Lack of Storage Hinders Decontamination Efforts

The Japanese government has officially extended the timeframe for decontamination of the towns and villages in the exclusion zone surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant to 2017 – nearly 3 years longer than originally anticipated. According to Japan Times, one of the factors hindering progress is the lack of temporary storage sites for contaminated waste.  New […]

Can the Lowly Muon Save Japan?

One of the biggest hurdles facing cleanup personnel at the stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is that much of what is actually happening inside the plant at this time is purely speculation.  It’s too dangerous to go inside in person, too risky to send in a camera, and there’s not enough data to produce a valid […]

Canadian Nuclear Organization Advises Distribution of Potassium Iodide

In the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis, The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (Canadas “nuclear watchdog”) is for the first time recommending the distribution of potassium iodide  pills to those living near nuclear reactors.  As reported in The Globe and Mail on June 23, 2014, the group is proposing that tablets be given to those […]

Kurion Awarded Contract to Treat Fukushima Tank Water

Japanese power company TEPCO has awarded Kurion, an American hazardous waste mitigation company, a contract to filter dangerous Stontium-90 from over 400,000 metric tons of water in tanks at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant before releasing it into the sea.  Kurion’s mobile truck-mounted water filtration system will be working in tandem with Toshiba Corp’s trouble-fraught […]

Are Insurers Excluding Radiation Coverage Over Fukushima Fears?

In February of 2014, an article published in the Turner Radio Network site (now defunct, but still available in the Internet Archive)  made a stir, claiming that insurance companies were sending letters to policy holders about a new “Nuclear Energy Liability Exclusion” being added to their policies.  A sample letter is quoted below: Dear Policyholder; […]