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No Nukes Protests In Second Day In Taiwan

No Nukes Protests In Second Day In Taiwan

No nukes protests in Taiwan started yesterday on Earth Day with some public gatherings in Taipei. By evening protesters had gathered in front of the legislature building in Taipei. Police put up a series of barricades. Protesters began cutting the metal barricades apart with portable power tools. Protesters dumped something on the door step of the KMT political party headquarters during the same evening. The running theme has been that you can’t burn … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Plagued With New Problems

(this article now available in Polish via http://www.marmas.nazwa.pl/wordpress/?p=549 we thank them for their translation efforts) The much touted SMR nuclear reactor program that has been claimed to be the next generation of nuclear plants is in trouble before it has even really started. Babcock & Wilcox, long time nuclear company located in Tennessee has scaled back their SMR reactor development. They are unable to find investors or customers for the concept reactor. The US Department of Energy has given $226 million to help B&W fund the project. The company booked a loss last year and said they would drastically cut how much money they put into the project this year. Entergy executives have been selling off large amounts of their personal company stock. There have already been hints that the company’s nuclear fleet is … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

Japan Govt. Orchestrates Fukushima Denial, Nuclear Restarts

The Japanese government continues to push for reactor restarts and to establish nuclear power as part of the national energy policy even though public opinion is still heavily against it. At the same time the government has pushed for politically motivated reopening of parts of the evacuation zone. The Japanese government has declared nuclear power as an “important baseload energy resource“. While the government insists that nuclear power is an important power source they did not … Read entire article »

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Two Japanese Power Companies Ask For Bailouts

Two Japanese Power Companies Ask For Bailouts

First Hokkaido Electric, now Kyushu Electric is asking for a government bank to give them money. Both are complaining about unexpected costs involved with operating without their nuclear power plants. Kyushu Electric owns quite a few reactors, Hokkaido Electric only owns two. This may sound familiar to readers in the US after Exelon Nuclear began asking for government bailouts because other sources of electricity were so cheap it is putting them out of business. In Japan … Read entire article »

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UK Reactor Shut Down 5 Months Without Informing Public

UK Reactor Shut Down 5 Months Without Informing Public

The Dungeness nuclear power plant was shut down for 5 months to deal with inadequate flood protection issues. What is more unusual is that the public was never informed by the operator or the country’s nuclear regulator. The area has been subject to severe flooding in recent years and both the operator and the regulator knew the plant was at risk. The UK nuclear regulator does not report the status of nuclear power plants as 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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German Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Plant To Shut Down Early Over Financial Woes

German Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Plant To Shut Down Early Over Financial Woes

The Grafenrheinfeld nuclear plant will shut down 7 months earlier than planned due to a poor economic outlook for continuing to operate the plant. This is the first premature closing of a German nuclear plant for financial reasons. A number of nuclear plants in the US have ceased operations or plan to permanently shut down in the near future due to the poor economics of operating them.   This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts … Read entire article »

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Japan Power Companies Shift Focus To Non Nuclear Power

Japan Power Companies Shift Focus To Non Nuclear Power

Japan’s power companies have been quietly shifting their focus to building new or restarting thermal power generation facilities. The country has largely done without nuclear power for the last 3 years showing the reactors are not needed to keep power supplied. The shift of focus and planning shows the utilities don’t expect to restart nuclear power plants any time soon or that it is not a sure deal it will ever happen. image credit | powerplug-in.com This article … Read entire article »

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A Weekend Of Fukushima & Nuclear Protests In Japan

A Weekend Of Fukushima & Nuclear Protests In Japan

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site took to the streets in Tokyo to demand fair treatment and safer working conditions. About 100 workers gathered in front of TEPCO headquarters on Friday. The continued problems of contractor graft and theft of disaster pay has frustrated the process along with constant corner cutting at the plant putting the workers are unnecessary risk while they try to deal with the ongoing disaster. In Kagoshima near the Sendai nuclear … Read entire article »

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German Nuclear Industry Faces Slew Of New Problems

German Nuclear Industry Faces Slew Of New Problems

An unpublished report from experts in Germany has identified unaccounted for earthquake risk in two German nuclear reactors. Germany is in the process of phasing out their nuclear power plants, some remain online today. Two reactors in Bavaria planned to do power uprates but abruptly cancelled them. An unpublished report around the same time by GRS for the environment ministry found additional earthquake risks at the two nuclear plants. Now there are questions that the internal … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Establishment Takes Over Fukushima Medical University

Nuclear Establishment Takes Over Fukushima Medical University

More agreements have been inked between Fukushima Medical University and the international nuclear mafia. Fukushima Medical University has signed an agreement with the ICRP to join their work. ICRP is largely funded and run by various governmental nuclear regulators and the nuclear industry. (List of ICRP Commission members). Fukushima Medical University also created visiting professor positions for some IAEA staff. While the Fukushima Medical University has been busy denying the health risks from the nuclear disaster, the … Read entire article »

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WIPP Nuclear Site Leaks To The Environment, FOIA Filed By Local Press

WIPP Nuclear Site Leaks To The Environment, FOIA Filed By Local Press

The environmental center charged with monitoring around the WIPP plutonium storage facility in New Mexico has detected plutonium and americium at a monitoring post 1/2 mile from the WIPP site. They characterized the finding as being “extremely low” but declined to give any actual numbers for the finding. The center is speculating that the finding could be due to a small escape before the filtration system kicked in. They tested the filter on Tuesday that had … Read entire article »

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Radiation Leak At WIPP Considered To Be Waste Leak

Radiation Leak At WIPP Considered To Be Waste Leak

Reuters is reporting that the alarm at the WIPP nuclear storage site in New Mexico is now considered to be a credible nuclear waste leak and not a false alarm from radon. The DOE gave this slightly disturbing statement to Reuters: “But I believe it’s safe to say we’ve never seen a level like we are seeing. We just don’t know if it’s a real event, but it looks like one,” he said.” The leak was identified … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Cooling Water Leak Caused By Bad Installation

Fukushima Cooling Water Leak Caused By Bad Installation

TEPCO announced earlier this week that a pipe carrying cooling water for the reactors was leaking. The accompanying photo of the leak location gives some indication of the possible cause. The gasket and flange in the photo upon closer inspection shows damage. The flange plate it bent and a portion of the gasket is bulging out. This is an improper installation and damaged the flange plate. This may have been the cause of the leak and is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Update

Fukushima Unit 3 Spent Fuel Pool Debris Removal Update

METI has reported some progress and a plan for removing debris out of the unit 3 spent fuel pool. Initial work already in progress includes removal of the steel pool cover and then any rebar than can easily be removed, this work is already underway. Then work will progress in this order: 1.(④, ⑤, ⑥, ⑦) removal mast , roof truss material 2 . Removal of FHM (fuel handling machine) (⑧) 3 . Removal of FHM west end … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

Nuclear Evacuation Risks Still Unsolvable In Japan

The NRA has issued a number of improvements for evacuation planning in the event of a nuclear disaster. They have said that more radiation monitoring posts need to be installed, there should be one in each town. They will also require each monitoring station to have a back up generator in case of a power outage. A mandatory evacuation of anyone within 5km of the plant was added along with monitoring out 30km before considering … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

TEPCO Tries To Sell Failed Bypass System Again

In an unexplained change of plans TEPCO and the Japanese govt. are back to trying to sell the fishing groups and the public on their plan to use a failed water bypass system. In late 2013 IRID directed TEPCO and the Japanese govt to begin work on a wide scale bypass project that would create diversion wells far outside the plant grounds. This would reroute groundwater before it has a chance to flow into the plant … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; January 27, 2014

Nuclear power utilities bought political fundraising tickets with power customer cash. They spent just enough on tickets to be under the disclosure laws in Japan. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201401270057 Former Daini manager will become new leader at Daiichi http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/people/AJ201401170010 TEPCO intends to fix the leaking bolt together tanks by putting metal caps over the failed interior seams. http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/feature/nucerror/list/CK2014012202100005.html Children’s teeth in Japan will be tested for Strontium 90 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/19/national/fukushima-kids-teeth-to-be-checked-for-strontium-90/#.UuZJSNLna03 Untested soybeans from a required testing area in Iwate with previous over limit readings, were distributed for sale. Officials have been trying to recall the soybeans but have had issues tracking them all down. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/iwate/news/20140123-OYT8T01380.htm Untested live cattle (190 head) were sold and shipped outside of the controlled agriculture areas. This creates a problem as these cattle are then not considered under a requirement of testing at slaughter due to being outside of the … Read entire article »

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48th Anniversary Of Palomares Nuclear Disaster

48th Anniversary Of Palomares Nuclear Disaster

Friday was the 48th anniversary of the Palomares nuclear disaster. A US B52 collided with a refueling plane over southern Spain causing both planes to fall from the sky. The B52 had four hydrogen bombs on board. Three fell on the town of Palomares, one out to sea. Two of the nuclear bombs had the non nuclear explosive detonate on impact, sending plutonium showering over the town like dirty bombs. Much of the deadly plutonium was … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; January 17, 2014

Japan ruling government to wait on decision on nuclear energy policy until after Tokyo governors race http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/politics/news/CK2014011702000199.html Candidate for Tokyo governor wants to show path away from nuclear power http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/01/266524.html Japan revises disaster planning to evacuate vulnerable populations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140117/japan-revises-disaster-plan-swiftly-evacuate-sociall-0 Vietnam has delayed starting their nuclear power program http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/16/asia-pacific/vietnam-delays-first-nuclear-plant/#.Utk5ldLna00 US Congress wants answers about the radiation exposure of sailors on the Ronald Reagan during the response to the 3-11 disaster in Japan http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140116_13.html Well 1-16 on the seafront at Fukushima Daiichi is up to 2.7 million bq/liter http://www.minpo.jp/globalnews/detail/2014011701002147 400,000 tons of contaminated water is stored in storage tanks that are installed on site, 817 trillion becquerels of tritium is included in this contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi http://mainichi.jp/feature/20110311/news/20140116k0000m040085000c.html Workers at the Indian Pt. nuclear plant outside of New York City are preparing to strike. http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/state/strike-threat-looms-at-indian-point-nuclear-plants US Congress tucks more money for failed USEC into new budget bill http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/16/nuclear-boondoggle-announces-bankruptcy-plans-rakes-in-millions-in-spending-bill-anyway/comment-page-1/ This … Read entire article »

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Town To Be Built Near Fukushima Daiichi

Town To Be Built Near Fukushima Daiichi

Municipal authorities announced there is a plan to build a town with the capacity to house 3000 people in Okuma. Okuma is the town that hosts the nuclear disaster site. The chosen site had lower radiation levels than other parts of the town but is quite close to the plant. There is also a government plan to build a long term nuclear waste storage site in the area to house all of the contaminated soil … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Evacuations Would Take 12+ Hours To More Than 6 Days

Japan Nuclear Evacuations Would Take 12+ Hours To More Than 6 Days

An independent study in Japan showed it would take at least 12 or more hours to evacuate a 30km zone around nuclear power plants studied. From the initial disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, residents of nearby Futaba were still trying to evacuate more than 24 hours after the initial alert at the plant. They were still trying to get patients out of the hospital days later. Various sources estimate the unit 1 meltdown was already underway … 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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Former Japan PM: We Were Lied To About Nuclear Power

Former Japan PM: We Were Lied To About Nuclear Power

In a recent editorial in the Asahi Shimbun former PM Koizumi makes an unusual and candid statement: “Denjiren (the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan) has been telling a pack of lies,” he began. “When experts say nuclear power generation is safe and doesn’t cost much and this is the only way to go if we want to stop relying on coal, well, we believe them. But they’ve been lying to us for years. And … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; January 11, 2011

An in-house Tepco panel has found that the financially troubled utility paid two to five times more than reasonable levels in buying goods and services to run its operations. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/01/10/national/tepco-overpaying-to-procure-goods-services-contract-screening-panel/#.UtB-StIVorU JAEA plans to do an experiment in a test reactor to simulate the fuel meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi using a very small model fuel rod. We are still trying to fully understand the plan but it appears to be the gathering data that has been gathered by other nuclear experiments and may be redundant. http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000924969 TEPCO has admitted they have withheld strontium 90 data from the public for 6 months. TEPCO claims that they were unable to solve discrepancies in their testing and withheld data rather than giving out data they were unsure about. They now claim they will fix it by the … Read entire article »

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Polar Vortex Takes Out Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant

Polar Vortex Takes Out Ft. Calhoun Nuclear Plant

The unusually cold weather in the US midwest forced Ft. Calhoun nuclear plant to shut down a little over 2 weeks since it restarted for the first time since 2011. Ice in the intakes created a situation where they could not fully close the sluice gates, creating a situation where they have to shut down due to federal safety regulations. OPPD stated they will have to do some repairs to the sluice gates after the … Read entire article »

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The Nuclear Victims You Don’t Know About

The Nuclear Victims You Don’t Know About

Dr. Robert Jacobs has a new paper in the Asian Journal of Peacebuilding (November 2013). His paper looks at the populations who live in the areas selected by the countries who did the bulk of the atomic bomb testing. These populations live with the result of multiple atomic bombs being detonated nearby. HIs paper looks at the ways these countries selected the populations that would be on the receiving end of their atomic testing. From the … Read entire article »

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Unit 3 Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Data

Unit 3 Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Data

There have been a number of unsubstantiated rumors going around about “new problems” at unit 3. Information is always better than rumor. We pulled the reactor data for the last week for unit 3. Temperatures are within expected and historical levels. Xenon 135 is monitored as an indicator of fission and is consistent at levels well below anything that would indicate anything outside of normal for the state of unit 3. The steam at unit … Read entire article »

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Inspection Of Damaged Fuel Assembly Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

Inspection Of Damaged Fuel Assembly Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released a brief report on the bent fuel assembly in unit 4′s spent fuel pool. The outer box of the bent assembly showed cracks in the steel on both sides of the bend. They stated that there we no increases in radiation near the assembly. This would indicate that the interior fuel rods were not broken to the point of leaking contamination that was detectable. TEPCO previously admitted a pre-disaster bent fuel assembly was … Read entire article »

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What Power Companies Do When Nuclear Is No Longer An Easy Option

What Power Companies Do When Nuclear Is No Longer An Easy Option

MidAmerican Energy in the US tried for years to force Iowa residents to pre-pay for a nuclear power plant. Those efforts failed twice, causing the company to stop trying to pass the new law. As of February 2013 MidAmerican Energy owner Warren Buffett continued to express his interest in building two nuclear power plants in Iowa. Without public funding for nuclear and a public that has been strongly against any new nuclear plants in Iowa, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima News Roundup; December 16, 2013

Fukushima News Roundup; December 16, 2013

Banks that have been lending money to TEPCO say they will cut off new loans after this upcoming ones for December. This means TEPCO can’t borrow any more money unless they refinance other loans or create other ways to free up more credit or cash. Another well at Fukushima Daiichi has seen a beta radiation spike. Groundwater well 0-3-2 had 63,000 Bq/L of beta radiation. TEPCO makes another admission on the water injection failure back in 2011. They … Read entire article »

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Nuclear Whoppers

A recent NY Times oped resurrects yet again a number of logical fallacies about radiation risk and Fukushima. Probably the most frequently recurring theme is the idea that people should not be evacuated during a nuclear disaster. This has been heavily repeated by various nuclear industry insiders, usually from the US. The likely reason for these efforts to downplay Fukushima have little to do with Japan and more to do with the US. The US has an aging reactor fleet that is now mired in heavily populated urban areas. Evacuation around these plants is impossible. When evacuation is impossible the only solution that pleases the nuclear industry is to end evacuations. In order to do this they must discredit the evacuations at Fukushima. Just last week the IAEA urged Japan to cease … Read entire article »

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Toxic Assets: Japan Govt. To Make Fukushima & Nuclear Industry Taxpayer’s Problem As TEPCO Flounders

Toxic Assets: Japan Govt. To Make Fukushima &  Nuclear Industry Taxpayer’s Problem As TEPCO Flounders

The LDP has hatched a new scheme to solve all of their inconvenient nuclear problems. TEPCO and all the other utility companies in Japan that have reactors would dump them all into a single new company with a partial ownership by the Japanese government. This would put the government (and taxpayers) directly in financial risk for this risky scheme. The idea would potentially allow the utilities to sell their reactors or move them into this … Read entire article »

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Taiwan’s Nuclear Nightmare

Taiwan, a country that is about 1/3 the land mass of the state of Kentucky has over 23 million residents. New Taipei, the largest city has over 6 million people. New Taipei also has four, soon to be six nuclear reactors within the metro area. The population density of New Taipei at the northern tip of the country in the event of a nuclear disaster has been an obvious cause of concern for many. Taiwan’s nuclear plants rank in the top 12 for seismic risk due to faults running across the island. As seen after Fukushima Daiichi when the potential to need to evacuate Tokyo was considered, the idea of trying to evacuate a geographically small densely populated city is nearly impossible. The reactors around New Taipei are not in some … Read entire article »

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Abe Vows More Nuclear and Deregulation

Abe Vows More Nuclear and Deregulation

Because the lack of regulation worked so well at Fukushima Daiichi, Japan PM Abe announced his plan to deregulate business in Japan. He cited government regulations and oversight as an impediment to business. Yet every investigation of the Fukushima nuclear disaster cited the lack of oversight and meaningful regulation as a considerable contributing factor to the disaster. Abe also cited a plan to bring more women into the workforce to ease Japan’s woes. Abe announced the … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. “Wants To Lower Dependence On Nuclear Power”

Japan Govt. “Wants To Lower Dependence On Nuclear Power”

Not what anyone expected to hear out of the current LDP government in Japan. The current head of METI made this statement to the press that Japan should lower their dependence on nuclear power. This is an unusual statement considering the utterly pro-nuclear agenda of the current government.   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 … Read entire article »

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Oi Reactor Shuts Down, Japan Nuke Free, Typhoon Bears Down On Fukushima

Oi Reactor Shuts Down, Japan Nuke Free, Typhoon Bears Down On Fukushima

The last operating nuclear reactor in Japan has shut down, leaving Japan again nuclear power free. Last year Japan briefly was at zero nuclear power. Threatened blackouts never happened even at the height of summer. With this new shutdown at Oi KEPCO has yet again made threats of blackouts, this time claiming the coming winter. Reactors in Japan can not restart without passing the new NRA inspections and regulations. The power companies and their allies … Read entire article »

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What Is Going On At Fukushima Daiichi Right Now

TEPCO tends to bury bits of information among obscure sources while pushing their distraction of the day at the public. These are some of the things of note this week that have changed at the plant. Unit 2 Pressure Drop Unit 2 has continued to see containment pressure drop. TEPCO resolved the initial drop in pressure by closing a valve. The pressure slightly recovered then began to drop again this week. It has slowly dropped each day this week and is now down to 4.70 kPa g. TEPCO makes no explanation for the ongoing loss of pressure in containment at unit 2. Readings previous to this change had been in the 15 kPa g range for months. Unit 2 Trench Leaking An expert from JAEA is claiming that a trench near unit 2 is still … Read entire article »

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Fatal Flaws In Fukushima Radioactive Water Tanks Found

TEPCO has given out more information about the design of 300+ tanks being used on site to hold highly radioactive waste water. They earlier admitted the tanks has been assembled then reassembled elsewhere after the ground beneath them subsided. This is thought to have distorted the bolt together sections and gaskets on the tanks causing the leaks. In the released photos they show that the bottom of these tanks are not one solid piece but are sections bolted (or riveted) together with gaskets on the interior of the tank. TEPCO admitted months ago that the exterior bolts of these tanks were working loose causing small tank leaks. Workers re tightened bolts on the tank exteriors to try to prevent leaks. Who then tightens the bolts (or checks the rivets) inside the … Read entire article »

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Irony; US Nuclear Bomb Plant To Be Wind Powered

The US Pantex nuclear bomb plant will be running on wind power soon. It was announced this week that the plant will be installing wind turbines to supply electricity to the plant. At more than 65% of their electricity will come from the wind turbines being installed on site. The turbines are expected to save $50 million dollars over 18 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 know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content … Read entire article »

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