Day 330 Another reason to quit the habit (tobacco AND nuclear)

Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 2: Temperature Has Been Rising at the Bottom of RPV

So much for “cold shut down” and “end of the accident”.

From FNN News (2/5/2012):


Temperature of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Reactor 2 at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant has been rising since February 2. TEPCO will increase the amount of water being injected into the reactor to see if that lowers the temperature.


The temperature at the bottom of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Reactor 2 was about 52 degrees Celsius on February 2, but it kept rising. As of 5AM on February 5, it was 67.4 degrees Celsius, 15 degrees increase.


On February 5 TEPCO increased the amount of water injected into the reactor from 8.6 tonnes/hour to 9.6 tonnes/hour to see if it lowers the temperature.


TEPCO says it doesn’t know what is causing the temperature to rise, but says it doesn’t affect the decision of “cold shutdown state”.

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Fukushima’s Leaf Tobacco Farmers Secured Contract with Japan Tobacco for 2012 Crop

494 leaf tobacco farmers in Fukushima will grow leaf tobacco this year and sell it to Japan Tobacco (JT), a monopoly in Japan (50% of shares owned by the Ministry of Finance) and the 3rd largest tobacco and cigarettes manufacturer in the world, next to British American Tobacco.

Did you know that there is no national safety standard for radioactive materials in leaf tobacco?

From KFB Fukushima Broadcasting Co. (2/5/2012):


After the nuclear plant accident last year, the tobacco producers’ union in Fukushima Prefecture gave up planting the tobacco. In the next growing season [2012], 494 farms in central, southern and Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture will resume planting on 474 hectares.


The union and Japan Tobacco (JT) signed the agreement for the sale and purchase of the 2012 crop by Febuary 4.


The national safety limits for radioactive materials do not apply to leaf tobacco. JT has its own provisional safety limits (500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium, 2000 becquerels/kg of radioactive iodine).


According to the union, 167 farmers (136 hectares) in the no-entry zone and the planned evacuation zone will continue to refrain from planting, as well as 15 farmers (12 hectares) in areas with high radioactivity in the soil which may cause the crop to exceed the JT’s safety limits.

By the way, JT will start selling the cigarettes made from 2011 crop. Even though farmers in Fukushima did not grow leaf tobacco last year, farmers in other prefectures did, and the harvest was radioactive. JT doesn’t care as long as it is below 500 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium. The highest was 217 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium detected from leaves harvested in Ibaraki Prefecture, according to JT’s data measuring dried leaves. JT has assured customers that these leaves will be used in JT’s cigarettes, because the cesium levels were within the JT’s safety limit.

So, for added kick, look for JT-brand cigarettes come April. Make sure you don’t exhale though, as people around you may not want to inhale what you exhale.





Filed under “Oh boy.”

Fukushima Day 329 – NRC:96 Reactors in HIGHER QUAKE ZONES + leaks at 2 USA Nuclear Reactors




Residents launch thermal power project to revive spa resort in Fukushima

The Tsuchi-yu hot spring resort area is seen in this recent photograph. (Mainichi)

The Tsuchi-yu hot spring resort area is seen in this recent photograph. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — Residents here have launched an ambitious initiative to build a thermal power facility that will use steam from a local hot spring resort in a bid to revive the area, affected by the nuclear crisis.

Tsuchi-yu, a natural hot spring resort located near the central part of the city of Fukushima, has for years been one of the most popular destinations in the prefecture.

However, as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11 last year and the outbreak of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, six among the resort’s 16 inns were forced out of business either permanently or temporarily.

In an initiative to revive the area and bring customers back, three local entrepreneurs organized a committee for the reconstruction of the resort in October last year.

The committee’s goal is to build a thermal power facility within the resort that will generate electricity via steam from the area’s hot springs.

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