Monday, March 31, 2014

Fukushima Updates March 31 , 2014 ( Thread for the week ) -- Japan Gives Residents All Clear To Return To Fukushima Disaster "Hot Zone" ( pretty much sums up Japan ) ..... Japan covering up severity of debacle ( Energy News items... ) ....

( Simply embarrassing.....ignoring what is already occurring and denying what lies ahead )

Fukushima radiation ‘unlikely’ to increase cancer rates – UN report

Published time: April 02, 2014 13:44
Edited time: April 02, 2014 15:37

A view of the central operating control room of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at Fukushima prefecture (Reuters / Koji Sasahara / Pool)
A view of the central operating control room of the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant at Fukushima prefecture (Reuters / Koji Sasahara / Pool)
Fallout from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown is unlikely to increase cancer rates in Japan, a UN study has found. Nevertheless investigators say that children most exposed to radiation could run a greater risk of contracting thyroid cancer.
Dispelling fears of an increase in cancer cases similar to the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, UN investigators claim cancers levels will “remain stable” in Japan.

"No discernible changes in future cancer rates and hereditary diseases are expected due to exposure to radiation as a result of the Fukushima nuclear accident," UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) said in a statement accompanying its nearly 300-page study.
The report, entitled ‘Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the nuclear accident after the 2011 great east-Japan earthquake and tsunami’, attributes the limited impact of the nuclear disaster on the Japanese public to “prompt protective actions on the part of the Japanese authorities following the accident.” Additionally, the study’s authors ruled out a rise in hereditary diseases and babies born with birth defects.
Children look through windows at their playground as the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) volunteers removed ice and snow and levelled dirt in the ground, at a Miyakoji child care center at Miyakoji area in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture, April 1, 2014. (Reuters / Issei Kato)
Children look through windows at their playground as the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) volunteers removed ice and snow and levelled dirt in the ground, at a Miyakoji child care center at Miyakoji area in Tamura, Fukushima prefecture, April 1, 2014. (Reuters / Issei Kato)

However, scientists drew attention to a group of around 1,000 children who could have been exposed to a potentially dangerous dose of radiation (100 mGy) in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. They said levels of thyroid cancer among this group could be expected to increase and this would have to be closely monitored in the future.

Six minors in the Fukushima Prefecture who were 18 or younger when the disaster struck in March 2011 have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

“The occurrence of a large number of radiation-induced thyroid cancers as were observed after Chernobyl can be discounted because doses were substantially lower,” writes the study. At the same time it admits there are “uncertainties” regarding those who were exposed to radioactive radiation straight after the incident.

“The most exposed workers will receive regular health checks," said Wolfgang Weiss, chair of the assessment.

The study itself involved 80 leading scientists who analyzed the effects of radiation on marine ecosystems and flora and fauna surrounding the derelict plant. They found that any tangible effects were “transient,” with the exception wildlife in the shoreline area adjacent to the Fukushima power plant.
A child walks past a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.162 microsievert per hour, at a square in front of Koriyama Station in Koriyama, west of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture (Reuters / Toru Hanai)
A child walks past a geiger counter, measuring a radiation level of 0.162 microsievert per hour, at a square in front of Koriyama Station in Koriyama, west of the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture (Reuters / Toru Hanai)

Three years after the meltdowns at Fukushima, the consequences of the disaster are not only physical. Children born at the time are experiencing developmental issues such as emotional issues and short tempers.

"There are children who are very fearful. They ask before they eat anything, 'Does this have radiation in it?' And we have to tell them it's OK to eat," said Mitsuhiro Hiraguri, director of the Emporium Kindergarten in Koriyama, some 55 km west of the Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Japanese authorities have been heavily criticized for their management of the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the earthquake-triggered tidal wave hit the facility in 2011 causing multiple meltdowns.

TEPCO, the company that owns the plant, is currently engaged in a lengthy cleanup process at the site which has been dogged by delays and set-backs. Leaks from the facility of radioactive water have proved to be a consistent thorn in the side of the operation, with an estimated 100 metric tons of highly contaminated escaping and being absorbed into the ground earlier this year.

The authorities also began the highly dangerous task of removing the facility’s depleted fuel rods last November. Over 1,500 rods have to be removed from stricken Reactor 4 and transported into underwater storage in a process that is expected to take around a year. It is thought that it will take decades to complete the full cleanup operation and will cost billions of dollars.

Energy News.......

Former US Gov’t Official: Growing likelihood Fukushima reactors will be entombed — Nuclear ‘sacrifice zone’ where they can only try to reduce contamination from escaping — Unprecedented situation, it’s flowing into Pacific Ocean continually adding to plume soon to hit West Coast (AUDIO)

Caldicott: All of Japan contaminated by Fukushima — “Realistic estimate is 60,000 km², occupied by 46 million people” — “Things are grim, it gets worse by the day” — Unheard of in history, 100s of tons of melted fuel may be in earth (VIDEO)

Gundersen: This video “confirms our worst fears” — Scientist: Reactor core materials found almost 500 km from Fukushima plant — 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 Bq/kg — Can travel very, very significant distances — Hot particles found in 25% of samples from Tokyo and Fukushima (VIDEO)

Foreign reporters find radiation levels over 100 times legal limit off Fukushima — Captain: Radioactive releases “may last until end of the Earth” — “Deep sense of dread set in… Stop, don’t go any closer!” — “World deserves honest assessment of the disaster” — “A worst-case scenario come to life” (VIDEO)

TV: Massive M8.2 quake in Eastern Pacific triggers tsunami — NHK: Fukushima plant cancels work, cooling pumps and emergency generators moved to higher ground — Agency warns high waves could reach Japan early tomorrow (VIDEO)

TV: Fukushima crisis “much more severe than we’re led to believe” — ‘Mind-boggling’ — Small quake could tip over reactors and start it all over again — Japan “selling soul to devil” if they restart nuclear plants (VIDEO)

NHK: Alarm goes off after accident at Fukushima Unit 4 fuel pool — Work suspended after crane trouble — “Workers have been monitoring radiation levels” (VIDEO)

Inside Source: Gov’t officials are withholding Fukushima radiation data — Levels much higher than expected — Releasing numbers would “have a huge impact” — Over 2,000 millisieverts per year where residents are being encouraged to return

Japan Gives Residents All Clear To Return To Fukushima Disaster "Hot Zone"

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As we reported last night, Japan's economy may once again be relapsing into a slowing phase, perversely well in advance of the dreaded sales-tax hike which many expect will catalyze Japan's collapse into another recession as happened the last time Japan had a tax hike, but that doesn't mean its population should be prevented from enjoying the heavily energized local atmosphere buzzing with the hope and promise of imminent paper-based "wealth effects" for those long the daily penNikkeistock rollercoaster.... and just as buzzing with copious gamma rays of course. Which is why for the first time in over three years, since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, residents of a small district 20 km from the wrecked plant are about to be allowed to return home.Because if the honest Japanese government says it is safe, then so it must be.
But how is this possible?
Just recall, as we reported in Decemberciting SCMP, that the incidence of Thyroid cancers had surged among Fukushima youths. It took the government a few days of contemplation before spinning this deplorable revelation as one which blamednot the coverup surrounding the Fukushima fallout, but - get this - the fact that children were getting sick becausethey were not going out enough!
Mindboggling as it may be, this is precisely the kind of ridiculous propaganda one would expect from a flailing authoritarian regime, with a crashing economy, and a demographic collapse with no credible options left except to goose the manipulated market higher... The kind of propaganda that is now being used to give the "all clear" to move back to Fukushima!
From Reuters:
The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a northeastern city inland from the Fukushima nuclear station, has been off-limits for most residents since March 2011, when the government ordered evacuations after a devastating earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the power plant.Tuesday's reopening of Miyakoji will mark a tiny step for Japan as it seeks to recover from the Fukushima disaster and a major milestone for the 357 registered residents of the district - most of whom the city hopes will go back.
Because children need to be outdoors, mingling with the high energy radiation, to avoid the dreaded consequences of being locked indoors of course. Still, not everyone is a complete idiot:
But homesick evacuees have mixed feelings about returning to Miyakoji, set amid rolling hills and rice paddies, a sign of how difficult the path back to normality will be for those forced from their homes by the accident. Many families with young children are torn over what to do, one city official acknowledged.

"Young people won't return,"said Kitaro Saito, a man in his early 60s, who opposed lifting the ban and had no intention of going home yet.

"Relatives are arguing over what to do" and friends disagree, he said, warming his hands outside his temporary home among rows of other one-room trailers in a Tamura parking lot. "The town will be broken up."

Saito said he wanted to go back to his large hillside house in Miyakoji, but thinks the government is using residents as "guinea pigs" to test whether larger returns are possible.
Japan? A terminal Keynesian regime in its death throes? Experimenting with its population? Perish the though...
The 2011 crisis forced more than 160,000 people from towns near the Fukushima plant to evacuate. Around a third of them are still living in temporary housing scattered over Fukushima prefecture, their lives on hold as they wait for Japan to complete decontamination work. 

Japan's $30 billion cleanup of radioactive fallout around Fukushima is behind schedule and not expected to achieve the long-term radiation reduction goal - 1 millisievert per year - set by the previous administration.
What next: cash-strapped Ukraine makes Chernobyl's Pripyat a global tourism hub? So just why again are people coming back to what is a nuclear disaster zone? Oh who cares.  Let's just go with the propaganda.
Across Fukushima prefecture, hundreds of workers are still scraping the top soil off of the ground, cutting leaves and branches off trees and hosing down houses with water to lower radiation levels.

Radiation levels in selected monitoring spots in Miyakoji ranged from 0.11 microsieverts to 0.48 microsieverts per hour, according to Tamura city's February results. This was higher than the average 0.034 microsieverts per hour measured in central Tokyo on Monday, but comparable to background radiation of about 0.2 microsieverts per hour in Denver. A commercial flight between Tokyo and New York exposes passengers to about 10 microsieverts per hour.

Populations exposed to radiation typically have a greater chance of contracting cancers of all kinds after receiving doses above 100 millisieverts (100,000 microsieverts), according to the World Health Organisation.
Because we all know TEPCO would never misreport the radiation surrounding Fukushima. Oh wait: "From April to September of 2013 TEPCO admits that levels of radiation measured from water samples around the destroyed Fukushima nuclear reactor were "significantly undercounted." But that was all, TEPCO swears - this time will be different. And it is certainly "counting" radiation correctly now, when it has given people the all clear to go back to the disaster zone.

Fukushima Diary......

There is 1m gap on the ground of reactor1 


On the seaside of reactor1, there is a gap of level on the ground.

A freelance journalist mentioned this in Tepco’s press conference of 4/2/2014.
The height of the gap is approx. 1m. She commented she found that when she visited Fukushima plant last month.

It is located near the entrance of reactor1 area on the seaside. Tepco didn’t state if it was the land subsidence of the seaside or the ground of reactor1 rose up for unknown reason.

Tepco can’t even investigate why ALPS 

stopped purifying contaminated water / Too 

radioactive to study

Following up this article.. 21 tanks and 1km of pipe must be decontaminated due to the system failure of ALPS / Not known when to reboot ALPS [URL]

Tepco cannot even investigate what caused the system problem in multiple nuclide removing system ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System).
The system has shut down 3 times within 10 days. This is about the first shut down.
Tepco found that one of the 3 systems did not purify the contaminated water on 3/18/2014. Before they notice this problem, they already contaminated 21 tanks and 1km length of the pipes.
They assume the problem was in a filter of this system. However, they can’t investigate the part due to the excessively high level of radiation.
Tepco states they need to decontaminate the part but they haven’t even been able to start cleaning the filter.
Tepco’s spokes man commented they are in the process of preparation but it’s not known when they complete the investigation.

ALPS is practically considered to be one of the national projects on contaminated water issue. Tepco’s president Hirose stated to Japanese Prime Minister Abe to complete purifying all the contaminated water by the end of March in 2015.
The current contaminated water volume is approx. 450,000 m3. ALPS is required to process 1,960 m3/day of contaminated water from this summer. However ALPS hasn’t been in the full operation since early 2013. The cause of this latest trouble hasn’t even been identified either.There is a possibility that ALPS is only an imaginary technology to swerve the domestic / international criticisms for a short term.

Tepco doesn’t analyze the Pacific seawater 


the east of Fukushima plant outside of 


radius area

Tepco doesn’t take seawater samples in the east of Fukushima plant from Tepco’s own report.

On 4/1/2014, Tepco released the sampling plan of the Pacific seawater. From this report, they take seawater samples only at 6 points outside of 30km radius area.
Additionally, all those points are just close to the seashore areas, there is no sampling point in the east of Fukushima plant.
In this sampling plan, we cannot fully understand the contamination level in the Pacific.

[Mystery] Tepco “We haven’t injected seawater 

to Spent fuel pool of reactor1″

On 4/1/2014, Tepco stated they haven’t injected seawater into SFP1 (Spent Fuel Pool of reactor1) since 311.

It was stated in their report about the desalination equipment installation into SFP1.
In this report, Tepco wrote that they have injected seawater into SFP 2 ~ 4, but not into SFP 1. However they expect the salinity concentration of SFP1 to increase because of the removal of the reactor building cover.
Reactor1 experienced the hydrovolcanic explosion at 15:36 of 3/12/2011, which was earlier than other reactors.

[Coincidence ?] 3 highest densities of Tritium 

are “exactly 1,200,000 Bq/m3″ in groundwater 


Following up this article.. Fukushima fishery cooperative gave Tepco the approval to discharge bypassed groundwater to the sea [URL]

The 3 highest readings of Tritium density are exactly 1,200,000 Bq/m3 in the bypassed groundwater.

Tepco is starting to prepare to discharge the bypassed groundwater to the sea. The bypassed water will not be filtered.
From Tepco’s data, relatively high level of Tritium has been detected in one of the groundwater bypass wells, which is the closest to the tank that experienced 300m3 leakage last summer.
They measured the highest readings of Tritium density in this bypass well 3 times in March (3/4, 3/11, 3/25). However these readings are exactly 1,200,000 Bq/m3, it has never gone higher than 1,200,000 Bq/m3.

It is not known for how much of possibility it can be exactly 1,200,000 Bq/m3 three times a month. Tepco hasn’t made any explanation about the data.

Related article.. Leaked all β of “300m3 leakage accident” was also underestimated / INES level might be increased [URL 2]

Tepco newly employed 380 graduates as 

“front‐line soldiers for reconstruction of 

Fukushima” (Not an April fool joke)

↑ From Tepco’s facebook page [URL]

Tepco newly employed 380 graduates, they announced on 4/1/2014. This is not an April fool joke.
They state this is for the reconstruction of Fukushima prefecture. Among 380 graduates, Tepco employed 45 in Fukushima prefecture.

116 of 380 are the graduates of university and postgraduate course. These newly employed graduates are going to be sent to the branches and power plants as “front‐line soldiers”.

ALPS stopped again / System shut down 3 

times in 10 days

Following up this article.. [ALPS] Entire system shut down → Reboot → New leakage → Shut down again [URL]

One of the systems in multiple nuclide removing system ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) stopped again, according to Tepco. This is the 3rd system shut down within 10 days.
2 of the 3 systems were in operation, but 1 of the 2 has stopped.

Tepco states a filter has the trouble to let the slurry go through.
Tepco is planning to process 1,960 tonnes of contaminated water / day by the end of this year, however it hasn’t been in the full operation since they started the hot test last Spring.