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Fukushima Evacuees Facing Harder Access To Housing

Fukushima Evacuees Facing Harder Access To Housing

Back in 2011 PM Kan told Fukushima evacuees they could go home very soon. This was probably not what he meant. The current Japanese government has been in the process of a push to force evacuees to return to the evacuation zone through a number of measures. Compensation payments would be cut and efforts to reopen some services in the disaster area were implemented. While this would leave many with no further aid, a new effort … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Prepares For Containment Inspection

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Prepares For Containment Inspection

A newly released document shows progress in the effort to inspect inside unit 2′s containment. At unit 1 they went directly to installing a shape changing robot to inspect inside containment in two directions. With unit 2 there are more problems to overcome. For unit 2 this initial attempt will be to run a different crawler bot down the CRD rail. If it is successful they hope to obtain images from inside the reactor pedestal. In … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Torus Structures In Need Of Reinforcement

Fukushima Daiichi Reactors Torus Structures In Need Of Reinforcement

IRID published a call for proposals mid June related to research and development into a way to reinforce the torus structures of the damaged reactors. Toshiba is in charge of overseeing the project  and assigning the research contract. Based on documents posted by Toshiba the work would involve creating a plan, design and 1/4 scale model of the concept. The requested work is to create bracing to shore up the lower portion of the torus tube and … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Tank Dismantling Explained

Fukushima Daiichi Tank Dismantling Explained

TEPCO provided more information about how they will go about taking down the many bolt together tanks at the disaster site. The tanks are being replaced with welded tanks in what is becoming a crowded patch of land on the plant grounds.   Example drawing of the tank preparation process including an air filtration system and the spraying of dust inhibitor s prior to disassembly    Interior of a drained tank with sprayer installed  Tank with plastic tarp roof   Partially disassembled … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Has More Defective Hoses

Fukushima Daiichi Has More Defective Hoses

After a recent leak from a Kanaflex hose at Fukushima Daiichi, TEPCO inspected other similar hoses at the plant. They found 159 of the Kanaflex type hoses were still in use at the plant and 90% of those were installed improperly. TEPCO says they are working to replace all of the remaining Kanaflex hoses at the plant. These were found to have a high failure rate soon after the disaster where things like weeds and … Read entire article »

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New Problems & Challenges Plague Fukushima

New Problems & Challenges Plague Fukushima

As June wanes we find more delays, more problems and new admissions about the extent of the disaster. TEPCO introduced a new roadmap plan. In this they declared they would now focus on safety over speed. At the same time they announced that spent fuel removal work for units 1-3 would be delayed again. Currently they are attempting to remove the cover on unit 1 but this process has not actually begun based on visual evidence … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Tank Removal Work At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Begins Tank Removal Work At Fukushima Daiichi

Work began in late May to remove some of the bolt together tanks at Fukushima Daiichi. The bolt together tanks were installed in a hurry after the initial accident. It was after they were in use that it came out that these tanks only had a 3-5 year life span due to the gaskets used between the tank panels. The tanks were purchased used. A combination of the second hand tanks, poor installation and the … Read entire article »

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New Fukushima Daiichi Robot Changes Approach

New Fukushima Daiichi Robot Changes Approach

Yet another robot has been introduced for use at Fukushima Daiichi. This one is significantly different. The unnamed six propeller drone has the capability to fly autonomously and can avoid obstacles using a laser guidance system. The new drone/bot can also change its own battery. Most of the robots currently in use at the plant require a communications tether and require a remote operator. The new drone is planned for use in mapping areas of the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Businesses Cut Off, Youth Don’t Plan To Return

Fukushima Businesses Cut Off, Youth Don’t Plan To Return

A new plan was announced by TEPCO and the Japanese government that would terminate compensation payments to businesses impacted by the disaster. The plan includes giving businesses a lump sum payment to cover compensation through fiscal 2016. If a business still needs compensation after that date they will need to take up a new fight against TEPCO who said they would consider more payments on a case by case basis. This cut off times with the … Read entire article »

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Rain May Have Caused Radiation Spike At Fukushima Drainage Canal

Rain May Have Caused Radiation Spike At Fukushima Drainage Canal

TEPCO reported a small radiation spike at the K drainage canal on June 6th. Levels went up on the 6th and back down slightly the following day. Workers had been doing additional monitoring after a tank leak had caused the readings in the K drainage canal to rise. This newest increase coincided with a small amount of rain at the plant. .59 inches of rain fell during June 6th according to the historical weather data. The … Read entire article »

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IRID Shows Off New Robot To Help With Containment Inspections At Fukushima Daiichi

IRID Shows Off New Robot To Help With Containment Inspections At Fukushima Daiichi

IRID has announced a new robot to help access the containment structures at Fukushima Daiichi. The new robot named TEMBO is based on a normal forklift. This robot’s job will be to manage shielding blocks in high radiation areas. The robot will be needed when containment inspection inside unit 2 takes place this summer. The entry pipe for unit 2 is currently being shielded by 140 shielding blocks that look like big bricks. This area also … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Caught Lying About Fukushima Failed Hose Incident

TEPCO Caught Lying About Fukushima Failed Hose Incident

TEPCO was reprimanded by the NRA after being caught lying about the use of the now failed transfer hose at the plant. TEPCO told NRA it was being used to transfer waste water from the rainwater catchment system. TEPCO began also transferring highly radioactive water from unit 3′s turbine building into the same system. They never informed the regulator of this change. It was also discovered that TEPCO had been questioned previously about the hose run that … Read entire article »

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New Leak At Daiichi Used Known Weak Hose

New Leak At Daiichi Used Known Weak Hose

TEPCO’s latest contaminated water leak at least partially made it to the sea. TEPCO eventually closed the drainage canals and began pumping the water out of the ditch with a pumping truck. That water is then returned to the contaminated water systems. This is of course problematic but the underlying cause it more serious. Soon after the disaster took place TEPCO put down lines of flexible hose to move water around the plant. These flexible hoses … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Cleans Most Contaminated Water, Not Really

Fukushima Daiichi Cleans Most Contaminated Water, Not Really

TEPCO announced that they have cleaned most of the contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi. But the details show they are no where near close to being done. Only cesium 137 & 134 along with strontium 90 have been removed from certain tanks of water. 620,000 tons of water have had these two isotopes removed. 10,000 tons of water currently can not be filtered for an undisclosed reason. 440,000 tons of water have now been run through ALPS … Read entire article »

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Waste Storage Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi At Risk Of Explosion

Waste Storage Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi At Risk Of Explosion

Filter waste containers stored at Fukushima Daiichi are at risk of having hydrogen explosions. TEPCO released documents on Friday detailing in depth the analysis of the stored HIC (high impact container) containers at the disaster site. Radioactive water had been found puddling up in the lip of the plastic and steel containers a few months ago. TEPCO then conducted inspections on groups of these containers to try to determine what was going on. The end result … Read entire article »

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Japan Takes S. Korea To WTO Over Fukushima Food Bans

Japan Takes S. Korea To WTO Over Fukushima Food Bans

Japan has filed a WTO trade complaint against South Korea for restricting potentially contaminated Japanese food from entering their market. Japan also recently threatened to do the same to Taiwan after that country put additional proof of origin and radiation screening on some imports. Japan’s argument has been that food products are under that country’s intervention limit for radiation contamination, citing government food testing programs. Those programs involved only spot testing of products. Food products not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; The Beginning Of The End

Fukushima; The Beginning Of The End

A series of announcements over the last two weeks have shown the Abe administration’s true plan for Fukushima & Japan. As the political class pushes for reactor restarts, their commitment towards Fukushima has turned to outright betrayal. Starting in 2016 local governments will be forced to pay for part of the reconstruction costs. Last week the central government announced they plan to reopen any area below 50 mSv/year for people to return by 2017. Areas at 20 … Read entire article »

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Takahama Reactor Restarts Appeal Rejected By Court

Takahama Reactor Restarts Appeal Rejected By Court

The restart attempt of the nuclear reactors at the Takahama plant in Japan has again been rejected by the courts. The initial injunction stated that safety could not be guaranteed and that the new safety rules lacked rationality. KEPCO immediately appealed the ruling but now the appeals court has upheld the injunction. This new ruling could give the financially troubled power company another problem to deal with. This also makes two court rulings confirming that … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radiation Found In Tap Water Around Japan

Fukushima Radiation Found In Tap Water Around Japan

Testing conducted in February and March of 2015 found cesium in many tap water samples collected around Japan. While the numbers were fairly low it is still a persistent problem since tap water is used in some way in everything that is consumed. In the readings, Tokyo had higher tap water contamination levels than Fukushima City. One reading that may cause confusion is the reading for Ichihara Chiba. It indicated iodine 131 was found in that … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Report: Taiwan Food Testing Of Japanese Imports

SimplyInfo.org Report: Taiwan Food Testing Of Japanese Imports

Thanks to activists in Japan, we were made aware of ongoing Japanese food import testing being conducted in Taiwan. The testing began in 2011 and continues today. Concerns about Japanese food imports were renewed after a mislabeling scandal found that food from banned Japanese prefectures were being relabeled and illegally sold in Taiwan. The testing results included roughly an item a day that was found to be contaminated. Taiwan’s food radiation limit is 370 bq/kg. Japan’s … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Implements New Oversight On Japan Food Imports

Taiwan Implements New Oversight On Japan Food Imports

After the mislabeling scandal earlier in the year where Japanese food imports had falsified prefecture of origin labels, Taiwan’s new food oversight goes into effect this Friday. The new rules were initially set to require a proof of radiation test results for certain foods and to be provided by Japan’s central government. The slightly modified rules will accept municipal radiation checks and checks from groups like chamber of commerce groups. Prefecture of origin proof will also … Read entire article »

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LDP Wants To Reopen Much Of Evacuation Zone By 2017

LDP Wants To Reopen Much Of Evacuation Zone By 2017

The LDP party is pushing a plan to reopen the evacuation zone for any area below 50 mSv/year by 2017. This change to evacuation zone designations would also likely end any compensation for those who moved away or similar aid for the area. According to their plan any area with up to 20 mSv/year would be reopened in 2016. Areas with up to 50 mSv/year in 2017. It is very unlikely any of these areas … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Fuel Removed From Reactor

The fuel assemblies that have been inside the unit 5 reactor vessel since the 2011 disaster have all been moved to the spent fuel pool of that unit. TEPCO reports that work started on April 22nd and completed May 13th. 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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Japanese Burger Chain Busted Using Restricted Fukushima Food In Taiwan

Japanese Burger Chain Busted Using Restricted Fukushima Food In Taiwan

Mos Burger is in trouble in Taiwan for importing mislabeled food products to their stores in Taiwan. One of the sauce mixes used by the chain was labeled as being produced in Tokyo but was actually produced in Tochigi Prefecture. The latter location is one of the prefectures under food import restrictions in Taiwan. The company will be fined for false customs declarations by the Taiwanese government. This article would not be possible without the extensive … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Customs Broker Arrested In Fukushima Food Scandal

Taiwan Customs Broker Arrested In Fukushima Food Scandal

A food import customs broker has been arrested in Taiwan on charges he faked import testing and documents. This included allegations that he faked origin documentation on seafood products that were from Chiba prefecture in Japan in order to import them into Taiwan. All of the food items had been sent to restaurants in Taiwan and served. The same person was also accused of swapping out samples of asparagus and crab from Thailand and the … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima News For A Monday (April 27, 2015)

A couple of stories came out over the last week or so that were worth mentioning. Toshiba showed off their new robot that is planned for unit 2 at Fukushima Daiichi. Earlier work at unit 2 attempted to run a scope camera down the control rod drive rail into the pedestal to look for melted fuel and damage to the reactor vessel. That effort was stopped short when they discovered the end of the rail was missing. There was also considerable burn damage around the pedestal opening and what looked like melted fuel debris. This new robot is similar to the Hitachi shape changing robot, it can also be run into containment via a penetration pipe. The Toshiba bot does appear to have its own rail system to overcome the damaged … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Begins Freezing Operations

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Begins Freezing Operations

TEPCO’s contractors have begun the process of freezing the completed sections of the frozen wall. Blocks 1-8 are currently in the freezing process. Other sections are either still under construction or in the process of having the plumbing installed. The sections currently being frozen include the land side and north sides of the reactor building areas. TEPCO handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150423_01-j.pdf This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Port Concreting Completed

Work to put down a coat of concrete across the entire port floor at Fukushima Daiichi has been completed. Initial work in 2012 did sections closer to the reactor building. Efforts that just wrapped up this week covered the remaining sections of the port floor. Since this last round of concrete work began operation we have seen the level of contamination in fish in the port decrease. There is some skepticism that TEPCO’s fish testing has not been 100% accurate, but the fish readings could be tied to this port work. TEPCO never clearly said what mechanism they were attempting to seal off. If this was to seal in sediment that contained contamination and potentially fuel fragments or if it was to seal leak routes into the port. TEPCO Handout: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150423_02-j.pdf This article would … Read entire article »

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Radioactive Drone Lands On Japan Prime Minister’s Roof

Radioactive Drone Lands On Japan Prime Minister’s Roof

A drone carrying a radioactive substance in a vial (assumed to be cesium) was discovered on the roof of the Prime Minister’s residence in Tokyo. No one is sure how long the drone had been on the roof. It was not detected by security systems, but was instead found by a maintenance crew. The vial gave off low levels of radiation but the Abe administration was quick to declare it to be terrorism, apparently unaware of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

Japan’s NRA has publicly urged TEPCO to upgrade computer systems used at Fukushima Daiichi, and possibly company wide. NRA pointed out the lack of current security updates in Windows XP created a significant security risk. The regulator urged TEPCO to stop being cheap and do the needed computer upgrades. After the public flogging a TEPCO representative said the company would move up the date for potential computer upgrades but didn’t say when they would be … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Inspection Work Completed

Fukushima Unit 1 Inspection Work Completed

TEPCO has announced that they have completed all of the work they can do on the unit 1 containment robot inspection (phase B1). The second robot’s did complete the planned inspection circuit and then took a look at the first robot that remained stranded. The crew did manage to obtain photos of the first robot and now have a better understanding of how it became stranded. Unfortunately the second robot saw its camera degrade to … Read entire article »

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Second Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Investigation Complete

Second Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Investigation Complete

TEPCO/IRID released a very small selection of video clips from the second investigation that took place over two days along with some photos and handouts. Previous work that included inserting a scope into containment estimated the water level was just below the catwalk level. Images and video from the new robot inspections hint that they may have seen a visual of that water level through the catwalk floor.   Radiation levels cited by TEPCO were low by comparison. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Bird Populations Continue To Decline

Fukushima Bird Populations Continue To Decline

A new study tracking the bird populations in Fukushima found a decline in population and in diversity. An even more curious finding was that bird populations continued to decline over years even as the radiation levels began to drop. ‘We know that there were hundreds in a given area before the disaster, and just a couple of years later we’re only able to find a few dozen left,’ said Dr Mousseau. ‘The declines have been really dramatic.’ … Read entire article »

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2nd Robot Enters Fukushima Unit 1 Containment

2nd Robot Enters Fukushima Unit 1 Containment

TEPCO is reporting that the second robot has been put into containment and made 6 of the 11 data stops on the second inspection route. This is roughly half way through the distance of the second route, noted in red on the graphic below. They plan to resume work tomorrow morning.   Rough translation of the report in TEPCO’s daily press handout.: 4 / 15 ~ you are ready this time, from collecting further information of the reactor containment … Read entire article »

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Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Hitachi’s shape changing robot (at least one of them, they have more) is abandoned and dead inside the containment of unit 1. The robot did manage to transmit quite a bit of information and was still working two days later when they cut the cord. This is a small bit of good news as it proved that the robot model could withstand fairly high radiation for a long period of time without the camera or … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Containment Robot To Be Abandoned Inside

Fukushima Containment Robot To Be Abandoned Inside

TEPCO announced that the robot stuck in containment will not be recovered. They will send a team into the reactor building today to cut the cable for the robot and leave it in containment. Entry of the second robot was postponed. TEPCO has not made the data collected by the first robot public yet. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Still Transmitting Data

Asahi Shimbun is reporting that the robot stranded inside unit 1 containment is still transmitting data. This rules out radiation damaging the controls. From Asahi Shimbun: “According to an IRID official, the operators tugged on the robot’s cable and sent instructions for it to change shape, but it still would not move. The robot’s camera, dosimeter and temperature gauge were not damaged, and the robot was still capable of transmitting data.” They also stated that the actual travel time was between 11:20 to 2 pm. The remaining hours of the work effort was the time needed to insert the robot into containment. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Failure, What We Know So Far

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Failure, What We Know So Far

Per Yahoo News Japan, the robot died about 2/3 of the way through the planned route. Specifics about what kind of failure the robot had were not available yet but Kyodo News reports that workers tried to tug on the data cable but were unable to move the robot. Workers are currently working on an effort to retrieve the robot from containment. This map of the planned work, rotated to match the existing floor plan orientation … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Dies In Containment During Inspection

Fukushima Unit 1 Robot Dies In Containment During Inspection

Kyodo News is reporting the robot died inside unit 1′s containment during the inspection. It stopped functioning part way through the inspection. TEPCO has provided no other information about this yet. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection Conducted

Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection Conducted

TEPCO reports that the work is underway and released three images of the robot being inserted into the containment structure. The images of the robot were taken with a scope camera and confirm the robot was inserted into containment, made it down to the catwalk and successfully rearranged itself for the inspection work. No additional information was given by TEPCO at this time but they did label the handout for the work as “preliminary” so additional … Read entire article »

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