Delivery of radioactive soil to interim storage begins in Fukushima — The Japan Times

” FUKUSHIMA – Workers on Friday began delivering soil and other radiation-tainted waste generated by the decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis to a makeshift storage yard at a storage facility in the prefecture. The government plans to build depositories on around 16 sq. km of land in the towns of Okuma and … Continue reading

Expected surge in workers hitting radiation limit leaves No. 1 plant’s decommissioning in jeopardy — The Japan Times

” The decommissioning crew at the defunct Fukushima No. 1 power plant is losing 174 members who have reached the legal limit for radiation exposure. As of January, the 174 had topped the limit of 100 millisieverts in five years spelled out under the Industrial Safety and Health Act, which also limits nuclear power plant … Continue reading

Second ‘transformer’ robot completes mission inside crippled nuclear reactor — The Asahi Shimbun

” The second shape-shifting robotic probe sent into the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has successfully surveyed the inside of a reactor after the failure of the first unit, the plant operator announced on April 16. The robot was sent into the containment vessel inside the No. 1 reactor building on April 15 and … Continue reading

Health ministry proposes more than doubling radiation exposure limit — The Asahi Shimbun

” The health ministry recommends raising the maximum radiation-exposure limit for nuclear plant workers during an emergency from the current 100 millisieverts to 250 millisieverts. The proposed figure, contained in a report completed April 17 by a panel of experts at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, would then be precisely half that of … Continue reading

Determined sake brewer seeks to revive Fukushima with renewable energy — The Asahi Shimbun

” KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture–Yauemon Sato’s determination to forge ahead with his ideas, no matter how unorthodox, has led fellow workers to describe him as “a dump truck with broken brakes.” This way of thinking has apparently helped to keep his family’s sake brewery in business since 1790. It could also be the reason why local … Continue reading

Updated 4/20/2015: Kepco appeals injunction blocking restart of Takahama reactors; Fukui court forbids Takahama nuclear plant restart– The Japan Times

Posted April 20, 2015, The Japan Times, “Kepco appeals injunction blocking restart of Takahama reactors“: ” FUKUI – The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant whose restart was blocked this week by a court injunction said Friday it would appeal the ruling. Kansai Electric Power has submitted “a motion of complaint to Fukui district court” over … Continue reading