Day 511 Our basic needs are just the same

Across the globe, throughout the ages, our basic needs are just the same, aren’t they?

A must-see:

Becci Manson: (Re)touching lives through photos

(h/t: J)

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Ooi Nuke Plant: 200 Cubic Meters of Jellyfish Caught on the Water Intake Screen

I’ve written about 137 alarms at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant Reactor 4 and the jellyfish protesting the restart (again) in my previous post. Yomiuri Shinbun tells us the scale of the jellyfish attack this time.

200 cubit meters worth of jellyfish forced the plant to reduce the water intake by 30%.

Good job, jellyfish.

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Fukushima nuke plant worker on-duty without dosimeter

A worker at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was not wearing a dosimeter while on-duty on Aug. 3, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced on the same day.

According to the utility, the subcontractor employee with TEPCO group company Tokyo Energy & Systems, Inc. was part of a four-person team tasked with removing a hose, and spent about four hours and 20 minutes on-site. The man in his 20s noticed he was not wearing his dosimeter after the job was complete, though his companions were wearing theirs. The other employees’ dosimeters showed radiation exposure of 0.1 to 0.12 millisieverts during the work.

The incident follows the discovery last month that an executive with another Tokyo Energy & Systems subcontractor had ordered his employees to cover their dosimeters with lead sheaths to artificially reduce radiation dose results.

Tokyo Energy & Systems, Inc. is investigating the Aug. 3 incident.

August 04, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

(More over at ENENEWS at:)

Tepco Admits “Serious Problem”: Fukushima plant worker ‘forgot’ to wear dosimeter — Almost over radiation limit in just 2 months — Did work at Reactor 4

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Radioactive cesium found off of Niigata, Shizuoka, Iwate coasts: gov’t study

Radioactive cesium likely from the Fukushima nuclear disaster was detected last year in a survey of ocean waters and fish off Niigata, Shizuoka, and Iwate prefectures, the government announced on Aug. 3.

“Even if taken internally, the radiation levels detected are not a risk to human health,” the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology stated. The ministry added it believes the small amount of contamination detected even in the Sea of Japan off Niigata was probably originally airborne material that made it to coastal waters through rain and river courses.

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Good editorial from Mainichi. Here’s the first half:

Editorial: TEPCO must be condemned for news media restrictions

We must condemn Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) over its restrictions on news media access to footage of videoconferences it held immediately after the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The utility will show the videoconference footage to news organizations on request staring Aug. 6. However, the company has altered parts of the videos out of consideration for the privacy of employees who appear in the videos.

TEPCO has agreed to show the edited footage to the media with various conditions attached. It bans reporters from recording the footage or identifying ordinary employees who are not listed in the company’s own crisis investigation report. Furthermore, the utility demands that news organization never release any of the footage or images from it that they obtain through their own sources.

The power company has even hinted it will expel journalists who refuse to comply with these rules from its offices or ban them from attending its future news conferences. Such media restrictions are absurd considering that the footage is public property, as well as the public’s right to know and the freedom of the press in Japan. We strongly urge TEPCO to respond to news organizations in a flexible manner when it shows the footage.

About 150 hours of videoconference footage between TEPCO headquarters and the stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant will be released to the press, covering the roughly four days from March 11, 2011 — the day the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis — to March 15.

During that period, hydrogen explosions blew apart the buildings housing the plant’s No. 1, 3 and 4 reactors. The No. 2 reactor’s cooling function was lost and sea water was injected into the No. 1, 2 and 3 reactors. Amid this critical situation, then Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited the TEPCO headquarters on the early morning of March 15, and warned the utility in no uncertain terms against withdrawing workers from the plant.

The nuclear disaster came as a shock not only to the Japanese public but also the international community. The TEPCO videoconference footage is indispensable for clarifying how the utility tried to bring the crisis under control and how far workers grasped the condition of the overheating reactors, as demanded by the international community.

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From ENENEWS at:

Water with 1 sievert per hour dose rate was leaking directly into ocean after 3/11 -Japan Gov’t

Title: April 4th, 2011 – Water with dose rate of more than 1000 mSv/hr confirmed leaking directly into the sea
Source: Enformable
Date: July 31, 2012

NISA press release from April 2, mentioned that water with dose rate of more than 1000 mSv/hr (100 rem/hr) was confirmed by TEPCO at around 3:20 UTC on April 2 inside the cable storage pit located next to Unit 2 discharge point. There exists a crack of approximately 20 cm on the sidewall of the pit closest to the sea and water inside the pit is confirmed and shown to be leaking directly to the sea. News reports indicate the flow of this water is approximately 2 L/sec.


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Gov’t appears closer to supporting 15% nuclear power dependence rate

TOKYO (Kyodo) — As the government goes through the process of sounding out what the public thinks of Japan’s nuclear power options in its new energy policy, it appears to favor the intermediate option of reducing the nation’s dependence on nuclear energy to 15 percent by 2030 from around 26 percent.

If the government’s policy to “basically” limit the service life of nuclear reactors to 40 years is applied strictly, as stated recently by the government’s candidate to head Japan’s new nuclear regulatory authority, the number of Japan’s commercial reactors will fall from the current 50 to 20 by 2030. With those remaining reactors operating at 80 percent of capacity and no new ones built, nuclear power would account for 15 percent of the nation’s total energy supply.

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