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Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

Fukushima; A Sign Lays Bare A Toxic Relationship

When Yuji Onuma was in 6th grade he wrote a phrase. What started as part of a homework project, won an award and eventually became the slogan on large signs as you enter Futaba Fukushima. “Nuclear power the energy of a promising future“ The now ironic signs are to be torn down. The town claims the signs are a safety risk as they have deteriorated. Mr. Onuma wants the signs to stay. “The signboards should be preserved as … Read entire article »

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45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 Rally For End To Nuclear Power In Taiwan

45,000 people attended rallies around Taiwan Saturday in an effort to reform the country’s energy policy. Among the issues in Taiwan are a permanent closures of a new nuclear plant being built and a promise to shut down existing plants by their end of life dates. A newer issue also being fought is a plan to ship Taiwan’s nuclear waste to France, process it into MOX fuel, then return the waste and the fuel to Taiwan. … 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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US – India Nuclear Liability Deal Explained

US – India Nuclear Liability Deal Explained

The US and India have signed a nuclear power deal that drastically changes the liability of the industry that wants to build new reactors in India. Our infographic covers the main points about this unusual new deal. The deal seems to benefit not just US private industry but the same private industry in Japan. The entire agreement should raise some serious questions about why both the US and Japanese governments have been so keen to put … Read entire article »

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Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

Bizarre Nuclear Evacuation Drill Held In Kyushu Japan

A drill was held that included three prefectures near the Genkai nuclear plant. The drill included a scenario where the plant had a power loss and coolant water leak. The NHK report didn’t specify to what extent the actual damage to the plant was considered to be for this drill. The scenario from the description sounds nothing like the extent seen at the Fukushima disaster in 2011 where large amounts of infrastructure were wiped out … Read entire article »

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US Nuclear Plant Would Have To Charge Double To Stay Profitable

US Nuclear Plant Would Have To Charge Double To Stay Profitable

Bloomberg has an interesting article about the major problem for US nuclear reactors. The economics are killing them. They blame subsidies other power generation gets (conveniently avoiding mention of the considerable subsidies nuclear power receives) and other (cheaper) power sources. What was so startling in this Bloomberg article is that Ginna nuclear plant would have to charge consumers double the current retail power rates in order to turn a profit. This was vs. all other power … Read entire article »

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Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

Niigata Fails 2nd Nuclear Disaster Drill

The first nuclear disaster drill in Niigata in 2013 resulted in a considerable failure. This year another supposedly easier drill also failed. The 2013 drill involved a large number of volunteers to evacuate the area near the plant by bus. This ended up taking evacuees not to safety but right into the path of the simulated radiation plume. For 2014 the ran a severely handicapped drill. They skipped having an evacuation and declared the radiation release … 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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Sendai Nuclear Plant Closer To Restart And What Might Stop It

Sendai Nuclear Plant Closer To Restart And What Might Stop It

The local city council of Satsuma-sendai approved the restart of the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima prefecture. 19 members approved, 4 opposed. The local approvals are not required by law but are being done to try to pretend the restart has some sort of public acceptance. The prefecture government and the governor are also to be asked for restart permission. This process has become problematic in Japan for a number of reasons. The temporary restart of … Read entire article »

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Japan Diet Approval Required To Join Nuclear Liability Treaty

Japan Diet Approval Required To Join Nuclear Liability Treaty

The US has been pushing for Japan to sign on to a nuclear liability treaty, withholding some cooperation on the Fukushima disaster as pressure. In order for Japan to sign on to this treaty the Diet will have to give approval of the agreement. Currently only a few nuclear countries in the world have signed on to this liability treaty pushed by the US. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/24/national/government-seeks-diet-approval-treaty-international-funds-following-nuclear-disaster/#.VE6xEvl4pkA This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo … 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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Three Dead At Nuclear Plant In India

Three guards at the Kalpakkam nuclear plant were shot by a colleague in a building at the plant. The circumstances around the shooting are not known. The guard who shot the others is in custody. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/3-CISF-personnel-shot-dead-by-colleague-at-Kalpakkam-atomic-plant-in-Tamil-Nadu/articleshow/44679818.cms  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 on any website other than www.simplyinfo.org (or www.fukuleaks.org) it may be plagiarized, please let us know. If you wish to reproduce any of our content in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

JAEA has announced it will decommission the Tokai nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. Needed safety upgrades would be too costly so the plant built in the 1980′s will be shut down. This removes another portion of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling program. The Monju fast breeder reactor has been in forced shutdown after thousands of safety violations were found there. This leaves just the Rokkasho reprocessing plant as possibly operating. That facility has been under construction for … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Asahi Shimbun continues to investigate Japan’s nuclear evacuation plans. This time they looked at the availability of buses to evacuate those who can’t flee in their own vehicles. The evacuation plans rely on chartered buses. Some of the prefectures could only find half the buses needed, at least one could only find one fourth of the needed buses. Some areas would need thousands of buses but could only find a few hundred. The chartered bus idea quickly … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Japan’s Old Nuclear Program Is New Again

Nuclear restarts in Japan have taken a political turn. Japan’s industry minister revived previous administration’s claims that Japan “needs” nuclear power, citing claims of energy independence. Japan has no domestic uranium resources so even their nuclear program is dependent on importing nuclear fuel materials. The country has long tried to make a fuel reprocessing program work but has run into the reality of costs and viability. The minister also brought back the nuclear safety myth, … Read entire article »

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Japan Govt. May Financially Help Nuclear Utilities Cover Losses From Decommissioning

Japan Govt. May Financially Help Nuclear Utilities Cover Losses From Decommissioning

The Japanese government is considering giving some sort of financial assistance to nuclear power utilities that decide to scrap their aging reactors. The decommissioning process would require the companies to move the value of those plants from assets to losses. This could cause some of the utilities that over invested in nuclear power to become insolvent or financially at risk. The government didn’t say how they would arrange any financial compensation but taxpayers would ultimately pay … 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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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 Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Japan Nuclear Evacuation Plans Expose Absurdity Of Restarting Reactors

Part of the plan in Japan to attempt to restart reactors including trying to establish evacuation plans based on what was learned from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The reality of the cost and difficulty of doing so is coming crashing down around the government plan to restart reactors. Minamata City, near the Sendai nuclear plant can not deal with what is being expected of them should an evacuation be required. The city, about 40km from Sendai … Read entire article »

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Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

Briefcases Full Of Cash For Japan’s Pro Nuclear Politicians

A former Kansai Electric (KEPCO) executive came forward to admit the nuclear company had been giving huge amounts of secret cash to prime ministers and other government officials. Prime ministers had been receiving about 20 million yen a year for about 18 years while he was involved. The secret money was delivered as cash to the government officials. This was funded ultimately by consumers who paid for the “donations” through higher utility bills. Chubu Electric had … Read entire article »

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US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

US New Nuclear Running Into Systemic Failures

The US department of Energy has granted billions in guarantees to get these projects off the ground. The promised efficiency and quality from making components offsite hasn’t happened. A new Associated Press report shows they may even be worse than the cost and quality of building plants on site. Since these factors were reasoned by the nuclear industry for why a previous generation of nuclear power plants were over budget and plagued with problems, it … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup July 27, 2014

METI considering opening some evacuation areas over Bon holiday http://www.meti.go.jp/earthquake/nuclear/20140722_01.html Iitate Residents File For Arbitration http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140722_28.html Former Tomioka mayor dies at 74 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140720/ex-fukushima-town-mayor-dies-at-74 Japan to consider not reprocessing spent nuclear fuel http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html A new type of drone will be used inside Fukushima Daiichi to inspect buildings http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html High pressure injection system at Oconee had failure due to bad welds and cracks http://www.wyff4.com/news/nrc-undetected-crack-leak-at-oconee-nuclear-plant-caused-shutdown/26997798#!bhIriT Japan’s test site for nuclear waste storage could become national nuclear waste dump http://www.sfgate.com/business/energy/article/Underground-lab-tackles-Japan-nuclear-waste-issue-5619430.php#page-1 Chubu Electric built 250 million yen slush fund to win over politicians http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201407200021 Fukushima evacuees traveled average 273 km in search for shelter http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201407130019 US House tries to prevent the Department of Energy and Defense Department from acting on climate change http://www.salon.com/2014/07/14/house_bans_the_department_of_energy_from_acknowledging_climate_change/ How a new evolution of battery storage could totally change the US power market and energy for consumers http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/featured/Storage-Is-the-New-Solar-Will-Batteries-and-PV-Create-an-Unstoppable-Hybri US Utilities get more time to gauge nuke flood risks http://www.chron.com/news/article/Utilities-get-more-time-to-gauge-nuke-flood-risks-5637911.php 1994 Study of Nuclear Workers Finds High … Read entire article »

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Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Abe Declares He Will Start Japan’s Nuclear Plants No Matter What

Japanese PM Abe made a statement over the weekend that he would restart Japan’s nuclear plants “by some means or other”. Hinting that he would ignore the rule of law or the will of the people as he already has in other unpopular political power grabs this year. He made the statement at a meeting with business executives in Fukuoka. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation … 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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Dr. Robert Jacobs Will Be Speaking At Event In Tokyo July 19th

Dr. Robert Jacobs Will Be Speaking At Event In Tokyo July 19th

Nuclear historian at Hiroshima University (and SimplyInfo.org member) Dr. Robert Jacobs will be speaking in Tokyo July 19th at an event at the Lucky Dragon Museum. The museum houses the Lucky Dragon fishing ship, exposed to massive amounts of radiation during the US Castle Bravo nuclear test. The crew returned to Japan sick from radiation exposure, some of the crew died. The ship eventually made it impossible for the US to deny the impact of … Read entire article »

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French Polynesia To Destroy Atomic Testing Victims Memorial

The current president of French Polynesia intends to destroy a national monument to the victims of atomic testing. France conducted 193 atomic bombings of the islands between 1966 and 1974. French President Chirac approved two more bomb tests in 1996, right before the international test ban treaty went into effect. The current president of French Polynesia wants to replace the bomb victims memorial with a site dedicated to president Chirac. The French atomic tests have left the area contaminated with some of the worst contamination located in a crumbling coral reef that could further contaminate the area. You can read more about the memorial and sign a petition here https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/To_Mr_Gaston_Flosse_president_of_French_Polynesia_Dont_destroy_the_monument_of_all_victims_of_nuclear_tests_in_FR_Polyne/?cziZUeb More on the history of atomic testing in French Polynesia can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moruroa The Guardian has more information based on newly declassified documents from … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Fukushima Disaster Causes Nuclear Workers To Flee To Solar, Creates New Robotic Industry

Workers for TEPCO have been leaving at a rapid pace. Between cuts in pay and the social stigma of working for the company, many have chosen to leave. What is more interesting is how many have left the nuclear industry all together and are now working for new solar power companies. This could become an even larger trend as other nuclear power utilities see their businesses flounder. The disaster has also caused a drastic shift in … Read entire article »

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

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

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup

  TEPCO shareholders demand Fukushima interviews be released to the public, threaten to take it to court if needed. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/nuclear.html The Japanese govt. wants to establish a city for 3000 workers near Fukushima Daiichi. The town would be located in the difficult to return areas near the plant. There are also plans to locate other facilities needed to decontaminate the plant nearby. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140609_29.html Tohoku Electric applied for restart inspections on their Higashidori nuclear plant near the Rokkasho nuclear site. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2014/06/294978.html New welded water tanks are being delivered to Fukushima Daiichi to replace the old leaking bolt together tanks. http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2014/201406-j/140611-01j.html Former Prime Minister Kan and his cabinet have said they have no objection to the Fukushima Daiichi investigation interviews being made public. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201406060042 TEPCO confirmed the water level in unit 2 is about half of what they thought it was after installing … Read entire article »

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Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Ignores Scientists Warnings Again

Japan’s Nuclear Regulator Ignores Scientists Warnings Again

It truly is a Hollywood cliche, ignore the scientists until it is too late. This is the newest issue related to nuclear plant restarts in Japan, volcanos. The Sendai nuclear plant sits near a fairly large active volcano as we explained here in the report The Real Risks At Sendai. Reuters reports there are even more diverse volcano risks at Sendai than what we found. Again, scientists in Japan are raising serious concerns about these risks. … Read entire article »

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New Documents Released Admit Concerning Events During Fukushima Disaster

New Documents Released Admit Concerning Events During Fukushima Disaster

Asahi Shimbun obtained a copy of Masao Yoshida’s testimony to the government investigation into the nuclear disaster. Yoshida was the manager of Fukushima Daiichi when the disaster hit. Yoshida testified that 90% of the plant staff including managers fled the plant when told to fall back to a safe location after radiation levels began to rise. This is now raising questions about the ability of private sector workers to effectively battle a major nuclear disaster. In … Read entire article »

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Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

Japanese Court Blocks Oi Nuclear Plant From Restarting

A Japanese court has ruled that the Oi nuclear plant can not restart. A number of lawsuits have been filed since the 2011 disaster trying to block local nuclear plants from restarting. Kansai electric will appeal the ruling. The court agreed with the plaintiffs that the estimations for quake resistance given by the power company were unreliable. The NRA says they will continue their work to screen the plant for possible restart permission. This is … Read entire article »

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Fukushima; The Loss Of Homeland

Fukushima; The Loss Of Homeland

The central government has declared the towns of Futaba and Okuma to be interim storage sites for the growing piles of contaminated debris in Japan. Bags of contaminated dirt and debris remain piled up in communities all over Honshu with nowhere to go. The government has agreed to purchase land in the two towns for the storage facility but insists it isn’t permanent. The government claims the debris will eventually be move somewhere outside of … Read entire article »

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WIPP Finds Leaking Drum, More Problems Ahead

WIPP Finds Leaking Drum, More Problems Ahead

Officials at WIPP have released photos and some details about the new findings in the waste site. They have visually identified one barrel that caused damage in room 7. A black 50 gallon barrel appeared to have burst along the lid seam. The barrel did have a bag of magnesium oxide (MGO) on top of it. The bag itself was burned away. Scorch marks can be seen on nearby surfaces in a gap between pallets … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fallout; GE Explains How They Manipulate The Media

Fukushima Fallout; GE Explains How They Manipulate The Media

An interesting admission was recently made by the top communications person at General Electric related to how the company manipulates major US media. Christoper White, the Communications Leader at GE bragged in his career bio on Linked In admitting the extent that the company can control what major US media tells the public related to them. “I have solid relationships with reporters and producers at the country’s largest media outlets like CNN, USA Today, The Wall … Read entire article »

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Taiwan New Nuclear Plants Fail Tests, Old Unit Out of Spent Fuel Space

Taiwan New Nuclear Plants Fail Tests, Old Unit Out of Spent Fuel Space

The fourth nuclear plant reactors in Taiwan have been found to have failed containment tests. This has created considerable controversy as the information had been withheld from the public. Officials at Taipower tried to explain away the problem claiming it could be fixed by adding additional sealing to the structures. The plants are currently in a suspended state awaiting a public referendum on use of the two new nuclear reactors. This came soon after officials admitted … Read entire article »

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WIPP Nuclear Site Closer But Cause Of Incident Still Unknown

WIPP Nuclear Site Closer But Cause Of Incident Still Unknown

Our research team has been following the events at WIPP since the February 14th incident at the facility. Some very slow progress has been made in the last three months in trying to understand what happened. They have determined that it was not a cave in at the underground storage portion of the facility. The search team has made it into the panel 7, room 7 area and confirmed this to be the location where the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Reactor Water Leak Sources Admitted By TEPCO

Fukushima Reactor Water Leak Sources Admitted By TEPCO

Buried in the most recent Roadmap document is some useful information about how and where reactor water is leaking out of the buildings. Along with the contaminated water leak to the cable tunnel outside of unit 2, TEPCO has now admitted a leak location for unit 1. The north side of the turbine building is specifically identified as the leak location where there is a pipe opening.    Contaminated water migration north of unit 1 turbine building … Read entire article »

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Taiwan Protests Grow To 50,000, Govt. Halts Nuclear Plant Construction

Taiwan Protests Grow To 50,000, Govt. Halts Nuclear Plant Construction

Protests in Taiwan grew and continued on over the weekend. They have had some impact as the government at least for now has caved to protesters demands. The protesters want a referendum on nuclear power and a stop to construction of the fourth nuclear power plant on the edge of Taipei. A member of the opposition political party has been on a hunger strike over the issue. The combination of over 5 days of wide … Read entire article »

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