Saturday, December 10, 2011

Today's News from Japan: Leaking Plants and Radioactive Building Materials


Half of Fukushima examinees exposed to radiation above annual limit

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[Excerpted] Dec 10: FUKUSHIMA -- Hundreds of residents in Fukushima Prefecture checked for radiation exposure after the nuclear accident there had levels exceeding what the government says is the safe annual limit.

TEPCO shelves plan to dump radioactive water into sea

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[Excerpted] Dec 10: After a strong protest from fisheries cooperatives, Tokyo Electric POWER Co. will postpone the planned release of radioactive water into the sea from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear POWER plant.


NHK: Concrete Solutions

Majia Paraphrasing: NHK is examining rebuilding after the disaster and looks at efforts to turn debris into concrete that can be used as building material. Absolutely no discussion of the potential for these debris to be radioactive. Can you imagine have a house built with radioactive concrete?

Japan Today: Radioactive water leaks inside Genkai nuclear plant


[Excerpted] Dec. 10, 2011 -Radioactive water leaked inside a nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture on Friday but did not escape into the environment, the government said Saturday, the latest problem for the country’s nuclear industry amid an ongoing crisis at another plant….
“There have been various problems at Genkai,” Saito said. “But there is no safety problem as a result of what happened this time.”
 
….Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto complained that Kyushu Electric has not been fully open with information.
 
“The local government needs to know,” Kyodo News agency quoted him as saying. “I have repeatedly demanded the utility change its ways.”

Mainichi: Editorial: Japan needs more discussion before exporting atomic energy technology


[Excerpted] The Diet's approval of atomic energy agreements, which the government has signed with Jordan, Vietnam, Russia and South Korea, has opened the way for exports of nuclear power plants to these countries, but the decision came too hasty and has not been thought through.

Mainichi: Long and tough road ahead for work to decommission Fukushima nuclear reactors


[Excerpted] "It is expected to take more than 30 years to decommission crippled reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, and workers tasked with the difficult mission would have to venture into "uncharted territory" filled with hundreds of metric tons of highly radioactive nuclear fuel, experts say….

….The key part of the decommissioning work is to remove a total of 1,496 fuel rods from the No. 1 to 3 nuclear reactors and 3,108 fuel rods from nuclear fuel pools of the No. 1 to 4 reactors. The government and TEPCO are expected to start decommissioning the reactors early in the New Year after unveiling detailed plans around Dec. 16 that the nuclear plant has been brought under control by achieving a stable state called a ''cold shutdown.

According to experts, filling the containment vessels with water completely to shield radiation is the "foremost and biggest hurdle." In order to carry out the task, it is necessary to spot and repair damaged parts in the containment vessels. But it is not an easy task. Up to about 5,000 millisieverts per hour of radiation -- lethal levels -- have been detected in the reactor building of the No. 1 reactor…''

Mainichi: Average weight of Japanese girls declines for 1st time


[Excerpted] TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The average weight of girls in Japan declined in all age groups from 5 to 17 in the 2011 school year from the previous year for the first time since the government began conducting..."




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