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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 10:46 AM
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Fukushima updates August 20
Estimated yearly radiation dosage hits 508 mSv in town near nuke plant

High radiation levels of up to 508.1 millisieverts per year are estimated for areas within a 20-kilometer radius of the crisis-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power plant in figures released by the government on Aug. 19.

The figures, released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, are the first publicly released estimate of the yearly accumulated radiation dosage in 50 locations across eight municipalities in the 20-kilometer radius zone.

The highest figure was for the Koirino district of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, where the estimated yearly dosage was 508.1 millisieverts -- over 500 times the acceptable yearly level of 1 millisievert per year for artificial radiation dosage. The district is three kilometers west-southwest of the plant.

The figures are based on measurements taken at the 50 locations and a person being indoors for 16 hours and outdoors for eight hours every day. Estimations for March 12 through to Aug. 11 were based on those days' actual measurements. For Aug. 12 through to the end of the one year period, the average doses estimated from Aug. 9 and 11, the most recent data, were assumed to continue.

(Mainichi Japan) August 20, 2011

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Fukushima beef shipment ban stands

The shipment ban on Fukushima Prefecture beef will continue, as more meat has turned up contaminated with an excessive level of radioactive cesium, officials said.

The government had planned to lift the ban for Fukushima Prefecture on Friday. The ban on shipments of beef from Miyagi Prefecture was still expected to be lifted Friday as planned.

Nobutaka Tsutsui, senior agriculture vice minister, said it would take two or three more days for the government to lift the ban for Fukushima.

According to the health ministry, radioactive cesium exceeding a provisional safety limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected in a cow transported in April from a farm within a radius of 20 to 30 km of the stricken nuclear power plant.

Map shows spot with high level of radiation near Fukushima plant

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The science ministry published a map on Friday on cumulative radiation estimates five months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was crippled in March, showing a nearby town with a high level of radiation.

In giving specific estimates for 50 locations in the no-entry zone for the first time, the ministry said cumulative radiation of 278 millisieverts was estimated for a location in the town of Okuma, 3 kilometers southwest of the troubled plant.

The annual radiation exposure limit for ordinary people is 1 millisievert. The government has urged people living in areas around the plant where annual exposure is likely to exceed 20 millisieverts to evacuate.

The estimates for the five-month period were varied, with several millisieverts of cumulative radiation for some locations even within the no-entry zone

(Mainichi Japan) August 20, 2011

Fukushima officials worry new discovery of radioactive beef will harm reputation more

FUKUSHIMA -- Officials here are disappointed that a new discovery of radioactive beef shipped from a Fukushima Prefecture farmer was discovered and caused the central government to delay lifting the ban on the prefecture's cattle shipments.

"Fukushima products have taken another blow to their reputation," said an official.

The central government had planned to lift bans on cattle shipments from Fukushima along with Miyagi Prefecture, but the ban lift for Fukushima was put off after levels of radioactive cesium exceeding safety standards were detected in beef shipped from an area near the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.

The contaminated beef was from four cattle shipped from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Namie. The part of the town from where the cattle were shipped falls under a zone designated on April 22 to evacuate. All cattle shipped or evacuated from the zone since then have been screened for radioactive materials, but the cattle in question were shipped before the area was designated to evacuate

(Mainichi Japan) August 20, 2011

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Nuclear policy scaled back
Five-year science plan no longer promotes next-generation focus

The new five-year science and technology program approved Friday by the Cabinet excludes references to an earlier draft that promoted next-generation nuclear technologies, reflecting the government's backpedaling on atomic power policy amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Noting the urgency of rethinking energy policy in light of the nuclear accident, the basic plan covering the five years through March 2016 instead stresses the need to develop renewable energy to deal with an anticipated power shortage, a stance in line with Prime Minister Naoto Kan's calls for shifting away from nuclear power.

Cabinet approval of the plan, initially scheduled for the end of March, was postponed to allow experts from the Council for Science and Technology Policy to revise an earlier draft that was outlined in December, before the crisis began.

As a result, references to promoting research and development on the fast-breeder reactor fuel cycle, including the Monju prototype, and next-generation light-water reactors for practical use, were omitted

Radioactive cesium detected in boar meat in Miyagi Pref.

SENDAI (Kyodo) -- Radioactive cesium at a level over four times the government-set safety limit has been detected in the meat of a wild boar captured in Kakuda city, Miyagi Prefecture, the prefectural government said Friday.

It is the first time that radioactive contamination exceeding the safety limit was found in a wild animal or bird in the northeastern Japanese prefecture, local officials said, adding they will ask people in the prefecture not to eat meat of wild animals and birds for the time being.

The meat of the boar, which local hunters caught in the mountains in Kakuda on Aug. 7 in response to a request by the city government to exterminate it, measured 2,200 becquerels of cesium per kilogram. The central government's provisional safety limit is 500 becquerels per kg.

Miyagi Prefecture borders Fukushima Prefecture, where the badly damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is located.

(Mainichi Japan) August 20, 2011

Kan, Obama not meeting

Japan and the United States have dropped plans for an early September summit between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and President Barack Obama, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said Friday amid indications that his boss will soon step down.

Edano told a news conference Kan's visit to the United States has been scrubbed due to "Japan's current political situation." Kan has said he is ready to quit soon after the Diet passes two key bills, possibly next week.

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cheapdate Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 10:52 AM
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1. Thank you for the updates. n/t
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robdogbucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-20-11 10:52 AM
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2. West Coast fish to be tested for Fukushima radiation
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency plans to start testing fish off the coast of British Columbia for the presence of radiation stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan earlier this year.

The agency has not yet released any specific details on the testing program, but did say it expects the test results to be well below Health Canada's actionable levels for radiation.

Fisheries activist Alexandra Morton with the Raincoast Research Society says she supports the testing, but calls the announcement a political move. Morton says millions of sockeye have started returning to the Fraser River and the fishing season is already well underway.

Salmon are a particular concern to Morton and others because their wide-ranging migration patterns can take them right across the Pacific Ocean to the coast of Japan...

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