Fukushima Daiichi Unit 5 Begins Fuel Removal

TEPCO has begun work to remove fuel from the reactor to the spent fuel pool at unit 5 Fukushima Daiichi. Prior to fuel removal, work was conducted to test equipment and prepare for the work. Fuel will remain in the spent fuel pool.
http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_141031_04-j.pdf
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Fukushima Unit 1 Had Part Of Cover Removed

In an unannounced move TEPCO removed one of the cover panels for the unit 1 building cover. They told the press they would leave it like this to see if the dispersal agents they sprayed earlier in the week were working. TEPCO’s current plant monitoring was insufficient to detect the massive release of radioactive dust during unit 3′s demolition work. No additional monitoring has been added at the plant or nearby to attempt to catch radioactive dust releases. TEPCO has used brief dust monitoring near the reactor buildings by dangling a dust monitoring unit briefly over the reactor building. This is not done during actual demolition work and is only for a brief time, making it ineffective to actually “see” the true picture of what is going on. Normally a dust monitor runs for a long period of time (days, weeks) to obtain a sample.
http://photo.tepco.co.jp/date/2014/201410-j/141031-01j.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/10/31/national/tepco-cracks-open-weather-shield-covering-reactor-building-fukushima-1/#.VFOkP_nF8rk
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4 Nuclear Stories This Week That Will Make You Sleep With The Lights On

Hanford’s Toxic Mystery Gas
Workers have been complaining for a long time about exposure to toxic gasses from the decaying tank farm at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state. In the last year multiple workers had been taken to the hospital after smelling odd smells while working at the tank farm. A some workers have come forward after being so disabled and ill they could not longer work. Meanwhile DOE and the contractor that manages the work on the tank farm insisted there was no risk and that they were not liable because gas masks were available on site.
A new study by a 3rd party group of experts from the Savannah River nuclear site found that there is a risk and that workers were likely exposed to toxic gasses that were either not properly detected or were explained away by the process the contractor used to record monitoring data.
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