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Highest level of radioactive cesium in San Francisco-area milk since September 2011 — Now at 150% of EPA’s maximum contaminant limit (CHART)

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Title: UCB Milk Sampling Results Source: UCB Department of Nuclear Engineering Date: Feb 6, 2012

2/6/2012 (2:31pm): A new milk sample has been measured, this one with a best-by date of 2/16/2012. The results are posted to the milk sample page. Low levels of both Cs-134 and Cs-137 were still detected in the sample.

. . . → Read More: Highest level of radioactive cesium in San Francisco-area milk since September 2011 — Now at 150% of EPA’s maximum contaminant limit (CHART)

ABC Reporter: Child population of Fukushima decreases 6% since nuclear disaster

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Title: Child population of Fukush … Source: Twitter Author: Mark Willacy Date: Feb 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm ET

@markwillacy , North Asia correspondent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), fmr Middle East correspondent

Child population of Fukushima prefecture falls 6% since nuclear disaster. With kids more vulnerable to radiation many families evacuated

Read . . . → Read More: ABC Reporter: Child population of Fukushima decreases 6% since nuclear disaster

Japanese Independent Journalist: Reactor No. 2 temperature actually showing over 85°C, and a lot of smoke is coming up

Title: Reactor 2 may be over 90℃ Source: Fukushima Diary Date: Feb 7, 2012

Tweets by a Japanese independent journalist translated by Fukushima Diary

@sayakaiurani (Translation)

What ? I heard that reactor 2 is 95℃. Are they still saying it’s 70℃ ? People inside of Tepco is pressed to say it’s already 95.

. . . → Read More: Japanese Independent Journalist: Reactor No. 2 temperature actually showing over 85°C, and a lot of smoke is coming up

Jiji: Japan gov’t picked facilities to treat people with radiation exposure — Fukushima hospitals failed to cope with nuclear victims

Title: Panel Proposes Review of Designated Hospitals for N-Accident VictimsSource: Jiji PressDate: Feb. 7Emphasis Added [...] Nuclear Safety Commission on Tuesday proposed reviewing the current designation of hospitals and other medical institutions that treat radiation exposure resulting from nuclear accidents [...]

In the wake of the 1999 criticality accident [...] the commission designated medical . . . → Read More: Jiji: Japan gov’t picked facilities to treat people with radiation exposure — Fukushima hospitals failed to cope with nuclear victims

San Onofre Whistleblower: This is extremely significant — They had an actual tube rupture — This is very, very significant (VIDEO)

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Title: Whistleblower Interview: San Onofre – How Safe Is It? Source: Nuclear Hotseat Podcast Author: San Onofre Safety Date: February 4, 2012

NUCLEAR HOTSEAT SPECIAL REPORT

Libbe HaLevy interviews whistleblower James Chambers

A summary of the current status of San Onofre nuclear reactors after last week’s leaks, discovery of over 800 damaged pipes, and . . . → Read More: San Onofre Whistleblower: This is extremely significant — They had an actual tube rupture — This is very, very significant (VIDEO)

Xinhua: Radioactive Iodine-131 detected in Austria

Title: Radioactive Iodine-131 detected in Austria, no source Source: Xinhua Date: Feb. 6

Higher than normal levels of radiation Iodine 131 was measured in the air in Austria but without danger to the public health, said the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) on Monday, ruling out a source in Austria. 

Traces . . . → Read More: Xinhua: Radioactive Iodine-131 detected in Austria

Nuclear Industry Website: Recriticality test detects “very low traces” of fission products at Reactor No. 2 — Tepco then injected boric acid as a precaution against chain reactions

Title: Stabilisation after Fukushima cooling changeSource: World Nuclear NewsDate: Feb 7, 2012 [...] Tepco was able to discount recriticality as a potential cause of the temperature rise after conducting an analysis of charcoal filters in the containment gas control system. These showed very low traces of fission products that were below the threshold that . . . → Read More: Nuclear Industry Website: Recriticality test detects “very low traces” of fission products at Reactor No. 2 — Tepco then injected boric acid as a precaution against chain reactions

Japan Nuclear Expert: Melted fuel may have fallen at Reactor No. 2, leading to temperature increase

Title: Babelfish Translation for http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/news/CK2012020702000039.html Source: Tokyo Shimbun Date: Feb 7, 2012

[Masanori Naito, director in charge of nuclear safety analysis at the Institute of Applied Energy] presumes portion of the fuel which had been recorded before the board of the mesh condition which supports the fuel and dissolved fell to the bottom of . . . → Read More: Japan Nuclear Expert: Melted fuel may have fallen at Reactor No. 2, leading to temperature increase

Exposed? Asahi: Water may not be reaching part of melted nuclear fuel from Reactor No. 2, says unnamed Tepco official

Title: TEPCO struggles to cool Fukushima plant’s No. 2 reactor Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Author: Takashi Sugimoto and Jin Nishikawa. Date: February 07, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is taking steps to prevent a possible self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. [...] 

“We expect them . . . → Read More: Exposed? Asahi: Water may not be reaching part of melted nuclear fuel from Reactor No. 2, says unnamed Tepco official

NHK: Unknown temperature rise at Reactor No. 2 troubling Tepco — Says it hasn’t gone down even after increasing volume of cooling water on Tuesday (VIDEO)

Title: Temperature remains high at damaged reactorSource: NHKDate: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 13:05 +0900 (JST) An unknown rise in temperature at one of the reactors at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant is troubling its operator. Tokyo Electric says the temperature hasn’t gone down even after it increased the volume of cooling water on Tuesday.

. . . → Read More: NHK: Unknown temperature rise at Reactor No. 2 troubling Tepco — Says it hasn’t gone down even after increasing volume of cooling water on Tuesday (VIDEO)

Tepco: Recriticality “probably” did not occur at Reactor No. 2 — “Difficult to judge” whether temperature rising or falling

Title: Reactor No. 2 heats up, gets more waterSource: KyodoDate: Feb. 7, 2012 [...] the amount of water injected into reactor 2 on Tuesday [is] the highest level since the plant achieved cold shutdown in December as concerns grew over rising temperatures [...]

[...] Tepco needed more time to assess the effectiveness of the . . . → Read More: Tepco: Recriticality “probably” did not occur at Reactor No. 2 — “Difficult to judge” whether temperature rising or falling

US gov’t kept worst-case Fukushima scenario secret from public — “Possibility of radiation exceeding safe levels for thyroid doses in Alaska”

Title: Messages show conflict within NRC after Japan earthquake and tsunami Source: The Washington Post Author: Steven Mufson Date: Monday, February 6, 7:39 PM

[...] a trove of e-mails posted on the NRC’s Web site [...]

While assuring Americans publicly that there was no danger, the NRC did not disclose one worst-case scenario, which . . . → Read More: US gov’t kept worst-case Fukushima scenario secret from public — “Possibility of radiation exceeding safe levels for thyroid doses in Alaska”

Bloomberg: “Nuclear reaction threat” as temperature rises — Head of Japan nuke institute: “Nobody is sure about the location of melted fuel — A similar incident will probably occur again”

Title: Tepco Tackles Nuclear Reaction Threat as Fukushima Plant Temperature Rises Source: Bloomberg By: Tsuyoshi Inajima Date: Feb 6, 2012

Tepco Tackles Nuclear Reaction Threat as Fukushima Plant Temperature Rises

Tokyo Electric Power Co. injected boric acid into a reactor at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to prevent an accidental chain reaction known as . . . → Read More: Bloomberg: “Nuclear reaction threat” as temperature rises — Head of Japan nuke institute: “Nobody is sure about the location of melted fuel — A similar incident will probably occur again”

Tepco Handout: Reactor No. 2 hits highest temperature this year — RPV now at 72.2°C

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Title: Press Handout Source: Tepco Date: Feb 7, 2012

Increase in Temperature of the RPV Bottom (Upper Bottom Head) at Unit 2, Fukushima Daiichi (1F) NPS

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Feb. 6 at 23:00 JST: 69.9°C Feb. 7 at 05:00 JST: 72.2°C

SOURCE: Tepco

Reactor No. 2:

For comparison, a relatively stable looking Reactor . . . → Read More: Tepco Handout: Reactor No. 2 hits highest temperature this year — RPV now at 72.2°C