SimplyInfo.org; Fukushima News Roundup November 11, 2013

TEPCO will begin work on the frozen wall project in December.

TEPCO is trying to stave off efforts to force the company into bankruptcy announcing they would turn the portions of the company that handle the Fukushima disaster into a holding company, but not until 2016.

A worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant site has described in detail why the bolt together tanks at the plant are failing fast. He describes poorly installed concrete slabs and rushed processes that likely caused these tanks to premature fail even before their 5 year expected lifespan.

One reporter was able to get some more candid remarks on the fuel removal at unit 4 from the current plant manager. His statements were far more clear and honest that what has come out of the Tokyo office or TEPCO’s consultants.

The impact of radiation spilled into the Pacific has put people off seafood from the area in major ways. South Koreans are shunning Pacific seafood. Eight out of ten people said they won’t eat Pacific seafood over concerns of contamination.

The Mainichi, one of Japan’s larger newspapers called on the country to end all nuclear programs in a stinging editorial this week.

A state secrets bill being considered in Japan’s Diet could have grave consequences for journalists and potentially could classify conditions at the Fukushima disaster site as “state secrets”.

Just last week the Japanese government finally considered relocating some people who lived in the evacuation zone. Now there is some discussion about allowing people to return to areas that are as high as 20 millisieverts per year. The IRCP guidelines cites anything over 1 millsievert per year to be too high.

The Japanese government is considering giving TEPCO another 30 billion USD. This is cited as being needed for decontamination and evacuee compensation.

Some US researchers are raising concerns about the increasing radiation from Fukushima around Alaska. Estimates conclude it could become as high as after cold war atomic testing in the Pacific.  The lack of testing by the US government or funds for researchers to do so has left even the experts without enough data to know for sure if waters and food from the Pacific are safe. University of Alaska researchers are calling for an organized effort to track the plume and monitor the US west coast contamination levels.

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