Abnormal changes in small birds after 3/11: “Bird banding surveys of the common reed bunting began in 1961, and nearly 480,000 of the birds have been examined,” said Kiyoaki Ozaki, deputy director-general of the institute. “The tail feathers on the chicks and the adults have different shapes, so we monitor them closely. But this sort of abnormality hasn’t been reported before. I’ve seen thousands of the birds, but it was the first time for me to see tail feathers like these.”

Abnormal changes in small birds after 3/11: “Bird banding surveys of the common reed bunting began in 1961, and nearly 480,000 of the birds have been examined,” said Kiyoaki Ozaki, deputy director-general of the institute. “The tail feathers on the chicks and the adults have different shapes, so we monitor them closely. But this sort of abnormality hasn’t been reported before. I’ve seen thousands of the birds, but it was the first time for me to see tail feathers like these.”

NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Authorities lifted an evacuation order for 7,400 residents of this small town close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Sept. 5, but very few homeowners have indicated they plan to return anytime soon. Most of Naraha is located within the 20-kilometer-radius evacuation zone surrounding the stricken plant. Even though the evacuation order was lifted at midnight for the entire town, there are lingering fears of radiation contamination and…

NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Authorities lifted an evacuation order for 7,400 residents of this small town close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Sept. 5, but very few homeowners have indicated they plan to return anytime soon. Most of Naraha is located within the 20-kilometer-radius evacuation zone surrounding the stricken plant. Even though the evacuation order was lifted at midnight for the entire town, there are lingering fears of radiation contamination and…

From left, Ruiko Muto, Kazuyoshi Sato and Takashi Soeda hold a news conference in Fukushima on Jan. 19 to announce a planned group that will monitor the trial of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. “It has been almost five years since the disaster, but many details, including their foreseeability of the tsunami, remain unclear,” said science writer Takashi Soeda, one of the group’s co-founders. “As TEPCO has not unveiled a sufficient amount of information even in inquiries…

From left, Ruiko Muto, Kazuyoshi Sato and Takashi Soeda hold a news conference in Fukushima on Jan. 19 to announce a planned group that will monitor the trial of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. “It has been almost five years since the disaster, but many details, including their foreseeability of the tsunami, remain unclear,” said science writer Takashi Soeda, one of the group’s co-founders. “As TEPCO has not unveiled a sufficient amount of information even in inquiries…

Days before a reactor was to go back online at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, a pool of radioactive water was discovered in a building, possibly delaying the reactivation, the plant operator said Feb. 20. Kansai Electric Power Co. said 34 liters of contaminated water were discovered in an auxiliary structure of the No. 4 reactor building but is not aware of any environmental impact outside the building as a result.

Days before a reactor was to go back online at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, a pool of radioactive water was discovered in a building, possibly delaying the reactivation, the plant operator said Feb. 20. Kansai Electric Power Co. said 34 liters of contaminated water were discovered in an auxiliary structure of the No. 4 reactor building but is not aware of any environmental impact outside the building as a result.

An aerial view of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture: The focus of the recent study was on three faults that run under the plant. And they are hoping to restart it!! - Asahi Shimbun

An aerial view of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture: The focus of the recent study was on three faults that run under the plant. And they are hoping to restart it!! - Asahi Shimbun

Cash-strapped Japan Atomic Power Co. still donated 1.54 billion yen ($13.7 million) to a city government and asked that the funds be kept secret. The money used for the donations came from fees paid by other power companies, who are under contract to buy electricity from Japan Atomic Power which has not produced any electricity from its 3 nuclear reactors since 2011. Why is it still receiving money from the industry for nonexistent electricity??

Cash-strapped Japan Atomic Power Co. still donated 1.54 billion yen ($13.7 million) to a city government and asked that the funds be kept secret. The money used for the donations came from fees paid by other power companies, who are under contract to buy electricity from Japan Atomic Power which has not produced any electricity from its 3 nuclear reactors since 2011. Why is it still receiving money from the industry for nonexistent electricity??

Residents block Environment Ministry study of candidate waste disposal site: Exploratory drilling for a facility to house waste from the nuclear accident was canceled after local residents blocked access to the site in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture. The site was earmarked for final disposal of designated waste contaminated by radiation due to the 2011 disaster. The mayor of Kami, Hirobumi Inomata, was joined by residents in blocking the road leading to the test site on the morning of Oct. 24.

Residents block Environment Ministry study of candidate waste disposal site: Exploratory drilling for a facility to house waste from the nuclear accident was canceled after local residents blocked access to the site in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture. The site was earmarked for final disposal of designated waste contaminated by radiation due to the 2011 disaster. The mayor of Kami, Hirobumi Inomata, was joined by residents in blocking the road leading to the test site on the morning of Oct. 24.

Iranian official signals no scaling back in nuclear activity.  Iran will press ahead with its uranium enrichment program, its nuclear energy chief said on Friday, signaling no change of course despite the victory of a relative moderate in the June 14 presidential election.

Iranian official signals no scaling back in nuclear activity. Iran will press ahead with its uranium enrichment program, its nuclear energy chief said on Friday, signaling no change of course despite the victory of a relative moderate in the June 14 presidential election.

Tepco can't yet be trusted to restart world's biggest nuclear plant:  Tokyo Electric Power Co must give a fuller account of the Fukushima disaster and address its "institutionalized lying" before it can expect to restart another nuclear station," said Niigata Prefecture Governor Hirohiko Izumida, who holds an effective veto over the utility's revival plan. "If they don't do what needs to be done, if they keep skimping on costs and manipulating information, they can never be trusted."

Tepco can't yet be trusted to restart world's biggest nuclear plant: Tokyo Electric Power Co must give a fuller account of the Fukushima disaster and address its "institutionalized lying" before it can expect to restart another nuclear station," said Niigata Prefecture Governor Hirohiko Izumida, who holds an effective veto over the utility's revival plan. "If they don't do what needs to be done, if they keep skimping on costs and manipulating information, they can never be trusted."

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