Day 488 Low risk is NOT no risk.

[Asahi] Gov concealed radiation exposure data of Fukushima children “not to cause fear”

Posted by Mochizuki on July 11th, 2012

Study finds lifetime thyroid doses of radiation in Fukushima children

Children in Fukushima Prefecture likely received thyroid gland doses of internal radiation, despite earlier government assurances that the levels of such doses were zero, according to an independent study.

The estimated lifetime radiation doses among the children are still low, but they do exist, the National Institute of Radiological Sciences (NIRS) said at an international symposium in Chiba Prefecture on July 10…..

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Protests around the country continue tomorrow,

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Accident: “I’m Not Responsible” Says Naoto Kan, Former Prime Minister of Japan

From Jiji Tsushin (7/11/2012):

自己責任を否定=原発事故調に反論-菅前首相

Former Prime Minister Kan denies responsibility for self, argues against the Diet Investigation Commission[‘s conclusions]

民主党の菅直人前首相は11日付のブログで、東京電力福島第1原発事故について「原因の大半は、事故発生の2011年3月11日以前にある。これが私の結論だ」と述べ、自らの責任を否定する一方、東電や経済産業省原子力安全・保安院の対応を批判した。

In his blog post dated July 11, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, of Democratic Party of Japan, commented on the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident by saying, “Almost all the causes for the accident had existed before March 11, 2011, the day the accident happened. And that’s my conclusion.” He denied his own responsibility, and criticized the response [to the accident] by TEPCO and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/07/fukushima-i-nuke-plant-accident-im-not.html 

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/japanese-doctors-fukushima-warning-i-am-worried-because-i-received-calls-complaining-of-health-problems-much-earlier-than-expected

Japanese Doctor’s Fukushima Warning: I am worried because I received calls complaining of health problems much earlier than expected

A-bomb doctor warns of further Fukushima woes
Kyodo News
July 12, 2012

[…][Shuntaro] Hida says he has received calls from residents around the Fukushima plant complaining of unexplained fatigue and diarrhea as well as hair loss, symptoms he suspects were caused by internal exposure to radiation.

It remains unknown if the health problems are linked to the release of massive amounts of radioactive materials from Tepco’s damaged plant. But Hida is concerned.

“I am worried because I received such calls much earlier than I expected,” he says.

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He has spent much of his life researching the unexplained fatigue called Bura Bura disease he believes is caused by radiation exposure. Hida says some people could begin showing symptoms “in one to three years” after the Fukushima meltdowns.

[…]

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Nuke disaster evacuees ask court to force shuttering of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant

NIIGATA — Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees demanded at a court here that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) shut down its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant permanently, saying the utility is not qualified to run nuclear reactors….

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120712p2a00m0na010000c.html

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[Reactor4] Debris removal was finished, fuel will be taken out soon.

 
More photos at:
and at Reactor #3:
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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/tepco-releases-labeled-image-indicating-location-3-spent-fuel-pool-photo

Tepco releases labeled image indicating location of No. 3 Spent Fuel Pool (PHOTO)

Some have written in about what appears to be a whitish haze in the location where the spent fuel pool label is in the above photo. Anyone else observing this?

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Robot “Survey Runner” Lost in High-Radiation Reactor 3 Torus Room at #Fukushima I Nuke Plant

On the second job since its debut in April surveying the Reactor 2 Torus Room, the robot Survey Runner became inoperable inside the Reactor 3 Torus Room. TEPCO says the radiation levels inside the Torus Room are just too high to retrieve the robot. The maximum radiation recorded by the robot before it became inoperable was 360 millisieverts/hour.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/07/robot-survey-runner-lost-in-high.html

and other coverage at… 

Survey robot died in reactor3

Posted by Mochizuki on July 11th, 2012

Survey runner robot stopped on the radiation measurement of torus room in reactor3.

From 11:00 to 15:00 of 7/11/2012, Tepco was taking radiation, visual and “sound” data in torus room of reactor3 by using a robot. The atmospheric dose was 360 mSv/h….

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