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Until the Fukushima accident, Japan had 55 operating nuclear reactors as well as enrichment and reprocessing plants which had suffered a series of deadly accidents at its nuclear facilities resulting in the deaths of workers and releases of radioactivity into the environment and surrounding communities. Since the Fukushima disaster, there is growing opposition against re-opening those reactors closed for maintenance.

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Sunday
Jun122011

Comparing working conditions for "bio-robots" (that is, workers) at Fukushima Daiichi with Chernobyl

A blog post at Lucas Whitefield Hixson compares the humidity, heat, and high radiation at Chernobyl in 1986 to Fukushima Daiichi today, as Japanese workers are now suffering heat stroke and dehydration as summer temperatures making already difficult working conditions even more unbearable. Workers wear 20 pounds of protective gear and respirators, to fend off radioactive particles and gases, although such suits do not protect against X-ray like gamma radiation -- thick lead would be required to block that. Included is a documentary with footage and commentary regarding the hazards faced by Chernobyl "liquidators" in the first days and weeks after the Chernobyl catastrophe began, including shoveling by hand chunks of highly radioactive debris back into the gaping maw of the exploded reactor. Dose rates of 7,000 Roentgen per hour led to 45 second shifts for "liquidators". Even that short a shift would deliver close to a 10 Roentgen dose. It is not clear from the documentary, however, how many such shifts individual "liquidators" were forced to undertake.

Sunday
Jun122011

May photos by Daisuke Tsuda show latest images of devastation at Fukushima Daiichi 

"Reactor 3," by Daisuke Tsuda, May 2011May 2011 photos, posted June 12th by Lucas Whitefield Hixson, by Japanese photographer Daisuke Tsuda show what the reactor units and surrounding facilities look like after the triple assault of earthquake and tsunami on March 11th, followed by nuclear catastrophe for the past three months. Note how Unit 3's secondary containment reactor building is largely rubble-ized, at least on the upper floors, where, for one thing, the high-level radioactive waste storage pool is (was?!) located. Note also how Unit 4's entire secondary containment reactor building -- especially at the top -- is leaning, risking complete loss of the high-level radioactive waste storage pool if the building actually collapses.

Friday
Jun102011

Earless "mutant" rabbit born near Fukushima

The baby bunny has raised concerns about birth defects after massive amounts of radiation were released around the failed Fukushima reactors.

Wednesday
May252011

French nuclear safety agency calls for wider Japan evacuation

From the Times of India:  "Seventy thousand people living beyond the 20-kilometre no-go zone around Fukushima should be evacuated because of radioactivity deposited by the crippled nuclear plant, a watchdog said. Updating its assessment of the March 11 disaster, France's Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN) highlighted an area northwest of the plant that lies beyond the 20-km (12 mile) zone whose inhabitants have already been evacuated. Radioactivity levels in this area range from several hundred becquerels per square metre to thousands or even several million bequerels per square metre, the IRSN report, issued late Monday, said.

Tuesday
May242011

Tepco has no more room to store radioactive water from Fukushima Daiichi cooling operations

NHK public broadcasting has reported that Tokyo Electric Power Company's (Tepco) desperate efforts to cool melting down reactor cores at Fukushima Daiichi Units 1, 2, and 3, as well as to cool overheating high-level radioactive waste storage pools at the multi-unit complex, have generated so much radioactively contaminated cooling water, that storage capacity for its retention is drawing to a close. Tepco admitted the leakage of radioactively contaminated water into groundwater and the ocean -- to the tune of tens of thousands of tons -- in both March and April.