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Fukushima Workers Removing Tanks Receive High Radiation Exposures

Fukushima Workers Removing Tanks Receive High Radiation Exposures

Workers dismantling bolt together tanks at Fukushima Daiichi received high radiation doses to the eye during their work. TEPCO did not announce this finding, reporter Mako Oshidori questioned TEPCO officials at a recent press conference and obtained the admission. This began as an inquiry about workers found on a recent report to have over 75 mSv equivalent dose to their eye lens. This is a serious concern as radiation exposure to the eye can cause cataracts. … Read entire article »

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Research Towards High Radiation Robots For Fukushima

Research Towards High Radiation Robots For Fukushima

One of the largest challenges in the effort to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi disaster site is developing robotic technology to remove melted fuel. Radiation levels in certain areas of the reactors and reactor buildings remain so high that they damage electronics and components. Research has been ongoing through IRID and JAEA to attempt to develop new materials and technologies that can withstand the extremely high radiation levels near the melted fuel. A workshop is being conducted … Read entire article »

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SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5th Year Report

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5th Year Report

Our research team’s 5th year report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster is out. Full of technical details rarely covered by the press, the report shows the new understanding of the disaster. The social and environmental impacts are also covered in this 40 page report complete with diagrams, illustrations and images covering the past year. Read the report online or download a copy here: SimplyInfo.org Fukushima 5 Year Report This article would not be possible without the extensive … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Pacific Plume Reaches Predicted Levels

Fukushima Pacific Plume Reaches Predicted Levels

A press release from Woods Hole announced today that new radiation readings for the Pacific off the North American coast have reached new post Fukushima highs. “Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased number of sites off the US West Coast showing signs of contamination from Fukushima. This includes the highest detected level to date from a sample collected about 1,600 miles west of San … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

Fukushima Unit 2 High Radiation, New Images Show Cause

The extremely high radiation level admitted by TEPCO last week was given further clarification in the most recent roadmap document. The illustrations and image below from the roadmap show the highest areas. The far right gamma image shows the highest concentrations in the leaked substance below the hatch. The other illustration shows the leaked substance to be of interest. The previous report to the press by TEPCO documented the highest reading here was 9.4 sieverts/hr. TEPCO … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

Fukushima Unit 1 TIPS Inspection Done, High Radiation Found

A new inspection attempt of the unit 1 TIPS room has been completed between September and October of 2015. TEPCO buried the information in the monthly roadmap document. The first attempt to inspect the unit 1 TIPS room was with a robot in 2012. That was unsuccessful after the robot failed to unlock the door. These new TIPS room findings showed radiation levels higher than what TEPCO found inside the containment structure on the recent robot … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

Fukushima Unit 2 Deadly Radiation Levels Found Outside Containment

TEPCO admitted to JapanTimes via Jiji that a deadly high level of radiation was found outside of unit 2′s containment. TEPCO found a reading of 9.4 sieverts per hour. These readings were taken in September but TEPCO only now admits them in the end of October. No press handout has been published on this new finding so far. Jiji says they were informed on Thursday. It is possible this was verbally conveyed at the press … Read entire article »

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The Reopening Of Naraha Fukushima, What The Press Failed To Mention

The Reopening Of Naraha Fukushima, What The Press Failed To Mention

The press has widely reported the reopening of Naraha as the government uses it as a PR tool. Much of the reporting focused on issues such as the lack of stores, services or schools. This is a distraction from the very real pressing concern of the radiation levels and uncertain status of the town’s decontamination efforts. Naraha has been plagued with problems and high radiation levels yet the government has characterized the town as being “safe”. … Read entire article »

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Taiwan May Ease Japanese Food Restrictions

Taiwan May Ease Japanese Food Restrictions

Taiwan is considering easing current restrictions on Japanese imports of food products from areas hit by radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The easing would allow some food products to be imported and would lower Taiwan’s maximum allowed radioactive contamination to 100 bq/kg. Watchdogs have called the effort deceptive after a public poll was done to try to prove public support for the change after Taiwan came under intense pressure from Japan. This article would not … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi One Worker Dead, Radiation Spike on August 1

A worker reported to the onsite office saying he felt unwell. He was transported to Iwaki hospital and died soon after arriving. TEPCO has given no further details about what kind of work he was doing or his cause of death. On the same day dust monitoring at monitoring post 2 alarmed then went back down to normal. TEPCO is trying to dismiss it as being caused by “noise”. They also reported no work at unit 1 was underway at the time and that monitoring posts 1 and 3 did not alarm. Other incidents later found to be significant included brief and isolated monitoring alarms. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content cited, quoted … Read entire article »

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Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Report On Fukushima Unit 1 Containment Inspection 2015

Hitachi’s shape changing robot (at least one of them, they have more) is abandoned and dead inside the containment of unit 1. The robot did manage to transmit quite a bit of information and was still working two days later when they cut the cord. This is a small bit of good news as it proved that the robot model could withstand fairly high radiation for a long period of time without the camera or … Read entire article »

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Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

Unit 1 Basement Shows Highly Contaminated Water Remains

TEPCO is making an effort to lower the water level in some of the basement rooms of the unit 1 reactor buildings. As groundwater has been pumped up via the outdoor subdrain pits, this has created a situation where the standing water in the basements could end up higher than the surrounding groundwater. This could lead to more contaminated water leaking out of the buildings. TEPCO is installing more water level monitoring sensors to better … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Unleashes Series Of Dodgy PR Announcements

TEPCO Unleashes Series Of Dodgy PR Announcements

TEPCO’s paid consultant from the US, Dale Klein is pushing TEPCO’s continuing quest to dump contaminated water into the ocean. The reason given today is that he claims it is harmless if you dilute it with other water. A ton of highly contaminated water is a ton of highly contaminated water, even if you add another ton of cleaner water to the release. This is an old industry PR tactic that is in dire need … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal Sees Large Contamination Increase

We previously reported about increases at the unit 1 discharge canal back in February. The highs back then were in the 4 digit range. More recent testing in the last week has seen much higher readings. Readings taken: 3.13.2015 Beta radiation: 110,000 bq/liter Cesium 137: 84,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 24,000 bq/liter The highest readings in February that raised concerns were: Beta radiation: 8,200 bq/liter Cesium 137: 2,000 bq/liter Cesium 134: 580 bq/liter TEPCO has said nothing about the increases found in February and nothing … Read entire article »

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Radiation Spike At Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal

Radiation Spike At Fukushima Daiichi Discharge Canal

A significant spike in contaminated water levels at Fukushima Daiichi in the unit 1 discharge canal was reported today. Readings between Feb 14th and Feb 18th saw a considerable jump beyond normal fluctuations for these two locations. The only new work began between the 14th and 18th is the concreting of the unit 4 seawater piping trench. It is not clear if this had any influence on the readings or if so, why it would. Feb … Read entire article »

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NHK Report; Fukushima Meltdowns Released More Radiation Than Assumed

NHK Report; Fukushima Meltdowns Released More Radiation Than Assumed

A recent NHK video report on the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns revealed some critical new details about the meltdowns and the extent of the releases from the plant. The report documents that the water injected into the reactors by fire engines now has a known failure rate. Before, TEPCO had admitted “most” of the sea water injected as a last ditch effort to cool the reactors didn’t make it into the reactors but instead flowed backwards into … Read entire article »

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New Easy To Use US Radiation Readings

New Easy To Use US Radiation Readings

So many have expressed their utter frustration with how US EPA’s Radnet serves up information. While EPA has refused to do anything to make their site more functional (they have actually made things worse and removed features) we found a way to quickly get national radiation readings with less effort. This page on our site lists all the available beta and gamma radiation graphs for EPA Radnet stations on one page and they will update over … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Radiation Hits North American Coast, What It Means

Fukushima Radiation Hits North American Coast, What It Means

Woods Hole’s radioactive oceans project detected Fukushima identified radiation off the US/Canadian coast this week. But what does this mean and how should it be interpreted? A water sample from the Pacific ocean off the coast of Vancouver from August was found to have cesium 134, a marker for Fukushima radioactive contamination. The location data (below) from the WHOI website for Pacific monitoring shows the levels found. F#5025Coordinates: 49.97, -145.16Sample Date: Aug 02, 2014 12:00Depth: 25Thanks to: Captain Curtis … Read entire article »

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Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

Japan Doubles Hospitals Labeled As Radiation Response In Name Only

We reported last week on the response failure of radiation injury capable hospitals during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The government has announced that the number of hospitals designated as radiation response hospitals has about doubled. Kyodo News discovered that these newly designated hospitals lack the needed human resources and equipment to actually operate at radiation response hospitals. This of course sets up a disastrous problem if these hospitals are called to respond to a radiation emergency … Read entire article »

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New Fukushima Evacuation Revelations From First Responders

This information was found buried in a HiCare conference report from later in 2011. They explained their response as radiation health professionals along with what they saw and learned during the Fukushima Daiichi evacuations. Japan developed a radiation emergency response system after the Tokai criticality incident in 1999. This system set up hospitals that could treat those with radiation exposure and related injuries. This system did not take into account a natural disaster involved with a nuclear incident or one of the compounded challenges that happened with the Fukushima disaster. There are a total of 92 hospitals around Japan involved in this response system. The number of these hospitals prepared to handle more challenging radiation exposure cases is a considerably smaller number. There are two facilities in Japan capable of handling … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits High Radiation Readings In Fukushima Port

TEPCO Admits High Radiation Readings In Fukushima Port

TEPCO began a second round of concrete covering of the port at Fukushima Daiichi in June 2014. As they began work to cement the main area of the port, reporters extracted more information out of TEPCO. Radiation levels in the central port in the silt were: 167,000 bq/kg Radiation levels out to sea near the port were: 2,200 bq/kg *both readings are for cesium only so they would not include any levels of things such as strontium 90, cobalt 60, … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

Fukushima Daiichi Still Releases 10 Million Becquerels Per Hour

TEPCO admitted today that the plant is still releasing 10 million becquerels per hour to the atmosphere. This is in addition to all the initial and over time releases from the early phases of the disaster. TEPCO also claimed that the incident during unit 3′s demolition only released one trillion becquerels, much lower that the 4 trillion becquerels release estimate for the incident compiled by researchers at Kyoto University who found the releases in the … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Butterfly Mutation Study Follow Up

Fukushima Butterfly Mutation Study Follow Up

A previous well publicized study on butterfly mutations in Fukushima has seen a follow up study published. The initial study looked at butterflies in the wild. This caused some criticism that this could have allowed other environmental factors such as temperature to impact the condition of the specimens. The follow up study used all specimens collected from Okinawa and raised in a laboratory setting. The specimens were highly controlled to remove any outside influence, then … Read entire article »

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Tamura Fukushima Residents Angry Over Govt. Hiding Radiation Levels

Tamura Fukushima Residents Angry Over Govt. Hiding Radiation Levels

Residents of Tamura, the town that recently had the evacuation level lifted are angry at the government for withholding radiation reading data that showed the levels in the town were much higher than admitted. Some water sources are still not usable due to ongoing re-contamination of the local streams, farming is still a high stakes gamble. Read more at NHK http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140418_42.html 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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Fukushima Towns Take A Stand Against IAEA, UNSCEAR

Fukushima Towns Take A Stand Against IAEA, UNSCEAR

A number of towns in Fukushima prefecture have decided to fight the IAEA & UNSCEAR over misuse and abuse of the data of the exposed populations. The Japanese government sent out an email that the IAEA was being requested by the IAEA for their reports and that it was “necessary”. Half of the municipalities contacted have refused to hand over radiation exposure data of the residents. The initial email from the government gave reason to be … Read entire article »

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Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens Continue To Find Inaccurate Govt. Radiation Monitors In Fukushima

Citizens continue to find government radiation monitoring stations that read lower than the actual reading for the location. This one in Tomioka was off by a full microsievert per hour. These discrepancies become a considerable problem when they are then used to estimate possible human exposure on an annual scale or to declare potential health risks over time. 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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US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

US Coalition Call In To Congress Day, Demand Fukushima Food Testing

A coalition of groups and the Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network are asking people to call, write or email Congress today to demand effective and transparent testing of the food supply for radiation contamination. More information about the national call in day today (April 10, 2014) can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/RADSrBAD2EAT Congressional contacts can be found here: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml FFAN has been pushing for the FDA to use a more scientifically sound “intervention level” for radioactive contamination in the US food … Read entire article »

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Mainichi Investigation Creates New Fukushima Scandal

Mainichi Investigation Creates New Fukushima Scandal

A news report earlier this week showing how the Japanese government had manipulated radiation data for the evacuation zone has now evolved into a full blown scandal. In a follow up article yesterday Mainichi documented how the actions behind the scenes were clearly done with the intention of forcing evacuees to move back to unsafe areas. A number of officials and experts they talked to agreed this is what has been taking place. This article would … Read entire article »

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Newspaper Uncovers Government Manipulating Fukushima Radiation Data

Newspaper Uncovers Government Manipulating Fukushima Radiation Data

The government entity involved in manipulating the radiation data with the intention of releasing a different set of lower results was PM Abe’s cabinet. Radiation levels in the cities of Tamura, Kawachi and Iitate were taken by JAEA and NIRS in late 2013. These new readings were taken by installing dosimeters in plastic boxes at various locations both indoors and outdoors for a number of days. This would gather data that would be more accurate for … Read entire article »

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WIPP Exhaust Filter 1,365 Bq/m3 of Americium

WIPP Exhaust Filter 1,365 Bq/m3 of Americium

The WIPP exhaust filter readings have been published. The pre-filter readings for the exhaust shaft were: 1,365 Bq/m3 of Americium 672 Bq/m3 of Plutonium (239+240Pu) This is a total combined reading of 2037 Bq/m3 These are the levels inside the exhaust shaft before the HEPA filter. This monitoring filter was pulled for testing 24 hours after the incident. Readings inside the mine continued to fall over the next week. After the HEPA filter the readings were: 1.81 Bq/m3 of 241Am 0.224 Bq/m3 … Read entire article »

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WIPP Incident Causes Back Up Of Nuclear Waste

WIPP Incident Causes Back Up Of Nuclear Waste

The New Mexico Environment Department has issued a modified permit for WIPP to store some lower level waste in parking areas while the incident at the mine is sorted out. The waste is in transport containers above ground. The permit also mandates that WIPP can’t receive new shipments until the facility is back in operation. This is causing some issues for the various facilities that are using WIPP to store their waste. Some of the national … Read entire article »

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WIPP Update: New Radiation Readings

WIPP Update: New Radiation Readings

CEMRC has released some new radiation readings from the WIPP incident on February 14th. Previous readings reported by DOE can be found here. CEMRC readings below. Some notes to keep in mind. CEMRC cites a “per sample” on their becquerel readings. DOE does not, so it is not 100% clear if the bq readings from the two sources are comparable. CEMRC’s readings appear to confirm the DOE readings showing the release blew to the north west. The sample … Read entire article »

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New Information On WIPP From Public Meeting

New Information On WIPP From Public Meeting

A joint public meeting was held in Carlsbad NM today for the public to ask questions about the incident at WIPP. The meeting video is archived here. DOE cited a release level at the meeting but did not specify if it was for just the underground area, both areas or just the above ground area. DOE says 84 microcuries were released during the event. This converts to 3.108 MBq (megabecquerels) by a direct conversion using Wolfram Alpha. There were … Read entire article »

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WIPP New Radiation Readings & More Info.

WIPP New Radiation Readings & More Info.

We have some new WIPP radiation readings along with some additional information to bring people up to speed on this issue. New DOE above ground readings have also been made public: To give some more familiar numbers 3 rem converted to a sievert reading would be 30 µSv (microsieverts). This is a flat reading, not a “per hour” type reading. If you have followed readings at Fukushima you will notice that sometimes they give flat readings without a … Read entire article »

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Living With Radiation In Japan

Living With Radiation In Japan

Local food coops that carefully select and test their food have become a go-to source for people concerned about contamination in the food supply. Food vendors that source from safer regions or direct from farm sales from these safer areas have become popular ways to compensate for the uncertainty in the food supply. This non profit called Project Food is sourcing foods from safer areas, testing them then offering them for sale. They recently sent some … Read entire article »

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Fukushima & The Controversy Of The Pacific

Fukushima & The Controversy Of The Pacific

There were big concerns thrown around about the situation in the Pacific related to Fukushima in the last year. Oceanographers raised concerns that the plant was still leaking, something TEPCO denied at the time. Newer testing had shown that contamination levels in sea life had not decreased as it should have indicating that the plant was continuing to leak over two years after the initial meltdowns. TEPCO later admitted this to be true. Testing further out … Read entire article »

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High Levels Of Radiation Found In Fukushima Unit 3 Turbine Building

High Levels Of Radiation Found In Fukushima Unit 3 Turbine Building

TEPCO released radiation readings for water inside the unit 3 turbine building this week. The readings were from December 2013. TEPCO used them as a comparison to show a water leak elsewhere in the building was not reactor water. The readings themselves are a rare find as TEPCO doesn’t usually release this data. The readings are disturbingly high. Reference: No. 3 aircraft turbine building underground reservoir water analysis result ( H25/12/6 sampling ): Cesium-134:   7,300,000 Bq/L Cesium-137: … Read entire article »

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Citizen Activists Key To Understanding Fukushima Impact

Citizen Activists Key To Understanding Fukushima Impact

People around Japan are still conducting efforts to understand their environment and to act as a 3rd party accuracy check on the official readings. Along with these, a number of twitter accounts now automatically publish radiation readings along with other information such as wind direction and speed. The government radiation monitoring stations have popped up everywhere in Japan since the disaster. A network of stations existed before the disaster and provided some of the early data … Read entire article »

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New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

New Independent Fukushima Food Contamination Results

People in Japan early on realized they needed to take things into their own hands if they wanted to know the conditions around them and what their risk factors were. Citizen labs have been set up in Japan to allow people to test their own food. These labs were modeled after the labs set up in Europe after Chernobyl. This has provided an independent confirmation against government testing and a more diverse set of readings. … 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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