Fukushima News Roundup; February 4, 2014

TEPCO admits 1 ton an hour of water injected into reactors is leaking but they don’t know where or how.

UK nuclear experts from Sellafield will join TEPCO’s growing list of paid consultants to try to help them deal with the mess at Fukushima Daiichi

1400 people filed a lawsuit against the makers of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. This includes GE, Hitachi and Toshiba. The suit asks for a token $1 USD per person compensation, making the suit less about money and more about establishing responsibility.

A radiation spike at the Sellafield nuclear site in the UK was explained away by officials as being a radon spike. Radon is known in the area. The plant told a large number of workers to stay home. The facility has been in operation for over 50 years, one would assume radon spikes would not be anything new or cause them to call off work. We checked the EURDEP radiation network and found a small increase for the same day from a nearby public radiation monitoring station. The levels appeared to go back to normal the following day and day after. Sellafield’s radon excuse does not make sense yet the press didn’t ask many questions.

US regulators delay licensing decision on MOX plant. The plant would make MOX plutonium nuclear fuel that no reactor in the country is approved to use nor has interest in.

US Senator Bernie Sanders says he will propose a law to end the Price Anderson Act that allows nuclear companies to avoid liability in the event of a nuclear disaster.

Indiana is proposing a law that would force consumers to pre-pay for a nuclear plant even if it is never built. This consumer financing scam has been used in other US states to stick consumers with investment risks that frequently go bust.



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