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The color scale is currently showing a total of 5 colors. With "Area E" areas are identified, which is accepted by that effective dose of about 10 milli-Sievert per hour will be charged one with what the data in a 25x25 km 2 box a maximum assessment is due. The "Area A" (purple color) defines a region with a maximum load of 0.3 micro Sievert per hour. This value corresponds to the dose rate of global average background exposure. Due to the unclear position data scaling is not adapted to local data.
Originally posted by rbrtj
The EPA is preparing to dramatically increase permissible radioactive releases in drinking water, food and soil after “radiological incidents,” according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
According to the New York Attorney General, the nuclear power plant at Indian Point has sought over 100 exemptions from the fire safety code which may make it extremely difficult to secure the nearly 40-year old facility in an emergency.
...who hope to block Entergy Corp from extending plant operations further. When the plant was recently found in violation of federal safety rules company officials merely sought to be excused from the rules, as opposed to addressing the problems.
“In the wake of Japan's crisis, our country's nuclear facilities should be bolstering their safety measures, yet Indian Point is looking to weaken its precautionary measures,” remarked New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
A spokesperson for the plant argued the company put in place alternative safety measures instead, as opposed to federal requirements and argued the plant was perfectly safe. Recent US Nuclear Regulatory Commission data indicated Indian Point is America’s most vulnerable plant to an earthquake since it rests near a fault line, however the NRC, who boasts an invested interests in ongoing nuclear energy, argues the plant is safe and in compliance even though exemptions were granted. ...the entire city of New York City lies in a potential evacuation zone if there was ever an accident.
Health officials in the US said rainwater tested in Massachusetts registered low levels of radiation, most likely from the Japanese nuclear power plant damaged by the earthquake and tsunami.
According to Massachusetts commissioner of public health John Auerbach radioiodine-131 was found in a sample of rainwater.
He noted the water supply in the state remained unaffected at present and expressed health officials do not anticipate any health concerns. Massachusetts is not the only state to have detected increased radiation levels in rainwater. A number of western states reported small spikes earlier. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been performing tests statewide in conjunction with state health officials.
Thus far Nevada, California, Pennsylvania, Washington and other states have shown similar levels of radioiodine-131. Most states have now ordered additional testing to measure the spread and track any increases in radiation levels.
Originally posted by dvrt10
This thread is getting a bit quiet, so I'd thought I'd share a little story with you all.
So I'm at the gym tonight and as I'm walking through the treadmill area, I notice something unusual out of the corner of my eye. I look up and see some guy running on the treadmill wearing a gas mask (and I don't mean one of those flimsy surgical masks -- this was a full on, scary looking, "i survived a nuclear war" gas mask).
I had mixed reactions about this.
My first reaction was one of disbelief. It seems so absurd to me that someone would seriously be working out wearing a gas mask. It's like he was saying I'm really concerned about dying from radiation poisoning, but I can't possibly stop my workout routine and gain some weight. Also, I've never worn a gas mask before, but I cant imagine it's pleasant to breath in ... especially if you're working out and breathing heavily.
My next reaction was one of anger. It really upset me that this guy thought it was okay to go into a crowded public place (my gym is always packed) and scare other people. I realize this guy was scared as well but, seriously, I think it's foolish to go out in public (at this point in time in the US) wearing something like that -- if you want to wear it in private, be my guest.
It wouldn't surprise me if this guy reads this thread and, if so, I ask you on behalf of all the people who use that gym, to please stay away and work out in the privacy of your home while you insist on wearing that thing.
The utility had 432 billion yen in cash and equivalents at the end of December, according to its financial statements.
Of its roughly $64 billion in outstanding bonds, the company is due to repay $4.8 billion this year, and another $5.6 billion in 2012
"The Japanese government is receiving some advice, but they are relying on the already badly stretched resources of TEPCO to handle this," said Meshkati, ...."
Inspectors with Japan's Nuclear Energy Safety Organization have recorded 18 safety lapses at Tokyo Electric's 17 nuclear plants since 2005. Ten of them were attributed to mistakes by staff and repairmen. They included failures to follow established maintenance procedures and failures to perform prescribed safety checks. Even so, Tokyo Electric was left on its own to set standards for nuclear plant staff certification, a position some IAEA officials had questioned in 2008. In March 2004, two workers in Tokyo Electric's Fukushima Daini plant passed out when the oxygen masks they were using - originally designed for use on an airplane - began leaking and allowed nitrogen to seep into their air supply. The risks also appear to have made it hard to hire for key positions. In 2008, Toshiba admitted it had illegally used six employees under the age of 18 as part of a series of inspections of nuclear power plants at Tokyo Electric and Tohoku Electric. One of those minors, then aged 17, had participated in an inspection of the Fukushima Daiichi No. 5 reactor, Tokyo Electric said then.
In the chaos of the early response, workers did not notice when the diesel pumps at No. 2 ran out of fuel, allowing water levels to fall and fuel to become exposed and overheat. When the Fukushima plant suffered its second hydrogen blast in three days the following Monday, Tokyo electric executives only notified the prime minister's office an hour later. Seven workers had been injured in the explosion along with four soldiers.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Now Sweden has gone the deep end.
Sweden tells citizens to begin taking iodide tablets if within 150 miles of Fukushima — Includes Tokyo
… [T]he Swedish Embassy is recommending on its website that citizens within 250 km of the Fukushima plant take [iodide tablets] once every three days.
An embassy official was unavailable for comment.
“The recommendation by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority that all Swedes who are staying within a radius of 250 km from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant to take iodide tablets every three days is still valid,” the embassy’s website, last updated Saturday, says. “Best protection against radioactive iodine is to take iodide tablets before the exposure, as doing so afterward will prove too late.” …
This is it.
Originally posted by Teknetium
The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SRSA) has changed the guidelines for Swedish citizen in Japan. The SRSA no longer recommend people within 250 km from Fukushima 1 to take iodine tablets. Reasons for the new recommendations from SRSA is that the situation is stabilizing and that large radioactive discharge from Fukushima is not likely to happen especially Iodine since the reactors was stopped Mars 11, 2011 and the production of radioactive Iodine therefore also was halted and the half life is short so only small amount can be left. Still SRSA recommend not to make unnecessary trips to Japan and to stay away 80 km from the Fukushima 1.
source (in Swedish, use google translate):
Originally posted by 00nunya00
that link is safe, a military doc, I don't know why Google thinks it's unsafe)
Japan to scrap stricken nuclear reactors Japan is to decommission four stricken reactors at the quake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator says. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) made the announcement three weeks after failing to bring reactors 1 - 4 under control. Locals would be consulted on reactors 5 and 6 which were shut down safely. Harmful levels of radioactivity have been detected in the area. More than 11,000 people are known to have been killed by the devastating 11 March earthquake and tsunami.
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said the country is on "maximum alert".
Originally posted by jadedANDcynical
OSAKA - JAPAN is considering draping crippled reactor buildings at the Fukushima nuclear plant with a fabric to reduce radiation, and using a tanker to siphon off contaminated water, a report said on Wednesday.
The government did not explicitly confirm the report, but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Japan's leaders and nuclear experts were discussing 'every possibility, including those mentioned in the press'.
They ARE reading these threads.