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Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

NHK reported today that an 820 million USD agreement was reached to allow the towns of Futaba an Okuma to be used to store nuclear debris from Fukushima Daiichi. The government insists the effort isn’t a permanent dump and will still need to buy or lease land from the landowners. TEPCO was found liable and ordered to pay 900,000 USD in the suicide death of evacuee Hamako Watanabe. Mrs. Watanable of Kawamata was distraught over losing … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Progress

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Progress

TEPCO has progressed on removing debris from the unit 3 spent fuel pool. The current work is to dismantle the fuel handling crane piece by piece and remove it from the pool. The trolley, main hoist and roof trussing that was above the crane have already been removed. Once the last of the fuel handling crane is removed work will begin to remove debris from the cask handling area of the pool. Cask area debris … Read entire article »

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Work Begins Towards Removing Melted Fuel At Fukushima Daiichi

Work Begins Towards Removing Melted Fuel At Fukushima Daiichi

Work has begun towards implementing a way to remove the melted fuel at Fukushima Daiichi. It was reported earlier this week that plans to flood the containment structures has been scrapped. Kurion began showing off their new robot that will be sent to Daiichi to work in the basement torus room from a location on the first floor. CNN reports it will start by assisting with the effort in unit 2 to determine the torus leak … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Pool Debris Removal Progress

Fukushima Unit 3 Fuel Pool Debris Removal Progress

TEPCO has accomplished some debris removal from the spent fuel pool as documented in this report. Earlier in 2014 work was conducted to remove debris that was primarily rebar and handrails. Work in March began to focus on removal roof trussing so they could get closer to removing the fuel handling machine and mast. The pool is still quite full of fine debris on top of the fuel racks as can be seen in the photo. … Read entire article »

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More Record High Radiation Readings At Fukushima Daiichi

More Record High Radiation Readings At Fukushima Daiichi

After the recent admission of record high strontium 90 readings being found at the sea front at Fukushima Daiichi, more record high readings have been admitted this week. At the same time the record high strontium 90 readings were admitted, data for record high cesium readings were quietly included for a nearby well. Now last night even higher cesium readings were found in yet another well. Well 1-3 was previously found to have: 11,000 bq/liter of cesium 134 22,000 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Update

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Update

METI has reported some progress and a plan for removing debris out of the unit 3 spent fuel pool. Initial work already in progress includes removal of the steel pool cover and then any rebar than can easily be removed, this work is already underway. Then work will progress in this order: 1.(④, ⑤, ⑥, ⑦) removal mast , roof truss material 2 . Removal of FHM (fuel handling machine) (⑧) 3 . Removal of FHM west end … Read entire article »

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Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool; Debris Removal Preparation Begins

Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool; Debris Removal Preparation Begins

Kyodo News announced yesterday that preparations are underway to remove the debris from the unit 3 spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi. The debris in unit 3′s spent fuel pool is much more excessive and complicated than unit 4. In unit 3′s pool is a tangle of rebar and concrete along with the refueling crane. The refueling crane apparently fell in the pool during the explosion. One end landed on the fuel racks. Along with the … Read entire article »

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Debris Removal At 1st Floor Unit 3 Fukushima Underway

Debris Removal At 1st Floor Unit 3 Fukushima Underway

TEPCO mentions that debris removal work on the 1st floor of unit 3 is underway. The work had been on various planning documents but is now confirmed to be ongoing. The work is being done by way of robotic equipment. The confirmation came as the SoRa robot developed an oil leak. This debris removal will help both robots and workers gain entry to more of the building. SoRa was built by Hitachi-GE. TEPCO does not state … Read entire article »

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TEPCO; More Leaking Contamination, TIPS Exploration & Debris Analysis

TEPCO announced a number of new leaks over the weekend. Tritium levels were going up including in the port. TEPCO also announced they began a plan in April to add another metal sea wall in front of the first one to try to stem the leaking. TEPCO sent workers into unit 2 again to do more investigative work in the TIPS room. The original hope was to find an open TIPS probe pipe to send sensors and a camera into the pedestal below the reactor vessel. Earlier attempts found blockage in the pipes. This attempt again found blockage but brought out a sample of a dark grey substance. TEPCO cites the radiation level of the small bit of debris to be 200 mSv/hour but this is only y-rays and beta radiation. … Read entire article »

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Unit 3 Fukushima Daiichi Debris Removal Near Completion

Debris removal has been ongoing during the last month as TEPCO attempted to distract the public with the leaking ponds issue. Photos below from the TEPCO webcam show the rapid progress in just the last few weeks. The image in early June shows the back wall structure is still in place and much of the roof trussing debris was still on top of the refueling floor. About 50% of the trussing and debris is gone compared to earlier in the month. Half of the back wall frame is removed. TEPCO has reported little or nothing since they did beam removal work on the spent fuel pool months ago. As unit 4 was cleared off TEPCO provided multiple updates and images of the complicated work to removal the refueling floor and reactor … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Evacuation Zone Debris To Be Incinerated

NHK is reporting that work will begin in the portion of Minamisoma that was part of the evacuation zone to remove and burn debris created by the quake and tsunami.  While the debris removal is needed, authorities again have chosen to incinerate the debris. This has caused widespread outrage and local protests around Japan when debris from outside the evacuation zone was burned. People raised concerns that the debris might be contaminated and burning it could release radioactive contamination into the air. Locals in towns that have burned debris from outside the evacuation zone have claimed they saw atmosphere levels of radiation go up. The dust or ash created by the incineration has been found to contain high levels of cesium 137. So far we have not been able to find any … Read entire article »

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Tsunami Debris Showing Up On US West Coast, NOAA Tracking What Arrives

Everything from soccer balls to motorcycles, boats and even a concrete dock have landed on North American shores as debris from the March 2011 tsunami floats across the Pacific. Most has been found in the northern reaches of Alaska and Canada but now debris is showing up as far south as California. NOAA has provided some funding for states to deal with the debris but just dealing with the dock cost the state of Oregon an amount comparable to the entire NOAA budget for the project. NOAA gave Oregon $50,000 towards dealing with the dock. States have developed a system of engaging mostly citizens to report what they find so governments can determine where things are landing and if it is beginning to create a problem. NOAA has a tsunami debris tracking website … Read entire article »

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Atomic Rats, Fishing For Beams & Cleaning Up The Common Pool At Daiichi

Workers at the plant are reporting seeing rats at Daiichi. Worker Happy11311 mentioned seeing them and was worried they would damage cables at the plant. They could cause obvious safety problems if they chewed on electrical or water lines. Small animals also pose the risk of getting into equipment and causing issues by tripping electrical systems. Then there is the problem of rats being in contact with high levels of radiation then making them highly contaminated. This can cause problems as they then spread the contamination up the food chain or take it with them if they leave the immediate area. TEPCO successfully pulled the steel beam that had fallen in the spent fuel pool of #3 back in October. They did a practice run and installed some safety bumpers … Read entire article »

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New Large Debris Found Inside Unit 1 Containment

Videos released by TEPCO yesterday included a scope investigation underwater. The water itself was surprisingly clear with a small layer of tan sediment and small white floaters when the water was agitated near the walls or floor of containment. What was even more interesting was the variety of large debris found inside unit 1′s containment underwater. The diagram shows the general area of the debris field inside containment. All of the findings were under the water line in the bottom of containment. The images below are from the video (included at the end). Explanations of the images are in line between images. Below the water surface shows good water clarity with small white floaters in the water. The object on the right is a solid jagged object, not a “splash” of the sediment. … Read entire article »

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Unit 3 Debris Accident & Pool Damage

TEPCO began removing debris using remote control cranes last week. Reports from worker Happy11311 indicated that they didn’t have a detailed plan for removing the debris but were going to determine as they go what appeared to be safe to remove next. After the steel beam fell into the pool he reported in more detail how difficult the work at unit 3 really is. They work in a remote booth while in full radiation protection gear and respirators, he commented that the crane and camera shake adding to the difficulty. He compared it to a big game of Jenga. The Denki Shimbun reported that the twisted steel and debris on top of unit 3 are bent inward making the removal much more difficult than at unit 4 where most of the … Read entire article »

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Temporary Fukushima Waste Facilities Get Mixed Support

The national government and minister Hosono have proposed a series of temporary storage sites inside the evacuation zone to hold ash from incinerated soil and plant debris gathered as part of decontamination attempts in the region. One one hand the dumps could speed up clean up efforts. On another they could render those towns more uninhabitable than they already are. Both evacuated residents and town mayors had mixed opinions on the plans. Hosono’s previous efforts included trying to send contaminated disaster debris to be burned in waste incinerators all over Japan. This was of course met with considerable opposition. Read more at Asahi Shimbun 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 … Read entire article »

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Disaster Debris Standoff In Kitakyushu, 2 Arrested

This started about 8 hours ago, late evening US time. Residents in Kitakyushu in Miyagi prefecture have blocked a delivery of contaminated disaster debris. The debris was intended to be burned in the incinerator at their town waste facility. The blockade started with about 30 people. They successfully stopped the trucks. Twitter updates show two people arrested so far. photo Yomiuri The blockade by local citizens started in the morning and appears to have been going on into the evening based on updates by EX-SKF and Ustream video showing night images of police still on the scene in the dark. Before dark last night people had crawled under the trucks to prevent them from moving. As this is being written the standoff continues. Police have showed up in large numbers and brought a … Read entire article »

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Motorcycle From Miyagi Washes Up In Canada

 This Harley from Miyagi washed up on shore in Canada around April 18th along with other tsunami debris. The motorcycle was inside a trailer or storage box that washed up on shore. The bike is extremely rusted from over a year of floating across the Pacific but didn’t look very damaged. The license plate and motorcycle VIN number are intact, the Japanese Consulate in Canada is attempting to locate the owner in Japan. If they survived the tsunami. More images in the news link. 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 … Read entire article »

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Over Half Of Prefectures Refuse To Take Disaster Debris

Over half of prefectures are refusing to bring in waste for disposal from the disaster areas. Most are citing the inability to handle it at their local waste facilities. What is rarely mentioned in all of this is that asking other prefectures to import radioactive debris and expose themselves is a rather silly idea. There is still no clear plan for a debris disposal facility in Tohoku. 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 … Read entire article »

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