Multiple Alarms Set Off at Fukushima Plant: New leak of highly radioactive material detected — “Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly” — “Emergency inspections” underway (VIDEO)

Published: February 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 am ET


AFP, Feb 22, 2015 (emphasis added): Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water into the sea… [with] contamination levels up to 70 times greater than the already-high radioactive status seen at the plant… TEPCO said its emergency inspections of tanks storing nuclear waste water did not find any additional abnormalities… It was not immediately clear what caused the original spike… “With emergency surveys of the plant and monitoring of other sensors, we have no reason to believe tanks storing radioactive waste water have leaked… We are currently monitoring the sensors”…  The latest incident, one of several that have plagued the plant in recent months, reflects the difficulty in controlling and decommissioning the plant… TEPCO has not been able to effectively deal with an increasing amount of contaminated water…

NHK, Feb 22, 2015: Fukushima radioactive contamination sets off alarm — [TEPCO] says it has detected high levels of radioactive substances in a drainage channel on the plant’s premises on Sunday… the plant’s alarm system went off around 10 AM… levels of beta-ray emitting substances, which are not detected under normal circumstances, had risen to up to 7,230 Becquerels per liter… The utility suspects that contaminated water in the channel may have leaked into the port.

Japan Times, Feb 22, 2015: Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly at Fukushima No. 1 plant — The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Sunday that an alarm went off at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant signaling high radioactivity levels in drainage ditches… the first alarm sounded at around 10 a.m., and another alarm 10 minutes later indicated much higher levels. Officials said contaminated water may have been discharged into the ditches.

(Link removed) Jiji Press, Feb 22, 2015: Radioactivity Alarm Rings at TEPCO Fukushima Plant

Watch NHK’s broadcast here

Published: February 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 am ET


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207 comments to Multiple Alarms Set Off at Fukushima Plant: New leak of highly radioactive material detected — “Strontium-90 levels spike alarmingly” — “Emergency inspections” underway (VIDEO)

  • rogerthat

    Chomsky: Leaders Ignore Einstein-Russell Warning

    By Sherwood Ross

    The warning by theoretical physicist Albert Einstein and philosopher Bertrand Russell against nuclear war issued 60 years ago is being ignored by the world's political leaders today at humanity's peril, MIT philosopher and Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky says.

    Known as the Russell-Einstein Manifesto, it was issued on July 9, 1955, at a London news conference which Russell opened with the words, "I am bringing the warning pronounced by the signatories to the notice of all the powerful Governments of the world in the earnest hope that they may agree to allow their citizens to survive." …

  • Cooter

    I think I'm starting to believe TEPCO about the radioactive water not coming from the on-site storage tanks.


  • name999 name999

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    The recommendations of the truly great leaders and brilliant minds are listened to and followed there. Even by those who are pulled in the direction of greed and the addictive temptation to control and exploit those around them. Even that 1% that has gained control now in a flurry of destruction and lies, can see, in my alternate universe, how obvious it is to protect the earth, even from themselves…no nuclear bombs, no milky rain, no guns.

  • Homolumina Homolumina

    My hope lies in our children. Here a promising contribution that is spreading fast around the globe and offers a hub to connect to :

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    German Version:

    At the same time the Gov probably attempts to control the Internet.

  • rogerthat

    On 2/13/2015, ANA (All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.) announced they are going to serve ingredients produced in Fukushima.

    This is their marketing project to feature local food of all around in Japan, which started in September of 2013.

    From this March to May, they are going to feature Fukushima prefecture.

    Specifically, ANA is going to serve Fukushima peach, tomato, beef and 12 kinds of local Japanese rice wine at their lounges.

    Those lounges are for international air routes.

    Fukushima local newspaper reported Fukushima tomato will be also served for in-flight meal of a part of the flights in Europe, North America and Singapore but it is not mentioned on ANA’s website for some reason.

    Iori Mochizuki

  • rogerthat

    off topic, but it rhymes:

    1,000 S. Koreans to Sue Japan Firms over Wartime Forced Labor

    Seoul, Feb. 24 (Jiji Press)–Some 1,000 South Koreans forced to work for Japanese firms during World War II and their family members are set to file a collective lawsuit soon in order to seek compensation from the firms, representatives of the plaintiffs' group said Tuesday.

    The lawsuit will be one of the largest of its kind. The plaintiffs apparently aim to bring pressure to bear on Japan, which claims that the issue of wartime forced labor has been resolved.

    Following eligibility checks of about 1,400 people hoping to join the lawsuit, the group is expected to be made up of some 1,000 people, the representatives said at a press conference.

    The lawsuit will be filed before May 23, when the right to seek damages over forced labor will expire.

    In the lawsuit against some 30 Japanese companies, the plaintiffs will demand approximately 100 million won per person.

  • rogerthat

    LAS VEGAS (KSNV My News 3) — Nevada journalist Ed Vogel, who spent 37 years covering state government, the environment and energy for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, died Sunday at his home in Minden. He was 66.

    Vogel had beaten cancer in the past, but it returned and he had been treated for the last several months. On Feb. 11, he suffered a stroke brought on by the disease. His wife Carol, also a longtime Nevada journalist, was his caregiver.

    Vogel was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2012. He retired from the newspaper in March 2014.

    In his earliest years at the Review-Journal, Vogel covered the environment, the Nevada Test Site, …

  • rogerthat

    Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities
    A Rule by the Energy Department on 02/23/2015

    Final Rule.

    DOE is issuing the first comprehensive updating of regulations concerning Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities since 1986, reflecting a need to make the regulations consistent with current global civil nuclear trade practices and nonproliferation norms, and to update the activities and technologies subject to the Secretary of Energy's specific authorization and DOE reporting requirements.

    This rule also identifies destinations with respect to which most assistance would be generally authorized and destinations that would require a specific authorization by the Secretary of Energy.

  • rogerthat

    (Bloomberg) — The French government is considering a capital injection for Areva SA as well as financial and industrial tie ups with Electricite de France SA and nuclear researcher CEA after the reactor builder reported a loss of about 4.9 billion euros ($5.6 billion) for 2014.

    “All options are being looked at,” French Energy Minister Segolene Royal said in Paris today when asked whether Areva would need extra funding. “It’s too early to give a precise answer.” …

  • rogerthat

    Cracks appear in the nuclear industry
    Cracks discovered in the walls of Belgian nuclear reactors are causing unease among experts. …

    … The discovery of the cracks in the reactors “could be a problem for the entire global nuclear industry,” says Jan Bens, general director of the Belgian Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) …

    Of most concern are the cracks that have been found in the walls of pressure vessels, the part of reactors where the highly radioactive chain reaction takes place. During such a process, the vessel is under extreme stress and instability caused by the cracks could cause a potentially catastrophic release of radioactive contamination.

    It is already known that pressure vessels can become fatigued as a result of stress caused by pressure, temperature and radioactive materials. But the Belgian Nuclear Research Center in Mol has only just found out “that the material is mechanically weakened through radiation much more than previously thought,” says Heinz Smital, nuclear physicist and expert at Greenpeace.

    Nuclear material corrosion expert Walter Bogaerts, of Belgium’s University of Leuven says that corrosion factors have until now been “underestimated”, globally. He adds: “I would be really surprised if it had not also occurred elsewhere.”

    Digby MacDonald, an expert …

    • rogerthat

      Digby MacDonald, an expert in corrosion at the University of California, Berkley, analyzed the cracks together with Bogaerts and has advised nuclear reactor operators and government regulators that they should use ultrasound equipment to carefully examine reactors for cracks.

      “All reactor operators should be require under the leadership of regulatory authorities,” says MacDonald. He adds that the results of such detailed investigations “could be insignificant, or so strong that all the reactors must be shut down.”

      According to nuclear experts, hydrogen from the reactor can penetrate the reactor wall and there in the steel increase the interior pressure causing small bubble and cracks from just a few millimeters in size “up to seven centimeters”, says Smital.

      Using special ultrasound equipment, experts discovered 13,047 cracks in total in the Belgian reactor Doel 3 and 3,149 in Tihange 2. The reactors have been shut down, as a result. Whether they will once again be connected to the network is, as of yet, unclear.

      The appearance of the cracks as a result of material fatigue has caused a tide of reaction. Safety checks are being demanded all over the world and “could lead to a wave of reactor closures”, says Smital.

      Greenpeace successfully sued the Belgian nuclear authority FANC in January following the publication of the detailed investigative documents. “It's a very delicate …

      • rogerthat

        “It's a very delicate matter and could indeed have a huge impact on the whole nuclear industry,” says Smital. Greenpeace is demanding that all reactors worldwide are closely examined.

        The German Environment Ministry has also reacted and is seeking to have immediate contact with the Belgian authorities to see whether the findings could be applicable to German reactors.

        But according to Greenpeace, the Belgian findings confirm the growing threat posed by old nuclear power plants.

        The world’s reactors now have an average age of 29 years. “That is no longer state-of-the-art, which can be dangerous, even when you upgrade,” says Smital. “What are now needed are scenarios for a shut down of plants. Every country needs a get-out plan.”

  • rogerthat

    Three views of dry cask storage at Pilgrim Station
    All sides had their territories staked out, and there was little give and take. COMMENT 0 2

    By Frank Mand
    Posted Feb. 23, 2015

    PLYMOUTH – While last week’s discussion in Plymouth of the merits and drawbacks of dry-cask storage at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant was certainly civil, it was not a debate. All sides had their territories staked out, and there was little give and take.

    Three sides were heard from: Pine duBois, speaking on behalf of those mainly concerned with the effect of the plant on the ecology of the Plymouth Bay; Mary Lampert, who believes Entergy’s approach to dry cask storage is unproven; and Pilgrim-owner Entergy, which largely contented itself with playing defense. …

    – this is a thoroughly good piece of journalism, imho, and worth reading in full

  • rogerthat

    Scary stuff:

    Oversight panel gives platform to agency's economic and legal critics
    Jean Chemnick and Annie Snider, E&E reporters
    E&E Daily: Monday, February 23, 2015

    A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpanel will hear this week from an economic consulting firm that has warned repeatedly of the expense of U.S. EPA air and water rules, and from state attorneys general suing to stop their implementation.

    The witness list for Thursday's Interior Subcommittee hearing includes two senior staff from the Washington, D.C.-based NERA Economic Consulting, a firm that has studied the economic consequences of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan, its first-ever utility mercury standards, a tighter ozone standard and its cooling water intake rule.

    All those analyses found that EPA restrictions would be costly, as NERA Senior Vice Presidents David Harrison and Anne Smith are likely to tell the subcommittee Thursday.

    The analyses are frequently commissioned by industry and conservative organizations critical of EPA, then touted by congressional Republicans. …

  • rogerthat

    University students translate testimony by A-bomb survivor into English

    YOKOHAMA — Nine Japanese and foreign students at Yokohama National University have translated a Hiroshima atomic-bombing survivor's testimony in a video into English and added the translation as subtitles.

    The video of the testimony provided by Akira Ito, 88, now living in Kuwana, Mie Prefecture, who was exposed to radiation in the Aug. 6, 1945 Hiroshima bombing at the age of 18, will be released online with English subtitles as early as this coming April. …

    Ito had been assigned to Hiroshima as a serviceman in charge of communications, and was traveling on a tram car when an atomic bomb was dropped on the city. In a 24-minute video, Ito vividly describes scenes of the atomic-bombed city, such as destroyed towns and neighborhoods in flames as well as burned people, among other things. …

  • rogerthat

    Additional Actions Needed to Improve DOJ's Handling of FBI Retaliation Complaints
    GAO-15-112: Published: Jan 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2015.

    What GAO Found …

    – This tells you in detail why becoming a whistleblower is a seriously bad idea. What's the first thing that goes through a bug's mind when it hits the windshield?

    • SadieDog

      "As the drainage ditch in question is connected to the roof of the reactor 2 building, 29,400 becquerels of radioactive cesium per liter were detected from water accumulated on the rooftop, Tepco said.

      The water also contained 52,000 becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances such as strontium-90.

      The drainage ditch is linked to the Pacific Ocean. Some 1,050 becquerels of radioactive cesium and 1,500 becquerels of beta ray-emitting radioactive materials per liter were detected near an outlet leading to the sea."

    • SadieDog

      "The storage facility will be built in an area covering 16 sq. km straddling Okuma and Futaba.

      The Environment Ministry began work on Feb. 3 to build the storage site with the aim of beginning delivery of contaminated soil by March 11, which will mark the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that caused the nuclear disaster.

      The central government plans to complete final disposal of the contaminated soil at a site outside Fukushima Prefecture within 30 years."

  • ISPC

    Yes. Sadie Dog. TY. Simply info has an article that covers the Meltdown of Reactor #2 on a minute by minute timeline. The article states that the Reactor was responsible for the very high readings found at the plant entrance during the early stages of the explosions and meltdowns. It was over 11 Sieverts at the gate.

    Unit Two melted down, TEPCO admits that, but there is no information forthcoming from TEPCO regarding the whereabouts of the Core. I think TEPCO would like us to believe that it is still in the Building. It could be. No one outside of TEPCO, and the Government, actually knows. We do know that the Core has/had the ability, and sufficient time, to melt through the steel and concrete in, and below, the Reactor, into and out of the basement, and into the underlying strata beneath the building, or, even partially melted out.

    I think that knowing where the Core is, could explain the high readings continuously found related to the #2 Reactor. I think TEPCO, and the Government know where it is, and what condition it is in. There must be a reason for them not releasing that information. I suspect that it is bad news, overall. It says that the conditions are so bad that nothing can be done to prevent the highly radioactive water from getting to the Ocean.

    Sorry 'bout the blog. Too short anyway. One thing is clear, more attention is being paid to Unit Two, now.


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