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Fukushima Daiichi February 2012 - R3good

Former Australian government minister says Australia should accept Fukushima debris – Japan “just too crowded”

Although the Fukushima disaster has likely ended the risk of Australia going down the uranium-brick road called Nuclear Energy for a while longer, former government minister Andrew Thomson has started a new nuclear-waste…

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Cesium 134 and 137 found in plankton 600 km from Fukushima Daiichi only 3 months after onset of nuclear disaster

Cesium which is believed to have been released from the Fukushima Daiichi reators has been found in plankton over 600 km east of the facility.  Follow -up studies will be necessary because the…

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UCS to NRC: Nyah, Nyah, Nyah

Today I watched the CSPAN livestream of the NRC’s commission members before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, all about how very much safer and better our U.S. nukes are than…

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Post-Fukushima Japan resumes work on nuclear fuel facility in Aomori Prefeture

Recyclable-Fuel Storage Co., a company set up by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Power Co., said Friday it has resumed constructing a facility to temporarily store spent nuclear fuel in Japan.  Construction…

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Vermont Yankee future in question again as NRC asked to investigate recent pattern of failures at Vermont Yankee

The Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant is operating at reduced power due to problems with the condenser tubes, which are reported to be leaking.  Most nuclear power plants replace their condenser at between…

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San Onofre reports more steam generator tube failures to NRC

Yesterday the Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it will send an Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to review the circumstances that led to three tubes failing a pressure…

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TEPCO says Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 Spent Fuel may be more damage than previously estimated

The Mainichi reports that based on new underwater surveys, TEPCO says that the spent fuel in Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 4 may have undergone further damage since it was last inspected in April 2011….

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Byron Station Reactor 1 in unplanned shutdown for greater than 72 hours after leak inside containment

On March 11, 2012, at approximately 12:20 p.m. CDT, Byron Station Unit 1 was shut down due to the identification of a leaking valve inside containment. The purpose of this valve is to…

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NRC sends special investigation team to San Onofre after more steam generator tube failures found during testing

Things are getting very interesting around the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.   The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will send an Augmented Inspection Team (AIT) to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to review the…

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Workers at Fukushima Daiichi fail to enter Reactor 3 Suppression Chamber area due to damaged door

On Wednesday TEPCO sent 6 workers into Fukushima Daiichi Units 2 and 3 to inspect the areas around the suppression chamber for the first time.  Pipes littered the ground, and workers were careful…

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Fukushima synonymous with failure and the unknown

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was turned upside down after the traumatic events last March, communication between the on-site emergency control center and each control room was limited to a single wired…

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Cesium contamination from Fukushima disaster found penetrating deeper into ground

Radioactive materials from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant were found 5 cm beneath the ground three months after the crisis started and now are believed to have penetrated between 5 and 25…

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Workers at Fukushima Daiichi enter Reactors 2 and 3 to investigate suppression chambers

TEPCO sent workers into the basements of Fukushima Daiichi Units 2 and 3 for the first time after the accident on Wednesday to investigate the pressure suppression chamber near the bottom of the…

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Naoto Kan discusses TEPCO plans to evacuate Fukushima Daiichi in Australian news interview

Naoto Kan interview with ABC 730 Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 14/03/2012 Reporter: Mark Willacy Naoto Kan was Japan’s Prime Minister when the country was hit by tsunami and nuclear meltdown and, a year…

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Contaminated water accumulating at Fukushima Daiichi still poses problems for TEPCO

Water is crucial to the continued safety and stability of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.  TEPCO is still injecting hundreds of thousands of gallons into the reactors every day to keep them from overheating…

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TEPCO analysis shows Fukushima Reactor 1 suffered core damage hours earlier than estimated

The government and plant operator TEPCO are trumpeting the critical operations to maintain a highly contested state of “cold shutdown”, as if it marks a successful resolution to the disaster. However, radiation continues…

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Fukushima whitewash betrayed trust of NPR listeners

Last week, National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast a report on the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant meltdowns. The report whitewashed failures of the utility and government by ignoring essential facts of the disaster…

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Fukushima Anniversary – Top 125 FOIA documents and transcripts during the first week of the Fukushima disaster

On the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we have compiled a list of our top FOIA documents during the first week of the event.  It is important for regular people who…

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Post-Fukushima – Lack of “safety culture” the legacy of nuclear disaster

The events in Japan one year after the Fukushima nuclear disaster are so overwhelming it’s hard to put it in words or pictures.  The ground around the Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings is still…

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Fukushima Anniversary: Theatre of the Absurd

It’s the 1-year anniversary of the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. For more than a week I’ve struggled to find something to say about it that hasn’t already been said a hundred times in…

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