Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; May 4 2014

Tritium levels at the Fukushima Daiichi site have jumped by 17 trillion becquerels since January. There is new concern that the tritium has begun dissolving into water at an increased rate.

The highly promoted reopening of the town of Tamura in Fukushima saw 27 people return to the town. Extensive work was done to put in temporary facilities in the hopes people would return. This seems to be a condemnation and rejection of the government plan to convince people to return.

Japan will begin sending radiation testing data for food to Taiwan on a trial basis. Taiwan has been spot testing Japanese food imports but requested the data be shared with their food and drug authority. Taiwan already has stricter import restrictions than many western countries such as the US. Taiwan has a blanket ban on foods from five prefectures and does routine testing on a list of food categories considered to be most at risk.

Dr. “100 mSv” Yamashita is back like a bad check. This time he will head up a program intended to “support recovery in Fukushima”. The program would be involved in aspects of health, welfare and education.  The program called Fukushima Future Creation Support Research Center will be heade by Dr. Yamashita who withdrew from the Fukushima Health Survey after repeated issues were raised about his impartiality and competency to run the program.

It was discovered in a new report on nuclear evacuations that it would take over two days to evacuate residents of Fukushima if there was another nuclear accident. The report assumed that people had returned to the evacuation zone.

France wants to use the Monju fast breeder reactor in Japan to conduct research. The reactor is currently banned from operation by the NRA due to a massive series of safety problems.

There was an explosion at the Plutonium Finishing Plant at the Hanford Nuclear Site. Workers are expressing concern that the incident isn’t being taken seriously by the contractor running the project. There are concerns about the potential for more accidents. The article also mentions that the workers involved were apparently not wearing respirators.

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