Day 251 Uh-oh to the X degree?

Well, here’s some light reading to start with…

The Non-Battle of Fukushima …

Note: it’s not light reading and it’s very long. Be sure to read the comments afterward – they add a lot to the article (well, most of them do).
JUST “MULLING”????

Japan mulling banning cesium-tainted rice shipments from Fukushima

A farmer hangs rice straw to dry in her paddy in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 12. (Mainichi)

A farmer hangs rice straw to dry in her paddy in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 12. (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Japanese government is considering banning shipments of cesium-contaminated rice from the Onami area in the city of Fukushima that was affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Thursday.

“We’re considering restricting shipments of rice harvested in the Onami area in the city of Fukushima…and we’ll draw a conclusion swiftly,” Fujimura, the government’s top spokesman, said at a press conference.

Excessive levels of radioactive cesium were found Wednesday in rice harvested in the area, the first time such levels of the isotope have been detected in the national staple since the crisis erupted at the Fukushima nuclear power station, crippled by the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Read the rest at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111117p2g00m0dm069000c.html

Environment Ministry official under fire for dumping radioactive soil near home

Environment Minister Goshi Hosono bows in apology over the dumping of radioactive soil by a ministry official, in this picture taken on Nov. 17. (Mainichi)

Environment Minister Goshi Hosono bows in apology over the dumping of radioactive soil by a ministry official, in this picture taken on Nov. 17. (Mainichi)

A Ministry of the Environment official has dumped radioactive soil on a vacant lot of land near his home in Saitama Prefecture after the soil was sent to the ministry by a Fukushima resident, it has been announced.

Environment Minister Goshi Hosono revealed during a press conference on Nov. 17 that an employee of his ministry had thrown away the soil containing radioactive materials near his home after the soil apparently collected in the city of Fukushima was sent to the ministry earlier this month. The ministry has so far received such soil twice, and the dumped soil was one of the two portions.

Read the entire article (if you can believe it) at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111117p2a00m0na021000c.html

And then there are decent people…

Volunteers struggle to look after pets orphaned by Fukushima nuclear crisis

Volunteer veterinarian Aya Tokairin looks after a dog at an animal shelter in the city of Fukushima. (Mainichi)

Volunteer veterinarian Aya Tokairin looks after a dog at an animal shelter in the city of Fukushima. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — As the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant continues, nearly 300 pets rescued from the restricted zone within a 20-kilometer radius of the plant are living at two Fukushima Prefecture facilities, but cramped conditions and a lack of staff are making it tough to care for the animals.

As the door of one of the facilities in the city of Fukushima is opened, dogs in cages start barking and the smell of animals wafts through the air. Over 100 cages are lined up inside the facility, a rented warehouse with about 200 square meters of floor space.

Signs on the cages show the names of the places where the animals were found — many of them close to the nuclear power plant.

“Namie, named ‘Gon,'” one sign reads. A volunteer wearing gumboots and rubber gloves brings the dog out of its cage and gives it a good wash.

Read the entire article at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111117p2a00m0na012000c.html

Accident manuals for No 2 & 3 reactors disclosed

Accident manuals for reactors Number 2 and 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have again disclosed a lack of proper procedures to deal with a nuclear accident.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency released Tokyo Electric Power Company’s procedural manuals for the two reactors on Thursday. The portion of the manual for the No 1 reactor was disclosed in October.

The newly disclosed portions, about 180 pages each for reactors 2 and 3, describe procedures on water injection into the reactors and procedures to vent steam to reduce pressure within the reactor containment vessel.

But, the manuals had not made sufficient and specific preparations for an extended all-station blackout such as the one that occurred at the No 1 reactor.

The utility staff members followed the procedures in the manuals immediately after the March earthquake hit the power plant, but very few steps were followed after the tsunami.

The latest disclosure of the manuals came after the utility earlier submitted them to a Lower House panel with most of the contents blacked out.

TEPCO had insisted the information had to be kept secret in order to protect its intellectual property rights and because disclosure could open its facilities to terrorist attack.

Thursday, November 17, 2011 15:29 +0900 (JST)

Read the article and watch the new video at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20111117_21.html

Latest video by Arnie Gundersen

Hydrogen buildup at Fukushima? What does it mean & why does it happen?

http://vimeo.com/32233482

And these from Fukushima-Diary.com:

We are running out of safe food

Posted by Mochizuki on November 17th, 2011 · No Comments

I used to think canned food was ok ,but even that was an illusion.

Green peace measured canned fish.
The samples were taken from 15 branches of 5 major super market chains from North Japan to Kanto area. The measurement was conducted from October.
As a result,they measured cesium from 27 of 75 canned fish.
They announced it on 11/16/2011.

The worst one was the canned Pacific cod,which had 47.3 Bq/Kg. It was from Hokkaido,sold at a supermarket in Yokohama. (Yokohama again !)

This seems to be merely a beginning of the huge food problem. Greenpeace is expected to conduct continuos survey.

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104,000 Bq/kg of Cesium from river in Fukushima

Posted by Mochizuki on November 16th, 2011 · 1 Comment

The Ministry of the Environment published the measurement data of Cs-134, -137 contained in river, lake (source of tap water), and off shore of Fukushima.

Quick overview (Sample taken from 9/15~10/14)

(River)

  • Cs-134 ~ 48,000 Bq/ kg
  • Cs-137 ~ 56,000 Bq/ kg

(Lake, source of tap water)

  • Cs-134 ~ 26,000 Bq/ kg
  • Cs-137 ~ 32,000 Bq/ kg

(Off shore, beach)

  • Cs-134 ~ 270 Bq/ kg
  • Cs-137 ~ 300 Bq/ kg
(see link for data):
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640 Bq/kg from rice of Fukushima

Posted by Mochizuki on November 16th, 2011 · 2 Comments

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/11/640-bqkg-from-rice-of-fukushima/

10/12/2011, Fukushima mayor, Sato Yuhei declared Fukushima rice is safe with no basis.(Source)

The “safety limit” of rice is 500 Bq/Kg in Japan, which means you don’t die immediately even if you eat it once or twice.

However, excessively radioactive rice has already been found from Fukushima.

As the result of a temporary test, they found 640 Bq/Kg.

840 Kg of rice was harvested in the same rice field.

Fukushima local government states it hasn’t been distributed to the market, but that’s hard to trust.

This from EX-SKF:

Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3 Video of Packbot Finding 1.32 Sievert/Hr Location

For more, see my previous post.

But here’s the video of Packbot working at the 1.32 sievert/hr (or 1320 millisieverts/hour, or 1,320,000 microsieverts/hour) location in Reactor 3’s reactor building where the human workers somehow will have to go in.

Videos and more details at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/11/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-reactor-3-video.html

(Read the comments as well)

 

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