SimplyInfo Fukushima News Update October 13, 2013

HibiyaTokyoOct13_2013Protests, more new problems at Daiichi and more.

The government is considering lifting an evacuation order for the town of Tamura. Residents are not necessarily for the move. The current government standard is to reopen an area if they think the annual exposure would be 20 mSv/year or less based on reading in the areas of the town that have been decontaminated. 20 mSv/year is an emergency level set by ICRP that was not intended to be a normal living exposure. Residents have also expressed concern about the lack of any infrastructure or services in the town.

Thousands rallied in Tokyo to protest nuclear power and Abe’s push for restarts.

Radiation levels at the entrance to the port of Fukushima Daiichi continued to go up over the weekend. Last week a spike was found at the unit 2 intake canal. TEPCO insisted it had not leaked beyond the intake canal at that time. TEPCO also attempted to lower the nitrogen injection into unit 1 only to have the temperature rise. TEPCO says they do not understand the relationship between temperature increases and nitrogen injection.

A new poll showed most in Japan did not have a problem with the increases in electricity prices after the shut down of nuclear power plants. Most also said they have taken steps to further conserve power as a majority also want to end nuclear power in Japan.

Mainichi is also reporting that the deaths brought on by the nuclear disaster in Japan have now exceeded those from the initial disaster itself.

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