Japan Admits Radioactive Water At Fukushima Plant Is An ‘Emergency’

By: Monday August 5, 2013 9:28 am

Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority has admitted, despite earlier obfuscations, that it can no longer contain radioactive waste from the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Radioactive water is seeping into the ocean and providers and regulators can only come up with temporary solutions to the contamination problem. Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s [...]

Japanese Science Ministry: 8 Percent of Country Contaminated by Radiation

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 10:55 am

We haven’t heard a lot about the Fukushima nuclear disaster lately, but this story reminds us how really bad it was and remains: Japan’s science ministry says 8 per cent of the country’s surface area has been contaminated by radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. It says more than 30,000 square kilometres of the [...]

Large Zone Around Fukushima “Uninhabitable”

By: Monday August 22, 2011 8:50 am

The Fukushima nuclear disaster fell off the front pages this summer, and the media stopped monitoring the day-by-day battle at the stricken plant. If you didn’t think about it, you might be excused for believing that the worst was avoided. But the truth is much more ominous. The Japanese government is preparing to declare a [...]

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

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 9:20 am

In Japan, TEPCO finally plugged the leak of radioactive water that was streaming into the sea. Much of the damage has been done, of course, as readings of the water near the Fukushima Daiichi plant show it to be 7.5 million times above normal. Even if you believe that this will have no effect on [...]

Highly Radioactive Water Leaking from Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Into Pacific Ocean

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 5:06 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 [...]

“Milk Is Probably OK”

By: Friday April 1, 2011 8:00 am

Granted, this is a quote from a consumer, not a scientist, but it accurately conveys the fear from the population over radiation: By scientific standards, the radiation found over the last week in batches of milk on the West Coast was minuscule and, moreover, not dangerous to humans. But the mere mention of any contamination [...]

Possible Breach in Japanese Nuclear Reactor Leads to More Evacuations

By: Friday March 25, 2011 8:45 am

After several days of positive signs, the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has taken a clear turn for the worse. Now there is a suspected breach in one of the nuclear reactors, which could leak radioactive material. A suspected breach in the reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant could mean more serious radioactive contamination, [...]

Japan: Tap Water Too Radioactive for Infants in Tokyo

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 6:50 am

The locus of fear in Japan has shifted from the Fukushima Daiichi plant (although smoke was seen coming from Unit #3 today) to the produce and other food products coming out of the region. The FDA has banned the imports of milk and fresh produce from around the stricken nuclear power plant, which seems sensible. [...]

Fukushima Daiichi Plant Either Improved or Radiation Leaking Everywhere, Or Both

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 8:00 am

Japanese officials claim to have gained steadily in their battle to prevent a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. They have restored power to restart cooling systems, and doused the reactors with water to cool the reactors further. But if workers are turning the tide, the damage may already have been done. First there [...]

Lack of Leadership, Elite Failure Crippling Rescue Efforts in Japan

By: Thursday March 17, 2011 6:10 am

The military airdrops of seawater onto the Fukushima Daiichi plant continued throughout the day today, and Tokyo Electric Power Co. was nearing completion on a new power line that would restore the cooling systems in the reactors. The outlook remains bleak after a week of crisis, but Japanese officials appear to have settled on a [...]

Renewables Sorely Missing from Nuclear Power Debate

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 12:16 pm

Given the people who run things in America at this stage, I’m not convinced that any kind of catastrophe coming out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will force a rethink about the wisdom of nuclear power generation. Listen to this tool from Third Way spinning like a top about the situation in Japan, with [...]

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