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: Radiation Leak to Sea Stopped, But Other Concerns Grow

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 9:45 am

Japanese officials announced early Wednesday that they have managed to stop the serious leak of water with high radiation levels that had been flowing into the Pacific Ocean from the pit and sea-intakes near Unit 2. That was the good news. The bad news is what’s still unsolved.

Japan Nuclear Ocean Watch: Radioactive Water, Dolphins and Plastic Bottles

By: Monday April 4, 2011 7:11 am

What is it about our species that sees the earth and its oceans not as our shared home to be cherished and guarded as though our existence depended on it, but as our unlimited garbage dump? We should be ashamed. Our governments should be ashamed. Our corporations and their dishonest executives should be ashamed. All of us.

Highly Radioactive Water Leaking from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Into Pacific Ocean

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 7:00 pm

The latest news in the efforts to stop a catastrophic event at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is that highly contaminated water has pushed through a crack in the No. 2 reactor, and is leaking into the ocean. Officials at the plant tried to use an absorbent powder, sawdust and even shredded newspaper to block the leak, but so far, nothing has worked.

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update: “Defense in Depth” Now Has Sandbags!

By: Tuesday March 29, 2011 6:02 am

Sandbags. That’s right, we’re literally down to sandbags to keep a trench filled with highly radiative water from spilling its content into the sea.

Japanese Nuclear Plant Operator Missed Key Equipment Inspections, CEO Ducks Spotlight

By: Monday March 21, 2011 8:45 am

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) missed required deadlines to inspect key equipment that failed after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to Reuters. A separate Reuters report also points out that the TEPCO CEO has virtually disappeared from public appearances or statements. These reports fit perfectly with TEPCO’s history of previous scandals that have led to the resignations of high-level managers in the past.

Japan Nuclear Disaster Update: Power Restored to Some Reactor Units, Unit 3 Smoking, Radiation Spreads

By: Monday March 21, 2011 7:15 am

It’s Monday morning in the US; it’s Monday evening in Japan.

Quick Summary: Over the weekend, hopes of getting the reactors and spent fuel storage pools cooled rose significantly at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Station, although on Monday, new black smoke was observed rising from Unit 3 forcing another evacuation there. They’re not sure whether there was another explosion (none was heard) or about the source/cause of the smoke.

Japanese Nuclear Power Company TEPCO Has Scandal-Plagued Past

By: Monday March 14, 2011 8:35 am

TEPCO, (Tokyo Electric Power Company) which operates the failing nuclear power plants at Fukushima, has a history of scandals associated with its nuclear power operations. In 2002, one set of such scandals became so severe that the president, vice president and chairman of the company all resigned in disgrace. Most disturbing in this regard is that the scandal related to TEPCO hiding evidence of cracks in the containment vessels of their nuclear reactors. Also possibly related to the current crisis is one report I have found of Toshiba providing faulty gauges that are used in monitoring the reactor coolant systems.

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