**Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning: Follow the money — Arnie Gundersen, Fairewinds Energy Education

Fairewinds Energy Education: ” Are the meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi over? The answer is no. In Fairewinds’ latest video, Chief Engineer and nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen updates viewers on what’s going on at the Japanese nuclear meltdown site, Fukushima Daiichi. As the Japanese government and utility owner Tokyo Electric Power Company push for the quick decommissioning and dismantling of this man-made disaster, the press and scientists need to ask, “Why is the Ukrainian government waiting at least 100 years to attempt to decommission Chernobyl, while the Japanese Government and TEPCO claim that Fukushima Daiichi will be decommissioned and dismantled during the next 30 years?”

Like so many big government + big business controversies, the answer has nothing to do with science, and everything to do with politics and money. To understand Fukushima Daiichi, you need to follow the money. ”


Panel: Fault under nuclear reactor may have moved — NHK World

” A panel of experts will present a draft of a report on a fault running under a nuclear reactor in central Japan on Friday. Its findings could lead to the possible decommissioning of the reactor.

The panel plans to disclose the draft at a meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, or NRA, on Friday.

The report deals with a fault under the No.1 reactor at the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture, operated by Hokuriku Electric Power Company.

It says there is no clear evidence that the fault called S-1 is active. But it also says the strata above the northwestern part of the fault may have moved after a geological period called the Late Pleistocene. That’s between 120,000 and 130,000 years ago.

The experts cite a sketch of the strata drawn before the reactor’s construction as well as simulations involving nearby faults.

The draft says strata believed to have accumulated after the Late Pleistocene period may have slid because of movement in the fault.

Japan’s new regulations ban constructing reactor buildings and other key nuclear plant facilities above a fault that may have moved after the Late Pleistocene period.

The reactor could be scrapped if the expert panel and the NRA determine that the fault could be potentially active. ”


Radioactive water from Fukushima plant escapes — NHK World

” The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found that radioactive water has overflowed from a drainage channel, spilling into the sea. This is due to heavy rain.

Workers at the complex discovered the leak at around 8:40 AM on Thursday.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, said rainwater samples taken from the channel about 2 hours later contained 830 becquerels per liter of radioactive cesium. That’s above the government standard for water allowed to be released into the sea.

The water also had 1,100 becquerels of beta-ray emitting radioactive substances.

An approaching typhoon has been bringing intermittent heavy rain around the plant. The utility suspects that the rain has washed away mud and soil that also contains radioactive materials.

It also presumes the amount of rainwater has exceeded the pump’s capacity.

The leak was continuing as of 5 PM. But the firm says it cannot stop the spill anytime soon and has been monitoring the density of the radioactive substances.

Radioactive rainwater spilled into the sea from the same channel in February. The company built a barrier at channel’s downstream to pump up water before it leaks into the sea. ”