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“The government and the media say the radiation has been cleaned up, but it’s all lies,” said Miyakoji villager Kim Eunja, with her husband, Satoshi Mizuochi. Credit Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

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MIYAKOJI, Japan — Ever since they were forced to evacuate during the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant three years ago, Kim Eunja and her husband have refused to return to their hilltop home amid the majestic mountains of this rural village for fear of radiation.

But now they say they may have no choice. After a nearly $250 million radiation cleanup here, the central government this month declared Miyakoji the first community within a 12-mile evacuation zone around the plant to be reopened to residents. The decision will bring an end to the monthly stipends from the plant’s operator that have allowed Ms. Kim to relocate to an apartment in a city an hour away.

“The government and the media say the radiation has been cleaned up, but it’s all lies,” said Ms. Kim, 55, who is from South Korea, and who with her Japanese husband runs a small Korean restaurant outside Miyakoji. “I want to run away, but I cannot. We have no more money.”

She is not the only one. While the central government and national news media have trumpeted the reopening of Miyakoji as a happy milestone in Japan’s recovery from the devastating March 2011 accident, many residents tell a darker story. They insist their homes remain too dangerous or too damaged to inhabit and that they have not received enough financial compensation to allow them to start anew somewhere else.

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Yoshikuni Munakata works to repair his home, which was abandoned for three years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Credit Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

They criticize the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, for failing to reimburse them for the value of their homes, usually their family’s largest financial asset. Depending on where they lived, they say they have received amounts from half the preaccident value to just $3,000, a tiny fraction of the original value of their homes.

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Japan’s government deceives evacuees to return before radiation readings disclosed

flag-japanRadiation study on evacuation zones kept undisclosed for 6 monthhttp://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/140416/radiation-study-evacuation-zones-kept-undisclosed-6-mo The  government kept undisclosed for six months a report on an individual radiation dose study in areas around the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including a district recently released from an evacuation order.

The study, covering the city of Tamura and the villages of Kawauchi and Iitate, showed that the radiation level in many areas is still beyond 1 millisievert per year — a level the government is seeking to achieve at contaminated lands in the long term.

The government lifted an evacuation order imposed on the Miyakoji district in Tamura on April 1, but the content of the interim report, compiled in October, was not conveyed to the citizens or the local governments before the action was taken.

The government explained the content to local governments later, while the report was posted on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Monday. It also plans to release a final report on Friday. A government team tasked with supporting people affected by the crisis said it did not initially plan to release the interim report but decided to make it public because of the “high attention among residents.”

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Fukushima radiation report secret for six months

Dose study kept from returnees

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The government kept a report about a study of individual radiation doses around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant — including an area recently released from an evacuation order — under wraps for six months.

The study, which covered the city of Tamura and the villages of Kawauchi and Iitate, showed that the radiation in many areas is still over 1 millisievert per year — a level the government is looking to achieve in the long term.

The government lifted an evacuation order on the Miyakoji district in Tamura on April 1, but the content of the interim report, compiled in October, was not conveyed to its citizens or local governments before the action was taken.

Skepticism about the government’s disclosure habits concerning radiation levels from the Fukushima crisis has been growing, and the latest incident is likely to amplify public health concerns.

The government explained the content to local governments later, and the report was posted on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Monday. It also plans to release a final report on Friday.

A government team tasked with supporting people affected by the crisis said it did not initially plan to release the interim report but decided to make it public because of the “high attention among residents.”

 

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Published on Mar 12, 2014

*Just In* Scientists Raise Alarm: “Radioactive metal from Fukushima” detected in Pacific Northwest — Concern for impact on humans, west coast ecosystems — Continuing contamination crossing ocean, not going away soon — “A surprise… This is an international issue… Gov’t should be doing something”
http://enenews.com/scientists-raise-a…

Radiation surge detailed in 2011 accident
Data recorded by radiation monitoring posts near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant show the environmental radiation level rose sharply 1 hour before a hydrogen explosion took place at the plant.
14 monitoring posts around the plant recorded the radiation level every 20 seconds after the plant was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th of 2011.
Data recorded by one of the monitoring posts, located 5.6 kilometers northwest of the plant, show that the radiation level began surging after 2:10 PM on March 12th.
At 2:40 and 40 seconds, the post measured 4.6 millisieverts per hour, the highest level of the day. That was about 1 hour before a hydrogen explosion occurred at the No.1 reactor of the plant.
The data suggest the accumulated doses of radiation would have reached 1 millisievert in about 20 minutes. 1 millisievert is the annual exposure limit for ordinary people.
Masamichi Chino, senior researcher at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, says the rise in the environmental radiation level may have been caused by an emergency operation to protect the No.1 reactor by reducing pressure within the containment vessel. Tokyo Electric Power officials began the so-called vent work at around 2:00 PM.
The vented air was released after going through water to reduce the amount of radioactive cesium. The step is intended to reduce the substance to 1 thousandth of its original level. But the measure may not have been effective.
Chino says the data can help researchers investigate how radioactive substances were released into the atmosphere and study the effectiveness of the venting process.

US nuclear expert calls for strict safety measures
A US nuclear expert has stressed the need to prepare for accidents at nuclear power plants, saying there is no way to completely prevent them.
A former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory Jaczko, spoke to NHK in Tokyo on Tuesday, the 3rd anniversary of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Jaczko noted that the plant is still releasing radioactive materials through contaminated water.
He said someone who is considerate of people’s health and the environment should lead the workers at the plant. He also called for thorough explanations to be given to the people who had to leave their homes.
Jaczko said nuclear plants in Japan are less likely to have accidents thanks to the new safety measures that were introduced after the Fukushima disaster.

Official: Japan will be ruined if public doesn’t realize they’re being exposed to Fukushima radiation — “99.99% of the people are being sacrificed” — Rest of world will be taken down too (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/lawmaker-if-japane…

THREE YEARS AFTER: Majority of Japan’s nuclear reactors face bleak future
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disa…

‘Inadequate equipment, workforce for Fukushima decontamination’
http://rt.com/op-edge/fukushima-decon…

Japan’s Lower House speaker voices opposition against nuclear energy at 3/11 memorial
http://japandailypress.com/japans-low…

Sendai nuclear plant expected to be one of the first to go back online
http://japandailypress.com/sendai-nuc…

A nuclear reactor designed to burn up surplus Cold War plutonium has been closed by the US Department of Energy. Initially it was meant to cost $1bn. So far it has cost $4bn. To complete and operate would cost $25-34bn.
http://www.theecologist.org/News/news…

All WIPP employees will help in cleanup of nuclear site
Dept. of Energy approves recovery plan for site of nuclear waste repository
http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-…

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Radiation threat at Fukushima is real, 300 tons of radioactive water daily pours into Pacific - energy activist

Anti-nuke sentiments are simmering in Japan as the nation prepares to mark the third anniversary of Fukushima disaster. Thousands of people flooded the streets of capital Tokyo on Sunday to voice their anger at the nuclear power industry and the government’s plans to restart some of Fukushima’s dormant reactors. For more on this topic, the Voice of Russia has talked to Harvey Wasserman, author of numerous books and editor of www.nukefree.org website.

On March 11, 2011 the deadly 9.0-magnitude earthquake and a subsequent tsunami struck Fukushima in the northern Japan triggering the triple reactor meltdown and explosions that tainted much of Fukushima Prefecture with radioactive materials. The tragedy claimed the lives of about 16 thousand people and left over 2 thousand still unaccounted for.

Three years ago a disastrous tsunami and earthquake killed nearly 19000 people and set off the nuclear crisis in Japan. Did the region manage to recover from the catastrophe? What are the current results of its recovery?

It’s never really recovered and the radiation threat is still very real at Fukushima, there were three meltdowns and four explosions, there are thousands of very highly radioactive elements scattered around the side and every day some 300 tons of radioactive water pours into the Pacific ocean. One public radio station in the US has called it “a post-apocalyptic event” and the treat for the world ecology is very serious. We believe that all nuclear reactors should shut down and we should convert to renewable energy as fast as possible.

Have you heard of this recent news about Fukushima that the government is soon to allow people to return to Fukushima area, those who lived around it, when a lot of the people that have heard of this in Japan are a bit upset because they do know that the levels of radiation near Fukushima are still way above normal. Have you heard of this?

Yes, this is a very pro-nuclear administration in Tokyo, very dangerous and very irresponsible. It is pushing to open reactors that shouldn’t open. I was in Japan in the mid 1970s and the population warned very strongly against building Fukushima, against building reactors in an earthquake and tsunami zone. Builders of Fukushima even took down a natural 85-foot high seawall to build these reactors right at sea level which is responsible for much of the destruction. But the radiation is going all through the Pacific ocean, we don’t know the effects it will have but they are not good and it is extremely unpopular and in Japan the idea of reopening some of the old reactors- this must stop. This is a threat to the health of the entire world.

Absolutely, I agree with you. I do understand that there is of course economy is at stake here and paying out to the unfortunate people that have suffered through this disaster near Fukushima and paying out the necessary money as subsidies to the crisis is not the smartest move so perhaps that is why the Fukushima administration government is allowing people to m0ve back to their homes near Fukushima which could be another reason. The nuclear catastrophe had a great impact on the environment. What are the main consequences? And what have been done so far to struggle against them? Is it possible that the region will be safe to live in the future?

There is really nothing that can be done. As you know the Chernobyl reactor in what now is Ukraine is still not covered with the sarcophagus to prevent radiation from leaking even though it happened in 1986. The attempt to bring the disaster at Fukushima under control is still not anywhere near finished three years later when huge amounts of spent radioactive fuel rods to deal with at Fukushima and no real way to do it. We are essentially helpless in the face of this disaster and yet more reactors stay on earthquake folds in tsunami zone not only in Japan but around the world including the US. The danger is horrific but the corporate investments are very high and therefore the Abe Administration and other administrations don’t want to shut the reactors but if we are to survive on this planet, these nuclear power plants must be closed.

Harvey, would you develop a little bit on geothermal and wind energies and of course solar energies? Do we have enough technology these days to actually switch to alternative means for energy development?

The most important of the new technologies is photovoltaic cells which convert sunlight to electricity. I believe photovoltaics will be the biggest industry in the history of the world, they will cover all our buildings, out vehicles, our machinery and convert the power that we need. We do have major breakthroughs in wind, in bio-fuels, in geothermal, ocean thermal, other forms of renewable energy are coming on very strong and yet they are very clearly superior to nuclear and even to fossil fuels. And we must make what I call a ‘solartopiantransition’ or we are simply not going to survive on this planet and the good news is that these technologies are good for the economy, they create jobs and they come in more cheap certainly than nuclear power and other sources as well. So there is good news here, but in order to get there we have to shut the atomic power plants.

What are the dangers that the western coast of North America is facing due to the fact that the Pacific ocean is right there?

Well, airborne radiation came to the US within four days, it took ten days to get here from Chernobyl but inevitably we live on a small planet and this radiation goes all over the world and there is really no escaping it. There is now indication that the first waterborne cesium from the ongoing flood of contaminated water at Fukushima will be reaching the west coast in this summer. And that is the terrible thing. It is something that we have to take very seriously.

As ex-Californian myself I will definitely tell my friends to prepare. What is the name of that technology you just spoke about?

Photovoltaic cells, you know the solar panels that you see on roof tops. Ford has actually come out with a car now that has photovoltaic cells on the roof to get electricity from the sun as the car drives. This will be everywhere, photovoltaic cells will take over the world if we can’t preserve it long enough by shutting the commercial reactors.

Harvey, thank you so much for such an insight on all of this.

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An employee (C) of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) measures using a dosimeter at the central operating control room of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at Fukushima prefecture March 10, 2014 (Reuters/Koji Sasahara)

An employee (C) of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) measures using a dosimeter at the central operating control room of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at TEPCO’s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at Fukushima prefecture March 10, 2014 (Reuters/Koji Sasahara)

Emails obtained by journalists at NBC News reveal that officials at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission — the government agency that oversees reactor safety and security — purposely misled the media after the Fukushima, Japan disaster in 2011.

On Monday this week — one day shy of the third anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown — NBC published emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act that for the first time exposes on a major scale the efforts that NRC officials undertook in order to diminish the severity of the event in the hours and days after it began to unfold.

“In the tense days after a powerful earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan on March 11, 2011, staff at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission made a concerted effort to play down the risk of earthquakes and tsunamis to America’s aging nuclear plants,” Bill Dedman wrote for NBC.

Through the course of analyzing thousands of internal NRC emails, Dedman and company unearthed evidence that proves nuclear regulators went to great lengths to keep the scary facts about the Fukushima meltdown from being brought into the public eye.

Even when the international media was eager to learn the facts about the Fukushima tragedy while the matter was still developing, emails suggest that the NRC’s public relations wing worked hard to have employees stick to talking points that ignored the actual severity of the meltdown.

“While we know more than these say,” a PR manager wrote in one email to his colleagues, “we’re sticking to this story for now.”

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Gundersen: “Nuclear core has disintegrated” at Fukushima Unit 3 — Japan Energy Expert: Location of melted fuel for 3 reactors is unknown, this has never happened anywhere before (VIDEO)

Published: February 28th, 2014 at 3:11 pm ET
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Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, Feb. 21, 2014 (at 39:30 in) — Question: What is your assessment of what is going on right now inside the cores of the nuclear reactors? […] Give us your analysis of what the situation of the nuclear core is now. — Hisayo Takada, energy expert at Greenpeace Japan:  Nobody knows, we cannot go into that to look at what it looks like. So that’s the magnitude of this disaster, it is a triple meltdown. Any people never experienced this kind of nuclear disaster and it is still going on.

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Published on Feb 28, 2014

TEPCO to prepare for radioactive water leaks
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has decided to dig observation wells to prepare for the possibility of highly radioactive water seeping into groundwater.
Tokyo Electric Power Company has come under criticism after more than 100 tons of water containing record-high levels of radioactive substances overflowed from a storage tank last month.
The utility says the leakage occurred when valves that should have been closed were left open, allowing tainted water to enter the tank that overflowed.
But company officials have yet to pinpoint the exact reasons for the oversight.

Water treatment system at Fukushima plant halts
The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says one of its key systems to treat radioactive water halted automatically. Concerns are rising ahead of planned full-fledged operation from April.

Fisheries group asks for swift probe into leak
A fishermen’s federation in Japan says the latest spill of 100 tons of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has raised deep concern among local fishermen.

Depression a serious problem in disaster-hit areas
Depression among those who experienced the 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan appears to be a serious problem.
A survey has found about one in 4 residents in the regions of Miyagi Prefecture hit by the March 11th earthquake and tsunami shows symptoms of depression.

Safety screening begins on Hamaoka reactor
Japan’s nuclear regulators have begun a safety screening of a reactor located at the center of the projected focal area of a mega-quake in central Japan.
Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday heard from officials of Chubu Electric Power Company about safety steps taken for the Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Gundersen: “Nuclear core has disintegrated” at Fukushima Unit 3 — Japan Energy Expert: Location of melted fuel for 3 reactors is unknown, this has never happened anywhere before (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/gundersen-nuclear-…

PBS special on Fukushima starts tonight with rare look inside plant — Correspondent loses arm after filming in Japan — “Amputated after an apparently minor injury” (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/pbs-special-on-fuk…

Hearst Newspaper: Bad news, Fukushima radioactive releases may be “far greater than originally stated” — Bloomberg: Levels ‘significantly’ undercounted — Fairewinds: Data they reported for nearly 3 years is wrong — Asahi Interview: “Politicians are hiding the dangers of radiation” (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/hearst-newspaper-r…

New tests show plutonium reached millions of times normal levels at WIPP site — Concern air filters at plant may not have worked — Gov’t accused of lying about radiation leak (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/new-tests-show-plu…

CBC: Radioactive particles arrive ‘far earlier than predicted’ for N. America — Mag: ‘Plumes stretch 4,800 miles across ocean!’ — Experts: There’s great alarm… Legitimate concern… Expected to dilute, but don’t really know — US Govt: ‘Monitoring beaches for debris from Fukushima nuclear disaster’ (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/radioactive-partic…

Officials: More may be affected by WIPP radiation release — TV: They don’t know how serious it is or how it affects community; Could take months to fix leak — CBS: Ceiling collapse or punctured canister suspected; Still in ‘guinea pig’ stage; EPA monitors requested in area (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/officials-even-mor…

PBS special on Fukushima starts tonight with rare look inside plant — Correspondent loses arm after filming in Japan — “Amputated after an apparently minor injury” (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/pbs-special-on-fuk…

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Published on Feb 28, 2014

Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear & Nate Sweet, Progressive Commentator both join Thom Hartmann. New documents suggest that the U.S. Navy is lying about what happened to the USS Reagan when it was anchored offshore from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. So what else about the Fukushima disaster is the Navy hiding from us?

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Documents Say Navy Knew Fukushima Dangerously Contaminated the USS Reagan

By: solartopia Wednesday February 26, 2014 8:33 am

A stunning new report indicates the U.S. Navy knew that sailors from the nuclear-powered USS Ronald Reagan took major radiation hits from the Fukushima atomic power plant after its meltdowns and explosions nearly three years ago.

Sailors mop the deck of the USS Reagan to remove radiation

Sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan wash down the flight deck to remove potential radiation contamination while operating off the coast of Japan providing humanitarian assistance in support of Operation Tomodachi, March 22, 2011.

If true, the revelations cast new light on the $1 billion lawsuit filed by the sailors against Tokyo Electric Power. Many of the sailors are already suffering devastating health impacts, but are being stonewalled by Tepco and the Navy.

The Reagan had joined several other U.S. ships in Operation Tomodachi (“Friendship”) to aid victims of the March 11, 2011 quake and tsunami. Photographic evidence and first-person testimony confirms that on March 12, 2011 the ship was within two miles of Fukushima Dai’ichi as the reactors there began to melt and explode.

In the midst of a snow storm, deck hands were enveloped in a warm cloud that came with a metallic taste. Sailors testify that the Reagan’s 5,500-member crew was told over the ship’s intercom to avoid drinking or bathing in desalinized water drawn from a radioactive sea. The huge carrier quickly ceased its humanitarian efforts and sailed 100 miles out to sea, where newly published internal Navy communications confirm it was still taking serious doses of radioactive fallout.

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Published on Feb 16, 2014

CBS Video — Cousteau warns Californians about Fukushima plume: It could be dangerous, keeping eye on reports; I’m not touching bluefin tuna, I’m done due to pollution — Leaders “worried about radiation… personally reluctant to eat fish”; Calling for systematic tests in Pacific
http://enenews.com/cousteau-warns-cal…

Water leaks from barrier found at Fukushima plant
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says officials have found water leaks at 7 locations in a barrier that surrounds tanks holding contaminated water.
Tokyo Electric Power Company officials said they confirmed on Sunday that water had leaked from the barrier near the Number 4 reactor. It’s one of 30 barriers in the compound.
The officials said the amount of the leak was about 19.2 tons, which they believe seeped into the ground.
They detected 23 becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium 90 in water still inside the barrier.

Decontamination at over 50% outside Fukushima
Officials at Japan’s Environment Ministry say more than 50 percent of homes outside Fukushima Prefecture have undergone government-funded decontamination following the March 2011 nuclear accident.
The officials say the work was done on nearly 80,000 homes at the end of last year.
The figure represents 59 percent of homes marked for decontamination in 58 municipalities.
The number is more than 13,000 higher from the previous survey 4 months earlier. The rate has exceeded 50 percent for the first time. The rise is attributed to increased clean-up efforts.
Officials say the increase was partly because more homes were found not to have needed decontamination after radiation monitoring was conducted.

Motegi to submit draft energy plan next week
The policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party says the government hopes to decide on a new basic energy plan by the end of March.

Japan Physician: Parents should evacuate children from Tokyo; Danger from Fukushima radiation — “The threat has seemed to be spreading” — “I’ve seen a lot of patients badly affected”
http://enenews.com/japan-physician-pa…

TEPCO labor union wants utility to drop 20% salary cut
http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/ne…

Gov’t Report: Plutonium releases from Fukushima a major concern — ‘Uncertainty’ over how far molten fuel has eaten through “what remained of primary containment”
http://enenews.com/govt-report-pluton…

Reports: ‘Deformed’ containment vessel cover at Fukushima Reactor 3 — Center panel of concrete cover ‘broken and sunken’ (PHOTOS & VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/report-deformation…

Gov’t Test: Cattle feed at California dairy farm had 300 pCi/kg of radioactive cesium after Fukushima; 9-month gap between when sample harvested and when received by lab — New UC Berkeley study reveals over 3,500 pCi/kg of cesium deposited on nearby roadside
http://enenews.com/govt-doc-cattle-fe…

Tepco’s spokesman “I have distrust in Tepco itself for not announcing the wrong analysis for this long”
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/02/te…

[Video] Tepco investigated operation floor of reactor3 / Shield plug subsided by 30cm
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/02/vi…

Tepco aware of wrong analysis by 7/24/2013 / 2 days after they officially admitted contamination leaking to the sea
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/02/te…

Davis-Besse nuclear plant has gap in concrete wall
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stori…

Former Rocky Flats workers’ job-related cancers subject of two events
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_251…

We must work together to prevent disaster at N-plant
http://www.newburyportnews.com/opinio…

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Published on Feb 13, 2014

TEPCO released a report entitled, TEPCO’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Roadmap, that contained some astounding information regarding Unit 3. Follow Fairewinds Energy’s Arnie Gundersen as he shows you the 35-ton refueling bridge that fell in the Unit 3 spent fuel pool during the Unit 3 detonation explosion. Do the math. The bottom line here is that TEPCO has just acknowledged that at least 50-tons of rubble has fallen on top of and into the spent fuel pool in Unit 3. What does this 50-ton pile of debris mean to the Unit 3 spent fuel pool and its cleanup?
http://fairewinds.org/media/fairewind…

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Published on Jan 24, 2014

In Fukushima, massive amounts of radioactive soil and debris are still piled up in residential areas. The government has asked the head of local authorities to accept intermediate storage facilities. In this episode we look at what is hampering the project.

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Published on Jan 24, 2014

“Shock & Outrage”: Japan TV host reveals being told he cannot discuss nuclear power until pivotal Tokyo election ends — “Somebody needs to bring these issues into the media” — #2 in trending news
http://enenews.com/shock-outrage-japa…

Japan may accept more foreign trainees
Japan’s construction minister has called for expanding the scope of the government’s program of accepting foreign trainees to cope with an expected labor shortage in the construction industry.
The shortage is likely to become more serious. There’s increasing demand for workers to help rebuild communities affected by the 2011 disaster in northeastern Japan. More construction workers will also be needed to build new facilities and improve infrastructure in the lead-up to the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo.
Land, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Akihiro Ota said on Friday in a meeting of cabinet ministers concerned that the government should expand the trainee program.
The program enables foreigners to stay in Japan for up to 3 years and allows them to be hired by Japanese construction and manufacturing firms and acquire relevant skills.
About 50,000 people from countries such as China, Vietnam and the Philippines are accepted every year under the program. Around 150,000 foreign trainees are believed to be in Japan at present.
The construction industry accepts about 5,000 trainees a year.
Ota said the program should be expanded, and that he wants to discuss the idea with other ministries.
The government is expected to consider increasing the number of trainees and allowing them to stay in the country longer.

AFP: Fears that molten fuel went into ground after melting through containment vessels at Fukushima — They still can’t find three reactor cores (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/afp-fears-molten-f…

Highest Yet: Radiation level hits new record in Fukushima groundwater well — Over 3,000,000 Bq/liter of strontium and beta emitters
http://enenews.com/highest-yet-radiat…

Marine Chemist: Latest figures I have say Fukushima released 80 Quadrillion Bq of cesium-137 (Chernobyl estimated at 70 quadrillion) — “The radioactive plume itself has actually arrived… it’s already here” on west coast (AUDIO)
http://enenews.com/marine-chemist-lat…

Scientific American: Fukushima will have to be entombed in sarcophagus if melted fuel in ‘bad enough’ situation — Radiation Expert: I think they’re going to put a fence around reactors and just watch site forever (VIDEO)
http://enenews.com/scientific-america…

Professor: “Reports of radiation in kelp just north of California” — Signs of Fukushima contamination expected to start “really arriving strongly” this year
http://enenews.com/professor-reports-…

Radioactive Japanese Seafood for Export
http://www.vitapect.org/blogs/news/11…

Tepco “Don’t know where the rest of coolant water is escaping from reactor3″
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/01/te…

Direct leakage of reactor3 coolant water → Door blasted due to the 311 explosion, no robots can enter
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/01/di…

220 fuel assemblies removed from reactor4 pool by 1/22/2014
http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/01/22…

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