Fukushima News Roundup

A TEPCO worker in Ibaraki committed suicide by jumping off the roof of TEPCO’s branch office. The worker didn’t leave a note so officials were unsure why he took his own life at work.

Spent fuel removal at unit 4 begins next week. There is conflicting information about the fuel being removed by computer control or manual crane operation by workers.

The governor of Niigata says TEPCO can not be trusted to safely operate a nuclear plant. He cited “institutionalized lying” by the company as one problem. TEPCO is currently attempting to restart reactors in Niigata prefecture if they can gain government approval.

TEPCO began dumping contaminated rain water into holding ponds previously used until they began leaking contaminated water.

If you have not already read this, Reuters put out a special report on the horrible working conditions at Fukushima Daiichi and how workers continue to be scammed by the contractor system.

TEPCO is attempting to get out of paying decontamination costs and it looks like the current government may allow them to do so.

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