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French Gov’t Experts: Japan radiation limit should be lowered to 10 mSv/yr — 70,000 more would be evacuated around Fukushima

Nuclear energy: A hotter topic than ever, Financial Times, Nov. 9, 2011:

“French government experts have suggested setting the evacuation trigger at 10mSv per year – although this could mean adding another 70,000 people to the 150,000-200,000 evacuated from areas near Fukushima Daiichi.”

 

Japan-based Author: Fukushima damage so great “Japan gov’t would go well beyond bankruptcy” — Up to $10 trillion says Tokyo prof. — Equal to 10 years of national budget

Writer urges Taiwan to abandon nuclear power, Taipei Times, Nov. 9, 2011:

Saying that the compensation for damage caused by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan was way beyond what Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) or the Japanese government could afford, a Japan-based Taiwanese writer yesterday urged Taiwan . . . → Read More: Japan-based Author: Fukushima damage so great “Japan gov’t would go well beyond bankruptcy” — Up to $10 trillion says Tokyo prof. — Equal to 10 years of national budget

Shukan Asahi reporter says he heard ambulances come to Fukushima plant “at least for 10 times a day” (VIDEO)

Shukan Asahi reporter says he heard ambulances come to Fukushima plant “at least for 10 times a day” (VIDEO)

Nov. 9 — “A journalist of Shukan Asahi, Mr. Imanishi was invited to go into the site by an actual Fukushima worker,” reports Mochizuki.

Mochizuki reveals the reporter stated, “He heard ambulance comes to the plant at least for 10 times a day.”

See also:

The Economist: Fukushima engineer reveals workers “often keeled over” . . . → Read More: Shukan Asahi reporter says he heard ambulances come to Fukushima plant “at least for 10 times a day” (VIDEO)

Co-chair of Russia’s Ecodefence and others “still fear criticality” at Fukushima — “I don’t think there is a reason to say situation has improved much actually”

Chain reaction scare at Fukushima only fission incident, say authorities, but environmentalists still fear criticality, Bellona, Nov. 9, 2011:“Nuclear physicist Katsutada Aoki [...] criticized TEPCO, saying the utility could have done a better job analyzing the implications of the newly discovered xenon gases and avoided spreading needless fear that a nuclear chain reaction might . . . → Read More: Co-chair of Russia’s Ecodefence and others “still fear criticality” at Fukushima — “I don’t think there is a reason to say situation has improved much actually”

Report: Journalist gets inside Fukushima plant, says Reactor No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool is completely exposed (VIDEO)

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Nov. 9 — “A journalist of Shukan Asahi, Mr. Imanishi was invited to go into the site by an actual Fukushima worker,” reports Mochizuki.

The journalist reported that “the spent fuel pool of reactor 4 is completely ‘exposed’,” Mochizuki writes.

For the video below Mochizuki summarizes Imanishi’s comments:

The wall and ceiling of Reactor . . . → Read More: Report: Journalist gets inside Fukushima plant, says Reactor No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool is completely exposed (VIDEO)

Decontamination Scandal: Japan experts say gov’t just waiting for radioactivity to decrease by itself — “I really doubt their seriousness” says professor

Radiation cleanup plan falls short, Japan Times, Nov. 9, 2011:

Experts liken current strategy to letting nature run its course [...]“I really doubt their seriousness (about decontamination),” said radiation expert Tomoya Yamauchi, a professor at the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences at Kobe University. [...]

[The gov't has] the goal of reducing the contamination . . . → Read More: Decontamination Scandal: Japan experts say gov’t just waiting for radioactivity to decrease by itself — “I really doubt their seriousness” says professor

NPR program practically begging for US to make more plutonium-238 — “Supplies running low”

The Plutonium Problem: Who Pays For Space Fuel? : NPR

NASA has relied on that fuel, called plutonium-238, to power robotic missions for five decades.

But with supplies running low, scientists who want the government to make more are finding that it sometimes seems easier to chart a course across the solar system than . . . → Read More: NPR program practically begging for US to make more plutonium-238 — “Supplies running low”

Kansas air filters had Iodine-131 above highest levels detected in California by UC Berkeley

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Report of Radiological Environmental Monitoring of the Environs Surrounding Wolf Creek Generating Station, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, July 2010-June 2011:

“Radioiodine was detected in air filters collected March 25, March 31, April 7 and April 14, 2011. Levels detected were 0.047, 0.137, 0.043 and 0.004 pCi/m3 respectively. Air filters collected before and . . . → Read More: Kansas air filters had Iodine-131 above highest levels detected in California by UC Berkeley