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Time: Some worry that melted Fukushima fuel may “reignite”

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda Declares an End to the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis, Ecocentric TIME.com, Dec. 16, 2011:

Prime Minister of Japan [...] declared an end to the nuclear disaster [...] but other experts aren’t so sure. [...]

While Tokyo Electric Power says the reactors are now in “cold shutdown,” some worry that the . . . → Read More: Time: Some worry that melted Fukushima fuel may “reignite”

CNN: Spent fuel rods are “very damaged” — Fires from heat at SFP No. 4 are believed to have damaged reactor building (VIDEO)

Japan marks nuclear reactors milestone, CNN reporter Paula Hancocks, Dec. 16, 2011: Transcript Excerpts

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Tepco and the government are trying to pacify the Japanese public Still a huge amount of anger and resentment that this was allowed to happen in the first place This is obviously a political statement because . . . → Read More: CNN: Spent fuel rods are “very damaged” — Fires from heat at SFP No. 4 are believed to have damaged reactor building (VIDEO)

Canada TV: Japan debris hits BC — Warned about radiation — “Never seen such a large quantity of debris” says resident — Moving much faster than expected — Estimated twice as big as Texas (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Japan tsunami flotsam begins washing ashore in B.C., CTV Calgary, Dec. 16 2011:

Happening Now

Bottles, cans and lumber from the tsunami that devastated Japan in March began washing up on British Columbia shores this week More than a year earlier than oceanographers had initially predicted Began washing up in the Tofino area on . . . → Read More: Canada TV: Japan debris hits BC — Warned about radiation — “Never seen such a large quantity of debris” says resident — Moving much faster than expected — Estimated twice as big as Texas (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

LA Times: Fukushima reactors to be encased in concrete — “Critics say that continuing harm is being caused by the plant”

Japan claims critical stage reached in shutdown of crippled nuclear plant, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 2011:

[...] The reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have reached a state of cold shutdown, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda told Cabinet members in an announcement intended to reassure both Japan and the rest of the world that . . . → Read More: LA Times: Fukushima reactors to be encased in concrete — “Critics say that continuing harm is being caused by the plant”

NYT: Experts suspect melted fuel may be threatening groundwater — “Battle of epic proportions” says Koide — Concerns over recriticality

Japan’s Prime Minister Declares Fukushima Plant Stable – NYTimes.com

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan has declared an end to the [...] nuclear crisis

The Experts

Many experts still doubt the [...[ plant is [...] stable [Many experts] worry that officials are declaring victory only to appease public anger over the accident [Tepco] has . . . → Read More: NYT: Experts suspect melted fuel may be threatening groundwater — “Battle of epic proportions” says Koide — Concerns over recriticality

Gundersen via Bloomberg: “I actually think it’s going to blow up in their face” after declaring cold shutdown while nuclear cores still “extraordinarily hot”

Fukushima Dismantling to Start as Cold Shutdown Announced, Bloomberg, Dec. 16: “A stable condition has been achieved, and we can consider the accident itself contained,” -Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda

[...] Arnie Gunderson, a Vermont-based nuclear engineer who has testified to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Fukushima, said in a phone interview. [...]

. . . → Read More: Gundersen via Bloomberg: “I actually think it’s going to blow up in their face” after declaring cold shutdown while nuclear cores still “extraordinarily hot”

Gov’t officials investigating Fukushima want to know if “nuclear” explosions destroyed reactors — Tepco “not in a position to comment”

Fukushima Plant Should Be Nationalized, Former Premier Says, Bloomberg by Aaron Sheldrick, Dec 14, 2011:

[...] Many questions remain unanswered about the disaster nine months ago when an earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling and power at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear station, former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Tomoyuki Taira, a Japanese parliamentarian, wrote . . . → Read More: Gov’t officials investigating Fukushima want to know if “nuclear” explosions destroyed reactors — Tepco “not in a position to comment”

Independent: Giant concrete ‘diaper’ to be built under Fukushima plant in effort to stop radioactive substances leaking into ground -Nuclear experts

Battle to control Fukushima has just ‘stored up’ dangers – Asia – World – The Independent

The rush to bring the plant under control is storing up complex problems, according to Tomohiko Suzuki, who spent a month working at the plant during the summer and has released a book this week about his experiences . . . → Read More: Independent: Giant concrete ‘diaper’ to be built under Fukushima plant in effort to stop radioactive substances leaking into ground -Nuclear experts

Mainichi: Absolutely no progress being made at Fukushima plant says reporter — “Japanese media have turned away from this issue” — Story far from over

‘Absolutely no progress being made’ at Fukushima nuke plant, undercover reporter says, Mainichi, Dec. 16, 2011:

Conditions at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are far worse than its operator or the government has admitted, according to freelance journalist Tomohiko Suzuki, who spent more than a month working undercover at the power station.

Mainichi . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Absolutely no progress being made at Fukushima plant says reporter — “Japanese media have turned away from this issue” — Story far from over

Yomiuri: Former Japan PM ‘hints’ of recriticality at Fukushima — Found Chlorine-38 in Reactor No. 1 water tested at research institute

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Critical mass, Nature Magazine, Dec. 15, 2011:

More than nine months after the nuclear-reactor disaster at Fukushima, fundamental questions about what happened remain unanswered. Without answers to these questions, Japan, and the rest of the world, is in the dark on what went wrong, what must be done now, and how to avoid similar . . . → Read More: Yomiuri: Former Japan PM ‘hints’ of recriticality at Fukushima — Found Chlorine-38 in Reactor No. 1 water tested at research institute