Monthly Archives: May 2014

Tritium levels at Fukushima No. 1 top Pacific Ocean dumping limit, TEPCO admits

via Japan Times / May 28, 2014 / Water sampled from a well at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has been found to contain levels of radioactive tritium that exceeds the limit for dumping it into the Pacific, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The discovery was the first report of ...

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TEPCO public trust remains low as Japan shuffles nuclear watchdog

via Channel News Asia / May 28, 2014 / Japan's government has announced it will replace two of its five members on the Nuclear Regulation Authority which determines if a nuclear plant is ready for a restart. Speculation is rising that the government is removing the seismic expert responsible f ...

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Hitachi Seaside Park Closed Due to Radiation Fears

via JapanCrush / May 25, 2014 / Netizens have been alarmed by the news from national broadcaster, NHK, that part of the beautiful Hitachi Seaside Park have been closed off due to a peak in radiation levels. Ibaraki Prefecture, which is home to the park, neighbours Fukushima Prefecture, and ...

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Government shows no intention of disclosing Fukushima disaster interviews

via Asahi Shimbun / May 24, 2014 / Successive Cabinets have refused to release details of firsthand accounts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, despite an understanding by a government investigation committee that the information from 772 interviewees could be made public. The media and other ...

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More Than 90% of Public Comments Were Against Japanese Government’s Nuclear Policy

by Atsushi Komori / via Asahi Shimbun / May 25, 2014 / More than 90 percent of respondents during a public comment period on the Abe administration's basic energy policy were opposed to nuclear power generation, according to an Asahi Shimbun estimate released on May 25. The Asahi Shimbun ma ...

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TEPCO begins pumping groundwater into Pacific

By Justin McCurry / theguardian.com / May 21, 2014 / The operator of the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has started pumping groundwater into the Pacific ocean in an attempt to manage the large volume of contaminated water at the site. Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) said it had rel ...

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Japan court rules against restart of nuclear reactors

from Channel News Asia / May 21, 2014 / A Japanese court ruled Wednesday against the restarting of two reactors at a nuclear power plant, acknowledging residents' safety fears and dealing a blow to the government's plan to revive nuclear power. It was the first court ruling in Japan against th ...

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