On 26 April, the world largely yawned as a nuclear anniversary came and went.
Twenty-seven years ago, the Ukrainian SSR nuclear power plant at Chernobyl exploded, providing a severe test of the USSR’s General Secretary of the Communist Party Mihail Gorbachev’s policy of “glasnost” (“openness,”), which the sclerotic Soviet leadership signally failed, providing a less than candid drip feed of news about the magnitude of the disaster.
Nothing to see here, move [...]
Efforts to remove highly contaminated water from a leaking underground storage pool at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant were delayed on Sunday when the plant’s operator said it had found yet another leak, this time in the pipes that would be used to move the water to above-ground storage containers. The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, said it has found that almost six gallons of water leaked from [...]
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501)’s discovery of leaks in water storage pits at the wrecked Fukushima atomic station raises the risk the utility will be forced to dump radioactive water in the Pacific Ocean.
Leaks were found in three of seven pits in the past week, reducing the options for moving contaminated water from basements of reactor buildings. Water in the basements is from the months after the earthquake and tsunami [...]
“Japan Today” report… and they seem as calm as.. with NK missiles across the waters, and anti-missile batteries set up????…. hmmmmmmm……….
NationalApr. 10, 2013 – 11:15AM JST( 20 )
The Fukushima DaiIchi nuclear power plantAFP
Another suspected leak of radioactive water was discovered at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station on Tuesday, its operator said, the latest in a series of problems [problems???.. it's a fekkin international global crisis] at the plant.
Contaminated water [...]
This NOAA map shows massive temperature anomaly off the coast of Japan. Coincidence or full on long-term effects of core breach.
Animated loop of March, 2013 temperatures. Spot the odd man out.
Fukushima tank springs major leak
120 tons of radioactive water escape from underground facility
APR 7, 2013
Around 120 tons of contaminated water with an estimated 710 billion becquerels of radioactivity has probably leaked into the ground under the Fukushima No. [...]
Radioactive water may have leaked into the ground from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator said on Saturday, the latest in a series of troubles at the crippled facility.
Up to 120 tonnes of contaminated water may have escaped from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the tsunami-damaged plant, according to a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) spokesman.
The leakage came after one of the [...]
March 20, 2013
A rat may have caused this week’s power outage at Japan’s tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear power plant, says the Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco).
The company suspects the rodent may have caused a short-circuit in a switchboard, triggering the power cut.
“We have deeply worried the public, but the system has been restored,” Tepco spokesman Masayuki Ono was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.
Two years ago a massive quake-triggered tsunami [...]
Cheryl K. Chumley
March 15, 2013
Members of the U.S. military who were tasked with helping Japan with the clean-up and recovery from its 2011 nuclear power leak are now suing, claiming the company lied and downplayed dangers.
The case, which was initially filed with nine plaintiffs in December, has expanded to include 26 — and 100 more are expected to join the suit in the coming weeks, the Stars and Stripes [...]
[...] Eight crew members of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, whose home port is San Diego, sued the Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Federal Court. [...]
Lead plaintiff Lindsay R. Cooper claims Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) intentionally concealed the dangerous levels of radiation in the environment from U.S. Navy rescue crews working off the coast of Japan [...]
The complaint states: “Defendant TEPCO and the government of Japan, conspired and acted in concert, among [...]
On the USS Ronald Reagan for Rescue Work
Preface: Before you get too mad at the Japanese, remember that the U.S. government and nuclear industry are just as bad. And America is largely dictating Japanese nuclear policy.
Courthouse News Service reports:
Eight crew members of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, whose home port is San Diego, sued the Tokyo Electric Power Co. in Federal Court.
They claim the utility company, “a wholly owned public benefit subsidiary of the government of [...]
December 14, 2012
Earthquake faults beneath the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture could be active and dangerous, a regulator said Friday.
Nuclear Regulation Authority Commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki made this revelation at a press conference after a two-day on-the-spot survey of the plant, which currently has one Tohoku Electric Power Co. reactor but, according to plans, will have another one built for the utility as well as two constructed for [...]
wow..first Minnesota..now Hawaii?
For those of you who have been asking, “Where is Alaska and Hawaii? We are states, too, you know, since 1959!”, then here are your maps of Alaska and Hawaii. We are asking that if you live in Alaska or Hawaii (and especially if you are one of those who has been asking the above question), to run a Monitoring Station. This is a volunteer, grass roots network. If we don’t [...]
According to calculations by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, a total of about 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive cesium was being emitted from the No. 1 to No. 3 reactors as of June.
since February, the level of radiation emitted from the reactors has remained unchanged.
“There is the possibility that the cesium that fell on the reactor buildings was stirred up again,” [...]
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.
FRCSR @FRCSR @ENENews Trial removal process began a few hours ago for 1 of 204 unused fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi NPP unit 4. www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/2012…
17 Jul 12
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Japan utility takes out 2 Fukushima nuke fuel rods
All of the 1,535 rods next to reactor No. 4 at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant must eventually be removed [...]
SENDAI — A public hearing in Sendai held to gather citizens’ opinions on future energy and environmental policy was disrupted Sunday after a Tohoku Electric official inadvertently selected to be one of the nine speakers at the event was blasted as a government shill.
The government-sponsored event was the second in a series of nationwide hearings to gauge public opinion on three options for retaining nuclear power in Japan’s energy mix [...]
Commission reports government, regulators and Tepco collusion betraying human right to safety
Findings of the 19-member commission on the ongoing Fukushima nuclear catastrophe, based on the experts’ six-month investigation, conclude that it is a man-made event that could have been prevented, as Japan’s high-level radiation in air, water, food and dairy products bombards California.
“A report released last week by the Diet’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission backs what many members [...]
Cooling system for Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor suspended
June 30, 2012 at 11:31a JST
The cooling system for a spent fuel pool at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant’s No. 4 reactor automatically suspended operation Saturday morning after an alarm issued a warning at around 6:25 a.m., Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
The water temperature of the pool was 31 C at the time of the suspension, and leakage of water [...]
Subscription Only: Cooling system for Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor suspended
June 30, 2012
The cooling system for the spent fuel pool at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant’s No. 4 reactor automatically suspended operation Saturday, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
The utility known as TEPCO has been unable to activate a backup cooling system for the pool and is looking into the cause of the trouble, officials of the plant operator said [...]
New York Times
June 28, 2012
A heavily damaged reactor building at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has a slight tilt, but the tilt does not pose a risk to the integrity of the building, according to the plant’s operator.
The Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, said in a report Monday to Japanese nuclear regulators that at least two of the walls of the No. 4 reactor building are bulging outward [...]
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda approved the first restart of Japan’s power reactors since last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, a decision that could undermine his political support and force early elections.
Noda declared two reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co. (9503)’s Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui prefecture, western Japan, safe to begin operations, at a Cabinet-level meeting today. The move, which follows approvals from local authorities, ends a month- long spell without atomic power in [...]
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano said Sunday that it was ”clear” that Tokyo Electric Power Co. sought to withdraw all its workers from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station at one point in the early days of the crisis last year, contradicting the utility’s claim that it had no such intention.
Testifying to a Diet-appointed panel investigating the nuclear disaster, Edano, then chief Cabinet secretary, said he remembered Tokyo [...]
LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) — Japanese utilities are planning to increase fees for peak-hour electricity usage in an effort to head off possible power shortages this summer following the closure of the nation’s nuclear power plants, the Nikkei business daily reported Tuesday. Under plans beginning for Tokyo Electric Power Co. (JP:9501)(US:TKECF) on June 1 and for Kansai Electric Power Co. (JP:9503) on July 1, rates during the peak hours of 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. [...]
April 16, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co. indicated Sunday another thermometer may be malfunctioning at the bottom of the No. 2 reactor vessel at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex as the plant operator observed abnormal temperature readings the previous day.
The thermometer was deemed unavailable for use when it showed an abnormally high electrical resistance level following a sudden increase of temperatures to 60 C on Saturday morning, leaving only [...]
Title: Possible Fukushima Leak Renews Concerns About Plant’s Stability
Source: Wall Street Journal
Author: By YUKA HAYASHI
Date: April 5, 2012, 7:09 a.m. ET
Water containing radioactive substances may have leaked into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the plant operator said Thursday, the latest example of continued problems at the stricken plant [...]
The company estimates roughly 12 tons of contaminated water may have escaped into the ocean. High levels of cesium 134 [...]
Over 400 Degrees Celsius
Pretending that the Fukushima reactors achieved a state of “cold shutdown” was a political – rather than scientific - decision.
Tepco itself said the state of cold shutdown could only continue so long as the temperature within the nuclear reactors stayed below 100 degrees Celsius. (Because the thermometers within the reactors have a 20 degree margin of error, Tepco says that any reading over 80 degrees violates the conditions for [...]
February 10, 2012
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will suspend operations of the No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on March 26 for a periodic check, a plan that will take all of its 17 reactors out of service, Kyodo News reported.
The No. 6 reactor with a power output of 1.356 million kilowatts is the last to be suspended out of the plant’s [...]
Tokyo Electric Power Co. injected boric acid into a reactor at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent an accidental chain reaction known as re- criticality after temperatures rose in the past week.
The temperature of the No. 2 reactor was 70.1 degrees Celsius (158 degrees Fahrenheit) as of 6 a.m. today, according to preliminary data, Akitsuka Kobayashi, a spokesman for the utility, said by phone. The reading fell from [...]
by George Washington
You’ve heard about the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex.
But there was another Japanese nuclear accident last year.
As I explained in March of last year:
The 6 problem reactors which have gotten all of the press are located within theFukushima Daiichi complex.
However, the same nuclear power plant operator that runs the Daiichi complex – Tepco – runs a separate nuclear complex 7 miles away, called Fukushima Daini. There are 4 reactors located at the Daini complex.
On March [...]
52 Workers at TEPCO Nuclear Plant Infected with Norovirus
Tokyo, Dec. 17 (Jiji Press)–A total of 52 workers at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been infected with norovirus, the utility said Saturday.
The workers, who are employees of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and affiliated companies, were installing storage tanks for sludge accumulated after radioactive water decontamination.
Some of them was hospitalized but most are [...]
December 1, 2011
The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is once again trying to mislead the public on the severity of the situation at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
A worker enters Fukushima reactor containment vessel number 4 in August.
On November 30, TEPCO reported “fuel at the No. 1 reactor may have eroded part of the primary containment vessel’s thick concrete floor” and has “seeped deeper into the floor” [...]
Writer urges Taiwan to abandon nuclear power – Taipei Times
Taipei Times, Nov. 9, 2011:
COSTLY:Japan-based writer Liu Li-erh said the rising costs of the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant should be a warning, particularly around the Taipei metropolitan area
Saying that the compensation for damage caused by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan was way beyond what Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) or the Japanese [...]
Tokyo Electric Power Co. detected signs of nuclear fission at its crippled Fukushima atomic power plant in northern Japan, raising the risk of more radiation leaks. The situation is under control, officials said.
The company, known as Tepco, began spraying boric acid on the No. 2 reactor at 2:48 a.m. Japan time to prevent accidental chain reactions. Tepco said it may have found xenon, which is associated with nuclear fission, while examining [...]