March 2012
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Japanese “Stress Tests” put more pressure on local municipalities than nuclear reactors

The Fukushima disaster has brought about no major shifts in Japan’s energy policy, or the absolute safety of its nuclear program.  In fact the Japanese government has repeatedly weakened its stance on nuclear…

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California kelp impact by Fukushima Iodine – May affect certain fish thyroid systems

The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant, damaged by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 released large amounts of radioactive iodine into the atmosphere.  In a report by the  Environmental Health News, it has been…

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First relocation plans after Fukushima disaster set to be approved by Japanese government

The Japanese government is expected to approve relocation plans from two municipal governments in northeastern Japan, who were harshly affected by the Fukushima disaster.  Such an action would mark the first approvals to…

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Questions regarding the accuracy of NEI’s claims about AP article

Many of our readers have contacted us after having read the NEI smear article, which was published after an AP article quoted Arnie Gundersen‘s findings on soil samples he took in Tokyo.   The author…

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20 km Marine study around Fukushima Daiichi finds high concentrations of cesium in fish and shellfish

No. – Name of sampling point –  Depth ① 1km offshore of Murakami, Odaka Ward 7m ② 2km offshore of Murakami, Odaka Ward 10m ③ 1km offshore of Ukedo, Namie Town 7m ④…

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Japan to continue attempts to restart nuclear reactors prior to launching new nuclear safety agency

“I cannot believe this is how the restart of the Oi reactors is going to happen.” All of Japan’s nuclear power plants have been required to undergo two-phase stress tests following the March…

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The National Academy of Sciences submits phase 1 findings on analysis of cancer risks in populations near nuclear facilities

A pair of recent reports from the UK and Germany found a relationship between childhood leukemia and proximity to nuclear facilities.  The last major US analysis on this subject was completed in 1990 and found no correlation. That study…

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December inspection failures of standby shutdown systems leaves Oconee Nuclear under heightened NRC oversight

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual review states that Oconee Nuclear met all safety objectives in 2011, however the federal agency will keep the nuclear power plant under heightened NRC oversight due to a December…

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Radioactive cesium over government standards found in rainwater collection tanks in Yokohama City over 250 km from Fukushima Daiichi

NHK reports sand from underground rainwater collection tanks at elementary and junior high schools in Yokohama City have been found contaminated with radioactive cesium in excess of 16,800 becquerels per kilogram, well over…

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Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission proposes to continue reprocessing plutonium, using MOX fuel, and fast breeder reactor technology

Japan has essentially made no further progress in management and disposal plans for spent nuclear fuel from its nuclear power plants.  Japan has long held a stubborn commitment to the development of a…

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Compton Camera built with space technology makes Fukushima radiation visible

Japanese researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, have developed a super-wide angle digital camera capable of depicting radiation in the environment. The camera has been developed at the request of the Tokyo…

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TEPCO battles to maintain temperature and pressure gauges at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 1

At 11:00 am on March 29th, Tokyo Electric also known as TEPCO confirmed that the meters for measuring the water level of the reactor at fuel level B, the containment vessel, and the…

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Arkansas Nuclear One Unit 2 – Spent Fuel Handling Machine not fully qualified for a seismic event

“The following condition is being reported by Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2 (ANO-2) in accordance with 10CFR 50.72(b)(3)(ii)(B), ‘Unanalyzed Condition.’ Conservative engineering analysis has determined that the Spent Fuel Handling Machine (2H-3) is…

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Cesium found in bamboo shoots over 200 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi

Radiation released from the  Fukushima nuclear disaster continues to pose threat to Japan’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in products on supermarket shelves have continued to be detected in the produce,…

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TEPCO Endoscope Inspection of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2

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Photos show effects of meltdown during Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2 Endoscopy Investigation

Date: From 9:30 to 10:30, March 27 (Tue), 2012 Technical support: Toshiba Number of workers: TEPCO: 19, Toshiba: 16 Maximum exposure dose: 1.69mSv/person・day Result of the dose measurement in the second investigation inside…

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Southern California heating up as public and utility head for face-off over repairs

A report authored by Fairewinds Associates warns that a more detailed study is needed on the alloy tubing in the plant’s steam generators before the twin reactors at San Onofre are restarted, according…

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TEPCO releases video of second day of containment inspection – Melted fuel still unlocated

TEPCO has released video footage of the second day of inspections inside of the Reactor 2 containment vessel where fatal radiation levels and a lack of accumulated water have brought more questions about…

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Salem Unit 2 SCRAM after noted problems with turbine controls

Officials say a turbine trip triggered the shutdown at the Salem 2 nuclear plant at 2:28 p.m. on Friday. Plant operators have spent the weekend troubleshooting the problem, trying to determine what caused an electrical…

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Japan restarted operations to produce enriched uranium two days before March 11th anniversary

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL) announced it restarted operations to produce enriched uranium on March 9th, 2012 at the Rokkasho Uranium Enrichment Plant.  In December 2010, JNFL had suspended enrichment using older centrifugal…

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