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Mainichi: Fukushima nuke plant workers blasted with beta radiation

3 Fukushima nuke plant workers blasted with beta radiation, Mainichi Daily News, August 31, 2011:

At least two workers at the crisis-stricken Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant were blasted with more than 15 millisieverts of beta radiation on Aug. 28, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has announced. [...]

One other worker . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Fukushima nuke plant workers blasted with beta radiation

“We’ve got to stop these sorts of reports coming out” — Int’l conference warns that media talk of Fukushima health effects “may be harmful”

Fukushima media coverage ‘may be harmful’, New Scientist by Andy Coghlan, August 30, 2011:

Alarmist predictions that the long-term health effects of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan will be worse than those following Chernobyl in 1986 are likely to aggravate harmful psychological effects of the incident. That was the warning heard at an . . . → Read More: “We’ve got to stop these sorts of reports coming out” — Int’l conference warns that media talk of Fukushima health effects “may be harmful”

Nuclear Expert: Quake-hit Virginia nuke plant should be distributing bottled water to nearby residents — Pipes under North Anna are potentially a grave public danger

Tritium trouble? Nuke fears rise with quake, self-policing, The Hook by Courteney Stuart, August 30, 2011:

[...] On Monday, August 29, the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that the quake may, in fact, have produced force that exceeded the North Anna plant’s specifications and that the Commission is sending a special Augmented Inspection Team . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert: Quake-hit Virginia nuke plant should be distributing bottled water to nearby residents — Pipes under North Anna are potentially a grave public danger

29 million bq/m² detected in Okumamachi nearby Fukushima meltdown

34 spots top Chernobyl evacuation standard, The Yomiuri Shimbun, August 31, 2011:

[... The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry] ministry checked soil contamination levels in about 2,200 locations around the nuclear plant.

The spot with the highest concentration of cesium 137 as of June 14–about 15.45 million becquerels per square meter–was in . . . → Read More: 29 million bq/m² detected in Okumamachi nearby Fukushima meltdown

Discovery.com: Nuclear reactors to power Mars colonies — “Sadly” biggest hurdle for space fission may be bad press

‘Suitcase’ Nuclear Reactors to Power Mars Colonies, Discovery.com by Ian O’Neill, August 30, 2011:

[...] On Monday, at the 242nd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver, Colo., the future face of space nuclear power was described. [...]

Of course, to make these “mini-nuclear reactors” a viable option for . . . → Read More: Discovery.com: Nuclear reactors to power Mars colonies — “Sadly” biggest hurdle for space fission may be bad press

Japan gov’t finds 165 locations over wide area with cesium-137 exceeding Chernobyl evacuation levels — Data shows radiation could be “spreading to other areas”

The first comprehensive survey of soil contamination from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t finds 165 locations over wide area with cesium-137 exceeding Chernobyl evacuation levels — Data shows radiation could be “spreading to other areas”

Fish caught in river north of Tokyo exceeded legal limit for radioactive cesium — First time seen outside of Fukushima

Survey Finds Radiation Over Wide Area in Japan, Wall Street Journal, August 30, 2011:

[...] Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo, reported Monday that a fish containing more than the legally allowed amount of cesium was caught in a river in the prefecture, the first such case outside Fukushima prefecture, where the plant is located. . . . → Read More: Fish caught in river north of Tokyo exceeded legal limit for radioactive cesium — First time seen outside of Fukushima

40-year-old Fukushima radiation worker dies of acute leukemia after working at plant for week — Checkup showed no prior health problems

Fukushima N-Plant Worker Dies of Acute Leukemia, Jiji Press, August 30, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday that a man in his 40s who had worked to help contain the radiation crisis at the firm’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has died of acute leukemia. [...]

The man worked at the . . . → Read More: 40-year-old Fukushima radiation worker dies of acute leukemia after working at plant for week — Checkup showed no prior health problems

NRC now sending ‘Augmented Inspection Team’ to quake-hit Virginia nuke plant — Does not ‘necessarily’ mean reactors are any less safe, stresses NRC

Nuclear Panel Expanding Team to Check for Quake Damage, New York Times, August 29, 2011:

The earthquake last Tuesday in Virginia may have produced stronger shaking at the North Anna nuclear plant than the reactors were designed to withstand, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent additional inspectors to determine what steps are needed . . . → Read More: NRC now sending ‘Augmented Inspection Team’ to quake-hit Virginia nuke plant — Does not ‘necessarily’ mean reactors are any less safe, stresses NRC

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