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Foreign visitors exceed pre-disaster level
Foreign tourists are coming back to Japan. The number of visitors rose 1.4 percent in June from the same month two years ago.

The Japan National Tourism Organization says an estimated 686,600 people visited Japan last month for tourism or business.

That's up 1.4 percent from June 2010, before the earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear accident in March last year.
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Hatoyama joins Friday anti-nuke rally
Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has joined the weekly anti-nuclear power rally outside the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo.

Protesters have held rallies every Friday since late March. An increasing number of participants have joined the rallies through Twitter.

Hatoyama told the rally that anti-nuclear protesters' opinions should be reflected in politics and the stances of the government and the public on energy issues are too far apart.

The former prime minister said he will convey the protesters' views to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, adding that he wants to play a role in changing trends in politics.
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LIMERICK - UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO FLASHOVER IN THE LOAD CENTER TRANSFORMER CABINET
An electrical transformer fault occurred resulting in a loss of both Recirc Pumps. The reactor was manually scrammed from 100% power as required by Plant Procedure OT-112.

"The electrical transformer was walked down by Operations supervisor. Licensee's assessment was that a flashover occurred, and was confined to the load center transformer cabinet. Based on observed damage, EAL declaration of HU3 was made."

HU3 is identified as an explosion within the Protected Area.
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Everything you didn't want to know about Limerick..

[link to www.acereport.org]
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And a little more you don't want to know... lol...
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LIMERICK - REACTOR PROTECTION SIGNAL ACTUATION DUE TO CHANGING MODE SWITCH POSITION DURING SURVEILLANCE TESTING
During surveillance testing, the reactor mode switch was moved from the locked shutdown position and placed in the refuel position without the minimum required operable source range monitors per Limerick Generating Station Technical Specifications.

Upon discovery of the issue, the reactor mode switch was returned to the locked shutdown position causing an expected but valid RPS actuation.

No control rod motion occurred because all control rods were already inserted at the time of the event.
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Vogtle Units 3 & 4 - Construction Issues and Contingencies for Shortcomings
July 19, 2012, Southern Company presented an altermative to the shortcomings in previously identifed isses with Concrete and rebar. Their solution is to increase the compressive stength of the concrete basemat.
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COOK - TECH SPEC REQUIRED SHUTDOWN DUE TO INABILITY TO RESTORE MAIN STEAM ISOLATION AUTOMATIC ACTUATION LOGIC AND ACTUATION RELAYS WITHIN THE REQUIRED TIME

At 1530 on July 19, 2012, operators commenced shutdown of DC Cook Unit 1 to comply with LCO 3.3.2, Condition I when the 6 hour time limit to complete Condition C Required Action could not be completed.

At 0734 on July 19, 2012, operators identified that power had been lost to two of four Steam Generator Stop Valve Dump Valves (Dump Valves) on one of the two trains. DC Cook entered LCO 3.3.2 Condition B for Function 4a, manual initiation: 'restore required channel or train to operable within 48 hours.' DC Cook also entered LCO 3.3.2 Condition C for Function 4b, automatic actuation logic and actuation relays: 'restore required channel or train to operable within 6 hours.' Power was restored to one Dump Valve which was then declared operable at 1030. Efforts continue to restore power to the remaining Dump Valve.
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LIMERICK - UNUSUAL EVENT DECLARED DUE TO FLASHOVER IN THE LOAD CENTER TRANSFORMER CABINET
An electrical transformer fault occurred resulting in a loss of both Recirc Pumps. The reactor was manually scrammed from 100% power as required by Plant Procedure OT-112.

"The electrical transformer was walked down by Operations supervisor. Licensee's assessment was that a flashover occurred, and was confined to the load center transformer cabinet. Based on observed damage, EAL declaration of HU3 was made."

HU3 is identified as an explosion within the Protected Area.
[link to www.nucpros.com]
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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11432405



Everything you didn't want to know about Limerick..

[link to www.acereport.org]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1295673


And a little more you don't want to know... lol...
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LIMERICK - REACTOR PROTECTION SIGNAL ACTUATION DUE TO CHANGING MODE SWITCH POSITION DURING SURVEILLANCE TESTING
During surveillance testing, the reactor mode switch was moved from the locked shutdown position and placed in the refuel position without the minimum required operable source range monitors per Limerick Generating Station Technical Specifications.

Upon discovery of the issue, the reactor mode switch was returned to the locked shutdown position causing an expected but valid RPS actuation.

No control rod motion occurred because all control rods were already inserted at the time of the event.
[link to www.nucpros.com]
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It is appalling to see these things.
After 40 years of operation you would
think they would have it down to a
science[pun intended].. but noooo.

Murphy's Law reigns supreme in the mechanical and engineering world..

And that is also a factor in my decision to oppose nuclear technology.
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Heat impacting nuclear power in Iowa
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24 million gallons of jet fuel..?

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NM fuel spill threatens Albuquerque water supply
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Feds offer a pittance to 5 states for debris disposal

The agency announced that Oregon, Alaska, Washington, California and Hawaii will each receive up to $50,000 toward debris removal from its marine debris program. In Oregon, more than $50,000 has already been spent to dispose of a dock that had washed up on shore, and the state is seeking more federal aid, saying the dock alone will cost nearly 100,000 dollars to dispose of.
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Shouldn't japan be paying for that..? It's their debris, even 'tho tepco won't claim responsibility for anything that isn't on their property.. including the contamination..

And why don't they set log booms to intercept and gather the debris before it makes landfall..? Then tell japan to send all their whalers over to tow it back to japan for disposal.

It is only fair to return their property to them..
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This will put a serious hurt on the Oregon Coastal towns. Most of them are small and don't have the resources to deal with this.
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Well.. that's comforting to know.

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Vendor singled out by SONGS findings
[link to www.world-nuclear-news.org]

[snip]

Last week SCE identified vibration and tube-to-tube fretting as the major cause of the unusual wear. It found the cause of this to be higher-than-predicted thermal hydraulic conditions and wear found at the retainer bars. These retainer bars are unique to steam generators made by Mitsubishi.

Many nuclear plants throughout the world have benefited from replacing their steam generators, and Mitsubishi is one of the major suppliers.
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Radiation dosage website abandoned due to opposition from Fukushima Pref.

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The National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) developed a radiation dosage website for Fukushima Prefecture residents following the March 2011 nuclear accident but was forced to drop it due to opposition from the prefectural government, which warned the website would stir up fears, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

A senior official of the prefectural government's health and welfare department said that he spoke against the briefing in Tamura but that he did not make remarks opposing the system itself. He did not remember exactly what he said.
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Radiation dosage website abandoned due to opposition from Fukushima Pref.

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The National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) developed a radiation dosage website for Fukushima Prefecture residents following the March 2011 nuclear accident but was forced to drop it due to opposition from the prefectural government, which warned the website would stir up fears, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

A senior official of the prefectural government's health and welfare department said that he spoke against the briefing in Tamura but that he did not make remarks opposing the system itself. He did not remember exactly what he said.
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Can't have those "baseless rumors" flying about?!
"Well-behaved women seldom make history." —Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

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.. and here's how they guarantee the safety of the workers.... shield the dosimeters with lead.....

[link to fukushima-diary.com]

<snip>
Fukushima workers were ordered to shield their dosimeter with lead covers to make the integral dose look lower than actual. The lead cover has a few mm of thickness. Some of the workers admitted they covered the dosimeters with lead cases in the interview with Asahi newspaper.

They are working for one of the subcontract companies called “build-up”
<end snip>

....nice... same as the stillborn count and the children's readings.. GOD.. I so trust them....

...they have re-opened a fuku beach tho... let them wash off the radiated particles with irradiated water....

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Media leaks prevent nomination of 5 candidates to new nuclear regulatory commission
TOKYO — The government suffered a fresh setback on Friday in its efforts to restore trust in nuclear power, shattered by the Fukushima crisis, when media leaks forced it to delay nominating candidates for a new atomic safety watchdog.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has approved restarts of two reactors shut down for safety checks to avoid a potentially crippling summer power crunch—all 50 reactors in operation in Japan had been taken off line. Now he faces growing pressure from anti-nuclear protests and deepening public distrust of power utilities and government bureaucrats.

The delay in appointments to the new regulatory commission, to be launched in September, comes days after the government drew fire over its handling of public hearings on energy policy. It also follows an anti-nuclear rally which drew more than 100,000 demonstrators on Monday.

The nomination of five candidates was called off after several newspapers reported the names of the candidates, prompting lawmakers to seek government clarification. The nominees must be approved by parliament.
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You vil haf zee nukleah powah.. unt you vil LIKE IT!
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Ohi 4 rector reconnected to power grid

The 2nd nuclear reactor in Japan to be restarted since last year's accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has begun to generate electricity.

Reactor No. 4 at Kansai Electric Power Company's Ohi plant in central Japan is expected to reach full capacity on Wednesday.

The reactor was reactivated 3 days ago and reached criticality -- a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction -- on Thursday.

Kansai Electric finished preparatory work by rotating the No. 4 reactor's turbines on Friday and reconnected the power generator to a transmission grid at 7 AM on Saturday.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]

Touch wood, fingers crossed, lucky rabbits foot... twice...
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You vil haf zee nukleah powah.. unt you vil LIKE IT!
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Ohi 4 rector reconnected to power grid

The 2nd nuclear reactor in Japan to be restarted since last year's accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant has begun to generate electricity.

Reactor No. 4 at Kansai Electric Power Company's Ohi plant in central Japan is expected to reach full capacity on Wednesday.

The reactor was reactivated 3 days ago and reached criticality -- a self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction -- on Thursday.

Kansai Electric finished preparatory work by rotating the No. 4 reactor's turbines on Friday and reconnected the power generator to a transmission grid at 7 AM on Saturday.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]

Touch wood, fingers crossed, lucky rabbits foot... twice...
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nahhhhhh..... we'ss safe.. dose' ek'perts knows wat deys' doin'.....

Last Edited by CitizenPerth on 07/21/2012 01:19 AM
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When I was growing up, I was a huge reader of science fiction. I would often fantasize about the future and the wonders we would discover and share in a future, more-advanced society.
I was wrong. Technology has not improved our lives.. it has destroyed our future. 40 years later.. I find that, as much as we have advanced our technology.. we have regressed as a civilization. Instead of technology bringing us together.. we have been torn apart..

We were much better off before nuclear technology was initiated.
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When I was growing up, I was a huge reader of science fiction. I would often fantasize about the future and the wonders we would discover and share in a future, more-advanced society.
I was wrong. Technology has not improved our lives.. it has destroyed our future. 40 years later.. I find that, as much as we have advanced our technology.. we have regressed as a civilization. Instead of technology bringing us together.. we have been torn apart..

We were much better off before nuclear technology was initiated.
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bingo, same, i think that's what has shocked us this much... there'll be books in this....... if anything is left... maybe (far swing here) that's why most monumental cities of the ancients are abandoned or reside in total desolation....

Last Edited by CitizenPerth on 07/21/2012 03:14 AM
It's life as we know it, but only just.
My Fukushima Site:
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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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Hatoyama joins anti-nuclear demo outside Noda's residence
TOKYO — In a rare move by a former Japanese prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama joined a boisterous anti-nuclear demonstration outside his old office and residence on Friday, a fresh sign that the ruling party he once led is fracturing over energy and other policies.

Japan’s debate over nuclear power has become increasingly heated after incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s decision to restart idled reactors despite persistent public safety concerns following last year’s Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The question of nuclear power’s role in a new energy portfolio the government is set to decide next month is adding to divisions in Noda’s Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), already rent by feuds over his plan to double the sales tax to curb debt and the possibility Tokyo might join a U.S.-led trade deal.
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Already reported by cp but it deserves more attention...
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TEPCO subcontractor tries to underreport workers' radiation exposure
An executive from a Tokyo Electric Power Co. subcontractor tried to force its workers at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to cover their radiation monitoring meters with plates made of lead in an apparent attempt to underreport radiation exposure, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The executive in his 50s, who works for a company based in Fukushima Prefecture, told around 10 plant workers to attach the plates to the alarm pocket dosimeters that the utility known as TEPCO had provided them with to monitor their radiation exposure, the sources said. The ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has started investigating the matter.
[link to english.kyodonews.jp]
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When I was growing up, I was a huge reader of science fiction. I would often fantasize about the future and the wonders we would discover and share in a future, more-advanced society.
I was wrong. Technology has not improved our lives.. it has destroyed our future. 40 years later.. I find that, as much as we have advanced our technology.. we have regressed as a civilization. Instead of technology bringing us together.. we have been torn apart..

We were much better off before nuclear technology was initiated.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1295673


bingo, same, i think that's what has shocked us this much... there'll be books in this....... if anything is left... maybe (far swing here) that's why most monumental cities of the ancients are abandoned or reside in total desolation....
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The thing is, is that the governmental-technological sector itself has become it's own sort of powerful lifeform.

As long as there are people with twisted spritual motives, like greed, lust for power, egoisim, etc., who rise to those positions or are placed in those positions, then the machine will always turn enemy on humanity itself.

In my opinion, most human society is already at a technological level that is well beyond its spiritual maturity to manage or maintain.

Not that there is a lack of true good selfless people in the world, there are many. But those types of people do not usually gravitate to positions of control or power, even though that impartiality would be the best qualifier of all.


...In order to be a judge, governor, or warrior, the person had to be wise and prudent, loving and friendly, daring, valiant, and humble.

The aggressive warrior was badly seen. His bravery was not taken into account and he could not serve for matters of ruling (governing), but rather the warrior should first control his aggressivity (for which he would have been strictly prohibited to kill), otherwise he would only be considered a valiant person, but not a warrior. The first one that he had to defeat was Nakok Yaotl, the warrior of oneself. These Mexican warriors have more saintly qualities than us as friars, for their activities consecrate God and fellow man.

So stated the Franciscan, Dominican, and Jesuit friars, among whom was Bernardo de Sahagun, friar Diego Duran, and Jose de Acosta.

One can appreciate the great meaning of honor, of respect, and of service which the Mexican warriors had, being that the code of honor was very strict, to the level of, or perhaps greater than that of the Japanese Bushido. I refer to the samurais, since the Mexican warriors were there to serve the nation and God, not the whims of a person.
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Already reported but this need all the exposure it can get...
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Fukushima contractor covers up worker exposure
A subcontractor has been found to have instructed workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to underreport the amount of radiation exposure by placing a lead cover on their dosimeters.

On Saturday, health ministry officials inspected an office on the plant premises where worker exposure data are stored. The office belongs to the company that provided work to the subcontractor.

The subcontractor, "Buildup", was in charge of applying antifreeze to pipes in locations where high radiation levels had been detected.

According to its president, one executive told workers to cover the dosimeters they were wearing with lead to show lower doses last December.
Their work was part of the operation to bring about a cold shutdown at the plant.

In a telephone inquiry by his boss on Saturday, the executive reportedly explained that he made 9 workers use lead covers once. He said he did so after he was frightened by an alarm that warned of a sudden rise in radiation while he was inspecting the plant. He told the president that he was sorry.
[link to www3.nhk.or.jp]

yeah right, velly solly.... moran...
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The thing is, is that the governmental-technological sector itself has become it's own sort of powerful lifeform.

As long as there are people with twisted spritual motives, like greed, lust for power, egoisim, etc., who rise to those positions or are placed in those positions, then the machine will always turn enemy on humanity itself.

In my opinion, most human society is already at a technological level that is well beyond its spiritual maturity to manage or maintain.

Not that there is a lack of true good selfless people in the world, there are many. But those types of people do not usually gravitate to positions of control or power, even though that impartiality would be the best qualifier of all.


...In order to be a judge, governor, or warrior, the person had to be wise and prudent, loving and friendly, daring, valiant, and humble.

The aggressive warrior was badly seen. His bravery was not taken into account and he could not serve for matters of ruling (governing), but rather the warrior should first control his aggressivity (for which he would have been strictly prohibited to kill), otherwise he would only be considered a valiant person, but not a warrior. The first one that he had to defeat was Nakok Yaotl, the warrior of oneself. These Mexican warriors have more saintly qualities than us as friars, for their activities consecrate God and fellow man.

So stated the Franciscan, Dominican, and Jesuit friars, among whom was Bernardo de Sahagun, friar Diego Duran, and Jose de Acosta.

One can appreciate the great meaning of honor, of respect, and of service which the Mexican warriors had, being that the code of honor was very strict, to the level of, or perhaps greater than that of the Japanese Bushido. I refer to the samurais, since the Mexican warriors were there to serve the nation and God, not the whims of a person.
 Quoting: Martin Cadena, Malinalco Origins

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You are wise, E.

Apathy has its own role in this..

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

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Already reported by cp but it deserves more attention...
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TEPCO subcontractor tries to underreport workers' radiation exposure
An executive from a Tokyo Electric Power Co. subcontractor tried to force its workers at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to cover their radiation monitoring meters with plates made of lead in an apparent attempt to underreport radiation exposure, sources close to the matter said Saturday.

The executive in his 50s, who works for a company based in Fukushima Prefecture, told around 10 plant workers to attach the plates to the alarm pocket dosimeters that the utility known as TEPCO had provided them with to monitor their radiation exposure, the sources said. The ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has started investigating the matter.
[link to english.kyodonews.jp]
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This type of report is the tip of the iceberg..
Early on in the crisis, I discovered that many groups of workers had no dosimeters..
No dosimeters.. no limits on worker exposure.
When pressed, tepco reported that it was normal for a group of workers to have only one worker with a dosimeter because there weren't enough to go around. Bull shit..

The simple truth is that the catastrophe has been managed from on high, to minimize and discount reports of exposures and radiation emissions, from the start.
This become immediately apparent, if you've been paying attention, by the recent internal correspondence reported by enformable..

Why?

Because it is a huge public relations disaster for the nuclear industry on the whole.. not just japan.
They will not give up nuclear power because there is an enormous investment in it.. here, and throughout the world.. too late to back down. Trillions upon trillions of dollars are at stake.

The public be damned.. they don't fucking care if they kill a few people.. hundreds.. thousands.. millions..collateral damage to them.
So.. tepco and japan are allowed to take the fall.. to continue to bumble along their way.. without the weight of the entire resources of the industry.. experts and money.. the things that could make an immediate difference in the long term effects of the disaster..

This is unconscionable.. and it's happening..

Right under our noses.

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Japan firm 'told workers to lie' about radiation dose
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The workers had a recording of their meeting, the newspaper said.

"Unless we hide it with lead, exposure will max out and we cannot work," the executive was heard saying in the recording, the Asahi reported.

Some workers refused to wear it and left the company, the Asahi said.

The workers were hired for about four months through March to insulate pipes at a water treatment facility, Kyodo News said.

The ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare was starting to investigate the matter, newspapers and Jiji Press reported.

Health ministry and Build-Up officials could not be reached for comment.
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April 9th, 2011 – Summary of Naval Reactors “Warm” and “Hot” Zones around Fukushima Daiichi
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The military has established a radiological warm zone and hot zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station. The hot zone extends out to 25 miles from the plant. The warm zone extends out an additional 125 miles from the plant.

One consideration for looking at the possibility of reducing the zone sizes would be to reduce the dosimetry needs for personnel; personnel entering into these zones are required to have dosimetry.
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This report assumes a 70% core damage in reactor 1.. We now know it to be 100% core meltdown..

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April 1st, 2011 – MELCORE source term for use towards Tokyo
[link to enformable.com]

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The question then is posed, “What would the radiological release be for the next 24 hours?” After 24 hrs, injection is assumed to be resumed.

For the reactor analysis, we have conservatively assumed that core damage begins promptly; the radiological release begins at the start of the 24 hour period. We have also assumed that the initial heat up (on or about March 11 th and 12th, 2011) of the Unit 1 reactor core already resulted in severe damage to 70% of the core.

The attached table provides the detailed radiological release.

see here:
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Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for July 17th – July 19th, 2012
[link to www.greenpeace.org]

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New seismic studies have prompted the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) to order checks on faults near and beneath numerous nuclear reactors in Japan.
One of the NISA panelists questioned how the research could have been approved in the first place, noting, “Experts on active faults would be left speechless if they were shown these results.

Specifically, seismic experts raised questions about a 300 km fault line that lies directly beneath Hokuriku Electric’s reactor #1 at the Shika power plant in Ishikawa prefecture.
“This has revealed the sloppiness of the reports submitted by plant operators as well as the appraisal by the central government. The responsibility of not only the plant operator, but also NISA and related experts, is extremely large.”

Attorneys have filed a formal complaint with prosecutors in Japan, charging members of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) with “breaching confidentiality.” Last month, reports surfaced, revealing that members of the commission, along with some government officials, secretly gave seven power company representatives of over 500 pages of documents. That access allowed the nuclear industry to ultimately influence the nation’s nuclear fuel policy.
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Japanese government shamelessly undermines the independence of Nuclear Regulatory Commission
[link to japandailypress.com]

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Several nuclear plants are approaching their forty year limit. And yet, the current administration and bureaucrats are eager to create “exceptions” to continue operating these old reactors. For example, the Nuclear and Industry Safety Agency acknowledged the operation of the second reactor of Mihama Nuclear Power Plant, which will exceed its fortieth year on July 25. The decision should have been postponed until the start of the new regulatory commission.

There also has been a few talks over the possibility of active faults under the nuclear plants in Shika (Ishikawa Pref.) and Oi (Fukui Pref.). The case of Oi plant has been known before its infamous restart, but the administration went ahead with it anyway.





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