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Originally posted by BobAthome
Which looks in good shape ?
"A worker looks down to a display
when measuring radiation inside
Fukushima Daiichi 1 yesterday"
unquoteedit on 9-5-2011 by BobAthome because: grmr&sp BOTH count
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant found that the radiation level of the building housing the troubled No. 1 reactor stood at up to 700 millisieverts per hour, the government's nuclear agency said Monday, citing the need for radiation shielding to proceed with work to bring an end to the nuclear crisis. The radiation level, which was around 10 millisieverts per hour at its lowest, was measured as Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers and agency officials entered into the No. 1 reactor building early Monday as part of preparations to start full-scale work to create a system to stably cool the damaged nuclear fuel inside. "An area with a double-digit millisievert level, let alone three-digit figures, is quite tough as a working environment. So we have to do the work by using some shielding," Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, told a press conference.
II. 1F4 pool water video TEPCO also released another video of 1F4 pool water situation. The pool water temperature is as high as 80 degree-C. VIDEO It is very interesting to see bubbles started to come out at this temperature. Although it is explained that the bubbles are steam bubbles, for me they are obviously hydrogen bubbles. The pool water seems to have been saturated with hydrogen gas generated through water radiolysis and started to release the excess hydrogen gas.
NAGOYA (Kyodo) -- Chubu Electric Power Co. agreed Monday to suspend operation of the Hamaoka nuclear power station in Shizuoka Prefecture, as requested by Prime Minister Naoto Kan for safety reasons, its president said.
The Hamaoka plant accounts for around 11.7 percent of the total electricity supply of Chubu Electric, the service area of which includes the head offices of major Japanese manufacturers including Toyota Motor Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp.
The government Monday banned the shipment of bamboo shoots and "kogomi" wild vegetables from parts of Fukushima Prefecture after some were found to have unsafe levels of radioactive cesium.
Bamboo shoots taken in Iwaki were found to have 650 becquerels of cesium per kilogram on April 27, and a level of 770 becquerels was found in kogomi taken in the prefectural capital on April 28, surpassing the safety limit of 500 becquerels.
I received the following email a few days ago from a Russian nuclear physicist friend who is an expert on the kinds of gases being released at Fukushima. Here is what he wrote:
About Japan: the problem is that the reactor uses "dirty" fuel. It is a combination of plutonium and uranium (MOX). I suspect that the old fuel rods have bean spread out due to the explosion and the surrounding area is contaminated with plutonium which means you can never return to this place again. It is like a new Tchernobyl. Personally, I am not surprised that the authority has not informed people about this.
Why is this not on the front page of every single newspaper in the world? Why are official agencies not measuring from many places around the world and reporting on what is going on in terms of contamination every single day since this disaster happened? Radioactivity has been being released now for almost two full months! Even small amounts when released continuously, and in fact especially continuous exposure to small amounts of radioactivity, can cause all kinds of increases in cancers.
8) Proprietary information and severe accident In trying to investigate the Fukushima Daiichi accident, I noticed that one of the big obstructions for investigation of his accident is in proprietary information, seems to be guarded by the GE-TEPCO-TOSHIBA-HITACHI complex.
The technical information I can readily access to the Fukushima Daiichi is far less than that I have for the Chernobyl reactor, through Dr. Sichâ€™s Ph,D thesis ( Alexander Roman Sich's Ph.D. thesis 1994, The Chernobyl Accident Revisited: Source Term Analysis and Reconstruction of Events During The Active Phase, MIT Libraries, MITNE-306 )
I do not think this situation is acceptable, since not only the Japanese Government, but many other countries will be forced to spend a significant amount of money to recover from the wake of this accident.
Critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the powerful industry it oversees continue to question its process for issuing license renewals at aging plants.
Two plants, Monticello in Minnesota and Yankee Rowe in Massachusetts, were offered up in the late 1980s as test cases for relicensing by an industry keen to demonstrate that its aging fleet could operate well beyond its original licensure.
NRC's rules for acquiring a license extension were twofold. First, an operator had to demonstrate that it was in compliance with its existing license; then it had to present an adequate plan for managing its aging equipment.
The first part of the equation undid Yankee Rowe, as reviewers found serious problems in its containment vessel, precipitating the plant's closure even before its original license was expired. As a result, Monticello's operators -- and the wider industry -- went on the offensive.
Three years later, the NRC rewrote the rules, essentially taking it as a given that applicants were in compliance with the their current licenses and focusing solely on the aging management plans -- precisely what Northern States Power Company had been asking for.
Why the change? According to the agency, it provided a “more stable and predictable regulatory process for license renewal.”
But according to critics, including David Lochbaum, a nuclear engineer and director of the Nuclear Safety Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists, an environmental and nuclear watchdog group, the motivation was simpler. "They didn't want to find anymore show-stoppers like they found at Yankee Rowe," he said.
Japan will host a reception Wednesday in Tokyo to wine and dine foreign diplomats with products from Fukushima Prefecture and other areas hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, to promote their sales affected by concerns over radiation contamination, a senior official said Monday. At the event to be held at the Iikura Guest House, local farmers will sell farm produce from Fukushima, where a nuclear crisis is unfolding, and its vicinities.
The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is to begin construction work on pipes for the No.3 reactor to make sure that all cooling water being pumped in is actually reaching the reactor. Tokyo Electric Power Company has been pumping 9 tons of water per hour into the reactor since last Wednesday after its temperature began rising earlier this month.
That was an increase from 7 tons per hour. But the temperature at the bottom of the reactor stood at 150.6 degrees Celsius as of 5 AM Tuesday, marking a rise of 34.1 degrees over the past 10 days.
Originally posted by kdog1982
Sorry to butt in,but has anyone tried to contact any or all of the MSM outlets?
I have started with snippets here and there,not revealing my source,of course.
Sending emails and leaving comments on every story they publish,just trying in someway
to get them to at least acknowledge if not report on the situation going on at Fukushima.
What do you all think?
At least I'm trying something.
Go ahead,call me a fool,but I feel I need to do more.