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Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

Sakurajima Alert Raised To 5, Other Signs Of Possible Eruption

UPDATE: Volcanic gas found bubbling up in the water 5km from the volcano. Image of the eruptions below from FNN. NHK is reporting that officials have raised the alert level around Sakurajima to level 5. They have urged those living near the two craters to evacuate. There were five volcanic earthquakes by 9am on the 19th, JST. They also observed swelling within the volcano. All of these are of course signs of concern but do happen … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA Begins Restart Checks On Reactor Under Court Injunction Not To Run

Japan NRA Begins Restart Checks On Reactor Under Court Injunction Not To Run

NRA is doing pre-restart inspections on Takahama unit 3, even after the potential restart of the reactor was blocked by a court injunction earlier this year. This comes a day after the NRA made a startling claim that they considered the nearby volcano to the Sendai nuclear plant to be of no concern even as it began erupting. 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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Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Japan First Restarted Reactor Now Under Volcano Threat

Scientists have tried to warn Japan’s NRA and other decision makers of the high risk for volcano danger to impact the Sendai nuclear plant. Just days after the nuclear plant was allowed to restart the nearby Sakurajima volcano has gone into a high level alert. People within 3km of the volcano have been told to evacuate. The nearby volcano has the potential to take out incoming power lines, block roads and foil machinery even far away … Read entire article »

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Sendai Prepares To Restart Amid Protests And Concerns

Sendai Prepares To Restart Amid Protests And Concerns

UPDATE: AP has reported that Sendai has restarted. One of the reactors at Sendai nuclear plant prepares to restart Tuesday morning. The process should take about a day as long as nothing goes wrong. About 2000 people protested outside the plant grounds on Sunday. Asahi Shimbun was the only media source to even mention the large protest in rural Kagoshima prefecture. We reported in our article, The Real Risks At Sendai, the evacuation problems near the plant. … Read entire article »

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Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

Sendai Reactor May Restart August 10th

NHK is reporting that Sendai nuclear plant may restart as early as August 10th. This also happens to be around the time of the Obon holiday season when many are on vacation. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If you are viewing … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Caught Lying About Fukushima Failed Hose Incident

TEPCO Caught Lying About Fukushima Failed Hose Incident

TEPCO was reprimanded by the NRA after being caught lying about the use of the now failed transfer hose at the plant. TEPCO told NRA it was being used to transfer waste water from the rainwater catchment system. TEPCO began also transferring highly radioactive water from unit 3′s turbine building into the same system. They never informed the regulator of this change. It was also discovered that TEPCO had been questioned previously about the hose run that … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

Japan Nuclear Safety: 4000 Falsified Safety Checks & Alarm Ignored For 1 Year

JAEA ignored an alarm on a radioactive liquid waste tank for a year, allowing the waste to leak. The incident happened at the materials testing reactor in Ibaraki. NRA called the JAEA dysfunctional. NRA also found that the Onagawa nuclear plant had over 4000 improper entries into inspection records at their #2 reactor. These included incorrect equipment information and even entries for equipment that didn’t exist. The company has not begun similar reviews for the … Read entire article »

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Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple Safety Issues Being Ignored In Japan’s Nuclear Restart

Multiple significant safety issues are being ignored while Japan appears to be rushing into a restart of their nuclear power plants. Evacuation plans are not approved or rejected by any government body yet the national government has had a hand in running evacuation drills. Each of these evacuation drills run has had major breakdowns and failures. One saw residents evacuated into the simulated radiation plume. The most recent one near the Shika nuclear plant found they … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

The response from the government picked volcano expert wasn’t kind. He made it very clear that the Sendai nuclear reactors are at risk from a number of nearby volcanoes and that the ideas concocted by the plant owners to combat a possible eruption are pure fantasy. Toshitsugu Fujii, a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo is the head of Japan’s panel on volcano risk. He is also a member of the NRA’s hastily assembled volcano … Read entire article »

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Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Japan’s NRA is expected to give restart approval for the Sendai nuclear plant this week. The reactors still would not restart before winter as a number of tasks still need to be completed including obtaining local consent. A volcano risk committee is still working through the risk factors to nuclear plants. Sendai is one of major concern with a nearby active volcano. Local governments remain skeptical about restarts. Local governments were mostly undecided or against restarts. Only 12% … Read entire article »

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KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

KEPCO To Scrap 2 Reactors At Mihama Nuclear Plant

Asahi Shimbun announced via the Facebook page that KEPCO would be decommissioning two of the three units at Mihama nuclear plant. The two oldest units are PWR reactors built in the late 1960′s. PWR units have been considered to have a higher potential to pass a restart review. Most older BWR reactors have been considered less likely to be considered for restart due to safety issues brought to light by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kyodo … Read entire article »

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Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Japan’s NRA declared that they would not revisit their ruling that the fault under the Tsuruga #2 reactor is active. Japanese law forbids the operation of any nuclear reactor if it sits above an active fault line. Due to this, Tsuruga #2 will not be allowed to restart. The fate of the #1 reactor remains undecided. Reactor #1 is planned for decommissioning in 2016 so it is unlikely they will apply for restart permission. This would leave … Read entire article »

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NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

NRA Nuclear Plant Volcano Study Could Take Another Year

Without saying how this might impact the potential restart of the Sendai Nuclear Plant, NRA said it would take about a year to determine a plan for dealing with volcano risk. Current laws state that plants at risk from volcanos must take steps including removing nuclear fuel from the plant. We previously documented the known risks of volcanoes to nuclear plants. This includes not just lava flow risks but a considerable risk due to ash … 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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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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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 © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, … 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 © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under … 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 © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that … 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 © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If … 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 © 2011-2015 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org 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 … 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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