Monday, January 30, 2012

Nukeblog Links 1/30/2012

Women's group hosts meeting about nuclear disaster preparedness

Chicago Sun-Times - ‎16 minutes ago‎
By Chuck Fieldman January 30, 2012 4:36PM With March 11 being the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan, the American Association of University Women is hosting a meeting about nuclear ...

Stick to timetable to bring nuclear evacuees back home

The Daily Yomiuri - ‎4 hours ago‎
The Environment Ministry recently released a timetable for decontamination operations in areas near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which are contaminated with radioactive substances emitted from the plant. The government should make the ...

TEPCO ordered to prevent water leaks at stricken nuke plant

Xinhua - ‎9 hours ago‎
TOKYO, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Japan's nuclear safety agency on Monday ordered the operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to stop a spate of recent water leaks. The plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, also came under fire from ...

Nuclear security summit aims to restore confidence

Times of Oman - ‎11 hours ago‎
South Korea: World leaders will gather in South Korea in March for a summit that will seek to restore confidence in the nuclear industry after the Fukushima disaster in Japan, a spokesman said Monday. The Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul will be the ...

'Worst scenario' on Fukushima crisis kept under wraps

Economic Times - ‎11 hours ago‎
Tokyo: The possible worst case scenario resulting from the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was shared with only a few lawmakers as making the report public would have caused alarm and "no one would have remained in Tokyo," a Japanese minister said.

Radiation fears slow tsunami clear-up

News24 - ‎14 hours ago‎
Worries over nuclear contamination from Fukushima mean no one elsewhere in Japan wants the debris from the March 2011 tsunami processed near them. With 150 all-new and unique Su Doku, Kakuro, and Hanjie puzzles of increasing levels of difficulty,.

Japan studies flora and fauna near Fukushima plant

AFP - ‎17 hours ago‎
TOKYO — Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, according to an official. Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a certain type of shellfish and ...

Japan finds water leaks at stricken nuclear plant

Reuters India - ‎19 hours ago‎
REUTERS - Japan's stricken nuclear power plant has leaked more than 600 litres of water, forcing it to briefly suspend cooling operations at a spent-fuel pond at the weekend, but none is thought to have escaped into the ocean, the plant's operator and ...

UN nuclear agency considering Fukushima office

AFP - ‎Jan 29, 2012‎
TOKYO — The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog said the agency is considering opening a branch office in Fukushima to monitor efforts to contain the world's worst atomic accident since Chernobyl, a report said. The Japanese government has struggled with ...

Japan emissions rising after atomic crisis: report

Montreal Gazette - ‎Jan 28, 2012‎
TOKYO — Japanese manufacturer's greenhouse gas emissions are rising after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, hurting the country's carbon reduction goals, a report said Sunday. The trend will deal a blow to Japan's target of reducing emissions ...

Japan Post-Fukushima Reactor Checks 'Insufficient,' Advisers Say

BusinessWeek - ‎Jan 27, 2012‎
Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Japan's safety review of nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster is based on faulty criteria and many people involved have conflicts of interest, two government advisers on the checks said. “The whole process being ...

Anti-nuclear movement growing in Asia

Christian Science Monitor - ‎Jan 27, 2012‎
Though nuclear power still has a strong foothold in Asia, anti-nuclear sentiment and protest are growing from Mongolia to South Korea to Taiwan and even - in modest ways - in China. By Winifred Bird, Correspondent / January 27, 2012 Protesters holding ...

Experts cast doubt on Japan nuclear plant tests

The Guardian - ‎Jan 27, 2012‎
Advisers to Japan's nuclear safety agency have said power plant stress tests do not prove that a nuclear plant is safe, as the country faces the prospect of a summer without a single nuclear reactor in operation. Last year, the Japanese government ...

Japan's 'Nuclear Alley' conflicted over reactors

Atlanta Journal Constitution - ‎Jan 26, 2012‎
By MARI YAMAGUCHI AP OHI, Japan — International inspectors are visiting a rugged Japanese bay region so thick with reactors it is dubbed "Nuclear Alley," where residents remain deeply conflicted as Japan moves to restart plants idled after the ...

Drawing the Right Lessons From Fukushima

Huffington Post (blog) - ‎Jan 26, 2012‎
As we approach the March 11th anniversary of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, one focus in this country has been the impact of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and its implications for nuclear energy facilities in the ...

Japanese town's dependence on nuclear plant hushes criticism

Reuters - ‎Jan 26, 2012‎
By Yoko Kubota | OHI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan's nuclear disaster has eroded trust in utilities and shown residents of the rural, mountainous region of Fukui the risk of radiation, but a dependence on atomic plants for jobs and funds means speaking out ...

Freezing Fukushima Nuclear Plant Leaks Water

Environment News Service - ‎4 hours ago‎
TOKYO, Japan, January 30, 2012 (ENS) - The temperature fell to minus 8.7 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning near Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, causing water pipes and valve seals to rupture, leaking tons of water. On Sunday morning, workers at ...

Fukushima No. 1 pipes freeze, leak

The Japan Times - ‎10 hours ago‎
Two more water leaks were found at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant Monday in addition to 14 found Sunday that prompted Tokyo Electric Power Co. to halt the cooling of reactor 4's spent-fuel pool for two hours. The leaks are believed to have been caused ...

Nuclear summit itself to send message to N. Korea: official

The Korea Herald - ‎10 hours ago‎
HONG KONG (Yonhap News) -- A nuclear security summit to be held in Seoul in March may send an implicit message to nuclear-ambitious North Korea, although the secretive nation's nuclear issue is not on the summit agenda, a top official said Monday.

Gov't starts study of radiation effects on wildlife near Fukushima plant

Mainichi Daily News - ‎13 hours ago‎
The Ministry of the Environment has started a study to examine the effects of radiation from the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on nearby plant and wildlife, particularly their reproductive functions. The ministry -- working with ...

Gov't, TEPCO heading for showdown over electricity rate hike

Mainichi Daily News - ‎13 hours ago‎
The 17 percent average electricity rate hike for businesses announced by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) -- the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant -- may face stiff opposition from a government organization overseeing nuclear...

Mayor protests TEPCO's refusal to boost nuclear compensation payment

Mainichi Daily News - ‎13 hours ago‎
KAZO, Saitama -- The mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, has criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) over its refusal to boost compensation to a man affected by the nuclear disaster. In a news conference on Jan. 29, Mayor Katsutaka Idogawa ...

Japan studies radiation impact on nature

MSN NZ News - ‎15 hours ago‎
Japanese scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Researchers are examining field mice, red pine trees, a certain type of shellfish and other wild flora and fauna in and around the ...

TEPCO Orders to Prevent Water Leaks at Reactors

Bahrain News Agency - ‎15 hours ago‎
Tokyo, Jan. 30 (BNA) - Japan's nuclear safety agency has instructed the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent water leaks at the plant. The move follows the discovery of water leaks on Sunday in 14 locations at the damaged plant, ...

14 water leaks found at Japan nuclear plant - ‎16 hours ago‎
Water leaks from 14 points at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's facilities have been found, leading the operator to suspend the cooling of the spent fuel pool at its No. 4 reactor for two hours, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

Water leaks at 14 points at Fukushima complex

Mainichi Daily News - ‎19 hours ago‎
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday water leaks from 14 points at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's facilities have been found, leading the operator to suspend the cooling of the spent fuel pool at its No.

Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant leaks water for at least the third time ...

GlobalPost - ‎Jan 29, 2012‎
Workers dressed in protective suits and masks are checked for radiation on Nov 11 outside a building at J-Village, a soccer training complex now serving as an operation base for those battling Japan's nuclear disaster in Fukushima prefecture.

New Fukushima hiccup

The Voice of Russia - ‎Jan 29, 2012‎
The cooling operations at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant have had to be suspended for about 90 minutes because of radioactive leaks. In the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns in March, the authorities evacuated some 80 thousand people from ...

IAEA Plans to Open Office in Fukushima

Bahrain News Agency - ‎Jan 29, 2012‎
Tokyo, Jan. 29 (BNA) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is considering opening an office in Fukushima to advise Japan on addressing the prolonged aftermath of the devastating nuclear accident. Officials at the UN nuclear organization said ...

IAEA to set up Fukushima office to share info on nuclear crisis

Mainichi Daily News - ‎Jan 28, 2012‎
DAVOS, Switzerland (Kyodo) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency plans to open a branch office in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture to promote international information sharing about the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, IAEA chief Yukiya ...

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