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CNN nuclear expert: I think MOX fuel is being used at U.S. reactors — Contradicts gov’t claims — Made in Russia with weapons-grade plutonium (VIDEO)

Title: Nuked Radio #8 Source: Orion Talk Radio Date: 3/21/2012 12:00:00 PM

Interview with CNN nuclear expert Jim Walsh of MIT

At 1:48 in

Host: The Russian MOX that you spoke of [...] is it currently running in any of the reactors here [in the U.S.] that you know of?

Walsh: I think . . . → Read More: CNN nuclear expert: I think MOX fuel is being used at U.S. reactors — Contradicts gov’t claims — Made in Russia with weapons-grade plutonium (VIDEO)

Reactor No. 2 temperature near 80°C — Up almost 20°C in a week (CHART)

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UPDATE: Now hydrogen levels triple at Reactor No. 2 in recent days

March 15 – 21, 2012 Reactor No. 2 Data

h/t Fukushima Diary

“If the temperature is confirmed to exceed 80 degrees, it will not meet the condition for the government’s definition of the state of a cold shutdown” -Asahi

Blue line is . . . → Read More: Reactor No. 2 temperature near 80°C — Up almost 20°C in a week (CHART)

Asahi: Japan schools required to “promote the use of nuclear power” — Not allowed to buy teaching materials discussing dangers — Policy to change?

Title: Ministry wants pro-nuclear power message out of schoolsSource: AJW by The Asahi ShimbunAuthor: UMIMASA YOSHIDADate: March 21, 2012 In light of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the education ministry wants the plug pulled on pro-nuclear power instruction in Japanese classrooms.

The education ministry has decided to lift the . . . → Read More: Asahi: Japan schools required to “promote the use of nuclear power” — Not allowed to buy teaching materials discussing dangers — Policy to change?

Fukushima hit by M5.0, M4.8, and M4.6 in last few hours — Two at nearly identical location (MAPS)

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency Date: March 22, 2012

03:25 JST 22 Mar 2012 Miyagi-ken Oki M4.1 2 03:05 JST 22 Mar 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.6 2 01:53 JST 22 Mar 2012 Miyagi-ken Oki M4.3 1 00:12 JST 22 Mar 2012 Ibaraki-ken Nambu M3.2 2 23:09 JST 21 Mar 2012 Chiba-ken Toho-oki . . . → Read More: Fukushima hit by M5.0, M4.8, and M4.6 in last few hours — Two at nearly identical location (MAPS)

Fukushima gov’t deleted radiation forecast data starting day of quake — Can’t confirm who did it

Title: Fukushima govt deleted SPEEDI data Source: Daily YomiuriDate: March 22, 2012 The Fukushima prefectural government deleted data provided by the central government on the projected spread of radioactive materials just after the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant broke out, sources said Wednesday.

The central government sent data compiled by . . . → Read More: Fukushima gov’t deleted radiation forecast data starting day of quake — Can’t confirm who did it

Gov’t testing “suspicious black dust” for plutonium — Taken from places already ‘decontaminated’ — Official: Prepare for ‘undetectable’ results, “I believe it will be more or less adjusted to what the authorities will be OK with”

Title: The Outrageous Facts Source: English-translated version of Oyama Koichi’s blog, member of the city council of Minamisōma Date: Mar. 19, 2012

[...] Environmental hygiene division of the local government of Minamisoma took samples of suspicious black dust in order to conduct nuclide measurement of it. Actual measurement is now being conducted by Japan . . . → Read More: Gov’t testing “suspicious black dust” for plutonium — Taken from places already ‘decontaminated’ — Official: Prepare for ‘undetectable’ results, “I believe it will be more or less adjusted to what the authorities will be OK with”

Kyodo: Fukushima Daiichi “long way from being out of the woods” — No one knows where melted nuclear fuel is located — Still great uncertainty over the complex’s status

Title: No. 1 long way from being out of the woodsSource: KyodoDate: March 21,  2012 No. 1 long way from being out of the woods

[...] the government announced in December that the plant had achieved a stable state of cold shutdown.

But the fact that no one knows precisely what has happened inside . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Fukushima Daiichi “long way from being out of the woods” — No one knows where melted nuclear fuel is located — Still great uncertainty over the complex’s status

Official at Meeting: “We recognize that there are black materials everywhere in the city” of Minamisoma

Title: The Outrageous Facts Source: English-translated version of Oyama Koichi’s blog, member of the city council of Minamisōma Date: Mar. 19, 2012

[...] I’d like to talk about one more good example of the political attitude of the city’s administration.

In deliberation on the budget bill on Mar. 15th, the person in charge said . . . → Read More: Official at Meeting: “We recognize that there are black materials everywhere in the city” of Minamisoma

Tepco: Fire breaks out at Fukushima Daiichi — Happened while working on fire protection equipment

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Title: A Fire near No. 3 Light Oil Tank (Outdoor Type) of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 5 and 6 (2nd Report) Source: TEPCO : Press Release Date: Mar 21, 2012

When workers of TEPCO’s partner company were doing welding operation of plumbing for fire extinguish equipment near No. 3 light oil tank . . . → Read More: Tepco: Fire breaks out at Fukushima Daiichi — Happened while working on fire protection equipment

Listen: Serious long term concern as Fukushima’s “bizarre” melted fuel interacts with environment — Release of radionuclides now poses much longer threat compared to initial meltdowns — “We know very little” says lead author (AUDIO & VIDEO)

Title: Podcast Interview with Peter Burns, an author of Nuclear Fuel in a Reactor Accident Source: Science Magazine podcast Date: March 9, 2012 Emphasis Added

From the Science Podcast: an interview with Peter Burns about the properties of damaged nuclear fuel and developing better models for nuclear reactor accidents.

Abstract: Nuclear Fuel in a . . . → Read More: Listen: Serious long term concern as Fukushima’s “bizarre” melted fuel interacts with environment — Release of radionuclides now poses much longer threat compared to initial meltdowns — “We know very little” says lead author (AUDIO & VIDEO)

Mass arrests at nuclear protest in India — ‘Immediate steps’ being taken to start reactors

Title: Work restarts at Indian nuclear plant, protesters arrestedSource: ReutersDate: March 20, 2012 Work to start up a large nuclear power plant on the southern tip on India resumed on Tuesday after police arrested dozens of protesters who had blocked access to the site for months, in a breakthrough for the power-short emerging economy.

. . . → Read More: Mass arrests at nuclear protest in India — ‘Immediate steps’ being taken to start reactors