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Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Highly Radioactive Boar Found In Germany This Week

Wild boar exceeding the German limit of 600 bq/kg were found in the region of Saxony. The boar have been being tested since 2012 with some dozens of times over the limit. In a year more test over the limit than below even decades after Chernobyl. The Saxony region is 700 miles from Chernobyl yet still harbors this ongoing problem. Foods such as mushrooms and wild berries are still considered unsafe to eat in Germany. image … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Refueling Machine Portion Falls In Spent Fuel Pool

Fukushima Refueling Machine Portion Falls In Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO is reporting that the console portion of the refueling machine that fell into the spent fuel pool of unit 3 during the initial explosion has now fallen further into the pool. Workers were attempting to remove the section of the refueling machine from the pool when it broke loose and fell into the pool. TEPCO thinks it fell into a section of the pool beside the fuel racks but will be doing an underwater camera inspection … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Interviews Clear Up Evacuation Of Daiichi Question

Fukushima Disaster Interviews Clear Up Evacuation Of Daiichi Question

A new report released by Kyodo News seems to clear up what transpired and who may have wanted to abandon Fukushima Daiichi at the height of the meltdowns. The series of events are outlined as far as who said or did what during those hours, these are in time order based on either a date/time stamp or Kyodo’s narrative: 1. Susumu Kawamata (TEPCO) told Banri Kaida (NISA) “I’m sorry. We’ve tried many things, but we are in a … Read entire article »

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2nd ALPS Decontamination System Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

2nd ALPS Decontamination System Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

A second ALPS decontamination system is being installed at Fukushima Daiichi and will begin test operations in early September. NRA announced the new system yesterday. The first ALPS system, designed by Toshiba has been plagued with problems that required around a year of testing operations to make it work properly. Another system in testing phases at the plant is a new Hitachi system that would remove some of the isotopes that ALPS can not. image credit | … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Fukushima Daiichi Sea Releases Updated To 157 Billion Bq Per Day

Yesterday we reported on TEPCO’s admission of ongoing daily sea releases of contaminated water to the Pacific. The TEPCO rep in the press conference cited the tritium level as being 1 billion becquerels per day. The graph submitted by TEPCO to METI showed a quite different amount for the tritium readings. The journalists at the conference prodded TEPCO for actual readings due to the graph having wide ranges and exact numbers were not published along side … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Drops Bombshell About Sea Releases; 8 Billion Bq Per Day

TEPCO made the startling admission today at a press conference that the plant is leaking 8 billion bequerels per day. (8 gigabequerels) 5 billion bq of strontium 90 2 billion bq of cesium 137 1 billion bq of tritium * (later corrected to 150) This is the ongoing daily release to the Pacific. These release numbers are also within the realm of what some oceanographers have been warning about since last year, that there was an ongoing and considerable leak to the sea. According to journalist Ryuichi Kino TEPCO said this may be due to failings of some sort within the “glass” wall at the sea front. This is an underground wall made in the soil by injecting a solidifying agent to block water flow. This daily release would add up to 11,680,000,000,000 = 11 terabequerels … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Begin Unit 3 Crane Removal From Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO To Begin Unit 3 Crane Removal From Spent Fuel Pool

A brief note in the daily reports mentioned that TEPCO will be pausing cooling to the unit 3 spent fuel pool again. This time it is to begin work to remove the refueling crane that fell into the pool during the blast. This work is obviously risky to an extent as they try to remove the heavy refueling crane from the damaged fuel pool. TEPCO previously installed a flexible dam in the pool to try … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Failed To Deliver Needed Equipment To Fukushima Daiichi At Height Of Disaster

TEPCO Failed To Deliver Needed Equipment To Fukushima Daiichi At Height Of Disaster

NHK is reporting this new admission as coming from the late plant manager Masao Yoshida. He discussed problems with getting desperately needed equipment to the plant during the meltdowns. TEPCO sent batteries needed to try to operate control room equipment without any notice of the size or voltage of the batteries. Most batteries were too heavy to carry. Workers had to waste time sorting through the batteries to find ones that were usable. Yoshida also noted … Read entire article »

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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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NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA Volcano Review Of Nuclear Safety Abruptly Exposes Reality

NRA began their review of nuclear safety related to volcano’s this week. This would be considered a good thing for a country full of volcanoes. The first meeting exposed some inconvenient problems with the notion of nuclear power plants and volcanoes peacefully co-existing. “The Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, guidelines require nuclear power plant operators to take specific actions if volcanic activity could affect operations. The actions include taking nuclear fuel out of the facilities.” TEPCO has been … Read entire article »

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Muon Detection Tests Begin In Japan Towards Fuel Detection at Fukushima Daiichi

Muon Detection Tests Begin In Japan Towards Fuel Detection at Fukushima Daiichi

A sample testing box set was tested at JAEA’s Tokai reactor in late July. The tests helped them come up with what they think will be proper shielding for the detectors. IRID reports that they think about 10cm of shielding should be enough to enable detectors to be installed at Fukushima Daiichi. There will still be considerable challenges to an actual installation. In order to do the actual detection on the containment structure of each reactor, … Read entire article »

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More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer

More Fukushima Children Found With Thyroid Cancer

Another periodic report from the Fukushima Health Survey has found more thyroid cancers in children. Another 14 cancers were confirmed since the last report in May 2014. This brings the total number of thyroid cancers (confirmed or suspected) at 103. Some news outlets were reporting it as 104 but one case was confirmed during surgery to have not been a malignant cancer. Of the 295,689 children given an initial examination 48.5% had some form of nodule or … Read entire article »

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Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster

Govt. To Disclose All Yoshida Testimony Of Fukushima Disaster

The Japanese government has announced that all 20 hours of Masao Yoshida’s testimony about the Fukushima nuclear disaster will be made public in September. Previously, Fukushima officials said they would sue to force the disclosure of the testimony. Yoshida is the one person who truly knew what transpired at Fukushima Daiichi during the height of the disaster. 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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Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan NRA To Create Panel To Explore Volcano Risks To Nuclear Plants

Japan’s NRA has established a panel to investigate volcano risks to nuclear plants, on the heels of their claim that the volcano risk to the Sendai nuclear plant is “negligible”. While establishing the panel, the NRA also began to back peddle on their claims of safety against volcanos at Sendai. NRA later called the risk negligible “at the moment” and admitted they have not obtained enough knowledge about the volcano risk to nuclear plants in … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis

Fukushima Worker Testimony Made Public, Reveals Height Of The Crisis

“Father, Mother, please forgive me for dying before I could fulfill my duty as a son. After the earthquake, I would have wished to hear your voices even once.” “I did not give up on life until the very end.” As portions of the hundreds of testimonies given to the government investigation into the Fukushima nuclear disaster Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News have been facilitating their dissemination to the public. Asahi has previously released and translated plant … Read entire article »

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New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

New Fukushima Worker Testimony Describes Suicide Mission To Vent Unit 1

Kyodo News is running a series of articles based on some of the official testimony of Fukushima Daiichi workers. These workers tell important details TEPCO didn’t always disclose along with their personal stories of battling the disaster. Some of the more disturbing and new revelations include efforts to vent unit 1 by workers at the plant on March 12 as the disaster began to worsen. Hideyoshi Endo, a shift supervisor was one of the workers who took … Read entire article »

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NHK Admits Fukushima Daiichi Ejected Fuel After Multiple Studies Document It

NHK Admits Fukushima Daiichi Ejected Fuel After Multiple Studies Document It

A rough translation of the NHK article tells something almost unbelievable to see admitted by the state news agency. “It is a result, in addition to the radioactive cesium, zirconium material of the fuel rods and uranium, and iron of the material of the pressure vessel, material that matches the structure of the nuclear reactor and nuclear fuel has been detected.” NHK has been one of the less critical news sources in Japan, frequently downplaying or omitting … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 10, 2014

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 10, 2014

Japan’s central government to offer 300 billion yen over 30 years for towns near Fukushima Daiichi to host nuclear debris dumps http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/08/306069.html Taiwan will shut down construction & operation of their new nuclear plant for 3 years to allow time for a public referendum that could permanently shut down the plant. http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/taiwan-shut-down-nearly-completed-nuclear-plant-after-public-protests-2014 Nuclear bomb travelling across the UK suffer 70 safety lapses http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/environment/nuclear-bomb-convoys-travelling-across-the-uk-suffer-70-safety-lapses.24939186 Japan Subculture Research Center goes in depth to explain the complex interdependency of  Japan’s nuclear reprocessing program and … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Contaminated Water Problems Worsen

Fukushima Contaminated Water Problems Worsen

TEPCO announced this week that they wanted to begin pumping up water from the sub drains near the reactor buildings. This comes as they were also admitting the efforts to freeze the trench were not going well. TEPCO’s plan would included decontaminating this water before dumping it into the sea. The disaster site has struggled with water decontamination for years and just announced recently that they think they finally have the ALPS decontamination system operational. None … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Regulators Suppressing Reactor Tsunami Study

A study of the tsunami risk at Diablo Canyon nuclear plant in California has been raising questions about NRC’s honesty and if they are even taking the risks to US nuclear plants seriously. A 2005 report that found multiple scenarios involving tsunami could kick off a major reactor accident. So where is this report? The NRC has suppressed it since 2005. When they did their review of US reactor safety post Fukushima, surely they included that in their determination and public disclosure? Nope. Various watchdog groups found out about the 2005 only after it was mentioned in an email that was caught up in an MSNBC FOIA request. Multiple attempts have been made to obtain this report but the NRC has declared the report off limits and will not release it … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Reactor Vessel Failure Preceded Explosion

As part of TEPCO’s admission that 100% of the unit 3 core has melted and left the reactor vessel, they included this new information seen in the graph below. The graph shows the times of events related to the melted fuel. TEPCO now estimates the reactor vessel failed just after about 7 am on March 14th. The pedestal line shows a very rapid shift from the reactor vessel to the pedestal. Not the gradual transition seen between the core and the lower plenum. It also shows between about 6 am on March 14th and 1 pm on March 14th that the molten fuel mass significantly migrated from the pedestal to the drywell of the containment structure. This transition activity from reactor vessel, to pedestal to drywell happened over a 7 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Unit 3 Had Total Melt Through

TEPCO Admits Unit 3 Had Total Melt Through

TEPCO has admitted that the fuel at unit 3 had a complete melt through. This is where 100% of the fuel melts and drops into the containment vessel. TEPCO previously estimated 60% of the fuel melted through. They now claim that the HPCI (cooling system) ceased working at 5:30 am March 13, 5 hours earlier than the previous estimate. This was 26 hours before the massive hydrogen and steam explosion at unit 3. This piece of … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Room Inspection

Fukushima Unit 2 Torus Room Inspection

Hitachi GE conducted robot investigations into unit 2′s torus room on July 17th. The main focus of the work was to look at the pipe penetrations between the torus room wall and the turbine building. The swimming and also the crawling robots did the work together. It was noted that the layer of debris and sediment in the bottom of the torus room caused some problems when the robots kicked up that sediment. Other earlier … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Outlines Plan To Remove Damaged Fuel At Unit 4

TEPCO Outlines Plan To Remove Damaged Fuel At Unit 4

TEPCO released a short handout this week that explains their plan for removing the damaged fuel at unit 4. One assembly is considerably bent, both the body of the assembly and the lifting handle are damaged. TEPCO cites this as being from a work error before the disaster. Two additional assemblies have known leaks. TEPCO plans to remove the damaged assembly using the overhead crane rather than the refueling crane. This would be a far less precise … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO Claims ALPS Decontamination System To Be Operational By End Of Year

TEPCO hopes to have two new installations of ALPS completed in September and October of this year. The company is also now claiming that the current system has been able to remove considerable amounts of additional types of radiation down to below regulatory limits, though amounts of these isotopes still exist in the water. The water would also still contain tritium, something ALPS can not remove. By adding additional tanks and changing a filter media being … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Finally Repairs Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling

TEPCO Finally Repairs Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling

After weeks of unit 5 not having an operational spent fuel pool cooling system, TEPCO has finally replaced the leaking valve. The valve interior showed considerable corrosion that lead to the leak. TEPCO failed to explain why it took them so long to repair the system. While the repair was delayed the spent fuel pool and reactor vessel that still contains fuel had to share the reactor cooling system. Unit 5 is the second newest reactor … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup July 27, 2014

METI considering opening some evacuation areas over Bon holiday http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/20140722_01.html Iitate Residents File For Arbitration http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140722_28.html Former Tomioka mayor dies at 74 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140720/ex-fukushima-town-mayor-dies-at-74 Japan to consider not reprocessing spent nuclear fuel http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html A new type of drone will be used inside Fukushima Daiichi to inspect buildings http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html High pressure injection system at Oconee had failure due to bad welds and cracks http://www.wyff4.com/news/nrc-undetected-crack-leak-at-oconee-nuclear-plant-caused-shutdown/26997798#!bhIriT Japan’s test site for nuclear waste storage could become national nuclear waste dump http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Underground-lab-tackles-Japan-nuclear-waste-issue-5619430.php#page-1 Chubu Electric built 250 million yen slush fund to win over politicians http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201407200021 Fukushima evacuees traveled average 273 km in search for shelter http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407130019 US House tries to prevent the Department of Energy and Defense Department from acting on climate change http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/house_bans_the_department_of_energy_from_acknowledging_climate_change/ How a new evolution of battery storage could totally change the US power market and energy for consumers http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/featured/Storage-Is-the-New-Solar-Will-Batteries-and-PV-Create-an-Unstoppable-Hybri US Utilities get more time to gauge nuke flood risks http://www.chron.com/news/article/Utilities-get-more-time-to-gauge-nuke-flood-risks-5637911.php 1994 Study of Nuclear Workers Finds High … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Groundwater Bypass Not Working As Planned

Fukushima Groundwater Bypass Not Working As Planned

NHK is reporting that the groundwater bypass system being used by TEPCO isn’t making a significant change in groundwater levels near the reactors. Monitoring wells showed only about a 10 centimeter drop over the last two months. Regulators asked TEPCO to gather more data. The current bypass system is quite small, removing only 100 tons of the daily 400 tons of incoming groundwater. This system is also near the reactors being located directly uphill near the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

Fukushima Monkeys May Show Radiation Damage

A new study of Japanese snow monkeys shows that they may be suffering from damage from radiation exposure. Researchers found that the blood pathology of the contaminated monkeys showed reductions in white and red blood cells and other parameters. “Fukushima monkeys had significantly low white and red blood cell counts, hemoglobin, and hematocrit, and the white blood cell count in immature monkeys showed a significant negative correlation with muscle cesium concentration” The study also showed that the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Bolt Together Tanks Were Known To Leak Before Installation

TEPCO’s Bolt Together Tanks Were Known To Leak Before Installation

The manufacturer that sold TEPCO used bolt together tanks for use at Fukushima Daiichi said that the tanks were known to not be leak proof. The tanks, made to hold construction mud were not made for holding dangerous liquids. Instead they were used as temporary solutions on construction sites for holding mud. TEPCO purchased a number of both used and new tanks, the company said they never guaranteed the used tanks for 5 years as … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Trench Freezing Failures & Tactics Technical Report

Fukushima Trench Freezing Failures & Tactics Technical Report

Update: Added table of sea water data at the end and another TEPCO handout on the work released this week. TEPCO admitted a few weeks ago to METI that the trench freezing operation underway for units 2 and 3 was not working. TEPCO initially provided few details but did give a detailed report to METI. Today TEPCO released some ideas for how they intend to overcome the problems but didn’t make the details of the problems … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

TEPCO admitted today that the plant is still releasing 10 million becquerels per hour to the atmosphere. This is in addition to all the initial and over time releases from the early phases of the disaster. TEPCO also claimed that the incident during unit 3′s demolition only released one trillion becquerels, much lower that the 4 trillion becquerels release estimate for the incident compiled by researchers at Kyoto University who found the releases in the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

Fukushima: Unit 1 Cover Removal & Demolition Work To Begin Soon

TEPCO has announced their plan to remove the cover of unit 1 so that debris on the refueling floor can be cleaned off. This work will enable viewing of the spent fuel pool and the condition of the reactor well. The work has come under increased scrutiny after it was discovered that similar demolition work at unit 3 had caused contamination up to 50km from the plant due to the wind blowing radioactive building dust. TEPCO’s … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi; Work Begins To Concrete Port A Second Time

Fukushima Daiichi; Work Begins To Concrete Port A Second Time

Work has begun, to concrete over the port at Fukushima Daiichi for a second time. Initial work to concrete over the port floor was initiated soon after the disaster was brought partially under control. This work will be completed in March of 2015 with monitoring of the work to continue for some time after the work is completed to confirm it is still working. The port has been suspect since 2011 as a contributing factor … Read entire article »

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Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan Moves Closer To Nuclear Restarts, But Who Decides?

Japan’s NRA gave an initial approval towards the Sendai nuclear plant meeting government “safety standards”. There are still other aspects of safety and equipment that NRA would need to approve but there is much more that would have to happen before any reactor was to restart operations. NRA also mentioned they are close to giving an approval to the Takahama nuclear plant. Part of these safety upgrades includes construction of a radiation resistant bunker building/command center … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Demolition Spread Contamination 50km, Multiple Instances

Fukushima Unit 3 Demolition Spread Contamination 50km, Multiple Instances

More information has come out about the contamination caused by the demolition work on unit 3. It was not the government, or TEPCO who found this was happening. Researchers from Kyoto University confirmed the problem in March 2014 and alerted the government. Had the university not been operating dust monitors on a regular basis, this issue likely would not have been admitted or known. 4 trillion becquerels were released in the August 19th incident and spread … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO Contaminated Nearby Town During Unit 3 Demolition

TEPCO has admitted to re-contaminating the area around Minamisoma after being confronted by the agriculture ministry. Rice in Minamisoma was found to be over the government radiation limit of 100 bq/kg. Upon further inspection the ministry found it was the outside of the rice plants that had the most contamination rather than the rice kernel itself. This indicated contamination fell on the plants rather than being taken up from the soil. Now TEPCO is admitting on … Read entire article »

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Unit 5 Fukushima Remains On Shared Cooling, No Repair Stated; July 14, 2014

Unit 5 Fukushima Remains On Shared Cooling, No Repair Stated; July 14, 2014

TEPCO again has posted no information about the needed repair of the spent fuel pool cooling system on unit 5 again today. The reactor and pool remain on shared cooling using the RHR system. While this is keeping both within safe temperatures it is not a situation that should become permanent. Graphs below from hourly data feeds. 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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Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Workers for TEPCO have been leaving at a rapid pace. Between cuts in pay and the social stigma of working for the company, many have chosen to leave. What is more interesting is how many have left the nuclear industry all together and are now working for new solar power companies. This could become an even larger trend as other nuclear power utilities see their businesses flounder. The disaster has also caused a drastic shift in … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Alternate Cooling, No ETA For System Repair; July 13, 2014

Fukushima Unit 5 Alternate Cooling, No ETA For System Repair; July 13, 2014

TEPCO still has not given any further information about the needed repair of the leaking valve for the main cooling system used by the spent fuel pool of unit 5. Alternate cooling by sharing the RHR system for the reactor vessel continues as can be seen in the hourly data feeds. Previously reported, the RHR system was having a minor oil leak problem, TEPCO did a temporary fix. This makes restoration of the normal cooling … Read entire article »

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