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October 2014 Fukushima News Links


Evacuation zone around crippled Fukushima plant narrowed further

Evacuation advisory lifted for part of Fukushima village of Kawauchi

Crawler inspector found extremely radioactive “something” on the bottom of suppression chamber Reactor2

Universities get bomb threats over teachers who worked for the Asahi

Japanese Authorities Narrow Down Fukushima Evacuation Zone

Fukushima’s micro-hydropower ambitions face challenges

Japan’s Utilities Fight Back Against Renewable Energy

EPA Data: US hit with worst Fukushima fallout the year AFTER crisis began— Large radiation spike in California rain detected during 2012 —500% of previous test results

Fukushima Underground Zeolite Wall Explained

Nuclear risk center chief urges change in mindset

NRA chief defends volcanic hazard measures

Regional Distribution of Fukushima Thyroid Cancer Cases (Confirmed and Suspected) Analyzed by Citizen Scientists

Japan utilities finding solar power too hot to handle


TV: Huge increase in US Navy sailors suffering injury after Fukushima exposure — Gov’t reports show USS Reagan went directly into most intense area of plume just as radioactive releases hit peak — Over 20 trillion becquerels coming from plant every second — “We’re now beginning to see the real data” (VIDEO)

Consumers suddenly more wary of produce from Fukushima

Additional water treatment facility operational at Fukushima plant

Japan TV: ‘Alarming’ new Fukushima discovery — Analysis reveals seriousness of contamination for first time — “Enormous amounts”of radioactive material released on day one of crisis, well before officials claim — Plant Worker: “In some places the readings were off the scale” (VIDEO)

Japan Nuclear Restarts Continue To Struggle Against Reality

Clean energy boom challenges power grid

NRA chairman calls concerns over safety of Sendai nuclear plant due to volcanoes ‘unscientific’

Nuclear safety chief counters experts over volcanic hazards

One in Five Japanese Cautious About Fukushima Food

Strontium 90 Filter System Starts At Fukushima Daiichi</a>

Cabinet OK’s bill for radioactive waste storage

Gov’t finalizes bill for interim nuclear waste storage facilities

Talking StickTV- Helen Caldicott – Fukushima: Crisis Without End

Nuclearwaste is going nowhere slowly


Russian Scientists Take Water Samples from Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Documentary: Photo captures moment containment vessel destroyed at Fukushima —Workers: White steam is coming out of reactor! Radiation spiking in central Tokyo! — US Nuclear Official: “Fukushima was nuclear power’s finest hour… everything worked as engineered” (VIDEO)


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4 public schools in Yokohama city backfilled radioactive soil in school area

TEPCO taking new strategy to remove toxic water in tunnels

New radiation scrubber begins cleaning water at Fukushima plant

Japan’s Tragic Wake-Up Call

Ontake should force Japanese to rethink nuclear push

Release, Dispersion and Fate of Radioactive Strontium From Fukushima in the North Pacific Ocean


TEPCO doubles tsunami height in damage estimate for Fukushima plant

Fukushima No. 1 at risk of 26-meter tsunami: Tepco

Consumers not to buy Fukushima food increased 4.3% / Gov “Needs stronger collaboration with media”</a><a>gov-needs-stronger-collaboration-media/

Difficulties remain in protecting nuclear plants from volcanic eruptions

Des métastases aux poumons retrouvés chez des enfants de Fukushima atteints de cancer de la thyroïde

Unpreparedfor green electricity

Former Top IAEA Official: Actually, Fukushima “is a catastrophe for every citizen of the world… radiation doesn’t recognize borders” —Dose from Fukushima fallout in Europe many times higher than California gov’t claimed for West Coast (VIDEO)

Fukushima, Miso Soup and Me

Fukushima Reactor 3, Did the Reactor Itself Blow it’s Lid, Or Fuel / Equipment Pool, or all?

TV: Dangerous typhoon causing massive damage in Japan — Fukushima expecting “life-threatening flash flooding”, rain up to 10 inches— AP: “Packing winds up to 180 km per hour” — Experts warn of tornadoes, mudslides — “High waves expected along Pacific coast”— Navy: Max. wave height is 37 feet (VIDEO)

Officials: Typhoon triggers warning alarm at Fukushima plant — Leaks at Reactor No. 3 and Reactor No. 1 turbine building — Camera captures images of water pouring in after very heavy rain on site — Powerful storm was still packing gusts of up to 180 km per hour off Fukushima coast

One of the largest Japanese Fukushima blogs suddenly closed without any notice

Hokkaido nuclear plant has small fire; utility says no radiation leaked

Radioactivity in Norway’s reindeers hits high

International Atomic Energy Agency defined six types of nuclear wastes

Japan Political Pulse: Scientific uncertainty

93 One Liner Lies of the Nuclear Cartel


Radioactivity in Norway’s reindeers hits high

Fukushima medical university states variety of diseases increasing in disaster area of Fukushima

Tragic wake-up call as Abe pushes reactor restarts

TEPCO, Chubu Electric to form comprehensive alliance

Editorial:Gov’t must not leave promotion of renewable energy to private utilities

Typhoon Causes Some Disruptions At Fukushima Daiichi

Test rice harvested in Fukushima


Tsunami, not Quake, Seen as Main Cause of Fukushima Accident

Fukushima No. 1 plant workers kept in the dark over hazard pay

US gov’t analysis says Fukushima is more serious than ‘China Syndrome’ — Destroyed reactors suffered worst type of containment failure (PHOTOS)

Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Had No Impact on Atmosphere: Russian Expedition

NRA: SPEEDI not to be used in evaucation plans

Govt.surveys Miyagi for radioactive waste site

LED Lighting Becomes Widespread in Japan after N-Accident

Ex-U.S. regulator calls for debate on nuclear risk in Japan

Professors: Fukushima has emerged as global threat — Major health worries along west coast, bioaccumulation expected to last decades — Worldwide concern over contamination of Pacific — Gov’t failing to inform public of looming long-term radioactive hazard — Health official gives tips on how to disguise radiation levels from public

Radiation Jump Near Leaking Tank At Fukushima Daiichi

1276 Fuel Assemblies Removed From Unit 4 Fukushima Daiichi


EDITORIAL: Risk to nuclear plants from volcanic eruptions cannot be underestimated

Friend’s death etched in memory of young Fukushima No. 1 worker

Group to start ‘adoption’ parties for abandoned pets in Fukushima Prefecture

Disaster-hit communities in Tohoku using local specialties to survive

RP096A Marine Food Web Bioaccumulation model for Cesium 137 in the Pacific Northwest

Sagamihara city scattered contaminated sand in 419 municipal educational facilities for “effective use”

The unsung hero of the meltdowns

How a pregnant Fukushima plant official remained at her station as the disaster unfolded

Kyushu Electric submits measures for volcanic eruption to nuclear watchdog

SPEEDI radiation forecasting dropped by NRA as primary alert system


Locals voice concerns to NRA over restart of Sendai nuclear plant reactors

Freezing out Fukushima’s radioactive water

Various nuclides density marked the highest level in groundwater from multiple locations of Fukushima plant

Tepco’s own data shows filtration system cannot remove Tritium from potentially discharged water at all

Is Fukushima capable of withstanding a super typhoon?

Predicting Volcanoes a Risky Game for Japan’s Reactors

KelpWatch 2014


Tokyo in the spotlight as citizen groups start generating solar power

Officials: Typhoon caused significant increase in radioactive releases from Fukushima — Record levels of ‘highly toxic’ nuclear material found in ground outside reactor — Among the most poisonous substances at plant

Tepco’s corporate group company to operate 40% of Japanese nuclear plants got hacked / 3 days to identify malware

All β nuclide density became 100,000 × in seaside of Reactor 2 since this February

EDITORIAL: Tie-up by utilities must lead to wider choice, competition in electricity market


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Tritium surges tenfold in groundwater at Fukushima nuclear plant; typhoon effect suspected

COMMENTARY: Now is the time to listen to nuclear pessimists

Tritium density of groundwater nearby the sea jumped up over 10 ×

Typhoon winds up to 110 mph to hit Fukushima Daiichi, storm surge advisory issued — Nearly all gov’t forecasts show eye passing right over plant — Nuclear Expert: Expect radioactive material washing into Pacific Ocean (MAPS)

Japan Times: ‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima — Radiation levels surge after typhoon —Tepco “doesn’t know why” this is happening — Warning “crisis could get worse” as 180 km/hr storm heading to area

‘When can our children play outside again safely?’

VongfongTo Hit Fukushima Daiichi Tuesday


Gov’t issues ‘inundation warning’ for Fukushima Daiichi as year’s strongest storm to hit within hours — Tepco bracing for overflows — Officials warn of landslides and torrential rains… “ground-loosening” south of plant — Danger from tornadoes, storm surge, violent waves along coast

Typhoon Vongfong sprints toward Tohoku; 61 hurt, one missing

Over 100,000 Bq/Kg of Cs-134/137 still detected in a park of Chiba

Bittersweet embrace for Fukushima evacuees and their pets

Ce que j’ai ressenti cet été dans mon pays, le Japon

New Radiation Spike At Fukushima Daiichi

Contracts for interim radioactive waste storage sites in Fukushima due to expire

Fukushima Plume Prediction

WoodsHole Oceanographic Inst.


5 sorts of nuclide density marked the highest readings in seaside of Reactor 2 again

National: New facility in Saitama gives nuclear evacuees from Fukushima town a sense of community

Cabinet approves state secrecy law guidelines

Gov’t sets guidelines on state secrets as concerns remain over arbitrary designation

Gov’t sets up full-time team on nuclear disaster prevention

Typhoon exited Japan over Fukushima” — Half foot of rain recorded around nuclear plant — Fukushima Worker: There’s no choice but to pray more radioactive material does not spread into ocean… That’s the reality of the situation we are facing (PHOTOS)

Highest radiation in ground water at Japan’s NPP after nuclear disaster

Cesium in groundwater rises at plant after storm

Nuclear accident preparedness section set up

Briefing on Fukushima waste storage plan completed

Tohoku Electric Power kicks up astink about art display at publicity hall

VIDEO:4 Hotspot aplenty in “decontaminated” school route


Japan to pressure South Korea to lift ban on seafood from Fukushima, seven other prefectures

Agency: Fukushima workers urgently trying “to prevent groundwater from leaking into ocean” — Levels of nuclear waste surge next to sea — Strontium-90 shatters previous record by over 5 Billion Bq/m3

South Koreans Still Fear Radiation From Japan

Japanese scrap iron exported to Gunsan port of S. Korea without radiation test

Japanese Governor Says Too Soon for Nuke Restarts

Abe Cabinet gives OK to state secrecy law guidelines

ANALYSIS: Government fails to address public concerns about state secrets law

Government having trouble locating landowners of planned radioactive waste site

Fukushima Unit 1 Cover Removal Delayed To Late October

Ingestion of radioactively contaminated diets for two generations in the palegrass blue butterfly

Mainstream US Corporate Media Ignore Increased Fukushima Water Radioactivity

PBS: Plague along West Coast has biologists fearing extinction of species — Experts: Take your kids to beach and see them before they’re gone; Worst outbreak ever known in the oceans; Catastrophic losses nearly everywhere we’ve been (VIDEO)

Not everyone wants the clean-up in Fukushima to be over

Radioactivity spikes in No. 1 reactor well water

“There is so much sickness and death that it cannot be considered simply as ’caused by stress’” : An emigrant from Kagamiishi takes notes about health problems.</a>

Japan’s nuclear restart unlikely this year, local vote expected in December

Inside No-entry zone


Record Radiation at Fukushima after Vongfong: First tests since Tuesday’s typhoon show radioactive material continues rising near ocean — Officials: We can’t do anything more to stop this, ‘depth and scope’ of contamination flowing out are unknown

A Japanese citizen living in Saitama prefecturewas told by a doctor that she had thyroid disease from “acute stress”.

impact of recent typhoons on Fukushima Daiichi

Fukushima food safety debated at London art show

Radiation levels at Fukushima rise to record highs after typhoon

Plans to remove cover over damaged Fukushima reactor draws concern

As Japan eyes nuclear restarts, renewables get shut out of grid

Beta Spikes and Rising Radiation Levels</a>

A couple returns to their ‘heaven’ near the Fukushima nuclear disaster


Additional cleanup starts in a Fukushima village

Shimomura criticizes Monju operator

Underground structure rapidly heated by up to 40℃ when water reduced

Japan’s Volcanoes Made More Jittery by 2011 Quake

Japan Reactor Near Active Volcanos Called Unsafe

Gov’t: US and Canada hit with “high concentration” of radioactive material from Fukushima; It’s having tremendous impact all over world, enormous public health consequences — Radioactive cloud over West Coast was 500% of level requiring NRC be notified — UC Berkeley Nuclear Professor: “We did indeed see high… fairly… I mean… some… level of radiation” (AUDIO)

ANALYSIS: TEPCO behind schedule to eliminate contaminated water despite extra measures

Japan’s timid coverage of Fukushima led this news anchor to revolt — and he’s not alone

Fukushima radiation nearing West Coast

Survey: More Fukushima evacuees give up returning

Would you eat Fukushima soup? Frieze visitors queue up to risk ‘delicious’ yet possibly toxic radish broth

Fukushima nuclear waste detected off U.S. West Coast, from California to Canada— “There is definitely offshore Fukushima cesium now” — Test results will not be revealed to public for several weeks



Expert says 2 Sendai reactors in danger from active volcano

Record cesium level detected in Fukushima No. 1 groundwater; Tepco blames heavy rainfall

Meanwhile, Back At Fukushima …

Higher Fukushima Radiation Levels Triggered by Typhoons

TEPCO unveils new equipment for processing radioactive water at disaster-hit plant

Sendai reactors vulnerable to eruptions, state-picked volcanologist warns

POINT OF VIEW/ Mikiko Abe: With nuclear plant idled, towns folk in better position to chart future course

Editorial: System to facilitate promotion of renewable energy needed

Former Fukushima teacher blogs to inspire students while fighting off cancer

In blow to Abe, Japan minister to quit as soon as Sunday over funds scandal: Media

Japanese govt urges early decision on decommissioning aging reactors

Strontium-90 detected outside of Fukushima port / Highest reading in front of  Reactor 4 too

Japan TV Anchor: I couldn’t tell the truth about Fukushima — Shocking revelations kept secret from public — Nuclear Scientist: I have not trusted the information from beginning… “The worst scenario I predicted has happened”

Making of Fukushima Archives–Coriums in the River Bed


Strontium-90 detected in potentially discharged water from Reactor 1 and 3

Nuclear reactor restarts unlikely this year

ASAHI POLL: 27% of Fukushima voters want immediate end to nuclear power

What life is really like in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear disaster

New Groundwater Radiation Spikes At Fukushima Daiichi

KEPCO to submit revised Takahama safety plan

City assembly approves Sendai plant restart

Opponents scuffle with officials

Fukushima Unit 4; 11 Spent Fuel Assemblies Left To Remove From Pool

Gov’t report reveals Fukushima radioactive release much larger than Chernobyl — Japan reactors could have emitted nearly four times as much cesium-137

Norway sheep radioactivity levels increase


Harsh working conditions persist at Fukushima plant via Yomiuri Shimbun

Fukushima’s Radioactive Contamination Three Years On

Nuclear Watch: Fukushima radiation still being discovered on the US Kevin Kamps

Fukushima Radiation Hits North American Coast, What It Means

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Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for ‘nuclear refugees’

Japan weighs system for rewarding energy savers

Japan PM to appoint Yoichi Miyazawa as METI minister: media

How to Naturally Remove Radioactive Particles from Your Body in 5-7 Hours

Japan Govt. Experts Expose Nuclear Plant Volcano Risk

Tepco “Almost completed transferring spent fuel from Reactor 4 pool”

Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on – and may never return home–and-may-never-return-home-9809195.html

Radioactive fallout and the lessons of Chernobyl

“Never heard of so much sickness & death in such a short period” says Fukushima evacuee — Writes about strange diseases in young people, deadly tumors and hemorrhages, pets missing hair, child losing all their fingernails, polydactyl baby — Doctor: My friends are dying of cancer, one after another


Nuclear Watch: Arnie Gundersen Fukushima & Is nuclear power a sustainable The Wawe 10/21/2014


Tepco gets ready to dismantle building cover at crippled Fukushima No. 1 reactor

Work begins toward dismantling building cover at Fukushima plant

TEPCO Taking off Reactor Cover

Prosecutors set to decide whether to indict Tepco execs over nuclear disaster

Fukushima reactor cover dismantling begins

28 of 32 testees diagnosed A2 in thyroid inspection of Matsudo city Chiba

Tepco starts removal of Unit 1 building cover at Fukushima Daiichi

TV: Unprecedented catastrophe underway at Fukushima… Radioactive material will keep coming across to North America for centuries —Gundersen: Melted nuclear fuel to bleed into ocean for decades, perhaps centuries… Entire Pacific is being contaminated

Radioactive contamination rises to record levels in Fukushima

TEPCO removing protective Fukushima canopy for most dangerous op yet

TEPCO deploys 2 more ALPS units

Fishing in Fukushima

Fukushima radiation still hitting US West Coast


Unidentified algae looking-creature mass generated in bypass well / Tepco “Great quantity”

Sailor talks Fukushima’s Impact on Pacific: “It’s dead… for thousands of miles there was nothing”between US & Japan — “Like sailing in a dead sea…everything’s all gone” — “Just talking about it makes me feel like I want to cry” — “No birds, no fish, no sharks, no dolphins, no turtles, nothing” (AUDIO)

Denuclearize or lose our species: Multigenerational effects of exposure to radiation

Fukushima Reactor 1 Condom Removal, TEPCO restart?, Fish, New Decontamination Unit 10/23/14

In Japan, Fukushima residents are frustrated but resigned

Activist: ‘Don’t Believe Anything The Nuclear Industry Says’

What Happened at Fukushima in the Fall of 2011?

US, Europeans row over post-Fukushima nuclear safety step

Woman urged to repay nuke disaster compensation after she enters college outside Fukushima

Korea’s cement firms brought in Japanese radioactive coal


Tepco started dismantling Reactor 1 cover – Video

Residents delay search for radioactive waste site

Prosecutors extend probe into ex-TEPCO chiefs

Should the Japanese give nuclear power another chance?

Fukushima update 10-24-14: Censorship, site news, spread

Volcano near Sendai nuclear plant is shaking and may erupt: Japan weather agency

Enormous volcanic eruption could destroy Japan within 100yrs – study

Japan warns of increased activity at volcano near nuclear plant

Experts warn of volcano destroying Japan at any moment, causing nation’s extinction — Millions buried by lava in minutes, ‘hopeless’ for 120,000,000 people —Reactors would be devastated and spread nuclear waste worldwide —Gov’t: Volcano near nuke plant is shaking, tremor 7 minutes long…‘Stay away’ — Increased eruption risk due to 3/11 quake

Japan to ratify international convention on nuclear accident compensation pact

Japan to ratify nuclear compensation treaty

A Candidate for Fukushima Governor, Katsutaka Idogawa Says the Perpetrator Decided as They Pleased

Japan’s Next Nuclear Meltdown

Radioactive News 10-24-2014 – Fukushima

US opposes post-Fukushima nuclear safety proposal


Tepco seen reaping $1B pretax profit by cutting costs

Work begins on nuclear dump sites in Miyagi as residents protest

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High levels of radiation found at Fukushima plant

460,000,000 Bq/m3 of Cs-134/137 detected from mountain side of Reactor 2

3/11 charges for Tepco execs delayed by three months

Japan govt approves bill on nuclear damages pact

TV: Fukushima nuclear waste increasing off West Coast each year since 2012 — Fish tested “fairly high for radiation” — It’s around for next century, even if reactors stop gushing into ocean now — “A danger to people living here?… Are officials purposefully holding back info?”(VIDEO)

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Tepco projects ¥130 billion pretax profit for year

Residents block Environment Ministry study of candidate waste disposal site

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant wells up to 920 times the cesium activity highs last


Please share ASAP! Idogawa under death threat!

Kansai’s fears of new law no state secret

Panel likely to drop plan to check nuclear workers

Radiation levels have surged at Fukushima plant — 100,000% of previous record high — TV: “Officials say they don’t know the cause… Typhoon may be to blame” (VIDEO)

Survey: 303 municipalities to use religious facilities for evacuation sites

Fukushima | High Levels of Radiation Found at Plant: 800 to 900x The Previous Peak; Typhoon Blamed

Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press


Fukushima elects new governor in first election since 2011 disasters

Ioyama volcano raises fears Japan’s Sendai nuclear power facility may beat risk

1,000 students, citizens take to streets in protest against secrecy law

New Fukushima gov. must accelerate recovery from crisis, evacuees’ return

Chiba governor asks Taiwan to lift import ban

Watch: Nuclear experts confront Japanese scientists — IAEA says Fukushima reactors “might still be active” long after meltdowns —“Changes completely” our idea of what happened — “Very surprised… extremely high” Iodine-131 levels — Means fission reactions lasted for weeks or months (VIDEO)

Eruption Warnings At Volcano Near Sendai Nuclear Plant

Fukushima- The forbidden city

Fukushima cesium levels fluctuating

City assembly set to approve Sendai plant restart

Heavy Wind Rips Off Part of Fukushima Protective Cover’s Roof: Reports

Kagoshima nuclear plant 1st to be approved for restart after Fukushima crisis
Tepco accidentally destroyed a part of Reactor 1 cover at dismantling preparation

Wind gust damages cover at Fukushima reactor

Tepco gave up pumping up contaminated water beside 4 crippled reactors to discharge to the sea

Nuclear Watch: Fukushima Wind dust damages cover R1 + Cs lvls fluctuating +Updated 10/28/2014

TrulyFrightening”: Doctors being threatened for linking illnesses to Fukushima — Strange tumors, kids dying, pets dying — Much higher incidences of whole range of health problems reported — Experts: 1,000,000 cancers, plus many other ailments possible (AUDIO &VIDEO)

What May Be Causing The New Reactor Building Leak At Fukushima Daiichi

Small fire at Genkai nuclear power plant

Japan to reopen 1st nuclear plant after Fukushima disaster – despite volcano risks

‘TEPCO covered up the truth about Fukushima disaster’

SeaArea Monitoring

Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA, Japan)

Fukushima:”An Insult to the Pacific” by Arnie Gundersen

Nuclear Watch: TEPCO covering the True since Day 1 J.Corbet + Fukushima W.Coast Paul Gunter 10/28/2014


Radioactive Soil Stored At Fukushima Schools Not Covered By Recent Disposal Law, Has Nowhere To Go

TV: Officials say “extremely high radiation levels” will keep pouring out at Fukushima… “Problem can’t be fundamentally solved” —Gundersen: Plutonium leaking into groundwater, “essentially pieces of nuclear fuel”… “Parts of plant overflowing” after typhoons… “Not a problem that’s going away” (VIDEOS)

Sendai Nuclear Plant Closer To Restart And What Might Stop It

Fukushima refugees will never go home: Atsushi Funahashi’s ‘Nuclear Nation’

Fukushima; Radiation Spike In Unit 1 Discharge Canal

Fukushima Groundwater Contamination Rises To Nearly Double Previous Reading

Cesium-137 detected from a pregnant woman in Matsudo city Chiba

Mayor says Sendai plant able to withstand any disaster, despite misgivings

Green tea from Japan to be tested for radiation

Gundersen: Giant plants and food crops being reported in gardens outside Fukushima zone; Mutations appear after seeds exposed to chronic radiation levels for generations — Professor: Mutant flowers found in Fukushima — Biologist: “Gigantic leaves, seeds very big”after nuclear disaster (VIDEO)

Japan Reacts to Worsening Fukushima Disaster By … Reopening Nuclear Plant Next to Active Volcano Which Is About to Blow

Nuclear scrapping experts see Fukushima plant

Town submits petition opposing waste facility

New safety breaches at prototype Monju reactor

Tepco Considers U.S. Help to Verify Nuclear Plant Safety

Town divided after Sendai nuclear plant restart clears another hurdle


TEPCO to postpone nuclear fuel removal at Fukushima No. 1 reactor

TEPCO guidelines say evacuees entering college not eligible for compensation

Fuel removal from Fukushima reactor to be delayed

Fukushima Reactor 1 dismantling to be delayed

Aging nuclear power plants

Japan’s Tepco eyes 5-year delay in Fukushima fuel rod removal – Kyodo

Bypass water discharge increased groundwater level in Fukushima plant

Fukushima and Japanese health

US sailors “have won the major battle” in Fukushima lawsuit — Now 200 young Navy and Marines with leukemia, organs removed, brain tumors/cancer, blindness, more — Gov’t: Fukushima a terrible tragedy… Navy ships under threat and didn’t know where to go, some ‘very interesting’ moments… That radiation will kill you like a nuclear weapon (VIDEO)

Anti-nuclear protesters try to fire up corporate workers in Tokyo


UPDATE 1-Japan’s Sendai nuclear restart in final stage: local governor

Learning the tragic lesson of Fukushima: No nuclear restart at Sendai

Japan Closer To Restart Idled Nuclear Reactors – Analysis

IAEA to send experts to analyze seawater

NRA: Fukushima debris didn’t taint rice paddies

Removal of melted fuel from Fukushima No. 1 reactor delayed until 2025

News Navigator: When will state secrets be declassified?

A Drug that Turns Radioactive Elements into Harmless Chemicals

Paroles de Masao Yoshida, ancien directeur de la centrale de Fukushima Daiichi


Taiwan to demand certificates for Japanese food imports

Dismantling Of Fukushima Reactor 1 Faces Delays, US Judge Gives Sailor Go Signal To Push Through Lawsuit Against TEPCO Over Radiation

Hitachi Engineer: “Purple cloud” coming from Fukushima after explosion…“I took a photo” — Former Prime Minister: Steel appears to have melted on top of Unit 3… Smoke from reactor a different color thanTepco claims… Suggests possible nuclear explosion (VIDEO)

Completion of nuclear fuel processing plant postponed for 21st time

Part of cover removed from Fukushima reactor bldg.

Roof removed from crippled N-plant building

Fukushima Unit 1 Had Part Of Cover Removed

Tepco cracks open weather shield covering reactor building at Fukushima No.1

SPECIAL REPORT – Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

FukushimaDaiichi Unit 5 Begins Fuel Removal

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Completion of nuclear fuel processing plant postponed for 21st time


The Rokkasho project ( the nuclear waste treatment plant in Japan) postponed for the 21th time!  

Too many risks Will Japan finally take the only right decision: to never restart reactors ? 

To give up the Rokkasho could just lead them to do that…

October 31, 2014

AOMORI–Complications in safety screening have led to the 21st postponement of work to complete a key nuclear processing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.

The latest delay, announced Oct. 30 by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., the operator of the Rokkasho reprocessing plant, could affect future operations at nuclear plants across the country.

“This is the only facility (to process spent nuclear fuel in Japan),” Japan Nuclear Fuel President Kenji Kudo said at a news conference here. “We are doing our best.”

Under the government’s plans, the Rokkasho plant will recycle plutonium in spent nuclear fuel generated at nuclear power plants across the nation, helping to reduce the amount of radioactive waste accumulating in storage pools at the plants.

In January, Japan Nuclear Fuel applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority for a safety inspection–a precondition to proceed with the construction of the facility.

The company expected the safety screening to end around June and planned to complete work on the processing facility by the end of October.

But discussions for the inspections only started in September because of the risk factors unique to the Rokkasho plant, such as complex piping between buildings and the huge amount of high-level liquid radioactive materials stored there.

In addition, the reprocessing plant came under stricter NRA safety standards after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The extra time needed for the safety screening led to the decision by Japan Nuclear Fuel to postpone the completion date to March 2016.

The facility was originally scheduled to be finished in 1997. Just a year ago, Japan Nuclear Fuel announced its 20th postponement.

Under the latest schedule, Japan Nuclear Fuel plans to pass the NRA screening by June next year and complete construction in the following nine months.

But approval from the nuclear industry watchdog is not guaranteed.

“It is not clear at all how things will work out for the processing plant,” an NRA official said.

Currently, all nuclear reactors in Japan are offline, and electric power companies have applied for NRA screenings to restart their reactors.

With the continued delays at the Rokkasho facility, its storage pools have filled to near capacity with spent fuel brought from nuclear power plants throughout Japan.

Even if the electric power companies can restart their nuclear reactors, they could be forced to shut them down if the Rokkasho plant cannot accept additional nuclear fuel and their own storage pools become filled.

Under the planned fuel recycling program, plutonium and uranium in spent fuel will be removed through chemical processing at the Rokkasho plant. Processed high-level radioactive substances will be stored on the site after being encased in glass.

Source: Asahi Shimbun

November 1, 2014 Posted by | Japan | | 1 Comment

Taiwan to demand certificates for Japanese food imports

One country is at least becoming aware of the food contamination risks and taking measures to protect its citizens’ health. How about the others?

Oct 31, 2014 

Taiwanese authorities are considering requiring production area certificates for all food imports from Japan and radiation check certificates for some, according to informed sources.

The authorities plan to implement the new policy in 2015 after gauging public opinion.

Following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Taiwan banned imports of food products from five prefectures, including Ibaraki, Tochigi and Chiba.

In addition, radiation checks have been conducted on vegetables, fruit and fisheries products imported from Japan.

Production area certificates are currently not required.

Under the envisioned policy, Taiwan would require production area certificates for all food imports from Japan and radiation check certificates by the Japanese government for those subject to current radiation checks and certain other products, such as tea and biscuits.

Consumer groups in Taiwan have been calling for stronger regulations on Japanese food imports.

Source: Japan Times

November 1, 2014 Posted by | Japan, Taiwan | | Leave a comment

Bypass water discharge increased groundwater level in Fukushima plant

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Contrary to expectation, bypass water project increased a part of the groundwater level, from Tepco’s report released on 9/25/2014.

On 9/16/2014, Tepco compared the groundwater level at 3 sub-drains beside the reactor buildings to the water level before bypass water project.

As a result, in 2 sub-drains the recent water levels didn’t show significant improvements from the regression line based on the data from 4/1/2012 to 5/20/2014, which Tepco concluded that “Water level decreased at least by 10 ~ 15cm due to bypass water project”.

In the 3 rd sub-drain, the recent water levels were above the regression line for some reason, which means the water level went higher than before. Regarding this data, Tepco stated “No decrease of groundwater level was observed” however Professor, Okamoto from Tokyo University, a member of contaminated water task force commented Tepco should clearly state the water level INCREASED due to the bypass project.

The exact cause is not identified yet, however Tepco simulated groundwater bypass would end up gathering water from the surrounding areas in 2013 by themselves.

Source: Fukushima Diary

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Fukushima nuclear reactor no 1 – melted fuel will not begin removal until 2025 or later

Removal of melted fuel from Fukushima No. 1 reactor delayed until 2025, Mainichi, 1 Nov 14 The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on Oct. 30 that removal of melted fuel from the No. 1 reactor at the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant would be delayed by five years, until fiscal 2025. They also announced that work to remove spent fuel from a cooling pool will not begin until fiscal 2019, two years later than originally planned. The delays are the result of the removal of debris and the installation of cranes taking longer than expected.

The announcement marks the first delays in the decommissioning schedule. TEPCO said, however, that the move would not result in an overall delay to the decommissioning process, which is expected to take 30 to 40 years.

The No. 1 reactor houses 392 fuel rods in its cooling pool, while melted fuel remains in the nuclear pressure vessel and reactor containment vessel. In a meeting on Oct. 30, the government and TEPCO decided to adopt a two-step process with separate measures to remove fuel from the cooling pool and melted fuel. First, a cover will be installed on the top floor of the reactor building. After a special crane for the fuel pool removes fuel, then workers will use a container and crane setup to remove melted fuel. ……..

At the No. 2 reactor, meanwhile, since radiation levels are high and decontamination of the reactor building is difficult, officials have decided to reconsider the method of removing nuclear fuel. Officials are set to decide on a method in fiscal 2016, but there is a high possibility that removal work will fall behind schedule.

In August, work at the No. 3 reactor was suspended after a large piece of debris fell into the cooling pool while debris was being removed from around the pool’s edge. Officials plan to remove fuel from the pool next fiscal year, but the outlook for this work is unclear……..

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Anti uranium campaign hots up in Quebec as Cree leaders use social media

Cree leaders in Quebec use social media for campaign against uranium

Drumming up support against development in their territory

CBC News Posted: Oct 28, 2014 Cree leaders in Quebec are taking to social media to drum up support for their campaign against uranium development in their territory.

The community leaders say they may be far from urban centres — anywhere from an eight to 18-hour drive north of Montreal — but almost everyone has access to high speed internet and 3G cell service.

They want to make sure Crees show up and voice their concerns when the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE) province-wide hearings into the uranium industry come to northern Quebec next month.

They’re also using Twitter to spread the word and gain support outside of Cree territory.

“We are encouraging the Cree Nation to participate in this important public process and to tell the BAPE what the Crees are thinking about uranium development in Eeyou Istchee,” said Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come.

The Cree government has launched a website and social media campaign, #StandAgainstUranium. They are asking people to take selfies with the Stand Against Uranium sign.

“The Crees are only one voice and so we are seeking allies,” said Coon Come.

A few weeks ago the Cree Nation government also released a trailer for a nine-minute film it sponsored, looking at the Cree’s response to a proposed uranium project. The film, The Wolverine: The Fight of the James Bay Cree, was featured at the Uranium Film Festival in Germany last month.  “The Wolverine: The Fight of the James Bay Cree” – short film teaser from Rezolution Pictures on Vimeo.

The most advanced uranium project in the province is StratecoResources’ Matoush project, located in the Otish Mountains north of the Cree community of Mistissini.

The Cree Nation government firmly opposes all uranium exploration, mining and waste storage in Eeyou Istchee, Cree territory in northern Quebec.

In June 2013, Quebec’s environment minister refused to grant Strateco the permits it had requested to go ahead with the project.

Coon Come says that decision was partly due to Cree opposition to the project.

Cree youth participated in anti-uranium demonstrations during Earth Day celebrations in Montreal, and protested during the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s visit to Mistissini in June 2012.

“The BAPE is coming to Eeyou Istchee because of the strong stand taken by our people,” said Coon Come.

“The Minister of Environment heard us when we said no to Strateco’sMatoush project. The minister refused to grant Strateco’s permit in large part because the project was not socially acceptable to us Crees — the population that would be most directly impacted. So we’ve won some important battles but the fight against uranium development is not over.”

The BAPE will be in Chisasibi on Nov. 11, Chibougamau on Nov. 12 andMistissini Nov. 13.

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Legal action over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River

Environmentalists sue over nuclear reactor’s impact on Columbia River By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press October 30, 2014,  

SPOKANE — Three environmental groups sued a state agency Thursday over the effects of the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant on the water quality of the Columbia River.

The Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Northwest Environmental Advocates and Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court against the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council.

The council in 2006 issued the water pollution permit for Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station, which is on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The station uses 20 million gallons of water from the river every day to cool the nuclear reactor.

The lawsuit contends the permit violates the Clean Water Act by allowing water pollution at levels that violate state standards designed to protect public health, along with fish and other aquatic species. “Experts from the National Marine Fisheries Service sounded the alarm about how this facility may be killing and harming endangered salmon,” said Mala Nelson, attorney for the Northwest Environmental Defense Center. “EFSEC’s blatant disregard for this input demands judicial oversight.”……..

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Taiwan testing Japanese tea and food products for radiation

Green tea from Japan to be tested for radiation Focus Taiwan By Chen Ching-fang and Elizabeth Hsu 014/10/29 

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) Sweets, cookies and teas and tea products imported from Japan into Taiwan will be subject to tests for radioactive substances beginning next year, the acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director-general said Wednesday.

Chiang Yu-mei said that under the proposed measure, importers of the Japan-made items will not be able to apply for the necessary imported food inspections unless the products come with radiation examination certificates from the Japanese government…….

The temporary ban, imposed on foods from Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma and Chiba prefectures, remains in effect today, the agency said.

In addition, batch-by-batch inspections for radioactive substances have been enforced on eight major types of foods produced in other parts of Japan since then, the FDA said

The tests cover fresh and chilled vegetables and fruits, frozen vegetables and fruits, live and chilled fishery products, frozen fishery products, dairy products, products for infants, mineral water or other types of drinking

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Radioactive cesium detected in pregnant woman in Japanese city

Cesium-137Cesium-137 detected from a pregnant woman in Matsudo city Chiba Fukushima Diary    30 Oct 14

Cesium-137 was detected from a pregnant woman in Matsudo city, Chiba prefecture among 13 maternity testees. The specific density is not announced.
Matsudo city government has been supporting a part of the cost to have whole body counter test since 10/1/2012, which is to analyze radioactive density in human body.

By 9/30/2014, 250 people have had the test and Cesium-134/137 has been detected from 25 of them. The breakdown of result is as follows……..

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Newly revealed photos of Sellafield’s decaying nuclear fuel storage ponds

sellafield-2011Photographs of Sellafield nuclear plant prompt fears over radioactive risk   Nuclear safety expert claims there is ‘significant risk’ due  to poor condition of storage ponds containing highly radioactive fuel rods   and   The Guardian, Thursday 30 October 2014

Previously unseen pictures of two storage ponds containing hundreds of highly radioactive fuel rods at the Sellafield nuclear plant show cracked concrete, seagulls bathing in the water and weeds growing around derelict machinery. But a spokesman for owners Sellafield Ltd said the 60-year-old ponds will not be cleaned up for decades, despite concern that they are in a dangerous state and could cause a large release of radioactive material if they are allowed to deteriorate further.

“The concrete is in dreadful condition, degraded and fractured, and if the ponds drain, the Magnox fuel will ignite and that would lead to a massive release of radioactive material,” nuclear safety expert John Large told the Ecologist magazine. “I am very disturbed at the run-down condition of the structures and support services. In my opinion there is a significant risk that the system could fail.

“It’s like an concrete dock full of water. If you got a breach of the wall by accident or by terrorist attack, the Magnox fuel would burn. I would say there’s many hundreds of tonnes in there. It could give rise to a very big radioactive release. It’s not for me to make comparisons with Chernobyl or Fukushima, but it could certainly cause serious contamination over a wide area and for a very long time.”

Gordon Thompson, executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who is an expert at assessing radiological risk, said: “[Sellafield] contains large inventories of radioactive material that could be released to the environment in a variety of ways. The site’s overall radiological risk has never been properly assessed by the responsible authorities. [The] photos, showing disgracefully degraded open-air ponds at Sellafield, indicate that a thorough assessment of risk is overdue.”

The images, taken over a period seven years and leaked via a local nuclear watchdog group to the Ecologist, are said to show two ponds that were commissioned in 1952 and used until the mid-1970s as short-term storage for spent fuel until it could be reprocessed, producing plutonium for military use. One is open to the elements……..



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Unexplained drone flights over France’s nuclear plants

France investigates unexplained drone activity over nuclear plants  Radio Australia  31 October 2014, 

France launches an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, says the interior minister.

France has launched an investigation into unidentified drones that have been spotted over nuclear plants operated by state-owned utility EDF, says the interior minister.

Seven nuclear plants across the country were flown over by drones between October 5 and October 20, an EDF spokeswoman said, without any impact on the plants’ safety or functioning………The drone sightings may renew concerns about the safety of nuclear plants in France, the world’s most nuclear-reliant country, with 58 reactors on 19 sites operated by EDF…….

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