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ALPS System Fails To Remove All Contamination As Planned

Testing of the ALPS decontamination system at Fukushima Daiichi has failed a critical test of the filtration system. Minyu-Net is reporting that small amounts of iodine 129 and cobalt remained after processing the water through ALPS. TEPCO has reported this to the NRA and is looking to see if an adjustment in the system could improve the removal performance. Iodine 129 has a half life of 15.7 million years so removal is critical. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at © 2011-2016, 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 (or it may be plagiarized, please … Read entire article »

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Public Spin On Fukushima Coming Undone

TEPCO’s efforts to avoid outside inspections of the unit 1 reactor have caught up with them. After it was recently pointed out to the Diet that TEPCO had lied to the investigation committee last year in an effort to avoid an inspection, now it appears one is pending. The Diet has asked the new nuclear regulator to conduct an inspection of the isolation condenser system in unit 1 and they appear ready to do so: “If the condensers are found to show damage consistent with shaking in an earthquake there would be case for higher standards in nuclear plant design—with important implications for existing reactors built to lesser tolerances. But the Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman warned against premature conclusions. “We will not pre-judge the investigation,” Tanaka said. He added that an investigation … Read entire article »

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Protective Iodine Pill Distribution Delayed By Government Drug Classification

The new plan to pre-distribute protective iodine pills in Japan to people living near nuclear plants has been held up by an unexpected bit of government red tape. The authority that deals with drug approvals has never approved the “drug” (potassium iodine) for use as a radiation thyroid protection medicine. Some local governments have gone ahead and stockpiled the drug but there were concerns that doctors could oppose the distribution of the pills. It could also take more than a year for a drug company to obtain the proper approvals, currently no company in Japan has asked for that additional use approval. In many other countries the pills are pre-distributed to the public without problems. Some hand out the pills at public events, others ask residents to keep them on hand … Read entire article »

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German Media Shows Backlash At Fukushima Health Survey

German media ZDF ran a short piece on the Fukushima Health Survey Sunday. They interviewed parents in Minamisoma after a meeting with members of the Health Survey including Dr. Suzuki who has been acting as a stand in for Dr. Yamashita. There were demands for Dr. Yamashita to be fired from the survey, he has since had his title changed but is still very involved in running the survey. We have seen this frustration from parents at other public meetings with the Health Survey. Parents do not believe the excuses they are being told and most of the excuses are easily disproved. English transcript of the news piece: “After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima people feared the worst, but a UN study in May gave an all-clear. A new study now proves that … Read entire article »

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Japan Government Covers Up Children’s Radiation Doses, Again

In a long list of bad actions by the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters, that has been in charge of radiation dose information, yet another cover up has come out. The government announced the levels to be “zero” but the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) says that is not the case. “The government measured the hourly thyroid doses of 1,080 children under 16 years old in Fukushima Prefecture from March 24 to 30 last year, shortly after a disaster began to unfold at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 11. Five months later, the government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters told the parents of 55 percent of the children that they had zero internal thyroid doses, which included doses below the detection limit of the testing equipment. A team of researchers led by Toshikazu … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Government Terminated Iodine 131 Exposure Study, Citing It Might Concern Residents

The prefectural government in Fukushima terminated an exposure study of local residents. They said the study “might fuel concern among residents”. Hirosaki University ‘s Radiation Emergency Medicine institute began the study last April and was to survey more than 100 people. The government terminated the study after 62 survey’s were conducted. This study may sound familiar and the details show why the local government terminated it in a panic. The testing was done in April 2011 but none of the findings were made public until March 2012 Residents found with as high as 89 millisieverts equivalent dose to the thyroid. 5 residents had an equivalent dose to the thyroid exceeding 50 millisieverts. Half of residents had an equivalent dose to the thyroid  of 10 millisieverts or less. Iodine 131 exposure was recorded in 80% of the small … Read entire article »

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Budapest Nuclear Reactor Causes Radiation Leak Across Europe For A Second Time

First in November of 2011, iodine 131 was detected across a wide swath of Europe. The first incident was pinned on an isotope generating reactor in Budapest. The IAEA declared the incident over and that the offending equipment was identified and would be resolved. The reactor was shut down for repairs. In January Finland began finding iodine 131 in their testing equipment again. Then other countries hit the first time began finding iodine 131 yet again too. Hungarian authorities have declared that the problem was again the isotope reactor in Budapest causing the leak. Somehow the extracted iodine 131 was leaking out of the plant during the packaging process. While the levels of iodine 131 were low this shows how lax oversight and monitoring at facilities can be. This article would not be possible … Read entire article »

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Inside Izotop, The Reactor Accused Of The Europe Iodine Leak

The following is a publicly available document of a corporate tour of the Izotop reactor facility in Budapest Hungary. We have reproduced it here for ease of viewing. It gives a bit of insight into the facility the IAEA says “probably” caused the iodine leak over Europe. On 10 September 2004, I spent a day-long visit to the Institute of Isotopes (“Izotop”) in Budapest, Hungary. The Institute was founded in 1959 as an academic branch of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  In 1993, after the Soviet occupation of Hungary was no longer a concern, the Institute organized itself as a for-profit venture.  It still, however, maintains close academic ties; the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is a major shareholder of the organization. I was met at the hotel by Erzsébet Faigl-Birkás, who is in … Read entire article »

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UPDATE: Europe Iodine Leak, Potential Suspects Discovered

The SimplyInfo research team has been hard at work this week trying to pinpoint the source of the Iodine 131 leak in Europe. We do not yet have conclusive evidence that either source is for sure the source of the Iodine leaks but both appear to be strong possibilities. Budapest Hungary The Izotop Intezet radioisotope laboratory in Budapest Hungary has admitted to some leaks in September and November of iodine 131. The claim these releases were too small to cause the European radiation problem. Izotop’s stated leak dates do not coincide with radiation monitor findings for Budapest. The radiation monitor findings do show two small increases days before the other nearby increases to the west and north in other countries. This is if you take Slovakia data and also Ukraine and Russian radiation … Read entire article »

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Peer Review: EU Iodine Mapping – Chernobyl

Update: Gornostaypol – reading for the 2nd was a normal spike for that station, disregard. The reading there for the 5th is a weak trend. Within normal fluctuations but a closer together pattern than normal. IE: 20 minutes vs. 60minutes to 1 full day for typical fluctuations at that station. The map below can be enlarged by clicking the image. The numbers are the date in October that a steady increase or spike showed in the Ukraine radiation data. The system is very crude and only covers the region of the Ukraine near Chernobyl (NE). On the map if there are multiple numbers with a comma those are individual days of increases. If there is a set of numbers with a dash between those mean a continued increase for those days … Read entire article »

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UPDATE: France Added To The EU Iodine Mystery

France has now been added to the list of countries finding iodine 131 elevations. Spikes were only found in a few stations on the north east border with Germany. They began on October 19 and were still elevated as of November 14. This pattern adds to the exiting pattern of a source in eastern Europe causing the iodine and traveling outward across Europe. Readings from French IRSN below the map.  Click the map for a larger version. Metz, France Near Karlsruhe Germany, French border This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at © 2011-2016, 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 … Read entire article »

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UPDATE: European Iodine Leak Situation

Still not a word out of the IAEA and no countries are coming forward with new information. We compiled historical radiation readings from the region in an attempt to locate the source of the iodine leak in eastern Europe. There is not enough available data to clearly pin down a source. Factors like wind direction and topography impact where and how radiation travels. This also appears to be moving very slow. The first report is Oct. 10th in Ukraine with the last initial report being Oct 27 in Norway. The Norway spike showed on multiple radiation stations in the south and east of the country all on the same day and follows the outward pattern of readings. One situation that is causing the data gap is the EUDEP system. Member nations … Read entire article »

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UPDATE: EU Radiation Leak, Ukraine Plant Comes Under Scrutiny

The Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine is coming under scrutiny after some conflicting stories have come out about the plants condition. One report says all reactors in Ukraine are on alert conditions, another claims Zaporizhia shut down after a problem but that no radiation was leaking out. The two reports on Twitter: russian_market russian_market ☰ ВСЕГДА ГОТОВ ☰ BREAKING NEWS: Incident at the Nuclear Power Plant in #Zaporizhia /Ukraine/, the Fifth block turned off automatically 12 Nov @russian_market ☰ ВСЕГДА ГОТОВ ☰ BREAKING NEWS: ALL NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS in Ukraine put on Alert after today’s incident at the Nuclear Power Plant in #Zaporizhia /Ukraine/ is reporting a fault in the power systems but no emergency. Russian Market via Joop;nl is stating all nuclear plants in Ukraine are on alert. EURDEP is showing gradually lowering radiation levels over Europe … Read entire article »

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European Radiation Leak Update Nov 13, 2011

We have some new information and many new questions that have arose out of our crowd sourced research today. Concerns initially focused on the Maria medical reactor in Poland and the Rosatom medical reactor in Russia. They are not completely ruled out but radiation mapping along with weather are making them sound less likely. Another potential candidate is the research reactor at Moscow university. It does not specifically state a medical isotope program there but there is the potential for a leak or undocumented experiments, so this one is a distant contender. One potential source is the Krsko nuclear power plant in Slovenia. In looking at the available data for EURDEP and the reports from other countries this appears to be a location of higher levels of Iodine 131 and also Cesium … Read entire article »

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UPDATE – Iodine 131 Discovered in Austria Over Last 3 Weeks, Czech Republic IAEA Incident

UPDATE 11:14 US CST: Two medical reactors are located east of the areas detecting iodine 131. These are the Maria reactor in Poland and the RosAtom reactor in Dimitrovgrad Russia. The Maria reactor in Poland is closer to the areas detecting iodine in the air and was converted to medical use in 2010. The reactor was originally a research reactor converted to make medical isotopes like iodine 131. We DO NOT have any confirmation that either facility is the source of the leak. They are the only 2 known medical reactors that are operating in the region east of the areas finding iodine in the air. UPDATE 10:38 US CST: Information coming out points to some sort of medical source in the Ukraine – Belarus region. With the wide dispersal it … Read entire article »

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Iodine 131 Being Detected Over Czech Republic And Other Parts of Europe

The IAEA is reporting Iodine 131 is being detected over the Czech Republic and Europe. They claim the levels are low. Such a release would have to be from a nearby facility due to I-131′s short life and it being a byproduct of nuclear reaction. So far no detailed information is being released. If you find or have more information please leave it in the comments or join us in the discussion over at Scribble. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at © 2011-2016, 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 (or it … Read entire article »

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Recriticality And Iodine 131 In Rice Belie TEPCO’s Cold Shutdown Story

TEPCO has been touting their “cold shutdown” of the damaged reactors at Fukushima Daiichi for months. Even though they were using the term quite liberally. Now TEPCO has admitted that “it was undeniable that fission reaction had occurred.” Yesterday TEPCO was citing it as a possibility. Then there is this strange statement from a senior official of NISA: “Senior official Yoshinori Moriyama said it is difficult to determine the amount of nuclear fuel remaining in the containment vessel of the No.2 reactor. He said his agency will assess the situation and judge if it is still possible to stably lower temperatures in the reactor and containment vessel.” Frequently “containment” gets used interchangeably as slang for the Reactor Pressure Vessel and the Containment Vessel. The RPV being the steel container that holds the fuel and the … Read entire article »

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Radiation Everywhere

New reports were everywhere in the past 24 hours of radiation being found or information finally being released. These are some of the stories we found. Radiation found in 15 prefectures Cesium found 100km from plant with map Contamination in parts of the exclusion zone far higher than Chernobyl levels Workers received high beta radiation doses while changing water filters Contamination in areas higher that IAEA evacuation levels Residents in the region should have taken protective iodine More on the iodine incidents This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at © 2011-2016, 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 (or … Read entire article »

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NIRS Questionable Iodine Protocol, Some Comparison

This NIRS document instructing people about protective iodine contained some puzzling instructions. As a comparison we found a US FDA document on protective iodine in case of a radioactive accident. NIRS suggested only those who fled the exclusion zone after the 19th would need to take radioactive iodine. Reactors were melting down, releasing radiation and exploding before the 19th. People in that area were exposed to radiation. The radiation modeling and currently found levels also show that people outside the exclusion zone were exposed. The document stated that people should only take radioactive iodine once. It also claimed that people would not have any internal contamination. The reason given is that people would not have eaten food stuffs with radioactive iodine in them. The document goes on to claim that people in Japan … Read entire article »

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