Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Update

From NEI’s Japan micro-site:

Some Evacuated Areas Around Fukushima Daiichi to Remain Off-Limits for Extended Period

Industry/Regulatory/Political Issues

• Some areas within the 12.5-mile exclusion zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy facility are to remain off-limits to evacuated residents for “a long time,” Japan’s government said. Officials had planned to allow residents eventually to return to their homes once the reactors are stabilized, but a government task force said that some areas likely will remain contaminated beyond that period and that exclusion orders will remain in force.

• The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the commissioners would be able to vote as early as next month on the first of two reports it requested from staff recommending actions based on the agency’s near-term task force report on the Fukushima Daiichi accident. The first paper, due Sept. 9, will recommend immediate actions to be taken by industry based on the task force’s recommendations. The second paper, due Oct. 9, will prioritize the task force’s recommendations and recommend “other actions” based on public and staff input.

Plant Status

• Tokyo Electric Power Co. said its continued efforts to stabilize cooling for the Fukushima Daiichi reactors are “beginning to bear fruit,” with all 19 thermometers in reactor 1 now reading below 212 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures for reactors 2 and 3 are still above boiling. There was no fuel in reactor 4 at the time of the accident.

Media Highlights

• The Chinese government’s State Oceanic Administration says it will “strengthen its monitoring for radioactive substances” in the ocean near the Fukushima Daiichi reactor and in the East China Sea to gauge the effect of radiation releases on the marine environment and marine food sources.

• An editorial in Yomiuri Shimbun says that Japanese people need to be better educated about radiation and its effects. For information on radiation, see NEI’s Safety First website.

Upcoming Events

• The NRC’s full Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards will hold a public meeting Sept. 8 to review the agency’s near-term task force report on the events at Fukushima.

2 comments:

WORLDwrite said...

Very useful update, you may be interested in this filmed report on the UK media hysteria post Fukushima its at http://www.worldbytes.org/after-fukushima-the-fear-factor/
We'd be interested to hear your thoughts- have you mention it if appropriate.
Best wishes Ceri Dingle

Brian Mays said...

"We'd be interested to hear your thoughts"

Personally, I thought the video was interesting. In particular, I thought that the part with the Director of the Science Media Center provided some rare insight into how science journalism works in the UK. The trip to Oldbury had some subtly good points too. I don't think that the general public appreciates how clean a 44-year-old nuclear plant is, because few people have actually seen these sites.

I recommend the video.