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Report: Media lockdown over Arkansas oil pipeline rupture — Residents say sickened from spill — ‘Paper towels’ to cleanup? (VIDEOS)

Title: Activists claim Arkansas oil spill diverted into wetland Source: The Raw Story Author: By Stephen C. Webster Date: April 7, 2013 16:59 EDT

[...] Activists also interviewed a local resident who claimed the oil has continued “flowing” into Lake Conway since the spill happened. [...]

The activists noted that they were turned away . . . → Read More: Report: Media lockdown over Arkansas oil pipeline rupture — Residents say sickened from spill — ‘Paper towels’ to cleanup? (VIDEOS)

NYT: New leak at Fukushima Daiichi — Tepco accused of cover-up

Title: Small Toxic Leak Is Reported at Fukushima Nuclear Plant Source: NYTimes Date: April 7, 2013 at 10:30p ET

A small amount of toxic water has leaked from an underground storage pool at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, the plant’s operator said Sunday, two days after it reported a much larger leak from a . . . → Read More: NYT: New leak at Fukushima Daiichi — Tepco accused of cover-up

“Radiation epidemic” killing So. California sea lions? Gov’t experts now checking animals for contamination from Fukushima Daiichi

(Subscription Only) Title: NOAA investigates: natural die-off, radiation? Source: The Orange County Register Author: ERIKA I. RITCHIE Date: April 6, 2013 at 1:46a ET

NOAA investigates: natural die-off, radiation?

A team of experts assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency is looking into radiation from Japan’s nuclear disaster as one of several . . . → Read More: “Radiation epidemic” killing So. California sea lions? Gov’t experts now checking animals for contamination from Fukushima Daiichi

Tepco: Immediate environmental concern due to radioactive leak at Fukushima plant — ‘Rupture’ allowed contamination to escape — May already be in groundwater

The Asahi Shimbun: About 120 tons of contaminated water has leaked from an underground storage tank at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and may have mixed with underground water [...] TEPCO estimated that the water contained about 710 billion becquerels of radioactivity and leaked through the joints of protective sheets of the storage . . . → Read More: Tepco: Immediate environmental concern due to radioactive leak at Fukushima plant — ‘Rupture’ allowed contamination to escape — May already be in groundwater

Kyodo: Radioactive leak is up to 120 tons from Fukushima Daiichi tank (VIDEO)

Kyodo News, April 6, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that up to 120 tons of contaminated water may have leaked into soil from one of the seven underground reservoir tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Around 13,000 cubic meters of contaminated water remain in the tank, with TEPCO having . . . → Read More: Kyodo: Radioactive leak is up to 120 tons from Fukushima Daiichi tank (VIDEO)

ABC San Diego: Alarming report of Fukushima fallout harming U.S. infants (VIDEO)

ABC San Diego, April 5, 2013: Two years later, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan may be affecting the health of young children in San Diego. [...] In a study of states in the West Coast and in the Pacific, infants born soon after the nuclear disaster were 28 percent more likely to develop . . . → Read More: ABC San Diego: Alarming report of Fukushima fallout harming U.S. infants (VIDEO)

Tepco has emergency press conference about new highly radioactive leak at Fukushima Daiichi

Kyodo News, April 6, 2013: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that contaminated water may have leaked into soil from an underground reservoir tank at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. A radioactive substance has been detected in water accumulated between soil around the tank and the outer layer of a waterproof sheet covering . . . → Read More: Tepco has emergency press conference about new highly radioactive leak at Fukushima Daiichi

Report: ‘Explosion in protected area’ at US nuclear plant after recent fatal accident

Follow-up to: “Air detection teams deployed” after U.S. nuclear plant accident — “Evacuation signs were posted throughout community” — Concerns over building stability? — Worker: Worst thing to happen in 30+ years (VIDEOS)

Title: PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF EVENT OR UNUSUAL OCCURRENCE Source: NRC Date: April 2, 2013 h/t Fairewinds

This preliminary notification constitutes EARLY . . . → Read More: Report: ‘Explosion in protected area’ at US nuclear plant after recent fatal accident

NYT: Rat Chase Again Bedevils Fukushima Nuclear Plant — Power lost to spent fuel pool for hours

NYTimes, April 5, 2013: Rat Chase Again Bedevils Fukushima Nuclear Plant [...] Workers at the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant who were installing wire nets Friday to keep rats away from a vital cooling system instead tripped up that system, causing it to fail for the second time in weeks. The spent fuel pool . . . → Read More: NYT: Rat Chase Again Bedevils Fukushima Nuclear Plant — Power lost to spent fuel pool for hours

‘Large’ explosion at U.S. power plant — Reports of holes in cooling towers — Homes shook, vehicle airbags set off (VIDEO)

WSBT, April 4, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): Authorities are investigating an explosion at a coal plant in Bartow County [30 miles NW of Atlanta, Georgia]. The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to avoid Georgia Power’s Plant Bowen on Covered Bridge Road. Roads in the area are closed. [...]

FOX 5: [...] It . . . → Read More: ‘Large’ explosion at U.S. power plant — Reports of holes in cooling towers — Homes shook, vehicle airbags set off (VIDEO)

New official flyover shows intense oil sheen around giant Louisiana sinkhole (VIDEO)

Title: 5:15 p.m. Flyover Videos Posted Source: Assumption Parish Police Jury Date: April 4, 2013

Watch more of today’s flyover here

Release of 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide caused mystery odor in New Orleans? Report: Actual amount is “far more”

WDSU, April 4, 2013: [...] ExxonMobil’s Chalmette Refinery reported releasing 10 pounds of benzene and 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide early on Wednesday, but the La. Bucket Brigade said it released “far more.” [...] The Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit environmental watchdog group, said the smell originated from the Exxon Chalmette Refinery and said . . . → Read More: Release of 100 pounds of hydrogen sulfide caused mystery odor in New Orleans? Report: Actual amount is “far more”

Video: Strangeness happened to me after Fukushima explosion — Radioactive man’s body still 300% over background levels

Title: Confessions of men who have been exposed to radioactivity Source: 148production Date: April 4, 2013

I had lived in Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture [85km south of Fukushima Daiichi] at the time of the accident. [...]

Source: 148production

After the explosion of the second time, strangeness happened to my body.

At the time . . . → Read More: Video: Strangeness happened to me after Fukushima explosion — Radioactive man’s body still 300% over background levels

Official: Methane in soil near giant sinkhole at 100% of lower explosive limit — ‘Biogenic gas’ may be getting pushed up to surface (VIDEO)

Excerpts from The Advocate’s report on the latest sinkhole developments:

Assumption Parish Officials

[John Boudreaux, director of the Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness] said scientists working for the Office of Conservation think the formation gas released by the cavern failure may be pushing up existing swamp gas while the deeper, . . . → Read More: Official: Methane in soil near giant sinkhole at 100% of lower explosive limit — ‘Biogenic gas’ may be getting pushed up to surface (VIDEO)

Widespread mystery odor reported across New Orleans area — Oil, natural gas smell suspected — Coast Guard investigating (VIDEO)

Watch Fox 8′s broadcast here

Times-Picayune, April 3, 2013: The Coast Guard and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are investigating widespread reports of odors, ranging from burning rubber to oil and gas, in the New Orleans area, according to spokesmen for both agencies. “We have received calls from the public regarding the odors, . . . → Read More: Widespread mystery odor reported across New Orleans area — Oil, natural gas smell suspected — Coast Guard investigating (VIDEO)

TV: Hanford nuclear waste tanks could explode — Continuously generating flammable gas (VIDEO)

AP, April 3, 2013 (h/t Anonymous tip): Underground tanks that hold a stew of toxic, radioactive waste at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear site pose a possible risk of explosion, [the congressionally appointed Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB)] said [...] State and federal officials have long known that hydrogen gas could build up . . . → Read More: TV: Hanford nuclear waste tanks could explode — Continuously generating flammable gas (VIDEO)

Officials report gas is detected underneath homes near giant Louisiana sinkhole

Assumption Parish Police Jury, 10:45 a ET: Texas Brine contractors have reported and verified that a home on a slab, located on Sauce Piquante Lane, has the presence of gas under the slab of both the home and the shed. Monitoring will continue to check for gas presence at this location.

Assumption Parish Police . . . → Read More: Officials report gas is detected underneath homes near giant Louisiana sinkhole

Four U.S. nuclear plant workers injured by flash — Explosion reported — Helicopter transport required

Nuclear Regulatory Commission, April 3, 2013:  At 1707 CDT on 4/2/13 an arc flash occurred at the ‘B’ safeguards transformer (XMDV24) in the plant switchyard at Callaway [nuclear plant in Missouri]. At the time of the flash, ground straps were being placed on the ‘B’ safeguards transformer which had been removed from service for . . . → Read More: Four U.S. nuclear plant workers injured by flash — Explosion reported — Helicopter transport required

Alarm triggered at Fukushima Daiichi — Workers ordered to put on full face masks

April 3, 2013 emergency email from Tepco translated by Fukushima Diary:

At 15:55 of 4/3/2013, the continuous dust monitoring post at the main entrance of Fukushima plant alarmed.

[...] Fukushima workers were ordered to put on full-face masks.

Other continuous dust monitoring posts are not indicating any change. [...]

Full report here Emergency email . . . → Read More: Alarm triggered at Fukushima Daiichi — Workers ordered to put on full face masks

Watch: Oil sheen covers virtually all of giant sinkhole — “Much worse than we could have imagined last summer” (VIDEO)

Title: Bayou Corne Flyover #6 Source: On Wings of Care Date: April 2, 2013

Our sixth flyover of the Bayou Corne sinkhole since last August revealed a site much worse than we could have imagined last summer. Unlike previously, rainbow sheen now covers virtually the entire visible sinkhole. Many trees on the west side . . . → Read More: Watch: Oil sheen covers virtually all of giant sinkhole — “Much worse than we could have imagined last summer” (VIDEO)

M6.1 quake off northeastern Japan — Several M5 aftershocks follow (MAP)

Title: Earthquake Information Source: Japan Meteorological Agency h/t Anonymous tip

12:21 JST 02 Apr 2013 Sanriku Oki M4.5 1 11:09 JST 02 Apr 2013 Sanriku Oki M5.6 3 05:07 JST 02 Apr 2013 Sanriku Oki M5.0 1 05:04 JST 02 Apr 2013 Sanriku Oki M5.2 2 03:57 JST 02 Apr 2013 Sanriku Oki M4.8 . . . → Read More: M6.1 quake off northeastern Japan — Several M5 aftershocks follow (MAP)

Tecpo shows groundwater flowing from Fukushima reactors into ocean

Title: Progress Status of the Groundwater Bypass Construction Source: Tokyo Electric Power Company Date: March 27, 2013

[...] Gradual Reduction of Groundwater

The groundwater level will be gradually reduced with the groundwater bypass put in operation. Careful water level control will be implemented to prevent the accumulated water in the buildings from leaking to . . . → Read More: Tecpo shows groundwater flowing from Fukushima reactors into ocean