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 […]

Fukushima plant water purifier restarted

After several glitches, the water purification system at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is running again.  However all may still not be well. As The New Zealand Herald writes: ” TEPCO [Tokyo Electric Power Co.] is struggling to handle the huge — and growing — volume of contaminated water….Thousands of gallons of contaminated water are […]

Plan to freeze contaminated water has failed

The most recent plan  to deal with the contaminated water under the damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant involves freezing this water and erecting  an ice-and-soil wall around it  to stop the radioactive water from leaking into the sea. While the ice wall may very well work, there’s one small problem:  the contaminated water refuses to […]