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Researchers: Cesium-137 from Fukushima “not likely” to concentrate in fish as much as mercury — “Moderate buildup” might occur higher up food chain

Title: Radiation levels higher but safe off Fukushima Daiichi, scientists say Source: CNN Author: Matt Smith Date: Feb 22, 2012

[...] Cesium-137 has a radioactive half-life of 30 years, while cesium-134 loses half its radioactivity after two. Fisher said concentrations of the isotope might undergo a “moderate buildup” in marine life higher up the . . . → Read More: Researchers: Cesium-137 from Fukushima “not likely” to concentrate in fish as much as mercury — “Moderate buildup” might occur higher up food chain

North Anna: 53,300 picocuries per liter detected — Not sure where radiation is leaking — “No evidence” that increase in radioactivity related to quake says spokesman

Title: Elevated radioactivity levels found in North Anna well Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Author: PETER BACQUÉ Date: February 22, 2012

[... North Anna operator] Dominion Virginia Power is not sure where the radioactivity is leaking from, but the two reactors at the Louisa County plant are not the source [...]

“There is no evidence that . . . → Read More: North Anna: 53,300 picocuries per liter detected — Not sure where radiation is leaking — “No evidence” that increase in radioactivity related to quake says spokesman

Strange: 8 months later, plutonium test results still “pending” — Researcher compares Fukushima radiation to potassium — From nuclear-connected university

Title: Radiation levels higher but safe off Fukushima Daiichi, scientists saySource: CNNAuthor: Matt SmithDate: Feb 22, 2012

[...] But the readings amounted to a fraction of the amount of radioactivity sea life is exposed to from naturally occurring potassium in seawater, [Nicholas Fisher, a marine science professor at New York's Stony Brook University] said.

. . . → Read More: Strange: 8 months later, plutonium test results still “pending” — Researcher compares Fukushima radiation to potassium — From nuclear-connected university

NRC Transcript: Evacuation zone “would possibly have to get beyond 50 miles”

Title: U.S. worried about Fukushima meltdown early on: commission transcriptSource: Kyodo Date: Feb 22, 2012 [...] On the evacuation zone for U.S. citizens in Japan, NRC officials were discussing as early as March 12 whether a 50-mile evacuation zone for U.S. citizens would be appropriate.

On March 16, when asked about the impact on . . . → Read More: NRC Transcript: Evacuation zone “would possibly have to get beyond 50 miles”

CNN: Scientists surprised by high levels of radioactive silver in fish off Japan coast

Title: Radiation levels higher but safe off Fukushima Daiichi, scientists saySource: CNNAuthor: Matt SmithDate: Feb 22, 2012 [...] Zooplankton, which get carried by currents, collected in those waters had levels of cesium-137 and the shorter-lived cesium-134 that were on average 40 times higher than the surrounding water, [Nicholas Fisher, a marine science professor at . . . → Read More: CNN: Scientists surprised by high levels of radioactive silver in fish off Japan coast

Kyodo: “Potentially up to six spent-fuel pools in a degraded condition” -NRC transcript

Title: U.S. worried about Fukushima meltdown early on: commission transcriptSource: Kyodo Date: Feb 22, 2012 The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released Tuesday some 3,000 pages of transcripts [...]

The documents showed that as early as March 16 [...] Jaczko projected “a worst scenario” that all three operating reactors at the crippled plant might be . . . → Read More: Kyodo: “Potentially up to six spent-fuel pools in a degraded condition” -NRC transcript

FORUM: General Discussion Thread (Nuclear Issues) for Feb. 22 – 29, 2012

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Gov’t kept child radiation survey secret — Thyroid glands of Iwaki kids exposed to doses up to 35 millisieverts in March alone — Headquarters didn’t want to alarm families

Title: Government sat on survey of radiation in Fukushima children’s thyroid glands Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: February 22, 2012

The thyroid glands of children in Fukushima Prefecture were exposed to radiation doses of up to 35 millisieverts following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the Nuclear Safety . . . → Read More: Gov’t kept child radiation survey secret — Thyroid glands of Iwaki kids exposed to doses up to 35 millisieverts in March alone — Headquarters didn’t want to alarm families

AP: Quake-hit North Anna nuke plant leaking radioactivity

Title: Radioactive groundwater detected at Va power plantSource: APDate: Feb 22, 2012 Dominion Virginia Power is seeking the source of leaking radioactivity at its North Anna nuclear power plant Elevated level of tritium was detected in groundwater Company spokesman [says] two reactors aren’t the source of the leak Tritium in water taken from an . . . → Read More: AP: Quake-hit North Anna nuke plant leaking radioactivity

Gundersen in Japan: 1,000,000 additional cancers from Fukushima over next 20 years — Based on university studies after Three Mile Island (1.5 HOUR VIDEO)

Title: Arnie Gundersen at the Japan National Press Club Source: Fairewinds Associates, Inc Date: Feb 21, 2012

The Japan National Press Club hosts Arnie Gundersen. Over 80 journalists were present where questions were asked regarding the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and the ongoing risks associated with the GE Mark 1 BWR nuclear reactors. 

. . . → Read More: Gundersen in Japan: 1,000,000 additional cancers from Fukushima over next 20 years — Based on university studies after Three Mile Island (1.5 HOUR VIDEO)

NYTimes: NRC official predicted rising levels of radioactivity may stop airliners from coming to Tokyo — “Unfathomable” challenges for Japan

Title: Transcripts Show U.S. Confusion Early in Japan Nuclear CrisisSource: NYTimes.comAuthor: Matthew L WaldDate: Feb 21, 2012 [...] the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] released a cache of transcripts of internal conference calls beginning hours after the earthquake. [...]

“This government has got tremendous, tremendous, I mean, unfathomable challenges,” said another official, Charles Casto, the deputy . . . → Read More: NYTimes: NRC official predicted rising levels of radioactivity may stop airliners from coming to Tokyo — “Unfathomable” challenges for Japan

Report indicated five Fukushima workers have most likely received a fatal dose of radiation -NRC Transcript

Title: MALE PARTICIPANT: Tony, have you gotten any…Source: EnformableDate: Feb 21, 2012 Tuesday, March 15, 2011

[...] TONY ULSES: Well, we read, I believe it was a press report that indicated that, I think it was five, five site employees have most likely received a fatal dose from this accident. But, again, that’s, it’s . . . → Read More: Report indicated five Fukushima workers have most likely received a fatal dose of radiation -NRC Transcript