Fukushima 133... 12/31/2021-3/25/2022

March 25, 2022

  • Tepco has posted the latest status of the recent robotic inspection of the pedestal in Unit #1 Reactor building. Photos taken by the submersible robot show the situation with the Primary Loop Recirculation System and nearby technology. Surprisingly, the objects look quite pristine, with few accident-related debris deposits and a continuous stream of bubbles from one submerged vent pipe. Also, the posting reveals that the company added water to the containment to recover the 16-inch drop in its level since last week's earthquake, in order to accommodate submersible investigations by all robotic devices. https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/hd/decommission/information/newsrelease/reference/pdf/2022/reference_20220324_01-e.pdf

  • A Press article covers a night spent by a Futaba family in their home. Technically, no-one is allowed to live in Futaba due to Tokyo's paranoiac mandate, former residents planning to make a full return home can make these preliminary visits. The father first visited their home January 29th to check on its condition, after 11 years. Though skeptical about what he would find, it wasn't catastrophic. A cupboard and the refrigerator had fallen over, but the utilities worked (electricity , water, and etc.). The father now looks forward to permanent residency. The family hopes to return permanently in June. 15% of the former residents say they want to return. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220324/p2a/00m/0na/013000c

  • A majority (59%) of Japanese fear military attacks on nukes. The reasons are the international fear spawned by Russia's takeover of nukes in the Ukraine and the overreaction to the inconsequential fire in a Ukrainian nuke station's training center. In addition, the recent powerful earthquake off the Tohoku coast re-ignited the memories of the March, 2011 tsunami-caused nuke problems at F. Daiichi. Within the poll that was taken, only a minority (39%) said they remained very worried about another F. Daiichi-type accident happening in Japan. In addition, 51% said they opposed the restarts of nukes. The poll was run by the anti-nukes bastion, Asahi Shimbun. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14578742

March 18, 2022

  • Tepco posts information and images of the March 4th Unit #1 internal investigation. The robotic probe looked at the condition of structures around the Unit #1 pedestal, checked the dispersal of debris, the condition of the concrete structure of the pedestal, and the neutron radiation levels around the area. The data and images were recorded over a five day period. The images taken through the pedestal opening. There is no indication of a “melt-through” of the reactor pressure vessel, which has been repeatedly speculated by numerous antinuclear voices of doom and gloom. The following URL reference is quite detailed and very informative. https://www.tepco.co.jp/en/hd/decommission/information/newsrelease/reference/pdf/2022/reference_20220314_01-e.pdf

  • A 7.4 Richer Scale earthquake was experienced by Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures on Thursday, March 17. The epicenter was undersea, located near the spot of the 3/11/11 tectonic displacement event. Thursday's quake was about 500 times less forceful than the catastrophic quake of 2011. However, Thursday's temblor resulted in the deaths of four people and more than 100 injured. Buildings shook violently, and ground motion was felt in Tokyo, some 240 miles from the quake. A tsunami of about 30 centimeters was generated. Local water supplies were disrupted in some locations in the two prefectures, and about 43,000 homes remained without water as of noon today. The Self Defense Force set up water supply stations to mitigate the effects of the water shortage. In addition, the Tohoku Shinkansen bullet train was derailed, disrupting operations between Tokyo and Sendai. This could last for the rest of the month. The quake also knocked out power to some cooling water pumps on used fuel storage pools at F. Daiichi Units #2 & #5, and F. Daini, but all were restored within 8 hours and no abnormalities occurred with the stored fuel bundles. https://news.yahoo.com/tsunami-alert-issued-powerful-7-161052731.html - https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14574826 - https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022031700809 - https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2022/03/c902732d46d0-recovery-work-continues-after-northeast-japan-quake-cuts-water-supply.html - https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20220317_35/

  • Tokyo says they might create a special police force to guard nukes. The concept is based on Fukui Prefecture's initiative concerning Russia's attacks on Ukrainian nuke stations, and its creation of a police force to protect the nukes within its borders. PM Fumio Kishida said, "Public interest in the safety of nuclear plants has surged. The act of violence by Russia, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, just shows how much we need a new framework of the international order." https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022031400507

March 11, 2022

  • The Fukui governor calls for troop deployments at nukes because of the Ukraine war. The Russian seizure of a nuke station has caused the paranoiac request. Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto explained “Operating reactors should never come under attack. To prepare for such a contingency, I urge the Defense Ministry to set up SDF bases to intercept attacks.” His request is being considered by Tokyo. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14567801

  • Tepco plans on fuel debris removal at F. Daiichi. The company wants it to begin later this year. Tepco official Akira Ono said his main concern is gaining local support for releasing wastewater from the station prior to any fuel removal. He said, "Decommissioning is not possible without society's trust. Restoring trust is a very big task we must face."https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022030301148

  • Fukushima river ans stream fishermen await restrictions being lifted. Many feel the angling restrictions are no longer appropriate. Restrictions have been lifted for seafood, but not for freshwater species. Restrictions remain for catches from 25 rivers and lakes in five prefectures--Fukushima, Miyagi, Ibaraki, Gunma and Chiba. A Gunma official said, “Even when the figure goes down and we think it is safe, we find fish with high figures every few years. That makes it difficult for us to take a step toward lifting the restrictions.” The problem seems to be continued bottom feeding by local species., consuming contamination coming from forests. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14566055

  • Meanwhile, the Nagoya District Court has rejected a citizen's request to shutter two nuke units at Takahama Station. The main argument from nine from five prefectures is lack of faith in the countermeasures implemented for ash from distant volcanoes, should they erupt. The ruling says that the volcanoes in question are either not categorized as active, or too distant to pose a threat. Further, the precautionary backfit measures ordered by Tokyo may not ever be needed, so no due date has been mandated for them. This is the first legal ruling in Japan on volcanic backfit measures. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14569930

The 11th anniversary of the F. Daiichi accident is today. Many articles focus on it...

  • Some 2,500 people from six prefectures remain unaccounted for because of the Tsunami. 196 are from Fukushima. https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022030900991

  • Shelter relocations are blamed for many post 3/11/11 deaths. Especially with those who have moved three or more times. 11 of the deaths registered in the last year are from Futaba County. 1,025 people from Fukushima had moved to new shelters three times or more before their deaths. Of these, 248 had relocated three times, 267 four times, 211 five times, and 299 six or more times.There are now more post-3/11 related deaths than those directly attributed to the quake and tsunami. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220307/p2a/00m/0na/007000c

  • The number of quake/tsunami evacuees who have not returned home is 38, 139. Many are prevented by fear of lingering contamination from the accident at F. Daiichi. https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022031001010

  • Some Futaba evacuees will soon be allowed to return home. A sequential lifting of restrictions is scheduled to begin soon. Decontamination efforts have been prioritized in specified reconstruction areas. Also, similar plans are scheduled for areas in Katsurao and Okuma. As for Futaba, the area scheduled for lifting restrictions only covers about 10% of the municipality, mostly around the train station, but at least it will be a start. Many who say they will not return, continue to work toward disaster recovery.For the town of Futaba in particular, the lifting of evacuation orders is a major milestone. The functions of the municipal office will return to the town from Iwaki, where they have been based since the mandated evacuation. Of the 5,600 who lived there on 3/11/11, only about 10% say they want to return, and 60% say they have no intention to do it. The main reason is the 11 years away have made residents create livelihoods elsewhere. But, some return on occasion to help recovery for those who want to return. Osamu Kohata needs help to weed fields and work the land for his farming business. A few farmers are helping him. It is hoped that commercial farming will recover in three years. At age 71, Kohata explains, "The most important thing is to protect the land passed down from our ancestors. I want to continue commuting to the town as long as my physical strength permits and dedicate myself to disaster recovery." https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0008353127 - https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20220310/p2a/00m/0op/015000c

  • Plans to mitigate future tsunami impact are still possible in the Tohoku region. The plan to relocate 18,000 houses to areas of high ground for residential land development remain in place. However, this iw but a fraction of what existed before 3/11/11. The problem centers around the aftermath of the F. Daiichi accident. Much of the problem concerns rumors and misconceptions concerning the release of the detectably radioactive wastewaters that will be released, beginning in 2023. The coastal fishing industry is currently about 20 % of the pre-accident level. fishery associations in both Miyagi and Ibaraki prefectures, as well as in Fukushima, continue to oppose the plans because they fear the on-going negative impact of false rumors, and because fishermen feel the decision has been forced on them by the government. However, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. The Yotsukura clam industry has recovered some because the locals have held clam festivals once or twice a month to demonstrate the safety of the product. Regardless, Tokyo promises to compensate the local seafood industry if damaging rumors persist. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14569666

March 4, 2022

  • The incumbent mayor favoring his village as a nuke waste storage site is reelected in a landslide. Masayuki Takahashi won his sixth term as mayor of Kamoenai, in Hokkaido Prefecture. He said, “Voters understood my policies.” He won 5559 votes, and his closest opponent won but 48 votes. He added that this should not be taken as a mandate for siting a permanent storage facility. He wants a public vote held at a later date. He said, “I would first like to see the results of the literature review process before considering how to sum up the views of the village assembly and villagers. A referendum is one of the ways to do so.” The village applied to be considered for the nuke waste site in 2020. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14559851

  • Fukushima will add three new sites to monitor its future wastewater releases to the sea. The waters will have been stripped of radioactive isotopes to well-below Japan's ridiculously low drinking water limits, including Tritium. The prefecture had already planned on six sites, but will now have nine. The three new spots were chosen by assuming that Tritium content may increase there through unusual wastewater release parameters. The new locations will be used to draw for samples per year before the releases begin to establish a baseline, and monthly thereafter. In addition, the Nuclear Regulation Authority has increased its number of sampling points from 12 to 20, and the Environment Ministry up to 30 locations. This overly cautious approach is in the hope of quelling harmful rumors before they start. http://www.fukushimaminponews.com/news.html?id=1097

  • The Director of Japanese Fisheries says the wastewater release will surely delay the removal of foreign food import restrictions on Fukushima seafood. He said, "Even in Japan, some people think that Fukushima food is bad for health", and adds to the foreign rationale for restrictions. The releases will only make it worse. Thus, he cannot accept the government's plan for the essentially harmless discharges. https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022030101193

February 25, 2022

  • The IAEA task force looking at F. Daiichi wastewater discharge plans seems happy. Team chairman Gustavo Caruso said,"The task force mission was very productive. We received valuable information - and posed many questions - about all safety aspects of the planned water discharge in frank and open discussions, ranging from the undersea tunnel that will carry the water out to sea to the protection of workers at the site and the public at large." The team has taken fifty liters of wastewater designated for discharge was taken by the team and sent to IAEA laboratories in Austria for analysis. IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said, "Thanks to our presence, people everywhere can have full confidence that the water discharge is carried out without harming public health or the environment." https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-says-Fukushima-visit-very-productive

  • A Fukushima foods event is held in New York. Hosted by Japan's agriculture ministry, dozens of people from the New York food industry attended the event. In a video message, Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori spoke about the prefecture's food products that should make American consumers smile. https://jen.jiji.com/jc/eng?g=eco&k=2022021900346

  • Japanese power companies support international trade in Plutonium. Specifically, trade in Mixed Oxide fuels (MOX). Some used nuclear fuel bundles are currently shipped to a reprocessing facility in France to fabricate the MOX bundles, but the facility's supply of Plutonium is running low due to a lack of the ability to market the commodity. The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) is trying to get international power companies to use MOX fuel. The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) is trying to expand the world's market. https://www.jaif.or.jp/en/fepc-updates-new-plutonium-utilization-plan/

  • The Asahi Shimbun alleges that F. Daiichi threatens age-old cultural practices in the Tohoku region. Specifically, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, devastated by the Tsunami of 3/11/2011 and under the hypothetical risk of F. Daiichi. Three Miyagi events are suspended because the sea-side communities were left in shambles in the aftermath of the tsunami and many of the people who fled elsewhere have not returned to their community after reconstruction. Three canceled in Miyagi Prefecture and another three in Fukushima Prefecture are in danger of cancellation, according to officials. The three in Fukushima Prefecture blame F. Daiichi residuals as one reason why many won't return. 14 such events have been canceled in Iitate Prefecture, all due to the nuke accident. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14556651

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