- New Radioactive Leak Found At Fukushima After Rat Causes Second Cooling System Failure (ZeroHedge, April 7, 2013):
The Fukushima farce continues: a month after a rat (no really) caused the cooling system at the exploded Japanese nuclear power plant to fail, history repeats itself, leading to the second cooling failure in a month. As the NYT reported, “Workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant who were installing wire nets Friday to keep rats away from a vital cooling system instead tripped that system, causing it to fail for the second time in weeks. Cooling was restored by late evening on Friday, and there was no imminent danger to the 566 nuclear fuel rods stored in the pool, according to the company. It would have taken at least two weeks for the pool to have risen above the safe level of 149 degrees Fahrenheit, Tepco said.” Of course, TEPCO would certainly tell the truth to all those it lied to for weeks in March 2011, the same TEPCO where a rat is the weakest link in its meltdown avoidance planning. Continue reading »
- Fukushima reservoir tank may have leaked contaminated water (Kyodo News, April 6, 2013):
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that up to 120 tons of contaminated water may have leaked into soil from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Around 13,000 cubic meters of contaminated water remain in the tank, with TEPCO having begun transferring it to other tanks nearby on Saturday morning, the utility said.
It will take roughly two weeks to complete the transfer, TEPCO added.
- Fukushima workers ‘told to ignore radiation alerts’ (ABC News, March 7, 2013):
A nuclear worker has told the ABC how he was ordered inside wearing insufficient protective gear to tackle the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown.
Just a few days before the second anniversary of the crisis, a picture is emerging of what workers endured at the crippled plant.
In an exclusive interview with the ABC, the man also said two of his ill-equipped colleagues suffered beta-ray burns when they had to wade through radioactive water.
- Fukushima cleanup workers break silence: Ordered to dump ‘debris’ into river (ENENews, March 2, 2013)
- TEPCO accident causes new problem at Fukushima (Asahi Shimbun, Feb 8, 2013):
The operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has admitted dislodging broken equipment weighing 1.5 tons and sending it falling further into a pool where fragile nuclear fuel rods lie.
The debris is part of a heavy-duty hoist formerly used to move fuel assemblies within the No. 3 reactor building. The hoist collapsed into the pool after a hydrogen explosion in March 2011.
Until now, it lay only partially submerged and was believed to have done little damage to the fuel rods beneath.
But on Feb. 7, Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials said work a day earlier to shift an unrelated steel frame nearby caused “vibrations” which dislodged the hoist. It fell, disappearing beneath the water surface.
TEPCO now plans to drop a video camera into the pool to check whether the hoist has smashed fuel rods below.
Officials say 566 fuel assemblies are currently lying in the pool at the No. 3 reactor building. Continue reading »
YouTube Added: 02.02.2013
On Jan 18th, prior to the third trial of the Sendai Supreme Court、the Fukushima Evacuee Trail Group held a press conference at the Council Hall. In the conference Kunihiro Yoshida, who lives in Minamisoma Fukushima north of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and who directs the Relief and Safety Project, reported the result of his research on the contamination of the children’s clothes.
- Tepco to exterminate fish in Fukushima plant port (Fukushima Diary, Jan 27, 2013):
From this March, Tepco is going to build the fence to close Fukushima plant port and exterminate the fish living in the port.
It’s to stop the highly contaminated fish going offshore, and also to collect sample for analysis.
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- Oddities Found Near Unit 5 Fukushima Daiichi (SimplyInfo, Jan 24, 2013):
TEPCO’s air testing near each reactor unit produced an interesting situation. The readings were taken at the same locations at each reactor yet unit 5′s levels are generally higher or as high as the levels near units 1-4. Considering units 5 and 6 didn’t have meltdowns and sit a considerable distance away from units 1-4 these readings do not make sense. TEPCO provides no explanation. The cesium 134 readings were notably higher than the units that suffered meltdowns. The scaling factor and density limits used are the same for all units.
TEPCO’s handout AirSamplingBuildings_130123-e