"Nuclear Disaster" tag
Evaucations in Japan

Study confirms impossible to evacuate all residents before radiation exposure in wake of severe accident

A research project conducted by a research institute on environmental economics in Japan named Kankyo Keizai Kenkyujo has found that in the case of a severe accident at a nuclear power plant it…

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US: Japan should accept liability to receive international help at Fukushima Daiichi

As reported last week, United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz requested that Japan join a treaty called the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages.  This treaty collects funds from participating nations to…

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Fukushima Daiichi disaster proved nuclear reactors are a potential Pandora’s Box for proliferation

Concerns over nuclear weapons proliferation has re-emphasized the need for swift and accurate detection of nuclear tests conducted anywhere in the world. Most nuclear weapons states publicly declare their nuclear status by way…

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Google complains about hesitation over disclosing disaster data

At a conference in quake-prone Japan, Rachel Whetstone, Google’s senior vice president of public policy and communications, said some countries hesitate over disclosing data. She said this prevents civil society from creating new…

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Is the reclassification of evacuation areas around Fukushima Daiichi encouraging reconstruction or discrimination

The Japanese government’s efforts to reclassify evacuation areas around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant under a new zoning system for decontamination and financial compensation have been significantly delayed as residents in the…

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Diet panel and TEPCO may square off over plans to abandon Fukushima Daiichi reactors at height of nuclear disaster

A Diet panel investigating the causes of the nuclear crisis recently interviewed key politicians who responded to the early stage of the emergency, hoping to bring one important fact point to light, whether…

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Feds Cut Nuclear Emergency Exercises, Avoid Public Scrutiny

Not since the bungled response to Hurricane Katrina has the US federal government so callously ignored disaster red flags. Disregarding lessons of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the Nuclear Regulatory Administration (NRC) secretively issued…

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Canadian Solar reviewing candidate sites in Fukushima Prefecture to use government-backed incentives to build solar panels

As part of reconstruction efforts, the government’s designated special zones in the disaster-stricken areas will offer tax breaks and relaxed regulations to attract companies. Solar and other renewable energies are drawing interest in…

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Japan to aid internet businesses market disaster-related merchandise to international buyers

As we already know Japan has been working to move equipment, produce, and merchandise from the affected regions first to the distant regions of Japan, later the announcement was made that some items…

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One year after Fukushima – Reassessing nuclear safety and the ability to avoid disaster (Part Two)

The Fukushima disaster is horrible and still unfolding, and caused a disastrous disruption to production and distribution networks not only in Japan, but around the world. Prime Minister Nato Kan while still in…

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Flood damage investigation not over for US nuke plants

The summer of 2011 was one of the hardest ever on American nuclear power plants. After the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, U.S. nuclear plants were required to inventory and test emergency equipment , and…

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New Nuclear Reactor Consequences Analyses downplays risk of “unlikely” nuclear accident in United States

            As the first anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster arrives, the cover-up involving nuclear power is more extensive than ever. The Big Lie was integral to…

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Report says Fukushima Reactor 2 containment possibly failed shortly after the earthquake

Researchers from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency have conducted simulations that show that Fukushima Daiichi Reactor 2 may have sustained damage immediately after the earthquake.   The simulations showed that a hole possibly 6…

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Scientists estimates of cesium released from Fukushima doubled previous numbers

Last summer, the Japanese government estimated that the March 11 Fukushima accident released 15,000 terabecquerels of cesium. Japanese researchers have newly released data that shows a  mind-boggling 40,000 trillion becquerels (40,000 terabecquerels, or 40…

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Quince 2 Robot completes first investigation of Fukushima Daiichi Reactor

TEPCO has dispatched the Quince 2 robot into the 5th operating floor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Reactor 2.  Radiation doses over 220 mSv per hour were recorded, as the robot…

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Japan Prime Minister and other officials unaware of key emergency response system SPEEDI until after Fukushima Daiichi disaster

NHK reports an independent panel investigating the Fukushima nuclear accident has found that the prime minister was not aware of SPEEDI, the government’s system that can predict the spread of radioactive materials quickly. …

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PBS FRONTLINE Documentary to feature new footage “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown”

  Watch Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE. The opening scenes of the documentary set the tone for the rest of the film with previously unseen footage of the…

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Jaczko again sole dissenter on NRC commission after Fukushima – Siding with Pilgrim Nuclear critics in supporting public hearings

The Pilgrim plant, a 680-megawatt boiling water reactor, began operation in 1972. Its current operating license expires on June 8, 2012. Entergy is seeking to re-license the plant for an additional 20 years….

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Over 10 United States nuclear reactor licenses could be modified, suspended, or revoked pending NRC findings

On Thursday, February 16, 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff issued 10 CFR 50.54(f) letters to plants that use Westinghouse realistic emergency core cooling system (ECCS) methods (ASTRUM or CQD) and have…

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Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission admits first stages of stress test insufficient to assess safety

Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission says the first stage of the stress test is not sufficient to assess the safety of nuclear power reactors.  Commission Chairman Haruki Madarame said on Monday that the initial…

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