Day 387 … just a few hours…

84 percent say government stress tests for nuclear plant restarts inadequate: survey

Despite the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) of Japan’s conclusion that the idled Oi Nuclear Power Plant clears safety standards required for resuming operations, 84 percent of the public do not believe that the government’s safety tests are sufficient, a Mainichi opinion poll has found.

The Mainichi survey was conducted on March 31 and April 1 via phone, using phone numbers that were chosen randomly by computer. Phone numbers in municipalities that have been deemed no-go zones due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were excluded. The response rate was 60 percent, with 905 people responding from 1,499 households with qualified voters.

Of the 905 respondents, 62 percent said they were against resuming operations of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO)’s Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, far outnumbering the 33 percent who said they supported the reactors’ restart. Meanwhile, only 10 percent considered the NSC’s so-called stress tests to be sufficient, while 84 percent said that they were not.

Discussions over a bill that would allow the launch of a new nuclear regulatory agency have stalled in the Diet, postponing its April 1 inauguration date. Because of this, oversight of nuclear power will remain under the jurisdiction of existing government bodies for the time being, even though the public carries a great distrust toward how government bodies have handled the disaster thus far. Even among survey respondents who said that they agreed with the restart of the two Oi reactors, 67 percent said the government’s stress tests were insufficient.

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Tsunami- and earthquake-detecting network planned for waters off eastern Japan

A network of 154 sets of earthquake and water pressure detectors is planned for the waters off Japan’s east coast, in an effort to more quickly and accurately predict tsunami.

The National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) plans to set detectors along the Japan Trench and in five ocean regions: off Boso, off Ibaraki and Fukushima prefectures, off Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, the northern part of the area off Sanriku, and off Tokachi and Kushiro. The detectors in the five regions are planned to be set at intervals of around 30 kilometers. Around 5,500 kilometers of fiber-optic cable are planned to connect them.

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From ENENEWS at:

Radioactive Waste Specialist: Would be just a few hours before fuel catches fire in Reactor No. 4 pool if cooling water supply was lost (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima…radiation so high – even robots not safe
Uploaded by: TheBigPictureRT
Upload Date: Mar 30, 2012

Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear joins Thom Hartmann. More than a year into the nuclear crisis at Fukushima – radiation levels have now reached their highest point yet. What does all this mean – and what should nuclear supporters in America be taking away from the continuing crisis?

More about Kamps: “Prior to joining Beyond Nuclear he was for eight years the Radioactive Waste Specialist at Nuclear Information and Resource Service”

At 6:40 in

KAMPS: Unit 4 storage pool… The entire building is listing including the pool. What they have is steel jacks underneath the pool to try to keep the floor from falling out or the pool from flipping over.

If that cooling water supply is lost, it will be just a few hours at most before that waste is on fire. 135 tons outside of any radioactive containment. They would be direct releases into the environment. 100% of cesium-137 could be released to the environment.


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Oh, and by the way, there was an M6 yesterday (no April Fool’s joke) right off the coast up near Daiichi.

~M6 quake hits Fukushima, intensity 5- of 7 — Tepco webcam shifts position (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

strong enough to move the TEPCO camera:

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Mayor of village near the stricken nuclear plant encourages employees

A banner reading

A banner reading “Return to Kawauchi” is hung by village employees in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 2. (Mainichi)

KAWAUCHI, Fukushima — The mayor of this village located near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant gave words of encouragement to employees on April 2 as they prepared for the new fiscal year.

Speaking to all 73 employees, Mayor Yuko Endo said, “Let us work honestly to make a new village.”


“It was a year that reminded us of things important to people, like the goodness of our village and what a village is,” said Endo. He mentioned radiation decontamination and job creation as tasks for the village to face.

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