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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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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; July 13, 2014

Some Okuma residents have given up on the idea of returning home and are requesting compensation for their property. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140704_04.html The Sendai nuclear plant in Japan may restart without a functioning offsite emergency center. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407070029 A German bank invests $1 billion for solar power in Japan. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-07/deutsche-bank-lends-1-billion-in-japans-solar-gold-rush Residents of a district in Iitate wonder about the future of their community with the area designated “difficult to return”. Many residents have been returning to maintain their homes and even mow lawns. http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20140706-00000518-san-soci Japan’s nuclear regulator may increase safety rules for Fukushima Daiichi http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140709_28.html The governor of Niigata fears for his life over his opposition to TEPCO restarting the Kasiwazaki Kariwa http://saigaijyouhou.com/blog-entry-942.html Journalist finds secret Chinese underground nuclear power plant using Google maps and social media. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/08/the_untold_story_of_chinas_forgotten_underground_nuclear_reactor_yichang_827_plant TEPCO has begun surveying the collapsed corner of unit 3 http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140711_06-j.pdf After testing air samples, official still have no clue about … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Continues Alternate Cooling

Fukushima Unit 5 Continues Alternate Cooling

Unit 5 continues to operate on shared cooling with the reactor vessel. Graphs of hourly temperature data pulled today show again, the back and forth trend in temperature changes as they shift cooling between the vessel and the pool. The high temperature seen in the RPV graph is 42.5c. Also mentioned today in TEPCO’s daily reports, unit 6 has returned to cooling the spent fuel pool after a short outage to test the fuel gate.   RPV … Read entire article »

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Saturday Quake, Aftershock of 3-11 Quake

The 6.8 quake in Japan on early Saturday morning generated tsunami warnings and caused a few evacuations. So far no significant damage has been reported from the quake. It has however been classified as an aftershock of the 3-11 quake that kicked off the massive disaster in Fukushima. The Saturday quake was closer inland and more south than the epicenter of the 3-11 quake.     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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Experiences Additional Cooling Problem

Fukushima Unit 5 Experiences Additional Cooling Problem

    TEPCO switched the unit 5 spent fuel pool over to sharing the cooling system for the reactor (the RHR system) earlier this week after the valve failure. The reactor and spent fuel pool have been sharing cooling in an alternating fashion for at least two days. Today TEPCO admits that the replacement pump installed for the RHR system in 2012 has been having oil leak problems since June. Yesterday a temporary fix was done to … Read entire article »

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39,000,000 Bq/liter Of Beta Radiation Found At Fukushima Daiichi

39,000,000 Bq/liter Of Beta Radiation Found At Fukushima Daiichi

The July 9th reading for monitoring well 1-2 at the sea front had this startling reading. 39,000,000 bq/liter of beta radiation (strontium 90 and other beta emitters) found in the water samples taken. The readings appear to possibly be adjustments or delayed reporting of data from last summer as many of the readings have August and September dates but no year clearly appears in the individual reports. Either way that new reading and many of the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Reactor Temperature Rises

Fukushima Unit 5 Reactor Temperature Rises

TEPCO’s statements earlier this week that they would use a back and forth method of cooling the spent fuel pool by sharing the reactor cooling system appears to be underway. The reactor temperature has risen 12 degrees Celsius since July 8th. Spent fuel temperature rose but fell down closer to normal over the same time frame. While these changes are not alarming they do warrant close monitoring to assure they are staying within safe ranges … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Prepares For Tropical Storm At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO reported to NHK that they are preparing for the incoming tropical storm. Cranes and tank weirs have been prepped for the storm. TEPCO insists they will continue working on some tasks until a warning is issued. Groundwater pumping and frozen wall work will continue until warnings are issued. Other work appears to be suspended. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Problem Claimed To Be Trickle Of Water

Fukushima Frozen Wall Problem Claimed To Be Trickle Of Water

TEPCO is claiming a small water flow of 2 milliliters per minute is causing the frozen wall installation in cable trenches to not work. The cable trenches hold highly contaminated water from units 2 and 3. The plan has been to freeze the ends of these trenches so the water can be removed and later these frozen areas would become part of the frozen wall system. TEPCO did not explain why such a small flow of … Read entire article »

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Asahi Shimbun Releases Yoshida Fukushima Testimony In English

Asahi Shimbun Releases Yoshida Fukushima Testimony In English

Asahi Shimbun has finally released a translation of the Yoshida testimony on the Fukushima Disaster. The interviews caused controversy when originally made public as the central government did not think they should be public record. They later back tracked on this. The first two installments of the translated series are available here. http://www.asahi.com/special/yoshida_report/en/ Yoshida’s statements have been critical for understanding the events of the disaster. Similar testimony exists for many of the workers at the plant that were … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool On Alternative Cooling

Fukushima Unit 5 Spent Fuel Pool On Alternative Cooling

Yesterday TEPCO reported that they had restarted the regular cooling system of unit 5′s spent fuel pool. The report indicated that the normal cooling system (the one with the leak) had been restarted. No permanent fix was mentioned. Today’s reports indicate that the pool is being cooled, but is being done by sharing the system used for the reactor. Nothing was mentioned about the repair plan for the leaking valve. The most recent graphs for unit … Read entire article »

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New Robot Inspection Of Fukushima Unit 1

New Robot Inspection Of Fukushima Unit 1

Two robots, sponsored by IRID conducted an investigation of unit 1. The areas between the 2nd and 3rd floors have radiation levels too high for humans to enter for any extended period of time. Robots Rosemary and Sakura were sent in to do a coordinated inspection.         Rosemary is equipped with a newer type of gamma camera to record radiation readings. Sakura provides additional views of the other robot and acts as a wireless … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Restarts Fukushima Unit 5 Pool Cooling Without Permanent Fix

TEPCO Restarts Fukushima Unit 5 Pool Cooling Without Permanent Fix

TEPCO has announced they have restarted the cooling system for unit 5 just days after stopping it due to a valve body leak. TEPCO mentions in this handout of the restart but there is no permanent fix mentioned as being completed or proposed. Earlier reports said TEPCO would suspend the system until they could determine a permanent fix. Apparently some patch on a cracked valve is now considered a permanent fix. Temps in the spent fuel continue … Read entire article »

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Clock Ticks On Fukushima Unit 5 Cooling Outage As Typhoon Hits Japan

Clock Ticks On Fukushima Unit 5 Cooling Outage As Typhoon Hits Japan

TEPCO reported over the weekend that they found a leak in a valve that is part of the cooling system used for the spent fuel pool of unit 5. The system was stopped as they identified the leak. TEPCO noted they have about 9 days before the spent fuel pool would reach a heat level that they are required to report it to authorities (65 Celsius). The “reactor auxiliary cooling system” was found to have the … Read entire article »

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Welded Water Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Welded Water Tanks Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Welded water tanks to replace the miles of leaking bolt together tanks at Fukushima Daiichi are being installed. The tanks are welded off site and shipped in by barge, ready to install. This allows workers to do the bulk of the work somewhere safe, leaving only the final move and installation to be done in the radioactive areas. This does make one wonder why TEPCO hadn’t thought of this themselves when the first tanks were … Read entire article »

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