tropical storm. Cranes and tank weirs have been prepped for the storm. TEPCO insists they will continue working on some tasks until a warning is issued. Groundwater pumping and frozen wall work will continue until warnings are issued. Other work appears to be suspended. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. … Read entire article »

Fukushima Frozen Wall Problem Claimed To Be Trickle Of Water

Fukushima Frozen Wall Problem Claimed To Be Trickle Of Water

TEPCO is claiming a small water flow of 2 milliliters per minute is causing the frozen wall installation in cable trenches to not work. The cable trenches hold highly contaminated water from units 2 and 3. The plan has been to freeze the ends of these trenches so the water can be removed and later these frozen areas would become … Read entire article »

Asahi Shimbun Releases Yoshida Fukushima Testimony In English

Asahi Shimbun Releases Yoshida Fukushima Testimony In English

Asahi Shimbun has finally released a translation of the Yoshida testimony on the Fukushima Disaster. The interviews caused controversy when originally made public as the central government did not think they should be public record. They later back tracked on this. The first two installments of the translated series are available here. http://www.asahi.com/special/yoshida_report/en/ Yoshida’s statements have been critical for understanding the events of … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool On Alternative Cooling

Fukushima Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool On Alternative Cooling

Yesterday TEPCO reported that they had restarted the regular cooling system of unit 5′s spent fuel pool. The report indicated that the normal cooling system (the one with the leak) had been restarted. No permanent fix was mentioned. Today’s reports indicate that the pool is being cooled, but is being done by sharing the system used for the reactor. Nothing … Read entire article »

New Robot Inspection Of Fukushima Unit 1

New Robot Inspection Of Fukushima Unit 1

Two robots, sponsored by IRID conducted an investigation of unit 1. The areas between the 2nd and 3rd floors have radiation levels too high for humans to enter for any extended period of time. Robots Rosemary and Sakura were sent in to do a coordinated inspection.         Rosemary is equipped with a newer type of gamma camera to record … Read entire article »

TEPCO Restarts Fukushima Unit 5 Pool Cooling Without Permanent Fix

TEPCO Restarts Fukushima Unit 5 Pool Cooling Without Permanent Fix

TEPCO has announced they have restarted the cooling system for unit 5 just days after stopping it due to a valve body leak. TEPCO mentions in this handout of the restart but there is no permanent fix mentioned as being completed or proposed. Earlier reports said TEPCO would suspend the system until they could determine a permanent fix. Apparently some patch … Read entire article »

Clock Ticks On Fukushima Unit 5 Cooling Outage As Typhoon Hits Japan

Clock Ticks On Fukushima Unit 5 Cooling Outage As Typhoon Hits Japan

TEPCO reported over the weekend that they found a leak in a valve that is part of the cooling system used for the spent fuel pool of unit 5. The system was stopped as they identified the leak. TEPCO noted they have about 9 days before the spent fuel pool would reach a heat level that they are required to … Read entire article »

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; July 7, 2014

Japan city launches legal bid to halt reactor build http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-city-launches-legal/1232354.html Japan government sees delay in restart of world’s biggest nuclear plant: sources http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-japan-nuclear-20140703,0,6322487.story An accounting of what actually happened at Fukushima University as the disaster unfolded has been published at Japan Focus. The changing view of higher education by the government created some interesting events at the institution. http://japanfocus.org/-Nakasatomi-Hiroshi/4136 TEPCO claims to have recovered about 80% of the contaminated water that leaked from bolt together tanks in 2013 http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html Tsunami-proof ‘Great Wall of Japan’ divides villagers http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/29/tsunami-wall-japan-divides-villagers?CMP=twt_gu How Opposite Energy Policies Turned The Fukushima Disaster Into A Loss For Japan And A Win For Germany http://www.forbes.com/sites/amorylovins/2014/06/28/how-opposite-energy-policies-turned-the-fukushima-disaster-into-a-loss-for-japan-and-a-win-for-germany/ Nahara town has set up an organization to clean up abandoned residences and build ties among the town’s residents in the … Read entire article »

Welded Water Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Welded Water Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Welded water tanks to replace the miles of leaking bolt together tanks at Fukushima Daiichi are being installed. The tanks are welded off site and shipped in by barge, ready to install. This allows workers to do the bulk of the work somewhere safe, leaving only the final move and installation to be done in the radioactive areas. This does … Read entire article »

Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Fuel Removal Suspended For 3 Months

Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Fuel Removal Suspended For 3 Months

TEPCO announced that work to remove spent fuel from the unit 4 fuel pool will be suspended for 3 months. TEPCO claims this is for an annual crane inspection but didn’t state why an annual inspection would take 3 months, 1/4 of a year. As of the work stoppage 1188 spent fuel assemblies have been removed from unit 4′s spent … Read entire article »