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Mainichi: Radiation detected in drinking water from underground source — Over 15 miles from Fukushima meltdowns

Water underground is contaminated, Fukushima Diary, Dec. 26, 2011:

Ministry of the Environment measured cesium from well water at 4 locations in Minamisoma [25 km north of Fukushima plant]. It was about 1.3~14.7 Bq/kg, it was for drinking. The samples were taken in October and November. [...]

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333 microSv/h on Christmas (VIDEO)

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Title: Dreaming of the day when it can return to the agitated deliberate evacuation area home

Description: 2011.12.25 This production passed Christmas with deliberate evacuation area. Because this year it becomes last photographing, this time the Namie Cho red  space/large house wood and the rice . . . → Read More: 333 microSv/h on Christmas (VIDEO)

Confirmed: Tepco to drill hole in Reactor No. 2 containment vessel — Will start in January (VIDEO)

TEPCO to conduct endoscopy of Fukushima reactors, NHK, Dec. 26, 2011:

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it will use an industrial endoscope to study the inside of a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Nuclear power plant. [...]

The firm will start drilling a hole in the northwest wall of the containment vessel at the . . . → Read More: Confirmed: Tepco to drill hole in Reactor No. 2 containment vessel — Will start in January (VIDEO)

Tritium detected in Connecticut River — 1,230 picocuries per liter

SOURCE: DOH discovers tritium in Connecticut River – Brattleboro Reformer

According to the Vermont Department of Health, a water sample taken from the Connecticut River just offshore from Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon tested positive for tritium.

The sample, which was taken about six feet from the shore on Nov. 3, had . . . → Read More: Tritium detected in Connecticut River — 1,230 picocuries per liter

Mainichi: Radiation fears spread to forest industry

Radiation fears spread to forest industry – The Mainichi Daily News

Forest workers are very concerned about any potential fallout from the nuclear crisis because they have to independently monitor radiation before applying to the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), for compensation, unlike farmers and fishermen who have standing in law.

NYTimes: Devastating gov’t failure — Entire communities exposed to harmful radiation

Report Condemns Japan’s Response to Nuclear Accident, New York Times, Dec. 26, 2011:

[...] And devastatingly, the government failed to make use of radiation data to predict the movements of the radioactive plumes released from the plant to warn local towns and direct evacuations, the report [by a government-appointed investigative panel] said. The failure . . . → Read More: NYTimes: Devastating gov’t failure — Entire communities exposed to harmful radiation

Fukushima Probe: Nuclear disaster far from over — Gov’t evaded admitting meltdowns and delayed disclosure of radiation data

Japan probe finds nuclear disaster response failed, Associated Press, Dec 26, 2011:Japan’s response to the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11 tsunami was confused and riddled with problems [...] a report revealed Monday

Government dallied in relaying information to the public Using evasive language to avoid admitting serious meltdowns at the reactors Government . . . → Read More: Fukushima Probe: Nuclear disaster far from over — Gov’t evaded admitting meltdowns and delayed disclosure of radiation data

Chief investigator rips Japan nuke agency for evacuating Fukushima plant after quake — ‘Ordered’ to return by gov’t

Fukushima Probe Highlights Nuclear Regulator, Bloomberg, Dec. 26, 2011:

When engineering professor Yotaro Hatamura took the job of heading the independent investigation into the Fukushima disaster, he said he was looking for lessons rather than culprits. He may have changed his mind.

Hatamura reserves some of his strongest criticism for Japan’s atomic power regulator, . . . → Read More: Chief investigator rips Japan nuke agency for evacuating Fukushima plant after quake — ‘Ordered’ to return by gov’t

Nuclear Expert: Exposure in Japan underestimated — ‘Medical levels’ of radioactive gases inhaled — Obviously should have evacuated much further, must faster

Arnold Gundersen with A Fresh Report on Fukushima, If You Love This Planet, A Weekly Radio Program with Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dec. 23, 2011:

This week, Dr. Caldicott and Arnold Gundersen, a nuclear energy consultant with Fairewinds Associates, have another look at how the Fukushima disaster is affecting Japan, and how the U.S. nuclear . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert: Exposure in Japan underestimated — ‘Medical levels’ of radioactive gases inhaled — Obviously should have evacuated much further, must faster

Mainichi: No one believes gov’t that Fukushima crisis is under control — “Widespread mistrust”

Fumbling gov’t faces huge challenges in 2012, Mainichi by Takao Yamada, Expert Senior Writer, December 26, 2011:

[...] So what would happen if the debate over energy policy fails to pick up steam, and things proceed with the “nuclear village,” a pro-nuclear collection of politicians, bureaucrats, academics and utilities, firmly in charge? A bureaucratic . . . → Read More: Mainichi: No one believes gov’t that Fukushima crisis is under control — “Widespread mistrust”

FORUM: Discussion Thread for December 26, 2011 – January 2, 2012

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