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Rumors Spreading? “Dead fetuses in mothers’ stomachs, malformations… but we can’t say for sure at present what is caused by radiation” — “For many, Fukushima Medical University has become Dracula’s Castle”

Title: Fukushima: “Everything has to be done again for us to stay in the contaminated areas” Source: Asia-Pacific Journal – Japan Focus Interview by: Nadine and Thierry Ribault Translation by: Francis Guerin Date: Apr. 15, 2012

An interview with Iwata Wataru

Composer Iwata Wataru poses many difficult questions regarding the long-term health risks faced . . . → Read More: Rumors Spreading? “Dead fetuses in mothers’ stomachs, malformations… but we can’t say for sure at present what is caused by radiation” — “For many, Fukushima Medical University has become Dracula’s Castle”

Fox News: ‘Vomiting road workers hospitalized after exposing mysterious nuclear waste’

Title: Vomiting road workers hospitalized after exposing mysterious nuclear wasteSource: Fox NewsDate: Apr 18, 2012 Vomiting road workers hospitalized after exposing mysterious nuclear wasteRoad workers began vomiting and were hospitalized Wednesday after being exposed to suspected nuclear material, unearthed during a highway upgrade in Australia.

Meanwhile the country’s nuclear authority was scrambling for answers . . . → Read More: Fox News: ‘Vomiting road workers hospitalized after exposing mysterious nuclear waste’

NHK: Tepco can’t find holes at Reactor No. 2 — Nuclear Expert: It’s leaking like a sieve — “No one knows how they’re ever going to remove fuel in my lifetime” — Likely 50, 60, 70 years — Radiation like outer space (VIDEO)

Title: TEPCO says no water leaks found at No.2 reactor Source: NHK Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 20:56 +0900 (JST)

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says inspections using a robot have yet to find serious damage or water leaks at the facility’s No. 2 reactor. [...]

TEPCO said the robot found . . . → Read More: NHK: Tepco can’t find holes at Reactor No. 2 — Nuclear Expert: It’s leaking like a sieve — “No one knows how they’re ever going to remove fuel in my lifetime” — Likely 50, 60, 70 years — Radiation like outer space (VIDEO)

Gov’t Official Shocked: “I never thought there’d be this much of a backlash” — “We are not guinea pigs!”, “How will you extract the melted fuel?”, “How can we believe you?”

Title: Official ‘decommissioning’ of Fukushima reactors brings locals no peace Source: Mainichi Date: Apr 18, 2012

[...] “How will you extract the melted fuel from the reactors?” “How can we believe you when you say, ‘It will be safe after decontamination’ even while radioactive material leaks continue?” 

These were just a few of the . . . → Read More: Gov’t Official Shocked: “I never thought there’d be this much of a backlash” — “We are not guinea pigs!”, “How will you extract the melted fuel?”, “How can we believe you?”

Japan Times on Melt Through: “Molten ‘lava’ melted bottom of containment vessel,” says nuclear engineer given access by top official — Huge amounts of fission materials released into environment

Yomiuri: “The worst-case scenario is a China syndrome” [...] A China syndrome refers to a situation in which nuclear fuel in a reactor melts and goes through a containment vessel -Masao Yoshida, former chief of the Fukushima Daiichi plant

Title: Fukushima: Probability theory is unsafe Source: The Japan Times Online Author: Kenichi Ohmae, Nuclear . . . → Read More: Japan Times on Melt Through: “Molten ‘lava’ melted bottom of containment vessel,” says nuclear engineer given access by top official — Huge amounts of fission materials released into environment

Gundersen: As much cesium in No. 4 fuel pool as in all 800 atomic bombs ever dropped — Fukushima would be at one place, at one time, and on ground level (AUDIO, 30 min.)

Title: Arnie Gundersen Interview Source: WBAI’s Five O’Clock Shadow Date: Tuesday April 17, 2012 5:00pm

At 25:45 in

There’s enough fuel in that pool, that it’s almost as much cesium as in all of the atom bombs that were ever dropped into the atmosphere, 800 bombs were dropped into the atmosphere, well there’s . . . → Read More: Gundersen: As much cesium in No. 4 fuel pool as in all 800 atomic bombs ever dropped — Fukushima would be at one place, at one time, and on ground level (AUDIO, 30 min.)

Bird Study: “Increases in frequency of selective deaths due to mutations” as consequence of Fukushima — “Results suggest significant mortality costs of low-dose radiation” — 0.05 microSv/h considered contaminated

Title: Elevated Mortality among Birds in Chernobyl as Judged from Skewed Age and Sex Ratios Source: PLoS ONE Journal Authors: Anders Pape Møller, Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati, Geir Rudolfsen, Timothy A. Mousseau Date Published: April 11, 2012 Emphasis Added

[...] Here we extended this result by testing for a reduction in adult survival rate among 16 . . . → Read More: Bird Study: “Increases in frequency of selective deaths due to mutations” as consequence of Fukushima — “Results suggest significant mortality costs of low-dose radiation” — 0.05 microSv/h considered contaminated

Japanese Doctor: Children’s health problems increasing — Incurable stomatitis, chest pain, nosebleeds that don’t stop, diarrhea

Title: Japan: Fukushima Woman Organizes Radiation Information Centers At Church Source: Eurasia Review Author: By Hisashi Yukimoto Date: April 18, 2012

Terumi Kataoka, who lives just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is one of thousands of Japanese who frankly don’t believe what governments and scientists are telling . . . → Read More: Japanese Doctor: Children’s health problems increasing — Incurable stomatitis, chest pain, nosebleeds that don’t stop, diarrhea

Japan gov’t now discussing implementing rolling blackouts — Top official apologizes for reactor remarks

Title: Edano hints at implementation of rolling blackouts again this summer | The Japan Times OnlineSource: KyodoDate: April 18, 2012 Industry minister Yukio Edano hinted for the first time Tuesday that the government may implement rolling blackouts again this summer.

“If there is concern (over supply and demand), even if only slightly, we could . . . → Read More: Japan gov’t now discussing implementing rolling blackouts — Top official apologizes for reactor remarks

Japan Times: The Titanic and The Nuclear Fiasco — “Catastrophic effects of Fukushima fiasco are more far-reaching and long lasting” — “Name has already become synonymous with disaster”

Title: The Titanic and the nuclear fiascoSource: The Japan Times OnlineAuthor: EditorialDate: Apr. 15, 2012 [...] Presenting technology as completely safe, trustworthy or miraculous may seem to be a thing of the past, but the parallels between the Titanic and Japan’s nuclear power industry could not be clearer. Japan’s nuclear power plants were, like . . . → Read More: Japan Times: The Titanic and The Nuclear Fiasco — “Catastrophic effects of Fukushima fiasco are more far-reaching and long lasting” — “Name has already become synonymous with disaster”

Senator on National TV: I’m so concerned about Unit 4 fuel pool — Tepco’s plan must be sped up — “It’s very clear there are substantial health questions that have to be addressed now” (VIDEO)

Title: Senator calls for US help in Fukushima cleanup Source: MSNBC Date: April 17, 2012 Emphasis Added

At 0:50 in

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR): [...] It’s very clear that there are substantial health questions that have to be addressed now. I’m particulary concerned about unit No. 4 [...]

If for example you had an . . . → Read More: Senator on National TV: I’m so concerned about Unit 4 fuel pool — Tepco’s plan must be sped up — “It’s very clear there are substantial health questions that have to be addressed now” (VIDEO)

Japan Times: 28 of every 100 Fukushima pregnancies resulted in miscarriage or abortion — “Of course we didn’t believe the rumor, but we just wanted to confirm that it was groundless” says survey leader

Title: Fukushima miscarriage rate stable Source: The Japan Times Online Author: MINORU MATSUTANI Date: April 17, 2012

Counter to rumor, Fukushima Prefecture has not seen rising rates of miscarriages or abortions due to radiation exposure — or fear of it [...]

“Of course, we didn’t believe the rumor, but we just wanted to confirm . . . → Read More: Japan Times: 28 of every 100 Fukushima pregnancies resulted in miscarriage or abortion — “Of course we didn’t believe the rumor, but we just wanted to confirm that it was groundless” says survey leader

WSJ: Very dangerous situation at Fukushima Daiichi says Senator — Taking years to remove fuel “carries extraordinary and continuing risk” — No comment from Tepco, Japan gov’t — Quake could send buildings tumbling down, resulting in “an even greater release of radiation”

Title: U.S. Senator Says Fukushima Daiichi’s Unit 4 Could Spew More Radiation Than March 11 AccidentSource: Wall Street JournalAuthor: Phred DvorakDate: Apr 17, 2012 Just how dangerous is the situation at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant? Very, according to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, a senior member of the Senate’s energy committee who toured . . . → Read More: WSJ: Very dangerous situation at Fukushima Daiichi says Senator — Taking years to remove fuel “carries extraordinary and continuing risk” — No comment from Tepco, Japan gov’t — Quake could send buildings tumbling down, resulting in “an even greater release of radiation”

Colbert Report NOT Selling Out to Nuclear Industry? Mentions “no nukes” — Has Bonnie Raitt on as guest (VIDEOS)

Follow-up to: ‘The Daily Show’ is going nuclear: Nuclear industry will use program for ad campaign that claims to display value of atomic power — Trying to target younger audience -Bloomberg

Title: Bonnie Raitt Interview Source: The Colbert Report Date: 2012-16-04

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor . . . → Read More: Colbert Report NOT Selling Out to Nuclear Industry? Mentions “no nukes” — Has Bonnie Raitt on as guest (VIDEOS)

Confirmed: 35-ton machine “sitting on top of the spent fuel rack in the pool” of Reactor No. 3 — Extent of damage not yet known (VIDEOS)

Title: First image obtained inside fuel pool of Fukushima I unit 3 Source: The Denki Shimbun (The Electric Daily News) Date: Apr. 17, 2012

Underwater imagery inside the spent fuel pool of unit 3 of the Fukushima I nuclear power station was shot for the first time since the accident [...] The unit’s fuel . . . → Read More: Confirmed: 35-ton machine “sitting on top of the spent fuel rack in the pool” of Reactor No. 3 — Extent of damage not yet known (VIDEOS)

UPDATE: No moving spent fuel at No. 4 until 2014 at earliest — Up to 10 years for removal of fuel from all pools — Reactor building to be demolished (VIDEO)

Title: Workers prepare No.4 pool for fuel removal Source: NHK Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 11:17 +0900 (JST)

[...] Before the [No. 4 reactor building] can be demolished, more than 1,500 fuel rods have to be removed [...]

On Tuesday, Tokyo Electric Power Company will begin attaching a special crane to take the fuel . . . → Read More: UPDATE: No moving spent fuel at No. 4 until 2014 at earliest — Up to 10 years for removal of fuel from all pools — Reactor building to be demolished (VIDEO)

Tepco releases footage of No. 3 Spent Fuel Pool — Shows debris, fuel racks, crane… More (VIDEOS)

h/t InfoPest

Reuters Alert: “Fukushima damage leaves spent fuel at risk” -US Lawmaker — “Far worse than he expected” — Bags of rock only protection from tsunami

Follow-up to: US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools — Urges Japan to accept international help — Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant

Title: Fukushima damage leaves spent fuel at risk-U.S. lawmaker Source: Reuters AlertNet Date: April 16, 2012

Japan, with assistance from the U.S. government, needs to do . . . → Read More: Reuters Alert: “Fukushima damage leaves spent fuel at risk” -US Lawmaker — “Far worse than he expected” — Bags of rock only protection from tsunami

US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools — Urges Japan to accept international help — Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant

APRIL 23 UPDATE: New Interview: Fukushima poses lethal risk to US West Coast, says Senator — Another bomb waiting to go off — Extreme nuclear vulnerability, especially in Reactor No. 4

Read Senator Ron Wyden’s (D-OR) letters to:

US Ambassador to Japan Fujisaki Secretary of Energy Chu Secretary of State Clinton NRC Chairman . . . → Read More: US Senator Issues Press Release on Fukushima Spent Fuel Pools — Urges Japan to accept international help — Warns situation worse than reported after touring plant

Tepco: “Foundation improvement work” begins tomorrow at Reactor No. 4 (PHOTOS)

Follow-up to: Report: Tepco will start covering No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool tomorrow

Title: General Plan and Start of Main Work of the Cover for Fuel Removal of Unit 4 in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Source: TEPCO Press Release Date: Apr 16, 2012

Based on “Mid-to-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi . . . → Read More: Tepco: “Foundation improvement work” begins tomorrow at Reactor No. 4 (PHOTOS)

Report: Tepco will start covering No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool tomorrow

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*UPDATED HERE*: Tepco: “Foundation improvement work” begins tomorrow at Reactor No. 4 (PHOTOS)

Title: Close-up on Fukushima pool debris Source: World Nuclear News Date: April 16, 2012

Work is about to begin on the installation of a cover over Fukushima Daiichi unit 4 prior to the removal of fuel from the reactor building, Tepco . . . → Read More: Report: Tepco will start covering No. 4 Spent Fuel Pool tomorrow

Asahi: Gov’t admits for 1st time “all nuclear reactors will be shut down in Japan” — 45 years since no plants were operating in country

Title: Edano: All reactors temporarily offline in MaySource: AJW by The Asahi ShimbunDate: April 16, 2012 Industry minister Yukio Edano said April 15 that all nuclear reactors in Japan will be offline temporarily from May 6 [...]

The central government has been trying to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the . . . → Read More: Asahi: Gov’t admits for 1st time “all nuclear reactors will be shut down in Japan” — 45 years since no plants were operating in country