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Kyodo: Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 visibility deteriorating — Major drop over past month — No where near what’s needed “to work at removing nuclear fuel”

UPDATE: NHK: Large volume of unidentified floating white matter seen in No. 4 reactor and spent fuel pool — Tepco to investigate where it came from (VIDEOS)

Title: Water in Fukushima plant’s No. 4 spent fuel pool may be less clear Source: Kyodo Date: 23:38 15 March

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 visibility deteriorating — Major drop over past month — No where near what’s needed “to work at removing nuclear fuel”

More from PBS on Chernobyl: “The radiation killed pine trees in a 30-square kilometer” area (VIDEO)

Here’s the full version of the clip that appeared on PBS’s report a few days ago, PBS Newshour: Cesium killed pine trees as far as you can see — Are there animals that can live here? No, no (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima After the Meltdown Source: PBS Author: Miles O’Brien Date: March 15, 2012

Revisiting . . . → Read More: More from PBS on Chernobyl: “The radiation killed pine trees in a 30-square kilometer” area (VIDEO)

*Shock* NPR: Getting your skin burned from high-level radiation exposure poses no health risk

Title: The Cost of Fear: The Framing of a Fukushima ReportSource: NPR OmbudsmanAuthor: Edward Schumacher-MatosDate: March 15, 2012 [...] Some listeners contacted us following the segment to question why Harris would, in their words, “downplay” the dangers radiation exposure had on the public. In particular, Chris McCarthy, a physics professor at San Francisco State . . . → Read More: *Shock* NPR: Getting your skin burned from high-level radiation exposure poses no health risk

Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO)

Title: Lessons from Fukushima: Dr. Helen Caldicott and Local Filmmaker Speak Out Source: Green A.C.R.E. via Radio KBCS Date: March 15, 2012

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But something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima, says Dr. Caldicott [...]

“Now that’s really early. That’s within the first year. That’s unheard of.”

[Referring to . . . → Read More: Radio: “Something new in the history of medicine is happening at Fukushima” says physician — 30% of children tested had thyroid lumps — “Now that’s really early, that’s within the first year, that’s unheard of” (AUDIO)

Author, farmer expose manipulation of radiation data — “Employees wash monitoring post by high-pressure water and changed the whole soil”

Title: A Fukushima citizen proved monitoring post was manipulated Source: Fukushima Diary Date: March 14, 2012

Mr. Ito Nobuyoshi, a Fukushima farmer compared the radiation level of a monitoring post to the one of a different place, and found a recognizable gap of the radiation level.

Because those 2 places are only 5 m . . . → Read More: Author, farmer expose manipulation of radiation data — “Employees wash monitoring post by high-pressure water and changed the whole soil”

Tepco Survey: 160 milliSv/h from water in Reactor No. 2 — Paint color “may have changed due to accident”

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Title: No cracks or strains seen in suppression chamber of No. 2 reactor at Fukushima plant Source: The Mainichi Daily News Date: March 15, 2012

[...] TEPCO employees entered the basement mezzanine of the reactor building at the No. 2 reactor on March 14 and confirmed that the doors to the “torus” could be . . . → Read More: Tepco Survey: 160 milliSv/h from water in Reactor No. 2 — Paint color “may have changed due to accident”

Kyodo: Criminal complaint to be filed against top gov’t and Tepco officials — Says failures left many exposed to radiation — Assemblyman: “Nonsense that nobody has been held criminally responsible for causing a major nuclear accident”

Title: Fukushima citizens to accuse TEPCO, gov’t of negligence over crisis Source: Kyodo Date: March 15, 2012

Two civic groups in Fukushima Prefecture are planning to file a criminal complaint against senior officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and government bodies for professional negligence over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, group members said Wednesday. [...]

. . . → Read More: Kyodo: Criminal complaint to be filed against top gov’t and Tepco officials — Says failures left many exposed to radiation — Assemblyman: “Nonsense that nobody has been held criminally responsible for causing a major nuclear accident”

NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO)

Title: Radiation high near suppression chambers Source: NHK Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012 12:42 +0900 (JST)

High levels of radiation have been detected near suppression chambers of 2 of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The radiation levels are too high for workers to continue inspections.

Decommissioning the plant’s crippled reactors involves . . . → Read More: NHK: Radiation levels too high for humans to continue at Reactors No. 2 and 3 — Workers must repair damage to suppression chambers (VIDEO)

‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place

Follow-up to: Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

Title: DP Road open after HAZMAT situation on lab property Source: Los Alamos Monitor Date Updated: . . . → Read More: ‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place

Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B

UPDATED HERE: ‘Developing Story’ at Los Alamos: “No timetable for any release of details concerning what the substance actually was” — Even newspaper got automated 911 call — Businesses on DP Road still waiting for all-clear — Advised to shelter in place

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Title: Incident during LANL Cleanup Source: The Santa Fe New Mexican . . . → Read More: Los Alamos sends reverse-911 call warning residents — People told to stay indoors — Container released unknown gas — Caused “flash” on contact with air — Roads closed, Hazmat team dispatched to Material Disposal Area B