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Radiation Levels Spiking at Fukushima

By at April 28, 2011 | 12:05 pm | 1 Comments

Radiation Levels Spiking at Fukushima

A new mystery at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Plant after a pair of robots returned data showing elevated levels of radiation in the building that houses reactor No. 1.

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A Step Forward at Fukushima

By at April 6, 2011 | 10:57 am | 1,206 Comments

A Step Forward at Fukushima

Workers at the ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant managed to find and plug a massive radiation leak. It was discovered over the weekend and it will stem the flow of radiation seeping into the Pacific as well as the soil.

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Fukushima Paralyzes Japan’s Fishing Industry

By at April 5, 2011 | 1:05 pm | 120 Comments

Fukushima Paralyzes Japan’s Fishing Industry

With the level of radiation rising in seawater near the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant, the Japanese government is setting safety standards for the consumption of fish. That after finding fish carrying sky high loads of radiation. Tests were conducted on some species recovered about 50 miles from Fukushima, in water that is, if the readings are correct, several million times over Japan’s legal limit.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 29, 2011 | 9:49 am | 1 Comments

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; a grim discovery at the Fukushima nuclear power plant: plutonium is turning up in the soil. That is another strong indicator that the plant has experienced at least a partial melt down of fuel rods. In Pennsylvania and a handful of other states growing concerns that Japan’s nuclear crisis could spill over. Conclusive tests show Iodine 131 in some of Pennsylvania’s waterways. Its a byproduct of rain and nuclear specialists say the level is well below the acceptable rate. Auditor General Jack Wagner wants to hold hearings on what to do with tobacco settlement money. It has always been earmarked for health care, but now Governor Corbett wants to shift how the state spends that cash.

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Rock The Capital Minute

By at March 22, 2011 | 11:08 am | 0 Comment

Rock The Capital Minute

In this edition of Rock The Capital Minute; workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant returned on Tuesday to find water in a fuel rod pool near boiling point. The Department of Environmental Protection in Pennsylvania has ordered the immediate shutdown of a waste water hauling company near Pittsburgh, following allegations that it has illegally been dumping contaminated gas drilling water. And today is World Water Day.

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No easy Fix and more Evacuations at Japan’s troubled Nuclear Facility

By at March 21, 2011 | 12:01 pm | 0 Comment

No easy Fix and more Evacuations at Japan’s troubled Nuclear Facility

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano spoke in an ominous tone, perhaps the first Japanese official to be fully transparent. “Even if certain things go smoothly, there would be twists and turns.” And, “at the moment we are not so optimistic that there will be a breakthrough.”

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A Three Mile Island Size Disaster

By at March 18, 2011 | 9:14 am | 463 Comments

A Three Mile Island Size Disaster

The nuclear crisis in Japan is now considered a Level 5, which is how experts classified the 1979 disaster at Three Mile Island. The ratings go to seven, and any number above 5 means that the impact has grown to well beyond “local.”

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Cutting through Clutter to better understand the Nuclear Crisis in Japan

By at March 16, 2011 | 12:47 pm | 0 Comment

Cutting through Clutter to better understand the Nuclear Crisis in Japan

As if developments over the past few days at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant were not severe enough, the crisis is worsening. The third reactor, Unit 3, at the Japanese plant is thought to have ruptured followed by the release of radioactive steam.

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Japan’s Race to Cool Nuclear Fuel Rods

By at March 14, 2011 | 4:09 pm | 0 Comment

Japan’s Race to Cool Nuclear Fuel Rods

In what can truly be described as an all out effort, scientists and engineers in Japan are in a mad-dash to cool down fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. An effort that started a couple of days ago was further complicated by a second explosion on Monday destroying an outer building to what is known as unit 3. 11 people were injured in that blast.

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