Title: Arnold Gundersen with the latest on Fukushima: its effects on Japan, and the global risks posed by the No. 4 reactor Source: If You Love This Planet Radio Author: Dr. Helen Caldicott Date: July 27, 2012
This week, Dr. Caldicott has a new conversation with nuclear engineer Arnold Gundersen about the ongoing nuclear . . . → Read More: Gundersen: I think they will get to point of throwing concrete on Fukushima reactors and coming back in 300 to 500 years (VIDEO)
Press Conference on Fukushima Daiichi Disaster May 4, 2012 10:00 am ET
Hiroaki Koide, Nuclear Reactor Specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute
At ~28:00 in
Wait awaits us is a very long battle to somehow find a way to encapsulate or enclose this large amount of radiation.
This is something . . . → Read More: Japan Nuclear Expert: Humanity as a whole has literally never experienced something like Fukushima — “We will be fighting this radiation on the order of tens or hundreds of years” (VIDEO)
Title: The real face of TEPCO nuclear power plant workers – YouTubeSource: FNN NewsAuthor: Goldieluvmj via LunaticEclipsNukPro2Date: Apr 21, 2012 At 4:22 in
Individual workers hold a different thought about the work.
40 years from now, there will still be work that needs to be done.
Babies born this year and school children might . . . → Read More: Watch: Babies born this year may be working at Fukushima Daiichi one day
Title: Two Japanese delegations visiting Gomel RegionSource: BelteleradiocompanyDate: 20.04.2012 8:06 They are studying the Belarusian experience in mitigation of the aftermath of NPP explosion, which is relevant for Japan after Fukushima accident. Japanese specialists are interested in management of long-term problems, which may arise on the contaminated territories, health of people, possibility of farming . . . → Read More: ‘Territory deactivation’ and long-term health problems after Fukushima studied by Japanese specialists (VIDEO)
Follow-up to: Kyodo hints Tepco’s long-term plan to decommission Fukushima may be in jeopardy
Title: High radiation means delays in decommissioning crippled Fukushima reactors Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Author: HIDENORI TSUBOYA Date: March 28, 2012
High radiation means delays in decommissioning crippled Fukushima reactors The decommissioning process at the Fukushima No. 1 . . . → Read More: Asahi: High radiation means delays in decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi — 30-year roadmap will likely now have to be revised
Title: Fukushima No. 2 reactor radiation level up to 73 sieverts per hour Source: Kyodo Date: March 28, 2012
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant said Tuesday that the radiation dose inside the crippled No. 2 reactor stood at an extremely high level between 31.1 and 72.9 sieverts per hour, underscoring . . . → Read More: Kyodo hints Tepco’s long-term plan to decommission Fukushima may be in jeopardy
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)
Title: Health threat from cesium-137Source: The Japan Times OnlineAuthor: Steve Starr, MT(ASCP)Date: Feb. 16, 2012 Director of Clinical Laboratory Science Program, University of Missouri-Columbia Senior Scientist, Physicians for Social Responsibility
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[...] Because cesium-137 has a 30-year half-life, the land seriously contaminated by the Fukushima disaster will remain dangerously radioactive for up . . . → Read More: Senior Scientist: Irreversible heart damage for children with 50 Bq/kg of Cs-137
Title: After Fukushima Disaster, a Confused Effort at CleanupSource: New York TimesAuthor: HIROKO TABUCHIDate: February 10, 2012 IITATE, Japan — As 500 workers in hazmat suits and respirator masks fanned out to decontaminate this village 20 miles from the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, their confusion was apparent. [...]
A day laborer wiping down . . . → Read More: NYT: Gov’t to focus on 8,000+ square miles most contaminated by Fukushima fallout — “Nobody really knows how to clean up radiation” says worker
Title: US univ. to monitor wildlife in Fukushima Source: NHK Date: Saturday, February 04, 2012 09:35 +0900 (JST)
Long-term study on the impact of radiation exposure on wild animals and plants around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant From University of South Carolina, led by Professor Timothy Mousseau Will begin the study in Fukushima . . . → Read More: Professor on NHK: Study to help look at what Fukushima’s impact on humans might be 300 years from now (VIDEO)
Title: Japan population to shrink by one-third by 2060 Source: The Associated Press Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI Date: 10:01 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012
Japan’s population of 128 million will shrink by one-third and seniors will account for 40 percent of people by 2060, placing a greater burden on a smaller working-age population to support . . . → Read More: AP: Grim gov’t estimate says Japan population to shrink by 40 million in next 50 years (VIDEO)
Title: Radiation study of wildlife planned in Fukushima Source: NHK Date: Sunday, January 29, 2012 11:53 +0900 (JST)
Japan will launch a comprehensive study to monitor the impact of radiation exposure on wild animals and plants around the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima.
About the Study
Fukushima Prefecture requested the study Will be conducted . . . → Read More: NHK: Gov’t to check chromosomes of Fukushima wildlife — “Plant and animal appearance”, “reproductive function” as well
Title: First photos from inside Fukushima reactor released Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun Date: January 20, 2012
Location of piping unknown at Reactors 1 and 3
The No. 2 reactor was chosen for the first endoscope survey because radiation levels were comparatively low and the location of the piping used to insert the . . . → Read More: Mark Your Calendars: Next survey inside Reactor 2 containment vessel set for 2017
Title: Cancer Risk To Young Children Near Fukushima Daiichi Underestimated Source: Fairewinds Associates, Inc Author: Arnie Gundersen, Nuclear Expert Date: Jan 17, 2012
Transcript Excerpts [Emphasis Added]
[...] That gets me to the issue of BIER, Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. [...]
Now in Japan, the Japanese government is allowing people to go back . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert: Fukushima risk underestimated — 5% of young girls will get cancer living in 20 milliSv/y for 5 years — “Actually worse than that” — Hot particles NOT included & only counts cancers, not other effects (VIDEO)
Radiation level increased double within 20 days after decontamination, Fukushima Diary, January 12, 2012:
From 12/6/2011 to 12/20/2011, Japanese self defense force went to Fukushima to decontaminate. [...]
As expected, they successfully proved decontamination is meaningless.
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Self defense force struggled to decontaminate the flags of the Iidatemura town hall on 12/20/2011. . . . → Read More: Report: Radiation levels double within 20 days of decontamination by Japan forces
Renewal after nuclear disaster impossible without sound foundations, The Mainichi Daily News by Takao Yamada, Expert Senior Writer, Jan. 9, 2012:
[...] So why have disaster victims been slow to apply for recompense?
“Because the crisis hasn’t ended yet,” an acquaintance of mine from Fukushima who’s evacuated to Yamagata Prefecture says. “We’re still in . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Children and grandchildren must live with fears about well-being after Fukushima
The Biggest Energy Story of 2011, IEEE Spectrum, Jan. 2, 2012:
[Fukushima] gave credence to the anti-nuclear argument that all reactors are subject to worse-than-expected mishaps, and that sometimes, somewhere, the people responsible for operating and regulating reactors inevitably will turn out to be unfit for their jobs Decades ago, an environmental activist named . . . → Read More: IEEE: Fukushima gives credence to anti-nuclear argument — Clear that nuke power will decrease in coming decades — Will not positively contribute to reducing greenhouse gases
Fukushima meltdowns set nuclear energy debate on its ear | The Japan Times Online
The Fukushima nuclear crisis changed the national debate over energy policy almost overnight.
By shattering the government’s long-pitched safety myth about nuclear power, the crisis dramatically raised public awareness about energy use and sparked strong antinuclear sentiment. [...]
Before March . . . → Read More: Japan Times: Boiling antinuclear sentiment may lead to all of nation’s reactors being idled
Gov’t starring in own show to bring Fukushima nuclear crisis ‘under control’, Mainichi Daily News, Dec. 23, 2011 [Emphasis Added]:
[...] The latest announcement that the goals of the road map have been achieved is merely the result of officials lowering their own hurdles. It reminds me of the time during World War II . . . → Read More: Mainichi: Gov’t claim of cold shutdown conditions is “meaningless” — Like when Japan Army’s retreat in WWII was called a ‘shift in position’
Title: Fukushima – Total Cost Uploaded by: wepollock Date: Dec 21, 2011 Description: Arnie Gundersen of Fairwinds Associates (a leading nuclear expert) and Warren Pollock redefine the Fukushima nuclear incidents (meltdowns and explosions) in terms of human and total cost. [...]
At 13:20 in
I think the 20 year cost from Fukushima will be . . . → Read More: Nuclear Expert: 1,000,000 cancers from Fukushima in Japan over next 20 years — First thyroid, then lung, organ, brain, leukemia (VIDEO)
Tepco Plans to Dismantle Fukushima Reactors Within 40 Years, Bloomberg, Dec. 21, 2011:
Dismantling the reactors will probably be more complex than Chernobyl because it involves more nuclear fuel, said Najmedin Meshkati, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Southern California, who worked as a consultant on decommissioning the Ukraine station.
“It . . . → Read More: Chernobyl Consultant: Fukushima decommissioning more complex since more melted fuel — Level of devastation remains unknown
Japan: Nuclear plant clean up to take decades, Al Jazeera English, Dec. 21, 2011:
CAPTION: Experts say that the total radiation leaked will eventually exceed the amounts released from the Chernobyl disaster
[...] Experts have said that the contamination from Fukushima is worse than Chernobyl. [...]
While four decades [to decommission Fukushima Daiichi] seems . . . → Read More: Experts: Contamination from Fukushima worse than Chernobyl — Many people say 2051 goal “unrealistic” given scale of catastrophe… “Will I be alive when it’s completed?”