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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Gate Damaged

NHK is reporting that TEPCO has admitted that two spent fuel pool gates at unit 3 are damaged. They described the first gate as being shifted out of position and that it likely was caused by the refueling crane when it fell into the pool during the blast. The utility considers the second gate to also be shifted but didn’t elaborate. They are currently working on determining if removing the remaining sections of the crane might cause the … Read entire article »

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Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

Banned Japanese Fukushima Foods Mislabeled, Sold In Taiwan

A recent discovery of banned Japanese foods being sold in Taiwan is causing considerable concern about the actual safety of the food supply. This comes only weeks after contaminated Japanese tea was reported as being found in Hong Kong. Taiwan has fairly rigorous food safety standards. In 2011 Taiwan banned the sale of all foods from Fukushima and four other prefectures. That ban is still in place today. On top of the ban of all products … Read entire article »

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Failed Projects, Skyrocketing Costs, TEPCO Urged To Sue Fukushima Daiichi Contractors

Failed Projects, Skyrocketing Costs, TEPCO Urged To Sue Fukushima Daiichi Contractors

A board of audit overseeing the Fukushima disaster is urging TEPCO to sue some of their contractors over failed projects. They specifically cited the frozen wall project, an early cesium adsorption filter system and the bolt together tanks. This may become interesting as there have been some informal accusations that TEPCO pressured contractors to cut corners on projects. The Associated Press cites specifically these projects as being found to be problematic and wasting money. The Areva cesium … Read entire article »

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University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

University Does Undisclosed Scans Of Fukushima Daiichi

These scans were never mentioned in any TEPCO literature, none of IRID’s documents nor METI’s reports on the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Kyodo News announced today that Nagoya University conducted five muon scans on reactors 2 and 5 between April and July of 2014. They compared the two reactors and concluded that unit 2 “melted down”. This has been common knowledge for a number of years. So far no data, images or report has been made … Read entire article »

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Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

Muon Scan Finds No Fuel In Fukushima Unit 1 Reactor Vessel

TEPCO published the results of the muon scan done by IRID and their cooperating partners. No fuel was found in the reactor vessel of unit 1 Fukushima Daiichi. The handout in Japanese can be found here A very rough English translation can be found here This was as expected by many (including us) who have been documenting the other evidence that indicated this was the likely case. The plan for the future with unit 1 is to insert … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

When Yuji Onuma was in 6th grade he wrote a phrase. What started as part of a homework project, won an award and eventually became the slogan on large signs as you enter Futaba Fukushima. “Nuclear power the energy of a promising future“ The now ironic signs are to be torn down. The town claims the signs are a safety risk as they have deteriorated. Mr. Onuma wants the signs to stay. “The signboards should be preserved as … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

Fukushima Daiichi Workers Urged To Participate In Govt. Study

The Japanese government has decided to allow RERF  (Radiation Effects Research Foundation) to do an epidemiological study on the workers from Fukushima Daiichi. This would be a study only, it would not include giving them any needed medical care. RERF is an incarnation of the A-bomb commission that investigated the human damage from the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is run jointly by the US and Japan. “The Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) was a commission established … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

We previously reported about increases at the unit 1 discharge canal back in February. The highs back then were in the 4 digit range. More recent testing in the last week has seen much higher readings. Readings taken: 3.13.2015 Beta radiation: 110,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 84,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 24,000 bq/liter The highest readings in February that raised concerns were: Beta radiation: 8,200 bq/liter Cesium 137: 2,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 580 bq/liter TEPCO has said nothing about the increases found in February and nothing … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Radioactive Japanese Tea Found In Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s government Center For Food Safety, found a series of radioactive Japanese tea samples in 2014. The findings are just slightly lower than findings from previous years of 2012 and 2013 by the same agency. Hong Kong officials seized the tea shipments from the importers for disposal so these products found did not make it to market. It does not appear that Hong Kong tests every shipment that comes in but likely spot tests products. … Read entire article »

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45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 people attended rallies around Taiwan Saturday in an effort to reform the country’s energy policy. Among the issues in Taiwan are a permanent closures of a new nuclear plant being built and a promise to shut down existing plants by their end of life dates. A newer issue also being fought is a plan to ship Taiwan’s nuclear waste to France, process it into MOX fuel, then return the waste and the fuel to Taiwan. … Read entire article »

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Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

Study Finds US Media Downplayed Fukushima Daiichi

A new study looked into the media behavior in reporting on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The study found that key media outlets based on their readership and reach, systematically downplayed the impact of the disaster while ignoring critical aspects of the disaster. The study also pointed out a significant bias in who has access to the media and controls the narrative. “The research shows that corporations and government agencies had disproportionate access to framing the event … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Fukushima Sea Soil Radiation Readings Released

Japan’s NRA has released a series of sea soil and sediment readings taken off the eastern coast of Japan. The readings cover the near shore areas of Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. The highest cesium readings were south of the nuclear plant site in Ibaraki prefecture, south of Iwaki City. High strontium 90 readings were found both north and south of the plant. These readings were higher than the ones directly offshore from the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO Admits Recent Leaks Came From Contaminated Water Tanks

TEPCO admitted that water recently leaked from the H4 tank farm is loose in the groundwater at the plant. Monitoring wells installed downstream after the first major leak from these tanks, found a spike to 11,000 bq/liter in well E-9. Earlier in the last month, a drainage canal nearby alarmed when highly radioactive water was found in it but TEPCO insisted this had nothing to do with the nearby tanks. Now TEPCO is admitting contaminated water … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Process Being Reconsidered

Fukushima Melted Fuel Removal Process Being Reconsidered

The Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation is reconsidering the approach to be used for removing melted fuel at Fukushima Daiichi. The early established plan was to try to fill the containment structures with water and retrieve the melted fuel with robotic equipment through the top of the reactor via the reactor well. Last year IRID (International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning) questioned this approach and urged that an alternative option be established in case the flooding plan would not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Testimony Of PM Kan, Now In English

Fukushima Disaster Testimony Of PM Kan, Now In English

Carole Hisasue generously donated her time to translate the Fukushima Daiichi Diet Investigation testimony of former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Kan’s role during the disaster was pivitol and he is one of a few people with first hand knowledge of how events transpired. The Diet testimony currently exists only in Japanese and includes statements from the key people involved in the disaster response and from many workers at the plant. If you would like to … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Facts Brochure

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Facts Brochure

We have published a new printable brochure with key current information about the disaster. The brochure is available in PDF format. If you are interested in using the brochure as a printed handout for your group or event contact us for more information. The brochure and related information, including the source citations for the brochure can be found here http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?page_id=14544 This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at … Read entire article »

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Managing Public Perceptions Of Fukushima

Managing Public Perceptions Of Fukushima

Dr. Robert Jacobs has penned a timely article over at DiaNuke.org about the history of controlling public perception of nuclear disasters. This process in not new but it still in play today around the Fukushima disaster. You can read his entire essay here: http://www.dianuke.org/managing-public-perceptions-of-fukushima-first-emergency-response-of-the-nuclear-complex/ 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 … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Disaster Four Year Report

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Disaster Four Year Report

It has been four years since the massive triple disaster struck Japan. In some ways much has changed, in others, problems continue to drag on. Over the last year TEPCO managed to finally remove all of the spent fuel from the unit 4 spent fuel pool. This serious risk has now been removed with the fuel residing in the much safer common fuel pool. TEPCO has since focused work on steps needed to prepare for … Read entire article »

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New Contaminated Water Leak At Daiichi Came From Same Tanks

New Contaminated Water Leak At Daiichi Came From Same Tanks

A rise in contaminated water in the “C” drainage channel up on the hill was detected around Thursday. TEPCO has now admitted that water in the weir area of the H4 tank area may be to blame. A small leak in the pipe penetrations of the weir caused a leak of about 25 liters of water. TEPCO had been transferring standing water between the H6 and H4 weirs. They noted an unusual rise in the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Fuel Removal To Start Within Year

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Fuel Removal To Start Within Year

TEPCO told Yomiuri Shimbun that they expect to begin removing spent fuel at the unit 3 reactor within the 2015 fiscal year. Work to remove the damaged fuel handling crane has been delayed until April due to the complexity of the task. TEPCO will need to install a cover building vaguely similar to the one installed on unit 4. The building for unit 3 will have to work around existing structural and technical challenges unique to … Read entire article »

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New Fukushima Daiichi Detailed Plant Map

New Fukushima Daiichi Detailed Plant Map

We have added a new detailed map of the Fukushima Daiichi plant as a permanent reference source on our website. The map from TEPCO includes most buildings, storage sites and canals at the plant along with some photos to document what those facilities look like. This is useful for trying to identify the location of certain equipment or the proximity of equipment to other parts of the plant. There is also a list of the … Read entire article »

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Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster

Veneer Peels Off Fukushima Disaster

The carefully crafted veneer of recovery from the Fukushima nuclear disaster by the government is peeling in many ways. Protesters who have been camped out in front of the METI agency office since 2011 were told by a court to pay about $240,000 for their protest. The encampment has been a thorn in the side of the agency who was without a way to disperse the group of protesters and no interest in hearing their … Read entire article »

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Oil Leak In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool

Oil Leak In Fukushima Daiichi Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool

An oil leak occurred in the spent fuel pool of unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi today as work was under way to remove parts of the fuel handling machine. The fuel crane fell into the spent fuel pool during the massive explosion at unit 3. TEPCO has been taking the crane out in sections. Oil from the crane leaked into the pool as a section was removed. The cooling loop for the spent fuel pool … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Under Fire For Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Under Fire For Leaks At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has again been receiving growing criticism over their handling of contaminated water at the plant. The first leak, from a series of drainage canals that route from up on the hill where the tank farms reside down to the port has been under increased scrutiny by Japan’s NRA. It appears that heightened oversight of this first leak may have led to the admission of the second leak where contaminated water from unit 2′s roofs was … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Another Leak, Known Since April 2014

Fukushima Daiichi Another Leak, Known Since April 2014

TEPCO has admitted a second leak to the sea this week. Unit 2′s roof and downspouts have been draining directly out to sea since the disaster. TEPCO admits they have known about the highly contaminated leak since at least April of 2014. Water found on unit 2′s roofs was highly radioactive with 52,000 bq/liter on one roof TEPCO did attempt to manage this by throwing down bags of zeolite at the downspout entrance and again at … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Extended Report 2015

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Report 2015 By The SimplyInfo Research Team Dean Wilkie – Author Edano San MD  - Author Peter Melzer PhD – Author Nancy Foust  - Editor February 23, 2015 © 2015 SimplyInfo.org All Rights Reserved. During the early events of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster unit 2 was given little attention in public facing information. It also appears that many of the outcomes from unit 2 may have been credited as being caused by other units a the plant or considered of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Says Safety Upgraded At Fukushima Plants After Two Deaths

TEPCO Says Safety Upgraded At Fukushima Plants After Two Deaths

TEPCO says they responded to the deaths of two workers by stopping work and reviewing safety at the plants. This was TEPCO’s response: TEPCO’s response is obviously superficial. It seems to lack any serious analysis of the work processes and management at the plant that are the root cause of the many accidents that have injured or killed workers in the last year. The responses themselves are all quite temporary in nature. It was also reported … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA Admits Fukushima Daiichi Still Leaking Into Pacific

Japan NRA Admits Fukushima Daiichi Still Leaking Into Pacific

The head of Japan’s NRA stated that the contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi is continuing to seep into the ground and leak out to sea. “We must find the cause of the contamination . . . and put the highest priority on implementing countermeasures,” NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka told a meeting of the body’s commissioners after they had examined recent studies carried out on groundwater samples at the plant that detected high levels of cesium, tritium … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup, Jan 26, 2015

Kagoshima residents drop restart lawsuit on the Sendai nuclear plant after power company threatens harassment lawsuit http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/18/national/some-residents-drop-petition-to-halt-restart-of-sendai-reactors-in-kagoshima/#.VL0k9EfF_Cs TEPCO blames increase in worker injuries and deaths on workers. Govt. officials and workers cite issues such as the inability to communicate while wearing face masks and the large volume of untrained workers being brought in. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201501210064 TEPCO has stopped work at Daiichi and Daini to investigate causes of worker deaths http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/22/national/tepco-suspends-fukushima-no-1-cleanup-to-probe-fatal-accidents/#.VMEoL0fF_Cs Energy experts point out the poor decision making of Japan’s government on an energy future http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2015/01/24/environment/words-wise-energy-future/#.VMRr4EfF_Cs METI published a new radiation map using a monitoring car to take readings in the Fukushima evacuation zone http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/pdf/141226/monitor00_all_R19n.pdf A citizens group in Fukushima expressed their outrage that prosecutors again failed to indict TEPCO executives for their role in the nuclear disaster http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150122_33.html Radiation in rice lowered to below govt. limit but still may contain radioactive contamination http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/18/national/all-2014-fukushima-rice-cleared-radiation-tests-thanks-to-fertilizer/#.VLv38EfF_Cs Government … Read entire article »

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Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

A drill was held that included three prefectures near the Genkai nuclear plant. The drill included a scenario where the plant had a power loss and coolant water leak. The NHK report didn’t specify to what extent the actual damage to the plant was considered to be for this drill. The scenario from the description sounds nothing like the extent seen at the Fukushima disaster in 2011 where large amounts of infrastructure were wiped out … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gains Permission To Dump Contaminated Water Into Ocean

TEPCO Gains Permission To Dump Contaminated Water Into Ocean

TEPCO has gained approval to dump contaminated groundwater into the ocean. The water is being pumped up from the subdrain pits around the reactor buildings. News reports cited that “most” of the radiation would be removed. NHK’s report clarifies that they will only remove most of the cesium before dumping it into the ocean. TEPCO’s own testing shows that the water does have significant amounts of beta radiation and tritium. Some wells were quite high … Read entire article »

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Ceiling Collapse In Wipp Underground Nuclear Storage Site

An 8 by 8 foot section of ceiling in the panel 3 access drift has collapsed at WIPP. The area of the collapse is also in the contaminated areas of the mine. Officials announced it today but the collapse happened January 15th. A larger problem was admitted earlier this month. WIPP contractors had been saying that doing ceiling bolting activities were their priority, even above dealing with the at risk storage rooms and unstable barrels in room 6 and 7. Seven ceiling areas were found to be unsafe and are now labeled as restricted. The effort to try to resume ceiling bolting activities was also stymied earlier this month when an oversight inspection found errors in the estimates for running the needed machinery with the air handling system in filtration mode. … Read entire article »

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3rd Worker Injury In Two Days At TEPCO Nuclear Plants

3rd Worker Injury In Two Days At TEPCO Nuclear Plants

After two workers were injured then died of their injuries, TEPCO has admitted a third incident that lead to serious injuries. A worker at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant fell down a shaft in the turbine building. TEPCO reported that the worker has been hospitalized but described his injuries as scratches. http://www.tepco.co.jp/kk-np/data/publication/pdf/2014/27011901.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 … Read entire article »

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2nd Fukushima Worker Dies In 2 Days

A second worker has died in the last two days. The second death happened at the Fukushima Daini plant. The worker in his 40′s was inspecting a piece of equipment in the waste handling building when it rotated, crushing his head. He is the third worker to die at TEPCO’s Fukushima plants in less than a year. TEPCO has been criticized repeatedly for the poor oversight and horrible labor conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi site. TEPCO handout of the incident: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150120_02-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, 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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Worker Who Fell Into Tank At Fukushima Daiichi Has Died.

The worker who fell into an empty tank under construction at Fukushima Daiichi has died from his injuries. We reported earlier today on the initial accident where the workers injuries were outlined by TEPCO. The male worker in his 50′s was not named and the specific cause of his death due to his injuries was not mentioned This is the second worker to die in less than a year and is among a growing number of injuries at the plant. TEPCO does not release the names of injured workers citing privacy concerns. If anyone sees the name of the worker who lost his life published in the press, please let us know.     This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 … Read entire article »

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Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

A 50 year old worker at the plant sustained serious injuries yesterday when he fell into a empty tank. The worker sustained a number of injuries from his fall. Left pneumothorax, left 4-5_6 rib fractures, sciatica right side, Fractures, unstable pelvic fracture, left thigh, trochanter The worker was responsive but unable to move when they evacuated him from the work area. The hospital helicopter was unable to transport him due to bad weather but was eventually taken by ambulance to the hospital in Iwaki. TEPCO has been criticized recently by the press for … Read entire article »

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The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

A number of events have transpired in the last week as the disaster continues to evolve even years later. The town of Futaba, one of two towns that host the remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has agreed to allow the town to be used as a “temporary” nuclear waste dump. Radiation levels continue to be extremely high in the town leaving most to assume they can never return. There is still a challenge as … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Work Updates January 14, 2015

Fukushima Daiichi Work Updates January 14, 2015

TEPCO announced they have started a new reverse osmosis system to filter contaminated water. Based on the tank labels, the new system appears to have been constructed by Hitachi/GE. From TEPCO’s handout to the press: Facilities overview • Processing operation start date: 1/10/2015 • Capacity: 500-900 m 3 per day • Removal capacity: strontium reduces to 1/100 to1,000 (goal) Kurion announced new work to develop a robot that could plug leaks in the reactor containment structures. The effort is a partnership with Japan’s IHI company. Kurion is not a robotics company but has been a smallish contractor in the US at … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Seafront Well Radiation Skyrockets

Fukushima Daiichi Seafront Well Radiation Skyrockets

Well number 1-12 experienced an over 50 times increase in radiation this week. The well sits between the unit 1 and unit 2 intakes. This reading is the highest to date for this well. It is currently unclear exactly what is causing the increase since no nearby wells increased before or in conjunction with this one. There are three possible reasons for this well to increase: 1. The groundwater plume of contamination from unit 1 is now … Read entire article »

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7 More Japanese Nuclear Reactors May Close Permanently

7 More Japanese Nuclear Reactors May Close Permanently

A total of 7 reactors are being considered for decommissioning in Japan. Each unit is at or nearing the 40 year operational limit and would be required to pass additional safety screenings in order to continue operation. This is on top of meeting the new standards enacted after the Fukushima disaster. The main reason for considering shutting down these plants is costs. One plant was going to need over $800 million in upgrades with no promise … Read entire article »

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