Seven years after one of the largest earthquakes on record unleashed a massive tsunami and triggered a meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, officials say they are at last getting a handle on the mammoth task of cleaning the site before it is ultimately dismantled. But the process is still expected to be a long, expensive slog, requiring as-yet untried feats of engineering—and not all the details have yet been worked out.
Scientific American 9th March 2018 read more »
Electric power companies spent more than 5 trillion yen ($47 billion) to maintain and manage idle reactors, passing on the tab to consumers as “costs for nuclear power generation.” The expenditures by seven utilities for the five-year period between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2016 were covered mainly by electricity charges. Although the companies say they can gain profitability by restarting idle reactors, they have yet to initiate procedures to bring about half of the units back online.
Asahi Shimbun 8th March 2018 read more »
Fukushima Ice Wall Failing, Water Seepage into Nuclear Reactors Still A Problem. Going on an analysis performed by Reuters (using Tepco data), since the ice wall became “operational” — towards the end of August 2017 — an “average of 141 metric tonnes a day of water has seeped into the reactor and turbine areas.” What that means is that after the ice wall was deemed to be fully operational that the flow of groundwater into the areas in question actually increased — as the previous 9 months (before August 2017) had seen an average of 132 metric tonnes a day of groundwater seepage.
Clean Technica 9th March 2018 read more »
American sailors on the USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to radiation from Fukushima. Many are sick. Some have died. Why can’t they get justice?
Beyond Nuclear International 7th March 2018 read more »
After seven years, most of Japan’s nuclear refugees from Futaba, the scene of the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown, have resigned themselves to the fact that they must build new lives elsewhere and will never be able to return home. Nevertheless, they cling to memories of the past while officials remain optimistic a future still exists where people, jobs and lessons learned from the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant will bring the town back to vibrancy. Sayoko Takada, 65, a widow whose brother-in-law died last year due to “stress and sickness” related to the prolonged evacuation, lives on her memories in the Fukushima prefectural city of Koriyama, nearly 60 kilometers from Futaba. Her husband, a rice farmer, passed away before the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan. Their home, standing in a coastal area 4 km from the plant, was wiped out by the tsunami, as was the public cemetery where the family kept its tombstone.
Japan Today 10th March 2018 read more »