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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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High Radiation Found On Seabed South Of Fukushima Daiichi

High Radiation Found On Seabed South Of Fukushima Daiichi

Contaminated soil on the sea floor was found a few kilometers south of Fukushima Daiichi. The samples were collected in late 2013 by NRA and found to have 2000 bq/kg of contamination. NRA cites that the currents run from north to south making contamination along the coast south of the plant likely. The same areas showed fairly low levels of contamination when the sea water itself has been tested. This adds to the concern that … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Ice Wall Gets Go Ahead

Fukushima Ice Wall Gets Go Ahead

The NRA in Japan has given the go ahead for installation of the ice wall around the reactor buildings. There were concerns about the wall causing land to subside in the reactor block area. NRA had asked for additional information. No details were given about what information was submitted in order to gain NRA’s approval. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/05/292307.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 … Read entire article »

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NRA Makes Faulty Assumption About Fukushima Leaks

NRA Makes Faulty Assumption About Fukushima Leaks

A report issued this week by the NRA cites that two monitoring points outside the plant serve as indicators for leaks from the plant. “The sampling points T-1 and T-2-1 near Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station are sentinels to assess effects on the environment by incidents including a leakage of contaminated water” Sample point T-1 is near the northern drainage canal outlet and also the water outlet for units 5-6 when it was in operation. T-2-1 is towards the … Read entire article »

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The Real Risks At Sendai

The Real Risks At Sendai

The Sendai nuclear power plant located in Kagoshima Japan has been selected as the one Japanese authorities would focus on attempting to approve for restart. Sendai includes two PWR type reactors. Intakes reside at: 5ft above sea level Intake pump buildings 13 feet above sea level Reactor blocks at about 35-40 ft above sea level Road routes are problematic at the plant. The plant is bordered by a large river to the north, the sea to the … Read entire article »

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ALPS Still Not Meeting Targets, Operation Date Uncertain

ALPS Still Not Meeting Targets, Operation Date Uncertain

NRA is saying that ALPS is still not meeting the radiation removal targets claimed for the system. A problem with the removal of radioactive iodine is still unsolved. A target date for full operation is still not being set due to the setbacks. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/20140114-OYT1T01083.htm?from=tw   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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NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

NRA Releases New Radiation Zone Maps

The NRA has released new radiation “fly over” maps. The newest scans were done in September of 2013. They showed a slight reduction in the highest level zones. This is likely due to the decrease in shorter lived radiation like cesium 134 and migration of contamination by natural processes. NRA cited the more recent changes in the shape of the highest zones was due to more detailed scanning flights. Read the report here: http://www.nsr.go.jp/english/library/data/special-report_0114.pdf   This article would … Read entire article »

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NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA Japan Saves The US West Coast And The Rest Of The World

NRA demanded that TEPCO drop test waste canisters to be used to hold highly radioactive sludge from the ALPS processing system. They also stopped TEPCO from operating ALPS months ago and demanded they test the system first. The systems are all still in various phases of testing due to a string of failures. Had NRA not stepped in TEPCO would have had ALPS in an attempt at full operation with now known flaws and have … Read entire article »

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NRA Suspends Fuel Removal At Unit 4 Fukushima For Two Weeks

NRA Suspends Fuel Removal At Unit 4 Fukushima For Two Weeks

Kyodo News is reporting that the NRA is suspending the start of fuel removal from unit 4 at Fukushima Daiichi in order to do more tests. This could delay the start of fuel removal by up to 2 weeks. Part of the additional testing includes a dry run of moving a fuel cask from a spent fuel pool to the common pool. NRA cited using another reactor to do the test run. This would likely … Read entire article »

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NRA Demands TEPCO Fix Problems, Send Staff From Other Plants To Fukushima

NRA Demands TEPCO Fix Problems, Send Staff From Other Plants To Fukushima

The NRA had nothing good to say to TEPCO president Hirose today. In a rather scathing rebuke of the company, Katsuhiko Ikeda of the NRA blamed TEPCO for making “rudimentary mistakes” and said management is deteriorating. The NRA told Hirose to submit a report within a week explaining how they will fix the situation. They told Hirose to bring staff from other nuclear plants including Kashiwazaki Kariwa if needed to gain control of the situation. Ikeda also … Read entire article »

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NRA; TEPCO Is Incompetent, Fukushima & Kashiwazaki Kariwa Restart Joined At The Hip

NRA; TEPCO Is Incompetent, Fukushima & Kashiwazaki Kariwa Restart Joined At The Hip

Japan’s nuclear regulator had scathing criticism of TEPCO at their meeting today. They also stated that the handling of the mess at Fukushima Daiichi would impact the company’s ability to gain restart approval at Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. “Commissioner Kayoko Nakamura said she was surprised that TEPCO made the application for the safety screening. She said she does not think TEPCO has sufficient knowledge of radioactive materials, in apparent reference to the company’s handling of the situation … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Has Filed A Restart Application For Kashiwazaki Kariwa With The NRA

TEPCO Has Filed A Restart Application For Kashiwazaki Kariwa With The NRA

Newsflash on 47 News below. Safety review application TEPCO Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant of TEPCO, has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission safety review aimed at re-operation of Units 6 and 7 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. 2013/09/27 09:41 [Kyodo News] http://www.47news.jp/news/flashnews/   image credit blues-tea-cha.blogspot.com 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 … Read entire article »

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NRA: TEPCO Reckless, Failed To Keep Records Amid New Leaks

NRA officials accused TEPCO of being reckless in relation to the discovery of highly radioactive water leaks at the plant. “Fundamentally, for a facility holding that kind of radioactive water, they did not take action that foresaw the risks of possible leaks,” Fuketa said. “On top of that, and this is an impression I had before my visit, I can’t help but say that the inspections were careless.” “Tokyo Electric, which has long had problems with documentation, did not keep proper records of its tank inspections and therefore missed problems, Fuketa said.” 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Weird Statements, Regulator & Experts Involved Making Dire Comments On Fukushima

TEPCO Weird Statements, Regulator & Experts Involved Making Dire Comments On Fukushima

We have suspected for the past few months that something more is up at Fukushima Daiichi than has been admitted for a number of reasons. Statements made today by TEPCO and those in the know with the disaster have grown fairly dire. Fukushima Diary roughly quotes a TEPCO executive (Mr. Aizawa) as saying that there are many other risks at the plant and that they may reveal them someday. We are trying to independently verify the … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Withholds Radiation Data For Unit 2

7 days ago TEPCO took radiation readings along with temperature readings inside unit 2. This was part of an effort to try to look inside the reactor vessel pedestal. The radiation readings were marked as “evaluating” and not given. They have since done a second effort to look in the containment structure and released a video of the work. These critical radiation readings have not been disclosed and no reason given for such a delay. These radiation readings could indicate important information about the condition of the melted fuel and its location. This is unusual compared to other efforts to scope unit 2 or unit 1 where radiation readings were given along with the other data. Why TEPCO chooses now to not publicly disclose critical information not only raises concerns about … Read entire article »

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NRA To Add Outside Experts At Fukushima As Disaster Spirals Further Out Of Control

NRA announced an increased role at Fukushima Daiichi. “The authority said that it will set up a group of geologists to collect data to gauge the extent of the diffusion of radiation in the water and soil while continuing to leave planning and implementation of appropriate counter measures to the plant’s operator,” The chairman of the NRA earlier confirmed the idea that the NRA would be doing more: ““It is simply too big for one company to handle,” Mr. Tanaka said last Wednesday, and suggested government’s intervention.” A TEPCO representative made this statement: “We are very grateful for the help. We will show the whole picture to the public as soon as possible by working together with them,” The article went on to advocate for ignoring decommissioning of the reactors in order to focus on the … Read entire article »

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New TEPCO Admission On Damage To Reactors; July 29, 2013

TEPCO buried new admissions about the reactor units and their damage in a couple of obscure reports. New unit 1 reactor & containment leakage: TEPCO buried this admission on a latter page of a document on nitrogen injection of unit 1. “There is a possibility of correlation between upward flow and “injected nitrogen – exhaust = leak amount.” It included this schematic The schematic shows a gas escape route out the reactor vessel to the containment vessel and out via the containment cap indicating they assume both vessel caps leak continually. (TEPCO incorrectely labeled the RPV as PCV in the diagram) While many have assumed all along that this leak out of the top of containment was going on and likely contributed to TEPCO’s rush to cover unit 1, this is the first time TEPCO … Read entire article »

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NRA Begins Inspections, JAPCO Defies NRA Orders

The NRA has begun their process to review applications to restart nuclear reactors in Japan. Utilities will be required to prove them meet the new standards before a reactor restart will be considered. JAPCO is continuing to insist that the active fault under the Tsuruga nuclear plant isn’t active. NRA has already declared the fault to be active, but says if convincing evidence is given they would consider reversing their decision. Meanwhile JAPCO is refusing to submit a report on the safety of spent fuel at the plant related to the impact of the fault in an earthquake. Japan’s nuclear utilities have already been criticized for behaving as if nothing has changed. JAPCO proves that continues to be the case. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … Read entire article »

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Why Is KEPCO Getting A Free Pass From The NRA?

Japan’s KEPCO power company, owners of the Oi nuclear plant and also Mihama and Takahama nuclear plants seems to be getting some preferential treatment from the country’s nuclear regulator. Oi had already been the only operating nuclear plant in the country when it was allowed to restart units 3 and 4 amid massive public protests in 2012. The claim at the time was the dire need for power over the summer. KEPCO insisted there would be blackouts in Osaka if they couldn’t restart these reactors. Many studies doubted that claim. After KEPCO restarted the units at Oi, they shut down 9 thermal plants raising even more doubts about their claims. The issue appears to be more about profits at KEPCO and favors to industrial clients in the region. The NRA did their … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Caught Unable To Do Radioactive Analysis Properly

This ads another big hit to TEPCO’s credibility or any notion they can handle the Fukushima disaster on their own. TEPCO has been telling the public there is no cesium in the bypass well water as part of their effort to convince fishing groups and others that they should be allowed to dump about 200 tons per day of groundwater from the plant. Officials from the NRA noticed an error in the way TEPCO has been processing samples at Fukushima Daiichi. In the process they need to take into account the high background radiation at the plant but have failed to do this properly. This appears to not be an isolated incident but an ongoing problem. Radiation testing being done since 2011 could all be underestimating the levels of contamination. TEPCO apparently … Read entire article »

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Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Friday May 31st

TEPCO asks for more money, fishermen still can’t fish in today’s news roundup. (graphic by 281_antinuke) TEPCO asks for another $5.9 billion dollars in government cash. They claim it is needed for the ongoing compensation payments to people and businesses evacuated from the region. Full compensation payouts have yet to begin and the various lawsuits against TEPCO are in the early stages indicating the financial issues may get worse. Fukushima Fishermen find themselves still unable to return to work. Some catch fish in the area for radiation monitoring but they wonder how long this can go on. Most worry that TEPCO’s plan to dump more contaminated water into the sea will be a further hit to their ability to return to work. Japan has been experiencing something of a clandestine solar boom. … Read entire article »

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Accident At Tokai Lab Shows JAEA Systemic Failures

More information is coming out about the accident late last week at the Tokaimura nuclear lab.  As of the 26th 26 people in total have found to have internal exposure, 2 of them women. 49 of the 55 people have now been scanned for internal exposure.  Six of the researchers received internal doses of up to 1.6 mSv. The NRA provisionally declared the incident to be an INES 1, the international scale of 1-9 to rate nuclear disasters. The failures occurred at the Hadron Experimental Facility in the Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex, run by JAEA at the Tokaimura nuclear facility. The problems began Thursday around noon when an alarm sounded. The alarm caused the equipment being used in the experiment to stop. Researchers disregarded the alarm and continued with the experiment without … Read entire article »

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Two Reactors In Japan May Be Shut By NRA Actions

Unit 2 at the Tsuruga nuclear plant was officially determined to be over an active fault, making it ineligible to operate. Japan’s nuclear regulator made the declaration at their recent meeting. The declaration would be impossible to overcome as Japan’s current laws forbid the operation of a reactor over an active fault line. The NRA also ordered the Monju fast breeder reactor to stay shut down for an indefinite period of time to deal with massive safety issues. More than 9800 safety violations were found at the plant and what the NRA determined to be a major lapse in safety culture. In a recent editorial Asahi Shimbun pointed out the long history and current cluelessness of the management at Monju. They seemed to have no plan to actually prepare for the restart … Read entire article »

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NRA To Give Monju Fast Breeder Reactor Order To Stop Operations

Japan’s NRA is expected to order the operators of the Monju Fast Breeder Reactor to stop operations. The reactor has been plagued with problems including a sodium fire, a coverup scandal and getting the fuel handling machine stuck in the reactor. Recent reviews of the plant discovered more than 9000 skipped safety inspections and this continued after the admission of the initial 9000 violations. The NRA will likely order Monju to stop operations until significant changes are made to assure proper safety procedures are adhered to. Sources: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20130513_24.html http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/05/224488.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 under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing this page on … Read entire article »

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NRA To Investigate Fukushima Disaster

The NRA has announced they will officially start an investigation into the technical issues of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The investigation of two issues begin immediately. Those are: 1. Unit 1′s isolation condensers and if they were damaged by the earthquake 2. The cause of the hydrogen explosion at unit 4 Both issues have been highly controversial. TEPCO and the national government have dismissed both issues in their reports but questions remain. The other issues to be investigated by the NRA are: 3. Did the earthquake damage the plant and how 4. The meltdown events for the three units and the current status and location of the melted fuel. The NRA has so far appeared to be fairly independent and focused on facts rather than politics. This investigation will test that assumption. If the investigation is conducted well … Read entire article »

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NRA Sets Rules For Japan’s Nuclear Future

Japan’s NRA has begun the process to establish new rules (or guidelines) for reactor restarts. The rules are open for commentary for the next 30 days. Some of the things being considered are a process to give exceptions to allow reactors to run beyond their 40 year designed lifespan. Filtered vents will also be required before a restart could be considered, something the US has failed to due over industry pressure. Higher standards to determine if a reactor is over an active fault will be used and no reactor will be allowed to operate if it sits over an active fault. There are also countermeasures to deal with volcanic eruption but details of this were not made clear to the public. Local governments are also involved in the process and will be … Read entire article »

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NRA To Give 5 Year Waiver On Nuclear Safety Facility At Plants

NRA has announced they will give a five year waiver for certain safety buildings at nuclear plants in Japan. The quake proof building at Fukushima Daiichi, similar to these safety buildings, played a vital role in being able to prevent the disaster from spiraling further out of control. The new rules slated for July are said to mandate temporary equipment at each nuclear plant and according to Mainichi some of the more permanent upgrades will continue to be mandatory without a time waiver. “Nevertheless, it still seems difficult for plant operators to restart nuclear plants anytime soon because the new safety standards will also require them in July to reinforce fire, earthquake and tsunami prevention measures.“ 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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NRA Renames Standards, Did This Change Regulation?

NRA announced that they are changing their “safety standards” to “guidelines”. The reason given by NRA for this is potential public confusion over the terminology used. “A regulatory committee member voiced the concern that calling the guidelines the “New Safety Standards” may lead members of the public to the misunderstanding that following the guidelines ensures the safety of nuclear power plants.” A guideline usually implies something discretionary and not a mandatory thing in the way a standard is. More on the differences here. Exactly what NRA is attempting to do with this word change is concerning and not clear. Have they changed the mandatory nature of safety standards to be applied at nuclear plants? The day before the NRA mentioned they want to make the goal for a nuclear disaster resulting in large releases … Read entire article »

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New Fukushima Investigation To Look Deeper Into Technical Disaster

The recently announced NRA investigation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster will look deeper into the technical details of the disaster. As many doubts remain about the idea that the tsunami was the root cause of the disaster, NRA will look into the technical details of what happened. They plan to look into the containment failures, radiation leak routes and hands on inspection of equipment inside the reactor buildings to look for failure evidence. Read more at the Japan Times 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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Oi Nuclear Plant To Get Interim Safety Check, Japan Power Co’s Denied Full Rate Hike

Oi will receive an interim safety check by the NRA as part of a plan to allow them to operate until September 2013. The NRA thought the plant should pass most of the required safety items but did not make any guarantee it could pass all of them. KEPCO threatened power black outs last summer as part of an effort to gain government approval to restart two units at Oi. Those black outs never happened. The Japan power industry admitted in an internal document that there is no power shortage in the country. A recent analysis of the state of the power industry in Japan showed it may actually be more expensive per kilowatt hour to operate a nuclear plant currently, leaving fossil fuel a cheaper option. While the sudden changes to … Read entire article »

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Japan Unlikely To Restart Nuclear Plants This Year

The combination of new safety rules being implemented this July and the need to upgrade plants has caused all of Japan’s power companies to say they would not be able to restart any of their reactors within 2013. The high costs of meeting safety requirements is also playing a role in delaying any restarts. Earlier Japan PM, Abe stated Japan would begin restarting nuclear reactors as soon as safety guidelines are in place. This claim flies in the face of the current structure where the NRA would ultimately decide if a plant meets the basic safety that would allow it to restart. 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 … Read entire article »

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NRA New Nuclear Safety Rules Challenge Power Companies

The NRA is closer to finalizing new nuclear safety rules in Japan. These new rules would be legally binding, not voluntary as they have been in the past. Currently no reactors in Japan meet the new standards. Some newer pressurized water reactors may be able to more easily meet the standards while older boiling water reactors may find it impossible to do all the safety upgrades and still remain profitable. All of these new safety measures are dependent on the reactor not being found to be sited over an active fault line. So far units at the Tsuruga and Higishidori nuclear plants have been declared to be over active fault lines and will not qualify for a restart. Kashiwazaki Kariwa is currently under investigation for the same. The NRA’s new … Read entire article »

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NRA Declares Another Active Fault & Discusses New Rules, TEPCO To Investigate Themselves

The NRA has declared the fault running under the Higashidori nuclear plant owned by Tohoku Electric to be an active fault. The fault does not run directly under the reactor. This will force the power company to look at new quake risks and significantly change safety measures and reinforcements before a restart would even be considered. The power company report found no active faults. The NRA called the power company report inadequate and that a more extensive inspection was needed. The NRA team found volcanic ash around two faults, indicating they have been active in the past. The NRA also discussed new rules in a recent symposium. The NRA recently produced an outline of what will be their eventual safety rules for reactor operation. The draft rules are now open to public input. At … Read entire article »

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Japan’s NRA To Digitize & Release 900,000 Pages Of Fukushima Disaster Documents

Japan Daily Press is reporting that the NRA has announced a project to scan and post online 900,000 pages of documents from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The documents cover the first 12 months and include a variety of aspects of the disaster. These will come from various government agencies but currently won’t include any private TEPCO documents. The publicly available information will be searchable online when finally made available within two years. 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 … Read entire article »

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Oi Nuclear Plant May Be Shut Down In July

Oi nuclear plant will need to shut down for refueling in July of this year. It may take a considerable amount of time or may be impossible to restart depending on new safety rules being put in place by Japan’s NRA. The operator has a plan for upgrades, some may take time to install. Tokyo Web is raising doubts about the restart of Oi. We previously investigated Oi and found many high risks at the plant that are outside the scope of NRA’s safety plans that could contribute to a Fukushima type accident.   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 … Read entire article »

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NRA Subtly Dooms Tsuruga Nuclear Plant

Japan’s NRA declared a fault under the Tsuruga nuclear plant to be active recently. Since Japan’s laws prohibit a nuclear reactor from being sited over an active fault these geologic inspections have been an important part of any restart considerations. What is mentioned in the Japan Times version of the story explains clearly how the NRA intends to shut down an unsafe reactor. It had not been clear what the NRA would actually do if an active fault was found as they had not ordered any official shut downs or decommissioning orders to date. One speculation was that this could be to avoid lawsuits with the power company that owns the reactor. “NRA chief Shunichi Tanaka has said the Tsuruga plant’s No. 2 reactor will not undergo the safety exam required to … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa Nuclear Plant May Be Over Active Faults

Japan’s nuclear regulator says the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant may be sited over active faults. If the faults are found to be under the reactor buildings the plant could be barred from restarting any impacted units. If faults are found to be active within the plant grounds they could require extensive retrofit to attempt to prevent damage at the plant. TEPCO and the Japanese government have been putting considerable effort into restarting this nuclear plant with 7 reactors in the hopes it would generate enough money to help pay for TEPCO’s disaster at Fukushima. TEPCO has also been throwing considerable money into the restart efforts at Kashiwazaki. 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, … Read entire article »

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Issues At Fukushima Daiichi And More Nuclear Changes In Japan

Denki Shimbun raises concerns about the delays in the new ALPS water decontamination system to be used at Fukushima Daiichi. The NRA has asked for further safety standards for the system before they give operation approval. This has added to the growing list of delays for the new system. Not mentioned in the Denki Shimbun article is the extensive delay after TEPCO discovered the sludge storage containers would catastrophically fail if dropped. The water problem at Fukushima Daiichi continues to grow. The current delay puts full decontamination of the current water on site at 1.5 years. The additional delays could make it take another 5 years to clean the water on site. Japan’s NRA has put the issue of operating extensions for aging nuclear reactors on hold. The issue of new … Read entire article »

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Japan To Set Up Fallout Shelters For Residents Living Near Nuclear Power Plants

Japan’s nuclear regulator has announced the need for 50 fallout shelters for residents living near nuclear power plants. Some of Japan’s nuclear plants are built on peninsulas. Residents living on these peninsulas would be unable to flee during a nuclear disaster since they would have to drive near the plant to escape. The solution? Fallout shelters. Public buildings like schools would be retrofited with air handling systems and blowers to attempt to remove radioactive substances before people enter. There were no specifics given what the alternative plan is if these facilities are destroyed or damaged by an event like an earthquake or tsunami. 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 … Read entire article »

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Fire Risk At Older Japan Reactors Shows Potential Worldwide Problem

The NRA announced recently that reactors built before 1975 likely have sub standard fire protection designs. This includes having important cables coated in fire resistant insulation, isolating and protecting cables and creating barriers to prevent fires from spreading to other areas of critical equipment. NRA announced that about 10 reactors in Japan likely have these outdated unsafe systems. The 1975 changes in Japan were only mandatory on new reactors being built, any retrofit of old units was voluntary by the reactor owners. Mainichi found that 13 nuclear plants in Japan have these unsafe cables. Some operators coated these vinyl or polyethylene cables with a resin to give them some fire resistance. NRA claims the resin doesn’t prevent the coating underneath from melting and the resin will degrade with age. Mainichi also … Read entire article »

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