Monthly Archives: May 2011

Water level rising at Fukushima after storms

The Bahrain News Agency reported today:   Tokyo, May. 31 (BNA) — Water levels in the basement of the No. 1 reactor building at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant increased dramatically on May 29 and 30, raising … Continue reading

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TEPCO rebuked for safety practices

The Daily Yomiuri reported just a little while ago: The health ministry on Tuesday ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. and a partner firm to correct practices regarding their failure to prevent workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant … Continue reading

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Two workers exposed to excess radiation at Fukushima

Reuters reported this afternoon:   Two workers at Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant may have exceeded the government’s radiation exposure limit, the plant operator said, adding to concerns about health risks for those fighting the world’s worst nuclear disaster in … Continue reading

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More on new explosion

Facts are still hard to come by, but here’s a link to the Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/31/japan-nuclear-plant-explosion Here’s what TEPCO posted on its English-language site, but I’m afraid something is lost in translation: – At approximately 2:30 pm on May 31, … Continue reading

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New explosion at Fukushima 4

Haven’t been able to get this from more than one source, but here’s all I know at the moment: Power-Gen Worldwide Fukushima nuclear plant reports new explosion, oil spill Published: May 31, 2011 A small explosion occurred at the Fukushima … Continue reading

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Scrams, acid spills, generator problems and unexpected emergency water….

Memorial Day was a busy one for the 104 nuclear reactors in the United States. In addition to a pair of emergency diesel generator problems, two unscheduled activations of emergency cooling systems and a sulfuric acid spill, there were three scrams … Continue reading

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Tsunami prep was one page document, TEPCO admits

The Associated Press has obtained the tsunami preparation document for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility under Japan’s open records act. As the AP reported earlier today: Japanese nuclear regulators trusted that the reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi were safe from … Continue reading

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New leak at Fukushima

TEPCO admitted today that there has been a new leak of radioactive water at Fukushima. As Reuters reported: The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Thursday detailed a new leak of radioactive water…. Tokyo Electric said up to … Continue reading

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Lesson from Fukushima for US nukes

The Wall Street Journal ran an article yesterday that revealed new details of the timeline for the earthquake and tsunami. One interesting detail had to do with the high-pressure coolant-injection system (HPCI), which provides emergency cooling water in the event … Continue reading

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Nuke loan expansion in Senate bill — action needed

Received this from Nuclear Information and Resource Service: 6930 Carroll Avenue, #340, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 301-270-6477; nirsnet@nirs.org; http://www.nirs.org SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER “CLEAN ENERGY” BANK BILL TOMORROW–MAY 26, 2011 BANK WOULD ENABLE UNLIMITED TAXPAYER FUNDING OF NEW NUCLEAR … Continue reading

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