Sunday 27 October 2013

Fukushima update - 10/26/2013

US Gov’t: Plutonium is from Fukushima reactors, not fuel pools
Experts: Plutonium needs to be in U.N. assessment of radioactive releases

26 October, 2013

Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW, etc., Oct. 18, 2013: [...]  the emission of radioactive particles from Fukushima Dai-ichi continues until today and that the available source term [i.e. total radioactive release] estimates only deal with the emissions during the first weeks of the disaster, it is important to look at which source term estimate to use [...] UNSCEAR [United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation] bases its calculations on the source term estimate of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), an organization that was severely criticized [...] for its collusion with the nuclear industry [...] The renowned Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) found a release of cesium-137 three times higher than the JAEA estimate. [...] By relying on data from neutral international institutions rather than the Japanese nuclear industry, accusations of selective data sampling could be reduced. Also, it is important to include not only iodine-131 and cesium-137 in atmospheric release assessments, such as JAEA, but also radioisotopes such as iodine-133, strontium-89/90 and plutonium-isotopes, as they were also detected in soil, groundwater and sediment samples in Fukushima Prefecture.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission FOIA ML12128A322, Published May 1, 2013: Page 8 — “Pu contamination in soil thought to be coming from the reactors”

TEPCO, April 10, 2012: Detection of Pu in the soil in Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station[…] there are possibilities that [the Pu-238, Pu-239, and Pu-240] originate from the accident this time, taking the previous analysis results into consideration. Pu-238, Pu-239, and Pu-240 have been detected in the samples collected after March 21 at some places; however, there have been no major changes in the amounts.

Other headlines

09:36 AM EST on October 26th, 2013 | 18 comments

Fukushima documents discuss “fuel that is severely damaged” inside cooling pool — Illustrations of “deformed or leaking fuels” (PHOTO)

07:27 AM EST on October 26th, 2013 | 33 comments

Physicians: ‘Interesting fact’ for West Coast in new UN report, 95% of Fukushima discharges transported in Pacific; Contamination to impact N. America with ‘uncertain consequences’ for public health — Chemist: Concern over recent releases, “They’re changing in character” (VIDEO)

02:06 AM EST on October 26th, 2013 | 56 comments

Tepco publishes images of land ‘collapse’ at Fukushima nuclear plant due to recent typhoon (PHOTOS)

NRA “Contaminated rainwater doesn’t only flow from the tank areas, but the entire Fukushima prefecture to the sea

26 October, 2013

Related to this article.. Tepco “It rained significantly heavily only once in 2012″ → Contaminated water overflowed 7 times [URL]
Since this September, the contaminated rainwater overflows the tank area dams every time it rains heavily.
On 10/23/2013, NRA (Nuclear Regulation Authority) chairman Tanaka officially commented it’s not only from the tank areas, but also from the entire prefecture.
He stated this in the regular briefing.
The rainwater is contaminated by the fallout attached to the ground and the contaminated rainwater flows to the rivers and the Pacific.
Iori Mochizuki

Fukushima Tsunami Alert Lifted, Radioactive Water Storage Problems, Unit 5,6 Fire? Update 10/25/13

NHK Documentary: "Protecting Lives from Tsunami: Residents of Flood-Prone Areas"

More than 2.5 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Now, more and more people are returning to live in areas that were inundated by tsunami waves. This program takes a look at what should be done to protect these communities in the future.

Fukushima & Pacific: Leuren Moret & RadChick (Christine Consolo)

Part 1: Intro and Embryonic effects of nuclear fallout

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