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TEPCO Gains Permission To Dump Contaminated Water Into Ocean

TEPCO Gains Permission To Dump Contaminated Water Into Ocean

TEPCO has gained approval to dump contaminated groundwater into the ocean. The water is being pumped up from the subdrain pits around the reactor buildings. News reports cited that “most” of the radiation would be removed. NHK’s report clarifies that they will only remove most of the cesium before dumping it into the ocean. TEPCO’s own testing shows that the water does have significant amounts of beta radiation and tritium. Some wells were quite high … Read entire article »

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3rd Worker Injury In Two Days At TEPCO Nuclear Plants

3rd Worker Injury In Two Days At TEPCO Nuclear Plants

After two workers were injured then died of their injuries, TEPCO has admitted a third incident that lead to serious injuries. A worker at the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant fell down a shaft in the turbine building. TEPCO reported that the worker has been hospitalized but described his injuries as scratches. http://www.tepco.co.jp/kk-np/data/publication/pdf/2014/27011901.pdf 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, … Read entire article »

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2nd Fukushima Worker Dies In 2 Days

A second worker has died in the last two days. The second death happened at the Fukushima Daini plant. The worker in his 40′s was inspecting a piece of equipment in the waste handling building when it rotated, crushing his head. He is the third worker to die at TEPCO’s Fukushima plants in less than a year. TEPCO has been criticized repeatedly for the poor oversight and horrible labor conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi site. TEPCO handout of the incident: http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2015/images/handouts_150120_02-j.pdf 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) … Read entire article »

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Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Seriously Injured In Tanks At Fukushima Daiichi

A 50 year old worker at the plant sustained serious injuries yesterday when he fell into a empty tank. The worker sustained a number of injuries from his fall. Left pneumothorax, left 4-5_6 rib fractures, sciatica right side, Fractures, unstable pelvic fracture, left thigh, trochanter The worker was responsive but unable to move when they evacuated him from the work area. The hospital helicopter was unable to transport him due to bad weather but was eventually taken by ambulance to the hospital in Iwaki. TEPCO has been criticized recently by the press for … Read entire article »

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The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

The Ongoing Human Impact From Fukushima Daiichi

A number of events have transpired in the last week as the disaster continues to evolve even years later. The town of Futaba, one of two towns that host the remains of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has agreed to allow the town to be used as a “temporary” nuclear waste dump. Radiation levels continue to be extremely high in the town leaving most to assume they can never return. There is still a challenge as … Read entire article »

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Governor Shuts Down Talk Of Restarting TEPCO Nuclear Plant

The governor of Niigata has shut down any discussion of restarting TEPCO’s massive 7 unit nuclear plant. His main point of issue is that TEPCO has not investigated seriously the causes of the disaster. TEPCO’s response was to offer a tour of the facility and to open an office to staff people who would work on trying to gain local consent for the restart. As usual TEPCO ignores what might solve criticism and applies more window dressing. Even as the company faces more insolvency in 2016 without the plant they refuse to take any real action on changing their ways. With newer revelations like the 2014 admission that the plant has been leaking considerable amounts of contaminated water all along and TEPCO knew it but purposely hid the fact, it could … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admonished For Corner Cutting That Caused Massive 2014 Fukushima Radiation Release

NRA has issued an administrative order over the misuse of spray dust inhibitors. While the subject sounds benign, this corner cutting caused the massive release of contaminated dust from the plant that was the biggest release from the plant since the initial disaster. The dust inhibitor liquid used at the plant was supposed to have a 10 part dilutions. TEPCO was diluting it by 100. NRA also found that they were not using it often enough. Instead of spraying it daily or right before work they were only spraying it every few days or few weeks and at these highly diluted rates. This effort to cut corners caused twelve workers at the plant to be contaminated, was found in offsite monitoring nearby and was detected all the way in Miyagi prefecture … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gets Off On Fukushima Responsibility Twice In One Week

TEPCO Gets Off On Fukushima Responsibility Twice In One Week

First, the press announced that prosecutors probably won’t indict TEPCO executives for their role in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Second, they were absolved from blame in a worker death at the plant. A citizen panel could still indict the TEPCO executives, but it may be next year before that could be known. The second case of the workers death is slightly more complicated. The lawsuit sought damages for the death of a worker from his family. The judge decided … 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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TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima

TEPCO Publishes Arrogant Press Release To The US On Fukushima

As news came out about yet another finding of Fukushima radioactive contamination offshore of North America, TEPCO published a rather bizarre press release. The corporate statement insists the contamination “Level raises no concern for human or animal health”. This is a bit like taking healthy food advice from McDonalds. They go on to misrepresent statements made by Woods Hole for their own purposes including one twisted to try to claim cesium doesn’t contaminate fish. This is obviously … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Demands Family Pay Back Compensation Because Daughter Goes To College

TEPCO Demands Family Pay Back Compensation Because Daughter Goes To College

This tactic has already been used on some TEPCO employees that are also evacuees. Now TEPCO is harassing the general public that was evacuated due to their nuclear disaster. In the employee case TEPCO declared the employee was no longer evacuated after they rented an apartment in Iwaki. Their previous apartment is in the evacuation zone, they can not return to it. Now TEPCO is using the same dodgy tactic on other evacuees. This time they … Read entire article »

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Fukushima US Sailor Lawsuit Upheld, Now Includes GE, Hitachi, Ebasco, Toshiba

A US court upheld the lawsuit brought by hundreds of sailors exposed to radiation as part of the response to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The lawsuit originally was just against TEPCO. Along with this news that the district court has upheld the suit so it can move forward, the cause now includes GE, Hitachi, Ebasco and Toshiba as defendants. The list of new defendants includes all the parties involved in the design and construction of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Greenpeace had previously brought this issue up, that the designers and construction companies responsible for the failed plant should be held liable for the massive failure during the disaster.   (Press Release via Nuclear Hotseat from the lawyers handling the case) PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Charles Bonner & Cabral Bonner & Paul … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Puts ALPS 2.0 Into Partial Operation

TEPCO Puts ALPS 2.0 Into Partial Operation

TEPCO announced they are putting the new improved version of the ALPS decontamination system into daily operation. It will operate during day hours and will eventually go into 24 hour operation if no leaks, damage or radiation exposure issues are found. This system will add 500 tons of daily decontamination capacity if it works as expected. http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/press/corp-com/release/2014/1243241_5892.html This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org All content … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Fisherman Balk At New Contaminated Water Release Plan

Fukushima Fisherman Balk At New Contaminated Water Release Plan

Fishermen have raised concerns with TEPCO’s new plan to dump treated water into the sea. The group is not convinced at this point that TEPCO can be trusted to conduct this new program without potentially causing more harm to the fishing industry. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140918_35.html 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Found Liable For Deaths Of Fukushima Hospital Patients

TEPCO Found Liable For Deaths Of Fukushima Hospital Patients

A Japanese court found TEPCO to be 75% liable for the deaths of some of the hospital patients from Futaba that died during the evacuation of Fukushima. The ruling came as part of an individual lawsuit by a family over the death of their family member. This court statement could bring on more lawsuits or cause TEPCO to be established as liable for these other deaths. Back in 2011 Futaba hospital was left for days unable … Read entire article »

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Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

Japan To Pay 820 Mil To Damaged Town, TEPCO Liable In Evacuee Suicide

NHK reported today that an 820 million USD agreement was reached to allow the towns of Futaba an Okuma to be used to store nuclear debris from Fukushima Daiichi. The government insists the effort isn’t a permanent dump and will still need to buy or lease land from the landowners. TEPCO was found liable and ordered to pay 900,000 USD in the suicide death of evacuee Hamako Watanabe. Mrs. Watanable of Kawamata was distraught over losing … Read entire article »

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3 TEPCO Executives To Stand Trial For Fukushima Disaster

3 TEPCO Executives To Stand Trial For Fukushima Disaster

A citizen inquest panel has determined that 3 TEPCO executives and possibly a 4th should stand trial for their decision to not take steps to protect the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from tsunamis. The company had known about the risk for years and had taken action to prevent regulators from requiring them to make changes at the plant. The prosecution declined to prosecute anyone previously. The inquest requires the prosecution to reconsider trying the four. If … 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 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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Japan’s Nuclear Utilities Face Problems All Around

Japan’s Nuclear Utilities Face Problems All Around

Two Japanese nuclear power utilities have received bail outs from Japan’s state backed bank. Hokkaido and Kyushu power companies both received bail outs. Both companies are heavily invested in nuclear power. Meanwhile nine power utilities in Japan held their annual shareholder meetings this week. All involved shareholder calls to end the use of nuclear power by the companies. All were rejected by the utilities. TEPCO’s shareholder meeting was particularly chaotic with multiple calls for the company to … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Deep Groundwater Contamination & Leak To Sea

TEPCO Admits Deep Groundwater Contamination & Leak To Sea

TEPCO has been doing further groundwater investigations at the plant including testing for contamination at various depths to understand what layers are carrying most of the contamination. They now admit that contamination can make it into the deep groundwater layer and could be leaking out to sea. This is something both the NRA and various researchers have speculated since early this year. TEPCO noted that the pressure in the deep layer is less than the water … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Tents For Tanks Plan At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO’s Tents For Tanks Plan At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has told the NRA that they intend to cover contaminated water tanks at Fukushima Daiichi with some form of tent to help eliminate rainwater build up and contamination. TEPCO presented 6 ideas for how they might try to cover the tanks. Some appear more effective than others. There does not appear to be a timeline or deadline for this work yet. 1 proposed gutter + Weir cover system 2 to plan  tank top roof installation plan. 3 proposal for membrane material tent 4 draft simple roof system 5 large tents method 6 proposed permanent structure systems This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research … Read entire article »

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Hosono Confirms TEPCO Corporate Wanted To Abandon Fukushima Daiichi

Hosono Confirms TEPCO Corporate Wanted To Abandon Fukushima Daiichi

In a rare interview prompted by the recent Asahi Shimbun article series on the statements of late Fukushima Daiichi plant manager, Masao Yoshida, former cabinet advisor Goshi Hosono granted an interview. Hosono was acting as a go between with Yoshida at Fukushima Daiichi and Prime Minister Kan during the disaster. Hosono’s communications and recollection of events at the Prime Minister’s office clearly showed it was TEPCO’s corporate office in Tokyo that wanted to abandon Fukushima … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Scandal

Fukushima Frozen Wall Scandal

The Japanese government began funding this project after it was discovered TEPCO had realized the need, yet hid the problem and skipped the project due to the massive cost involved. Now the Japanese government is funding the project and administering it through METI. All tests of the technology at the plant have proven it to be successful. Then NRA raised the concern about how the wall might change water levels inside the reactor building area. This … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO Books 438 Billion Yen Profit

TEPCO again books a profit, this time about 438 billion yen. The company recently received another injection of government money. Comments on the news in a recent article were mostly outrage. Taxpayers are largely footing the bill for the disaster. Impacted residents are still trying to obtain compensation for their losses. Allowing shareholders to benefit from TEPCO’s creative accounting practices doesn’t seem to be going over well with anyone but TEPCO. This article would not be … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Gets More Money From Japanese Government

TEPCO received another 191.8 billion yen from the Japanese government. The money is intended to be used to pay compensation claims for damaged caused to individuals and businesses by their nuclear disaster. 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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Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Struggles For Information & Justice Continue In Japan Over Fukushima

Hyogo prefecture has been stalling the release of a nuclear crisis study’s data. A freedom of information act request mandated the release of the information to the public but the government has stalled doing this leading some to believe they are hiding the extent of the risk to the public from nearby nuclear plants. If you thought TEPCO was treating the residents of Fukushima horribly, the treatment of their own employees has been even worse. In … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Ignores Tank Alarms For Hours, Here Is Why

TEPCO Ignores Tank Alarms For Hours, Here Is Why

Ex SKF found the reason why TEPCO workers had been ignoring the new tank alarms for hours at a time. All of the tank alarms feed into a monitoring room where a PC is used to keep track of the tank data. Someone turned off the volume on the PC so the workers never heard the audio alarm. This apparently was like this for months. Read the whole thing here: http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2014/04/fukushima-i-npp-tank-alarm-didnt-sound.html This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

Fukushima Daiichi Radioactive Tank Leak To Pacific Far Worse Than Admitted

TEPCO has admitted that the radioactive sludge leak from the H4 tank farm last August was more than three times worse than admitted. TEPCO has already been under fire for hiding or downplaying information leading up to the IOC decision on who would host the next summer Olympics in September. The leak was initially rated at 80 million becquerels of strontium 90, part of which leaked into the Pacific. At this rate the NRA had declared … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Release Groundwater At Fukushima, Potential Consequences

TEPCO To Release Groundwater At Fukushima, Potential Consequences

TEPCO has gained permission from fishing groups to dump contaminated groundwater into the Pacific as long as it is below government release levels. The fishing groups asked for 3rd party testing of the water and for government compensation if this continues to ruin their industry. Within a day TEPCO began pumping groundwater into a set of old bolt together tanks. It has yet to be published who this 3rd party to do testing will be. The … Read entire article »

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Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

Worker Death At Fukushima Daiichi Completely Preventable

TEPCO released an interim report into the recent construction worker’s death at the plant. The report showed that the worker had been working in a small cave like area while jackhammering concrete overhead. This was under the overhang of the building foundation. This scenario would have been considered inappropriate under the worker safety rules in most developed countries. The hole dug for access to this area of the foundation was held back with plywood and steel … Read entire article »

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All Work Haulted At Fukushima Daiichi

After the death of a construction worker yesterday all work at Fukushima Daiichi has been stopped. TEPCO announced in today’s press update that the only work continuing is monitoring of well points and the water treatment system. It was not clear from the report if the police or TEPCO called for the work stoppage. A “safety overhaul” is being implemented at the plant. 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 … Read entire article »

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Worker Dies At Fukushima Daiichi

Worker Dies At Fukushima Daiichi

A construction worker at the plant died after a concrete foundation wall collapsed. Work was being done in an excavation hole when the wall failed trapping the worker under concrete and soil. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. The building being worked on was not near the failed reactor buildings. There are questions about the situation the worker was in and if proper safety precautions were being taken. TEPCO claimed to the media this was … Read entire article »

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142 TEPCO Workers Found To Have Higher Exposures

142 TEPCO workers were found to have higher radiation exposures than TEPCO admitted. The Labor ministry found the workers doses were calculated improperly and that they had as much as double the exposure TEPCO claimed. Since exposure numbers are being used to determine who gets additional health screening and could be used as evidence in future injury cases, correct exposure estimates are critical. 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Pay Town’s Residents Full Compensation

The notion of total compensation may not be a totally accurate term. 39 households will by payed a total of 20 million USD in a settlement with TEPCO. This averages out to 512,820 USD per household.  The town of Kawamata was not designated one of the no return zones but factors that would make it hard for anyone to return any time soon compelled TEPCO to consider the properties a full loss. Arbitrators arranged the deal. It was not mentioned if evacuees payments would be deducted from these amounts. These amounts would also likely include any relocation costs reimbursement and suffering. Based on a review of average home prices in Japan this amount may or may not cover the cost of a home including land. This article would not be possible without … Read entire article »

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METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

METI Working On Tritium Disposal For Fukushima Daiichi

While the IAEA is busy trying to convince the public yet again that TEPCO should dump contaminated water into the sea, METI has been working on plans to store or dispose of the tritium laced water. In a March 14 set of reports METI documented their plans for potential tritium disposal. The post ALPS water will require removal of iodine 129 and cobalt 60 before it can be handled as tritium only water. METI operates under … Read entire article »

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TEPCO 2011-2014 A Systemic Failure

TEPCO 2011-2014 A Systemic Failure

SimplyInfo.org member Peter Melzer takes a look at the systemic failures at TEPCO and how cognitive processes impact what has transpired inside the company from the initial disaster to the current dysfunction. Read the entire paper on Peter’s blog here: http://brainmindinst.blogspot.com/2014/03/tepco-2011-2014-systemic-failure.html image credit | http://yourbrainhealth.com.au/ 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 … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Withholding Stronitum 90 Readings

TEPCO Admits Withholding Stronitum 90 Readings

TEPCO has admitted they knew about the extremely high strontium 90 readings and the issues with their testing equipment back in July 2013 but did not make any of this information public. The timing makes the issue even more suspect since the bid for the Olympics was being decided about the same time. TEPCO knew of the record high 5 million bq/liter strontium 90 reading in July 2013 but decided it was “inaccurate” and chose not to … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits Most Radiation Readings May Be Wrong

TEPCO Admits Most Radiation Readings May Be Wrong

TEPCO has admitted a large number of their radiation readings taken since 2011 may be wrong and much lower than reality. An audit will be performed on old data from 2011 until October 2013. TEPCO called the audit “massive”. Their explanation is that high radiation samples had a “counting miss” where the total level of radiation in the sample is not accurately recorded. Some media reports questioned TEPCO’s excuse. We have not seen NRA’s view of … Read entire article »

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5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

5 MILLION bq/liter Strontium 90 Found In Well At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO released readings for two seafront wells that have not been published before. Wells 1-2 and 1-3 were not on any older reports from before January.These are the first strontium 90 readings for these wells. The strontium 90  reading for well 1-2 was 5,000,000 bq/liter dated July 5, 2013. The “all beta” reading for the same date was actually lower than the strontium 90 alone at 900,000 bq/liter. TEPCO gives no explanation for how they … Read entire article »

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