2013
Fukushima Daiichi workers December 2013

Soil from Fukushima Daiichi found in baggage at airport in Kiev

A Japanese man was stopped by border guards at Kiev’s Borispol Airport after a radiation detector sounded an alarm during routine bag checks on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany. According to the State…

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Ex-fugitive reactor operator accepts plea deal

Landon Brittain, formerly a senior reactor operator at the Dresden nuclear power plant, pled guilty to one count of Obstruction of Justice/Destruction of Evidence, which carries a three year jail sentence. Just one…

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TEPCO submits new restructuring plan to Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund

Tokyo Electric submitted a new 10 year restructuring plan to the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund on Tuesday which eyes the creation of a special decommissioning unit to manage the work at the…

Fukushima Daiichi barrier leak

Further problems of radioactive leaks with tank farm at Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric officials announced that they found water coming from foundation joints of the barrier wall which surrounds tanks storing highly contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Some 2.6 tons…

Fukushima Daiichi Site 2013

Japan increases support to Fukushima clean up but TEPCO retains management role

Originally, Tokyo Electric was to be held liable for all costs stemming from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, but in September the Japanese government stepped in and began providing financial help.  Now the…

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A Delta pilot’s perspective on his approach to Tokyo in the wake of the March 11th earthquake

This story comes from the FOIA documents released by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission related to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  The message was communicated among NRC officials after March 21st, and offers some…

March 17th, 2011 - Hopefully this would not happen here

March 17th, 2011 – NRC Deputy Director – Hopefully Fukushima would not happen here

Jack Grobe is the Deputy Director of the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation (NRR). March 17th, 2011 – Hopefully This Would Not Happen Here – Pages From C146257-02X – Group DL. Part 1…

March 22nd, 2011 - Core melt at Fukushima Unit 1 from 11 to 12 March 2011

March 22nd, 2011 – Core melt at Fukushima Unit 1 from 11 to 12 March 2011

March 22nd, 2011 – Core Melt at Fukushima Unit 1 From 11 to 12 March 2011 – Pages From C146301-02X – Group…

Limerick Nuclear Power Plant

Licensed reactor operator at Limerick nuclear power plant fails fitness for duty test

A licensed reactor operator confirmed positive for alcohol after a random fitness for duty test.  The licensee restricted the employee’s access to the plant. Source: NRC Event Notifications

March 14th, 2011 - TEPCO requests US Embassy help extinguish fire at Unit 4

March 14th, 2011 – TEPCO requests US Embassy help extinguish fire at Unit 4

March 14th, 2011 – TEPCO Requests US Embassy Help Extinguish Fire at Unit 4 – Pages From C146301-02X – Grou…

March 23rd, 2011 - Over 9,000 lbs of salt added each day to reactor pressure vessels of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 and Unit 3

March 23rd, 2011 – Over 9,000 lbs of salt added each day to reactor pressure vessels of Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 and Unit 3

An analysis of salt accumulation in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 2 and Unit 3 reactor pressure vessels conducted by Dr. Mitchell T. Farmer, Reactor Safety Experimentation Section Manager at Argonne National Laboratory. March 23rd,…

March 24th, 2011 - ORNL analysis of RPV Impacts in Fukushima Daiichi Reactors

March 24th, 2011 – ORNL analysis of RPV Impacts in Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 1

A brief summary of impacts on the reactor pressure vessel in Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 from experts at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. March 24th, 2011 – OrNL Analysis of RPV Impacts in…

March 30th, 2011 - Can the reactor building structure support additional loads of water due to flooding of primary containment

March 30th, 2011 – Can the Reactor Building Structure Support Additional Loads of Water Due to Flooding of Primary Containment

An assessment performed by structural engineers of whether or not the Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings would be able to support the additional loads of water required to flood the primary containment and reactor…

April 20th, 2011 – JNES Assessment of Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

April 20th, 2011 – JNES Assessment of Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

An analysis performed by the Japanese version of the Sandia experts on the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4. April 20th, 2011 – JNES Assessment of Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima…

April 29th, 2011 - Consortium  analysis of TEPCO Roadmap at Fukushima Daiichi

April 29th, 2011 – Consortium of Industrial and Governmental Organizations analysis of TEPCO Roadmap at Fukushima Daiichi

In April of 2011, a consortium of industrial and governmental organizations established to provide advice to Japan in its efforts to stabilize the conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, authored an…

Hexacopter

IAEA promotes hexacopter drone to measure radiation levels around Fukushima

Levels of contamination in and around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are continuing to rise since the March 11th nuclear disaster.  In the town of Marumori, officials measured 10 fallen cedar tree…

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Third licensed reactor operator at Grand Gulf tests positive for illegal drugs this year

A licensed reactor operator at the Grand Gulf nuclear power plant in Mississippi failed a random fitness for duty test after testing positive for illegal drugs.  At this time the employee has been…

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Are nuclear regulators making the industry safer?

In Japan, like the United States, utilities have a lot of influence in politics and regulations, and lobby to delay legislation which affects the bottom line of their nuclear facilities.  At Fukushima Daiichi,…

Nuclear Reactor Controls

Do nuclear safety regulations ensure that trustworthy and reliable people have unescorted access to nuclear power facilities

To work at a nuclear facility in the United States, a worker must be trustworthy and reliable in the eyes of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the licensee.  The problem is that no…

Fukushima Daiichi Unit 1 and Unit 2 exhaust stack

TEPCO investigates radiation levels of exhaust stack at Fukushima Daiichi

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant used a camera attached to a long pole with a dosimeter to explore highly radioactive areas near the combined exhaust stack for Unit 1 and…

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