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TEPCO accepts US offer to aid dangerous Fukushima cleanup

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2013

RT

2nd November, 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has accepted Washington’s offer to help with the cleanup and decommissioning of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The move comes as TEPCO prepares for the major operation of removing fuel rods from Unit 4.

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A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz regarding Fukushima

Posted by seumasach on November 4, 2013

US Department of Energy

1st November, 2013

“On Friday, I made my first visit to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. It is stunning that one can see firsthand the destructive force of the tsunami even more than two and a half years after the tragic events.  The words of President Obama following the incident still hold true today: ‘The Japanese people are not alone in this time of great trial and sorrow. Across the Pacific, they will find a hand of support extended from the United States as they get back on their feet.’ My colleagues from the Department of Energy and I are grateful for the cooperation and openness of our host, TEPCO President Hirose, and his dedicated staff. They face a daunting task in the cleanup and decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi, one that will take decades and is being carried out under very challenging conditions. The TEPCO workforce is facing unprecedented challenges and is clearly focused on devising and implementing solutions.

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Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast

Posted by seumasach on November 3, 2013

CBCNews

2nd November, 2013

Scientists at the University of Alaska are concerned about radiation leaking from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant, and the lack of a monitoring plan.

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Fukushima 2020: Will Japan be able to keep the nuclear situation under control?

Posted by seumasach on October 21, 2013

This article at least gives some insight into the Japanese clean-up operation. I cannot on its feasibility. WHO figures concerning Chernobyl should , of course, be disregarded.

Japan Times

19th October, 2013

Thirty seconds into what may ultimately be regarded as one of the defining speeches of his career, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slowly raised his hands chest high, then spread them out sideways in a gesture of confidence.

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Japan’s nuclear crisis deepens

Posted by seumasach on August 23, 2013

China expresses ‘shock’

Yahoo

21st August, 2013

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s nuclear crisis escalated to its worst level since a massive earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima plant more than two years ago, with the country’s nuclear watchdog saying it feared more storage tanks were leaking contaminated water.

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Fukushima: Pump and prey

Posted by seumasach on August 10, 2013

Pump and prey: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever

Professor Chris Busby

RT

7rth August, 2013

Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an “open-air super reactor spectacular” which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe.

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Violations of the Right to Health in Fukushima

Posted by seumasach on May 29, 2013

Will WHO Listen to the UN Special Rapporteur?

Mieux Prevenir

28th May, 2013

“The initial comments made by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Mr Anand Grover, after his visit to Japan, confirm that the government has been willfully and perhaps criminally negligent in failing to protect the population from radioactive contamination.”

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Japan’s new nuclear regulator has some bite

Posted by seumasach on May 16, 2013

Japan’s Nuclear Watchdog Shows Its Bark Has Some Bite: Energy

Bloomberg

16th May, 2

Japan’s nuclear regulator, set up to replace a predecessor that ignored warnings before the atomic disaster in Fukushima, looks set to deliver a ruling that will permanently shut at least one nuclear plant and maybe more.

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Obama approves higher radiation threshold

Posted by seumasach on April 21, 2013

Obama Approves EPA’s Higher Radiation Exposure Levels for U.S. Population

Activist Post

18th April, 2013

According to a statement by PEER (Public Employees For Environmental Responsibility) published on the organization’s website on April 8, 2013, Barack Obama has given final approval for the EPA’s attempt to raise radiation levels in soil and water following “radiological incidents.”

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Nuclear waste barrels litter English Channel

Posted by seumasach on April 16, 2013

Spiegel

12th April, 2013

German journalists have discovered barrels of radioactive waste on the floor of the English Channel, just a handful of thousands dumped there decades ago. It was previously thought the material had dissipated. Now politicians are calling for the removal of the potentially harmful containers.

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All US nuclear reactors should be replaced

Posted by seumasach on April 10, 2013

‘Irreparable’ safety issues: All US nuclear reactors should be replaced, ‘Band-Aids’ won’t help

RT

9th April, 2013

All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said.

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