Fukushima US Sailor Lawsuit Upheld, Now Includes GE, Hitachi, Ebasco, Toshiba

A US court upheld the lawsuit brought by hundreds of sailors exposed to radiation as part of the response to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. The lawsuit originally was just against TEPCO. Along with this news that the district court has upheld the suit so it can move forward, the cause now includes GE, Hitachi, Ebasco and Toshiba as defendants. The list of new defendants includes all the parties involved in the design and construction of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi. Greenpeace had previously brought this issue up, that the designers and construction companies responsible for the failed plant should be held liable for the massive failure during the disaster.

(Press Release via Nuclear Hotseat from the lawyers handling the case)

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Fukushima; Radiation Spike In Unit 1 Discharge Canal

TEPCO hasn’t released radiation readings for the set of discharge canals for well over a year. This location has been historically quite high when they sampled it before. TEPCO announced that the sampling location in the discharge canal was again quite high while a downstream location was not. They provided no explanation where they assume the highly contaminated water is migrating to.
Beta radiation: 120,000 bq/liter
Cesium 134: 31,000 bq/liter
Cesium 137: 95,000 bq/liter
TEPCO closed off the end of the discharge canal early on in the disaster during attempts to block highly contaminated water from continuing to leave the plant. This admission comes soon after admissions of high level land side leaks from the unit 2 reactor building and increases in the sea front monitoring locations in the path of the unit 1 contaminated water plume.

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Fukushima Groundwater Contamination Rises To Nearly Double Previous Reading

Seafront well 1-6 began to rise again after it had begun to drop after the most recent typhoon. It nearly doubled, from 1.4 million bq/liter of beta radiation on the 23rd up to 2.5 million bq/liter on the 27th. TEPCO gave no reason for the jump.
This grouping of monitoring wells is assumed to be located in the path of the underground plume of highly contaminated water from unit 1. They are also located near the trench full of contaminated water near unit 2′s intake canal.
These ongoing findings of contamination spikes add to the understanding of how the damaged reactors are leaking. They also show how little TEPCO actually knows or admits about the extent of those leaks.
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Cesium-137 detected from a pregnant woman in Matsudo city Chiba

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Cesium-137 was detected from a pregnant woman in Matsudo city, Chiba prefecture among 13 maternity testees. The specific density is not announced.

Matsudo city government has been supporting a part of the cost to have whole body counter test since 10/1/2012, which is to analyze radioactive density in human body.

By 9/30/2014, 250 people have had the test and Cesium-134/137 has been detected from 25 of them. The breakdown of result is as follows.

Pregnant woman : 1 / 13 testees

Infant (1 ~ 5 years old) : 6 / 107 testees

Elementary school students : 10 / 83 testees

Junior high school students : 1 / 11 testees

High school students : 3 / 10 testees

Substitutes of infants : 4 / 26 testees

The city government concluded that none of the testees have the effective dose over 0.1 mSv, which is assumed to be physically harmless.

However neither of the specific density nor even the lowest detectable level of this test are announced.

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Sendai Nuclear Plant Closer To Restart And What Might Stop It

The local city council of Satsuma-sendai approved the restart of the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima prefecture. 19 members approved, 4 opposed. The local approvals are not required by law but are being done to try to pretend the restart has some sort of public acceptance.
The prefecture government and the governor are also to be asked for restart permission. This process has become problematic in Japan for a number of reasons. The temporary restart of the Oi nuclear plant had initially been opposed by the mayor of Osaka. He later caved and agreed to the restart but not after a considerable number of threats from the utility and the national government were directed his way. The problem with allowing elected officials to make these decisions is that they can be bought, bribed, or intimidated into cooperation. Some have long histories of cooperation with the industries they are expected to legislate …

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