Japan Nuclear Watch, April 23: How Do You Rebuild a Cooling System Inside a No-Go Zone

By: Saturday April 23, 2011 11:00 am

The good news is that over the last two weeks or so at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant, there have been no further spectacular explosions, no new massive breaches of containment or as far as we know, massive releases of radiation, though there continue to be dangerous levels inside the reactors, in water and in surrounding areas.

The bad news is the Japanese authorities have been unable to make substantial progress against the massive quantities of contaminated water still leaking from the various units.


Fukushima Blueprint? Roadmap? What Comes Next?

By: Sunday April 17, 2011 6:30 am

Today’s news from Fukushima: TEPCO and the government have produced a roadmap for the next 6-9 months, ending with all reactors in cold shutdown and all spent fuel pools under full control. Phase 1 (three months) consists of achieving a “steady reduction” of radiation. In Phase 2 (three-six months), the plan calls for first getting radiation releases under control and then substantially curbed. At the end of Phase 2, there is a decision point for the government. At that point (between November and January) evacuation orders will be reviewed. Evacuees will either be allowed to return to their homes to live or not.

Markey: One Fukushima Reactor’s Core Has Melted Through Pressure Vessel

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 1:20 pm

That radioactive water was leaking from a crack in a pit attached to the No. 2 nuclear reactor. Keep that in mind when you read this horrifying statement from an open Congressional testimony just this morning. . . .

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update: Increased Radiation Detected on Land and Sea

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 2:00 pm

Japanese officials on Thursday confronted significantly increased radiation readings, well above safe levels on land and sea. The increases occurred even as they continued efforts to inject fresh water in Units 1-3 reactors and spent fuel storage ponds and pumped contaminated water out of turbine building basements and nearby trenches.

A bit of good news

By: Monday March 21, 2011 1:30 am

Cautious optimism, finally, from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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