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Hosono pledges to achieve mysterious “cold shutdown” by year-end

VIENNA–Goshi Hosono, the state minister in charge of the Fukushima nuclear accident, vowed to achieve cold shutdown at the crippled reactors northeast of Tokyo by the end of the year. The government had…

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Residents furious over 60-page application, 160-page manual for TEPCO compensation

Residents affected by the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are furious after learning they will have to wade through a 60-page application form — accompanied by a 160-page manual…

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Typhoon Roke – 1 Million May Evacuate – 500 tons of underground water leaking into Fukushima Daiichi buildings

Typhoon Roke brought evacuation orders and fears of floods to Nagoya city in central Japan today as it approached the main island of Honshu on a course toward the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear…

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Sellafield organ scandal – Organs from over 65 deceased nuclear workers taken without consent

The UK Atomic Energy Authority will also look at data from its former research sites at Dounreay, Windscale (as Sellafield used to be called), Harwell and Winfrith to discover if similar tissue sampling…

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Fukushima Still Spiraling Out of Control – Air and Ocean Contamination Likely to Continue While Groundwater Contamination Is Concerning to Experts

At least one billion becquerels of radiation continue to leak from Japan‘s Fukushima nuclear plant each day even though it is now more than five months after the March earthquake and tsunami that…

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Japanese Researcher: Inexplicable air radiation levels infer Recriticality in July and August?

Part from Shukan Playboy Japan (9/12/2011): …実は公的機関が発表している放射線量の数値で、不可解な動きが計測されているのだ。それは、7月末から8月にかけて発生した放射線量の大幅な上昇。3月の事故直後から、事態の深刻さをネット上での論文発表などで訴え続けてきた日沼洋陽工学博士はこう解説する。 … Indeed, there are some inexplicable numbers reported on the air radiation levels by the government agencies. That is, a big rise in the radiation levels…

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Fukushima Fallout – Siemens to quit nuclear industry “The chapter for us is closed”

German engineering giant Siemens is to withdraw from the nuclear industry following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, its chief executive says. The move is a response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in…

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Over Sixty Thousand Japanese march against nuclear power in Tokyo

TOKYO (AP) – Chanting “Sayonara nuclear power” and waving banners, tens of thousands of people marched in central Tokyo on Monday to call on Japan’s government to abandon atomic energy in the wake…

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TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Photos September 17th 2011

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TEPCO Official – Pressure and Temperatures inside of Reactor 1 at Fukushima Daiichi exceeded Design Basis

 TEPCO  said Friday most of the detectors lying below the pressure vessel at the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that check the condition of the control rods have been found damaged. The damage – mostly burnt…

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Fukushima Prefecture Bans Wild Mushroom Shipments – Tkahagi and Ibaraki also find contamination

The ban on wild mushroom shipments from 43 Fukushima Prefecture municipalities announced on Sept. 15, paired with widespread radiation fears, is discouraging pickers from their usual mushroom-hunting trips into the woods. The ban…

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TEPCO to ditch faulty Kurion-AREVA equipment to rely solely on Toshiba (and IHI and US’s Shaw)’s SARRY for highly contaminated water treatment.

From Mainichi Shinbun (9/15/2011): 東京電力は15日、福島第1原発事故で生じた高濃度の放射性物質を含む汚染水を浄化して原子炉の冷却に使う「循環注水冷却システム」で、米キュリオン社の装置によって下がった放射性物質の濃度が、続いて仏アレバ社の装置を通すと上がるトラブルが起きたと発表した。アレバ社の装置が処理する高濃度の汚泥が流出した可能性もあり、原因を調べている。現在は、アレバ社の装置は止め、キュリオン社の装置だけで処理している。 TEPCO announced on September 15 that there was a trouble in the reactor cooling system that circulates water treated in the contaminated water treatment system. The density of…

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TEPCO’s secret 40 billion yen donations to local governments near nuclear plants – "We wanted to avoid criticism that we had collusive relations with local authorities"

Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been handing out about 2 billion yen (about $26 million) a year in unpublicized payments to local governments near its nuclear facilities, sources said Sept. 14. Though the large…

The explosion at the French nuclear plant is a timely reminder of the dangers of nuclear energy. It should be another wake-up call for the UK government, says Kate Hudson.

Marcoule blast shows the hazards associated with nuclear waste

What has taken place at Marcoule shows absolutely clearly that the extreme conditions that prevailed in Fukushima are not a precondition for nuclear accidents and potential disasters.   There is no reactor on…

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Areva in financial crisis forced to suspend uranium production at Malvesi and Tricastin for at least 2 months

PARIS — French nuclear giant Areva is suspending uranium production at two plants because of low demand from Japanese power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, a spokeswoman said Thursday. “This…

The test of a new lining that can take the heat of fusion could be crucial for a planned reactor in France.

Europeans Reignite Worlds Largest Fusion Energy Project – Joint European Torus (JET) reactor

A team of researchers has restarted the world’s largest fusion experiment—the Joint European Torus (JET) reactor, near Oxford, U.K. The move is a step forward in the quest for practical nuclear fusion. The…

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Fukushima nuclear disaster causes vacant posts at German Embassy as diplomats and families have reservations about radiation risks

BERLIN–The German Embassy in Tokyo is having difficulty filling up to 10 posts–about one-fourth of its diplomatic staff positions–as German diplomats are reluctant to come to Japan due to radiation fears stemming from…

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Message to Japan and United States – Mongolian President bans external talks on nuclear waste storage plans

ULAN BATOR (Kyodo) — Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj has issued an order banning negotiating with foreign governments or international organizations on nuclear waste storage plans in Mongolia. The order came last Friday after…

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Fukushima to test infants urine for internal radiation

Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture has decided to include infants and small children in tests for radiation taken into their bodies. Parts of the city are designated as evacuation zones following the accident…

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4 Workers Continued Working In Beta Radiation Hotspot Despite Radiation Monitors Warnings – 17 More Workers To Be Checked

At least 4 workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant failed to evacuate even though their radiation monitor indicated levels of beta rays exceeding the set limit. The workers were replacing equipment in…

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