Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

This week, Japan prepared to bring its first reactor back into service since the Fukushima Daiichi accidents last year, while on Wednesday Tokyo Electric Power Co. detected a record amount of radiation in the basement of Fukushima unit 1.

Recent developments related to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. nuclear plant severely damaged following last year's earthquake and tsunami include:

Ohi Unit 3 to Restart This Weekend

Kansai Electric Power Co. plans to restart unit 3 at its Ohi plant Sunday. It could begin generating electricity by Wednesday and reach full power July 8, the Asahi Shimbun reported. Once that happens, the unit will be the first reactor to return to service in Japan since the Fukushima accidents last year. While comparatively few of the country's reactors were damaged in the earthquake, local Fukushima unit 4 on June 18. Source: TEPCOpolitical resistance had kept all of them offline following safety inspections and maintenance outages until economic concerns caused regional leaders near the Ohi plant to consent to the restart of two reactors last week.

Record Level of Radiation Recorded Beneath Unit 1

Instruments lowered into the basement of Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 recorded the highest levels of radiation detected yet at the plant, TEPCO said Wednesday. AFP reported the readings reached 10,300 millisieverts per hour. That represents doses up to 10 times higher than those at the other two reactors with core damage, potentially because fuel damage is greater in unit 1.

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    We were promised "meterless" and got it...because there's no way to actually measure the massive contamination spreading through the oceans and atmosphere.  And it could get SO MUCH worse with the spent fuel pools.  Millions will suffer, but at least you got your paycheck?

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    Better get back on your meds.