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Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's contaminated water storage tanks are seen in Fukushima prefecture

Wastewater contaminated with radioactive strontium leaks into ocean at Fukushima Daiichi

Workers at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant noticed that water flowing through pipes connected to wastewater tanks had increased in capacity. The leaking water carried high levels of beta radiation and radioactive strontium,…

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Like a nuclear-powered moth to the flame

When someone starts making unmistakable references to “safeguards,” “decommissioning and disposal,” and those unfavorable “political conditions,” there is little doubt about the topic under discussion. The scientists at Northrop Grumman and Sandia National…

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Contaminated water accumulating from cooling Fukushima Daiichi reactors may force Japan to set permanent exclusion zones

Japan is still deliberating on how areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will be designated for permanent exclusion. Tatsuo Hirano, Japan’s reconstruction minister made reference to permanent restrictions on local areas…

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Severe storms in Japan expose fragile design of Fukushima reactor cover

A large low-pressure storm system has passed Tokyo, and is on a crash course for northern Japan and the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. NHK has learned that 3 people were killed…

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Radioactive cesium over national standards found in fish over 200 km from crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors

New radiation standards took effect in Japan on Sunday, with the new government-set allowable limit of 100 becquerel replaced the temporary 500 becquerel limit following the Fukushima Disaster. On Tuesday, the Gunma prefectural…

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Fire at Catawba Nuclear Power Plant in vital battery room area

Event Number: 47795 “At 0624 EDT on 04/02/2012 the control room was notified by a plant operator that there was a fire in the plant vital battery room area on Unit 2. The…

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Japan kept 10 trillion becquerel per hour calculations secret for over a year

The Japanese government has confirmed the existence a March 15th, 2011 SPEEDI estimate based on iodine levels monitored in Chiba, east of Tokyo, which showed some 10 trillion becquerels per hour of radioactive…

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New California ad campaign targets San Onofre reactor problems

Friends of the Earth launched a new television ad campaign today targeting the utility Southern California Edison, the operator of the troubled San Onofre nuclear reactors, which are currently closed due to serious…

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Real and Present Threat to Japanese Nuclear Safety

Japan had admitted it was unprepared for a disaster on the scale of the Fukushima nuclear crisis in a June 2011 report to the UN’s atomic agency, and vowed to implement new safety…

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South Africa to consider restarting uranium enrichment program

South Africa’s nuclear weapons program was voluntarily dismantled in the early 1990s, remaining the only country ever to have dismantled a nuclear program.   Post-Fukushima, South Africa is still being pushed to develop a…

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US Scientists publish report on I-131 I-129 and Be-7 from Fukushima meltdown

To better understand iodine transport, Joshua Landis and a team drawn from Dartmouth’s Department of Earth Science and Department of Geography recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences related…

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Chubu Electric told 18 ft seawall not enough protection at Hamaoka nuclear

Chubu Electric had been building an 18 ft seawall at it’s Hamaoka plant in response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  Japan’s nuclear safety agency has instructed Chubu Electric Power Company to implement comprehensive…

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Mini-Nukes for your Home

Tiger Direct has been chosen as the leading launch partner and is offering an exclusive breakthrough technology pending approval by the NRC.  It’s the one and only Kube X15 MiniNuke Super-Portable Generator. It’s not a…

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Current Business Wisdom: No Nukes

Editor’s Note Most of us are aware of the Nuclear Energy Institute [NEI] big bucks PR push for new nukes, now that the ongoing mass meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi have faded (by design)…

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Virginia Mining Wars

Virginia Uranium Inc. is pushing to lift a 30-year ban on uranium mining in Virginia so it can mine and mill the radioactive metal in Southside where the waste would remain toxic for…

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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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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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