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WIPP Recovery Plan Overview & Comments

WIPP RECOVERY PLAN 9-30-2014 Overview and Comments by Dean Wilkie http://www.wipp.energy.gov/Special/WIPP%20Recovery%20Plan.pdf The Recovery Plan which the DOE issued reportedly provides a safe and compliant approach to resuming operations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the repository for disposal of the nation’s defense transuranic (TRU) waste. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that it is committed to resuming operations by the first quarter of calendar year 2016, and the Recovery Plan outlines the Department’s approach to meet that schedule while reportedly prioritizing safety, health, and environmental protection. “The Recovery Plan was issued before the investigations into the cause of the radiological release in the WIPP repository and other oversight actions were completed. Doe claims, in order to inform all stakeholders of the status of the Department’s current plans and the effects of the suspension of … Read entire article »

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WIPP Update October 2014

WIPP Update October 2014

The current status of WIPP: One additional barrel from the same at risk waste stream is located in Panel 6. Panel 6 is not sealed. WIPP is not taking any immediate action to isolate this barrel or close the room immediately. This leaves the entire underground at potential risk if this remaining barrel were to have a release event. Los Alamos reporting and our investigations have focused the assumption of the event in Panel 7 Room 7 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Puts ALPS 2.0 Into Partial Operation

TEPCO Puts ALPS 2.0 Into Partial Operation

TEPCO announced they are putting the new improved version of the ALPS decontamination system into daily operation. It will operate during day hours and will eventually go into 24 hour operation if no leaks, damage or radiation exposure issues are found. This system will add 500 tons of daily decontamination capacity if it works as expected. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2014/1243241_5892.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radiation Hits North American Coast, What It Means

Fukushima Radiation Hits North American Coast, What It Means

Woods Hole’s radioactive oceans project detected Fukushima identified radiation off the US/Canadian coast this week. But what does this mean and how should it be interpreted? A water sample from the Pacific ocean off the coast of Vancouver from August was found to have cesium 134, a marker for Fukushima radioactive contamination. The location data (below) from the WHOI website for Pacific monitoring shows the levels found. F#5025Coordinates: 49.97, -145.16Sample Date: Aug 02, 2014 12:00Depth: 25Thanks to: Captain Curtis … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

The response from the government picked volcano expert wasn’t kind. He made it very clear that the Sendai nuclear reactors are at risk from a number of nearby volcanoes and that the ideas concocted by the plant owners to combat a possible eruption are pure fantasy. Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo is the head of Japan’s panel on volcano risk. He is also a member of the NRA’s hastily assembled volcano … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 11 Spent Fuel Assemblies Left To Remove From Pool

Fukushima Unit 4; 11 Spent Fuel Assemblies Left To Remove From Pool

There are now 11 spent fuel assembles left in the damaged unit 4 spent fuel pool. The other remaining assemblies are a group of unused assemblies that had been stored in the pool before the disaster. Those unused assemblies would have eventually been put into the reactor after the maintenance outage was completed. The remaining 11 spent fuel assemblies include two that are leaking and one that is deformed. TEPCO claims these were damaged before … Read entire article »

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New Groundwater Radiation Spikes At Fukushima Daiichi

New Groundwater Radiation Spikes At Fukushima Daiichi

The series of groundwater monitoring wells near the sea front have seen continued changes consisting of high levels of various radioactive isotopes. Beta radiation in well 1-6 jumped to 5.1 million bq/liter on the 17th. This well began to decrease by the next day. Wells 1-14 and 1-16 began to increase on the 18th. Well 1-14 saw an increase in cesium. Both wells saw an increase in beta radiation the second day. TEPCO claims they … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org News Roundup; October 19, 2014

Alarm after serious breakdowns at ageing Hunterston nuclear plant http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/alarm-after-serious-breakdowns-at-ageing-hunterston-nuclear-plant.25565033 Japan rises to challenge of becoming ‘hydrogen society’ http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/12/national/japan-rises-challenge-becoming-hydrogen-society/#.VDqr1fldUrk As nuclear waste piles up, South Korea faces storage crisis http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/13/world/nuclear-waste-piles-south-korea-faces-storage-crisis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nuclear-waste-piles-south-korea-faces-storage-crisis#.VDvo2PldUrk South Koreans Concerned Over Fukushima Radiation Found in Steel Imports: Reports http://en.ria.ru/world/20141015/194111379/South-Koreans-Concerned-Over-Fukushima-Radiation-Found-in-Steel.html UCS says US states could produce double the renewable power claimed in EPA report http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/renewables-clean-power-plan-0439 Japanese Governor Says It’s Too Soon To Restart Nuclear Reactors After Fukushima http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/fukushima-reactors_n_5988602.html Taiwan considering shipping nuclear waste to France http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-reveals-new-plans/1414960.html Japan government having trouble locating land owners for nuclear waste dump http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201410150056 Frozen wall slow progress http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141016_04-j.pdf EPA Begins Fining Nuclear Site Over Deadline http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/epa-begins-fining-nuclear-site-deadline-26215739 Chernobyl cover being delayed over lack of funding again http://www.dw.de/funding-woes-delay-new-chernobyl-cover/a-17997493 Survey: More Fukushima evacuees give up returning http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20141017_31.html Two UK reactors to be run at 75% power to avoid more cracking http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/11169625/Nuclear-reactor-heat-turned-down-to-stop-boilers-cracking.html   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 … Read entire article »

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IRID Wants To Develop WIFI Technology To Use At Fukushima Daiichi

IRID Wants To Develop WIFI Technology To Use At Fukushima Daiichi

IRID is looking for a new technology to be developed for use inside the reactor vessels at Fukushima Daiichi. The new wireless technology would need to be able to work in a high radiation environment with other challenging conditions. Such a technology would be a boon for investigative and dismantling work that will take place in upcoming years. Currently any equipment sent into the reactor structures requires a long set of cables for communication. This … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Removal Delayed To Late October

Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Removal Delayed To Late October

47 News is reporting that TEPCO will delay the removal of the cover on unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi until late October. The removal was previously scheduled for late September. It is not clear if the delay is due to additional precautions being implemented after scientists found that demolition work on unit 3 had released a considerable amount of radiation to the environment or if other events have added to the delays. http://www.47news.jp/smp/CN/201410/CN2014101001002100.html This article would not be … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4; 1298 Assemblies Removed

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4; 1298 Assemblies Removed

Unit 4 spent fuel removal is at 1298 assemblies removed as of this week. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/decommision/index-e.html 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 »

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Vongfong Aftermath At Fukushima Daiichi; Leaks & Rising Radiation

Vongfong passed over Fukushima Daiichi as a fairly sedate tropical storm. This didn’t leave the plant completely unscathed. We reported earlier on the spike of cesium, beta radiation and tritium at monitoring well 1-6 on the sea front. An updated TEPCO report now shows significant spikes in manganese 54 and cobolt 60 in the same groundwater well. MN54: 700Bq/L Co60: 3,600Bq/L TEPCO now states that they will sample the sea front monitoring wells daily to track what is going on. These additional readings may help determine where this plume of highly contaminated groundwater may be going. TEPCO also cited a number of rainwater leaks into the reactor and turbine buildings. These are somewhat expected due to the damaged nature of the buildings. Unit 1: First floor south side electric equipment room of the turbine building. Water is … Read entire article »

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New Radiation Spike At Fukushima Daiichi

Cesium levels in well 1-6 near the port jumped on today’s readings. Readings taken at 9:44am JST October 13 (before Vongfong hit in earnest) Cesium 134: 61,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 190,000 bq/liter Readings a few days before on Oct 9th were previous record highs and were considerably lower than these new readings. Cesium 134:  17,000 bq/liter Cesium 137:  51,000 bq/liter Monitoring well 1-6 is near the unit 2 intake canal and is part of a cluster of monitoring wells that have seen the worst of the sea front contamination. Source http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/2014/images/2tb-east_14101302-j.pdf 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 »

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Vongfong To Hit Fukushima Daiichi Tuesday

Vongfong To Hit Fukushima Daiichi Tuesday

Forcasts have downgraded the typhoon to a tropical storm as it passes over Kagoshima. When the storm hits Fukushima Daiichi on Tuesday it is expected to have about 40-45 mph winds and dump up to 2-3 inches of rain in the area. The storm will still cause more water migration issues at the plant along with work disruptions. TEPCO reported over the weekend that one of the groundwater monitoring wells at the sea front of the … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; October 12, 2014

Germany declares export of nuclear waste to Savannah River to be illegal blocking the action http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/technik/atommuell-gutachten-castor-transport-in-usa-illegal-a-992292.html#ref=plista 1/3 of security cameras at Monju reactor in Japan broken http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/10/316780.html Japan pitches nuclear restart in tightly controlled townhalls http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/foreign/10-Oct-2014/japan-pitches-nuclear-restart-in-tightly-controlled-townhalls South Korean town votes no to nuclear plant http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/09/south-korea-nuclear-plant/17014773/ France Votes to Be Less Nuclear-Reliant http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/france-votes-nuclear-reliant-26099474 U.K. Nuclear Plant Gets Green Light From EU http://online.wsj.com/articles/u-k-nuclear-plant-gets-green-light-from-eu-1412763869 Kerry Urges Senate to End Nuclear Weapons Testing http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-lambers/kerry-urges-senate-to-end_b_5947000.html 3 Japanese banks to extend uncollateralized loans to TEPCO https://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/10/316261.html TEPCO applied to NRA for new tank farms at Daiichi http://www.tepco.co.jp/cc/press/betu14_j/images/141009j0103.pdf Frozen wall progress makes headway Frozen wall progress. They seem to be making some headway http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141009_03-j.pdf Cuba tried to build a nuclear reactor and it was a total nightmare http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2014/10/the-abandoned-communist-reactor-that-could-have-killed-us-all/       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 … Read entire article »

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Typhoon Vongfong Set To Hit Fukushima Daiichi

Typhoon Vongfong Set To Hit Fukushima Daiichi

The typhoon is predicted to be a slow moving tropical storm by the time it hits north east Japan. The typhoon should be a tropical storm, down from a category 5 typhoon yesterday as it approached Okinawa. If this prediction stands Fukushima Daiichi is in for another batch of heavy rain. Rains from the previous typhoon already caused groundwater contamination to shift as was seen in monitoring wells. TEPCO has yet to provide any readings … Read entire article »

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1276 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

1276 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

1276 fuel assemblies have been removed from the unit 4 spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi. Work resumed after an annual crane inspection but has been considerably slower than in previous months. 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 … Read entire article »

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Three Dead At Nuclear Plant In India

Three guards at the Kalpakkam nuclear plant were shot by a colleague in a building at the plant. The circumstances around the shooting are not known. The guard who shot the others is in custody. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/3-CISF-personnel-shot-dead-by-colleague-at-Kalpakkam-atomic-plant-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/44679818.cms  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 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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Radiation Jump Near Leaking Tank At Fukushima Daiichi

Radiation Jump Near Leaking Tank At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO is reporting a large jump in radiation near a leaking tank at Fukushima Daiichi. Near the H4 tank farm, site of a major high radiation leak last year has seen an abrupt spike in contamination found in ground water monitoring wells nearby. The E1 well saw radiation levels rise from 750 bq/liter (beta radiation) on Oct 5th  to 95,000 bq/liter on Oct 7th. TEPCO thinks this may be due to rains from the typhoon that passed … Read entire article »

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New Experiment Shows How WIPP Barrel Event Likely Happened

SimplyInfo.org member Gasbuggy (Vernon Brechin) conducted an experiment related to the event in WIPP. As has been widely reported, the barrel that had an event or explosion was admitted to have organic wheat based cat litter along with nitrate salts in the liquid wastes being disposed of in WIPP We did a previous less detailed experiment with this wheat based cat litter that can be found here. This new experiment by Gasbuggy compares a clay litter (as had been used previously by Los Alamos) and the new wheat based cat litter used on the suspect barrels. The litter absorbents are used to soak up a nitrate salt solution then dried. The resulting experiment clearly shows the drastic difference between the two litters and exactly how reactive the wheat based litter is … Read entire article »

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Typhoon Causes Some Disruptions At Fukushima Daiichi

Typhoon Causes Some Disruptions At Fukushima Daiichi

Typhoon Phanfone causes some minor disruptions at Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO reported some water infiltration into units 1 and 3 in areas where the buildings have openings due to the response work and existing damage. Pressure in the reactors was up slightly as was hydrogen numbers. Both were small enough rises to not be of concern at this point. Checks of the webcams at the plant showed light rain but no other disturbance while radar and weather … Read entire article »

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North Anna Nuclear Fuel Failure Has Been A Known Issue Since 1980′s

North Anna Nuclear Fuel Failure Has Been A Known Issue Since 1980′s

The recent fuel failure at the North Anna Nuclear plant where about 15 fuel pellets were released into the reactor coolant system was not unusual nor a surprise. This issue of water jet baffling was documented in great detail by the NRC as early as 1982. The problem is unique to Westinghouse PWR reactors. The NRC discussed a fairly simple fix to prevent this from happening by making some modification to the baffle systems during … Read entire article »

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Late Season Typhoons Target Fukushima Daiichi

Late Season Typhoons Target Fukushima Daiichi

Typhoon Phanfone is already hitting southern Japan. It was initially expected to hit Fukushima prefecture straight on. The newest predictions have it skimming the area but rainfall amounts for the area near Fukushima Daiichi border the two range zones of 3-5 inches and 5-8 inches so the area could still get considerable rainfall. The typhoon has already weakened to a category 1 before it fully hits Tokyo Monday morning. Typhoon Vongfong has already hit Guam … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup Oct 5, 2014

Paperwork delays snarl restart of Sendai nuclear plant to next year http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201410010049 portable strontium 90 removal rig started treating RO water http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141001_05-j.pdf TEPCO signs cooperation pact with Sellafield http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140930_19.html COMMENTARY: Fukushima’s micro-hydropower ambitions face challenges http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/column/AJ201410010006 Japan to slap more restrictions on solar power -paper http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/01/japan-solar-cutbacks-idUKL3N0RV77220141001 More requirements for nuclear waste storage sites http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140930_24.html Iodine pills distributed near Ehime, Saga nuclear plants http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/29/national/science-health/iodine-preparations-distributed-residents-near-nuclear-plants-ehime-saga-use-emergency/#.VCqr4vldUrk Nuclear Waste Tank OK’d to Keep Leaking for 1 Year http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nuclear-waste-tank-okd-leaking-year-25870410 Nuclear protesters head for Japan to tell Hitachi to ‘stay away from Anglesey http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/nuclear-protesters-head-japan-tell-7851137 Scientists stress need for nuclear waste storage http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140926_23.html NRA confirms trenches at Fukushima Daiichi may need to be cemented http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140924_42.html JAEA opened their center for developing robotics for fukushima Daiichi http://fukushima.jaea.go.jp/initiatives/cat05/index.html The new Hinkley reactor plan would allow them to charge double the going rate for power http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/43bb1be8-4a45-11e4-b8bc-00144feab7de.html#axzz3FB9NCaLD This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

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North Anna Nuclear Fuel Failure Raises Questions About Safety Procedures

North Anna Nuclear Fuel Failure Raises Questions About Safety Procedures

In late September Dominion admitted that two nuclear fuel rods had broken open in the #2 reactor, spilling up to 15 fuel pellets inside the reactor. Eight pellets have been recovered, they think the others may have been ground up in the pumping and filtration system. The fuel was supplied by Areva and was in operation during the 2011 east coast earthquake. Having two fuel rods fail to the point that fuel pellets escape is a … Read entire article »

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Strontium 90 Filter System Starts At Fukushima Daiichi

Strontium 90 Filter System Starts At Fukushima Daiichi

A new strontium 90 filter system has been put into operation at Fukushima Daiichi. The “portable” system consists of a set of shipping container type boxes containing the equipment. This system was announced after the underground zeolite wall was put into production. It could be an offshoot of that technology. The handout on the system calls it a filtration and adsorption device. The strontium 90 reduction by 1000 times fits with what certain zeolites are … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Restarts Continue To Struggle Against Reality

Japan Nuclear Restarts Continue To Struggle Against Reality

The head of Japan’s NRA is now claiming volcanologists that have raised concerns about the safety of the Sendai nuclear plant are wrong. NHK pointed out these key quotes from the latest exchange: “The utility had showed plans to remove nuclear fuel from the facility if it detects any signs of volcanic activity or tectonic plate movement around the plant.” “the NRA chief said Ontake’s hydro volcanic eruption is unlike any huge volcanic eruption that may occur around the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Underground Zeolite Wall Explained

Fukushima Underground Zeolite Wall Explained

TEPCO and the team of contractors that worked on the underground zeolite wall have released more detail about the validation process for the project. A pairing of materials was used in the underground bundles installed downstream from the leaking water tanks. Apatite and clinoptilolite ( a type of zeolite) were combined along with some crushed rock to achieve what they think will be a better filtration of the strontium 90 in the ground water. Clinoptilolite was used … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Worker Electrocuted, 3 Power Issues At Plant

An electrician was electrocuted while working on the new office building at Fukushima Daiichi. The worker was taken to the Iwaki hospital and is expected to be there for a number of days. Two apparently unrelated power issues also happened at the plant the same day. A low voltage alarm went off repeatedly in the common pool building. No reason could be found so workers reset the system. The RHR cooling system for unit 5 was also shut off while workers inspected a power panel and replaced some equipment. No abnormalities were documented in either case. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140930_05-j.pdf 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 … Read entire article »

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Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

We reported last week on the response failure of radiation injury capable hospitals during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The government has announced that the number of hospitals designated as radiation response hospitals has about doubled. Kyodo News discovered that these newly designated hospitals lack the needed human resources and equipment to actually operate at radiation response hospitals. This of course sets up a disastrous problem if these hospitals are called to respond to a radiation emergency … Read entire article »

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Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

JAEA has announced it will decommission the Tokai nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Needed safety upgrades would be too costly so the plant built in the 1980′s will be shut down. This removes another portion of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling program. The Monju fast breeder reactor has been in forced shutdown after thousands of safety violations were found there. This leaves just the Rokkasho reprocessing plant as possibly operating. That facility has been under construction for … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Asahi Shimbun continues to investigate Japan’s nuclear evacuation plans. This time they looked at the availability of buses to evacuate those who can’t flee in their own vehicles. The evacuation plans rely on chartered buses. Some of the prefectures could only find half the buses needed, at least one could only find one fourth of the needed buses. Some areas would need thousands of buses but could only find a few hundred. The chartered bus idea quickly … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Sept 28, 2014

Govt. drafts bill on Fukushima radioactive waste http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140927_13.html Atomic Energy Agency finds more effective way to measure radiation in reservoirs http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sci_tech/technology/AJ201409210005 New industry minister vows to overcome nuclear crisis as Fukushima governor urges intervention http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/25/national/new-industry-minister-vows-overcome-nuclear-crisis-fukushima-governor-urges-intervention/#.VCVRShYZOpB Tochigi town passes water-protection ordinance to block nuclear waste plans http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201409200104 >Watchdog warns nuke weapon sites at risk from natural disasters http://thehill.com/regulation/218496-nuclear-watchdog-warns-of-danger-at-government-facilities TEPCO begins test run of the portable strontium filter http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu-news/2014/1242178_5878.html Quicker way found to test for radiation in water http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201409250023 Photo exhibition focuses on what people ate after Great East Japan Earthquake http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201409250001 Energy Transition may proceed without electricity storage for 20 years – transport, heat and chemicals markets will drive growth http://energytransition.de/2014/09/energy-transition-may-proceed-without-electricity-storage-for-20-years/ Vietnam postpones construction work of first nuclear plant http://www.power-technology.com/news/newsvietnam-postpones-construction-work-of-first-nuclear-plant-4380582 Japan emphasizes plan to restart nuclear plants https://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/09/313187.html EU Regulators Approve New U.K. Nuclear Plant http://online.wsj.com/articles/eu-set-to-approve-new-u-k-nuclear-plant-1411400226 China’s nuclear expansion threatened by public unease https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/7336-China-s-nuclear-expansion-threatened-by-public-unease So Cal Edison unveils huge storage battery complex http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/The-Biggest-Battery-in-North-America-Gets-Unveiled-By-SCE-Today?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreentechMedia+%28Greentech+Media%29&utm_content=FaceBook Over 10,000 Fukushima children still studying far … Read entire article »

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Researchers Find Radiation Hot Spots Off Coast Near Fukushima

Researchers Find Radiation Hot Spots Off Coast Near Fukushima

Japan’s nuclear regulator and a team of researchers completed a set of sea floor monitoring earlier this summer. They found that areas of the sea floor where there is more muddy soil in low spots tended to concentrate cesium 137. The cesium is assumed to have bonded to the mud particles. The research corridor was roughly up to 25km out to sea. Average cesium 137 concentrations in the sea floor were 90 bq/kg Areas 4 km out to … Read entire article »

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Two Quakes Hit Offshore Of Fukushima Daiichi

Two moderate quakes hit offshore of Fukushima Daiichi today. “The Japan Meteorological Agency says the first earthquake struck at 9:45 p.m. JST (8:45 a.m. EDT in the U.S.) and registered a magnitude of 5.0. The second quake, a slightly stronger magnitude-5.2 tremor, struck 46 minutes later.” The quakes were about 50km deep, no tsunami alerts issued. Both monitoring cameras at the plant didn’t show any obvious signs of anything changed. No clear reports of conditions at the plant have been released by TEPCO. The quake strength isn’t unusual, the close time frame is.   http://www.weather.com/news/fukushima-two-earthquakes-one-hour-20140924 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140924/m50-quake-jolts-fukushima-japan   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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

TEPCO’s report on contaminated dust dispersal that ended up contaminating rice fields north of the damaged nuclear site may indicate more about the accident events. The dates where they were removing the sections of the crane and underlying debris from directly over the reactor well coincide with the contamination dates. TEPCO additionally cited that those days lacked rain that otherwise could have helped keep dust from flying away in the wind. The events combined with … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Nuclear restarts in Japan have taken a political turn. Japan’s industry minister revived previous administration’s claims that Japan “needs” nuclear power, citing claims of energy independence. Japan has no domestic uranium resources so even their nuclear program is dependent on importing nuclear fuel materials. The country has long tried to make a fuel reprocessing program work but has run into the reality of costs and viability. The minister also brought back the nuclear safety myth, … Read entire article »

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Frustration Reigns Around WIPP Incident

Frustration seems to be the general response by both government officials and the public regarding WIPP and the response by DOE. A legislative meeting held last week included the frustration of senators who felt the effort to find the root cause of the explosion has dragged on without answers. The public showed their frustration at the most recent town hall meeting. DOE representatives stated they will not give the public any information without first sending it to the Washington DC DOE office for prior approval. This flies in the face of previous claims of transparency and informing the public by these same DOE officials. Multiple times information was refused to be disclosed claiming needing approval for even simple information where previous reports of the same information had been made public. By … Read entire article »

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Second Barrel At Risk At WIPP As Explosion Cause Investigated

Second Barrel At Risk At WIPP As Explosion Cause Investigated

Los Alamos has narrowed down what they think is the risk scenario that lead to the barrel explosion at WIPP. A combination of the waste being handled, the absorbent used and a lead glove may have created the conditions that caused the barrel incident. The representative from Los Alamos explained the reaction they are considering as this: “We also see that there are other reactions that could have taken place on a smaller scale,” Wallace said. “For … Read entire article »

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Groundwater Bypass May Be Lowering Contaminated Water At Fukushima Daiichi

Groundwater Bypass May Be Lowering Contaminated Water At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO thinks the groundwater bypass system they are operating at Fukushima Daiichi may be reducing the contaminated water outflow by up to 80 tons of water per day. This is based on a mathematical calculation of water readings and rainfall. TEPCO also reported that groundwater levels had dropped by about 20 centimeters. It may be too early to completely declare the project a success. A clearer understanding of any change made by the bypass should … Read entire article »

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