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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 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) … 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 All content … 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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Fukushima Unit 1 To Begin Muon Scan In February

Fukushima Unit 1 To Begin Muon Scan In February

Work to install the muon scanners at Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 should be underway by February 2015. A number of research projects leading up to this have been taking place. These include efforts to determine the proper amount of shielding required so the detectors can function at the plant among the high levels of radiation and test scans of a functional reactor at Tokai. With both of these projects done, the first installation is planned for … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 New Photos Reveal Additional Damage

Fukushima Unit 1 New Photos Reveal Additional Damage

Photos taken during the removal of the cover on unit 1 showed some additional conditions on the refueling floor that had not been apparent until now. A section of the concrete reactor cover was dislodged during the events at unit 1. The other end of the cover section is not visible, this would give a better idea of how the section became dislodge. It could indicate that the events at unit 1 were worse than … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Not Disclosing Worker Injuries At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Not Disclosing Worker Injuries At Fukushima Daiichi

Journalist Ryuichi Kino has documents a large number of injuries to workers in 2014 that TEPCO has not made public. The information was submitted to the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. TEPCO’s excuse seemed to be, if the workers didn’t require an outside ambulance ride or helicopter, they were not going to disclose the injury. But some of these injuries were quite serious. Eighteen required repair of broken bones or sutures. There were also 32 … Read entire article »

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More Suspected Cancers Found In Fukushima Children

More Suspected Cancers Found In Fukushima Children

A leak to the media ahead of the next Fukushima Health Survey meeting indicated that there are four new suspected cancers recently found. These four children had clean screenings on the first round of screening. This means the suspected cancers developed between the first and second screening. The number of total confirmed cancers has also been raised to 84. For more information, Fukushima Voice has a detailed translation of the Japanese press article. http://fukushimavoice-eng2.blogspot.com/2014/12/fukushima-thyroid-examination-four.html This article would not be … Read entire article »

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IRID Part 5; Fuel Debris Research

IRID Part 5; Fuel Debris Research

The current working plan is still to try to plug leaks via the torus and torus room, flood containment and remove fuel from the top of the reactor well, similar to Three Mile Island. Part of the plan for spent fuel at Fukushima Daiichi would be to reprocess the spent fuel after it has been put into storage (assumed to mean cask storage). After that they would reprocess any of the damaged assemblies. This reprocessing scheme … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4 100% Emptied Of All Fuel

Fukushima Unit 4 100% Emptied Of All Fuel

As of Saturday evening JST, unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi has been emptied of all nuclear fuel. Workers had removed all of the spent nuclear fuel earlier this month that had created a severe risk at the plant. The risk from the damaged spent fuel pool had caused international criticism that eventually prompted TEPCO to fast track the removal. The spent fuel pool had been found to have cracks and other damage in April of 2011. With all … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 4; 26 fuel assemblies left to go

Fukushima Unit 4; 26 fuel assemblies left to go

Unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi has had 1507 fuel assemblies removed. The remaining fuel assemblies in the pool are all unused assemblies that are being transferred to unit 6 for temporary storage. Once the remaining 26 assemblies are removed there will be no remaining fuel in unit 4. 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. … Read entire article »

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Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

Mobile Strontium 90 Removal Equipment At Fukushima Appears To Work

The US company that supplied a mobile strontium 90 filtration system is saying it met target goals of performance at Fukushima Daiichi. The company also mentions that TEPCO has now ordered a second unit. The mobile system is installed in a shipping crate and is able to be moved from place to place. The system then filters the contents of a storage tank to remove strontium 90. The high levels of strontium 90 had been an … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 4; Fuel Debris Study

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 4; Fuel Debris Study

JAEA and IRID have been working on various project for removal and storage of the corium (melted fuel) in the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. The projects are tied together since understanding the composition of the melted fuel will impact how it can be safely removed and eventually stored long term. Efforts to understand the debris look at: -Mechanical properties: hardness, elasticity, fracture toughness, etc. -Thermal properties: melting point and thermal conductivity, specific heat, etc. -Other: … Read entire article »

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1419 Fuel Assemblies Removed Fukushima Unit 4

1419 Fuel Assemblies Removed Fukushima Unit 4

1419 fuel assemblies have been removed from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi. 114 assemblies left to move, with these being unused assemblies. These are being moved to the spent fuel pool at unit 6. TEPCO has made 65 fuel transfers from unit 4 to date. 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO’s Trench Saga Could Have Unintended Consequences

TEPCO has made multiple attempts to deal with the unit 2 trench full of highly contaminated water. In 2011 they tried to block leaking water in the area. After it was admitted in 2013 that the tunnel still contained highly radioactive water, plans were put in place to empty the tunnel of water. First TEPCO tried to freeze it, then they dumped in ice when the freezing didn’t completely work. The next attempt was to dump … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 3; Testing The Goo

Fukushima Daiichi Updates From IRID Part 3; Testing The Goo

IRID has made some progress on their research to find ways to seal the containment structures at Fukushima Daiichi. The plan has been to flood the containment structures in order to provide shielding during the fuel removal procedures. Concern has been raised about the ability of these structures to hold the weight and pressure of that much water or how this would impact the structure during an earthquake. The structures are already severely damaged along … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Declares Effort To Drain Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Trench Futile

TEPCO Declares Effort To Drain Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 Trench Futile

TEPCO drained 200,000 liters of water out of the unit 2 trench after they declared the end near the turbine building to be sealed. After the water level only went down a fraction of the level they assumed it should have, they declared that the water must be coming from somewhere else. Where they don’t seem to know. The new plan is to now fill the trench in with concrete while drawing water out of … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Begins Draining Unit 2 Trench Of Radioactive Water

TEPCO Begins Draining Unit 2 Trench Of Radioactive Water

TEPCO has finally begun draining the Unit 2 trench of highly radioactive water. The trench was found to contain highly radioactive water soon after the initial meltdowns. Some minor effort was made at that time to plug some holes that allowed water to drain into the trench. Since that time nothing was done for years. Only in 2013 when the contaminated water leaks became a political issue did an effort to deal with the water … Read entire article »

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Greenpeace Survey Finds Unsafe Radiation Levels In Fukushima

Greenpeace Survey Finds Unsafe Radiation Levels In Fukushima

A new Greenpeace radiation survey done in Fukushima prefecture, outside the evacuation zone, showed unsafe levels of radiation. Various locations around the prefecture including Fukushima City still show with hot spots that are above the safety limits. Places with unsafe levels included in front of a hospital, on roads and other locations. Levels in less traveled locations such as forests were much worse. The government has avoided dealing with the unsafe levels and hot spots by … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg

Fukushima Mushrooms Still As High As 102,900 Bq/Kg

I report from late September showed that mushrooms cultivated for home consumption were still very high in cesium contamination. Mushrooms ranged from 85 bq/kg up to the high reading of 102,900 bq/kg. Most were in the thousands to tens of thousands of becquerels of cesium. Foods like mushrooms, wild berries (including wild strawberry & blueberry) and wild game are still highly contaminated in parts of Europe decades after Chernobyl. So this problem in north east Japan … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns

Fukushima Contaminated Food Was Found In US Right After The Meltdowns

A presentation given at a recent American Chemical Society meeting outlined the discovery of Fukushima radioactive contamination in food soon after the disaster. Private sector testing done for food importers in the US did find contamination in some food items sent in for testing. Since this work was done with a private lab by a food company there was no mandate to make this information public. One sample of imported fresh fish from Japan intended for … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima

TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima

As news came out about yet another finding of Fukushima radioactive contamination offshore of North America, TEPCO published a rather bizarre press release. The corporate statement insists the contamination “Level raises no concern for human or animal health”. This is a bit like taking healthy food advice from McDonalds. They go on to misrepresent statements made by Woods Hole for their own purposes including one twisted to try to claim cesium doesn’t contaminate fish. This is obviously … Read entire article »

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43 Groups Request Revision Of UNSCEAR Fukushima Report & New UN Mandate For UNSCEAR

43 Groups Request Revision Of UNSCEAR Fukushima Report & New UN Mandate For UNSCEAR

43 groups from around the world delivered a formal letter to the UN during the UN general assembly. The letter requested that UNSCEAR revise their highly criticized 2014 report on Fukushima. The report claimed no discernible effect on the Japanese population from Fukushima, yet a considerable body of research has shown otherwise. The letter also requested the UN change the UNSCEAR mandate to focus on a primarily scientific mission and to protect public health. Details can … Read entire article »

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Details Of Fukushima Unit 4 Damaged Fuel Removal

Details Of Fukushima Unit 4 Damaged Fuel Removal

TEPCO cites that they have removed the last of the damaged fuel from unit 4′s spent fuel pool. They provided a few photos and videos of the work. The assembly was hoisted with a cable out of the fuel rack then moved to the cask. The assembly shown in the videos and photos had large scrape marks showing how distorted the assembly is as it was pulled out of the fuel rack. Videos and larger … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1, 2nd Cover Section Removed

Fukushima Unit 1, 2nd Cover Section Removed

TEPCO has removed a second section of building cover from unit 1. As the first section was removed TEPCO claimed to take readings to prove no contamination was blowing away. There was no offsite dust monitoring done and no 3rd party monitoring done. TEPCO declared things “safe” and removed another cover section. This work is being done after demolition work on the unit 3 building caused a dust cloud to blow out of the plant undetected … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contamination Found 150km Off Eureka California

Fukushima Contamination Found 150km Off Eureka California

Woods Hole’s radiation mapping program has found Fukushima identified cesium 150km off the shore of Eureka California. A press release mentioned that the reading was “below 2 bq per meter” but didn’t give the exact reading. Previous findings of Fukushima identified cesium include 2013 readings north of Hawaii and one earlier this year offshore further north near Canada. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All … Read entire article »

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3 Workers Injured At Fukushima Daiichi, 1 In Critical Condition

Three workers were injured when steel construction materials for tanks at Fukushima Daiichi fell on them. One is in the hospital in critical condition. One with a possible broken leg. Details available here http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/11/07/Fukushima-construction-workers-hurt-operator/ 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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All Spent Fuel Out Of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

All Spent Fuel Out Of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

TEPCO announced they have removed all of the spent fuel from unit 4. They did not provide details about the removal of the damaged assemblies in the pool but claim only the unused fuel assemblies remain. Those unused assemblies will eventually be moved to the unit 6 spent fuel pool for storage. This ends the tense issue of the unit 4 spent fuel pool. In the first months after the disaster TEPCO discovered the pool had … Read entire article »

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How Fukushima Daiichi Could End Up Fueling Cars In Japan

How Fukushima Daiichi Could End Up Fueling Cars In Japan

One of the funded research projects towards the response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster may have an unusual side effect if the project eventually goes into operation. The Kurion tritium removal system being developed for use at Fukushima Daiichi could provide hydrogen fuel for cars in Japan. If this technology works as claimed and can be put into operation two of the byproducts would be hydrogen gas and pure oxygen. These byproducts could be captured for … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Unit 5 Begins Fuel Removal

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 5 Begins Fuel Removal

TEPCO has begun work to remove fuel from the reactor to the spent fuel pool at unit 5 Fukushima Daiichi. Prior to fuel removal, work was conducted to test equipment and prepare for the work. Fuel will remain in the spent fuel pool. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141031_04-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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 Fuel Removal Delayed

Fukushima Unit 1 Fuel Removal Delayed

TEPCO announced they would delay the removal of both spent fuel from the pool and from the reactor vessel at unit 1, Fukushima Daiichi. What is not clear is exactly why. TEPCO cited having to remove excessive debris from the buildings. They have known the conditions inside the building and the refueling floor for a number of years. Investigations into the building and refueling floor began as early as 2011 with an in depth screening … Read entire article »

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Fukushima US Sailor Lawsuit Upheld, Now Includes GE, Hitachi, Ebasco, Toshiba

A US court upheld the lawsuit brought by hundreds of sailors exposed to radiation as part of the response to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The lawsuit originally was just against TEPCO. Along with this news that the district court has upheld the suit so it can move forward, the cause now includes GE, Hitachi, Ebasco and Toshiba as defendants. The list of new defendants includes all the parties involved in the design and construction of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Greenpeace had previously brought this issue up, that the designers and construction companies responsible for the failed plant should be held liable for the massive failure during the disaster.   (Press Release via Nuclear Hotseat from the lawyers handling the case) PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Charles Bonner & Cabral Bonner & Paul … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; Radiation Spike In Unit 1 Discharge Canal

Fukushima; Radiation Spike In Unit 1 Discharge Canal

TEPCO hasn’t released radiation readings for the set of discharge canals for well over a year. This location has been historically quite high when they sampled it before. TEPCO announced that the sampling location in the discharge canal was again quite high while a downstream location was not. They provided no explanation where they assume the highly contaminated water is migrating to. Beta radiation:  120,000 bq/liter Cesium 134:  31,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 95,000 bq/liter TEPCO closed off the end of the discharge … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Groundwater Contamination Rises To Nearly Double Previous Reading

Fukushima Groundwater Contamination Rises To Nearly Double Previous Reading

Seafront well 1-6 began to rise again after it had begun to drop after the most recent typhoon. It nearly doubled, from 1.4 million bq/liter of beta radiation on the 23rd up to 2.5 million bq/liter on the 27th. TEPCO gave no reason for the jump. This grouping of monitoring wells is assumed to be located in the path of the underground plume of highly contaminated water from unit 1. They are also located near the … Read entire article »

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What May Be Causing The New Reactor Building Leak At Fukushima Daiichi

What May Be Causing The New Reactor Building Leak At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO admitted last week that some subdrain pit wells at the Fukushima Daiichi plant showed a large increase in contamination. These wells were originally a system used to remove groundwater from the reactor building basements, similar to a sump pump system. After the disaster these wells were largely ignored until this year. TEPCO began sampling them and later came up with this idea to pump water out of the subdrain pits, decontaminate it and dump … Read entire article »

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Unit 1 Cover Removal Begins At Fukushima Daiichi

Unit 1 Cover Removal Begins At Fukushima Daiichi

Initial work to remove the cover off unit 1 at Fukushima Daiichi has begun. The initial work includes cutting a hole into the tent cover and spraying a fixative to try to lower dust releases. Actual removal is scheduled for next year with demolition work falling further into 2016. The unit is currently scheduled for spent fuel removal in 2017. http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141022_06-j.pdf    This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … 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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