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Radiation high near suppression chambers
High levels of radiation have been detected near suppression chambers of 2 of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The radiation levels are too high for workers to continue inspections.

Decommissioning the plant's crippled reactors involves filling the reactors and their containment vessels with water and extracting melted fuel.

To do this, workers must pinpoint and repair damage to the containment vessels and the suppression chambers.

At the No.2 reactor building, workers opened the door to the suppression chamber and detected a maximum radiation of 160 millisieverts per hour.
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US, Britain urge Iran to abandon nuclear program
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have agreed to step up pressure against Iran to abandon its nuclear development program.

The 2 leaders told the news conference at the White House in Washington on Wednesday.

Obama said the window for a diplomatic solution is shrinking.

The remark reflects his concerns over comments by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

Netanyahu said his country cannot wait much longer for international efforts to stop Iran's nuclear development.
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Tons of debris waiting to be processed
Japan's Environment Ministry has briefed local governments across the country in a bid to persuade them to take debris left behind by the March 11th disaster.

Officials from 23 local authorities travelled to the tsunami-devastated town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture for Thursday's briefing.

Tokyo was the first local government outside the disaster zone to accept some of the estimated 22.5 million tons of debris left behind. Only 6.7 percent of the total has been disposed of so far, partly due to concerns about radiation.
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Tons of debris waiting to be processed
Japan's Environment Ministry has briefed local governments across the country in a bid to persuade them to take debris left behind by the March 11th disaster.

Officials from 23 local authorities travelled to the tsunami-devastated town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture for Thursday's briefing.

Tokyo was the first local government outside the disaster zone to accept some of the estimated 22.5 million tons of debris left behind. Only 6.7 percent of the total has been disposed of so far, partly due to concerns about radiation.
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and it is worse than that, will post when we finish real raw data analysis
It's life as we know it, but only just.
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Japan's nuclear regulator opposed int'l standards
Japan's nuclear regulator has admitted that it strongly opposed a suggestion 6 years ago that international safety standards be applied in revising the guidelines for a nuclear accident.

The nation's Nuclear Safety Commission made the suggestion to the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency in 2006. The commission wanted to review the guidelines in line with the International Atomic Energy Agency's review of safety standards in an emergency.
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Govt. makes formal request for debris disposal
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has officially asked regional authorities to help dispose of the huge quantity of debris from last year's earthquake and tsunami.

The prime minister on Friday sent a letter based on a special law to 35 prefectures and 10 major cities.

The disaster created more than 220 million tons of rubble in the 3 worst-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima alone. Only around 7 percent of it has been incinerated or buried.

Some local authorities are asking the central government to act more assertively to address residents' concerns over contamination from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
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Govt. makes formal request for debris disposal
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has officially asked regional authorities to help dispose of the huge quantity of debris from last year's earthquake and tsunami.

The prime minister on Friday sent a letter based on a special law to 35 prefectures and 10 major cities.

The disaster created more than 220 million tons of rubble in the 3 worst-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima alone. Only around 7 percent of it has been incinerated or buried.

Some local authorities are asking the central government to act more assertively to address residents' concerns over contamination from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11432405


your vigilance is appreciated
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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sic ut vos es vos should exsisto , denego alius vicis facio vos change , exsisto youself , proprie

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“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
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Camera inserted in Fukushima No.4 reactor
Debris from a hydrogen explosion and large volume of floating objects were observed inside the Number 4 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company used an underwater camera to survey the reactor on Thursday.

It is the first such attempt since the reactor building was damaged by a hydrogen explosion 4 days after the earthquake and tsunami last March.

TEPCO plans to start removing 1,535 fuel rods from the pool by December next year and temporarily keep them on the plant premises.
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Camera inserted in Fukushima No.4 reactor
Debris from a hydrogen explosion and large volume of floating objects were observed inside the Number 4 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company used an underwater camera to survey the reactor on Thursday.

It is the first such attempt since the reactor building was damaged by a hydrogen explosion 4 days after the earthquake and tsunami last March.

TEPCO plans to start removing 1,535 fuel rods from the pool by December next year and temporarily keep them on the plant premises.
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oh, that will help...... fuck sakes.....
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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sic ut vos es vos should exsisto , denego alius vicis facio vos change , exsisto youself , proprie

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“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
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Camera inserted in Fukushima No.4 reactor
Debris from a hydrogen explosion and large volume of floating objects were observed inside the Number 4 reactor of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company used an underwater camera to survey the reactor on Thursday.

It is the first such attempt since the reactor building was damaged by a hydrogen explosion 4 days after the earthquake and tsunami last March.

TEPCO plans to start removing 1,535 fuel rods from the pool by December next year and temporarily keep them on the plant premises.
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Wonder where they will store them? Thanks for the updates, I haven't found much lately. You guys beat me to it!
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Holes in radiation decontamination law leave some Fukushima residents in doubt

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The Ministry of the Environment has drawn up guidelines based on the new law on special measures for the handling of radioactive contamination, but these guidelines do not take indoor decontamination into account. The reason for this, a ministry representative explains, is because the special measures law was drafted with "environmental" contamination in mind.

However, one worker in the prefecture who has been involved in the decontamination of public facilities says that a considerable amount of indoor decontamination work needs to be done. He says that when readings are taken on top of lockers, near carpets and in other places where it is easy for dust to gather, tens of thousands of counts per minute (cpm) are sometimes measured. This is far above the government standard for decontaminating humans or objects, which stands at 13,000 counts per minute (a dosage of about 0.1 microsieverts per hour).

"Any places connected with the air outside, such as ventilators or the cracks between windows will contain radioactive materials, without fail," the worker says. "If these materials are left there, it could result in internal radiation exposure. Indoor decontamination should be made compulsory."
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Long-term nuclear evacuees should get 6 mil. yen each: gov't panel
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Japan using overseas food aid to help dispel contamination fears

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and the U.N. World Food Program exchanged notes Friday on using certified-safe food products from disaster-hit eastern Japan as overseas aid as a way to dispel fears over radioactive contamination.

Using 1 billion yen in a supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 ending this month, the WFP will procure canned fish products made in Aomori, Iwate, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures and provide Cambodia and four other developing countries with these products for school lunches and other purposes, Japanese officials said.
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Island off Miyagi hit by 43-meter tsunami
A Japanese scientist says a tsunami about 43 meters high hit an island off Miyagi Prefecture after the earthquake on March 11th of last year.

University of Tokyo Associate Professor Yoshinobu Tsuji has been conducting a survey of tsunami damage in Japan's northeast.

He determined that the tsunami reached a height of 43 meters at the deserted island called Kasagaijima.
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Island off Miyagi hit by 43-meter tsunami
A Japanese scientist says a tsunami about 43 meters high hit an island off Miyagi Prefecture after the earthquake on March 11th of last year.

University of Tokyo Associate Professor Yoshinobu Tsuji has been conducting a survey of tsunami damage in Japan's northeast.

He determined that the tsunami reached a height of 43 meters at the deserted island called Kasagaijima.
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Wow, that picture is incredible. It just missed going over the whole top of the island.
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I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. ~Edward Everett Hale
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Foreign visitors to Japan down in February
The number of foreign visitors to Japan in February was down 19 percent from the figure a year earlier, for the 12th consecutive month of decline.

The drop is attributed to the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and the strong yen.
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checkout what they knew years ago.......

[link to fukushima-diary.com]

now times that by 3......
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“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I knew the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.”
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Watch and look out!

The assholes will get tired of all the exposure regarding the malignant behaviour.

Reach the point of saying Fuck-it, I don't give a Rat's Ass anymore.

Go Kamakazi...Throw-Down...Pull the cooling systems out of every Nuke Plant in the Country.

Let them ALL overheat, and make everyone "SHUT THE FUCK UP" permanently.

Kill me now...or kill me later.

Kill all the worthless assholes...we are dead anyway, our Nation is in Ruin...if we are going to die...so are YOU!

It is feasable?
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Over 40% of Fukushima children do not understand much about radiation
A total of 95 out of 225 children, or 42 percent of respondents to a Kyodo News poll, who evacuated from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant but still reside in Fukushima Prefecture, said they do not understand much about radiation, according to the result of the survey released Sunday.

When asked about radiation, a total of 103 children, or 46 percent, said they are afraid of it in response to a multiple-choice question, but among them, 84 children said they became aware of the risks of radiation for the first time after the disaster at the crippled complex.
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Watch and look out!

The assholes will get tired of all the exposure regarding the malignant behaviour.

Reach the point of saying Fuck-it, I don't give a Rat's Ass anymore.

Go Kamakazi...Throw-Down...Pull the cooling systems out of every Nuke Plant in the Country.

Let them ALL overheat, and make everyone "SHUT THE FUCK UP" permanently.

Kill me now...or kill me later.

Kill all the worthless assholes...we are dead anyway, our Nation is in Ruin...if we are going to die...so are YOU!

It is feasable?
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Why would they? The propaganda campaign is working.
If you don't think so, try talking to a regular joe about fallout.

They think it's over.
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Rough Week for Omaha’s Nuke Plant
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Judges grill NRC over spent-fuel muddle
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Most fuel is stored in pools at reactor sites.

In 2008, NRC conceded in a draft report that a repository might not now be available until 50 or 60 years after the expiration of reactor licenses, but in its 2010 order it nevertheless concluded that there was no significant impact on the environment of storing spent fuel at each site. There are currently 10 decommissioned reactors, at nine sites, where fuel is stored.

The commission declined to complete an environmental impact statement under NEPA, which environmental groups requested.

During today's oral argument, the judges appeared as frustrated by the failure to construct a national repository as most of the lawyers in the courtroom.

Judge David Tatel even floated a radical solution: that the court could potentially rule that NRC could not issue any new licenses until there is a national repository available.

"That would resolve the political dispute," he said. "There would be a lot of pressure on Congress to fix it."

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That would chap some asses, for real...
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No Confidence in Nuclear Energy
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During the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama promised that the enormous government project would be shut down. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has since allowed Yucca Mountain's application as a viable deposit site to be withdrawn, signaling President Obama's victory, say Jack Spencer and Cornelius Milmoe of the Heritage Foundation.

By consciously choosing to ignore the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, the NRC has essentially defied an explicit mandate of Congress. However, Congress can reassert itself and repair the damage of this NRC decision by taking two courses of action:

•Force the NRC to make a final decision on Yucca Mountain instead of putting the issue off indefinitely in violation of the three-year cap imposed by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

•Reaffirm that the national government is responsible for the management of SNF, thereby placing the onus of action on a specific party for future progress.

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Seems to be a habit of the dems...
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Okinawa and disaster-struck Tohoku region sacrificed for Tokyo: Okinawan novelist
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In other words, political discrimination.

The islands have been a part of Japan only since the late 1800s, when the Meiji government annexed the Ryukyu Kingdom and eventually renamed it Okinawa Prefecture. After the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty were signed in 1951, Okinawa Prefecture was put under U.S. military administration. As a result, while Okinawa constituted a mere 0.6 percent of Japan's land area, more than 70 percent of U.S. military bases in Japan were built there. Meanwhile, the Tohoku region, which relied heavily on the agricultural and natural resource industries, became an enormous source of labor for Tokyo. Furthermore, the electrical power produced by nuclear power plants that have been built in high concentrations in de-populated areas has not benefitted local communities, but rather Tokyo and other major metropolitan areas.

Both the numerous incidents and accidents that occur because of the military bases in Okinawa and the dangers of nuclear disasters in Tohoku have ostensibly been set off with massive subsidies handed out to local communities. However, we've arrived at a point now where we can no longer overlook the history of the weak being placed at the mercy of national policies, or the contradictions and inconsistencies that have long been left unaddressed.
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TEPCO admits hiring another former gov't official after Fukushima meltdowns
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Overall, the utility had hired 49 former civil servants as of the end of February this year, including those recruited before the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Among the 49 former officials, seven were from the JCG, two from the Forestry Agency, two from the Meteorological Agency, one from the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, one from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, one from the National Police Agency, 30 from local police departments, and five from local governments.

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Awaiting a nuclear tsunami?
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What worries me is that we have deliberately set in motion a huge nuclear tsunami that will engulf the planet in the next few years. Today, 31 countries are operating 441 nuclear reactors, generating 380 gigawatts of power and contributing 14 percent of the electricity consumed in the world. Of these reactors, more than 50 are already in the "aged" category and many more will outlive their life in coming years. It is doubtful whether we can ever decommission the aged reactors fully.

Sixty more reactors are under construction and 150 more are in the planning stage. China plans to expand its nuclear capacity from the existing 10 gigawatts to 200 gigawatts by 2020! India plans to add 45 gigawatts by 2030-2031 to its existing 5 gigawatts. South Korea plans to add 10 gigawatts to its existing capacity of 18.7 gigawatts. Eleven more countries are going to join the nuclear bandwagon very soon. Where are we heading?

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Time for antinuclear protests
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[snip]

At least 20,000 antinuclear protesters took to the parks and streets of the country to show their resolve against nuclear power. As the government mulls restarting the country's nuclear reactors, the voices of the people are increasingly being heard on the issue of Japan's future energy policy.

Protesters targeted the main office of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), whose officials have yet to be held accountable for the disastrous management of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant before and after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

With protests so widespread in Japan, one might think the government would be paying attention. The protests are a way of asking questions and demanding answers. So far, the government and Tepco officials have been less than forthcoming in their explanations of how and why the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant happened.

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Emergency drill held at Ohi nuclear plant
An emergency drill was held at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Sunday.

It came ahead of the release of the Nuclear Safety Commission's review of the stress tests that the plant must pass in order to resume operations.

The operator of the plant, Kansai Electric Power Company, carried out the drill to check if the safety procedures can prevent an accident like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

In the drill, the reactors were assumed to have lost all power after tsunami induced by an earthquake off Wakasa Bay hit the plant -- a situation similar to what happened in Fukushima a year ago.
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State pledges all-out support for debris disposal
Japan's government has pledged its all-out support for local governments that help dispose of the huge quantity of debris from the earthquake and tsunami of March 11th last year.

The government, which has asked regional authorities to join disposal efforts, acknowledged in a statement on Sunday that the state has clear responsibility for the disposal.

The government also says it will foot the necessary costs and extend support to build new disposal sites when existing ones become full.

Kanagawa Prefecture and some other local governments have said they will accept the rubble from the hardest-hit areas in northeastern Japan. But many residents have expressed concern over radioactive contamination from the Fukushima nuclear accident.
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Evaluation on Ohi stress test results imminent
The Nuclear Safety Commission says it may release its evaluation of the stress-test results on 2 nuclear reactors at a nuclear power plant in central Japan by the end of the week.

Commission Chairman Haruki Madarame told reporters on Monday that the commission's first-ever decision on stress-test results could be out before the week's end.
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