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Indoor mushrooms contain 1,770 bq/kg of radioactive cesium — Gov’t “determining the cause”

Radioactive cesium detected in Fukushima shiitake, NHK, July 16, 2011:

Radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard has been detected in shiitake mushrooms grown indoors in 2 cities in Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. [...]

The Fukushima prefectural government says 1,770 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium was . . . → Read More: Indoor mushrooms contain 1,770 bq/kg of radioactive cesium — Gov’t “determining the cause”

Japan reactor forced to shutdown after loss of pressure in tank

Japan Operator Shutting Down Nuclear Reactor After Malfunction, New York Times, July 16, 2011:

Japan’s second-largest nuclear operator said Saturday that it was manually shutting down a reactor in central Japan after a technical malfunction. [...]

[Yoshihiko Kondo, a spokesman for the plant’s operator, Kansai Electric Power] said that a loss of pressure had . . . → Read More: Japan reactor forced to shutdown after loss of pressure in tank

NRC issues alert over chemical leak at Chicago-area nuke plant — Workers taken away for treatment

NRC: Exelon Cleaning Up Chemical Leak At Illinois Nuclear Plant, Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2011:

A chemical leak at an Illinois nuclear power plant [60 miles southwest of Chicago] run by Exelon Corp. (EXC) has temporarily restricted access to a vital cooling area of the facility [...]

The NRC issued an alert . . . → Read More: NRC issues alert over chemical leak at Chicago-area nuke plant — Workers taken away for treatment

Reactor No. 3: Containment vessel not holding air pressure — Gas may be leaking from damaged part of container, says TEPCO (VIDEO)

TEPCO checking for gas leak from No. 3 reactor, NHK, July 15, 2011:

[...] Tokyo Electric Power Company has injected more than 200 cubic meters of nitrogen into the [No. 3] reactor’s containment vessel since Thursday evening. But it says the interior air pressure has increased very little.

TEPCO says gas may be leaking . . . → Read More: Reactor No. 3: Containment vessel not holding air pressure — Gas may be leaking from damaged part of container, says TEPCO (VIDEO)