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Gov’t says 1,500 tons of highly radioactive sludge may end up as “soil for gardening”

1,500 tons of radioactive sludge cannot be buried, NHK, July 29, 2011:

Nearly 50,000 tons of sludge at water treatment facilities has been found to contain radioactive cesium [...]

A total of 1,557 tons in 5 prefectures, including Fukushima and Miyagi, was found to contain 8,000 or more becquerels per kilogram. This sludge is . . . → Read More: Gov’t says 1,500 tons of highly radioactive sludge may end up as “soil for gardening”

Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite radiation exposure below legal limit — As little as 5 millisieverts

Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite lower radiation exposure than legal limit, Mainichi Daily News, July 27, 2011:

Of 10 nuclear power plant workers who have developed cancer and received workers’ compensation in the past, nine had been exposed to less than 100 millisieverts of radiation, it has been learned. [...]

According to Health, . . . → Read More: Nuclear plant workers developed cancer despite radiation exposure below legal limit — As little as 5 millisieverts

Ft. Calhoun nuke plant can’t be inspected for damage until floodwaters recede — Restart may be some time next spring

Nuclear plant will wait to reopen, AP, July 28, 2011:

Officials plan an inspection after waters recede.

When the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant will be able to restart is still not clear because the utility that operates it won’t be able to inspect it for damage until floodwaters from the overflowing Missouri River . . . → Read More: Ft. Calhoun nuke plant can’t be inspected for damage until floodwaters recede — Restart may be some time next spring

Japan gov’t told power company to deceive public by staging questions during nuclear forum

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Chubu Electric: NISA tried to deceive public forum, NHK, July 29, 2011:

Chubu Electric Power Company says the government’s nuclear agency asked it to make sure that questions in favor of nuclear power be asked at a government-sponsored symposium in 2007.

In a report submitted to the government on Friday, the utility said the . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t told power company to deceive public by staging questions during nuclear forum

NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking

TEPCO to extract air from troubled reactors, NHK, July 29, 2011

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it will extract air from troubled reactors at the plant to measure the amount of radioactive substances. [...]

The operation is intended to obtain accurate data on what kind of radioactive substances are . . . → Read More: NHK: TEPCO doesn’t know where melted fuel is at in reactors or actual level of radioactive particles still being released — About to start checking