More reports, more mystery leaks, more questions about the complexity of cleaning up a broken nuclear plant.
Fukushima is Japan's radiation nightmare that just won't go away. Ever since March 11, 2011, the damaged plant has been riddled with leaks and cleanup setbacks. Now Tepco, the operator of the damaged facility, says they've recorded spikes between 50-70 times above average readings in the gutters that pour water into a…
TEPCO workers successfully removed the first fuel rods from the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and transferred them into portable casks on Monday. Those who have been following the follies of the power company should be pleased that a meltdown did not occur.
In case you weren't already concerned enough about the wacky (re: highly dangerous) antics going over at the Fukushima power plant, maybe this will do the trick. Six workers attempting to clean up the increasingly unruly mess have accidentally doused themselves with highly radioactive water.
After weeks of deliberation, the Japanese government has finally intervened in the increasingly desperate situation at Fukushima. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a $470 million plan to contain the leaking radioactive water at the nuclear power plant by building a giant wall of ice underground. And…
Well over two years after the Tōhuku earthquake and tsunami, TEPCO officials admit that radioactive groundwater has been leaking into the nearby ocean for, well, two years.
TEPCO officials attempted to peer inside the damaged #2 Fukushima reactor this week but couldn't discern the level of destruction on account of all the Gamma radiation present. Good thing they didn't lower Bruce Banner in there.
In case you forgot, one of the worst disasters since the advent of nuclear energy is still underway. And although the initial shock has worn off, the radiation levels sure haven't: TEPCO measured 10,000 millisieverts/hour—that's fatal.
After decades of sterling grins and nuclear juice, TEPCO is finally being realized as the crooked, careless atom-monger it is. Jake Adelstein and Stephanie Nakajima detail the Fukushima-botching monopoly's glowing green underbelly over at The Atlantic Wire.
TEPCO's been struggling to keep Fukushima's scorching reactors cool. They've also been struggling to deal with the massive volume of (now radioactive) coolant water. It's not going so well—tons of it are spilling into the ground, Reuters reports.
The first in what could become a long line of heads rolled as Masataka Shimizu, the embattled president of TEPCo, stepped down today. TEPCo also posted a $15 Billion loss. Bet he's glad he doesn't have to deal with that mess anymore.
We knew that the longterm plan for Fukushima's nuclear plant was to get the thing safely shut down and decommissioned, but the local governor has just put the kibosh on any nuclear future there, banning TEPCO from restarting the plant. [Kyodo News]
A recent medical examination of the emergency crew struggling to save Fukushima says the indicates are at risk for heavy depression, and even death. Many of them—already in a very hazardous environment—are being fatally overworked.
There is a lot of dangerous, radioactive water inside Fukushima, as TEPCO struggles to keep the fuel rods from burning up. Water accumulates—TEPCO estimates there are 67,000 tons of irradiated water inside.
TEPCO started using large remote-controlled excavation vehicles to clear the debris around the Fukishima plants this past weekend, including power shovels and bulldozers. The work is being controlled by operators in lead-covered operating rooms using cameras mounted on the robots and around the area.