3 nuclear reactors melted down after quake, Japan confirms 06 Jun 2011 Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant experienced full meltdowns at three reactors in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami in March, the country’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters said Monday. The nuclear group’s new evaluation, released Monday, goes further than previous statements in describing the extent of the damage caused by events on March 11. Reactors 1, 2 and 3 experienced a full meltdown, it said. The plant’s owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted last month that nuclear fuel rods in reactors 2 and 3 probably melted during the first week of the nuclear crisis. [Wow, the truth emerges almost three months to the date! Too bad the corporate-pwned media isn’t as interested in nuclear meltdowns as it is with Anthony Weiner’s crotch. –LRP]
Plutonium found in town near Fukushima nuclear plant –Japan doubles radiation leak estimate 07 Jun 2011 Japan’s nuclear safety agency has more than doubled its estimate of the amount of radiation released into the atmosphere from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. And plutonium believed to have come from the plant has also been found in a town near the facility – the first time plutonium has been found in soil outside the facility. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says it believes the earthquake-stricken Fukushima plant emitted nearly 800,000 terabecquerels of radioactive material into the air in the days after it was hit by a massive tsunami. That is more than double the original estimate and is based on new information suggesting the No.1 and No.2 reactors suffered meltdowns much earlier than thought revealed.
Tepco Plant Radiation Level Estimate Doubled by Safety Agency 06 Jun 2011 Japan’s nuclear safety agency doubled its estimate of radiation released by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, which was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The station released about 770,000 tera becquerels of radioactive material into the air between March 11 and March 16, Hidehiko Nishiyama, deputy director-general at Japan’s nuclear safety agency, said at a briefing in Tokyo today.
Decontamination Tech Vetted at Japanese Nuclear Plant 06 Jun 2011 Personnel on Sunday started vetting equipment intended to remove radioactive contaminants from massive quantities of water pooling in Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Kyodo News reported. Workers were deploying the cleaning mechanism at a site storing contaminated water moved from the plant’s No. 2 and reactors No. 3 reactors. The apparatus is expected to remove at least 99.9 percent of radioactive materials from roughly 1,200 tons of fluid each day, and includes components for capturing cesium and strontium.
Doctors asked to identify potential terrorists under government plans –The final draft is believed to propose to “expand Prevent programmes to health bodies to draw on the expertise of medical professionals”. 06 Jun 2011 Doctors and other health professionals will be asked to identify people who are “vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism” as part of the government’s redrawn counter-terrorism programme to be detailed on Tuesday. David Cameron has pushed through the change despite opposition from Nick Clegg and Charles Farr, the head of the office of security and counter-terrorism, arguing that such engagement is like “turning to a rightwing fascist party to fight a violent white supremacist movement”.