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Published on 6 Jun 2013…

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has reported another leak of radioactive water, this time from a steel storage tank above ground.

Tokyo Electric Power Company officials say a worker found the leak shortly after noon on Wednesday.

The tank is one of those built at the plant since May to store contaminated water transferred from storage pools underground.

The utility built the tanks after finding a series of leaks in April in the underground pools.

TEPCO officials say the contaminated water was seeping from a joint in the tank, at a rate of one drop every 3 to 4 seconds.

They report that bolts at the joint were tightened. They stopped water transfer and are investigating the cause.

The officials say no changes were detected in radioactivity levels at monitoring points near the plant.

The tank is about 400 meters from the sea. TEPCO officials say there is no risk of contaminated water reaching the sea.
Jun. 5, 2013 – Updated 07:36 UTC


Japan’s nuclear regulator has decided further details of its guidelines for local residents in case of a nuclear plant accident.

In February the Nuclear Regulation Authority decided on a revised version of the guidelines. The review came after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident in March, 2011.

The new guidelines expanded the necessary evacuation area, or the area where residents must stay indoors, to a 30-kilometer radius around a nuclear plant.

It also says iodine tablets should be distributed to households within 5 kilometers of a plant in advance of a possible accident.

Iodine helps prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive substances.

On Wednesday an NRA meeting decided that municipalities within 5 kilometers of a plant will have doctors inform residents about the use and storage of iodine tablets before distributing them.

It also decided that the municipalities will identify residents who may suffer from the side effects from the tablets before distribution.

Municipalities outside the 5-kilometer radius will be ordered to store necessary amounts of the tablets for emergency.

However, municipalities can distribute the tablets to residents outside the 5-kilometer radius if quick distribution would be difficult due to geography.

Concerning monitoring radiation levels, the regulator decided that the central government, instead of relevant municipalities, will be in charge. The government will set up a monitoring center near each plant and instruct municipalities and the plant operator to gather data to be used for the government to analyze.

Municipalities within 30 kilometers of a plant must now incorporate the latest decision into their disaster preparedness programs.
Jun. 5, 2013 – Updated 04:28 UTC

Another Nuclear Monstrosity – Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant (source video)
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June 6, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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