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Local TV: “They believe radioactive water is leaking from the top of the vessel” at North Carolina nuke plant — Significant because it goes directly through reactor core (VIDEO)

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NRC investigates reactor coolant system leak at Brunswick plant, News 14 Carolina, Nov. 16, 2011:

Energy officials and environmentalists are reacting to reports of a reactor coolant system leak at Progress Energy’s Nuclear Plant in Brunswick County. [...]

Progress Energy spokesperson Ryan Mosier:

“We’re bringing the unit to a safe, stable position so we . . . → Read More: Local TV: “They believe radioactive water is leaking from the top of the vessel” at North Carolina nuke plant — Significant because it goes directly through reactor core (VIDEO)

Kyodo: Number of births declined significantly in Fukushima and Tokyo between April and June

Fukushima, Tokyo log fewer births, Kyodo, Nov. 17, 2011:

The number of births between April and June slumped 25 percent in Fukushima Prefecture and also declined significantly in Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, but the tally rose in northern and western Japan, a recent survey showed.

The Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Number of births declined significantly in Fukushima and Tokyo between April and June

ABC calls radiation plume over Europe “massive, but harmless” — IAEA now claims Hungary lab likely source of iodine-131 — “Extremely unlikely” says director

Nov. 17 — International Atomic Energy Agency said today they “believe they have traced the source of a massive, but harmless, radiation plume that has spread across the atmosphere in Europe to an institute in Hungary, but the head of the institute disagrees,” according the ABC News.

Jozsef Kornyei, director of the Budapest-based Institute . . . → Read More: ABC calls radiation plume over Europe “massive, but harmless” — IAEA now claims Hungary lab likely source of iodine-131 — “Extremely unlikely” says director

Internal NRC emails on Mar. 15: “Are we still looking at a possible total meltdown and big release” from Fukushima? — As US regulator was debating whether Level 4 or 5 accident… Ended up Level 7, the highest

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March 15th, 2011 – Are we still looking at a possible total meltdown and big release?, Enformable, Nov. 17, 2011:

From: Astwood. Heather Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:00 PM

[...] Are we still looking at a possible total meltdown and big release? [...]

March 15th, 2011 – NRC debates INES levels 3 . . . → Read More: Internal NRC emails on Mar. 15: “Are we still looking at a possible total meltdown and big release” from Fukushima? — As US regulator was debating whether Level 4 or 5 accident… Ended up Level 7, the highest

Time.com: Fukushima dangers “may not be as grave as we first feared” — Only 10 people surveyed had high levels of radiation, says study — Only 10% of Chernobyl release

Early Report Suggests Low Radiation Exposure in Fukushima, Time.com, Nov. 17, 2011:

[...] Now a preliminary report published in PLoS ONE finds that the dangers may not be as grave as we first feared. Over on TIME’s Ecocentric blog, our colleague Bryan Walsh reports:

The PLoS study, led by Ikuo Kashiwakura, found only 10 . . . → Read More: Time.com: Fukushima dangers “may not be as grave as we first feared” — Only 10 people surveyed had high levels of radiation, says study — Only 10% of Chernobyl release

Disturbing Photo: 84-year-old retired teacher pepper sprayed at Seattle protest — Expressed opposition to nuclear plants in paper (VIDEO)

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Elderly woman who was pepper-sprayed known for activism, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Nov. 16, 2011:

[S]he wrote to the P-I editorial page in Decemer [sic] 2008. “We wanted environmental protection, not selective clean coal, offshore drilling and nuclear plants [...]“

“A Tuesday night photo of Dorli Rainey with the chemical irritant and liquid used to . . . → Read More: Disturbing Photo: 84-year-old retired teacher pepper sprayed at Seattle protest — Expressed opposition to nuclear plants in paper (VIDEO)

Evergreen leaves with cesium up to 220,000 becquerels per kg — 10 times more than deciduous trees… Be careful during holidays

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Most radioactive cesium piled up within 2 centimeters of soil surface Mainichi Daily News, Nov. 17, 2011:

The survey, conducted between July and September, covered the Fukushima Prefecture town of Tomioka, which is designated as a no-go zone, and the town of Namie, which has both a no-go zone and an evacuation preparation zone. . . . → Read More: Evergreen leaves with cesium up to 220,000 becquerels per kg — 10 times more than deciduous trees… Be careful during holidays

Study: Much of Japan’s east, northeast likely contaminated — Yet included NO radiation data before March 19, when explosions spread massive amount of fallout

Cesium fallout widespread, The Japan Times Online, Nov. 17, 2011:

Simulation determines much of east, northeast likely contaminated

[...] Large areas of eastern and northeastern Japan were likely contaminated by the plant, with concentrations of cesium-137 exceeding 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of soil in some places, says the study, which was posted Monday on . . . → Read More: Study: Much of Japan’s east, northeast likely contaminated — Yet included NO radiation data before March 19, when explosions spread massive amount of fallout

Experts on iodine in Europe: Something very unpleasant has happened — Either serious accident or reactor emergency required venting radioactive substances

ANALYSIS: European radiation safety agencies detect traces of iodine-131 in air, source of leak unknown, Bellona, Nov. 17, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

[T]hose with knowledge of the field who have lent their views to Bellona were not so quick to discard the possibility that an event at a reactor, commercial or otherwise, could be the . . . → Read More: Experts on iodine in Europe: Something very unpleasant has happened — Either serious accident or reactor emergency required venting radioactive substances

WATCH: Truck with nuclear fuel rods wrecks on Memphis highway after being rear ended — “No fuel rods fell off the truck”… but no word on damage

Truck With Uranium Fuel Rods Wrecks on I-40, WREG, Nov. 16, 2011:

“A real scare” .. “This could happen at any time”

[...] A truck carrying uranium fuel rods was rear-ended on I-40 westbound near U.S. Highway 64 Tuesday night. [...]

No fuel rods fell off the truck. The Emergency Management Agency said that . . . → Read More: WATCH: Truck with nuclear fuel rods wrecks on Memphis highway after being rear ended — “No fuel rods fell off the truck”… but no word on damage

Hungary lab emitted iodine-131 — But lab director says “It cannot be the same as what was found covering Europe”

Hungary lab says emitted iodine-131, now halted, Reuters, Nov. 17, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

“A portion of iodine-131 measured in the atmosphere of Budapest was very likely to have originated from the emission of Izotop Intezet,” [Hungary's Izotop Intezet] said. [...]

Mihaly Lakatos, director of the institute, told Reuters that despite the higher than usual . . . → Read More: Hungary lab emitted iodine-131 — But lab director says “It cannot be the same as what was found covering Europe”

Absorbed radiation dose of iodine-132 was 10 times higher than iodine-131 in Northern Japan after Fukushima meltdowns — Plus iodine-132 is 9 times more ‘effective’ at irradiating thyroid

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Individual Radiation Exposure Dose Due to Support Activities at Safe Shelters in Fukushima Prefecture, Hirosaki University Study, Published November 16, 2011:

[...] Hirosaki University, just after the first phreatic explosion, sent many of its staff members to the safe shelters that were set temporarily for the residents of the area around the nuclear power . . . → Read More: Absorbed radiation dose of iodine-132 was 10 times higher than iodine-131 in Northern Japan after Fukushima meltdowns — Plus iodine-132 is 9 times more ‘effective’ at irradiating thyroid

Mainichi reporter: Seeing mountains of radioactive waste in Yokohama, I felt the ominous weight of the nuclear crisis, which had seemed a distant affair to me until then

Radiation-tainted sludge, ash continues to pile up at Yokohama treatment centers, Mainichi Shimbun, Nov. 17, 2011:

[...] At the beginning of this month, I visited the southern sludge treatment and recycling center in Yokohama’s Kanazawa Ward, where some 4,000 tons of [ash contaminated with radioactive materials] — over 70 percent of the city’s total . . . → Read More: Mainichi reporter: Seeing mountains of radioactive waste in Yokohama, I felt the ominous weight of the nuclear crisis, which had seemed a distant affair to me until then

WSJ: Latest food scare hits Japan — Rice over radiation limit found 60 km from meltdowns — Gov’t said previous tests were under

Radioactive Cesium Above Government Limit Detected in Fukushima Rice, Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17, 2011:

While Japan has battled a series of food scares in the wake of the nuclear crisis, the latest revelation hits at the heart of the country’s proud national staple: Radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit was detected for the . . . → Read More: WSJ: Latest food scare hits Japan — Rice over radiation limit found 60 km from meltdowns — Gov’t said previous tests were under

Gundersen: Could there be another explosion at Fukushima? Discusses recent hydrogen buildup (VIDEO)

Gundersen: Could there be another explosion at Fukushima? Discusses recent hydrogen buildup (VIDEO)

Hydrogen buildup at Fukushima? What does it mean & why does it happen?, Fairewinds Associates, Nov. 15, 2011:

TEPCO recently discovered hydrogen buildups within the containment buildings in Fukushima Units 1, 2 and 3. Could there be another explosion, and if so how? Fairewinds conducts a laboratory experiment to show that if oxygen is . . . → Read More: Gundersen: Could there be another explosion at Fukushima? Discusses recent hydrogen buildup (VIDEO)