Ex-chief of crippled Japan nuke plant has cancer
TOKYO (AP) — A utility spokesman says the former chief of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has cancer but doctors do not believe it is related to radioactive exposure.
Masao Yoshida, who led the onsite effort to stabilize the plant after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, stepped down from his post on Dec. 1, citing health reasons.
His employer, Tokyo Electric Power Co., kept the details of his illness under wraps until Friday, when it confirmed he has esophageal cancer.
TEPCO spokesman Masato Yamaguchi says Yoshida was exposed to 70 milliseiverts of radiation after the crisis began. The legal limit for nuclear workers is 100 milliseiverts.
He said doctors believe Yoshida’s cancer had been developing for at least five years and is unrelated to the crisis.
(Mainichi Japan) December 9, 2011
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“Baseless Rumors”: Japanese Twitterers Do Not Believe Yoshida’s Cancer is in the Esophagus
Partly because of distrust of anything that comes out of the mouth of any TEPCO/government person, but also because of a TEPCO video in which Yoshida appeared to explain to the viewers the then-current situation at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.
They think they see a bulge on the left side of his neck, and they think it is either thyroid or lymph node. Here’s one of the threads captured at “Hanayu” blog.
“Everything is out of control”
Actual Fukushima worker “Mr.Happy” confesses what is in his mind, more honestly than ever.
Today the gas (mainly hydrogen gas) control system at reactor 1 has finally got into the test drive mode. The makers are different from reactor 2, so it took us time to build it for reactor 1.
The next step is to build another gas controlling system for reactor 3, but we need to fix the crane first. Maybe we can’t get it down by the end of this year..
This week we’ve seen so many wild cows (Cows at farms were released after 311 and they live in the wild now.) on route 6, where is for the Fukushima plants. I guess cows are moving to somewhere warm toward winter .. The day before yesterday, a car from Fukushima Daini crashed into a cow and had the car burnt completely.
It’s hard to see black cows at night. I saw group of cows moving today and yesterday. feel like they are moving to south gradually. I wonder what the police does if they reach to the boarder of 20 km area.
Today they were supposed to announce a “big project”, but they didn’t. I asked someone “why”, he said there were some troubles to solve so it’s taking time. They are re-making the plan again.
They say it’s going to start at 12/21/2011.
Self defense force entered Fukushima plants area since yesterday. They came to decontaminate. They are planning to make bases at Naraha, Tomioka, and Namie. I saw numbers of their cars. Self defense force cars remind me of when 311 happened.
Government seems to plan to declare “Step2 is accomplished” on 12/16/2011 but actually nothing changes at the plants.
Government wants to declare the complete of step 2 during this year to pull back the residents to the planned evacuation zone and minimize the alerting area.
However, Naraha and Hirono, where the government lifted the evacuating area, haven’t had more then half of the population come back. Schools are still closed too. Government can’t pull people back to the zone even if they declare the safety.
Fukushima local government declared safety about “rice” but every time they did more radioactive rice was found. They mustn’t declare safety so easily.
Even though they “declare” the cold shut down, no risk of hydrogen explosion, massive decrease of radiation, nobody can actually measure the temperature of dropped nuclear fuel, and hydrogen level is not stable. Radiation is still emit by 60 million Bq/h, sea contamination is ongoing..
The situation is totally out of control. Government has been stating they were going to make the best to settle it down, but it doesn’t seem to be their “best”. Tepco requested 1 trillion yen of financial support from government. Now that government is a sponsor of Tepco, they should take more lead of them.
Tepco still hasn’t paid their sub-contract companies or makers for the past / current construction cost. Most of the stakeholders will have to withdraw soon. If major earthquake or tsunami hit the plants, it will be the real catastrophe. That is why we need to be in hurry.
The coastal levee is not endurable enough, the pipes of water purifying system will be cluttered everywhere. The buildings may fall apart. Even if they keep the emergency power, it will be nothing if they lose the buildings.
Because the core problem has not been solved, decontamination will be a total waste of energy. We need to think more about how to solve the problems.
Fukushima Earthquake and Tsunami Station Blackout Accident
A summary by M. Ragheb, 1 Dec. 2011
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TEPCO drops plan to release low-level radioactive water in sea
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has dropped plans — at least for now — to release low-level radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant into the ocean after protests from fishermen.
TEPCO on Dec. 8 submitted a midterm analytical report on the status of the crippled nuclear power plant to the governmental Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA). But the report did not include an initial plan to release the water into the sea after a national fisheries cooperative association and others protested the plan.
TEPCO considered the release because underground water is accumulating inside the power plant’s reactor buildings at a rate of 200 to 500 cubic meters per day as TEPCO continues to apply water to cool the heavily damaged reactors, and this water has become contaminated.
The water is sent to storage tanks but those tanks will reach full capacity in the near future, so TEPCO considered treating the water to lower its radioactive levels below a legal limit and then release it into the ocean. After the protests from fishermen and others on Dec. 8, however, the utility reconsidered the plan.
The report from TEPCO deals with measures including removal of nuclear fuel from the containment vessels and spent nuclear fuel pool. NISA was to hold a hearing Dec. 9 to hear opinions of experts and evaluate the report.
(Mainichi Japan) December 9, 2011
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Hmmm, think the fishing industry had anything to do with that?
Fisheries demand TEPCO drop water-release plan
Fisheries cooperatives on Dec. 8 demanded Tokyo Electric Power Co. rescind its plan to release radioactive water from its crippled nuclear plant into the sea, saying the move would further damage their industry. (December 9) [more]
Some Fukushima residents exposed to up to 37 millisieverts of radiation
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — Residents in three municipalities near the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been exposed to up to some 37 millisieverts of radiation during the four months after the powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11 crippled the plant, Fukushima prefectural government officials said Friday.
The local government worked out the estimated dose of exposure after conducting health checks on about 1,730 of the 29,000 residents in the towns of Namie and Kawamata and the village of Iitate in Fukushima Prefecture, who filed their behavioral records during the four months. The average dose is estimated at just above 1 millisievert.
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Radiation levels in Koriyama children exceed annual limit: survey
KORIYAMA, Fukushima — Radiation levels detected in children in this city near the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant exceed the government-set annual limit, a municipal government study has revealed.
The survey, the first of three to be conducted before March 2012, examined accumulated radiation levels in all 25,551 elementary and middle school children residing in the city, measured on a 24-hour basis daily, between the period of Oct. 5 and Nov. 6. Final survey data excludes the 0.06 millisieverts dosage presumed to be accumulated through natural exposure to radiation.
The average radiation level according to the survey data announced on Dec. 8 was 0.12 millisieverts, which calculated over a one-year period equals 1.33 millisieverts — 0.33 millisieverts more than the annual limit set by the government for both children and adults.
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“400 tonnes of groundwater is flowing into the building basements per day. 12,000 tonnes per month. 144,000 tonnes per year.”
Fukushima I Nuke Plant: TEPCO Defers Decision on Dumping Treated Water into the Ocean
TEPCO is smarter than you think.
By deferring the decision on what to do with the treated water at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant,TEPCO will be able to dump it in the end anyway, when the storage tanks becomes full by March next year. Wait till the last minute, like it did with the first dumping of low-contamination water in April, and TEPCO can plead to the government that there is no other choice. The government will approve the dumping, with regrets, telling citizens that there is no other choice, and claim it will have obtained permission from countries that may be affected. The chief cabinet secretary will no doubt on hand to say there is no immediate effect on marine life, no immediate effect on human life, just like the previous cabinet secretary said.
Same old, same old.
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Radioactive Debris: Tomakomai City in Hokkaido Says “Yes!” to Accepting and Burning
So, they really don’t know how radioactive the debris is, their incinerators don’t even separate fly ashes and bottom ashes, they think 100 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in the debris is safe.
100 becquerels/kg of cesium in the debris will result in 3300 becquerels/kg of cesium in the ashes. Hokkaido’s contamination from the Fukushima accident is low to ND so far, and yet the officials who run the show think nothing of burying the ashes that have 3300 becquerels/kg of cesium. To help Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima. Right.
The adjacent city north of Tomakomai, Chitose City, is opposed to accepting disaster/radioactive debris. It doesn’t matter much, does it, if the city right next to it is burning the debris?
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Returnees fear Fukushima’s invisible touch
By Donald Kirk
MINAMISOMA, Japan – The lugubrious notes of Silent Nightwafted from an outdoor sound system on the near-empty main street to the station of this coastal city on the northern edge of the 20-kilometer “exclusion zone” around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The doleful refrain set the tone for a community that exists in endless doubts about recovery from radiation nearly nine months after the tsunami of March 11 inundated the plant with torrents of sea water.
At a factory that salvages old and wrecked cars just outside the barriers on the road down the coast to the plant, a digital display in the office flashed the numbers -0.10 and 0.22 – highs and lows of micro-sieverts. “That’s well within the safety limit,” a young woman in the factory’s overseas marketing department assured me. “We are safe here.”
For all such assurances, though, nobody really believes bad stuff is no longer floating through the clear cold air or lapping up on the innocent looking shores beyond the concrete breakwater over which 40-foot waves surged that day, wiping out an entire district down the slope from the factory.
“It’s invisible substances,” said Sumiko Goto, a manager of a hotel filled with engineers, officials and construction workers who’ve been there for months cleaning up the wreckage that inundated everything within a kilometer of the shoreline. “It’s in the air, in the river, on the walls,” she said. “People are very anxious about the situation. Radioactive substances come from the ground, from the river bottom.”
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Gundersen: If in Oregon, Wash., Calif. you need to demand officials test how Fukushima fallout has affected rivers and fish — Significant radiation hit west coast and settled in on Cascades (VIDEO)
The Impact of the Fukushima Radiation on the Ocean, EcoReview, Community Television of Santa Cruz County, Dec. 7, 2011:
Interview with Arnold Gundersen, Chief Engineer, Fairewinds Associates, Inc; Nuclear Engineering, Safety, and Reliability Expert; Federal and Congressional hearing testimony and Expert Witness testimony; Former Senior Vice President Nuclear Licensee; Former Licensed Reactor Operator; 39-years of nuclear industry experience and oversight
At 53:35 in
I think if you’re on the west coast and the Cascades you need to demand more of your — you know Oregon, Washington State, California — of your local officials, or of the federal government, to look into what’s in the fish.
Not just the saltwater fish […] but also what’s rained out on the land and is now in the local rivers.
At 55:10 in
It was a wave… significant radiation hit the west coast and sort of settled in on the Cascades.
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Kansai braces for power shortages after Kepco halts reactor
TSURUGA, Fukui Pref. — Kansai Electric Power Co. said Thursday it has shut down the No. 2 reactor at its nuclear power plant in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture, due to technical trouble.
The shutdown is expected to further restrict Kansai Electric’s power supply and make winter electricity shortages more likely in the Kansai region, as only two of the utility’s 11 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture — the No. 2 unit at the Oi plant and the No. 3 unit at the Takahama plant — currently remain in operation.
The Oi reactor is scheduled to go offline Dec. 16 and the Takahama unit in February, both for regular inspections, Kansai Electric said.
The Mihama plant’s No. 2 reactor was taken offline after a pressure valve malfunctioned, causing cooling water to leak. As the amount of water leaking was about to exceed the processing capacity of the plant’s wastewater treatment system, the utility started to manually shut down the reactor Wednesday.
The reactor, which had been scheduled to cease operations for a regular check Dec. 18, will undergo a periodic inspection as planned.
TEPCO to depend on foreign companies for Fukushima plant insurance
TOKYO, Dec. 9, Kyodo
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to seek insurance from foreign companies for its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as Japanese insurers have refused to renew coverage expiring in January, industry sources said Friday.