Estimation of Nuclear-Energy Excursion Possibility during Fukushima-1 NPP Accident, CTBTO: Science & Technology, June 2013: [March 15 at Takasaka monitoring station ~250km SW of Fukushima-1] registered levels of radioactive aerosols exceeded the possible ranges of measurements [...] The highest values of radioactivity were indicated on March 16. [...] iodine-135 (half-life period = 6,6 hour) reached value of 74 Bq/m3, and the ratio of iodine-135/iodine-131 activities reached value of 24 that pointed indicated on “fresh” fission products from the damaged reactors, and also testified to possibility of emerged uncontrollable nuclear reaction. Unfortunately, the data of radioactive noble gases concentrations were not correctly obtained at Takasaka’s station because of too high levels of their content and equipment pollution. [...] reinforce or reject the hypothesis of secondary criticality at the Fukushima-1 accident could be possible [...]
Sulfur-35 in Southern California, June 2013: [...] data in favor of the criticality is given in  where the results of the determination of radioactive sulfur-35 in sulfate aerosols and gaseous SO2 in the oceanic air on the Pacific coast in the village of La Jolla, California. This data indicate exposure of sea water to neutrons with fluence 4 x 10^11 neutrons per m2. Radionuclide sulfur-35 is formed from seawater containing chlorine-35 by neutron irradiation.
- Fukushima two years on: a dirty job with no end in sight (Guardian, Dec 3, 2013):
The tsunami that wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has led to the toughest nuclear cleanup ever. Radioactive water is still poisoning the sea – and it could take 40 years to fix the mess. Is Japan up to the challenge?
Carefully, gently, one-by-one. The removal of nuclear fuel rod assemblies from a badly damaged building at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is finally under way. Months in the planning, the job is risky, complex, and crucial. Here begins the first major step in the toughest decommissioning project ever attempted.
- Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce — Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on? (ENENews, Dec 4, 2013):
EXSKF, Nov. 28, 2013: The 33rd Ministry of Justice human rights essay contest for junior high school students has been won by a student in Miyagi Prefecture who wrote not buying Fukushima’s peaches because of radiation fear was the same as him being “discriminated” against by his classmate for being a Chinese national. Refusing the Fukushima produce because of radiation fear is tantamount to racial discrimination, according to the student and the Ministry of Justice who selected his essay as the best of the best this year. [...] Not buying Fukushima produce, as the government tells you to? You’re racist [...]
Japan Times, Dec. 3, 2013: With the contentious state secrets bill slated to clear the Upper House this week, citizens have been holding daily protests in front of the Diet building, denouncing the law as emblematic of the “rise of fascism.” [...] Atsuko Ikegami, 45, also decried what she viewed as the state tightening its grip on citizen access to critical information, including about nuclear crises. [...] “When those (anti-nuclear) rallies happened, I thought, ‘Well, the Japanese people finally learned to stand up and make their voice heard,’ ” Ikegami said. “But the bill could subject these activists to constant spying by the state [...]”
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- IAEA Official: “What we are trying to say is consider” putting toxic Fukushima water in Pacific — Impact on human health must be monitored — Nearby countries all oppose this release (PHOTO) (ENENews, Dec 4, 2013):
Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”
Presentation by Lake Barrett, currently a Tepco adviser (2011) (PDF)
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority, Dec. 4, 2013: “You cannot keep storing the water forever. We have to make choice comparing all risks involved.”
- TV: All-time high radiation level in well at Fukushima plant 40 meters from Pacific — 1.1 billion Bq/m³ of strontium-90, other beta emitters — “Feared highly contaminated water leaking into ground” and being allowed to flow into sea (VIDEO) (ENENews, Dec 3, 2013):
Mainichi, Dec. 3, 2013: [Tepco] said on Dec. 2 that it has detected radioactive materials that topped 36,000 times the permissible level in underground water [...] strontium-90 and other radioactive substances that emit beta rays were detected at a level of 1.1 million becquerels per liter (1.1 billion Bq/m³) [...] east of the No. 2 reactor, about 40 meters from the ocean. [...] It has been feared that highly contaminated water is leaking to the ground from a trench that stretches from the No. 2 reactor building to the sea bank. The radioactive isotope detected this time suggests the possibility of radioactive materials remaining outside the trench. [...]
Arirang News, Dec. 3, 2013: The Japanese media on Tuesday reported an all-time high radiation level in an observation well at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. [...] 1.1 million becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive material had been detected per liter [...] more than the previous record-high of 910-thousand becquerels per liter detected on November 25th.
- TV: Sea star die-off worse than thought; Now over entire West Coast; Going from one species to others — Gov’t tests ‘rule out’ Fukushima — Coincidence they’re all melting at once, or something fishy is going on in these waters (VIDEO) (ENENews, Dec 3, 2013):
KING5 News (Seattle), Dec. 2, 2013:
KING5 News intro: Biologists studying a die-off of sea stars say it is worse than thought. The problem has spread to the entire length of the West Coast and when it strikes it kills nearly every sea star in the area.
Gary Chittim, investigative journalist: [...] It just kept on spreading, from California to Alaska, and now it’s spreading from one sea star species to others. [...]
KING5 News: One theory floating around out there is nuclear contamination from Japan’s leaking Fukushima plant that was causing the problem, but scientists say that samples show that there is no presence of radioactivity.
- Gundersen: They want to dump all Fukushima’s radioactive water in Pacific — Tepco: It will be diluted, then released — Professor suggests pumping it out in deep ocean (VIDEOS) (ENENews, Dec 2, 2013):
Interview with Arnie Gundersen, The Real News Network, Dec. 1, 2013: Dale Klein is now suggesting is that we’re just going to take [Fukushima's radioactive water] and pump it into the Pacific. And I don’t think that’s a very good idea. It’s cheap and it’s fast, it’s the expedient way of doing it, but really there’s something called the London dumping convention. And back in 1972, Greenpeace was very active in preventing radiation from being dumped into the ocean and to my way of thinking, this would violate the London Dumping Convention if they did it.
Interview with Tepco adviser Dale Klein, ABC Australia, Nov. 20, 2013: “At the end of the day, when the water is discharged, it will be released in a way that it’s diluted so there’s no risk to public health and safety. But it’s an emotional issue.”
Enformable, Dec. 2, 2013: TEPCO forced to shut down contaminated water processing system at Fukushima Daiichi again
Interview with Dr. Charles Perrow, professor emeritus at Yale University and author of the award-winning book Normal Accidents: Living With High Risk Technologies, Nov. 11, 2013:
At 46:30 in
It is still emitting radioactive materials [to the atmosphere] […] not in a gigantic form, but it’s going to keep emitting that for a thousand years or so. I think the only thing they can do with it is cover it over with cement like they did at Chernboyl.
At 54:15 in
Q: Are we literally on the verge of seeing Japan ceasing to exist as a nation — Is it this serious? A: If we have a serious accident […] or a serious earthquake, yes. The chances are we will get through it. I don’t think that it’s guaranteed that there’s going to be a nuclear holocaust from these events — but there is a high risk.
- Study finds giant strontium-90 release into body of water begins around 1,000 days after meltdown — Dec. 5, 2013 = thousand days after 3/11 — Graphic shows very high levels being discharged for up to 50,000 days (ENENEws, Dec 2, 2013):
Background information on Fukushima
Arjun Makhijani, nuclear expert and President of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research: Ground water is contacting the molten fuel and becoming extremely contaminated [...] The fuel is molten and the bottom of the reactor building is undoubtedly damaged. So that’s why the ground water flowing past the trenches and pipes and past the basement of the reactor building is getting into the reactor building where the molten fuel is. It may also be that the molten fuel is in the cracks of the foundation.
Associated Press: The turbine buildings at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant are about 150 meters (500 feet) from the ocean. According to a Japan Atomic Energy Agency document, the contaminated underground water is spreading toward the sea at a rate of about 4 meters (13 feet) a month. At that rate, “the water from that area is just about to reach the coast,” if it hasn’t already, said Atsunao Marui, an underground water expert [...] on a government committee studying the contaminated water problem. “We must contain the problem as quickly as possible.” Continue reading »