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Tokyo citizens group close to number of signatures required for nuclear referendum

A group of citizens said Thursday that it has collected some 250,000 signatures in Tokyo, enough to call for an ordinance for a referendum on whether to keep using nuclear power. If the…

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70 uSv/hr recorded in city hosting waste dump on municipal baseball field

In a municipal baseball field approximately 3 km from Fukushima Daiichi, temporary workers store bags of radioactive waste in the open air.  Workers wear heavy outfits and masks and told the Yomiuri reporters…

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TEPCO to perform underwater surveys of Fukushima Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool

TEPCO will send an underwater camera into the spent fuel pool at Fukushima Reactor 4, to aid in understanding the current state of the fuel and structure.  The operation will take place on…

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Researchers first trip into Fukushima no-entry zone finds tsunami may have been over 21 meters

Researchers including Shinji Sato, a professor at the University of Tokyo, obtained permission from local governments to enter this zone, and for the first time since the tsunami, were able to survey coastal…

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Fukushima disaster highlighted the dangers of spent fuel pools in nuclear reactor buildings

Hiroshi Tasaka was a former special adviser to Naoto Kan, who was prime minister when the Fukushima Daiichi crisis started.  He was one of a select group who glimpsed the secret worst-case scenario document…

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Workers at Fukushima Daiichi suffered side effects after taking potassium iodide

TEPCO released some more information regarding the Potassium Iodide pills that were handed out after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  This week Japanese newspapers released information showing that over 17,500 pills had been…

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TEPCO distributed over 17,000 potassium iodide tablets to 2,000 workers – Ceased in October

From the onset of the disaster through October 2011, TEPCO distributed around 17,500 potassium iodide tablets to about 2,000 workers on-site.  According to TEPCO, the inventory at the plant held about 30,000 potassium…

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New ‘life’ in Fukushima Reactor 2 might be due to melted fuel movement

The Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2 core spray system had been interrupted for 6 hours on 26 January in order to change a pump. Tepco says the way the water is flowing might have…

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Clear possibility replacement work at Fukushima created an unstable situation

Tepco said it increased the amount of injected water, some of which contained boric acid, at 4:24 a.m. Tuesday. Reactor 2 is now being cooled with 13.5 tons of water per hour, up…

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Fukushima Daiichi – Perspectives of a Commissioner in Times of a Historical Event

Perspectives of a Commissioner in Times of a Historical Event NRC Commissioner William C. Ostendorff April 13, 2011 Nuclear Non-operating Owners’ Group Conference Orlando, FL Perspectives of a Commissioner in Times of a…

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TEPCO to inject Fukushima reactor with boron

On February 6th, TEPCO announced that to combat the rising temperature levels in Reactor 2, they would inject boric acid water to suppress any possible fission reactions that might take place.  According to TEPCO…

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Worms 20 km from Fukushima found contaminated with 20,000 bq/kg of Cesium

Radioactive cesium registering some 20,000 becquerels per kilogram has been found in worms 20 kilometers from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.  Worms are a source of food for many wild animals,…

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TEPCO working through extended partners to falsify labor deals at Fukushima

In Japan, workers from across the country have been illegally dispatched and forced to work inside at least one of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings. A man in his 40s from Nagasaki…

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Japan Dairy Companies Will Wait Until End of Month To Disclose Milk Radiation Test Results

Major dairy companies will inspect the milk products they produce in 17 prefectures in northeastern and central Japan for radioactive contamination and disclose their findings to the public at the end of February,…

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Had Japan followed Chernobyl standards rad levels would have required 5 times more evacuees

It’s generally assumed that highly developed Japan would handle a catastrophic accident far more competently than callous, hierarchical, and class-polarised societies with a poor infrastructure and safety culture like India or Bangladesh.  Japan…

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TEPCO admits really don’t know what’s going on in Reactor 4 – Likely won’t remain intact for 30 years

  That’s quite a assumption, it either happened within the last few days or weeks, or it happened quite a while ago.  Either way TEPCO doesn’t seem worried about it, and they don’t…

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Japan to consider sacrificing older reactors to keep 20 year licensing extension rule

In addition to the establishment of a new nuclear regulatory agency under the Environment Ministry, the government is aiming to legislate the lifespan of nuclear reactors, and require plant operators to outline specific…

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IAEA Denies Reports That It Will Establish An Office in Fukushima

Press Release 2012/02 Correction of Media Reports on Plans for IAEA “Fukushima Office” 30 January 2012 | A number of media reports have incorrectly quoted Director General Yukiya Amano as saying the IAEA will establish…

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Two upgraded “Quince” robots to aid Fukushima work revealed by Chiba Institute

One of the robots is designed to measure radioactive material trapped in dust in the air, the other is equipped with a laser-scanner to create a three-dimensional map. It was also announced no…

Cesium Levels in Food

Almost half of Fukushima municipalities don’t test school lunches for radiation

According to data compiled by the Fukushima prefectural board of education, 33 of the 59 municipalities in the prefecture test school lunches for radiation. Parents are puzzled why some local governments conduct tests…

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