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CNN is reporting that according to nuclear safety officials in Japan,
45% of children in the Fukushima prefecture
-- the region where three nuclear reactors experienced a meltdown after the earthquake and tsunami in March of this year --
have evidence that their thyroid gland have been exposed to radiation.
Japanese police and the Coast Guard on Saturday conducted a large-scale anti-terrorism drill at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. About 150 personnel participated in the drill at the Fukushima Daini plant, about 10 kilometers from the Daiichi facility. The exercise was based on the scenario that terrorists were attacking the plant. The participating groups include a police firearms control unit and a special attack team, as well as Coast Guard anti-terrorism forces. In the scenario, terrorists tried to approach the nuclear plant from the sea. The Coast Guard unit seized their boat and arrested them. Another unit descending from a helicopter fired at terrorists who were hiding in a boat that had come ashore. Police forces exchanged fire with terrorists who used a car to burst through the front gate of the plant. Officers wearing radiation suits captured the assailants. The National Police Agency believes that the possibility of terrorists targeting nuclear plants has increased. It says they probably saw how troubled people were by the radioactive fallout from the Fukushima plant 2 years ago. National Public Safety Commission Chairman Keiji Furuya said residents had expressed fear over the safety of the nuclear plant. He said the exercise was meaningful, since the participating units were able to demonstrate how well they are prepared for such attacks. May 11, 2013 - Updated 13:25 UTC
yes, but not the safety of the plant premises themselves but HOW SAFE THEY ARE TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY FROM THEM WITHOUT POISONING EVERYONE.
National Public Safety Commission Chairman Keiji Furuya said residents had expressed fear over the safety of the nuclear plant.
On 5/10/2013, Reconstruction Agency released the data about disaster related deaths. The counted cases are the deaths from the injuries due to 311.
51% of all the death cases are in Fukushima prefecture for some reason. (1,383 among 2,688)
On 5/13/2013, Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fishries Co-operative Associations decided not to approve the request of Tepco to discharge the ground water. The associations stated some of the members don’t distinguish ground water and contaminated retained water.
Tepco commented they will continue to convince the associations.
Tepco to start nitrogen gas injection into reactor2 for the first time, “Not knowing the hydrogen gas concentration”
Posted by Mochizuki on May 13th, 2013 · No Comments
Tepco is going to inject nitrogen gas into reactor2 as a test.
They need to keep the hydrogen gas concentration lower than 2% or it may cause hydrogen explosion.
Tepco has been injecting nitrogen gas into reactor1 to purge hydrogen gas but they couldn’t inject it into reactor2 so far.
The part to inject nitrogen gas is suppression chamber of reactor2. However, they don’t actually know the hydrogen gas concentration in suppression chamber of reactor2.
In order to obtain data, they will inject nitrogen gas at 5Nm3/h, for 6 hours a day from 5/14 to 5/17/2013.
The nitrogen gas will be injected in the day time. In case of hydrogen gas concentration going over 2% in Dry Well of PCV, entering reactor2 building will be restricted.
On Route 115, the decontamination contractor had his car run into from behind several times. After he stopped his car, he was kidnapped by 4~5 people in the car to have hit his car from behind.
The investigators say the decontamination workers were complaining about the intermediary exploitation by the contractor.
They assume the contractor was kidnapped by Yakuza members.
The water contains strontium, a byproduct of nuclear fission, and the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is leaking it at a rate of 75 gallons per minute.
Originally posted by Alekto
Why would someone in Oklahoma concern himself so deeply with an event 10096.48 kilometres away that has absolutely no bearing on his existence at all?
Originally posted by generik
Possibly because it HAS a bearing on his as well as a good chunk of the worlds existence
Across the country, plans to build nuclear plants have hit roadblocks recently—a sharp turn for a sector that just a few years ago was looking forward to a renaissance. These developments come as energy policy becomes increasingly focused on oil and gas.
With shale and natural gas gaining currency and the cost of building plants soaring, nuclear energy's stock is steadily being devalued. All this is playing out against the backdrop of Japan's nuclear disaster two years ago at Fukushima, which made policymakers think twice about extolling the virtues of nuclear power.
Bradford, who also served as a utility commissioner in New York and Maine, cited a "cauldron of events" for bringing the nuclear push to a standstill, including the use of cheaper and plentiful natural gas to generate electricity, as well as soaring investment costs.
At a March 15th press conference, Peter Anderson – an economist who has studied landfills for over 20 years – raised the worst-case scenario of a “dirty bomb,” meaning a non-detonated, mass release of floating radioactive particles in metro St. Louis. “Now, to be clear, a dirty bomb is not nuclear fission, it’s not an atomic bomb, it’s not a weapon of mass destruction,” Anderson assured meeting attendants in Bridgeton’s Machinists Union Hall. “But the dispersal of that radioactive material in air that could reach – depending upon weather conditions – as far as 10 miles from the site could make it impossible to have economic activity continue.”
In Japan, a nation that eats prodigious amounts of seafood, one question sits high on the list of public concerns: Is seafood caught after the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe safe for human consumption?
Last fall, Ken Buesseler, a marine geochemist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, combed through a year’s worth of data released by the Japanese fisheries agency. His analysis, published Oct. 26, 2012, in the journal Science, showed that the “vast majority” of fish being caught off Fukushima and surrounding areas had radiation levels below the tightened safe-consumption limit. Among bottom-dwelling species, however, 40 percent came in over that limit. Most important, levels of radiation in the ocean and in seafood did not appear to be declining in the 12 months following the accident.
To Buesseler and others, this persistence is strong evidence of a continuing source of radiation leaking into the environment. Fish naturally lose cesium quite quickly, about 3 percent per day, if they are not re-exposed to some additional cesium source. At the same time, Buesseler acknowledged, the remaining concentrations of radionuclides in fish are generally quite low—lower than limits in force in the United States, and lower than the amount of radiation naturally present in seawater.