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At Fukushima Daiichi; What The Media Isn’t Reporting

At Fukushima Daiichi; What The Media Isn’t Reporting

There have been a number of things going on at the plant in recent weeks that do not make the news. These efforts are progress towards improving conditions and also understanding the meltdowns. Reduce Water Injection To Reactors TEPCO plans to reduce the reactor water injection rate at units 2 and 3. They indicated that changes to the nitrogen levels in unit 1 showed a temperature rise that gave them concerns about reducing water injection at unit … Read entire article »

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Issues At Fukushima Daiichi And More Nuclear Changes In Japan

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

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Japan To Close 3 Nuclear Plants Or Another Campaign Game?

The current government in Japan has declared they will shut 3 older nuclear reactors in Japan at the Mihama and Tsuruga nuclear plants. A bit further into the story they admit they won’t actually be making this decision it will be up to the new nuclear agency that takes over this week. So the decision isn’t really a decision or their decision… The three reactors are past their 40 year shut down dates and all sit above a crush zone making them more prone to quake damage. Mihama unit 1 is 320MW Mihama unit 2 is 470MW Tsuruga unit 1 is 357MW These are tiny compared to newer nuclear reactors that come closer to the 1000MW range. So the idea of shutting these units down may be a good campaign promise and would take three … Read entire article »

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Active Faults May Doom Japan’s Nuclear Reactors

NISA has ordered owners of the Oi and Shika nuclear plants to inspect faults that run under their reactors in Japan. Experts have been pressing for almost a month that certain fault lines may be active and that Oi should be stopped. Now NISA has caved to public pressure to do something. Based on current media reports it appears the power companies will be left to inspect the faults themselves rather than in cooperation with experts in the field or NISA officials. Even with warnings there is likely an active fault under Oi, METI/NISA officials see no potential risk and are allowing Oi to restart unit 4 at the same time they are requesting fault testing. “We do not recognize a risk that would force us to stop the reactivation (of the … Read entire article »

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The Impending US Nuclear Disaster

The US and their aging reactor fleet has been the subject of much discussion including the safety of running these old plants far past their original lifespans. The issue of the massive stockpile of spent nuclear fuel has been discussed more post-Fukushima. The NRC’s current plan appears to be storing casks in nuclear power plant parking lots for 200 years. This long term problem that has recently become an even more urgent problem isn’t the only nuclear mess the US is facing. The New York Times examined the situation of nuclear power plant decommissioning. Each power plant is required to set up a trust fund that they put rate payer money into for future decommissioning costs. These trust funds are allowed to invest as they see fit, including in the stock markets. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Radiation Maps

We have added new reference documents to SimplyInfo. TEPCO recently released updated maps of the radiation levels inside the reactors. They are now permanently located under Fukushima Status in the main menu at the top of the page. They can also be found directly here. As updated maps are released we will update that page. Update: We also added reference maps of current radiation readings around the plant complex that can be found here, or under Fukushima Status in the main menu. 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 … Read entire article »

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Then There Were 4, Soon To Be 3

TEPCO shut down a reactor at Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power plant. This leaves 4 nuclear reactors operating in Japan. On the 27th of January the #2 reactor at the Shimane nuclear power plant will shut down for maintenance, leaving 3 in operation. The three that remain are: Kansai Electric – Takahama No.3, 870 MW – Planned maintenance from February 20, 2012 Tokyo Electric – Kashiwazaki-Kariwa No.6, 1,356 MW – Planned maintenance from March 10, 2012 Hokkaido Electric – Tomari No.3, 912 MW - Planned maintenance from April-May 2012   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 … Read entire article »

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80% Of Japan Nuclear Power Plants Now Shut Down

With the Takahama nuclear plant shut down for maintenance, 80% of Japan’s nuclear power plants are now offline. 44 of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants are now shut off. Fukui prefecture said they will not approve a restart without a new set of safety standards. Fukui is home to 11 nuclear plants. Between the needed approval of local governments, stress tests and decisions by METI, restarts of these reactors is not a sure thing. The permanent shut down is not guaranteed either. Reuters has been keeping an ongoing tally of what reactors are offline. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content … Read entire article »

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UK Nuclear Reactor Construction Haulted, Large Problems With The Program

EDF has announced they will stop the planned construction of 4 reactors in the UK. They cited problems at the Flamanville EPR reactor and re-evaluating the conditions in the UK. We previously wrote about the massive technical and construction failures of the EPR reactor at Flamanville here. Citibank had warned investors back in 2009 of the economic viability of new nuclear programs in the UK, stating they were simply not profitable. Now the UK government is announcing that the UK taxpayers will be stuck with the 100 million pound cost to decommission the British Nuclear Fuels failed MOX plant. There are also some mentions that the Sheffield Forgemaster’s may be taking on some reactor building in the near future. What is not clear is exactly what they would be doing. This article mentions … Read entire article »

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Mayor Of Tokai, Shiga Residents Take Action To Shut Down Reactors

The mayor of Tokai is calling for all reactors at the Tokai plant nearby to be decommissioned. Tokai holds 12 nuclear reactor related facilities and was the location of the first reactor in Japan. The mayor made his point clear in these comments.  “Looking at how Fukushima has been handled, I’ve realized that Japan isn’t capable of controlling the massive science and technology of nuclear power. I’ve come to feel that Japan isn’t entitled to it, and have decided that we have no other choice but to abandon nuclear power,” says Murakami. “The government thinks nothing of the fact that there are 54 nuclear reactors in one of the world’s most earthquake-prone areas. There’s so much egotism, such arrogance against nature in that.” Close to 1/3 of Tokai’s residents work at one … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Prefecture Adopts Petition To Decommission All 10 Nuclear Reactors

The prefecture assembly has adopted a petition to force the decommissioning of all 10 nuclear reactors in the prefecture. All 10 are owned by TEPCO and include the units at Fukushima Daiichi and Daini. The decision would end any hopes TEPCO had of restarting units at either plant. In the past there were hints about the desire by TEPCO to restart units 5-6 at Daiichi and possibly units at Daini. The action then begs the question if other prefectures could do something similar to end nuclear power in their area. 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 … Read entire article »

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Foreign Ownership Blocks Approval Of 2 US Nuclear Plant Projects

The new reactors at Calvert Cliffs have been stopped and new reactors planned at a Texas project may end up stopped if some very smart Texas groups have their way. There is a clause in US law that prevents a foreign entity from operating a nuclear plant in the US. “Federal law is clear that foreign controlled corporations are not eligible to apply for a license to build and operate nuclear power plants.”   The Texas project has Toshiba calling the shots and providing the majority of the ownership. Local groups voiced multiple concerns from lax concern for safety to a lack of trust in the Japanese nuclear safety model. 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 … Read entire article »

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Thousands Sign NRC Petition To Suspend Fukushima Style Design Nuclear Reactors

A widespread petition has been filed with the NRC asking them to suspend the GE Mark 1 BWR reactors in the US due to having the same design as Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors. The GE Mark 1 has been plagued with critical design flaws that showed up even in the early 1970′s as these reactors were being built. As the Fukushima disaster has unfolded more and more critical systems of the design have come into question. Beyond Nuclear and a large group of co-petitioners are asking the NRC to suspend these dangerous reactors. People can still sign on as co-petitioners by going here and filling out the form. 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 … Read entire article »

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Reactor Meltdowns Could Have Been Avoided, Restarts At Undamaged Units Unlikely

JAEA ran simulations that showed starting water injection even a few hours earlier at the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi could have prevented reactor meltdowns. Read more at NHK New METI minister Edano has said that TEPCO’s desire to restart units 5-6 at Fukushima Daiichi and units 1-4 at Fukushima Daini is highly unlikely. Local approval would also be required to restart these reactors. 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 … Read entire article »

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Specialists Have New Theory On Fukushima Daiichi Meltdowns

Many thanks to Ob_Li for translating this for us!  The original website : http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye4822557.html Nuclear energy specialists team analyzed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant data and put together their opinions. It said “Although tsunami caused the power plants blackout, it wouldn’t have caused severe crisis like meltdown if it had been handled properly.” The massive tsunami attacked Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. #1 reactor completely lost the AC source. In the crisis like that, the isolation  condenser, aka IC, which enables to cool off steam throughout the coolant inside of the tank and changes it into water, then put the water back into the reactor had to be utilized. The specialist team of Professor Narabayashi of Hokkaido University and nuclear power plant product maker OB of 34 members started analyzing the publicized data provided by the government and TEPCO on their own terms and found … Read entire article »

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EPR Reactor Design Plagued By Design And Technical Failures

The EPR reactor design created by Areva and Seimens and hailed as the next generation “safe” nuclear reactor is failing to meet expectations. The first EPR to be built at Flamanville has been plagued with failure after failure. The concrete construction was recently discovered to be full of holes, debris and major flaws. The substandard construction as described to the public “adversely affect the final quality of structures”: “concrete piers drilled like Swiss cheese or many hailed ‘nests of stones “,” errors of reinforcement “or” lack of funds for cleaning formwork, cluttered with a mas of ligatures and other unidentified objects. “ Major defects and 13 other weaknesses were found by France’s nuclear safety authority, including not being up to seismic standards. French, British and Finnish regulators also requested design changes to … Read entire article »

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90% Of Japan’s Nuclear Reactors Will Be Offline

As of Sunday JST 90% of Japan’s nuclear reactors will be offline. Shikoku Electric will shut down the #1 reactor at their Ikata power plant. Earlier this year the power companies in Japan claimed there would be widespread blackouts across Japan without nuclear power. The people called their bluff, even during a very hot summer the blackouts didn’t appear. People and corporations took conservation seriously and met the challenge. With 90% of the reactors offline does Japan really need nuclear power after all? Read more at NHK News. 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 … Read entire article »

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Japan Nuclear Reactor Stress Tests Status

Reuters has a detailed list of nuclear reactors and their stress test status. So far only a few are planning on having phase 1 tests completed in upcoming months. The remainder have no timetable or have not started the process. 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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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US Quake Revealed Widespread Problems And Internal NRC Concerns At Nuclear Plants

The NRC has admitted that 27 nuclear power plants may need upgrades to make them better able to handle earthquakes. North Anna nuclear plant in Virginia is on that list. The review was kicked off by the Great East Earthquake and Fukushima disaster in Japan. While the NRC is putting on an “everything is safe” face for the public, the communication inside showed something quite different. The AP obtained NRC emails discussing the current state of safety at some of the US reactors. The NRC data shows N. Anna to be 38% more likely to suffer core damage from a quake. An augmented inspection team was sent out last week something done when the risk of reactor core damage rises by 100. Only two of the US’s reactors are required to … Read entire article »

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North Anna Nuclear Plant Raises Even More Concerns

The NRC announced that they have sent an augmented team to assist with the inspections at the North Anna nuclear plant. No major damage is being cited by the NRC, but they mention the ground motion may have exceeded the plant design.  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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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NRC Colluded To Cover Up Fault Under North Anna Reactors

Earlier this week the North Anna nuclear plant lost offsite power and an emergency generator when a 5.8 earthquake hit the region. Our research team has uncovered the disturbing past of North Anna that creates a potential danger to the region even today. North Anna is 70 miles (112 km) from the US capitol, Washington DC. The North Anna nuclear plant also sits directly on top of a fault line. The nuclear plant includes a man made dam and a 13,000 acre lake to provide cooling water to the reactors. The extent of the faulting under the lake and dam was not known in the 1970’s. 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 … Read entire article »

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North Anna Nuclear Plant Has Critical Safety Failures

Yesterday’s 5.8 earthquake that shook the eastern US and the near miss at the North Anna nuclear power plant has caused many to stop and look at the true safety situation in the US. Soon after the Fukushima disaster the US government and the NRC proclaimed that US reactors were safe, touting a “superior safety system”.  What we are quickly finding out is the US has a myth of superior safety rather than a safe system. This is all on the heels of months of anxiety as Ft. Calhoun nuclear station sat surrounded by water. Ft. Calhoun initially had no formal flood plan until the NRC forced them to develop one in 2010. Even then the plan involved sand bags and lots of hope. The North Anna nuclear plant has a seismic … Read entire article »

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Core Meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Aging as a Contributing Factor

Radiation embrittlement, corrosion, fatigue and other wear dictate the rate of temperature change at which the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) that accommodates the fuel core can be cooled down without cold-shock damage. 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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Data June 29 2011

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Data June 29 2011 All reactor temps above 100C, with 3 continuing to lead the pack at 128 – 164C, #2 being 102 – 123C, #1 at 101 – 116C. #1 highest CAMS 34 Sv/hr (DW B), #2 has 3 out of 4 CAMS > 13 Sv/hr, #3 has all CAMS < 9 Sv/hr. #4 SFP listed as 88 – 90C as of 28 June 16:00. For detailed reports  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. … Read entire article »

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Action Alert: Tell Cooper Station To Shut Down For Impending Flood

Cooper Station nuclear plant in Brownsville Nebraska (US) is very close to being flooded by the Missouri River yet is still running at 100% capacity. Cooper Station is an older GE Mark I BWR reactor of the same design as Fukushima Daiichi. 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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima’s Emergency Power: Design to fail.

More and more, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun news organization has begun to take the lead in pressing for answers to sticky questions arising from the Fukushima crisis.  In this article from June 17, 2011, they address the question of why the Daiichi NPP disaster plan was so awful. 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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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More Steam And Light Flashes At Fukushima

Deb (saltyfishlvr) caught this video via the TEPCO live cam showing the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi producing large amounts of steam. Many times people have seen flashes in the sky at the same time as these steam events. Some more of these have been caught on video. 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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to … Read entire article »

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Broken Exhaust Vent After Quake At Fukushima

Elaine’s keen eye found this piece of information. The exhaust tower in question is the multiple stack tower near the common fuel storage pool. People might recognize it as the southern tower or the wider one with 4 pipes in it. This image shows the tsunami waters just starting to come into the plant. Yet the vent pipe connection into the tower is severed. Makanaka Blog has all the images of the tsunami rolling in. This raises the potential of other pieces of hardened vent systems being severed or damaged in the earth quake. This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content is copyright SimplyInfo.org. Content cited, quoted etc. from other sources is under the respective rights of that content owner. If … Read entire article »

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Steam And Lights At Fukushima Daiichi June 11

Another steam event happened in the early hours of June 11 (JST). Large plumes of steam or smoke were seen out of reactor 4 first, they #3 and #2. Some random light flashes were seen. Some could be attributed to work lights, another looked likea flash light or an in air flash. Below are some screen shots from the event. Note that there was also a series of earthquakes and either some early morning fog or the air kept the smoke and steam from blowing away and concentrated it in the plant area. 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. … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Historical Plant Data March 11 to May 17

TEPCO HISTORIC DATA – Daiichi plant statistics March 11 to May 17 Group contributor Hudebnik found these on TEPCO’s website. They were on line for only an hour and then were pulled off the web. 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 in full or in more than a phrase or quote, please contact us first to obtain permission. … Read entire article »

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