Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; 3.24.14

Sapporo in Hokkaido has made a plan to use hotels to hold up to 50,000 evacuees if there is a disaster at the Tomari nuclear plant.

Two fisheries cooperatives in Fukushima have given permission for contaminated groundwater to be released at Daiichi.

TEPCO has restarted two trains of the ALPS decontamination system after the B train was found to be sending out highly contaminated water.

The longest running evacuee shelter from the Fukushima disaster has closed. Residents from Futaba took refuge in Saitama prefecture during the rush to get people out of the area as reactors melted down. With Futaba unlikely to be habitable in the near future, many residents have found homes in Saitama.

Kawauchi Village will allow people to stay overnight in the town but the evacuation order has not been lifted. Residents expressed concern as there are still hot spots of radiation around the town.

The retail energy market that was opened up after the 3-11 disaster is booming in Japan.

The Niigata governor cited national government regulations that would make it impossible to effectively evacuate people near Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. Even something as basic as radiation exposure restrictions could prevent buses from reaching those needing to evacuate. The governor said it would be impossible to give any approval for a possible restart unless these problems were solved.

Hitachi showed off two new robots for Fukushima Daiichi to the press. One can change shape to route through pipes, the other has advanced water movement capabilities.

Radiation levels in some locations in Fukushima Prefecture have been rising

Easier to use food testing equipment is headed for municipal testing stations in Fukushima.

The head of the UN Human Rights Committee is calling for more widespread cancer testing in Japan

Students in Tohoku are using theater to bring understanding to the life challenges brought on by the triple disaster.

This letter to the Japan Times explains Fukushima’s history of struggle.

New Mexico has cancelled a plan to expand the WIPP nuclear waste facility. The plan would have added to the mine and relaxed some of the enclosure designs.

Los Alamos National Lab in the US will ship nuclear waste to a private nuclear waste company in Texas for temporary storage while the WIPP storage site is still trying to recover from back to back accidents.

Security staff at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant were cited by the NRC for violating security procedures. The security supervisor and plant superintendent attempted to diffuse what they thought was a pipe bomb by using a piece of duct tape and string to set it off. It turned out to be a discarded pump.

France is scaling back their use of nuclear power as solar and wind produce more of their energy.

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