Sunday News Roundup – July 31, 2011

Cesium has been found in eggs.  It was also determined this week that the concentrations of cesium in beef vary widely by location in the cow. This would have been valuable information for both food producers and consumers to have weeks ago.

45% of the children in Fukushima have thyroid contamination. This could have been avoided if more proactive actions had been taken by the government. A 6.4 earthquake hit the region over the weekend. TEPCO claims no damage to Daiichi but now admits Daini has some vent stack damage.  A cooling system has been installed at unit 4 for the spent fuel pool.

There was an anti-nuclear protest in Fukushima City. A large crowd demanded protection for children.  Kan blasted the collusion between NISA and the power companies to influence public opinion on nuclear power. This photo has been making the rounds on twitter. The photo poster claims it is seafood from Fukushima and shows the distorted spine from the fish.

The Asahi Shimbun has an editorial about protesting.  Some interesting changes have happened in recent weeks. Protests seem to be becoming more frequent with larger attendance. Citizens groups are networking and beginning to evolve into more organized actions. We hope this is a sign of good things to come as people band together to take on the daunting situation in Japan.

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