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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 reported back during the start of construction. Now NRA has deep concerns that the frozen wall … Read entire article »

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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 EVACUEES ON FUKUSHIMA PREFECTURE AND HIROSHI KAINUMA: HOW OFFICIALS AND POPULAR ACADEMICS HAVE RESPONDED TO DISASTER … Read entire article »

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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 tied to various changes including well pumping and other factors.  These numbers from early January seem … Read entire article »

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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 type has linked them to the meltdowns inside the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. This new … Read entire article »

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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 robot or another swimming robot down into the lower level. Instead they have equipped a shape … Read entire article »

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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 too high risk due to the extremely high radiation levels found near the hatch where … Read entire article »

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2013 Fukushima Dust Release May Have Caused Fallout At Regulator

In the summer of 2013 researchers from Kyoto University began finding evidence of new radiation releases from Fukushima Daiichi. By March of 2014 they took their findings to the environment ministry and NRA but it took six months before the government informed the public. The environment ministry may have known about the problem on their own as early as September 2013 when they began finding unusual contamination patterns in rice harvested in Minamisoma. After proof of the releases was announced, NRA tried to explain away the problem claiming it was kicked up dirt in the local area. NRA provided no evidence to back up their statement. Now the Kyoto University researchers and a team of international researchers have proven the releases did come from the demolition work at Fukushima Daiichi. Using … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Removal Work Begins

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Removal Work Begins

The process to remove the spent fuel from the pool at unit 3 will be a long term project but significant work begins in 2016. TEPCO’s schedule shows the work to install the cover building and platform should start around March of 2016. Once that installation work is completed, underwater small debris removal will begin around mid 2017. Actual removal of the spent fuel would not begin until early 2018. All of this work will need … Read entire article »

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Virtual Reality Being Used To Tackle Fukushima Daiichi

Virtual Reality Being Used To Tackle Fukushima Daiichi

If you wondered why there was an interest within the last year to take 3D images of the reactor buildings at Fukushima Daiichi, this is why. The Nahara Remote Technology Development Center is using those images to build a virtual version of the damaged reactors. Researchers can navigate the buildings and structures using virtual reality technology. Only certain portions of the building have been 3D mapped, more of this work is planned. A fuller virtual view … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Releases Photos Of Fukushima Unit 1 Demolition

TEPCO Releases Photos Of Fukushima Unit 1 Demolition

TEPCO released two images of the work underway to remove the refueling floor level of unit 1. They commented that this specific steel removal work was to allow access for the water spray that will be used to keep down radioactive building dust as further removal work takes place. Handout http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2016/images1/handouts_160108_09-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, … Read entire article »

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The Problems With Takahama

The Problems With Takahama

Takahama unit 3 is the most recent nuclear reactor to attempt a restart in Japan. It is also one of the more controversial. The reactor restart had been blocked by the courts for being unsafe until another judge overturned that decision. On December 25th 157 fuel assemblies including 24 MOX  assemblies were loaded into the reactor. The power company plans to restart the reactor by the end of January. The impact of MOX on the meltdown … Read entire article »

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Foxes Invade Fukushima Unit 2 Reactor Building

Foxes Invade Fukushima Unit 2 Reactor Building

TEPCO reported finding foxes have invaded the unit 2 reactor building. The plant has had problems with rats in the buildings and electrical systems and a few rogue dogs and tanuki. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 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 … Read entire article »

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Japanese Govt. To Reuse Fukushima Contaminated Soil

Japanese Govt. To Reuse Fukushima Contaminated Soil

The Environment Ministry has announced they plan to “reuse” contaminated soil in public construction projects. Last week they announced that some contaminated materials and soil below 8000 bq/kg of contamination would be released from government oversight. The ministry has a business plan to reuse the contaminated soil. There is a vague mention of attempting some sort of decontamination on the soil but no clear play if this is even possible. Convincing the public and construction companies … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 3D Torus Scans Begin

Fukushima Unit 3 3D Torus Scans Begin

3D inspections of the unit 3 torus room are set to begin December 22nd. This work is expected to investigate all of the torus room except the section where a robot was lost in 2011. TEPCO has not disclosed what has happened in that area to make it off limits. The work should continue into January 2016 and is part of the larger effort to determine leak paths and damage to the unit towards future … Read entire article »

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Salt Water Infiltrates Fukushima Daiichi

Salt Water Infiltrates Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has admitted a new problem with the water management and steel sea wall at Fukushima Daiichi. Salt levels in groundwater being pumped up from around the reactor buildings and sea front were found to now have more than the expected amount of salt. This appears to indicate some amount of sea water is infiltrating back into the plant grounds near the reactors. The solution so far has been to dump the salty water into the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Makes Two New Big Admissions On Fukushima Disaster

TEPCO Makes Two New Big Admissions On Fukushima Disaster

TEPCO has made two major admissions on the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Japanese press has documented these two out of a large data dump of accident review reports. Unit 2: The new admission for unit 2 was that the pneumatic air controls for the steam relief valves failed early in the disaster. These air lines are used to open and close steam relief valves (SRV) to relieve pressure on the reactor vessel. Our extended report on unit … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Craziest Nuclear Idea To Date

Japan’s Craziest Nuclear Idea To Date

The Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry is exploring the idea of storing their high level nuclear waste under the sea floor. That would be in the Pacific ocean, or Sea of Japan. Efforts to find a land based site has been met with obvious resistance from local communities. This disturbing new concept offered no idea how they planned to prevent this burial from leaking back into the ocean for tens of thousands of years. There … Read entire article »

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How The US & Japan See India As Ripe For Nuclear Exploitation

How The US & Japan See India As Ripe For Nuclear Exploitation

The groundwork goes back decades. After WWII the US looked to shed the reputation gained after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The tactic brought about the Atoms for Peace program. The plan was to divert attention away from nuclear weaponry and war towards nuclear power and other uses that could be seen as “peaceful” uses of the technology. Opposition to nuclear weapons had grown in Japan after with war with groups pushing for the abolition of … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Evacuees Denied Housing, Pushed Back To The Zone

Fukushima Evacuees Denied Housing, Pushed Back To The Zone

Mainichi has an in depth look at the evolving problems for evacuees. While the government has claimed it would treat all evacuees fairly, the actions behind the scenes show they never intended to do so. The government collected surveys from evacuees to estimate how many people needed public housing in order to build enough units. Mainichi’s investigation and leaked documents show the government only allowed those from “difficult to return” areas to apply for the public … Read entire article »

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Russia Wants To Reprocess Fuel From Fukushima Daiichi

Russia Wants To Reprocess Fuel From Fukushima Daiichi

Russia has expressed interest in reprocessing the large amounts of spent fuel from Fukushima Daiichi at their Mayak nuclear site. By 2017 their facility would be capable of reprocessing “western” design nuclear fuel. That would include the boiling water reactor style fuel used at Fukushima Daiichi. Russia recently won a contract to do research work on a tritium removal system for Fukushima Daiichi. They have also expressed interest in working with Japan on nuclear power export … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Pacific Plume Reaches Predicted Levels

Fukushima Pacific Plume Reaches Predicted Levels

A press release from Woods Hole announced today that new radiation readings for the Pacific off the North American coast have reached new post Fukushima highs. “Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of sites off the US West Coast showing signs of contamination from Fukushima. This includes the highest detected level to date from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San … Read entire article »

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11 New Fukushima Thyroid Cancers

11 New Fukushima Thyroid Cancers

The Fukushima Health Survey announced they have found 11 new thyroid cancer cases in children under 18. Two were found to have nodules in the first round of screening and have since developed thyroid cancers. 19 of the 39 cancers found in the second round of screening were previously “cleared” in the first round of testing, indicating their cancers developed recently. The health survey excuse this time is that their estimates of possible exposures are lower … Read entire article »

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How The Fukushima Daiichi Sea Wall Was Damaged

How The Fukushima Daiichi Sea Wall Was Damaged

TEPCO announced last week that the steel and concrete sea wall they installed and recently closed the last section of had been damaged. The wall was bowing outward due to increased groundwater pressure. A recent presentation to METI shows why. Steel pilings to close the opening near unit 4 happened around September 22. The final concrete sealing work took place around October 26th. TEPCO monitored water levels in the amount of ground water they removed from wells … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Begins Filtration

Fukushima Unit 1 Discharge Canal Begins Filtration

The discharge canal of unit 1 has been the site of ongoing high levels of contamination since the initial disaster. TEPCO began operating a portable filtration system on the canal on November 27th. This project is of interest as it had not been announced to the public prior to implementation. There have been plans in the works to install such systems to filter the port water, discharge canals were not mentioned in that preparation. TEPCO did … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 New Hatch Investigation

Fukushima Unit 3 New Hatch Investigation

TEPCO sent the small 3D printed robot equipped with a smart phone into inspect the unit 3 containment hatch a second time. Video from the robot along with video taken by a scope inserted into the space near the hatch provided a good view of the conditions in this area. It did not include radiation readings. The robot was controlled via a group of WIFI repeaters. The robot found considerable corrosion along the connection of the … Read entire article »

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Groundwater Pressure At Fukushima Daiichi Damages Steel Wall

Groundwater Pressure At Fukushima Daiichi Damages Steel Wall

TEPCO recently closed the last section of the steel and concrete sea wall built to prevent contaminated groundwater from flowing into the port and the sea. Now NHK is reporting that the sea wall is leaning outward by about 20cm. Workers also found that the seafront pavement has begun to crack. Both of these are specifically cited as being due to the building groundwater pressure. TEPCO began pumping out contaminated water from subdrain pits near the … Read entire article »

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What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi

What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi

There have been a number of minor development in recent weeks. We have gathered them here to explain. TEPCO will be replacing the gas management hoses installed in units 2 and 3. These were small plastic hoses will be replaced over the next week. They will also be testing and checking the emergency nitrogen injection system installed at the plant after the disaster. There was a moderate earthquake at the plant on November 19th. TEPCO reported no … Read entire article »

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WHOI Erases Fukushima Pacific Contamination Data

WHOI Erases Fukushima Pacific Contamination Data

**Update and additional information added at the end of the post** The Woods Hole “Our Radioactive Ocean” project has erased years of Fukushima Pacific contamination data from their website. The website originally contained data from their 2011 monitoring voyage and data for each year up to 2015. As of today the website only contains data for 2013-2014 with some of the 2013 data near Hawaii now missing. Since we have been following the ongoing monitoring done by … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

The extremely high radiation level admitted by TEPCO last week was given further clarification in the most recent roadmap document. The illustrations and image below from the roadmap show the highest areas. The far right gamma image shows the highest concentrations in the leaked substance below the hatch. The other illustration shows the leaked substance to be of interest. The previous report to the press by TEPCO documented the highest reading here was 9.4 sieverts/hr. TEPCO … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

A new inspection attempt of the unit 1 TIPS room has been completed between September and October of 2015. TEPCO buried the information in the monthly roadmap document. The first attempt to inspect the unit 1 TIPS room was with a robot in 2012. That was unsuccessful after the robot failed to unlock the door. These new TIPS room findings showed radiation levels higher than what TEPCO found inside the containment structure on the recent robot … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contamination Found In Tap Water; New Report

Fukushima Contamination Found In Tap Water; New Report

The report for July to September of 2015 again found traces of Fukushima contamination in tap water in certain cities in Japan. The readings are very low but drinking water is used in so many things people consume it does create a long term method of ongoing exposure. NRA did not mention if any of these municipalities were doing anything to try to further filter out contaminants before delivering water to the public. The cities with … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

TEPCO admitted to JapanTimes via Jiji that a deadly high level of radiation was found outside of unit 2′s containment. TEPCO found a reading of 9.4 sieverts per hour. These readings were taken in September but TEPCO only now admits them in the end of October. No press handout has been published on this new finding so far. Jiji says they were informed on Thursday. It is possible this was verbally conveyed at the press … Read entire article »

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The Curious Case Of Two Fukushima Workers

The Curious Case Of Two Fukushima Workers

TEPCO released a handout today providing new data on the unit 1/2 vent tower. The handout included photos from 2013 and 2015 to track the degradation of the damaged tower. It also included an up close investigation of the base of the tower, previously declared off limits due to high radiation. As can be seen in the photo below, the worker is in a full lead or titanium shielded suit. This area was over 10,000 … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Chat Is Temporarily Down

The chat system is temporarily down. We are working with our provider on repairing the issue. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 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 or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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New Analysis Shows Fukushima Unit 3 Released High Concentration Of Contamination

New Analysis Shows Fukushima Unit 3 Released High Concentration Of Contamination

Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting a new analysis by Japan Atomic Energy Agency that shows Fukushima unit 3 may have released a high concentration of contamination northwest of the plant. Their analysis assumed that the release happened late in the evening of March 15, 2011 to early morning March 16th. Yomiuri reports that JAEA assumes a venting could have caused the release, but the last venting publicly documented by TEPCO was on 10:15pm March 14th.  If … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Second Containment Inspection Results

Fukushima Unit 3 Second Containment Inspection Results

TEPCO states that data gathered will be released later. They have released some images of the second day of containment inspections. TEPCO found what they described as sediment in the new photos. The sediments are in the underwater section of the inspection. One curious visual is a floor grating with some form of dense sediment able to span the gaps in the grating. It is also found stuck to horizontal surfaces in circular blobs. The … Read entire article »

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Leukemia Suffering Fukushima Worker Tells His Story

Leukemia Suffering Fukushima Worker Tells His Story

“I decided to go to Fukushima hoping that I could make some contribution to the recovery of the disaster-stricken communities, and I have no regret over my decision,”  The worker who is the first to win compensation for cancer related to his work at Fukushima Daiichi has granted an interview to Asahi Shimbun. The married father of three worked as a welder at the plant between 2012 and 2013. He worked between units 3 and 4, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 First Photos Inside Containment

Fukushima Unit 3 First Photos Inside Containment

TEPCO has released a set of images taken inside the containment structure of unit 3 on March 20th. This is the first work since the 2011 disaster to look inside the containment structure of unit 3. What was found was both expected and surprising. Compared to damage found around the unit 3 reactor building interior, this section of the containment structure didn’t show that level of damage. In portions of the reactor building mangled doors and … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Worker’s Cancer Tied To Disaster Exposure

Fukushima Worker’s Cancer Tied To Disaster Exposure

A former worker at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant during the disaster response at the plant has had his cancer tied to his work at the plant. The 30 year old man with leukemia was awarded work related compensation. His exposure at the plant was 15.7 mSv. Some media sources considered this the first casualty at the plant. A number of workers have died at the plant for various reasons with some of these deaths having … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Probe On October 20th

Fukushima Unit 3 Containment Probe On October 20th

TEPCO quietly announced that October 20th they would conduct the first containment inspection of unit 3. This is significant work as the building has been limited for entry due to damage and high radiation levels. Robotic decontamination has been under way in the building for more than a year.  TEPCO did not mention what the radiation levels would be near the work area. It appears they are using a rig similar to what has been used … Read entire article »

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