Happy Taiiku no Hi – A News Round Up
Hitachi contractors at Fukushima Daiichi spoke with the media. They talked of dangerous hot spots, surviving the explosions at the plant and the contentious goings on as TEPCO tried to abandon the plant.
Residents of Hirono reluctant to return. They don’t trust the government’s readings, locals say there are hot spots all over town. Even the mayor is saying people should not return until major decontamination is done.
A company poised to handle decontamination work in Tokyo is a subsidiary of TEPCO.
Decontamination workers now required to wear masks and carry dosimeters.
The 3-11 quake caused the Tokai nuclear reactor to be moved beyond design basis. A portion of the roof was damaged, no leaks were detected. There was no mention of any further testing at the plant to assure safety.
A company in Japan has developed a home radiation detector for food.
The state of Utah is fighting a private company that is blending high level nuclear waste in order to label it as lower level waste and put it into a landfill. This same company is opening another plant in Texas.
A multi-national group of researchers will be following the genetic changes around Fukushima Daiichi by testing samples from plants and animals.
Concern grows at US nuclear plants that the flawed GE control rods used in BWR Mark 1 reactors could cause a critical failure during an earthquake.
Exelon is attempting to renew the Limerick nuclear stations licenses 18 years before they expire. The very unusual action has caused concern with the public and experts. Normally a renewal looks at the condition of the plant close to the end of it’s original license. A renewal at Limerick would test the accusations that the NRC is rubber stamping renewals.
Limerick also had 3 unplanned shutdown scrams earlier this summer.
There have been 4 emergency generator failures at nuclear plants in recent months.
An interesting timeline of events at Indian Point nuclear plant. It includes a buckled heat proof steel containment liner, a lack of cooling systems and a long list of radioactive releases into the Hudson river.
US military veterans that were used in atomic bomb tests can now talk about their experiences.
Head of the NRC claims events like Fukushima are “too rare” to require immediate changes.
Only 47% of the health questionnaires in Namie have been submitted by residents.
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