SimplyInfo.org Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; 3.24.14

Sapporo in Hokkaido has made a plan to use hotels to hold up to 50,000 evacuees if there is a disaster at the Tomari nuclear plant.
http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXNZO68771860U4A320C1L41000/

Two fisheries cooperatives in Fukushima have given permission for contaminated groundwater to be released at Daiichi.
http://www.47news.jp/CN/201403/CN2014032401002018.html

TEPCO has restarted two trains of the ALPS decontamination system after the B train was found to be sending out highly contaminated water.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140324_24.html

The longest running evacuee shelter from the Fukushima disaster has closed. Residents from Futaba took refuge in Saitama prefecture during the rush to get people out of the area as reactors melted down. With Futaba unlikely to be habitable in the near future, many residents have found homes in Saitama.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/21/national/last-evacuation-shelter-cleaned/#.UzAikc5iLwn

Kawauchi Village will allow people to stay overnight in the town but the evacuation order has not been lifted. Residents expressed concern as there are still hot spots of radiation around the town.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20140323_03.html

The retail energy market that was opened up after the 3-11 disaster is booming in Japan.
http://diamond.jp/articles/-/50558

The Niigata governor cited national government regulations that would make it impossible to effectively evacuate people near Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear plant. Even something as basic as radiation exposure restrictions could prevent buses from reaching those needing to evacuate. The governor said it would be impossible to give any approval for a possible restart unless these problems were solved.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201403150046

Hitachi showed off two new robots for Fukushima Daiichi to the press. One can change shape to route through pipes, the other has advanced water movement capabilities.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/20/national/hitachi-develops-robots-to-probe-fukushima-no-1-plant/#.UyuAts7YO8B

Radiation levels in some locations in Fukushima Prefecture have been rising
http://gendai.net/articles/view/life/148797

Easier to use food testing equipment is headed for municipal testing stations in Fukushima.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/16/national/new-and-improved-radiation-detectors-headed-for-fukushima/#.UymHjqgVorW

The head of the UN Human Rights Committee is calling for more widespread cancer testing in Japan
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-03-20/un-investigator-calls-for-more-testing-of-fukushima-heath-impact

Students in Tohoku are using theater to bring understanding to the life challenges brought on by the triple disaster.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/03/19/stage/tohoku-schools-plays-tell-how-it-is/#.UyoU96gVorV

This letter to the Japan Times explains Fukushima’s history of struggle.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/03/19/reader-mail/fukushimas-history-of-struggle/#.UyuEtc7YO8B

New Mexico has cancelled a plan to expand the WIPP nuclear waste facility. The plan would have added to the mine and relaxed some of the enclosure designs.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/22/us-usa-radiation-newmexico-idUSBREA2J22320140322

Los Alamos National Lab in the US will ship nuclear waste to a private nuclear waste company in Texas for temporary storage while the WIPP storage site is still trying to recover from back to back accidents.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/20/us-usa-radiation-newmexico-idUSBREA2J22320140320

Security staff at the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant were cited by the NRC for violating security procedures. The security supervisor and plant superintendent attempted to diffuse what they thought was a pipe bomb by using a piece of duct tape and string to set it off. It turned out to be a discarded pump.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/22/4011611/nrc-vermont-yankee-security-violated.html

France is scaling back their use of nuclear power as solar and wind produce more of their energy.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-03-19/edf-curbs-nuclear-generation-to-allow-for-wind-and-solar-on-grid.html

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