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TEPCO Suffers Wrath of Kan

TEPCO Suffers Wrath of Kan

TEPCO lost 750,000 customers and has seen their profits drop by 37% in their newest financial reports. This is a combination of national rate adjustments that lowered power rates the utility can charge customers and the deregulation of Japan’s electric utilities. PM Naoto Kan negotiated a new law as part of his being pushed out of office back in 2011. The law deregulated electricity markets in Japan, freeing up consumers to pick their power utility. The … Read entire article »

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Something Incredible Found In Fukushima Muon Scan

Something Incredible Found In Fukushima Muon Scan

As we process the information released related to the second muon scan of Fukushima Daiichi unit 2 a number of interesting things have been found. This however, was a surprise. SimplyInfo.org research team member Peter Melzer used an image analysis program to refine the image published by IRID & TEPCO. Image J software was used to do an FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analysis. This refinement showed something quite different than TEPCO’s original image. “FFT analysis revealed … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits To Cover Up Of Meltdowns At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Admits To Cover Up Of Meltdowns At Fukushima Daiichi

“I would say it was a cover-up,” Hirose told a news conference. “It’s extremely regrettable.” TEPCO put out a press release today admitting to the purposeful cover up of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. The press release made no further attempts to pin this on government officials, something those in charge at the time vehemently deny. Hirose, TEPCO’s current president was not in charge at the time and admitted it was a cover up at the press … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown?

Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown?

The recent TEPCO investigation into events during the early phase of the Fukushima Disaster raised a few questions. TEPCO claims they were told by the Prime Minister’s office not to use the word “meltdown”, something the former Prime Minister denies. A TEPCO official was stopped from uttering the word at a press conference and NISA staff were sacked for mentioning a meltdown to the press. Yet TEPCO is insisting they didn’t hide anything because they provided … Read entire article »

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DPJ May Take Legal Action Against TEPCO For Meltdown Scandal

DPJ May Take Legal Action Against TEPCO For Meltdown Scandal

TEPCO’s “third party” investigation of their actions during the initial disaster has landed them in more trouble. The report insinuated that the Japanese government, specifically the Prime Minister’s office had told TEPCO to not disclose the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi. This report did not interview any members of the Prime Minister’s cabinet that were involved with the disaster response. Now both former PM Kan and his cabinet secretary Yukio Edano have told the press that they … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Tries To Shift Blame For Hiding Meltdowns

TEPCO Tries To Shift Blame For Hiding Meltdowns

The 3rd party investigation prompted by Niigata prefecture concluded that TEPCO’s president instructed company officials to not mention the word melt down. Others from TEPCO tried to claim that the Prime Minister’s office requested not using the word. A TEPCO representative (Mr. Muto) apparently almost used the word in an early press conference and was stopped by another employee who showed him a memo. The investigators claimed that the employee said the Prime Minister’s office requested … Read entire article »

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Possible Causes Of Fukushima Frozen Wall Failures

Possible Causes Of Fukushima Frozen Wall Failures

TEPCO reported last week that roughly 10% of the frozen wall is not working. Currently only certain sections are being actively frozen with other sections to possibly be frozen as they determine the cause and effect of the initial work. One of the sections being frozen with some problems is near unit 1 on the sea side. TEPCO claimed that accumulated groundwater and gravel in the area may be contributing to the problem. TEPCO also indicated … Read entire article »

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5 At TEPCO Home Office Knew Of Meltdown Manual

5 At TEPCO Home Office Knew Of Meltdown Manual

TEPCO admitted via Asahi Shimbun that 5 people at TEPCO’s home office in Tokyo knew of the meltdown manual as they were the workers tasked with maintaining it. TEPCO provided no further explanation as to why the manual still wasn’t used. These admissions come as Niigata prefecture has pressured TEPCO to disclose information about the disaster as part of their terms for considering the potential restart of the Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. This article would not … Read entire article »

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TEPCO’s Two Tales About Fukushima Missing Melted Fuel

TEPCO’s Two Tales About Fukushima Missing Melted Fuel

Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning chief, Naohiro Masuda spoke with Australia ABC TV this week about where the melted fuel is. Masuda gave this explanation: “In Reactor 1, all of the fuel has melted down from inside the pressure vessel,” Mr Masuda said. “In reactors 2 and 3, about 30 per cent to 50 per cent remains in the pressure vessel and the rest has melted down. But unfortunately, we don’t know exactly where [the fuel] is.” This is what the … Read entire article »

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Three Companies Raided, Fined Over TEPCO Bid Rigging

Three Companies Raided, Fined Over TEPCO Bid Rigging

Three electronics companies were raided by Japan’s Fair Trade Commission last year and now face steep fines for bid rigging in contracts with TEPCO for communications equipment. The same three were previously raided in February over bid rigging with Chubu Electric, operator of the Hamaoka nuclear plant. 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 etc. from … Read entire article »

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TEPCO To Stop Fukushima Work During G-7 Summit

TEPCO To Stop Fukushima Work During G-7 Summit

TEPCO announced they will halt all decommissioning work at Fukushima Daiichi during the G-7 Summit. The summit will be held in Mie Prefecture, roughly 700 km from Fukushima Daiichi. So why the precaution? If there is work at the disaster site that is so dangerous it would potentially impact foreign dignitaries 700 km away, what kind of risk is the population of Japan under all the time? This is either an over reaction of TEPCO where they so … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Frozen Wall Not Solid, What You Need To Know

Fukushima Frozen Wall Not Solid, What You Need To Know

Last week TEPCO admitted that the frozen wall would not fully contain groundwater flowing through the plant. Original estimates of groundwater flowing through the plant were about 600 tons per day. The frozen wall will allow 50 tons per day to flow through the reactor block area. While this is a significant reduction, it isn’t water tight. This is the first time this has been disclosed to the public. Some reasons why it may not be water … Read entire article »

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Someone At TEPCO Knew The Meltdown Standard

Someone At TEPCO Knew The Meltdown Standard

Asahi Shimbun has reported that Yuichi Okamura, the senior director of nuclear power generation knew. In a recent press conference he said that it was his personal knowledge as to what was the meltdown standard. Mr. Okamura has worked in the industry for 20 years. He did not elaborate about TEPCO’s manuals or the knowledge of others. At the time of the disaster he was tasked with dealing with the spent fuel pool at unit 4.    This article … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Curiously Avoids Prosecution On Contaminated Water Leak

TEPCO Curiously Avoids Prosecution On Contaminated Water Leak

A court case that went after TEPCO for causing a major contaminated water leak, part of which leaked to the sea, was dismissed last week. Prosecutors claimed there was no proof contaminated groundwater leaked to the Pacific. The water that did immediately reach the sea did so through the existing drainage canal systems at the plant. After Japan’s NRA slapped an INES disaster rating on the leak, TEPCO then took steps to control and monitor the … Read entire article »

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3 TEPCO Execs Indicted On Criminal Negligence Charges

3 TEPCO Execs Indicted On Criminal Negligence Charges

Three TEPCO executives were successfully indicted on Monday in Tokyo. The three are Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, chairman of TEPCO at the time Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69, both former vice presidents Unfortunately none were arrested after the indictment and the first trial date has not yet been set. The indictments come after a years long struggle by a citizens group to force the charges through an existing legal maneuver after Tokyo prosecutors failed to do so. The trial … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Admits To Fukushima Meltdown Coverup

TEPCO Admits To Fukushima Meltdown Coverup

TEPCO has admitted that they failed to officially notify the government of the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi and that they knew by at least March 14th of 2011. The official required notification would have made denying the meltdowns impossible. It took TEPCO until May of 2011 to even admit publicly there was any meltdown at all and years before they began to admit the true extent of the damage. Information that came out in the Diet … Read entire article »

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TEPCO And NRA Agree On Fukushima Frozen Wall Plan

TEPCO And NRA Agree On Fukushima Frozen Wall Plan

TEPCO and NRA have come to an agreement to being operation of the frozen wall. TEPCO wanted to freeze the land side first, NRA the seaside first. NRA’s concern was that TEPCO’s method could cause groundwater levels to drop too fast causing leaks of highly contaminated water from the reactor buildings. TEPCO said they would make adjustments to deal with dropping groundwater levels but the NRA plan could cause the opposite problem based on our research. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Controversy Hits Stalemate

Fukushima Daiichi Frozen Wall Controversy Hits Stalemate

The NRA in Japan has put a stop to implementation of the frozen wall. Our ongoing reporting on the frozen wall can be found here. The work began in 2013 yet NRA did not raise concerns at that time that we were able to find. Work progressed since then with Kajima providing the construction and METI the financing as we reported back during the start of construction. Now NRA has deep concerns that the frozen wall … Read entire article »

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Japan NRA Moves TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa To Front Of The Restart Line

Japan NRA Moves TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa To Front Of The Restart Line

Japan’s NRA has put two reactors at the Kashwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant on their “priority” list for restart screenings. The plant is owned by TEPCO and consists of newer boiling water reactors similar to unit 6 at Fukushima Daiichi or the units at Fukushima Daini. That doesn’t mean Kashiwazaki Kariwa has not been plagued by the same kinds of neglect and mismanagement that Fukushima Daiichi had. Currently the reactors in Japan being given priority for restart … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Will Face Criminal Indictment Over Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

TEPCO Will Face Criminal Indictment Over Fukushima Daiichi Disaster

TEPCO executives will face indictment for their roles in negligence that lead to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They may not be convicted in the end but they would be forced to give testimony in court about the case. The indictments only came after a citizen panel forced prosecutors to take up the issue. Art by 281 antinuke This article would not be possible without the extensive efforts of the SimplyInfo research team Join the conversation at chat.simplyinfo.org © 2011-2016 … Read entire article »

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Fukushima Unit 5 Fuel Removed From Reactor

The fuel assemblies that have been inside the unit 5 reactor vessel since the 2011 disaster have all been moved to the spent fuel pool of that unit. TEPCO reports that work started on April 22nd and completed May 13th. 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 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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TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO Refused To Upgrade From Windows XP At Fukushima Daiichi

Japan’s NRA has publicly urged TEPCO to upgrade computer systems used at Fukushima Daiichi, and possibly company wide. NRA pointed out the lack of current security updates in Windows XP created a significant security risk. The regulator urged TEPCO to stop being cheap and do the needed computer upgrades. After the public flogging a TEPCO representative said the company would move up the date for potential computer upgrades but didn’t say when they would be … 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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Failed Projects, Skyrocketing Costs, TEPCO Urged To Sue Fukushima Daiichi Contractors

Failed Projects, Skyrocketing Costs, TEPCO Urged To Sue Fukushima Daiichi Contractors

A board of audit overseeing the Fukushima disaster is urging TEPCO to sue some of their contractors over failed projects. They specifically cited the frozen wall project, an early cesium adsorption filter system and the bolt together tanks. This may become interesting as there have been some informal accusations that TEPCO pressured contractors to cut corners on projects. The Associated Press cites specifically these projects as being found to be problematic and wasting money. The Areva cesium … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Issues Empty Threat Over Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

TEPCO Issues Empty Threat Over Nuclear Plant Shutdowns

TEPCO issued the threat of a rate hike if they were not allowed to restart their reactors at Kashiwazaki Kariwa. In one article TEPCO president Hirose appears to be claiming there is no other option but a rate increase due to all of their nuclear plants being shut down. But Yahoo News points out that TEPCO has turned a profit the last couple of years. Yahoo also reports that there is a sort of plan … Read entire article »

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Face Mask Rules At Fukushima Daiichi To Be Relaxed In May

Face Mask Rules At Fukushima Daiichi To Be Relaxed In May

TEPCO announced that workers will be allowed to wear half masks or dust masks in more areas at Fukushima Daiichi beginning in May. Currently most areas require a full face mask. Certain areas considered less hazardous will allow workers to wear lesser mask type protection. Areas where highly contaminated water is located would still require full face masks. Additional dust monitoring is planned. TEPCO also cited the paving of parts of the plant as a partial … Read entire article »

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TEPCO Says Safety Upgraded At Fukushima Plants After Two Deaths

TEPCO Says Safety Upgraded At Fukushima Plants After Two Deaths

TEPCO says they responded to the deaths of two workers by stopping work and reviewing safety at the plants. This was TEPCO’s response: TEPCO’s response is obviously superficial. It seems to lack any serious analysis of the work processes and management at the plant that are the root cause of the many accidents that have injured or killed workers in the last year. The responses themselves are all quite temporary in nature. It was also reported … Read entire article »

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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 © 2011-2016 SimplyInfo.org, Fukuleaks.org All Rights Reserved Content … 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 © 2011-2016 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 … 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 © 2011-2016 … Read entire article »

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