In-Focus: Fukushima – TEPCO working to remove steel beam from Unit 3 SFP

TEPCO working to remove steel beam from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool

Source: TEPCO

Source: JiJi Press


TEPCO to expand decontamination personnel

Source: NHK

Source: JiJi Press


Chronic personnel shortages in affected prefectures force committee to publish report on improving reconstruction issues

Source: JiJi Press


Ministry of the Environment releases new tsunami debris forecast

Source: JiJi Press


Over 130,000 tons of radioactive ash and sludge remains to be disposed of in Fukushima and four other surrounding prefectures after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.

The government is responsible for disposing of radioactive ash and sludge if its level of radioactive cesium exceeds 8,000 becquerels per kilogram.  Fukushima Prefecture has the most at 70,000 tons, followed by Niigata Prefecture at 56,000 tons.  At a sewage treatment facility in Koriyama City in Fukushima Prefecture, more than 8,000 one-ton sacks of sludge remain. There is no more space for storing the bags, and a new facility will have to be built.

Municipal officials cite residents’ safety concerns about disposing of the radioactive ash and sludge along with regular waste.

The environment ministry plans to explain to residents that the ash and sludge are safe.

Source: JiJi Press

Source: NHK


Japan Government to review 42 reconstruction projects to identify wasteful use of taxpayer money

The Japanese government has come under fire for spending money secured for postdisaster reconstruction on projects that have little to do with reconstruction efforts.

Source: JiJi Press


Edano says public needs to understand the victims of Fukushima

Source: JiJi Press

Source: The Japan Times


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