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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Fukushima - September 2014 News Links

Unusual North Pacific warmth jostles marine food chain

Fukushima gov.: Tainted soil site decision ‘painful’

Three Chiba cities will store radioactive waste if state fails to build final disposal site, NHK says

Yoshida Interviews / Asahi insists N-plant staff disobeyed orders

Lawyers call on TEPCO to accept settlements

Testimony from former chief of crippled Fukushima nuclear plant encourages ex-worker

Deceased Fukushima Chief: “I thought we were really dead” — Fear of“nuclear doom for eastern Japan” — “A total failure in which the fuel melts and breaches… containment vessel”

Fukushima Daiichi workers to sue TEPCO

Disaster Relief Mansions' Are Tearing Neighbouring Fukushima Town Apart

The Console of the Fuel Handling Machine dropped during debris removal operation of Unit 3

VIDEO: Wreckage crashes into nuclear fuel rods at Fukushima Unit 3 —Officials not reporting if damaged, but “will continue monitoring regularly” — Cooling in pool interrupted

Fukushima Crisis Continues, Was Worse Than First Reported

Fukushima governor sets 5 conditions for storing radioactive waste

Workersgrappled with darkness at start of Fukushima nuclear crisis

Fukushima forecast used by gov’t shows nuclear waste crossing ocean in single massive cluster — “Maximum concentration propagates eastward inPacific toward U.S.” — Highest levels worldwide remain along coast of N. America through 2026

Fukushima: TEPCO sued for $868,000 in unpaid ‘danger money’

EDITORIAL: Storing radioactive debris should not be regarded as Fukushima’sproblem

Fukushima workers to sue TEPCO for danger pay

Mushroom contamination map shows contaminated products mainly consumed in Kanto area

Tepco “570 kg of debris dropped on 10 fuel assemblies in SFP3, can’t see the fuel but everything is ok”

NRA to study possible volcano eruptions

TV: ‘Zombie’ starfish found along Pacific coast — Experts: “Much spookier than in past” — Babies “die so quickly… they just disappear” — Change in seawater could have activated deadly pathogen — Worries about creation of ‘superbug’ — Serious ecosystem changes now appearing

LDP dismisses idea of using ‘hate speech’ restrictions against anti-nuclear protesters

Gov't body cuts compensation for deaths over Fukushima disaster

TV director to cover Fukushima thyroid cancer and nuclear industry“commit suicide”

Fukushima city gov claimed for damage against Tepco due to the evacuation of the residents

Nuclear disaster drill at Shika plant

TEPCO coating seafloor at Fukushima port with special cement mixture

Fukushima Workers Who Fled May Have Received Garbled Orders, Reports Say

Fukushima Unit 4 Fuel Removal Work Resumes Tomorrow

TEPCO Admits High Radiation Readings In Fukushima Port

Questions remain over how to handle huge volcanic eruptions near nuclear plants

California Nuclear Plant Engineer: We were hit by explosion at Fukushima Unit 3(MAP) — “The public started to freak out” — Tell colleagues what radioactive material is coming their way… don’t notify public — Don’t release initial data to officials until they’re‘on board’

Editorial: Fully disclose testimonies on Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima Workers File Suit Over Missing Pay

Storing Tepco’s radioactive waste

No Fukushima Radiation Found In Coastal Areas

Lawrence Repeta on Japan’s New Secrecy Law

Fukushima Aftermath Lands at Feet of Ex-PM’s Daughter

New environment chief Mochizuki takes on Fukushima radiation woes

Fukushima nuclear material reported in West Coast groundwater; It’s discharging into Pacific Ocean — Fallout also found in meat and fish from same area — “Routinely detected’ in plant life long after March 2011

19-Year-Old Fukushima Woman Says, “Please Let Me Be the One to Decide on My Own Life.”

New METI chief Obuchi rules out new nuclear power plants

Radioactive water leaking from Fukushima tank

Tsuruga #2 Reactor To Never Restart

Tritium Filtration To Be Tested For Fukushima Daiichi

Tohoku residents wary of outsider picked as reconstruction minister

1,090Mega Bq/km2 of Cs-134/137 fallout still observed in July in Fukushima

Japan's nuclear disaster Toxic legacy

Kepco may scrap two aging reactors over upgrade costs

Japan to push for closure of ageing nuclear reactors: Nikkei

Toride city of Ibaraki decided to give lecture by the experts instead of thyroid inspection not to spread fear

IAEA, Japan to Conduct Joint Water Sampling in Fukushima

Surrealism on the Fukushima Daiichi TBS Webcam

Utilities consider decommissioning old reactors

New environment minister visits Fukushima

Radioactive plumes spread cesium a week after Fukushima disaster

Fukushima voices reverberate as history repeats itself

98,000,000 Bq of all β leaked from contaminated water tank

TV News program subtitle “We ran out of time to report about Fukushima related news”

LDP star Obuchi to lead nuclear debate

It was all over within hours certainly by 19th March, no power, no cooling, no containment.

26 among 39 children in Ushiku city Ibaraki given “A2, B” results in thyroid inspection

Two trillion becquerels of radioactive material may have escaped No. 1

Unité 3 de Fukushima : la théorie de l’explosion de vapeur

40-Year-Old Minister of Economy Declares "Contaminated Water Is Under Control", and "Effect of Radioactive Materials Is Completely Blocked" at #Fukushima I NPP

FUKUSHIMA: A Nuclear Catastrophe of Epic Proportions

Japan Gov’t: Tokyo area hit with ‘unnoticed’ wave of Fukushima radioactive material — Newspapers: “Heavily contaminated… High-concentration radiation” — Prime Minister:“We were right on the verge” of evacuating 50 million people

Sendai May Get Restart Approval, Who Has Potential To Restart

Local govts wary of nuclear plant restart

Editorial: Volcanic threat no light matter for Japan's nuclear plant operators

Fuel Removal from Unit 4

Video Showing #Fukushima I NPP Reactor 3 Operating Floor's Heavily Damaged Northwest Section

Power Plants Heading Out to Sea in Post-Fukushima Japan

TEPCO apologizes family over evacuee suicide

“Not for Distribution, Internal Use Only”: US Energy Dept. estimated Fukushima release up to 10,000 times larger than nuclear regulators predicted — ‘Supercore’ scenario an underestimate?

Fukushima fallout continues: now cleanup workers claim unpaid wages

Last month Tokyo Electric Power was ordered to pay $500,000 compensation, now workers sue for promised danger money
Senior Scientist: Fukushima reactors like Swiss cheese; No one knows how far melted nuclear fuel has spread — Newspaper: Highly radioactive water thought to be coming up from ground and directly into open ocean, bypassing plant’s bay; ‘Other substances’ making contamination more serious

EPA on Fukushima: “Modeling indicates greater potential impact to US coastal areas from precipitation than from transport” in ocean — California sea water exceeded 10,000,000 picocuries per cubic meter of iodine-131 in sample squeezed out of radioactive kelp

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

Japanese fishing population plummeted since Fukushima nuclear disaster

Japan nuclear regulator gives final safety approval for Sendai restart

Regulator gives OK to restart 2 Sendai reactors in Kyushu

Japan to OK nuclear plant return while pushing to close old reactors

Japanese mass media “Jiji” rose in revolt against Tepco / 2 trillion Bq leaked to the sea in 10 months

Fukushima No. 2 scrambled to avoid same fate as sister site Fukushima No. 1

Japanto restart nuclear reactors

Yoshida Interviews / Strong words on Fukushima N-crisis from TEPCO’s manager on the ground

Hydrogen explosion left Fukushima No. 1 workers sure they would die

More than 90,000 still living in makeshift housing as buildings deteriorate

Head Scientist: “I used to think I knew” why mystery epidemic is decimating millions of West Coast starfish, “but now I don’t” —Toxic pollution now suspected — Fukushima ‘not dismissed’ as cause — California Professor: Significant levels of fallout got into our coastal food web… marine life exposed… It’s not good

Fukushima nuclear disaster: three years on 120,000 evacuees remain uprooted

Nuclear Conspiracies And Pacific Radiation

Japanese regulator caves to the nuclear industry and government pressure –but still no restart for Sendai

Can Occupiers of Anti-Nuke Tent Village Break Down METI of Japan?

Yoshida transcripts on Fukushima nuclear crisis released

Japan in Depth / TEPCO measures fail to hold water</a>

Japan newspaper apologises for false Fukushima report

Japan newspaper apologises for false Fukushima report

Daily Asahi Shimbun retracts faulty Fukushima story, sacks top editor

Late Plant Manager Says He Wishes to ‘Beat up’ Those Who Claim Fukushima Staff Hesitated

Govt.releases interviews about nuclear accident

Secret Fukushima Testimony Revealed: Plant chief considered “disemboweling himself” after explosions… “I should kill myself” — Smoke seen at No. 3 reactor before blast, “I figured this was the end of plant” — At start of crisis “I was in despair… panicking… I could not afford to logically think”

Late Fukushima manager flagged risks of Japan's big nuclear plants

Underground Zeolite Wall Installed At Fukushima Daiichi

Fukushima waste storage issue come into next stage

Editorial: Move to restart reactors without sufficient debate a huge mistake

Fukushima food imports to Korea top 250 tons

With no plans, designated waste sits by farms

Massive Radiation Plume from Fukushima Heading Toward American West Coast According to a Scientific Report

Fukushima plant chief rapped gov't for not sharing sense of crisis

International Symposium in Fukushima Comes Up with Recommendations to Government

Weekly magazine to cover “suicide”of the TV director cancelled release

Daily Asahi Shimbun retracts faulty Fukushima story, sacks top editor

Govt. panel member reacts to interview release

Suga: Record disclosure at govt. discretion

Kan forced visit to Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant amid crisis

Abe Approves Of Non Existent Evacuations Plans For Sendai

Human chain formed to mark 3rd anniversary of anti-nuclear protest tents

Yoshida feared nuclear 'annihilation' of eastern Japan, testimony shows

Top-Secret Fukushima Interview: All the melted nuclear fuel will escape from containment vessel … it’s completely exposed — Nuclear annihilation of entire eastern part of Japan envisioned

Diabolical Deceptions, Dengue Fever and Dirty Nuclear Politics

Fukushima plant chief Yoshida admits lack of contingency plan

Editorial: Nuclear plants cannot rely on luck

Report: Worry over nuclear fuel hitting aquifer under Fukushima plant after melting through concrete — TV: Raging meltdown going on even as we speak… they still don’t have control of 3 melted cores

Fukushima: Trouble in Mushi Mushi Land

Testimony shows confusion at Fukushima plant, chief’s anger

De la gestion des flux migratoires par un État nucléariste dans un contexte de catastrophe nucléaire

Progress report on The Asahi Shimbun's coverage of Yoshida testimony

Will Fukushima Become An Extinction Level Event?

Asahi Breweries, Ltd. Fukushima factory, 0.57 μSv/h

Molten fuel might be out of concrete base to directly damage primary containment vessel of Reactor 1

Pink Skies at Daiichi Sep 14 2014

A melted shoe and a farewell letter in the dark

Responders cowed by explosion at reactor 3 building of Fukushima No. 1

Economic realities of old reactors

Yoshida’s call on seawater kept reactor cool as Tokyo dithered; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Sept 14, 2014

Downspoutapprx 930cpm, 4.18uSv/h Kanamachi Katsushika Ward in Tokyo

Thinking of Purchasing a Geiger Counter?

Expert: Plutonium contamination of Pacific Ocean food chain from Fukushima now suspected; “Real source of potential long term problems for humans” — Newspaper: “Leakage of highly contaminated water into sea must be dealt with immediately” — Gov’t: Effect on health of US public not ‘significant’

Contamination of Japan compared to the cleanup Criteria of Maralinga

VeryFrightening”: Journalist on very popular Japan news program found dead — Was only person reporting about Fukushima on national TV —Chilling recent quote: “Whatever happens, I want you to know I will never commit suicide” — No official news coverage of death, no obituary, ‘strange’ nuclear message appears on broadcast (VIDEO)

Expert of Tokyo Uni “Evacuation increases cancer more than radiation”

Major road in Fukushima open for general traffic

Cars allowed to use highway section closed by Fukushima nuclear crisis

Ocean hits record high for radioactive Strontium at all 6 locations near Fukushima reactors — Levels up to 20 times higher than reported last week — Officials: Contamination from highly radioactive ‘debris’ is seeping into ground and flowing out to sea

EDITORIAL: Plans to restart Sendai nuclear plant leave a multitude of unresolved questions

IRID Admits Fukushima Unit 1 Fuel May Be Outside Of Containment

Over 2 Trillion Becquerels of Radioactive Waste Flowed from Fukushima Plant into Pacific in Just 10 Months

Regional politics poses the final hurdle to nuclear restarts

Japan's Secrecy Law and International Standards

Always read beyond misleading headlines

‘Fukushima-Gate’ tapes deepen dispute over nuclear legacy
Account from Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster was kept secret - until now

Medesis Pharmasolves nuclear contamination???

Gov’t Scientists:“Something very unusual occurring” off west coast of US, Canada —“Unprecedented in historical record” — “Will dramatically reduce productivity” in 6,500 sq. miles of ocean — Anomaly extends “across Pacific to Japan” — “Who knows what will happen?”</a><a>productivity-17000-square-kilometers-could-se

VIDEO: Gov’t experts highly suspicious of Japan’s claim that nobody suffered acute radiation syndrome after Fukushima — So many workers were ill they had to lay on cardboard after running out of beds — Officials“repeatedly talked of death” — CBS: There were reports of people with radiation sickness

ALPS 2.0 Begins Test Operations At Fukushima Daiichi

Further step for frozen soil walls approved

Abe visits radioactive waste facility site

Fukushima to Solartopia - Pt. 1

Fukushima worker fell ill, sent to hospital by air ambulance / Tepco rejects announcing the name of disease

Hibakusha group withheld nuclear testing protest photos from exhibition

Fukushima radiation a “major threat” to survival of baby birds — “Immediate and worrisome” impacts on marine wildlife discussed — More damage to come as radioactive material biomagnifies in food chain

Govt. releases transport plan for tainted soil

Fukushima fishermen against water release plan

TEPCO: Groundwater bypass helps lessen waste water

Leader of Fukushima Study: “Intense exposure” headed toward northwest coast of US; Plume
traveling very fast via oceanic jet —Releases of radioactive water to impact California coastal areas over prolonged period

Fukushima radiation damages rice genome

Dump trucks eyed for moving tainted soil to hot storage in Fukushima

New Fukushima Evacuation Revelations From First Responders

Fukushima radioactive contamination is rapidly warming North Pacific seawater.

Sep 14, 2014 Fukushima Anomaly Update

Kurion awarded Fukushima treatment contract
Towns vote to block radioactive waste dumps

TEPCO struggling to win approval of fishermen over water-discharge plan

Radio show aborted for DJ’s comments on media control after 311

EDITORIAL: Time running out to scrap nuclear fuel recycling program

Groundwater Bypass May Be Lowering Contaminated Water At Fukushima Daiichi

Tainted water problems still plague Fukushima, despite some positive signs

Tepco announced bypass project decreased 130 t / d of water / Worker “No supportive data”

But is it safe? Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

Completion of nuclear fuel plant to be delayed

Japan Times: Fukushima plant plagued by problems as radioactive material bleeds into Pacific — Radiation level in groundwater now 25,000 times higher than when year began

TEPCO Announces Test Run of Improved Water Decontamination System at Fukushima

Govt. to set up new nuclear disaster relief office

26 times much radiation level detected from Japanese used car “Mitsubishi Pajero” in Russian customs

VIDEO: Radioactive material now flowing toward Tokyo and contaminating their water supply; Problems “actually only getting worse” — “Truth is no one in world really knows how to deal with Fukushima” — Gov’t Expert: Tepco “should give up’ making ice walls

Politicians discuss plan Bin nuclear power push: underground reactors

Japan joining nuclear compensation pact would clear way for U.S. cleanup aid

Opposition to waste storage complicates project - Fukushima cleanup going painfully slow

Secrecy law creates ruckus over guidelines

In the Wake of Fukushima (3/11): Japan’s Shift into Renewable Energy

Fukushima Decontamination Process Lagging Behind Set Time frame: Reports

Majority of municipalities planning residential decontamination haven’t finished work

Fukushima radiation still poisoning insects

Industry minister tries to convince public on need for nuclear energy

Gov’t Expert: Fallout in California thousands of times higher than we expected for several days after Fukushima explosions — ‘Orders of magnitude’ above estimates at start of crisis, even though estimations based on Chernobyl — Article: Releases at these levels would mean “many hundreds of kilograms” of “many other fission products!”

NHK changed their TVprogram about Fukushima radioactive particle to dinosaur with no explanation

SURVEY: Iwaki residents harbor mixed emotions toward Fukushima evacuees

Tepco to start removing blast debris from reactor 1 building in late 2015

Helplessness as reactor 2 lost cooling On verge of meltdown, operators feared evacuation of Tokyo possible

Tepco plea to evacuate enraged Kan

Japan PM: Nuclear Power Plants Will Not Reopen Unless 100% Safe

TEPCO changes radioactive water plan

16,000 demonstrators rally against restarting Japan nuke plant

Food affected by Fukushima disaster harms animals, even at low-levels of radiation

Japanese Official: Japan Should Follow Russia's Example in Setting Fukushima Regulations

Fukushima Unit 3 Dust Disperal Hints At Accident Events

What’s your anti-disaster plan?’ Thousands protest Japanese nuclear revival

Schools avoid Iwate Pref. world heritage site over radiation fears

“Groundbreaking” study reveals Fukushima nuclear waste is poisoning wildlife: Up to 99% of offspring died after eating ‘low-level’ contaminated food — “Very high” abnormality rates including “severe and rare” deformities

Ingestion of radioactively contaminated diets for two generations in the pale grass blue butterfly

Russian Scientists to Examine Kuril Islands for Fukushima Radioactive Waste

System to remove cesium at plant stops

Regulator: Cementing radioactive water unavoidable

Researchers,Find Radiation Hot Spots Off Coast Near Fukushima

TEPCO having trouble with 'ice wall' at Fukushima plant

Tepco to give up the preceding frozen wall and directly fill the trenches with cement instead

New industry minister vows to overcome nuclear crisis as Fukushima governor urges intervention

Japanese right targets liberal media A campaign of intimidation has been launched against Japan's major liberal and moderate media outlets.

Issues surrounding the seawall construction plans proposed by the Japanese government

Nuclear Professor: Fukushima Reactor 3 had blast similar to an“exploding vortex ring” — Ejection of nuclear fuel implies there was a “criticality excursion” and steam explosion — Black smoke possibly from burning MOX and uranium fuel (PHOTOS)

Over 10,000 Fukushima children still studying far from homes

Quicker way found to test for radiation in water

McCarthyism, Japan-style

Safety net for nuclear power

Rocky road ahead for Japan's nuclear restart

Nuclear Expert: We found ‘mystery’Fukushima plutonium; Why it’s there is yet to be understood, this was not expected — US Gov’t Expert: I don’t want to go down the rabbit hole too far… There’s speculation about plutonium fuel and about what other fuel they were using

Utilities should have nuclear waste storage facilities as prerequisite for reactor restarts, panel says

Newly released data shows Florida hit with highest level of radioactive material from Fukushima measured anywhere in world outside Japan — #1 out of more than 1,500 test results —Total radioactive iodine was up to 500% of amount reported

Japan to revamp feed-in tariff system amid utility capacity shortage

Old-established-cafe in Tokyo “Ginza West” decided to use Fukushima butter

Not nearly enough buses for mass exodus after nuclear accident

Here is how the National Academies of Science understands Fukushima

Recent reports indicate Fukushima was 2 to 3 orders magnitude greater in USA than Chernobyl (100 to 1,000 times greater)

Radiation fears still haunt Fukushima

70% to 90% of Fukushima and Chernobyl is in Food

Fukushima Worker: “All sorts of troubles going on in plant”; Officials won’t tell public what’s really happening, I’m concerned for my safety — People should be worried, it’s not under control —Employees wear disguises over fear of retaliation — Reporter: Tour of plant "was very strange... feels completely dead… you don’t see many people”

Fukushima Water Treatment System Fails Again

Govt. drafts bill on Fukushima radioactive waste

Four days later: ‘Fukushima 50′ recount start of nuclear crisis

Tears, hopeful promises of reunion as Tepco workers evacuated Fukushima No. 1

As radiation levels soared at Fukushima No. 1, plant chief Yoshida rescinded evacuation order

50%of Young People Living Near Fukushima Suffering From Thyroid Cancer

Hospitals nominally designated for radiation treatment double from 2011

Japan's Suga says volcanic eruption has no impact on nuclear restart

Is the Asahi a scapegoat of nationalist media or victim of own missteps?

Water treatment facility at Fukushima No. 1 suspended again

Water treatment facility at Fukushima plant suspended again

7,500 rally against restart of Kagoshima nuclear plant

Official data reveals lettuce from US West Coast nearly exceeded Chernobyl’s contamination limit; ‘Most dangerous’alpha radiation also detected — TV: Fukushima poses “significant health risks” to areas thousands of kilometers away (VIDEO)

Why is there no international effort to contain Fukushima’s nuclear mess?

Radioactive spikes from nuclear plants - a likely cause of childhood leukemia

Tokai reprocessing plant to be shut

Tokai Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Plant To Close

Workers at Fukushima plant doubled in past year

Japan’s Nuclear Disaster Evacuation Myth; Not Enough Buses

Eruption or not, nuclear restart in Japan to go ahead on schedule

Landowners briefed on Fukushima waste storage plan

Volcanoes may be next obstacle for Japan’s atomic power industry

Le mythe de la sûreté nucléaire

Two former Japanese prime ministers take anti-nuclear stance to stage at rock festival

Volcanic eruption fires concern about Kagoshima reactor restarts

Restart of southwestern nuclear plant unlikely before January

Tepco, Sellafield to compare notes on decommissioning reactors

US Gov’t: Fukushima an “unprecedented wide-area” disaster — Nuclear power threatens human existence — Japan “profoundly impacted” by radiation, scale of damage is “extraordinary”

Former Tokai mayor says Japan is sleep-walking toward further nuclear disasters

Water treatment facility at Fukushima plant suspended again

Fukushima Worker Electrocuted, 3 Power Issues At Plant

Restart of Sendai plant may be delayed

More requirements for nuclear waste storage sites

TEPCO signs cooperation pact with Sellafield

Landowners briefed on Fukushima waste storage plan

Fukushima chief was pleading for help from U.S. military: “Fire’s broken out at Reactor 4… We can’t do anything… please” — Leader turned pale after seeing flames and black smoke near fuel pool — Worker tries to have last meal before dying and realizes he’s unable to taste food

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